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  • Lead Heart

  • Seraph Black, Book 3
  • By: Jane Washington
  • Narrated by: Laurel Schroeder
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 71

The past few months have reduced Seraph Black to a permanent state of fight, and now, it is all that she knows. She is fighting her friends and family to go off on a suicide mission to rescue Silas, she is fighting the fragmented memories that clamor for recognition inside her mind, and she is fighting a guilt so magnificent...it might just force her to betray the very people that have sacrificed so much to keep her safe. She had asked for space, and it had been given to her in the most heart-rending of ways, leaving only one of the four brothers remaining by her side.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • it just gets better and better

  • By darleasia Tillman on 02-20-18

Interesting 3rd installment

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

Reviewed: 05-20-18

Again, if you can ignore plot, world, or character inconsistencies, you can enjoy this 3rd of 4 installments in the series. There IS some enjoyable creativity going on here.
I’ve purchased the 3 audio available & 1 kindle of book 4: A Portrait of Pain.
Schroeder does a decent job of narration.

  • Finding My Pack

  • My Pack Series, Book 1
  • By: Lane Whitt
  • Narrated by: Aletha George, Cooper North
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 578
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 523
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 523

Abandoned as a baby and forced to grow up way too fast, Kitten has learned to live and survive by her own unique code. When Kitten is at her lowest point and thinks she can't carry on, she meets an extraordinary group of men who welcome her into their home and hearts, showing her more kindness than she has ever known. What will happen when she finds out the secrets they keep? They may be more connected than they all thought when secrets about Kitten begin to surface as well.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this book but it is a cliffhanger!

  • By Melinda on 04-23-17

Entertaining even with inconsistencies

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

Reviewed: 05-17-18

The Premise: Kitten is a homeless girl who has raised herself from a very young age. When she escapes an attack one night, she is rescued by two young men who take her home with them to recover. She is surprised to find herself adopted by Tristan, Ash, and their 6 roommates aka pack mates. Some of Whitt’s world building is a little shaky, and there’s some inconsistencies in her characters (e.g. the overplayed innocence of Kitten when she grew up on the streets; plus, she has a photographic memory and educated herself by reading her way through the library.). If you can ignore some of these points, it’s still entertaining.


This is an alternate narration vs integrated - they take turns reading sections.
Aletha George has the perfect voice for Kitten. It’s great for“YA”, and she could probably pull off preteen to UpperYA voices. She even does reasonably well with her male voices.
Cooper North does well with the primarily male side.

  • Watercolour Smile

  • Seraph Black, Book 2
  • By: Jane Washington
  • Narrated by: Laurel Schroeder
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

Seraph Black has endured a vicious stalker, a change of schools, a bonding, a triple-murder, and more than her fair share of uncomfortable situations - but it seems like the world isn't done with her yet. The messenger is back with a systematic vengeance that knocks her flat, and not even her self-proclaimed secret-keepers are prepared for how far he is willing to go to get what he wants. She is walking on eggshells, trying to keep everyone at a distance. Especially those that are closest to her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, but needed a little more editing

  • By IreneMBBT on 05-09-18

Interesting, but needed a little more editing

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

Book 2 of the series continues directly from Book 1, Charcoal Tears. It’s interesting, but wish Jane’s writing group or Editor helped more in smoothing out disconnects.
Example #1: Book 1, the messenger painted a smiley face on her naked stomach. Book 2, the messenger sees her naked after the accident. Wouldn’t he have seen her double birth mark when he first painted her?
Example #2: If her “father” Gerald sexually abused her when she was younger, wouldn’t she have picked on the possible sexual nuances of 1 pair, let alone 2? Virgin does Not equal stupid.
Schroeder does a decent job of narration.

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  • The British Knight

  • By: Louise Bay
  • Narrated by: Shane East, Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,051
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,052

When I’m offered the chance to leave New York to live in London for three months, I can’t pack my suitcase fast enough. As soon as I touch down, I’m obsessing over red telephone boxes, palaces, and all the black cabs. But my favorite place is the tube. It’s wall-to-wall hot British men in suits. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Louise Bay creates 5 star magic once again!

  • By Ariadna B. on 01-05-18

Excellently narrated modern romance

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

This is a very decent “modern romance”, but the story isn’t truly superior. I cut my teeth reading Harlequin years ago - and some very good women authors came out of that crucible; but this felt like an expanded version of same with current cultural references and a much more casual attitude toward sex. Biggest negative for me was Bay skating very close to making Knightley wimpy toward the end. Still, a good example of the genre and worth your consideration if you’re in the mood for same - especially with superior narration.

I do adore Shane East’s voice in this recording. Just the right depth & maturity to make you hear a MAN, not a boy. The English accent sure doesn’t hurt, either. Maarleveld is a very good female narrator who can bring across emotions and depth in her characters.

  • Charcoal Tears

  • Seraph Black, Book 1
  • By: Jane Washington
  • Narrated by: Laurel Schroeder
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304

Seraph Black used to think that she was prepared for anything. She could last days without eating and she always walked away from the violent altercations with her father relatively unharmed. She survived working at the club and the drive to school every day in her mother's rust-bucket of a car...but it all changed when Noah and Cabe came bulldozing into her life, careless of the precious secrets they picked apart in their quest to take over her world. She was even less prepared for the mysterious Miro and Silas, and nothing could have prepared her for the bond. The connection.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Odd

  • By andrea on 06-03-17

Interesting start to a series

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

Reviewed: 05-06-18

I think this is an interesting start to a new series, and I’m curious to see where it goes. The author has created a mystery that is known by 4+, but is mostly kept from 1 - our main character, Seph.
This starts out YA, but I think that the direction it’s going is definitely UpperYA.
Schroeder does a decent job of narration.

  • Wild Beast Mate

  • Beast Mates, Book 2
  • By: Milana Jacks
  • Narrated by: Hollie Jackson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

He will bring his wild thing to his bed...even if it kills him. After Dewlyn's third heart-stopping attempt to escape their mating bed, Vice is more determined than ever to plant babies in his little daredevil's luscious body. Even if it means feeding the heat between them until she hungers for him alone - and her resistance is starved into submission. But she's hiding something. He can only hope she hasn't joined the human rebellion.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Odd story

  • By Jonella A. Moore on 10-05-17

Ehhh

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

Reviewed: 05-03-18

Ok, this one just didn’t do it for me. I was good with the first 2 books, but not this one.

  • Blind Beast Mate

  • Dystopian Adult Fairy Tale
  • By: Milana Jacks
  • Narrated by: Hollie Jackson
  • Length: 2 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59

When life deals a wild card, play it no matter the cost. Since the day Rey's defiance earned her a blinding blow to the head, fear has hovered as close as the guide dog that clings to her side. But the terror that grips her now is almost beyond description.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Better

  • By Nadine on 06-14-17

Uncouth Time out

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

Reviewed: 05-03-18

It’s really stretching the definition to call this a “fairy tale”. Yes, there’s a beast and fair maiden, but that’s it. I don’t believe that if he’s smart and strong enough to be Alpha, that it would take him quite So long to figure out she’s almost completely blind. This author writes sex with kink. If that turns you off, this series is not for you.
Jackson does a decent enough job of narration.

  • Virgin Beast Mate

  • Beast Mates, Book 0
  • By: Milana Jacks
  • Narrated by: Hollie Jackson
  • Length: 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

Reem lives a secluded, sheltered life inside Community One. Sold to one of the alien beasts who now rule the Earth, inexperienced young Reem is terrified she won't know how to please her husband, and he'll end up eating her instead of bedding her. After years of waiting, Troy finally gets his mate. When he lands her on his lap during their pairing party, he confirms her virginity. He can't wait until they're home so he can show her the only thing she should fear is his big...heart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • SEXY short

  • By IreneMBBT on 05-03-18

SEXY short

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

Reviewed: 05-03-18

Ok, I can’t believe I’m saying this, but the author did a good job drawing me in to the story, which is a prequel to the Beast Mate series. It’s about a dystopian future society where survivors of the nuclear fallout sell their daughters as partners/mates to the Beast Men who have arrived here from another planet and set up their own society. That’s the framework of her world building, but it’s mostly about the Beast Men finding their mates and serious SEX.
Jackson does a fairly decent job of narration.

  • Kindred in Death

  • In Death, Book 29
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,143
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,561
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,565

In this novel from number-one New York Times-best-selling author J. D. Robb, the newly promoted captain of the NYPSD and his wife return a day early from their vacation, looking forward to spending time with their bright and vivacious 16-year-old daughter, who stayed behind. Not even their worst nightmares could have prepared them for the crime scene that awaits them inside.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book in a great series

  • By MJ on 11-09-09

Good installment with pieces of the series woven throughout

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

Reviewed: 05-03-18

Good installment in the series. It has the warp of Vengeance in Death, the weft of Survivor in Death, and is woven together with the love of Eve and Roarke, and the wedding of Charles and Louise.
Ericksen does an excellent job with narration.

  • Barbarian Mine

  • Ice Planet Barbarians, Book 4
  • By: Ruby Dixon
  • Narrated by: Mason Lloyd, Hollie Jackson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

The ice planet has given me a second lease on life, so I'm thrilled to be here. Sure, there's no cheeseburgers, but I'm healthy and ready to be a productive member of the small tribe. What I didn't anticipate was that there'd be a savage stranger waiting nearby, watching me. And when he takes me captive, the unthinkable happens . . . I resonate to him. Resonance means mating and children . . . but I don't know if this guy's ever been around anyone before. He's truly a barbarian in all ways, right down to clubbing me over the head and claiming me as his own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Top five alien series

  • By IreneMBBT on 05-03-18

Top five alien series

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

Reviewed: 05-03-18

Love this series since I found it in kindle, and I’m thrilled it’s in audio now. In this installment, We found out why Harlow mysteriously disappeared at the end of Barbarian Lover. We get to enjoy Harlow & Rukh’s story.
Lloyd & Jackson do a very decent job of narration. I’m glad we get to hear this in the M/F voices.

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