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Cecilia

Brooklyn, NY United States

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  • 5 reviews
  • 14 ratings
  • 19 titles in library
  • 15 purchased in 2014
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  • Once Her Man, Always Her Man: A 1 Night Stand Story: Always a Marine, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 12 mins)
    • By Heather Long
    • Narrated By Christine Padovan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    Fulfilling a favor and executing a business plan, Luke Dexter arrives at Dallas' Sybarite Club for a one-night stand. He never imagined he'd come face to face with the woman he left behind a decade earlier. Rebecca Rainier fell in love with Luke Dexter in high school and was crushed when he dumped her to join the Marines after 9/11. Set up on a one-night stand by her business partner, nothing could prepare Rebecca for who her date is. Can Luke and Rebecca bridge the pain of a decade-long abandonment, in one cold Texas night?

    Cecilia says: "Sweet Heather Long romance"
    "Sweet Heather Long romance"
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    When I want 'happy ever after' endings but with hot sex thrown in, I turn to this author's sweet Marine stories. This is the start of the series and not as hot as some of her others, but sets up the premise for the start of Mike's Place and all the other characters and stories to follow.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • What Part of Marine Don't You Understand?: The Challenge Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Heather Long
    • Narrated By Christine Padovan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Matt McCall's struggles to reintegrate into civilian life have been an ongoing battle for the better part of two years. Daily group sessions and weekly one-on-ones have only allowed him to grow so far. Twice he's returned to his home state of Indiana and twice, he retreated to Mike's Place. Uncertain of where he belongs in the world, he silently battles depression. The unexpected gift of Jethro, a black Labrador Retriever, perks his spirit...and a chance meeting in the park gives him a precious gift.

    Cecilia says: "Interesting story on PTSD"
    "Interesting story on PTSD"
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    What made the experience of listening to What Part of Marine Don't You Understand? the most enjoyable?

    The interesting topic of PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) - as usual, Heather Long researches her characters and their problems to a 'T', so the story is a fine romance coupled with an in-depth plot/storyline.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of What Part of Marine Don't You Understand??

    The beginning where Matt is sitting there with a gun in his hands - it was a very emotional, tense scene! Very well written and narrated.


    What three words best describe Christine Padovan’s performance?

    A beautiful voice. She kind of missed the mark for this story during narration of the slower, sex scenes though. Too much elongation of endings of sentences and the way those descriptive sentences were broken up.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, it was a short, sweet tale - easy to finish in a back and forth 1 day commute :-)


    Any additional comments?

    If you want romances with background and depth, I highly recommend Heather Long's stories.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Enslaved Trilogy Complete Set

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Shoshanna Evers
    • Narrated By Christine Padovan
    Overall
    (24)
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    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    The Enslaved Trilogy Complete Set includes: Enslaved, Book 1; Enamored, Book 2; Enraptured, Book 3. For Elisabeth and the sexy billionaire Doms everyone calls the BAD Boys, love triangles can have sharp edges... and somebody's bound to get hurt.

    Sasha Bueno says: "Had to pause the recording to go have fun with..."
    "You want it hot? Get this audio set!"
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    I was saving up to get 'Enamored' and 'Enraptured' which are sold separately, but so thrilled that all three stories are available as one audiobook!

    If you like off the chart sex scenes, fun secondary characters that interact with the conflicted main ones and 'they lived happily ever after' endings, then this author's stories are definitely for you.

    Makes me wish I had my own BAD boy! :-)

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Secrets and Sacrifices

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Diane Wylie
    • Narrated By Christine Padovan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
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    (6)

    A Civil War romance. Charlie is a crack sharpshooter for the Twenty-Fifth Virginia infantry. But Charlie has secrets.big secrets that could lead to heartbreak or even death. The slowly starving South, lack of medical supplies, and desperate runaway slaves motivate her and surgeon, Captain Daniel Reid, to take risks beyond their wildest imaginations. How could they possibly know that their paths would cross during the worst time in their lives and where that path would lead?

    Cecilia says: "Quiet powerful narration - O.K. Civil War story"
    "Quiet powerful narration - O.K. Civil War story"
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    Would you listen to Secrets and Sacrifices again? Why?

    No - not because it wasn't a well written story but it was rather depressing. So much bloodshed - so much detail on all the surgeries Daniel was performing to save the soldiers. The love story was a minor part of the story, but at least it does end happily.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Secrets and Sacrifices?

    Charlie helping to free a family of slaves, hiding them in her family's wagon's boxes. Another is Charlie sneaking into the prison camp Daniel is being held in, and helping him break out of there. Definitely, a lot of great detail and the story follows the history of the different battles very well.


    What about Christine Padovan’s performance did you like?

    Her quiet narrating style for this particular story - it fit the mood of the story. Accents were O.K. Her voice made it enjoyable to listen to the story; it had so much heartache and sadness most of the time, that it was good that she kept her voice soothing.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it was actually nice to take a break from listening and just listen to it in bits and pieces.


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Enslaved: The Enslaved Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Shoshanna Evers
    • Narrated By Christine Padovan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (60)

    Elisabeth Anderson has seen Trevor and his friends at the infamous Manhattan BDSM club WhipperSnapper, where everyone calls them the BAD Boys, for "Billionaire Arrogant Doms." The BAD Boys--Trevor Brooks, Marc Wilde, and Roman Chase - are aptly named; they've made money hand over fist due to their aggressive investing at the Brooks Wilde Chase Fund. These guys are so rich they can get away with anything, or so the rumors go.

    Claudia says: "If new audio, then very good stuff"
    "Thoroughly enjoyable Dom/sub story"
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    I love Shoshanna Evers' writing! It's fresh, it's fun and the characters are not perfect - they are actually very flawed and that makes the story more believable.

    On occasion in the audio, when the narrator ended a sentence, there seemed to be a slight echo at the end, but that may have been the mic they used. Thankfully, it didn't distract or detract from the listening experience.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful

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