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Rusty

Avid reader for 45 years

Galloway, NJ, United States

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  • A Shot in the Bark: A Dog Park Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By C. A. Newsome
    • Narrated By Jane Boyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (31)

    Would you recognize a serial killer if you met one? Talked to one every day? Artist Lia Anderson doesn't, and neither does anyone else who frequents the Mount Airy Dog Park. But a violent death brings Detective Peter Dourson into the close-knit group, and he is convinced someone is not who they seem. As the investigation uncovers secrets, Lia struggles to cope with warring emotions and a killer watches.

    Paul says: "Fun story with a twist."
    "Dog gone it"
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    As a huge dog lover, I had high hopes for this series but I couldn't get past the first few chapters. Maybe if the dogs talked and the humans were quiet...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil in Denim

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Melanie Scott
    • Narrated By Julie Frances
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    As the team-owner's daughter, Maggie Jameson grew up in the New York Saints' stadium - glove, cap, hot dogs, and all. Baseball's in her blood, and she's always dreamed of the day when she would lead the Saints to victory herself. That was before her dad had to sell the team to Alex Winters. The fast-talking, fiercely attractive businessman has a baseball pedigree that's distinctly minor league. Maggie wants to hate him but his skills of seduction, however, are off the charts.

    Rusty says: "Too Much Drama, No Baseball"
    "Too Much Drama, No Baseball"
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    When I purchased Devil in Denim, I was expecting a story involving baseball. What I got was a silly, immature drama about dysfunctional families and friends.

    I couldn't relate to Maggie, who was angry when her father sold the baseball team she had hoped to manage one day. However, Maggie wasn't mad at her father but rather Alex, the young entrepreneur who bought the team.

    Although I love baseball, I found the story dragged. There were funny moments and snappy dialogue but I just didn't care about any of the characters and how everything would end.

    ps. The entire book happened during the off season, so there were no games or much about the players.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gilded Cuff

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Lauren Smith
    • Narrated By Veronica Den
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Journalist Sophie Ryder has been following Emery Lockwood's story since she was a little girl. There has always been something in his haunted eyes that she couldn't resist, and now, when she's certain he holds the key to solving a string of kidnappings, she'll do anything to speak to him. Even if it means venturing deep into the seductive world of the Gilded Cuff, a luxurious BDSM club on Long Island's Gold Coast and Emery's personal playground.

    Nicole Laverdure ''Mirabelle'' says: "THE GILDED CUFF is an excellent blend of eroticism"
    "Sadist Asshole Drowns Puppy"
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    If the plot of The Gilded Cuff involved a sadist millionaire who loved to drown puppies, most women would be horrified and animal rights groups would protest at every bookstore who sold this book.

    Instead, the plot of The Gilded Cuff involves the physical, emotional and sexual abuse of women. Emery (anti-hero) is a damaged, violent man who enjoys inflicting pain, casually striking and chaining women, actions which would be illegal if done to a puppy. Sophie and all the doormats before her, were supposed to be sexually excited by being beaten.

    Sophie (24) is a young and naïve journalist, with low self esteem and desperate for male attention. Within 15 minutes of entering a BDSM club, hoping to meet & interview Emery, Sophie is slapped by both Emery and his friend Royce. Instead of running for her life, Sophie goes home with this man who promises to discipline and degrade her.

    Judging by his actual actions, rather than the BDSM propaganda about choices and power exchanges, Emery is a self-absorbed, sadist asshole who justifies his revolting treatment of females by using the pity card. Poor Emery was kidnapped and terrorized at the age of 8, so he has the right to inflict pain on others if it makes him feel better. Yuk!

    Worse, Sophie is guilt-ridden about her own childhood trauma, and doesn't believe that she deserves to be happy. Sophie becomes the perfect victim to Emery's desire to bully, promoting the belief that women's only purpose in life is to serve men. I can't believe anyone with 2 functioning brain cells or a drop of human kindness would find this story romantic, erotic or entertaining.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Capitol Scandal

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By A. W. Gray
    • Narrated By Rebecca Mitchell
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    The crime: murder. The accused: a wealthy Texas congressman. The victim: a young intern with whom he was having an affair. Attorney Sharon Hays is reluctant to defend this charismatic politician - for highly personal reasons. Now she must either withdraw from the case, confessing to the secrets of her own past, or remain silent and defend a man she has every reason to hate.

    Rusty says: "Must Read Previous Books"
    "Must Read Previous Books"
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    There must be at least 1 previous book involving the main character Sharon, a 30+ single mother and lawyer. I was confused & frustrated as if I'd missed the first half of a movie - there should have been a warning that Capital Scandal was part of a series.

    Many things didn't make sense. Example, Sharon had a daughter (before law school) with a now-famous actor, but doesn't get child support. Sharon's personality, which had great potential, was never developed. While the plot was unique, it was too unbelievable in places.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadly Gamble

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Linda Lael Miller
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Losing her memory in a mysterious tragedy years before left Mojo Sheepshanks not knowing who she is or how to get on with her life. Now the wisecracking Mojo, who hangs out at Bad-Ass Bert's Biker Saloon in Cave Creek, Arizona, suddenly begins seeing ghosts...and discovering clues to her real identity. Meanwhile, sexy cop Tucker Darroch has her heart racing and her passions revved up to maximum overdrive, but is it safe to let go and love the man? Really love him?

    Rusty says: "Smart, Funny but Not Silly"
    "Smart, Funny but Not Silly"
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    I really enjoyed Deadly Gamble, my first book by Linda Lael Miller. Mojo (28) was a sarcastic, amusing and endearing woman who decides to become a detective; Tucker was a hunky cop who managed to be both sexy and good-hearted.

    I was leery when Mojo starts seeing dead people, but her "gift" was portrayed in a way that made it blend with the mystery, not overwhelm it. Mojo's friends, family and pets kept the story moving fast with lots of laughs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Delicious: Wicked Lovers, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Shayla Black
    • Narrated By Lexi Maynard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (462)
    Performance
    (423)
    Story
    (426)

    Luc's entire future is planned out - but there is one very sexy obstacle in his path: Alyssa, a strip club owner with whom Luc recently shared one night of wild abandon. It left Luc terrified by his loss of self­-control - and Alyssa desperate for more. But Luc is not the only man desperate to have Alyssa.... And that's just one of her secrets - secrets as dark and mysterious and delicious as her fantasies.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Woah!!!! Finger licking Good!"
    "Alyssa & Tyler were Delicious, Luc was Bland"
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    When I started listening to Delicious last summer, I really liked the character of Alyssa - smart, spunky and strong . I got sidetracked by another series and just now rediscovered this book in my library.

    Well, the 2nd time around, I found Alyssa (club owner) even more engrossing and Tyler (her bouncer) to be a total sweetheart. However, Luc left me cold. In book 2 of this series, Luc tried to use his cousin Deke and Kimber to create the family he couldn't have by himself. So not my idea of a romantic hero.

    In Delicious, Luc to ready to marry a woman he doesn't love because he wants kids and his wife to be a stay-at-home mother. What a sexist! I notice he doesn't offer to give up HIS career to change diapers and drive carpool. Luc assumes that Alyssa can't be sexy, independent and a loving mother.

    Sadly, it took the entire book for Luc to get his head out of his ass and quit judging Alyssa for her former occupation (stripper). Ironically, Luc & Alyssa first met when she was the entertainment at bachelor party where Luc was partying. So it was okay for Luc to watch a stripper, but something wrong with a woman who is a stripper - what a double standard!

    While Shayla Black is an incredibly gift writer, I would like to see her create more enlightened male characters and less cavemen. I'll bet there are women like me who think secure, mature, and caring man are much sexier than dominating jerks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mine to Hold: Wicked Lovers, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Shayla Black
    • Narrated By Lexi Maynard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (225)

    Tyler Murphy was an LAPD detective, single and happy - until a near-fatal tragedy crippled his friend, fellow detective Eric Catalano. While Tyler supported Eric, he also became a shoulder for Eric's wife, Delaney, to lean on. But with one naughty suggestion from Eric, a drunken night with Delaney spilled into erotic abandon. Before it was over, Tyler saw his best friend's wife as a woman and yearned for more. When Eric struggled to deal with the aftermath, Delaney begged Tyler to leave.

    Erin says: "Finally, Tyler!"
    "Martyr Meets Self Absorbed Man Whore"
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    In the first chapter, when Delaney agrees to perform a live sex show for her husband Eric with his best friend Tyler, I was incredulous. Just because Eric (cop) was wounded & temporarily in a wheelchair, supposedly Delaney & Tyler were willing to do anything to help pull him out of his depression. As if watching another man have sex with your wife would make a man feel better - just too stupid for words.

    Afterwards Delaney asked Tyler to leave because Eric was suddenly jealous and she wanted to sooth his wounded ego. Despite knowing that the condom broke, Tyler left the state and never contacted her again. Since Tyler, a former police detective, had become a private investigator, how hard would it been to find out that Delaney was pregnant with his baby?

    Just as incredibly, Delaney played the martyr when Eric divorced her and didn't attempt to find Tyler. What kind of reporter couldn't track down a man who wasn't trying to stay hidden. However, 15 months later when someone was trying to kill Delaney, she magically discovered where he was living and showed up at his front door with baby Seth in tow.

    My low opinion of Tyler got lower when it was revealed that most of Tyler's friends were into BDSM and regularly abusing their spineless wives. When Delaney agreed to leave her baby with these violent strangers, I lost all respect for her. And I wasn't surprised when Tyler started hitting Delaney, who accepted the abuse like the martyr she was.

    Because I don't enjoy silly plots where the woman acts like a whiny martyr, the man suddenly changes from a man whore to a loving father who wants a committed relationship and the bad guys are all-powerful (no corrupt ADA in LA has unlimited, nationwide resources), I was bored & annoyed but never entertained by Mine to Hold.

    I believe Shayla Black is an excellent writer, gifted in writing witty dialogue and humorous moments. Now, if she would only start writing strong, self confident women characters who use their brains & don't take crap from anyone and mature male characters who respect women, her books could be amazing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Come Away with Me

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Kristen Proby
    • Narrated By Jennifer Mack
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1215)
    Performance
    (1130)
    Story
    (1134)

    Being confronted on the beach by a sexy stranger wasn't part of Natalie Conner's plans for a peaceful morning taking photos. And why on earth would he think she's taking pictures of him, anyway? Who is he? One thing’s for sure, he’s hot, and incredibly romantic, feeding Natalie’s wounded soul.

    Jordy says: "recommended for all you erotic romanceaholics!"
    "Full of Himself"
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    I found Luke Williams too full of himself to be interesting to me. Then the instant love turned me off too. So I gave up listening and moved on....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Four Seconds to Lose: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By K. A. Tucker
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Louise, Sebastian York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (351)

    Owning a strip club isn't the fantasy most guys expect it to be. With long hours, a staff with enough issues to keep a psych ward in business, and the police regularly on his case, twenty-nine-year-old Cain is starting to second guess his unspoken mission to save the women he employs. And then blond, brown-eyed Charlie Rourke walks through his door, and things get really complicated. Cain abides by a strict "no sleeping with the staff" rule. But being around Charlie challenges Cain's self-control…and it's been a long time since any woman has done that.

    Jordy says: "Engaging, Sexy, Addicting, and Simply Amazing!"
    "Strip Club Savior"
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    The premise of Four Seconds to Lose was that Cain (29) owned a strip club in order to give uneducated, self-destructive women a safe place to work.

    While Cain treated his female employees with respect and concern, I just didn't buy the idea that there wasn't a better business which could have gotten the same results.

    Since I couldn't relate to Cain, the rest of the story didn't interest me. The writing was pretty good, so I would try another book by K.A. Tucker.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rule of Three

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Kelly Jamieson
    • Narrated By Carly Robins
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Kassidy is a good girl who wants to be bad. Dag is a bad boy who is very, very good. And Chris? He likes to watch... When wicked-sexy Dag returns to Chicago to catch up with his old college buddy Chris and meet The Girlfriend, none of them are anticipating the unexpected turn of events that switches a loving twosome into a scorching hot threesome. As old feelings resurface, and new attractions are explored, a storm of sexual sparks is unleashed that leads them into forbidden areas.

    Rusty says: "Erotic & Tender - No violence"
    "Erotic & Tender - No violence"
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    I instantly related to Kassidy, a mature, caring woman in her late 20s. She was conflicted and confused when her boyfriend Chris introduced her to his college friend Dag and there was an instant attraction.

    The author Kelly Jamieson took her time showing how these 3 got to know each other and naturally become close - no instant jumping into bed. When the sex scenes started, it was about people enjoying each other, not just body parts.

    Both Chris and Dag had different yet engaging personalities but I was relieved when they each treated Kassidy with respect and gentleness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Coming Full Circle

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Liz Andrews
    • Narrated By Shannon Gunn
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    There's only one bright spot Jasmine Hayes can see when she's suckered into helping plan her high school reunion. At least she'll be able to reconnect with old friends Chase Randolph and Alex Landry. There's nothing she regrets more than losing touch with those two handsome guys.

    Rusty says: "99% Fun Menage Romance, 1% violence"
    "99% Fun Menage Romance, 1% violence"
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    At first, I was loving this story about Chase, Alex and Jasmine (late 20s) who meet again just before their 10 year high school reunion. Coming Full Circle was entertaining right up until one of the guys HIT Jasmine. Then it happened 2 or 3 more times. Not cool.

    The violence was totally out of character for Alex and Chase, would otherwise treated Jasmine with respect and tenderness. The scariest part was how Jasmine accepted the physical abuse like it was normal in a sexual relationship.

    Ever since FSOG, it seems that almost every romantic novel contains at least some domination and sexual violence against women. Without the domestic abuse, this would have been a fun book that I could have enjoyed multiple times.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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