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Rusty

Avid reader for 45 years

Galloway, NJ, United States

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  • Tularosa

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Michael McGarrity
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (106)

    In a wicked conspiracy reaching across the Mexican border, Tularosa pits a jaded ex-cop against tight-lipped Army personnel, hired thugs, and smooth-talking outlaws. Forced into retirement by a crippling gunshot wound, Santa Fe policeman Kevin Kerney seeks solitude on a small New Mexico ranch far from the nearest neighbor. But when his godson disappears without a trace into the harsh, high-security desert of the White Sands Missile Range, Kerney emerges to search for the young soldier.

    Spinner says: "Would like to hear the entire series!"
    "Longmire lite"
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    Good modern western...love the New Mexico setting...similar to Longmire without the humor...enjoyable but not exceptional

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Open Invitation: 3-book Bundle

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Jasmine Haynes
    • Narrated By June Wayne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
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    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Invitation to Seduction: Debbie has learned the hard way that she isn't desirable. So when she flirts with a man at The Club, she gets more than she’s ever dreamed, and the game she plays soon turns to obsession for the fire in one man’s touch. Stephen wants far more from Debbie than a few nights of seduction, but can he make her believe in forever?

    Rusty says: "Grow Up Ladies"
    "Grow Up Ladies"
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    I thought this was a book about 3 mature & confident women (late 30s, 40s) who are looking for adventure and love. Not so much...

    Instead, these women were as insecure and timid as teenagers who didn't know their own minds. They don't talk to the men in their lives about anything important or even confide in their female friends. What martyrs!

    These women go to a sex club to "have their sexual attractiveness" validated by strangers. Seriously? What a disappointment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Denise Grover Swank
    • Narrated By Frances Fuller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (148)

    For Rose Gardner, working at the DMV on a Friday afternoon is bad even before she sees a vision of herself dead. She's had plenty of visions, usually boring ones like someone's toilet's overflowed, but she's never seen one of herself before. When her overbearing momma winds up murdered on her sofa instead, two things are certain: There isn't enough hydrogen peroxide in the state of Arkansas to get that stain out, and Rose is the prime suspect.

    Sires says: "Romantic Suspense with ESP and Southern Setting"
    "Southern Fried Youngsters"
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    While amusing at times, I found the characters to be a little young & immature for me (over 45) - might be fun novel to under 25 readers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Against the Wind: The Raines of Wind Canyon, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kat Martin
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (70)

    New York Times best-selling author Kat Martin launches a riveting contemporary romance series starring the Raines boys of Wind Canyon, Wyoming. Back in high school, Jackson Raines was humiliated by the beautiful Sarah Allen, who wanted out of Wind Canyon at any cost. Now Jackson reluctantly opens his ranch to the recently widowed Sarah. And as sparks ignite, he finds himself protecting her from her dead husband’s shady business partners.

    Rhonda says: "Keeps you guessing"
    "Wimpy Sarah"
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    While the writing was good, I found the main female character Sarah to be wimpy, boring and sometimes just stupid. Sarah allowed herself to be pressured by the cool kids in high school to be cruel to Jackson, a poor boy who had a crush on her.

    Next Sarah drops out of college to marry a rich man for financial security, never holding a job. When her husband becomes physically abusive she stays with him for years, even after having a daughter.

    After her husband is killed, Sarah runs back to her home town and tries to hide from thugs who believe she has something valuable. Of course, she never reports anything to the police or carries a weapon to protect herself & child.

    Somehow Jackson - all grown up, financially secure and too generous - is willing to take care of Sarah & her daughter (the kid is much more appealing than the mother), immediately falling madly in love. Sorry but I like strong, self sufficient women characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Lucy Dillon
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    An irresistible novel about women, men, and the dogs that own them. Thirty-nine year old Rachel is having a really bad year. After losing her job and breaking up with her boyfriend, Rachel has inherited her late aunt's house, her beloved border collie, and a crowded rescue kennel, despite the fact that she knows almost nothing about dogs. Still, considering her limited options, she gamely takes up the challenge of running the kennel. And as Rachel starts finding new homes for the abandoned strays, it turns out that it might not just be the dogs that need rescuing.

    Leslie-Ann says: "Fully Enjoyed This Novel!"
    "Could not understand narrator"
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    I can't say if this book was good because I couldn't get past the first hour. The English accent of this narrator, along with her rapid fire style of speech, made it impossible for me to follow the story.

    In the past, I've listened to narrators with non-American accents but was always able to adjust after a while and understand most of the words. I was extremely disappointed since I love novels with canine characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rough, Raw, and Ready: Rough Riders, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Lorelei James
    • Narrated By Rebecca Estrella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (82)

    Chassie West Glanzer hasn't been a stranger to drama and tragedy. A year of wedded bliss to sexy-as-sin cowboy Trevor Glanzer has brought her the happiness and contentment she never thought she'd find, and mellowed Trevor's rodeo wanderlust. Then Trevor's old roping partner ambles up the driveway and Chassie's life changes drastically. Trevor never expected to see Edgard Mancuso again, after it became clear he couldn't be the man Edgard needed. Now Edgard is back from Brazil to sort out their tangled past, and Trevor is plagued with feelings he thought he'd buried over three years ago.

    DK says: "Lorelei James Pushes The Boundaries"
    "Chassie Wins"
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    I really liked the main character Chassie, who has had a rough life but doesn't whine about it. She's an interesting combination tough & soft; strong enough to do ranch work yet still kind & sensitive at heart.

    When Chassie finds out that her husband Trevor was once in love with a man (Edgard), she doesn't throw a pity party for herself. Since Chassie wants to save her marriage, she decides to get to know Edgard and possibly share Trevor rather than loose him.

    Unlike most of the other cowboys in this series, Trevor actually loves, respects and doesn't abuse his wife. Likewise, Edgard comes to love and appreciate Chassie for her many wonderful qualities, even though he has never been attracted to women. So Chassie wins!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love Under Siege: Brothers in Arms, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Samantha Kane
    • Narrated By Alex Moorcock
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (61)

    Phillip Neville and Jonathan Overton have been best friends since childhood. When they return to England as veterans of the Napoleonic Wars, they enter the marriage market. It doesn't take long for them both to fall deeply in love with shy, awkward, beautiful Maggie Trueheart. Phillip and Maggie marry, but Phillip and Jonathan do not tell her about the menage-a-trois marriage the two men hope to have. When Maggie finds out, it takes the persuasive power of both men to convince her that this threesome was meant to be.

    Mrs. Shirley A. Scott says: "Disappointing"
    "Insensitive Jerks times 2"
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    Unlike the first book in this series, the 2 male characters (Phillip and Jonathan) in Love Under Siege were total jerks, not romantic heroes. Phillip married Maggie, an innocent younger woman and instantly expects her to turn into an experienced sex partner.

    Instead of slowing and tenderly teaching Maggie about sex, Phillip gets frustrated & short tempered until Jonathan comes for a visit. Together the men plot to persuade Maggie to have a threesome, just what every new wife needs.

    Phillip gets all dominant & abusive - hitting should NOT be part of foreplay. Jonathan is sweet & seductive; however both men are mostly concerned with their own needs. So not romantic or love inspiring... Although the story was well-written and engrossing, the male characters left me feeling like I needed a shower.

    Needless to say, I was extremely disappointed and frustrated. Maggie was portrayed as enjoying their brutal & disrespectful treatment. I really wanted Maggie to grow a backbone, knock some sense into both jerks and leave. Since I realize that divorce wasn't an option in the 1800s, there was no way for this book to have happy ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Courage to Love: Brothers in Arms, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Samantha Kane
    • Narrated By Cleo Morrell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (70)

    Kate Collier is still recovering from a vicious rape and trying to make a success of her dress shop when Jason Randal and Anthony Richards return to London from the Continent, intent on winning her. She's known them for years, ever since they served with her late husband in the Peninsula against Napoleon. She'd been in love with them for almost that long. To discover they feel the same is a shock, but Kate isn't ready to turn her life back over to a man, or men.

    Angela says: "Hot Courage"
    "Well written erotic romance - historical setting"
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    While I don't usually enjoy historic romances - I don't like to think about life before indoor plumbing - The Courage to Love was instantly engrossing. Kate was a great character, strong, humorous and smart. After her husband was killed in the war, Kate did what she thought necessary to take care of herself and her niece Veronica.

    When friends of her late husband Jason & Tony came back to England, they treated Kate with respect & consideration, offering her marriage and protection. The whole "we both love and want to share you" was a bit of a stretch, but a fun fantasy.

    FYI, this book contained graphic sex (all types), crude language, and the recounting of a disturbing gang rape. There were also 2 light spankings - violence against women always give me the creeps, particularly in a romance - but mostly the men behaved well, particularly given the time setting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Finding Home: A Hope Springs Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Lois Greiman
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Casie Carmichael is hardworking but softhearted. She has a broken-down mare, two lambs, three lost teens, a busted-up bronco rider, and a whole lot of trouble. Casie has returned home to Hope Springs, South Dakota, to sell the family’s tumbledown ranch with the hope of returning to Sioux Falls and her very practical fiancé. But leaving Hope Springs isn’t quite as easy as she thought it would be, especially since her barn seems to have a homing beacon leading every stray in the territory straight to it.

    Rusty says: "Ranch Hope"
    "Ranch Hope"
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    Finding Home was warm, funny and endearing - particularly to those of us who love all types of animals. The first few chapters were rather slow, while the people, setting and animals were being introduced. After that, I was totally engrossed and loving the unconventional family that Casie scraped together.

    At first, I had my doubts about relating to the main character Casie (29). She had a big heart but very low self esteem, putting herself down and letting others take advantage. However, by the end Casie was kicking ass and taking no prisoners.

    The best part, to me, was the eclectic group of teens, neighbors and friends who made the Lazy something ranch a place I would want to visit. Although there was a sexy Cowboy love interest for Casie, Finding Home was much more about family and friends than romance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Colters' Gift

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Freddie Bates
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (123)

    Lauren Wilder fell for the wrong man, trusted the wrong man, and she paid a very dear price for it. Now broken and wounded, she's retreated to the bosom of the Colter family and the unshakeable love and support they offer. But the man she once loved and trusted is not without his own power, and he'll use every bit of his money and resources to make sure he gets Lauren back, no matter whom he destroys doing it. Liam and Noah were hired by Lauren's brother to watch over her. But with danger looming, they head to the Colorado mountains - where Lauren has found temporary sanctuary.

    Rusty says: "Love the Colters - Hate Max"
    "Love the Colters - Hate Max"
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    I really enjoyed the first, second and fourth books in the Colter Legacy. The fantasy of having multiple men who love & worship one woman is sexy and fun, if not realistic.

    I hated book 3, in which Callie Colter (only daughter) allowed Max (billionaire jerk) to dominate her body & soul, supposedly in a loving way. Sorry, but hitting another human being is always wrong - I find men who enjoy hurting women revolting, not attractive.

    Now in Colter's Gift (book 5), Max's sister Lauren is recovering from an extremely abusive and violent relationship with a criminal. I found it ironic that Max feels entitled to hurt & manipulate women but was outraged when Lauren was victimized by another jerk.

    Luckily for Lauren, she has 2 gorgeous bodyguards who treat her with respect, consideration and gentleness as she heals. There is some graphic violence when the criminal sends men to silence Lauren, but mostly the story is about her learning to survive and trust herself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fatal Mistake: Fatal Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Marie Force
    • Narrated By Eva Kaminsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (102)

    D.C. is recovering from angry riots after one player's mistake blew the D.C. Federals' chance at the World Series, and Lt. Sam Holland is determined to unravel the twisted web of motives behind the star center fielder's death. Was it a disgruntled fan, a spurned lover or a furious teammate? Determined to bring the killer to justice, Sam must root out the truth before another mistake proves fatal.

    Rusty says: "Sam is not Submissive"
    "Sam is not Submissive"
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    This is the 6th book in Marie Force's Fatal Series about "Sam" Samantha Holland, police lieutenant in Washing DC. In the first 5 books, Sam was a strong, fearless, gutsy woman who lives to catch killers. She gets shot, punched, blown-up, & knocked down, gets sown up and/or stabled and keeps working.

    Sam meets and marries Nick, a Democratic senator who appreciates her determination, strength, intelligence and loyalty. Together they are adopting a 12 year old boy and trying to have a baby, while juggling two professional careers. They have an enthusiastic and creative sex life, which suddenly and unbelievably becomes D/S.

    No where in the Sam's character (carefully developed in the first 5 books) does Sam display any desire to be submissive - it's laughable that she would allow any man to hit her. No where in those same 5 books does Nick express any desire to hit & dominate woman.

    Evidently every book written now must include some dominant/submissive sex, regardless of how out of character that abusive behavior is. Marie Force, please keep Sam as the strong, interesting female character who doesn't take crap from anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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