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CAROLYN

I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again

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  • A Touch of Greek: Out of Olympus, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tina Folsom
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (164)

    The selfish and gorgeous Greek God Triton is cast out of Olympus after seducing Zeus' mistress and can only gain reentry if he finds a woman who loves him for his kindness and selflessness, not his beauty. When the mortal Sophia - recovering from an eye operation and virtually blind - needs a home healthcare worker, he takes on the role, hoping she will be his ticket home.

    Melanie says: "A Good Story to Pass the Time"
    "T'WAS A JOY TO LISTEN TO THIS PARANORMAL ROMANCE"
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    Naughty naughty Triton, a bad boy Greek God and a supreme playboy (well he's so handsome the ladies just throw themselves at him) but he seduces one too many women and the fall from grace thankfully gives us, the listeners, a very entertaining and enjoyable listen.

    As Triton embarks on his 'mission' we encounter mythology, some memorable likeable and charismatic characters which includes his friends Dionysus, Eros and Hermes, a meddlesome half brother, secrets, murder attempts, a greedy cousin and a few twists that Triton's blindsided by.

    This was a fairly lighthearted fun story about the instant attraction and sexual chemistry between Triton and Sophia which awards us a tender, steamy, sexy, touching romance as they both have to learn to trust each other - but unfortunately, outsiders cause havoc in their budding relationship with some disastrous consequences. Humorous dialogue finishes off the merits of this well written, well narrated romantic paranormal mythological journey of self-discovery, sacrifice and love as Triton and Sophia finally succumb to their inevitable destinies.

    Worth a credit? It's left me panting for more, so that's a definite YES and I can't wait for book 2 A Scent of Greek which is Dionysus' love story.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Billionaire's Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By J. S. Scott
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Powers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (112)

    Called an eccentric beast by the citizens of Amesport, Maine, handsome billionaire Grady Sinclair stays isolated in his mansion on a private peninsula. The arrangement suits Grady just fine - until an angelic woman rings his doorbell, awaking his long dormant passion with her fearlessness. All he wants is to make the fiery blonde his forever. But will he have to become the monster everyone thinks he is to get his Christmas wish?

    CAROLYN says: "SHORT..... BUT PACKED FULL OF HAPPINESS"
    "SHORT..... BUT PACKED FULL OF HAPPINESS"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Bound: Grim, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Dani Harper
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (111)

    Kidnapped on his wedding day in the 12th century and forced into a thousand years of servitude by a cold-hearted faery princess, rugged blacksmith Aidan dreams of nothing but revenge on his captor. Then the spell of a beautiful witch awakens him to the present day - and a passionate desire. But to build a future, he must first confront his past.… Modern witch and magic-shop owner Brooke doesn’t think her life is missing anything, until a wayward enchantment lands a brooding medieval blacksmith in her spell room - and in her arms.

    K. April Holgate says: "Officially in LOve with this series!!!"
    "A MYTHICAL REALM, MAGIC & MAGNETIC CHEMISTRY"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beck: Corps Security, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Harper Sloan
    • Narrated By Abby Craden, Sean Crisden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (196)

    Dee has always been good at wearing masks. Not letting anyone see the real her. She's content being the happy-go-lucky best friend. The strong willed boss. The independent woman who doesn't need a man. She's terrified that all it will take is one person to make all her carefully constructed walls crumble into fine dust. The second Beck sees Dee, he knows that she will be his. He sees past the gorgeous smiles and heart-stopping laughter.

    Coooper says: "MIGHT BE MY FAVORITE"
    "IT TOOK YEARS BUT BECK FINALLY GETS HIS HEA"
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Virtuous: Quantum Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By M.S. Force
    • Narrated By Cooper North, Brooke Bloomingdale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    From New York to Los Angeles, from Hollywood to Las Vegas, Flynn and Natalie's whirlwind love affair has it all - romance, passion, steamy hot sex, relentless paparazzi, and a murder that could be their undoing.

    CAROLYN says: "WHAT A DELICIOUS, HOT, TASTY MORSEL THIS IS"
    "WHAT A DELICIOUS, HOT, TASTY MORSEL THIS IS"
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    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Knight

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Savannah Richards
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (178)

    Knight Sebring knows who he is, what he wants, and what he likes. And he gets it. But he never expected something as sweet as Anya Gage to wander into his bedroom during a party he did not expect to be having to borrow his phone. Knight tries to leave Anya to the life she deserves, with white picket fences and a man who watches football on Sundays - good, normal, and clean.

    kisha says: "Choppy"
    "OH KNIGHT KNIGHT KNIGHT YR SUCH A YUMMY BAD BOY"
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    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodroom: Bloodroom Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Naima Haviland
    • Narrated By Paul Heitsch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Turn to me, Natalie. His mental call to her was dangerous, of course. Dangerous for him. Dangerous for her too, but she was in danger, anyway. Look at me now. Her gaze traveled slowly upward. With every moment, physical awareness stretched tauter between them. Her eyes wandered over Julian's face, over his slashing dark brows, down the ridge of his aquiline nose to his chiseled mouth.

    CAROLYN says: "W A R N I N G...THIS IS NO ROMANCE STORY"
    "W A R N I N G...THIS IS NO ROMANCE STORY"
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christina Lauren
    • Narrated By Charlotte Penfield, Jonathan Cole
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (243)

    The fourth full novel in the New York Times, USA Today, and number-one international best-selling author Christina Lauren's Beautiful series, which began with Beautiful Bastard.

    William says: "Big Let Down"
    "BEAUTIFUL SWEET LOVE STORY"
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deep: A Stage Dive Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Kylie Scott
    • Narrated By Andi Arndt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (786)
    Performance
    (708)
    Story
    (710)

    One by one the members of Stage Dive are falling in love. David, Mal, and Jimmy have all taken the plunge, and now it's Ben's turn - only he refuses to fall into that trap. The sexy bassist enjoys his no-strings-attached lifestyle. But when Ben is forced to keep the one girl he's always had a weakness for out of trouble in Sin City, he quickly learns that what happens in Vegas doesn't always stay there.

    Sharon says: "High Expectations for Book 4"
    "BOO HOO, TEARS & SOBS.... IT'S THE LAST ONE"
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    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • No Ordinary Billionaire: The Sinclairs, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By J. S. Scott
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Powers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (153)

    Dante Sinclair never cared about his family's money. All the young billionaire ever wanted was to be a cop, and now that he's a homicide detective in Los Angeles, he's a damn good one. But when he is injured and loses his partner in the line of duty, he returns to his vacation home in Amesport, Maine, to recover.

    CAROLYN says: "IT'S NO ORDINARY BILLIONAIRE'S STORY EITHER"
    "IT'S NO ORDINARY BILLIONAIRE'S STORY EITHER"
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    With only a few references to being one of the Sinclair Billionaire's and donating some money this is really about Dante a physically and mentally messed up Cop with Survivor's Guilt. He's been injured during a shoot out, goes back to Amesport Maine to recovery and meets Sarah his Doctor who snaps him out of his death wish depression with a few harsh words and an accidental spilling of her blood. Rather than being upset with her he's grateful and sorry so he goes to see her with a peace offering to thank her and that's when the sparks begin to fly between them.

    A nice slow building sexy romance with an multi faceted Alpha male who is kind, thoughtful, caring, possessive, dominant, bossy and protective so when he finds out that his beautiful, caring, tender Sarah had been viciously attacked before and now her attacker is back threatening her life he goes into 'Cop mode' to save her life. There's suspense, a twist, a spanking in a Sub/Dom sex scene and more heated sex, a tension filled hostage scene, other Sinclair Billionaires, friends and secondary characters and a nicely built romance that leads to last minute declarations.

    Told from dual POV's, a great narrator who could do good Alpha male voices and portrayed all the emotions well. This is the second Sinclair brother to find love as The Billionaire's Christmas is book 0.5 in the series and tells the story of Grady Sinclair and Emily who are mentioned a few times in this listen. It's not necessary to listen to it before this one but I wished I had to give me the full background.

    Worth a credit? Yes it would have been but, at $7.34, my under $10 rule applied saving a credit for a more expensive but maybe not as enjoyable a listen.... and it's even cheaper at the moment being on sale at $5.24 so snap it up now. And I'm about to snap up book 0.5 for the same price but unfortunately with much less hours.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Vixen and the Vet: A Modern Fairytale, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Katy Regnery
    • Narrated By Rose Hudson
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    In this modern-retelling of "Beauty and the Beast", Savannah Carmichael, betrayed by an unreliable source, returns to her hometown of Danvers, Virginia, with her once-promising journalism career in ruins. Given the opportunity to get back in the game by writing a patriotic human interest piece, Savannah turns her attention to the town hermit, Asher Lee, a wounded veteran who returned to Danvers eight years ago, and hasn't been seen since.

    CAROLYN says: "A BREATHTAKING JOURNEY OF TRUST, BETRAYAL & LOVE"
    "A BREATHTAKING JOURNEY OF TRUST, BETRAYAL & LOVE"
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    This listen pulls at your heart strings, not because of the tender, sweet love story that developed between the beautiful sweet natured Savannah and the scarred hermit Asher, no.... it was the bitter betrayal. You know it's coming but nothing prepares you for the extent of pain that the heartbreaking shocking revelation will cause both Savannah and Asher.

    Great addictive bitter-sweet love story as Asher tells of the tragic IED incident that changed his life (which is unfortunately all too real today) and there's a lovely paced yet quick to develop romance because the attraction and chemistry was there from the start as Savannah could look beyond his scars and found the mentally wounded man underneath. Beautiful words and romantic scenes make you feel the love between these two characters. With Savannah's love and support Asher slowly begins to rejoin the living once more but the price he would pay for his misguided trust in her nearly broke him and caused a deeper pain than the IED.

    Worth a credit? Dual POV's, supportive secondary characters, sex, all American Hero, a naive Heroine and a good narrator made this a very enjoyable creditworthy listen.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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