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Kimberly

I enjoy historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Also steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, and fiction. I'm open to about anything

Indianapolis, IN, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Lady Dearing's Masquerade

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Elena Greene
    • Narrated By Robin Rowan
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    Finally free after a desperately unhappy marriage, widowed Lady Dearing goes to a masquerade. She thinks it's just a lark, but matters turn serious when she kisses a costumed stranger who protected her from a drunken lout. Word leaks out, scandal escalates and she becomes the town's most infamous widow. Shunned by society, she retreats to her country estate. Having no children of her own, she finds joy in caring for children she's taken in from London's Foundling Hospital. But every night, she is haunted by the memory of the gallant stranger, whose seductive voice and gentle touch awakened desires she'd thought long dead.

    K. April Holgate says: "Yummy Historical!"
    "Engaging listen"
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    Setting: England, 1809 & 1811
    Genre: Romance

    This is the first time I have listened to Robin Rowan's work, and I was quite pleased. She did male voices especially well.

    The plot is quite interesting, though it's a trope that's been done before. However, Elena Greene keeps it interesting with well-developed characters and plot devices. Both protagonists are likable, and three dimensional, with interesting back stories. The author uses activity to move the story along, not just telling what people thought or said. The central conflict centers on Lady Dearing and Sir Jeremy. But revolving around this is a host of problems, including distrust, prejudice, mistaken beliefs on both sides, and communication issues. The antagonists are appropriately creepy, icky, selfish, snotty, and other adjectives of people you just enjoy disliking.

    This was definitely worth the credit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Christmas List

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Chrissie Manby
    • Narrated By Rebecca Courtney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    It’s the 1st of December and Milly Arnold is facing a miserable Noel. Newly single, the last thing she wants to do is join her settled sister and her young family for the first of their traditions: the writing of the Christmas lists. However Milly’s nephews have other ideas and insist she write a list of her own (with illustrations to help Father Christmas decipher her terrible handwriting). Milly duly makes a request for a bunch of roses, some chocolate and a new pair of shoes. She doesn’t expect to get any of it. However, that very day, a box of chocolates appears....

    Kimberly says: "Average all around"
    "Average all around"
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    Setting: England, contemporary
    Genre: Holiday feel-good story
    Milly's boyfriend dumps her right before advent. Christmas time is her favorite time of the year, so this is especially horrible for her. She had such plans. Anyway, the family tradition is for the kids to write to Santa with a list of what they want, then it is sent up the flue on the heat of a match, but without burning. Her nephews insist the adults make lists too. Milly does so, without much enthusiasm. But she soon finds the things on her list being granted, though not necessarily as she would expect.
    This is another story I wish had been in an anthology. It was sweetly average, with average narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Christmas Catch

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ginny Baird
    • Narrated By Susan Soriano
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (2)

    Since the death of her military husband, two years ago, single mom Christine White has struggled to get by. By throwing herself into her work as a Chicago copywriter, she's managed to keep food on the table but has gradually lost sight of what really matters, like building a bond with her four-year-old son. When Christine's best friend insists she spend Christmas in Vermont so she can get her life in order, Christine initially resists. Little does she know she's in for a memorable holiday that will reignite her faith and reawaken her heart.

    Kimberly says: "Sweet romance"
    "Sweet romance"
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    Setting: Vermont, contemporary
    Genre: Romance
    Widowed Christine takes her son, Tyler, to Vermont for 10 days to recharge her life. She meets John, an ambitious professor from the local college, and his dog Mason. Hot chocolate, sledding, Christmas and cold feet follow. This is a very sweet little novella. And I do mean sweet. There is one kiss.
    Narration is average. I'd probably have to hear more of Susan Soriano's work to judge her adequately.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Caversham's Bride: The Caversham Chronicles - Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Sandy Raven
    • Narrated By Dennis Kleinman, Victoria J. Mayers
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (71)

    Dennis Kleinman and Victoria J. Mayers bring to life this unique audiobook version of the historical romance, Caversham's Bride. Together they seamlessly integrate an entire cast of characters and create the ambiance of Morocco, Italy and England, making this a wonderful and exciting listening experience.

    carla says: "Read like no other WOW"
    "Sex. A lot of sex."
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    Setting: Italy, Morocco, England, and at sea. Dec 1818 - Jan 1820.
    Genre: Erotica/romance
    Lia is sold into slavery by the men her aunt had hired to kill her. Ren buys her in a slave auction in Morocco. She stays in his friend's harem while she recovers from her ordeal. They have sex. Ren agrees to help her rescue her brother from the evil aunt in exchange for her marrying him and providing an heir. They sail back to Italy. They have sex on the ship. When they get to Italy, they liberate her brother. Ren wants Lia to keep her side of the bargain and marry him, elevating her to the rank of Duchess. She says no because she is TSTL, and they have sex. She tries to escape and Ren catches her. Why? Probably because she cost a lot of money. Slavery was abolished in England in 1807, so if he wants to keep her he has to marry her. Marriage was legal slavery. They sail back to England and have sex on the ship. What follows is the whole trust/mistrust plot device. And sex. Lots of sex. Then there is danger! A death, resurrection, kidnapping, and rescue! Alas, no more sex. Not even in the epilogue. Frankly, I went to the Kindle format for a lot of this so I could skip ahead. Who knew so much sex could get boring?
    The narration was +/- average, but still the best part of this experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Lass for Christmas: Tenacious Trents, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jane Charles
    • Narrated By Marian Hussey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Lady Madeline Trent had grand plans for her future until she learned her family's awful secret. When a fall through an icy lake lands her in the arms of a handsome Scot, her future is more unsure than ever. Lachlan Grant, the Marquess of Brachton, may hold an English title, but he's a Scot through and through. He's bound and determined to marry a lass just as Scottish as he is, at least until his fate is altered one snowy night.

    Kimberly says: "Sweet and satisfying"
    "Sweet and satisfying"
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    Setting: England, December 1813
    Genre: Romance
    This novella is part of the Tenacious Trents series.
    Lady Madeline is visiting one of her brothers and his wife, along with another brother and their mom. She hears, by accident, that the marriage between her parents wasn't legal. She goes for a walk to think about the ramifications of her being a bastard. Meanwhile, the snow has delayed Lachlan Grant, the Marquess of Brachton, from going to Scotland. His intention is to go to Edinburgh to find a Scottish lass to marry, then go on to spend the rest of the holiday with his family. Madeline wanders onto Lachlan's land and falls through the ice on his lake. He saves her, carries her inside, undresses her (and dresses her in a nightshirt), and warms her - by getting into bed with her. When she introduces herself as Maddie (because she assumes she is no longer a Lady) and says she was traveling with Jordan Trent, Lachlan assumes she is Jordan's mistress. He knew Jordan at school, and they always competed over women. So, how far will Lachlan go with "Jordan's mistress"? What will happen when her family finds her at his home, where the only other people are his valet and cook?
    This was a sweet, entertaining story. The characters and plot were well-rounded and it felt complete. Jane Charles has a true talent for the novella. I've read/listened to other novellas she wrote and was very satisfied.
    Narration is great, because Marian Hussey.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All I Want for Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Lauren Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (112)

    Identical twin boys Zeke and Zach wanted only one gift from Santa this year: a new mom! But convincing their love-wary dad that their music teacher, Miss Davis, was his destiny and part of Santa's plan wasn't as easy as they'd hoped.

    Lisa says: "Entertaining"
    "Merry Christmas"
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    Setting: Maryland, contemporary
    Genre: Sweet holiday romance
    Typical early sweet-romance Nora, with laughs and tears. The protagonists are relatively well-rounded for a short story. There are nice people as the backdrop, and there's no villain. The twins, serving as the impetus of the action, are sweet little caricatures. I do wish this had been part of an anthology, but that's my thought on any of the stories I'm reading this season.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kitty's Christmas Hope: Dreams Come True Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 4 mins)
    • By Sharon Kleve
    • Narrated By Christy Williamson
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Kitty Skinner meets the perfect guy, he's kind, considerate and sexy as hell. She hopes to spend her favorite holiday with him, Christmas Eve. The only problem is, Aaron treats her like his best friend, not the girlfriend she dreams of being. To make matters worse he's found his perfect girl and wants Kitty to help plan their first date. Aaron Tyler thinks Kitty is sweet, talented and someone he can settle down with, but believes he has to deceive her into believing he cares for someone else to win her heart.

    Kimberly says: "Worst. Narrator. Ever."
    "Worst. Narrator. Ever."
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    Genre: Contemporary romance
    I picked this up cheap under a search for Christmas. Did I ever waste money on this! The ratings at Goodreads were high, so I wonder if I'd have liked it more in a different format - and free. The story and characters are pretty one dimensional, but what can you expect in an hour? It's a sweet little story, but probably would have been better in first person POV. It was definitely too short for 2 points of view, which this had, jumping from heroine to hero. I think it would be better received in an anthology, but only with a totally different narrator. I don't think I've ever heard worse. This is one that would definitely be better in ebook format!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    Overall
    (2479)
    Performance
    (1299)
    Story
    (1326)

    A striking red-head, 20-something Jody is attacked and transformed into a vampire while walking home one night in downtown San Francisco. Befriending 19-year-old Tommy, Jody tries to understand her new undead life, but trouble finds her when the cops start suspecting Tommy of being a local bloodsucking serial killer.

    SHEILA says: "Bloodsucking FUN!"
    "Funny listen"
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    Setting: Contemporary San Francisco
    Genre: Comedic Paranormal
    Jody is a 26 year old Stanford drop-out serial monogamist refugee from a Carmel, CA middle class life. On her way home from working late at her customer service job in SF's financial district, she is attacked by a vampire. She wakes the next night with hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and no memory of what happened. But she has super strength, can hear and smell everything (ewwww), and can see in the dark. She's also starving. She goes home to her stock broker boyfriend, who doesn't want to hear about anything except where she's been and tell her she no longer fits the image he wants to project. She tries to eat, but can't keep anything down, but notices an insatiable desire for blood. After having a drink of the boyfriend (she accidentally knocked him out), she leaves. While wandering around wondering how she's going to deal with being a vampire, she decides that she needs a minion. C. Thomas Flood (the C doesn't stand for anything, but he thinks it sounds important) is a 19 year old aspiring-writer, night stocker at Safeway escapee from a union-slave future in Indiana. Jody asks Tommy to move in with her to do daytime chores and be her boyfriend - and provide occasional nourishment. He agrees, and they move in to a nice loft with a bedroom without windows. Everything is good, until the murders start. All the victims have been drained of blood and had their necks broken. So the story revolves around this mystery, as well as the relationship developing between Tommy and Jody. The dialogue is witty, the situations comical, and the characters are great. Besides Jody and Tommy, they include the Animals (Tommy's co-workers at the Safeway, where he continues to work the overnight 11-7 shift), the Emperor and his "men", and the two detectives investigating the murders. All this makes Bloodsucking Fiends an amusing listen. Susan Bennett does a pretty good job giving voice to the people of this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fright Court

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Mindy Klasky
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    Sarah Anderson has found her dream job: Clerk of Court for the District of Columbia Night Court. Dream job, that is, until she’s attacked in the open courtroom by a vampire defendant. And until she’s forced to take self-defense lessons from her boss, the enigmatic vampire James Morton. And until she learns that she can’t share the truth about any of that with her best friend, Allison Ward – even over delectable cupcakes from the Cake Walk bakery.

    Terri says: "YUCK!!!! Narrator or author? IDK!"
    "No. Just...no."
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    Setting: Washington D. C contemporary
    Genre: paranormal, supposed to be funny
    I could not give zero stars, so I gave it one. I don't like to give crappy reviews unless I have been unable to finish a book, then it serves as a warning.
    As I said, I was unable to finish. I got barely into chapter 3 before I had to stop.
    This character, Sarah Jane Anderson, supposedly found her "dream job" working as Clerk of Court in night court, but then she's attacked by a vampire her first night at work. Apparently, working with supernatural individuals was not on the job description, and she's freaked out. Her boss, a vampire, saved her life but was unable to mesmerize her into forgetting what happened. He offers her 3 months pay and an excellent recommendation, but she begs to keep her job. Now, this woman continues to be extremely frightened. She whines about the situations and monsters she may encounter in the course of her duties. She's irritating!bSecondary characters are introduced in the first two chapters, but are extremely one-dimensional. You can barely tell they will figure into the plot. Or will they?mSarah should have taken the excellent severance package and gotten another job. But then, what of the plot? Look, it's a great concept, but so poorly executed that it was painful. Also, it's in first person POV, which lends itself to internal monologues, but there was too much of that telling and not enough showing. It is just bad writing. Apparently this author has done better work, but it will have to be free for me to even try.
    The narration wasn't bad. There were some starts and stops where there shouldn't have been, but maybe the script was crappy. Differentiation of characters was okay.
    Anyway, life is way too short to waste time on bad books, so move on from this one. I got the Whispersync deal, so it wasn't terribly expensive, but still...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An American Werewolf in Hoboken: Wolf Mates, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Dakota Cassidy
    • Narrated By Hollie Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (64)

    After being drugged and captured by Animal Control, Max Adams is on Hoboken's doggie death row when his life mate adopts him, takes him home, and promptly names him Fluffy. While JC, in all her new-pet-owner-ness, feeds "Fluffy" vile kibble, dresses him in mortifying dog couture, and schedules to have his manhood removed, Max's human side gets to know JC. Especially in the biblical sense.

    Kimberly says: "Funny"
    "Funny"
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    Setting: Hoboken, NJ. Contemporary
    Genre: Paranormal rom-com
    So our hero, Max Adams, ends up drugged and in the Hoboken dog pound while looking for his life mate. He is on doggie death row when JC Jensen comes in looking for a kitten. Instead, she falls for this huge, ugly, smelly dog and takes him home. After a bath, flea treatment, and brushing he looks more like a normal, albeit menacing dog. She decides to name him Fluffy. Max, meanwhile, discovers that JC is his life mate, but can't very well court her as a dog. In his human form he moves next door, but when Fluffy disappears and JC is inconsolable, he decides to be both himself and the dog while he works up the nerve to reveal all. What follows are funny situations, witty dialogue, and lots of hot sex. His reveal to JC of his werewolf status is both funny and heart-wrenching. This book made me laugh, and it made me cry. Overall, it was a satisfying use of my time.
    The narration was good, though there were times it was a little difficult to differentiate between characters. It wasn't too much of an issue because the story stayed primarily in Max & JC's points of view, but secondary characters sort of blended to two voices - male and female. The Kindle, when I needed to pop over to that medium, made the internal dialogue easier to understand from the story point of view. In the audio format, that wasn't as easy, but not impossible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Riveted: Iron Sea, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Meljean Brook
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (65)

    A century after a devastating volcanic eruption forced Iceland's inhabitants to abandon its shores, the island has become enshrouded in legend. But the truth behind the legends is mechanical, not magical - and the mystery of the island a matter of life and death for a community of women who once spilled noble blood to secure their freedom. Five years ago, Annika unwittingly endangered that secret, but her sister Källa took the blame and was exiled. Now Annika serves on an airship, searching for her sister.

    Angela says: "Another wonderful book by Meljean Brook!!"
    "Adventurous steampunk"
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    Genre: Steampunk, romance
    Another foray into Meljean Brook's Iron Seas world. This one is set in Iceland, and there is no mention of characters from previous books, but these characters are sufficient unto themselves. Annika Fridasdotter is known back home (an isolated village of all females in Iceland) as Annika the Rabbit because she is timid, unlike her sister Kalla, who is a shield maiden. Annika has been away from home for 4 years, looking for her sister, who was exiled after taking the blame for something Annika did. She's been a stoker/junior engineer on an airship during that time. She meets David Kentewess when he intervenes when she has difficulties with a port official while she is on shore. David is a vulcanologist whose expedition is taking the ship Annika works on to their destination in Iceland. David was injured in an accident in which his mother died. One of his eyes, a hand, and both legs are prosthetic, and he is infected with the nanoagents that prevent rejection. He has emotional issues due to his mother's death, his injury, and the constant fear and rejection he faces because of his prosthetics. He has been trying to fulfill his mother's dying wish for him to bury her runes in her birthplace, but never told him or his father where that is. When he meets Annika, he recognizes her accent as being the same as his mom's.
    So the story is about David trying to find out where his mother was born and Annika keeping the info to herself because it would endanger her village and the way of life there. Along the way, they start getting to know one another and experience adventures I would tell you about but that might spoil it for you. I will say this: sex, whale, volcano. Over the course of the novel, Annika discovers that she is stronger and braver than she thought, and David decides that it is better to be important to one particular person than accepted by just anyone. Intrigued? This is worth delving into to find out about these people and their story.
    The narration is pretty strong. Alison Larkin, whom I haven't always loved, provides a smooth performance. I bounced between Kindle to audio when my eyes got tired. I just love Whispersync, especially when I get both formats for only slightly more than what an audible credit costs me.
    This book is definitely worth your time, regardless of whether you read or listen. And even though it is set in the Iron Seas world, it can definitely stand alone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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