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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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  • Crash Into Me: Heart of Stone, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By K. M. Scott
    • Narrated By Veronica Meunch, Christian Fox
    Overall
    (387)
    Performance
    (357)
    Story
    (361)

    What would you give up for everything? Tristan Stone was powerful, commanding, and sex incarnate. And he wore it all so well. From the moment his mesmerizing gaze met mine, I had no choice but surrender to everything he was. His power. His decadence. His passion. He was all I never knew I needed. He wanted to possess me, and I wanted to be his everything. All I had to do was accept what he offered. But everything has a price.

    NEW NAME says: "Don't bother..."
    "3.5 stars Good but could have been better"
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    I really teetered between 3 and 4 stars on this one... The female, Nina in the story came across to me so annoyingly whinny, weak and completely unbecoming.The male character, Tristan was mysterious and alpha but he seemed a little too aloof for me and in the beginning ran hot and cold from one sentence to the next. My other complaint would be that in the beginning the story progressed so rapidly that I couldn't wrap my mind around it. Literally he said a handful of words to her and the next thing you know she's straddling him in his living room and they are having sex. Huh?!? Then the next day he moves all her stuff into his home. I am not a fan of the C word being used in sex talk and there was a fair bit of that. Also the sex scenes needed work as they seemed very flat and lacked details to me. Now your probably wondering why I still gave it 4 stars but it really started to get good right towards the end. Nina started to take the whine down a few notches and Tristan stopped acting like he has some type of split personality disorder. The suspense made me start to want and turn the page a little faster to discover what happens. The ending wasn't a huge cliffhanger but it does leave you wanting to find out how everything is going to come together in the end. So I suppose in some ways it redeemed itself but if you could give 1/2 stars I'd probably rate it at 3 1/2 to be fair. I will still read the next one in hopes that the beginning won't turn me off so much.

    Veronica Meunch and Christian Fox did a good job with the narration of the story.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Carnal Compromise

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robin L. Rotham
    • Narrated By CJ Bloom
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Joe Remke has just one qualification for his lovers: he wants them gone before sunrise, which makes his new bunkmate, AJ, about as safe as a woman can be around him. It also makes his determination to sleep with his boss downright stupid because if Brent ever gives in, he'll be looking for a new job.

    Lia says: "Hot Erotic Romance"
    "Hot Erotic Romance"
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    Brent Anderson runs a farming operation. Brent and his crew travel from place to place completing specialty farming jobs. Things are getting a little cramped in the trailer since AJ Pender joined the crew. Actually, to tell the truth, the sexual tension was already pretty strong between Brent and his best friend, Joe, before AJ arrived, but now that the sexy siren has come aboard the sexual tension is downright painful.

    Joe has been trying to get in Brent's pants for years. He constantly bates him but Brent has always refused his overt advances. Then the beautiful AJ joined their farming crew and all he can think of is having them both. However, Joe isn't interest in anything permanent. He's cool with having sex with his best friend and the new girl but he doesn't want a relationship.

    AJ Pender didn't know what she was getting herself into when she joined Brent Anderson's crew. It's hard enough being a woman in a male dominated field but to have a crush on your gay boss and his boyfriend, well, that is just downright stupid on her part.

    When the heat becomes too much for these three, passion ignites an insane blaze of sexual fire. But will their fierce connection be enough to keep them together or will their past doubts and intense hurts have them running for the nearest cover?

    Carnal Compromise is a vivacious, hot-as-hell romance. If you're not careful these three will leave you with third degree burns from flipping the pages. I like all three characters but Joe is a standout because of his complex nature and his secrets. His secrets explain a lot about his attitude and behavior throughout Carnal Compromise. I would have liked to learn his secrets sooner so I wouldn't have felt the need to throw something at him so often. AJ is a fiery woman who has never known anything to be easy, and her relationship with Brent and Joe is no exception. AJ has serious self confidence issues and I love that it is addressed in a great way. I found Brent to be adorable. He knows what he wants but is afraid of what will happen when he gets it. Well, he definitely finds out! Carnal Compromise is sinfully delicious and hauntingly humorous. Robin L. Rotham walks all over hot button issues and delivers a Carnal Compromise you won't soon forget.

    CJ Bloom was great with the delivery of the story. I would Audible to have more from this author.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Reasonable Doubt: Complete Series

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Whitney G.
    • Narrated By Sebastian York, Erin Mallon
    Overall
    (542)
    Performance
    (490)
    Story
    (492)

    My cock has an appetite. A huge and very particular appetite: blond, curvy, and preferably not a fucking liar... (Although that's a story for another day.) As a high-profile lawyer, I don't have time to waste on relationships, so I fulfill my needs by anonymously chatting and sleeping with women I meet online. My rules are simple: one dinner. One night. No repeats. This is only casual sex. Nothing more. Nothing less. At least it was until Alyssa...

    Tweetyct2 says: "Steamy, sexy and dirty"
    "3.5 stars Good Romance"
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    This is a first time listen with this author will listen to the book again no will I try another book from the author probably yes. It was a decent listen I didn't hate it but I didn't love it either. I listened to it word for word during the first 'episode' or book, but by the second book the time jumps back and forth were incredibly distracting, and Andrew's treatment of Aubrey was just too much that I found myself uncaring if they ended up together. A few things were never really explained or just assumed. The were some villains in the story and their out come was not explained. Also, I found the Fifty Shades (which I'm a fan of) similarities too off-putting: the use of emails in the middle of the book and Aubrey's blue outfits. This is just my opinion because a vast majority of listeners liked the book.

    The narrators did a good job with the delivery of the story although I am not a fan of dual narrators and though it was unnecessary in this book

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Irresistible Force

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By D.D. Ayres
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (86)

    Officer James Cannon is one tall, strong alpha male who's convinced that Shay stole his dog. But once he gets closer to the suspect, he realizes that this stubborn, independent woman not only needs a guard dog, she needs James as well. It seems that someone from her past is stalking her, and threatening her life. When danger meets desire, will James risk his career and his best friend - to protect the woman who's stolen his heart?

    Darlene says: "New Series New Author"
    "Great Romantic Mystery"
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    When adrenaline runs high, so does the force of desire…

    For Shay Appleton, it’s love at first sight when a gorgeous stray dog is brought into the animal shelter where she works. She just knows he’ll make a terrific watch dog—and with an abusive ex who won’t let go, she needs all the protection she can get. But Shay never suspected that her new pet is actually a trained police K-9 named Bogart—until Bogart’s even more gorgeous, human partner shows up on her doorstep.

    Officer James Cannon is one tall, strong alpha male who’s convinced that Shay stole his dog. But once he gets closer to the suspect, he realizes that this stubborn, independent woman not only needs a guard dog, she needs James as well. It seems that someone from her past is stalking her, and threatening her life. When danger meets desire, will James risk his career and his best friend…to protect the woman who’s stolen his heart?


    Hunky police officer with dog for a partner, who could want more??? well, throw in a damsel in distress and you have a great story.

    This is a great story and a new to me Author, who I cannot wait to listen to more of. I liked the concept of building stories around officers and their K-9 partners. Now, there is a novella before this story that is not available on audible (but definitely will when it does), I did not feel like I missed anything by not listening to them in order.

    I thought the mystery was well done and there were lots of suspects that I did not guess who some of the things were being done by. I really liked Shay and thought that even after getting the shaft for most of her life, she was strong and independent. I think James was exactly what Shay needed in her life, besides having a dog they both cared for, he has her back and believes her when almost everyone else does not see beyond her past. The ending was intense and kept me on the edge of my seat.

    A great read and cannot wait for the next story!
    Jeffrey Kafer was great with the delivery of the story.

    2 of 3 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
    (116)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (106)

    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.

    Wendy says: "OMG! What a great start to a new series!!"
    "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.

    3 of 4 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
    (142)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (129)

    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 3 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
    (313)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (290)

    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.

    3 of 4 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
    (386)
    Performance
    (361)
    Story
    (358)

    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.

    Trish R. says: "Awesome book and narrator.."
    "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 3 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (587)
    Performance
    (548)
    Story
    (549)

    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 5 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
    (155)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (140)

    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 3 people found this review helpful

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