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karen

Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books

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  • Wicked Weekend

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Gillian Archer
    • Narrated By Felicity Munroe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Performance
    (355)
    Story
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    Why did Lauren Vaughn introduce her sister to the man she herself was crazy about? Now Lauren is watching the happy couple at their combined bachelor/bachelorette party - while Lauren sits all alone at the bar. Until she spots a hot stranger with the telltale black handkerchief in his pocket: the signal for "seeks no-strings affair with sexy submissive." Lauren can't take her eyes off him. So when he comes over, she kicks her inner good girl to the curb and follows Jamie Forman to his room, where he makes her scream with pleasure all night long.

    Stephanie says: "HOT, SEXY"
    "Boring and predictable"
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    Was looking forward to a quick happy listen but this book was very boring and predictable all round. The sex/ love scenes were not romantic or hot in any way. Lucky it was cheap enough so won't bother returning.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Unbeloved: Undeniable, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Madeline Sheehan
    • Narrated By Tatiana Sokolov
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
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    (51)
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    Jason "Jase" Brady sweeps Dorothy off her feet. As Dorothy patiently waits for Jase to give her the happily-ever-after she's been dreaming about, James "Hawk" Young, a member of the Hell's Horsemen with secrets of his own, sees an opening into Dorothy's life and takes it. What follows is a long and painful journey of self-discovery and forgiveness, as Dorothy comes to realize that home was exactly where she'd left it and the love she'd forever craved had always been within her reach.

    CAROLYN says: "THERE'S PAIN, TEARS, REGRETS & AN ENDURING LOVE"
    ""I wanted to live the fairy tale""
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    There were many things rolling around in my mind when I first saw the cover for UNBELOVED. Mainly that I saw three people on the cover. I know the history of Jace and Dorothy and now the future (me being hopeful) of Dorothy and Hawk. I didn't know what it meant they were both still there (on the cover)...

    But then again, when you go into a Madeline book you know you should just leave your expectations at the door. Along with your apprehension. I have come to care for these characters a great deal and I couldn't wait to see Dorothy in particular get an HEA. As much as I was scared she wouldn't...

    This emotional book - It tore me apart, plain and simple. It’s such an emotional ride about so many broken individuals that it left me feeling a bit sad about the hardships they faced. The things they missed, the bumps they hit. No, some things may not seem fair. Love isn't easy for them. But true love stayed true ’til the end. Through the good and the bad. Dorothy’s story is not the same as the others in the series. And I was perfectly ok with that...

    As much as I cared for Dorothy before, I truly came to understand her and feel for her in this book. Her life, her emotions, her wants and needs. What a life she’s had! Then there’s Jace who might’ve broken my heart too. And lastly there’s Hawk. Who stole my heart...

    Another job very well done for Madeline who manages to suck me into her world with every installment in new ways. Great sex, loads of fucked- up-ness, biker style, It was all supper goodness for me!! I’m such a glutton for more punishment :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautifully Forgotten: Beautifully Damaged Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By L. A. Fiore
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
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    Successful restaurateur Lucien Black’s blue-green eyes and unattainable attitude drive women wild. But his abandonment issues and criminal past have left him emotionally closed off. When a familiar face shows up for a job interview at his nightclub, the ache he has tried to forget tears at his heart—it’s the girl who once healed him...and then abandoned him.

    CAROLYN says: "WOW L A FIORE HAS PACKED A LOT INTO THIS STORY"
    "A Caterpillar turns into a spectacular Butterfly!!"
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    This is a very emotional listen full of soul deep love, mystery, action and loads of hot sex. This story will stay in my soul for a long time and i so hope there will be many more books to come in this wonderful series... :)

    I have been a fan of L.A Fiore’s ever since I read Beautifully Damaged. When I learned that there was going to be another book in follow-up, I shook my little ass in a happy dance and pumped my fists in the air in excitement. I absolutely adored Beautifully Damaged and couldn't wait to get my hands on Beautifully Forgotten. This book picks up shortly after BD finishes – you could probably muddle your way through it without reading the first one, however I don’t recommend that. To truly appreciate this story, you need to hear it from the beginning...

    Lucien and Darcy are on a path of re-discovery with each other. The more time they spend together, the more they come to see that they want to get back what they once had. Unfortunately, the same forces that pushed them apart want nothing more than to make sure things stay that way. Permanently. L.A. Fiore spins a tale of deceit and betrayal that spans generations. Each one is more complicated than the next and packed with more shock value than I knew how to handle...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fighting for Flight: Fighting, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By JB Salsbury
    • Narrated By Ryan West, Erin Mallon
    Overall
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    What happens when in order to win, you're forced to lose? The only daughter of an infamous Las Vegas pimp, Raven Morretti, grew up an outsider. Liberated from the neglectful home of her prostitute mother, she finds solace as a mechanic. With few friends, she's content with the simple life. Flying under the radar is all she knows and more than she expects. Until she catches the eye of local celebrity, UFL playboy, Jonah Slade.

    Yvette says: "WOW! THIS AUDIOBOOK WAS A PERFECT KNOCKOUT!"
    "I'll always hold you when you're scared..."
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    This book was Totally satisfying Candy, straight out heart punching greatness... The whole book was just so freaking intense with the heart-pumping scenes, either the awesome fights or the sexy as fuck sex scenes this book is just one Yummy full package... Jonah - Wow - I just instantly fell head over heels for this man. He was just the sweetest. He really wasn't used to the strong emotions he felt towards Raven and he couldn't control them... I so loved that....

    Raven Moretti... I swear, if I was her, I'd probably be such a crybaby. But I thank God every second that she wasn't. She was actually tough, but she wasn't stubborn and sh didn't put up walls to block Jonah out. She just went with the flow and took risks when it came to love, since she was just as much of an amateur at it as he was. She was so damn innocent that it was adorable. Not the fake and forced kind of innocent. Like, real innocent. She couldn't even curse...

    This is a must listen and I cant wait for book 2, so wish it was out now :)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mating Brand

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Laurann Dohner
    • Narrated By G. C. VanCoudts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (111)

    Brand meets his dream girl in college - a half-human, half-leopard shapeshifter who cannot shift. Werewolves and cats are natural enemies, but the power of their sexual chemistry overwhelms them. She steals his heart and makes him whole. When she abandons him it fractures his world and he knows no woman can ever take her place. Though many seek his attention, he is cold and unattainable.

    karen says: "“Mine” she whispered against his skin “Fuck Yes""
    "“Mine” she whispered against his skin “Fuck Yes""
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    Brand and Charma come from two different worlds and their kinds aren't allowed to be together. I hear you. I too hate when characters are ripped apart for years then brought back together, but this worked for me. Charma had to make some tough choices at a pretty young age. The cat shifter community runs with stricter and more harsh laws so she did what she had to do to save her family, leaving Brand behind thinking that maybe he could move on and find someone who could really be his mate...

    Nine years later Charma is stuck with an abusive husband/mate who she was forced to be with to keep her family safe. He is abusive in all ways and it’s extremely heartbreaking. The first 10% really pulls at the heartstrings in making me feel for Charma and understanding why she did what she did. Now that her family is safe she could run, but she doesn't have anywhere to go and has no idea how to even find Brand. She believes the chances of him not having moved on are none. Then one day she finds out her pack is about to attack another and she sees his photo in the stack of targets. She still loves him deeply and if there is one thing she can do it is at least save his life and warn him of what’s coming...

    Most of the story is a gush of love and mating heat sex with a nice dab of Action included into this wonderful mix... This book is Full of All the Good Stuff Laurann can throw into a fab story... Bring on book 4, I cant wiat :)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Raphael: Vampires In America, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By D.B. Reynolds
    • Narrated By Traci Odom
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (100)
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    (101)

    Powerful and charismatic, Raphael is a Vampire Lord, one of the few who hold the power of life and death over every vampire in existence. Thousands call him Master and have pledged absolute loyalty on their very lives. But when, in a brazen and deadly daylight attack, a gang of human killers kidnaps the one female vampire he'd give his life for, Raphael turns to a human investigator to find his enemies before it's too late.

    CAROLYN says: "WOW, WHAT A THRILLING NEW VAMP FEST"
    "A wonderful classic Vamp story with a Sexy Punch"
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    Raphael - a very Sexy Alpha Vampire, is lip-smackingly heart throbing swoon worthy and totally delicious... He’s actually Lord Raphael, one of 8 Vampire Lords that control the USA...

    Cyn, a Private Investigator, is hired to locate Raphael’s kidnapped sister, Alexandra. The only leads they have are two of the (human) guards, and Cyn is invited to interrogate the second – after Raphael has already ‘questioned’ the first... Cyn has worked with bloodsuckers before and has a healthy respect for their strength and power. She has never found one attractive before...

    This is a classic vampire tale, powerful vamp meets cynical woman, he claims her, she falls in love… but DB Reynolds has breathed new life into what could have been a tired genre. Cynthia is refreshing. She is a wisecracking smart-mouth who never knows when to shut up – and makes mistakes. There's great Sexy time pus action and i can't wait for book 2 to be released so i can snap it up!! :)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Sun

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By MJ Fredrick
    • Narrated By Erin Mallon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (45)

    This wasn’t the adventure she’d signed up for…A sexy boss, a rough crossing, and pirates - all Brylie Winston wanted was a job to help her earn money to buy her own restaurant. She hopes to earn it by working as a chef on a cruise to Antarctica. But she’s slept with her boss, which throws her off-balance even more than the rough seas and warnings of pirates in the area. And he’s determined to have a repeat performance.

    Eleanor Hoyte T&T says: "Entertaiing, Fast Paced Adventure"
    "Fast paced - Great Action & Sexy times!!"
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    This book was better than i though it was going to be... I love the first scenes especially when Marcus finds out that Brylie is also the Captains daughter... You can see that there is going to be some really great scenes between them, but I’d never of guessed the amount of action that was about to unfold. This is quite a fasted paced story with great action and some sexy steamy scenes. Most enjoyable and well narrated by Erin Mallon...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winters Heat: Titan, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Cristin Harber
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (153)

    After putting her life on the line to protect classified intelligence, military psychologist Mia Kensington is on a cross-country road trip from hell with an intrusive save-the-day hero. Uninterested in his white knight act, she'd rather take her chances without the ruggedly handsome, cold-blooded operative who boasts an alpha complex and too many guns. Colby Winters, an elite member of The Titan Group, has a single objective on his black ops mission: recover a document important to national security.

    Shaan Hess says: "Suspense, hot sex and great heart!"
    "Yummy Hot and Full of Greatness !!"
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    I’m in love with Mia & Colby - 5 stars and I’d rate it higher if I could!
    I listened in a single sitting and couldn't seem to put the book down. I enjoyed the suspense, definite Heat and action, and to be honest, this was a fresh of breathe air. I was in a reading funk until I picked this up an this book bought me straight out of it!!!

    I loved the characters, they had chemistry together, and I found them interesting outside of the main plot. The supporting cast were full of chuckle ready moments, and I loved the snappy and quirky way everyone worked together. It felt right, and if you know how insane military life is and the bonds formed, then you can’t not relate...

    The plot itself was explosive although it built up in the beginning. Just when you think, okay it’s over, something else would happen. I’ve never been kidnapped or had to rescue someone who was kidnapped, but again the story felt right and not overdone, a [erfect mix... I can't wait for book 2... :)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Parallel Seduction: Parallel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Deidre Knight
    • Narrated By Joel Richards
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Lieutenant Scott Dillon isn't an overly complicated man - he has a rebel military operation to command and alien enemies to battle. But he also must cohabitate with humans in the middle of his unit's temporary home in remote Wyoming- humans who suddenly interest him on a much more personal level than ever before. Well, one human has enticed him, to be more precise: a female FBI linguist who not only speaks his native language, but managed to save his life in one of the worst fire fights he ever experienced - despite also being blind. That she's beautiful and alluringly sensual only arouses his interest even more.

    karen says: "Another Fabulous installment by the great Deidre!"
    "Another Fabulous installment by the great Deidre!"
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    Parallel Seduction is the third installment in Deidre Knight's Awesome Parallel series. This series is filled with heart-pounding action, plot twists, passion and great steamy romance. I was totally hooked from the first book in this series and have already downloaded the 4th installment "Parallel Desire" and can't wait to get listening... You really need to listen to this series in order as most of the characters progress and are included in every book as the entire story grows... :)

    Warrior Jake Tierny travels back in time to stop traitor Marco McKinley and protect Kelsey and Jared, his beloved queen and king. But when Jake arrives, he discovers that Marco somehow had a change of heart and is no longer a threat. Now Jake is trapped in a time with people, who under no circumstances, can ever find out his true identity. As he makes his escape, he sees her. One look into FBI linguist Hope Harper's eyes and he finds it difficult to return to his time in the future. He then makes a decision that could change their future forever.

    Now the chase is on to find Jake. The king calls on his most trusted lieutenant and best friend Scott Dillon, a man who's clearly at war with himself. First of all, Scott is a human hybrid who has a hard time being around humans, and he refuses to succumb to his Antousian nature. Now he must track a fellow Antousian. As he begins his quest, Scott discovers that Jake is not running alone. Scott is further shocked when he learns that Hope is with Jake. Wait until he finds out why.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Your Corner: Redemption, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Sarah Castille
    • Narrated By Lucy Rivers
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (64)

    Two years ago, Jake and Amanda were going hot and heavy. But when Jake wanted more, Amanda walked away. Jake immersed himself in mixed martial arts, living life on the edge. But that didn't dull the pain of Amanda's rejection - until a chance encounter throws them together. A high-powered lawyer, Amanda was a no-strings-attached kind of girl. But two years after her breakup with Jake, she still hasn't found anyone who gets her heart pumping the way he did.

    Lia says: "Absolutley loved this story!!"
    "A red Hot Angsty Listen full of Yummy Alpha Men"
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    I love Sarah's writing style, she defiantly has the ability to draw you into the story and hold you there till the very end... :)

    Jake and Amanda make for a steamy read. Jake is an alpha male 100% and makes his girl come undone (and not just in the bedroom) Sarah’s writing flows so beautifully that you are disappointed when the book is over. The suspense in this story had me on the edge of my seat. I kept waiting for the next problem to arise and destroy the budding relationship...

    We get all the previous secondary characters from book one entwined into this story and i adored how they are so fun loving and fierce in their love for family/friends. I loved Penny and hope for her happy ending... Yummy Ray, what can I say about him other than I need his happy ending as well. I even liked Drake. I cannot wait to read the next book and find out who are the main characters and what kind of trouble they can get into.... Hurry please bring on the next....:)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Five Ways to Fall: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By K. A. Tucker
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Louise, Deacon Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
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    (128)
    Story
    (129)

    Purple-haired, sharp-tongued Reese MacKay knows all about making the wrong choice; she's made plenty of them in her twenty-odd-years. She moves to Miami with the intention of hitting reset on her irresponsible life, and she does quite well...aside from an epically humiliating one-night stand in Cancun with a hot blond bouncer named Ben. After three long years of balancing law school with his job as a bouncer at Penny's Palace, Ben's ready to lead a more mature life - until his first day of work, when he finds himself in the office of that crazy, hot chick he met in Cancun.

    Yetty says: "Perfection in every sentence"
    "A disappointing end to a great series :("
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    The book begins with us getting Reese 's back story that doesn't ally have a lot to do with the main story line. Then we see her meet Ben in Cancun, after this embarrassing encounter she thinks to never see Ben again. Until she finds out he's working for her stepfather. Now these two start to become semi friends under strange circumstances that may lead to more if they can overcome their issues...

    This book was okay. I liked it but no where as much as previous books. I so loved them... I felt this one got rather boring times... I just really didn't care for Reese, there was just something about her that rubbed me the wrong way. As the last story in the series I wish we had gotten to see a little more of the characters from previous books.. Not a book i would listen to again sadly...

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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