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Ezinwanyi

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  • Love in the Afternoon: Hathaways, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (391)
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    Captain Christopher Phelan has been corresponding with the beautiful golden-haired Prudence Mercer while he was away fighting in the Crimean War. What he doesn't know, however, is that the woman who wrote to him is actually Prudence's best friend, Beatrix Hathaway.
    Upon his return home to Hampshire, it becomes clear that Christopher's experiences in war have changed him.

    Helen says: "It's Beatrix's turn!"
    "What a wonderful ride"
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    Love in the Afternoon (The Hathaways, Book 5) by Lisa Kleypas
    This series ending book features the youngest sister Beatrix, the animal loving klepto!
    In this book, Beatrix is spending time with her friends Audrey and Prudence, when they learn Audrey’s Brother in law, Christopher Phelan, was being sent off to a way. Officer Chris asked the beautiful Prudence to correspond with him which she agreed to, though she had no intent of doing so. When Beatrix couldn’t convince Pru to answer Chris’ letters, Beatrix started writing to Chris, but as Pru because Beatrix knew that Chris didn’t like her. In fact, Chris had remarked to one of his friends that Bea belonged in stable with the rest of her farm animals. But always the compassionate person, Bea couldn’t erase the anguish she read in Chris’ letters to Pru, and Bea could see that Chris was trying to connect with something at home to keep him sane in all that chaos wrought by the war.
    Soon, the friendship letters formed a big connection and the two fell in love over correspondence, but Beatrix knew that she wasn’t the sort of woman Christopher and his family would be proud to be attached to in society. The Hathaways were infamous due to their unconventional ways, ties to the Romany and just sheer eccentricity.

    So Bea decided to stop writing Christ, and let him go as she believed he loved Prudence anyway. And Prudence, who didn’t want a simple officer, now wants Chris because his older brother died, leaving him the earldom. So when Christopher returns from war, he is faced with a choice, Prudence or Beatrix. Whom will best fit his life and his needs now?

    Beatrix is bold, she is compassionate and she is observant. She was willing to give hope to man who disparaged her to others just because she understood that war changes a man’s psyche. At the same time, she kept her promise to Prudence, who showed time and time again what a shallow and unfriendly person she truly was. I loved Beatrix and Christopher together. They were magic and the chemistry was amazing. I am in awe at how Lisa Kleypas was able to make each heroine different and their journey’s to love different. One thing the Hathaway ladies all had in common was their intelligence and worldliness. They are smart, fun and accepting. Bea was no exception. I loved her touch with the dogs too.

    I am truly sad this series is over.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Omega Mine

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Aline Hunter
    • Narrated By Maxine Mitchell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (397)
    Performance
    (364)
    Story
    (366)

    Graced with the ability to shift into any form, Diskant Black is the absolute authority when it comes to New York shifters, and as the Omega of the city, his word is law. Protecting the shifter races is more than a job, it's a predisposition ingrained since birth - nothing is more important. Until a chance encounter with a tiny female sets fire to his blood, brings him to his knees and turns his world upside down. Ava Brisbane is more than he bargained for in a mate - beautiful, fragile...human.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "What an awesome shifter book!"
    "Good start, but too much sex"
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    This narrator does a good job with this book. Clearly this couple has great chemistry, but the sex was excessive. It was so much that I was getting annoyed.
    The narrator did a good job differentiating the various creatures and humans that I had no trouble following even though I was cleaning the house. There is a really interesting story and creative world, but it’s getting lost by the constant sex scenes. I enjoyed the writing but I am familiar with this author as I have read other series by her. So I suspected that I would like this one. I appreciate the fact that this series is different from Rhiannon’s Law and the Desire of the Otherworld series.

    The characters were also entertaining as Diskant displayed usual shifter possessiveness, without being overbearing. He was also a playful shifter which gave Ava room to be witty with him. Ava’s independence will serve her as I know her brother will be a force in the next book. She has proven that she is no wilting flower, so she will be a good partner to Diskant as the Shepherds continue with their agenda.

    I want to listen book 2 but I really hope there is more story and less claiming.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden Away

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Harry Berkeley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (415)
    Performance
    (375)
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    After Sarah Daniels witnesses Marcus Lattimer commit murder, she’s paralyzed by fear. Garrett Kelly agrees to keep her safe, mostly to get a shot at Lattimer, whom KGI has been after for years. Garrett never planned on falling for Sarah - but when she disappears, nothing will stop him from bringing her home safe.

    yasmine32068 says: "Hidden Away is a Hidden Treasure"
    "Great chemistry between Sarah and Garrett"
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    Garrett Kelly is a marine and oldest son of the Kelly clan. In the last book, he was shot when they went to rescue Sophie, his brother's pregnant wife. In this book, he was still recuperating from his injury when KGI got another assignment. Garrett was sent to find Marcus Lattimer, a well known arms dealer, traitor and personal enemy of the KGI guys. The only thing Marcus cared about was his half sister Sarah Daniels, so the CIA knew she would be their best lead to find Lattimer.

    If you have enjoyed the narration of the prior two books, then this one is just more of the same. I didn't enjoyed the narrator in book 1, but I loved the next two books so I will definitely continue on audio.

    I am surprised at how much I am enjoying this story but I guess I shouldn't be as I loved Maya Banks two historical romances. The story telling is face paced and it's predictable enough that I feel comfortable with where the author is going. I will try to read the next book next week.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jane's Harmony: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Ryan Winfield
    • Narrated By Emily Beresford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (20)
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    After the death of her daughter, Melody, Jane never thought she would find happiness again - until she met Caleb Cummings. Sensitive, loving, and mature beyond his years, Caleb is a handsome young musician struggling to make ends meet. But when his fortunes take an unexpected and drastic turn for the better, Jane is left wondering where exactly she fits in.

    Michelle Holden says: "Music to my ears"
    "A great follow up to a sweet story"
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    At the end of Book 1, Jane’s Melody, Jane quit her job and moved from Seattle to Austin, Texas to join Caleb who went there to pursue his singing career. This book picks up right soon after Jane’s relocation. The narrator kept the same tone and the same cheekiness with Caleb.

    In this sequel, we find Jane still unemployed but unwilling to return to selling insurance. She is still deliriously in love with Caleb and they are making their relationship work. Caleb gets an opportunity to be on reality show similar to American Idol but this show requires the contestants to sing only original songs. Caleb is concerned with the invasiveness and lack of privacy that comes from being on a reality show, as well as the fact that he is constantly separated from Jane.
    In addition, they are starting to have disagreements stemming from finances, and we all know that economic issues can wreak havoc on the dynamic of a young couple. With this obstacle, Jane and Caleb had to decide what they were willing do and what they were willing to give up, in order to stay together.

    I have to tell you that this sequel was just as heartwarming as book 1. In the beginning I was mindful of the 15 year age difference, but I soon forgot about it as Jane and Caleb just complimented each other so well. The writing was just seamless and there was no doubt in my mind that Jane and Caleb would make it. The author delivered this story in a way that the reader just felt their love and devotion to each other.

    I am giving this story a 4-star instead of a 5-star because I felt like Caleb’s history and background was largely ignored/forgotten, whereas Jane’s family was touched upon in both books. With Caleb being the younger one, I would have expected to have some more connections with his past that what the reader was treated to. I also felt that Caleb’s friends were not there when as a young man, I expect him to go out more and do more things outside his woman. Also, the last major meltdown Jane had, I felt the author glossed over how Jane resolved to handle the situation. I would have liked more insight as to why she determined her end game.

    But for my first taste of what Ryan Winfield cooked up with this series, I am more than satisfied. I chuckled a lot, I smiled a lot and I just felt good overall. This story really hit the right notes for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Samson's Lovely Mortal: Scanguards Vampires, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Tina Folsom
    • Narrated By Kevin Foley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (584)
    Performance
    (539)
    Story
    (537)

    Vampire bachelor Samson can't get it up anymore. Not even his shrink can help him. That changes when the lovely mortal auditor Delilah tumbles into his arms after a seemingly random attack. Suddenly there's nothing wrong with his hydraulics - that is, as long as Delilah is the woman in his arms. His scruples about taking Delilah to bed vanish when his shrink suggests it's the only way to cure his problem. Thinking all he needs is one night with her, Samson indulges in a night of pleasure and passion.

    CAROLYN says: "Mmmmmmmm YUMMY"
    "Light and fluffy read"
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    This one was a bit of a surprise. It wasn't heavy vampire stuff. This one reminded me of the Argeneaus series and the narrator really captured the mood of this story--very light and fluffy.
    200 year old vampire Samson was suffering from erectile dysfunction for approximately 9 months. His friends decided the best way to help him rise to the occasion was for a stripper to come and entice his inner beast to come out to play. So for his birthday, he waited for boom boom belinda to come and rock his world.


    On the same day, Delilah was getting attached, so she ran to the nearest house and knocked on the door. Of course, it was Samson house. Imagine Samson's amusement at the fact that his birthday present comes complete with a "kidnapping--save me theme".
    But the great thing was the great "Acting" was really working for him, it awoke his inner hunter and his body was responding. Well for the rest, you will have to read it. LOL.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Better When He's Bad: Welcome to the Point, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jay Crownover
    • Narrated By Mia Barron, Leland King
    Overall
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    Meet Shane Baxter. Sexy, dark, and dangerous, Bax isn't just from the wrong side of the tracks, he is the wrong side of the tracks. A criminal, a thug, and a brawler, he was the master of bad choices, until one such choice landed him in prison for five years. Now Bax is out and looking for answers, and he doesn't care what he has to do or who he has to hurt to get them. But there's a new player in the game, and she's much too innocent, much too soft…and standing directly in his way.

    karen says: "How BAD could u be with BAX - my number is 10+"
    "Bax is really good at being bad"
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    I like the gritty nature of this story. It wasn't the hurt guy who was acting like a bad ass to keep people from getting close. Bax was street thug, raised in the streets and very comfortable running the streets. HE is the authentic thing and Dovie also grew up in the streets so she wasn't a wilting flower. I like that she gave Bax room to be himself but subtly reminded him that his actions affect her too. This one had a lot of people trying to maneuver others in order to gain power so it was like watching hood tv.

    I enjoyed this series is better than Rule because it didn't have the fluffy and clean ending. It's a more realistic couple with a realistic life. The narrators did a good job with each character's POV, and bring their stories to life. Bax was bad, but he was good too. I look forward to the stories of Titus and Race. They are complex characters just like Bax.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Facade: The Game Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Nyrae Dawn
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake, Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
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    (16)

    After her father commits a crime that shatters her family, 18-year-old Delaney Cross is tired of pretending everything is alright. Packing up her car, she sets out to find the people her father hurt. Her search leads her to places she's never been - and into the arms of Adrian Westfall. To the outside world, Adrian is a sexy, charming ladies man. But his playboy persona is just an act. Secretly his soul is tortured by a memory too painful to share. Only Delaney seems to see through his facade to the real man underneath. And for the first time in his life, Adrian feels he can begin to open up about his past.

    Ezinwanyi says: "Confronting the Past and Healing"
    "Confronting the Past and Healing"
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    18 yr old Delaney Cross and her older brother Maddox are still trying to regain their equilibrium after their father's car accident killed a 3 year old boy and their mother attempted suicide. They decided that redemption would begin by gaining the forgiveness of the family their father's accident affected.

    When Delaney meets Adrian Westfall, he isn't what she expected. She decided to befriend him before revealing that she is daughter of the man who killed his nephew. The closer they got the harder the secret became and Delaney didnt know if Adrian would forgive her. Could she risk losing his love or could they move forward once she reveals her secret?

    I have read 3 new adult books in a row where the MC blamed themselves for everything short of the sun rising every day. That whole martyr thing is starting to feel disingenuous and it overly dramatic.

    The audiobook was good, the narrator kept me engaged and how the author told it kept me waiting for the other shoe to drop. It had some twists and certainly explained Adrian's pain. I really felt bad for Adrian, but Delaney's mother was a piece of work. I wonder why the kids never went to see their father in prison and ask him some questions regarding their mother. I hope that Maddox's book explains more about her abusive behavior but that woman was self-centered and horrid.
    I am glad Delaney found someone who cared about her other than her brother and I hope Maddox finds peace too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cop Out: Toronto Tales, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By KC Burn
    • Narrated By Tristan James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (119)
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    Detective Kurt O'Donnell is used to digging up other people's secrets, but when he discovers his slain partner was married to another man, it shakes him. Determined to do the right thing, Kurt offers the mourning Davy his assistance. Helping Davy through his grief helps Kurt deal with the guilt that his partner didn't trust him enough to tell him the truth, and somewhere along the way Davy stops being an obligation and becomes a friend, the closest friend Kurt has ever had. His growing attraction to Davy complicates matters, leaving Kurt struggling to reevaluate his sexuality.

    Heather says: "A sweet cop out"
    "Taking Care of Your Partner's Partner"
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    This was a new plot for me in GFY but it worked well in my opinion. Detective Kurt O’Donnell was injured in an explosion that killed his work partner Ben. As a good partner, Kurt decided to extend himself to Ben's family but quickly realized that he didn't know anything about Ben's family. So Kurt went in search of Ben's family and this is when Kurt realized that Ben wasn't who he thought he was.
    First of all, Kurt had no idea that Ben was gay nor did he know about the partner Davy. Second, when he got to know Davy and how Ben treated Davy, Kurt felt guilty and tried to help Davy pick up the pieces of his devastated life.

    The mourning of Ben made Kurt and Davy get close and soon Kurt, who is straight, found himself having sexual fantasies about Davy. But Kurt couldn't act on them because he is catholic, plus the fact that he wasn't gay. Besides, after what Davy went through with Ben, a closeted detective was not something Davy wanted to experience again. Is being friends enough?

    I liked Kurt and I especially liked how close his family was. I loved Kurt's new work partner and that relationship was obviously more valuable and way more supportive than what he had with Ben. I liked how compassionate Ben was overall, especially considering that he sent texts for over 6 months with no reply. I am ambivalent about Davey. I just didn't feel like I got a good sense of who he was. He was just really weak but that was understandable since his partner for 6 years was just murdered, who wouldn't be feeling so low? He obviously had friends and a real life before because they all popped back in once the barrier (Ben) wasn't in the picture. So I know he must have been a great guy before his self-esteem was smashed. Maybe we will see more of him in the next book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Faith & Fidelity: Faith, Love, and Devotion, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Tere Michaels
    • Narrated By JP Handler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (42)
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    (42)

    Reeling from the recent death of his wife, police officer Evan Cerelli looks at his four children and can only see how he fails them. His loving wife was the caretaker and nurturer, and now the single father feels himself being crushed by the pain of loss and the heavy responsibility of raising his kids.

    Ezinwanyi says: "Bad Narrator really takes away from this book"
    "Bad Narrator really takes away from this book"
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    OMG, talk about dousing my excitement with cold water. The narrator was really bad. He sounded like he was sitting on the washer during the spin cycle because his voice had this vibration thing--almost like he was crying.

    This is a beloved series but I will not recommend anyone do this one on audio. Please read it because you won't be able to focus on the story. Basically, widower Evan Cerelli is drowning in a sea of grief until his friendship with an ex-cop Matt Haight becomes a lifeline. What happens when two straight men begin developing feeling for each other? This was their awkward and terrifying journey as they tried to figure out what this means.

    Great story, I love this series and it is second only to Cut & Run for me. The writing here is really gripping and I just felt the angst. I have read the book several times and couldn't wait to get the audio. I highly recommend this one as a READ series, not a listen series.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • A Sinner Born: Brooklyn Sinners, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Avril Ashton
    • Narrated By Renard Pasquale
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (54)

    Syren Rua is at war. He battles painful childhood demons and his intense need for the first person who makes him feel. As Faro, Syren makes deals with the worst while taking the steps necessary to bring his family’s killer to justice. He isn’t one to indulge in selfish needs, but he’ll make the time in this instance. Syren has been watching Kane Ashby, craving the grieving man for his own. He’s always stayed away from temptation, but that’s about to change. Kane isn’t over the death of his longtime partner. Syren brings Kane’s heart back to life.

    Laura says: "Hanibal Lecter is not sexy to me!"
    "Syren's voice was bad."
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    i do wish I read this one rather than listen to it. The story was good but the narrator's voice for Syren was not enjoyable.

    This story featured Syren Rua (the man with many identities) and his quest for revenge and reclamation of his true self. We learned in the prior books that Syren was working as a double/triple agent against his employer, Ricardo De la Torre, who murdered his family and sold him to slavery. As Syren worked as Faro, he had come into contact with Federal Agent Kane Ashby (brother of Gabe Ashby). Kane was still mending from the death of his partner. But the both of them shared an attraction that they couldn’t deny. Once again, this series pits two men who are on the opposite sides of the law with each other, and like the prior couples, Syren and Kane work.

    Out of all the books I have listened to so far, this was the most pain-filled by far. A lot of people were hurting, from Isa, Syren, Kane, heck even Marshal Jack who made an appearance. What I love is the author gives each couple a unique journey to their HEA, and makes it enjoyable for us to follow.

    My only complaint was the narrator’s Syren’s voice wasn’t good at all. I realized he was trying to give Syren a whimsical, almost effeminate voice, but it didn’t work for me. But I loved his personality, his fetish and his flight or fight responses to Kane. The chemistry was there, the story was entertaining and I am so glad I discovered this series this month.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hell & High Water: THIRDS, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Charlie Cochet
    • Narrated By Mark Westfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
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    (74)
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    When homicide detective Dexter J. Daley’s testimony helps send his partner away for murder, the consequences - and the media frenzy - aren’t far behind. He soon finds himself sans boyfriend, sans friends, and, after an unpleasant encounter in a parking garage after the trial, he’s lucky he doesn’t find himself sans teeth. Dex fears he’ll get transferred from the Human Police Force’s Sixth Precinct, or worse, get dismissed.

    Ezinwanyi says: "Good humor to Military/shifter book"
    "Good humor to Military/shifter book"
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    The blurb is a pretty good summary so no need to reinvent the wheel. What I enjoyed most about this audiobook was the humor. The narrator did a great job giving Dex this happy sound. Dex made me smile and chuckle and so I guess the narrator accomplished his job with the delivery of the wisecracks.

    Detective Dex Daley was a riot. He was full of jokes and he was actually a happy person. It became evident that humor was his way of dealing with uncomfortable situations and also relating to others.
    He came across as a very caring and thoughtful person even though he was shooting off at the mouth often. I like the world with humans and Therians (humans with a genetic mutation that allowed them to shift into allowed them to shape-shift into big cats). I thought he was a good fit at the Therian-Human Intelligence Recon Defense Squadron despite having family members there.

    Sloane Brodie, Dex's team leader, took a little bit to warm up to since he was very moody. But once Dex turned on his charm, everyone began getting chinks in their Third's Armour and soon, Dex wiggled into their tight knit group.

    I like the story had insta-attraction but not insta-love for Dex and Sloan. We knew something was there, but they were working towards it. I also like that the bad guy's motives mirror everyday rationale. It's stupid but it's very real. I look forward to what lies ahead for the Third as the gauntlet was thrown down at the end of this series opener. This was a good book 1.

    I will hold out for book 2 on audio

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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