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I love Audible! Being a full time wife, mother, and career leaves no time to actually read. Audio books give me my fix anytime and anywhere.

Morgan City, LA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Walking Disaster: Disaster, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jamie McGuire
    • Narrated By Dan Bittner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (705)
    Performance
    (656)
    Story
    (669)

    Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she died: Love hard. Fight harder. In Walking Disaster, the life of Travis is full of fast women, underground gambling, and violence. Just when he thought he was invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees. Every story has two sides. In Jamie McGuire's New York Times best seller Beautiful Disaster, Abby had her say. Now it's time to see the story through Travis's eyes.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Simple AMAZING! Better than Book 1!"
    "FOR THE LOVE OF TRAVIS!!!!!"
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    Beautiful Disaster rocked my world and brought me into the mature YA genre, introducing me to so many great novels. So of course I had to experience this wonderful young romance all over again told from the other side and was not disappointed for even a second. For those who read/listen to "Beautiful Disaster" and think the same story from a different voice isn't worth your time, well Travis's view is incredible and brought me to so many emotional brinks but if not just for that the prologue and epilogue definitely makes this novel worth it. "Walking Disaster" began the trend of authors writing the male perspective of already published romances and for damn good reasons!
    If you fell for strong fast talking bad ass Travis Maddox the first time then hearing his point of view and knowing the true depth of his heart will have you head over heels in love!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Sarai: A Novel (In the Company of Killers)

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By J. A. Redmerski
    • Narrated By Stephen Bel Davies, Kate Reinders
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (128)

    Sarai was only fourteen when her mother uprooted her to live in Mexico with a notorious drug lord. Over time she forgot what it was like to live a normal life, but she never let go of her hope to escape the compound where she has been held for the past nine years. Victor is a cold-blooded assassin who, like Sarai, has known only death and violence since he was a young boy. When Victor arrives at the compound to collect details and payment for a hit, Sarai sees him as her only opportunity for escape.

    laura says: "I LOVED being in their company"
    "I LOVED being in their company"
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    First I want to say that author J.A. Redmerski is a very good writer. Her style is thoroughly descriptive and imaginative without being to much and has a way of developing unusual characters to the point of them becoming real people within your mind. Redmerski's skill and authentic talent for story telling is reason enough to read/listen to any one of her books but
    In The Company Killers series has become my favorite.

    "Killing Sarai" is not for the faint of heart. It is not from the cookie cutter mold of familiar romances or action suspense....It is of its own mold all together
    It is a literary sculpture sophisticatedly created to enthrall you, thrill you, break your heart, painfully put it back together, and completely change the way you think for a little while.The end result bringing you just enough satisfaction to have you ADDICTED!!
    At least, for me, that is how I interpret this dark and disturbingly beautiful novel.

    "Killing Sarai" is no story of redemption or absolution or good conquering all. This is a story of survival, retribution, vengeance, and being bound by deathly obligations. There are really no "good guys". This is about how sometimes only bad can defeat bad; on how you must have one wing in the fire in order to beat back demons. The romance built with in the walls of this alarming and bone-chilling world can hardly be referred to as "true love" or anything so conventional. The developing connection between these two conflicted-complicated-multifaceted characters is so strong and impacting it reaches beyond the simple guide lines of "falling in love" and touches more on a sense of belonging and ownership in equal measurements. The sense so heavily forceful and strange that they aren't able to really comprehend only left to follow carnal instinct that they can never be separated or go back to the way they were. Its so atypical that I am having a hard time explaining....but the notion grips me and I can't seem to let it go.

    I don't want to really touch on the narration since the other reviewers give explanation enough. All I want to say is that while the pairing of voice and character might not seem perfectly matched, as this novel progresses it will hardly detract from the experience. "Killing Sarai" is COMPLETELY worth your credit/money. Download NOW!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Beautifully Damaged: Beautifully Damaged, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By L. A. Fiore
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (377)
    Performance
    (359)
    Story
    (365)

    Ember Walsh is a trusting soul with the quiet beauty of her late mother, who perished in a mysterious car crash when Ember was three. A little tomboyish from being raised by her father, Ember packs a punch when a stranger gets pushy with her in a bar, catching the steely blue eyes of a tall, gorgeous tattooed man — Trace Montgomery. Still damaged from her last disastrous relationship and warned off the bad boy by friends, Ember fights the smoldering heat that Trace sparks in her when he begins shadowing her like a dark angel.

    Donna Thomas says: "Great Story"
    "In My Opinion...Don't do it"
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    Just go some place else. Let save you from wasting your time....

    I was depending on this one to give me a dash of something different...something that could surprise and intrigue me (due to its reviews) but that isn't what happened. Instead of something fresh, what I got is something I truly despise in the literary world...the TREND NOVEL!!!!!

    A trend novel 'tis a most foul thing to experience, I must tell you. If you aren't aware of my meaning...a trend novel is when a writer (or team of writers I suspect) gather information on whatever was most popular in its genre from the months to a year prior, compiles it all together, shoves into one book, and then hurriedly put into distribution with the perception of giving the reader what it wants. Unfortunately, with publishers having little regard for quality and good editing, no effort is made to add original thought/ideas and is typically poorly written. Pitifully, the only thing impressive about "Beautifully Damaged" is it managed to accomplish all these sins! If you need more to keep from selecting "Add to Cart" or even "Wish List" let me explain how I came to this conclusion...

    Character recipe for our main man, Trace, is made up of nearly half Travis (Beautiful Disaster) and half Remmington (Real trilogy) with just a pinch of Christian/Gideon (50 Shades/Bared to You trilogies) mixed in to make him "well rounded", but he is given not a single ingredient to set him a part, and thus made his utter hottness cool to mediocre and delectable allure to turn sour. Leading Lady Ember has no recipe really...she is just that normal insecure girl-next-door whom is pretty and talented but doesn't know it and only realizes she is special when some sexy superhero type tells her so...BORING and ANNOYING! Ember is the kind of character written to make the female reader relate to her and fantasize that one day she to could have HEA with a man that seems more god than human, which is fine really, but Ember lacks anything necessary to make the character interesting. Personality wise, she's a yawn, and so insecure that it is absurd and nauseating. I don't even believe I would want to be her friend in real life. Any supporting characters were either obnoxious douche-bags or pathetically ordinary people with good intentions and might as well have remained faceless or nameless.
    H/H story is so well known and familiar that it reminds me of alphabetical order. I could recite this tale of 'shy-good-girl falls for dangerous-bad-boy' and not spoil a thing because if you like romance you have ALREADY read/listened to this novel. It just has a different title and by a more superior novelist with more wit, imagination, character development, emotional connection, clever descriptions, etc. etc. "Beautifully Damaged" isn't just following the trends and totally text book but was also written like a text book! It was so matter-of-fact, stunted, and any attention to detail was LOST; all while time progressed in the most unnatural way! The unexpected twists mentioned by others is really just poor perception. It only seemed that way because for great chunks of this novel you have no idea what's going on due to characters being put in places/circumstances/conversation that don't belong or weren't properly explained. A good book (predictable or unpredictable) should have natural progression with fluid transition. "Beautifully Damaged" ignored those vital notions and tries to make up for it by claiming to be edgy...please...I wish I had been fooled. Then I wouldn't feel as if I wasted my time or money.

    I gave this title a total of two stars for the content because there had been some bright spots with a few great one-liners that were either funny or insightful, but that hardly redeems it since I can get that from TV. Sex scenes were pretty steamy, but there is a legion of erotic romances that provide as much, so it is almost not worth mentioning. The narrator was sub-par, not bad but also not really suited for this book. What points I'm giving to "Beautifully Damaged" is mostly because I'm a nice person. Bottom line is that Audible has so much better to offer than this deplorable TREND NOVEL! Don't make the same mistake I made and go spend you credit/money elsewhere.

    3 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Rule: A Marked Men Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jay Crownover
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake, Michael Rahhal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (354)
    Performance
    (334)
    Story
    (336)

    Shaw Landon loved Rule Archer from the moment she laid eyes on him. Rule is everything a straight-A pre-med student like Shaw shouldn't want - and the only person she's never tried to please. She isn't afraid of his scary piercings and tattoos or his wild attitude. Though she knows that Rule is wrong for her, her heart just won't listen.

    Jordy says: "An opposites attract love story......"
    "Like and Lust but not Love"
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    I really enjoy unrequited love becoming requited. It has to be one of my favorite subject lines for the romances. This novel also had some really laugh out loud moments so that's another plus for me...I think every book should at least have a little humor. Shaw was a wonderful Heroine: beautiful, sharp, and strong willed...she was locked in this horrible shell and eventually cracked the barrier then broke on through as her own woman! Loved that! Rule is new book boyfriend worthy....definitely...I love a tattooed bad boy but go ahead an add on tall and lean with a bad attitude I'm hooked! Along with being my mind's wet dream I didn't like him all the time and didn't even try to reason his flaws, which sounds bad but when you think about it all great men they aren't likable all the time.The fact that Rule is just a douche sometimes makes the story more real, and that's what's important to me. The side plots for this novel were pretty intense and added an emotional depth that other novels won't try for and I really enjoyed my heart strings being tugged for reasons outside the H/H...makes a romance novel stand a part from the rest. AAAANNND the narrators were above decent.
    SO WHY DID I NOT GIVE THIS 5 STARS????
    The way its written, plain and simple. I didn't like the slang and some parts of the dialogue didn't flow or feel natural. There are areas of this novel that seem really rushed and others to drawn out, it just wasn't always consistent. BUT this novel is still worth your time and credit because author Jay Crownover has some good stories to tell and this is the first one within a series...I'm sure her writing style improves and matures as we move on. I'm optimistic and I think this is a great start to a new MA series and am really looking forward to Audible releasing the rest of the Marked Men novels.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Player

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Christina Lauren
    • Narrated By Grace Grant, Sebastian York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (746)
    Performance
    (706)
    Story
    (704)

    When Hanna Bergstrom receives a lecture from her overprotective brother about neglecting her social life and burying herself in grad school, she's determined to tackle his implied assignment: get out, make friends, start dating. And who better to turn her into the sultry siren every man wants than her brother's gorgeous best friend, Will Sumner, venture capitalist and unapologetic playboy?

    Katheryne says: "5 Smoking Hot Stars!"
    "Go on and PLAY ME"
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    I just love this series. These novels are the best things I've ever seen come out of fan fiction!They are all just so raw and real...there is no ridiculous dialogue or slow lull or unnecessary detailing and at times when you think it might be to much turns out it was just enough. And the best part about every novel with in this series gives you something different than the last. Beautiful Bastard gave you hot passion erupting from fast talking hot heads, Beautiful Stranger gave you deliciously playful creativity and discovery, and with Beautiful Player...well I really can only think of one way to put it...you get the BUILD UP!!
    The way author-duo Christina Lauren developed the sexual tension and growing affection for the H/H was just about hotter than the actual intimacy scenes! It was so topsy-turvy from the previous novels where they just threw you straight into the flames and hope you like the burn, but with Beautiful Player this was like being slow cooked on simmer until brought to boiling...and you know what...I LIKED IT!!!! I liked it ALOT!! Bravo Christina Lauren for doing something different and doing it well. This slow march up the incline gave you the chance to really develop a fondness for the characters and appreciate the friendship that bloomed into so much more, but all the while you are still on the edge of the seat anxious to meet the peak! I applaud the authors as well as the narrators. Grace Grant was great as usual and Mr. Sebastian York (makes growling noises) well that deep rasp can go ahead read the phone book to me and I will happily listen to every word.
    Bottom line:
    USE CREDIT NOW!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret of Ella and Micha

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jessica Sorensen
    • Narrated By Megan Hayes, Lake Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (44)

    A rule-breaker with a fiery attitude, Ella always wore her heart on her sleeve. Then, she left everything behind to go to college, where she transformed into someone who follows the rules, keeps everything together, and hides all her problems. Now it's summer break and she has nowhere else to go but home. But once there, Ella fears that everything she's worked so hard to bury might resurface - especially with Micha living right next door.

    Jordy says: "Another great New Adult Romance!!"
    "Sweet and Touching"
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    This young adult novel was pretty good. It was very sweet and heart felt. Depending on your upbringing, seeing into the "secrets" of Ella and Micha will either reach out to you in a way that soothe your own wounds and maybe settle conflicts within yourself; or give you a window into what that can be like for a young person going through some of life's greatly unfair tragedies in life and how that can mold someone. I liked this novel mostly because the main characters overcame and grew from the obstacles they were faced in by realizing their love from one another. Their unconditional friendship and force-of-nature passion for one another melting and mixing together to create this unbreakable bond is quite beautiful to witness. The only thing that kept me from giving this novel 5 stars is because to me this novel feels very real, which is good, but is lacking the details of reality. Ya know? To me the core of this story is based within real life, it isn't like similar novels that have impossible situations/places/people, but looses its credibility by lacking details in the past and present background. You are might agree or disagree, but either way its worth the credit to find out for yourself. ;)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mystery Man

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Kate Russell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (846)
    Performance
    (803)
    Story
    (806)

    Gwendolyn Kidd has met the man of her dreams. He's hot, he's sexy, and what started as a no-names-exchanged night of passion has blossomed into a year and a half-long pleasure fest. Sure, it's a little strange that he only appears in her bed at night, but Gwen is so sure he's the one, she just can't turn him away…. Hawk Delgado knows more about Gwen than she could ever imagine. She's gorgeous, headstrong, and skittish about relationships. But Hawk is facing his own demons, demons that keep him from connecting with anyone.

    Angela says: "Fan-freakin-tastic!!!!!"
    "Fan-Freaking-Tastic!"
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    This was just what I needed! I was stuck in my book club's monthly selection that was slow and not picking up the pace, so I stopped that audio to try and find something adventurous, fun, hot, and juicy...you know something you can sink your teeth into? I found it all right here! Adventurous enough to have my adrenaline still pumping, so much fun my cheeks still hurt from grinning, Hot to the point of beating the heat of this Louisiana summer, and so juicy I can feel it dripping off my chin! Mystery Man makes into my top 10 of contemporary romances, maybe even top 5 but that's to hard to narrow down. This novel has it ALL ladies and gentlemen...you will laugh out loud in the middle of the grocery store, have you crying and with a baffled husband cause he doesn't understand why, make you so mad the kids will wonder what they did wrong, and have you so hot and bothered you wish you hadn't started listening at work! All of that was true by the way, if you couldn't tell, because once I started this audio I COULD NOT STOP! I was not able to with the way the author just tosses you into the story and you are gripped from the dang prologue! I could go into detail as to why I LOVED EVERY SECOND of this book but then I might go on forever so just TRUST ME on this one guys...Our heroine is a total day dreaming girly girl but incredibly lovable, our hero is infuriating yet perfect Alpha Soldier (Don't you just love a good drool worthy soldier?), and all supporting characters were amazingly well rounded bringing a lot of great humor and realistic qualities to help you relate to this sometimes out-of-this world story. This whole novel is well rounded in fact, with high voltage action, comedy, hot romance, and just the right amount of heart break before it wraps up so nicely it makes you sigh because it was wonderful and now its over. I will definitely be re-listening to Mystery Man on a day when I can't make up my mind on what to move onto next, and YOU should get your first listen on RIGHT NOW,credit or no credit, this one is worth your money!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Real

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Katy Evans
    • Narrated By Charlotte Penfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (605)
    Performance
    (563)
    Story
    (567)

    One night was all it took, and I forgot everything and anything except the sexy fighter in the ring who sets my mind ablaze and my body on fire with wanting. Remington Tate is the strongest, most confusing man I've ever met in my life. He's the star of the dangerous underground fighting circuit, and I'm drawn to him as I've never been drawn to anything in my life. I forget who I am, what I want, with just one look from him. When he's near, I need to remind myself that I am strong - but he is stronger.

    Jordy says: "5 SERIOUSLY SMOKING HOT INTENSE STARS!!! "
    "On the way to Greatness"
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    Sometimes a great book is nearly ruined by a bad ending, and sometimes an OK book is made great by a fantastic ending. The latter is what happened with this particular novel. I applaud Miss Evans for her great talent for sensual detail, this woman has a great ability to make her readers/listeners literally feel and experience what her heroine is going through along with a way of building suspense, sexual or otherwise, is quite astonishing. But I hope she has paid attention to the reviews for editing the sequel because the only thing that kept me from giving this novel 5 stars was the excessive insight to Brooke's head and her bodily reactions to Remington. I always prefer audio books but even if I was recommending this to an avid reader I would say, "Don't read it, listen to it, because otherwise you might not make it to the WONDERFULLY INCREDIBLE ending!" As a listener over a reader I have the choice to tune out the long winded parts and check back in when this brilliant romance takes off again, and I reiterate, at its core this story is a BRILLIANT ROMANCE. Brooke is strong and willful and at times made me laugh out loud during this intense plot, and Remington....Oh Remington...ladies he really really makes this book worth your while, please trust me. I'm married but wish I could still meet a man like him because the way his character is portrayed just makes me want to know him. My hopes for the second novel is to learn more about the Alpha Hero, Remi, and that Miss Evans spends more time with her awesome supporting characters rather inside Brooke's head. If you are interested in something steamy, tantalizing, and heart wrenchingly suspenseful go ahead and use credit/buy now, despite this novels small flaws its worth knowing what it means be someone's REAL.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Stranger

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Christina Lauren
    • Narrated By Grace Grant, Jonathan R. Cole
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1032)
    Performance
    (961)
    Story
    (956)

    Escaping a cheating ex, finance whiz Sara Dillon's moved to New York City and is looking for excitement and passion without a lot of strings attached. So meeting the irresistible, sexy Brit at a dance club should have meant nothing more than a night's fun. But the manner - and speed - with which he melts her inhibitions turns him from a one-time hookup into her Beautiful Stranger.

    Jordy says: "Delicious!!"
    "Creative! Creative! Creative!"
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    I listened to "Beautiful Bastard" and enjoyed it immensely, so when "Beautiful Stranger" was released I downloaded immediately.
    This novel was better...flat out better. Why, you ask...because the intimate encounters in this novel are not only steamy and delicious but OH SO CREATIVE! I don't mean to spoil the book for anyone so I cannot go into detail, but trust me when I say that scenes from this novel will get your wheels turning on how to spice up your own love life! I've literally never listened/read a novel that gave me sex like this and Bravo for that!
    On a second note, I also believe this story was much more well thought out and planned then its predecessor and that is such a good thing to see, don't ya think? In "Beautiful Bastard" you are left to believe that these characters already really know one another, for the most part due to their work situation, but in "Beautiful Stranger" you really get to watch it all unfold before you and that is half of the fun!
    And lastly, Cole's narration in his very realistic and very sexy british accent brings this audio to meet the highest of your expectations. He makes me want to check for other books narrated by him and just listen for the sake of listening despite its content!
    As I finish up this review all it makes me want to do is start "Beautiful Stranger" from the beginning and experience it all over again...now that really says something.
    This isn't just worth a credit...its worth your money...so download NOW!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow's Claim: Immortals After Dark: The Dacians, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (860)
    Performance
    (804)
    Story
    (807)

    Shadow's Claim features Prince Trehan Daciano, a ruthless master assassin who will use every lethal skill he possesses to defend his imperiled kingdom - as well as his newfound princess. When an ancient secret threatens to destroy them all, can Dacia's notorious prince of shadows keep his Bride alive against all odds?

    Katheryne says: "Paranormal Romance at it's finest! KC is the best"
    "MORE MORE MORE"
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    For paranormal romance lovers you must Eat, Breathe, and Live for Kresley Cole's written word and the way Robert Petkoff reads it! I rarely find such a fantastic pairing or author/narrator and Cole/Petkoff are a match made in heaven! I have listened to all of the Immortal After Dark series available on Audible, I'm seriously addicted to living inside The Lore. The first installment of the Dacians just left me panting and begging for more of the high volume action and scorching sexual heat! Cole's novels really have everything you are looking for if this is your thing, if it isn't you should still try it to see if you may be converted. USE THE CREDIT NOW!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jennifer E. Smith
    • Narrated By Casey Holloway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (67)

    Today should be one of the worst days of 17-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. She's stuck at JFK, late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon to be step-mother that Hadley's never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport's cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he's British, and he's in seat 18C. Hadley's in 18A.

    Tabitha says: "Quick, Sweet, & Funny"
    "A yummy snack"
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    This novel is short and sweet. Its unabridged so you get the whole story but the perfect length for a short road trip or a day of spring cleaning. The title is what drew me in. Made me tilt my head and say "hmmm...interesting", and really it is.
    The story is fun, funny, endearing, tugs at your heart strings just a little, and has you on the edge of your seat for a bit. It is surprisingly well rounded for less than 6 hours of listening and makes "love at first sight" seem like more of a possibility than a dream. This isn't a novel that will consume you but still good stuff, like eating a snack to hold you over until you're next fulfilling meal. Enjoy!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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