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Rusty

Avid reader for 45 years

Galloway, NJ, United States

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  • Colters' Lady: Colter's Legacy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Freddie Bates
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (337)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (318)

    When police officer Seth Colter sees the delicate, shabbily dressed beauty in line at the soup kitchen where he's serving, he's gut shot over the idea of her being on the streets cold and alone. More baffling is the dark, possessive instinct that tells him she belongs to him. For Lily Weston, home is a secluded nook in a back alley - until Seth offers her a place to stay. She's wary of his offer, but even one night out of the cold is too much temptation to resist. Seth is convinced Lily is his. The problem is, when his brothers lay eyes on her, the same primitive instinct comes roaring to the surface.

    Karen says: "A new generation of Colters to drool over!"
    "Big Love for women"
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    The second in a series where women have multiple husbands who love and adore them. The part about the woman being homeless for 3 years before finding her "men" was a real stretch but overall the story was a interesting fantasy for women.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Million Tiny Pieces

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Nicole Edwards
    • Narrated By Jay Crow, Seraphine Valentine, William James
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Mia Cantrell is happy to be rid of her lying, cheating ex-husband. With her divorce final, Mia is moving on, grasping the reins of life once more. She's learning to deal with the shattered remains while putting one foot in front of the other, taking control of her own decisions, and ultimately living one day at a time. Too bad the universe has put a hiccup or two in her carefully plotted plan.

    Christen says: "It just doesn't get much better!"
    "Light Erotica - No Violence"
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    A Million Tiny Pieces was mostly a light hearted, sexy and enjoyable romance about what happened when Mia (24) meets Phoenix (29) AND Tarik (31).

    Both men seemed to honestly like and respect Mia, in addition to being sexually attracted to her and each other. No masters and slaves, just adults enjoying each other's company.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Saved by the Rancher: The Hunted Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jennifer Ryan
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (67)

    From the moment rancher Jack Turner rescues Jenna Caldwell Merrick, he is determined to help her. Soon, he is doing more than tend her wounds; he is mending her heart. Jenna is a woman on the run - hunted down by her ex-husband, David Merrick, from the day she left him, taking part of his company with her, to the second she finds herself in the safety of Jack's ranch. More than just a haven, Jack's offering the love, family, and home she thought were out of reach.

    karen says: "A-M-A-Z-I-N-G-L-Y Perfect Book - LOVE IT"
    "Self Defense Needed"
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    I enjoyed most of the characters in Saved by the Rancher - especially Lilly (precocious 3 year old), Sally (family dog) and Blue (wild horse). However, certain parts of the plot were too ridiculous to be believable.

    Jenna was spunky & smart, so why didn't she get take self-defense training or learn to use a weapon. Also, she could have used video and/or audio recordings to prove that David (ex-husband) was abusive and violent.

    When Jenna arrived at Jack's ranch, beaten & bleeding, I didn't buy that she went from being terrified of men to falling in love with Jack and having wild sex in a few weeks. It also would have been more interesting if Jenna had learned to protect herself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Devotion: Club Destiny, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Nicole Edwards
    • Narrated By Houston Fullbright​, Jack DuPont, Joanna Patrick, and others
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Although Sierra Sellers is, and will always be, the lifeline between Luke McCoy and Cole Ackerley, everyday life proves to be the true test of the bond the three of them have forged. No one ever said life was going to be rainbows and butterflies after the three of them admitted their love for one another.

    Christen says: "More Greatness!"
    "Not Beating Pregnant Woman"
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    I was glad to hear that Luke stopped hitting Sierra while she was pregnant, but that didn't make his character any more appealing to me. Luke was so obsessed with what he needed and wanted that he didn't seem to care if Sierra, Cole or Hannah were happy.

    As usual, Cole was a sweetheart; why he choose to make a life with Sierra and Luke was still a puzzle to me. Sierra seemed slightly more mature in this book, maybe from becoming a mother but she still needed to grow a backbone. Their decision to have a child seemed rushed, as if having a baby would instantly make their relationship solid.

    I was surprised that Sierra, Luke and Cole continued to have public sex at the new BDSM club (Devotion to making money). In this age of camera phones and social media, don't they realize that baby Hannah might one day be embarrassed by color photos of Daddy, Mommy and Daddy getting down & dirty?

    Speaking of Hannah, how will she cope when her classmates and their parents find out that, not only does Hannah have 2 dads but that one of them is a Dom who likes to hurt women. And at what age will be Hannah be allowed to hang out at Devotion? How would Luke & Cole feel if it was Hannah being bound, whipped and penetrated for a cheering crowd?

    Sorry, I just couldn't get into a story that mixed starting a family with running a sex club.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fulfillment: Temptation, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By K. M. Golland
    • Narrated By Carmen Rose
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    We can stumble upon a connection in life - a feeling, an instinct even, having an uncontrollable desire to act upon it - all the while knowing that acting upon it may or may not be the right thing to do. The thing is it's in that action where we prove our initial feeling to be right or wrong.

    Romance junkie says: "Loved this trilogy"
    "Spanking is NOT Sexy"
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    For me, one of the best things about the Temptation series, was the character of Alexis. I loved these stories about a strong, self-confident woman in her prime (35) who was smart, sexy and a dedicated mother. While rocky and chaotic at times, Alexis's relationship with Bryce was romantic, caring, humorous and ALWAYS respectful.

    Most of Fulfillment was great - I laughed and cried as Alexis and Bryce persevered through a difficult situation to become closer than ever. So I was surprised and disgusted when scenes involving SPANKING were introduced into their sex life. What crap! Alexis would never allow any man, including Bryce, to hit her and Bryce was not a bully.

    At one time spanking was considered an acceptable tool for punishing disobedient children; it was meant to instill pain, fear and humiliation in hopes of exerting parental control. What sadist decided that striking women was erotic - I would like to knee him in the balls so he could enjoy the same treatment. Even if not painful, spanking another human being is the ultimate act of degradation and contempt - NOT sexy, NOT fun, NOT erotic.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Irresistible Force

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By D.D. Ayres
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (73)

    Officer James Cannon is one tall, strong alpha male who's convinced that Shay stole his dog. But once he gets closer to the suspect, he realizes that this stubborn, independent woman not only needs a guard dog, she needs James as well. It seems that someone from her past is stalking her, and threatening her life. When danger meets desire, will James risk his career and his best friend - to protect the woman who's stolen his heart?

    Darlene says: "New Series New Author"
    "Irresistible Dog - Partner Needed Work"
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    I instantly fell in love with Bogart, a police dog who was rescued from a kill shelter by Shay, a warm hearted woman looking for uncomplicated affection and companionship. Hiding from an violent ex, Shay was likable and determined not to let the jerk ruin her life.

    I never really warmed up to James, Bogart's human partner who tracked down his missing canine partner and totally jumped to the wrong conclusion. Instead of being professional and respectful, James treated Shay like a criminal. What an ass! While James redeemed himself, it took some of the fun out of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Enthrall: Enthrall Sessions, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Vanessa Fewings
    • Narrated By Abra Neville
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Mia Lauren is a single, twenty-one-year old working in a West Hollywood art store who dreams of one day becoming a fashion designer. When an unexpected offer arises to work at Enthrall, L.A.'s premier fetish club for the wealthy, Mia accepts. It's a salary beyond her wildest imagination. Mia becomes the secretary to the club's assistant director, blond and broody Richard Booth. Richard is not only one of L.A.'s most beautiful and wealthiest men, he is also the club's senior dominant.

    Alouette says: "A Breathtaking Story of True Passion"
    "Tortured Virgin"
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    I really hated this book about 2 sadist men (Richard and Cameron) whose life ambition was to torture and humiliate anyone foolish enough to get sucked into their bizarre world. They owned/operated a private club where violent and degrading behavior was encouraged.

    They hired Mia, an incredibly naive 21 year old virgin to be the club's secretary and promptly begin to seduce her with expensive gifts and physical threats. Somehow Mia, an orphan desperate for affection, was brainwashed into loosing her virginity and self respect.

    Mia was just pathetic, too immature and childish to appreciate that selling her soul for a few moments of male attention was too stupid for words. While rich and attractive, Richard and Cameron were smug, arrogant, self absorbed and shallow.

    I didn't find Enthrall erotic, romantic or sexy - I don't find abusive, violent or self destructive behavior entertaining. It was particularly disturbing that Cameron (a psychiatrist) used his medical training to hurt rather than heal people - he would have made a great Nazi.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breaking Creed

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Alex Kava
    • Narrated By Graham Winton
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    Ryder Creed and his dogs have been making national headlines. They've intercepted several major drug stashes being smuggled through Atlanta's airport. But their newfound celebrity has also garnered some unwanted attention. When Creed and one of his dogs are called in to search a commercial fishing vessel, they discover a secret compartment. But the Colombian cartel's latest shipment isn't drugs. This time, its cargo is human. To make matters worse, Creed helps one of the cartel's drug mules escape.

    Rusty says: "More Dogs - Less Gore"
    "More Dogs - Less Gore"
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    I was hoping Breaking Creed would be more about search dogs and less about blood, gore, guts and torture. Unfortunately, I was disappointed.

    Ryder Creed could have been an engrossing character, hunky warrior turned dog trainer. I just felt his character (as well as his employees) wasn't explained or developed. There was lots of action, with more time spent on describing torture than personalities.

    Also, I couldn't tell if this book was part of the series about Maggie O'Dell, a federal agent. She popped up in the story with little explanation, as if the readers should know her back story. It almost seemed like chapters where missing...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Caught in a Trap (Romantic Comedy)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Elaine Raco Chase
    • Narrated By Janice B. Moss
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Retired Navy SEAL and Texas business tycoon Rafe Morgan was sure he was being set up by his suddenly acquired fiancee. He had spent 20 years in the navy and was trained to handle anything - until he came up against one volatile New York redhead with wicked curves and the world's hardest ass! And then he saw her sex lair and was more than willing to be Caught in a Trap. And to set one of his own!

    CAROLYN says: "3.5* FOR HER THERE WAS NO HOPE.. BUT HE HAD A PLAN"
    "Insulted My Intelligence"
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    The premise of Caught in a Trap was insulting to my intelligence. Kit supposedly made up a cruise ship fling and the man's name just happen to be Rafe, the ship's owner. Really?

    Then Rafe showed up at her apartment and insisted that Kit move out to his ranch and pretend to be his fiancé - never really understood why.

    Some of the characters were endearing and the dialogue was very funny at times, so this author may have talent - maybe this was an early work.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Riding Steele

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Opal Carew
    • Narrated By Julia Duvall
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    Being kidnapped by bikers is a harrowing experience, but for some reason Laurie doesn't feel as terrified as she should. The leader's steely eyes soften when he looks at her, and the others in his gang clearly know she's hands off. But does that include Steele's hands? Her brain resists him, but her body insists she wants those big hands all over her. Steele doesn't know how he wound up in this mess - with a kidnapped woman on his hands and the police hot on their trail.

    Rusty says: "Biker Babe Sex"
    "Biker Babe Sex"
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    While I believe Opal Carew is an incredibly talented writer, I didn't find enough actual story in Riding Steele to be interesting. None of the characters were developed to the point where I cared what happened to them.

    Laurie (maybe early 20s) was rescued from her abusive boyfriend by Steele, a biker who travels with a group of close friends. The bikers were protective of Laurie, but expected her to have unprotected sex with each of them.

    The bikers were portrayed as great guys, who just happen to never hold a job or believe in monogamy or safe sex. I kept wondering how they could afford gas, food or bike maintenance. Men who don't work or bathe regularly are not sexy or romantic to me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shadows from the Past: Wyoming Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Lindsay McKenna
    • Narrated By Anthony Haden Salerno
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (49)

    When photojournalist Kamaria Trayhern goes undercover at the Mason family ranch, she's hoping to find her real father, not romance. But keeping everyone convinced she is who she claims to be will be harder than she expects - especially where one sexy ranch hand is concerned. After all he's been through, there's no way Wesley Sheridan wants to tangle with more heartache and lies. So the last thing he needs is to be drawn to the pretty new caretaker.

    Rusty says: "Nothing Special"
    "Nothing Special"
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    I tried several times - usually I love cowboy stories - but I just didn't find anything special about this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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