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  • Reckless

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Hannah Howell
    • Narrated By Ashford MacNab
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (87)

    Heir to the clan MacFarlane, Ailis was a prize to be bartered by her calculating father, and her wedding to a man she despised seemed inevitable - until she is abducted by her clan's worst enemy, Alexander MacDubh, a brutally handsome laird with ice in his eyes and hot blood in his veins. Alexander had come riding into Leargan to claim the three children born of a forbidden love between his brother and lovely Ailis' sister. Now, with Ailis herself as his pawn, he can strike at the enemy whose treachery robbed his clan of so much.

    CAROLYN says: "IT CAPTIVATED ME UNTIL THE VERY END & I LOVED IT"
    "How Love melts the coldest of hearts…"
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    Well…this isn't a whimsical story of love with sweeping, leisurely moment of romance. It's more like a story of redemption in the coldest of hearts, and how the fight for love is the worthiest cause of all.

    HERO:
    I wish it were not so, but Howell delivers a very emotionally wounded and cynical hero. We were first introduced to Alexander "Alex" MacDubh in "His Bonnie Bride (1st book in series) when he and his family visited the McLagan's keep. He was presented as the easy-going and smooth-with-the ladies, Adonis. The ultimate charmer and sweet talker now devastated by loss, grief, hatred, and an unfettered hunger for revenge. His life since book 1 has not been easy as he has endured traumatic events, at every turn. In general, Alexander seemed to have poor instincts when it came to choosing wives (seriously, the man seemed like an idiot when it came to his previous women). Therefore, women played an instrumental part in destroying everything dear to him. For this reason, he nursed a distrust toward woman just as fiercely as a hatred for his enemies (MacDubh & MacCory clans).

    HEROINE:
    I felt like Ailis MacFarlane, heir to clan MacFarlane, had qualities of a Biblical character. Oh my goodness!!!-- Ailis faces the countless challenges that come her way with fortitude, dignity and an inner strength that pushes her through the darkest of hours. Ailis, as many women in her era, served as a chess piece in this game between men. LIttle did she know that being captured by Laird Alexander was about to turn her world upside down, yet lead her to a fulfillment in life that she would have never known prior.

    LOVE STORY:
    Well, this is not a fluffy love story, but it's deep, serious and healing. Although the formula is similar to book 1, Alex allows Ailis some freewill while studying her at a distance. In addition, at night he loved her passionately, but treated her with disdain during daylight hours. I like how Ailis dealt with him in this regard---she quickly put him in his place …LOL I felt that for most of Part 1, Ailis was "unpacking" all of the "baggage" Alex brought to the relationship from previous ones. The love development is a bit dry, and mainly because Alex was so emotionally stunted. There are no memorable love scenes or moments between the pair that will leave you breathless….(at least I can't recall any). It's more about two people growing learning to love and trust one another. The bond between Ailis and Alex is tried by fire. Part 2 of this book is really hard on the couple. It's not a pleasant read/listen…both suffer immensely, but ultimately pull through.

    INTERESTING ASPECTS:
    ~The children in this story are endearing.

    ~Jamie, who is Ailis's protector and gentle giant of a friend was precious.

    ~The villains in this story are absolutely horrific. They wield unparalleled power that looms over the MacDubh clan like a dark shadow. Donald MacCordy (the man who started out as Ailis' fiancé) is evil incarnate. Ailis' uncle Colin MacFarlane is also a pretty disgusting character.

    ~I enjoyed the narrator. I think she did a good job. Her voicing for Alex was a little flat, but who can blame her?--The guy was written like a depressed, beating down man! (that changes thankfully)

    LAST THOUGHTS:
    I think you have to be in a certain mood to read this book…maybe a mood to be depressed or in need of angst…..LOL..not sure, but it's definitely not for the faint of heart.

    Even though there are dark parts, I pushed forward because I cared for the characters and was rooting for their HEA.

    I was disappointed that there was no epilogue, nor inclusion of characters in previous books to tie all of their stories together….oh well. I was hoping to get some insight into Tavis and Storm's lives and "ever after."


    After this book, I need to find a light, sweet read….

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Entwined With You: Crossfire Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2377)
    Performance
    (2203)
    Story
    (2212)

    The worldwide phenomenon continues as Eva and Gideon face the demons of their pasts and accept the consequences of their obsessive desires.... From the moment I first met Gideon Cross, I recognized something in him that I needed. Something I couldn’t resist. I also saw the dangerous and damaged soul inside - so much like my own. I was drawn to it. I needed him as surely as I needed my heart to beat. No one knows how much he risked for me. How much I’d been threatened, or just how dark and desperate the shadow of our pasts would become.

    Erin says: "Thank Goodness It's NOT Over yet!!"
    "THIS SERIES KEEP GETTING BETTER! GIDEON... *SWOON*"
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    Now I get it when women seem to be swooning or fanning themselves when they mention Gideon Cross in reviews. This book was all Gideon Cross-sumptuousness! Oh how I loved it! I felt like Gideon and Eva's relationship emanated a strength and security that was further exemplified in the last 2 hours of this audiobook....OMG! What developments and direction this book took!!!!---Totally unexpected, and for me, that's because Gideon Cross is unexpected. He sweeps Eva off of her feet and always seems to surprise her with his reactions and demands which perpetually put her at the top of his priority list. I adore the way Gideon loves Eva...it's a desperate, insatiable, needy, all-consuming kind of love, and of course that love is reciprocated. There are steamy love scenes, and every development in this story brings Gideon and Eva closer together.

    Regarding the secondary characters, I'm mixed about Kary (sp?), Eva's best friend. I hate his relationship with Tatiana, but we'll see what happens there. OMG, and Eva's parents kill me!!! I think their story is so sad, but I just know that in the next 2 books something good is going to happen to them...I have that feeling, even though their situation is depressing and lost right now. Eva's friend, Maouby (sp?)---well, there is something weird and suspicious about her, or her boyfriend.....I can't put my finger on it. I'm curious to see what washes up on the shore of past relationships for both Gideon and Eva in the next book. So far, every past relationship, for both has been deemed irrelevant. I hope that continues to be the theme as we go forward in this series.

    Regarding book 4, which follows, I can't wait till November when it is released!!! I just hope that Gideon and Eva do not regress in how far along they have come in their trust and love for one another. Eva does tend to misread Gideon's brooding and quiet moments. When she thinks the worst, it tends to turn out that Gideon is even more committed to her than she realizes. I'm hoping that this is the worst type of situation that will occur in the next book. I don't want to be pissed about Gideon or Eva cheating, or anything like that. Well, the fact that I'm pontificating just proves how this series can really get in your head.

    UGH, I'm hoping to survive the wait for the release of the final 2 books in this series.

    To GIDEON AND EVA, AND THE ADVENTURES & HOT SEX THAT AWAIT THEM!

    Narrator: Jill Redfield is incredibly talented. Her performance is excellent. I love what she does for Gideon's voice......she makes him sound so irresistible! She does a great job for all of the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ask for It

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (598)
    Performance
    (551)
    Story
    (552)

    Nothing incites Marcus more than the primal hunger roused by his former fiancée, Elizabeth. It’s been years since she jilted him for another man, but that only means there’s a lot to catch up on, a lot to make up for, and that he’s going to enjoy every sweet moment.… The same drive and passion that sent her into another man’s arms is what brings Elizabeth back to Marcus. Her attraction to him is the one thing she fears, but she’s run out of options. Resisting is impossible. But does she have the courage to surrender everything?

    nicole says: "narrator kills it...dead"
    "A HERO WHO NEVER GAVE UP ON LOVE, nor the heroine."
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    This was a nice georgian romance with a narrator that enhanced the story. I enjoyed Justine Eyrre's performance. Her female voices were feminine and clear, and the male voices were perfectly masculine and razor sharp.

    This book got better as the story progressed. It's an interesting concept where the female and male leads somewhat switch traditional roles. Elizabeth was engaged to Marcus Ashford and broke her engagement to him after catching him in a suspicious situation. Yet, it was so hard to conceive how Elizabeth was able to get herself hitched to another man the very night she broke off her engagement to Marcus. What the????? Many questions came up right away for me. Why didn't Elizabeth give Marcus the time he needed to explain his predicament? How did she arrange to marry another so quickly? Well, these questions are pursued and explored by Marcus throughout this book as he returns to London in a poignant time in Elizabeth's life when she is both in danger and a widow. Marcus steps in to help solve the mystery surrounding her husband's murder as well as to protect Elizabeth as her fate is connected to the existence of a journal by her late husband. And so this love affair continues after being suspended for 4 years (from the time Elizabeth broke off the engagement to the present).

    I really liked how both leads went through huge transformations throughout this book. In the first half of the book, Elizabeth is almost intolerable. She came across as a Type A personality and control freak to me. She also seemed hollow. In contrast, Marcus was a dream! Bless his heart, I felt so much sympathy for him because he fell in love with a very hard woman to love. When Marcus first saw Elizabeth at a debutante ball, he fell hard for her. She made an indelible impression that almost bordered on obsession for him. Marcus has not been well since Elizabeth jilted him. I loved to see how Marcus' relentless persistence turned this relationship into an incredible, insatiable love affair. He really did save Elizabeth, as a person. She didn't even realize how miserable she was until she opened up her heart to him. Lastly, the ending was very satisfying as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reflected in You: A Crossfire Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3116)
    Performance
    (2838)
    Story
    (2858)

    Gideon Cross: As beautiful and flawless on the outside as he was damaged and tormented on the inside. He was a bright, scorching flame that singed me with the darkest of pleasures. I couldn’t stay away. I didn’t want to. He was my addiction…my every desire…mine. My past was as violent as his, and I was just as broken. We’d never work. It was too hard, too painful…except when it was perfect. Those moments when the driving hunger and desperate love were the most exquisite insanity. We were bound by our need. And our passion would take us beyond our limits to the sweetest, sharpest edge of obsession.…

    Rebecca says: "Fifty Shades Minus Twilight."
    "SPELLINGBINDING, INTRIGUING AND ALL ABOUT TRUST!"
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    OMG!! I finally read/listened to this book! I read the 1st book quite a few months ago and told myself I could wait until all 5 books in this series were released, as my need for instant gratification would drive me crazy-nuts waiting. The other reason I didn't read this book quickly after the 1st, was because of Corinne.

    In the previous book Magdalena (Gideon's "Friend") was totally dismantled and disarmed as a womanly threat to Eva, however, a new threat was introduced in Gideon's ex-fiance, Corinne. I felt so jealous for Eva that I didn't know if I could handle (without getting seriously pissed) all of the shenanigans Gideon takes on with Corrine in this book (well, I got that idea through reviews I had read). But, let me tell you.....after reading this book, there simply are NO other womanly threats PERIOD....it's ONLY Eva for Gideon. Corinne was a very minor distraction in this book, hardly noticeable to me, since I was so enthralled with Gideon and Eva's love affair. From the back seat of limos, to concerts, to hot tubs, to beach getaways to office surfaces and lastly his place, or hers....Gideon & Eva's red-hot smoldering love for one another took on a sexual napalm quality, while layering on the deep roots of a love forged in the heart. But it wasn't just about the women in Gideon's past trying to seep themselves into his life, Eva also has a past that impacts this relationship. I liked that Gideon also had to deal with a possible threat of a previous lover wanting Eva back. Whoa!!! Hot-stuff!

    Yet the biggest threat to Gideon and Eva's love seems to lead back to a secret. Gideon holds, closely to his breast, a bold secret. Consistently, Gideon asks Eva to trust him when things look suspicious. Yet, not only does Eva have to exert these super-power trust abilities, but so does the reader. And when that secret is revealed it has an explosive impact that underscores how committed and crazy in love Gideon is for Eva...how he will stop at nothing to protect and secure her love.

    WOW!! This book was simply incredible! I love the way Sylvia Day writes..her prose is almost lyrical, and these characters she creates...OMG, unforgettable!

    On a side note, I think it was funny how Eva seemed to describe everyone in her social orbit as drop dead gorgeous: her mother is gorgeous, her father, her friends, her rivals etc. You get the picture. Yet, I thought if an average-looking person fell into Eva's social circle, she would probably describe them as having model-quality looks as well, that's how exaggerated her comments about people's looks came across to me.

    Narrator: Jill Redfield is a narrating goddess. She is one of the best! She really makes these interesting characters come to life (especially Gideon during the love making scenes...lol...pretty crazy performance...haha).

    *** Sigh, I wish all 5 books were out already......

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One More Chance: Rosemary Beach, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Abbi Glines
    • Narrated By Shayna Thibodeaux, Jack DuPont
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (54)

    She was it. His one. His only. Then he made the mistake of letting her go. After fighting his way into Harlow Manning's heart - and revealing a side of himself no one had ever seen before - Grant Carter destroyed his own heart by giving in to his greatest fears and doubts. Months later, he's stuck in a miserable routine. Work relentlessly. Beg his best friend Rush for news about Harlow. Avoid all other friends. Leave nightly voicemails for Harlow, pleading with her to come back to Rosemary Beach.

    Eran says: "All out of Kleenex!"
    "MUCH BETTER THAN THE 1ST BOOK"
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    Well, I took one more chance and read/listened to his book, even though the 1st one was a relational nightmare ("Take a Chance"). Overall, I enjoyed this book, and that happened once I forgave Grant (for being an ass in the 1st book). Harlow is one of the most forgiving, sweet and mentally strong heroines in this series. I suspect that's because she grew up with rock and roll and learned to accept people for who they are. There are many revelations in this book that I can't divulge, or it would ruin it for readers/listeners. But, I will say that the love story (I can finally call it a love story) between Grant and Harlow took on a very sentimental and loving quality in this book. Grant works hard to redeem himself, and I felt that his transformation was real and came from the heart.

    I enjoyed the involvement of previous characters in this series (Rush, Blair, Woods, Dela etc.) who were all pertinent and quite supportive of one another. I hope they make a book about Mase (Harlow and Nan's half brother), who is Kiro's only son. I really liked him! Bethy, is still lost, and even though Nan steps out of character and does something heroic, I still DO NOT like her. And, I REALLY hope Glines does not make a book about Nan. I think I will draw the line there and stop following this series.

    One aspect of Glines writing that I find fascinating is that even though some of her characters make BAD choices with devastating consequences, they can still find their HEA...that's what she's doing for Bethy in the next 2 books in this series. And, that's what she did for Grant in these 2 books (although what Grant did was so mild in comparison to Bethy's behavior).

    For Harlow and Grant, I really liked how they finally found their flow with one another. Harlow's letters nearly KILLED ME!!! OMG, I really teared up! And, Kiro's love for Emily and his love for his daughter Harlow warmed my heart. Grant really manned up in this book and became a wonderful lover, husband and father to their sweet daughter. Yet, the way this book finished was kind of off to me. Where was Kiro? And, what ever happened to Grant's parents??? Any follow up? For me, the end was too abrupt, we only got a bird's eye view of the last event in this book. I needed more.....maybe I'm too greedy, or just need more things to finalize to make me feel that all loose ends were tied up.....

    Narrators: Shayna T. and Jack D. continued to do a very good job!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Take a Chance: Rosemary Beach, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Abbi Glines
    • Narrated By Shayna Thibodeaux, Jack DuPont
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (170)

    When Harlow Manning’s rocker father goes on tour, he sends her to Rosemary Beach, Florida, to live with her half-sister, Nan. The problem: Nan despises her. Harlow has to keep her head down if she wants to get through the next nine months, which seems easy enough. Until gorgeous Grant Carter walks out of Nan’s room in nothing but his boxer briefs.

    Jordy says: "What kind of cliffhanger was that?!?!"
    "GLINES TOOK A BIG CHANCE ON THIS ONE!!!"
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    I already knew I was going to have a hard time with this story because of the reviews, but I have really enjoyed the Rosemary Beach series, so far, and simply needed to keep going. So I recruited the help of a reading buddy to read/listen along with me so we could be a support group to one another...lol, Crazy right? Well, let me tell you that I needed that support throughout this book because about 20 minutes into it, it was an almost DNF. In fact, it was an almost DNF up until about 60% of the book.

    Glines really took a chance in writing Grant and Harlow's story because of Grant's tangled previous relationship with Harlow's half sister Nan (who is a bonafide biotch of the first degree). Harlow and Nan are half sisters and the daughters of rock star legend, Kiro, and along with that connection, there were so many relational aspects of this story that did not make sense to me. For instance....why would Kiro have Harlow (his favorite and beloved daughter) live with Nan (his venomous daughter who HATES Harlow) in Rosemary Beach, in the SAME house????? I NEVER understood that completely. But, the hardest part was how Grant got involved with Harlow after his relationship with Nan began to disintegrate. I know that he had an instant attraction to Harlow, and she made him feel things he had never experienced before but, Oh MY GOODNESS, really??? You're going to fall in love with your EVIL-BITCHY ex-girlfriend's half sister???? Now if that wasn't a doozy, the hardest part of the story between Grant and Harlow is HIS behavior after he was with Harlow. UGH, that infuriated me beyond belief!!!! Look, I really do like Man-Whores, but only after they STOP Man-whoring after they find the love of their life!!!! What the heck Grant???? His excuse was fear....wow...that dam fear.....

    Anyway, I don't think I will ever get over how badly Grant messed up on Harlow after being with her!!!! UGh!!! And, I really liked Grant from previous books. He was the fun and very caring playboy of the group of gorgeous men in Rosemary Beach.

    Well, the reason I finished this book was because of sweet Harlow. I mean, I needed to see the girl through this mess! Also, because of her cowboy, half-brother Mase who was so awesome and protective--Loved Him. Lastly, because of the the incredible story that was revealed about her mother, Emily and Kiro's amazing love. OMG, that took my breath away!!!!!

    Even though this book does not end well, I'm pushing to the next book because I'm an optimist and hoping Grant redeems himself, especially in light of Harlow's secret coming out.....

    Narrators: Shayna T. and Jack D. did a very nice job with this audiobook. It took me a while to get used to Shayna's voice, but overall, I believe she did a good job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breathe

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Emma Taylor
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (138)

    In Carnal, Colorado, Faye Goodknight is the town's quiet, shy librarian. She may also be Carnal's last remaining virgin. For years, Faye has had a crush on Chace Keaton, but the gorgeous cop has always been unattainable. She's resigned to live contentedly with only her books for company-until Faye suddenly meets Chace alone in the woods.

    Sharon says: "Another Excellent Installment in This Series"
    "FRACKIN' AMAZING--ALL HEART & SIMPLY BREATHTAKING!"
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    You know, I'm not sure how Kirsten Ashley (K.A.) does it-----How she keeps creating these very compelling, insanely beautiful and deep books about characters who are gripping & full-bodied. This book has so many layers that you will find yourself tearing up, feeling elation, triumphant and indignant, at times. You have vintage KA hero & heroine: the hero Chace Keaton, detective-badass who tends to speak in phrases (no pronouns needed), and a heroine, Faye Goodnight, who is cute, sweet, innocent and classy….who needs extra moments to process compelling information, signaled by an extra "blink" or a "pardon" or an inquiring, "I'm sorry?" LOL---That's just classic KA writing. Oh, but regarding the heroine--OMG, isn't her last name so cute??? And, she's also a geek…definitely an adorable, sexy geek. I adored the references to Battlestar Galactica, Star Wars and even Game of Thrones in pockets of the book.

    I loved the leads….OK, yes, they had to look like a gorgeous couple--Chase with his vivid blue eyes, dark blonde hair, athletic build, and Faye with her brilliant blue eyes, auburn hair and hourglass figure, but more than that, they fit emotionally, psychologically and chemically….Haha… I loved how Chase fell for Faye in the aisle of a grocery store, while her nose was in a book. But, I felt happy for Chase when he began to bask in his love with Faye because he suffered so much previously. In Faye he found an "angel" to heal his wounds and carry his "dark." In the previous book, Chase was such a mysterious character with a lot of bad crap surrounding him with the good cop/bad cop history he had. Yet, I couldn't help but feel that Chase was always the man who was like someone outside of a house looking in through a window longing for a life he could never have, when he gazed upon the happiness of other couples. So, Chase and Faye's realization of their love was passionate, powerful and an all-engulfing sentimental affair.

    Like any of KA's book in this Colorado Mountain series you have a community that comes together to help save the day, you have a band of alpha males who talk "man-talk," and a fabulous group of women who show concern and are extremely supportive of one another. I mean if Carnal was a real biker town with the characters KA describes, I would totally love to come and hang for a long time…LOL

    Lastly, the additional subplots were emotionally gripping….who could forget the boy who found comfort in books, and the beginning stages of healing of a father-son relationship long past damaged. Yes, this book hit on all of my heart strings. Bravo KA!!! Another excellent book in this series!

    Narrator- Emma Taylor is excellent and always does a wonderful job in her narration.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Bound: Fire on Ice, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Brenda Rothert
    • Narrated By Chris Ruen, Kirsten Leigh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (23)
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    (23)

    When circumstance brings Kate and Ryke together, they discover they don't have to hurt alone. Bound by a grief that haunts them both, they must rely on one another to survive heartbreak. But that grief is more powerful than they realize, and the tie that binds them together may ultimately tear them apart.

    tina says: "Amazing audio. Thanks Brenda Rothert"
    "FRUSTRATING LISTEN BECAUSE COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER"
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    This story had a lot of elements that were good. You have a gorgeous, hot & kind hero in professional hockey player Jason “Ryke” Ryke, and a sweet heroine, Kate Camden who met in group grief counseling environment. Both Ryke and Kate had experienced loss in their lives and this is the cement which seemed to bind them together. They had good chemistry and I loved how Ryke pursued and had so much patience with Kate. Ryke was definitely the best part of this book. For me, the issue was with Kate, as she was too hot & cold. I felt like she kept Ryke on a leash and pulled it when she wanted. Yes, I understand she was grieving, but a lot of her evasiveness was too much. She didn't want him to see other girls, but avoided him etc. Also, when Ryke intimately shared about aspects of his previous wife that caused problems in their marriage, well, I couldn't help but feel that Kate exhibited some of the behaviors that were similar in his deceased wife. She was definitely super moody and Ryke really had to work for her affection. Lastly, I prefer more heat in my novels. When their only love-making scene was 26 minutes before the end of the audiobook, well....um...that's just not good enough for me. They did share a chemistry and bond, but Ryke and Kate never really seemed to completely enjoy that love in this book. I kept checking to see if this was an abridged version, but no, it's the whole book. This book felt half done because I needed to have more moments of bliss between the couple aside from the frustration of their budding relationship.

    I'm not planning to read/listen to the next book..the heroine was just too frustrating. Sorry Ryke!

    On a positive note, the narrators, Chris R. and Kirsten L. were excellent. They performed the alternating POV's very well.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Crazy Good

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Rachel Robinson
    • Narrated By Marc Bachmann, Shirl Rae
    Overall
    (44)
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    (42)
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    Navy SEAL Maverick Hart has everything. Women want him. Grown men idolize him. The job, the glory - it's all his. Not because it's handed to him but because he works hard for it. The second his sights lock on something, he owns it-or destroys it. Windsor Forbes only takes calculated risks in her profession and in her personal life. After being left at the altar by the only person she's ever loved, the very last thing she's looking for is a relationship - especially the insane brand an arrogant Navy SEAL is offering.

    Yvette says: "WHAT BEAUTIFUL DEPTH AND EMOTION WITHIN THIS LOVE!"
    "WHAT BEAUTIFUL DEPTH AND EMOTION WITHIN THIS LOVE!"
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    OMG, what an incredible, unpredictable, beautiful love story this was! The first scene between the leads was rather shocking as it was devastating and quite broken. Then, the author took the reader back to the past, to build the story and smoothly landed in the present tense. The blend of incredible leads, secondary characters, great writing style, as well as the fabulous performance of narrators made this an awesome listen!---Actually, a superb listen! Shirl Rae is one of my favorite narrators and she did so well in her performance in this one, and Marc Bachmann's voice was sexy as hell.

    Maverick Hart IS "badass personified" as a Navy SEAL. Yes he is a man-whore, but in broader terms he's a part of a brotherhood that was wonderful and so touching to explore. I loved Maverick's POV! He had such a crude, dirty mouth, especially with his SEAL brothers...but it all felt like a realistic depiction of their masculine world. You can’t help but admire and fall in love with these fierce SEAL brothers!

    Maverick is a very strong man who leaves no challenge unanswered, and is thrown into a tailspin when he is rejected by the beautiful, but guarded Windsor Forbes. Yet what started as a game between predator and prey turned into an intense, extraordinary, deeply emotional love. I loved Maverick and Windsor together so much, especially their sassy humor, electric chemistry, witty banter, and hot-torrid love! There are so many powerful and romantic moments that Maverick, the adrenaline-seeking, tough as nails, yet soft as velvet, Navy SEAL hottie gave to Windsor.—Seriously, very beautiful MUCH ANTICIPATED love scenes, and romance at it’s purest. *Sigh*

    Overall, this book drew out a great depth of emotions in me. I was angry at both Maverick & Windsor’s decisions, at times, but more than anything I was enchanted with how they never gave up and worked things out, reaching a satisfying HEA. There is also tragedy, and I cried noisily while I was driving to work, and had to pull it together. This brings me to the next book, all I can say is that I am going to be greatly conflicted at heart when I read it. Boy does Robinson have a feat ahead of herself with Morganna’s book!!! I was so impressed with this book as her debut, that I know she will not disappoint! What a great start to a series!!!!

    EXCELLENT AUDIOBOOK! LOVED IT!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Tall, Dark & Heartless

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By R. L. Mathewson
    • Narrated By Stella Bloom
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    He should have left her and never looked back… That's not how things played out for Caine, a nearly one thousand year old Pyte, who should have known better. Instead of walking away years ago, he has been watching over the only human who has touched his heart. He stays to protect her, at least that is what he tells himself. When trouble finds her, he knows that he should just cut his losses and walk away, but there is no fighting the hold the child, who has become a woman, has on him.

    Karen says: "Nice Surprise"
    "AN ENDURING, SASSY, SWEET, FUNNY, DEVASTATING LOVE"
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    Wow! I'm really taken aback by this series...I'm loving it, and at the same time on pins and needles due to the dangers. In this series, you get the continuation of previous characters that are further built up (Ephraim & Madison's family, etc.), with the dimension of the addition of new characters, including our hero, Caine and beautiful heroine, Danni.

    Caine and Danni's romance is a deep and powerful one. Caine is a 900 year old Pyte who was endeared to a bossy little girl, where they lived in the Sentinel compound. After noticing that the girl was rather neglected by her Sentinel parents, Caine became her protector and friend until the day he abandoned her when she was about 17 years old. However, quite a few years later, Caine and Danni get saddled together through the ploy of despicable villains. Caine's love for Danni is his weakness and the enemy knows it....even before Danni does.

    In "Tall, Dark, and Heartless" you get a love between Caine and Danni that is filled with hilarious moments, hot-insatiable sexual need for one another, and so much danger and challenges that you feel the weight of it. Yet all this couple really wants, is to be together. No worries though, they do get an HEA, but you just know that their story will continue to be told in the next books in this series...So, definitely more to come for Caine and Danni!

    Well, after my rant about the male lead in the book that preceded this one, I was so happy that Mathewson redeemed Chris Williams and his relationship with his mate, Isabella in this book. Chris made a permanent change in his outlook and we got to witness the sweet, devoted husband and father in him come to life. The lives of other characters, including a risky budding romance, between Jill and Logan, were explored in between the scenes with the leads, almost as commercials.

    Overall, I love how Matthewson creates these hilarious characters and their love relationships that allow a lightness in this dark and dangerous world where despite the supernatural qualities of the characters, danger always seems to follow & with a vengeance.

    Can't wait to read/listen to the next book (hoping it will be released soon)!!

    Narrator: Stella Bloom has really come into her own with this series. She's doing a fabulous job in her narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Without Regret

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By R. L. Mathewson
    • Narrated By Stella Bloom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (66)

    Chris Williams is used to making sacrifices. For years he's done his duty by his family and his calling as he awaited the one person that was meant for him. When she finally came into his life, she was nothing like the woman he'd expected. Instead of being the warrior ready to help him protect his family and the humans under his care he got.....

    Yvette says: "WELL I REGRET THE MALE LEAD!!! WHAT A JERK!"
    "WELL I REGRET THE MALE LEAD!!! WHAT A JERK!"
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    OMG! After reading the 1st book, I was so excited to read/listen to this second installment in the series. What a let down! I know this may sound more like a rant rather than a review, but what the heck was R.L. Mathewson thinking when she created the male lead????

    Chris, the adopted son of Madison and Ephraim was a total SOB, jerk, A-hole....you can add any expletive and it would fit. His treatment of the heroine, Isabella was not acceptable! He was so awful to her till about 95% of the book, when his turn-around began. Ugh, so many times this was almost a DNF for me, but it's the stubbornness in me that made me listen till the end.

    Chris had been awaiting and dreaming about his Sentinel "mate" for years, which seemed to have been plenty of time for him to build up expectations. Well, when fate unites him with his Sentinel mate, Isabella, although she is a beautiful woman (green eyes, great figure--the whole package), he rejects her. Chris rejected Isabella because she lacked fighting instincts. I had such a hard time with Chris and his mistreatment of his lady, especially because Isabella did not deserve that from him. Isabella did not have an easy upbringing....no one EVER showed her love, and for most of this book, Chris could be added to the list of people who did her wrong in her life.

    For most of the book, the relationship always felt 1 step ahead, while 3 steps back. When Chris finally started pursuing Isabella sexually, well, they had smoking hot sex, but you couldn't even enjoy those parts because it was sandwiched in with his cheuvonistic, regretful behavior. Even when you thought Chris was making some progress in his feelings for Isabella....BAM, he responded in a way that was appalling and gut-wrenching.

    EVEN THOUGH I LOVE R.L. MATTHEWSON'S WORK, I'M SERIOUSLY PISSED WITH HER FOR THIS BOOK. OMG, and when you consider how Isabella was so powerless in the relationship, and was tossed, pulled around and used by Chris....it made me feel sick. There were a few times I felt like crying for her & I had to remind myself this is just a silly novel.

    If the relationship between the leads was better this would have been an incredibly fun, and action-packed book. In this book more of the Pyte/Sentinel world comes to life and you learn more about the dangers caused by demons, minions, vampire and were wolves. You also get a great update with the other characters in the book.

    UGH, SUCH A DISAPPOINTMENT!!! I'm not sure if I will take a chance with the next book in the series......I'll have to find a way to calm down after this one!!!!

    Narrator: Stella Bloom did a good job in her narration.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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