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  • Friends without Benefits

  • Knitting in the City, Book 2
  • By: Penny Reid
  • Narrated by: Devra Woodward
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 902
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 843
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 840

There are three things you need to know about Elizabeth Finney: 1) She suffers from severe sarcastic syndrome, especially when she's unnerved, 2) No one unnerves her like Nico Manganiello, and 3) She knows how to knit.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Doesn't measure up

  • By Stacyc55 on 12-19-16

Fun :)

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

Reviewed: 04-23-18

Read/Listened for Fun (Romance Package/Kindle)
Overall Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 4.00
Character Rating: 4.00

Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the over all rating)

Quick Thoughts: Fun Listen/Read---this is only my 2nd Penny Reid book but she is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I love her humor! Nico was hot. Elizabeth was a hot mess. They were a great couple. I like characters with flaws that recognize them but don't always have the answer to overcome it. It makes the journey a lot of fun!

Audio Thoughts: Devra Woodward did a good job with the narration. I think she does one more in the series. This series does not have consistent narrators and while normally that drives me nuts so far the two different females have similar styles. That made the transition easy :)

  • A Duke in the Night

  • By: Kelly Bowen
  • Narrated by: Ashford McNab
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133

The first novel in a new historical romance series from Kelly Bowen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent start to a new series!

  • By bookworm2bookworm on 03-01-18

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 03-19-18

Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 4.75
Story Rating: 5.00
Character Rating: 4.50

Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)

LOVED IT! Top Read of the first quarter for 2018 (so far)

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  • Stud Finder

  • 1001 Dark Nights
  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Jesse Metcalfe, Grace Grant
  • Length: 2 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 512
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 488

Man seeking woman: Hot, rich, smart, witty, self-made multimillionaire Internet genius seeks classy, intelligent, sexy, fun-loving woman who's interested in settling down and sharing all the good things. There. Best. Ad. Ever. I will absolutely find the woman of my dreams, someone who'll love me for me. Even if my sister thinks I need help dating, I'm confident I can pull this off, courtesy of the great World Wide Web. Let me just hit the "upload" button right now....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, witty, and very enjoyable.

  • By Suzanne on 11-14-17

Great Meet Cute Story

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

Reviewed: 01-27-18

Listened for Fun (Romance Package)
Overall Rating: 3.50
Story Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 3.50

Audio Rating: 3.50 (not part of the overall rating)

Quick Story/Character Thoughts: This was a quick, cute listen. In fact, this is one big meet cute and fun. It is also my first Lauren Blakely book and I will definitely check her out again. Contemporary Romance isn't generally my thing but I like the ones that make me smile. This checks off all those boxes. So check it out if fun contemporary romance is your thing.

Audio Thoughts: I really loved Grace's narration but Jessie's narration never quite won me over. Overall though it was still a good listen.

  • If Ever I Should Love You

  • A Spinster Heiresses Novel
  • By: Cathy Maxwell
  • Narrated by: Mary Jane Wells
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

He's inherited a title, but not a penny to speak of, so the Earl of Rochdale knows he must find a wife - preferably one tolerably pretty and good-tempered but definitely wealthy, and who will exchange her fortune for his family name. His choice: Leonie Charnock, one of the season's "Spinster Heiresses". Years before, the earl had saved the dark-eyed beauty's reputation, and she is still breathtakingly lovely, leading Rochdale to hope that their marriage will be more than in name only.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • very nice

  • By Kindle Customer on 04-25-18

Not Cathy's Normal Light-Heartedness

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

Reviewed: 01-26-18

Listened / Read for Fun (Won Copy/Audible)
Overall Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 4.25
Character Rating: 3.75

Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)

Story/Character thoughts: I want to state that while Leonie was a very hard character to like at times, her story was compelling. This is not the normal light heart read that Cathy usually gives us but it was very well done indeed! I think she did a great job of handling issues surrounding drinking, in a time where that wasn't talked about much. Also I liked the slow burn of the romance even when I wasn't a fan of Leonie. In the end, it worked for me!

Audio Thoughts: Mary Jane Wells killed the audio as always :) :)

  • How to Date Your Dragon

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi, Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,490
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,246

Concerned that technology is about to chase mythological creatures out into the open (how long can Sasquatch stay hidden from Google maps?), the League for Interspecies Cooperation is sending Jillian to Louisiana on a fact-finding mission. While the League hopes to hold on to secrecy for a little bit longer, they're preparing for the worst in terms of human reactions. They need a plan, so they look to Mystic Bayou, a tiny town hidden in the swamp where humans and supernatural residents have been living in harmony for generations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As someone from Louisiana...

  • By Kristi on 02-13-18

fun new series

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

Reviewed: 01-26-18

Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 4.25
Story Rating: 4.00
Character Rating: 4.50

Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)

Quick Story/Character thoughts: This is a fun new series that brings everything I love about Molly Harper's quirky sense of humor into her characters. I love Mystic Bayou and how she has set the ground work for a fantastic series. Much like I claimed Dick in Jane's series, I am claiming Zed in this one :) However, you are really gonna love Jillian and Bael *snort* Bill! They are fun, hot, snarky, and perfectly imperfect which makes them fun. Also hot bedroom just saying :)

Audio Thoughts: Amanda Ronconi is perfect for Molly's humor and she does a fantastic job. Jonathon brings the perfect level of growly male to really hook you. They both did a fantastic job and it was a fun listen!

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  • Judgment Road

  • By: Christine Feehan
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 513
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 456
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 458

As the enforcer of the Torpedo Ink motorcycle club, Reaper lives for riding and fighting. He's a stone-cold killer who turns his wrath on those who deserve it. Feelings are a weakness he can't afford - until a gorgeous bartender gets under his skin. Near Sea Haven, the small town of Caspar has given Anya Rafferty a new lease on life. And she's desperate to hold on to her job at the biker bar, even if the scariest member of the club seems to have it out for her. But Reaper's imposing presence and smoldering looks just ratchet up the heat.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Christine tackles some pretty heavy material

  • By Felicia The Geeky Blogger on 01-26-18

Christine tackles some pretty heavy material

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

Reviewed: 01-26-18

Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 4.25
Character Rating: 3.75

Audio Rating: 3.50 (not part of the overall rating and not because of the narrator--he was a 4.00)

Quick Story/Character Thoughts: If you have read/listened to the Sea Haven/Sisters of the Hearts series then you know Christine tackles some pretty heavy material. This is really heavy material so I have to start with you should have some trigger warnings (mostly around sex and force). I also need to state that while I loved the story (even the hard to handle parts), it did make me have reservations about the main characters (which I will put in a spoiler section over at goodreads). This is going to be gritty series with hopefully quite a few books. With the shared background, I imagine each will come with some hard to handle storylines. In the end, while the treatment between Reaper and Anya would never ever work for me, I felt for these two characters it worked. There were some definite lines that depending on how you look at it might have been crossed aka my character rating but overall this story works for them. I also thought Christine was very good at staying true to the story even when it got rough (aka the story rating). Overall good listen but tough!


Audio Thoughts: First Jim was fantastic as these characters but the Audible version had huge long pauses between sections. Long enough that I was questioning whether my phone was pausing (it wasn't). You should just know that so that you don't question your sanity during the listen which is well worth the time.

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Blissed

  • Misfit Brides, Book 1
  • By: Jamie Farrell
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 164

Welcome to Bliss, the bridal capital of the Midwest! Natalie Castellano practically has it all - beauty, brains, and a stellar reputation. Because childbearing hips and exhaustion lines are totally sexy. And knowing when to let go of her family's failing bridal boutique is smart...right? Plus, who doesn't want to be that divorced mother in Bliss? With all she has going for her, it would be selfish to secretly wish for love too. Who needs it? Definitely not Nat. But perhaps she does need to take her wedding dress-obsessed little boy somewhere else for a fresh start.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Blissful!

  • By Diane Blaser on 07-08-16

Funny, Charming Setting, and Real People

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

Reviewed: 12-06-17

Read/Listen for Fun (Audible/Kindle)
Overall Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 4.00
Character Rating: 4.00

Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)

Quick Thoughts: I won Blissed back in December but just never got around to listening to it. I am very picky about my Contemporary Romance and have to be in the right mood to read it. There are 3 things that must exist if I am going to like the book: Funny (I have to laugh), Charming Setting (I have to fall in love with the town), and Real People (I have to relate to the characters). Blissed hit all 3 of those AND I purchased the rest of the series immediately. I have to know what happens to the rest of the ladies in the book because they were a hoot. As for C.J. and Nat, they were a classic comedy of errors pair and it was totally a WIN! I fell in love with them as a couple. I just couldn't ask for more! I totally recommend Blissed!

Audio Thoughts:

Narrated By Karen White / Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins


Karen is one of my favorite narrators especially for fun, quirky contemporary romances. She delivered on Blissed. She brought C.J. and Nat to life. She made me laugh out loud with Nat's kiddo and made all the characters come alive! Well worth getting on audio!

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  • The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband

  • A Bridgertons Prequel
  • By: Julia Quinn
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325

With her brother, Thomas, injured on the battlefront in the colonies, orphaned Cecilia Harcourt has two unbearable choices: move in with a maiden aunt or marry a scheming cousin. Instead she chooses option three and travels across the Atlantic, determined to nurse her brother back to health. But after a week of searching, she finds not her brother but his best friend, the handsome officer Edward Rokesby.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful !

  • By Jonana on 06-13-17

Hard review to Write

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

Reviewed: 12-06-17

Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 3.75
Story Rating: 4.00
Character Rating: 3.50

Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)

Quick Thoughts: This is going to be a hard review to write because the last 1/3 of the story drove me freaking nuts. I am an ender aka how a book ends can change my view on the whole thing. My problem with this ending was that they had a WHOLE FREAKING BOOK to at least get to the big issue without having to rush all of it into a couple of chapters. It just all resolved too fast for my taste and I felt it totally shorted two characters who had earned a bit more satisfying HEA. This is just how I felt though and many have loved the story start to finish. I didn't hate it or dislike it just isn't my favorite by Julia. I highly recommend you decide on your own :)

Audio Thoughts:

Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor /Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins


I adore Rosalyn Landor and her narration. She is so properly suited for historical romance (or most historical settings) that I get giddy when I see she is going to narrate something. I highly recommend you listen to this series so you get the full experience!

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  • Easy Charm

  • By: Kristen Proby
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York, Rachel Fulginiti
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,990
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,984

Gabrielle Boudreaux, the youngest of the Boudreaux clan, is a single mother of her young son, Sam. Running a bed-and-breakfast at the family plantation house at the edge of the Mississippi River, Gabby loves her inn, her boy, and her family. She meets new people every day and takes pride in the house and land that has been in her family for more than five generations. Blessed beyond measure, she's also lonely, although she would never admit that to anyone, until Rhys O'Shaughnessy walks through her door.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Guilty as charmed

  • By green ice cream garden on 08-06-15

I really loved Gabbie's spunk

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

Reviewed: 12-06-17

Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 3.75
Story Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 4.00

Audio Rating: 4.25 (not part of the overall rating)

Quick Thoughts: Just a note this was a 4.50 read till the end and one of my pet peeves showed up (it is spoilerish). That being said, it was resolved quickly so this still came out a great 3.75 (3 stars for me just means it is probably not a reread). I really loved Gabbie's spunk and she was such a strong, independent gal. Her relationship with Rhys was something that was easy to fall in love with and despite my problems at the end I was rooting for them!

Audio Thoughts:

Narrated by: Sebastian York , Rachel Fulginiti /Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins


Sabastian and Rachel did a great job with these two characters. I love how they are bringing the Boudreaux's alive with each book. I will continue this series on Audio!

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  • Wildfire

  • A Hidden Legacy Novel
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,625
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,523
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,517

Nevada Baylor can't decide which is more frustrating - harnessing her truthseeker abilities or dealing with Connor "Mad" Rogan and their evolving relationship. Yes, the billionaire Prime is helping her navigate the complex magical world in which she's become a crucial player - and sometimes a pawn - but she also has to deal with his ex-fiancée, whose husband has disappeared and whose damsel-in-distress act is wearing very, very thin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just as wonderful as Daniels world and Innkeeper.

  • By Michael Harmon on 08-25-17

Post Awesome Book Disorder!

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

Reviewed: 12-06-17

Read for Review/Listened for Fun (Edelweiss/Audible)
Overall Rating: PABD (Post Awesome Book Disorder) or 5.00+
Story Rating: read overall rating
Character Rating: read overall rating and add +++++++

Audio Rating: 5.00 (not part of the overall rating )

Quick Thoughts: Post Awesome Book Disorder! I may or may not write a review. It depends on if I can come up with a way to say all my feelings without spoilers (NOT LIKELY). Fast Forward 3 weeks and I am just sticking with Post Awesome Book Disorder!

Audio Thoughts:

Narrated By Renee Raudman / Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins


Just get on the Renee and Ilona wagon already. The trio freaking rocks!

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