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Ezinwanyi

Dallas, TX USA | Member Since 2014

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  • Sempre: Forever Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By J. M. Darhower
    • Narrated By Carla Mercer-Meyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (96)

    Haven Antonelli and Carmine DeMarco grew up under vastly different circumstances. Haven, a second-generation slave, was isolated in the middle of the desert, her days full of hard work and terrifying abuse. Carmine, born into a wealthy Mafia family, lived a life of privilege and excess. Now a twist of fate has caused their worlds to collide. Entangled in a web of secrets and lies, they learn that while different on the surface, they have more in common than anyone would think.

    Ezinwanyi says: "One of the best narrations of a book"
    "One of the best narrations of a book"
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    I listened to this book and the narrator was fantastic. This book read like a movie. It was descriptive, concise, and paced evenly. I was apprehensive about the book when I saw the page count as well as the audiobook hours, but it flowed so well that I didn’t even notice the length. It wasn’t just a story about two damaged kids falling in love, but about choices and responsibilities. It was about freedom and redemption too. This wasn’t just Carmine and Haven’s story, this was Vincent & Mara’s story as well as a cautionary tale about “The Life”.

    This book was much more than a tale about child slavery. It was a story of people trying to grow and move out of the shadows of their parents.
    Haven and her mother grew up as slaves in the house of Michael Antonelli until the day her mother convinced her to run away. Her mother Miranda overheard the lady of the house asking master Michael to get rid of Haven, so Miranda asked Haven to run for help. Her attempt to escape her slavers led her to Dr. Vincent DeMarco.
    Dr. Vincent DeMarco was an angry man. He was a physician who had been forced into serving La Costra Nostra, the Chicago Italian Mafia. His wife was murdered and his youngest son Carmine was acting up from grief. He was now a Consigliere, but now the mafia wants son Carmine. Dr. DeMarco is trying everything he can to protect his son Carmine, but had to follow orders as they were all dispensable. The addition of Haven to their lives complicated everything.

    From the moment Haven moved into the DeMarco’s household, Carmine was mesmerized by her. Haven, on the hand, did all she could to avoid everyone in the household. She was used to living in the stables or basement, and she did not trust that the DeMarco household would be different from her prior home. Hope was a dangerous thing for slaves like her.
    As the story began to unfurl, it became clear that Dr. DeMarco’s taking of Haven was not a coincidence and there was more to Haven’s identity than even she knew. Haven was a pawn in a dangerous mob agenda, but then so was Carmine, the mafia Principe. Now the
    Slowly, the DeMarco family thought Haven how to live, and a year later Haven and Carmine were in love. That’s when the past came to catch up with Haven, and the DeMarcos.

    The author did a great job with laying the foundation, and keeping the story interesting. I really appreciate the fact that there weren’t these huge emotional swings. Yes, there was sad events, but there was happy events and even funny scenes. The author mixed things up by interjecting characters like Dominic and Nicholas, Dia and even Aunt Celia, so there was a continual break in the serious tone of the novel.

    I had a love-hate relationship with Vincent DeMarco, but I came to understand him as the novel went on, and I also came to find compassion for his actions. Carmine’s father was forced into “the life” by love and by his father, but he really loved his wife and sons. I was blown away by how well adjusted Dominic was and it was nice to see him be understanding of Carmine’s plight. Carmine was an impulsive kid that you wanted to smack on the back of his head and give a high-five at the same time. Carmine’s smart mouth was source of many chuckles from me. The narrator did a great job in giving each character very distinct voices, and I loved that about the audiobook.

    If you want a New Adult book that isn’t wrought with cliché drama and dialogue, then this book is for you. I want to read the sequel but it isn’t out on audible. I don’t think I can just read it after enjoying this ride on audio, so it is likely that I will wait until the audiobook is offered at audible. But I really enjoyed this book and look forward to sequel.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • True

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Laurann Dohner
    • Narrated By Vanessa Chambers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (554)
    Performance
    (521)
    Story
    (520)

    Jeanie loves a New Species and is willing to pay for that love with pain, tears, and heartbreak. She’ll do anything to keep 710 alive but she never wants him to know how she suffered for him. He’s the reason for her mission in life - freeing others like him. True has a new life working with the NSO to rescue his people. A good life, until he encounters a dying woman - the female who betrayed him. True should feel gratified that she’s finally going to pay for her crimes, but she claims to be a victim, too.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "True... what a sweetie!"
    "True and Jeanie were good together."
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    I liked this one as it was my first New Species on Audio. I have read all the other ones. I also know what to expect from this series by now. It is a nice enjoyable read and it continues to be a look at society's issue with accepting those who are different from the "norm". What I liked about this one was even though the villain hated New Species, his main motivation was financial gain. So that was a new aspect to the story.

    True and Jeanie were a cute couple and they developed nicely. Their chemistry was good and they were likable characters. I sure hope the author has a book planned for Flirt because he needs someone of his own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lead: Stage Dive, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Kylie Scott
    • Narrated By Andi Arndt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1140)
    Performance
    (1059)
    Story
    (1060)

    As the lead singer of Stage Dive, Jimmy is used to getting whatever he wants, whenever he wants it, whether it's booze, drugs, or women. However, when a PR disaster serves as a wake-up call about his life and lands him in rehab, he finds himself with Lena, a new assistant to keep him out of trouble. Lena's not willing to take any crap from the sexy rocker and is determined to keep their relationship completely professional, despite their sizzling chemistry.

    Kevin Ann Mullen says: "I love a book that makes you laugh out loud"
    "My least favorite so far"
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    I expected more in the book that explored Lena who kept Jimmy on his path of Sobriety. She seemed stronger and together, so I was surprised to her allowing Jimmy to use her so callously. This book had more of a somber tone than Mal's book and I missed the humor that I had gotten used to. Lena's sarcasm didn't resonate with me and Jimmy wasn't redeemed enough for me to enjoy this book as much as I would have liked. I do look forward to the next book in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4394)
    Performance
    (3927)
    Story
    (3949)

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Bonny says: "Will & Louisa - each has what the other one needs"
    "Love and Choices"
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    This audio book kept me enthralled for 3 days. It had humor, sadness but most of all, realistic depiction of characters. I'm not sure what I was expecting or hoping for in the end but the story telling was gripping. Im not sure we needed the other characters POV as they didn't add anything for me, but this story was powerful. I'm impressed with the writing and will check out other work by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reckless: Renegades, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Skye Jordan, Joan Swan
    • Narrated By Piper Goodeve
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (494)
    Performance
    (459)
    Story
    (462)

    A couture wedding dress designer to the rich and famous, Lexi LaCroix's image means everything. Raised on the wrong side of the tracks, her years of polish and hard work are finally about to pay off. But crossing paths with a sexier-than-sin, bad-boy biker who makes her realize how much living she's sacrificed for her success, one touch is all it takes for Lexi to turn reckless. Jax Chamberlin has been screwed over by gorgeous gold-diggers one too many times. Though he runs his own stunt company, all of America knows his Hollywood face even years after he's given up acting.

    Alicja says: "Exciting and sexy"
    "Too shallow for my enjoyment"
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    Narration was good but couldn't save this story because sex and celebrity talk overshadowed everything. I kept picturing Lexie as Kim Kardashian and Jax as Kanye West. Nothing good could ever come from that imagery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Swan and the Jackal: In the Company of Killers, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By J. A. Redmerski
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels, Andi Arndt, Kate Reinders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (85)

    Fredrik Gustavsson never considered the possibility of love, or that anyone could ever understand or accept his dark and bloody lifestyle - until he met Seraphina, a woman as vicious and blood-thirsty as Fredrik himself. They spent two short but unforgettable years together, full of lust and killing and the darkest kind of love that two people can share. And then Seraphina was gone. It's been six years since Fredrik's lover and sadistic partner in crime turned his world upside-down.

    kimbacaffeinate says: "Redmerski chewed me up and spit me out as their ta"
    "Bad narrator in addition to a disturbing read"
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    This one was the darkest yet and I had to put it down periodically. I knew Frederik would be a tough character to get to know but his book made me uncomfortable.

    This book featured Frederik hunting his wife Seraphina and he kidnapped a girl named Cassia to force her to give him information that would led him to his wife. After torturing her and getting no good information, Frederik found that torturing others in front of her yielded better results. So he forced her to watch.

    This is when I decided that I will part ways with the series after this book. I will finish it out since I dont like DNFs but these sort of dark romances/stockholm syndrome books don't agree with me.

    I will say the 2nd half of the book was much better as Frederic got good info and was able to get the answers he needed. The writing was good but I am just too much of a flower and candy romance reader to get down with this.

    BTW, the new narrator was AWFUL. He was another issue that added to my discomfort but the subject matter didn't make me feel warm in my snuggie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chained by Night: Moonbound Clan Vampires, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Larissa Ione
    • Narrated By Amy Landon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (104)

    Leader of the vampire clan MoonBound, Hunter will do what he must to save his people from extinction-or worse, a torturous eternity as vampire slaves and subjects of human experimentation. To keep his enemies at bay, he has agreed to mate a rival clan leader's daughter in return for peace between the clans and an ally in the looming war with the humans.But survival comes at a price. First, Hunter must break an ancient curse by successfully negotiating three deadly tests.

    Teresa says: "Better than the first book."
    "Better than Book 1"
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    I enjoyed this book better than book 1, but there is still something missing for me.
    In this sequel, Hunter, chief of MoonBound clan has to fulfill the bargain he made in book 1, to marry the daughter of a rival clan. While Hunter wasn't looking forward to mating Rasha, as a leader, he had to create alliances as the human attacks on vampires continue to increase.

    Rasha travels to her new clan with her twin sister Aylin as a decoy in case they come across trouble. Aylin is disposable since she has a limp, and she is a second twin who should have been drowned according to clan customs. When the group came under attack, Hunter was able to rescue the princess and they spent some time getting to know each other. Imagine Hunter's shock when he learned that it was actually Aylin, not Rasha that he has been spending time with at the hidden cabin.

    The contrast in personalities is vast as Rasha is just awful and Aylin is so sweet. I did find that cliche that the beautiful one was rotten inside and the deformed sister was a gem inside. But it put Hunter in a quagmire--does he do his duty or follow his heart?

    The length of time it took to resolve this triangle, coupled with the dangling issues with Mine and the traitor left me unsatisfied.

    The world building in this book was much better and more interesting. The origins of the clans, seeing some of the individual's abilities such as Aylin's gift was a good touch to this story. I will continue the series but I wasn't wowed by this one either.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cursed

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By S. J. Harper
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (115)

    Meet FBI Agents Emma Monroe and Zack Armstrong. She's cursed. He's damned. Together, they make one hell of a team. Emma Monroe is a Siren, cursed by the gods and bound to earth to atone for an ancient failure. She’s had many names and many lives, but only one mission: redemption. Now that she works missing persons cases for the FBI, it could be just a rescue away. Unless her new partner leads her astray.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great PNR start!"
    "Siren & the Shifter: Great Team"
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    I loved the narrator as Sookie Stackhouse and it took me a couple of chapters to forget Sookie, but once it got going, I really enjoyed her as Emma & Zack.

    FBI agents Emma Monroe and Zack Armstrong are investigating a series of missing persons. The only connection seems to be the missing persons are closet vampires (the public is unaware of vampires).
    Emma is a Siren and Zack is werewolf. So they have to rely on the supernatural nature to solve this crime but it is definitely a complicated case. Then throw in the fact that you have a sexy seductress with a carnal shape-shifter and sparks are flying everywhere.

    I found the writing to be smooth and the story very interesting. It wasn't heavy on romance at all, but focused on the solving the crime. Emma was a likable heroine who did her best to act like a human and respect the human way of life. Zach was also likable as he tried to find his place in both the human and shifter worlds. I like how the author didn't make Book 1 overly complicated and heavy with world building. Some authors use book 1 as an information dump and it makes the book boring. I think after introducing us to characters, the authors can then use book 2 to give us more background and delve more into their past. I will definitely be continuing this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rocky Mountain Heat: Six Pack Ranch Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Vivian Arend
    • Narrated By Tatiana Sokolov
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (105)

    Blake Coleman is old enough to know that acting on impulse causes nothing but a heap of trouble. But when trouble's a western-hat-wearing blonde with slim legs that go on forever, what's a man to do? Wanting the sweet girl next door is just wrong. The responsible thing to do is keep his hands off. Jaxi has other plans for Blake's hands - and his heart. She may have once considered him a big brother, but that was a long time ago.

    CAROLYN says: "A GREAT START TO A SIX SEXY RANCHERS SERIES"
    "Unoriginal cowboy love story"
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    The narration was fine as was the story. It just the same ole same old. Maybe less raunchy than Lorelei James and her rough rider series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zane's Redemption: Scanguards Vampires, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Tina Folsom
    • Narrated By Kevin Foley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (172)

    The last thing vampire bodyguard Zane wants to do is to guard a hybrid, a half-vampire, half-human, whose father wants to keep her a virgin. Known for his violent temper and callous lack of compassion, Zane's out-of-control rage, born of the cruelty he suffered during the Holocaust, drives him to focus only on revenge. Trying to find the last of his torturers is his only goal in life. ortia is a young hybrid with a serious dilemma: In a few weeks, her body will be set in its final vampire form.

    Melanie says: "Love is Redeeming"
    "The Monster has a heart"
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    The narration of this story was as enjoyable as the prior books. Zane was redeemed well. We came to Learn about his past and he faced it head on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Terms of Release

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By BA Tortuga
    • Narrated By Slate Anders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    Adam (Win) Winchester is a county deputy and the cousin of one of the men killed in the incident that sent Sage to prison for almost a decade. While Win's uncles, Jim and Teddy, are determined to make Sage and the entire Redding family pay for their loss, Win just figures Sage has paid his dues and maybe needs a friend. Maybe he needs more than a friend. In fact, Win's counting on it.

    Riva says: "Wonderful Cowboy Goodness"
    "MCs had character"
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    This audiobook was good. The characters Adam and Sage were so likable and sweet. I was rooting for them the whole time. The story was emotional but ending with an HEA. I will have to check out other works from the author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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