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Firstly, I hadn't know that this is actually book 2 of the Portal trilogy - book 1 is Mark of the Witch, this is book 2 followed by Blood of the Sorceress (not yet released).
I usually like M.S.'s work but I found this book to be so frustrating, it's one of those listens that'll have you pulling your hair out over whilst screaming "can you really be sooo stupid!" - the female character Lena was always thinking "oh I'm sure I saw it.... but I must have just been dreaming it/hallucinating it/imagining it" over and over again. It started off well - woman (whose also a witch) falls in love/accidentally gets pregnant/doesn't want to share news with boyfriend/runs out on him/meets him again 7 months later after a tragedy/he moves in wanting to bond...... then it goes downhill from there.
The narration didn't help any and I felt like Lena sounded and acted very young, naive and gullible and this could easily be a YA book - no real romance and definitely no sex. It didn't have the feel of an Adult book and it's made me very unsure of any of Ms Shayne's other books.
Worth a credit? In my opinion no, nor the $ if you wanted to buy it and I won't be going back to listen to book 1 nor will I eagerly anticipate book 3's release - so that shows you just how uninterested I am.
Ella and Porter have faced so many hardships, challenges and heartbreaks in the previous books you think finally, now that they are married, all the hardships, challenges and heartbreaks are surely a thing of the past. So they bask in their hard won together time with lots of sex, tender words and loving touches and look forward to being a family. But unfortunately, in this very tender but equally very traumatic story, their joy at finally being parents are very quickly torn from them when they have to face maybe the biggest challenge of them all.
Porter is always so amazing, so loving, so supportive and so sexy you just want to melt and Ella is sweet, equally loving, caring and has such character growth in this listen you can't help but feel proud of her. You really feel the close bond between the secondary characters and their families too. There's also more drama caused by the capture, imprisonment and eventual trial of the mystery shooter.
Worth a credit? Dual POV's, great narration (especially from the sexy voice of Nelson Hobbs) and finally their long awaited HEA..... every book was worth the credit and, if you haven't yet started on their emotion filled, heartbreaking, beautiful and very romantic journey, all I can say is you lucky lucky listener because you'll get to hear their love story without the annoying months of breaks in between.
Another winner from Roxie.... they've all got a great storyline, sex, suspense, secrets, intrigue, twists, surprises, violence and this one had a very sweet love story too as virgin Vivian and Mob Boss Nikolai's long long pent up attraction to each other and desire for one other is finally, yes finally acted on after years of longing looks, mustn't touch and denial. When an explosive kidnapping scene leaves Nikolai for dead and his thoughts that his beloved Ward Vee has been snatched to be tortured, raped or sold into the sex slave industry it sends him into an all consuming rage which kicks off his possessive 'mine' gene.
Hot tattooed Russians, gangster warfare, Dad's from Hell, tortured histories, murder, a sex slave ring, a "who keeps doing this to us and why?" exciting plot and well loved characters from the previous books. Then there's a very thoughtful, sweet, passionate and finally sexy romance which had sometimes humorous, sometimes quick, sometimes dirty but always loving banter between the two of them. Nikolai felt unworthy of Vivian and he wanted to get out for her but instead he unwillingly and unwittingly dragged her further in.
Dual POV's by a good narrator who had a lot of different accents and voices to do which she did well except sometimes I thought Vivian's voice sounded a bit young and with a couple of the sex acts she came across as naive for a woman of her age.
Worth a credit? Yes..... and please keep em coming Roxie.
First of all this is actually book 0.5 in the Sinclair Billionaire series and I purchased this Novella because I had already listened to book 1 No Ordinary Billionaire which was about Dante and this Novella is about his brother Grady.
Anywhoo back to the book, this was a short but very enjoyable listen about the hermit Grady Sinclair but he had good reasons to dislike mixing with people, hating parties and had feeling like he was different from the rest of the Sinclairs. He dreamed of fitting in with the rest of his four siblings but he never did because of the actions of his cruel Father..... but, at 18, fate stepped in and helped him out.
Thirteen years later, Emily fell on his doorstep (literally) desperately looking for a donation for the broke Charity Youth Centre where she was a Director and when handsome Grady himself opened the door it was game over for both of them because Grady made her an offer she couldn't refuse. It was a charming, funny, sweet, tender, romantic and heroic story as they clashed, argued, made mad passionate possessive love and shared Christmas together. With a couple of short drama filled near death experiences thrown in too.
Worth a credit? Dual POV's, a great narrator who could do male voices well and it was under $10 (and it was a bargain at only $5.24 while on sale) it was a very worthy buy so saving a credit for a more expensive listen.
What really blows you away with this new series is the fantastical world-building ability that Dani Harper has when she created this Fae Kingdom deep beneath the Welsh Hills with it's characters, creatures, myths, human prisoners and it's hidden enemies all held within. But worst of all is the innocent blacksmith Aidan who, in 1124, was kidnapped then cruelly turned into a Grim on the whim of a spoilt beautiful but evil Princess for not bedding her even though she tried to sexually lure him every time she saw him.
Brooke is a good witch who nearly brought her house down when she unexpectedly summoned Aidan during his desperate bid to escape his heartbreaking captivity that had spanned decades. There was a Hubble bubbling of sexual chemistry, plenty of toil as they tried to protect themselves, and their friends, from the wicked Fae Princess and yes trouble when they underestimated her reach. Brooke has three cats who nearly stole the show but so too did the sub story that involved Laurien The Lord Of The Hunt.
Aidan and Brooke don't get together until there's been plenty of back history referring to Aidan's kidnapping, his blacksmith's life and his awful transformation into a Grim (a big black frightening dog who are summoned when someone is about to die). And also how Brooke is struggling with her magic and what good close friends she has around her to support her..... who are going to be needed when Aidan 'drops' in from nowhere
Worth a credit? Mainly dual POV's but there is extra input from other characters too, a good well known and liked narrator but she didn't quite get to grips with all the male voices, romance, tender times leading to a few nice sex scenes, suspense, humor and a bit of a predictable twist. Pure fantastical fantasy at it's best with a downtrodden handsome hunky hero and a feisty witch who came to his aid and together they made some powerful magic. If you like the genre, IMO, you can't go wrong with this series and yes, it's a creditworthy listen.
You know what you're going to get with this series..... hot Alpha types, a drama filled listen, hot sex, passion and a group of former US Marines who love each other like brothers and will do anything for each other. But the one thing I wasn't prepared for this time was the bitter heartache when the author kills off a main player..... that was a tough pill to swallow. I thought Harper Sloan was brave to do this and to shake up characters and to introduce other characters - so kudos to you...... even if I hated it.
Dee is feisty but she has had a hard life and life just keeps kicking her in the face with more heartbreak until there's nothing left except a mask cleverly erected to protect her from anymore hurt and pain but behind it she's withering away. Her 'so called' friends can't see it but Beck does and he's desperately trying to hold on to her, to show her how much he cares and that he'll be there no matter what but sometimes love just isn't enough and Dee find out you have to hit rock bottom before you can climb..... then soar.
This is a heartbreaking story but it's also one that shows us when a Corps Security guy falls in love it's forever - no matter the cost, consequences or outcome, it's unconditional and Beck really had to hold on and ride the emotional wave that was Dee in order to be there at the end when it all came crashing in around her. Plenty of sex, humor, romance by the bucketful, suspense, drama and angst as Dee stirs up trouble which leads to a lot of danger, tears, shocking events and a death. Good character growth with Dee too.
Dual POV, good narrators, a story that goes back in time then spans a few years giving fans of the series up-to-date news of the previous couples, a strong but vulnerable heroine and a sexy, loyal and caring hero and together their explosive in the bedroom, the kitchen etc., etc., etc.
Worth a credit? It may take me a bit of time to listen to these books as there are so many good books being released everyday and sometimes I'm in the mood for Vampires, or Billionaires, or Wolves, or Bikers..... well you get the drift but it's a series I will always come back to because they're all one big tortured happy family. Creditworthy - you bet.
I haven't listened to any of this Author's books by her other name of Marie Force but after this captivating, addictive and unstoppable listen, which lost me a night's sleep, I'll be checking them out. The Publisher's Summary pretty much sums up the storyline and all you can do is hold on and listen to a beautiful story that has a very very sexually damaged Natalie literally falling at the feet of Flynn who's a handsome, successful movie star with the title of Sexiest Man Alive who sees the innocence and normality in Natalie and, like a refreshing change of pace, her rarity calls to him. But, as they fall head over heels, Flynn's plagued with doubts about his secret BDSM life choice and teeters back and forth about which love he should or could give up.
It's a totally unrealistic Cinderella type whirlwind romance and I loved every minute of it, couldn't stop listening as his patience, thoughtfulness and sexual pull eventually had Natalie (and me) panting for more more more. And, as the dreaded cliffhanger exploded and chaos took the place where happiness once lived, I know the wait to hear answers and revelations will be blissfully short.... just one week, then one week for the finale.... genius!
Dual POV's, no problems with the dual narrators who did a great job in portraying a skittish Schoolteacher with secrets and a haunting past and an Actor who's humbled and is trying to follow his heart rather than his libido.
Worth a credit? If you're a romance lover who can stray from the path of realism and you're not shocked at hot sex and would enjoy Flynn's erotic BDSM dreams where he's introducing Natalie to his preferred sexual lifestyle then you'll be rewarded with a trilogy that's going to be filled with drama, angst, passion, heartache, romance, the promise of hot sex and who knows what else. Yes this is creditworthy and I've already preordered the other two books in this trilogy while they're on sale at under $10 each IMO that's a bargain not to be missed.
Now there's Alphas, Uber Alphas........ and then there's Knight. He's handsome, sexy, rich, a Dom in the bedroom, talks like a biker with short cropped sentences, he likes things his way and he's decided Anya is his. Anya has had a tough life, she's a hard worker, she makes do with sale stuff, secondhand or damaged furniture and is scraping by. She's also studying and won't take handouts from anyone so when she tries to return something to Knight..... well that's when her life completely changes..... and when all the fun begins.
Loved the hero, loved the heroine, loved the storyline which had instant lust, a bad news brother, two best friends - one's great but one's a disaster, lots of hot sex with a bit of spanking and dirty talk. There's angst and drama as Knight's secrets are spilled and a few revelations when he decides to 'put things right' in his own way with anybody who's caused Anya pain. They are both very protective of their blossoming relationship and try very hard to make time for as many booty calls and together time as they can.
Told from Anya's POV by a skilled narrator who gave a great performance of Knight's distinctive way of talking and his 'take no shit' alpha attitude. There's also a very sweet and tender Epilogue.
Worth a credit? I couldn't stop listening, it ticked ALL my boxes so YEAH, IMO, what's not to love and well worth a credit.
Sorry, but this is one dark and depressing Vampire story..... the images of tarantula sized spiders weaving webs around drugged people waiting to be viciously slaughtered and drunk from in 'the blood room' just didn't do it for me. Nor did the Master Vampire's manipulation and obsession over a ballet dancer - one who he was forever fantasizing about ripping into her throat, having sex and devouring her. There was never any chance of her being changed as it was forbidden and, because she had witnessed something awful, he always planned on murdering her.... nothing romantic there. And he tried to convince her he was human by lying and deceiving her whilst killing off her friends.
Told from dual POV's, the language was often too flowery, there was other slow nasty 'drainings' and murders, Vampires that could change into Werewolves, mild sex, confusing bits and weird supernatural happenings. Games where humans were put into tunnels and hunted by gleeful bloodthirsty drooling vampires until they were all brutally slaughtered. And not even a good narrator couldn't save this one for me.
Worth a credit? I got this on sale at $9.97 but even that was too much, I wouldn't recommend it or suggest listening to it if it was free.... so NO, IMO, not creditworthy.... and I'll be asking for a refund.
The whole Beautiful series has just been great and this one's no exception. Christina Lauren certainly knows how to write a book that captures your heart and, with this one, the heartbreaking story of Niall's lifeless and loveless 11 yr marriage which left him an emotionally confused and sexually stunted man is so moving. Until the strong, understanding, patient, feisty and loving Ruby slowly and carefully shows him the true meaning of love and he can finally truly embrace how to be loved and how to show love too..... beautiful.
Worth a credit? Told from dual POV's but I had a problem with the narrators - CP couldn't do male voices well and all of JC's characters, including the women, sounded the same. However, despite this it's still a creditworthy listen but it did lose a point because of it.
Well this fantastic series has finally come to an end and what a great ending it was as Lizzy finds out the lie of "what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" because, for her, what happened in Vegas had life altering consequences because she brought back more than memories from her all to brief time with handsome Rocker Ben. Ben's keeping his feelings about the news tightly held back behind a wall of indifference but slowly through a lot of angst, drama, sexy times, heart-to-hearts and his bitch of a Sister's antics he finally opens up and let's Lizzy in.
Like all of the other books in this awesome series the story captured me and I couldn't stop listening because I just had to get to the HEA bit.... no matter what time of night/early morning it was. And I wasn't disappointed, it was all I hoped it would be but a little rushed and short because I so wanted to bask in their hard won happiness for just a little while longer.
Worth a credit? It was funny, had it's sexy parts and romantic parts, there was drama and peace as I got to share the happiness of all the previous Stage Dive couples. Told from Lizzy's POV by a narrator who could certainly do emotions and male voices well and she helped to make this a creditworthy listen. I can't wait for Kylie Scott's new Dive Bar series which, according to her website, will feature rock n roll, hot men, tattoos, saucy sex, humor, angst and action.... sounds like an auto download for me.
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