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CAROLYN

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  • Cry Wolf

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2036)
    Performance
    (1423)
    Story
    (1427)

    Anna never knew werewolves existed until the night she survived a violent attack...and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she'd learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. But Anna is that rarest kind of werewolf: an Omega. And one of the most powerful werewolves in the country will recognize her value as a pack member - and as his mate.

    Teleasa says: "WOW!!"
    "Mmmmmmm..... a lovely listen"
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    I love Mercy Thompson series and this follows on and I was not disappointed. I couldn't stop listening to it, good wolf-shifter romance story with interesting characters and an evil witch.

    I was a bit lost in the beginning and noticed another reviewer mentioned Alpha and Omega in the book On The Prowl which, no doubt, would have helped a lot but it's not available on Audible and it's by no means absolutely necessary as the storyline is soon picked up.

    Worth the credit? I've downloaded all available - so what do you think.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sweet Revenge

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Lynsay Sands
    • Narrated By Elle Newland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
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    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    While Kyla is grateful for the Scottish laird who saved her from marrying a loathsome man, she is just as furious that Galen has claimed her for his bride. But when they share an unforgettable night of passion, will it lead to a marriage of the heart, or will an enemy tear them apart?

    CAROLYN says: "A LIGHT-HEARTED HUMOROUS MEDIEVAL HIGHLAND ROMP"
    "A LIGHT-HEARTED HUMOROUS MEDIEVAL HIGHLAND ROMP"
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    I've loved all 20 of Lynsay Sand's Argeneau Vampire books and I love Highland books too (take a look at that cover girls.... drool-worthy yes?) so I'm thankfully never disappointed with any of her books. You know what you're going to get.... interesting characters, very entertaining plots, a loveable H & H and a great romance.

    Well they're all here..... plus lots and lots of humor, not too graphic sex scenes and a sweet and tender romance between Laird Galen MacDonald, a grieved Highland Laird wanting revenge on his enemy, Laird MacGregor, and Kyla who's on route to her arranged wedding. As soon as Galen kidnaps Kyla there's one funny misunderstanding after another which eventually leads to disaster when Laird MacGregor comes sneaking back for his bride. There's a thrilling adventure, a great cast of secondary characters, passion, conflicts and a HEA waiting for Kyla.... and, of course, a handsome, sexy, tender and loving Highlander.

    Dual P.O.V.'s and the Scottish narrator did a good job in bringing all the characters to life.

    Worth a credit? A really entertaining smooth listen that was well written about greed, attempted murder and..... revenge which in the end was vera vera sweet and totally worth a wee credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Enticing Interlude: Tempest, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Michelle Mankin, Kai Kennicott
    • Narrated By Wen Ross
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    To the talented vocalist Justin Jones, love is merely a game that he plays by his own rules. But to Bridget Dubois, love and heartache are one and the same. Broken too many times before, the delicate beauty keeps her emotions carefully concealed. Bridget has her own set of rigid rules when it comes to men. She prefers to avoid them altogether, especially dangerously seductive auburn haired emerald eyed players like Justin.

    CAROLYN says: "LIGHTER THAN EXPECTED.... BUT STILL ENJOYABLE"
    "LIGHTER THAN EXPECTED.... BUT STILL ENJOYABLE"
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    This was a much more laid back story than book 1 with Jason, the new sexy Lead Singer of Tempest, falling straight away for a shy, timid single Mother called Bridget and he went out of his way to be thoughtful, reassuring, kind and loving hoping to bring her out of her shell. So don't expect the usual drugs, women, booze and a rock star attitude because it isn't here..... just a well behaved but lonely 5 yr old boy.

    But, as these stories go, something always goes wrong, and it's Jason's past that comes back to cause destruction and there's also a shocking surprise waiting for Bridget too. Plenty of romance, character growth, passion, sensual sex rather than graphic, a little drama and friends, relatives and band members all joined in to help make a sweet love story reach it's desired HEA ending.

    What makes this romance so enjoyable is the dual narration where Wen Ross does Jason's sexy voice and Kai Kennicott does Bridget's voice which made all the conversations flow really well and sounded natural and they both put a lot of feeling into it too

    Worth a credit? Would have preferred a more gritty romance but this was entertaining without it and YES a creditworthy addition

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Days of Redemption: The Firsts, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By C. L. Quinn
    • Narrated By Pyper Down
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (34)
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    (34)

    Life is what happens when you're making other plans. Boy did it! Lauren graduated top of her class, ready for her career in genetic research. But when she was presented with the opportunity to study the most amazing thing she'd ever seen, a virus that completely rewrites human DNA, altering someone to become a Vampire, she couldn't refuse. When she realized that the research society were actually the villains, that the Vampires were not evil, or undead, she helps them destroy the lab where she worked.

    CAROLYN says: "SHE DID IT AGAIN…… A NON-STOP LISTEN"
    "SHE DID IT AGAIN…… A NON-STOP LISTEN"
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    Driving his motorbike while drunk was a really bad idea for loveable bad boy Bryn because it landed him at the feet of Lauren, a human woman hiding from the revenge of an evil Mastermind who kidnaps and experiments on non-humans. Because once he meets her Bryn feels responsible for her and gets caught in a web of intrigue and destruction to protect her….. but the biggest danger for him is falling in love.

    This has most of the characters/Firsts from the other books plus more in this exciting story that contains all the usual elements C L Quinn likes to put in her books… thrilling action, nail-biting suspense, hot sex, humor, twists, danger and more because the vamps were all wrong when they underestimated just what a mad human could do.

    Worth a credit? Great plot and ongoing storyline, great characters, a great author and a great narrator made this a great PNR listen and very creditworthy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Prophecy - with the Short Stories 'Forbidden Fruit' and 'His Love': Sons of Navarus, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Gabrielle Bisset, K. M. Scott
    • Narrated By Christopher Slye, Emily Durante
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    As the two Sons chosen to decipher the Prophecy of Idolas, Ramiel and Thane journey to find the key to defeating the Archons. Together with Noele, a born vampire, they confront their fates as they fulfill their duty to their world. Along the way, they'll find love, but death and betrayal lurk in the shadows, threatening everything that is dear to them. Descended from the gods and warriors all, each Son's loyalty will be tested. Every action has consequences, and the choices they make now will seal their fates.

    CAROLYN says: "AN EMOTIONAL ROLLER-COASTER FROM START TO FINISH"
    "AN EMOTIONAL ROLLER-COASTER FROM START TO FINISH"
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    What a great series this is…. there's so much world-building and descriptive content explaining the Sons of Navarus Vampires and the Prophecy they must fulfil in order to save the world from the Archons - the deadly evil Vampires. It's so much more than just the norm type vampire book.

    It's got humor, romance, sex, twists, action, adventure, great characters - with new ones being introduced as well and "WOW I didn't see that coming" or "WHAT OMG NO NO NO" surprises because no-one is safe and sometimes key characters are killed or kidnapped, relationships are tested or fail and just occasionally miracles can happen. The love stories end but the Prophecy storyline continues with each character being suspended in the trouble their currently in.

    Various characters P.O.V.'s all handled well by the narrator who was Christopher Slye - Emily Durante only did the other two short stories.

    Worth a credit? If you like PNR then it's a series you must try (but from the beginning) and for me they are definitely creditworthy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stolen Course: Wrecked and Ruined, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Aly Martinez
    • Narrated By Christian Fox, Lucy Rivers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    I fell in love with Manda Baker eight years ago, and I loved her to the core of her soul. We were supposed to have that elusive happily ever after and spend a lifetime together. But that was all before she was stolen from me. Her best friend, Sarah Erickson, killed her. It wasn't intentional. It was far worse. Everyone claims it was just an accident, but I can see through the lies. Even if it's with my dying breath, I will make her pay for what she did. Fate hates me.

    CAROLYN says: "A PAIN FILLED BUT BEAUTIFUL SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE"
    "A PAIN FILLED BUT BEAUTIFUL SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE"
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    This book follows on from book 1, although it does recap things and could be a stand-alone listen, IMHO, it's still best to be listened to after the first one. What a heartbreaking emotional journey these books take you on as it flips from present day then to 5 years prior when the accident shattered lives and stole so many hopes and dreams.

    This book has plenty of heartache because the coming to terms with his loss, forgiving her sister and moving forward in his life seems too difficult a challenge for Caleb but he tries to give it his best shot. Luckily Emma is a strong, thoughtful and loving woman but will her love be enough to set him free.

    This is such an emotional, heartbreaking and romantic story about second chances and the pitfalls and strength that's needed to make new and beautiful memories. There's tender, touching and romantic scenes, hot sex scenes, heart-to-heart scenes and bare your soul to the world scenes and beneath them all is a passionate love story that's got lots of sex, some dirty talk, plenty of drama and angst, a plot twist and a "you'll never see it coming" shocking revelation.

    Dual P.O.V.'s and dual narrators who both did a great job.

    Worth the credit? It does eventually get to the HEA of Caleb's and Emma's love story together and it gives a glimpse of what's happening in Brett and Jesse's lives from book 1.......so YES a creditworthy listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil in Denim

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Melanie Scott
    • Narrated By Eileen Stevens
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (3)

    As the team-owner's daughter, Maggie Jameson grew up in the New York Saints' stadium - glove, cap, hot dogs, and all. Baseball's in her blood, and she's always dreamed of the day when she would lead the Saints to victory herself. That was before her dad had to sell the team to Alex Winters. The fast-talking, fiercely attractive businessman has a baseball pedigree that's distinctly minor league. Maggie wants to hate him but his skills of seduction, however, are off the charts.

    CAROLYN says: "A HALF n HALF LIGHT ROMANCE"
    "A HALF n HALF LIGHT ROMANCE"
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    This is an easy-going, feel-good contemporary romance and yes, it has an unbelievable 'as if' storyline but, for me, this is fiction so all's forgiven, there's an easy humorous banter between the H/H as they constantly clash heads that'll make you smile and there were a few sensual sex scenes.

    However, the heroine did sometimes come across as a spoilt woman not getting what she wanted..... to be C.E.O. but she acted more like a kid who didn't get her own way. Also, IMHO, there was too much inner dialogue and my pet peeve of too many "he said", "she said", "Alex said", "Mal said", "Lucas asked" "Maggie suggested"...... even when it was just scenes between the H/H which was totally unnecessary as the narrator did a good job with the M/F voices and they could each be easily recognized.

    Worth the credit? Sometimes an enjoyable and entertaining story is all you want, yes there was a drama that put everyone on high alert, but it was mainly an easy-going listen with some negatives. Just a three star listen tho and I certainly won't be asking for my credit back but sorry I can't recommend whether you should use a credit I'm afraid.... it's up to you on this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Shadows: Blackthorn, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lindsay J. Pryor
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Gifted with the ability to read the shadows of "third species" beings, Caitlin Parish is the Vampire Control Unit's most powerful agent. Despite that, her mission to hunt down Kane Malloy - a master vampire - comes with a death wish. Many have tried, but few have survived. For Caitlin, tracking Kane is about more than just professional reputation. With her parents both mysteriously killed seven years apart to the day, Caitlin knows that without Kane's help she is next.

    CAROLYN says: "THE FOUNDATION STONE TO A GREAT NEW PNR SERIES"
    "THE FOUNDATION STONE TO A GREAT NEW PNR SERIES"
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    Welcome to a new world with, it's rules, it's Prophecy, it's lores and it's characters which are made up of Humans, Vampires, Were's and, well….. others who are called the Third Species. There's Summer Town for the elite Humans and Third Species free, Mid town which is again Third Species free, Low Town where less fortunate Humans mingle with the Third Species and finally there's Blackthorne which is an un-policed Ghetto and is where the Third Species are forced to return to each night and live….. and that's where most of this exciting story takes place.

    It revolves around Caitlin a smart strong yet vulnerable Heroine who is obsessed at getting answers from the very handsome but manipulative, ruthless, arrogant and very sexual Alpha Master Vampire called Kane. But, in turn, sexy Kane has his own agenda which is all about vengeance however when they meet there's an unwanted sizzling sexual chemistry between them. As the plot unwinds there's plenty of world-building, action, tension, suspense, secrets, major major "OMG I didn't see that coming" plot twists, sex and an intense push/pull relationship between Kane and Caitlin as trust is a big issue and is constantly being tested.

    Told from dual POV's but Anne Flosnik's British narration somehow didn't fit this dark seedy world of Vampires as I'm used to her usual genre of happy Historical romances. Don't get me wrong, she did a great job but I personally think it would have been even better with a different narrator.

    Worth a credit? It's just the beginning of what will hopefully build to be an awesome series, there's a bit too much inner dialogue but it's a very addictive and enjoyable listen which has a building 'to be continued' storyline….. and I just can't wait to hear more. Totally worth my credit.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • For the Record: The Record, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By K. A. Linde
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (37)

    With Congressman Brady Maxwell up for reelection and journalist Liz Dougherty about to graduate into a promising career, the ambitious couple's future is brighter than ever. They share a passion for their work… and for each other. But when Brady holds a press conference to officially introduce Liz as his girlfriend, reporters hungry for a scandal bombard her. Now, her every move is under a vicious magnifying glass, and her life feels like it's falling apart.

    CAROLYN says: "FOR THE RECORD...... BRADY'S EARNED MY VOTE"
    "FOR THE RECORD...... BRADY'S EARNED MY VOTE"
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    What a great conclusion to Brady and Liz's tumultuous roller-coaster love affair. There's not so many dramas as there were in previous books but their sizzling chemistry, sincerity, passion and obvious love for each other more than made up for it. Liz is thoughtful and supportive and Brady, ahhh Brady he's just swoon-worthily perfect in every way.

    As the backlash of 'outing' their relationship to the media builds and the frenzy starts, it damages, tarnishes and eventually destroys dreams.... but, as we see in this story, when one door closes another opens. Filled with loveable characters (and a few nasty ones too), there's angst, sex, great character development and one sweet sweet Epilogue. Told from Liz's POV until the end when we hear Brady's thoughts, hopes and dreams and the narrator was great.

    Worth a credit? Yes, it would have been, but at under $10 I bought it saving my credit for a more costly, but probably not as enjoyable, listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Captivated by You: Crossfire Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield, Jeremy York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (209)

    Gideon calls me his angel, but he's the miracle in my life. My gorgeous, wounded warrior, so determined to slay my demons while refusing to face his own. The vows we'd exchanged should have bound us tighter than blood and flesh. Instead they opened old wounds, exposed pain and insecurities, and lured bitter enemies out of the shadows. I felt him slipping from my grasp, my greatest fears becoming my reality, my love tested in ways I wasn't sure I was strong enough to bear.

    Ex-Student says: "What... what?!?!?"
    "YES I WAS CAPTIVATED BUT ALAS STILL NO CLOSURE"
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    Anyone who's been following the turbulent, obsessive, crazy and totally addictive love story between Gideon and Ava..... well you've probably either already downloaded this or you're listening to it now because, as fans of the series, we are all desperate that this tortured couple get their hard won HEA ending. But sadly, we don't get it with this book I'm afraid.

    When I started this series I thought it was going to be a trilogy but it didn't end at book three so seeing this I thought finally!! but nope yet another drama filled and a 'to be continued' ending. There were parts that dragged, parts I loved and their were plenty of romantic "I love yous", bags and bags of needy, greedy and hot sex and we delve deeper into the heart-achingly awful nightmares that's haunting Gideon from his past abuse. And, yet again, it seems the world is out to get them by destroying what Gideon loves most.... Ava but, in the end, he manages to do it all by himself.

    Come on Ms. Day enough is enough don't torture them, and us fans, any further, write a spectacular HEA ending for them that'll blow our minds and then finally we can all get closure on what has been an awesome series..... but do it STAT.

    Worth a credit? This fell in my under $10 rule so I bought it but of course I'd of used a credit on it come on...... it's Sylvia Day - it's Gideon and Ava and it's one step closer to the fireworks of a finale that I'm desperately hoping for. Told from dual POV's and the narration was great but I'm still not a fan of dual narration.

    13 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Changing Course: Wrecked and Ruined, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Aly Martinez
    • Narrated By Lucy Rivers, Christian Fox
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    I met Sarah Kate Erickson when I was 21 years old. I was lucky enough to keep her for seven years before a tragic accident stole her from me. She didn't die, but sometimes I think it would have been easier if she had. I lived in a haze for those four years after the accident. Catering to her every need, even though she hated the very sight of my face. I tried to hold on to her and the future that we were supposed to build together. But you can't hold on to someone that doesn't exist anymore.

    CAROLYN says: "WOW...... NOW I'M EMOTIONALLY WRECKED & RUINED"
    "WOW...... NOW I'M EMOTIONALLY WRECKED & RUINED"
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    This tragic and haunting book grabbed me from Chapter 1 as I got caught-up in the heartbreaking story of Brett, Sarah and Jesse and the curveball life threw at them all and two other secondary, but important, characters. For seven years Brett has been damaged, drained and finally broken over his wife Sarah and even when he's with Jesse he just can't let go.

    What a roller coaster of an emotional journey this love story takes you on through beautiful then painful flashbacks of the past to beautiful then painful events of present day as the loving, supportive and devoted Jesse gives it her all, in a very raw and volatile relationship, in the hopes she'll eventually break through and win Brett's heart. There's passionate pleas, plenty of tears, vicious encounters, amazing loving fun filled days, humor, heartache, sweeping romantic gestures and lots of sex all told from dual POV's. Now I'm not a fan of dual narrators but they did a great job with the handful of characters and all the emotions this story called for.

    Worth a credit? I really really didn't want to hit pause or stop (and I've got the bags under my eyes this morning to prove it) as I was holding on for the HEA but I never expected it to be so, so,....... oh listen, feel and learn firsthand about it's climactic ending. Don't start this book until you've cleared the hours to devote to a great listen. Worth a credit.... Hell yes.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful

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