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Lilian

I am the definition of a contradiction. I am a tomboy but just can't seem to get enough of romance books!

Seattle WA United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 78 reviews
  • 151 ratings
  • 464 titles in library
  • 38 purchased in 2015
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  • Rock Chick

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Susannah Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1284)
    Performance
    (1193)
    Story
    (1208)

    Indy Savage is a former wild child (okay, maybe not so "former") and current used-bookstore owner. Lee Nightingale is a former bad boy and now runs a private investigation service. Toss together a quiet barista with a not-so-lawful side-business, a crazy Vietnam Vet, a pothead, a drag queen, family and friends who will not mind their own business, a few stun guns, and a bag of diamonds, and mix them all up with some shootings, a high-speed chase and car bombs exploding, then hang on for your first wild Rock Chick ride.

    karen says: "A Rockin story"
    "Great Start.....Lost interest halfway through!!!!"
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    Would you try another book from Kristen Ashley and/or Susannah Jones?

    I liked SJ. She is not my number one but I can say she is within my top 10 narrators. This is my second KA book, and I am not looking to try a third anytime soon which is a shame because she has potential!


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

    Lee came off as a jerk. Indie came off as a child.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hank, Indie and the Kevster and a whole lot of pot plants.


    Did Rock Chick inspire you to do anything?

    Nope. Just a book that went from great to boring.


    Any additional comments?

    Careful, this is a very girly-type book with one too many OMG's and Holy sh* sh* sh*. The female characters will make you want to say "are you kidding me!" Their antics started of as funny then turned to annoying. The guys all have issues and seem very detached and quite frankly jerks.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Guardian for Hire

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Christine Bell
    • Narrated By Julia Motyka
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    With her reputation in tatters, she can't imagine things getting worse, until her former co-workers are rubbed out, and a bad-ass, ex-Army Ranger shows up hell-bent on protecting her. She shows him the door, perfectly content with letting him go find someone else to brood over. Right up until her car explodes into a ball of flames...

    Lilian says: "Love a book that leaves me all much inside!"
    "Love a book that leaves me all much inside!"
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    Let me start by giving Julia Motyka 4 on the narration....the only reason I don't give her the the full 5 points is because at times I could hear her taking big breaths as she narrated... But otherwise... She was great!

    As for the book.... It was the perfect blend of action, humor & romance.
    The hero was just the best of both alpha & sweet. What got on my nerve with him was his belief that he was not 'good enough' but he knew how to take what he wanted and cherish it... The heroine was scared of the future.... & I wouldn't blame her, her grandparents were just so well horrible & her life literally blew up in her face...... But slowly as she tries to get her life back, she learns to appreciate herself & how to love completely! It was just the perfect relationship that had my heart melting by the end!

    Definitely a fun listen for any romantic hearts out there!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cursed by Fire: Immortal Brothers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jacquelyn Frank
    • Narrated By Roger Wayne
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    For centuries Dethan has been trapped in a fiery inferno for defying the gods and snatching the power of immortality. Condemned to have his battle-hardened body licked by flames only to regenerate and be consumed all over again, Dethan has lost all hope--until the goddess of conflict appears. She will release him from torment--if he'll use his power and strength as a warrior to raise an army and defeat a fierce enemy faction of gods. Free to live as a man once again, Dethan meets Selinda.

    Lilian says: "Yes! Yes! Yes!"
    "Yes! Yes! Yes!"
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    I loved this book.... The hero & heroine were flames but each saw the other as perfect. Definately a big shift from her Nightwalker series but in this new world she has once again invented... Once you start, it's just too darn hard to stop

    This is my second male-narrated book & I will say it was a splendid choice for this series! I can't wait for next book!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ecstasy: The Shadowdwellers Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jacquelyn Frank
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (496)
    Performance
    (459)
    Story
    (462)

    Among the Shadowdwellers, Trace holds power that some are willing to kill for. Without a stranger's aid, one rival would surely have succeeded, but Trace's brush with death is less surprising to him than his reaction to the beautiful, fragile human who heals him. By rights, Trace should hardly even register Ashla's existence within the realm of Shadowscape, but instead he is drawn to everything about her-her innocence, her courage, and her lush, sensual heat.

    CAROLYN says: "IT WAS PURE PARANORMAL ESCAPISM AND IT WAS ECSTASY"
    "OH BOY!"
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    J.F has done it again! And once again I hesitated because of all the negative reviews! It took my 5 months before I finally took the plunge! Having listened to the Nightwalker series and utterly loved each and every book... Most reviews indicate that the Shadowdweller series is just not as good.... Well I disagree! Just like her other series... The start is a bit slow but that is because she takes the time to explain how this new world works....after a few chapters BAM the listen sinks into you.... Keeping you captive & yearning for the next moment..... At the end of this listen.... I am still all tingly and just darn eager for the next book! Bonus: a visit from a very much loved Nightwalker!

    I love this narrator... Always have and never second guess a listen because she has proven over and over again that she can catch & keep my attention!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Obsession

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jennifer Armentrout
    • Narrated By Alexandra R. Josephs
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    He's arrogant, domineering, and...To. Die. For. Hunter is a ruthless killer. And the Department of Defense has him firmly in their grasp, which usually doesn't chafe too badly because he gets to kill bad guys. Most of the time he enjoys his job. That is until he's saddled with something he's never had to do before: protect a human from his mortal enemy.

    Lilian says: "OH MY..... MY, MY, MY YUM!"
    "OH MY..... MY, MY, MY YUM!"
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    Who could have thought aliens could be this intense! Jennifer Armentrout has my vote with this book!

    The basic of the book is Earth has more than just human inhabitants, the government knows this but the people don't! Serena (lead female) discovers the existence of these other races when she happens to watch her best friend murdered in an unnatural way. When she runs to the cops to report this, like any normal human would, she finds herself placed in the safety of one of these aliens. In comes in Hunter (lead hero), of the Arum race. The best words I have to describe him is cold, scary & sexy .

    As the two are forced to stick by each other, a bond is formed. This is despite the fact that Hunter almost lost control of himself and 'ate' Serena not once but TWICE! There is a lot of story telling in this book, both Serena & Hunter piece together what is happening in the world as Hunter does what he does best and protects Serena and on the other hand Serena does what she can as a human and wiggles her way into Hunter's soul. She becomes his light when all he has ever known is darkness.

    The book has very interesting characters... I will give away this wee bit of info: Hunter has brothers! who, well, I look forward to seeing how much trouble they can cause....

    I like Alexandra's narration but I think they book would have been a lot more entertaining with a dual narration.

    Overall I think this is book worth a credit, even better if there is a sale!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Club: The Club Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Lauren Rowe
    • Narrated By Lauren Rowe, John Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (326)
    Story
    (323)

    When playboy businessman Jonas Faraday receives a private note from the anonymous intake agent assigned to process his online application to an exclusive club, he becomes obsessed with finding her and giving her the satisfaction she claims has always eluded her, in order to fulfill his own desperate need for redemption.

    TR says: "Decent story but it has a cliffhanger"
    "NO....NO....NOPE....JUST YEAH NO!"
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    I feel like I should go into a rant about all the wrong things with this book but that will take forever. Let me point this small part out:

    Chapter 15 (approximately 14 mins 20sec until the end of the chapter)- This part is narrated by Lauren

    "When he sees my eyes go heavy with desire, he smiles at me."
    "I think I missed the word desire"
    "When he sees my eyes go heavy with desire, he smiles at me..."

    At first I thought I missed something, so i jumped back 30 seconds and sure enough Lauren's commentary is loud and clear! Someone definitely didn't do their job well on this particular day......

    Next, let me point out the narration was just so lacking. I saw all the high reviews of John Lane's performance but nope I completely disagree. To me his narration of Jonas made him come across as such a tool I could not stand him. As far as Lauren Rowe's performance, I would really REALLY suggest she does not narrate. Yes, she can narrate a book but i would recommend she try some other genre, this is not it.

    Finally, the book itself. The concept behind this book was exciting. I expected more though. More of everything from the chase to the dialogue to hot & sexy times but sadly this book just did not deliver the promise. I am no prude mind you. I enjoy well written romance including the erotica sub-genre but maybe this was really something meant for the '10%'. Where was romance? From the beginning, the book hits on sex, focuses on sex and tries to force lust turn into love? Of course now that I know Jonas is supposed to be this god of sex and fails, YES FAILS, to do his job on so many tries that to me he just comes across as a one-minute-kinda-guy. There is nothing hot about this kind of guy.

    I think I will stop here. This is a listen with so many holes and so many issues that I really would not recommend. Save that credit for a better book.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Without Regret

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By R. L. Mathewson
    • Narrated By Stella Bloom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (98)

    Chris Williams is used to making sacrifices. For years he's done his duty by his family and his calling as he awaited the one person that was meant for him. When she finally came into his life, she was nothing like the woman he'd expected. Instead of being the warrior ready to help him protect his family and the humans under his care he got.....

    Yvette says: "WELL I REGRET THE MALE LEAD!!! WHAT A JERK!"
    "Approach with caution!"
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    This book has ALOT of negative reviews & after listening to it I can see why but I am one of a few that was entertained by the listen!

    First, let me say that I love Stella Bloom. I have said this before but she is one of those narrators you either love or hate.

    The story of Chris & Izzy is a hot mess. We met Chris in Book 1 and know that he had a rough childhood up until Ephraim and Madison adopted him. Towards the end of book 1 we learn Chris is a sentinel and really looking forward to find his mate. In this book he has built very high standards of who his mate is. He has become a really good sentinel but he has developed a really warped sense of obligation to his adoptive family. In Chris point of view each and every family member is more important than him or his wants. When he finally finds his mate he will have one other person to protect his family.

    Izzy is a tech wiz who has no idea what she is or that there is more than just humans that reside in the world. She is constantly trying to outsmart the pple and corporations that want to get their hands on her programs. She has one particular program that will have vampires, werewolves & deamons after her.

    After a close encounter with a vamp, Izzy is rescued by a group of sentinels... As there is only one last pair or unmated sentinels, she sent to Chris to confirm if they are mated and hopefully find out why she is a wanted woman.

    Not understanding why Izzy's powers haven't kicked in Chris believes putting her smack in the middle of danger will jump start her powers. Of course this backfired and as Izzy realizes that all she has seen is indeed real, she freezes and curls on the ground ready to accept she is going to die.

    This cowardly action sets Chris on a path that makes him come across as cruel & heartless to everyone around him but to him and his once again twisted mind he is trying to protect his mate. As much as he tries (and he really did a good job of being a horrible mate.... I mean at one point he called Izzy a whore!) he cannot fight his attraction to Izzy or how she is his perfect half.

    When Izzy finally begins to come to her powers, Chris stubbornly refuses to see her as anything but a burden to his family. Finally, it takes the fact that his own family (esp. His father & brother) has stepped in to protect Izzy, a job he has UTTERLY failed at. He begins to try to repair his damage and hope that he can get one more chance at a life for himself and not one for his family with him as a soldier!

    At the end of the book we are left wondering if the villans are truly evil or secretly good! Definately worth my credit but really is one of those books where the hero is not as loveable as one would expect in a romance book! Besides most princes were once frogs at one time right?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tall, Dark & Lonely

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By R. L. Mathewson
    • Narrated By Stella Bloom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (135)

    When the mother that abandoned them years ago suddenly shows up and moves them to New Hampshire, Madison has no choice but to go or lose her family. Shoving her dreams aside yet again, she tries to make a life for her siblings only to discover that nothing is going the way that it should. It's really cold. Her fifteen year old sister acts like a hooker in training. Men act funny around her. Her boss is a real jerk. She feels like an outsider.

    Lia says: "3.5 Stars - Great Potential But!"
    "Definately winner"
    Overall

    This is such a great book for any paranormal romantic. Ephraim is a pyte... An immortal who needs blood to survive just like a vampire but without the downside of being highly sensitive to daylight or holy water or getting staked. He is also a loner. Madison is a beautiful woman who has worked hard to raise her brother and sister for years because their mother is just, well, the world's worst mother!

    When Madison & her siblings are forced to relocate because their mother is back and determined to leech off their grandmother, neither Madison nor Ephraim are aware that their world's are going to collide in a drama filled, hilarious & sent way.

    This book introduced us to pyte, sentinels & vampires! Stella Bloom is one of my favorite narrators but I belive she is one of those you will either really love or really hate.... For me the author + narrator make this listen worth a credit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • High Stakes: Vittorio Crime Family, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Vanessa Waltz
    • Narrated By Aubrey Vincent
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    There are a million reasons why I should stay away from Vincent Cesare. This was supposed to be temporary. I was supposed to deal for his illegal card games and get some quick cash. That was it. I wasn’t supposed to fall for him. Little by little, I see the monster grinning at me through the cracks in his pretty suit. He won't tell me what he does, and I'm not sure I want to know. The darkness in his eyes terrifies me. He's seduced me into his web of lies with his charm, and now I'm trapped in his life.

    Lilian says: "A Klepto & a gangster"
    "A Klepto & a gangster"
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    I have mixed emotions about this one...

    Let me start with the things I didn't like:

    The narrator was ok. She wasn't bad, i mean i finished the book but she is an acquired taste... I think she has too much of a "chipper" voice. Despite this, she does handle male/female narrative well.

    There are gaps in this listen....I mean some things just didn't make sense... I mean why does Vincent have these urges? What's his story? What makes him that addictive?

    Finally on my list of things I didn't like..... I can get into the whole BDSM thing.... But this author made this duos relationship as one sided. He likes to beat women raw with a belt, choke them till they can't breathe & she doesn't like it but she let's him do it because???? O_o

    Now this book did have potential.... I liked the idea of falling for a mobster & the beginning was sort intriguing and catching.... There is a little bit of storytelling... More of a glance into the lives of mobsters..... a few close calls.... A few dysfunctional relationships....

    I honestly would give this book 2.5 at most.... There was potential in this book.... But it just wasn't achieved!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Raine Falling: Hells Saints Motorcycle Club, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Paula Marinaro
    • Narrated By Will Damron, Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (301)

    After a lifetime of uncertainty, Raine Winston shouldn’t be fazed by anything anymore. But she’s terrified. Terrified that her wayward sister, Claire, has gotten into debt dangerously over her head. Terrified that a muscle-clad biker named Diego doesn’t want payment with money - he wants much more. And terrified of the dizzying desire she feels whenever Diego touches her.…

    Frances says: "GREAT BIKER STORY! LOVED IT!!!"
    "What a rush!"
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    This was an incredible love story of two completely different people who were just meant for each other. It wasn't the usual MC book but it still had the bikers and the brothers, the old ladies and trumps...I loved Raine & Diego together. I also enjoyed a little bit of the other brothers which gave additional life to this listen. The narration was great as always! I would definitely say this is worth a credit!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Raphael: Vampires In America, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By D.B. Reynolds
    • Narrated By Traci Odom
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (186)

    Powerful and charismatic, Raphael is a Vampire Lord, one of the few who hold the power of life and death over every vampire in existence. Thousands call him Master and have pledged absolute loyalty on their very lives. But when, in a brazen and deadly daylight attack, a gang of human killers kidnaps the one female vampire he'd give his life for, Raphael turns to a human investigator to find his enemies before it's too late.

    Kindlegirl says: "Excellent Narration, Great Series!"
    "DON'T PASS THIS LISTEN!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Raphael the most enjoyable?

    The author wrote a freaking wonderful read....and the chosen narrator did a great job... The 2 made this a non-stop listen for me!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cyn.... Now that is a woman with power.... She is a rich but would rather work for herself type of girl. She is a take charge, no B.S type. And what made me love her most....Her life does not revolve around Raphael!


    What does Traci Odom bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Traci did a great job breathing life into each character. Her narration of each scene, whether funny, scary or dramatic was spot on and kept me entertained!


    Who was the most memorable character of Raphael and why?

    I would have to say Cyn all the way.... One of my favorite parts was when she bolted from Raphael's house trying to get to her house..When she got to her house, she finds that Raphael has one of his guards - Tony - watching the place. Her reaction when he told her he was going to check in & make sure she should be in HER OWN house was priceless... Most people would try to talk their way out it but not Cyn..She SHOT Tony in the leg.... The patched him up...drugged him... and left him outside her house for the other guards to eventually pick him up!


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I had purchased this earlier... This has been in my wish list for at least 2 years if not more.... It's a different take on the world of vampires...It has a strong female character who is a perfect match for a strong and definitely badass vampire king! It's not all perfect all the time...Cyn & the vampire world she walks into is as real as I could imagine my reaction were I to find myself in her shoes...Just the right combination of brain, heart and brawn!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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