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Rusty

Avid reader for 45 years

Galloway, NJ, United States

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  • Rode Hard, Put Up Wet: Rough Riders, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Lorelei James
    • Narrated By Rebeca Estrella
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (127)

    Workin' up a hot, sticky sweat is pure pleasure with a hard-ridin' cowboyor two. Struggling stock contractor Gemma Jansen swallows her pride and tracks down circuit rider Cash Big Crow to offer him a job managing her ranch. Cash agrees on one condition: Theirs wont be strictly a working relationship. She's the boss during the day, but once she's corralled in the bedroom, Cash calls the shots. Despite concerns about their age difference, Gemma consents. Cash suspects the sexy widow hides an untapped wild streak....

    Lia says: "Fantastic Western Sexy As Hell Romance"
    "Almost Good Older Woman/Younger Cowboy Romance"
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    I had great hopes for a modern western drama about an 40+ widow (Gemma) finding love for a 2nd time with a 30+ hot cowboy (Cash) and his daughter (Macie) who he barely knows. Unfortunately, Cash immediately demands total sexual dominance from Gemma, an independent ranch owner who hired Cash as her foreman. When Gemma agrees without reservation to become a doormat, I wanted to scream and started to loose interest. Of course, Cash isn't quite so open-minded about sexual freedom when his 22 year old daughter Macie starts dating a part-time ranch hand/artist. I enjoyed listening as Cash learns to build a relationship with his grown daughter, Gemma becomes friendly with Macie, Cash learns to work with the guy dating Macie and Macie becomes more confident. There were some fun sex scenes but too many involved domination, hitting, and bondage of women. I can't help thinking: if getting tied up & beaten was that much fun, the men would be wanting the treatment, not dishing it out.

    1 of 2 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
    (60)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    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
    (79)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (68)

    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
    (2172)
    Performance
    (1984)
    Story
    (1991)

    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
  • Forgotten Sins: The Sin Brothers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Rebecca Zanetti
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (137)

    From the moment Josie laid eyes on sexy, mysterious Shane Dean, she was in love. Their desire ignited a passionate affair, and within weeks, Shane had slipped a ring on her finger. It seemed her every fantasy was coming true...until her new husband disappeared without a trace. Now, two years and one broken heart later, Josie is shocked when the hospital calls: Shane has been found...at a crime scene with no memory of how he got there.

    Angela says: "Great Beginning! Anticipating the second one."
    "6 Million Dollar Man"
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    The plot of this book reminds me a little of the 6 Million Dollar Man (TV show from the 1970s). Unfortunately, the basic premise was too unbelievable to me. I have no problem believing that our government could be genetically enhancing soldiers.

    No, it was the idea that brothers, who were raised without any human kindness and who endured extreme physical and psychological abuse, could grow up to be normal men. Sadly, these brothers would likely turn out to be sociopaths and/or serial killers.

    While most of Forgotten Sins was very well written, I couldn't buy into the flimsy plot, so my mind kept wondering. I would, however, try another book by Rebecca Zanetti - just not another in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Romance Required

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Cari Quinn
    • Narrated By Anna Glass
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Cory Santangelo is used to getting his way, both in the boardroom and the bedroom. Lately he hasn’t had much opportunity to do anything but work, but one unexpectedly sexy night in a gazebo with Victoria, his gorgeous and feisty interior designer, changes all that—especially when they’re caught on camera. Suddenly Cory’s sterling reputation is no longer above reproach. Since his impromptu encounter coincides nicely with his need for a girlfriend to get his well-meaning, meddling parents off his back, he decides to ask his lifelong frenemy for a favor. To pretend to be his girlfriend for a month. No strings attached.

    Rusty says: "Shut Up & Get Naked"
    "Shut Up & Get Naked"
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    If your idea of romance is a male bully who tells a woman to shut up and get naked on a smelly gym mat, then this is the perfect book for you.

    Cory, a rich & arrogant bully, is threatened by his parents to get a personal life or lose his CEO position in the family business. So he asks Vicky, a business colleague, to be his fake girlfriend so his mommy will get off his back. What a prize!

    Cory informs Vicky that she must submit to him violent sexual needs, never asking what she wants and just issuing orders in the most condescending ways. Unbelievably Vicky finds his selfish, obnoxious behavior sexy and morphs into a boring wimp.

    Vicky, who is more worried about getting her heart broken, doesn't mind his boorish and insulting behavior. Insecure and desperate, Vicky is willing to endure any amount of physical and emotional abuse as long as she gets the occasional orgasm.

    Obviously, I did NOT find this book romantic, fun or erotic. I can't say who I disliked more, Cory for being a self-centered asshole or Vicki for becoming a pathetic doormat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maybe This Time

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1531)
    Performance
    (892)
    Story
    (892)

    When Andie tries to gain closure with her ex-husband, he asks one final favor of her. A distant cousin has died and left North the guardian of two orphans. When Andie meets the two children, she realizes the situation is much worse than she feared. Carter and Alice aren’t your average delinquents, and the creepy old house where they live is being run by the worst housekeeper since Mrs. Danvers. Complicating matters is Andie’s fiancé’s suspicion that this is all a plan by North to get Andie back.

    Jessica says: "Loved This Book"
    "Humor, Mystery and Ghosts"
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    If you can relate to a story involving ghosts, Maybe This Time is an engrossing story with humor, mystery, romance and off-beat characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wait for Morning: A Sniper 1 Security Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Nicole Edwards
    • Narrated By Tad Branson, Jay Crow, Seraphine Valentine
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Trace Kogan will go to any length to protect those who need protecting. That is the business he is in - the business his father, Casper Kogan, started with Bryce Trexler more than 35 years ago. Trace spends day and night eliminating threats to clients, so when the danger hits too close to home, he won't let anything come between him and the woman who desperately needs his help.

    Rusty says: "Still Waiting"
    "Still Waiting"
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    After listening for over 7 hours, I am still waiting for the story and characters to grab my attention and make me care what happens.

    I just don't believe that, after a whole year of trying, a successful international security company can't protect Marissa and figure out who is trying to hurt her.

    Since the security company is owned by Marissa's family, where she grew up surrounded by military men, I would expect her to be strong enough to protect herself, with a little help.

    While I usually enjoy Nicole Edward's snappy dialogue and off-beat humor, I am giving up on this book and moving on.....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bleeding Through: A Rachel Goddard Mystery, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Sandra Parshall
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    When veterinarian Rachel Goddard and Deputy Sheriff Tom Bridger take teenagers on an outing to clean up roadside trash in rural Mason County, Virginia, they make a grisly discovery: the plastic-wrapped body of a young woman. One teen peers at the face through the plastic and screams. The dead girl is her sister, Shelley, a law student who has been missing for a month. As Tom launches a murder investigation, Rachel copes with a visit from her own sister, Michelle, who is terrified that a man is stalking her.

    Rusty says: "Weak Woman - Unbelievable Villian"
    "Weak Woman - Unbelievable Villian"
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    When I first started listening to this series about veterinary Rachel Goddard, I liked the setting (small town in southwestern Virginia) and her animal hospital with it's eclectic staff & patients. Despite Rachel's character being too weak for my tastes, I thought she would get stronger as she got settled in to the community, made friends and fell in love with Tom.

    Regretfully, Rachel still acts like a teenager, reckless one moment, insecure the next. Yes, she has a kind heart but not much common sense. Although Rachel knows a young woman was murdered in their county and her sister is hiding in Rachel's home from a stalker, she doesn't do anything proactively to protect herself.

    Rachel and her sister were kidnapped as small girls, making them secretive and untrusting of people. Understandable, but the sisters didn't seek professional therapy to heal the emotional wounds and learn better coping skills. Now in their 30s, they are still victims rather than survivors, which I find really annoying. It was hard to believe that Rachel's boyfriend Tom (great guy) put up with her secrecy and immaturity.

    Additionally, the villains were too unbelievable to be realistic. No, not every stalker, murderer, and thug is all powerful, highly intelligent, financially secure and a convincing liar. While Bleeding Through was very well written with the potential to be a great story; I was too aggravated with Rachel's tendency toward martyrdom and the villain's "super powers" to enjoy this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mean Streak

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1245)
    Performance
    (1083)
    Story
    (1095)

    Dr. Emory Charbonneau, a pediatrician and marathon runner, disappears on a mountain road in North Carolina. By the time her husband Jeff, miffed over a recent argument, reports her missing, the trail has grown cold. Literally. Fog and ice encapsulate the mountainous wilderness and paralyze the search for her. While police suspect Jeff of "instant divorce," Emory, suffering from an unexplained head injury, regains consciousness and finds herself the captive of a man whose violent past is so dark that he won't even tell her his name.

    KC in Lexington says: "Ms. Brown's book far exceeds usual quality."
    "Dumb Doc"
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    As a life long Sandra Brown fan, I don't enjoy writing a less than complimentary review on Mean Streak, her latest novel but I am.

    My problem - I just didn't like the main character Emory. She was supposed to be smart, but went running alone in a state park in the middle of winter. Really? As a doctor, Emory knew how easily accidents happen. Forget the freezing temperatures, what rational woman goes unharmed into a wilderness area without survival experience or a weapon.

    Emory was also unhappily married but just ignoring her marital problems. Why? They had no children and could support herself, so why waste her time with a cheating husband who she didn't like or respect.

    Emory had strange priorities. For example, when there was a medical emergency, Emory had a hissy fit when someone stole first aid supplies from a doctor's clinic. As if any healthcare professional would press charges against someone trying to save a life.

    While I couldn't relate to a "perfect" character, I want to read about a 30+ year old educated woman to act like an adult. Emory kept apologizing for having inherited money, like she got to choose rich parents over poor parents. What a martyr!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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