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Yvette

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  • Better When He's Bad: Welcome to the Point, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jay Crownover
    • Narrated By Mia Barron, Leland King
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    Meet Shane Baxter. Sexy, dark, and dangerous, Bax isn't just from the wrong side of the tracks, he is the wrong side of the tracks. A criminal, a thug, and a brawler, he was the master of bad choices, until one such choice landed him in prison for five years. Now Bax is out and looking for answers, and he doesn't care what he has to do or who he has to hurt to get them. But there's a new player in the game, and she's much too innocent, much too soft…and standing directly in his way.

    Yvette says: "SUPERB, EXCELLENT, GRIPPING AND GRITTY!"
    "SUPERB, EXCELLENT, GRIPPING AND GRITTY!"
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    I'm convinced that Jay Crownover can write a compelling story about anything, or anyone, but most of all about bad boys!! As the first book in a new series, Crownover creates a world of contrasts between right & wrong, and the good & the bad when it ones to people, and the life choices they make. But, what I really love about Crownover's writing is her ability to write about incredible relationships between very real, flawed people, and she has more than delivered in this book! I was touched not only by the beautiful & gritty relationship between the leads, Bax and Dovie, but also the theme of family and relationships between brothers that included Titus (Bax's brother), and Race (Dovie's brother and Bax's BFF). "Better When He's Bad" is not only about the choices one makes with limited options and the trajectories those choices bring, but it's also about who brings you freedom. Most of all, I think this is what Dovie did for Bax; she brought him freedom and allowed him to unlock himself from a self-destructive pathway that would have lead him to the grave, or a life-time, in and out of prison.

    The balance between the action, plot developments, revelations, and the hot romance is superb. Dovie is an admirable heroine and the way she and Bax connect with one another is passionate, intense, and always feels like there's an expiration date (until the HEA, that is). The need to resolve conflicts driven by the pressure and violence of evil villains equals one very riveting read/listen. I can't wait for Race's story, and even though Bax and Dovie found a beautiful HEA, I'm sure we will continue to hear about Bax and Dovie's love story in the books that follow.

    Narrators: Mia Barron and Leland King were excellent. They performed very well. This is a great audiobook. I loved the sentimental intro. music at the beginning and the end of the book….nice touch!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Fighting to Forgive: Fighting Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By J.B. Salsbury
    • Narrated By Erin Mallon, Ryan West
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    When everything you avoid, turns out to be exactly what you need. Easy and predictable, just the way he likes it, Blake Daniels flies through life the way he burns through women: on his terms, no regrets. With his fighting career in full swing, he's on the threshold of title contention. But when his training is compromised by injury, the stakes grow impossibly higher. The rage that fuels his punches also chips away at his focus, and he risks losing everything he cares about. He won’t let that happen. Not again.

    Yvette says: "A GOOD SECOND IN THE SERIES"
    "A GOOD SECOND IN THE SERIES"
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    OMG, the narration of this book is off the hook! Between the sexy-masculine voice of Ryan West, to the vulnerability brought about by the sweet & sultry voice of Erin Mallon, this duo rocks! I also really liked the continuation of characters from the 1st book because I adored Jonah and Raven, so it was so nice to see their relationship continue to progress and flourish.

    Now, in regard to Blake and Layla, for me the romance was a bit labored. You have two very attractive people who have this great 1st encounter that further builds with strong sexual tension along the way. Yet, from the moment they acknowledge a kind of happhazard attraction for one another to finally giving in…it was a lot of work! I'm also having a hard time with the women Blake hooks up with to distract himself from Layla. Those were just douchy moments for Blake, as I hated those moments, as a reader. And, so add to the labored reading, the initial sex portion between Blake and Layla was also labored because of Layla's past history with her ex. So, when things were finally rolling out for the couple…BAM the height of the conflict in this book hits hard! OMG, it's a doozy…such build up & then suffering. After that pounding portion of the book I was finally happy to see the couple in good times, but it was too short and felt rushed at the end. Yet, we definitely get a great HEA for the couple and Layla's wonderful daughter. Wow! What a story!

    Now, regarding the villains in both the previous book and this one, they have left me intrigued! I found Layla's ex-husband's character to be unbelievable, or perhaps, I didn't understand how a person could be so singularly moved with lust and self-preservation to guide his entire life decisions and relationship, in particular with Layla and Axel. The only way for me to understand both this villain and the previous (Raven's father) is to categorize them as sociopaths---selfish people with no conscience, or sense of remorse.

    I'm hoping the 3rd installment is better than the second, but even though I adored the narration, I felt the love story was a bit too labored for my taste.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Where Darkness Lies: Criminals of the Ocean, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Bella Jewel
    • Narrated By Napoleon Ryan, Carmen Rose
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Dimitri wants only one thing: revenge. His stepfather, Hendrix, has caused him nothing but pain and heartache. At last Dimitri can take something - someone - important to Hendrix and make him pay: Jess. Jess is feisty and strong headed. Her past haunts her and connects her to the dangerously dark Dimitri in an unexpected way. Dimitri keeps his secrets locked deep inside, and Jess is drawn to this broken man like no one before.

    Alyon4ik says: "Loved it!"
    "A THERAPEUTIC LOVE IS ALWAYS SOMEWHAT EXHAUSTING.."
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    Dimitri and Jess have suffered with traumatic childhoods, but both have come to cope with these events very differently. Jess was saved by Dimitri's stepfather, and came away with a healthier mindset, while Dimitri felt abandoned and broken which fostered a thirst for vengeance like a malignant tumor---always growing and becoming more deadly.

    As in any therapeutic romance with a mentally unstable hero, the heroine really goes through the ringer, and boy did Jess go through it with Dimitri. From dealing with his misplaced anger directed toward her, getting to know him and finding a connection, to dealing with the excess baggage of his previous girl-toy, add on to that a haunting figure from her past who comes to torment her, well, a lot of this book is exhausting. Yet, it's well-written, original, and good. Jess is beautiful inside and out, with a fabulous personality, witty and so funny. Both she and Dimitri engage in banter that lightens him up. Jess really brings in the sunshine to Dimitri's dark existence, and I loved that about her. Dimitri's tough, but eventually he becomes a likable character post Jess-therapy.

    Regarding the narration, I was confused with the accent of the male narrator. He sounded middle eastern? I'm not really sure. He was good though. Carmen Rose's voice was feminine and sweet….she did a very nice job as well, but, in my head, I was always caught between two eras: modern and 1800's (because of the pirate theme). I just don't know of modern day pirates who sail openly in the ocean and dock in the U.S. and other countries freely.

    In the end, Jess and Dimitri get their HEA, but it seems like there is more to come in their relationship….so does that mean another book is in the horizon? I hope so!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Keep Me: Twist Me, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anna Zaires, Dima Zales
    • Narrated By Roberto Scarlato, Shirl Rae
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Abducted at 18. Held captive for 15 months. It reads like one of those headlines. And yes, I did it. I stole her. Nora, with her long dark hair and silky skin. She's my weakness, my obsession. I'm not a good man. I never pretended to be one. She can love me, but she can't change me. I can, however, change her. My name is Julian Esguerra, and Nora is mine to keep.

    Pam says: "Whew!! That was INTENSE!!!!"
    "JULIAN & NORA….A COUPLE LIKE NO OTHER!"
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    I was one of the fans who bought the 2nd book immediately when it was released. I didn't think I would get the audiobook, but I'm sure glad I did. It was like the difference of watching a film in black & white with no sound, to watching a vivid blue ray on an HD television. Seriously!!! Roberto Scarlato was freaken amazing! He brought warmth and a soft side to Julian, plus add the sexy. OMG, his voice is gorgeous & he did a wonderful job. Now, Shirl Rae, I can't say enough about her narration. She is amazing! She is one of my favorite narrators. These narrators brought this gripping, visceral, dark story to life.

    Julian and Nora's story has fully captivated me. Friends have described this book as "moderately dark" and I think that is why I was taken aback by this story, because when the horror of how Julian had ensnared Nora is pulled away, well, at the heart of it, they both want each other. This love story is pretty intense, and I think, "moderately dark" is just about all I can handle (I'm a light weight when it comes to dark romances, I suppose).

    This book takes place where "Twist Me" has left off. It has wonderful twists and turns, and very shocking situations that I was NOT expecting…..CRAZY SHOCKING, but the best part of this book was all of the "Julian and Nora" time. Their relationship is still visceral, fire-invoking, and far from traditional. Julian continues with his pain/pleasure sex with Nora. And, there were times I just wanted Nora to give him a smack down for being a psycho with her. (Yet, that is all a part of this story and Julian's progressive development as a character.) In terms of loving-making, he is an outrageously unpredictable lover in the bedroom. At times, he's sadistic and too much, other times he's a sweet, sensual lover. The bottom line is that Nora is lost to him, and Julian can't get enough of her.

    They have some issues to resolve with the inequality of their relationship, and I like how Nora did develop more strength in dealing with Julian. I loved how Nora became stronger, as a person, and her level of bravery astounded me toward the end. OMG, she was fierce & badass!!! That fierceness that resided within Nora is what made her a fit partner for Julian-- like a missing puzzle piece. Of course, she still deals with inner conflict about loving a man like Julian, but it's evident, especially at the end of this book, that she adores that man.

    On that note, in terms of Julian's feelings for Nora, you can see that his need and obsession for Nora is something that he is processing continually, and trying to improve. I love that Julian is faithful to Nora and his need/love for her is singular. He still struggles to categorize his feelings as "love" since he is not a good man. In fact, Julian can be a monster. So, getting into that......How to describe what kind of man Julian is--Well, what is the level that comes above an "alpha male?"--Because Julian is in a total different pond when it comes to alpha males. In fact, he's a friggen shark in the ocean when it comes to defining his power, strength and dominance. Julian is an independent arms dealer, creator and manufacturer who has both good and bad relationships with nations in the world, and an enemy in Al-quadar (a terrorist network) that proves to be his only challenge, but a close to deadly one. In that respect, if you have hated Julian along the way, well you might feel his outcome was a just consequence for the type of life he lives, but let me say that I was shocked!! I won't say more because that would give a bit away!!!

    I will be waiting very impatiently for the release of the final installment. I did love the alternating POV's of both Nora and Julian and I hope the next book is the same.

    Anna Zaires did an incredible job with this installment, and I can't wait to see what else she has in store for Julian and Nora.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Enslaved by the Ocean: Criminals of the Ocean, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Bella Jewel
    • Narrated By Carmen Rose
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Indigo has a troubled past and there’s no denying it. Tired of being scared, she sets sail aboard a private yacht, hopeful that the open waters of the Atlantic will give her and best friend Eric a much-needed respite.

    Yvette says: "PIRATES, ADVENTURES AT SEA--GREAT LISTEN!"
    "PIRATES, ADVENTURES AT SEA--GREAT LISTEN!"
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    I loved the idea of this book because it was so original, and when I listened to the narration of Carmen Rose, I was hooked! Carmen Rose narrated beautifully. She has a lovely voice with such a nice English accent that I enjoyed the way she brought this book to life.

    At the heart of it, this book illustrates Stockholm Syndrome with a woman who falls in love with her captor, and vise versa. But, that dark aspect makes this read intriguing and visceral. Captain Hendrix (a pirate) scoops up Indigo and her friend Eric from a raft at sea, as they escaped a yacht explosion with their lives. Yet life in captivity is a pretty scary thing, and there were times in which Indigo's erratic behaviors made her an unlikeable heroine. I chalked down her teetering from selfless to selfish as part of her fight-flight responses and adrenaline rush, as a captive. However, Indigo, overall, was a brave woman who pushed through her circumstances hoping for something better. Well, Captain Hendrix is ruthless and completely unlikable at the beginning, but along the way his humanity breaks through and with many twists and turns in the plot, and reappearances of impacting people in Indigo's life, well you have one exciting adventure.

    Was this story believable?---Absolutely not, but it was enjoyable. There are a lot of questions that come up, like why did Indigo rent a yacht to sail across the pond from the U.S. to the U.K., and why does the narrator have an English accent when Indigo lived most of her life in the U.S…..well, those questions get answered somewhat. But, you have to just read this book for fun, and not for realism.

    Oh, the love scenes progressed from simply lusty to steamy and emotional. There is dirty talk and graphic detail in the scenes. One aspect I thought was somewhat comical was how Hendrix referred to Indigo as "Innocensia (innocence)"---yet, this innocent girl really knew something about finding a man's g-spot….OMG…crazy! LOL

    I can't wait to read the next book and find out more about Dimitri and Jess's dark romance, as well as find out what new developments spring forth with Hendrix and Indigo!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Come: The Fight Club, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Becca Jameson
    • Narrated By Annie Chapman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Katy Marks has worked hard for years to make partner at her law firm and be accepted in a man’s world. She hasn’t had much time for play. Now she has a stalker, one of the firm’s partners who hopes to entice her to gain promotion by sleeping with him. Backed into a corner, she grabs an unexpected opportunity. She wards off his unwanted advances by plastering herself against the sexy man leaning casually against the wall outside her uncle’s gym.

    Yvette says: "MORE DOM/SUB THAN MMA"
    "MORE DOM/SUB THAN MMA"
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    I adore MMA fighters & novels about their lusty romances, but this one was a little tweaked. In general, it seems as though this series is will be more about Dominants who are fighters...equally dedicated to both of these lifestyle commitments even though the Dom qualities were focused on more than the fighting aspect. I have to admit that I'm a sucker for incredible cover photos/models & this one is pretty awesome, but the book felt a bit disjointed.

    The meeting between MMA fighter Rafe Wesson and sexy lawyer, Katy Marks was pretty potent and I thought it was the start of a great book. But, as things progressed I felt strung along just as the relationship between these two. Between lengthy internal monologues about Rafe feeling guilty about not revealing this DOM side and Katy wondering if Rafe was gay, and that was why he didn't move things further along...well the whole thing became rather stifling. The stalker was the guiding force behind Rafe and Katy staying close together, as Rafe insisted on protecting her. Things get dragged out until past midway, in the book, where Rafe's DOM qualities are finally revealed. When that aspect was explored I felt my woman sensibilities being challenged when Rafe wanted to push the DOM/SUB relationship into more arenas, aside from the bedroom (or sex club). At that point, it kind of felt like a chauvinist revival. However, Katy was able to negotiate that aspect well. Both were open about each other's comfort levels and how far to take the BDSM qualities, so at least you had that as somewhat of a relief from Katy becoming a complete doormat, or invisible woman.

    Regarding the sex scenes, the first half of the book is all about their personal masturbation sessions since they aren't with each other. So, yeah...not good there....Then, for the latter half of the book, well they explore different sex scenes and scenarios both at home and at this sex club (which incidentally the whole fight club belongs to...OMG). Yeah, there were parts where I thought my face was turning 50 shades of red.....seriously embarrassing...Uh, I'm not sure how I feel about this series....it seems like it will be about DOM/MMA Fighters falling in love with vanilla women and turning them on to their lifestyle. Um, I think that's succinct enough, as an explanation....LOL

    The end was too rushed for me, but that seems to be the norm nowadays with novels.

    The narrator performed the male voices better than the female. Her female voice sounded like 2 generations back....like I was listening to a grandmother narrate for Katy..LOL...it was weird.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Perfect Play: Play-by-Play, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jaci Burton
    • Narrated By Lucy Malone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    The last thing event planner Tara Lincoln needs is the jet-set lifestyle of a football pro like Mick Riley, even though their steamy and passionate one-night stand proved that Mick is an all-star - both on the field and in the bedroom. Tara played the game of love once and lost big, and she doesn't intend to put herself out there again, especially with a certified heartbreaker. But when Mick sets his mind to win, nothing will stop him. And he has the perfect play in mind to catch this sultry vixen.

    Kristin says: "Would you like a little story with that sex!"
    "A REAL WINNER!"
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    I really enjoyed this audiobook. It's written in 3rd person and periodically switched from Mick and Tara's perspective. The sexual chemistry between Mick and Tara is pretty instant, and Mick moved into Tara's fantasy sphere right away. I mean of course he would fall within the fantasy category right away as a football star with drop-dead, good lucks and a charming personality. The issue is that Tara is a single mom, owns her own event coordinating business, and doesn't have time for a distraction as potent as Mick. Yet, when Mick pushes into her life, wanting more from her than a 1 night stand, well this book took on a rather fabulous turn.

    In this book you get football, graphic, but sensitive sex scenes (I mean the sex scenes are thankfully NOT mechanical...they're pretty good), dirty talk during sex (boy, could these two talk dirty to one another!!!), and connecting with family along the way.

    I really liked Mick. He was so patient with Tara and was understanding of her concerns. Tara was guarded, but with good reason. I thought her concerns were valid and she always looked after the well-being of her son first. Even though Mick and Tara don't hold back in the bedroom department, the question of whether their relationship can be long-term always hangs in the balance. The relationship was further tested by Liz, Mick's aggressive, lady agent. Now, regarding LIz, I had a problem with her. Right away I knew she was going to be the heroine in the next book simply by the way she was described as gorgeous, polished, having an incredible body, and overall described as a sex goddess each time she had a scene. OMG, it was nauseating...seriously. The descriptions for Liz were over-the-top!!! But, the problem is that Liz is a bitch and I'm really not interested in reading her story with Gavin, Mick's self-absorbed brother.

    The main conflict in the book is resolved with some work on Mick's part. I thought Tara had good reason to be upset and to create distance. Yet, I have to say that even though their reunion was great, it was too rushed. All of a sudden, everything in their relationship came together, but way too squished in at the end. Maybe it's just that I'm a greedy reader, I wanted more Mick and Tara time when everything was perfect. If I read the second book, it will only be to get more of Mick and Tara, and tidbits of their HEA because unfortunately their romance did not feel complete.

    The narrator, Lucy Malone performed well. Overall very good audiobook!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Who He Is: FireNine #1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By S. Q. Williams
    • Narrated By Veronica Meunch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Eliza Smith has never been the one to seek a relationship. She's never dated a guy in her life, never even hugged a man (outside of her father/manager of the hot and popular rock band, FireNine) but when she decides to spend her summer on tour with FireNine, it all changes. Eliza really gets to meet Gage Grendel - her former crush from high school and the lead singer of FireNine - and witness sides to him to which she'll begin to truly despise. She'll ignore him, she'll dislike his ways, she'll do anything to try and stay away from him until Gage finally gets her to slip up and give in.

    1ObsessedReader says: "LOVED IT!! Now on to audio book #2"
    "A DNF FOR ME 5 HOURS INTO IT! WHAT A WASTE!"
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    The male lead, Gage Grendel is a douche bag, scum-bucket, and A-hole, and I think maybe that's why I didn't enjoy this book so much. Eliza Smith, is sweet girl who is a virgin with a traumatic childhood of abuse she experienced in her mother and step-father's home. She's 21 years old and now living with her father, the manager of the Fire Nine band. I liked her dad, but I questioned his wisdom for his inexperienced, lost daughter to pressure her to come along on a tour with a bunch of man-whore, rockers, with booze & women. How would that be helpful for her, aside from infiltrating her life with stress and pressures with the wrong type of guys?

    Well, due to all of the favorable reviews I kept waiting for things to get better, but at 5 hours, well the relationship between lead rock star singer Gage and Eliza was just terrible--Too angsty for my taste. I just can't get my head around a male lead who pressures the virgin-female lead to be with him, yet delivers on a constant flow of double messages. He whored around in front of her with his "girlfriend" and tons of random girls, yet wanted Eliza to be with him? What the????? My feeling on the matter was that he was emotionally abusive to her. And, well from the reviews of the book 2, the womanizing will still be an issue…sorry, I'm out! Too bad, because it seemed like it could have been a really great story.

    The narrator was good, too bad this was such an emotionally nauseating listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Captivated by You: Crossfire Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield, Jeremy York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Gideon calls me his angel, but he's the miracle in my life. My gorgeous, wounded warrior, so determined to slay my demons while refusing to face his own. The vows we'd exchanged should have bound us tighter than blood and flesh. Instead they opened old wounds, exposed pain and insecurities, and lured bitter enemies out of the shadows. I felt him slipping from my grasp, my greatest fears becoming my reality, my love tested in ways I wasn't sure I was strong enough to bear.

    Ex-Student says: "What... what?!?!?"
    "DAY'S LOVE LETTER TO FANS OF THIS SERIES"
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    I'm one of the fans of this series who had been anxiously, but patiently awaiting the release of the 4th installment, and it met all of my expectations, as I loved it! Sylvia Day dedicated this book to the fans, and I felt it. This book does not necessarily provide additional plot developments, but the focus is on relationships: those that need to be cut off, those that need to be re-vamped and those that deepen. And, for Gideon and Eva, this was a love-fest of epic proportions. They loved hard, played hard and fought hard and I loved every minute! Reading/listening to this book was like getting on a very cushiony & sustained roller coaster ride. Both Gideon and Eva's love for one another is solid, despite the many challenges they face and the people of their past who want them apart. Yet, as a reader, one never has to feel insecure when they're working through their issues because these two are freaken grounded and irrevocably immersed and saturated in their love affair! The sex was wild, passionate, emotional and at times, kinky, which was quite a treat. They go through rough patches, but come out of this book at another level in their relationship.

    Regarding Gideon Cross, I wanted to say thank you S.D. for creating every woman's conscious or subconscious fantasy of male perfection. The man dominates in and out of his work environment, and protects Eva at all costs. I mean the man is crazy-in-love with Eva, his wife. It was funny how he would deal with her past. Some might deal with their lover's ex's by erasing previous memories with a new fresh ones. Well, he did more than that when he obliterated previous buildings and sold properties that might bring Eva memories from her past that he didn't want. Haha!--Talk about a man with unlimited resources (well just about!). I also loved how Gideon is not shy to get in a fight to defend Eva, that might not be right, but it still did something to me. Gideon is just hot, and so appealing!

    Now Eva, well she is dealing with her own aspects of growing into her relationship with Gideon, and I totally sympathized. I mean Gideon is the type of man who can swallow you up, and I appreciated her thoughtfulness in not wanting to rush into working for him right away, as a measure to protect her individuality. Even though I really like Eva, it got on my nerves how she seemed to justify her best friend, Cary, no matter how wrong he was. It also got on my nerves how she was always drooling about how gorgeous everyone in her inner circle was…yeah that was annoying. Otherwise, Eva's just one lucky lady who was just as wild for Gideon, as he was for her.

    Lastly, the narrators were lovely. Jeremy York inspired a strong & sexy voicing for Gideon Cross, and Jill Redfield was sweet and sultry--perfect voicing for Eva.

    Now it's wait time for the final installment. Since this book focused mainly on relationships it was rather slow in plot developments and action (or twists, or something), I'm hoping the next book provides a nice combination of love and excitement.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • One to Protect: One to Hold, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Tia Louise
    • Narrated By Lucy Rivers, Christian Fox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    When Sloan Reynolds beats criminal charges, Melissa Jones stops believing her wealthy, connected ex-husband will ever pay for what he did to her. Derek Alexander can't accept that - a tiny silver scar won't let him forget… until the body of a former call girl turns up dead. She's the breakthrough Derek's been waiting for - the link to Sloan's sordid past that he needs. Derek is ready to do whatever it takes to protect his family when his partner Patrick Knight devises a plan that changes everything.

    Yvette says: "OH HOW I LOVE DEREK & MELISSA!!"
    "OH HOW I LOVE DEREK & MELISSA!!"
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    There is something so sweet and HOT about a very strong, disciplined man like Derek who falls in love…like madly-helplessly-effortlessly in love with a great woman like Melissa. And the listening experience from this audiobook was effortless. This is a continuation in the romance between Derek and Melissa, as well as their best friends, Patrick and Elaine. Consider yourself getting a 2 for 1 deal with the parallel romances.

    Let me say that I LOVE Derek and Melissa together. They make a beautiful couple. Throughout Melissa's pregnancy, Derek is so tender and gentle with her and you could feel the weight he carried on his shoulders to make sure she was kept safe from her dangerous, vindictive ex-husband. Derek and Melissa both have quite a few things they are still working through in their relationship as they move forward to a more permanent place for their growing family, and it was endearing. The love scenes were lovely--they were emotional, intense and erotic. This book ends with some really somber issues that Derek has to make sense of, and many other unfinished situations for the other couple that will make the next books something to look forward to.

    I liked how the surrounding characters introduced from the previous books were brought forward and expounded upon, like previous escort Toni, Kenny (baby momma), and Sloan (Melissa's crazy ex-husband).

    I can't wait to continue to follow the romances of both of these sweet, yet insatiable couples…..

    Narrators: Lucy Rivers and Christian Fox were wonderful. WIth such great vocal talent, this listen was quite a treat!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Raine Falling: Hells Saints Motorcycle Club, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Paula Marinaro
    • Narrated By Will Damron, Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (229)
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    (229)

    After a lifetime of uncertainty, Raine Winston shouldn’t be fazed by anything anymore. But she’s terrified. Terrified that her wayward sister, Claire, has gotten into debt dangerously over her head. Terrified that a muscle-clad biker named Diego doesn’t want payment with money - he wants much more. And terrified of the dizzying desire she feels whenever Diego touches her.…

    Frances says: "GREAT BIKER STORY! LOVED IT!!!"
    "GREAT START TO A BIKER SERIES!!!"
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    Wow! I really liked this one! It was pretty good! I had to get used to the writing style, but after a while I learned to appreciate it. There is a constant shifting between various character's POV by an omniscient narrator. All the characters including the leads (Diego & Raine), Prosper (MC club leader), the many biker brothers (i.e. Reno, Jules), the old ladies (Pinky etc.), and Raine's girl group (Claire & Glory) were awesome. This book always had me anticipating the next scene and each riveting moment that followed.

    The romance between Diego and Raine is a bit watered down, but more so in quantity, than quality. It felt like this book was foundational in introducing a whole group of alluring bikers and the women they fell in love with. There was definite groundwork laid for the next books.

    Now, Diego is a big bad biker who is rough and tough, but when he meets Raine she makes a lasting impact on him. Raine steps in to cover for her sister Claire who was strung out on drugs and linked to a junkie, bad-news boyfriend who owed the MC. It's a string of events that brings Diego and Raine together to where they revolve in each others orbits. Let me warn that Diego is no prince charming, he's not good with words and he doesn't deal with certain triggers from his past well. Yet, he adores Raine and finds a way into her heart….very caveman style, but intense and real. I really liked Diego and Raine and the rest of the characters. I can't wait till the release of the next audiobooks!

    Regarding the cover, well, I really don't know who that red-haired woman is because it's not Raine. Raine was described as a copper skinned, dark haired beauty, with blue eyes. Yes, quite the exotic, so I'm not sure what happened with the cover model. Raine's mother was Native American and I really enjoyed Raine's viewpoint which many times seemed reminiscent of her mother's culture.

    Narrators: Jill Redfield was fabulous! OMG, the woman was so animated! Her voice inflections for the bikers and moments of tension were injected with gusto! She did a great job with all of the characters.
    OMG, and Will Damron's voice was male perfection….deep, beautiful, smooth male voice…..very, very nice!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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