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This was a fantastic book - not as good as the first (Beautiful Bastard) but I did like the story. It was quick moving and kept my interest-however, I feel like I've read this plot somewhere else before (especially the photography aspect).
The sex is fantastic!
I really like Grace Grant's performance in Beautiful B*stard for all the characters-this performance wasn't as good; not sure if the switching back and forth between narrators took away from it or what.
Great writing, sexy & fun! Enjoy!
I am such a fan of the Roughriders series by Lorelei James. Getting to know the McKay family and all of their ups and downs keeps it interesting and the series is phenomenal-if you are into naughty, sexy books.
LJ usually has a plot that loosely keeps the descriptions of sex part of the story. This one was not a favorite because it was completely BDSM and there was little to no plot. What little there was came at the very end.
I don't mind the dominant/submissive roles in any of her other books, however in this one the main character (Bennett/Ben) was a jerk and he offered a little redemption in the end. Ainsley was a significant businesswoman in the community but wanted to be dominated at night. That is all well and good but there just was not anything else, as I mentioned, until near the end.
Not my favorite Rough Riders and I probably won't bother to listen to this again as I go through the series. I really like most of the series.
Notes: Mature themes & strong language - not for the under 17 age crowd
Creditworthy/$: I say yes on either account because I am invested in the series. If you are Lorelei James and her fantastic series. I would say pass on this unless you are completely invested, like me.
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I really looked forward to this book as I am a huge fan of both romance and espionage/thriller. This book was definitely mostly romance with a bit of military thrown in - macho savior.
Mind you, my 'military expertise' comes from reading personal memoirs, like Lone Survior by Marcus Lattrell, American Sniper by Chris Kyle, etc. & fictional like Vince Flynn, Mark Greaney and the 'trashy' romance that are like this and KGI Series.
The plot was about rescuing a Navy SEAL 'brother.' It was clear to me that this was the first attempt delving into the military for the author.
The plot twisted and turned a lot with no real sequence. There was a lot of going after the SEAL 'brother' and keeping the girls safe. It has all of the components for a romance with a tiny bit of military.
I was hoping for to discover a new author along the style of Maya Banks. Her KGI series is excellent and always pretty clear and straightforward. This book was all over the place. The author seemed to meander through and didn't make sense. Maybe it was only confusing to me – there did not seem to be a clear timeline for the mission or the progression of the romance.
If you don't care about any of that and want a hot book, go for it
This is a series and I am on the fence about pursuing it any further. I hope the author gets better as it goes on. I'm forgiving (I can't write and give everyone who does kudos.) If I do, it will only be if I can the second book at sale price.
The narration was very slow but I turned the speed from regular to 2X times the speed. If I had to it regular speed I would've fallen asleep, as the narrator was so smooth and slow.
NOTE: Mature themes & strong language a bit of violence
Credit worthy/$: No for me on both. I bought it on sale and do not regret the $5 I spent.
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I'm stingy with my stars, so to receive 5*'s in all categories is difficult for MOST to achieve.
What a fantastic book! The plot was great and if you can accept the founding premise (it was a bit 'unrealistic,' but this IS fiction.)
Tempting the Player was one of the few listens that actually pulled at my heartstrings a bit (that IS a feat, as I have a cold, black heart.) I really like J. Lynn aka Jennifer L. Armentrout. I will continue with this series. I will also check out more of her work-with caution as most of her work is YA, not a genre I like - but thus far, her contemporary, adult category books all sound good.
The bad boy baseball player needs to clean up his reputation as a player (off the field) in order to keep his baseball contract. He meets the beautiful friend of his sister-in-law and they are instantly attracted to one another. However, unlike the usual plot one might expect from a book in this style, it takes them a while to discover their feelings for one another, good or bad.
The boring, self deprecating girl is offered and then blackmailed to play the part of the girlfriend for a month or so. The book is a bit unique even though the plot seems like it has been done before. It is not a deep and dark-no past abuse, etc. If you like JC Burton and her Players Series then I think you will like this book as well.
Kaleo Griffith's performance cannot be topped. Griffith is very good, as always. My only tiny gripe with him is that his way of feminizing female characters is to speak with a lisp. That is a peeve of mine and should not render into your decision whether or not to listen to this book.
Note: Mature themes and strong language
Credit worthy: Absolutely.
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This book was not at all what I expected. It was about the life of Timothy Blaine and it did include the down and gory details that one would expect from an autobiography with this title. The theme of consistent and continual presence of how God brought him from beginning to end was ever present throughout the book. In his first paragraph Blaine states that this is his testimony so I should have not been surprised.
Books like these usually tell all the gory details and then spend a minute or two on redemption at the very end of the book. This difference, to me, was profound and it made me think about things-mainly, my preconceived ideas. However, listening to the way it is written I forgot about some of the very strong opinions and just felt what the author wrote. A testimony from a unique perspective.
I really, really liked and appreciated Jay Prichard's narration. He made me feel what he was reading, even though this topic is almost completely foreign to me. I did speed it up a little bit, to 1.25 X because I prefer to 'listen bit faster.' Prichard's performance/voice is very soothing. He is a good storyteller and a real professional. Keeping me engaged in a topic I wouldn't normally listen to.
Note: There is NOTHING graphic, but there are descriptions of drug and alcohol use, prostitution & gay lifestyle
Credit worthy/$: *I was asked to listen to this book in exchange for my review.* This is not a topic I would pick out on my own, but I feel I am a better person for reading it. It is pretty powerful. It is a short book just over 3 1/2 hours so I would not use a credit for it and the price tag is a little bit high for such a short book, in my opinion.
Long Road Home
I love, love, love this book. It is more like MB KGI series then the Sweet series. More action, adventure and enough romance to keep you interested if you are the romantic sort.
I am unaware if this is a book in a series. I hope so because it is a good start. If you have listened to a lot of MB books you will notice some of the phrases and terms that are familiar, but not too many. The story is a standalone. I do hope she continues with this though.
Narrator, Rebecca Estrella I have heard before. She has narrated one of my favorite series. The trick with Rebecca is that you need to set your reader to a faster speed. I find that 1.5 or 2X is the best for me.
Rebecca is able to give each character a voice. I do think she did a better job with this book than the others I've listened to. She is a narrator, not a performer. She is steady & I do think she stepped it up a notch this one.
Note: Mature themes, strong language and some violence
Credit/ $ Worthy: Yes, yes this is creditworthy and yes worth to pay cash. MB's books are usually pretty reasonable to inexpensive.
This book read more like a textbook then anything else. That is not a complaint, just an observation. It is a collection of accounts regarding Freemasons and their behavior during wartime. Most showing how being a Freemason granted you special treatment by your brothers even if they were on the opposing side of the The Civil War.
I was hoping to learn more about this secret society and I did learn a few bits, but it was not the tell all that I had hoped it to be.
Jack Chekijian did an excellent job reading the text; the material could have been very monotonous. Chekijian was very steady. However, in times when warranted you could hear the excitement, sadness, confusion, etc. in his voice. I really enjoyed this narration and the performance of Jack Chekijian. He kept what could have been considered a textbook interesting to me.
Notes: A few gory details regarding battlefields
Creditworthy and/or $: This was not for me but for any U.S. history buff it would be an interesting read. A Freemason would probably find the subject matter really interesting. *I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my thoughts and a review.* While I would not use a credit or purchase this book for my personal library. I'm certain there is an audience out there who would really not blink to buy this.
Meghan Kelly ABSOLUTELY...T.H. Snyder, I'm not sure.
I'm on the fence with this book. It was really good and under the category of 'Contemporary Romance. It was a sweet story and a bit unique which is hard to do in this day and age, I enjoyed it.
However there was not much 'romantic' action until almost 3/4 of the way into the book. As quickly as it arrives, it is over - it is descriptive but not overly graphic. But it was certainly more that you would find in the young adult romance, I would hope.
I am not a reader of young adult books because I'm a grown up. :-) I cannot say or compare this to anything in that genre. However I would consider it a well-written young adult book with several mature scenes.
Megan Kelly is an exceptional performer and I am very impressed with her narration. The author wrote in a way where the male point of view is expressed and then the female point of view is expressed. Meghan's female was almost perfect and her performance of male was very believable. I am always impressed and respect performers who are able to perform the opposite gender in a believable way. When I forget the gender of the performer because I am listening to the story that is a good sign.
Notes: Some descriptions of sex
Credit worthy/ $: *I was given this copy in exchange for my thoughts and this review.* If I had purchased it I may have been unhappy. I would not spend a credit on it nor would I recommend to anyone who likes the genre I love.
I would recommend this for those who like young adult (with reservation - for the mature scenes.)
I WILL be looking for more of this narrators work.
This was a REALLY interesting book. It was about terrorism and counter terrorism, however carried through it a religious belief. It actually worked. I cannot recall any strong language.
There were some descriptions of violence but other than that it was very descriptive and didn't seem to need all the extra that you find in most books in this genre: Political thriller/counterterrorism
I think that this author had may have just received a new customer.
I did get a little bit lost about three quarters of the way into it but was able to get back on track and things made sense from then on. The only downside was that there were a lot of characters and at times it me made it difficult for me to keep up. However, this is the 3rd book in the series so if I had read the others first I may have kept up better.
Troy Klein's narration and his ability to give each character his/her own voice and THAT differentiation between all the male characters and the few female characters, made it much easier to stay on track then if I had been listening to another narrator.
I enjoyed his ability to portray females, which is always difficult for a man to do. And as I said, each of the male roles had its own unique characteristics this did help me follow along.
Notes: Some descriptions of violence
Credit worthy/$: I'm on the fence about whether or not I would buy the books in the series, but only because I have many many more to listen to before I'll allow myself to purchase anymore.
This is going to be the series is going to be on my WishList and I will hope to scoop some up during sales, or later I'll purchase them or use the credit. *I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my thoughts in this review.*.
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Bluegrass State of Mind
This was a sweet and safe romance read. There are several important characters that didn't make sense in small-town Kentucky -a Sultan Prince?!?
There was enough mystery to keep me interested but if you like a lot of descriptive 'romance' than this book will leave you frustrated.(D.M.T.)
It IS part of a series but I do not think I will continue because it was a little too 'good' for me. Also, Audible does not have any others in the series.
Not bad for $1.99 and this is my second listen.
Notes: No Warnings to speak of. This one is safe to listen to with your friend, your mother
or with kids around. No blushing!
Credit worthy/$: I purchased this at $1.99 and am pleased with the purchase. There is no way I would use a credit or recommend someone using a credit unless they like really, really safe romantic genre. If you like a little spice in your romance, pass on this one.
The next addition to the Stark TRILOGY (ended with Complete Me) collection. This was basically another installment of the excessive and wealthy Damion Stark taking his wife on a honeymoon. There are bits of trouble but lots and lots of romance.
This is the 2 chapter (novella) AFTER the Series has 'finished'. I am annoyed with author/publishers who continue offering bits to readers AFTER the book should be put to rest. However, as a fan I'm guilty of continuing to buy them!
This is billed/compared to as a Fifty Shades of Grey style book. I have not read any of the Fifty Shades books so I cannot comment on if it is similar or different. I enjoy this author (J. Kenner) and once you accept the premise it is a very enjoyable series.
Sophia is ALWAYS spot on in her performances. This book was no different.
Notes: Mature themes, strong language
Credit worthy and/or $ : I waited until the site wide sale when members get an additional 25% off. There's no way I was shell out one of my precious credit for this book as it's only a few hours.
However if you read the previous Stark novels you will want to buy this
Again this is a small addition to the series. It seems that authors continue to write even pass what they had plans. For example a three book series like Stark now has three books and releasing two novellas. It's nice to check back in with them. I have a love-hate relationship with trilogy novellas.
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