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Rusty

Avid reader for 45 years

Galloway, NJ, United States

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  • Mexican Hat: A Kevin Kerney Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Michael McGarrity
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
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    (53)
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    (53)

    Critically acclaimed author Michael McGarrity’s powerful tale is packed with constant surprises and nonstop action. When retired Santa Fe detective Kevin Kerney discovers a mysterious body, his quiet summer in the Gila Wilderness is interrupted. Narrator George Guidall holds you spellbound as Kerney tangles with a modern paramilitary group and a vicious 60-year-old feud.

    Jesse says: "Why no Unabridged Version?"
    "Good Modern Western"
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    I have read most of this series and like the first few books best. Good dialogue, good descriptions of the south west, good suspense. The narrator (George Guidall) is excellent as usual.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bonds of Desire: Wicked Play, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Lynda Aicher
    • Narrated By Emily Caldwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (160)

    Lawyer Allison English never planned to return to The Den - despite her naughty fantasies about being bound by owner Seth Matthews. But when club guest Tyler Wysong is injured in a scene, Seth turns to Allie for help. After his bad experience, Tyler has no interest in being with another dom. Yet he can't deny his attraction to Master Seth. When Seth offers him a place to stay, Tyler agrees - if Allie will stay, too. The chemistry between the trio prompts Allie and Tyler to agree to submit to Seth for one week, and he'll show them both the true pleasure that a dom can provide.

    Lia says: "Hot and very steamy story"
    "Great except for the bully"
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    I was instantly engrossed by the story of Tyler, a male escort who is injured by a brutal Dom in a sex club. Allie, a lawyer & friend of the club owners was asked to help Tyler and see if he wanted to press criminal charges. Seth, one of the owners and bi-sexual, offers Tyler a safe place to get well, even though he is attracted to both Tyler and Allie.

    I really liked Tyler and Allie's characters but Seth was inconsistent; considerate one moment, domineering bully the next. I understood why Tyler, who was used to being abused by clients, was willing to endure anything for the allusion of caring & kindness, but absolutely baffled why Allie would agree to become a doormat for a few orgasms.

    If the author had left out the master/slave stuff and had the 3 individuals interact as mature equals, the story of their budding relationship would have been great. There was so much potential in the threesome, but soon it was just another idiot getting his rocks off by bossing others around. What a disappointment!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sweet Seduction: Sweet Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Caroline Wintour
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (342)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (315)

    Salon owner Julie Stanford wanted Nathan Tucker ever since she gave him his first massage. Getting paid to feel every inch of his body, stripped, oiled, and spread out in front of her? Stuff dreams are made of. But the sexy guy was oblivious to the signals she was sending - until she finished off his final rub-down with something extra. In fact, the best extra he ever had. Unfortunately, he came around too late. Now Julie's moving on.... The woman was driving him crazy. She lit fire to his insides then ran like a scalded cat. And now she's going to someone else to have all her fantasies fulfilled? Over his dead body....

    Leesa says: "Yes!! Sweeter and Sweeter"
    "Cute Story - No violence"
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    Unlike the previous novels in the Sweet series, Sweet Seduction is about a confident, smart woman who wants a man who doesn't abuse her. Julie makes a pass at Tucker, who misses the ball. Then he chases Julie until she wants to be caught.

    While the main characters from the first 2 books (acquaintances of Julie who are in abusive relationships) make appearances, this book is mostly about a woman who goes after the love she wants and deserves.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bonds of Trust

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Lynda Aicher
    • Narrated By Emily Cauldwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (333)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (303)

    After ending her passionless marriage, Cali Reynolds is eager to live out her forbidden fantasies. Her first step is attending new members' night at The Den, the most exclusive sex club in town. Perhaps here she can find a man who understands her desire to be dominated.... At first, Jake McCallister thinks Cali has come to his club for the wrong reasons. But when he discovers she is seeking fulfillment after years of denial, he's intrigued - and takes it upon himself to initiate her into the pleasures she's been missing.

    Lia says: "Very Sexy Love Story"
    "Brainwashing Women"
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    Plot: Cassie (44) was unhappily married for 20+ years and sexually unfulfilled. Somehow this smart woman decides that she wants to experience meaningless sex in a D/S club. So Cassie visits the club, meets one of the owners Jake, immediately trusts this complete stranger and allows herself to be screwed.

    I liked Cassie in many ways - she was dedicated, intelligent and caring - but I thought she suffered from alarming low self esteem. She didn't have the guts to confront her husband and get what she needed from her marriage (or end it). Then Cassie magically had the courage to trust her physical and emotional welfare to a professional Dom, someone who is paid to inflict pain on others - not my idea of a trustworthy individual.

    Jake just gave me the creeps, with his attitude of instantly knowing "what Cassie really needs", which of course was sex with him. Just another horny man with a "lifestyle" that gives him permission to bully; hitting as foreplay, humiliation was a bonding experience. When exactly did bossy, self absorbed jerks become romantic heroes?

    While I believe in freedom of choice for consenting adults, I hate when self destructive behavior is romanticized, brainwashing women into thinking that physical abuse is okay. I wish this very talented author would write books about independent & confident women who demand to be treated with respect and kindness from the men in their lives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Illicit: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Opal Carew
    • Narrated By Rebecca Estrella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    What began as a steamy weekend fling is about to change their lives forever. When Lindsay receives a mysterious invitation to live out her most illicit fantasies, she thinks it’s her best friend playing a joke. Little does she know, the invitation is from someone else. Someone who knows her deepest desires…and intends to fulfill them. Erik is a man of many secrets, and he intends to keep it that way. When he invites Lindsay to his mansion, he thinks it’s just for a steamy weekend fling.

    Jordy says: "Illicit...an extreme erotic fantasy with M/M/M/F"
    "3 Men and a Lucky Girl"
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    Illicit is an entertaining story about Lindsay, who meets 3 hunky bi-sexual guys in an elevator, and ends up spending a weekend with them. The characters are well written and the guys are respectful toward Lindsay, no violence, no dominance.

    While I'm not crazy about male on male sex, the men were funny & caring friends who honestly like women. An enjoyable, erotic romance with warm and humor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tangled: The Tangled Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Emma Chase
    • Narrated By Sebastian York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1202)
    Performance
    (1118)
    Story
    (1119)

    Drew Evans is handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed? He’ll tell you he has the flu. But we all know that’s not really true. Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful and ambitious. When Kate is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin.

    CAC says: "Brilliant!!!!"
    "Maybe 5th Grade"
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    While extremely well written, the main character of Tangled Drew has the emotional maturity of a 5th grader. He's a rich investment banker (maybe late 20s, early 30s) from a loving family who only have one night stands with strange women - no girlfriends, no 2nd dates. What a prince!

    When Drew finally falls in love with an engaged woman (Kate) who is hired to work in his father's firm, Drew becomes even more obnoxious and selfish. Drew may be a devoted son, brother & uncle, smart, hardworking and kind to old ladies but he is NOT good boyfriend or husband material.

    This was my first Emma Chase book and I think she is extremely talented. Perhaps Emma is writing for a much younger audience who thinks that "taming a man slut" is an erotic and challenging experience. I just wanted to slap Drew silly and tell Kate to run for her life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Million Dirty Secrets: Million Dollar Duet

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By C. L. Parker
    • Narrated By Rockwell Davis, Rubyyy Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (250)
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    (254)

    Delaine Talbot has a secret. When a matter of life and death threatens to tear apart her family, Delaine makes the ultimate sacrifice. She auctions herself off at Chicago’s most exclusive erotic club. Now she belongs to Noah Crawford, a wealthy mogul who introduces her to a seductive feast of the senses, awakening desires she only dreamed about. Noah doesn’t know why Delaine sold her body for a cool two mil. But it’s the perfect business arrangement. The inexperienced beauty will learn to satisfy his every sensual need, yet never touch his heart....

    Jordy says: "Naughty, Raunchy, Sexy but oh so Sweet!!"
    "What a surprise"
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    I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book, after reading other novels about rich arrogant men (jerks). The plot: Noah, attractive billionaire, buys a virgin companion willing to spend 2 years at his beck & call. Delaine (early 20s) is desperate for money to help her family and takes a crazy risk to do it.

    Rather than taking advantage of the unequal situation, Noah tries to make the arrangement as pleasant and caring as possible. Delaine is a spunky, smart young woman who learns to hold her own in the unfamiliar world of the ultra rich and earns Noah's respect and affection. Noah, with his own demons & insecurities, gets more than he anticipated with Delaine.

    I was quickly engrossed in their developing relationship and had to purchase the next book to see what happened to Noah & Delaine - loved that one too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Susie’s Choice

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Barbara Elsborg
    • Narrated By Victoria Aston
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    When lovers Christian and Joel advertise for a cleaner, they aren’t expecting - or wanting - Mrs. Doubtfire, although one of the applicants could double as Mrs. D’s sister. But when little Susie Hood walks into their lives, scraped knees from a tumble with her bike and with the looks and heart of a broken angel, the attraction is instant and irrevocable and it’s all they can do not to lock her up and throw away the key. They want her in their bed, their lives, now…forever… She is everything they wanted, needed - but she has to want both of them.

    Rusty says: "Susie chooses Both"
    "Susie chooses Both"
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    Joel, an American lawyer, is living in London with Christian, an English writer. Both men are in desperate need of a good cleaner (housekeeper) and a goodhearted woman to complete their relationship. Enter Susie, a cancer survivor who has never held a job and lives with her self-absorbed father and brothers.

    Susie (24) is an engrossing character, young but wise, kind and caring but not a pushover. The relationship that develops between these 3 flawed individuals is humorous, loving, erotic and respectful. The narration was enjoyable, although I can't rate the accuracy of her English accent. I would definitely try another book by this author and reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • SECRET: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By L. Marie Adeline
    • Narrated By Jane Thoma
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (31)

    Cassie Robichaud’s life has been filled with regret and loneliness since the death of her husband. She waits tables at the rundown Café Rose in New Orleans, and every night she heads home to her solitary one-bedroom apartment. But when she discovers a notebook left behind by a mysterious woman at the café, Cassie’s world is forever changed. The notebook’s stunningly explicit confessions shock and fascinate Cassie, and eventually lead her to S.E.C.R.E.T., an underground society dedicated to helping women realize their wildest, most intimate sexual fantasies.

    Coooper says: "RIP MY HEART OUT !!!"
    "Empowerment through Meaningless Sex"
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    Very interesting concept - women helping other women to become powerful. I enjoyed listening as Cassie (main character) grew more confident and built friendships with new friends and co-workers. However, I found the method - experiencing sexual fantasies with strangers - to be a cold & contrived path to personal growth. Not my cup of tea...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Powertools: Powertools (Series)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jayne Rylon
    • Narrated By Samantha Prescott
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (39)
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    Five men with power tools, what more can a girl want? Includes the following stories: Kate's Crew - Sultry summer heat has nothing on the five-man crew renovating the house next door. Morgan's Surprise - If Morgan thought spilling the beans on her lust for Joe would scare him off, she couldn't have been more wrong. Kayla's Gift - For some reason, caressing the man on her table is blurring her normally crystal-clear distinction between nudity and sexuality. Devon's Pair - James is sure he's doomed to lose the man of his dreams.

    K. April Holgate says: "Steamy Read!!"
    "NOT This Old House"
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    The story starts with a construction crew of 5 hunky bi-sexual men who are good friends and lovers. As these men meet a series of women, they find "true love" while keeping their friendship & sex relationships with the rest of the crew. The stories are extremely well written and erotic, with lots of graphic sex but no violence.

    While I enjoyed this book, I found the over enthusiastic reactions of the women (to being willing to share their boyfriend/fiancé/husband) totally unbelievable. How many females would be HAPPY that their men will continue to screw other men and sometimes women on a regular basis. Not my idea of a happily ever after ending...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Resisting Her

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Kendall Ryan
    • Narrated By Josh Goodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    Agent Cole Fletcher lives for his job at the FBI, and he's more than ready for his next assignment - raiding a cult compound and putting their leader behind bars. But he isn't prepared for Savannah and her knock you on your ass good looks. At 19, she's too old for foster care and too damaged to live on her own. With nowhere else to go, and against his better judgment Cole takes her in. But helping her out won't be easy. He comforts her through screaming nightmares and escaping the lingering fears of her past, but that's the easy part.

    Yvette says: "AN UNFORGETTABLE KIND OF LOVE"
    "Resist this book"
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    While the narration was amazing and the writing flowed easily, I found there was something missing in Resisting Her. The plot was promising: FBI agent Cole (27) was involved in a raid on a cult compound where Savannah (19) had been living since the age of 7.

    However, the characters just didn't make sense to me; Savannah was too well spoken for a kid who never went to school. She also didn't display much curiosity about the modern world or have any life ambitions. Cole, a workaholic, somehow believed he was totally responsible for the self-destructive behavior of an old girlfriend and not entitled to a happy adult relationship.

    When Cole takes Savannah to his condo - she can't survive alone in a city - he denies his attraction to Savannah, rather than discussing the situation with her. They spend weeks, possibly months, dancing around their feelings like 5th graders. There were some cute moments but not enough to keep my interest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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