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  • Shades of Wicked

  • A Night Rebel Novel
  • By: Jeaniene Frost
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 603
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 567
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 563

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 228
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223

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. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • And things change again

  • By IreneMBBT on 10-30-18

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. :)

  • 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 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

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 285
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 267

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. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • felonious moppery

  • By Fred Silva on 10-08-18

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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  • Bolt Saga: 1

  • By: Angel Payne
  • Narrated by: Ava Erickson, Holter Graham
  • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Working the night shift at a hotel in downtown Los Angeles, Emmalina Crist has had her fair share of strange encounters. But none of them have prepared her for the experience of meeting Reece Richards. Emma’s connection with Reece is hot as hell and impossible to ignore, resulting in a night of passion that’s unlike anything she’s ever experienced - but even the man’s magical lips and hands aren’t worth repeating the indiscretion. Sleeping with the boss is a dire mistake under normal circumstances, but even more so with business booming because of Bolt, the mysterious “superhero”.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very good start but ends in a cliffhanger...

  • By Malinda on 10-21-18

Very good start but ends in a cliffhanger...

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

Reviewed: 10-21-18

4 stars

This was a very good story but I was rather frustrated that it ended in a complete cliffy...as in right in the middle of a conversation. This is the first story I've read from this author and I liked her writing well enough that I am, planning to get the next book to see what happens.

Emma is a customer relations manager at a big hotel in LA. She's worked hard to get to where she is now but sometimes feels less confidence than she should.

Reece is the general manager of a big hotel in downtown LA that's owned by his family. Reece used to be a playboy but it got him into trouble. Now he still acts like a playboy but most of his nights are spent on the streets, using his powers to protect the city.

Emma works for Reece and the first time they meet, there's an instant attraction. Emma tries to resist but that doesn't work out very well. Reece quickly realizes that Emma is very important to him but Emma doesn't believe he's very serious so it's a bit of a cat and mouse situation. One that isn't resolved when the story ends.

Overall, I liked this story and both characters. I think they could be a good couple and am looking forward to Reece telling Emma who he is. I just hope every part doesn't end in as harsh of a cliffy as this one did. :)

  • Dark Sentinel

  • A Carpathian Novel, Book 32
  • By: Christine Feehan
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 497
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 455
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 455

After the loss of her entire family, Lorraine Peters heads to the woods searching for peace of mind and anything to quell her anger. Instead, she stumbles upon a scene of horrific violence, as one man lies helpless in the face of three attackers. Andor Katona's existence has been a harsh one, living for centuries as a monk in the Carpathian Mountains. Unable to find his lifemate, he almost welcomes his release from a colorless and unfeeling world at the hands of the vampire hunters who have mistaken him for their prey. That is, until a whirling ball of fury bursts onto the scene.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • NARRATOR JIM FARGIONE WAS BORING LACK LUSTER!!

  • By Edwina "I Love books" on 09-05-18

Really good story and addition to the series :)

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

4-4.5 stars

This was a really good story and addition to the series. I liked both Andor and Lorraine and enjoyed seeing them get together.

Lorraine is a young woman with an unhappy past. She was raised in a a family of marital artists but lost them in a messed up manor that brought her notoriety she didn't like. Lorraine decided to get away from it all by going camping...and ends up running straight into her destiny.

Andor is an ancient in the race of Carpathians. Carpathians are born vampires with other abilities like shape shifting (to any form, even mist), magic spells and psychic powers. The males of the Carpathians have a darkness in them and if they don't find their lifemates, they can lose their souls and become evil. Andor used to live in a hidden monastery that's filled with ancient Carpathians that are too far gone to hunt the vampires any more but don't wish to meet the dawn. Andor left it to help his fellow Carpathian hunters fight the evil vampires that are banding together to try to wipe out the Carpathian race.

Andor was fighting some vampires when more ambushed him and he found himself in a tough fight. He won but was mortally wounded and then some campers found him and decided he was a vampire that needed to be staked. Because of his wounds, Andor wasn't strong enough to save himself from them. It's about this time that Lorraine finds them and starts fighting his attackers. Andor feels he should help the female that was foolish enough to come to his rescue and then is given a new lease on life when he realizes that his savior is also his lifemate. Lorraine and Andor are able to fend off the attack but he's weak and in trying to save him, Lorraine gets thrown into the deep end of the Carpathian world pretty quickly.

Lorraine isn't sure what to think of everything going on but her psychic gifts tell her she can trust him and she's strongly drawn to Andor. After losing her family, Lorraine isn't prepared to lose him right after she found him so she goes with the flow as needed. Lorraine works with some of the other Carpathian males to heal Andor but they're plagued by vampires that are constantly coming after them. Once they're all back to safety, Lorraine and Andor are able to figure things out between them. There's more drama and some danger but things are dealt with (at least to a point) and the story ends with Andor and Lorraine together and heading towards a HEA.

This was a really good story. Lorraine was strong and disciplined and I thought she made a good strong heroine. While she had fighting skills, she wasn't all that b@da$$ when compared to the Carpathians and they worked with that in a good way. Andor was a bit alpha but also was very patient and willing to be open to what was needed to make Lorraine happy and their relationship work. Overall, I liked the characters and story very much. I found the story to be very engaging and I would recommend it. :)

  • Magic Triumphs

  • Kate Daniels, Book 10
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,568
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,463
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,456

Kate has come a long way from her origins as a loner taking care of paranormal problems in post-Shift Atlanta. She's made friends and enemies. She's found love and started a family with Curran Lennart, the former Beast Lord. But her magic is too strong for the power players of the world to let her be. Kate and her father, Roland, currently have an uneasy truce, but when he starts testing her defenses again, she knows that sooner or later, a confrontation is inevitable. The Witch Oracle has begun seeing visions of blood, fire, and human bones.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everything we hoped for...

  • By IreneMBBT on 08-28-18

Great conclusion to the series :D

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

5 stars

This was a great conclusion to the series! I loved the whole series and reread them all before getting to this one so I'd be fresh on everything. Kate, Curran and their friends and family have gone through and lot and TBH, I wasn't sure how Andrews would be able to wrap it up in a workable fashion but they pulled it off and did it well.

Kate and company know a conflict with Roland is coming so they're working on a way to deal with him. There are doubts about whether they can kill him but they have ideas on how to handle him that may work. But of course, nothing can ever be easy and a Big Bad comes along and causes trouble that splits Kate's attention, just as the issues with her father are coming to a head. In the end, the bad guys are dealt with and the story ends with Kate, Curran and the rest, happy and moving forward with their lives.

Overall, I was very happy with this series and how this story ended it. You get the feeling that Kate and Curran will still be around and may show up in ongoing stories in the same "world" (like Hugh's new series) but overall, they're out of the center of things and have their HEA.

  • Iron and Magic

  • Iron Covenant, Book 1
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,502
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,412
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,410

Hugh d'Ambray, Preceptor of the Iron Dogs, Warlord of the Builder of Towers, served only one man. Now his immortal, nearly omnipotent master has cast him aside. Hugh is a shadow of the warrior he was, but when he learns that the Iron Dogs, soldiers who would follow him anywhere, are being hunted down and murdered, he must make a choice: to fade away or to be the leader he was born to be. Hugh knows he must carve a new place for himself and his people, but they have no money, no shelter, and no food, and the necromancers are coming. Fast. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hugh recreating his life

  • By IreneMBBT on 07-27-18

Great story and start to the series :)

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

4.5-5 stars

This was a great story and I liked it more than I thought I would. In the Kate Daniel's series, Hugh is a jerk at best and enemy is more accurate. He tried to win Kate over to his side but didn't understand her and his attempts at persuasion/manipulation didn't work out so well. Roland wasn't thrilled about Hugh's failure and banished him. But it's worse because Roland actually had bound his magic to Hugh's and when he took that away, it left Hugh with a gaping hole where Roland's magic (and a certain amount of control over him) had resided in Hugh. When this story begins, Hugh has spent the months since Roland cut him off trying to drink himself to death.

Elara is the leader of a group of people that call themselves the "departed". Many of them have special powers and are typically seen as dangerous by those around them and it's tough to find a place to make home. Elara and her people were able to buy a place to make a home but the leader of Roland's Golden company is trying to buy their home out from under them and is tired of taking no for an answer. Although Elara and some of her people are gifted and even powerful, they need real fighters to truly safeguard their home.

Some of Hugh's commanders from the "Iron Dogs" (the fighting order that Hugh ran for Roland) go looking for Hugh because they need help. Once Hugh was gone, Roland realized the Iron Dogs had been more loyal to Hugh than Roland and started having them killed off. Hugh is hard to drag out of his drunken stupor but the deaths of his friends does help. Hugh and the Iron Dogs that are left need a base and in desperation, Hugh agrees to an arranged marriage with Elara. Neither are happy about it but Elara's people need fighters and Hugh's fighters need a home and food.

Hugh and Elara get mix like oil and water and there are many spats at first. With some time, they gain respect for each other and realize there are some good on both sides. Hugh and Elara have sparks that mostly seems adversarial but the heat between them could also be something else. The problem with that they have to learn to trust before that can come about and neither are willing to show weakness. Crap happens though and Elara and Hugh and their combined people go through some stuff that brings them together. In the end, there's still some stuff unsettled but Hugh and Elara are together (if still tentatively) and their people are becoming more of a cohesive group (which I expect to continue in the next book).

Overall, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this story with Hugh as the hero. After his separation from Roland, Hugh changed and needed something to keep going and I like what he found as his new focus. Elara ias an interesting character...definitively a strong female character but she's more strong in personality and magic, not in physical fighting like swordplay or anything like that. We have hints of what she is but we still have some mysteries to discover. Overall, I really liked the characters and thought the story was great. I'm looking forward to reading more in this series and would recommend it. This story does refer to the Kate Daniels series but not much so I do think this could be read as a standalone.

* note - This is not the same narrator as the Kate Daniels series and while I understand why they wanted a new narrator, I wish this one hadn't changed the pronunciation of some of the names (like Hugh's last name). It wasn't a major issue but it was slightly annoying.

  • Vampires Like It Hot

  • An Argeneau Novel
  • By: Lynsay Sands
  • Narrated by: P.J. Ochlan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247

“Vampires...” When Raffaele Notte pulls a barely dressed, disoriented woman from the ocean, the last thing he expects is for her to utter that word. The immortal has come to the island resort to help his cousin, but now, it seems, there are rogue vampires dining on unsuspecting tourists. And he soon realizes that not only is Jess a target, she’s also the life mate for whom he’s been waiting....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • meh

  • By Atina on 09-23-18

Pretty enjoyable story :)

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

Reviewed: 09-20-18

3.5-4 stars

This was a pretty good story. I did like it but I'm not much on love triangles so that dampened my enjoyment a bit.

Jess is a bartender and counselor while she goes to school. Jess lost her family early and went into the Foster care system. She experienced some bad crap but did eventually get adopted by a couple that loved her and gave her a good home and extended family.

Raffaele is an Architect as well as being in a band and is over 2,000 years old. Raffaeleis also an Immortal, which are humans from the city of Atlantis that have nanobots that give them traits that are similar to the vampires of legend, including their need for blood. Raffaele's cousin had some issues recently and he finds himself on vacation with his cousin to try to get him to relax.

Jess is sucked into a destination wedding for a loved family member and the wedding was fine but Jess also gets sucked into looking after a very nasty cousin. When this cousin drags Jess onto a "pirate ship" for what's supposed to be a "feed the shark" excursion, Jess gets more than she bargained for. Jess quickly realizes that the boat crew are all 'vampires" (aka rouge immortals who drink from people even though they're not supposed to) and for some reason she's having a hard time resisting the Captain when he touches her. Jess freaks about it all and escapes the boat to swim to shore.

The swim back is long and Jess wouldn't have made it if not for Raffaele seeing her and swimming out to save her. Raffaele figures out that Jess is a possible lifemate for him as well as the fact that she had an encounter with some local rouge immortals. Raffaele offers to help her but doesn't tell her everything about himself as she fears immortals and he wants to gain her trust before reveling what he is. Although Jess and Raffaele are a better fit, there is a bit of a love triangle, which I wasn't thrilled about but I thought they handled this one pretty well. In the end, Jess and Raffaele are solidly together and heading towards a HEA.

This was a pretty good story. I liked both Jess and Raffaele and enjoyed seeing them get together. Overall, this was a pretty good story and I would recommend it.

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  • Fighting for Everything

  • By: Laura Kaye
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

Home from the Marines, Noah Cortez has a secret he doesn’t want his oldest friend, Kristina Moore, to know. It kills him to push her away, especially when he’s noticing just how sexy and confident she’s become in his absence. But, angry and full of fight, he’s not the same man anymore either. Which is why Warrior Fight Club sounds so good. Kristina loves teaching, but she wants more out of life. She wants Noah - the boy she’s crushed on and waited for. But Noah is secretly spiraling, and when he lashes out, it threatens what he and Kristina have found.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book!

  • By Ms. Nicolicous, The #FanGirl! on 05-28-18

Very enjoyable friends-to-lovers story

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

4 stars

This was a very enjoyable story. I liked Kristina and felt for Noah and was happy at how things turned out in the end.

Kristina is a teacher that's just getting off for the summer break. She's nice but isn't a pushover and I liked that. Kristina has been BFFs with Noah since she was 5 but it has always been platonic. She's tried dating but no one has worked out long-term.

Noah was in the military but got injured in an explosion that messed up his hearing in one ear and sight in one eye. That wouldn't be too bad but he also suffers from depression and PTSD and isn't dealing with it well. Noah's issues have had him avoiding his friends since he's been home, even Kristina.

Kristina gets invited to a family BBQ (Noah's family) but with Noah avoiding her, it's the first time they've seen each other since Noah got home. Kristina is happy to see him and hugs Noah and he's bewildered to realize he's turned on by his BFF. The attraction that was never there before hits them both strongly and Noah is worried about ruining their friendship, especially since he doesn't think he's good enough for her now. Kristina is willing to try and does push for it but Noah is the one that backs away....and then gets jealous when someone else asks her out. It's a bit of a back and forth with Noah and be prepared to delve a bit into the mental issues that returning vets deal with but eventually, Noah deals with his issues and is able to make things right for Kristina. In the end, they're happily together and heading towards a HEA.

This was a very enjoyable story. I really liked Kristina. She was nice but wasn't willing to let Noah walk over her feelings. She had to make a hard decision and it's just lucky that Noah came through in the end. Noah's story wasn't an easy one...the PTSD and depression added a bit of darkness to the story but it wasn't too dark and wasn't drawn out so I was ok with it. Overall, this was a very good story with characters I liked and connected with so I would recommend this story. :)