Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me. Whoever coined that phrase is a bald-faced liar. Words are often the sharpest weapon of all, triggering some of the most powerful emotions a human can experience. "You're pregnant." "It's a boy." "Your son needs a heart transplant." Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me. Lies. Syllables and letters may not be tangible, but they can still destroy your entire life faster than a bullet from a gun.
New-to-me author. The writing is overwrought, but I was enjoying it well enough until it just...ended.
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Logan St. James is a smoldering, sexy beast. Sure, he can be a little broody at times - but Ellie Hammond's willing to overlook that. Because, have you seen him? Sexy. As. Hell. And Ellie's perky enough for both of them. For years she's had a crush on the intense, protective royal security guard - but she doesn't think he ever saw her, not really.
How to abuse the talent of a deep-voiced, supremely sexy narrator:
Make him read in the voice of a whiney teen girl. For hours. Oh, Shane East, I'm so sorry. What they did to you is unspeakable.
I loved the first Royally book, skipped the second because I hate bachelor reality shows, but the idea of grown-up Ellie appealed and I hoped to love this one as much as I did her big sister Olivia's book.
Welp, the blurb lies. Ellie is not 22. For the first two plus hours she is an insecure and babyish 18 year old, crushing on her bodyguard. And she whines. And whines. Poor Shane.
DNF. I just can't. Returning for credit.
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Since the car accident that caused a traumatic brain injury, Jason has fought to regain his memories and the ability to organize thoughts and control emotions. His promising future shattered, he works as a night janitor in an office building and clings to routine to make it through his days. New lawyer Anna breaks down one evening after fumbling her first court case. Self-doubt brings her to tears in a deserted stairwell where Jason finds her and offers comforting words. From this unexpected meeting, an unlikely romance begins.
I read this book in 2013 and remembered it fondly. It's an unexpectedly deep and touching love story that I liked even more in audio. Excellent narration by Holly Chandler and Douglas Berger.
Jennifer Sylvester wants one thing, and that one thing is not to be Tennessee's reigning Banana Cake Queen. Ever the perpetual good girl and obedient daughter, Jennifer is buckling under the weight of her social media celebrity, her mother's ambitions, and her father's puritanical mandates. Jennifer is officially desperate. And desperate times call for Cletus Winston.
2.5 stars. It felt contrived. I could not buy into Jennifer's naïveté and victimhood considering she is a "social media celebrity." You can be one or the other, but the author didn't convince me that it's possible to be both a clueless virgin AND gorgeous and famous. Cletus was way too patronizing for me to enjoy him. I'm glad I tried this popular series but the idealized countrified dynamic didn't work for me.
Narrator Joy Nash is very good at voicing both males and females; Chris Brinkley does a great hero voice, not so good with the heroine.
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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.
There are few authors who can continually ratchet up the tension and still end a book on a satisfying -- yet tantalizing -- note in eye-popping, kickass style the way Ilona Andrews does. As always, secondary characters become more fascinating and and deserving of having their stories fleshed out. I sure do hope the series continues, even more so considering the events (!!!) that occur in Wildfire. Narrator Renee Raudman once again delivers a pitch perfect reading.
Bravo! I was mightily entertained!
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Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
The birth of an activist is such a timely theme in today's USA. Sixteen year-old Starr reminds us that shouting and resisting and demanding are our rights and our responsibilities.
Please don't avoid this book because you don't want to be saddened or depressed. Yes, the police murdering an unarmed black teenager is horrific and all too common, but Thomas takes us along on a journey into what happens next among the victim's friends, family, and community. Family and community ties are strong and loving and most importantly, hopeful.
Narrator Bahni Turpin delivers a pitch perfect reading. I can't recommend this highly enough.
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Ivan thought the world was through giving him second chances. Who'd want a rough ex-con with a savior complex and a bad habit of bringing home helpless strays? Everyone in Blackwood, Virginia, knew he wasn't good enough for the fine things in life; they knew he was too damaged to save. He just needed to keep his head down, work himself to the bone, and pretend he was content with the lot he was given. Until she came into his life.
I liked the ebook so much that I bought the audiobook for a different experience.
Fully fleshed out, charged, erotic love story written with a sure touch. I have a new author to glom! Ivan is the man The Pointer Sisters were wishing for when they sang "Slow Hand."
I'm halfway through devouring the second book and will probably get that audio as well. While writing this review I upped my rating to 5 stars.
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Seraphina Newsom isn't looking for vengeance...she wants justice. Three years ago, Sera's brother was ruthlessly gunned down by one of Brooklyn's most dangerous mob kingpins. The investigation has stalled out, deemed "too dangerous" by the police commissioner. So to track down the evidence she needs to take down her brother's killer, Sera turns in her hospital scrubs, joins the NYPD, and goes undercover. Unsanctioned. Alone.
This is erotica with a side of underdeveloped suspense, which is fine if that's what I'm expecting but disappointing when I meant to buy plot-driven romantic suspense. Tessa Bailey has a talent for witty and smart h/h banter. Sadly, these two characters are humorless drama llamas and unable to talk about much except their throbbing parts.
I'm looking forward to the day when balance between story and sex scenes is restored. Too much of the book devoted to sex is boring. There, I said it.
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The last thing Vaughan Hewson expects to find when he returns to his childhood home is a brokenhearted bride in his shower, let alone the drama and chaos that come with her. Lydia Green doesn't know whether to scream or cry in a corner. Discovering the love of your life is having an affair on your wedding day is bad enough. Finding out it's with his best man is another thing altogether.
Well written, but too juvenile for me. Andi Arndt is a wonderful narrator but her performance here is flat.
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With nothing but rumors to lead her, Lynne Harmony has trekked across a nightmare landscape to find one man; a mysterious, damaged legend who protects the weak and leads the strong. He's more than muscle and firepower - and in post-plague LA, he's her only hope.
I thought I was buying post-apocalyptic romantic suspense, but it's surely not that. I'll call it clumsily written bdsm erotica sans consent because I can. I almost quit when Jax humiliates heroine (forgotten her name already) in front of his manly tribe in a chest-beating, who's-your-daddy way while poking at her bare breasts. But I hung in there. Then he gets her alone, whips off his leather belt and beats her with it until he raises welts on her skin. Just to, you know, make sure she knows who's the boss. Then they have excruciating badly written sex. Still, I didn't quit.
I did not quit until I heard something that went like this: She wriggled her bottom across the mattress cascading his balls with her wetness. As an aside, no one I shared that with understood what it meant either. The cascading wetness defeated me. I quit.
It's not sexy or romantic or even erotic. I don't know what it is. But it's not for me. I'll be asking for a refund.
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