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Carter Reed | [Tijan]

Carter Reed

Emma decided to skip the gym and went home early. It was the last easy decision she made because she found her roommate being raped by her boyfriend. She had two choices: Call the cops and be killed by his family's mafia connections or kill him first and hope to survive. There was no choice to her. She killed the bastard first and went to the one person who could protect her: Carter Reed. He's a weapon
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Publisher's Summary

Emma decided to skip the gym and went home early. It was the last easy decision she made because she found her roommate being raped by her boyfriend. She had two choices: Call the cops and be killed by his family's mafia connections or kill him first and hope to survive.

There was no choice to her. She killed the bastard first and went to the one person who could protect her: Carter Reed. He's a weapon for the rivaling mafia family, but he's also Emma's secret. Not only was he best friends with her brother, but she's the reason he became that weapon in the first place.

©2013 Tijan Meyer (P)2014 Tantor

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    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 04-21-14
    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 04-21-14 Member Since 2009

    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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    "Mr ALPHA - Those eyes, all those dark Promises"
    Any additional comments?

    Everything changes for Emma the day that she alters her normal routine and walks in on her best friend and roommate being raped by her boyfriend. Something inside her snaps when she realizes she has two choices - turn him in and risk punishment by his father’s mafia connections or kill him and run... The pain and suffering she watches her roommate endure, even for moments, makes that decision for her. She retrieves a gun and kills him herself. Sealing her fate and changing her life. Forever...

    On the run with nowhere to go she has only one place to turn. Her brother’s oldest friend and now a hit man for a rival mafia group: Carter Reed... Carter Reed is absolutely swoon worthy, he’s super intense and a totally hot alpha male...

    I cannot imagine the horror that Emma has had to survive to get to where she is at the beginning of this book, but to handle what was thrown at her the moment she walked into her apartment…I don’t want to imagine those feelings.

    I really liked Carter’s character. He’s strong, but has this sweet and loving side that he only shows Emma - I loved Carter and Emma’s relationship. He’s totally alpha and does everything in his power to protect her.

    Now if you are into a lot of description in the sex scenes you won’t get that here. You know when they are having sex, but not so much about what is actually going on. I actually liked the scenes as they were, it didn't distract from the actual story-line that was going on and you could see where they where and when their relationship was growing.

    Lucy Rivers does a fantastic job narrating. Very enjoyable :)

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Melanie Indianapolis, In 04-19-14
    Melanie Indianapolis, In 04-19-14 Member Since 2012

    I'm a lover of books, both read and audible.

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    "HE SAID "I WOULD DECLARE WAR FOR YOU""

    Carter Reed told Emma that he would declare war for her, how do you resist a man like that. I know I couldn’t. I absolutely adored this book. I’m not usually the romance thriller type of reader but I’m so glad that I decided to step out of my genre and give this book a try. Emma makes a quick decision in the blink of an eye to save her roommate that was being raped by her boyfriend, kill him. Afterwards, there is only one person she knows who can now protect her and her roommate for the mob that will shortly come looking for her and his name is Carter Reed. Carter Reed has earned a reputation as the cold killer and it is truly well earned. He is lethal and ruthless. He will kill to keep safe the things he values and loves and Carter Reed has loved Emma her entire life.

    I was captivated by this book from the first sentence. Seriously, after Emma kills the boyfriend I was literally glued to this audio. Carter is cold, ruthless and vicious but with Emma everything is different. Emma sees a side of him that no one has ever witnessed before and Emma realizes that he is both the cold killer and her passionate lover. Emma is strong and loyal. It is some moments in the book that Emma makes stupid decisions and you have to think, what in the hell are you thinking. But for the most part, it’s an unbelievable ride. SO GOOD.

    Is this book worth a credit, umm you better believe it. Buy this book, sit back and enjoy a fun, sexy, unbelievable ride.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 04-16-14
    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 04-16-14 Member Since 2012

    I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)

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    "I totally love this!"

    Maybe I am totally wrong in saying this...but Mafia Romance is sooooo extremely hot! I totally loved that Carter was a criminal, a bad to the bone criminal, and I loved the drama, action, and criminal activities done thoughout the story...

    I mean why listen to a story about bad guys when they don't do anything bad! So this was awesome... great smexy time and romance between Emma and Carter. Loved the ending...and I really hope there will be a book 2, because I so wanna dive into Teresa and Noah's story! Great Great...

    Credit well spent... Great narration...love those shift in voices!

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Erin Cornelius, NC, United States 07-05-14
    Erin Cornelius, NC, United States 07-05-14 Member Since 2008

    Audible obsessed!

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    "Where IS The Rest?"
    Where does Carter Reed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would put this in my favorite category but not on my favorite listens.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Tijan? Why or why not?

    yes I would, I think she has potential for a good story line build up.


    Have you listened to any of Lucy Rivers’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No this was the first, I will try her again though.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    My extreme reaction was who chopped up this book? There seems to be so much more to this story that was deleted out of the book. In the first chapter it throws you right in but it feels incomplete in a way. There is no character build up, barely any description in her story telling. I just feel like this book could have been twice the length and could have been great rather than just OK.


    Any additional comments?

    It just fell a little short with me. I have a feeling the editor and publisher shredded it. Because the book has a feel like eventually we will know more but it never got there.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    NEW NAME Georgia, United States 06-14-14
    NEW NAME Georgia, United States 06-14-14 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Whole lot going on, never gets anywhere"

    This book has like 4 endings, almost like it was a serial novel. If it had ended after 3 hours fine, but it didn't. It went on and on with more drama that never had a point. The hot scenes were almost non existent and it was just plain contrived drama for the sake of a story.

    Narrator was great though.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Herman Central California 05-26-14
    Debbie Herman Central California 05-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Good Story, Hard to Get Past Performance"
    What did you love best about Carter Reed?

    I like that he is a hard man, but Emma knows him differently. I also like how protective he is.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the way the relationship between Carter and Emma evolves. I also like the turns the story took that made me suspicious of different characters throughout the book.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The male characters didn't sound like men-and the alpha males definitely didn't sound like any hot, angry man I know. I especially had trouble with Carter's voice. He sounded more like an old man than anything else.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No-but I did feel "scared" for Emma and worried until she decided to seek Carter's help.


    Any additional comments?

    It would be interesting for me to listen to this story again with a different narrator and see how it affects me. :)

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 04-25-14
    Karen 04-25-14

    Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.

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    "Such a Disappointment"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    very poor writing. the outline was good, but the author was too repetitive and editor should have said wait a minute, too many repetitive words ie: how many times do we have to hear "Mallory" to get it, and that was only one example. I do not expect Hemingway but for the cost of this book, I do expect a good listen and/or not a waste of precious listening time.
    The outline sounded so great and the other reviewers gave a good rating...but after the first chapter, I kept hoping this was going to get better for me. Alas, NO, for me.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    outline was good. author had a good story, but poor writing skills. The editor should have corrected the repetitiveness and this would have made a fast pace listen.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Lucy Rivers?

    I can tell you, never another Lucy Rivers for me. She is getting better with her male voices, but maybe it is the stories she reads. This is the second story, I have had to stop half way through that she reads. Both of my picks were in the same genre, but she does nothing for the story! So even if the outline sounds too great too past up, I am done.


    What character would you cut from Carter Reed?

    All the characters were good...but our heroine starts out so strong in the first paragraph, then becomes a wimp who thinks of strong ideals, then is just obstinate & weak.


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    Melissa 12-15-14
    Melissa 12-15-14
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    "The mob, murder, and true love"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Carter Reed to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version, but I usually enjoy the audio version over print. I can't see why this would be any different.


    Which character – as performed by Lucy Rivers – was your favorite?

    I liked her as all three of the female characters. Emma, Theresa, and Amanda. Each one of them sounds different during the performance. I know that sometimes with multiple females in a performance they can start to sound the same. It did not happen with this performance.


    Any additional comments?

    ***** Spoiler*****
    I did enjoy this book. I just wish some parts had been gone into more. Lots of blank areas in the book. I was thinking it was from the POV the book was written in. Carter states some of why he did what he did for Emma but it was never really gone into detail. If you love this women as much as you say you do for that many years I would have thought there would have been more to say about that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ezinwanyi Dallas, TX USA 10-01-14
    Ezinwanyi Dallas, TX USA 10-01-14 Member Since 2012
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    "It wasn't the narrator, this story was just bad"

    I am truly baffled at the amount of high stars for this one. I had to scratch my head and wonder if maybe I read the wrong book. The narrator was just fine, but she couldn't save this book.

    This discombobulated book starts with Emma coming home to find her roommate being raped and so she shot the rapist. She didn't call the cops, she called Carter Reed because the rapist was a mobster and so was her brother's best friend Carter Reed.

    We spend the next 9 hours on audio hearing about Emma's achy thighs and quivering belly at the sound of Carter's voice. She tells us very often how much she wants Carter to touch her RIGHT NOW. In case you didn't figure out from the achy thighs, if he doesn't touch her right now, she will explode.

    Achy thigh Emma spends a lot of time blaming herself for not taking care of her roommate. They aren't best friends, they aren't related, but somehow Emma is supposed to take care of a grown woman--Mallory (at least a girl the same age as Emma). I never understood that but Emma is responsible for those around her though she could barely take care of herself. She turns to the infamous mobster Carter for help, but he will only offer it if she moves in with him. Why? Because he has to have her with him, that's why. His need to protect her is so consuming, it's overwhelming. I think I smelled the mhis from BDB.
    Soon after Carter proceeds to slowly drop hints about what he has done FOR achy thighs Emma, because it was all for her. Nothing else matters, no one else matters, just Emma. MINE.

    OMG, I needed a drink to make it through this audiobook but had no alcohol in sight. It was just jumping from thing to thing and I thought perhaps I should have drank some glasses of wine too, perhaps this story would make sense then. I would be okay with the author's rambling narrative. The transitions were so choppy, it felt like I was listening to a drunk friend talking. The lack of development was just egregious. There was a shallow storyline here, but I was distracted by achy thighs. I couldn't connect with any character in the book. There was a lot of things that were not explained well.

    anyway, I don't know if I will read anything else by this author because I don't think I could handle another 10 hours like this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tracie Lampe Michigan 06-11-14
    Tracie Lampe Michigan 06-11-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Storyline"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Carter Reed to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version but I feel like audio books aren't as good as the print version because we can imagine the voices in our head- with an audio book we loose that.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That Carter had been protecting her for a very long time and she was a big of a badass.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator didn't changer her voice much with characters so at first it was a bit hard to follow along but my brain sorted it out quickly and all was good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Yum! Carter reed"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Carter Reed to be better than the print version?

    The audio edition is just as good as the printed version


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Carter Reed?

    The most memorable moment for me was when he admits that he loves her,but then again I'm a softie when it comes to romance,and when he tells her that he has always protected her in her life and explains how,great action with romance.


    Have you listened to any of Lucy Rivers’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to any other performances from Lucy rivers,so I carnt compare this audio book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When carter explains to Emma how he got involved with the mafia and why he done it,all started with her brother.that he never really left her alone she had been watched since her brothers death,that part really moved me.


    Any additional comments?

    A great action packed story with twist and turns and also romance,a bit of everything.i loved the story and how it came altogether,and have read recently that Tijan is writing up a sequal.carnt wait for that one.
    Highly recommend this audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    5/25/14
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    "Great performance - good story"
    What made the experience of listening to Carter Reed the most enjoyable?

    Lucy River's narration. She was excellent. One of the best Audible narrators I've listened to. Perfect for this genre. .


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Carter Reed?

    The pivotal scene for me was when Carter incites Emma to murder. Much of Carter's power is psychological - his ability to understand other people's motivations and control their behaviour. This scene is a powerful demonstration of how he achieves this.Yet, Carter's own motivation concerning Emma is far from selfish. He wants her to understand why she needs to kill and to have peace with the situation afterwards. (Honestly - you'll want the guy dead too).


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Any scene with Carter and Emma. The night club scenes were fun.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    This book has some dark elements including a brutal rape and it's painful aftermath. It's a love story where both hero and heroine are murderers. Yet, it's intensively romantic and I found the love between the two main characters very believable.I've read amazon.com reviews that suggest this book has some poorly written English. That's not evident from listening to the audiobook - which is possibly due to the quality of the narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • AmyyLouiise
    5/13/14
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    "Loved This!"
    Where does Carter Reed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Amazing. I love this book. I have only listened to a few audio books but this by far my favourite.


    Have you listened to any of Lucy Rivers’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    i haven't listened to her before band sometimes I find people hard to listen to. but i really enjoyed listening to this book. she just made it easy for me to just not want to stop listening to it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! couldn't put it down


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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