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Karen

Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.

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  • Sweet Restraint

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Beth Kery
    • Narrated By Shirl Rae
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Chicago Special Agent Shane Dominic was in love with Laura Vasquez until the day she left him and married another man. Thirteen years may have passed, but Laura's never disappeared from his fantasies, or destroyed his desire to learn the truth about why she left him. When Laura's husband, the criminal mastermind behind an international ring of thieves, is murdered, Shane knows this is his one last desperate chance to learn Laura's secrets. And he's not above using their scorching-hot passion to do it.

    Leesa says: "Excellent"
    ""Restraint with Imagination""
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    Would you listen to Sweet Restraint again? Why?

    On the fence with this author. This is not erotica, but it does have very strong BDSM action that is tempered. This author needs a better editor as she has the right stuff. Fast opening, and a good story line. The erotica part was good, but how many times does a listener have to hear the heroine cry out the hero's name "Shane"! Editor should have said enough already, move on. This one was inventive, but so many authors are writing in the same vain, and they do a good job, but you can not remember the author's name after you listen to 10 more stories of the same genre. Unless the reader is outstanding, and brings you back to a re listen, ie: Anna Fields, Natalie Ross and Karen White, I personally own so many to be listen books, I do not have time to re listen to these types of stories.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    this is a good inventive core romance with hot, erotic sex make no mistake. It was worth the listening time and I did listen all at once.


    Did Shirl Rae do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I have to say, I have mixed feeling about this reader. I am fairly sure she has an AKA and I have listened to her using another name. ie: Lucy Malone, similar but maybe not the same. This reader did a good job representing the characters in this book, a good range. She had a fast pace, which so many of these FSOG types need. Since this had a mystery to the story line, the pace was good and reader had good voice changes for all the charaters.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    This had way too much erotica for a film.


    Any additional comments?

    I am going to try another story from this author, " the stranger in the hall rescue" to see if this author is worth staying with. I have no desire for the 2 part books she has available.
    I think I purchased this book on sale, which may it a good buy

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ex on the Beach

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Kim Law
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (63)

    Andie Shayne believes in forever...for everyone else. She has an up-and-coming wedding planning business, and her own failed engagement, to prove it. Now all Andie wants is to save the date for Seaglass Celebrations becoming a premier destination wedding resort. And making sure the wedding of the summer goes off without a hitch will get her there - despite the arrival of one unexpected guest. The sexy-as-sin best man...who’s also the ex who broke Andie’s heart.

    Shannon says: "Cheesy title belies what a GREAT BOOK this is!"
    ""Women Can be Stronger Than Men""
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    Would you listen to Ex on the Beach again? Why?

    Yes, great reminders to not have self doubt, and character counts!


    What did you like best about this story?

    this had a little of everything...love returned, love/distrust and light mystry. Most of all, this book is not dark, inked bodies, and so erotic you have to listen with headphones. this writer has style and it shows in her characters. See Shannon review as it is spot on.


    What about Natalie Ross’s performance did you like?

    I love her male voices and buy most everything she reads in the romance section. She can make an average book good and good book great. She is good at sassy dialogue.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    no great moment, but lots of good fun scenes ie: sport fishing and when Mark has insite on his "best friend".


    Any additional comments?

    this author is priced so great, and read so wonderfully by N. Ross, that it is an automatic download for me. What a great reasonable way to spend time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Awakening: Drakon, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Erik Schubach
    • Narrated By Hollie Jackson
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    Doctor Myra O'Connell is researching myths and folklore. In a strange twist, she discovers that she is one of the legends she is researching. Then all hell breaks loose. Myra and the woman assigned to be her protector, Special Agent Quinn Trask, must fight for their lives, and those of the people of Denver and the world, against a madman bent on obtaining immortality. Only the dragons can stand in his way.

    KV says: "Another Mythological adventure for me!"
    ""Watch That Claw""
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    Would you try another book from Erik Schubach and/or Hollie Jackson?

    I do not buy too many paranormal books. This was good, but #2 if there is one, is not for me. Lots of good dialogue and humor.
    H.J. is good and I have many of her books to be listened to that I have purchased.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    this was a short good listen with an inventive story line. It had fun good humorous dialogue so it was a good buy. The author eluded to a lesbian relationship, which did not make much sense to me. No erotic descriptions, more of 2 pals going to last into the ages. The ending does lead you to book #2 if author wrote one.


    Have you listened to any of Hollie Jackson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    AKA: Sophie Eastlake, Erin Mallon, Julie Walean and a few other names does a fab job on Irish, Aussie accents. Not to be missed. The sample clued me to the AKA. on this book which was why I purchased.
    H.J. name seems to denote more erotic or paranormal stories. She can read too slow in some books, so listen to the sample.


    Could you see Awakening being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    Audible, I would love an AKA list. Since I buy so many, I can pretty much guess the reader via the sample, even if they have a few AKA names, but it sure would make it much easier to buy books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lucky in Love: A Lucky Harbor Novel, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jill Shalvis
    • Narrated By Suehyla El Attar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (145)

    Mallory Quinn has had enough of playing it safe. As a nurse and devoted daughter, she takes care of everyone but herself. And as the local good girl, she's expected to date Mr. Right. But for once, she'd like to take a risk on Mr. Wrong. And who could be more wrong than Ty Garrison? The mysterious new guy in town has made it clear that he's only passing through, which suits Mallory just fine. Besides, his lean, hard body and sexy smile will give her plenty to remember once he's gone....

    SIMARA says: "Lucky me that I got this book!"
    ""Take a Walk on the Wildside""
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    Where does Lucky in Love rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I like Dr Josh's story best. This one & Amy's story are about the same quality. You will enjoy all 3. You do not have to listen in any order, connected but could stand alone.


    What other book might you compare Lucky in Love to and why?

    See js two other chocolate books. Lots of fun and good feelings. YOU must be in the mood for it. If not get a good mystery to get you out of the stress!


    Have you listened to any of Suehyla El Attar’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    If you like this reader, try her best JS, Head Over Heels. She makes Ty "Cute Mystery guy" come to life in this book. Do not pay attention to other reviewers, Erin Bennett does a good job on the other two stories!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Good overall feeling. These 3 chocolate stories are the best of the lucky harbor series.


    Any additional comments?

    Get a pen ready as chocolate recipes are at the end of each book. Yum yum

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • At Last: Lucky Harbor, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jill Shalvis
    • Narrated By Erin Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (134)

    Amy Michaels loves her new life in Lucky Harbor. A waitress in the local diner, she's looking forward to her first weekend hike through the mountains. But when a wrong turn takes her off the trail, she finds herself up close and personal with forest ranger Matt Bowers. And even though she's tempted to kiss that sexy smile right off his face, she won't make the mistake of getting involved with the town heartthrob. A former cop whose life went south, Matt doesn't let anyone get too close. But something about the beauty caught his eye.

    LeftyMom says: "Story OK, narrator not"
    ""Armed, Locked & Loaded""
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    What made the experience of listening to At Last the most enjoyable?

    J.S. has this wonderful Chocolate triology, my fave of the 3, Forever and a Day, Dr. Josh aka Dr McHottie. This is about Ranger Hot Buns. J S has out done herself on these 3. Great fun dialogue that makes you smile REAL big. These are not brain teasers or FSOG type books. Just great fun when you need a reminder not to overlook it in the daily grind. Fun chocolate receipes at the end of each book. This set of 3 are better than the last 3 of Luckey Harbor, 3 sisters running an inn. These will not disappoint and are so much better writting, storyline and dialogue.


    What other book might you compare At Last to and why?

    Luckey in Love and Forever and a Day. SH made sure she worked hard to give the fans humor, hunky men, and a good moral reminder.


    What three words best describe Erin Bennett’s voice?

    Ok, she is not the best of readers, BUT she had great material in 2 of these 3 stories and she made our hunky hotties not miss a beat. I did not agree with other reviewers. Suela El Attar has a higher pitched voice and did good on Ty's story, but she is not my fave either. Now Karen White's reads of SH are to die for. Everything good.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yup, I owned Ty's story and Dr. Josh. After I finished Dr. Josh, I downloaded and listed to this one as I wanted to continue the warm smile reader left me with. I know Ty's story will finish the job with S E A reading.


    Any additional comments?

    make sure you catch the wonderful Chocolate receipes at the end of each book. JS has a new batch of characters. I can only hope the readers do justice to her fun pace and dialogue.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forever and a Day: Lucky Harbor, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jill Shalvis
    • Narrated By Erin Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (138)

    Grace never thought she'd be starting her life over from scratch. Losing everything has landed her in Lucky Harbor, working as a dog walker for overwhelmed ER doctor Josh Scott. But the day his nanny fails to show up, Grace goes from caring for Josh's lovable mutt to caring for his rambunctious son. Soon Grace is playing house with the sexy single dad. With so many people depending on him, Josh has no time for anything outside of his clinic and family - until Grace arrives in town.

    SIMARA says: "Because audiobooks are better with chocolate!"
    ""Obliques That can Make You Weak""
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    Would you listen to Forever and a Day again? Why?

    YES, if you are a good fan of JS, then this story will just grab your heart. This one is right up there with Rumor Has it and Then Came You by JS, my faves. As you listen you get that "ahaa" all through the listen. Hot scenes are yummy but not graphic. This are light listens that can give you that all around good feeling. Lots of humor, but YOU must be in the mood for it or you will miss it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Our hero is too die for. Same kind of story in Then Came You, read by Karen White,the best at JS stories. This listen captures your heart!


    Did Erin Bennett do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    EB is not the best choice, but she is better than Annie Green! I own all of Karen White's JS recordings. Yummy on KW's heros! EB can only be good if the story is great. IE Rogue rider by Larissa Ione. I just purchased but not yet listened to Susan E. Phillips, Heros Are My Weakness. This reader and SEP book not getting good reviews. Not sure why S.E.P. picked this reader as she needs a hit and has not gotten it in your last 2 books. EB just drops her voice a little bit for male voices. This story has a dreamboat of a hero, so she gets by and you are not disappointed or distracted.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The scenes of Toby and Tank eating cereal out of the same bowl, or Doc getting weak with our heroine makes you have that nice warm glow inside. Every kid would want a dad like the Doc.


    0 of 0 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"
    "Wild For Her"
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    Would you listen to Lothaire again? Why?

    This was a long one, but you get deep into it real fast! This is my fave of the 10 I own. I have not listened in the written order and I am real glad I did not as I would have lost interest. This one is hot and funny and seems different than the others I purchased. More intense in every aspect. You learn to love Lothaire as a hunk after 16 hrs of a fast pace.


    What other book might you compare Lothaire to and why?

    He is a real bad ass kind of character. If you love this type, then you will love this book as much as I did. Try Sandra brown Slow Heat in Heaven


    Which character – as performed by Robert Petkoff – was your favorite?

    I had to get use to the Russian accent, but ended up loving it after 16 hrs. Thaddeus was such a sweet heart. RP is a genius with voices and this series. KC has gotten much better in telling a story as this series progresses. I feel her later stories are much better than the first few. If you must listen in order, press on to at least this book. It will not disappoint you.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The sex scenes were so very hot and erotic. Very well done and great use of the imagination and storyline. Beware, they are erotic.


    Any additional comments?

    Do not let the long listen keep you from buying this great listen! I put off starting as I did not want to comit 16 hrs. Oh I did not want it to end it was that good and fast paced.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Skin Deep: I-Team Series, Book 5.5

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Pamela Clare
    • Narrated By Kaleo Griffith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (128)

    Megan Hunter has worked hard to get back on her feet, leaving the nightmare of her teenage years behind. The last thing she wants or needs in her life is a man. But when she is attacked by someone from her past, a scarred stranger intervenes, saving her life and that of her little girl. Looks can be deceiving, for despite the man's rough appearance, she feels safe with him. And for the first time in her life, she knows the stirrings of desire.Nathaniel West paid a high price serving with the Marines in Afghanistan.

    CAC says: "This series is so addictive............."
    "You Get a Second Chance"
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    What made the experience of listening to Skin Deep the most enjoyable?

    this is a good one, not as dark as the other stories. A bit lighter over all. Beware, like other PC stories, there are graphic paragraphs that always pain a strong violent picture. These can stay with you for a bit.


    What other book might you compare Skin Deep to and why?

    this is the sister of Hunter's story. Both are a good listen


    Which character – as performed by Kaleo Griffith – was your favorite?

    Nate's dad. this was a good story as more male voices that Kaleo does so dreamily!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    this was a short good listen that can encourage others, YOU always have a second chance to do the right thing.


    Any additional comments?

    I own striking distance, but have had to stop already. I am into ch 6 and it does not seem a good listen for me, the inner thoughts in Spanish is taking away from the outline of the story. I maybe burned out on PC novels

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Family Man

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Elinor Lipman
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    A hysterical phone call from his ex-wife upends Henry Archer's well-ordered life - and brings him back into contact with the child he adored: Thalia, now 29, an aspiring actress. Hoping it will lead to better things for her career, Thalia agrees to pose as the girlfriend of a current horror-movie luminary who is down on his romantic luck.

    Lisa says: "Very enjoyable!"
    "Beware: Not Mean Streak"
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    What disappointed you about The Family Man?

    I listened to J.Davis in new Sandra Brown Mean Streak and went looking for other reads. Nope, this book in chapter 2 made me stop.


    What could Elinor Lipman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This was a soap opera listen for me. Other reviewers thought it was very funny, but it was boring for me


    What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

    He is such a great reader,but he can only perform what is written well. He can be so sexy, but this story was about a man who came out of the closet. Not my interest at all.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I stopped at ch. 2. I have hundreds of books to be listen and just did not want to waste my listening time.


    Any additional comments?

    Audible, please find other good romance reads for J.Davis. Not sure if he has an AKA, under J.F. Harding, but the 2 listens from this man I own seems to be similar.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snow on the Bayou: Tante Lulu Adventure, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Sandra Hill
    • Narrated By J. F. Harding
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Bourbon Street blues singer Emelie is once bitten, twice shy. When she learns that Justin is back in town, she wants nothing to do with the once wild Cajun teenager who fled with the law on his tail-and broke her heart. But she can't deny the red-hot attraction between them - or his efforts to prove he's finally changed his hell-raising ways. Can she trust that this time the bad boy of the bayou will be the best man for her?

    Karen says: "Cajun Seal"
    "Cajun Seal"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I purchased this book as J. F. read it. I own many of Sandra Hill books, but never really had the time to read them. Her humor is her best feature in her books, including this one.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    simple story with good humor to make it better.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    J.F. was good in this book. Good use of voices and he had a good reading pace.


    Did Snow on the Bayou inspire you to do anything?

    yup, enjoy family a bit more


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Secure Heart: Secured Heart, The Complete Series

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Charity Parkerson
    • Narrated By Hollie Jackson
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    What does it take to secure a heart? For the Smith Security Services team, it's flowers, chocolate, wishes, and sparks! Secured Undercover: Fashion designer Flower Calloway's next big show could make her famous all over the world, but she ends up uncovering a few secrets that could break her heart instead.

    Karen says: "Whoa Baby"
    "Whoa Baby"
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    If you could sum up A Secure Heart in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, sexy, cleaver. You have to like fun short listens that are related by cleaver dialogue . These are not wordy. In fact, you must like filling in the blanks.


    What other book might you compare A Secure Heart to and why?

    Short stories, Katie Reus are a fun listen. Erin Mallon is the reader aka Hollie Jackson


    Have you listened to any of Hollie Jackson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first HJ listen, but this reader has many AKA names, which I own. HJ reads seem to have a faster pace than her Sophie Eastlake reads. I love her Erin Mallon reads as they are a real fast pace. I am going to check out HJ reads as this book was WONDERFUL and HJ made the boys really come to life. I have come to appreciate her talent. Her Aussie Accent is great, Playing the Part.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes as it is a quick, fun, and make you feel good book. This author is closer to erotica, but she knows how to tame it down with humor


    Any additional comments?

    Beware this has strong language and erotic scenes that are really hot. This is not a tame listen. Enjoy

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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