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Leyla

Well it's 2014 & since 2010 I've listened to over 600 books - I'm a confectionary artist of Just Get Baked & audible helps my every day!

rock hill, SC, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Undeniably Yours

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Shannon Stacey
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (378)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (271)

    Bar owner Kevin Kowalski is used to women throwing their phone numbers at him, but lately he's more interested in finding a woman to settle down with. A woman like Beth Hansen. If only their first meeting hadn't gone so badly. Beth's tending bar at a wedding when she comes face-to-face with a tuxedo-clad man she never thought she'd see again. She tries to keep her distance from Kevin but, by last call, she can't say no to his too-blue eyes or the invitation back to his room.

    Gianna says: "NOT a romance, hoping the dude would dump her!"
    "LOVE the series, can't wait BUT...."
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    If you could sum up Undeniably Yours in three words, what would they be?

    I love to have a little angst obviously tormenting a character throughout, but when there's just an out right annoying bitchy character that keeps saying the same things over and over yet expecting different things to happen....well it was just frustrating. I'm sorry but as much as I loved the story and yes, CAN'T WAIT for the next-Beth was just irritating to the end. I won't give any spoilers but just be prepared to muddle through her stubborn character throughout the book while the rest of the family is built up around you preparing for the rest of the series!


    Would you be willing to try another book from Shannon Stacey? Why or why not?

    Absolutely - her flow within each scene is wonderfully done, and there isn't the young writers bumpy ride from one place to the next because every sentence starts with...he says...she says....come on people!?! If you are carrying a conversation in stride, emotions, sighs, and simply a pause will carry the story between one person and the next. When a story always starts with...Peter looks out, Peter says...then Peter said....Peter picks up....etc. we get it - please stop wording it over and over. This is what Shannon Stacey doesn't do to annoy me. Everything plays out between people smoothly by their words, actions and thank you Shannon!


    Which scene was your favorite?


    Kevin is dancing with Lily in the Kitchen-so sweet!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • All Broke Down: Rusk University, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Cora Carmack
    • Narrated By Kate DeLane, Teddy Hamilton
    Overall
    (20)
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    (19)
    Story
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    Environmental issues, civil rights, education - you name it, she's probably been involved in a protest. When her latest cause lands her in jail for a few hours, she meets Silas Moore. He's in for a different kind of fighting. And though he's arrogant and not at all her type, she can't help being fascinated with him. Yet another lost cause.

    Leyla says: "My Favorite so far! Can't wait for #3"
    "My Favorite so far! Can't wait for #3"
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    Wasn't sure how Silas's story was going to play out but soo happy how it did! Great listen on how a troubled guy can get past the hurdles that life tosses his way. Oh...and Dylan, love her! She has her own hiccups in life but definitely knows how to make it through!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scoring Wilder

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By R.S. Grey
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    With Olympic tryouts on the horizon, the last thing 19-year-old Kinsley Bryant needs to add to her plate is Liam Wilder. He's a professional soccer player, America's favorite bad-boy, and has all the qualities of a skilled panty-dropper. A face that makes girls weep - check. Abs that can shred Parmesan cheese (the expensive kind) - check. Enough confidence to shift the earth's gravitational pull - double check. Not to mention Liam is strictly off limits. Forbidden. Her coaches have made that perfectly clear.

    Book Fanatic says: "Really fun audiobook"
    "Really good listen!"
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    I really enjoyed this soccer themed tricky romance. A little fun, flirting, evil jealous mean girl and of course, hot soccer players! This a good listen, typical athlete issues of dating, trials and tribulations but what I enjoyed the most is that the main character didn't turn into a complete dummy or push-over when things got dicey. She kept a good head in the game!

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

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Nyrae Dawn
    • Narrated By Macy Sterling
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (200)

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

    Jordy says: "A Complete Suprise"
    "A new series to get addicted too!"
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    Another emotional ride worth going on!
    The lead was a tad annoying at first showing her bitchy side but it was pretty reasonable with what she was getting so...a little love/hate relationship with a hot guy is a given fun ride. But there is some happy, some sad tears, some lust and fury, but as it all plays out-it will leave you downloading the next book soon after!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • For Love of the Duke: The Heart of a Duke, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Christi Caldwell
    • Narrated By Morag Sims
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (109)

    After the tragic death of his wife, Jasper, the 8th Duke of Bainbridge buried himself away in the dark cold walls of his home, Castle Blackwood. When he's coaxed out of his self-imposed exile to attend the amusements of the Frost Fair, his life is irrevocably changed by his fateful meeting with Lady Katherine Adamson. With her tight brown ringlets and silly white-ruffled gowns, Lady Katherine Adamson has found her dance card empty for two Seasons.

    Tracy T says: "Wow! What a great story and narration!"
    "Such a great listen!"
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    I can't wait for the sisters story next! This was such a nice listen, love, anguish, the evil parents only out for themselves and making their kids lives so much harder....oh, and a hot duke!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forever & Always: The Ever Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jasinda Wilder
    • Narrated By Piper Goodeve, Gabriel Vaughan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (184)

    These letters are often all that get me through week to week. Even if it’s just random stuff, nothing important, they’re important to me. Gramps is great, and I love working on the ranch. But…I’m lonely. I feel disconnected, like I’m no one, like I don’t belong anywhere. Like I’m just here until something else happens. I don’t even know what I want with my future. But your letters, they make me feel connected to something, to someone.

    Ruffian says: "Powerful and Memorable Forever and Always"
    "OH WOW-heart wrenchingly beautiful. Be prepared!"
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    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I have to say this has turned out to be a fav! BUT there's a catch...I can never listen ti it again. It had me laughing, smiling, crying, bawling, and all around emotional ride that I'm sooo happy I took. This series has a TON of stuff going on that grabed me, dragged me down deep into its depths and when I realized what was about to happen I couldn't turn back. There is a beautiful, sweet romance built from an innocent place of two pen pals.

    At 15, they both go back home from camp to live their lives and all of the trials and tribulations their families entail. Luckily, with the turn of events they each go through, they both know that with a simple pencil & paper, or paintbrush and canvas, they have their friendhip to reach out to for support. Over time, they both realize how much that support has carried them through some of the hardest times their young lives could hand out.

    Now living in an adult world of their own, they still keep in touch, still share their most innermost thoughts, and still provide eachother with a distant strength that they both need on soo many levels just to survive the next day.

    So what happens if they were to see eachother now.....


    Any additional comments?

    Grab a tissue, its worth it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wait for You

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By J. Lynn
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (232)

    Traveling thousands of miles from home to enter college is the only way nineteen-year-old Avery Morgansten can escape what happened at that fateful Halloween party five years ago - an event that forever changed her life. What she never planned on was capturing the attention of the one guy who could shatter the precarious future she's building for herself.

    Jordy says: "He had me at sweetheart........"
    "Loved it!"
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    This was such a good listen! We've all got something in our past that we regret, some aren't that serious but for everyone...there's always a "what if I had done this instead" playing in the back of our heads and you can't deny that. Now I've listened to many angsty type romances and sooooo many of them have me irritated by the main female character and how stupid she seems by not saying anything until its too late. With this, although there are moments of a little frutration, the author made sure to acknowledge the idiocy, which in some strange reason helped smooth over the moments. In the past I've had the books where I was so irritated in the repitition of her angst that I put the book down for a bit and just walked away...I mean ok, something bad happened, I totally understand - or I would just skip over half a chapter to get past the annoyance. BUT - with this story, it kept moving along...it didn't have me banging my head on how the dark past was holding her back over and over and over like some authors. I felt the frustation with here and not at her....that was a nice change. She has a past, he has a past, but they both are trying to get through it to find a happy place again. Kuddos! Now onto the next in this series yay!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Only For You: Unforgettable You, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Beverley Kendall
    • Narrated By Erin Mallon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (134)

    College freshman Olivia Montgomery is thrilled at the chance to start over, escape the rumors that plagued her in high school. And she can finally put her juvenile crush, Zachary Pearson, where he belongs - in her past. Then her unrequited love strolls into her French class, shattering Olivia's newfound peace, and the feelings she'd thought buried for good come rushing back. Now she can't shake her unwanted attraction to the one guy who can twist her stomach into knots with just a smile...but has never given her the time of day.

    Jordy says: "What a gem this turned out to be! "
    "Really ejoyed this one!"
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    Any additional comments?

    This was a cute read...err...listen! I always like the stories that have that "open your eyes" moments after highschool hell. We've all had that one person from school, old job or somewhere that you just wish you could find out what their problem was and what better than someone that you had a crush on! Very cute, of course there are a few moments that I was screaming...just say why!!!....and they don't which urked me, BUT I kept on listening and was pleased. Can't wait for the second one to come out in Feb!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Left Drowning

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jessica Park
    • Narrated By Arielle DeLisle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (463)
    Performance
    (425)
    Story
    (425)

    What does it take to rise from life's depths, swim against the current, and breathe? Weighted down by the loss of her parents, Blythe McGuire struggles to keep her head above water as she trudges through her last year at Matthews College. Then a chance meeting sends Blythe crashing into something she doesn't expect - an undeniable attraction to a dark-haired senior named Chris Shepherd, whose past may be even more complicated than her own.

    Ruffian says: "Applauds for Left Drowning"
    "Pretty intense!"
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    Any additional comments?

    Pretty intense, tragic lives and a hard road to peace. A little odd that the pieces didn't fall together sooner for the characters because it was pretty obvious in parts...but hey, I enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Out of Breath: The Breathing Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Rebecca Donovan
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (566)
    Performance
    (525)
    Story
    (526)

    Emma Thomas is hiding. From everything and everyone... including herself. But she can't hide forever. Her past will find her, and her secrets won't remain quiet - not if she wants to be forgiven. Emma learns that honesty can hurt worse than betrayal, and the truth may cost her the only love she's ever known.

    Jordy says: "Finally No More cliffhangers! I love a good HEA!!"
    "NEVER GIVE UP...NEVER!"
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    Any additional comments?

    Goodness...I hate to compare, but it was really hard not to invision the tragic dance with death that Bella did in the ...umm....famous vampire series that I shall not admit to listening/reading...tee hee. But It was really similar, a persons heart was broken, moving through life as a zombie....just going through the motions and WHAM....the past comes up and forces its way into the reality you've been trying to ignore. Although I find her bitchy stubborn side annoying and frustrating at times.....its all worth it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Barely Breathing: Breathing, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Rebecca Donovan
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (588)
    Performance
    (543)
    Story
    (546)

    “I’ve spent most of my life trying to make it to a future that still hasn’t happened, or avoid a past that won’t let me go. I don’t remember when I’ve ever just stopped to live in the present, to hold on to the seconds I’m in.”Emma Thomas’s struggle with an abusive home life came to a heart-pounding conclusion in the final chapters of Reason to Breathe, the first installment of The Breathing Series — Rebecca’s Donovan’s bestselling romantic thriller (USA Today). Now her secret life has been exposed, and her tormentor can’t hurt her anymore. Yet, some are still haunted by that night. The bruises may have faded, but scars and fears remain. How will she reclaim her life when she’s barely breathing?

    Tonya says: "Again, what a great story."
    "Can't wait for the 3rd -IT MUST WORK OUT!!!"
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    This one was really hard due to the additional turmoil the future holds. There's a bit of detachment that was weird, but SOOOOO many ups and down with kinks in a perfect plan that will definately keep you listening. Although..... the ending....oooohhhhh the ending......where's the third - NOW!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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