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Rusty

Avid reader for 45 years

Galloway, NJ, United States

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  • The Last Witness: Badge of Honor, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (60)

    For Philadelphia homicide detective Matt Payne, investigating a young woman’s murder in a Society Hill home invasion uncovers an ugly underworld - that of Mexican drug cartels and the Russian mob. Foreign girls are being smuggled in to work in the sex trade, and now some of them are dying or just disappearing. The trail leads right to Philadelphia - and Payne learns that’s not all. Teenage American girls lured from local foster homes have vanished. And the lone living witness has gone into hiding. He knows it’s got to be connected - but how?

    Ronald says: "A Dis-Honor to the Badge of Honor Series"
    "This series is dead - please bury asap"
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    What disappointed you about The Last Witness?

    The majority of the Agent cast characters are gone, whose unique personalities were the heart & soul of this series. The humorous dialogue & relationships between characters has been replaced by blood, guts & gore. The entire appeal of reading a series is following "people I like", not reading about heartless criminals.


    Would you ever listen to anything by W. E. B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth again?

    No


    Which scene was your favorite?

    *****


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Last Witness?

    99%


    Any additional comments?

    Stick to the original cast or don't write a so-called series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Reckless: Renegades, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Skye Jordan, Joan Swan
    • Narrated By Piper Goodeve
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (124)

    A couture wedding dress designer to the rich and famous, Lexi LaCroix's image means everything. Raised on the wrong side of the tracks, her years of polish and hard work are finally about to pay off. But crossing paths with a sexier-than-sin, bad-boy biker who makes her realize how much living she's sacrificed for her success, one touch is all it takes for Lexi to turn reckless. Jax Chamberlin has been screwed over by gorgeous gold-diggers one too many times. Though he runs his own stunt company, all of America knows his Hollywood face even years after he's given up acting.

    Alicja says: "Exciting and sexy"
    "Great writing, immature characters"
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    While the writing was excellent and engaging, the main characters (28 & 29) were unbelievably immature. Lexi is ashamed & embarrassed because she was born dirt poor in a dirt bag family. Jax grew up in a wealthy, cold Hollywood dynasty and was an infamous actor before quitting to become a stunt man. They both had good qualities and interesting careers that could have made Reckless a fun read. However Jax & Lexi spent too much time being self conscious, insecure and paranoid about what others were thinking of them. It's hard to care about characters who don't like themselves.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Kyra Davis
    • Narrated By Grace Grant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (182)

    In this New York Times best-selling erotic trilogy, a buttoned-up businesswoman takes her friend's advice and has a fling with a stranger on a trip to Vegas - only to find herself under his mysterious, sexy power both in the boardroom and the bedroom.

    NORMA says: "Amazing and Different!!!!"
    "Bitch meets asshole"
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    I really disliked both the main characters, Robert & Cassie. Cassie, a Harvard graduate and corporate consultant, was afraid to disappoint her heartless parents or break up with her boring boyfriend/almost fiancé. Then Cassie has a one night stand with Robert, who shows up again as a client of her firm and just takes over her life. Robert, while rich and good looking, is ruthless, cold and dominating. Cassie is weak, insecure and self-centered. They both gave me the creeps. Yuck!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Being Me: Inside Out Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Lisa Renee Jones
    • Narrated By Grace Grant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (348)
    Story
    (347)

    Sara McMillan is still searching for Rebecca, the mysterious woman whose dark, erotic journal entries both enthralled and frightened her. Tormented by a strong desire to indulge the demands of her new boss while also drawn deeper into her passionate bond with the troubled artist, Chris Merit, Sara must face a past as deeply haunting as Rebecca’s written words. In one man’s arms, Sara will find the safe haven to reveal her most intimate secrets and explore her darkest fantasies. But is safety just an illusion, when the truth about Rebecca has yet to be discovered?

    Lia says: "Roller Coaster Of Emotions"
    "Needed more mature characters"
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    As the 2nd book in a series about an art gallery where most of the characters are in their late 20s and 30s, possibly older, the emotional drama and issues are just too juvenile. I expected some kind of conclusion to the original question "What happened to Rebecca?" but there was just endless romantic, business & family drama. There wasn't one character that acted educated and professional, let alone like a rational adult. Exhausting and unfulfilling!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • If I Were You

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Lisa Renee Jones
    • Narrated By Grace Grant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (503)
    Performance
    (469)
    Story
    (472)

    The journal comes to Sara McMillan by chance, when she inherits the key to an abandoned storage locker belonging to a woman named Rebecca. Sara can't resist peeking at the entries in the journal...and she finds a scintillating account of Rebecca' affair with an unnamed lover, a relationship drenched in ecstasy and wrapped in dark secrets. Obsessed with discovering Rebecca' destiny after the entries come to an abrupt end, Sara does more than observe the players in the woman's life....

    Leesa says: "Cliff-hanger"
    "Ruined potential for good mystery"
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    I was immediately intrigued by the storyline; Sara finds Rebecca's personal journals in an abandoned storage unit, and wonders what happened to her. Sara, a teacher with an art degree, goes to the art gallery where Rebecca worked, gets hired for the summer, and gets involved with Chris, an temperamental artist. Then the story becomes all about Chris, his emotional baggage, and her various problems (traumatic childhood, low self-esteem, no self respect). Once again, no one ever deals with abuse and neglect by counseling & therapy. No, Rebecca need others to validate her worth and Chris needs to dominate women and endure physical pain (in a BDSM club).

    This book ends mid drama, which would have been acceptable if the 2nd book had been better. However, I am almost done the next book in the series (a solid 20 hours of listening) in which Sara is still immature & easily manipulated and Chris is a jerk more often than a prince. While there are some good parts and I really am curious what happened to Rebecca, I don't enjoy characters in their late 20s or 30s that act as if they are still in high school.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dream Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jayne Rylon
    • Narrated By Gregory Salinas
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (14)

    Rebecca Williams is about to achieve her goal of graduating from a prestigious university and winning a coveted spot in her mentor's cutting-edge psychology practice. She just needs one more qualification: sexual experience. She never dreamed it would come at the hands of the man she's admired and wanted for six years.

    K. April Holgate says: "Yummy Smexy Read!"
    "Bizarre Sex Experiments"
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    While the writing was quite good, the basic premise was beyond strange. A college professor has created the "dream machine" that turns dreams into video. Okay, that's not totally out of the realm of possibilities. Of course, this professor is a sex therapist who wants to use a person's sexual dreams to help overcome sexual dysfunctions. Okay.

    When the professor man needs a guinea pig to test his machine, he enlists his assistant, a newly graduated therapist, a quiet reserved woman who secretly adores him. Next thing, he is asking her to get naked, be strapped down to a table and video tapped while he tests her reaction to sexual stimulation. After he "watches" her dreams, he re-creates her erotic fantasies by having sex with her exactly as she imagines.

    All this is supposedly happening at a teaching university with the approval of faculty and board. Really??? While entertaining and funny in places, this book should have been in the science fiction section.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • His to Possess

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Opal Carew
    • Narrated By Mackenzie Hart
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (94)

    While attending a job fair, Jessica can't help but notice the tall, dark, and handsome stranger across the conference lobby. Especially since he bears a striking resemblance to her ex, the man who broke her heart when he couldn't support her dreams. Deciding to take a chance, Jessica invites Dane back to her bed for one night of hot, no-strings-attached sex in a last effort to finally get over her heartbreak. However, in Opal Carew's His to Possess, when the night's over they find that sometimes a casual fling doesn't end the next morning.

    Michelle says: "A Story that made me scream "WTF!" on chapter 13."
    "Sex in the Office"
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    I thought the beginning was great; Jessica was a very likable character. She goes to a job fair, meets an interesting man (Jake) and they end up spending the night together. All good! Then Jessica is hired by a company that Jake owns, and the plot slides back into high school. Spoiler alert: Jake & Jessica spend all their time having sex at work, but never on their own time for reasons I still don't understand. Then Jake's brother turns out to be Jessica's old boyfriend, who left & broke her heart. Really??? I found the drama contrived & immature. There were some good parts, but not enough to make me care what happened in the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Give In to Me: A H.O.T. Cops Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Lacey Alexander
    • Narrated By Julia Duvall
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    The H.O.T. Cops: Trained to impose the law, but naturally skilled at enforcing pleasure. Rogan Wolfe is a bad boy cop - the lone wolf on the force and in need of something new to excite him. Now he's transferred to sexy South Beach in Miami - working undercover and looking for a fresh start. April Pediston is the epitome of responsible - overworked and under pressure as a high-powered attorney. Then one night, unwinding at an oceanside club she's never frequented before, she locks eyes with a stranger.

    Rusty says: "Dominant Cop - Submissive Attorney"
    "Dominant Cop - Submissive Attorney"
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    I wanted to like this book; the idea of female attorney (April) meets sexy male cop (Rogan) had potential. Unfortunately, Rogan is a "dominant" who thinks that April needs to learn to be submissive to him - big yawn! April is a caring, educated and supposedly smart woman who turns control of her mind & body over to a man she barely knows; that seemed more stupid and dangerous than romantic or erotic. Rogan needs to be in control because he grew up in an abusive family, as if becoming a control freak is therapeutic. I lost interest in both characters about half way through Give In To Me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Girl By Night: A H.O.T. Cops Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Lacey Alexander
    • Narrated By Julia Duvall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    The people of Turnbridge, Michigan, see Carly Winters as the respectable-yet painfully single- good girl. None of them knows what she does miles away, where she becomes Desiree, a seductress who lures men into nights of heated passion. Until the day she's introduced to the new cop in town - Jake, one of the men who fulfilled her darkest fantasy. His arrival turns her safe world upside down. Carly's good and bad girl personas clash, and she must decide who she needs to be...

    karen says: "Holy Hotness ! This book is as Hot as Hell"
    "Much Better than Expected"
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    My 2nd book by Lacey Alexander, Bad Girl by Night, was better than I expected, since I didn't care for the first book I read. When it started with a threesome in a hotel room, I was afraid it would be just porn with no plot. However, the plot was interesting, Carly & Jake's relationship developed in an interesting way and there was no BDSM - I prefer my romantic stories free of violence.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kaleb: An Alluring Indulgence Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nicole Edwards
    • Narrated By Freddie Bates, Eliza Grace
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    Zoey Stranford might've had a crush on the sexy boy next door since middle school, but she's a woman now, and that crush has turned into a full-blown case of lust. So why is it that at twenty-nine her libido decides to ramp into high gear, making her only focus the intensely sexy, scorching hot boy next door - who is definitely not a boy anymore? The problem is, Zoey and Kaleb have been best friends for as long as she can remember.

    Rusty says: "Sexy Texas Drama"
    "Sexy Texas Drama"
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    I was pleasantly surprised with Kaleb, my first Nicole Edwards book. More than just romance and/or erotica, Kaleb introduced the seven Walker brothers and assorted friends living in small Texas town. While containing lots of kinky sex and graphic language, there was an actual plot and the characters were engaging & humorous. For me, the only drawback was one or two scenes with "spanking" which I find personally offensive - physical violence is not my idea of romantic behavior. The narrator was pretty good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her Only Desire: Sultry Summer Nights

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Delilah Devlin
    • Narrated By J. F. Harding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    The moment Tilly Floret sees the sleek Bentley driving down Main Street, she knows trouble has arrived in her sleepy little town. A mysterious job posting keeps appearing at the diner where she works, and she can't resist applying. No matter that the entire town of Bayou Vert is whispering about the wealthy, powerful man behind it all and his scandalous return home. The moment his ice-blue eyes meet hers, he ignites an all-consuming desire she never imagined possible, one she can't deny.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "WOW! Unexpected find!!"
    "Would have been excellent story without BDSM"
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    I thought this book was about a gutsy southern woman (Tilly) who is struggling to take care of her handicapped brother. Enter bad boy Boone, who was involved with Tilly's cousin, who was murdered about 10 years ago. Wealthy Boone comes home to the town thinks he's a killer and hires Tilly, who immediately starts acting like a mindless idiot. An educated and hard-working woman, Tilly suddenly allows herself to be beaten, humiliated, bossed around and embarrassed to please a man who shows her no respect or emotion. Not my idea of romance. Who wants a man who tells you want to wear, when you can bathe, insist on shaving your privates, exposes your body to strangers, thinks his needs are more important than human dignity. I want my credit back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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