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  • Stillhouse Lake

  • By: Rachel Caine
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,925
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,906
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,879

With her ex now in prison, Gwen has finally found refuge in a new home on remote Stillhouse Lake. Though still the target of stalkers and Internet trolls who think she had something to do with her husband's crimes, Gwen dares to think her kids can finally grow up in peace. But just when she's starting to feel at ease in her new identity, a body turns up in the lake - and threatening letters start arriving from an all-too-familiar address.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • imagine Capt. Kirk as a cheerleader

  • By friendlykitty on 09-20-17

Long build, but worth it in the end

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

Reviewed: 02-21-18

This was a really interesting read. It has a slow start and takes a bit to really get into the meat of things. It gets to the thrill and things are very detailed. Lots of twists and turns. I fear to say too much and giving things away. I will say, it was an abrupt ending and not a cliffhanger but not resolved either.

The narration from Emily Sutton-Smith was great. She has a steady flow and even pace. There were a couple spots the voices were not consistent, but overall she did a great job. She did a nice job with the man, not going too far into a low range. She kept it just enough to know a different character was speaking. I am interested to hear more from her.

I am eager to see what happens in the next book. This was a really big change from other books I have read by this author. It was definitely entertaining and intriguing. Let's see where she will take us with this series.

  • Repressed

  • Deadly Secrets, Book 1
  • By: Elisabeth Naughton
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 558
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471

Hidden Falls is exactly as Samantha Parker left it - small, insular, and prone to gossip. Eighteen years have passed since she witnessed her brother's murder, but she's still the talk of the town. Until a handsome child psychologist with haunting memories of his own arrives. Dr. Ethan McClane isn't exactly a newcomer. If it weren't for his latest case, he'd never set foot back in Hidden Falls. Thankfully, no one seems to recognize him as the troubled teen from years past.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great plot/too much sex

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-16-17

Still on the fence about this one.

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

Reviewed: 02-10-17

I am still unsure how I feel about this book. It was an interesting read, but there were too many things thrown at the reader. There are many things you are expected to over look, mainly a connection the hero has with the town. Folks think he looks familiar, but never connect him to the teen he was, even kids he hung out with in his time in the town. I was not buying that at all.

There are several twists and turns in the book, most felt contrived. There wasn't anything that I didn't figure out early in the story. Don't get me wrong, I finished the book and was entertained, just not held in suspense.

The romance is more lust, cause I am not a believer in love at first sight. They definitely had chemistry, plenty or open door bedroom action here! Lots of adult language and detailed sexual activity. I am totally fine with that, but it didn't enhance the story, which is my problem with it. They fell into bed too fast and then it seemed to become a habit.

The narrative is mixed between the two leads and a couple of supporting character thoughts as well. It is meant to enhance the story, but for me, it gave away too much. I really wasn't shocked at any point and found that I had more than enough clues, way to early on, to know what the deal was by the time things unraveled.

The narration by Amy Landon was good on the ladies voices, but not so great with the men. They just sounded to feminine the whole time. She does have a good pace and puts energy into the words, just needs work on the guy voices. Not everyone has a lower range to work with, but she really could try to make them a little more butch.

Overall, this book was a disappointment in many ways, but it was an entertaining read that kept me busy for a few hours. It felt like it might be leading into a series, I will have to look into that because the brothers had potential!

This was part of my reading for almost free commitment. I found it on Amazon, with my Kindle Unlimited subscription, I was able to borrow the audio for no additional charge. I do not know if this is a permanent arrangement or temporary. It was in effect at the time I wrote this review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Forgotten Secrets

  • By: Robin Perini
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,313
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,141

At age ten, Riley Lambert watched helplessly as her sister was abducted from her bedroom. Fifteen years later, she's channeled the pain of her past into a career as an FBI profiler. Riley devotes her life to bringing violent criminals to justice...and secretly uses government resources to search for her sister, who was never found. When Riley gets a call from the only man who's ever swept her off her feet with a killer two-step and dangerous smile - ex-Navy SEAL Thayne Blackwood of Singing River, Wyoming - it stirs up dark memories.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Feel good fiction

  • By Claudia H on 11-04-16

A decent read, could have been better

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

Reviewed: 02-10-17

I was on a thriller kick when I discovered this book. It was a bit more romance than I expected. Well, romance is extreme, more lust relationship that will likely build into more. They had feelings, but it was super quick.

The overall plot-line was interesting, but felt vert drawn out. I will give it to the author for keeping me from guessing the villain right away. I did figure it out closer to the end, but I was on my toes.

The narrative is split between the two leads and a couple other characters, including the bad guy. This makes the story more engaging, as you get into more people's heads. I kind of like to know what the killer is thinking. Although, this could cause triggers in people who have lived through similar situations. Be aware coming into this, it is a thriller and has darker parts.

There is bedroom action for the hero and leading lady. So, it isn't a squeaky clean read. It was just enough detail to make things hot under your collar! But like I said, the romance is more lust and chemistry, than a build of emotions.

The narration was done by Lauren Ezzo, who did a decent job. I wasn't in love with her voice, but it wasn't something that put me off listening. She has a solid pace and tried to instill energy into the read, it just came off whiny at times. I would try her again, because I didn't think she was awful.

This was part of my reading for almost free commitment. I found it on Amazon, with my Kindle Unlimited subscription, I was able to borrow the audio for no additional charge. I do not know if this is a permanent arrangement or temporary. It was in effect at the time I wrote this review.

  • The Excoms

  • By: Brett Battles
  • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 318
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 297
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 297

Ananke thought her week couldn't get worse, but as she hunts for the man who screwed up her previous job, things really go sideways. Turns out, she's not the only one having problems. Rosario can acquire anything for anyone, but can she obtain freedom for herself when her latest assignment goes awry? Dylan's sure his new gig will be a walk in the park - or rather, a drive, given that he's a courier. Unfortunately, the road is a bit bumpier than he expected.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another very entertaining Brett Battles series

  • By shelley on 01-14-17

Very cool start for a series!!

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

Reviewed: 02-10-17

I really did not know what to expect coming into this book. The premise reminded me of the show The Breakout King, which I loved, so I gave it a shot. Turns out, it was a great read!

Be prepared for a jumpy story line. By that I mean it isn't going to stay in one place and you transition from one character to the next. The upshot is it stays to sections narrated by one character and is easy to follow. The trickiest part is the beginning when you are meeting them all and getting back stories. It wasn't too complex, just requires more than a modicum of attention to follow.

I really liked the flow of the story. It also had dynamic and engaging characters. There are a few stereotypical things, but nothing too bad. The main plot was good, not overly complex, but not exactly exciting either. I expect more in time with the series. I do wonder about their mysterious counterpart.

I listened to the narration by Allyson Johnson, who did a terrific job. She had a lot of distinct voices to maintain and really did a wonderful job with all of them. I never once found the read lacking or unclear as to which character was driving the narrative. I enjoyed everything about the pace and energy of her voice. I look forward to many more of her reads.It was a pleasure and I hope she continues on with the series.

Overall, I was intrigued by the plot, enchanted by the characters, and left wanting more! A pretty good way to leave a reader! Just don't make me wait too long for the next book!

This was part of my reading for almost free commitment. I found it on Amazon, with my Kindle Unlimited subscription, I was able to borrow the audio for no additional charge. I do not know if this is a permanent arrangement or temporary. It was in effect at the time I wrote this review.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Wrong Question, Right Answer

  • The Bourbon Street Boys, Book 3
  • By: Elle Casey
  • Narrated by: Sophie Amoss
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 474
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 416
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 409

As a member of the Bourbon Street Boys private security firm, Antoinette "Toni" Delacourte is one strong woman, but despite her reputation for being tough as nails, she is haunted by her past mistakes. Now they're catching up to her, and throwing her for a loop. Ten years ago, Toni kissed Lucky, her brother's best friend. Worried it would break apart the group she'd come to see as family, she walked away - straight into the arms of Charlie, and an abusive relationship.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not the best in the series, HORRIBLE narration

  • By Taras2tots on 08-23-16

Eh, I really was not into this one

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

Reviewed: 01-18-17

I think it is the whole tough chick attitude Toni has and the weirdness she has exhibited so far in the series. I just never gelled with her and had hoped this book would do the ticket. She just had too much chip on the shoulder for my liking. And so much DRAMA!! Really not for me. Sadly, the whole book from her POV was too much for me to take. I almost did not finish.

There was steam and there was a bit of suspense, but it was hard for me to care. I am sure there are people who will like this book, it was just the end of the line for me with this series. I was hoping things would get better, that characters would gain substance and the suspense would be more fleshed out. It just never came together for me.

The narration by Sophie Amoss was another bone of contention for me. I am sure she does a great job when she is using a more natural tone, but the accent for the lead was grating. When she was doing standard narration or the guys voices, she was fine, it was Toni's over the top tone that didn't work for me.

I barely made it through this book. Unfortunately, it was a combination of the story and the read. Not a great pairing.

This was an almost free read thanks to Kindle Unlimited, so not a hit to my wallet. It is definitely a perk of the program that I was able to try a book that was a maybe from the start.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Wrong Place, Right Time

  • The Bourbon Street Boys, Book 2
  • By: Elle Casey
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Godley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 707
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 628
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628

Jenny's single-parent life revolves around her kids and her job, which means that hours of Animal Planet and strings of computer code are about all she has time for. Not that Jenny's looking for adventure or romance - she's the type of woman who believes in playing it safe. When Jenny is called upon to do some consulting for the Bourbon Street Boys - a New Orleans private security firm - she knows she should stay away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A mix of good & bad

  • By Kit Marvel on 08-19-16

I mostly liked it, just felt light

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

Reviewed: 01-18-17

This was very much like the first book in the series, it felt like she was flighty and her dialogue was far too immature for her age. There were parts it was fun and snarky and other times she acted like a YA heroine instead of a mother of a few kids.


Now it might seem I did not enjoy the book, that is untrue, I really did like the read. It was a light suspense, super light on the suspense. The romance was a larger portion of the story. It was fun to read and just enough naughty detail to warm things up! Definitely open door bedroom action.

I was in the mood for some junk food, this fit the bill. Nothing taxing and plenty of chuckles.

Elizabeth Godley is the narrator on this second book in the series. She does a great job with all the voices and keeps things distinct. I enjoyed her pace and tone, I could listen to her again. I am going to have to check out her other reads.

I was happy to find this ebook/audio on my Kindle Unlimited borrow list. Good read, especially if you are on a budget.

  • Wrong Number, Right Guy

  • The Bourbon Street Boys, Book 1
  • By: Elle Casey
  • Narrated by: Emily Foster
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,407
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,247
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,243

When a mysterious text message summons May Wexler to a biker bar in downtown New Orleans, she knows something is very wrong. Her sister has sent out an SOS, but when May gets there, she's nowhere to be found and May is the one in trouble - she's wearing pink espadrilles, she's got a Chihuahua in her purse, and she's in the middle of a shootout.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny, light and distracting

  • By Paula on 12-03-15

Interesting, but lead is kinda flighty

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

Reviewed: 01-18-17

I really liked this book, but the lead came off as flighty and less mature than her age. It kinda took me out of it at times. I will say the narrator did a great job of making some of the more juvenile comments sound halfway plausible.

The suspense portion was of the story was good, nothing overly taxing. It was more filler to fit in with the romance. The texting mishap at the beginning had me chuckling! It was certainly an entertaining way to have them meet.

The whole thing is from the female lead's POV, which limits your insight. It would have been nice to get into the dude's head, cause it would have added depth. The romance is nice and the steam is just enough to raise your temperature. It does have a bit of open door bedroom time.

Emily Foster does a great job with the narration. She made the characters likable and engaging. As I said, she raised the maturity level of the dialogue and made it almost genuine. She is a real credit to the read and I hope to hear more of her work in this series or elsewhere.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and am happy I found it as a free read on my Amazon Prime. I love it when I get an almost free read! The other book sin the series are there as well, so I am thinking I will check them out.

  • Sought

  • Brides of the Kindred, Book 3
  • By: Evangeline Anderson
  • Narrated by: Anne Johnstonbrown
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 535
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 492
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491

Kat O'Connor is no pushover. She's a no-nonsense girl with a common sense approach to life. But there's nothing common about what's happening to her lately.... First she was forced to have a kinky mind ménage with two of the hottest and most irritating men in the galaxy - Twin Kindred warriors Deep and Lock - in order to locate her kidnapped friend. Then she couldn't get their feelings out of her head.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Smokin` Hot Story…..

  • By Cheri on 05-24-16

Kinda fell flat for me

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

Reviewed: 01-09-16

I really enjoyed the progression of the plot lines in this book. I just hated the “issues” of Kat and the twins. Seriously, super hot guys want you!! Get over it and get busy with them! I never really understood her reasons for holding back with them, it was flimsy at best. Beyond that, the Scourge plot was fascinating. There was so much happening in that dynamic. Finally, we get much more of the backstory with these guys and the Kindred. I hope there is more to come on that front!

The steam here was much like the other books in the series. Lots of foreplay and teasing, mating doesn’t happen until the end. All the repetition in the grouping gets daunting. Kay and Deep are stubborn beyond belief, poor Lock! BTW, what is up with the blatantly sexual names of all these twins!

The mixed narrative, was good to get into the heads of everybody, as annoying as they were at times. The supporting characters were more interesting to me than the leads. This was not my favorite grouping, however, I have hope the next book will be much better. If the story hints are any indication it will be a deep book!

Anne Johnstonbrown does a fantastic job with the narration of the audiobook. She has a fast pace in the read and plenty of great energy. She made the slower parts of the story move nicely. Her tone is smooth and flows beautifully with the series. I do hope she will keep with the books!

The Twin Moons world was much stranger than I expected. Um… mating fruit sounds dangerous! I have liked that this book and the last one took us to their worlds and gave a taste of the men’s cultures. It makes the world creature all the more creative and engaging.

I really hope the series progresses past the unending struggle of the women deciding to mate with the ridiculously hot and sweet aliens. Seriously, I would be all over that and then some!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Hunted

  • Brides of the Kindred, Book 2
  • By: Evangeline Anderson
  • Narrated by: Anne Johnstonbrown
  • Length: 16 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 669
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 622
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 626

Sophia Waterhouse has always been afraid of needles and vampires, so there's no way she wants anything to do with a modern-day Count Dracula - even if he does come wrapped in the package of a huge Kindred warrior with blond hair and ice-blue eyes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not Bad....Not Bad At All! :-)

  • By Cheri on 08-28-15

I was wishing for more

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

Reviewed: 01-09-16

This is the second book in the series, it is the story of Sophie and Sylvan, we saw the threads of this beginning in the previous book. I wanted to love this, but it fell flat in so many places. A major issue for me was the length of the book, it could have been cut in half if you edited down the repetitive bits. Too many scenes felt just like others in the book.

I really liked the progression of the plot with the AllFather and the Scourge, unfortunately, other parts of the book were drawn out so far my mind started to wander. I get it, Sophie has major issues from her past and is unwilling to even try with Sylvan. I get having fears, but he had to prove himself way too much. He was a touch stilted in his narratives, but you get used to it after a time.

This is a spicy read, although most of the story for the leads is just foreplay. It has to do with the whole Mating Bond, I find that is a pattern for this series, saving the sex for the end. There is plenty of steam in the beginning, we get an extra naughty wedding night for Baird and Olivia. I knew he had that Dom thing in him!

The audiobook was once again narrated by Anne Johnstonbrown, who I thoroughly enjoyed! She has a great smooth tone and swift pace that helped move the story at slower moments. I enjoy her energy throughout the read. She has a terrific balance in the male and female voices. Definitely hope she stays with the series.

The narrative is mixed between the two leads and then supporting characters as well. It was great for understanding the motivations and endless issues. While I could see one of the past events as a roadblock for the couple, the medical one was annoying. I just wanted to shake some sense into her, because he was just so terrific. The scenes with Kat and the twins were interesting and made me salivate for their story. I enjoy these books, however, I find myself preferring the storyline and wishing for less steam. I know, it was a surprise for me too. All the back and forth repetition distracted from things in my opinion.

I am still eager for the next book in the series. I enjoy the plotlines, they are very intriguing! BTW, beware tears at the end! You see it coming a mile away, still it pulls those heart stings! Oh the feels.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Claimed

  • Brides of the Kindred, Book 1
  • By: Evangeline Anderson
  • Narrated by: Anne Johnstonbrown
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,230
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,142
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,138

Olivia Waterhouse just got drafted. Problem is, she isn't being forced into the Army, she's been chosen as a Kindred bride. The Kindred are huge alien warriors;a race of genetic traders whose population is ninety-five percent male. After saving Earth from the threat of invasion they demand a reward--the right to find brides among the population. Baird is a Beast Kindred who recently escaped imprisonment and torture.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not The Worst Story I've Listen To.....

  • By Cheri on 08-27-15

Addictive sci fi series

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

Reviewed: 01-09-16

Wow!! I am now addicted to this series!! It is a delicious ride from beginning to end! I wasn’t sure at first, because Sci-Fi is not one of my top genres. No worries, this had such a great story and a well-built world. It was rich in detail and so very creative.

This book sets things up for several romances. The main story is Olivia and Baird, which is very complicated. I really prefer my hero to be Alpha and I see him having those tendencies. It is tough to gauge, because he is healing from his recent imprisonment. Olivia is also a rather sassy gal, which I prefer. Their journey is rife with issues, thankfully it does end with a HEA.

It was extremely emotional in the last quarter of the book. I am not ashamed to admit I was sobbing my face off! I was plenty invested in the romance and what was happening to these two dynamic characters. Part of the reason it was so engaging is the mixed narrative. You get both Olivia and Baird’s POV, in addition you get a couple supporting characters. This is great for building anticipation of the next book, as they are the leads!

The story aside from the romance was great too. I was kind of hoping to know a bit more about the Scourge and how they came to be. There was a nice rundown of the Kindred and their origins, even if it was brief. I am definitely thinking this series will have me devouring books at an alarming rate! I just cannot help but jump straight into the next book!

I listened to the audiobooks narrated by Anne Johnstonbrown, who was a new voice for my ears. I really enjoyed her work here and will definitely be looking for more. She has a swift pace that helps sweep you up into the story. Her energy feeds into the characters and enhances the emotions. Her male voices held just enough of a hint of masculinity to carry them and the women had distinct differences.

This was of course a smexy read, so there was plenty of bedroom action. Loads of hawt detail to keep ya on edge, have that cold shower ready! There is more foreplay than actual intercourse, you will see why if you read it, don’t want to hand you a spoiler! Sigh, if only a gal were lucky enough to have a Beast Kindred focused on her! Yum

The first three books in this long series are out in audio, I am hoping the rest are releasing soon, cause I am terrible at waiting!! I am captured and need my fix!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful