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Rusty

Avid reader for 45 years

Galloway, NJ, United States

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  • The Perfect Match: The Blue Heron Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kristan Higgins
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (240)

    Honor Holland has just been unceremoniously rejected by her lifelong crush. And now - a mere three weeks later - Mr. Perfect is engaged to her best friend. But resilient, reliable Honor is going to pick herself up, dust herself off, and get back out thereā€¦ or she would if dating in Manningsport, New York, population 715, wasn't easier said than done.

    Cheryl H says: "Another perfect story from Kristan Higgins"
    "Very Good Family Drama with Romance - book 2"
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    I enjoyed this second book in the Blue Heron series, which I find to be a low-key and humorous drama involving family, friends, dogs and lovers. Escape to a small town with vineyards, quirky residents and normal squabbling! No graphic sex; no terrorists or serial killers, just an engrossing story - perfect with a glass of wine and comfy couch.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rebel on the Run: Hot Rods, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jayne Rylon
    • Narrated By Gregory Salinas
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Bryce Ellington has been keeping a really big bomb of a secret. And the platinum-blonde detonator is wearing five-inch heels, standing next to a broken-down Maserati. His fellow Hot Rods have never pried into the past that forced him from the only life he'd ever known, from the girl he loved.

    Jacquie says: "Love it"
    "Unreal Rebel"
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    Rebel on the Run....needed a huge dose of reality. No child of a national American politician could run away from home at 17 without some journalist noticing.

    I didn't think Kaelyn was an interesting character, considering she allowed her father to run her life well past the age of 21. When she did run away, she didn't plan her escape - no funds, no supplies, no destination.

    Bryce (Rebel) resented his father for trying to control his life, yet Bryce is just as bossy and domineering toward Kaelyn, who really need to grow a backbone. Rebel claimed to love his childhood friend, then hit her without remorse. So not sexy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Super Nova: Hot Rods, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jayne Rylon
    • Narrated By Gregory Salinas
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Kaige "Super Nova" Davis doesn't carry a chip on his shoulder. It's more like a beast in his belly... and right now the monster he's fought so hard to tame is growling to unleash its legendary temper. Eli has gone behind his back and hired a marketing consultant. But when Kaige storms into the office to give Eli hell, one look at the mocha-skinned brunette seated across the desk flips a switch in his brain. And in his pants.

    Rusty says: "Super Jerk"
    "Super Jerk"
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    I didn't like the character of Kaige (Super Nova), who felt perfectly justified in being a complete jerk to Nola. Sorry, but having a difficult childhood does not give a grown man an excuse for being obnoxious the rest of his life.

    Nola was feisty and assertive in the beginning but soon allowed Kaige to hit her. Then Kaige basically gave Nola an ultimatum: have sex with his friends or get dumped. And he forgets to use a condom - what a prize.

    ps. The characters each have a nickname, but the author doesn't consistently use a character's real or nickname, which was totally confusing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mustang Sally: Hot Rods, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jayne Rylon
    • Narrated By Gregory Salinas
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Salome "Sally" Rider is flooring the gas pedal of her pink '69 Mustang, desperate to outrun the memory of two of her fellow mechanics getting busy with some bar skank on the hood of a classic car--on her custom paint job. Sally is dead wrong about what she thought she saw, and Eli "King Cobra" London and the rest of the thoroughly rattled Hot Rods are determined prove it. They'll show her in the sexiest possible way that she's not merely an interchangeable part in their well-oiled machine.

    Rusty says: "Slap the One You Love"
    "Slap the One You Love"
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    I was hoping that Sally would be a stronger, more interesting character. Raised in an abusive cult, Sally ran away at 15 and found a home with Eli's kindhearted father Tom. Yet she kept a stupid secret for more than 10 years, feeling guilty despite being an innocent victim. What a martyr!

    Eli and Alanso were supposed to be in love with Sally, yet seemed more interested in hitting her and each other. I thought they should have shown more respect for her, considering that they had worked & lived together for more than a decade.

    While I can't imagine the appeal of group sex, even with close friends, I really didn't understand how friends could physically abuse each other and consider it erotic and romantic. As if the world needs more senseless violence.....

    Mostly, I didn't buy that Sally wanted to be gang banged by 7 men at once or that Eli & Alanso would pimp out a woman for whom they had true feelings. What bullshit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • King Cobra: Hot Rods

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jayne Rylon
    • Narrated By Gregory Salinas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Much as Eli would like to deepen the relationships among his foster brothers and sister in the Hot Rods Restoration Team, he's hesitant to risk everything on a quick romp behind a stack of tires. But when Eli catches Alanso exploring their mutual fantasy at a known hookup spot in a public park, all bets are off. And Eli must decide if it's time to jump in full throttle - and trust his instincts to guide him through the night.

    Amazon Customer says: "Hot Rods + Audio = HOT ME!!"
    "Short & Slightly Violent"
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    I wish Jayne Rylon had spent more time developing the Hot Rod characters, a group of close friends who were raised together since they were teens. I couldn't get past the incestuous feeling when the men who called each other "brother" started screwing each other.

    I also didn't like the violence during sex; hitting is SO not erotic. It totally creeped me out when Joe, holding his baby daughter on his lap, casually talked about hitting Sally for sexual kicks. How can he claim to love his child & wife, yet enjoy hurting women? Of course, it was just as revolting when the men hit each other.

    Jayne Rylon is incredibly talented, capable of writing multifaceted characters, so I was disappointed when there was more graphic (sordid rather than sensual) sex scenes than actual plot. However, the narrator was great; his voice was deep and mesmerizing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Waiting for the One

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By L.A. Fiore
    • Narrated By Cris Dukehart
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Saffron Mills has lived all of her almost thirty years in Harrington, Maine - a small town where fishing is plenty, but available men are far too few. Yet it's not just her dating dry spell that draws her to recent arrival Logan MacGowan. Tall, dark, and handsome, with emerald-green eyes and an impossibly hot body, Logan is a gorgeous enigma whose silence she takes for indifference...until one unforgettable chance meeting, when pent-up attraction ignites into the most intense encounter of her life.

    Rusty says: "Bad Teenage Melodrama"
    "Bad Teenage Melodrama"
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    Although Saffron (bartender, 29) and Logan (artist, 32) are not really teenagers, I couldn't tell by their juvenile behavior.

    The beginning showed potential, but as soon as the couple hopped into bed, they reverted to adolescence - insecurity, temper tantrums and squabbling. Plus, they keep having unprotected sex with no discussion of birth control or health testing.

    The setting was supposed to be a small coastal Maine village - less than 1,000 residents - but it didn't feel realistic or authentic. Example, Logan goes swimming in the bay without a wet suit, which is not possible even in summer.

    The story seemed choppy and disjointed, causing me to loose interest. Not even a cute puppy or a mystery stalker could save this book.



    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Big Lake

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Nick Russell
    • Narrated By Bruce Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    When an armored car hijacking leaves two men dead, Arizona Sheriff Jim Weber takes the crime personally, because one of the dead men is his brother-in-law. His hunt for the killers leads him into a world of sordid sex, deceit, and violence, with a suspect list that includes jilted women, a family of anti-government survivalists, and the beautiful wife of the richest man in town. With a plot that has more twists and turns than an Arizona mountain road, a cast of characters you won't soon forget.

    Steven L. Fletcher says: "Always Something Happening"
    "Longmire Like Mystery"
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    This book reminded me somewhat of the Longmire series, with a good hearted sheriff and eccentric residents in a small western town. I liked that the characters were slightly flawed, but struggling to adapt to changes.. The ongoing feud between Jim (sheriff) and the mayor was amusing, if somewhat over the top.

    I would have given this book a 5 star rating if I had thought the killer's identity made any sense - can't say more without spoiling the surprise. Yes, anyone can probably kill given the right circumstances but I thought someone capable of cold blooded murder would have shown other negative personality traits. In a town of less than 5,000 people (mostly nosey), there are no secrets.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lisa Patton
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (62)

    Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter is the story of a sweet Southern belle who leaves her beloved Memphis, Tennessee, to follow her husband's dream of becoming the proprietor of a quaint Vermont inn.

    Venita says: "A good book"
    "Just couldn't do it."
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    While the book's premise was promising, I couldn't finish Whistlin Dixie. Leelee (wife/mother) was just too stupid for words, when she allows her selfish husband to relocate their family from Memphis to Vermont.

    Since I didn't connect with any character or the fictional setting (Vermont is actually a lovely state with highly educated residents), I lost interest less than a third of my way through this book. While Lisa Patton wrote some humorous moments, I thought this book was a dud.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bound to Danger: Deadly Ops, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Katie Reus
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    At a benefit dinner, community activist Maria Cervantes overhears two men plotting a terrorist attack that could rock Miami to its core. But before she can alert authorities, she's almost killed in a massive explosion - and wakes up in a hospital with no memory of what happened. As the sole survivor of the attack, she is now a person of interest to the NSA - and especially to Agent Cade O'Reilly. Because Maria is the one woman Cade has never been able to forget.

    Kelly says: "Non-stop"
    "True Alpha Male"
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    Cade is my idea of a true alpha male hero - a skilled military expert who could kill with his bare hands but would never deliberately hurt someone weaker.

    Unlike the BDSM bullies who have become so popular in romantic fiction recently, Cade doesn't need to prove his masculinity by degrading women. No, Cade is too busy rescuing kidnap victims and ridding the world of terrorists and murderers.

    Cade meets Maria when he investigates the bombing that killed her mother. There is a great mix of mystery, action and romance - very entertaining yet sad due to descriptions of human trafficking and senseless killing.

    Maria is an engrossing character: strong without being a bitch, rich yet working to help impoverished kids, and a loyal friend with integrity. Maria and Cade made a well-matched team, working together as an effective team. I will be looking for other books by Katie Reus.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Targeted: Deadly Ops, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Katie Reus
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (71)

    Former Marine sniper and current NSA agent Jack Stone has a new face to go with his new identity. But he still has the same tortured memories - which include the woman he let get away years ago. Now his new assignment in Miami will put him so close to the woman he's never been able to forget, he could reach out and touch her - if only she weren't under suspicion.

    Amy Cameron says: "AWESOME STORY LINE!"
    "Great Romantic Suspence - No BDSM"
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    Finally, a new romantic novel with a strong, sexy man who DIDN'T enjoy hurting women.

    Jack (trained killer and NSA agent) had seen too much violence already, so he had no desire to beat & abuse women (BDSM). In fact Jack liked and respected women, particularly his childhood friend Sophie.

    Sophie, a strong & intelligent woman, grew up in foster care yet she was brave and mature with healthy self respect. Although Sophie was extremely attracted to Jack, she would never allow him or any other man to hurt or degrade her.

    Sophie was raped as a teenager, which contrary to BDSM propaganda she did NOT find an erotic or exciting experience. Likewise, Jack was horrified by Sophie's assault and felt guilty that he had not been there to protect her.

    Targeted had a well written plot, with engaging characters and snappy dialogue. I enjoyed listening as Sophie and Jack met again as adults, renewing their friendship and fell in love. The sex scenes were tender and sexy, explicit without being pornographic, showing exactly how talented Kate Reus is.





    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lick: Stage Dive, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Kylie Scott
    • Narrated By Andi Arndt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2224)
    Performance
    (2029)
    Story
    (2035)

    Waking up in Vegas was never meant to be like this. Evelyn Thomas' plans for celebrating her 21st birthday in Las Vegas were big. Huge. But she sure never meant to wake up on the bathroom floor with a hangover to rival the black plague, a very attractive half-naked tattooed man in her room, and a diamond on her finger large enough to scare King Kong. Now if she could just remember how it all happened.One thing is certain, being married to one of the hottest rock stars on the planet is sure to be a wild ride.

    Jordy says: "4.5 Lickable Rock Stars!"
    "Young Adult Rock Band Romance"
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    Lick was a sweet romance about a college student (21) who meets a rock star (26) in Vegas. While I understand why this book would be popular with people in their teens and twenties, the characters lacked enough depth and maturity to be keep my interest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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