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Ezinwanyi

Dallas, TX USA | Member Since 2012

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  • A Reason to Believe

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Diana Copland
    • Narrated By Jack LeFleur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (198)

    Detective Matthew Bennett doesn't believe in ghosts. So when the spirit of a murdered child leads him to her body, he's shaken to the core - and taken off the case. Unable to explain his vision, or to let go of the investigation, Matthew turns to renowned medium Kiernan Fitzpatrick. Though he has doubts about Kiernan's claims to communicate with the dead, Matt is nevertheless drawn to the handsome psychic, who awakens feelings he thought were long-buried.

    Christine says: "Skin Crawling"
    "great narrator"
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    A really good audibook. Excellent book to start the month with!

    This book starts of with Detective Matthew Bennett getting a missing child call. After the police has a taken a look around, Matt hears a little girl. He follows her voice and eventually her to discover her body and is quickly placed on administrative leave by his superiors. They also order him to see the department psychologist because they think he is losing it.
    See, 15 months ago, Matt lost his work partner of 3 years, who also was his romantic partner. He never took time off to properly grief, so Matt's vision has to be the grief he is feeling. Only, Matt's sister in law and best friend Sheila thinks supernatural things occur and that he shouldn't dismiss what happened to him as crazy business. She takes him to see renowned medium Kiernan Fitzpatrick and the two of them set off to solve the mystery of why the dead girl Abby chose to appear to Matt AND who hurt this little girl. It was definitely off the record as Matt was on leave and the medium is not part of the police department.

    The subject was a sad murder, but solving it became a form of catharsis for both Matt and Kiernan. Damage from the past has kept them from truly connecting with others, but their sisters (Shiela and Aidan) were the pillars that kept the guys erect.

    I love the way the story was written. even though it wasn't a love story, there was revelation and justice and love in this story. It kept me interested from page one until the end and I felt very satisfied at the conclusion. I would love a sequel to this one!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Kingdom

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Amanda Stevens
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (165)

    My name is Amelia Gray. They call me The Graveyard Queen. I've been commissioned to restore an old cemetery in Asher Falls, South Carolina, but I'm coming to think I have another purpose here. Why is there a cemetery at the bottom of Bell Lake? Why am I drawn time and again to a hidden grave I've discovered in the woods? Something is eating away at the soul of this town - this withering kingdom - and it will only be restored if I can uncover the truth.

    Amazon Customer says: "Creepy in a good way."
    "Good story but not enough romance for me"
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    Amelia Gray is on a new assignment in this book, she was commissioned to restore a cemetery in Asher Falls, South Carolina. Something about this assignment is suspicious. There is a lot of mystery to the town and the townspeople are very reticent to outsiders. She makes a handful of friends, most importantly Thane Asher and a stray dog she adopts and names Angus.
    The biggest mystery she uncovers is her past connection to this town and we learn she was lured here because of her past.
    This book was plot-driven and the romance was collateral. I was looking for a replacement for Devlin (her guy in book 1) and it didn’t have enough of real romance to make me happy.
    It is a well written book though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9720)
    Performance
    (7213)
    Story
    (7251)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Tim says: "True Blood PG13"
    "Good but it's just long!"
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    Scholar Diana Bishop was working in the Library stacks when she unknowingly called forth a magical manuscript, the Ashmore 782, which purports to detail the origin of supernatural creatures. This manuscript had been hidden by magic and the various supernatural creatures, vampires, witches, demons and even some humans were interested in this book because the knowledge could aid in eradicating the various species.

    Scholar Matthew Clairmont has been searching for the manuscript for over a century and his search has led him to Diana. What amazes Matthew is that Diana is a witch, but she refuses to acknowledge her powers and insists to live as a human. As Matthew begins to spend time around Diana, they get to know each other. Now Matthew is torn between his desire for the book, his new desire for the woman and his need to protect her from the other supernaturals hunting her for access to the Ashmore 782.

    In their world, Supes don't mix, so a witch and vampire can't be together. However, that knowledge doesn't stop Diana and Matthew from falling in love with each other. Now Diana cannot deny her legacy as a Bishop witch, not if she wishes to stay alive and not if she wishes to protect Matthew and their family. How far will the other witches and demons go in order to get their hands on the ancient manuscript?

    I enjoyed this book but it was LONG. It also kept alternative from 1st POV to 3rd person POV, and it was a tad weird. There was a lot going on, and a lot of secrets being revealed on the back end.It felt like two books because the first half of the book had excellent world building, character building and then the second half went into more of NYA love story thing. I like Jeann's review on Happy Indulgence, that compared the 2nd half to Twilight Breaking Dawn because that's exactly what I thought too. It would have been better to break the books up.

    I liked it, but I am hesitant to jump into book 2 right now. I will read it next month though

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deeper: A Novel: Caroline & West, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Robin York
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain, Lynde Houck
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (73)

    When Caroline Piasecki’s ex-boyfriend posts their sex pictures on the Internet, it destroys her reputation as a nice college girl. Suddenly her once-promising future doesn’t look so bright. Caroline tries to make the pictures disappear, hoping time will bury her shame. Then a guy she barely knows rises to her defense and punches her ex to the ground.

    Jordy says: "Emotion-Tugging, Thought Provoking Reality..."
    "Revenge Porn done well here"
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    I only read this book because I won book 2 Harder from librarything and I'm so glad that I did. This audiobook grabbed my attention from page one.

    Caroline Piasecki was a college student who decided that after 3 yrs with her first boyfriend . He decides to get revenge by posting intimate pictures of her on social media. Caroline was devastated and confused as to what she could do because she now feels like anyone she'll meet,any potential job opportunity or even family friends would have seen her naked.

    Resident bad boy West Leavitt encourages Caroline to stop hiding and fight back by living her life. They develop a friendship but she learns West has deeper issues than she does. Can she help him live again, the way he has helped her?

    This book felt like it was fast paced in some arenas, then slow in other areas. I liked Caroline and I liked West. They were both survivors. Caroline was betrayed by her ex boyfriend and West was betrayed by his parents, both had to learn to trust again. Nice story and I look forward to book 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Harder: Caroline and West, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Robin York
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain, Lynde Houck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Caroline still dreams about West. His warm skin, his taut muscles, his hand sliding down her stomach. Then she wakes up and she’s back to reality: West is gone. And before he left, he broke her heart. Then, out of the blue, West calls in crisis. A tragedy has hit his family - a family that’s already a fractured mess. Caroline knows what she has to do. Without discussion, without stopping to think, she’s on a plane, flying to his side to support him in any way he needs.

    Ezinwanyi says: "3.75 stars"
    "3.75 stars"
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    I hate that this book went from a Revenge Porn Plot to a "save him from his hot mess family" angsty NA. The Revenge Porn thing is not been explored that much so I was really enjoying it. But I guess the author defaulted to NA standard, rude boy from a messed up family who needs that love to give him the strength to aim higher.

    The same narrator, same narration style so if you liked the way narrator told the story of Wes and Caroline in book 1, then it is the same but reverse here. In Book 1, Caroline was drowning in misery after her ex Nate released her pictures on social media. Wes gave her space, encouragement and used the bakery to give her something else to focus on. In this book Caroline was the anchor for Wes after his father died and his family was in a tailspin. Caroline had to endure some seriously mean attempts by Wes to push her away before he finally gave up fighting her and gave into their love. He found peace and joy and a clearly path to a new future.

    I have mixed feelings about Caroline. When she wants something, she just ignores everything else. Some would call it focus and determination, I call saw her as having tunnel vision. I get her need to save Wes the way he saved her, but I found she sacrificed Bridget, her father's efforts on the lawsuits and even her own dignity at times to the altar of Wes. Maybe Wes was worth it, but I wanted more of a focus on the issue with Nate--on that crime that needed to be addressed more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dreams of a Dark Warrior

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (458)
    Performance
    (424)
    Story
    (427)

    Murdered before he could wed Regin the Radiant, warlord Aidan the Fierce seeks his beloved through eternity, reborn again and again into new identities, yet with no memory of his past lives. When Regin encounters Declan Chase, a brutal Celtic soldier, she recognizes her proud warlord reincarnated. But Declan takes her captive, intending retribution against all immortals - unaware that he belongs to their world.

    Julius says: "love this series but..."
    "Regin gets her Berserker"
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    This was Regin's HEA and it is set during the same time with Lucia's book and Carrow's Book.

    Regin was engaged to Aidan the Fierce before he was murdered. He kept coming back reborn again and dying when he remembered Regin and their love. Regin gets captured by Magistrate Declan Chase, the same guy who was working for the Order and she realizes Declan is Aidan's new reincarnation.

    While she falls for her lover, she is also aghast at the havoc he is wrecking on all those she loves. She has the power to destroy him, by helping him to remember her and their love. But she is so tired of losing Aidan time and time again.

    This book was really a big emotional rollercoster and it was a lot of pain for the main characters. I really liked Declan but not like I liked Garreth and the men before. I didn't enjoy this one as much because it lacked some of the funnier moments but it did have sweet ones too.

    I am amazed at how Cole keeps simultaneous stories going on at the same time but they are all their own journeys to HEA. Bravo!

    *sighing* Lothaire, that sneaky leech is up next. I am still mad at what he did to Carrow, and the lies he told young Thad. I hope he is redeemed in his book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lothaire: Immortals After Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1220)
    Performance
    (1139)
    Story
    (1139)

    Driven by his insatiable need for revenge, Lothaire, the Lore’s most ruthless vampire, plots to seize the Horde’s crown. But bloodlust and torture have left him on the brink of madness - until he finds Elizabeth Peirce, the key to his victory. He captures the unique young mortal, intending to offer up her very soul in exchange for power, yet Elizabeth soothes his tormented mind and awakens within him emotions Lothaire believed he could no longer experience.

    Nicola says: "Amazing Book"
    "Superb writing and narration."
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    What a ride. I never thought Robert Petkoff could do this to me but I couldn't even sleep because I had to keep listening. His deliver and humor was amazing. I had always hated Lothaire, but the author and narrator redeemed him.

    I was laughing so much in this book. Thank you for giving Lothaire a strong willed a Heroine like Ellie. She gave him all he could handle. This book deserves 6 stars and is the best book I've listened to this year!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ethan in Gold

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Amy Lane
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (66)

    Evan Costa learned from a very early age that there was no such thing as unconditional love and that it was better to settle for what you could get instead of expecting the world to give you what you need. As Ethan, porn model for Johnnies, he gets exactly what he wants - comradeship and physical contact on trade -and he is perfectly satisfied with that. He's sure of it.

    T. Henry says: "Love this series"
    "Ethan and Jonah were great together"
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    The narrator was okay. Sometimes, the voice for Jonah made me think of 16 year old naive boy. It made me pause sometimes. Other than that, I loved listening to this one.
    The timeline for this book matches with Dex's book, right after Chase gets in the hospital.
    What I always remembered about Ethan/Evan was that he needed "touch" so I was excited to jump into the book of the guy who needed lots of hugs & touches.

    Ethan's family life was as crappy as Chase & Dex's life. Another reason that Johnnies because his make-shift family. Ethan was the "smart one", the one who did well in school and was supposed to go to college. But right now, he is making movies.

    I found his story to be so sad especially with the tattoos he used to label himself and keep people at bay. This whole time he craved physical touch, but he needed emotional touch just as much.
    Jonah Stevens was a great match for him because Jonah was observant. His sister Millie's illness had made them very aware of non-verbal communication and Jonah was able to see past Ethan's aloofness.

    I am glad that one of the Johnnies boys fell in love with a guy from a family who accepted their child's boyfriend. Jonah's family was really cool and I really enjoyed the love that they lavished on people. It will help Jonah and Ethan continue to grow and develop as they chart their lives together.

    I must say that my tears this time had nothing to do with the two guys but was for the sister. Very touching and I was so sad for her. But the story was well written and another enjoyable installment in the series. I am anticipating the next book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Knight Awakened: Circle of Seven, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Coreene Callahan
    • Narrated By Suzan Crowley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (261)

    Warlord Vladimir Barbu has seized control of Transylvania, but his claim to the throne remains anything but certain. The king of Hungary opposes his rule, his people despise him, and the high priestess needed to crown him has vanished without a trace. Refusing to see his ambitions thwarted, he hires an assassin to hunt her down.… Killing is the only life Xavian Ramir knows. But now the elite assassin wants out, vowing to start anew after one last job.…

    CAROLYN says: "BOOK 1 of 7 & A MYTHICAL MASTERPIECE"
    "Evading Assassins & a Warlord"
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    I thought the narrator was pretty good. But the story was a lot.

    Assassin Xavian Ramir was sent his assassin order leader Halal to capture Afina Lazar and return her to warlord Vladimir Barbu.

    Afina is the high priestess and her endorsement (and marriage) is necessary in order for Barbu to retain control of the conquered Transylvania.

    As Xavian captures Afina and begins his journey to return her, he is surprised that she isn't what he thought she would be. First of all, she was running with her daughter. Second, she is a smart, observant and brave woman. As he gets to know her, he begins to question why Barbu is trying to force Afina into a union and he also begins to question his latest assignment.

    Of course, they begin to develop feelings for each other. Afina possesses magic that she isn't sure how to use. But the magic grew once Xavian kissed her. Xavian decides he cannot and will not hand over Afina, not with their bond growing so strong. But that means disobedience to his assassin order as well as war with Barbu.
    Now Xavian & Afina are being hunted and they have to find a way escape Halal and an angry warload.

    I felt like a lot was going on and thrown in this book. It was just a lot. I didn't think the Dragon's made that much of a difference to my enjoyment either.

    But I loved Xavian and Afina. Both were warriors who cared about others and would willing sacrifice themselves for the benefit for others. Their love was magically and together they were stronger. I didn't quite understand Halal's reasons for being a bad guy, but I assume we will see more in book 2.

    Overall, it was an okay beginning to the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mystery Man

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Kate Russell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (875)
    Performance
    (831)
    Story
    (834)

    Gwendolyn Kidd has met the man of her dreams. He's hot, he's sexy, and what started as a no-names-exchanged night of passion has blossomed into a year and a half-long pleasure fest. Sure, it's a little strange that he only appears in her bed at night, but Gwen is so sure he's the one, she just can't turn him away…. Hawk Delgado knows more about Gwen than she could ever imagine. She's gorgeous, headstrong, and skittish about relationships. But Hawk is facing his own demons, demons that keep him from connecting with anyone.

    Angela says: "Fan-freakin-tastic!!!!!"
    "Very stupid heroine"
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    The book starts with Gwendolyn "Gwen" Piper Kidd meeting a cute guy at a bar, taking him home and they had sex. They didn't talk. He started returning for a year and a half, always in the middle of night, without a key but somehow he got into her house.
    Gwen didn't want to scare this sex god away, so she never asked him his name, how he gets into her house, nothing except "harder" or "faster". She nicknamed him Mystery Man "MM" when she talked to her friends.
    None of her friends asked her WTF or slapped her, they just listened to the salacious stories she had to share about MM.

    When her sister gets Gwen caught up in her drama, MM decides to take care of his woman. unlike Gwen, MM (Cabe “Hawk” Delgado) did all his homework and knows all about her. So begins the journey to get to know each other outside the sack.

    She slept with him for 1½ years and didn't know his name nor what he looked like (she didn't recognize him when she saw him later) nor how he gets into her house/room---I JUST CAN'T PAST THAT. I tried, but I can't.

    #needsnewfriends
    #notscaredofSTDs
    #notscaredofmurderers

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jewels of the Sun: Irish Jewels Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Patricia Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (944)
    Performance
    (601)
    Story
    (609)

    Determined to reevaluate her life, Jude Murray flees America to take refuge in Faerie Hill Cottage, where she immerses herself in the study of Irish Folklore and discovers hope for the future in the magic of the past.

    Marie says: "Reader ruined it for me"
    "Breaking out of her shell in Ireland"
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    Jude Murray was just sick of her monotonous life. She was just existing and nit living. As a professor in ache ago, her life was planned out and so orderly, thanks to her parents and her husband. But now, her husband of 7 months leaves her because he says they don't fit AND he loves a younger blind chick, Jude decides a change of scenery is in order.

    Jude travels to her grandmothers place in Ireland, this place brings her soul to life. She meets people who knew her grandmother and she connects with the local pub owner Aidan Gallagher. She begins to be un-Jude like. *Gasp* she tries spontaneity---She gets drunk for the first ever. We begin to see her form friendships with Darcy & Breanna. This once reserved professor literally shakes her bunned hair loose and starts to explore herself. She begins to live. Ireland made her blossom. It was a nice story about finding ones self and in turn true love finds you.

    I love how Aidan pursued her. He got No, but he kept trying. He was sweet and just what she needed. I liked her girlfriends taking her shopping and drinking and all the discussions where the made Jude talk about her life. It forced some introspection that Jude seriously needed.

    I didn't really need the story with Fae Prince Carrick and Lady Gwen. It didn't add anything for me but whatever. Irish folklore I guess was added for the Irish setting of the book and plus it weaned into Judes book. I will try book 2 on audio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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