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  • Awaken the Darkness

  • Immortal Guardians Series, Book 8
  • By: Dianne Duvall
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199

He awakens encapsulated in dirt with no knowledge of how he came to be there. Riddled with injuries, he can remember neither his past nor who he is. Nor can he remember what he is. But surely no mortal man could survive being buried deep beneath the earth. All he knows with certainty is that the soothing voice and presence of the woman moving around above enables him to endure the agony of his wounds. And he will do whatever it takes to be with her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By GSKM in sc on 07-12-18

Great story and addition to the series :D

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

4.5-5 stars

This was a great story and addition to the series. I will say that I've been wondering what happened to Yuri so it's nice to find out and see him get together with Susan. Yuri's story is somewhat of a standalone as the rest of the series characters don't come into it until much later in the story. And since he lost his memory, there are more explanations than there normally might be.

Susan is a woman with powers, the ability to hear the thoughts of others. This has often been as much of a curse as a gift and others finding out about Susan's abilities has brought much danger in the past. Susan keeps herself hidden and wants to find a remote home where people won't notice her and she also won't hear the stray thoughts of others.

Yuri is an Immortal Guardian that's around 400 years old. Immortal Guardians have powers and hunt vampires to protect humans from the vampires. Yuri was in a battle in which he was severely injured and the he was abducted and then buried alive. Immortal Guardians are hard to kill but being buried will put them into stasis until their uncovered.

When the story begins, Susan is looking for a house to buy that is remote. She visits one that's nice and remote but it's a real fixer-upper and she's unsure. But she just a feeling about the place that makes her want to buy it. A feeling that fades after she leaves the house but comes back with a vengeance whenever she's at the house. After some wishy-washy behavior, Susan finally decides to buy the house and moves in a while later. When Susan finds Yuri, she's freaked by the obvious issues with him being alive after being buried in the dirt for however long. Yuri doesn't have his memories and has no idea who he is or how he got there but he his instincts tell him it could be dangerous to call the authorities. Susan doesn't want to involve the police and decides to trust him since she's able to read his mind and knows that he's not lying to her and doesn't want to hurt her.

Susan and Yuri bond quickly...partially because they're very similar and work well as a couple and partially because they're in a situation together that requires them to rely on and trust each other. Susan's purchase of the house prompted some people to action and soon the bad guys that were after Yuri are intent on getting on capturing him. Since Yuri can't remember anything about his past, he can't call anyone for help and Susan is his only allie. Thankfully, Susan is able to take care of herself so she's a good partner for Yuri. Eventually, Yuri and Susan are able to figure out a way for Yuri to access his past and finally regain his memories. Once all that's taken care of and the bad guys are dealt with, Susan is welcomed to the "Immortal family" and the story ends with Susan and Yuri doing well and heading towards a HEA together.

I greatly enjoyed this story. I really liked Susan...she was smart, strong willed and competent but wasn't outrageously badass in an unbelievable way. I already liked Yuri in previous stories but didn't really know him well in those stories. In this story, I loved him and was so happy to see him get his piece of happiness. Overall, I loved the characters and the story was great and very engaging so I'd definitely recommend this story. :)

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  • Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 3 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,120

Molly Harper brings her signature "clever humor, snark, silliness, and endearing protagonists" ( Booklist) to the charming small town of Lake Sackett, Georgia with the new Southern Eclectic series. Carl and Marianne were high school sweethearts, loving the way only teenagers can - with no thought to logic or pride, just a bone-headed, optimistic frenzy of unicorns and hormones. That was all they needed. Or so Carl thought. Scared of being stuck in Lake Sackett, Georgia, like so many of her friends, Marianne panicked and bolted....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not as impressed with the story

  • By SuchetA on 11-07-17

Really good story :)

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

4-4.5 stars

This was a really enjoyable story. I liked both Carl and Marianne and was happy to see them work things out.

Marianne is a law student who has finished with pre-law and is planning to go on to law school. Marianne came from a small town and has been determined to escape it but lately has been thinking her future plans aren't as great as she always thought.

Carl is a mechanic and owner of the local garage. Carl came from a horrible family and was befriended by Marianne's brother and then the rest of her family. He's made a good life for himself but still is rather reserved.

I wont go in to too much details to avoid spoiling things (since this is a very short story) but I will say that I liked the set up, the characters and thought that Harper did her normal, high quality story crafting. Things came together quickly but believably and ended in a good way, with Marianne and Carl starting to rebuild their relationship and heading towards and eventual HEA together.

This was a really enjoyable story and I would recommend it. :)

  • Talon

  • Ashes & Embers, Book 4
  • By: Carian Cole
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden, Elizabeth Hart
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,033
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 967
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 964

A social experiment (a scary but exciting concept): marry a total stranger, live together for six months, and journal everything. Feelings. Fights. All of it. After six months, we each get $50,000 in exchange for our journals, whether we stay married or not. But the goal is to commit to the experience and see if the relationship experts could put together the perfect matches. I have never been lucky in love. This was my chance to find my soulmate. I couldn't wait to meet the man the experts felt was perfect for me.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unusual, upbeat rock romance!

  • By Denise on 07-25-16

Great story! :D

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

Reviewed: 06-29-18

4.5-5 stars

This was a great story. I really liked both Asia and Talon and loved the novel concept of how they got together. This is part of the series but it's separate enough that I'd consider it a standalone.

Asia is a rather shy woman that makes money by selling handmade clothing, accessories and bath products. She also runs a YouTube channel for her tiny cat, Princess Pixie, who she dresses up. Asia grew up with a crap family and when that fell apart she ended up on the streets. With some help, Asia was able to get on her feet and get a small apartment, even if it's way on the wrong side of town.

Talon is the Guitar player in the (very popular) rock band, Ashes and Embers. Talon is very creative and also writes a lot of the songs the band sings. Talon has never really dated as he's been in the music business from a young age but lately, Talon has realized he's burnt out on the groupies and partying and just wants to find someone special.

Talon and Asia both find out about the study and do want to find someone special so they sign up...along with many others. There are extensive interviews, questionnaires and all that to figure out which couples should be matched (Talon and Asia end up being just one of a number of couples). Once they find out they've been matched, the chosen ones then have 3 months to get ready for a wedding where the couple meets at the end of the aisle, right before saying "I do". Let's just say that both Talon and Asia had vastly different physical characteristics in mind for their prospective partners and with her background/shyness, Asia isn't too thrilled about Talon being a musician who tours for months at a time.

Regardless of their surprise/chagrin, both Asia and Talon go through with the wedding and commit to making a go of it. It is a bit of a slow burn though as Asia does have some issues sleeping with a stranger at first (but it does happen and how!). Talon tends to stick his foot in his mouth and Asia hasn't had good luck with guys (or in general) so she's rather sensitive. But when Talon does say something to hurt Asia, he does his best to make it right and let her know that he's trying. Asia is a very mothering type and it's sweet to see her do all sorts of things to take care of Talon and make his life better.

Now that all sounds good and you may think this is a low angst story and it was...until almost the end. I will say that although someone makes a stupid move, there was extenuating circumstances and that person did come back strong and earn their way back into the heart of the other. And I do love seeing someone that has wronged their Love come back, grovel and then make things right...which is what I got. So thankfully, Asia and Talon end the story solidly together and starting on a HEA.

I greatly enjoyed this story. Asia was a likable character and while she was shy, she did still speak her mind (more so as she became more comfortable with someone). Talon was a good guy but he did say the wrong things at times and could occasionally be a bit of a jerk. But he's still likable because you can tell that he has a good heart under it all (which comes out with time). The concept of the study in unique (at least to me) and I thought the author pulled it off very well. Overall, I thought the story was really good and very engaging with characters I fell in love with. I'd definitely recommend it. :D

  • Worth the Fall

  • McKinney Brothers, Book 1
  • By: Claudia Connor
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,387
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,279
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,277

Abby Davis isn't wearing a skimpy bikini or sipping umbrella drinks, not when she's busy chasing around four little ones. And Matt McKinney isn't looking for fun - he's a Navy SEAL, a grown man with a long list of missions and fallen brothers. Abby has brought her children to this beach to start over, to give them the enjoyable memories they deserve. Matt has been sidelined by a combat injury, and he is haunted by the loss of his best friend and the promise he made: to remain a SEAL - focused and dedicated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fabulous ride for the emotions!

  • By xstitchnut on 03-07-17

Pretty enjoyable story :)

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

Reviewed: 06-24-18

3.5-4 stars

This was a pretty good story. I liked both Abby and Matt (and the kids) and enjoyed their story. This is the first story I've read by this author and I liked it well enough that I may try more of her work in the future.

Abby is the mother of 4.5 children (4 kids with a bun in the oven) and is raising them on her own because her husband was killed about 6 months before the story begins. Abby had a bad childhood that kept her from opening herself to love and her marriage to a man that constantly left her for work didn't help matters. When her husband died, Abby decided not to get involved again.

Matt is a Navy SEAL that does home renovations in his spare time. Matt grew up as part of a big (like really big) family and has always wanted a family of his own. Matt had planned to leave the Navy to move on to more, including a family, but the death of his best friend pushed Matt to stay in the military.

Matt was injured during a mission and was told to take leave to rest up. Matt got convinced by his cousin to go to the beach but his cousin hooked up with a bimbo that had a bimbo friend that latched on to Matt and Matt wasn't too happy about it. While trying to escape the bimbo, Matt encounters Jack, Abby's son. He winds up playing with the kids just for the heck of it and is surprised when he meets Abby and she knocks him off his feet. They go their separate ways but wind up running into each other again later. Abby's late husband wasn't much of a Dad and so the kids (especially Jack) latch on to Matt pretty quickly when he shows an interest. Matt finds he likes Abby and her kids so he starts making an effort to spend time with her.

The attraction between Abby and Matt is strong but they also know their time is limited so things stay mostly platonic at first. When the week at the beach ends, Abby doesn't think she'll see Matt again and he thinks the same....but they can't stop thinking about each other and soon, Matt is going to see Abby. They both have issues that cause some drama between them...Abby has issues trusting others to love her and stay with her and Matt has guilt over the possibility of leaving the military. It takes some time for them to get past their issues but it happens. Unfortunately, there is a big dose of drama before everything is worked out but in the end, Abby, Matt and the kids are together and heading towards a HEA.

This was a pretty enjoyable story. I liked both Abby and Matt and thought they worked well together. I also liked the characters of the kids...they weren't just faceless characters to be plot devices and then disappear, they had pertinent parts in the story and made the connection between Abby and Matt stronger. I will say that there is a major drama bomb that hits towards the end and while I liked how it was worked out, I was not very thrilled with the reason it happened in the first place. Regardless of that complaint, I did enjoy the story and liked the characters very much so I would recommend it.

  • Ocean Light

  • Psy-Changeling Trinity Series, Book 2
  • By: Nalini Singh
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280

Bowen Knight has come back from the dead. But there's a ticking time bomb in his head: a chip implanted to block telepathic interference that could fail at any moment - taking his brain along with it. With no time to waste, he should be back on land helping the Human Alliance. Instead, he's at the bottom of the ocean, consumed with an enigmatic changeling... Kaia Luna may have traded in science for being a chef, but she won't hide the facts of Bo's condition from him or herself. She's suffered too much loss in her life to fall prey to the charm of a human who is a dead man walking.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Decent offering in the series

  • By Cranky Reader on 06-27-18

Great story and addition to the series :)

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

Reviewed: 06-20-18

4.5-5 stars

Yep, overall this was a great story. The story did have some ups and downs that had me going from "awesome!" to WTF?!?!" but in the end, I was extremely happy with how things worked out. I also really loved the fact that we finally have a Blacksea (aka water shifter) story!

Kaia is a water shifter (no spoilers on what kind) that lives at sea in one of many communities that belongs to water shifters called Blacksea. Kaia is the only child of her parents who died when she was 7, leaving her to be raised by family and her many cousins are now more like sisters and brothers to her. Because of past trauma, Kaia doesn't like going to land and spends her time in her underwater city or the surrounding waters.

Bowen is technically the "Security specialist" for the human alliance but I'm not sure why he has that title because he basically is the head guy in the human alliance. Bowen is completely focused on helping his people and keeping them safe from any who would take advantage of them or hurt them. I've liked Bowen in previous stories and liked him even more in this one.

Bowen and the other people that are at the head of the human alliance all got implanted with an experimental chip that would safeguard them from a Psy breaking into their minds. Unfortunately, the chips have started to malfunction and everyone implanted is going to die without a fix. When the story begins, Bowen wakes up in a Blacksea facility after a deadly injury. He doesn't know how he got there but soon finds out that there's an experimental procedure that might be able to fix the issue with the implanted chip that's killing him. Bowen is still likely to die but he's willing to undergo the experiences on the chance it will help his friends. Bowen finds himself strongly drawn to Kaia, who is the sister of his doctor. It's bad timing as Bowen could easily still die but the attraction is strong and mutual.

Kaia is actually not interested in feeling an attraction to Bowen as she's heard some things about him that aren't good. Her instincts tell her that Bowen is a good man though and the longer they spend time together, the more Kaia thinks her info must have been wrong. So, Kaia and Bowen get closer and closer but there's a certain amount of angst because Bowen's chance of survival is low so any relationship started may just cause Kaia more pain in the end. But there's a connection that neither can ignore so they do the best they can. The first part of the story is heavily character driven but around 1/2 to 2/3rds of the way in, things go wrong (in the story) and we get more action in the conclusion of the story. There's bad guys to deal with, danger to get through and drama that made me really sad. But thankfully, Nalini does know how to write a good story and things get wrapped up nicely so that Kaia and Bowen end the story together and starting on a HEA.

This was a story I greatly enjoyed. I really liked Kaia as a heroine. Kaia had her issues, there's no doubt about that, but she dealt with them and wasn't overly annoying about them. I thought Bowen was great! He turned into the right guy for the right woman and isn't that what we all kind of want? A guy that becomes the best version of himself because of his love for his woman? I loved the characters, the story was really good and kept me very engaged from beginning to end so I'd recommend it and the whole series. :)

  • Lukas

  • Ashes & Embers, Book 3
  • By: Carian Cole
  • Narrated by: Nelson Hobbs, Tatiana Sokolov
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 958
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 901
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 902

Storm's younger cousin. Vandal's little brother. You've met him in the background. The sweet one. The nice one. The one they can all rely on. In short, the good one. He's a tattoo artist. He plays metal and classical music - on the violin. He's got a body built for sin. And he's 24. In comes Ivy. She's a 36-year-old single mom who hasn't dated in 18 years. All she wanted was a tattoo. She got a whole lot more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved It! Awesome Story; Stellar Performance!

  • By Cheri on 11-29-16

Enjoyable story overall :)

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

Reviewed: 06-10-18

3-3.5 stars

This was a good story. I liked Lukas and Ivy and liked their story overall. This is the first story I've read by this author and I liked it well enough that I'm going to read the next book in the series (but TBH, it's more due to the fact that the description of the story sounds pretty interesting than specifically because it's written by this author).

Ivy is a 36 year old human resources professional that's married with 2 kids. Unfortunately, the story begins with Ivy catching her husband in an affair that splits them up and it's not a good scene. Ivy has only ever been with her husband so being on her own is new and somewhat overwhelming for her.

Lukas is a 24 year old tattoo artist and owns his tattoo studio with his brother. Lukas also is a part-time musician that plays occasionally with some friends that are in a band. Lukas had a rough childhood and grew up quickly. Because of this, he wants love and stability and women his age are immature and tend to want to party way too much.

After her husband has been out of the house for a couple months, Ivy starts to try to reinvent herself by trying some of the things she'd always wanted to try but hadn't because her husband wouldn't approve...like dying her hair and getting a tattoo. Ivy's BFF gives her a coupon for a tattoo at a local studio with a highly skilled tattoo artist who ends up being Lukas. Lukas and Ivy feel a very strong connection as soon as they meet and feel like they've met somewhere before. The mutual attraction is strong but because of their age difference and her recent breakup, Ivy's not willing to go out with Lukas. Of course, with some time and effort, Lukas is able to change her mind.

So Lukas and Ivy start dating and before too long, she introduces him to her kids and things get pretty serious. Ivy is leery of moving too fast but Lukas is all in and is constantly pushing for more...it's like once he decides she's it, he just doesn't back down. Don't get me wrong, Ivy's interested but is leery of going too fast after her Ex lied to her for so long. There are difficulties that they have to work past but nothing too terribly bad until almost the end...then it's bad. And worse is the fact that Ivy is paralyzed by her freak out over the situation and kind of lets everything go to crap. The major drama does get worked out and the story ends with Ivy and Lukas together and starting on a HEA.

This was an enjoyable story. I liked Ivy...except how she handled the major drama at the end. I don't really fault her initial reaction but after that, her inaction in resolving things for that long just didn't work for me. Lukas was a cool hero and I liked him (although there were times he almost seemed to be a bit too "in touch with his emotions"). TBH, I was a bit torn on this story...I was planning to give it 4 stars but the way the ending went, it messed with me and so I dropped it a bit. However, although the end drama didn't work for me, overall this was a good story.

  • Wild Hunger

  • Phoenix Pack, Book 7
  • By: Suzanne Wright
  • Narrated by: Jill Redfield
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 627
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 564
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 561

When half-wolf shifter Frankie Newman receives an e-mail from a family member she didn’t know existed, a secret is revealed: as a child, Frankie witnessed her father killing her mother...and then himself. Frankie was torn from her pack by her mother’s human relatives, and the trauma was erased from her memory. Realizing that she’s been lied to her entire life, she’s never felt more alone. Until she catches the scent of an old friend - warmly familiar and intoxicating. Trick Hardy, enforcer of the Phoenix Pack, can sense the rush of mutual attraction when he sees Frankie again.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed it but same old story

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-01-18

Great story and addition to the series :)

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

Reviewed: 05-30-18

4.5-5 Stars

This was a great story and addition to the series. I've liked Trick in previous books and never really thought too much of him...he seemed cool but stayed mostly in the background of previous stories. Regardless of that, Trick was a strong lead in this story and I liked both Trick and Frankie.

Frankie is a half wolf-shifter that lost her parents at an early age. Frankie grew up with her well-off Grandparents who told her lies about her past and the shifter side of her family "for her own good". Frankie is a sculptor that creates beautiful but disturbing pieces. She makes a good living at it but her family insists that she's wasting her time on this "hobby".

Trick is an Enforcer for the Phoenix pack and was one of the original 15 that left their old pack in the split that created the Phoenix pack. Trick is intent on finding his mate, looking forward to having such a close bond with someone. He's kept any past relationships superficial in order to be free when he finds his mate.

Before her human family took Frankie away from her pack, Trick and Frankie were children in the same pack. Trick was protective of the 3 year old Frankie but the mating bond wasn't clear enough to Trick to recognize it so early. They don't see each other for 24 years (current time in the book), their reunion coming about because Frankie's Aunt Lidia decides to reach out to her. Trick is with Lidia when she meets with Frankie and Trick recognizes her as his mate immediately.

Frankie has grown up with no guidance in the shifter stuff and hasn't dealt with packs so Trick doesn't tell her they're mates because he's afraid of freaking her out. Instead, Trick decides to just integrate himself into her life until she can't imagine her life without him. Frankie's no dummy and figures things out pretty quickly and although she needs some time before completing the bond, it doesn't cause a lot of angst for her because it finally means she has someone that's only on her side. Trick gives Frankie the time she needs to work through her personal issues that could be blocking their bond. There are a couple of external influences working against them that cause some issues they have to get past. Thankful, Trick and Frankie are able to get past the problems thrown their way and end the story doing well and starting and HEA together.

This was a very enjoyable story. I liked Frankie very much and thought she was pretty well balanced and believable. Trick was a great hero, intense and loyal from the moment of recognition and willing to give anything to protect and love his woman...what else could you want? Overall, I thought the story and characters were great and I found this so engaging I had trouble putting it down. I'd recommend this story (as well as anything by Wright). :D

  • Kidnapped by the Pirate

  • By: Keira Andrews
  • Narrated by: Cornell Collins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

Nathaniel Bainbridge is used to hiding, whether it's concealing his struggles with reading or his forbidden desire for men. Under the thumb of his controlling father, the governor of Primrose Isle, he's sailing to the fledging colony, where he'll surrender to a respectable marriage for his family's financial gain. Then pirates strike and he's kidnapped for ransom by the Sea Hawk, a legendary villain of the New World. Bitter and jaded, Hawk harbors futile dreams of leaving the sea for a quiet life, but men like him don't deserve peace. He has a score to settle with Nathaniel's father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • By SassiKassi on 04-24-18

Really good pirate m/m story :)

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

Reviewed: 05-20-18

4 stars

This was a very good story. I liked both Nathaniel and Hawk and enjoyed their story and how they came together in the end.

Nathaniel is the son of a Governor over an island colony in the new world. He grew up in England and had schooling but always had issues with reading and always prefered a more physical lifestyle than what was considered proper for someone of his station. Nathaniel has always had a longing for men but kept his preference hidden because it's considered a sin (as well as a crime punishable by death).

Hawk used to be a good man and Captain of a Privateer ship, legally operating under contract from the crown. Hawk and his crew were screwed over by a evil man (Nathaniel's father) that wrongly invalidated his contract and proclaimed him a criminal to steal his bounty. Hawk and his crew were forced to become pirates because of this treachery.

The book description gives a pretty good rundown of how the story begins so I wont give more details that might spoil the story. I will say that although Nathaniel was Hawk's prisoner, he wasn't forced into anything...it was more a matter of him deciding take advantage of his situation before he is ransomed back to his father and forced to marry a woman for her dowry. Hawk is tough but it is partially an act because of his position and he has a soft side that Nathaniel brings out. There's some angst because of the fact that Nathaniel is a bounty and Hawk's crew want their share of the ransom but that plays out well, if a bit suspenseful. In the end, things turn out well all around and Nathaniel and Hawk are able to find a place they can be together and have their HEA.

This was a very enjoyable story. Nathaniel was a very good MC and I liked him a lot. Hawk was gruff and I didn't always like his actions but I liked him as a character. Together, Hawk and Nathaniel made a great couple and I was happy with how things worked out. Overall, I really liked the characters and I though the story was very good and engaging so I'd recommend it. :)

* note - I did find the narration a bit slow though so I turned the playback speed up to 1.20% and it worked really well.

  • Burn Bright

  • By: Patricia Briggs
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,391
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,215
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,216

Charles Cornick is the son of the leader of the North American werewolves - and his father's enforcer. Anna Latham, a rare Omega wolf with a calming presence, is his mate. They go where they are needed, handling problems in werewolf packs throughout the country. But this time the danger is closer to home, as an enemy armed with witchcraft threatens Charles and Anna's own pack.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You cannot trust anyone it seems.

  • By ShaSha (Lover of Audiobooks!) on 03-07-18

Great addition to the series :D

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

4.5-5 stars

This was a great addition to Charles and Anna's story. The book description does pretty well at explaining the basic premise of the story. It surprised me a bit because the whole story takes place in a relatively small area and over a very short period of time. That said, it was still a very good and interesting story that kept me seriously engaged until the end. I did go to sleep partway through the story but started back on it as soon as I woke up.

From previous books you'll be familiar with Charles and Anna and their relationship is pretty settled in this story. They've been together long enough that they're solid so there wasn't a much drama (at least between Charles and Anna). I liked what they've developed in to and am happy with their relationship. I wouldn't have minded a bit more coverage of their relationship but the story mostly focused on the action plot with the relationship as a secondary part of the story...more as a supporting factor than a central plot device. Still, I liked that Charles and Anna are settled enough that they can be supportive and helpful to each other like true partners should be.

Although there were a few "I wish" moments I already mentioned, overall the story was great and I really enjoyed it and seeing how things turned out. Charles and Anna are a great couple and it was super to see them again and handling things so well. I'm not sure if it is enough of a standalone for those unfamiliar with the series but I would recommend it for people that have already read the previous books and would recommend the series in general. :D

  • Twice Bitten

  • An Argeneau Novel
  • By: Lynsay Sands
  • Narrated by: Charlotte North
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323

For someone who's been around for over 140 years, immortal Elspeth Argeneau hasn't done a whole lot of living. Now that she's moved away from her controlling mother, she's tracking down rogue vampires and enjoying some overdue freedom. A fling would be fun. A life mate can wait. Yet to Elspeth's surprise, her landlady's hot grandson checks both boxes. Wyatt fell instantly in love with Elspeth four years ago. He's stunned to run into her again, especially as she has no memory of him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another interesting visit with the Argeneaus

  • By Kimberly on 03-29-18

Really good and engaging story :)

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

Reviewed: 04-08-18

4-4.5 stars

This was a really good story. I liked both Elspeth and Wyatt and enjoyed their story.

Elspeth is an immortal that is 142 years old and just now getting out on her own. Elspeth has tried to gain her freedom before but her mother is very controlling, a lot more than Elspeth realized until she moved out on her own. Elspeth got a teaching job in Canada and moved away from her family but with 6 weeks, her mother shows up for a "surprise visit" and wanting to rule her life again.

Wyatt is an ex-special forces military guy that now works in private security. Wyatt was a bit of a playboy until 4 years ago when he met the woman of his dreams, Elspeth. She disappeared on him and he hasn't been able to forget her since. Wyatt is surprised when he goes to visit his Grandmother and finds Elspeth renting an apartment from her and doesn't seem to remember him.

When Elspeth moved to Canada, she found an apartment online to rent and moved when her mother was out of the country so she couldn't stop her. Elspeth's teaching job starts in a few weeks but until then, she's helping out the enforcers in the area in her extra time. Elspeth made friends with her landlady and is just getting settled into her life when her mother and twin sisters show up unexpectedly. Elspeth is extremely unhappy about this and as we see the interactions between them, it's easy to see why. Let me just say that Elspeth's mother is deeply disturbed and this led her to do things to control Elspeth and her 2 sisters...things all 3 sisters hate and is causing them to hate their mother (with good reason).

Wyatt is extremely attracted to Elspeth but he also doesn't know why she acts like she doesn't remember him and is a bit suspicious of her knowing his Grandmother and how close they seem to be. Unfortunately, some things happen that soon make it clear that someone is trying to kill Elspeth. Wyatt finds out about Immortals during one of these attempts and it also comes out that he's Elspeth's lifemate so Wyatt's memory isn't wiped. Wyatt decides to help protect Elspeth and it gives them a chance to figure some things out between themselves, including why Elspeth doesn't remember that she'd already found her lifemate 4 years ago. Thankfully, Elspeth and Wyatt are able to reconnect and come together as a couple once they handle Elspeth's mother (horrible woman!). After some drama and danger, the bad guy is captured and Elspeth and Wyatt are able to finally relax and start on a HEA together.

This was a really enjoyable story. I will admit that the part that bothered me the most was Elspeth's mother...how a mother could do that to her kids is beyond me so let me just warn you not to expect a reconciliation. Elspeth is a good heroine and I liked her very much. Wyatt is a really likable character too and Elspeth worked very well as a couple. Overall, I really liked the story and found it very engaging so I'd recommend it. :)