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  • Maid for Love: The McCarthys of Gansett Island, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Marie Force
    • Narrated By Holly Fielding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (253)

    Maddie Chester is determined to leave her hometown of Gansett Island, a place that has brought her only bad memories and ugly rumors. Then she’s knocked off her bike on the way to her housekeeping job at McCarthy’s Resort Hotel by Gansett’s "favorite son", Mac McCarthy. He’s back in town to help his father with preparations to sell the family resort and has no intention of staying long. When Mac accidentally sends Maddie flying over the handlebars, badly injuring her, he moves in to nurse her back to health and help care for her young son.

    Tracy says: "Entertaining"
    "B+ overall rating..."
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    My Review:
    Overall... 4 star
    Performance.... 4.5 star
    Story... 4 star

    This is a series that has been on my reading radar FOREVER, so when it came time to pick out another audio, it came to mind. I'm so happy that I chose to listen to this audiobook. These aren't really long books, so on audio, they last about 6 hours. That's PERFECT for me because I don't get a whole lot of audiobook time.

    This was a good one. I thought the romance was really sweet and the narrator did an amazing job with the inflections and voices. Maddie has been burned both by men and the McCarthy family. It was a great conflict for the book set-up as Mac quickly falls for her, but she is REALLY reluctant to get involved with him.

    I liked how Mac was all in and she wasn't. I really like that set-up for books, and thought it was especially effective in this book because Mac is the rich, hunky "catch", whereas most people really look down on her on the island. I thought Maddie was a great character. She's been so incredibly wronged, you just can't help falling in love with her and the strength she exhibits. She's extremely proud and independent and strong and you have to admire her gumption in the face of everything she's gone through. I liked her and I loved Mac that he immediately saw that everything the island says about her is so wrong. He SEES her and knows that she's so much more. It's almost an insta-love for him which rarely works for me as a reader, but I'll admit, it definitely worked for me in this book.

    I'll admit when the book started, I loved Mac, but I know that Marie Force has written a whole series about the McCarthy family and was immediately worried about the rest of the series....because early on, the McCarthy's DO NOT make a good impression. Seriously, mom is NOT a nice person. *ugh* I really, really, really disliked her. But as the book moved along, I discovered more and I'm sold. I can't wait to read/listen to the whole series.

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  • Rack & Ruin: THIRDS, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Charlie Cochet
    • Narrated By Mark Westfield
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
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    Innocent civilians are caught in the crossfire and although the THIRDS round up more and more members of the Order in the hopes of keeping the volatile group from reorganizing, the members of the Coalition continue to escape and wreak havoc in the name of vigilante justice.

    ALLIE says: "Another GREAT from Chochet & Westfield!!!"
    "A rating..."
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    My Review:
    Overall.... 4.5
    Performance... 4.5
    Story.... 4.5
    What can I say about this book that I haven't already said about the other two? It's actually pretty simple... This series just gets better and better, but you need to read/listen to all the books in order...and if you haven't done that yet, then YOU NEED TO!

    But honestly, things between Dex and Sloane have been going on now for quite a few months and they are getting more settled overall in their relationship. I loved them in this book. They are so cute and fun and good together. And I don't think I've mentioned it yet, but wow, they are sexy too...sooo sexy, but that's been pretty consistent throughout the entire series.

    But while things have been really good between the two of them, the team is having some real difficulties. Calvin and Hobbs are at odd. Cael and Ash are in a weird place because Ash, for the first time ever, is pretty much ignoring Cael and he doesn't know how to handle that. Although they've never been romantically involved, they have that style relationship...just without the sex and kissing. But now they don't even have that weird closeness that everyone has gotten used to and no one knows why.

    And the entire team is having zero luck finding clues as to where the Coalition is going to strike next. The suspense and action was great, although I will admit that this side of the book seemed like a lot of setting up for Book #4. Oh, and note...you probably really want to have #4 ready to read as soon as this one is done, because there is a HUGE cliffhanger to it. Luckily, I had a copy, but I am sad that #4 isn't available yet in audiobook, because I've really loved listening to the series so far. This narrator is fabulous. But I'm not willing to wait for the next audiobook to come out. I'm ready to read #4...NOW! It just better not stop on a cliffhanger since #5 isn't out yet.

    But overview...I love it and HIGHLY recommend it, but you need to read the whole series, not just this one.

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  • Hell & High Water: THIRDS, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Charlie Cochet
    • Narrated By Mark Westfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (188)

    When homicide detective Dexter J. Daley’s testimony helps send his partner away for murder, the consequences - and the media frenzy - aren’t far behind. He soon finds himself sans boyfriend, sans friends, and, after an unpleasant encounter in a parking garage after the trial, he’s lucky he doesn’t find himself sans teeth. Dex fears he’ll get transferred from the Human Police Force’s Sixth Precinct, or worse, get dismissed.

    Ezinwanyi says: "Good humor to Military/shifter book"
    "A rating"
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    My Review:
    Overall.... 4.5
    Performance... 4.25
    Story.... 4.5

    Wow, wow, wow. I bought this book the week it came out in kindle format. And I've watched people rave about this series with every release from the series since, but it was only once I saw that it was available in audio that I decided to move it up to the top of my TBR pile. Why oh why did I wait? I knew it would be good. Too many of my fellow readers have raved about it for it to be any less, but I'm still blown away by how much I loved this story, this world...Dex.

    Hands down, this book is all about Dex and what he brings to this Thirds team. I thought it was interesting, because the way the story unfolds, I had no idea what kind of character Dex truly was the first few chapters of the book. He was such a different, sadder person at the beginning of the book with the circumstances he finds himself in with the HPF and the fact that he's basically sent his partner to jail. Instead of the demotion or firing that he thinks will happen, he gets promoted to the THIRDS and finds himself working within this elite force with his adoptive brother, on his team, and adoptive father, as his commander.

    As Dex settles into the THIRDS and tries to find his place, the reader finds out what an irreverent, never-stop, irrepressible guy he really is. This is a character who I can't imagine working with, but he's exactly what this team needs. The team is mourning the loss of one of their own...the guy who Dex is replacing...and they've gone through a string of replacement officers before running them out. But Dex is different. He's so bizarre and weird and completely out there on everything, you can't help but fall in love with him and his fun, snarky sense of humor and fun.

    And Dex's new partner, Sloane, doesn't know what to do with him either. He sure doesn't want to like the guy who's supposed to replace his dead partner...at work and in life. If he accepts Dex onto the team, that means he's accepting his partner's loss. Something he's not willing to do yet. But then Dex worms his way in...into the team, through Sloane's super-high walls...and suddenly Sloane has more issues than just accepting Dex. Suddenly he WANTS Dex....something that can't happen.

    In the midst of all the team drama is the suspense story line. Someone is terrorizing the HumaniTherian community and the pressure is high on the THIRDS to figure out who is doing it, but as they get closer and closer, the clues point toward a surprising tie-in to the team. There is a lot of action and suspense with this book that was just as good as the romance and entertainment value which were both extremely high. It was a simply an all-around GREAT book.

    And I need to note the narrator for the audiobook. This is my first time listening to a Mark Westfield narration. I thought he did a really good job with this one. There are a lot of characters and he did a phenomenal job balancing them all.

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  • Then Came You: Animal Magnetism, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jill Shalvis
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (157)

    Veterinary intern Emily can't believe she wound up in the small town of Sunshine, Idaho, instead of in a Los Angeles clinic like she had always imagined. Now she has to put her plans to move to L.A. on hold for a whole year while she fulfills the obligation of her vet school scholarship. Then Wyatt, her gorgeous one-night stand from a Reno vet conference, introduces himself as her new boss. And Emily is just as drawn to his seductive looks and quiet strength as she was on that very steamy night.

    Karen says: ""Lip Gloss Same Thing as Courage""
    "A- overall rating..."
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    My Review:
    Overall.... 4.25
    Performance... 4.75
    Story.... 4.0

    I love this series for the combination of Jill Shalvis' amazing contemporary romance set in a animal oriented setting. It just makes for incredible reading. I don't usually listen to her books on audio, but my reading time has been taken lately with the books I have to review so I've gotten where I add the books I'm dying to read onto my audio pile. And her writing was just as good in audio...thanks to the incredible narration of Karen White. Wow...she's an awesome narrator. This book has a HUGE cast of characters and not once did any of them sound even similar. Her voice repertoire must be massive. Truly, she was excellent and I will search out more narrated books by her in the future.

    But back to the story. Sweet, fun, so incredibly sexy...yep, this was definitely a Jill Shalvis novel. She just does not make a mis-step. I loved both Emily and Wyatt and their out-spoken, don't-mind-their-own-business siblings who simply don't want to see either of them hurt again. Because with the set-up with these two, someone...probably two someone's...going to get hurt. Emily is only in Sunshine for a year internship. She's an LA girl. Never planned to leave and she sure didn't want to go to Idaho. But that was her only choice. So when she arrives, she's already counting down her 365 day sentence.

    But what she doesn't count on in Idaho is Wyatt, her one night stand...really freaking hot, knocked her socks off...one night stand who she thought she'd never see again. Oh, and yeah...now he's her supervisor since she has to shadow him in the vet clinic everyday. And Wyatt...he's oh-so-yummy and alpha and sexy and did I mention yummy? Yeah, Jill Shalvis knows how to write her heroes. So sexy!!

    It's a great book, an easy, entertaining read, and there's even a bit of suspense and danger toward the end...LOVE that.

    The book is by Jill Shalvis...so honestly...enough said. Read her. She writes consistently good contemporary romance, heroes that will melt your heart, and heroines that are so easily relatable that you can't help but feel empathy for them. Her books are phenomenal...and this one was, too.

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  • Tied with Me: With Me in Seattle, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Kristen Proby
    • Narrated By Jennifer Mack
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (766)
    Performance
    (701)
    Story
    (713)

    A man whose lifestyle is so different from her own…Nic Dalton’s cupcake bakery is thriving. She serves both rock stars and locals alike, content with her growing business. But one adventurous night out with her best friend, Bailey, turns her life upside down. She meets a handsome stranger who makes her skin sizzle and her heart race. Their one night together is explosive and unexpected, but when he has to suddenly leave without taking her phone number, Nic resigns herself to never seeing him again.…What will it take to trust and submit to his every desire?

    Walter says: "Not Even Close to 50 Shades"
    "B+ rating..."
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    My Review:
    Overall.... 4.0
    Performance... 4.25
    Story.... 3.75

    This is one of those books that I loved listening to at the time. I loved the chemistry between the Nic and Matt. I loved both their careers and the details that added to the story. I loved that the book was written with alternating POV's and that the audiobook did that with both a male and a female narrator. But after finishing the book and thinking back on the story there were a couple of things that made me wrinkle my nose. Just minor details about how the characters acted/reacted that just seemed a bit too extreme.

    Matt is a cop who's into Shibari. He's not huge into the whole other aspects of the BDSM world. His kink is really tying a girl up and maybe a spanking or two. But he's not extreme at all. This book is light on the BDSM so it's good for those who aren't huge fans...like Nic. But what Matt is...is possessive and dominant...big time. While this works in a fiction novel and is super-sexy, I think this would be a guy who was super-creepy and scary in real life. LOL

    Nic is a vanilla girl...at least that's what she thinks. She's also extremely independent. But she likes when Matt takes control in a big way, even though she really isn't comfortable with it. Nic has some issues...with trust, self-esteem, and relationship etiquette. And this is one of the parts that bothered me at the end of the book. Without giving away too much away with spoilers, Nic has serious relationship maturity issues. She walks away with no words...what?? Seriously, wtf? SHE doesn't deserve a second chance after that. Really that one thing almost ruined this entire book for me. Be an adult and suck it up and give the person you supposedly love some basic, human respect.

    I did really enjoy every moment listening to the audiobook. I loved that there were two narrators on the story so that when the book switched POV, so did the narration. Both narrators did an incredible job with the voices. And this is a tough book because there are some huge group scenes and they rocked those. I haven't read any of the rest of this series and although all those characters make appearances in this, the book is written so it's not confusing at all.

    Overall, I enjoyed it and I realized after I listened to it that I have book #5 in my print TBR pile, so I need to pull it out. I've also heard great things about #8 and it's available in audio with the same narrators so I'll probably pick that one up after I whittle my audiobook pile down a little.

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  • Blue Mountain: Pack Collection, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Cardeno C.
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (97)

    Exiled by his pack as a teen, Omega wolf Simon Moorehead learns to bury his gentle nature in the interest of survival. When a hulking, rough-faced Alpha catches Simon on pack territory, he tries to escape what he’s sure will be imminent death. But instead of killing him, the Alpha takes Simon home. A man of action, Mitch Grant uproots his life to support his brother in leading the Blue Mountain pack. Mitch lives on the periphery, quietly protecting everyone, but always alone.

    Donald says: "Loved it, too short..."
    "B+ rating..."
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    My Review:
    Overall.... 4.25
    Performance... 4.75
    Story.... 4.0

    First thing I have to say about this audiobook...this narrator was phenomenal! Wow, seriously one of the best I've heard. I fully plan to search out his other audiobooks and add a few of them to my wish list. And with his incredible narrating, I adored this book.

    Simon is a male Omega...something that is considered wrong by most shifter wolves. He's also gay, which is something they can scent, so that makes him even more wrong. As a result, he's spent his entire life as an outcast and having to battle both mentally and physically for everything. His mother left her pack when they kicked him out...because she loved him and couldn't stand the idea of him being alone. But now he's had to return to his original pack lands to bury his mother and that's brought him to Mitch.

    Mitch is the twin brother to the Blue Mountain pack alpha. He's an alpha in his own right, but has no desire to run the pack. He's only supporting Freddy...but he's a stranger to this pack and he's a bit lonely. So it's a huge surprise when he meets Simon and realizes they are mates...something he never figured he'd find as a gay shifter.

    The problem arises in that Simon doesn't trust anyone and he's never been safe enough to follow his instincts. Mitch says they are mates, but he sure doesn't trust that. I found the set-up of this book really interesting. You don't see many omegas in shifter novels and I liked Cardeno C's twist with having him be male. The story was great and I definitely enjoyed both characters. Mitch is rough and alpha, but he has such a sweet, soft side. I loved how he was willing to do anything to make sure Simon felt safe and secure....even when it was killing him to give Simon that space. It made him a great hero. And then there's Simon. It's not his nature to be strong and forceful, but he has had to be to survive. That's turned him into a great character who truly is someone that works with Mitch so well...it makes it so they come into this relationship as almost equals even though Mitch is so much more naturally powerful. Simon holds the reins in this relationship.

    I enjoyed this first book, but I have to admit, I'm surprised it's a series. I have no idea where the series will go, but I'll definitely follow it because I loved Mitch, Simon, Freddy, and Donia.

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  • McFarland's Farm: Hope, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Cardeno C.
    • Narrated By Paul Morey
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (70)

    Wealthy, attractive Lucas Reika treats life like a party, moving from bar to bar and man to man. Thumbing his nose at his restaurateur father's demand that he earn his keep, Lucas instead seduces a valued employee in the kitchen of their flagship restaurant, earning himself an ultimatum: lose access to his father's money or stay in the middle of nowhere with a man he has secretly lusted over from afar.

    Mel says: "Rich boy from the city and his big,solid Farmer"
    "B rating..."
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    My Review:
    Overall.... 3.5
    Performance... 3.5
    Story.... 3.75

    This was a sweet little audiobook and I really enjoyed it. I especially like that it was under 3 hours so it wasn't a huge time commitment, although it still felt like a fairly complete story.

    Lucas is a guy floundering. He's a trust-fund baby and as a result is a bit spoiled and self-indulgent. His father is a huge restaurant mogul who's very goal-driven and doesn't quite understand his son. But when Lucas seduces the flag-ship restaurant's chef...in the kitchen...that's the final straw for Lucas' father and he sends him to Jared.

    Jared is a rough, big farmer. He was married to Lucas' sister until they both agreed that although they loved one another, Jared was gay and their's wasn't any great passion for the long haul. They work better as best friends.

    What neither of these guys realize is that they've both been harboring a secret attraction for each other over the years. But they have to work through all those boundaries they've developed before they even have a chance with one another.

    Like I said, I enjoyed this one. While I would have liked it to have just a bit more depth, that's part of the price for having that short time commitment which I loved. Overall, I was happy with it though. I liked the foodie element to the story and liked how opposite the guys are. I love Jared's relationship with his ex-wife and really wish I could have seen her reaction to the guys' new status together.

    This is the first in a new series and I liked it. I can't wait to see what else Cardeno C. plans to do with the books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Globe

    • UNABRIDGED (58 mins)
    • By LE Franks
    • Narrated By Dave Gillies
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Kris Hamilton escaped the rat race in LA to live his dream of owning an art studio and making snow globes in a Christmas-themed town in northern Minnesota. But life in a tiny town isn't as peaceful as advertised, and being treated like an outsider is making Kris’s Tourette's flare up. When he inadvertently offends Tyr Tollefson - a beautiful blond giant of a man - Kris is ready to chuck it all.

    Heather K says: "Cute but I had issues"
    "B rating overall..."
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    My Review:

    Overall.... 3.5
    Performance... 3.00
    Story.... 4.0

    Okay, I listened to this book in audio form. It was Christmas and this short story is less than an hour which made it an ideal listen while I wrapped presents.

    But as a regular audiobook listener, I had issues with this one. The narrator, while I love his sexy (Scottish? I think) accent, simply read the book. There was no change with his inflections for the different characters...which made this a really tough book to listen to. When reading, you have a change in paragraph to know when the speaker changes. In audiobooks, narrators typically change their voice so you know when the speaker changes. That wasn't present in this audiobook so it was hard to keep track of the story for me. Like I said, his voice and accent was beautiful and he read the story very well, but as a regular audiobook listener, that wasn't enough for me. I need voices and different inflections for the different characters.

    But at the heart of this is an incredible heartwarming story and characters during the Christmas season. I did like the book. Knowing that the audio was under an hour, the story must have been extremely short on words, but I'll be honest, it never felt that way to me. I loved the two main character, Kris and Tyr...and Bun with her story line was a great addition. This book is about acceptance and finding a place in the world. For these three...that's with each other. It's a Christmas book so it's sweet and simply made me feel better for having read/listened to it. Overall, I liked it.

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  • Five Golden Rings: Facets of Passion

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Jeffe Kennedy
    • Narrated By Emily Caldwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Matilda Campbell's plans to spend Christmas solo in the sun take an erotic turn when she encounters the handsome and enigmatic Miguel D'Oro on the plane to Mexico. As the CEO of a major firm, Tilda's used to being the one in charge - but now she'll have to learn how to take orders instead. In the spirit of the season, Miguel offers Tilda naughty gifts for each of the twelve days of Christmas.

    Smitten with Reading says: "B+ rating..."
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    My Review:
    Overall.... 4.0
    Performance... 4.0
    Story.... 4.0
    I went onto Twitter one night in December looking for an audiobook recommendation for a Christmas themed book. Jeffe Kennedy volunteered that she had one so I went to go check it out on Audible. Right now, I will confess that I can't usually listen to erotic novels or even really descriptive sex scenes via audiobook because it makes me cringe for that poor narrator that had to do the scenes out loud with an audience. So I wasn't real sure if this one would work or not for me. Well, rest assured...it totally did work for me. Not once did I wince or cringe with the audiobook descriptions in this book. The narrator/author combo was perfect and that's a HUGE thing for me...especially in an erotic romance.

    This is a Christmas themed BDSM book. Tilda planned a Christmas island excursion with her boyfriend who didn't let her know that he was bailing on her until she was already at the airport. As a result, she's pretty upset on the plane when she meets Miguel. Miguel, as the single lawyer in the family is headed to the family resort to take care of some business issues...not fun. But he sees Tilda as a means to add some light to the not-fun trip and offers her a deal. They will play for the 12 days of christmas...his rules, although she may end it at any time. And that sets them off on a very sexy couple of weeks.

    The book is told entirely from Tilda's perspective, but I really enjoyed it. Tilda is smart and has her own real-world pressures, but with Miguel she's able to let go of all that and simply have fun...maybe for the first time in her life. The book takes place on an island so it didn't have an over-the-top kind of holiday feel besides the fact that the gifts follow the 12 days song. So I honestly think it would work as a year-round read. It's pretty sexy, but the BDSM play never goes to the extremes at all. I enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it especially if you're looking for a shorter audiobook with some spicy sex.

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  • Come to Me Quietly: Closer to You, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By A .L. Jackson
    • Narrated By Todd Haberkorn, Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (112)

    Aleena Moore is haunted by Jared Holt. It's been six years since she's seen her brother's best friend, the self-destructive bad boy she secretly loved in high school. As the years pass, she knows it's time to move on. Time to decide between a practical nursing degree and her true dream as an artist. Time to get over Jared and give another guy a chance…Just when she opens her heart to her friend, Gabe, Aly returns home to find Jared sleeping on her couch. The teenage boy she loved has grown into a man she can't resist.

    Tweetyct2 says: "Beautifully written story"
    "B- overall rating..."
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    My Review:

    Overall.... 3.25
    Performance... 4.0
    Story.... 3.0

    I'm a girl who loves angst in my stories, but something about this one was just too over-the-top emotionally for me. I spent a lot of the story rolling my eyes at the characters...and I'll be honest, I'm not sure that would have been the case if I hadn't been listening to it in audio. I don't think it would have bothered me near as much if I had just been reading the book...although I don't think that would have solved my issue completely. This was my first audiobook in the New Adult genre and I just think that's not ideal for me.

    I do like the way this book was done with two narrators though. The book alternates the first person pov chapters between Jared and Aleena and there was both a male and female narrators for those chapters. I liked that and truly enjoyed both narrators. They stayed on character and had great distinctive voices for all the various characters in the story.

    Then there was the romance. Like I said, it was a bit over the top for me, but that's the way that the NA genre is written it seems. The story did work for me with the characters backgrounds and it definitely had credible conflict. I enjoyed the way the author wrote the flashbacks and intertwined them throughout.

    This definitely wasn't my favorite book ever, but the book is written in the normal way for the new adult genre. I think if you generally enjoy that genre, you will like this one too. My heart did break for Jared and his self-loathing at something that was simply a mistake. I had issues with how other's dealt with him when it all happened, because hands down, they were wrong and did him wrong as a result and really ruined a kid's life. He didn't deserve that.

    I also really enjoyed the moments with Ally drawing. I liked that she saw Jared behind all the rough and sometimes harsh demeanor.

    Not my favorite book, but it wasn't bad. Lesson learned...listening to an audiobook in the NA genre is not for me.

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  • Frost Burned: Mercy Thompson, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2668)
    Performance
    (2446)
    Story
    (2459)

    Mercy Thompson's life has undergone a seismic change. Becoming the mate of Adam Hauptman - the charismatic Alpha of the local werewolf pack - has made her a stepmother to his daughter, Jesse, a relationship that brings moments of blissful normalcy to Mercy's life. But on the edges of humanity, what passes for a minor mishap on an ordinary day can turn into so much more.... After an accident in bumper-to-bumper traffic, Mercy and Jesse can't reach Adam - or anyone else in the pack for that matter. They've all been abducted.....

    ShySusan says: "One of the best urban fantasy series"
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    My Review:

    Overall.... 4.5
    Performance... 4.75
    Story.... 4.5

    Absolutely everything about this book was good! I loved this one! I particularly like the way this one started with Jesse and Mercy doing Black Friday shopping and all the craziness that entails. I honestly was riveted from page one with what was going on with the pack, the wreck, everything. This book grabbed hold of me and never let go. Loved, loved, LOVED all the action in this one.

    And I also really enjoyed being back in the arms of the pack again...both Adam's wolf-pack and Mercy's pack of strays. Ben & Kyle...gah, I love both these guys and I loved how much page time they got. Honestly, I think Ben is one of the most under-appreciated wolves. He is so strong and his will-power in this one was amazing. I love how much he is tied to and devoted to her...probably because their relationship was so not that way to begin with. They just have a great partnership...mainly in that it's so unexpected.

    And this book explored even more of Mercy's powers. I love how much they continue to grow and evolve and surprise even her. Coyote is an interesting mentor to her. Honestly, I don't even really like the character, but I like what Patricia Briggs has done with him in the story to help Mercy.

    And then there's the little easter egg of happiness in this book...TWO WHOLE CHAPTERS FROM ADAM'S POV. I squealed aloud when the first one happened and then couldn't believe that there was a second. Mercy and Adam are in such a good stable place which is crazy when you consider how unstable their lives are on a daily basis. Their marriage has enriched them and I like that a lot. No, he hates that she risks herself and his wolf fights him on letting her do her thing...BUT there's a respect between them. She takes him into consideration when she knows she's doing something risky and does everything in her power to negate the risk and to let him know exactly what's going on so there's no question if it goes bad.

    In this book there were more vampire politics. Stefan...love him. Wulfe...I like him too and think in the end of the series he's gonna be a serious ally too. He's so slippery, but I think he honestly admires what Mercy is able to accomplish and I think that will end up working for good. The whole story with Marcelia's car cracked me up through the whole book. I loved everyone's reactions when they would see the car and then find out it was hers. It's that thread of humor that flows through these books which just puts them above-par for my enjoyment levels. These stories make me laugh and they make me cry, but above all I adore Mercy and her neverending fight for what's right...no matter the cost. That right there is the perfect Urban Fantasy set-up and why this continues to be one of my top UF series reads ever!!

    And yes, Lorelei King continues to be brilliant in her narration of these books. Wow, that woman has talent!

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