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  • Buried and Shadowed

  • Branded Packs, Book 3
  • By: Alexandra Ivy, Carrie Anne Ryan
  • Narrated by: Aiden Snow
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

Gibson Barton knows his Pack is on the verge of something they will never be able to prepare for: a chance at freedom. Yet when he's finally able to open his eyes to what might be his fate, it could be too late.As a submissive wolf of her Pack, Mandy Calhoun has always only watched Gibson from afar. Because of her fears, she hasn't let her intentions toward him - or the other in her sights - be known. Oliver Dare is the Foreseer of the Ursine Pack, and knows with each vision, his death is that much closer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this whole series

  • By Fran Zoch, Little Shop of Readers blog on 08-03-16

Great stories and conclusion to the series :D

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

Reviewed: 01-15-19

Buried
Time: 0:00-3:12

This was a great story and I really enjoyed it. This story is about a menage between a trio...Gibson (the tattooist for the wolves), Mandy (a submissive wolf) and Oliver (the foreseer of the Bears). They all have a mutual attraction but they have been separate up until now because of different reasons. In this story, they finally come together and I liked seeing them become mates. There is some addition drama/danger taking place as well....one part gets settled and the other is a progress with the SAU and their imprisonment (but things are still a bit iffy). I do wish it had been a bit longer because while Gibson, Mandy and Oliver are a trio of mates at the end, I would have liked to see how their particular situation (I can't say more without spoilers) plays out.

Shadowed
Time: 3:12-6:55

**mild spoiler - I let slip the fate of the shifters in general, no details**

This was a great story and conclusion to the series. Mira and Sinclair made an unlikely but well matched pair that I really liked as characters and as a couple (once they worked everything out). While Mira and Sinclair are working through their relationship issues, they're on the run from the SAU and taking the last steps in bringing out the truth and getting the shifters freed. Things will still be difficult and there will be years of prejudice to get past but things look very hopeful in the end.

I really liked both stories in this book and loved how things finally turned out. I do wish maybe there was a spin-off series that tells how things go for the shifters once they're free and reintegrating into the world but I guess the open- endedness gives you room to dream. Overall, I really liked the series and would recommend it. :)

  • Abandoned and Unseen

  • By: Carrie Ann Ryan, Alexandra Ivy
  • Narrated by: Aiden Snow
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

Cole McDermott is a jaguar on a mission. Long naps, a willing woman, and a full stomach is usually all he needs when it comes to relaxing after a long day of protecting his pack. Then he meets Anya, and the burn of temptation is silky and tantalizing indeed. When a horror from Anya's past threatens everything she loves, Cole will put everything aside and fight for her family - as well as his own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Branded Packs Book Two

  • By Karin Anderson on 11-12-15

Very good set of stories :)

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

Abandoned
Time: 0:00-3:21

The blurb gives the basics of the story. Because of her past, Anya isn't interested in a relationship, especially with Cole. Unfortunately, crap happens that Cole and Anya end up facing together and the situation prompts Anya to take a better look at Cole and realize his worth. It's a good story and I liked how things got worked out, ending with Anya and Cole together and as happy as possible (considering their situation).

Unseen
Time: 3:21-6:54

This was an enjoyable story. I liked both Tucker and Nicole and was happy to see them get a happy ending. This story was a bit different from the previous ones because Tucket is a shifter that's not locked in a compound. He and his pack are free and operate undercover to help the captive shifters. There were a couple points in the story that weren't perfect but I liked it overall and had no major complaints. Although it could still go wrong if they're found out, Nicole and Tucker do get a more substantial HEA than previous couples so it was a very nice ending. :)

These 2 stories were both stories I enjoyed, even if the non-romantic subject matter isn't always the easiest to deal with. It is pretty engaging though and I like the characters so I will be continuing the series to see what happens. :D

* note - I listened to the audio version of these stories and the narrator did a very good job.

  • Echoes of Fire

  • Mercury Pack, Book 4
  • By: Suzanne Wright
  • Narrated by: Jill Redfield
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 510
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459

Madisyn Drake is a rare breed of cat shifter…a loner, unpredictably wild, and emotionally distant. A recent betrayal has left her ready to sharpen her claws on the next man she sees…until a prowling wolf with steel-gray eyes and a brooding dark edge challenges her distrust. No matter how fully he satisfies her touch-hunger, Madisyn’s not ready to open up again, even if it is oh so gratifying. Bracken Slater has earned his reputation as an indomitable predator. Once broken by grief and guilt, he is feeling alive again, thanks to the heady scent of this independent feline.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A great errand on the run book

  • By Jackie on 12-15-18

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: 12-13-18

4.5-5 stars

This was a great story and addition to the series. I liked Bracken and Madisyn and enjoyed seeing them get together.

Madisyn is a feline shifter that has been a lone shifter since her parents died when she was 12. Madisyn hasn't had many people she can depend on but she did make a couple BFFs at a loner shelter she ended up at, one of which is Makenna (heroine of book #5 of the Phoenix pack series, Savage Urges). Madisyn now works for the shelter as well as bartends part time at a bar owned by the Mercury pack.

Bracken is a wolf shifter and an enforcer for the Mercury pack. Bracken is a good guy but he lost all his family to an extremest attack by an anti-shifter group. Bracken went off the deep end and hunted down and killed those responsible for his family's death but no one really blamed him and he's earned a fair amount of a reputation/respect because of it. Even with retribution dealt, Bracken has been dealing with mega doses of survivor's guilt.

Because of her BFF status with Makenna, Madisyn is decently tight with the Mercury/Phoenix packs. Madisyn and Bracken have been around each other and there is an attraction on both sides but overriding that is a friction between them. This has led to a relationship between them where they tend to either ignore each other or poke each other to get a rise. But, when Madisyn is attacked in a bar, Bracken makes sure he's the one to go pick her up and see her home safely. Bracken is more protective than normal and when he's escorting her home, their proximity does spark something between them, leading to a situation that may have moved things along without further prompting. But then something else happens that kicks Madisyn & Bracken's mental processes into sync long enough for them to realize they're true mates.

Both Bracken and Madisyn are a bit damaged, with issues that inhibit their mating bond but although Madisyn is a bit leery of sharing her life with someone, they both agree to give things a try between them. Bracken attempts to go slow for Madisyn's sake but it's hard, especially when both the packs find out. There is also some issues that are tied to Madisyn's work at the shelter and it drags her into some unwanted trouble, and by extension Bracken and his pack are drawn in too. Of course if you're at all familiar with this series, you'll know that the Mercury pack doesn't suffer fools or people that threaten those under their protection so Madisyn is taken care of...maybe a bit more than she's completely comfortable with at times. Thankfully, all issues are dealt with, both internal and external and in the end, Madisyn and Bracken are together and heading towards a HEA.

This was a story I enjoyed greatly. I loved both Madisyn and Bracken and loved seeing them get together. They're both likable and interesting characters that are damaged and do better together than apart. They are both strong characters but they blend together well and are good at compromising when it's needed. Overall, this was a great story that kept me very engaged and had characters I loved so I would recommend it. :D

  • Stolen and Forgiven

  • Branded Packs Series
  • By: Alexandra Ivy, Carrie Ann Ryan
  • Narrated by: Aiden Snow
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 304
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 286

The first rule of being Alpha of the Canine Pack is to protect their secrets from the humans at all cost. One look at the dying human at his doorstep, and Holden Carter knows he will have to break it. The broken woman with no hope at survival is his mate. When he forces the change on her to save her life, he not only sets forth motions that could risk both their lives, but the lives of every shifter in the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • shifters saved the world

  • By Fran Zoch, Little Shop of Readers blog on 10-08-15

Very good (if a bit disturbing) story :)

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

4 stars

This was a very enjoyable set of stories. But, the world this takes place in is disturbing so the story can't be enjoyed completely. Basically, imagine our world in the future...the Gov decides to try to weaponize a virus and it gets loose and caused an epidemic that seems sure to kill every human being in on the planet. Shifters were a secret but in an attempt to save humanity, they came out of hiding to give the human a possible cure (from their blood because shifters can't get diseases). It stopped the virus but then the Gov decide the shifters are a danger to all humans so the shifters are all captured, branded, collared and put in "encampments", surrounded by walls and armed humans that are part of a Gov branch called the SAU that is responsible for controlling the shifters (harshly). There are 3 different encampments, one each for canine, feline and bear :(

Stolen
Time 0:00-3:55

In Stolen, Holden is the alpha of the wolves and does what he can to protect them from their human captors/tormentors. Ariel is a human that the SAU experimented on and then disposed of by throwing her half-dead body into the wolf encampment. Holden finds her and realizes she's his mate and he can't lose her. It's dangerous but he changes Ariel into a shifter to save her life. Ariel grew up with the lies about the shifters being dangerous so she's freaked when she finds herself alive but mated to a shifter. It isn't an easy situation but she handles it very well and I liked her and Holden as a couple. Dealing with the consequences when the SAU finds out what happened is rough but the story does end with them together and as happy as possible considering their captivity.

Forgiven
Time: 3:55- 7:48

After the issues with Holden and Ariel, the SAU decides to make things rougher on the canines by forcing them to cohabitate with the felines. Since canines and felines don't mingle well, it's obvious that the SAU is forcing them together to attempt to start a fight between the 2 shifter types to kill off more of them easily. Soren is the beta of the wolves and Cora is the daughter of the Alpha of the felines. They've met previously and a heartbreak lies between them so when the wolves and cats are forced into cohabitation, they have to deal with each other. Their reunion isn't easy but Soren is determined to make things right between them. Just as things are looking good, the SAU decides to cause more trouble. It's dealt with as well but at the end, the shifters are still captives and things are getting worse. But as far as Soren and Cora, they end the story together and as happy as possible considering.

Overall, this was a very interesting story, even if it's a bit dark. I hate seeing what happens to the shifters...it just makes me want to shoot all the jerks responsible. The story is very good (if a bit disturbing) and I really like the characters and want to see them freed so I will be continuing this series and would recommend it. :)

  • Night’s Darkest Embrace

  • By: Jeaniene Frost
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224

Enter the dark realm of Nocturna, where blisteringly sexy Rafael dominates the demons of a lawless dimension and tries to help a beautiful young woman avenge her cousin's disappearance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another fun read. A bit heavier on the sex

  • By Mouse on 10-01-16

Pretty good story :)

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

3.5-4 stars

This is in a different world than the other books by Frost but it was an interesting one. The normal human world exists but there are also portals that lead to other worlds, some ruled by hybrid-demons (from pureblood/human matings) and some in which only pureblood demons (the offspring of Fallen angels) live. Pureblood demons feed on hybrid-demons that haven't reached 18 yet and are hated because of it. No other supernatural creatures were mentioned in this story so I don't know if any other types exist.

This was a pretty good story. Mara is a 22 year old Hybrid-demon (1/4 demon) and Raphael is a hybrid that rules a world, Nocturna, that is inhabited by hybrids and never has daylight. Mara and her cousin, Gloria, entered Nocturna as teens to party and it ended badly, with Gloria dead. Mara feels guilty and hasn't been able to let go of the idea of finding the person responsible.

There's an extremely strong attraction between Raphael and Mara but she doesn't trust it because Mara is suspicious of Raphael. TBH, Mara was kind of being an idiot because she assumed a lot and saw a lot of circumstantial evidence as conclusive proof of wrongdoing. It annoyed me a bit but it was workable and moved the story in the right direction. After some angst and such, things do get worked out in a way I liked and Raphael and Mara end the story together and headed for a HEA.

This was a pretty enjoyable story. Mara...well, she was obviously young and didn't completely use her brain. I actually think her assumption that Raphael must be a bad guy is because she was freaked by her feelings for him. I liked her very much once she got past those assumptions. Raphael..he was great and made it to my book-boyfriend list (I just wish we got more facetime with him). Overall, this was a pretty enjoyable and interesting story that I would recommend. :)

  • Changeling

  • A Novel of Sorcery and Society
  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,352
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,269

If 14-year-old Cassandra Reed makes it through her first day at Miss Castwell’s Institute for the Magical Instruction of Young Ladies without anyone discovering her secret, maybe, just maybe, she’ll let herself believe that she really does belong at Miss Castwell’s. Except Cassandra Reed’s real name is Sarah Smith and up until now, she lived her whole life in the Warren, serving a magical family, the Winters, as all non-magical “Snipes” are bound by magical Guardian law to do. That is, until one day, Sarah accidentally levitates Mrs. Winter’s favorite vase in the parlor.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Molly Harper + Amanda Ronconi = perfection

  • By Aimee on 08-24-18

Great story and start to the series :D

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

Reviewed: 11-25-18

4.5-5 stars

This was a great story and start to the series. This story takes place in a world similar to ours but with people that can do magic in the world. In this world, instead of staying hidden and letting non-magical people innovate and build, the people with magical abilities decided that the non-magical people were too dangerous and took power. The people with magic enslaved the non-magical, making them work as servants in their houses and punishing them if they dared to step out of line. There's a definite caste system and the non-magical (aka Snipes) are not allowed to socialize or mix with the magic people (aka Guardians) outside of their master/servant relationships.

Sarah was born to a Snipe family that serves the Guardian family, The Winters. Sarah has always been rather weak/sickly and has pills she's supposed to take daily but the pills makes Sarah sick to her stomach so she's been trying to avoid taking them. Sarah doesn't realize the consequences of this but those consequences come out when she almost drops a vase and unknowingly uses magic to save it from breaking. This happens in front of Mrs. Winters and Sarah ends up revealing a secret she didn't even know she had.

Because of the society this story takes place in, The Winters family is worried that the ruling council will blame them for having a magical Snipe in their household and not knowing it. So to avoid any issues, the Winters family decides to say that Sarah died and Sarah will become Cassandra Reed, a distant cousin that lost her parents in a fire and is adopted with the Winters family. Sarah/Cassandra is sent away to a school for guardian girls where she is to be educated in the magical arts.

There are the typical issues that a young girl experiences at a new school (including catty girls that either want to either use people or pick on them) but it's all done with a bit of maturity so the story still works for older readers without seeming childish or annoying. Sarah works at "being" Cassandra, making new friends and learning magic and while everything doesn't go smoothly, she does well overall. There are some issues with Cassandra's cover (that aren't her fault) but the main problem is an unexpected enemy that wants to raise an undead army to take over the world. Cassandra and her friends are pulled into it and are able to take care of the problem and save everyone from the undead menace...ending the story in a very good place.

I greatly enjoyed this story. I will admit that it started a bit slow and I wasn't sure if I'd get into it at first but once I got a chapter or 2 in, I was hooked. I got completely pulled into the story and I also loved the characters so I was very engaged in seeing what happened next. I really liked how things progressed and turned out in this story and I can't wait for the next book in the series. I'd definitely recommend it. :D

  • Shades of Wicked

  • A Night Rebel Novel
  • By: Jeaniene Frost
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,085
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,084

Master vampire Ian is unrepentant, shameless...and every shade of wicked. He’s made one too many enemies in his two centuries of existence, including Dagon, a demon who now lays claim to his soul. Ian’s only chance to escape Dagon is to join forces with a Law Guardian, but he's never been able to abide by the rules for long. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • <br />Listened to over 390 books/never left a review:

  • By Prometheus on 11-01-18

Loved it! :D

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

5 Stars

I loved this story! I've read all the other books Frost has done in this world so I'm very familiar with Ian. Mostly he's a bastard but there have been indications that he has some hidden depths and can have a great loyalty to a select few. In this story we finally get to see those depths and I liked what I saw. He's still a bit of a freak (particularly in the bedroom) but it's in a good way. :)

Veritas...well in previous books she's always been the "by the book" law guardian that has been an ally to Ian's people in the past. But she also took part in an official action by the ruling body of the vampires that Veritas had little choice in but seems unforgivable and caused a serious rift. In this book, we find that Veritas also has hidden depths and that she's been using her perfect image and position as a cover for certain things she wants to keep hidden.

Veritas has reasons for wanting a demon, Dagon, dead and has been working towards that goal for a very long time. Veritas finds out that Ian is demon-branded by Dagon and sees him as a good ally to help her trap and kill Dagon because Ian only has 2 years before Dagon gets his soul. Ian is reluctant but does agree to work with Veritas towards their common goal of killing Dagon. As they work together, they both realize that a lot of things they thought was true about each other actually wasn't and they have a lot more in common than expected. I really liked how things progressed between Veritas and Ian. I was a bit surprised (but in a good way) that Ian didn't run from what developed between them and showed he could be selfless. There's definitely some drama and danger to get through and unfortunately, Dagon isn't dead yet but I loved how things ended...mostly. There is a bit of a cliffhanger but it stops at a point that makes me excited and happy about where it's headed and only cursing the wait for the next book a little bit. :D

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  • Archangel's Prophecy

  • Guild Hunter Series, Book 11
  • By: Nalini Singh
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 409
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 396
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395

Midnight and dawn, Elena's wings are unique among angelkind - and now they are failing. The first mortal to be turned into an immortal in angelic memory, she's regressing. Becoming more and more human. Easier to hurt. Easier to kill. Elena and Raphael must unearth the reason for the regression before Elena falls out of the sky. Yet even as they fight a furious battle for Elena's very survival, violent forces are gathering across the world. In China, the Archangel Favashi is showing the first signs of madness. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I HATE Cliffhangers

  • By Caroline on 11-02-18

Really good addition to the series :)

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

4-4.5 stars

This was a really good addition to the series. This story circles around Raphael and Elena and what's happening due to the "Cascade". Elena's immortal status seems to be shifting and no one seems to know what is causing her issues. While she's dealing with that, Elena is investigating an attempted murder of her brother-in-law that could mean danger for her sister and niece. And Raphael is kept busy with "Cascade" issues and a possible attack.

This addition to the series is very good but Elena doesn't know what's happening to her and we kind of have to ride that wave of issues with her and worry about how it will turn out. The story is really good but while I liked it and enjoyed the moments of levity and such, there is a certain level of constant stress brought on by the ongoing issues Elena is experiencing. The story does end with a partial cliffhanger...we get the answer to the most important question but are left wondering about most everything else. Regardless, if you read this series you will definitely want to read this. I do love Raphael and Elena as a couple and I don't like having to see them go through crap but things do seem hopeful for the future. :)

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  • Bolt Saga: 2

  • By: Angel Payne
  • Narrated by: Ava Erickson, Holter Graham
  • Length: 3 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

Sometimes, fighting the flames only fans them—as Emma Crist and Reece Richards have quickly learned. But Reece’s secret identity threatens their electric attraction when a face from his past reappears, leading to a confrontation that changes everything. Emma now knows the truth about what Reece does in his “spare time.” But what can she do about it? The man behind Bolt’s mask is the love she refuses to give up—but she’s not alone. A band of rogue scientists still want their prize lab rat back, and they’ve enlisted Reece’s gorgeous and dangerous ex-girlfriend to help.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really good continuation of the story :)

  • By Malinda on 10-28-18

Really good continuation of the story :)

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

Reviewed: 10-28-18

4-4.5 stars

This was a really good addition to the story but once again, it ended in a major cliffhanger. I guess I should expect it since the author is likely doing it to keep people coming back for the next installment but it's still annoying when it happens.

The story description pretty much tells you the basics what's going on in this story. Emma and Reece are together and she finds out his secret. But there is some danger from the "Consortium" (the group that kidnapped and transformed Reece) because they want him "in the fold". This brings some drama and danger which is only partially dealt with when this segment of the story ends.

This is a really enjoyable story. The characters are very likable/relatable and the story kept me engaged...until the cliffhanger ending (the shortness of the segments and the cliffhangers are my only major complaint). Overall, I really like it and will be buying the next installment to see what happens. I would recommend it if you're ok dealing with the short segments and cliffhangers at the end of each. :)

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  • Spygate: The Attempted Sabotage of Donald J. Trump

  • By: Dan Bongino, D.C. McAllister, Matt Palumbo
  • Narrated by: Dan Bongino
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 526
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 485

The comprehensive story of how the Obama administration, Hillary Clinton campaign, and foreign entities tried to sabotage the Trump campaign in the 2016 presidential election. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I [quote] Can't Take it [end quote]

  • By ScottG on 10-15-18

Great info/breakdown of dirty dealings in the Gov

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

Reviewed: 10-21-18

I listen to Dan Bongino's podcast so I was already familiar with a lot of the info in the book but there's more info in the book, stuff that he hasn't talked about the podcast. I listened to the audio version (narrated by Bongino) and while it was a lot of info, it was done in a way that didn't bore me and kept me engaged. Would definitely recommend it for those that want to find out what parts of our Government has been getting away with.

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