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CAROLYN

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  • Lay It Down: Desert Dogs, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Cara McKenna
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    "Backbreaking days, wild nights, and the hard hum of steel between your thighs..." That's a life well lived, according to the Desert Dogs - four friends who call Fortuity, Nevada, their badlands home. Vince Grossier is the self-crowned outlaw king around here. But when Fortuity's slick new mayor invites a shady casino development to town, the invaders' cutthroat takeover tactics quickly turn deadly. With police turning a suspiciously blind eye, it's up to the locals to fight back, and Vince is on the front line.

    CAROLYN says: "3.5 GOOD BUT NOT WHAT I WAS EXPECTING"
    "3.5 GOOD BUT NOT WHAT I WAS EXPECTING"
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    What I was expecting was a MC badass biker gang, hot sex, old ladies, patches and some hot Alpha type guys. However, what I got was mainly a Murder/Mystery with a Hero who had once formed an easy going innocent Biker Club (now disbanded) with friends when they were all much younger. Now he's sure one of those friends had just been murdered.

    Vince is a tattooed, sexy, drool-worthy hard-ass Alpha type who's been in trouble before, he's got a dirty mind and a mouth to match it and he's got quick and snappy dialogue too and when he sees Kim he knows he wants her in the worst (or best) way. He denied the romance but was all in for the desire and sex but it was interwoven with the main plot line of murders, cover-ups, mystery, suspense, with paranormal visions, a few hot sex scenes, some interesting secondary characters and eventually the I love you's happened but I just didn't feel any romance.

    Narrator had a very gravelly voice like he'd smoked 40 a day so his female voices suffered for it.

    Worth a credit? This had a bit too much murder/mystery to the plot than I personally like and the plot line doesn't conclude but will continue in further books but I don't think I'll be following this series, not because it's not good, but because it just doesn't 'fit' with my own personal romantic taste.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Irresistible Force

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By D.D. Ayres
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Officer James Cannon is one tall, strong alpha male who's convinced that Shay stole his dog. But once he gets closer to the suspect, he realizes that this stubborn, independent woman not only needs a guard dog, she needs James as well. It seems that someone from her past is stalking her, and threatening her life. When danger meets desire, will James risk his career and his best friend - to protect the woman who's stolen his heart?

    Darlene says: "New Series New Author"
    "A SEXY SUSPENSE THAT'LL LEAVE YOU PANTING FOR MORE"
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    What a great start to a new series - the action kicks off from the start when handsome Cop James finally tracks down his missing K9 Partner Bogart to a secluded cabin and what he also finds there is Shay who's a sassy sexy spitfire. The tension is high and so is the chemistry but neither one will admit it but James' Cop instincts are on high alert because he knows things aren't what they seem...... and everything snowballs from there.

    A very entertaining complex plot which quickly developed as two ex's cause grief and mayhem and a strong heroine who is haunted by a tragic past which makes her insecure and vulnerable and she badly needs a Prince to save her...... even if he's got four legs! It's an action-packed exciting thriller with twists, suspense, drama, danger, sex and a romance that gets tested before it's hardly begun.

    Constantly changing dual POV's which was good rather than alternating chapter by chapter views and JK's narration made this a very enjoyable listen.

    Worth a credit? It was far fetched fiction at it's finest and just what I hoped for and love..... so I've no regrets using a credit on this listen and I'm eagerly looking forward to the next doggie disaster.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ivan: Her Russian Protector #1) (Volume 1)

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Roxie Rivera
    • Narrated By Pinky Powell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (123)

    Desperate to find her sister, Erin goes to the only man in Houston who can help her - Ivan Markovic. The intimidating, tattooed Russian operates one of the most elite mixed-martial arts training centers in the world but it's his shadowy past and reputed connections with Houston's underworld that interest her most. To find her sister, she'll need the help of her big, scary Russian protector - but asking for help from a man like Ivan carries a steep price, one that might just include her heart.

    Amazon Customer says: "Here come the Russians !! Oh Yeah"
    "UNDERNEATH THESE RUSSIAN SINNERS LIE SEXY SAINTS"
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    Erin is desperate and her last hope is Ivan the intimidating tattooed Russian but she'll do nearly anything to save her sister Rose from the hole of drugs and bad choices that she's dug herself. When tough guy Ivan first lays eyes on Erin the games over because he knows he'll do anything and risk everything to keep her safe.... and hopefully keep her for himself too.

    This listen was under 3 hrs but it packed a lot in as it sucks you into the seedy world Rose has gotten herself in where the Mexican gang, Albanian gang and now the Russians are all after her. So Erin's frustration and desperation rises but the one person she can now depend on is Ivan. The romance is tender hot and quick but it has to be, the excitement is high as the bad guys come for Erin and Erin can see that underneath Ivan's gruff exterior, and his previous mob life, lies the heart of a teddy bear.

    Great narration and well worth the $4.86.... just wish it had been longer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dimitri: Her Russian Protector, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Roxie Rivera
    • Narrated By Pinky Powell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (67)

    Refusing to lose her brother to the violent Hermanos street gang, Benny turns to Dimitri, the dead sexy Russian who lives in the apartment above her family's bakery. He's the only man tough enough to get through to Johnny and save him from a life in prison - or worse.

    There's nothing Dimitri won't do for Benny, even if it means dealing with her troublemaking brother. He quickly realizes that it's not just Johnny and his thug friends that pose a threat to Benny.

    CAROLYN says: "THANK U ROXIE FOR GIVING US THESE SMOOTH RUSSIANS"
    "THANK U ROXIE FOR GIVING US THESE SMOOTH RUSSIANS"
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    Dimitri has secretly loved Bakery owner Benny for years and, without her knowledge, has been helping with her business and with her brother who has joined a street gang. But slowly things start to implode for Benny when a greedy developer starts pressurising her to sell up and her brother gets out of hand.... so who's she going to turn to..... yup her hunky sexy Russian tenant. Dimitri has a security business, a lot of unsavory connections and is very skilled at gang/street warfare and he also can't keep his hands off Benny and Benny is very willing to surrender herself to her tender dirty talking dominant Russian.

    Great listen, very exciting, fast-paced, sexy, romantic, with a hot alpha hero and an interesting cast of secondary characters. It's well-written, clever, has a plot that hooks you right in, there's humor, sex and drama too to add to the mix and the narrator did a great job in brining all together to make a very enjoyable listen.

    Worth a credit? Yes and I'm now going back to get Ivan (book1) so I can hear all the backstory.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Who I'm Becoming: FireNine, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By S. Q. Williams
    • Narrated By Christian Fox, Veronica Meunch
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Montana Delray is the most laid back of the popular rock band, FireNine. He's goofy, charming, blatantly honest, talented, a massive flirt, and extremely handsome. The girls literally throw themselves at him, and he accepts it. He loves the attention. The fame. The parties. His single life. With so many women to choose from, it's not in his nature to chase after just one, but when Lauren Harkin enters his life, that all changes.

    Denise says: "Ok, but nothing special"
    "SADLY, I LOST CONNECTION WITH THIS LISTEN"
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    It's so sad, when you've been following a fantastic series and have been giving it 5 star glowing reviews and you're excited to then get the next book in the series and slowly you think "what happened?" Because you just don't connect with either the H/H or the plot. The Summary sounded good, it should have been good but I hate to say it but, for me, it was missing depth, chemistry and excitement. Was this one rushed? because it's the shortest book so far.

    Montana and Lauren's relationship started off very casual.... no strings sex and it slowly developed into them both wanting much more but just as things settled down for them there was a secret that Lauren was keeping which, IMHO, wasn't shocking and Montana totally overreacted about. She left it too late to spill and the consequences weren't pretty.

    Told from both POV's but sadly even the good narration couldn't stir up much interest for me.

    Worth a credit? If you're a fan of the series and have been following the rest of the band's stories (as I have) then of course it's a must have listen and yes creditworthy. But if not, it was just a little bit blah for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Worth the Fall: McKinney Brothers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Claudia Connor
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (74)

    Abby Davis isn't wearing a skimpy bikini or sipping umbrella drinks, not when she's busy chasing around four little ones. And Matt McKinney isn't looking for fun - he's a Navy SEAL, a grown man with a long list of missions and fallen brothers. Abby has brought her children to this beach to start over, to give them the enjoyable memories they deserve. Matt has been sidelined by a combat injury, and he is haunted by the loss of his best friend and the promise he made: to remain a SEAL - focused and dedicated.

    CAROLYN says: "WORTH THE FALL WAS SO WORTH THE CREDIT"
    "WORTH THE FALL WAS SO WORTH THE CREDIT"
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    This is a romance that shouldn't have worked.... a handsome, bodylicious 34 yr old Navy SEAL and a pregnant widowed mother of four..... but together they made it work. Through their initial holiday attraction and flirtation, their separations, her insecurities, his missions and the broken promises yet somehow these two people connected, overcame, found love and became a beautiful family of six.... then seven.

    Worth a credit? A good start to this new series with loveable characters (especially the children), a great story with a little angst and a heartwarming HEA easily made this an enjoyable, romantic and creditworthy listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Fighting to Forget: Fighting Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By JB Salsbury
    • Narrated By Erin Mallon, Ryan West
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (61)

    Rex Carter lives behind a wall of indifference. The demons from his childhood act as an anesthetic, keeping him distant from emotional connections. Only the ache from a knock to the jaw, the sting of a tattoo needle, or the heat from a piercing can jolt him back from the numbness. The fiery pain is all he can feel, and nothing compares to the burn. Or so he thought. Working in a Las Vegas bar isn't Georgia McIntyre's dream. But she hopes it'll be an end to the nightmare.

    CAROLYN says: "EMOTIONALLY DRAINING, BRUTAL & YET BEAUTIFUL TOO"
    "EMOTIONALLY DRAINING, BRUTAL & YET BEAUTIFUL TOO"
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    Although this isn't my favorite in the series and it was a very hard and heart wrenching book to listen to, I have to give it 5 stars because a) child abuse and it's effects in later life must have been a very harrowing topic for the author to research, b) a brave thing to write about and c) then to successfully spin it into a tormented, tortuous tender love story took a very talented author. But she did it...... in this listen JBS captured the heartbreak, the denial, the anger, the physical and psychological effects so well and the narrators brilliantly brought it all to gut wrenching life.

    Two young abused children then reunited when they're mentally damaged adults sharing a bond only one remembers then terrible secrets, brutal shocking discoveries, revelations, twists and turns, heartbreak and drug abuse mainly set in a Fight Club/MC Club/Bar. But it also has it's beautiful and tender times too when they first became lovers and then again after all the explosive drama of the betrayal was eventually forgiven and finally when the traumatic life/death struggle was over.

    Worth a credit? It's a heartbreaking, haunting and harrowing journey, the ride was action-packed and the final destination was imperfectly perfect for these two scarred souls. Definitely worth the credit IF, and only IF, you can listen to hinted brief glimpses of child sex abuse (because it doesn't go into graphic detail) but it's the mental trauma and damage that'll bring you to tears.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Claimed: Brides of the Kindred, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Evangeline Anderson
    • Narrated By Anne Johnstonbrown
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (142)

    Olivia Waterhouse just got drafted. Problem is, she isn't being forced into the Army, she's been chosen as a Kindred bride. The Kindred are huge alien warriors;a race of genetic traders whose population is ninety-five percent male. After saving Earth from the threat of invasion they demand a reward--the right to find brides among the population. Baird is a Beast Kindred who recently escaped imprisonment and torture.

    Nicole Vela says: "Virtual reality"
    "A HOT ALIEN ABDUCTION, SEDUCTION & SURRENDER"
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    Wow, what a great new well-written and described Sci-Fi world.... one where (if you're picked to be their Bride) you're idolized, pampered and petted by huge, hunky, handsome Kindred Warriors who only want to make you happy and have lots and lots and lots of sex with you. There are three types - Beast Kindred who have an extra 'endowment' guaranteed to blow your mind - Blood Kindred who have fangs and Twin Kindred who come in pairs (literally). Baird, who's a Beast Warrior, chose Olivia but she didn't go willingly and isn't happy about leaving everything behind so Baird has one month to change her mind.... through sexual foreplay broken down into week by week degrees of intimacy until (hopefully) the 'bonding'.

    You get sucked into this fascinating fantasy world and can see the dilemma they each face and feel bad for them both because sacrifices must eventually be made. It's touching, romantic and also funny at times, has a few interesting secondary characters and there's an evil alien species called the Scrouge who happily cause pain and suffering and it seems like they will continue to play a part in the ongoing storyline. However, the main focus is on the 'claiming' as Baird tries everything in his sexual arsenal to win over Olivia..... and what an arsenal he's got - visual, verbal, sensory, mental and very very physical.

    Dual POV's and the narrator nicely brought each character to life, emphasized feelings and delivered a very enjoyable Audiobook.

    Worth a credit? Right from chapter one I was hooked and couldn't wait to hear just how these two loveable characters would finally work things out. I'm looking forward to all the other books in this very hot and very creditworthy series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Resistance

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By S.L. Scott
    • Narrated By Alexandria Watts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (51)

    The minute he opened his sexy mouth, Holliday Hughes should have known Jack Dalton was trouble. His smooth pickup lines, broad shoulders, and ridiculously handsome face charmed her right out of her clothes. She gave into her desires, the instant attraction blinding her to the obvious.

    CAROLYN says: "AN ACHINGLY BEAUTIFUL ROCKER ROMANCE"
    "AN ACHINGLY BEAUTIFUL ROCKER ROMANCE"
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    I really hope Audible gets more books by this author because she really knows how to write a beautiful haunting love story and this one's between Johnny Outlaw a drool-worthy famous Rocker and Holliday a successful independent businesswoman. But when they first meet she refreshingly doesn't recognize him so he goes by the name Jack Dalton to shed his fame and reputation. Their relationship is challenged by all that life can throw at it.... insecurities, distance, fame, drugs, temptations, misunderstandings, jealously, demons from the past and a tragic death but their connection, ever growing bond and the deep enduring need for each other comes across so strongly.

    Their chance meeting, instant connection and intense one night stand captured me but what kept me enthralled was the passion, strength and commitment that they had for each other which was so moving because you really feel these two loveable characters deserve to be together and get their HEA. There's raw need, fun and laughter, joy and tears, lots of heartfelt sex, touching and romantic words, heartache and drama and there's also growth, understanding and support. Then, at the end of their journey, stands two strong and loving people who've been through emotional Hell but their beautiful destination was so worth the ride.

    Mainly told from Holli's POV and the narrator was the cherry on top of an already stuffed cake because she breathed life into each and every chapter.

    Worth a credit? This is a book that leaves it's mark as I'll be in a 'book hangover' funk all day and in no hurry to start another book because I want to savor and relive this one a bit more..... so YES, a very very creditworthy romance.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Love's Rhythm: Heart of Fame, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Lexxie Couper
    • Narrated By Josie Minor
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Nick Blackthorne knows all about words of love. They're the reason he's the world's biggest rock star. The irony? He turned his back on love a long time ago, lured away by the trappings of fame. An invitation to a friend's wedding is a stark reminder of how meaningless his life has become. When he enters that church, there's only one woman he wants on his arm - the one he walked out on a lifetime ago. But first he has to find her, even if all she accepts from him is an apology.

    CAROLYN says: "SUMMARY SOUNDED GOOD..... BUT THE LISTEN DIDN'T"
    "SUMMARY SOUNDED GOOD..... BUT THE LISTEN DIDN'T"
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    Nick, a handsome successful rock star suddenly becomes tired, tired of the groupies, the sex, the touring and all he wants is a second chance with Lauren the girl, and the love, he had selfishly left behind when he chose fame and fortune without her. It could have been good, in theory it was promising but the actual story and narration was sooo disappointing.

    Lauren had been left with heartache, memories (and more) for 15 years and with a big secret to keep from Nick but within minutes and few words they were frantically kissing and groping each other then, within hours, they were sexing it up and within days they were forgiving all and planning their futures. One dimensional characters with no depth in a romance that was too quick, not enough build-up or grovelling (on both sides) too much sex vs. not enough story and the Australian narrator was hopeless.... the males all sounded female and there was no passion to her voice which definitely lost this listen stars. Yes, there were a few touching, tender and sweet parts with romantic sentiments but sadly just not enough of them.

    Worth a credit? At under $10 I just bought it and, in my opinion when compared to greats in this genre like Sinners On Tour by Olivia Cunning, NO this work is not worth a credit but maybe a half price sale.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Five Weeks: Seven, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Dannika Dark
    • Narrated By Nicole Poole
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (174)

    Jericho isn't the famous rock star he once was, though he still plays in a local band and loves to party. Beautiful women come and go, but music is his only passion - until a sassy redhead named Isabelle Monroe shows up unexpectedly. Izzy has always loved the freedom and adventure of life on the road, but she has recently decided to settle down-as much as a rogue wolf can. When her boyfriend gets her a job working at a hot Shifter bar, she runs into the last person on earth she expected to see again.

    CAROLYN says: "A SHIFTER ROMANCE THAT'LL GET YR TAIL WAGGING"
    "A SHIFTER ROMANCE THAT'LL GET YR TAIL WAGGING"
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    Dannika Dark's style of writing and the input of detail she puts into each action-packed Chapter enables the listener to picture each scene, each character, each twist and each exciting event as the story slowly, and deliciously, unfurls. There's chemistry that needs no charts between a shifter H and H who have very human hang-ups, deep feelings and who so deserve each other but are tested at every turn. A plot that has build-up, tension, drama, danger, passion, sex, a great cast of secondary characters and a tight pack that mixes humans in with wolves who are all there for each other.

    Then finally, at the end, it leaves you with that satisfied feel-good feeling that you have been so engrossed in all the action that those tiresome chores like the overflowing basket of ironing you've been dreading has now miraculously been emptied and it's contents transformed. The fairies must have just left because your place sparkles, the train went supersonic as the commute was over in a flash and finally, the wait at the dentists was actually enjoyable....... ahhh, don't you just love Audible.

    Worth a credit? A well-written and brilliantly narrated book that has characters and a plot that sucks you right in so..... YEAH very creditworthy.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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