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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
    (129)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (116)

    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....

    Ms. Terry Lunney says: "I love Lorelei James books!"
    "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
  • Capitol Scandal

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By A. W. Gray
    • Narrated By Rebecca Mitchell
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    The crime: murder. The accused: a wealthy Texas congressman. The victim: a young intern with whom he was having an affair. Attorney Sharon Hays is reluctant to defend this charismatic politician - for highly personal reasons. Now she must either withdraw from the case, confessing to the secrets of her own past, or remain silent and defend a man she has every reason to hate.

    Rusty says: "Must Read Previous Books"
    "Must Read Previous Books"
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    There must be at least 1 previous book involving the main character Sharon, a 30+ single mother and lawyer. I was confused & frustrated as if I'd missed the first half of a movie - there should have been a warning that Capital Scandal was part of a series.

    Many things didn't make sense. Example, Sharon had a daughter (before law school) with a now-famous actor, but doesn't get child support. Sharon's personality, which had great potential, was never developed. While the plot was unique, it was too unbelievable in places.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadly Gamble

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Linda Lael Miller
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Losing her memory in a mysterious tragedy years before left Mojo Sheepshanks not knowing who she is or how to get on with her life. Now the wisecracking Mojo, who hangs out at Bad-Ass Bert's Biker Saloon in Cave Creek, Arizona, suddenly begins seeing ghosts...and discovering clues to her real identity. Meanwhile, sexy cop Tucker Darroch has her heart racing and her passions revved up to maximum overdrive, but is it safe to let go and love the man? Really love him?

    Rusty says: "Smart, Funny but Not Silly"
    "Smart, Funny but Not Silly"
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    I really enjoyed Deadly Gamble, my first book by Linda Lael Miller. Mojo (28) was a sarcastic, amusing and endearing woman who decides to become a detective; Tucker was a hunky cop who managed to be both sexy and good-hearted.

    I was leery when Mojo starts seeing dead people, but her "gift" was portrayed in a way that made it blend with the mystery, not overwhelm it. Mojo's friends, family and pets kept the story moving fast with lots of laughs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Delicious: Wicked Lovers, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Shayla Black
    • Narrated By Lexi Maynard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (461)
    Performance
    (422)
    Story
    (425)

    Luc's entire future is planned out - but there is one very sexy obstacle in his path: Alyssa, a strip club owner with whom Luc recently shared one night of wild abandon. It left Luc terrified by his loss of self­-control - and Alyssa desperate for more. But Luc is not the only man desperate to have Alyssa.... And that's just one of her secrets - secrets as dark and mysterious and delicious as her fantasies.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Woah!!!! Finger licking Good!"
    "Alyssa & Tyler were Delicious, Luc was Bland"
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    When I started listening to Delicious last summer, I really liked the character of Alyssa - smart, spunky and strong . I got sidetracked by another series and just now rediscovered this book in my library.

    Well, the 2nd time around, I found Alyssa (club owner) even more engrossing and Tyler (her bouncer) to be a total sweetheart. However, Luc left me cold. In book 2 of this series, Luc tried to use his cousin Deke and Kimber to create the family he couldn't have by himself. So not my idea of a romantic hero.

    In Delicious, Luc to ready to marry a woman he doesn't love because he wants kids and his wife to be a stay-at-home mother. What a sexist! I notice he doesn't offer to give up HIS career to change diapers and drive carpool. Luc assumes that Alyssa can't be sexy, independent and a loving mother.

    Sadly, it took the entire book for Luc to get his head out of his ass and quit judging Alyssa for her former occupation (stripper). Ironically, Luc & Alyssa first met when she was the entertainment at bachelor party where Luc was partying. So it was okay for Luc to watch a stripper, but something wrong with a woman who is a stripper - what a double standard!

    While Shayla Black is an incredibly gift writer, I would like to see her create more enlightened male characters and less cavemen. I'll bet there are women like me who think secure, mature, and caring man are much sexier than dominating jerks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mine to Hold: Wicked Lovers, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Shayla Black
    • Narrated By Lexi Maynard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (224)

    Tyler Murphy was an LAPD detective, single and happy - until a near-fatal tragedy crippled his friend, fellow detective Eric Catalano. While Tyler supported Eric, he also became a shoulder for Eric's wife, Delaney, to lean on. But with one naughty suggestion from Eric, a drunken night with Delaney spilled into erotic abandon. Before it was over, Tyler saw his best friend's wife as a woman and yearned for more. When Eric struggled to deal with the aftermath, Delaney begged Tyler to leave.

    Erin says: "Finally, Tyler!"
    "Martyr Meets Self Absorbed Man Whore"
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    In the first chapter, when Delaney agrees to perform a live sex show for her husband Eric with his best friend Tyler, I was incredulous. Just because Eric (cop) was wounded & temporarily in a wheelchair, supposedly Delaney & Tyler were willing to do anything to help pull him out of his depression. As if watching another man have sex with your wife would make a man feel better - just too stupid for words.

    Afterwards Delaney asked Tyler to leave because Eric was suddenly jealous and she wanted to sooth his wounded ego. Despite knowing that the condom broke, Tyler left the state and never contacted her again. Since Tyler, a former police detective, had become a private investigator, how hard would it been to find out that Delaney was pregnant with his baby?

    Just as incredibly, Delaney played the martyr when Eric divorced her and didn't attempt to find Tyler. What kind of reporter couldn't track down a man who wasn't trying to stay hidden. However, 15 months later when someone was trying to kill Delaney, she magically discovered where he was living and showed up at his front door with baby Seth in tow.

    My low opinion of Tyler got lower when it was revealed that most of Tyler's friends were into BDSM and regularly abusing their spineless wives. When Delaney agreed to leave her baby with these violent strangers, I lost all respect for her. And I wasn't surprised when Tyler started hitting Delaney, who accepted the abuse like the martyr she was.

    Because I don't enjoy silly plots where the woman acts like a whiny martyr, the man suddenly changes from a man whore to a loving father who wants a committed relationship and the bad guys are all-powerful (no corrupt ADA in LA has unlimited, nationwide resources), I was bored & annoyed but never entertained by Mine to Hold.

    I believe Shayla Black is an excellent writer, gifted in writing witty dialogue and humorous moments. Now, if she would only start writing strong, self confident women characters who use their brains & don't take crap from anyone and mature male characters who respect women, her books could be amazing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Come Away with Me

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Kristen Proby
    • Narrated By Jennifer Mack
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1211)
    Performance
    (1126)
    Story
    (1130)

    Being confronted on the beach by a sexy stranger wasn't part of Natalie Conner's plans for a peaceful morning taking photos. And why on earth would he think she's taking pictures of him, anyway? Who is he? One thing’s for sure, he’s hot, and incredibly romantic, feeding Natalie’s wounded soul.

    Jordy says: "recommended for all you erotic romanceaholics!"
    "Full of Himself"
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    I found Luke Williams too full of himself to be interesting to me. Then the instant love turned me off too. So I gave up listening and moved on....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Four Seconds to Lose: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By K. A. Tucker
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Louise, Sebastian York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (378)
    Performance
    (348)
    Story
    (350)

    Owning a strip club isn't the fantasy most guys expect it to be. With long hours, a staff with enough issues to keep a psych ward in business, and the police regularly on his case, twenty-nine-year-old Cain is starting to second guess his unspoken mission to save the women he employs. And then blond, brown-eyed Charlie Rourke walks through his door, and things get really complicated. Cain abides by a strict "no sleeping with the staff" rule. But being around Charlie challenges Cain's self-control…and it's been a long time since any woman has done that.

    Jordy says: "Engaging, Sexy, Addicting, and Simply Amazing!"
    "Strip Club Savior"
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    The premise of Four Seconds to Lose was that Cain (29) owned a strip club in order to give uneducated, self-destructive women a safe place to work.

    While Cain treated his female employees with respect and concern, I just didn't buy the idea that there wasn't a better business which could have gotten the same results.

    Since I couldn't relate to Cain, the rest of the story didn't interest me. The writing was pretty good, so I would try another book by K.A. Tucker.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rule of Three

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Kelly Jamieson
    • Narrated By Carly Robins
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Kassidy is a good girl who wants to be bad. Dag is a bad boy who is very, very good. And Chris? He likes to watch... When wicked-sexy Dag returns to Chicago to catch up with his old college buddy Chris and meet The Girlfriend, none of them are anticipating the unexpected turn of events that switches a loving twosome into a scorching hot threesome. As old feelings resurface, and new attractions are explored, a storm of sexual sparks is unleashed that leads them into forbidden areas.

    Rusty says: "Erotic & Tender - No violence"
    "Erotic & Tender - No violence"
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    I instantly related to Kassidy, a mature, caring woman in her late 20s. She was conflicted and confused when her boyfriend Chris introduced her to his college friend Dag and there was an instant attraction.

    The author Kelly Jamieson took her time showing how these 3 got to know each other and naturally become close - no instant jumping into bed. When the sex scenes started, it was about people enjoying each other, not just body parts.

    Both Chris and Dag had different yet engaging personalities but I was relieved when they each treated Kassidy with respect and gentleness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Coming Full Circle

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Liz Andrews
    • Narrated By Shannon Gunn
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    There's only one bright spot Jasmine Hayes can see when she's suckered into helping plan her high school reunion. At least she'll be able to reconnect with old friends Chase Randolph and Alex Landry. There's nothing she regrets more than losing touch with those two handsome guys.

    Rusty says: "99% Fun Menage Romance, 1% violence"
    "99% Fun Menage Romance, 1% violence"
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    At first, I was loving this story about Chase, Alex and Jasmine (late 20s) who meet again just before their 10 year high school reunion. Coming Full Circle was entertaining right up until one of the guys HIT Jasmine. Then it happened 2 or 3 more times. Not cool.

    The violence was totally out of character for Alex and Chase, would otherwise treated Jasmine with respect and tenderness. The scariest part was how Jasmine accepted the physical abuse like it was normal in a sexual relationship.

    Ever since FSOG, it seems that almost every romantic novel contains at least some domination and sexual violence against women. Without the domestic abuse, this would have been a fun book that I could have enjoyed multiple times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Keep Me Safe: Slow Burn, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (88)

    When Caleb Devereaux's younger sister is kidnapped, the scion of a powerful and wealthy family turns to an unlikely source for help: a beautiful and sensitive woman with a gift for finding answers others cannot. While Ramie can connect to victims and locate them by feeling their pain, her ability comes with a price. Every time she uses it, it costs her a piece of herself. Helping the infuriatingly attractive and impatient Caleb successfully find his sister nearly destroys her.

    Stacy says: "I'm hooked!!! Heart pounding suspense!"
    "Dumb & Dumber"
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    Dumb plot, dumb characters, everyone had psychic abilities, no one had any common sense. Waste of my time...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Significant Others

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Sandra Kitt
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    With her youthful appearance and light skin, African-American high school counselor Patricia knows how it feels to be an outsider in her own world. And when a biracial 15-year-old boy becomes the target of neighborhood bullies, she's determined to help him. One of New York's most successful men, Morgan Baxter feels totally at home in a corporate boardroom. But being a single father to a troubled teenager is a far more daunting challenge. Patricia Gilbert seems to understand his son - and him.

    Rusty says: "Thought Provoking"
    "Thought Provoking"
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    Significant Others is my first book by Sandra Kitt, which I found interesting and thought provoking. While I understand that racism is alive and well in 2015, I didn't realize that there was prejudice among different skin tones of African-Americans.

    This book is almost 20 years old, which was obvious with the tech references but most shocking to me were the racial slurs used by blacks toward other blacks. However, it taught me (mostly Caucasian) that I still have a lot to learn about how others feel.

    It was sad that the bi-racial teen Kent was pressured to choose between identifying with his white mother or black father, as if he loved one more than the other. Patricia, his high school counselor, was sympathetic to his feelings due to being a very light skinned black, often mistaken for white.

    PS. I really hate the terms black and white, since they sound like total opposites, when we are all actually various shades of ivory, tan, and brown.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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