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CAROLYN

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  • The Highlander's Reward: The Stolen Bride Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Eliza Knight
    • Narrated By Corrie James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Lady Arbella de Mowbray abhors the idea of marrying an English noble occupying Scotland. When she arrives in Stirling, she is thrown into the midst of a full battle between the Scots and the English. Besieged by rebels, she is whisked from her horse by a Highland warrior who promises her safety. But when he kisses her she fears she's more in danger of losing herself.

    Susan says: "A Davina Porter in the makings?!"
    "I LOVE LOVE LOVE A HIGHLANDER"
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    I am a HUGE devotee of the Medieval Highlander romance genre so, although I hadn't heard of this author before, I took a chance - which thankfully paid off.

    It has all the usual trappings giant kilt wearing Highland hunks, someone to save, battles to be won, some great characters and a few baddies thrown in too, lots of passion, mild sex, a damsel in distress and, of course, romance in the form of 2 broken engagements but only 1 wedding. All this and a bit of history too - the battle at Stirling and William Wallace makes a couple of guest appearances too.

    Yes, the heroine was a wee bit stupid sometimes i.e. she escapes from his Highland Castle where she is being treated really well and intends to walk all the way back to England (but hey who knows maybe she was just playing hard to get). On the whole the book was an enjoyable easy going listen but I would have preferred a male narrator for all the beefy parts as I think the female narrator made this a lighter listen.

    Worth a credit? Yes it was, but I can't say it was one of my favourite Highland Books but I am looking forward to the next in this new series.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Hard as You Can: A Hard Ink Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Laura Kaye
    • Narrated By Seraphine Valentine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Five dishonored soldiers. Former Special Forces. One last mission. These are the men of Hard Ink. Ever since hard-bodied, drop-dead-charming Shane McCallan strolled into the dance club where Crystal Dean works, he's shown a knack for getting beneath her defenses. For her little sister's sake, Crystal can't get too close. Until her job and Shane's mission intersect, and he reveals talents that go deeper than she could have guessed. Shane would never turn his back on a friend in need, especially a former Special Forces teammate running a dangerous, off-the-books operation.

    Pamela says: "Outstanding performance for a wonderful book"
    "WHAT AN AWESOME HERO FROM AN AWESOME LISTEN"
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    This book has it all.... excitement, mystery, thrills, suspense, bad guys, a Team of good guys, passion, romance, sex, a three legged dog, a MC Club and a drool-worthy handsome Hero with guts, compassion, a tortured past and a downtrodden Heroine and her Sister that desperately need saving. There's also more groundwork done to put in place a great Team of disgraced Special Forces men ready to right wrongs, get justice and clear their names and, if they can help a frightened and threatened woman along the way, then they're happy.

    Their covert Mission (from book 1) has entangled them with powerful enemies who are involved in drug and human trafficking, kidnapping and torture but these hunky Alphas are kind and caring too and are more than capable for the job. But when Shane stumbles across Crystal she haunts his thoughts and he vows to protect her... no matter the cost.

    Very well written and the narration was perfect.

    Worth the credit? It's action-packed, edge of your seat exciting and thrilling with secrets, a brotherhood of great characters, passion, sex and a tender romance which all adds up to a very creditworthy listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Burning Dawn

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Gena Showalter
    • Narrated By Max Bellmore
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    Overall
    (29)
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    A tormented past has left Thane with an insatiable need for violence, making him the most dangerous assassin in the skies. He lives by a single code: no mercy. And as he unleashes his fury on his most recent captor, he learns no battle could have prepared him for the slave he rescues from his enemy's clutches - a beauty who stokes the fires of his darkest desires. Elin Vale has her own deep-rooted scars, and her attraction to the exquisite warrior who freed her challenges her every boundary.

    CAROLYN says: "EXCITING, NON STOP ACTION & A GREAT ROMANCE"
    "EXCITING, NON STOP ACTION & A GREAT ROMANCE"
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    This is the 3rd book in the Angels Of The Dark series about charismatic Winged Warriors who travel between the Natural and Spirit Worlds fighting Demons, making enemies and falling in love and technically it follows on from GS's brilliant LOU series but each book could be stand alone listen.

    Thane is one of the Winged Warriors and he has been captured and held as a sex slave by an evil Phoenix woman until he is rescued by a quiet, gentle, abused human slave called Elin Vale but she has a terrible secret that could destroy their budding relationship. He has to battle his enemies, his mental Demons from the past and conquer his hatred of all Phoenix or lose the one he loves.

    Thane is a great Hero, he's kind, loyal and thoughtful to the ones he loves, sexy and strong but he is also full of revenge, anger and is very unpredictable. He, and his two friends, were enslaved and brutally tortured in Hell but they survived and have a special bond which brings brotherhood and humor to the listen. And he also has some beautiful emotional words for Elin.

    Worth a credit? When it comes to PNR Gena Showalter is a master craftsman at detailed world and complex character building and writes exciting plots filled with supernaturals and there's a good balance between the action, suspense and adventure and the undercurrent of passion by a nicely developed romance. There's humor, sex, edge of your seat tension and great supernatural secondary characters including a couple of Angels with sub plots of their own. Great narration as ever by Max Bellmore. So, if you're a PNR lover like me, it all adds up to a very enjoyable and creditworthy listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • His to Claim

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Opal Carew
    • Narrated By Julia Duvall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    What if you could have everything you’ve always wanted, but it cost you the life you’ve always known?Rafe Ranier was my boss and secret crush. A rock musician by night and head of a billion-dollar empire by day, Rafe could have any woman he wanted. But I was just the shy secretary he never noticed. For years I obsessed over him, until I finally realized I had to walk away. I needed to leave my secure life behind to discover who I really was. I never expected Rafe to follow me.

    CAROLYN says: "SADLY, A VERY DISAPPOINTING LISTEN"
    "SADLY, A VERY DISAPPOINTING LISTEN"
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    Form the Publisher's Summary (and the hot cover) this book should've worked but, for me, unfortunately it just didn't. There was no build-up.... to the relationship, to the romance, to the sex and to the whole chemistry between the H/H and so sadly I just didn't feel the love.

    I didn't like the female character at all, (SPOILER ALERT) one minute she's saying I love you to her ex boss who's a handsome, sexy, hot Billionaire who's into her too and then she's left him and is kissing, and getting all hot, wet and bothered, by the other Band members. But when he phones her, missing her, she says I love you, I miss you and everything's fine..... well Hell no, no, no it's not. He's as bad, he's possessive and jealous one minute but then he fixes her up with the other Band members and himself and a quick M/M/M/F sex follows which contained the action but lacked the passion.

    Worth a credit? No sub plots or dramas, no build up, no sizzling chemistry, no 'feel good' romance and no passion to the sex.... which makes this IMO a NO, not worth the credit listen. However, if you are tempted then His To Possess is book 1 followed by this listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hudson

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Laurelin Paige
    • Narrated By James Patrick Nelson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Hudson Pierce has led a life few others could even imagine. With money and power at his fingertips, he's wanted for almost nothing. He's never experienced love, however, and he's seen few examples of it in his dysfunctional family. The ridiculous notion of romance has always intrigued him. He's studied it, controlled it, manipulated it, and has yet to understand it. Until he meets Alayna Withers. Now, the games he's played in his quest for comprehension can finally come to an end.

    CAROLYN says: "FINALLY ALL THE PIECES TO THEIR BITTERSWEET STORY"
    "FINALLY ALL THE PIECES TO THEIR BITTERSWEET STORY"
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    Now I'll be totally honest, at the start of this listen I really didn't think I was going to like it as I had such fond memories of Hudson and Alayna by the end of their trilogy and this starts off totally different. It portrays Hudson as a manipulative, sadistic, cold-hearted, nasty bastard who, along with his Queen of Bitches friend Celia, planned the terrible hurtful scam against the vulnerable unknowing and innocent Alanya.

    It doesn't repeat the story we've already heard, in touches on some scenes, but it's told from Hudson's POV and flashes back and forth in time giving the reasons and history behind why they did what they did and the devastating and heartbreaking consequences that followed after their twisted, bitter and damaged minds fixed onto Alayna for their next 'emotional experiment'. But, as the story unfolds, it explains just why they are both so emotionally broken and why they are playing with other people's lives and fills in the gaps from the other side of the story.

    It's raw, powerful, gritty, terrible, heartbreaking, romantic, tender and beautiful and answers so many questions and his Proposal and the Epilogue.... well if you've loved their story, that'll have you in tears.

    Worth a credit? IMHO, a MUST for any Fixed fan but be please be prepared to hate Hudson for most of the book and wait for his climactic downfall when he realises he's lost the love of his life but then you can rejoice when he lovingly puts his heart and soul into winning her back. It's so well written, emotional, tragic and bitter but it's also a well narrated story about character growth, healing, understanding, forgiveness and the unconditional power of a beautiful love. So, worth the credit..... HELL YEAH. But must be listened to after their moving trilogy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forever Consumed: Consumed, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Skyla Madi
    • Narrated By Madeleine Bundy
    Overall
    (35)
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    Seth Marc is back and training harder than ever before to redeem his loss to Don Russell. Tensions are high but stakes are higher as MMAC founder, Matt Somers, forces Seth and Don to train under the same roof. Though Matt Somers believes it's only good fun to provoke the two for publicity, he doesn't realize just how serious the situation is. With Olivia by his side, Seth Marc pushes himself to his limits and struggles to keep opponent, Don Russell, out of his head as they fight it out one last time

    Lena says: "Narrator...."
    "I COULD CRY..... A GOOD BOOK RUINED BY NARRATION"
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    This could easily have been a 4 star listen as it was the final book in the very enjoyable, romantic and sexy Consumed trilogy BUT, as has been said before, the narrator totally ruined it.

    I just don't get it.... why spend time visualizing, writing, editing and producing what should've been a very entertaining book that had secrets, angst and a lotta loving only to then have it destroyed by the narrator. I couldn't tell who was speaking, Seth's voice, which should've been sexy, alpha and deep, sounded the same as Olivia's voice. I couldn't distinguish if things were being thought or actually said aloud and by whom. Shame on you, whoever you are that chose this narrator because you ruined this for me, for the fans and you ruined a good trilogy.... did you even listen to the book?

    Worth a credit? If you're a fan of the series and you want the conclusion to Seth and Olivia's love story then you're going to get this, cringe through the listen to get to their HEA then I guess it's a barely creditworthy listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Longest Days: The Firsts, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By C.L. Quinn
    • Narrated By Natalie Duke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
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    Daniel had been a mercenary longer than his soul could take. On that final job, looking down at the face of an angel whose death he'd been responsible for, he knew he was done. And although he hadn't pulled the trigger on the bullets that took her life, he felt like he had. He'd buried her in a hidden grave in the Canadian woods so no one would desecrate her lovely body.

    Terri B. says: "The story continues... Book 3"
    "A GREAT PLOT & A BITTER-SWEET ROMANCE"
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    This listen takes place a year after the first book and finds Eillia slowly coming to terms over the brutal death of her long time lover during the attack on Bas's home and Daniel, the guilty Mercenary that led the attack who's working hard and drinking harder, is trying to drown his guilt. Both of them are drawn by fate to the same small town in Alaska where Daniel, full of regrets and haunted by the face of the beautiful woman he buried but can't forget, is in a bar trying to drown his memories when he suddenly sees that exact beautiful face looking back at him through the crowded bar..... Mmmm delicious!!

    As Daniel and Eillia find themselves drawn to each other neither one knowing why there's a sizzling chemistry which leads to a much fought against great romance that's touching, tender, passionate, heartbreaking and sexy there's also plenty of action as evil Alvin and crazy First Blood Tamesine try to carry out their revenge. With plot twists, surprises, suspense and loveable characters from the previous books and some new ones too, makes this a well written new Vampire series to follow.

    Worth a credit? Exciting, very enjoyable, well narrated and a listen I just didn't want to stop certainly makes this, IMHO, a very creditworthy addition to my guilty pleasure of an ever expanding list of PNR books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Endless Days: The Firsts, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By C. L. Quinn
    • Narrated By Pyper Down
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    Overall
    (22)
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    (19)
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    Cherise wanted a quiet, normal life... something she had never had. After a traumatic loss, she decided she needed serenity, so she moved halfway across the world to the American states, to a beautiful, quaint village in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. And there, with fresh air, tall trees, and lovely neighbors, she opened a little patisserie, and settled into a wonderful, normal life. Her family had already told her she couldn't run from her destiny. Turns out, they were right.

    CAROLYN says: "A SUPER SUPERNATURAL SUSPENSE/LOVE STORY"
    "A SUPER SUPERNATURAL SUSPENSE/LOVE STORY"
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    Another exciting instalment to this great new Vampire series that has pretty much everything a PNR fan wants... a damaged, tortured and oh so sexy Hero, a likeable Heroine, action, twists, surprises, suspense, bitter enemies and a nutty new one, humor, a Goblin, passion, sex and a lovely romance. And you also get to hear multiple points of view from all the many characters involved which brings depth to both the plot and the characters.

    There's also great world-building which successfully draws you into each scene and that, together with all the descriptions and good narration, makes this a very captivating listen. The sex scenes are nice and don't have very graphic references.

    Worth a credit? Oh YEAH and, IMHO, this is a series that hopefully will grow and grow.... and me, well I'm happily off to listen to book 3.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Forbidden Days: The First, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By C. L. Quinn
    • Narrated By Lauren Sweet
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
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    Life has been harsh, but after a horrible childhood, Park was finally content with her life. Her beautiful home sat on the edge of the Pacific Ocean in Los Angeles, she had her dream job, and good friends she trusted. Then she's abducted, car-jacked by a stunningly sexy man who she realizes is dangerously crazy - he thinks he's a vampire. Park plays along until she can escape, until she discovers that there are things out there people like her never knew existed.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "I want to be a First!"
    "WHAT A WONDERFUL NEW PARANORMAL WORLD"
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    What a great listen, a fascinating new Vampire community slowly emerged and then evolved with different lores, characters, villains, heroines and sexy alpha heroes to sink a PNR lover's teeth into as it captures the imagination. It's action-packed, exciting, with many twists, has a lovely romance as Head Vampire Bas tries to hitch a ride with a beautiful redhead that's about to, not only rock his world, but shake it's very foundations too.

    It's well written and well narrated too so that each scene plays out in your head and so there's a depth as various character's points of views and experiences are told which really draws you into the ever expanding circle of very fit Vampires, their helpers, the Firsts, the victims and the twisted minds of the enemies. And, not one, not two, but three romances emerge from this listen but frustratingly one has been denied (hopefully to be continued in another book).

    Worth a credit? This listen is like a spider's web... the main story then strands leading off to sub plots where there's many twists and turns holding action, adventure, passion, sex, destruction, deaths, excitement, surprises and a whole new beginning to a very addictive vampire world to happily get caught up in. So YEAH, IMO, worth the credit and I've happily used more on the next two books that are now available and I'll give you one guess as to what I'll be listening to next.... yup, you've guessed it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beauty from Love

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Georgia Cates
    • Narrated By Bunny Warren, Robert Black
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    The epic romance between an all-American beauty and her Aussie continues in this final installment of The Beauty Series. Jack McLachlan is fulfilled by more than he dared to dream possible. He finds everything he never knew he wanted - or needed - in Laurelyn Prescott, his last and final companion. Life is beautiful with his beloved by his side but their post-wedded bliss is cut short when his dark past springs into their present happiness.

    CAROLYN says: "A BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN BITTER-SWEET LOVE STORY"
    "A BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN BITTER-SWEET LOVE STORY"
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    There's nothing more delicious than having all three parts to a beautiful, romantic trilogy lined up and ready to be listened to and I happily jumped from one to another as Jack and Laurelyn's love story slowly unfolded.

    I haven't reviewed books 1 or 2 as other Reviewers have already done that so well but to recap, Jack is Australia's most eligible batchelor for a reason.... he's rich, handsome, successful and oh so sexy but he's an ass of a Playboy and not interested in a committed relationship. We've gone through him seeing Laurelyn, a beautiful American who's only in Australia for 3 months and the offer he made her of becoming the 13th lucky woman to enter into his 'all pleasure and no strings' relationship that was to end in 3 months. Then we saw the devastation of him totally changing his way of thinking about love, family and commitments and him turning into a caring, possessive, loving and thoughtful man only for him to leave it too late to tell her. We witnessed him trying to find Laurelyn for 3 months and the romantic and sexy reunion which was over too soon. And the heartbreak of him leaving her to decide their fate, future and happiness.

    Now, in this 3rd and final instalment, when happiness is finally within their grasp, secrets are revealed and too many past lovers are thrust in Laurelyn's way which leads to doubts, mistrust and jealousies. However, their undying love for each other, together with the support of his loving family, is going to be needed for the biggest challenge of them all.

    The romance is passionate, all consuming and very romantic with humor, drama, tension, angst, lots and lots of sex, heartbreak and a lovely cast of secondary characters which all eventually led up to a perfect Epilogue and the HEA ending that I hoped for them both.

    Worth a credit? A beautiful, sexy, emotional and enjoyable romance that spanned over 27 hours and cost 3 credits and I loved every minute and gladly spent the credits on a listen that was captivating, romantic and emotional.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Unbeloved: Undeniable, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Madeline Sheehan
    • Narrated By Tatiana Sokolov
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    (27)
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    Jason "Jase" Brady sweeps Dorothy off her feet. As Dorothy patiently waits for Jase to give her the happily-ever-after she's been dreaming about, James "Hawk" Young, a member of the Hell's Horsemen with secrets of his own, sees an opening into Dorothy's life and takes it. What follows is a long and painful journey of self-discovery and forgiveness, as Dorothy comes to realize that home was exactly where she'd left it and the love she'd forever craved had always been within her reach.

    CAROLYN says: "THERE'S PAIN, TEARS, REGRETS & AN ENDURING LOVE"
    "THERE'S PAIN, TEARS, REGRETS & AN ENDURING LOVE"
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    I have loved all of the previous Hell's Horsemen MC books, the characters, the romance, the quick wit, the humor and the sex but this is a TOTALLY different kind of story... it's one of regrets and the emotional pain that the love triangle caused in the lives of Jase and his family, Dorothy and her son and Hawk. You're either going to love the story or be disappointed by it.... but whichever it is it's a moving account of lives lived, missed opportunities and a long awaited HEA ending.

    If you've followed the previous books then this starts 7 years after Dorothy was shot and, now they're in their 40's, we get emotional flashbacks over the years and the coming to terms with the effects that the poor choices that each of them made during that time has had on each of their lives. There's also a secondary storyline involving exiled ZZ and the Russian Mafia which has devastating and heartbreaking consequences that progresses the story years ahead.

    In short, this is not a 'feel good' romance but a sad insight into the turmoil, devastation, hurt and heartache that they each had on one-another's lives. There's still the usual misfit secondary characters in the Club and the strong brotherhood, loyalty and honor that brings. But this was a sad, heartbreaking, poignant, raw, gut-wrenching, fleetingly happy story about forgiveness, redemption, bad decisions, lost opportunities and eventually, through it all, finally peace and love do prevail. There are some very tender touching scenes, mild sex and, as Dorothy and Hawk rekindle their love, there are bitter-sweet times as their futures look so bleak.

    As usual the narration was great.

    Worth a credit? For any fan of this well written series, I guess this saga must be listened to and it leads to what the now nasty ex member ZZ has just stumbled on to create havoc for the Horsemen in the next book. And if, like me, you're a fan of the leathers, the "you feel me brother" snappy dialogue, the old ladies and the angst and dramas that surround the MC Club then it's got to be a YES creditworthy listen. But just don't expect the usual 'he saw her, he wanted her, he got her' listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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