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Rusty

Avid reader for 45 years

Galloway, NJ, United States

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  • The Best Man

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Kristan Higgins
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (380)
    Performance
    (340)
    Story
    (339)

    Faith Holland left her hometown after being jilted at the altar. Now a little older and wiser, she's ready to return to the Blue Heron Winery, her family's vineyard, to confront the ghosts of her past, and maybe enjoy a glass of red. After all, there's some great scenery there.... Like Levi Cooper, the local police chief - and best friend of her former fiancé. There's a lot about Levi that Faith never noticed, and it's not just those deep green eyes.

    Elizabeth says: "Authentic - Funny - Vulnerable"
    "Excellent Family Drama with Romance & Humor"
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    While this book is listed as a Romance, I found "the Best Man" to be an enjoyable story about family, friends and lovers - in that order of importance. Humor and intelligence along with a small town in upstate New York and a family owned winery created an interesting setting for the first book in an engrossing dramatic but not gritty series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Raising Kane: Rough Riders, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Lorelei James
    • Narrated By Rebecca Estrella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (28)

    When a patch of ice sends attorney Ginger Paulson head-over-high-heels down a flight of stairs, she has no one to care for her young son and her invalid father - until lethally sexy Kane McKay shows up at the hospital, determined to prove his cowboy chivalry. Past experience has inoculated her against take-charge men, but even Ginger isn't immune to Kane's invasive charm and Built Ford Tough body.

    Debra says: "Love the writer but not the narrator"
    "98% romantic western, 2% violence"
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    I enjoyed about 98% of Kane's story, particularly how he volunteers to spend time with boys who need positive male attention. Kane meets Ginger, a single mother with an invalid father, through her young son. Ginger is a dedicated mother and daughter who lacks self respect.

    It was amusing when Kane tried to to help Ginger as she heals from an accident, but all too soon he turns into a jerk who thinks it's sexy to dominate and abuse women. As a lawyer, Ginger should recognize the early signs of domestic abuse and tell Kane to hit the road.

    Does Ginger really want Kane to teach her son that hurting women is acceptable behavior?
    Without his "Alpha male/asshole behavior", Raising Kane would have been an excellent erotic romance. The Lorelei James is extremely talented with a great sense of humor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paw Enforcement: K9, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Diane Kelly
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Officer Luz is lucky she still has a job after tasering a male colleague where it counts the most. Sure, he had it coming - which is why the police chief is giving Megan a second chance. The catch? Her new partner can't carry a gun, can't drive a cruiser, and can't recite the Miranda Rights. Because her new partner is a big furry police dog. So that's what the chief meant when he called Megan's partner a real bitch...With Brigit out on the beat, Megan is writing up enough tickets to wallpaper the whole station.

    Rodney says: "Loved this book want more from this author"
    "Dog Lover Approved"
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    As a dog lover, I just love when novels feature a great dog character like Bridget. I will absolutely buy the next book in this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Rosie Project: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Graeme Simsion
    • Narrated By Dan O'Grady
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1632)
    Performance
    (1493)
    Story
    (1492)

    Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a "wonderful" husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical - most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent - and on a quest of her own....

    Margaret says: "A fun listen"
    "Unique & Entertaining"
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    What a wonderful surprise - a realistic story about adult friendship and romantic love. Don, a college professor of genetics, has trouble relating to human emotion and women in particular (due to Asperger's syndrome or something similar). I found Don to be quirky but very likable with a truly good heart - he just didn't know how to decipher facial expressions, slang and feelings.

    Don is totally out of his element when he meets Rosie, an attractive barmaid, while on a quest for his perfect wife. While Rosie doesn't meet his standards, Don enjoys her company and volunteers to help her find the man who got her mother pregnant 30 years ago. Rosie prompts Don to be less rigid while Don helps Rosie to realize that some men are dependable and worthy of her love.

    Rosie's Project, set somewhere Australia, is a humorous, thought provoking and thoroughly entertaining novel. It explained Asperger's in an engaging manner, showing the advantages and disadvantages, appealing for understanding but not pity for those whose minds perceive our world differently. The narrator had a pleasant voice but the accented words were sometimes hard to understand.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stripped

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jasinda Wilder
    • Narrated By Summer Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (207)

    So how did I get myself into this situation, you ask? Simple: desperation. When you're faced with being homeless and hungry or taking off your clothes for money, the choice is easier than you'd imagine. That doesn't make it simple, though. Oh no. I hate it, in fact. There's nothing I'd like more than to quit and never go into another bar again, never hear the techno beat pulsing in my ears again, never feel the lecherous gazes of horny men again. Then, one day, I meet a man. He's in my club, front and center. He watches me do my routine, and his gaze is full of hunger.

    Jordy says: "virginal stripper who meets a playboy movie star"
    "Stripped My Brain Cells"
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    I found this story about a 20 year old film student incredibly boring (especially the first 2 hours) and too unbelievable for words. Grey goes to LA against her father's wishes, on a scholarship and she DOESN'T think she will need to get a part-time job. No, she waits until she is desperate & hungry, then becomes a stripper... Please! She's on campus for 2 years before asking about the details of her financial aid. Really?

    Then a young, attractive millionaire movie star (Dawson, late 20s) comes into the rundown titty bar where Grey works and instantly KNOWS that Grey doesn't belong there. Dawson rescues Grey from herself; there's lots of drama, stupid misunderstandings and insecurity, and eventually hot sex. Dawson miraculously morphs from immature man slut to Knight-in-shining-armor, blah, blah, blah..

    Jasinda Wilder is talented with great potential; she wrote some very funny moments and dialogue, However, this book should be listed as a young teen novel or the characters need to act their ages. I think Audible should give more detailed descriptions so that readers have a better idea of the content, such as age level, sexual content and level of violence.

    0 of 0 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
    (343)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (316)

    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
    (38)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    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
    (1213)
    Performance
    (1127)
    Story
    (1129)

    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 1 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
    (271)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (255)

    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

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