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  • Dark Stranger: The Dream

  • New and Lengthened 2017 Edition
  • By: I.T. Lucas
  • Narrated by: Charles Lawrence
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 455
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 408
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 405

Syssi's paranormal foresight lands her a job at Dr. Amanda Dokani's neuroscience lab, but it fails to predict the thrilling yet terrifying turn her life will take. Syssi has no clue that her boss is an immortal who'll drag her into a secret, millennia-old battle over humanity's future. Nor does she realize that the professor's imposing brother is the mysterious stranger who's been starring in her dreams.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great start

  • By Nicole B. on 07-11-17

Just not for me

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-27-18

Just could not get into this story or the characters. Not sure about this author.

  • Claim Me Hard

  • By: Vanessa Vale
  • Narrated by: Kylie Stewart
  • Length: 3 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

Hiding from a crazy ex-boyfriend, Hannah Winters is determined to keep her head down and her heart locked safely away. Burned out from practicing medicine and dealing with a controlling jerk, her interest in romance is at absolute zero...until they walk in. One look at Cole and Declan and Hannah is going to have a very hard time keeping the ice around her heart from melting.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • She’s on the run...

  • By Jonella A. Moore on 10-02-17

Narrator ruined it!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-16-18

Could not get past the dreadful narration to even finish. Will make a note of her name to avoid any books she narrates.

  • Forget Me Not

  • By: Willow Winters
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel, Erin Maguire
  • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

I fell in love with a boy a long time ago. I was only a small girl. Scared and frightened, I was taken from my home and held against my will. His father hurt me, but he protected me and kept me safe as best he could. Until I left him. I ran the first chance I got, and even though I knew he wasn't behind me, I didn't stop. The branches lashed out at me, punishing me for leaving him in the hands of a monster. I've never felt such guilt in my life. Although I survived, the boy was never found. I prayed for him to be safe. I dreamed he'd be all right and come back to me.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I won't forget you

  • By Lisa on 02-08-18

What???????

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-25-18

Listened to half this book. Boring, depressing, ok I give up. Who's the crazy one? Can't take anymore!

  • Dane's Storm

  • By: Mia Sheridan
  • Narrated by: Lance Greenfield, Erin Mallon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 656
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 614
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 614

Dane was her first kiss and the only man she ever loved...until their marriage crashed and burned. Now Audra has built a quiet life for herself running a flower shop she's put her whole heart into. But Audra is left reeling when an unexpected circumstance brings Dane back into her world. He's still as breathtaking as he ever was, and he still affects her more than any man she's ever known. Yet learning to trust him again could be a matter of life and death....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 mind-blowing stars

  • By Mariya Naydenova on 03-09-18

This book has everything!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-24-18

Looks like I have a new favorite author. This story has it all! Everything I look for in a book. I will definitely be listening to more from this author. Erin Mallon is one of my favorite narrators and partly why I tried this book.

  • His Angel

  • Trident Security, Book 2
  • By: Samantha A. Cole
  • Narrated by: Donovan Kane
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Angie has been looking for Mr. Right, but all her dates have turned out to be Mr. Oh-so-wrong. Until she meets her new neighbor’s boss - tall, dark, and deliciously dominant. Ian, owner of a private security company and an elite BDSM club, has had his eye on the pretty blonde since the day they were introduced. He convinces himself he should stay away from her until a secret he must keep to himself gives him a reason to get closer to her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Action packed

  • By Rubi's Bookshelf on 04-16-18

Rinse and repeat!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-21-18

Did not like narrator of first book in this series but took a chance & tried this book. Listened until I couldn't anymore. Felt like quite a few of the opening chapters was BDSM 101. Explaining just like book 1. Could not continue when H coaxes h in front of cross & knowing she's a new bee lets other men come "admire" her beauty, including her next door neighbor! If she signs on for the lifestyle & makes the decision herself she doesn't mind who sees her naked, fine. Give me a break. I'm no prude. Have enjoyed other books containing BDSM but at least they didn't dwell on it & had more going on in the story like suspense and/or mystery. Guess that's it for me with this author.

  • Leather & Lace

  • Trident Security, Book 1
  • By: Samantha A. Cole
  • Narrated by: Liza Bella Patron
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

How does a "vanilla" woman write a BDSM novel? With hands-on research! Kristen needs inspiration and personal experience for a sequel to her unexpected and kinky best seller. Devon, an ex-Navy SEAL and private club owner, is all too happy to help. Soon, a single weekend of hot and dirty sex turns into something more. But while they fight their connection, a killer has Devon in his sights. Will they survive with their hearts and lives intact?   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Leather and Lace

  • By JEYCEE on 12-26-17

Disappointing

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-21-18

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

Not sure.

Has Leather & Lace turned you off from other books in this genre?

I think I’ll try the next in the series because of different narrator. Hoping there will be a bit more to the story. This plot line just sounded too much like other books I’ve read. This one wasn’t special in any way, IMHO, compared to other books I’ve read. Maybe it’s just me. It was ok. I have nothing negative to say about it, just not as intriguing as books by other authors I’ve read.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator’s attempt at a male voice was dreadful. Very distracting, but I did manage to finish the book. Won’t listen again.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Leather & Lace?

Not sure. There was no one “scene” that I would single out.

Any additional comments?

I just don’t care for the way there was mystery building up all through the story only to be concluded abruptly at the end in such an almost unbelievably easy way. Did like the epilogue although it was very brief.

  • One Last Time

  • By: Corinne Michaels
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Sebastian York
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 903
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 836
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 830

I'm getting really good at cutting my losses. First, the husband. Divorcing him was the best decision I ever made. But between single-parenting and job-hunting, I can't catch my breath. When a celebrity blogging position falls into my lap, I'm determined to succeed. That is, until I get my first assignment and actually see Noah Frazier for the first time...practically naked and dripping wet. My heart races and I forget how to form complete sentences. His chiseled abs, irresistible smirk, and crystal blue eyes are too perfect to be real. So, what do I do? Get drunk and humiliate myself, of course.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A DELICIOUS AND DEEPLY FILLED DELIGHT

  • By CAROLYN on 02-28-18

Fantastic!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-16-18

I absolutely love the stories that Corrine Michaels writes and this one was no exception. And narration by my two favs, SY & AA, just seal the deal.

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  • Charming Hannah

  • By: Kristen Proby
  • Narrated by: Morais Almeida, Patrick Garrett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 123

Hannah Malone loves her new town. Despite living in Cunningham Falls for five years, she's still considered a "move in" by most of the locals, and that doesn't bother her in the least. She's the "new girl", and she hasn't regretted it for one day. This town is her sanctuary. Her home. The one place she finally fits in and feels safe after a lifetime of being different and running from the memories and a past so far away it can't haunt her anymore.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • very disappointed!

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-20-18

Good but not my fav

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-15-18

For some reason I didn't fall in love with this book as I usually do with Kristen Proby's books. Even though I can personally relate to the h's anxiety problem, felt a bit tedious that a doctor would not have already sought professional help for this. Narrators new to me but enjoyed their performance enough that I would still give book a 4 overall.

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  • Justice for Milena

  • By: Susan Stoker
  • Narrated by: Erin Mallon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139

It had been years since Milena Reinhart had seen TJ “Rock” Rockwell. He’d torn her heart out of her chest, and she still hadn’t completely recovered. TJ had left his sniper days behind him for good when he’d left the army and become a respected Texas highway patrolman. But he never forgot the girl he’d loved and stupidly given up. Neither thought they’d ever see each other again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story; too heavy on the f-bomb

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-23-18

Awesome!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-15-18

Susan Stoker is just plain awesome! Love the way she tells a story and the wonderful characters she creates. Her books are an automatic download for me. Narration was excellent as always.

  • Knocked Up by the Dom

  • A BDSM Secret Baby Romance
  • By: Penelope Bloom
  • Narrated by: Joe Arden, Maxine Mitchell
  • Length: 4 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

One wild and reckless night changed my life three years ago. I got a taste of what it meant to be with a real man - how just a whisper could ignite my desire, and his commanding voice could have me kneeling at his feet in submission. He was my everything and I only knew him for a few hours. But like everything good in my life, it went up in flames. When I learned the truth about him, I ran as fast as I could. I’d like to think I would’ve stayed if I knew about the baby… but I doubt even that would’ve stopped me, not after what I learned.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great first effort from Penelope.

  • By Kerry Sikora on 03-31-18

Enjoyable listen

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-13-18

Liked the narrators. Story line nothing overly done, perfectly predictable but an enjoyable listen although not memorable enough for me to want another listen.

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