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Rusty

Avid reader for 45 years

Galloway, NJ, United States

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  • Surrender to Me: Wicked Lovers, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Shayla Black
    • Narrated By Lexi Maynard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (323)
    Story
    (324)

    A Navy SEAL accepts a hot proposition: share a buddy's girlfriend and fulfill her dream of a ménage. But after meeting Kata he needs more than one night. And he wants her all to himself-a guilty secret that becomes a dangerous fantasy.

    Erin says: "Well, you can't love EVERYTHING an author writes"
    "Why Women Really Enjoy Abuse"
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    Disguised as a romance, Surrender to Me is a disturbing book that preaches that women really want to be beaten, abused and humiliated in the name of love. Here are the rules: 1. Men have the right to dominate without regard. 2. Women give up all rights to their bodies when in a relationship, 3. It's okay to treat women worse than an animal as long as multiple orgasms are involved. 4. What men want is more important than anything else, 5. Women get turned on by abusive and aggressive behavior. While just a work of fiction, novels promoting more violence against women are unsettling, not entertainment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dangerous Race

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dee J. Adams
    • Narrated By Eve Bianco
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (65)

    Four years ago, race car driver Tracey Bradshaw almost died in a horrific crash. Now scarred inside and out, she's making a comeback, but her team is plagued by a series of "accidents."

    Laurie says: "I Couldn't Put It Down"
    "Okay Young Adult Drama"
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    I found Dangerous Race, my first book by Dee J. Adams, to be mildly entertaining but very well written. Tracey, a 24 year old woman driver, was just too young to be realistic and interesting to me. Would try another book by this author if the characters were older.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Smoky Mountain Tracks: A Raine Stockton Dog Mystery, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Donna Ball
    • Narrated By Donna Postel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
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    (49)
    Story
    (50)

    As a native of the small town of Hansonville, North Carolina,and a wilderness rescue worker, Raine Stockton knows the Smoky Mountains as well as anyone could, but she gave up her Search and Rescue work after a tragic loss. Now she reluctantly returns to active duty to help find a young child who has been kidnapped and taken deep into the forest.

    HL PARKER says: "A wonderful listen - Don't miss this one!"
    "Dog Gone Good"
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    I was immediately engrossed by Smoky Mountain Tracks, my first book by Donna Ball. As a dog fanatic, I loved that Raine (main character) owned a kennel, did canine training and volunteered for Search & Rescue. Set in a small mountain town where everyone knows everyone else, Raine is asked to help find a missing, possibly kidnapped child and won't give up until she solves the mystery.

    The only negative for me was Raine's relationship with her estranged husband Buck, who she had married young and divorced once. There were few details about their marriage, apart from the fact that she thought he had cheated. Did he and why? There seemed to be too much unfinished business, which was not addressed or defined. Why hadn't she divorced him again? Regardless, I will get her next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Travis: Alluring Indulgence, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Nicole Edwards
    • Narrated By Manxie Hardy, William Sharpe, Dake Bliss
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
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    (11)
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    (11)

    Travis Walker, the oldest of the seven Walker brothers, has been referred to as moody and mysterious, and for the most part, he would agree. Until recently he spent his days helping his brothers run the family business. Now he dedicates his time and energy to building a resort, Alluring Indulgence, that caters to fetishes and fantasies. And despite his attempt to work himself into the ground, Travis has never denied - at least not to himself - that something is missing.

    Rusty says: "Well Done Erotica"
    "Well Done Erotica"
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    Travis, the 3rd Walker brother novel, is well written with interesting characters and lots of enthusiastic (but not violent) sex. While I'm not interested in male on male sex scenes, Travis and Gage were engrossing characters, but I really liked Kyle (Travis's estranged wife). She was strong, funny and honest, even the an familiar situation of being with 2 men.

    The small town setting with numerous family and friends added depth to the story, although the idea of building a sex-themed resort in a rural Texas county seems weird to me. And the fact that all the Walkers brothers are into different types of kinky sex stretches the imagination a bit. However, this is fiction and quite entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Their Virgin Concubine: Masters of Menage Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Shayla Black, Lexi Blake
    • Narrated By Serena Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
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    (127)
    Story
    (128)

    Piper Glen is thrilled when Rafe and Kade al Mussad ask her to visit their country on a business trip. Madly attracted to both, the virginal secretary knows that neither of her intensely handsome bosses desires her. But every night she dreams of having them both in her bed, fulfilling her every need. Rafe and Kade have finally found the perfect woman in Piper. Sweet and funny. Intelligent and strong. Before they can reveal their feelings, the brothers must fulfill an ancient tradition.

    Susan says: "Her pink part"
    "Another Virgin Slave to Billionaire Brothers"
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    While this novel was extremely well written and sometimes funny, the virgin meets domineering brothers plot is old and insulting to female intelligence.

    Note: choosing to be in a poly relationship is different than being lured to a foreign country, seduced without full disclosure and asked to become a mindless sex slave.

    In addition to giving up into emotional and sexual domination, Piper is convinced that physical abuse is somehow sexy & acceptable behavior. I just wanted to throw up!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Marriage Bargain: Marriage to a Billionaire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jennifer Probst
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1501)
    Performance
    (1337)
    Story
    (1344)

    To save her family home, impulsive bookstore owner Alexa Maria McKenzie casts a love spell. But she never planned on conjuring up her best friend's older brother - the powerful man who once shattered her heart.

    Billionaire Nicholas Ryan doesn't believe in marriage, but in order to inherit his father's corporation, he needs a wife and needs one fast. When he discovers his sister's childhood friend is in dire financial straits, he offers Alexa a bold proposition....

    SandyH says: "Funny, heartbreaking"
    "Totally Unremarkable"
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    Last week, I started listening to the Marriage Bargain and quickly lost interest. I can't even remember enough to describe the plot - guess that says it all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cowgirls Don’t Cry: Rough Riders, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Lorelei James
    • Narrated By Rebecca Estrella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
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    (12)

    Jessie McKay has accepted her marriage to Luke McKay wasn’t perfect. After two years of widowhood, she’s ready to kick up her bootheels - until Luke’s younger brother shows up to spoil her fun. But if Brandt thinks she’ll ever take orders from another McKay male, he’s got manure for brains. Brandt McKay has avoided his sweet, sexy sister-in-law ever since the night he confessed his feelings for her weren’t the brotherly type.

    Rusty says: "Loving Your Brother's Wife"
    "Loving Your Brother's Wife"
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    Brandt Mckay will do anything to protect Jessie, the widow of his cheating brother Luke. The book starts with a raw scene where Jessie is drunk and desperate for physical affection. It was disturbing but important to understanding the characters.

    Brandt is probably the best of the McKay men, although he and his brothers take too much crap from their over bearing father. Brandt and Jessie get stuck taking care of Luke's love child for a few months and become closer friends & eventually lovers.

    Jessie was an strong, engaging character who drew me into the story; Brandt was caring, likable and loyal while needing to grow a backbone. I was torn over who should raise the child, yet satisfied with the conclusion. Happily Brandt seems to be the only McKay man who didn't get his rocks off dominating & bullying women.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All Jacked Up: Rough Riders Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Lorelei James
    • Narrated By Rebecca Estrella
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    Keely McKay knows Jack - and Jack Donohue is a certified pain in her Wranglers. Keely needs another man giving her orders like she needs a hole in her boot. What she does need is a restoration specialist so she can open her physical therapy clinic. His price? Act the part of his loving fiancée. Their sizzling lust makes it all too easy to go from butting heads to knocking boots - but outside the bedroom they're as mismatched as ever. Now Jack and Keely must face the fact they're not fooling anyone but themselves - or risk losing the real deal.

    Laura says: "One of the best in the series"
    "Keely Could Do Better"
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    I was expected Keely, the only girl child in the McKay clan for 100+ years, to fall for a more interesting man than Jack Donohoe. Keely is an engaging character, mature, loving, smart and full of life.

    Jack wants Keely to pretend to be his fiance, in exchange for help in getting the building for her medical center renovated. Very tired plot and boring male love interest.

    It was amusing & extremely ironic when Keely's brothers and cousins all threatened Jack if he wasn't good to Keely; this from men who routinely beat & abuse the women they profess to love.

    I normally enjoy stories about cowboys, small towns and large families, however the McKays are a strange clan. The men are basically bullies. The women are likable, interesting and very fertile who accept domestic violence as normal. So not romantic to me...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Theirs to Cherish: Wicked Lovers Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Shayla Black
    • Narrated By Veronica Meunch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (161)

    Accused of a horrific murder she didn't commit, former heiress Callie Ward has been a fugitive since she was 16 - until she found the perfect hideout, Club Dominion. The only problem is that she's fallen for the club's master, Mitchell Thorpe, who keeps her at arm's length. Little does she know that his reasons for not getting involved have everything to do with his wounded heart...and his consuming desire for her. Enter Sean Kirkpatrick, a Dom who's recently come to Dominion and taken a pointed interest in Callie.

    Eran says: "MITCH!!! You are making me crazy!!!"
    "Great writing, Creepy setting"
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    Plot: Thorpe, sex club owner takes in teen runaway Callie and gives her a safe place to live and eventually a job. Years later, Callie is in love with Thorpe who thinks she's too young for him. Callie goes for another Dom (Sean) to get Thorpe jealous, but falls in love with him too.

    Callie was a great character - funny, spunky, smart and caring; I wanted her to find love and have a great life. However, I found the violence and exhibitionism of the sex club a strange & creepy setting for a love story. To me, hitting, whipping, dominating and humiliating women is criminal behavior, not foreplay.

    Shayla Black is an incredibly talented writer; she creates engrossing characters and uses humor well. In another setting and without the BDSM crap, I would have enjoyed this novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Never Enough: Brown Family, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Lauren Dane
    • Narrated By Lucy Rivers
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (92)

    The moment Gillian Forrester held her older sister's unwanted newborn, Gillian stopped running and began building a life for her adopted son. Now, 13 years later, Gillian's sister reveals the father's identity on her deathbed.... Adrian Brown is the epitome of the successful rock star. It takes a lot to shock him - but the bombshell that he has a son rocks his world. And Adrian is even more surprised when the buttoned-up elegant woman who's raising him ignites his erotic and romantic attention - and engages his heart.

    Leesa says: "Standards"
    "Smart over 30 Romantic Story"
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    I really liked how the main couple was over 30 and acted like it. There were lots of fun family and friends to add depth to the romance. Some hot sex but no violence (BDSM).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chasin' Eight: Rough Riders, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Lorelei James
    • Narrated By Vanessa Caine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (175)

    Suspended until he gets his act together, bull rider Chase McKay has sworn off women. Forever. Or at least a month. Whichever comes first. Actress Ava Cooper became a tabloid target when her boyfriend was outed as gay. When she goes into hiding in an abandoned trailer, though, she finds it occupied by the kind of red-blooded cowboy she needs to prove she’s got the goods between the sheets.

    chris falcone says: "Great story from Lorelei James. Blah narrator."
    "Whiny Little Chase"
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    Chase, the youngest and shortest McKay brother, wasn't that interesting to me. He's a rodeo star who gets as much attention for his sexual escapades as his athletic ability. Since he's over 21, I expected a more mature and engaging hero - maybe someone who appreciated having a loving family and financial security. I did like his non-violent and respectful attitude toward women

    Chase meets Ava, an actress (from a rich & caring family) who was just embarrassed by having her boyfriend publicly announced he was gay. Ava also seems a little immature and whiny - she had artistic talent, good health, and the freedom to pursue interests but choose to dwell on minor problems.

    To me, the best parts of Chasin' Eight were the details about cowboys & rodeos, the down-to-earth people involved in the sport, and glimpses of small town life. Might have liked this book more when I was in my late teens or twenties.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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