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  • As Long as There Is Chocolate

  • By: Tana Lovett
  • Narrated by: Patricia Santomasso
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Sick of heartbreak, Kate decides to devote her life to making fine chocolates and forget about relationships altogether. But when she opens a gourmet chocolate shop across the street from a deli run by a handsome Italian, she discovers she's not the only one dishing out temptation. Gio wants to help Kate overcome her fears about love, but his big, boisterous Italian family gets in the way.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Romance, Ghost and Chocolate

  • By Amazon CustomerBeliever on 05-23-18

What a Gem!

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

Reviewed: 05-23-18

This is a multifaceted book. There is mystery, romance, hidden treasure, ghosts, and chocolate! I loved the imagery the author wrote in this book. I could envision so much, especially what Castle rock looks like (fictional Castle Springs). The history and descriptions were so vivid. I loved the book. Patricia Santomasso was a new narrator to me, and I found her to be delightful. I thought she had great distinguished voices for the various characters and added to the story. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. Tana Lovett wove such a wonderful story. I will definitely listen to more of her books. I enjoyed hearing how she lived in Colorado and took parts of different places to create the town of Castle Springs and its quirky characters. This book was time well spent listening, and worth listening to again.

  • Love on a Train

  • By: Colleen L. Donnelly
  • Narrated by: Amy Deuchler
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

The moment Martha noticed Raymond on the train, everything her mother warned against erupted - romantic notions, palpitating heart, the desire to write it all in a novel and tell the world. Martha lived and wrote that love story until the day Raymond handed her a sketch. “Want to see a picture of the girl I plan to marry?” The penciled profile resembled Martha… But when Raymond went away, she knew. She wasn’t the girl he planned to marry. David was her father’s apprentice, everything Martha’s mother said made a good husband - hardworking, no romantic tendencies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fall in love on your way to work.

  • By Marla on 05-22-18

Love on a Train

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

Reviewed: 05-23-18

I enjoyed this clean story from after WWII, describing thoughts of the times. The concept of not attracting attention is nothing new, but the thought of not marrying for love is something unimaginable for the time period. I did not like how chauvinistic some of the characters were, nor how willing Martha was to settle for David when Raymond had her heart. This story did not have the steam that many books have, but was appropriate for the time. The narrator did a good performance with the emotions. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. The author did a good job with the imagery and motivation and thought process in the book. I would listen to more books by this author and narrator in the future.

  • Till Death Do Us Bark

  • Happy Tails Dog Walking Mystery series, Volume 2
  • By: Stella St.Claire
  • Narrated by: Machelle Williams
  • Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Something borrowed, something blue, Olivia’s a bridezilla, and Andrew’s pretty scared too…Olivia is on the warpath of wedding planning. She’s ticking off her tasks rapid fire: flowers, food, and fireworks. Those all are checked off just in time for Andrew to get hit writing a big check of his own. He’s beginning to get suspicious of her motives, since his blushing bride has gone from dragging her feet on a proposal, to suddenly running down the aisle. Olivia doesn’t want to admit that she’s trying to get hitched before her cold feet get the best of her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sort of a cliffhanger, but mystery is solved

  • By Jan M on 05-22-18

Sort of a cliffhanger, but mystery is solved

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

This is a standalone listen that features Olivia and Andrew. She is a dog walker with a panache for solving mysteries. This time her wedding planner is the victim of murder. I enjoyed the antics of the characters in this story and was pleased with how the crime was solved. I wasn’t thrilled with how the story ended leaving Olivia watching Andrew walk away. I will have to listen to the next book to see if she gets her happy ending. I really enjoyed Machelle Williams performance in this book. She added realistic emotions to the book and the right amount of drama. Olivia was having some bridezilla moments. Stella St. Claire wove a great story and had incredible imagery. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review.

  • Fired Up

  • By: Anna Durand
  • Narrated by: T.B.
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Humiliated by her cheating ex, control freak Mel Thompson has resolved to avoid sex and romance. But her plans skid off the rails on her birthday, when she overindulges in champagne and tries to seduce her best friend, Adam Caras, exposing her long-repressed attraction to him. She's determined to remain just friends, but her erotic fantasies have other ideas... Firefighter Adam Caras has seduced more women than he'd ever admit to, earning the nickname the Arsonist, thanks to his explosive sensuality. Unfortunately, he realized he's in love with his best friend Mel five minutes after she hooked up with her sleazebag ex. For two years, he's kept his true feelings a secret. His libido, on the other hand ... not so easy to rein in. Now that she's free, he has a plan of his own. He'll win her heart the only way he knows how - in bed - by employing every weapon in his lady-killer arsenal. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Steamy Listen

  • By Jan M on 05-21-18

Steamy Listen

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

Reviewed: 05-21-18

This is my first book by Anna Durand that I have listened to. I really found it to be enjoyable. I loved the unexpected twists the author wrote in the story. Friends to Lovers is a genre I enjoy. The added twist made it that much better. The narrator T.B. did a very good job adding the right emotions. I liked her voices for the various characters. My favorite part of the book was when they realized what was truly important. This was time well spent listening.

  • Breaking the Cowboy's Rules

  • Wildhorse Rance Brothers, Book 1
  • By: Leslie North
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Roberts
  • Length: 3 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Ranch owner Trevor Wild loves nothing more than spending his day in the saddle riding in the Texas sun. He's passionate about being the latest generation of Wild man to breed quarter horses on Wildhorse Ranch. But in the aftermath of inheriting a bad business deal the Ranch is in serious financial trouble, and this serious cowboy needs to look outside the box to save his family's pride and joy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Short, sweet, steamy fun listen

  • By Cyn on 12-17-17

Wildhorse Ranch Brothers, Book 1 not Rance

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

Reviewed: 05-21-18

I loved this feel good book by Leslie North. Glamping sounds like a fun vacation to me. The imagery in this book is wonderful, the characters are endearing and the narration is awesome. I really enjoyed the book and look forward to the next one in the series. Sabrina and Trevor have great chemistry and that was apparent in the story. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review.

  • Waypoint

  • A Game of Drones
  • By: C. F. WALLER
  • Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

Stacy’s life is in free fall. She finds herself clutching a handgun, searching for a sign that tomorrow will be any better than today. Her cell phone rings, bringing an offer that may postpone her soul searching. The discovery of an airplane graveyard containing a dozen commercial airliners is shocking. When the salvage camera reveals them to be virtually undamaged under in the Indian Ocean, theories abound. Who put them there? How are they still in one piece? What reason could there be? Stacy is about to learn the answers to those questions, as well things she’d prefer to forget.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A book of action, adventure, mystery, and Tech...

  • By Quella on 05-02-18

Not a Game!

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

Reviewed: 05-20-18

I was pulled into this book by C.F. Waller from the very beginning. I found part of the book to be thought provoking. I enjoyed how this story is not all one genre. The suspense, action, and technology aspects were all well done. I loved the twists and the imagery this book had and J.Scott Bennett was the perfect voice to narrate it. He is able to perform distinguishable voices for the various characters. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I would definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator.

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  • Five Wishes Series (A Romantic Comedy Series)

  • By: Elise Sax
  • Narrated by: Angie Hickman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

The Five Wishes Series is five hot and hilarious novellas about wishes that go terribly wrong…fortunately. Each novella is roughly 100 pages with NO cliffhanger. Five Wishes...A happy ending is just a coin toss away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Too Funny!

  • By G C on 05-21-18

Five Fun Books in One

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

Reviewed: 05-19-18

I so enjoy this series. Elise Sax and Angie Hickman are the perfect combination. The characters are quirky, original and endearing. Each story is a standalone listen that takes place on Summer Island. The imagery in each book is awesome. I loved how the wishing fountain was involved in this series. The humor is great too. Angie Hickman is able to give each character a distinguished voice so its easy to know who is speaking. She adds so much to the enjoyment of the book with her enthusiastic performance and expressions. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I will definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator.

  • Quick Bang

  • Three More Wishes, Book 3
  • By: Elise Sax
  • Narrated by: Angie Hickman
  • Length: 2 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

In the final book of the Three More Wishes Series, Norma Blaze is off limits to her brother’s best friend, Stone Jenkins. But that doesn’t stop him from eating at Norma’s café every evening. The Blue Plate Special is good, but Stone craves more forbidden fruit and only has eyes for Norma. When a huge storm hits Summer Island, Stone checks up on Norma as the lights go out, and the two finally let their desires take over. Just as they think they’ve reached their happily ever after, someone crashes their party and the night takes a dangerous turn. It’s up in the air whether they’ll survive the night or if their attraction is true love or merely a Quick Bang.   

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Super funny

  • By Brandie @Bookwhore_am_I on 05-22-18

Fun and Quick

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

Reviewed: 05-19-18

Elise Sax and Angie Hickman make this series so much fun. I love the vivid imagery and the quirky characters. This story, Quick Bang, is a standalone listen and part of a series. The town and some characters are the connection in the books. I find myself laughing out loud at the humor and antics in the story. I feel the need of a rainstorm after listening to this delightful book. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review.

  • C*cky Author

  • By: Fettucine Holliday
  • Narrated by: Meghan Kelly
  • Length: 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 28

This totally original audiobook is about a cock...sure man who is caulky, cocked up, and above all else, confident. He lays it into a lady real good and leaves her satisfied. This is a totally great comedy erotica story that in no way infringes on a certain word, no sirree, not at all. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Caution may cause extreme bouts of hilarity!

  • By Anonymous User on 05-19-18

Short and steamy

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

Reviewed: 05-19-18

I loved this response to a certain Arrogant author who had taken it upon herself to trademark a certain word. I will never buy any of that author’s books but support those whom she is harassing. Fettuccine Holliday wrote a fun novella and Meghan Kelly did it justice. For such a short book, it kept my attention. Both Fettuccine and Meghan are a winning combination. I hope they do more books together as I enjoyed this one. The issue in this story is real, and I do hope that karma prevails.

  • Secrets & Charades

  • By: Cindy Ervin Huff
  • Narrated by: Meghan Kelly
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

Jake Marcum’s busy ranch leaves him no time for courting, and his wounded heart has no place for love. When battlefield nightmares disturb his peace and his tomboy niece Juliet needs taming, somehow a mail-order bride seems like a logical solution. Dr. Evangeline Olson has no idea her niece is writing to a rancher on her behalf, and she sure isn’t interested in abandoning her medical practice for a stranger. But when an inheritance threatens to reveal a long-buried secret, she travels west to become Jake’s wife. Jake soon realizes Evangeline is more than he bargained for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best!

  • By Pam C on 05-08-18

Great Christian Story!

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

Reviewed: 05-19-18

I was impressed by the author Cindy Ervin Huff, in this more than a mail-order bride romance. Evie is a doctor by trade and is sent to Jake. I enjoyed how the author wove scripture and praying into the story without it being a turn off. The story has some very unexpected twists, some endearing characters and some worth redeeming. I liked the hope that was in the story. Meghan Kelly did a wonderful performance with her distinguished voices for the various characters. One could hear who was speaking. I thought it was great how some of the pretenses were revealed and the charades broken. This was time well spent listening to a clean standalone book.