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I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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  • The Reversal

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    When Mickey Haller is invited by the Los Angeles County District Attorney to prosecute a case for him, he knows something strange is going on. Mickey's a defense lawyer, one of the best in the business, and to switch sides like this would be akin to asking a fox to guard the hen-house. But the high-profile case of Jason Jessup, a convicted child-killer who spent almost 25 years on death row before DNA evidence freed him, is an intriguing one.

    Lia says: "Another great listen"
    "Another great listen"
    Overall

    This is another good book from Michael Connelly. Those who love this style of book will not be dissapointed.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Love of Vengeance: Wanted Men, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Nancy Haviland
    • Narrated By Scott Schumaker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (82)

    Once the most feared member of an Italian Mafia crime family, Gabriel Moretti returns to New York at the request of his mentor, Russian crime boss Vasily Tarasov. Vasily needs someone he can trust in Seattle to protect his estranged daughter, Eva Jacobs, while he avenges the murder of the young woman’s mother. Gabriel is unstoppable in a fight, whether he’s using fists, blades, or bullets; but innocent, onyx-haired Eva may just be the most dangerous - and beautiful - thing he’s come up against.

    Lia says: "Fantastic book and under $8 WOW!"
    "Fantastic book and under $8 WOW!"
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    A Love of Vengeance has everything that you could possibly ask for in a romantic suspense. The two main characters spent a lot of time romancing each other. And there was plenty of situations that kept you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what would happen. Gabriel Moretti is the rightful heir to the Moretti crime family but he walks away from it to attempt to lead a more reputable life. He even changes his last name. That doesn’t mean that Gabriel isn’t both feared and respected in the mafia world. One of the people that respects him the most is Russian crime boss Vasily Tarasov. Vasily asks Gabriel to protect his secret daughter Evangeline “Eva” Jacobs while Vasily heads off to Russia to hunt down the people that killed Eva’s mother. Unfortunately, Gabriel must also protect Eva from his vengeful brother Stefano who is the current head of the Moretti crime family and hates Gabriel.

    Everything that affects these characters is rooted in their past. Vasily abandoned Eva and her mother so that they would not get caught up in the violence that comes with mafia life although it catches up with them anyway. Stefano wants to kill anything that Gabriel cares about because of a tragedy that affects Stefano’s fiancee’. And Eva loses her mother because of the sins of her father. In retrospect, it could be said that this is what happens when you try to escape fate. There are so many details that I just can’t give out because you have to experience the suspense for yourself. Needless to say, I couldn’t wait to finish the book.

    To be fair, the romance did not disappoint. Gabriel is smitten with Eva the first time that he sees her photo. He knows that he shouldn't get involved with her but he can’t deny their attraction. The sex between them is explosive and Eva is taken to places that she has never gone before. Gabriel’s growing affection for Eva forces him to face all of the demons from his past and become the man that he needs to be.

    Scott Schumaker was outstanding with the delivery of the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rode Hard, Put Up Wet: Rough Riders, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Lorelei James
    • Narrated By Rebeca Estrella
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (126)

    Workin' up a hot, sticky sweat is pure pleasure with a hard-ridin' cowboyor two. Struggling stock contractor Gemma Jansen swallows her pride and tracks down circuit rider Cash Big Crow to offer him a job managing her ranch. Cash agrees on one condition: Theirs wont be strictly a working relationship. She's the boss during the day, but once she's corralled in the bedroom, Cash calls the shots. Despite concerns about their age difference, Gemma consents. Cash suspects the sexy widow hides an untapped wild streak....

    Lia says: "Fantastic Western Sexy As Hell Romance"
    "Fantastic Western Sexy As Hell Romance"
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    Book 2.
    After the first book, Long Hard Ride, it was a no brainer to just continue right over to this book. What a lovely treat because you get 2 awesome hot romances in this book.
    I love that the characters carry over from book to book and in this story you get to read more about Big Cash Crow and Gemma. They were introduced in the first book and I love that warranted their own awesome story.
    Gemma & Big Cash Crow are a bit of an older couple in the traditional sense. However that is the draw for me. I love that the author made an amazing romance for a couple in their late thirties and forties. It was just as hot as anything that I have read.

    The next couple is another McKay brother, Carter and his story is how he falls in love with Macie (Big Cash Crow's daughter). I loved the family dynamics in this story. You have a daughter/father healing relationship as well as the rough and tumble of a western erotic romance. Both couples have two coming together stories and it was just an awesome read. I know they say you dont have to read the books in order but it is just better if you do. You will just appreciate the character growth if you do.

    Rebecca Estrella was again amazing with the delivery of the story.
    The books in the series are less than 10 bucks to buy so I am going to enjoy the whole series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Who He Is: FireNine #1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By S. Q. Williams
    • Narrated By Veronica Meunch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (286)

    Eliza Smith has never been the one to seek a relationship. She's never dated a guy in her life, never even hugged a man (outside of her father/manager of the hot and popular rock band, FireNine) but when she decides to spend her summer on tour with FireNine, it all changes. Eliza really gets to meet Gage Grendel - her former crush from high school and the lead singer of FireNine - and witness sides to him to which she'll begin to truly despise. She'll ignore him, she'll dislike his ways, she'll do anything to try and stay away from him until Gage finally gets her to slip up and give in.

    1ObsessedReader says: "LOVED IT!! Now on to audio book #2"
    "OK Rocker Book!"
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    First of all this book was good not great. That being said I can think of other rock star books that are so much better.
    I find it hard to believe a father would take his completely innocent daughter on tour with weed smoking man whores, really? I also find the main character Gage made my skin crawl he was nasty. I just cant figure a girl that innocent not being disgusted by his behavior. He basically cheats on his girlfriend in front of her. I would think that would be a complete turn-off. If you want to read a good rock star series read the "Sinners On Tour" series it's very good. Also this book leaves things hanging for another book, which I am getting so sick of. But I am interested enough to try the next book I think.

    Veronica Meunch was Ok with the delivery of the story but voice sounded very nasaly at times. That put me off I wanted her to blow her nose.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • For My Lady's Heart: Medieval Hearts, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    Overall
    (365)
    Performance
    (347)
    Story
    (344)

    Pursued by her enemies, flattered and courted for her lands, a powerful, devious princess is desperate to reach refuge. Haunted by the shadow of the young assassin set upon her, Princess Melanthe knows that an ice cold countenance is her only protection. To succumb to love is the greatest danger of all. She can trust only one man amid the lies, the mysterious Green Knight - a true knight who never wavers once he gives his heart; a man who cannot comprehend deceit.

    Jean says: "One Of The Most Authentic"
    "3.5 Stars Dark, Challenging, And Interesting"
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    Laura Kinsale just never ceases to amaze me. One minute I am reading witty slapstick, the next minute I am reading about an arrogant aristocrat's recovery from a stroke. And then there's "For My Lady's Heart" - a beautiful medieval ballad, telling the tale of 2 lost souls who find each other.
    The story is a bit challenging in its length, with long descriptions and extensive forays into the depths of the characters' thoughts. But both hero and heroine are coming from such devastating childhoods, never feeling solace or safety, always fighting for survival. Their transformation is believable only because the author takes us through the evolution of their innermost thoughts and fears.

    The language certainly does lend itself to the story, and the reader can't help but feel a part of the times. However - it hurt my brain, and I found myself slowed by the dialogue, having to struggle to translate what was being said, often having to use the context of what went before and what came after.
    This is not one of Kinsale's lighter stories- in fact, it contains a fair amount of darkness and loss. Melanthe is a tough character to like- she just isn't very nice for most of the book. But she is a survivor, and this explains a lot of her behavior. All in all, it's a good listen.
    Nicholas Boulton was outstanding with the delivery of the story

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lovely, Dark, and Deep: The Collectors, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Susannah Sandlin
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    When biologist Gillian Campbell makes an offhand comment about a family curse during a TV interview, she has no idea what her words will set in motion. Within days, Gillian finds herself at the mercy of a member of the C7, a secretive international group of power brokers with a dangerous game: competing to find the world’s most elusive treasures, no matter the cost, in money or in lives.

    Lia says: "Good Book @ $7.34"
    "Good Book @ $7.34"
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    This book is a stand alone mystery/romance with an HEA.

    This story begins with a mysterious man playing a treasure hunt "game". The person who instigated the hunt is a widowed alligator wrangler named Gillian. She has a sad past that is hinted at. Gillian is forced to find a treasure rumored to have been lost by one of her ancestors in the 1700's, off of a Canadian coast. Now we meet down on his luck captain-for-hire, Shane. Shane comes with some colorful characters who each play roles on the story, especially Jagger and Harley.

    Gillian lets Shane know the truth about this mission. People she cares about are being threatened unless she gets the treasure within 30 days. Shane begins to be threatened as well and the 2 start out on the adventure. I had a hard time with the time line. Gillian, Shane and the boat are in the Florida Keys. They have to research where this alleged boat sunk, retrofit and update a boat and travel to Canada, not to mention finding a gold cross in the ocean.

    The ease with which everything falls into place is the only thing I didn't buy. The romance and discussion into the respective tragic pasts was very moving. The quirky friends and even the "Demon dog" Tank, were quite funny. The easy ending did not mesh with the twisted game that began the story in the first place.
    Although I felt there were some issues with the story @$7.34 it is a good book at a great price.
    This book is for an adult audience due to mild sexual content.

    I like Amy McFadden and she was good for most parts of the narration but she was bit over the top with some of her charaters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Grim: Tornians Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By M.K. Eidem
    • Narrated By Commodore James, Laura Jennings
    Overall
    (534)
    Performance
    (500)
    Story
    (501)

    King Grim Vasteri is the strongest and most feared warrior in the Tornian Empire. He is the King of Luda, blood brother to the Emperor, and his line will die with him. He will have no offspring for no female would join with him for once he was scarred he was considered "unfit". The Tornian Empire has been dying ever since the great infection caused the birth of females to become a rarity. Since then they have been searching the known universes for compatible females.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "SO DANG GOOD!!!"
    "OK Book Bad Narration"
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    I don't understand all the great reviews this book has received. It was almost a DNF because of the narration. I think if, Mindy Kennedy from the Cyborg books narrated this book it would have been so much better. The best thing about this book is the new concept it brings to science-fiction and fantasy. It was wonderful to have a different theme and idea presented. That said, there were several things that got very old very quickly.
    The male narrator attempted to use a different voice for each character resulting in a similar sounding voice as Grover from Sesame Street and Kermit the Frog from the Muppets with even some characters sounding like Shaft from the 60s. The actual narration was so bland and monotone it was hard to listen to. The female narrator sounded like a boring librarian. Also, for some reason the producer added background noise to all 12+ hours of the book! 12+ hours of birds chirping, doors sliding, and space ship white noise got really old.

    I would buy the next in the series if the narrators are changed.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Dark Guardian: Shields, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Donna Grant
    • Narrated By Antony Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (138)

    Hugh and his men are faced with fighting creatures only thought to live in legend but which have been brought to Earth by evil bent on annihilating all the realms. That is Hugh's life - and he loves it. At least he did until he found himself staring into the angelic, innocent face of Lady Mina of Stone Crest. In all the time he has led the Shields Hugh has trusted his instinct to keep his men alive, yet now he doesn't know what to believe. Everything points to Mina as the evil summoning the creatures, but she proclaims her innocence. He should be able to see through her lies, if she is indeed lying, but his attraction to her blinds him to even that.

    CAROLYN says: "PARANORMAL INTRIGUE,DUTY & LOVE MAKE A GREAT COMBO"
    "Irritated and Exhausted"
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    Now, I know that a romance wouldn't be a romance if the H/h came together happily from the very beginning; however, I become most exhausted when it takes 97% of the book before the H finally accepts that his one true love is right in front of him. I must let you know that it was not the h in this book which failed to keep me happy, it was the H. And yes - it did take him 97% of the book to realise that he could trust the h and keep her. Whew - I was exhausted and irritated and not feeling fluffy and happy about this book.

    The story begins where there is an evil creature killing everyone at the castle and village. The Fae send in warriors to kill the creature and make everything right. The H falls for the heroic h right from the beginning, but feels that she is the reason why the creature came about and THE reason it cannot die. Now - you have the siblings of the h who are selfish, mean, nasty, and downright cruel to the h for most of her life - including every time the good guys are there to witness. You have these same siblings doing mean things and ACTING guilty from the very start. You can't help but love the h. She is kind to everyone, beautiful, heroic in her own sense, and the only one who is willing to try and kill the creature - unlike her mean sister and brother. But....over and over again the H thinks it's something that the h is doing - or that she is controlling the creature - it is the h's fault as to why the creature won't die and that there is something bigger and more evil coming.

    Even though the creature tries to kill her countless times, even though the h is with the good warriors most of the time, even though the Fae likes the h and tries to help the H along with his thoughts, what do we get................the H not believing the h is innocent in all of this? Even when she is kidnapped once again at the end, the stupid H still believes the h is to blame. I got so exhausted from his lack of brains, that I got irritated the story.

    It just didn't do it for me. There wasn't enough passion or commons sense for me to be interested.

    Antony Ferguson's narration was OK but a bit bland

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Feeling Hot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Elle Kennedy
    • Narrated By David Benjamin Bliss
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    It's been a rough month for Navy SEAL Cash McCoy. Fresh off six months of celibacy during his deployment, he almost got into a hot blonde's panties before they were interrupted. Since then he still hasn't gotten laid. The reason? He lost her number. And no other woman has replaced her face in his fantasies. Then his CO asks him to keep an eye on his sister for a few weeks. Just until her psycho-stalker ex is transferred.

    Lia says: "Sexy New Series"
    "Sexy New Series"
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    Elle Kennedy has delivered another winner with Feeling Hot! This is the seventh installment in the Out of Uniform. I hope Audible makes all the books available. However, this can be a stand-alone book.
    Elle Kennedy writes novellas or novels, the ending result is the same: a great story. I was excited for Feeling Hot & I was not disappointed! I loved everything about the book. I loved Elle's development of her characters, Cash & Jen; they were well-developed & in-depth. They were also likeable characters with great chemistry. I happily cheered for them throughout the story. I liked that they didn't put up BS with one another when they both knew what they wanted.

    As always, I enjoyed the author's storytelling and writing style. I was drawn into the story right from the very beginning which made this a very hard to put down book. Other factors that also made this read enjoyable were the well-crafted plot & storyline. The pacing of the story was what also kept me invested in the story. Without the story dragging, I never once got bored or found myself scanning pages.

    Overall, Feeling Hot was a highly entertaining & satisfying listen with lots of hot sex, fun, sweet, and emotional moments. This is another great addition to the series & I cannot wait for the next one. So yes, Feeling Hot is a highly recommend from me!

    David Benjamin Bliss was really good with the delivery of the story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Never Kiss a Rake

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Anne Stuart
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (307)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (279)

    Bryony Russell and her two sisters are left destitute by the disgrace and unexpected death of their father, a wealthy shipping magnate. He left a cryptic note, and Bryony is determined to find the real villain and clear her father’s name. In disguise as a servant, Bryony infiltrates the home her of father’s business partner to find proof of his guilt...or innocence. It’s not just clues that Bryony finds, but temptation too.... Adrian Bruton, Earl of Kilmartyn, immediately suspects there is something not quite right about his new housekeeper.

    Marcheta says: "Liked story, didn't like American reading"
    "Engaging Romantic Suspense and Under $10"
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    Never Kiss a Rake, is an engaging romantic suspense novel set within a historical backdrop. It starts with finding Bryony Russell and her sisters right after they were left destitute by their father's demise. The sisters weren't convinced he was an embezzler and that his death was accidental. To find proof, Bryony has set herself up as housekeeper in the Earl of Kilmartyn's home. Convinced the Earl was involved, Bryony instead finds herself falling for his rakish dark charms. Adrian Bruton, Earl of Kilmartyn, knew that his housekeeper was a spy. Instead of firing her, he decided to let her stay.

    The attraction was mutual and however much they fight it, they eventually give in to the forbidden. I loved this book. The tone was definitely dark, the writing deft and successfully kept the pace that built the tension so tight you didn't really know what to expect.

    The characters were well developed. Both Adrian and Bryony were not perfect heroes which adds uniqueness to the novel. The dialogue between Bryony and Adrian were witty, rapier sharp and the sexual tension palpable within. Adrian was not your usual gentleman hero, in fact he lives up to the title of rake. He had no compunction about seducing Bryony and toying with her initially. He thinks himself not a good man, "a liar, a cheat, a shallow, conscienceless cad." Bryony's feelings were also a dichotomy, she hated him for his trifling and his seductive ways and his probable involvement in her father's death. And yet she also could not deny that she was so very much attracted to him.

    The way the words were used puts emphasis on what feelings these two have for each other which is a testament to the author's talent. The ending, although somewhat happy for our couple , was still in a cliffhanger way with regards to the motives for the murder of Bryony's father. Overall this was still a great listen that fans of romantic suspense should not miss.

    Xe Sands did a good job with the delivery of the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Texas Redeemed: A Night Sky Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Isla Bennet
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    "A poignant story of second chances - of loving, losing, and finding the courage to try again." (Macy Beckett, author of the Sultry Springs series). Ranch owner Valerie Jordan learned the hard way that people carve out their own destiny. She knows firsthand what can come of one night of unchecked attraction and lost inhibitions. And she also knows there's only one way to handle guarded missionary doctor Peyton Turner: with caution. Thirteen years ago, they went from being friends to lovers to strangers. To save himself and outrun his past, Peyton disappeared.

    Lia says: "@$7.34 A Really Good Book"
    "@$7.34 A Really Good Book"
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    We meet up with Payton Turner and Valerie Jordan 13 years after they separated when Payton left Night Sky in the dead of night. Payton's working for Doctors without boarders and Valerie is running her families cattle ranch with her cousins and daughter. Their lives are so different now than when they came together in a fever that summer night. What will happen when Payton finds out the secret that Val has been keeping for 13 years?

    Ms. Bennet writes the lives of Payton and Valerie before they see each other after 13 years, beautifully. They're each so content (from the outside) with the choices they made and the path they took. So when she introduces Lucy you almost don't know where this is going to go. The progression from that moment of meeting his daughter in the children's wing of memorial hospital the the very last word in Texas Redeemed was very organic. I mean that it took on a life of it's own. Parts were not pretty to read but it was real. Or it had that real feeling which is often missing while reading contemporary romance.

    Now nothing is perfect and I did roll my eyes at the fact that Payton Turner's family is made of money, but he doesn't need their money nor does he want it. Throughout the book, Valerie is very persistent of Payton, wanting the relationship to grow. I liked that Payton wanted to have a relationship with his daughter before starting up his relationship to Valerie. Thus, Ms. Bennet spent most of the book working up to this moment, where they're finally revealing how they feel about each other only to later take that away. I guess, I just wanted more time with Payton and Valerie together.

    This book is in the style of Nora Roberts but with a little more steam

    In conclusion, I was pleasantly surprised at my admiration for Valerie and Payton. I felt the progression of their relationship was real and believable and also how Lucy reacted to seeing her father for the first time. This is a great first novel by Isla Bennet and I hope to read more from this author.

    Natalie Ross as always is very good with the delivery of the story

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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