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  • Perfect Chemistry

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Simone Elkeles
    • Narrated By Roxanne Hernandez, Blas Kisic
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (205)

    When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created perfect life is about to unravel before her eyes. She's forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, and he is about to threaten everything she's worked so hard for her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect.

    Leslie says: "Perfect Chemisty has perfect chemistry."
    RITA Award Winner, Best Young Adult Romance, 2010
  • Oh. My. Gods.

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Tera Lynn Childs
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (98)

    When Phoebe's mom returns from Greece with a new husband and moves them to an island in the Aegean, Phoebe's plans for her senior year and track season are ancient history. Now she must attend the uberexclusive academy, where admission depends on pedigree, namely, ancestry from Zeus, Hera, and other Greek gods. Thatï¿¿ï¿¿s right, they're real, not myth, and their teen descendants are like the classical heroes - supersmart and superbeautiful with a few superpowers.

    michael says: "Dont judge a book by its cover"
    RITA Award Winner, Best First Book, 2009
  • Not Another Bad Date

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rachel Gibson
    • Narrated By Nicole Poole
    Overall
    (404)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (224)

    Rachel Gibson's spunky New York Times best-selling romances are confectionary treats for listeners. Curvaceous Adele Harris is prepared to give up dating forever. But when she travels home to console her sister, whose marriage is on the rocks, she runs into ex-flame Zach Zemaitis - and passions are reignited.

    SIMARA says: "Second chance love with a ghostly twist..."
    RITA Award Winner, Best Contemporary Single Title Romance, 2009
  • Tribute

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (411)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (188)

    Finally out of the celebrity spotlight and away from her mother's demands, Cilla is free to do what she loves: fixing up houses for profit. Her current project is personal. The Shenandoah Valley farm house was once the vacation home of Hollywood luminary Janet Hardy, Cilla's grandmother. When Cilla uncovers a stash of her grandmother's private letters, and begins asking questions about the past, she becomes the target of a crazed killer.

    Jesse says: "With a Mystery thrown in"
    RITA Award Winner, Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements, 2009
  • Just Wait 'Til You Have Children of Your Own!

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Erma Bombeck, Bil Keane
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    If you're young, old, or in the middle, get ready to laugh out loud with Erma Bombeck, America's funniest lady. This outrageously witty book proves that humor is the best way to keep on keel - even with a teenager in the house. You've finally figured out what makes your child tick, when one day you wake up to discover a teenager under your roof. Suddenly life is filled with a whole new set of worries.

    Sandra says: "Oldie but Goodie"
    RITA Award Winner, Best Inspirational Romance, 2008
  • Silent in the Grave

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deanna Raybourn
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (747)
    Performance
    (309)
    Story
    (308)

    Let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave. These ominous words, slashed from the pages of a book of Psalms, are the last threat that the darling of London society, Sir Edward Grey, receives from his killer. Before he can show them to Nicholas Brisbane, the private inquiry agent he has retained for his protection, Sir Edward collapses and dies at his London home, in the presence of his wife, Julia, and a roomful of dinner guests.

    Parusski says: "Happily surprised"
    RITA Award Winner, Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements, 2008
  • Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Julia Quinn
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (134)

    Miranda Cheever has been blessed with many things, but great beauty is not among them. Still, when she meets Viscount Tuner, she knows she is meant for him. As the years go by, fate is as kind to Miranda as it is harsh on the Viscount. He's skeptical about love with good reason - but he may be falling for Miranda

    Teresa says: "Light and fun romance."
    RITA Award Winner, Best Regency Historical Romance, 2008
  • Ice Blue

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Anne Stuart
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    Overall
    (332)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (92)

    Museum curator Summer Hawthorne considered the exquisite ice-blue ceramic bowl given to her by her beloved Japanese nanny a treasure of sentimental value, until somebody tried to kill her for it.

    Carey says: "Intense"
    RITA Award Winner, Best Romantic Suspense, 2008
  • Wicked Lovely

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Melissa Marr
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (419)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (190)

    Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in the mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty - especially if they learn of her Sight - and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens.

    Brande says: "Wonderful!"
    RITA Award Winner, Best Young Adult Romance, 2008
  • Revealed

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Tamera Alexander
    • Narrated By Barbara McCulloh
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    Pursued by a Texas bounty hunter, Matthew returns to Fountain Creek, Colorado, to apologize to his brother for insulting his wife Annabelle and to share his Idaho homestead. Learning that his brother has left already, he answers an ad for someone to guide a widow to Idaho. But he's shocked to see the widow is Annabelle, a woman whose sordid past repulses him.

    Deborah says: "Wonderful story"
    RITA Award Winner, Best Inspirational Romance, 2007
  • On the Way to the Wedding

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Julia Quinn
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (81)

    This Regency-era tale closes best-selling author Julia Quinn's popular and critically acclaimed Bridgerton series. Gregory Bridgerton has watched love simply walk into the lives of his six siblings, so he has just been waiting for his turn. When he sees beautiful Hermione Watson, he is sure he has found his soul-mate. But then Hermione's friend Lucy informs him that Hermione's heart belongs to another.

    Julia Aryeh says: "decent!"
    RITA Award Winner, Best Long Historical Romance, 2007
  • A NASCAR Holiday

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Kimberly Raye, Roxanne St. Claire, Debra Webb
    • Narrated By Elenna Stauffer, Lauren Davis, Alyson Silverman
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    All Savannah Calloway wants for Christmas is a chance to prove her talent with an engine...and hot young NASCAR driver Mackenzie Briggs is ready to play Santa. But they soon find that winning the race isn't nearly as important as winning each other's hearts.

    Shelly says: "A Nascar Holiday"
    RITA Award Winner, Best Romantic Novella, 2007
  • Blackout

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Annie Solomon
    • Narrated By Carol Monda
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    A champion of smart, feisty heroines who are ready to take on all comers, Solomon administers equal doses of seduction and thrills in her rousing fiction. Margot Scott doesn't remember who she is, but someone definitely wants her dead. Enter secret agent Jake Wise to help her - but it might just be him who needs saving.

    RITA Award Winner, Best Romantic Suspense, 2007
  • Lady Luck's Map of Vegas

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Barbara Samuel
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    A successful web designer, 40-year-old India has a fabulously hip life in Denver. When her father passes away, India's flamboyant mother, Eldora, has no plans to mourn peacefully. She insists they hit the road on an unpredictable journey to the city that changed her life forever, so many years ago: Las Vegas. Along the way, they'll look for India's twin, Gypsy, a brilliant artist who lives a nomadic life in the remote mountain towns of New Mexico.

    Marilyn R. Yetzbacher says: "great characters"
    RITA Award Winner, Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements, 2006
  • Bet Me

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Deanna Hurst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1336)
    Performance
    (700)
    Story
    (715)

    Min Dobbs knows that happily-ever-after is a fairy tale, especially with a man who asked her to dinner to win a bet. Cal Morrisey knows commitment is impossible, especially with a woman as cranky as Min Dobbs. When they say good-bye at the end of their evening, they cut their losses and agree never to see each other again. But Fate has other plans.

    Amazon Customer says: "Another win!"
    RITA Award Winner, Best Contemporary Single Title, 2005
  • Birthright

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Bernadette Quigley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (365)
    Performance
    (251)
    Story
    (260)

    On a hot July afternoon, a worker at an Antietam Creek construction site drives the blade of his backhoe into a layer of soil - and strikes a 5,000-year-old human skull. The discovery draws plenty of attention and a lot of controversy. It also changes the life of one woman in ways she never expected.

    Krista says: "Nora must be mad"
    RITA Award Winner, Best Contemporary Single Title, 2004
  • Between Sisters

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (151)

    Claire Cavenaugh has fallen in love for the first time in her life. As her wedding day approaches, she prepares to face her harsh, judgmental older sister. It is the first time they have been together in more than two decades. Over the course of a hot Pacific Northwest summer, these two women who believe they have nothing in common will try to become what they never were: a family.

    Lizzy says: "I wish I had a sister!"
    RITA Award Winner, Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements, 2004
  • No Place Like Home

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Barbara Samuel
    • Narrated By Kristine Thatcher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    Twenty-one years ago Jewel Sabatino left her childhood behind and never looked back. After a magical taste of fame, she found herself alone with a son to raise and not much else. She survived with the help of Michael, her one true friend. But now Michael is too sick to care for himself, and Jewel has run out of options. She leaves New York for the hills of Colorado, unsure if the family she ran from will welcome her back.

    Regina says: "The story makes my heart sigh"
    RITA Award Winner, Best Contemporary Single Title, 2003
  • Shades of Honor: Grayson Brothers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Wendy Lindstrom
    • Narrated By Julia Motyka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (147)

    Prepare to fall in love with the Grayson brothers in Shades of Honor, the first novel in the best-selling series by award-winning author Wendy Lindstrom. Haunted by a gruesome war and his own dark secrets, former Union soldier Radford Grayson returns home, seeking a loving reunion with his brothers and a place where he and his young daughter can make a home. Desperate for peace, Radford is ambushed by his unexpected and forbidden love for Evelyn - his brother's fiancée.

    Monica E. Blood says: "A touching story"
    RITA Award Winner, Best First Book, 2003
  • Three Fates

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Bernadette Quigley
    Overall
    (665)
    Performance
    (539)
    Story
    (537)

    When the Lusitania sank, more than one 1,000 people died. One passenger, however, survived to become a changed man, giving up his life as a petty thief but keeping a small silver statue that would become a family heirloom to future generations. Now, nearly a century later, that heirloom, one of a priceless, long-separated set of three, has been snatched away from the Sullivans.

    Barbara says: "Nora at her best!"
    RITA Award Winner, Best Romantic Suspense, 2003
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