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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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  • Rules of Entanglement

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Gina L. Maxwell
    • Narrated By Holly Fielding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (103)

    Jordy says: "Hot! Hot! Freakin HOT!"
    "Very good addition to the series :D"
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    4 stars

    This was a very good story. I really liked both Vanessa and Jackson. Their story was good and kept interesting by the adversarial start to their relationship.

    Vanessa is an attorney and a very controlled woman. She grew up in a very bad home and has a lot of guilt and anger from that time. In college, Vanessa decided (after a night of heavy drinking with tequila) to make 7 rules to live her life by. These were supposed to protect Vanessa from ending up in the same place her childhood had been but really the rules only succeed in keeping her alone.

    Jackson (aka Jax) is a good guy and a MMA fighter. He’s had some success in his career but got a late start because his parents died when he was 18 years old and he had to take care of his 13 year old sister, Lucie (the heroine from book #1, Seducing Cinderella). Once Lucie was off to college, Jax went to start his fighting career but because of the load of responsibility he had to shoulder at a young age, now that Jax was free he tended to shy away from responsibilities (outside of his career). He’s had some short term relationships but nothing that ever worked for long term.

    Vanessa shows up in Hawaii and is supposed to be getting picked up by Jax. He does pick her up but not until she’s been left waiting there for an hour. When he does show up he flashes some charm and no apology and expects her to be ok with it. This gets Vanessa’s dander up and she tells Jax off and wants nothing to do with him (as shirking your responsibilities is against one of her rules). Jax is surprised to find that Vanessa is such a strong willed woman and doesn't seem to be susceptible to his charm. When Vanessa tries to blow Jax off, he doesn't like the thought of not seeing her except at the wedding and he says the first thing that comes out of his mouth…that they have to masquerade as Reid and Lucie because of the reservations and wedding planning rules since the resort the wedding is at is very exclusive. Lucie has a bug and is too sick to travel, which is why Vanessa is there early (to set the wedding up for Lucie) but no one told Vanessa anything about these restriction but she’s willing just to help Lucie (although lying and saying she’s Lucie makes her break another one of her rules, no lying). Jax starts feeling guilty about lying to Vanessa and intends to tell her the truth but the longer he’s with her the more he finds that he wants to spend more time in her company. He’s sure if he tells her about his lie, she’ll be pissed as hell and never talk to him again so he takes the easy path and let’s himself put off the truth.

    Jax and Vanessa spend some time setting up the wedding but also end up spending some time together. At first things are a little stilted between them but Jax starts learning Vanessa and her reactions and by paying close attention, he finds he is able to find ways to get to her. At first Jax was a bit of a jerk (mostly just to get a rise out of her and get her out of her safety zone) but as they spend more time together, Jax shows his sweet side and he shows her the island and some of his favorite spots. The attraction between them grows until they finally strike a deal (although Jax isn't thrilled about it) to have a 3 day fling and after that they’ll go their separate ways. Jax is fine with taking things further between them but he is determined to get her to realize they have something good that should extend past the 3 days. During the 3 days they have their ups and downs as they get to know each other. Vanessa has some problems because Jax makes her break all of her rules and she finds that maybe they’re not as all important as she always thought. She realizes that she’s fallen for Jax as the 3 days are ending. Jax has spent the 3 days trying to show her how much they have between them and how much he cares. He sets things up to tell her the truth and things are looking good but a call from Vanessa’s sister messing things up. Because of drama with her sister, Vanessa freaks about Jax's lie and things go to hell. Jax and Vanessa are both a mess as Vanessa is upset about Jax’s lies and Jax is freaking about Vanessa being gone. There are a tense couple of days but Jax manages to make things right with Vanessa (in a beautiful best man speech that turns her rules around on her) and they make up and start their HEA.

    This was a very enjoyable story. I really liked both Vanessa and Jax (although I wasn't sure about Jax at first). Once again, this story didn't have an action story line but the romance story line was interesting enough that I was fully engaged until the end of the story. I fully intend to read the next book in the series (I've already bought it). I’d recommend this book. Thumbs up. :D

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  • Kaleb: An Alluring Indulgence Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nicole Edwards
    • Narrated By Freddie Bates, Eliza Grace
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (89)

    Zoey Stranford might've had a crush on the sexy boy next door since middle school, but she's a woman now, and that crush has turned into a full-blown case of lust. So why is it that at twenty-nine her libido decides to ramp into high gear, making her only focus the intensely sexy, scorching hot boy next door - who is definitely not a boy anymore? The problem is, Zoey and Kaleb have been best friends for as long as she can remember.

    Kerry Sikora says: "Reading Nicole Edwards is great, listening is fab"
    "Very good start to the series :)"
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    4 stars

    This was a very good story. I liked both Zoey and Kaleb and their story was very interesting and I enjoyed it. I’m not sure why people term this as BDSM though because there’s anal, ménage and a bit of spanking but outside of that there’s nothing overly kinky and it's not what I'd term as BDSM. This is the first story I've read by this author and based on this I'm likely to read more of her work in the future.

    Zoey is a nice young woman who takes care of her aging father. She had been married but her husband wasn't the best man (he cheated on her) and when they split she wasn't all that anxious to try again. Zoey’s mother died and her dad is getting on the senile side so she lives in the guest house to look after him. She also has a cleaning business with her BFF that’s going well and gaining business.

    Kaleb is one of seven brothers that are very close. Kaleb and his brothers all still live on the family property (in their own places) and work together in a demolition business. They've recently decided to expand into construction and have decided to open a resort as their first endeavor. Kaleb and his brothers are known for being man-whores and being rather outrageous in their sexual behaviors, even to the point of sharing their women (although usually just short term).

    Zoey and Kaleb have been best friends for years, ever since they were kids. They spend a lot of time together and regularly go out but only as friends. Kaleb and Zoey have both been attracted to each other since they were young but they've both pulled back from anything more wanting to keep their friendship intact. When the story begins, Kaleb is trying to get Zoey's dad to sell 100 acres of his land to Kaleb and his brothers to use for the resort. Zoey's dad is reluctant though and Kaleb is having problems convincing him to proceed with things and it’s been 6 months. Kaleb has discussed the property sale with Zoey before but hasn't asked her to intervene, not wanting to make her uncomfortable or make her feel like he’s trying to use her to get to her dad. It’s about this time that Kaleb’s attraction for Zoey seems to spike out of the tight control he’s always kept on it and now he’s having problems not pursuing her. Zoey has always been attracted to Kaleb and when Kaleb seems more interested than normal then she starts to wonder if maybe something can happen between them. After a bit of a stumbling start, Kaleb and Zoey decide to try starting something together. Kaleb actually is interested in something serious with Zoey but she (I think believing that Kaleb couldn't want anything more) thinks they’re just doing a “friends with benefits” relationship.

    Zoey and Kaleb explore their new relationship but mostly keep things light as they start. Kaleb is still talking to Zoey’s dad about the land but she stays out of it for the most part. Things get more difficult though as the depth of the financial difficulties that Zoey's dad is in becomes apparent and a misunderstanding almost causes a split between them. They manage to recover from that and things go deeper for them, both of them developing more feelings for each other (although Zoey continues to be in denial). At first, Kaleb tries to hold back with Zoey, thinking she’s too sweet to indulge in his more dirty sexual proclivities. Zoey isn't ready to be so sedate though and pushes him to go further with her and he’s surprised when he loses control and she enjoys what happens. After that Zoey and Kaleb’s sexual exploits go further and get more adventuresome and both are happy with how things unfold. Things go better for them and they cruise that way for a while. Unfortunately, things get a bit rough again when multiple instances of drama come up to cause issues for them. They get past things well though and I liked the way things worked out in the end, both with the business deal and the relationship, as Zoey and Kaleb start their HEA.

    This was a very enjoyable story. I liked both Kaleb and Zoey very much and was rooting for them realize just how perfect they are for each other. Overall, this was a very enjoyable and sexy story and I'm looking forward to reading the books for the rest of the brothers. I’d recommend this book. :D

    * note - I listened to the audio version of this book and the narrators did a very good job. There were 2 narrators, a female for the parts in Zoey's PoV and a male for the parts in Kaleb's PoV. I did feel it was slightly slow though and played it back at the 1.25% speed.

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  • Forged in Fire: A Red-Hot SEALs Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Trish McCallan
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (542)
    Performance
    (484)
    Story
    (483)

    Beth Brown’s dream feels so real: a mysterious stranger is gunned down during a violent airplane hijacking, and there’s nothing Beth can do to stop it. But Beth doesn’t believe in premonitions - or does she? How else can she explain the intense connection she feels to the gorgeous man in her dream whom she’s never met? A man she’s determined to save....

    Angela says: "A fantastic listen!"
    "Very good start to the series :)"
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    4 stars

    This was a very story. I liked Zane and Beth and their story was action packed and engaging, keeping me on the edge of my seat until the end. This was the first book I've read by this author and I liked it well enough I'm likely to try more of her work in the future.

    Beth works for the engineering department for PAA (Pac Atlantic Airlines). She grew up with a single mother who worked herself to the bone until she died of cancer (fueling her initial distrust of men). Beth found a further reasons to distrust men when she found her fiancée sleeping with another woman. Now she won't trust any man further than a few dates and cuts anything off that might last longer out of fear. Beth is normally not psychic but she’s been having nightmares about a plane hijacking for the last 3 nights in a row.

    Zane is a SEAL and a good man. He has psychic flashes that help him do his job and his teammates have learned to trust his instincts. Psychic ability is something that runs in Zane’s family and the men in his family have a destined mate. No other woman will do and the men in his family don’t have much interest in women until their “one” shows up. Zane and 2 of his teammates are in the Seattle airport waiting to fly to Hawaii for a wedding when Zane gets some flashes indicating there’s going to be a problem on the flight.

    In Beth’s nightmares, she sees things from the beginning of the day, before the hijacking actually starts in her dream. When things start taking place that happened in the beginning of the dream, Beth realizes that her dream is going to come true that day. She tries to ignore this and goes to work but realizes she can't ignore her feeling that the hijacking will take place. She (as an employee) is able to fly for free so Beth gets herself put on the passenger list of the flight in question so she can go to the loading gate and check for the men she saw hijack the plane in her dream. She doesn't see the hijackers but she does see 3 military men that she saw killed in the dream, Zane and his 2 buddies. Zane realized as soon as Beth walked in that she was his “one” but he’s also gotten some flashes that make him realize that there will be issues on the plane so he doesn't feel he has time to talk to Beth right now and figures he'll have to track her down later. Beth however, knows that the men are military and hopes that if she can convince them of the coming hijacking that they can call someone “official” to handle the issue. When Beth approaches Zane, she surprised at how quickly he and his buddies believe her, even with her being able to tell them things she shouldn't know (from her dream).

    Once they're all working together, Beth, Zane and his buddies are able to stop the plane taking off but unfortunately the head bad guy that’s organizing everything has people in high places under his thumb and the officials aren't able to capture all the bad guys. It soon becomes apparent that the conspiracy goes much further than they first expected and the bad guys that are still loose could be a danger to them. This means that they all have to stick together and try to figure out the real reason for the attempt at a hijacking. While all this is going on, Beth and Zane interact and Zane tries to gain her interest. Unfortunately, while Zane is drawn to Beth as his “one” she doesn't feel the same draw to him right away. Beth also has a lot of distrust of men and passion that burns fast and burns out quickly, leaving her with nothing afterwards. Zane’s boss lets out information about Zane’s families’ need to find their “one” (aka soulmate) and that freaks Beth all the hell out and just puts her more on the defense against anything with Zane. There is lots of action going on and while everything is going on Beth does start to realize that Zane is a good man and starts to feel something for him but she’s still has trouble trusting him. I got frustrated with Beth at times (I hate it when the MCs let fear make them stupid) and was thankful when she came to her senses. There are plenty of tough and dangerous times that they have to get through but they do without too many issues. Beth and Zane end the story together (beginning their HEA) but the action storyline isn't complete and ends in somewhat of a cliffhanger.

    I enjoyed this story very much. I liked Zane a lot and I liked Beth very much as well. I had no complaints about Zane and the only complaints I had about Beth I've already made (her letting fear make her stupid). I will note that the story did seem heavier on the action side than the romance but both did play an important part in the story. Overall this was a very good story and I'm looking forward to finding out what happens in book #2. I'd recommend this book. :D

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  • Night Is Darkest

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jayne Rylon
    • Narrated By Gregory Salinas
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    Lacey Daughtry's perfect weekend is interrupted by tragic news of her brother's murder in the line of duty. Plagued by a rash of mysterious phone calls, she turns to her brother's best friends and fellow officers for protection...and comfort. Spending time in close contact with Mason and Tyler, the two men she's dreamed of since her first girlhood crush, seems like the answer to a prayer. Especially when they begin to explore the desire she's harbored for so long.

    Casey Lu says: "One of my all time faves!!!"
    "Pretty good start to the series :)"
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    3.5-4 stars

    This was a pretty good story. I liked Lacey, Tyler and Mason and their story was interesting with a lot of sex.

    Lacey is a nurse and a nice woman. She was living with her brother who was a police officer, as they were very close since their parents died years before. When Lacey finds out about her brother's death she doesn't take it well. She's been in love with his 2 BFFs, Mason and Tyler, since they were all kids but they've never responded to any of her attempts to be with them.

    Mason and Tyler grew up together and have always been close. They also have had a tendency to share women ever since they first started noticing women. They've been attracted to Lacey since she was way too young for that type of attention but stayed away from her when she got older. Partially this was because her brother warned them off and partially because Mason had to convince himself it was alright. Mason and Tyler developed a m/m relationship over the years but have kept it strictly under wraps because Mason's afraid of the backlash their relationship might unleash.

    The story begins with Lacey finding out about her brother dying and going through the funeral. She's kind of out of it and feeling very alone even with Mason and tyler there for her. After the funeral she needs some comfort and tried to get the men to be with her. They don't want to because they're sure she'll regret it later and then they'd lose her friendship as well. Lacey on the other hand, wants them both badly and is so steeped in loss that she can't stand for Tyler and Mason to leave her. Things get a bit messed up because Mason is convinced that Lacey can't deal with him and Tyler being in a m/m thing together and also they tend to like BDSM play and they think it's too rough for Lacey. He doesn't believe they can make a true threesome relationship work and so is determined not even to try. This causes some drama for the three and Lacey is put through more emotional pain by all the crap before things get worked out. Eventually, Tyler and Lacey get Mason onboard but there's some definite drama before the three are solidly together.

    While Lacey, Tyler and Mason are trying to work out their relationship some unusual things happen that make them think that something about Lacey's brother's death wasn't as they thought it should be. There seems to be a possibility of something more going on and they need to find out what it is. Especially when whoever is causing the issues seems to be out to hurt Lacey. The men investigate and they have sex. A bit more investigating and more sex, and more sex, and more sex... To be honest, I liked the sex scenes, they were hot, but there were times when the story got so much into the sex that I forgot what the heck was happening in the action plot by the time we got back to it. But, during the many sex scenes we also get to see some growth in the threesome's relationship and enjoy them getting closer and working out some of their personal issues. I actually thought that the action plot was very good but just was overshadowed at times by the romance (sex) plot. There's some drama and unexpected danger to be dealt with before the end but the threesome manage to get through things alright and come together to start on their HEA.

    This was a very enjoyable story. Lacey, Mason and Tyler were all likable characters. I got a bit frustrated with Mason's issues but I guess they were needed for the story and I'm glad they weren't drug out through the whole story. I thought the action plot was well done but overshadowed by the romance plot at some points. Overall, I thought the story was pretty good and I'll probably read more in the series down the road. I'd recommend this story. :D

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  • Reaper's Stand: Reapers Motorcycle Club, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Joanna Wylde
    • Narrated By Tatiana Sokolov, Sean Crisden
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (131)

    As Reapers Motorcycle Club president, Reese "Picnic" Hayes has given his entire life to the club. After losing his wife, he knew he'd never love another woman. These days, Reese keeps his relationships free and easy-he definitely doesn't want to waste his time on a glorified cleaning lady like London Armstrong. Too bad he's completely obsessed with her.Besides running her own business, London has her junkie cousin's daughter to look after.

    Maryann says: "An emotional roller coaster."
    "Good addition to the series"
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    3-3.5 stars

    This was a good story. I liked London and Reese (his name of Picnic wasn't used much) and their story was good and interesting enough to keep me engaged.

    London is a woman that's seen a lot in her life. She has her own cleaning business and works hard for what she has. She also is raising her cousin's daughter, Jessica, and trying to give her a good home life. Unfortunately, Jessica doesn't always make the best decisions and her actions cause a lot of extra stress for London. London loves her like her own though and does whatever she can for Jessica. London is dating a deputy that seems nice and solid, someone who she thinks she could have a future with.

    Reese (aka Picnic) is the President of the Reapers MC and has been in that position for a long time. Reese had been married to Heather and he loved her more than anything, unfortunately she died years ago and Reese was left to raise their 2 daughters on his own. Reese turned in to a man-whore once his wife died and never intends to have another old lady, focusing himself on one night stands (usually with girls younger than his daughters, legal but barely) and nothing else.

    London gets home after a long day cleaning and finds Jessica's BFF, Melony, at her house. Jessica went to a party at the Reapers MC clubhouse and Melony is worried about her. London is pretty worried herself when she hears this and knows she has to get Jessica away from there. London's cleaning company is contracted by the MC to clean their pawn shop and so she has the number for the VP. She contacts him and asks for help and he sends her to the clubhouse to get help from Reese. When she gets there Reese wasn't expecting her and it's his birthday. He's in the middle of getting him birthday gift from a club whore (oral) when London walks in. She wants to leave but is constrained by her need to help Jessica. She's also constrained by the fact that Reese turns rather scary and demands she not leave. After London suffers through a partial BJ, Reese sends the club whore away but then London fears he means to use her as a replacement. They've encountered each other before and Reese had always made London uncomfortable (mostly do to an attraction to him) so she avoided him as much as possible. Reese felt an attraction to London, too much of an attraction, so he set about ignoring her ...for the most part. When she shows up asking for his help he pretty much acts like a big pig but he does help her get Jessica (not that Jessica is happy about being "saved").

    Instead of being forced into sex, London arranges with Reese to come clean his house. He makes some come-ons to her and isn't happy when he finds out about her boyfriend and unfortunately that translates in to Reese acting like even more of a dick towards London and also making sure she finds him with different women at his house (in the middle of the obvious) a few times when she comes to clean. To be honest, I wasn't too hot on Reese at first because I just wasn't seeing how anyone would want to be with him with the way he was acting. And London was thinking how she feared Reese but yet was attracted to him (a reoccurring theme throughout the story) so I had some trouble seeing them come together. As time progressed though, Reese does have a few good moments and they eventually come together. Reese shocks the MC by "dating" London but still insists he'll never take a new old lady. London is nice and not afraid to pitch in so the old ladies of the club like her and accept her even if it's not official. Unfortunately, some trouble comes (you see it coming from the beginning) and things go really wrong. London is forced to do some things she doesn't want to because of threats and it causes major issues. Too difficult to go in to without spoilers so lets just say that there's some major drama and much danger that London, Jessica, Reese and the MC had to get through. Considering everything that happened, I wasn't sure how things would work out but things did in a way that left things open for London and Reese to start their HEA together.

    This was an enjoyable story. I liked London and was rooting for her happiness. She didn't always make the best decisions but she was a good woman. Reese...well he started out acting like a real pig. He improved with time and was alright the end of the story, although I was still left sort of so-so about him. Overall the story was good and I liked the characters for the most part but there was something a little off for me that kept me from rating it higher (maybe having to do with Reese's actions in the beginning of the story...I'm not much on alpha-holes). Still, it was a good addition to the series. :)

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  • Trouble Comes in Threes: Triple Trouble 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Tymber Dalton
    • Narrated By Rayna Cole
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Elain Pardie worked hard to become a TV news reporter. When a huge, black wolf-like dog with green eyes jumps into her news van, Elain has no idea her life will drastically change. Aindreas, Brodey, and Cailean Lyall aren't just triplets - they're Alpha shape-shifters running a Florida cattle ranch. They've never found their One, the woman destined to be their mate. Until the day of the Arcadia Highland Games, when both Brodey and Cailean lock onto Her scent. Brodey shifts and gives chase, then goes home with Elain and confirms she is their One.

    Malinda says: "Good but not great PNR menage :)"
    "Good but not great PNR menage :)"
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    3 stars

    This was an alright story. Elain, Ain, Brody and Cail were good characters but I had a bit of trouble getting in to their story. Might have been better if it was longer so there was more to get pulled in by.

    Elain is at an event doing her reporter thing and at the same time Ain, Brody and Cail are there as well. Cain and Brody happen to smell Elain and are sure she's their mate so they go searching for her. Brody (who decided to go looking in wolf form) finds her and ends up getting taken home as a stray by Elain. He's with her for a day before she finds out who Brody belongs to and takes him home. Brody saw that Elain had on wedding rings but no man was in her home and nothing indicating she's even been dating someone, let alone was married to someone so he suspects she's not married. When Elain takes Brody home though, Ain sees her wedding rings and promptly decides she's off limits and refuses to talk about her further. This leads Brody and Cail to do some investigating on their own which reveals she's not married. They they just have to convince Ain to go after her and convince her to be with them (and also not tell the world about them). Well, lets just say that the 4some does end up together and starting their HEA.

    Overall this was a nice story but I did have some trouble getting in to the story completely. I liked the characters and would have liked a bit more time to explore them and their connection.

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  • Claiming His Mate: A Werewolf Romance

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Savannah Stuart, Katie Reus
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    When jaguar shifter Lauren Hayes breaks into an alpha's home to steal back what rightfully belongs to her pride, she doesn't expect to be tackled by Max McCray, second-in-command of the Kincaid wolf pack. As punishment for her crime the sexy wolf shifter demands that she stay with him for one week.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "I really enjoyed this!"
    "Pretty good short PNR :)"
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    3.5-4 stars

    This was a pretty good story. I liked both Max and Lauren and their story was enjoyable and worked well for it's length. This is the first story I've read by this author and I liked it well enough I'll probably try more of her work in the future.

    Lauren is a jaguar shifter that owns a day spa. Her sister is getting ready to be married and there are some family jewels that should go to Lauren's sister that are in the possession of the local wolf shifter Alpha. They tried to get him to give back the jewels but he wouldn't return them. With the Alpha gone on his Honeymoon with his new mate, Lauren and some of her cousins figure it's perfect timing and devise a plan to steal back the jewels.

    Max is the second in command of the wolf shifter pack. His Alpha is on his Honeymoon and has left Max in charge which is a lot of work. Max met Lauren months before and knew she was his mate. He planned to pursue her but his mother died and he had things to take care of before he could properly focus on courting Lauren. Before that can happen Lauren shows up at the Alpha's house trying to steal back the jewels.

    Lauren knows when she's caught that her being there could cause some major problems between the jaguar and wolf pack. Her father (the jaguar Alpha) doesn't know she's there and she aims to keep it that way. When Max (who she's secretly wanted since she first saw his months before) offers her a deal of staying with him for a week as recompense for the break in Lauren feels it's best to accept. She does feel an attraction to Max but tries to hold back, figuring noting long term could work between them because he's a wolf and she's a jaguar. Max makes it his mission to change her mind. The mutual attraction is strong but Max doesn't push things at first, allowing Lauren to stay in the guest room While she's staying there, Lauren finds that many of the wolf pack are very nice and welcoming and she starts making friends. Things progress between her and Max but just when things are starting to work out, multiple issues arise that seem to be aimed at Lauren. There's some tense times as things get worked out but once they're settled Lauren and Max start their HEA.

    This was a pretty good story. I liked both Lauren and Max and didn't have any real complaints about them. The story was well written and worked well for it's length. I'm curious enough that I'll probably go back and read the first book in the series. I'd recommend this story. :D

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  • Reckless: Renegades, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Skye Jordan, Joan Swan
    • Narrated By Piper Goodeve
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (248)

    A couture wedding dress designer to the rich and famous, Lexi LaCroix's image means everything. Raised on the wrong side of the tracks, her years of polish and hard work are finally about to pay off. But crossing paths with a sexier-than-sin, bad-boy biker who makes her realize how much living she's sacrificed for her success, one touch is all it takes for Lexi to turn reckless. Jax Chamberlin has been screwed over by gorgeous gold-diggers one too many times. Though he runs his own stunt company, all of America knows his Hollywood face even years after he's given up acting.

    Leesa says: "Stunt Man Yummy"
    "Good start to the series :)"
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    3-3.5 stars

    This was a good story. I liked both Lexi and Jax but both also gave me some frustrated moments. This is the first story I've read by this author and I already own book #2 and am curious enough that I'm planning to read that book and we'll see past that.

    Lexi grew up dirt poor in Kentucky. Her mother was a drunk and didn't keep a job for long which left Lexi without much..sometimes even the essentials like food. Lexi grew up with charity clothing that looked like crap and from a very young age she learned to cut and sew, turning the ugly stuff in to items she liked to wear. She had dreams of becoming a designer and worked very, very hard to get there. She's finally built a respectable business making designer couture gowns but has to be careful because in her business reputation can be everything.

    Jax grew up in and acting family and acted most of his life. His family has never accepted him because he didn't fall in to their mold of what they considered respectable. Jax eventually got tired of acting and decided to start his own stunt business and now he's much happier in what he's doing and has 5 buddies working with him.

    When the story begins, Jax is trying to get past a relationship with a woman that used him to try to get ahead in the movie business and screwed his company out of a big deal doing the stunt work for the new Bond film. Jax is even more pissed that when her aims in screwing him over didn't pan out she decided to come back trying to get him back. Jax tells her off right before going to the airport for a trip to New York for work. Lexi is being dropped off at the airport by her BFF, Ruby, and happens to see Jax being dropped off as well. She thinks he's hot but is the sort of bad boy that could cause bad things for her reputation. While waiting for her flight, she sees Jax again and starts to text him (getting his phone number through some hacking application her friend put on her cell to try out) but doesn't let him know who she is. They chat for a while and they both feel a connection, even just over texting. Jax tries to get Lexi to reveal herself to him but she's unwilling. Regardless of her not talking to him face to face, she does continue their chat through the flight. They end up at the same hotel and Jax manages to convince her to see him once there. Lexi doesn't I usually do this sort of thing so she almost freaks out big time and only is able to see him in a darkened room. They have a hot encounter and make plans to meet for more that evening after they both take care of their respective business. They come back together that evening and have more hot times together but both have mixed feelings about the thought of continuing things past this one night. Jax wants to but still fears she's some sort of gold digger that actually knows who he is and wants something out of him. Lexi thinks he's just a bad boy that can damage her reputation and she's in the middle of negotiations for a possible partnership that could be big for her and will also keep her way busy with work so she thinks it's best to call things off after one night. Which they do.

    Both Lexi and Jax end up back in LA but spend weeks apart with Lexi working her fingers to the bone and Jax working but also trying to date a nice woman a buddy introduced him to. Thankfully that isn't working out and gets ended pretty quickly. Jax misses Lexi and ends up reaching out to her. She's missed him as well and wants to see him and they set it up. As soon as they see each other the yo-yo factor began... To be honest, I got rather annoyed because it soon felt like neither Lexi or Jax could keep a feeling in their head for more than a few minutes at a time. Jax seemed to excel at jumping to conclusions about Lexi being someone looking to use him and I didn't understand his reasoning half the time. Lexi finally seemed to get past Jax's bad boy issue but then started to realize that he has some power in LA and her last boyfriend with power almost ruined her whole life. So Lexi is torn between wanting Jax and being afraid of him and what he could do to her. It doesn't help that she's getting pressure from the people that want to partner with her and she's not even sure the partnership is something that would be best for her anyways. Just when things seemed to be getting to rights between Jax and Lexi, the issues their relationship bring for Lexi causes Jax to suffer from a but of relationship dumbassedness and he does something that he thinks is helpful but actually just hurts them both. I did like how Lexi brought them back together so they could start their HEA together.

    This was an enjoyable story. I did like both Jax and Lexi. They were both good characters but just had some issues that were a bit frustrating at times. Still, I'm glad they were able to work things out and come together. Overall, I liked the story and was curious enough about some of the secondary characters that I'm looking forward to seeing how things go for Wes and Ruby. :D

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  • Beyond Control: Beyond Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kit Rocha
    • Narrated By Lucy Malone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    Alexa Parrino escaped a life of servitude and survived danger on the streets to become one of the most trusted, influential people in Sector Four, where the O'Kanes rule with a hedonistic but iron fist. Lex has been at the top for years, and there's almost nothing she wouldn't do for the gang...and for its leader. No one says no to the king of Sector Four. Falling into bed is easy, but their sexual games are anything but casual. Attraction quickly turns to obsession, and their careful dance of heady dominance and sweet submission uncovers a need so deep, so strong, it could crush them.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Great sequel"
    "Pretty good addition to the series :)"
    Overall
    Performance
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    3.5-4 stars

    This was a pretty good story. I liked Lex and Dallas and their story was good, actually better than I expected considering how they got along in book #1, Beyond Shame.

    Lex was born in Sector 2 and sold by her parents to the "Orchid House". This place is where pretty young girls are sold and turned in to the equivalent of high class prostitutes. Lex wasn't willing to be one so she ran away and lived on the streets for years. She happened to get caught trying to steal from Dallas and got taken under him protection. Lex eventually convinced Dallas to include women in the gang and became a member.

    Dallas didn't start out in a good life and has had to struggle for everything he's gotten. He claimed his sector and built his gang up through hard work and smarts, although he tries to convince his enemies that he's a brainless barbarian. Dallas has wanted Lex for years but he won't have sex (actual intercourse) with her because of his rules. Dallas won't have sex with a woman unless she's collared by him because Dallas won't share his women. He doesn't want to collar Lex because he's worried that if things don't work out between them it would cause issues within the gang.

    When the story begins, Dallas has made a comment to Lex that pissed her off big time and she decides to do something in response that she knows will goad Dallas big time. I wonder what she was planning to goad him in to because what she does prompts Dallas to collar her as his. Lex doesn't really fight it but yet she makes sure Dallas knows she won't let him in easily. They come to a tentative peace together and start trying to figure out how to deal with each other in a relationship. Dallas is all for having Lex by his side. She's always been sort of the female leader (if unofficially) of the gang and now that they're together he likes the idea of her being a partner that will help with gang business and stand at his side. Lex is willing to take up the part and is happy when Dallas seems willing to give her some power as she'd been afraid that he'd just want to own her without giving her anything more.

    Soon after Lex and Dallas start their relationship, a meeting is called in sector 2 for all the sector leaders. In book #1, the leader of sector 3 had attacked Dallas and company and got killed for his troubles and now the sector is out of control and the trouble could soon leak out to the other sectors. Dallas asks Lex to go along with him for the meeting to show a united front. This brings some interesting situations since the leader of sector 2 is also the owner of Orchid house and the woman Lex had fled years before. There is intrigue, backstabbing, alliances, threats and even an assassination attempt during the summit between the leaders. Dallas and Lex come out of it with mixed feelings but some good opportunities available to them. Unfortunately, some people try playing some games and those games cause a rift between Lex and Dallas. To be honest, I don't think that Dallas was trying to be mean or even act badly, I think he just said the wrong thing at the wrong time and Lex took it badly. There's some bad times as things are strained between Lex and Dallas and look to be heading south. Thankfully, they manage to save their relationship before all is lost and end the story starting their HEA together.

    This was a pretty enjoyable story. I liked both Lex and Dallas. They're both rather hard characters but they both have good hearts and you can see that...I'm just glad they were able to work things out. Overall the story was a nice romance with lots of sex and a good action plot that kept things interesting outside of the romance and sex. I'm sure I'll probably read more of the series in the future. I'd recommend this story. :)

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  • Beyond Shame

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Kit Rocha
    • Narrated By Lucy Malone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (105)

    All Noelle Cunningham has ever wanted is a life beyond - beyond the walls of Eden, where only the righteous are allowed to remain, and beyond her stiflingly restrictive existence as a councilman's daughter. But only ruins lie outside the City, remnants of a society destroyed by solar storms decades earlier. The sectors surrounding Eden house the corrupt, the criminal-men like Jasper McCray, bootlegger and cage fighter.

    Kimberly says: "Post-Apocolyptic Sexcapades"
    "Pretty good start to the series :)"
    Overall
    Performance
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    3.5-4 stars

    This was a pretty good story. I liked Noelle (I had some mixed feelings about Jasper) and the story was interesting if slightly frustrating at times. This is the first book I've read by this author and I liked it well enough I'll probably try the next book in the series in the future.

    Noelle was born in Eden and was considered privileged but basically a prisoner. Noelle was the daughter of a powerful man and she was raised to marry a man like her father and be silent except when hosting his parties or adorning his arm. She was told what to think and do and when she stepped out of line her father had her cast out of Eden and into sector 4 with nothing but the cloths on her back.

    Jasper was raised outside of Eden and the sector on an illegal farm. He ended up moving on to join O'Kane gang within sector 4 and moved up to be the second in command to the gang’s leader, Dallas. Jasper is a tough guy with smarts but has a need for control. That control is threatened when a drugged girl pretty much falls in to him on the street.

    When she got to the sector, Noelle traded some earrings for some food but didn't have any money and didn't have much in the way of prospects. She is unknowingly drugged by someone wanting to take advantage of her and luckily ends up passing out at Jasper’s feet. Jasper is a decent guy and doesn't want to leave her to the wolves (metaphorically) so he takes her back to the gang with him (even though he gets a lot of heat from the others for being a softy). He takes Noelle to Alexa, who takes Noelle under her wing and manages to get Dallas to agree to give Noelle a trial period on admittance into the gang. Noelle is way out of her depth but has had naughty thoughts and such for a while (one of the reasons she got kicked out of Eden) so she’s quietly interested and isn't shocked by all the blatant sexuality around her. Jasper tries to help her out and there is an attraction between them. Noelle wants Jasper but is confused by his holding back from her when Jasper thinks it’s for the best not to overwhelm Noelle too quickly.

    Noelle gets settled in to her new life and makes some friends and experiences some sexual discovery with Alexa and Jasper and a few friends along the way. She is confused though because Jasper makes all sorts of moves in front of the gang that claims ownership over Noelle but he pulls back in private and basically makes her question if he really wants her or not because she's not familiar with the rules of this new world. Alexa tries to help her out but Alexa also has interest in Noelle herself and has unresolved issues with Dallas so she's not exactly the best person to go to for personal advice. There's some issues that threaten the gang that keep everyone on their toes and some drama ensues that has to do with Noelle's father. Jasper decides (once again) to do something for "Noelle's own good" and suffers from a huge bout of relationship dumbassedness, hurting Noelle big time with his actions and shattering her trust. To be honest, I wasn't too hot on Jasper's hot and cold act through most of the story but could deal with it but in this Jasper lost major points with me. Noelle recovers and shows her strength and Jasper realizes his mistake and then has to try to get her back. He does succeed in getting back in Noelle's good graces and they end the story starting their HEA.

    This was an enjoyable story. I liked Noelle and while she was soft in some ways but has an internal strength that made me like her. I liked Jasper but was disappointed with him after the way he treated Noelle. To be honest, he almost took this from a 4 star to a 3 star rating because of my disappointment with him. I liked his actions to get back with Noelle but even then they seemed minimal...like he did just what was needed to get her back and no more. My only other complaint is that there wasn't much world building...I know this is a dystopian world but have no clue how it got that way or any real background info on things outside of small snippets here and there. Still, I liked the story and the characters in the story and I'm glad I read it. I'll read book #2 in the future because I really have to see how things turn our for Dallas and Alexa. I'd recommend this story. :)

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  • Kate's Crew

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 38 mins)
    • By Jayne Rylon
    • Narrated By Samantha Prescott
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Kate is saved from falling by Mike, one of the five-man crew renovating the house next door. When Mike personally attends to her injuries, she realizes her white knight in a hard hat has a tender side. In the aftermath of the best sex of her life, she whispers her most secret desire: to be ravaged by his crew. She never expected Mike would dare her to take what she wants - or that the freedom to make her most decadent desires come true could be the foundation for something lasting...

    Malinda says: "Pretty good start to the series :)"
    "Pretty good start to the series :)"
    Overall
    Performance
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    3.5-4 stars

    This was a pretty good story. Kate and Mike are perfect for each other and their story was sexy and sweet.

    Kate is a woman that's working to renovate the house her grandfather left her. Mike and his 4 friends all work together, buying homes and renovating them to sell and then they buy a new house and do it all over.

    The blurb pretty much says it all as far as the basics of the story. There's a lot of sex and some romantic drama as Kate tries to figure out if she can have Mike and indulge in more as well. The story ends with Kate and Mike coming together for a sweet start to their HEA.

    Overall, this was a good story although there's not much plot as it's high in sexual content and had with lots of dirty talk. Obviously, because of the length, there's not a lot of character background given but I liked the characters and the way things played out. It has a sweet ending to give you a smile to take away. I'd recommend this story. :)

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