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Rusty

Avid reader for 45 years

Galloway, NJ, United States

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  • Tamarack County: Cork O'Connor, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (108)

    William Kent Krueger is a New York Times best-selling author whose popular Cork O’Connor mysteries display an "intimate knowledge of Minnesota’s northern reaches and respect for Native American life" (Publishers Weekly). In Tamarack County, former sheriff Cork O'Connor investigates the disappearance of a retired judge’s wife - and discovers the bloody aftermath of a 20-year-old crime.

    Rusty says: "Good but not great"
    "Good but not great"
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    I've enjoyed this series, but lately the books are not as exceptional. Case in point, Cork's children are older but there is no real character development; a teen age boy who is interested in girls - big surprise, a daughter who adopted a baby - wonderful but what about her career & social life and another daughter who is studying to become a nun but just realizes that she is gay when she is twenty something???. Then Cork is involved with a woman for years but he's not sure if it's serious so he jumps in bed with the first attractive woman he meets - not what we would expect from a mature father & grandfather in a small town. While a well written murder mystery is important, an interesting cast of believable characters are what drive me to read book after book in a series. I was disappointed when the book ended and I didn't learn anything new about the O'Connor family.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Kissin' Tell: Rough Riders Series, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Lorelei James
    • Narrated By Rebecca Estrella
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Georgia Hotchkiss swore wild horses couldn't drag her back to Sundance, Wyoming. So it's ironic she's forced to take a rodeo PR job in her former hometown - right before her ten-year class reunion. The only thing worse than facing her cheating ex-husband and his pregnant wife? Showing up to the reunion without a date. Fate smiles on her when she runs into her former classmate and current cowboy hottie Tell McKay. With his infectious smile and fun-loving ways - not to mention his banging body - he's the perfect solution to her problem.

    Rusty says: "Controlling Cowboys Part 10"
    "Controlling Cowboys Part 10"
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    Another unromantic story about controlling cowboys, this one featuring Tell McKay, who was sweet & normal most of the time. However, Tell believed he was entitled to slap his girlfriends whenever he wanted and force sex regardless of whether she was interested.

    Tell reconnected with Georgia right before their 10 year high school graduation. Georgia was used to being emotionally abused by her father and physically abused by her ex-husband. So unfortunately Tell seemed like a prize when he only battered her on occasion.

    Tell was part of the McKay ranching clan of domineering men who believed that hitting women is an acceptable part of sex and marriage. Bizarrely, McKay women have been trained to accept pain & humiliation as the price for having hunky husbands and active sex lives.

    The plot was a tired rerun: sexy, overbearing cowboy meets beautiful, spineless woman. Georgia fell in love with Tell, allowing him to strip away her self-respect and dignity. While not as bad as his brother Ben, who enjoys hurting women with bull whips, Tell was still a violent and self-absorbed jerk, not a romantic hero.

    I did not enjoy Kissin' Tell, since I find books endorsing the physical and sexual abuse of women totally offensive, even in the most subtle forms.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cowboy Casanova: Rough Riders Series, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Lorelei James
    • Narrated By Rebecca Estrella
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (29)
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    (29)

    In Sundance, Wyoming, you can't throw a boot without hitting a McKay cowboy, so Ben McKay is used to fading into the background. Except on weekends, when he's Bennett, imposing Dom at The Rawhide Club, surrounded by a bevy of female subs eager for the attention of his long... whip. As for the curvy brunette eying him from across the room? He'll eat his Stetson if she's the experienced Domme she claims to be. Bennett offers her a deal - he'll let her call the shots for one night.

    Rusty says: "Dom is Just Another Word for Abusive Asshole"
    "Dom is Just Another Word for Abusive Asshole"
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    In Cowboy Casanova, I was outraged to find BDSM was promoted as a safe and sane lifestyle for mentally stable men & women. In reality, it's a Nazi-like cult that promotes the belief that men have the right to beat, rape, humiliate and degrade women for sexual thrills.

    Somehow these sadist men find pathetic wimpy women with no self respect who agree to be abused in return for scraps of male attention. In this book, Ben McKay is supposed to be a nice, normal cowboy who can only get sexually excited when causing women physical pain,

    It's sad and dangerous when something as wonderful and natural as sex is distorted into a brutal game of control and humiliation. Cowboy Cassanova is not a romantic or erotic story, unless sexual assault and physical abuse is now considered sexy.

    It's particularly disturbing that this book is written by a woman, attempting to persuade other woman that they deserve to be treated as a sex slaves, not human beings with brains and feelings. I found her promoting of sexual violence for profit totally disgusting!

    There are enough men who already think that it's acceptable to batter, assault, and abuse women and children. Now we have novels like this that promote sexual violence by brainwashing weak minded people into self destructive behavior.

    Real men don't enjoy hurting and humiliating anyone. Men with violent sexual fantasies need serious therapy, not permission to abuse & degrade other human beings. Violent men will not stop at abusing a willing victim but are a danger to women & children everywhere.




    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Country: Rough Riders Series, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Lorelei James
    • Narrated By Rebecca Estrella
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (31)
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    Arizona businessman and long-lost McKay love child Gavin Daniels has been awarded sole custody of his teenage daughter Sierra for one year. In order to steer Sierra back on track after a brush with the law, he pulls up stakes and heads to Wyoming, looking for support from his ranching family - even if he isn’t sure where they fit in the McKay dynamic.

    Rusty says: "One More Violent McKay Jerk"
    "One More Violent McKay Jerk"
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    At first I thought Gavin Daniels McKay might be one of the good guys: a mature man who treats women with respect and kindness, especially since he has a teenage daughter. Unfortunately not.

    When Gavin meets Rielle, a smart single woman, he starts out romantic but quickly becomes violent & overbearing. Rielle allows Gavin to be a domineering asshole because she falls in love and becomes a pathetic doormat.

    Real men don't want to hurt and control women; self respecting women demand to be treated as intelligent & equal partners, not sexual objects. I wonder how Gavin would feel if Sierra picked a man who humiliated and degraded her for kicks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Branded as Trouble: Rough Riders, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Lorelei James
    • Narrated By Rebecca Estrella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (74)

    As a walking advertisement for the tattoo shop she's set up in a small Wyoming town, India Ellison is well acquainted with preconceived notions. Despite the odd looks, life is good. She's clean and sober, dotes on her sister's kids, and best of all, spends most of her free time with her best buddy, Colt McKay. Reformed bad boy Colt never expected three years of sobriety to lead to three years of abstinence. Curbing his craving for booze and random sexual encounters, however, is nothing compared to the ever-increasing craving for his hot-tempered, hot-bodied best friend, India.

    Coooper says: "NOT LJ's BEST !!"
    "Branded as Boring"
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    Since I admired the character of India from previous books - smart, blunt, & bold - I thought her story would be interesting. Not so much. There were some humorous and sexy moments when she and long time friend Colt first admitted their mutual attraction.

    However, as soon as they become lovers, Colt proclaimed that he was "in charge in the bedroom" and spunky India morphed from a confident & professional woman to a wimpy subservient doormat who agrees to be brutalized at his whim. Gag!

    I've loved western novels since I was a child, mainly because the rugged & handsome cowboys always treated their women with respect, kindness and concern. Who wants a selfish, arrogant man who batters & bruises their body under the guise of love? Not me.

    Lorelei James is a gifted author, who hopefully will start writing books in which men treat women as intelligent partners, not inanimate objects.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Wicked Night

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kelly Jamieson
    • Narrated By Carrie Piper
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Ten years ago, Kaelin Daume spent a steamy summer home from college secretly hanging out with town bad boy Tyler Wirth and his best friend Nick Kernsted. The connection was warm, complicated, and came to a crashing end when she walked in on her two forbidden friends with another woman. The shocking scene of sex and bondage has haunted her boring, oh-so-vanilla life ever since. The fallout from that night tore Tyler's life apart.

    Rusty says: "Small Town Teenage Drama"
    "Small Town Teenage Drama"
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    Bad boy Tyler goes back to hometown for his sister's wedding, bringing his long time lover Nick, and runs into teenage crush Kaelin.

    I liked Tyler & Nick but found Kaelin, the town sweetheart, a boring martyr. Despite being out of high school for at least 10 years, everyone seemed overly concerned with what their parents and/or THE TOWN would think of them.

    What could have been a fun & sexy story got bogged down with rumors, gossip, and family drama. What mature person at 28 or 30 would allow family members or neighbors to decide who they should date or where with whom they can sleep? Yawn!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Club: The Club Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Lauren Rowe
    • Narrated By Lauren Rowe, John Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (65)

    When playboy businessman Jonas Faraday receives a private note from the anonymous intake agent assigned to process his online application to an exclusive club, he becomes obsessed with finding her and giving her the satisfaction she claims has always eluded her, in order to fulfill his own desperate need for redemption.

    Terri B. says: "This book was HOT!!!"
    "Man Whore meets Law Student"
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    While I believe Lauren Rowe has the potential to be a great writer, I found the "rich man whore meets younger naïve woman who teaches him how to love" plot has been done to death. The book starts when Jonas (age unknown) spends $250,000 to join an international sex club that would match him up with women who only want anonymous sex, no strings attached. What a guy!

    Sarah (24), a smart & funny law student, works part-time for the Club screening male applications. When Sarah sends Jonas a smart ass e-mail pointing out what a jerk he is, they begin sparing electronically. Soon, Jonas uses all his assets to learn Sarah's identity and begins pursuing her. Jonas wasn't a bad person - blessedly not into sexual violence - but he was too arrogant about his sexual prowess.

    The dual narration did not match the main characters as written. The person doing Sarah's voice was particularly grating - she sounded like a teenage drama queen, not an intelligent law student. Her "overacting" was extremely distracting. The male voice wasn't as bad but still not good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stranded with a Billionaire: Billionaire Boys Club, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jessica Clare
    • Narrated By Jillian Macie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (171)

    Billionaire Logan Hawkings needs a vacation. He's had a rough time after the death of his father and the betrayal of his fiancée. But with a visit to a recent business acquisition - a private island resort in the Bahamas - he has a chance to mend his broken heart. When a hurricane blows in, a misplaced passport and a stalled elevator bring Logan together with an unusual woman named Bronte. She's unlike anyone he's ever met - down to earth, incredibly sensual, and even quotes Plato. She also has no clue that he's rich...

    Susan says: "Narrator ruins the book!"
    "Started great, lost stream"
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    The beginning was interesting; Bronte (waitress) and Logan are stranded in an elevator during a hurricane on a tropical island. Logan is paranoid about women who only want him for his billions, so he pretends to be a hotel employee rather than the resort's owner. Their sparing, then growing friendship, then sexual attraction was fun & engrossing.

    However, when Bronte finds out that Logan was hiding his true identify, she was angry and hurt. Logan didn't take the rejection well - evidently he never heard the word no in his life. Instead of trying to win her back in a normal way, Logan bought the restaurant where Bronte worked and tried to force her to see him.

    Personally, I don't care for alpha men who only care about their needs, and don't listen a woman's point of view. While I thought Jessica Clare's writing was wonderful, I lost interest when Logan got all domineering - I really wanted Bronte to dump him and find a more mature man.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Strangers

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Barbara Elsborg
    • Narrated By Tillie Hooper
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    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (141)

    Kate Snow's had enough of bad boys until a one-way swim in the ocean puts her on a collision course with a man she can’t resist. Charlie Storm has turned being a bad boy into an art form. Already a famous pop star, mega-success in the movie business beckons until his inner demons send him spiraling out of control and right out to sea. The last thing he expects to do before he dies is crash into a suicidal woman. When the worlds of these two strangers collide, their lives take an upward twist.

    Jordy says: "Barbara Elsborg takes erotica to another level!"
    "Engrossing characters, unbelievable plot"
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    I thought Barbara Elsborg created 2 very engrossing main characters but the plot just didn't make any sense to me. I could understand Kate (waitress) and Charlie (actor) being self-destructive but not trying to kill themselves.

    While there were amorous & humorous moments, this book was mainly about 2 broken yet intelligent people who didn't know how to love themselves or trust anyone else. I wanted them to get counseling and be happy (that's just me being logical) but didn't see how it would happen.

    Since Kate and Charlie had not idea how to have a healthy relationship, there were endless misunderstandings and contrived melodrama, before the happy ending which did not ring true to me. However, I will definitely try more books by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Holidays with the Walker Brothers: The Alluring Indulgence Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Nicole Edwards
    • Narrated By Eliza Grace, Jameson Adams
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    You are personally invited to spend the holidays with the Walker brothers and their families. As with any other time of the year, the seven brothers know how to heat things up while stirring up trouble, and between Thanksgiving and New Year's, they don't hold back. See how Kaleb, Zane, Travis, Sawyer, Brendon, Ethan, and Braydon spend their days and nights through the holiday season. But just a warning - it doesn't snow much in Coyote Ridge, Texas, and there may just be a reason for that.

    Rusty says: "Nothing Happened"
    "Nothing Happened"
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    While well written, Holidays with the Walker Brothers didn't really have a plot. Yes, there were updates on various Walker couples but 6+ hours of nothing new is a bit much. I kept waiting for something to happen, then felt disappointed when nothing really happened.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Proposal

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Katie Ashley
    • Narrated By Justine O. Keef
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (156)

    In the weeks following Aidan's betrayal, Emma has tried her best to move on. Ignoring his countless texts, voice mails, and flowers, she isn't sure she wants to be won back by him. But Aidan isn't going down without a fight - especially not until Emma lets him reveal the secret of his past that caused him to be so commitment phobic. But fate intervenes when premature labor forces Emma on strict bed rest for two weeks. Aidan steps forward with a shocking proposal.

    laurie eller says: "didn't care for the narrator."
    "Mixed Bag of Emotions"
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    While I enjoyed the Proposition (except when it ended abruptly), I thought the plot lost focus in the 2nd book. Since Emma met Aidan when he agreed to be a sperm donor for her, their transition from co-workers to loving couple seemed too rushed to me.

    Yes, they started having strong feelings while engaging in frequent sex, but expecting to build a strong relationship while she's pregnant and he has commitment issues seemed unrealistic.

    When Emma is attracted (even a little) to another man while 6 months pregnant, I laughed out loud. Only in fiction does a woman who can't see her feet want sex with a stranger.

    Emma & Aidan's family & friends, especially Beau the dog, added humor and warm to the story. The ending was predictable but heartwarming. Mildly entertaining but not memorable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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