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Malinda

I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)

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  • Angels' Flight

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Nalini Singh
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (285)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (264)

    Warrior angels, vampire hunters, and angels gone bad heat up this altogether sizzling paranormal alternate universe. This anthology of novellas features Angels' Wolf, Angels' Judgment, Angels' Pawn, and the never-before-published Angels' Dance.

    CAROLYN says: "Couldn't wait to get this, but wish I had !!"
    "4 Great Short Stories"
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    I'm not sure why people gave this bad reviews. It's 4 short but complete stories from the Guild Hunter series. 3 out of 4 of these have been previously published so be warned. I liked all 4 of the stories and was glad I bought Angel's Flight.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tempting His Mate (A Werewolf Romance)

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Savannah Stuart, Katie Reus
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    Wild one night stands are not Ella Hayes' style, but with her confidence at rock bottom after a devastating betrayal and her painful departure from her jaguar pride, who could blame her for falling into bed with a sexy wolf? She never thought she'd see him again. And never in her craziest dreams did she expect to come face-to-face with him on her first day with the Kincaid wolf pack. Sleeping with Asher had been one of the most intense experiences of her life - but now she wonders if they could have more.

    Malinda says: "Very good addition to the series :D"
    "Very good addition to the series :D"
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    4 stars

    This was a very good story. I liked both Asher and Ella and their story was interesting and worked well for it's short length.

    Ella is a Jaguar shifter and an accountant. She decided to leave her pack when her sister got mated to her Ex without even telling her first. Ella had actually been feeling restless for a while and this seemed like the perfect time to make the leap. She decides to join her cousins's pack and gets a job and a hotel owned by the Alpha.

    Asher is a wolf shifter that's been around a while. He lost a mate to rogue shifters a very long time ago and spent years in the military, learning the fighting skills necessary to protect his loved ones. Asher has the power of an Alpha but doesn't want his own pack. When Asher gets tired or roaming his cousin offers him a position as head of security for his new hotel.

    Asher and Ella meet up at a bar as they're both heading towards their new pack. They don't know the association they will both have and that allows Ella to loosen up enough to spend the night with Asher. They're both wowed by the night and their connection but Ella runs and Asher is left wondering why. Neither of them expected to see each other again so they're surprised to run in to each other about a week later. Ella freaks because she didn't expect to see Asher. Asher wants Ella and wants to see more of her (actually making the final decision to take the job because of her). Because of their one nighter, Ella thinks that Asher just wants something casual and she doesn't so she tries to push him away but he's not having it. It takes some work on Asher's part but he does get past her defenses. Once that happens it's pretty easy for them to come together because they just feel right together. While all this is going on there are some other issues...the main one having to do with a possible threat to Ella. Things get handled though and Ella and Asher end the story starting a sweet HEA together.

    This was a very enjoyable story. Asher and Ella are both likable characters and I was happy to see them get together. The action plot was small and just enough to drive the plot further but not overtake the main story, the romance. Overall I liked this story very much. I'd recommend this story. :D

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Principle of Desire: The Science of Temptation

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Delphine Dryden
    • Narrated By Emily Cauldwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    After several years as a submissive, psychology lecturer Beth is eager to experience being on the other end of the whip for a change. When she meets sweet but socially awkward Ed at a party, it's obvious the aerospace engineer is interested - and obvious he's way too vanilla. When tracking down a friend lands him in a BDSM club, Ed's eyes are opened to a whole other world - and a whole other side of Beth. Then Beth's former Master shows up, and Ed agrees to play along as her sub in exchange for a real date.

    NEW NAME says: "I freaking love these books!"
    "Pretty good addition to the series :D"
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    3.5-4 stars

    This was a pretty good story. I liked Ed and Beth and their story was interesting with both hot and sweet elements thrown in. There is a bit of a love triangle things going on here but there's no sleeping around between anyone but the MCs.

    Beth is a professor in Psychology at the same university as Ivan (the hero of book #1 in the series, The Theory of Attraction). She's made friends with Ivan, Cami, Lindsey and Ben (the 2 couples from the first 2 books) and since she's in to the BDSM scene they see each other at the local BDSM club frequently. Beth used to be a sub but felt the need to expand her horizons, feeling she was more of a switch. Her Dom at the time couldn't accept her needs and she broke up with him before he left for a 6 months sabbatical.

    Ed is a rocket scientist (and I do mean literally). He works at the university and is friends with Ivan, Cami, Lindsey and Ben. Ed hasn't ever been involved in the BDSM lifestyle of his friends and doesn't know anything about it.

    When Ed is invited over for a cookout at Ivan's, he meets Beth for the first time but doesn't make the best first impression. They do get past the initial bad impression but Beth isn't looking to take things any further, especially since Ed doesn't seem to be in the BDSM scene. Ed is attracted to Beth and wants to see her and makes sneaky plans to contact her later. This ends up happening sooner than expected when later that night, Ed realizes he lost his phone in Ivan's car. Through a GPS app Ed finds them at the BDSM club and ends up getting an eye full. Beth ends up offering to show him around but hadn't planned anything else. Beth's ex shows up though and he's unwilling to let her go and seems determined to push her back into the spot he'd had her in before she told him it was over.

    To protect herself from her Ex, Beth asks Ed to play her sub and he agrees. Things go a bit further than they expected and both Beth and Ed are surprised to find that Ed actually likes BDSM. Ed does find an interest in the sub side but also has images of controlling Beth and soon wonders if they could be both to each other. Beth also realizes that they have a very good connection that's more fulfilling than what she had before with her ex. Beth and Ed start to explore their connection and find they're very sexually compatible but more than that, they're very compatible in a friendly way as well. Beth's ex isn't ready to give up though and uses an injury to get more time with Beth. TBH, I don't know why she gave him the time of day but Beth lets him get under her skin and consider taking him back. Beth is fighting her instinct to take her Ex back (I guess because they were together so long and he used to be so much of what she wanted) and he's pushing things hard. Ed wants to be with Beth but tries to give her the space she needs. There's some drama while everything's being worked out but it does end with Beth and Ed together and starting their HEA.

    I enjoyed this story very much. I liked both Beth and Ed and liked them together. I was rooting for them from the start and my main complaint with this story was the fact that Beth actually almost let her Ex convince her to give him another chance because it was kind of stupid considering their background. Outside of that part I liked the story very much. I hope there will be more from this series. I'd recommend this story. :D

    * note - The narrator did an alright job but I wasn't very thrilled with Ed's voice.

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  • Rebel: Renegades, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Skye Jordan, Joan Swan
    • Narrated By Piper Goodeve
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (172)

    Sassy, smart, and sexy, former supermodel-turned-tech guru Rubi Russo has it all-looks, money, confidence and freedom. Her life is a whirlwind of fast cars and fleeting affairs - and she likes it that way. With a past like Rubi's, forever isn't part of her vocabulary. So when studly renegade stuntman Wes Lawson wants to take their friendship to the next level, she's all out. it's just a matter of crushing her fears, shattering her barriers, and convincing her that loving him is everything she's been missing in her life, too...Piece of cake.

    karen says: "An amazing Story where Lust and Love Succeed"
    "Pretty good addition to the series :)"
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    3.5-4 stars

    This was a pretty good story. I liked Rubi and Wes and wanted to see them get together. The reality of them getting together was problematic at times though.

    Rubi is a very talented computer programmer and the BFF of Lexi (the heroine from Reckless). She was raised by a rich father who didn't care at all about her and seems to enjoy making her life hell (but says it's "just business"). Rubi's mother had died when she was very young and Rubi suffered steady diet of neglect and abandonment from her father. It made her in to an adult that doesn't recognize love and doesn't know how to handle relationships. Lexi is the only person Rubi's ever felt she could rely on.

    Wes is from Missouri and studied to be an engineer. The problem is that he couldn't deal with the boring life laid out before him and ended up escaping it to move to LA where he now does very well at stunt work (with some motocross racing in between). Wes has always dated "good girls" and done relationships (a hold back from his non-rebel days) but never found the right one that way.

    Wes works for the Renegades stunt company, owned by his friend Jax (the hero from Reckless). When Lexi and Jax got together, Wes and Rubi found themselves thrown together a lot over the few months between the end of book #1 and the start of this book. Rubi is determined she's no good for relationships and so she only does one night stands. She likes the friendship that she and Wes have developed so she's held things strictly at a friends only level. Wes is very interested in Rubi and realizes that maybe he's been dating the wrong women all this time. Rubi is exciting and challenging and Wes is determined to figure out a way to get past her friends only barrier. Wes' brother, Wyatt, was in the service and injured his back/spine/legs. When the story begins Wyatt is just having surgery and Wes is trying to make a mechanical rig that will help him move his legs for the exercises needed for recovery. When Wes tells Rubi about the rig, she has some suggestions that help it out. Wes uses this as a way to spend more time with Rubi as she starts helping him more with some programming for the rig.

    At the start of things, Rubi is dead set against anything between her and Wes and she's at least worried about it for most of the story. She just doesn't have any faith in her ability to make a lasting relationship and considering what kind of father she had I can understand her worries. The thing is that Rubi is kind of wild but she's also very sweet and smart and has a lot to give, if she can just find the right guy. Wes is determined to be that guy but he does have a detrimental flaw, he is so in to Rubi that even when he warned about her abandonment and relationship issues he doesn't trend as softly as he should have at times and tended to rush things when he knows he shouldn't. With their friendship for months I can understand Wes' not wanting to hold back any longer but most of the story takes place over about a week so obviously once things got going they escalated quickly. There are some additional issues to deal with, one being her father causing issues for her and Wes' family issues because of Wyatt's injury. Rubi and Wes do get past their conflicts (although don't expect it until the very end) and come together for a sweet HEA.

    This story was pretty enjoyable. I really liked Rubi and felt for her. There were times I was a bit frustrated with her reluctance to start something with Wes but I could understand her reluctance and brief freakouts, especially when Wes started pushing things so quickly. Wes was a good guy and I liked him but I was a bit frustrated at that he couldn't see how his actions seemed from Rubi's PoV until after he'd already messed up (multiple times). Overall, this was a pretty good story and my main complaint would be that I'd have liked to see more good times between Wes and Rubi. They didn't settle things until the end and things were pretty much in a state of upheaval most of the rest of the story. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. I'd recommend this story. :D

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tempted by the Pack: Blue Moon Brides

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Anne Marsh
    • Narrated By Kellie Kamryn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    For Rafer Breaux, life in the Louisiana Bayou is harsh, violent-and deeply sensual. The Cajun werewolf lives for his Pack and he'll do whatever it takes to keep his brothers safe. The longer a wolf lives without a mate, the harder it becomes for that wolf to shift back. To remember that he is a man-and not a monster. And those mates can only be found during a blue moon. When a blue moon finally rises, Rafer will need every weapon in his sensual arsenal to tempt one special woman into his arms and the heart of the Pack.

    BluBumbleB says: "GOOD BOOK - WRETCHED NARRATION!"
    "Pretty good start to the series :)"
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    3.5-4 stars

    This was a pretty good story. I liked Lark and Rafe. Their story wasn't perfect but there was something about it that I still liked very much. This is the first story I've read by this author and I liked it well enough that I'll probably try more of her work in the future.

    Lark own a flower farm that's been in her family for generations. Her mother was a bit of a rolling stone so Lark was raised on the farm by her grandmother. Her grandmother died and left Lark the farm but by the time that happened the farm was submerged in debts. Lark hasn't been able to make enough money to cover the mortgage and believes she'll lose the farm in less than a week but is determined to work until the end and hope for a miracle.

    Rafe is a werewolf and lives in the bayou with his brothers. Rafe is over 300 years old and hasn't found his mate yet and this is causing him to have issues holding on to his humanity and it's the same for his brothers as well. The vampires have been doing their best to wipe out the werewolves and hunt both the werewolves and their possible mates to kill.

    Before the blue moon, Rafe is checking out the farmer's market, trying to get a sense of who the "Blue moon bride" will be. They don't know who she is until the moon shows her on the night of the blue moon but he smells Lark and is drawn to her. He hopes that she'll be the one the moon shows. Lark feels someone watching her but doesn't see Rafe. She does get some advice from the local voodoo woman about a choice Lark has coming her way. Lark has heard about Rafe and his brothers and has been curious about them but has only ever seen one from a distance. She's heard the rumors about them as well but isn't sure if she should believe them. Rafe goes to Lark's farm to buy some flowers (for Lark but she doesn't realize it) and talk to her. There's a very strong attraction between them and Rafe hopes she'll be the bride and that she'll chose him as her mate. Rafe does warn Lark that if she doesn't want to play, she shouldn't leave her house tonight. While the pack is desperate for a mate they wont push someone unwilling. The "bride" can chose any of the pack as her mate, or none or multiple mates, it's up to her.

    Lark knows the legends and I'm not sure if she really believes they're true but when she hears the howls that night she feels compelled to leave her house and runs towards the wolves hunting her. When they do turn human she seems surprised that her tentative belief about what they are proved to true but accepts things pretty quickly. She's given a choice and she chooses Rafe as her mate but doesn't realize what that means. When she wakes the next day and wants to go back to her farm things get difficult for Rafe and his pack. Rafe does his best to stay near her and try to get her to accept him. She wants to but I think it's shear stubbornness that keeps her thinking she has to turn him away and work on the farm issue (even though there's nothing she can do about that). To be honest, Lark and Rafe had a communication issue because they both left things unsaid they should have talked about...one of those things being the vampires that Rafe and his pack know are headed their way to kill them all. Yes, the vamps do come and Rafe and his pack are forced to fight them. This does help things with Lark though because I think it helped her realize her priorities. They get through the attack alright and have a bit more drama about if Lark will accept Rafe and possibly the rest of the pack. Lark does accept Rafe and the pack (view spoiler) and her and Rafe start their HEA together.

    This was an enjoyable story. I liked both Lark and Rafe...they weren't perfect and because of that they felt very believable. Their story was pretty good and there was just something about it I liked (maybe it was the style of writing) and I'm sure I'll probably read more of the series in the future. I'd recommend this story. :D

    * note - The narrator does a pretty good job. It's not the best Cajun accept I've heard but it still sounded good.

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  • Tempting the Player: Gamble Brothers, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By J. Lynn
    • Narrated By Kaleo Griffith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (93)

    Chad Gamble, all-star pitcher for the Nationals, is one of the best players on - and off - the field. And right now, the notorious bad boy wants Bridget Rodgers. But with her lush curves and snappy comebacks, the feisty redhead is the kind of woman a man wants to settle down with...and that's the last thing Chad needs. When the paparazzi catch them in a compromising position, Chad's manager issues an ultimatum: clean up his act or kiss his multimillion-dollar contract goodbye. To save his career, his meddling publicist says he'll have to convince everyone Bridget isn't just his flavor of the week, but his girlfriend.

    Kristin says: "Fun listen!"
    "Very good addition to the series :D"
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    4 stars

    This was a very good story. I liked Bridget and Chad and their story was very good. I was pleasantly surprised with how much I liked this story since I wasn't majorly impressed with book #1 in the series.

    Bridget works as an assistant to her friend, Maddy (the heroine from Tempting the Best Man), both of them working in the volunteer department of the Smithsonian. Bridget is a curvy woman and has worked hard to love her curves but her past boyfriends haven't always felt the same so she hasn't dated in around 2 years.

    Chad is a pitcher for the Nationals baseball team. He's in the prime of his career and is highly talented. The problem is that Chad sleeps around and parties and it's gotten to the point where his antics are outshining the baseball itself. His team management is insisting something be done or they'll drop his contact. Chad could go to any number of other teams but he doesn't want to leave his home town or his 2 brothers he's very close to.

    Bridget goes to an exclusive bar with a friend of hers. Soon after arriving, Bridget meets Chad when he comes over to buy her a drink. She knows who he is but not the way he thinks. He's famous so she lets him think she recognizes him that way but really it's through Maddy. Maddy is dating Chase, Chad's brother, and although she and Chad have never met before, Bridget has heard a lot from Maddy about Chase and his brothers. Since Chad seems interested in her, Maddy doesn't tell him who she is fearing he wouldn't want to flirt with her if he knew she was friends with Maddy (due to complications later). Chad has actually been having a problem finding woman that perk his interest and he hasn't been sleeping around nearly as much as the papers make it seem. When Chad meets Bridget, she's the first woman he's found intriguing in quite a while so he decides to pursue things. They talk for hours and get along really well. Later they go back to Chad's place and things start to get hot. Unfortunately, Bridget really doesn't believe that someone as hot and famous as Chad would really want her and she lets self doubt rule her and takes off leaving Chad rather confused.

    Bridget and Chad don't see each other for a while until an unexpected encounter at lunch. Chad is still interested in Bridget and when he tries to talk to her they end up kissing, a kiss that's caught by a photographer and spread all over the newspaper. Chad's team hired a publicist (Ms. Gore) to do a "makeover" of Chad's image and when the photo comes out the team management isn't happy and she blows a gasket. With her professional reputation in danger and Chad's contract threatening to be cancelled, Ms Gore decides the best way to get out of things is to get Bridget to play Chad's girlfriend until things blow over. Since Bridget is a "normal woman" it'll look really good for the press and fans. Gore tries to get Bridget to play along but Bridget doesn't want to and ends up getting blackmailed in to it by Gore with a threat to her job and her reputation. This doesn't help things when Bridget and Chad start their "fake" relationship because Chad doesn't know why Bridget agreed to the deal and isn't sure he likes the possible reasons for it (thinking maybe she's in to the fame and all that goes with dating him). Bridget goes along with the deal but tries not to get too caught up in what's going on because she finds very quickly that she could fall for Chad very easily. Regardless of Chad's concerns about her reasons, he soon finds that Bridget is still very intriguing to him. They date for a month with some ups and downs and even though she didn't want to get involved, Bridget finds that she's going to miss Chad and doesn't want it to end. Chad is feeling some deeper feelings as well and doesn't want things to end either. Unfortunately, There is some final drama that causes issues between Chad and Bridget but thankfully, Ms Gore doesn't end up being a total beast and interferes enough to help them back on track so they end the story starting their HEA together.

    I enjoyed this story very much. I liked Bridget very much and Chad was a little full of himself but overall was a pretty good hero. I will say that although Ms. Gore helped things in the end I'm not sure what I feel about her being the heroine in the next book considering her actions (but I'm still planning to read it). Overall, the story was very good and had some drama to keep things going but it wasn't OTT. I'd recommend this story. Thumbs up. :)

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  • An Alpha's Path: Redwood Pack, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Carrie Ann Ryan
    • Narrated By Gregory Salinas
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    Kade, a slightly older werewolf (at over 100 years), needs a night way from the Pack. Too many responsibilities and one near miss with a potential mate made Kade hide in his work, the only peace he can find. His brother convinces him to meet the sexy woman for a one night of fun. What could it hurt? But when he finds this woman could be his mate, can he convince her to leave her orderly, sane world and be with him and his wolf-half, for life?

    Malinda says: "Decent story but very annoying heroine..."
    "Decent story but very annoying heroine..."
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    2-2.5 stars

    ***warning, this review may get rather spoilerish so don't read it if you don't want possible spoilers***

    This was a decent story but the sheer annoyance factor of the heroine, Mel, made me struggle to get through it. I actually found myself yelling at her about her stupidity while listening (I did this in audio) to the book. This is the first story I've read by this author and based off this I'm unlikely to try more of her work...at least unless I can be assured the heroine isn't the same type, the story itself was relatively good.

    Mel is a chemist who just completed her PhD. She's gotten a position teaching that's starting soon, it being the culmination of a lot of hard work. She's been working so hard that she hasn't had a date in quite a while. Mel's BFF sets her up with a blind date for what's supposed to just be a one night stand.

    Kade is an architect for the construction business he has with his family. He's also a werewolf and the oldest son of the pack alpha, making him the heir to the pack leadership. Kade thought he found his mate once but it ended up being a bad situation and she ended up with someone else.

    So Kade and Mel are set up on a blind date that's also a hookup. They're in a restaurant in the ground floor of a hotel and have a room reserved for the night. Mel's freaked but does go in to meet Kade and they hit it off. Kade is surprised to find that his blind date is a possible mate. He's strongly attracted to her, much stronger than the last woman he thought might be his mate. Kade has always been a firm believer in giving his mate a choice in the matter so he decides he'll have to win Mel's heart and convince her to stay with him. Mel feels a strong attraction to Kade and they do end up in the room for the night. There's a halting start but they do have sex...a lot of sex. In the morning, Mel sees some things that freak her out and Kade ends up telling her what he is and what she is to him. Mel is too freaked to think so she gets his number and promises to call after thinking things out.

    Here's where things get really dicey... As Mel's leaving the hotel, she meets another werewolf that tells her she's him possible mate as well and wants her to chose him over Kade. Mel has no interest in the new guy but doesn't want to admit she wants Kade so she doesn't tell the guy to bug off. For some reason Mel has the idea that she'll have to give up everything she's worked for to be with Kade and I'm not sure where she got that idea because I don't remember Kade telling her anything that would lead her to believe this. When it's found out that there is another possible mate, pack laws say they have to fight if she wont decide. Mel is disgusted by the thought of a fight and knows she doesn't want the other guy but yet she wont pick Kade so they don't have to fight. TBH, I just found Mel to be a real wuss. Yeah, she was being rushed in her decision making process, I get that. But through the whole story she was thinking to herself that she knew she didn't want anyone but Kade and how she missed him so much after one night. With all that crap I just couldn't help thinking that she didn't deserve Kade. Her actions were just so ludicrously stupid that I had a hard time believing that this woman had a PhD. The story does end with Mel and Kade working things out and starting their HEA.

    I can't really say I enjoyed this story. There were parts I enjoyed but mostly it was ruined by my extreme annoyance with Mel. She was a wuss and there's not much I like about her except her turnaround at the end and even her actions there were a bit lackluster. Kade was a decent hero but he could have taken charge a bit more. I know he didn't want to force Mel in to anything but there's a big difference between force and standing back and letting her make all the decisions with little to no input from Kade. I have the second book already (I got it in a boxset) so I may try it one of these days if the reviews indicate the heroine is decent...

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  • Dimitri: Her Russian Protector, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Roxie Rivera
    • Narrated By Pinky Powell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    Refusing to lose her brother to the violent Hermanos street gang, Benny turns to Dimitri, the dead sexy Russian who lives in the apartment above her family's bakery. He's the only man tough enough to get through to Johnny and save him from a life in prison - or worse.

    There's nothing Dimitri won't do for Benny, even if it means dealing with her troublemaking brother. He quickly realizes that it's not just Johnny and his thug friends that pose a threat to Benny.

    Malinda says: "Very good addition to the series :D"
    "Very good addition to the series :D"
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    4 stars

    This was a very good story. I liked both Benny and Dimitri and was happy to see them get together. Their story was interesting and engaging.

    Benny is the owner of a bakery that belonged to her family. She's lost all of her family except for her brother, Johnny, and she is determined to keep him. The only problem is that Johnny joined a gang and his behavior is going from bad to worse. The situation isn't helped by a greedy developer that's trying to strong arm them in to selling their bakery and Johnny is getting lured by the thought of easy money.

    Dimitri is a Russian immigrant that came to America to find a new life, far away from the war that scarred him (both physically and emotionally). Dimitri runs a security business that provides trained bouncers for clubs and such. Dimitri does very well and has money but he lives in a small apartment above a bakery. He's been living there 6 years and normally would have moved out by now except that he's in love with the owner of the bakery, Benny.

    Benny has been trying to keep the bakery running but when she inherited it from her grandmother it was far in debt and barely still open. She's been doing alright but it doesn't help that Johnny hasn't been helping around the place when he's supposed to be and precious money had to be spent on bail and lawyers for Johnny when his gang activities got him arrested. When the story begins, Benny is trying to get Johnny to help with the bakery but he's unwilling and basically being a jerk and disrespecting his sister. Dimitri comes upon this and gets on Johnny's case for disrespecting his sister and Johnny gets pissy and runs off. The problem comes when Benny realizes that Johnny's been stealing from the business and both her and Dimitri start to worry about just how bad Johnny is getting. Benny has loved Dimitri for years but never thought he'd see her as more than the friends they've been since he moved in so she's kept her silence. She's happy that Dimitri wants to help but doesn't want him to feel like she's asking too much. Dimitri realized about a year ago that he was in love with Benny and he'd do anything to help her.

    Dimitri decides that the danger from Johnny's associations is too risky for Benny and he needs to protect her. Dimitri invites Benny up to his place for dinner so she can talk with him about the issues with the business and with Johnny. While they're talking, Benny imparts the fact that she hasn't dated in a couple years and Dimitri decides that has just changed. Things escalate between them and they have a hot night together. Dimitri quickly realizes that Benny isn't too sure of what he wants from her (which is forever) so he does his best to make her believe he wants her as much as she wants him. She's a little leery at first but Dimitri soon convinces her that she's it for him. Things go from 0 to 60 between them in about 2 seconds (metaphoricly speaking) as they fall in to the relationship that they'd both been wanting for a long time. This is helped along by the action plot because things are constantly hopping and Dimitri has to step up to take care of Benny. Benny mostly lets him do what he needs to do but she's not afraid to give him a piece of her mind when he goes and starts making decisions without her. I thought they worked well together once they finally took the leap. They manage to get past the issues with both the greedy developer and Johnny and end the story starting a very sweet HEA.

    This was a very enjoyable story. I liked both Dimitri and Benny and had no major complaint about either of them. With the history between them, the relationship between Dimitri and Benny fell in to place relatively easily but the action plot was more than enough to keep things interesting. I'm sure I'll read more of this series in the future. I'd recommend this story.

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  • Shifting Shadows: Stories from the World of Mercy Thompson

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Alexander Cendese, Lorelei King
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    Mercy Thompson’s world just got a whole lot bigger... A collection of all-new and previously published short stories featuring Mercy Thompson, “one of the best heroines in the urban fantasy genre today” (Fiction Vixen Book Reviews), and the characters she calls friends...

    Jennifer says: "Great stories for Mercy-verse fans"
    "Great compilation of stories from the Mercy-verse"
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    Overall rating: 4.5-5 stars

    This was a great group of short stories. I'm listening to the audio version of this (which is a total of 14 hours & 52 minutes long) so I will give lengths of each story as well a rating and short review.

    Silver
    Time: 0-2:36

    4-4.5 stars

    This was a really good prequel type story. It was interesting to find out more about Bran and Samuel and how they escaped the captivity by the witch. I was actually surprised that the relationship between Ariana and Samuel was a lot deeper than I had expected and it's rather sad how they ended up split apart. I'm just glad they find each other again in Silver Borne. :D


    Fairy Gifts
    Time: 2:36-3:38

    4 stars

    This is a story of Thomas, a young Chinese man that lived in Butt, MT in the early 1900s. He was turned in to a vampire against his will and trapped in servitude. When he enters a bargain with a Fae, Thomas ends up getting more than he expected. This was a really interesting story. I don't recognize the characters from any previous stories so I'm hoping Thomas (and maybe Maggie) will show up in the series down the line.

    Grey
    Time: 3:38-4:45

    4-4.5 stars

    Grey takes place in Chicago and is about a vampire named Elyna. She had been turned (against her will) years before and it caused her to loose everything. After finally gaining her freedom, Elyna was willing to do whatever was needed to be able to go back home. This was a touching story and I really liked how it turned out. I liked Elyna and wouldn't mind seeing her in the series in the future.

    Seeing Eye
    Time: 4:45-5:52

    4 stars

    This was a very good story about the first time Tom and Moira (from Hunting Ground) meet. Tom comes to Moira for help when his brother comes up missing adn she has to face an old enemy in the process. I liked Tom and Moira in Hunting Grounds so I found it very interesting to see how they first met and the beginnings of their relationship. :)

    Alpha & Omega
    Time: 5:52-8:05

    4.5-5 stars

    This is a great story. It's the intro story for the Alpha & Omega series which is great.

    Anna is a werewolf and has been for 3 years. Unfortunately she was turned against her will and is part of a horrible pack that abuses her regularly. She has been struggling to get by but when she sees a news story about a young man that she know was in her Alpha's house she decides she needs to call in a higher authority, the Marrack (the leader of all the werewolves in North America). She's terrified because dominant wolves have always meant pain for her but she's determined to try to help the boy. When she speaks to the Marrack, she finds out he's already sent someone to Chicago and he asks her to meet his emissary.

    Charles is his Father's (the Marrack) enforcer. He's an old and very Dominant. He's been sent to Chicago to investigate a few issues. He isn't expecting a last minute change in plans when he gets a message from his father to meet a female werewolf at the airport and keep her safe. He's also not expecting her to be an Omega (a rare type of werewolf that helps calm others) and that his wolf will immediately decide to claim her as his mate.

    The story isn't long and only takes place over a little over a day. Charles and Anna discuss things and Charles finds out that some weird stuff has been going on in the pack (including the many instances of abuse and rape of Anna over the 3 years she's been in the pack). Things between Charles and Anna don't get much further than beginning interest (no insta-love) but it was done well and you can see the starting of a connection between them and Anna feels safe with Charles and that's something she hasn't had since she was turned. There are a couple encounters with some of the bad werewolves and a final confrontation in which the mystery is solved and the bad guys are taken out. The story ends with a possibility of a HEA (which will come about in the continuing series) as Charles asks Anna to move to Montana with him so they can explore a possible relationship together (their human sides that is, since their wolves are already there).

    This is a great story. I love Charles and Anna. She's been through so much but yet is still has spirit and is willing to do what needs to be done to help others. Charles is so gruff and has to be hard in what he does for his Father but he finds in Anna, someone he wants to shelter and protect and that brings about soft feelings in him for the first time in his life (and he's had a long life so far). This story is a lead in to the series so I'd recommend planning to read the first book of the series Cry Wolf right after this as it starts immediately after this book leaves off. I'd recommend this story. 2 thumbs up!

    The Star of David
    Time: 8:05-9:06

    4.5-5 stars

    This story is about David Christianson, a werewolf from Moon Called. David had a rough life and didn't chose to become a werewolf. When he came home from Vietnam changed and found his wife with another man...well lets just say things didn't go well and he has been estranged from part of his family since then. At the beginning of this story, David's daughter, who he hasn't seen for years, calls asking for a favor. She works as a social worker and there's been some trouble with one of her charges and she suspects supernatural things are in play. David agrees to help and things get figured out and fixed. The story ends with a sweet bit of Christmas cheer that gives it a happy ending.

    I have to admit that I've been a little curious about David before so I was happy to get a bit of a peak in to his life. This was a great story and I was thrilled to see something good happen for David. I hope to see more of him in the future.

    A Rose in Winter
    Time: 9:06-10:32

    4.5-5 stars

    This was a great short story. It revolves around Kara, a 13 year old girl that was turned in to a werewolf (her introduction was in Blood Bound) and now is having trouble learning to control her change. She befriends Asil (aka The Moor) and he helps her in her journey to learn how to control her change. It's a really good story with some touching moments. I loved seeing more of Asil and Kara is a pretty cool young character. I hope to see more of both of them in the future (and maybe see something finally develop between Asil and Sage?!?!). :)

    In Red, with Pearls
    Time: 10:32-12:01

    4.5-5 stars

    I loved this story! It focuses on Warren and Kyle. A zombie is sent to kill Kyle and Warren has to find out who and why. I love Warren and it was great to see his PoV and get a glimpse in to his life. :D

    Redemption
    Time: 12:01-13:09

    4.5-5 stars

    This was a great short story. It basically revolves around Ben working at his job as a DBA (Database administrator). Since I work in IT myself I found the tales of his work antics funny and somewhat realistic (it's scary what code writers will do to a program...). What I really loved though was getting to see Ben start to grow. We get some insight in to Ben and get to see him realize what the true job of a dominant is and accept his instincts that tell him to do things he normally wouldn't do.

    I've had mixed feeling about Ben in the past. He obviously has an issue with woman and there's an indication that he may have done some bad things in the past. In this story we do learn his background. It's rather horrifying and shows him as both the victim and person doing the victimizing which made me feel badly for him but mad at him. Ben had certain constraints that made it harder for him to do the right things and the fact that he made the effort (even if later than he should have) made it easier for me to accept his past. I like that in recent books he's been improving in attitude and such and this story really shows that improvement. I hope to see much more of Ben in the future. I'd love to see him in another short...maybe he'll eventually find love!?!?! Well, I can always hope. :D

    Hollow
    Time: 13:09-14:30

    4-4.5 stars

    This was a really good story. It focuses around Mercy with a bit of Adam thrown in at the end. Mercy is approached by a someone in need of her powers with ghosts. Mercy agrees to help and has a brief adventure while helping get rid of a pesky poltergeist. It's an interesting story and we get to see Mercy dealing with some of the stuff that took place during Night Broken and I liked the glimpse.

    Silver Borne outtake
    Time:14:30-14:44

    This was a nice scene from Ariana's PoV that shows how she and Samuel reunited during the story. After reading their start in "Silver" it was nice to see their HEA come to life.

    Night Broken outtake
    Time: 14:44-14:51

    This was a scene that didn't make it in to Night broken from Adam's PoV. It's basically just an interesting conversation between Adam and Coyote that takes place at the end of the story while Mercy is recovering in the hospital. I liked the scene but there's not much to it.

    * note - I didn't rate the 2 outtakes separately because they're so short.

    Overall, this was a great group of short stories. If you love the series already I'd definitely recommend picking this up. The stories are self contained enough that I think someone new to the series could read them without an undue amount of confusion so I'd recommend this to anyone really. :D

    * note - Each story had a different narrator. All the narrators did a very good job.

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  • Tempting the Best Man: Gamble Brothers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By J. Lynn
    • Narrated By Kaleo Griffith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Madison Daniels has worshiped her brother's best friend since they were kids. Everyone thinks she and Chase Gamble would make the perfect couple, but there are two major flaws in their logic. 1) Chase has sworn off relationships of any kind and 2) after blurring the line between friends and lovers for one night four years ago, they can't stop bickering. Forced together for her brother's wedding getaway, Chase and Madison decide to call a truce for the happy couple.

    Toya says: "Overdoing it in the end, don't you think?!"
    "Alright start to the series"
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    2.5-3 stars

    This was an alright story. Madison was nice but needed some backbone at times. Chase was pretty much an idiot who couldn't see how his actions affected others and lived a lie out of fear of being something he wasn't. The story was alright but the constant angst throughout the story was annoying. J. Lynn is actually a pseudonym for Jennifer L. Armentrout. I've read one book (which I liked) by her before this but it was in a different genre.

    Madison works for a big museum and loves her work. She has a loving family and friends that she likes hanging out with. What Madison doesn't have is a man...this is because she's been in love with her brother's best friend, Chase, since she was very young and can't seen to find anyone remotely as good to help her get past him. She's tried to have a life but it's hard when they constantly run in to each other...like him getting an apartment in her building and always going to the gym at the same time as her...

    Chase owns multiple night clubs and has done very well for himself. He's 1 of 3 brothers who were raised in a household where his father cheated on their mother and their mother drank away her sorrows. Chase decided that he's his father's son and he'll only hurt anyone he gets involved with so he decides never to get in a relationship.

    So...Madison's brother and family think that her and Chase should be together so when a booking issue comes up, it's arranged so that Chase and Madison have to share a cabin. Since the resort that the wedding is taking place at is out in the boonies, there's no chance of either of them finding other accommodations. Madison is pretty much already horrified to be the Maid of Honor to Chase's Best Man and to have to bunk with him just makes it worse. She's always wanted Chase and she's the type of girl that wears her feelings on her face and doesn't lie well so it's not a hidden thing. Because of this, Madison is embarrassed when her family brings it up like it's cute. The fact that Chase treats her like a little sister doesn't help. They had one slip years before and haven't been able to get past it to their old friendship. They both miss it but don't know how to fix things.

    So, Chase and Madison are stuck in a cabin together and of course Chase has trouble keeping his hands off Madison but when he does he stops and runs off like he's kissed a zombie so Madison is rightly feeling crappy about Chase's treatment of her. This is really where Chase showed how much of an idiot he is because he keeps pushing Madison away to "protect her" from the eventual heartbreak he's bound to make her feel when all the pushing away was doing the job quite nicely. Basically the drama is ongoing until the very end. Chase can't get past his determination that he's bad news (even though none of his past actions really demonstrate this) and Madison is trapped in the situation and keeps getting hurt by Chase being an idiot. Thankfully, Chase does come to his senses and goes after Madison and they have a nice ending to the story as they start planning their HEA.

    This was an alright story. I liked Madison but yet at times I wanted to shake her. She was trapped in a situation she couldn't easily work around but I really felt she should have been more vocal about her issues with Chase's treatment of her...maybe he would have started realizing how his actions looked to others. Chase...well he seemed like a decent guy but he was an idiot and he just kept doing stupid things that, if he'd have thought about it from her PoV (or any other PoV other than his own), he might have figured out some things instead of things going to crap. Overall the story wasn't bad and was even enjoyable at times but the whole relationship drama seemed overdone. Hopefully this improves in the next book in the series as I've already purchased books # 2 & 3.

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  • Burn for Me: A Hidden Legacy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (199)
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    Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career - a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile situation. Nevada isn't sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire. Then she's kidnapped by Connor "Mad" Rogan - a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers.

    Ashley says: "Say It Ain't So...."
    "Really good start to the series :D"
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    4-4.5 stars

    This was a really good start to a new series. I liked Nevada and found her to be an interesting character. Mad Rogan is rather hard to love since he's very self centered and doesn't show much interest in the welfare of others when performing the tasks her feels need done but he grows on you... :)

    This story takes place in a universe that's similar to our Earth but has magic. A century or so ago, someone came up with a potion that released the magical abilities in people. By the time people realized that this could be dangerous, too many people had taken it to stop the spread through the descendants off the people with magic. Magic became a trait to breed for and people were married and had kids in order to propagate talent instead of for love. Now days, the strongest magical families are known as houses and they wield a lot of power.

    Nevada is the head of her family's investigation firm. Her father died and her family mostly cant take part in full time investigation because of age or infirmity or because they're too young. Mostly they do fine though because they take small cases involving insurance fraud and divorces, nothing that should cause too much danger. Nevada has never developed her magical talent and most people think she's a dud. She can tell when people are telling the truth but didn't want to be forced to be an interrogator.

    Mad Rogan is a magical Prime (the highest ranking) and even in that ranking he's considered high on the powerful scale. He joined with the Army when he left school and he killed a lot of people and did a lot of things he doesn't like to think about. He hates his family and now that he's out of the Army he stays closed off and is rarely seen.

    Rogan gets begged by a cousin that he used to care for to help her son, Gavin, who got caught up with a trouble making pyrotechnic Prime (named Adam) from a big house and is now in trouble. Rogan agrees to go try to get Gavin and take him in to the police so he doesn't get killed while being taken in. Around this time, Adam's family is tired of him causing trouble and asks a security company they know to see about bringing Adam in. That company owns Nevada's company and basically sends her to get Adam (even though it's a suicide mission) and gives her no real choice about the matter. Nevada gets a hold of Adam and knowing she can't force him to come in, she tries to convince him it's in his best interest to be brought it. Adam's not really interested but takes an interest in Nevada which gives her hope she might be able to talk him around.

    Rogan comes in to the picture when he tracks some of the same leads as Nevada and finds her on Adam's trail. The problem is he thinks Nevada might be a friend of Adam's. Rogan believes that Nevada knows where Adam is so their first encounter doesn't go very well at all and after that first meeting, Nevada wants nothing to do with Rogan. Rogan realizes she's his only chance to track Adam though and isn't about to let her evade him. She resists working with Rogan because he makes his disinterest in the welfare of others very clear from the start but Nevada soon realizes she had no chance of bringing Adam in without some help and Rogan is powerful enough to do what she needs. They strike a deal to work together and Rogan will find out where his cousin is and he'll help deliver Adam to his house to fulfill her duties. It's interesting to see them working together. Nevada has a definite moral compass and sometime she has to push Rogan not to cross certain lines. Even though most people fear him, Nevada also isn't afraid to say what need to be said and enforcing certain points, forcibly if needed. The romance starts very slowly between the 2. They start out adversarial and slowly grow their relationship to something better. It's not perfect by the end though and they have an attraction but haven't gotten physical outside of a couple kisses. Nevada is resisting Rogan but he's determined to win her. The action plot is settled to a point but there's some lingering sub-plots that seems set to continue in the next book.

    I really enjoyed this story. Nevada is a heroine I liked and I can't think of any real complaints about her. Rogan was compelling to begin with and I liked him more as the story continued. Now I really like him and I can't wait for the next book because I want to see Rogan win Nevada. Overall this was a very enjoyable story with an interesting plot that was very engaging. I'd recommend this story. Thumbs up. :D

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