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karen

Campbell, CA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Tempted

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Megan Hart
    • Narrated By Zoe Winslow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1439)
    Performance
    (602)
    Story
    (605)

    I had everything a woman could want... My husband, James. The house on the lake. My life. Our perfect life. And then Alex came to visit. The first time I saw my husband's best friend, I didn't like him. Didn't like how James changed when he was around, didn't like how his penetrating eyes followed me everywhere.

    Brandon says: "I'M SHOCKED!"
    "surprisingly well done"
    Overall

    A great story that outlines the reality of what could happen when two becomes three. A couple enjoys a summer fling by inviting his best friend and summer house guest into a threesome, but simple is not what you get. Don't buy this book thinking it's a porn-type read. There are some great sensual moments, but the story is much more than just bedroom scenes. It explores the relationship of these three, both past and present, and doesn't try to paint a rosy story that implies threesomes are all fun and games with no risks to those involved. I really enjoyed it.

    20 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Shadowfever: Fever, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross, Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2159)
    Performance
    (1180)
    Story
    (1181)

    MacKayla Lane was just a child when she and her sister, Alina, were given up for adoption and banished from Ireland forever. Twenty years later, Alina is dead and Mac has returned to the country that expelled them to hunt her sister’s murderer. But after discovering that she descends from a bloodline both gifted and cursed, Mac is plunged into a secret history: an ancient conflict between humans and immortals who have lived concealed among us for thousands of years.

    Katheryne says: "I loved it, but its not for everyone"
    "Bravo KMM! What an ending!"
    Overall

    I love this series, but the final book just blew me away! KMM writing style reminds me of a chess player who always thinks dozens of moves ahead to the final winning move. In Shadowfever she crafts her final play by bringing all of her strategic moves made in the series to an amazing, complex and astonishing conclusion. This is Urban Fantasy romance done right. Wow, I loved it!

    You will want to read them back-to-back, and you need to start from the beginning of the series with Darkfever. I've read and listened to the series, and couldn't recommend this series enough in the audio format. Some books are made for audio, and this series is one of them.

    23 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Stay: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Allie Larkin
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (434)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (290)

    Savannah “Van” Leone has loved Peter since the day they met. The problem is, Peter has loved Van’s best friend, Janie, since the moment they met. And now they’re walking down the aisle, with Van standing nearby in a Halloween-orange bridesmaid dress, her smile as hollow as one on a jack-o’-lantern. After the wedding Van drowns her sorrows in Kool-Aid-vodka cocktails and reruns of Rin Tin Tin, and does what any woman in her situation would do: She buys a German Shepherd over the Internet.

    Patricia says: "Love dogs? You will love this book"
    "A cute chick-lit story with a light romance"
    Overall

    The story of Savanna (Van) as she comes to terms with all the uncontrollable people and events in her life, and learns to take some control in order to find peace and happiness. A cute story told in first person from Savanna's point-of-view, including a nice light romance and a 100 pound dog too.

    The narrater was great too, I'd listen to more by her.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Redeeming Love

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Kate Forbes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (964)
    Performance
    (618)
    Story
    (620)

    Francine Rivers is one of America's favorite romance writers and a bestselling inspirational author. Her many heartfelt novels have won awards and the adoration of fans accross the country. In Redeeming Love, she retells the Biblical story of Hosea, setting it in the 1850s, amidst California's gold country.

    Jo says: "Not Just For Girls"
    "An unforgetable love story"
    Overall

    I never thought I would enjoy a Christian romance novel (I prefer the steamy romances), but let me tell you that this book was amazingly good and so much passion! Not preachy at all. In a way, God is simply just another character is this heart wrenching tale. I tried so hard not to cry (especially toward the end) but I finally had to pull over and wipe my eyes when it ended. So much grief, redemption and joy. A fantastic story that drew me in and kept me glued.

    It's not a light 'listen', and at times was even depressing. But the writing was so spot on and the characters so real I couldn't stop. I can't tell you how many times I wanted to crawl into the book to talk with Angel, hug Michael, slap his brother, kill a bad guy, shelter a person down on their luck...etc. I can see why it has such high ratings by so many people. And it does end with a great ending. Highly recommended to all romance fans, not just the Christian set.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Comanche Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Catherine Anderson
    • Narrated By Ruth Ann Phimister
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (74)

    New York Times best-selling author Catherine Anderson pens riveting historical romances. Loretta Simpson lost her parents to a daring Comanche raid seven years ago - and now she lives as a mute with her extended family. Meanwhile, Comanche Hunter of the Wolf sees her as the embodiment of an ancient prophesy and chooses her for marriage. Still fearful of his tribe, Loretta soon finds her will bending, even as conflict between their two peoples intensifies.

    Jennifer says: "Couldn't Finish It"
    "Fantastic western historical romance"
    Overall

    Catherine Anderson really can weave a great story with heart pounding action and a tender passion between two very different people - a Comanche warrior and an innocent young white woman. I really enjoyed this one, and I plan to continue to read more in this series if/when they are re-released.

    My only negative was that I wish I had read it instead of listened to it. As much as I love audioboks (have listened to hundreds over the years and am a big advocate on this format) this reader's voice left much to be desired. At times you can hear her swallow and smack her lips, and the voices for Hunter and Loretta were annoying. I usally can seperate story from the readers voice if need be, but this one was a stretch even for me. Sadly, I think I would have enjoyed this more without the narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Delicious

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Sherry Thomas
    • Narrated By Virginia Leishman
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Delicious presents Verity Durant, an irresistible woman of a more elegant age. Verity is renowned from London to Paris for her succulent cuisine - and for her rapacious carnal appetite. And she's determined to tempt prim and proper politician Stuart Somerset with forbidden fruits he's never tasted.

    karen says: "A light historical romance"
    "A light historical romance"
    Overall

    There was good and bad for me with this one. The narration was great and the ending came together, and I liked Stuart and Verity enough to want to find out how their story ends. But for much of the story we go back and forth through time, which made it a difficult story to listen too. I think this would be a better story in book form as you are less likely to get lost. I rewound a lot to see what date the story was in. It was a cute historical regency romance, but there are some plot twists that I felt was too unbelievable to swallow without rolling my eyes. But this author can write, and despite some big flaws in the story it held my interest to the end. Also, the speaker was fantastic, which helped make this one a good listen.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • All Through the Night: A Troubleshooter Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By Michael Holland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (110)

    It's Christmastime in Boston, and this year the silver bells will be wedding bells as FBI agent Jules Cassidy ties the knot with the man of his dreams, Hollywood heartthrob Robin Chadwick.

    Kathy says: "A little less talk, please"
    "Mainstream gay romance - wonderful!"
    Overall

    This book was wonderful, however you should be aware that it will be best enjoyed AFTER reading Hot Target (available here at audible.com) and Force of Nature. Those books can be read out of order of the full series, but for the Jules / Robin romance saga you should think of this book as Part 3 of their story.

    Jules and Robin are two favorite secondary gay characters from past books in the Troubleshooters series, and they are so worth getting to know! Brockmann does a great job bringing gay romance (NOT erotica, there are no heavy sex scenes so don't expect porn) to mainstream publishing. There is also a secondary story with Robin's assistant Dolphina and a reporter named Will, which was very enjoyable. And true to Brockmann, there is plenty of laughs, action and suspense!!

    My only nay say is that I have to agree with a previous review about some of the dialog, but my issue is that this book has really made Robin overly feminine while Jules remained very alpha. In previous books they were always so equal in strength of character, but now we see Robin at times as a stereotypical emotional gay man. For someone who has just come out of a very deep closet, it didn't always ring true. But overall I did love this book, and I so hope we see more Robin and Jules in future books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Simply Unforgettable: Simply Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Mary Balogh
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (74)

    With this, the first in a dazzling new quartet of novels, best-selling author Mary Balogh invites us into a special world, a select academy for young ladies, a world of innocence and temptation. Drawing us into the lives of four women, teachers at Miss Martin's School for Girls, Balogh introduces this novel's marvelous heroine: music teacher Frances Allard...and the man who seduces her with a passion no woman could possibly forget.

    Irisandu2 says: "Pleasant Escape"
    "Great naration, good historical romance"
    Overall

    This was a very enjoyable historical romance, and I really wanted to mention how wonderful the narator was. I've listened to over 200 audio books in my life, and I know the narator can make or break the enjoyment. This was very well done!

    This was my first Mary Balough book, and I found the story to be a very enjoyable, warm and caring romance story. It's a simple story, not full of mystery or erotica like many popular romances. But I did find it engaging. I plan listen to the rest of her books too!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Devil's Cub

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Michael Drew
    Overall
    (397)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (199)

    The excesses of the young Marquis of Vidal are even wilder than his father's before him. Not for nothing is the reckless duellist and gamester called "the Devil's Cub". But when he is forced to leave the country, Mary Challoner discovers his fiendish plan to abduct her sister. Any only by daring to impersonate her can Mary save her sibling from certain ruin.

    Janet says: "Lovely book but narrator missed the mark"
    "Very good"
    Overall

    The naration was well done, and story was captivating. I love historical romances where the heroine reforms a wickedly bad rake, and this book does it very well. I will happily listen to more books by this author if they become available.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Dirty

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Megan Hart
    • Narrated By Elenna Stauffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1004)
    Performance
    (429)
    Story
    (427)

    This is what happened: I met him at the candy store. He turned and smiled at me and I was surprised enough to smile back. This was not a children's candy store, mind you, this was the kind of place you went to buy expensive imported chocolate truffles for your boss' wife because you felt guilty for having sex with him when you were both at a conference in Milwaukee.

    Cynthia says: "Can't get enough!"
    "Erotica with a dark and depressing subplot"
    Overall

    Think chick lit meets erotica with a small sprinkle of romance. This is not a lighthearted “fun and frolic” romance story, but a deeply erotic story laced with a dark and even depressing sub plot. The story is told strictly through the eyes of El, our heroine. Therefore, she is the only person we really delve deep into knowing. El is an emotionally messed up individual who has a great fear of intimacy. Sex is one thing, but true intimacy is quite another. At times, you will not like El. Guaranteed. But you will care for her and wish her the best. Her history will explain all, which is part of the dark and depressing subplot. Dan, our hero, is a great guy. He is a perfect match for a person who has such emotional issues, and they enjoy the same level of sexual pleasures -- including threesomes. (Tastefully done I might add.) He is willing to give El the emotional space she requests, but over time his love for her challenges them both to re-look at their relationship.

    It is an odd mix of stories. The main story is the erotic adventures of El and Dan, but the subplot includes, among other things, sexual abuse. These stories go together like toothpaste and orange juice. Individually I can handle these stories, but woven together it leaves a bad taste in ones mouth. It's not a bad book, but if you are looking for a fun feel good book then be warned there are darker and more depressing subplots that may kill the buzz.

    26 of 28 people found this review helpful

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