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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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  • Fury: New Species, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Laurann Dohner
    • Narrated By Vanessa Chambers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1257)
    Performance
    (1161)
    Story
    (1168)

    Ellie is horrified to discover the pharmaceutical company she works for is doing illegal experiments, splicing human and animal DNA, creating exotic new species. One such "experiment" captures her heart and she’ll do anything to save him - even if he hates her for it. Fury has never known compassion or love. He's spent his life in a cell, chained and abused by humans. The one woman he allowed himself to trust betrayed him. He vows to end her life but when she's finally in his grasp, harming her is the last thing he wants to do to the sexy little human.

    BluBumbleB says: "Loved it! I'm a Fury Fan!!!"
    "Really good start to the series :D"
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    4-4.5 stars

    This was a very good book. I really loved Fury and Ellie and the story was interesting and engaging. I didn't want to stop until the end and even then I still didn't want to stop. I'm actually only stopping long enough to write this review and then I'm moving on to book 2 in the series. :D

    Ellie is a nurse. She works for a company that she finds out is performing bad experiments on altered humans they keep captive. She goes undercover to a research facility to get evidence to stop what's being done. While undercover, she meets a test subject (aka captive), Fury and comes to care about him. She feels a connection to him and wants desperately to get him and the others out of that place. At a critical time, Ellie saves Fury's life but while doing it, she does something that Fury takes the blame for after she leaves and he feels she betrayed him.

    Fury is an altered human, one of many that grew up in labs, being fed drugs and treatments to alter his makeup and change his attributes and abilities. The scientists performed horrible experiments on them and their lives were hell. For Fury, his only solace in that place was Ellie. He felt a connection to her and felt calmed by her presence. He thought she'd never hurt him so when he got hurt for her actions, he thinks she's betrayed him and he wants revenge.

    Ellie doesn't know what happened to Fury after the raids to set free the New Species (NS) captives took place (although she tried to find out). She still wants to help the NS people as much as she can so she takes a job as a dorm mother for the women's dorm in the NS compound called Homeland. It's there, that Fury and Ellie meet again. At this point, Fury is part of the NS council and the second in command. When Ellie walks in to the meeting and he sees her he doesn't react well. Things are calmed down once he finds out she was only in the labs as an informant but he still harbors a combination of anger and longing for her. This prompts him to kidnap her briefly but then he lets her go once he feels their "even" but he still feels a need for her. Ellie wants Fury as well but isn't sure of his feelings for her.

    There are some attacks by hate groups that cause issues which leads to more issues and Ellie gets fired (by a corrupt director) and thrown out of Homeland. The NS let her leave (although Fury doesn't want to) because they think she'll be safer out there among her own people. After some of the hate group people try to kidnap her, Ellie gets brought back to Homeland, this time staying in Fury's home as his guest. This lasts for a few days as they both fight the mutual attraction. Fury is ready to make a move but fears pushing her. Once Fury and Ellie get their-selves worked out, then they start having issues from everyone else. People worry about their relationship and all it means and sometimes over-react. Although most people chill out after the initial bad reaction or two, the hate groups and others see the couple as a target and things aren't easy on them at all. There are a number of difficulties that Fury and Ellie have to get through but they do it together and they do it with love. In the end they have a very good HEA that left me grinning and ready for the next book.

    This was a very enjoyable book. I loved Fury and Ellie and really liked the story. The secondary characters are good as well and I'm looking forward to seeing the NS get mates as I continue the series. I'd recommend this book. Thumbs up! :D

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    Overall
    (1300)
    Performance
    (1193)
    Story
    (1190)

    Gigi is no longer an innocent teen. All grown up and looking for love, her family and friends worry she'll go for the sexy, alluring vampire instead of a nice, safe human. But sexy and alluring, with a penchant for biting, could be just what Gigi wants...

    Leslye says: "Not up to her usual greatness."
    "Very good addition to the series :)"
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    4 stars

    This was a very good story. I liked Nik and Gigi and their story was interesting and humorous (as is normal for Harper's work). I re-read I'm Dreaming of an Undead Christmas before this and it helped to have the reminder but I almost wish I had also re-read The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires because there were a lot of references to history. None of it really affected the current story though so rereading book #1 wasn't required.

    So Gigi is Iris' little sister and she has a summer job (while in college for a computer science degree) working with the Vampire council. Iris isn't happy about this but Gigi won't let Iris and Cal to run her life. Back in December (during I'm Dreaming of an Undead Christmas) Gigi met and connected with a strange vampire but hasn't seen him for months. Not until she's leaving work one night and he attacks her. Things get a bit messy when they realize that he's a friend of Cal's and doesn't remember anything about his attempt to attack Gigi. They soon discover that Nik has been cursed and Gigi is determined to find a way to reverse it. While all this is going on, Gigi also has issues at work since Ophelia is her boss and hates Gigi for erroneous reasons and another co-worker is making inappropriate passes at her (a co-worker that's not Nik).

    Overall, the story was very good, humorous and interesting enough to keep me engaged. I like the characters as well, both the new and the old. There were a few points that I got little frustrated with Gigi's actions (or inactions) but the story got where it needed to be in the end (with Nik and Gigi starting on a HEA) so I can't really complain. Overall, I enjoyed this story very much and would recommend it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Breathe with Me

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Kristen Proby
    • Narrated By Jennifer Mack, Eric Michael Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (670)
    Performance
    (616)
    Story
    (612)

    Mark Williams has loved Meredith since he was seventeen. A successful man with a strong family, he's worked hard to move on from Meredith breaking his heart all those years ago. When his path crosses with the only woman he's ever loved again years later, Mark knows there is nothing he won't do to keep her in his life. But when the going gets tough, will Meredith stick around or will he lose her again?

    Richard T. Strecker says: "With Me in Seattle Series"
    "Great addition to the series :D"
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    4.5-5 stars

    This was a great addition to the series. I liked both Mark and Meredith as characters and they were sweet together. I really enjoyed seeing them get back together and work stuff out.

    Meredith is an ex-professional dancer that now owns a dance studio. She owns the studio with her BFF (a fellow dancer), Jax. Meredith lost her father and sister in an accident when she was 13 and it scarred her deeply. Meredith decided to retire from dancing and move home to open the studio when he mother got sick. Unfortunately, her mother wasn't able to recover and Meredith lost her as well.

    Mark is the brother to Luke and Samantha (from books #1 & 4) and works for a construction business owned by Isaac (book # 1.5) as a forman. He actually went to college for science but found he didn't like being in a lab. He worked in Alaska for years on fishing boats until Luke and Nat got married and started a family, then Mark decided to come home and ended up working for Isaac.

    Mark and Meredith were high school sweethearts that loved each other a lot. They had made plans for them both to move to New York upon graduation so Meredith could pursue her dance career but when a teacher made Meredith think about things, she decides that maybe she shouldn't take Mark with her after all. Meredith broke up with Mark and it broke both of their hearts. The thing is, I can see how Meredith was right to do what she did because with all the time she spent practicing and touring, she and Mark would have never had any time together and they probably would have broken up anyways and in a much worse manner. So they're apart for 10 years and see each other for the first time at her mom's funeral. Mark thinks that Meredith is with Jax (not realizing he's really just her gay BFF) so he doesn't reach out to see her again and since Meredith broke up with him all those years before, she wasn't willing to reach out (even if she wanted to).

    Thankfully, they do run in to each other at a dance recital. Bryn's daughters (see book #5) are taking classes at the dance studio and the whole Montgomery/Williams clan shows for the recital. Once Mark realizes that Meredith is single he decides he's going to win her back and never let her go again. He expresses his interest in getting to know each other again and seeing if they could possibly renew their relationship. Meredith missed Mark and is still very attracted to him so she agrees. They do pretty well together and fall back into their relationship quickly and easily since the feelings never really faded for either of them. There is a bit of conflict with Mark's worry that Meredith might go back to professional dance and leave him again. On the opposite side, Meredith has to deal with the unexpected jealousy when she's confronted with Mark's man-whorish past. Those conflicts are pretty easy to get past though. There is another conflict that's a little more of an issue for them but things work out well and the story ends up with Mark and Meredith (M & M) starting their HEA together.

    I really enjoyed this story and the characters were great. I really liked Mark and Meredith but the rest of the Montgomery/Williams clan as well. I was LMAOing at the bachelorette party...so funny! Overall, this was a great reunion story with little angst and a great cast of characters. I'd recommend this book. :-)

    * note - The story was a mixed PoV with parts from both Meredith and Mark's PoVs. There was a female narrator for Meredith's part and a male narrator for Mark's part. Both narrators did a pretty good job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forever with Me

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Kristen Proby
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer, Jennifer Mack
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (548)
    Performance
    (499)
    Story
    (492)

    Dominic Salvatore seemingly has everything a man could want. He's found a new relationship with his father and the entire Montgomery family. His vineyard, Cuppa di Vita, is a success. There's only one thing that eludes him: a certain driven, intelligent, and sexy as hell blonde named Alecia. Alecia works tirelessly building her event planning business. It's the most important part of her life. Despite the beautiful, lavish weddings she organizes, Alecia is convinced that the idea of true love is a myth.

    Amazon Customer says: "absolutely GREAT"
    "Very good story and conclusion to the series :D"
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    4 stars

    This was a very good story. I liked Alecia and Dom and was rooting for them to get together. This story contained a bit more drama/angst than typically seen in this series but it was still what I'd consider low-angst overall.

    Alecia is an event coordinator and has a thriving business planning weddings and events for many of the rich and famous in the Seattle area. Alecia grew up in a home with parents that made it clear that she wasn't a priority but rather a burden to avoid as best they could. Because of this, Alecia grew up feeling unloved and ended up marrying a man that seemed to love her at first but then made her feel like crap in order to keep her in line. They got divorced years ago but Alecia hasn't been willing to trust another relationship, thinking that love is a lie.

    Dom is the owner of a vineyard outside of the Seattle area. He was born to a single mother and didn't find out his relationship to the Montgomery family until recently (after his mother died and he found information in her belongings). Dom has enjoyed getting to know his new family while still keeping contact with his family back in Italy (where Dom grew up part of his life).

    Alecia has been the event planner for the Montgomery/Williams clan for a couple years when the story begins. Dom has been around for about a year or so and has seen Alecia at the events and is very attracted to her. Dom asked her out a number of times but Alecia always turned him down, which didn't go over well with Dom. Alecia isn't impervious to the attraction to Dom though and the longing for him is starting to leak in to her dreams. She won't go out with Dom though because she's convinced that he'd hurt her badly if she ever let herself go there. Dom ends up making the mistake of thinking that her friend, Blake (who Dom is also friends with), was in a relationship with Alecia and almost backs off but finds out the truth before it's too late. He decides to pursue her but some helpful advice from his sisters helps him realize that he has to do more than just ask her out to gain her trust.

    Dom starts making it his goal to do things to let her know he actually cares and wasn't just looking to get laid. Alecia has trouble resisting and doesn't for long. Of course as soon as she does let go with Dom, she freaks out and thinks things are going to go to hell. It takes some effort and interference from a well-meaning friend to head the issue off before it causes too much of a problem. Dom makes progress but he has to tread cautiously because although Alecia agreed to give a relationship a try with Dom, she's still very skittish and Dom fears her bolting. They do well together for the most part and Alecia fits in with the other women in the family so things start looking pretty good. There are a few issues though and the main one is mostly a misunderstanding but it causes some major repercussions for Dom and Alecia. Things are messed up for a bit but thankfully some interfering friends and family arrange things so Alecia and Dom talk things out and the story ends with the start to their HEA.

    I enjoyed this story very much. Alecia was a pretty good heroine. She had her issues but I liked her and never found her to be annoying. Dom was a good hero (except for 1 bout of relationship dumbassedness) and I liked him. Together they made a great couple and rounded out the Montgomery/Williams clan nicely. Overall, this was a very good story and finish to the series. I'd recommend this story (and series). :D

    * note - The book was from both Alecia and Dom's PoVs. The parts from Alecia's PoV had a female narrator and the parts from Dom's PoV had a male narrator. Both narrators did a pretty good job. I was a bit disappointed that Dom's accent wasn't heavier and at first I thought it was a problem with the narrators but later I realized it wasn't because the book mentioned that because of Dom's time in the US, his Italian accent wasn't very noticeable unless he was speaking Italian.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Soaring

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Hollis McCarthy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (382)
    Performance
    (354)
    Story
    (358)

    When her ex took her family from California to live in the small town of Magdalene in Maine, Amelia decided it was time to sort herself out. In order to do that and win her children back, she moves to Cliff Blue, an architectural masterpiece on the rocky coast of Magdalene. Her boxes aren’t even unpacked when she meets Mickey Donovan, a man who lives across the street, a man so beautiful Amelia takes one look at him and knows she wants it all from him.

    Teressa Casey says: "I JUST LOVE THIS BOOK"
    "Pretty good addition to the series :)"
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    3.5-4 stars

    This was a pretty good story. I liked Amy and really wanted things to work out well for her. Mickie was alright as a hero but he had his pros and cons.

    Amy is an heiress and recently went through a divorce that ripped her world apart. She'd married a man that she loved and had been happily living with him and raising their 2 kids for around 20 years when he told her that he was leaving her to marry someone else. Not only that but he'd been cheating on her with this woman long enough that they were already engaged. The fact that he'd given no indications of having a problem with their marriage just made it worse and Amy went a little nuts upon hearing the news...to the point that she even drove her kids away.

    Mickie is a construction worker and a volunteer firefighter. He also is a boxer in the local adult league and is friends with Jake (hero from book #1). Mickie was married to a woman that chose alcohol over him and their 2 kids. They split up and Mickie's been trying to make a good life for his kids since then.

    The story begins with Amelia (soon to be known as Amy) opening the door to her new home to find her Ex on her doorstep. She hadn't been expecting him and also wasn't expecting the shouting or threatening that he decided to dump all over her for having the audacity to move to Maine to be close to her kids. She's saved by her neighbor, Mickie, who comes over to see what's up and then sends Amy's Ex on his way. Mickie seems interested in Amy at first but Amy has dealt with a lot of crap from her Ex and has been pushed into believing that she's no good and will just bring trouble to those around her. Amy is very attracted to Mickie and wishes they could have something but is convinced it wont happen. She's nice to Mickie but noncommittal when it comes to anything further. Amy feels that she needs to concentrate on working on herself and winning her kids back and so she does. Things aren't good with her kids at first and I was a bit confused about the cause because she might have gone overboard with trying to make her Ex and his new wife suffer but it didn't seem like the kids got hit by anything except knowing what was going on. Amy felt really guilty about not shielding the kids from that but considering the age of the kids I would have thought they'd have more sense. Of course it soon becomes apparent that Amy's Ex probably had something to do with poisoning their kid's opinions of Amy during the divorce. The beginning of the story mostly revolves around Amy trying to get settled in to her new life and making things good with her kids.

    After his initial friendliness, Mickie seems to change towards Amy and I was rather confused about it. He started running hot and cold and this hurt Amy and made her feel some rather unwelcome feelings. Amy does manage to move on with her life and even ends up starting to date. This brings more unexplained and unpleasant behavior from Mickie and Amy is confused about what his issue is. Some others try to tell her that he's in to her but Amy doesn't think that's true because of how Mickie keeps running hot and cold. TBH, I found Mickie's behavior to be a little over the top. I mean he couldn't seem to figure out if he wanted Amy or not but he certainly didn't want anyone else to have her. But the way he treated her on his "cold" moments wasn't something I was happy with and he suffered from multiple bouts of this relationship dumbassedness, hurting Amy in the process just for him to realize moments later that he messed up big time. Considering the fact that he kept this crap up until over halfway through the story I just couldn't bring myself to love him. He did get better once he stopped taking his trust issues out on Amy but he just didn't do anything particularly great that enabled him to win me over completely. Still, once he stops dicking around he does pretty well with Amy and she's certainly happy with him. Things keep improving between Amy and Mickie and by the end they're ready to start their HEA together.

    This was a pretty enjoyable story. I did really like the relationship between Amy and her kids. Amy had made some mistakes in her past and I really liked her determination to improve her life and win her kids back. Amy made a few mistakes but nothing that bothered me overly much and mostly her character was one I liked. Overall, I really liked the story and was happy with it. While I wasn't that hot on Mickie I'd still recommend it. :D

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tied with Me: With Me in Seattle, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Kristen Proby
    • Narrated By Jennifer Mack
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (785)
    Performance
    (719)
    Story
    (730)

    A man whose lifestyle is so different from her own…Nic Dalton’s cupcake bakery is thriving. She serves both rock stars and locals alike, content with her growing business. But one adventurous night out with her best friend, Bailey, turns her life upside down. She meets a handsome stranger who makes her skin sizzle and her heart race. Their one night together is explosive and unexpected, but when he has to suddenly leave without taking her phone number, Nic resigns herself to never seeing him again.…What will it take to trust and submit to his every desire?

    Walter says: "Not Even Close to 50 Shades"
    "Really good addition to the series :D"
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    4-4.5 stars

    This was a really good story. I liked both Matt and Nic and their story was very sweet and enjoyable. FYI, most of the BDSM in this book is mostly bondage based.

    Nic is a very nice lady that owns a bakery. She moved to Seattle for culinary school and loved the area so she stayed to open her bakery. Nic is doing very good at the shop but spends most of her time working and doesn't date much. Nic is convinced by her BFF, Bailey, to go to a fetish festival which is way out of her comfort zone but when she meets Matt, Nic finds she doesn't care so much about her comfort zone.

    Matt is one of the many brothers in the Montgomery family. He's a Seattle cop (detective actually) and loves his job. Matt is a dominant in the bedroom but he's more into bondage (he's a master at Shibari) than the rest and usually leaves his dominant side in the bedroom. In normal life, he's a nice and sweet guy that you probably wouldn't peg for a dominant.

    Matt happens to meet Nic during a demonstration at the fetish festival. There's an instant attraction between them and Nic ends up taking Matt home with her. They had a good night but Matt had to leave unexpectedly due to a call about a family issue. The call was about an accident that Brynna had in Safe with Me with her girls in the car. When Matt left he was asking how Brynna and the girls were and once he was gone, Nic thought about it and decided that "the girls" must be his daughters and he must be married. This pisses her off and disappoints her so she thinks that maybe it's a good thing Matt didn't get her number before he left. Matt actually planned to call Nic and looked up Nic's number but because of a family wedding he was too busy to call her. They're surprised to see each other at the wedding (Nic baked the wedding cake) and Matt is happy to see Nic but Nic isn't returning the favor. Matt finds out why Nic is pissed at him and explains that he's not married and doesn't have kids.

    Matt expresses an interest in seeing Nic again but she's a bit freaked by Matt's dominant side. Since she doesn't know much about the BDSM world, Nic makes some erroneous assumptions about how their relationship would go, thinking that Matt will try to rule all areas of her life. Matt convinces her to see him as a friend and uses the times to convince her they'd work together (which doesn't take very long at all). Matt helps Nic explore BDSM but as I said...it's mostly bondage that Matt prefers so it's not a wide exploration. Between Matt's convincing and a talk with her BFF, Nic decides to give a relationship with Matt a chance and see where things go between them. They find that they work well together but there are certain things that make's Nic feel that Matt wouldn't want her long-term. Unfortunately, Nic doesn't discuss these issues with Matt and they do cause her to suffer from a bout of relationship dumbassedness towards the end. Thankfully there's some well timed interference from family and friends and Matt and Nic are able to figure things out between them so they end the story heading towards their HEA.

    This was a very enjoyable story. I liked Nic pretty well. I got a little annoyed about her whole "our relationship could never last because I'm not good enough for him" but it wasn't overly dramatic and didn't take too long to get worked out so I was alright with it. Matt was a really good hero...I actually can't think of any complaints about him. Overall, this was a really good story with some very likable characters. I'd recommend this story. :)

    * note - This story was from both Nic and Matt's PoVs so there were 2 narrators, a female for the sections from Nic's PoV and a male for the sections from Matt's PoV. Both narrators did a very good job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Low Midnight: Kitty Norville, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Carrie Vaughn
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (144)

    Carrie Vaughn's Low Midnight spins out of the Kitty Norville series on the wave of popularity surrounding Kitty's most popular supporting character: Cormac Bennett, a two-minded assassin of the paranormal who specializes in killing lycanthropes. In his first solo adventure, Cormac, struggling with a foreign consciousness trapped inside him, investigates a century-old crime in a Colorado mining town, which could be the key to translating a mysterious coded diary... a tome with secrets that could shatter Kitty's world and all who inhabit it.

    With a framing sequence that features Kitty Norville herself, Low Midnight not only pushes the Kitty saga forward but also illuminates Cormac's past and lays the groundwork for Kitty's future.

    Carol Clarke says: "Vaugh lets Cormac come out and play!"
    "Cormac's story!! It was very good. :D"
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    4 stars

    This was a very good addition to the Kitty Norville series. This story centers around Cormac (and Amelia, the disembodied spirit that shares Cormac's body) with Kitty and Ben showing up a bit but they aren't in the majority of the story.

    In this story, Cormac is working on getting a way to decipher a journal that has some information that will help them all fight against the vampires that are taking part in the "Long Game" (a plan for vamps to take over the world). To get the info he needs, Cormac has to investigate something and this investigation leads him into some encounters with his past. Cormac and Amelia have an interesting time and during their current adventures, we get some more information on the pasts of both Cormac and Amelia.

    I enjoyed this story very much. I liked getting the chance to see Cormac in his own story and get more info about both him and Amelia. There's no romance in the story but I was alright with that...Cormac's situation is too difficult for a fast romance to be thrown in for the hell of it. The story was good on it's own but I was especially happy that it did advance the series storyline decently (especially at the very end). The case that Cormac is working in this story gets solved but there is something that's rather significant (but not urgent) that happens at the end...it's not exactly a cliffhanger but it does make me hope that Carrie gets the next book out soon! I'd recommend this to series fans. People that haven't read the series could read this and enjoy it but it would make more sense as part of the series.

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  • Safe with Me

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Kristen Proby
    • Narrated By Jennifer Mack, Eric Michael Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (783)
    Performance
    (714)
    Story
    (727)

    Keeping others safe is what Caleb Montgomery does. He's never had a problem taking on an assignment, whether it was during his dangerous SEAL days or his most recent job of training war mercenaries. But being assigned to keep Brynna Vincent and her adorable daughters, Maddie and Josie, safe from an unknown threat has thrown Caleb off his axis. Hot for the tall brunette since she came back to town more than a year ago, being close to her day in and day out is cracking Caleb's resolve to keep his hands off her gorgeous body and his head in the mission.

    Jordy says: "Book Five in the With Me in Seattle series."
    "Pretty good addition to the series :)"
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    3.5-4 stars

    This was a pretty good story. I liked Brynna and Caleb and their story was very good.

    Brynna is the BFF of Stacy (the heroine from book #1.5 in the series) and was living out of town until a year before the start of the story. Brynna had been married to a cop but things didn't work out so they were divorced years before. When her ex was killed and it seemed like his murder might cause danger for Brynna and her twin daughters she decided it was time to move back home to Seattle and try to get on with her life.

    Caleb is part of the Montgomery family. He used to be a Navy SEAL but left the service after a mission went wrong and Caleb was the only survivor. He now suffers from PTSD and sees himself as a damaged man that's not good enough for anyone. He hasn't gotten involved with any women but he's been very attracted to Brynna since she moved back to town.

    When Brynna moved back to Seattle a year ago, she got a job that paid her under the table and rented a house from a friend so she didn't have a paper trail for anyone to use to find her. She's been keeping her head down and thinks that maybe she's ok since it's been a year and there's been no sign that anyone has been after her. Unfortunately, just around this time, Matt Montgomery (the cop of the family) gets some news that makes him think that someone may be after Brynna after all. It's decided that Caleb will move in with Brynna and her twin girls to make sure they're safe. There's been an attraction between Brynna and Caleb for a while but he's always tried to stay away from her. Now that they're under the same roof it's much harder for them to resist each other. Caleb starts running hot and cold on Brynna and she makes it clear that she's not happy about him giving her mixed signals and he'd better get his head on straight before he starts something.

    Caleb knows he's damaged and is convinced that Brynna will never want him for good (or that he won't be able to stay with her for some unknown reason) so he wants to stay away from Brynna but can't. Soon things are developing between Brynna and Caleb and it's something very good. Caleb is also very good with Brynna's daughters and since Brynna is a good woman that loves her daughters deeply, seeing him be sweet and loving with them makes Brynna fall for Caleb even faster than normal. There's a little bit of conflict between Caleb and Brynna when it comes to his protection and the restrictions it causes Brynna and her daughters but it's not too bad. The relationship between Caleb and Brynna grows rather silently but strongly as time passes and I liked where things were heading. Unfortunately, Caleb has issues and lets these issues cause him to have a huge bout of relationship dumbassedness and he and Brynna split up for a while as a result. I was very disappointed with Caleb but he does (eventually) pull his head out of his lower orifices and make things right so that he, Brynna and the twins get their HEA together.

    This was an enjoyable story. I really liked Brynna and her daughters. I liked Caleb too...except for during his bout of relationship dumbassedness. He made up for it but the whole thing kind of pissed me off. TBH, I might have given this story 5 stars but the whole conflict at the end disappointed me enough that it took it down for me. Of course some people like this kind of drama at the end so other people might find the conclusion of the story works better for them than it did for me. Still, once Caleb got his head on straight the story did end very nicely. Overall, this was a good addition to the series and I'd recommend it. :)

    * note - This story was from both Brynna and Caleb's PoVs so there were 2 narrators, a female for the sections from Brynna's PoV and a male for the sections from Caleb's PoV. Both narrators did a very good job.

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  • Second Grave on the Left: Charley Davidson, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2551)
    Performance
    (2273)
    Story
    (2263)

    When Charley is rudely awakened in the middle of the night by her best friend who tells her to get dressed quickly and tosses clothes out of the closet at her, she can’t help but wonder what Cookie’s up to. Leather scrunch boots with a floral miniskirt? Together? Seriously? Cookie explains that a friend of hers named Mimi disappeared five days earlier and that she just got a text from her setting up a meet at a coffee shop downtown....

    Connie says: "LOVE LOVE LOVE these books!"
    "Really good addition to the series :)"
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    4-4.5 stars

    This was a really good addition to the series. Charley's BFF, Cookie, pulls her (literally) into a case involving multiple murders and a missing woman. In the mean time, Reyes' corporal body is trapped by demons and he thinks it will be safer to let it die, thinking he can continue to exist without it. Charley isn't so sure and wants to stop him from dying. She has a lot on her plate as she handles both issues along with some smaller stuff thrown in. I am still liking Charley as a character and am finding it interesting to see her powers start to develop and grow. The mystery is wrapped up in the end but things between Charley and Reyes left unresolved.

    I really enjoyed this story. I like Charley and the feel of the stories in general. There lots of action and things going on to keep the story interesting with a good dose of emotion thrown in here and there. I'd recommend this story and am reading the next book in the series ASAP. :D

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  • Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet: Charley Davidson, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1907)
    Performance
    (1735)
    Story
    (1741)

    Sometimes being the grim reaper really is that. Grim. And since Charley’s last case went so awry, she has taken a couple months off to wallow in the wonders of self-pity. But when a woman shows up on her doorstep convinced someone is trying to kill her, Charley has to force herself to rise above. Or at least get dressed. She quickly realizes something is amiss when everyone the woman knows swears she’s insane.

    CAROLYN says: "AS SOON AS I HIT 'PLAY' I WAS TOTALLY ENTHRALLED!!"
    "Great addition to the series :D"
    Overall
    Performance
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    4.5-5 stars

    This was a great addition the the series. I have to admit that I'm growing to love this series. The first book was 4 stars for me but there was something about it that drew me in and I've now just finished book #4, reading one after the other. I'm planning to continue until I'm up to date on the series so that tells you how much I've been sucked in.

    When this story begins, it's 2 months after the end of book #3 and Charley's not doing very well at getting back on her feet after the physical torture and emotional betrayal she had to deal with. She's been shut up in her house buying stuff off off TV that she'll never use until Cookie has a minor intervention and confronts Charley with the fact that she's out of money. This prompts Charley to try to collect money from the only person that still owes her for a past job, Reyes. She's refused to see him during the 2 months but figures since she did the job he asked her to she should get paid for it.

    In the mean time, Charley gets a new case trying to find out who's been making a woman's life miserable for years while also getting pulled in to investigations concerning both bank robberies and arson. Charley's issues with her father escalate to the point where I would have happily slapped the man but thankfully things seemed better by the end. Things between Charley and Reyes are rough and still unresolved by the end of this book. The pull is there but there's still too much conflict and things unsaid for them to be together easily (although there is improvement). Everything gets resolved (if sadly) in the end except the arson case which looks to be carried in to the next book.

    I really enjoyed this story even if it was a bit rough (emotionally) a times. I still love Charley and the other characters, not just the regular secondary characters either...the author does a great job of making the transient characters into the type of people that evoke strong emotions in the reader. Overall I thought this story was a great addition to the series and I can't wait to see what happens next. I'd recommend this story and series. :D

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  • Third Grave Dead Ahead

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2231)
    Performance
    (2016)
    Story
    (2024)

    Paranormal private eye. Grim reaper extraordinaire. Whatever. Charley Davidson is back in Darynda Jones' Third Grave Dead Ahead! And she’s drinking copious amounts of caffeine to stay awake because, every time she closes her eyes, she sees him: Reyes Farrow, the parthuman, part-supermodel son of Satan. Yes, she did imprison him for all eternity, but come on.

    Tabitha says: "I love Charley Davidson!!!"
    "Great addition to the series :D"
    Overall
    Performance
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    4.5-5 stars

    This was a great addition to the series. I'm really loving Charley and her stories. At this point I have very mixed feelings about Reyes. The relationship between Charley and Reyes is complex and doesn't always seem in her best interest and regardless of the pull between them, Charley discovers she has good reason to be cautious.

    In this addition to the series, Charley is investigating a missing woman who she believes might have been killed by her "too perfect" husband. Also, Reyes escapes from prison, determined to find the man he was put in prison for killing after recently finding out he was still alive. Charley gets pulled into that investigation as well, which ends up bringing more danger than expected. Charley solves her missing woman case and Reyes is proved innocent but things end on a bit of a sour note as Charley has to deal with betrayal from the two men in her life that mean the most to her. It's not a happy situation and I'm looking forward to seeing how Charles comes through things as the series progresses.

    I enjoyed this story very much and I love the characters. Charley is such a great character and I love seeing how she gets through her adventures. She does have more then her fair share of issues in her life and that's sometimes hard to see but she also has a resilience and good heart that you don't see a lot. I like her fun and snarky attitude which always gives the story a boost. Overall, this is a great series and I'd recommend this book (although in the series would be best...these aren't really standalones). 2 thumbs up. :D

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