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Taniea

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  • Highlander Most Wanted: Montgomerys and Armstrongs, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (806)
    Performance
    (744)
    Story
    (747)

    Genevieve McInnis is locked behind the fortified walls of McHugh Keep, captive of a cruel laird who takes great pleasure in ruining her for any other man. Yet when Bowen Montgomery storms the gates on a mission of clan warfare, Genevieve finds that her spirit is bent but not broken. Still, her path toward freedom remains uncertain. Unable to bear the shame of returning to a family that believes her dead or to abandon others at the keep to an imposing new laird, Genevieve opts for the peaceful life of an abbess. But Bowen's rugged sensuality stirs something deep inside her that longs to be awakened by his patient, gentle caress - something warm, wicked, and tempting.

    SIMARA says: "Captivating story with superb narration..."
    "A Melodramatic Tale"
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    "Most Wanted" picks up where "Never Seduce..." leaves off. As other readers have already mentioned, this story is wrought with genuine emotional torment. This isn't the typical romance... this story delves into real personal pain. In the first edition, the reader is briefly introduced to the effects of the malevolent character of Ian McHugh. As the plot unfolds, we learn of Genevieve and all she endured during her year of captivity in the hands of the McHughs. Banks has a knack for truly disseminating personal bits of each character whilst unveiling the plot. Also characteristic of Banks, the reader is destined to take an emotional journey.

    Kirsten Potter is an exceptional narrator... she wows the reader with her interpretation. Don't be surprised if Genevieve's experience makes you want to cry (especially near the end).

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Never Seduce a Scot: Montgomerys and Armstrongs, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1802)
    Performance
    (1645)
    Story
    (1649)

    Eveline Armstrong is fiercely loved and protected by her powerful clan, but outsiders consider her "touched." Beautiful, fey, with a level, intent gaze, she doesn't speak. No one, not even her family, knows that she cannot hear. Content with her life of seclusion, Eveline has taught herself to read lips and allows the outside world to view her as daft. But when an arranged marriage into a rival clan makes Graeme Montgomery her husband, Eveline accepts her duty -unprepared for the delights to come.

    CAROLYN says: "OMG - NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL A GREAT LISTEN"
    "Expect to be Surprised"
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    Banks crafted an outstandingly unique character in Eveline - she is delicate yet strong, naive yet shrewd, submissive yet spirited. Eveline makes the story so much more. Graeme seems resigned initially to the match but discovers the jewel he's been given. Their journey is rather sweet. It's also interesting how Eveline brings the warring families together when faced with the malevolent Ian McHugh. Don't be surprised if you find that you genuinely get angry at some of the ancillary cast. In general, the Montgomerys and Armstrongs' series offers much more depth to the characters. Definitely one of my favorite Banks' series.

    Potter does NOT disappoint. She does a fabulous job of narrating... especially her interpretation of Eveline. Very enjoyable. No doubt the highland-romantic will be putting this book on their re-listen list!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darkness Dawns: Immortal Guardians Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Dianne Duvall
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1709)
    Performance
    (1531)
    Story
    (1538)

    Once, Sarah Bingham's biggest challenge was making her students pay attention in class. Now, after rescuing a wounded stranger, she's landed in the middle of a battle between corrupt vampires and powerful immortals who also need blood to survive. Roland Warbrook is the most compelling man Sarah has ever laid hands on. But his desire for her is mingled with a hunger he can barely control...

    Linda says: "Luscious, Enthralling & Sensual w/o being porn"
    "BDB Lovers... Give a Listen"
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    Though discovered nearly a year ago, I hesitated starting the series because of negative or mediocre-level reviews. I imagine this book/series is one of those that either the reader relates to or not. If you're a Black Dagger Brotherhood or Midnight Breed fan, this series is a worthy consideration. As a fan of both, I really enjoyed "Immortal Guardians" and wondered why I took so long to give it a listen. No, its not literature but fun reading nevertheless.

    Good guys vs. bad guys (immortals vs vamps) are central to the story whilst the humans are in the crossfire. Duvall offers a slight twist to the genre that most paranormal lovers will enjoy. Yes, a love story is entwined into the plot with well described passion between them. Personally, I prefer paranormal novels to have a bit of smut.

    Kristen Potter's narration is fairly consistent. Definitely one of my favorite narrators. Enjoyable read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Colters' Woman: Colter's Legacy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Freddie Bates
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (646)
    Performance
    (599)
    Story
    (603)

    Adam, Ethan, and Ryan aren't looking for women. They're looking for a woman. One woman they know will share their lives and their beds. They're losing hope they'll find her, that is until Adam discovers Holly lying in the snow just yards from their cabin. Adam knows she's the one the minute he holds her in his arms, and as soon as his brothers see her, they know it too. The only problem is convincing Holly of that fact - and protecting her from the danger of her past.

    CAROLYN says: "A MENAGE FOR 4 - BUT BE WARNED"
    "Not My Favorite"
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    As a fan of other work by Banks, this one left me wanting. It was not the salaciousness that turned me off, but the story line that left me wanting. Though the sex always plays a pivotal role in her stories, Colter's Legacy was just not plausible. The characters didn’t have much depth either which is unusual for Banks. I had a difficult time getting through it.

    Bates did a fine job narrating. Definitely not my favorite.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Defiant: MacKinnon's Rangers Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Pamela Clare
    • Narrated By Kaleo Griffith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (122)

    Major Connor MacKinnon despises his commander, Lord William Wentworth, beyond all other men. Ordered to rescue Wentworth's niece after the Shawnee take her captive, he expects Lady Sarah Woodville to be every bit as contemptible as her uncle. Instead, he finds a brave and beautiful lass in desperate peril. But the only way to free Sarah is for Connor to defeat the Shawnee warrior who kidnapped her - and claim her himself.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "In a word......Exceptional!"
    "Engrossing from Beginning to End"
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    Book 3 is a wrap on the MacKinnon brothers. In all three editions, the honorable MacKinnon men prove their brawny mettle on the American frontier, manage to save a lass, fall in love, & win the girl.

    "Defiant" focuses on the youngest MacKinnon, Connor, whose reproachable actions in Book 2 resurface and color his long-term perspective. Though Lord Wentworth has played an important part in the overall story, his character plays a particularly central role in this edition. If ever the reader sympathized with Wentworth, his actions in "Defiant" will have you questioning your compassion. Connor's story definitely offers more cultural details on Native Americans of the time than previously explored. More pages are dedicated to Joseph, the Mahican brother, leaving our curiosity piqued at the plot's end. Ian, Annie, Morgan, Amalie, Lt. Cooke, Dougie, McHugh, and others make appearances.

    Clare & Griffith definitely deliver again!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Primal Law: Alpha Pack Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By J. D. Tyler
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1014)
    Performance
    (916)
    Story
    (920)

    After a massacre decimates half his team and leaves him crippled, Jaxon Law must relearn how to fight-and battle the anger and guilt threatening to overwhelm him. But when he rescues a beautiful woman who awakens his primal instincts, Jax is unprepared for the dangers that lie ahead.On the run from her employer, brilliant lab assistant Kira Locke has evidence that leads the Alpha Pack on a hunt for someone targeting human civilians with Psy abilities.

    CAROLYN says: "WOW!! REALLY GREAT START TO A FANTASTIC NEW SERIES"
    "Covert Wolf Shifters"
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    Jaxon Law is a wolf shifter working for a special ops outfit who has a chance encounter with Kira Locke, a lab assistant. She suspects her employer in some kind of shady business (genetic mutation) etc. and steals vials to prove it - mind you she doesn't know what she's got nor what it will prove. She gets caught breaking in and is chased by the security. Jax saves the day when she's nearly caught. Though the premise of their chance meeting is plausible, the book skims over it leaving the reader questioning Kira's motivations/logic. There are a few other plot problems related to Kira's character, in particular, but overall it's an enjoyable read. Turns out Jax & Kira are mates and the drama ensues.

    Kirsten Potter does a great job narrating.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ecstasy: The Shadowdwellers Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jacquelyn Frank
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (460)
    Performance
    (426)
    Story
    (430)

    Among the Shadowdwellers, Trace holds power that some are willing to kill for. Without a stranger's aid, one rival would surely have succeeded, but Trace's brush with death is less surprising to him than his reaction to the beautiful, fragile human who heals him. By rights, Trace should hardly even register Ashla's existence within the realm of Shadowscape, but instead he is drawn to everything about her-her innocence, her courage, and her lush, sensual heat.

    CAROLYN says: "IT WAS PURE PARANORMAL ESCAPISM AND IT WAS ECSTASY"
    "Ingenious Extension into Nightwalker Community"
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    Frank's creative addition to the paranormal community of Shadowdwellers (briefly introduced in her Nightwalker series) is a hit. The Shadowdweller plot line has several layers. There are multi-reality-scapes, individuals with special abilities, a monarchical system, a powerful/influential religious system, and a dark conspiracy incorporated into the plot. Though this combination may not sound doable, Frank nails it. The story begins curiously... Ashla's living situation, in and of itself, ensnares the reader. Then, she meets Trace in a most unexpected way. Frank takes the time to introduce us to the twin rulers (Malaya & Tristan), Trace's father (Magnus), Magnus' handmaiden, along with a myriad of other characters. Each installment into the Shadowdweller series draws focus on one of these initial characters --- set up similarly in the Nightwalker series.

    For paranormal enthusiasts, the Shadowdweller series is an excellent departure from the typical...namely wolves & vamps. The romance between Ashla & Trace is well described yet not overdone. I liked the series so much that I'm already halfway through Rapture, Book 2... which I dare say may even be better than Ecstasy.

    Kirsten Potter is an excellent narrator and her interpretation/delivery doesn't disappoint. All will enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forbidden: World of Nightwalkers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jacquelyn Frank
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    Overall
    (324)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (301)

    The unexpected happens in an instant. On her way to work, secretary Docia Waverley hurtles into a crashing crossroads, and she quickly begins to suspect that things will never be the same. Then, when a tall, blond, muscular stranger intervenes on her behalf, telling her it is his duty to protect her at all cost, what is just a feeling turns to proof positive. That is, as long as Docia's savior doesn't turn out to be a crazed kidnapper.... When Ram finds Docia, he has no doubt that she is his queen.

    Katheryne says: ""It's ménage à everybody!" ...I was so confused"
    "Untenable BodyWalkers"
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    Having thoroughly enjoyed Frank's carefully crafted "Nightwalker" series, I was really looking forward to the "World of Nightwalkers." Unfortunately, I just couldn't digest the plot which is predicated on a bodywalker species. The notion that two souls or beings inhabit a body at any given time wasn't so much the issue as was the main characters...namely Ramses, Cleopatra, Menes, Hatshepsut, and the like. The whole notorious pharaoh element was a bit much. It also seemed to drag on for me and very little happened after many chapters. The romantic aspect played an insignificant position to the overall story. "Forbidden" does spend the last few chapters setting up for the next installment.

    Frank is unique among her peers in that she is willing to dive 'outside the box' and develop a whole new paranormal species/world. She is incredibly creative ... going where no [wo]man has gone before...That said, readers should check out "Ecstasy", also a Nightwalker spin off, that is incredibly ingenious and quite plausible. Loved this first installment of the "Shadowdweller" series.

    Sands' narrative was enjoyable.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked Cravings: The Phoenix Pact, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Suzanne Wright
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1442)
    Performance
    (1323)
    Story
    (1324)

    Wolf shifter Jaime Farrow has a secret. And no one - not her Alpha, not her best friend, and most definitely not gorgeous Dante Garcea - can know the truth. She thinks keeping her little “problem” under wraps from Dante won’t be so tough; after all, he’s ignored her for years, despite her best attempts at flirtation. But though Jaime is determined to face her problem alone, nothing can stop her from wanting him.... As Beta, Dante is responsible for the protection and safety of his entire pack. If a wolf is hiding something that could endanger the others, it’s his business to know about it....

    Melanie says: "Wickedly Delicious"
    "The Beta Perspective"
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    "Wicked" is a story continuation centering on the Alpha's Beta, Dante who played an important part in Book 1 and Jaime. The story & plot have much similarity to "Feral" in that the female shifters join the Phoenix Pack but come with issues. Both Taryn & Jaime are alpha females who discover they're bonded to the top alpha males of the pack and are targeted by outside forces for elimination. In the face of real & emotional casualty, their alphas save the day. Both couples have issues with mating though drawn to one another whilst their sexual exploits are tastily graphic.

    Jill Redfield does a great job overall but some of the later narration included awkward pauses. "Wicked" was enjoyable overall but just not as rockin' as "Feral Sins."

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Untamed: MacKinnon's Rangers, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Pamela Clare
    • Narrated By Kaleo Griffith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (129)

    Though forced to fight for the hated British, Morgan MacKinnon would no more betray the men he leads than slit his own throat - not even when he was captured by the French and threatened with an agonizing death by fire at the hands of their Abenaki allies. Only the look of innocent longing in the eyes of a convent-bred French lass could make him question his vow to escape and return to the Rangers. And soon the sweet passion he awoke in Amalie had him cursing the war that forced him to choose between upholding his honor and pledging himself to the woman he loves.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "The Perfect Historical Romance"
    "Possibly Trumps Surrender"
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    Surrender offered readers not only the love story... but the benefit of real history. Clare did a wonderful job of hooking us with the story whilst infusing true historical elements. However, the romantic facet took a back seat to the characters and history in the 1st installment.

    Untamed is a story continuation of the MacKinnon brothers. Though Ian and Annie play important parts later in the plot, the 2nd installment centers on Morgan's experience as a captive of the French at Fort Ticonderoga. No doubt, the relationship between Morgan and Amalie are at the forefront of Untamed. The sexual chemistry was very well written and brilliantly performed by Kaleo Griffith. Have to admit... Griffith is not only consistent between editions, but he makes the MacKinnon men come to life. Major score all around!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Raven Prince

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Hoyt
    • Narrated By Moira Quirk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (377)
    Performance
    (337)
    Story
    (338)

    Widowed Anna Wren is having a wretched day. After an arrogant man on horseback nearly crushes her, she arrives home to learn that she is in dire financial straits. The Earl of Swartingham is in a quandary. Having frightened off two secretaries, Edward de Raaf needs someone who can withstand his bad temper and boorish behavior. When Anna becomes the earl's secretary, it would seem that both their problems are solved. But when she discovers he plans to visit the most notorious brothel in London, she sees red-and decides to assuage her desires....

    CAROLYN says: "IF YOU'R LOOKING FOR ROMANCE THEN LOOK NO FURTHER"
    "Delightful English Romance with a Twist"
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    The English romance between Anna Wren & Edward Swartingham develops slowly at first. Much like many within the genre, the characters question themselves and make every effort to combat their feelings. What sets Hoyt's "The Raven Prince" apart is how/where they get together. Anna's jealousy over Edward's plans to satiate himself, leads her to take advantage of a unique opportunity. Risks be damned! The trysts in London were no doubt very entertaining to read. Once the jig is up, Edward is determined they should marry, but Anna is not in agreement. A couple of evil characters hatch an extortion scheme which definitely adds color/flavor to the narrative.

    Moira Quirk does a good job narrating though she doesn't distinguish the many characters outside of Anna & Edward consistently.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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