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Rusty

Avid reader for 45 years

Galloway, NJ, United States

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  • The Wreck

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Marie Force
    • Narrated By Holly Fielding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    Carly Holbrook and Brian Westbury are weeks away from their high school graduation. The young couple plans to marry before they head to college, and their future seems bright with promise. Everything changes one spring night when their six closest friends, including Brian's younger brother, are killed in a fiery car accident that Carly and Brian witness. The trauma leaves Carly unable to speak, and Brian is forced to make unimaginable decisions about a future that once seemed so certain. With Carly incapable of going forward with their plans, Brian leaves home - and Carly - for good.

    Kindle Customer says: "Emotionally wrenching...FANTASTIC writing!!"
    "Not plausible to me"
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    While the Wreck was well written and some of the characters were interesting, the main plot just didn't seem plausible to me. Someone who is traumatized by witnessing a violent event does not "snap out of it" 15 years later, and suddenly act and feel normal. People can & do recover from many difficult experiences but usually it's a gradual process the involves counseling and setbacks. This story had potential but .....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Saved by One, Shared by Two

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Sylvia Ryan
    • Narrated By Rex J. Silverton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    Survival...that's all Julia was hoping for when she set off alone. The EMP left nothing working and civilization crumbled rapidly. Her plan to flee to safety failed and she lay dying when Arden found her bringing her to his home and saving her life. Julia had no choice but to wait out the winter with sweet, sexy Arden and his seductive best friend, Ben. She tries to ignore the sexual tension and constant temptation of living with the men, but eventually she gives in to each man's seduction.

    K. April Holgate says: "Steamy menage read"
    "World without Electronics"
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    The premise is interesting: can Americans survive in a world without cellphones, electricity and grocery stores. Not really! Julia, a Ohio prison manager used to dealing with dangerous criminals, escapes the city where looting & murder is rampant. She is discovered unconscious by Arden, a farmer attempting to protect his property and food supplies. Julia & Arden are soon joined by Ben, who grew up on the next farm and comes home to find his parents were murdered by roaming gangs. Both Ben & Arden are attracted to Julia and the drama starts- how can she want both men? At this point, I found this engrossing story start to get stupid. In a world gone crazy with death & destruction all around, these three spent too much time wondering "what people will think" of their threesome. While well written, the book could have been great rather than just good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heroes Are My Weakness

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Erin Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (37)

    He's a reclusive writer whose imagination creates chilling horror novels. She's a down-on-her-luck actress reduced to staging kids' puppet shows. He knows a dozen ways to kill his characters with his bare hands. She knows a dozen ways to kill an audience with laughs. But she's not laughing now.

    Darlene says: "Different"
    "Can't believe Susan wrote this"
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    As a huge Susan Elizabeth Phillips fan, I have a hard time believing that she wrote this less than interesting book. I loved her humorous & warm characters in Natural Born Charmer, Ain't She Sweet and It Had to be You. Sadly, I couldn't relate to anything about Heroes, even though it was set in my home state of Maine. My mind kept wondering as I listened, got tired of rewinding and finally gave up.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fight With Me

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Kristen Proby
    • Narrated By Jennifer Mack
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (550)
    Performance
    (503)
    Story
    (507)

    Jules Montgomery is too busy and content with her life to worry about a man, especially one Nate McKenna. If growing up with four brothers has taught her anything, she knows to stay away from sexy men with tattoos and motorcycles. That goes double if he's your boss. During the one incredible night they shared, he violated the no fraternization policy...among other things, and it won't happen again. Jules won't risk her career for mind-blowing sex, no matter how much her body and her damn heart keep arguing with her.

    Jordy says: "Fight With Me is one hot hot hot book!!"
    "Fight the Boredom"
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    While written with flair, the plot revolves around Jules (age 260 and Nate who don't actually do anything except have stupid arguments and energetic sex. Boring! Jules & Nate work in the same office which has a policy forbidding co-worker to date, so they are real rebels! Nate is domineering and possessive, which Jules chooses to believe is a sign of true love, rather than insecurity and immaturity. Besides working out together to keep their bodies in perfect shape, Jules & Nate don't have any fun hobbies, cute pets or participate in volunteer or civic activities. I lost interest and didn't care what happened.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Playing for Keeps

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By R. L. Mathewson
    • Narrated By Fran Jewels
    Overall
    (272)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (259)

    Done with being the world's biggest pushover, Haley decides that things are going to change starting with the aggravating neighbor who has too much charm and not enough restraint. What she didn't expect was to be sucked into his world, but Haley has a game plan and she won't let herself forget just what the bad boy next door is capable of. The last thing Jason expected was for his little shy neighbor to go Rambo on him over some ruined flowers.

    Jordy says: "What a fun sexy contemporary romance!"
    "Immature characters"
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    I thought Playing for Keeps would be a fun read, but soon found the characters too immature to be engrossing. When 2 adults who teach high school can live next door and work in the same school & not be able to have 1 mature conversation about their differences in 5 years, I started to get bored. Then instantly they are best friends and sleeping together (without sex) and each is too insecure to believe he/she is lovable. Felt like a bad teen romance...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inside Out: Brown Family, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Lauren Dane
    • Narrated By Lucy Rivers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (88)

    Ella doesn't have any room for romance, but that doesn't mean she has to stop admiring the scenery. Sexy security professional Andrew Copeland is no stranger to women, but he knows Ella is something different. Determined to get her to let him in, Andy does the one thing he can think of to get close: he offers her hands-on training in self-defense - and before long, all that skin on skin contact will have them both turning inside out.

    CAROLYN says: "I REALLY WANTED TO LIKE IT BUT......"
    "Just okay - needed more drama"
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    In the 3rd book of the Brown family series "Inside Out", nothing really happens. Ella & Andrew Copeland get together and we see glimpses into Erin and Brody's lives - but no real excitement. Not nearly enough to keep my interest, although I liked the first 2 books and Lauren Dane is a talented writer. Lucy Rivers is very good EXCEPT when doing the male voices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadly Shadows: Kinncaid Brothers Series # 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jaycee Clark
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (68)

    A small, friendly Colorado town, nestled in the breathtaking Rockies, cloaks a malevolence, an evil that stalks women. Jesslyn Black, a writer, is content living her now-single, childless life. If she keeps to herself, she can't get hurt. Haunted by the past, Jesslyn never again wants to experience the soul-shredding pain of losing loved ones. Aiden Kinncaid is running from his own secret loss. As the CEO of Kinncaid Enterprises, he travels to this remote Colorado resort town to oversee the opening of the new Highland Hotel.

    Toni L. Bell says: "Up all night"
    "To dumb to live"
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    All through Deadly Shadows, I kept thinking that "Jesslyn" (main character) was just too dumb to live until the end. Living in a small Rookie mountain town, she finds a close friend murdered and soon other bodies are being discovered in the area. Does Jess take basic safety precautions? No, she keeps doing things that no woman over the age of 12 would consider. She goes running alone; she hikes around a solitary lake at dusk; she whines when others are concerned about her welfare. While I enjoy an independent & spunky female character, one who doesn't use the brains God gave her is just plain boring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killer Secrets

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Lora Leigh
    • Narrated By Mackenzie Heart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (35)

    As the illegitimate son of Diego Fuentes, Ian Richards faces danger at every turn. Neither his father nor his fellow Navy SEALs knows which side he’s fighting for - or against. Which is exactly how the game must be played…until Agent Porter enters the picture.

    Jane says: "Steamy hot sex. Poor plot development."
    "Confusing Plot & Characters"
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    As a Lora Leigh fan, I was disappointed with the plot and character development in Killer Secrets. The characters just appeared without much explanation, which was confusing and annoying. I kept drifting off and loosing track of the plot, so I quit listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Corralled: Blacktop Cowboys, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Lorelei James
    • Narrated By Scarlet Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (232)

    Lainie Capshaw has been servicing injured cowboys long enough to know that a charming Western drawl combined with a fine physical form doesn't mean you should fall for a man. As a sports therapist, she travels the rodeo circuits patching up riders-and fending off their sweet-talking, swaggering advances. So no one is more surprised than Lainie when she finds herself involved with not one, but two men on different circuits....

    Leesa says: "Steamy"
    "2 Cowboys are better than 1"
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    I liked this story about Lanie, who was dating 2 cowboys on the rodeo circuit and didn't apologize for it. When the guys met and realized they were childhood friends, Lanie refused to choose between the 2 friends, leaving the men to decide between sharing and leaving. It was mostly a light-hearted, sexy story - slightly kinky but not abusive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wrangled and Tangled: Blacktop Cowboys, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Lorelei James
    • Narrated By Scarlet Chase
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (169)

    The West was not so wild for Janie Fitzhugh. Living with her rancher husband, Abe Lawson, in rural Wyoming nearly broke her spirit, so she left. But eight years later, she returns to Muddy Gap to take a job at a new resort. When an unexpected danger arises, Abe seizes the chance to protect Janie and prove he's a changed man. Janie's employer at the Split Rock Ranch and Resort, Renner Jackson, has gotten himself tangled up in a devil's bargain trying to finish the construction. His new partner's daughter, Tierney Pratt, is a spoiled daddy's girl and off-limits-no matter how drop-dead gorgeous she is.

    Mary says: "The Good Stuff"
    "Book 3: Abe & Janie - Renner & Tierney"
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    This book focuses on 2 couples in Muddy Gap: Abe & Janie and Renner & Tierney. I didn't find any of these characters particularly interesting, especially Abe who believed that inflicting pain was a sign of love. Janie, his ex-wife, supposedly grew a backbone after the divorce but instantly becomes a doormat when they started sleeping together again. Tierney, whose rich father is a complete waste of humanity, was a 26 year old bright but shy virgin. She allowed herself to become sexually involved with Renner, who borrowed money from her father to open a hunting resort. I found their sexual antics in the workplace were more stupid than erotic. The basic plot had potential, the writing was mostly good, but to me the men were too self-absorbed and the women needed more self-respect.

    0 of 0 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
    (163)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (153)

    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.

    Leesa says: "Stunt Man Yummy"
    "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

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