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Ezinwanyi

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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
    (81)
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    (73)
    Story
    (73)

    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
  • Carter Reed

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tijan
    • Narrated By Lucy Rivers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (213)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (201)

    Emma decided to skip the gym and went home early. It was the last easy decision she made because she found her roommate being raped by her boyfriend. She had two choices: Call the cops and be killed by his family's mafia connections or kill him first and hope to survive. There was no choice to her. She killed the bastard first and went to the one person who could protect her: Carter Reed. He's a weapon

    karen says: "Mr ALPHA - Those eyes, all those dark Promises"
    "It wasn't the narrator, this story was just bad"
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    I am truly baffled at the amount of high stars for this one. I had to scratch my head and wonder if maybe I read the wrong book. The narrator was just fine, but she couldn't save this book.

    This discombobulated book starts with Emma coming home to find her roommate being raped and so she shot the rapist. She didn't call the cops, she called Carter Reed because the rapist was a mobster and so was her brother's best friend Carter Reed.

    We spend the next 9 hours on audio hearing about Emma's achy thighs and quivering belly at the sound of Carter's voice. She tells us very often how much she wants Carter to touch her RIGHT NOW. In case you didn't figure out from the achy thighs, if he doesn't touch her right now, she will explode.

    Achy thigh Emma spends a lot of time blaming herself for not taking care of her roommate. They aren't best friends, they aren't related, but somehow Emma is supposed to take care of a grown woman--Mallory (at least a girl the same age as Emma). I never understood that but Emma is responsible for those around her though she could barely take care of herself. She turns to the infamous mobster Carter for help, but he will only offer it if she moves in with him. Why? Because he has to have her with him, that's why. His need to protect her is so consuming, it's overwhelming. I think I smelled the mhis from BDB.
    Soon after Carter proceeds to slowly drop hints about what he has done FOR achy thighs Emma, because it was all for her. Nothing else matters, no one else matters, just Emma. MINE.

    OMG, I needed a drink to make it through this audiobook but had no alcohol in sight. It was just jumping from thing to thing and I thought perhaps I should have drank some glasses of wine too, perhaps this story would make sense then. I would be okay with the author's rambling narrative. The transitions were so choppy, it felt like I was listening to a drunk friend talking. The lack of development was just egregious. There was a shallow storyline here, but I was distracted by achy thighs. I couldn't connect with any character in the book. There was a lot of things that were not explained well.

    anyway, I don't know if I will read anything else by this author because I don't think I could handle another 10 hours like this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Threshold: Whyborne & Griffin, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jordan L. Hawk
    • Narrated By Julian G. Simmons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
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    Introverted scholar Percival Endicott Whyborne wants nothing more than to live quietly with his lover, ex-Pinkerton detective Griffin Flaherty. Unfortunately, Whyborne's railroad tycoon father has other ideas, namely hiring Griffin to investigate mysterious events at a coal mine. Whyborne, Griffin, and their friend Christine travel to Threshold Mountain, a place of dark legend even before the mine burrowed into its heart.

    Riva says: "Another winner"
    "Whybourne gets bolder"
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    Another great story, and great narration. Percival Whyborne's father hired Griffin Flaherty to investigate why workers keep going missing at his mine located at Threshold Mountain. He had already hired a bunch of security, including Griffin's ex lover Elliot. Whyborne began experiencing insecurity in his relationship with Griffin as Elliot began disrupting their relationship and the investigation. What is lurking in that cave and are the missing people dead or alive?

    I am surprised at how much I enjoyed this series because this isn't a romance series. It's mystery, supernatural, thriller with romance as a side dish. But I like how Whyborne is growing a pair and starting to act with more confidence. I like him and Griffin and that mouthy Christine. They are a trio, but not a menage and it works well as an investigation partnership.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pray the Gay Away: A Southern Thing

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Sara York
    • Narrated By Jason Frazier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Star football player, Jack Miller, had it all. The perfect family, looks, girls hanging on his every word, and the respect of most people in his town. But one thing was missing--a man to be his own. When Andrew Collins showed up in small town, conservative Sweet, Georgia, he looked more scrawny mutt than high school senior. Andrew's plan was to keep his head down and graduate high school, leaving his family behind to start his real life.

    John Chapman says: "Gay raised in the south & religous homes must read"
    "Standard story, religious family with a gay son."
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    My biggest issue with this book is that I don’t want to be told how to feel, and that’s what the author did here. It was quite preachy but it didn’t allow me to draw my own conclusions and it was also one-dimensional. The narrator was actually pretty good and kept me listening but I wanted something a little different than stereotypes.

    Jack Miller was the son of a small Georgia town’s preacher and also the star of the high school football team. He had everything, except the freedom to love who he wanted. It seems that his father had noticed some traits that were “sinful” about Jack, so his father really pushed him to be a “man”.
    When a new family, the Collins moved to town, they asked the preacher to help them start over. Their son Andrew Collins has afflicted with the sin of gayness and they are hoping being around good people will redirect Andrew’s sinful ways. If Jack could mentor Andrew and show him how a real man was, maybe Andrew could be saved. Now Jack finally found a kindred spirit, but they have to bide their time. Jack is being recruited to play football by many colleges around the country, so if they can keep their love a secret, once they get out of Sweet, Georgia, they can finally be free to be together.

    But Jack’s father found some incriminating things on Jack’s computer. What will happen to Jack, the preacher’s son and town football star if anyone found out he was gay?

    This story was written in an elementary manner. It also ended in a silly cliff hanger designed to make you quickly pick up the next one. Unfortunately I didn’t find the story compelling enough to want book 2. It wasn’t the grammar errors that bothered me; the story just lacked the requisite emotion to draw me. I didn’t “feel” the plight and that prevented me from truly connecting with the characters.

    0 of 0 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
    (177)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (166)

    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
    (9802)
    Performance
    (7288)
    Story
    (7327)

    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.

    haesel says: "Where was this woman's editor?"
    "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
    (79)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (75)

    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
    (26)
    Performance
    (26)
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    (26)

    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
  • Graceling

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Kristin Cashore
    • Narrated By David Baker, Chelsea Mixon, Zachary Exton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (750)
    Performance
    (496)
    Story
    (494)

    Set in a world where some people are born with a Grace - a unique, sometimes uncanny, gift - this is the story of Katsa, whose Grace, demonstrated at an uncomfortably early age, is for killing. This makes her a perfect tool for her uncle, King Randa But Katsa chafes at the way she is being used - and even more at the injustices she sees around her.Then she meets Prince Po, who has a Grace to match hers...

    Kari says: "Outstanding first novel!"
    "It never got exciting"
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    This one was disappointing This book is like putting water to boil, the water getting warm but never boiling to hot. the all cast narration was okay, it didn't make this slightly dull story exciting.

    We start with super assassin Katsa, her King/Uncle's enforcer and she is a take no prisoner heroine. Her cruel uncle used her to mete out his harsh & cruel edicts and Katsa couldn't take it anymore. She quietly rebelled against his assignments to her.
    Among one of her mercy missions, she ran into one of the province prince Poband his story changed her subtle rebellion. She openly defied her uncle and left his service to assist Prince Po in rescuing his grandfather as well as huniting the King who planned to kill Po because of Po's gifts--called a Grace.
    Their journey seemed to be building to an epic confrontation between the young Prince and the King, but it was a flop for me.

    Katsa and Po felt like a romance between 10 year olds, juvenile and kind of cute, but seriously nothing to write home about. This story never really took flight, it just taxied around the runway for 12 hours, but I am not ready to give up on the series because there is potential for this to be more. I will try book 2 later

    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
    (474)
    Performance
    (440)
    Story
    (443)

    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
    (1231)
    Performance
    (1152)
    Story
    (1151)

    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

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