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Ezinwanyi

Dallas, TX USA | Member Since 2012

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  • Unlawful Contact: I-Team Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Pamela Clare
    • Narrated By Kaleo Griffith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (246)

    When a young woman disappears, journalist Sophie Alton investigates and is led to the woman's brother, a convicted killer who is running from the law. Together, they follow a dangerous path toward the truth - and unforgettable passion.

    CAC says: "Whew.........."
    "Loved the Hero, but Heroine was slow on the uptake"
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    Not quite a 4 because the heroine was a bootleg reporter. How can Sophie be an I-Team reporter when she was so naive, dense, unobservant, passive and just slow on the uptake?
    Great narration. This guy has done a great job telling this story.

    Sophie Alton and her brother grew up with her grandmother after her parents died in a car crash. In a spontaneous act when she was 16, she had sex with her high school crush, a senior guy she only knew as Hunt. Hunt left for the military the day after, and Sophie never heard from him again.

    12 years later, Sophie worked as an I-team reporter and she was working on a story with drug addicted inmates and the pregnancies behind bars. One of her subjects Meghan went missing with her newborn baby and drugs were found in her cell. A man hunt ensued for the missing convict and the newborn baby. Meghan's brother decided that this interested reporter, Sophie, would be his key in finding his sister. So the convicted murder Marc Hunter set up an interview with Sophie and then held her hostage and escaped.

    During this hostage situation, Sophie found out that Marc Hunter was her "Hunt". He told her his story and she had to figure out if she trusted him enough to jeopardize her career and get to the bottom of who framed him, Meghan and what was going on in that correctional facilities.

    What I enjoyed about this series is the author tackles pretty serious topics. And the author goes all in. Not the fluffy stuff. The series is also well written. The heroine was a bit slow, but I loved Marc. He was a stand up guy.

    3 of 3 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
    (455)
    Performance
    (422)
    Story
    (425)

    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
    (1218)
    Performance
    (1138)
    Story
    (1138)

    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
    (280)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (260)

    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
    (874)
    Performance
    (830)
    Story
    (833)

    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
    (940)
    Performance
    (597)
    Story
    (606)

    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
  • Whiskey and Wry: Sinners, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Rhys Ford
    • Narrated By Tristan James
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (129)

    He was dead. And it was murder most foul. If erasing a man's existence could even be called murder. When Damien Mitchell wakes, he finds himself without a life or a name. The Montana asylum's doctors tell him he's delusional and his memories are all lies: he's really Stephen Thompson, and he'd gone over the edge, obsessing about a rock star who died in a fiery crash. His chance to escape back to his own life comes when his prison burns, but a gunman is waiting for him, determined that neither Stephen Thompson nor Damien Mitchell will escape.

    Riva says: "Excellent 2nd installment"
    "Almost, but not quite as good"
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    3.5 stars...Perhaps 4stars.
    I am frustrated.
    This sequel featured Damien, best friend of Mikki St. John, the lead guitarist of Sinner Gin. You know, the one that was supposed to have died in the limo accident where Mikki was the only survivor.
    We find out that Damien was not only alive but locked in a Montana asylum with amnesia by some people claiming to be his parents. They told him his name was Steven but Damien somehow knew what those people told him was false.

    Damien escapes the mental institution and the kidnapper is revealed in the first two hours of an 8hour audiobook. So right off the bat that suspense of trying to figure out who was behind it was squashed. The bad guy sent a contract killer to make Damien dead for real but the contract was sloppy.

    Then the Damien was hit by a car and he magically appeared at a pub playing a guitar. The establishment is now owned by Sionn Murphy and as time went on, they fell for each other. Damien confesses what he knows about his past to Sionn, and the former body guard goes into protective mode. Sionn has to figure out how to protect his lover.

    Ok. I am not sure what is keeping me from peaking here, but one thing certainly was the flow. While the narrator gave a 5-star effort, the way the story told created these bad transitions and affected the smoothness of the story. The story itself was good but I didn't quite enjoy Sionn & Damien's chemistry like I wanted to, or even like the love in book 1.

    Then since I knew the bad guy, it was a matter of the body count before he was finally apprehended (as I knew he wouldn't get Damien in his own book). I think this was the problem. Knowing the bad guy sooo early took the anticipation away from me.

    This was an entertaining read and my favorite part was the reconnection with Mikki. Their love for each other and that 2nd part of the audio was definitely good writing. I just kept feeling like I was on the verge of something, and it never quite came to fruition like I needed it to. I will be continuing the series, in audio still!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Superhero

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Eli Easton
    • Narrated By Tristan Wright
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    It's not easy for a young gay artist like Jordan Carson to grow up in Jefferson, Wisconsin, where all anyone seems to care about in middle school and high school are the sports teams. But Jordan was lucky. He met Owen Nelson in the second grade, and they've been BFFs ever since. Owen is a big, beautiful blond and their school's champion wrestler. No one messes with Owen, or with anyone close to him, and he bucks popular opinion by keeping Jordan as his wingman even after Jordan comes out at school.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "WOW! So cute!"
    "An okay young adult firiends to lover story"
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    This story featured comic lover and artist Jordan Carson and his jock/wrestler best friend Owen Nelson. Jordan knew he was gay from 7yrs old, but Owen was straight. They did everything together until junior year when Owen gets a girlfriend named Emily. Then 3 became a crowd. Can Jordan handle being around Owen or Emily, or will he finally make make his move for Owen?

    This one was okay. I don't expect too much from novellas. It was a typical youthful coming of age and coming story with a artisty friend and a jock.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charade: The Games, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Nyrae Dawn
    • Narrated By Macy Sterling
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (135)

    Nineteen-year-old Cheyenne tries to portray the perfect life to mask the memories of her past. Walking in on her boyfriend with another woman her freshman year in college threatens that picture of perfection. Twenty-one-year-old Colt never wanted college and never expected to amount to anything, but when his mom's dying wish is for him to get his degree, he has no choice but to pretend it's what he wants too. Cheyenne needs a fake boyfriend to get back at her ex and Colt needs cash to take care of his mom, so they strike a deal that helps them both. But what if Cheyenne’s past isn’t what she thought?

    Jordy says: "A Complete Suprise"
    "Finding an anchor"
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    This is my first time hearing the narrator Macy Sterling, and she did very well. I enjoyed her voice and it added to my enjoyment of this one. It was sweet, and a little sad but so full of hopeful moments.
    Cheyenne just broke up with her boyfriend Gregory for cheating on her. She asks the local bad boy, Colt, to pretend to be her boyfriend, to make Gregory jealous and also get Gregory to leave her alone. What started out as a charade became much more as these two lost college students found out they had much more in common, and they became an anchor for the other as they faced their fears.
    In the end, the charade ended up making them stronger and better people as they learned to rely on each other and find new reasons to persevere.

    It wasn't too painful or angsty, it wasn't overly drawn out. It was sweet, and well written. Colt and Cheyenne were really strong and trying to deal with the hand life dealth them. I liked how they let the guard down around each other and showed vulnerability. I really liked Colt's mom and her words to Chey about Chey's mom. Very sweet and thoughtful of her to leave those lasting words to a young woman who need to hear that so badly. Really good book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Second Chances

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By T.A. Webb
    • Narrated By John Solo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Mark Jennings is at a crossroads. His finance job in the Atlanta nonprofit scene stresses him out, his mother is dying, and his relationship with Brian Jacobs has crashed and burned. He needs a distraction, some way to relax, and a massage seems like just the thing. He never expected his massage therapist, Antonio Roberto, to become his best friend.

    T. Henry says: "Beautiful story"
    "Good narration and a good GFY book"
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    In this book, Mark Jennings seemed to be barely making it emotionally. His mom is dying in the hospital of liver disease, his boyfriend Brian Jacobs left him for another man and his nonprofit job was about to go belly up.
    His only stress relief was getting a bi-monthly massage by a guy named Antonio Roberto.

    During these massage therapy sessions, Mark and Antonio got to know each other. Antonio was going through a divorce with his wife and was scared to loss his son in a custody battle. Mark was dealing with the loss of his mom and the return of his boyfriend Brian.

    Both were overwhelmed. Its no wonder both started feeling a little attracted to each other. But Antonio was straight and Mark would never cheat as he knows how that betrayal felt. But life has its own plans and Mark, Brian and Antonio's lives begin to mesh and we see that despite Mark's uncomfortable place, both guys genuinely care for him. Who will be Mark's HEA?

    This book had a roller coaster of emotion. This Mark really needed a hug. It had sad parts and happy parts. I also really liked the family angle as well as the non-profit Hope home addition to this story. It still touches me that family can discard their own children because of who they love.

    The writing was paced well, but the narrator wasn't quite right for this story. His faux southern accent grated my nerves at times, but then he'd forget he was supposed to have a southern accent and we were cool again. Over all, it was a good story. Little to no angst.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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