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  • Finding Alexei

  • By: Kendall Ryan
  • Narrated by: Jason Clarke, Erin Mallon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149

He’s bossy, moody, and overprotective. He’s also a pro athlete who needs to focus on winning games and staying out of the headlines. I’m fiercely independent and need a man like I need a second period each month. So when our worlds collide, I never expected him to be the one to jump in and save me. Especially not when my roommate disappears, leaving me with her baby. I’m clueless about babies - and it shows. Good thing Alexei isn’t.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen but waaaay shorter than listed time

  • By Jill D on 12-30-18

“I Believe the Technical Term is Ovary Explosion”

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

Reviewed: 12-27-18

Ryleigh is doing the best she can. Her ex-roommate left her with her baby, her car needs some work, she’s late on utilities and rent and she’s just been propositioned outside of the topless bar where she works. Alexei needs to focus on football, keep himself out of the headlines and concentrate on winning games - so why does he find himself intervening when he sees a woman in need of help outside of a bar? Because he’s got a hero complex, younger sisters and a mother who would be ashamed if he didn’t help out.

I really enjoyed this one! It had me smiling and swooning and is full of heart. It even made me tear up a bit. Ryleigh is a great heroine, she is put into a really difficult situation when baby Ella is left in her care but she is strong, feisty and even though she is prideful she is willing to put it aside to put Ella first. Alexei was the perfect hero for me. He is very protective of the ones he loves, is respectful and loves that Ryleigh doesn’t care one iota that he is a famous football player. He knew when to push things and when to leave things alone. There was total cuteness overload during the scenes where Alexei interacts with Ella, and I loved seeing him interact with his family. You get the sense right away that he is a great guy with a big heart (who also happens to know his way around a baby due to being an uncle who gets put in charge of babysitting duties every once in a while). The sex scenes were hot and so well written and felt natural to the story.

Erin Mallon and Jason Clarke do a phenomenal job! Those two bring any book they perform to the next level - they draw you in and squeeze the emotions out of you. I’ve listened to so many books both of them have done and could not say enough great things about them.

This was actually a short book, it ended around the 4:09 mark. After that there was a bonus novella (which was about 2 and a half hours long) that Kendall Ryan sent out in her reader newsletter called Bossy Brit narrated by Erin Mallon and Shane East, which was a nice treat. Followed by a 20 minute preview of Boyfriend for Hire. There was kind of a technical error that put a tiny part of Finding Alexei at the end of the audiobook- but it didn’t detract from the book in any sort of way. Overall, it was worth the credit! I highly recommend this one!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • One Night

  • By: Aleatha Romig
  • Narrated by: Brian Pallino, Samantha Prescott
  • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

One night to remember. Is that too much to desire? One night for fun, passion, and a chance to remember what it's like to be a woman. I'm not looking for love. There's a man in my life who loves me with all his heart. He has beautiful blue eyes, is three feet tall, and calls me mommy. He's my whole world, and I'm his. Fate stole his daddy way too soon. What would happen if I allowed fate another chance, just for one night?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good but had Potential for More

  • By Ashley D on 08-16-18

Good but had Potential for More

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

It’s been years since 25 year old Amanda has been out on a date as hers of late are more ‘playdates’ with her son. After her husband is killed while serving in Afghanistan right after Jason is born she hasn’t had the desire to date and instead has been focused on raising her 5 year old son. She agrees to go on a blind date with her friends Sally and Brian and their friend Pep. When Sally and Brian can’t make it she is thinking about just calling it a night when Malcolm, the charming man next to her asks her to sit down and have a drink with him. She agrees and decides that their chemistry is so great she is going to spend one night with him - one where she is not a mom and is a bit more young and carefree.

I was eager to listen to this story when I read the description - I liked the story, but I would have really liked to have seen more interaction with Jason - especially between Malcolm and Jason. One of the things that really bothered me about the story was that Amanda waited several months before she would even tell Malcolm Jason’s name and even that was kind of a slip up. I completely agree with waiting to introduce them, but he works with kids and is an ex NFL star - it got to be way overdone and redundant and started to take away from the story. Even several months in and she refused to get more than surface level - I needed more growth from her as a character. She didn’t need to tell him her life story right away but more stages would have been nice.

Brian Pallino and Samantha Prescott do a good job with the narration. It’s a quick and easy listen. It has a lot of steam! I would have personally tweaked some things about it (less redundancy, less sex/more story - it had some substance but the potential was there for more). I liked the relationship between Sally and Amanda and I loved the relationship between Sally and her family members! Her Mom was especially great!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Brant's Return

  • By: Mia Sheridan
  • Narrated by: Jacob Morgan, Virginia Rose
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,392
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,304

Brant Talbot runs a glitzy network of high-end bars in New York City, enjoying all the benefits of the lavish lifestyle he's worked so hard to achieve. When he learns that his estranged father is dying, he must return to his family’s Kentucky horse farm - and to a past he thought he left behind. While facing long-buried truths, he collides with his father’s secretary, Isabelle Farris. Despite his undeniable attraction to the beautiful, independent young woman, he sees secrets in her eyes and believes she has designs on Graystone Hill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another hit by Mia Sheridan!

  • By Ashley D on 08-16-18

Another hit by Mia Sheridan!

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

Isabelle Farris spends her days working on a horse farm in Kentucky, a place where she had once found solace in the equine therapy program she attended after being the sole survivor of a home invasion that took the lives of her husband and daughter. As the owner of the farm’s health gets progressively worse she calls his estranged son to let him know that his father is dying and after a terse exchange she tells him he can do whatever he wants with that information. Brant is a successful entrepreneur in New York and has no plans to return to the ranch where he grew up and he especially doesn’t want to make amends with his estranged father. After he receives a call that his father is dying he realizes he wants the rare bourbon produced on the farm and recipe for it that collectors salivate over and people pay a mint for. If he can sell it exclusively at his bars and restaurants it would be a huge draw to his places.

This book is a little bit steamier than some of her other ones, but the story and depth that her books have are still there. It has some twists and turns. It has character growth. It has a very strong female lead, one who is willing to step outside of her comfort zone but is also self-aware and knows when she needs to just be true to herself. It deals with loss and of ‘found family’ that works so beautifully in this narrative. I loved the sense of homecoming and all that entails - and of moving forward after going back.

Jacob Morgan (aka Zachary Webber!) and Virginia Rose do a fantastic job with the narration. Both bring depth, emotion and life to their characters. They had me smiling and tearing up at different parts - they had me invested and engaged in their story - and they could not have done a better job. This is wonderful book and I would highly recommend it!!! Mia Sheridan does not disappoint.

29 of 29 people found this review helpful

  • Racing the Sun

  • By: Karina Halle
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

It's time for 24-year-old Amber MacLean to face the music. After a frivolous six months of backpacking through New Zealand, Australia, and Southeast Asia, she finds herself broke on the Mediterranean without enough money for a plane ticket home to California. There are worse places to be stuck than the gorgeous coastline of Southern Italy, but the only job she manages to secure involves teaching English to two of the brattiest children she's ever met.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the first

  • By Kindle Customer on 02-04-16

Fall in Love With Southern Italy

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Karina Halle is one of the best at writing destination books. Heat Wave in Hawaii; Love, In English in Spain; Where Sea Meets Sky in New Zealand; The Debt in Scotland and some others. They’re always so vivid and this one is no exception. From the quaint village to the beaches and magical caves Halle paints a wonderful picture that plants you right inside of the setting and story.

Amber is a 24 year old who has an English degree and no experience using it. After being fired from her job she decides that she is going to go backpacking in Europe in hopes of seeing the world and finding something she is passionate about. When she runs out of money she decides that she is going to try to get a job and ends up being the English teacher to two children who are in the care of their difficult older brother Desiderio after their parents have passed away.

What’s wonderful about this book is the evolution of the relationships and characters throughout. There are several dynamics at play. Amber’s relationship with the kids, with Derio and with her parents each evolve. Each character comes out of their shells as time goes by and I liked that it was a progression. Amber’s relationship with Derio is electric and the chemistry is hot. The sex scenes are hot as well and are the perfect amount of naughty.

If you’re looking for a fun read/listen this one is for you. The narration is great. The scenery is beautiful. And it’s the perfect escape.

  • I Do(n't)

  • By: Leddy Harper
  • Narrated by: Lillian Claire, Roberto Scarlato
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

I fell in love with Holden York when I was six years old. Most of my youth came with spiral notebooks filled with doodles, wedding plans, and "Janelle York" looped in bubbly handwriting. However, one night in Vegas changed everything. I woke up to more than just a fantasy of my brother's best friend. Five years later, I'm standing on his doorstep confronting him about the secret he kept from me. If you think this is the story of how we rode off into the sunset together...You're so wrong.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • sweet

  • By Brandie @AudiobookObsession on 06-21-18

Cute Story!

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

Reviewed: 02-01-18

Waking up in Vegas after attending her brother’s wedding Janelle finds herself to be very naked and sore in places she hasn’t been before almost like she has just had the workout of her life...did she just lose her virginity? She can’t remember anything from the night before. As she is throwing up in the toilet from all of the alcohol she consumed someone pulls her hair back - she is startled to find life-long crush, her brother’s best friend Holden, the one doing it. And she’s still naked! He is acting very familiar, asking her how she feels and talking about the night before and how amazing it was. Pieces start clicking into place for her, but she still remembers nothing, which makes Holden feel terrible. They end up avoiding each other all together in the future as she is leaving for college and he is busy getting his business going. 5 years later Janelle is a contestant on a matchmaking show and if she gets married to her perfect match each person will get 50 thousand dollars, the only problem? She’s already married - to Holden.

I actually read this book when it first came out and I loved it, so I was really excited to see it was coming out in audiobook form, However, when I listened to the book I actually took my five star read and downgraded it to a 4 Star read. I still enjoyed the overall story but I found Janelle came across a little whinier/selfish than in the text form (or maybe it’s just time away from the story/perspective). She kept wondering why she was out of the loop on a lot of the things going on in her family, but at the same time she’s the one who stayed away. Holden really wants to be with Janelle but at the same time he wants what is best for her - and you see that as he tries to push her to make an effort with her family.

Lillian Claire and Roberto Scarlato both give a solid performance. I didn’t have any issues with either of them and I would gladly listen to both of them again.

If you’re looking for an easy listen and a fun book this is a good one to listen to. It has a lot of humor and I found myself laughing a lot. It kept me entertained and I loved the interaction between Janelle and Holden. A good 4 Star Listen/read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Place in the Sun

  • By: R.S. Grey
  • Narrated by: Victoria Aston, Roger Frisk
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

When her mother's incessant matchmaking hits an all-time high, Georgie Archibald does what any sensible woman would do: she flees the country. Seeking refuge in the picturesque seaside village of Vernazza, Italy, Georgie's only plan is to lie low, gorge herself on gelato, and let the wine and waves wash her troubles away...that is until she wakes up in a bed that belongs to the most romantic-looking man she's ever seen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny and Endearing Romance!

  • By Ashley D on 02-01-18

Funny and Endearing Romance!

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

Reviewed: 02-01-18

Georgie Archibald is 26 years old with a mother who wants to see her married off, something she made known to Georgie when at the age of 20 her mother tells her she is starting to get old. Fed up with being set up by her mother on an endless string of ill-fated blind dates Georgie decides she is going to take matters into her own hands and basically runs away - she closes her eyes spins a globe and points to a place, which on the second attempt happens to be Italy. She just knows she is going to find love and a husband, it’s fate!

I really enjoyed this book! We first met Georgie in The Summer Games:Settling the Score as Freddie’s scene stealing sister, and I remember listening and thinking ‘I hope she gets her own book.’ You don’t have to read that one though to appreciate this one, it completely stands on its own. Gianluca a former financier from London moved back to Italy 5 years ago after a sad turn of events brings him there, and now while he may have women clamoring for his attention he wants nothing to do with any of them or a relationship - he prefers solitude. Vivacious Georgie does a great job of bringing broody Gianluca out of his shell. (I love how she rewards herself with chocolate every time she gets him to talk!) This book has a lot of humor, a lot of great lines and is just a lot of fun in general. I loved the slow burn, we really get to know the characters and see them grow.

Victoria Aston and Roger Frisk did a great job with the narration! I’ve never listened to anything by them but I certainly will in the future. Victoria perfectly captured Georgie’s adventurous spirit and wit. She plays the perfect optimist while still bringing gravity into the performance and not making her seem flighty. Roger did a great job with all of the accents and various characters!

R.S. Grey does a wonderful job with bringing out the beauty of Italy. She sets the scene well enough that you can picture yourself there - it’s vibrant and engaging. This is one that I will definitely be listening to again!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • One More Time

  • By: Laurelin Paige
  • Narrated by: Erin Mallon, Rupert Channing
  • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,009
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 952
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 947

Tanner's acting career had just begun. He was hotter than the stage lights and twice as captivating. The gorgeous Australian A-lister was everyone's teenage dream. And he'd picked me. Or so I thought, until he proved to be as false as everything else about Hollywood. Now I've finally scored the perfect opportunity to star in a major film. The kicker? Tanner will be my costar. I don't know if I can do this one more time....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Second Chance Romance!!!

  • By Ashley D on 01-31-18

Great Second Chance Romance!!!

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

Reviewed: 01-31-18

Ten years ago Jenna and Tanner, better known as Janner, were Hollywood’s ‘It’ couple. They were each others first love but after Tanner betrays Jenna she moves out of their apartment and refuses to speak to Tanner again. Now, former model Jenna is trying to become a full time actress and gets a big break in the form of the lead role in a highly anticipated romanctic comedy - the catch - the other lead is being played by Tanner.

Erin Mallon and Rupert Channing are superb in this. I’ve listened to a lot of books read by Erin but this is my first one with Rupert and I was not disappointed. Both brought life and longing to their characters and I thought both had great timing and pitch perfect inflections to the scenes.

I really loved this one by Laurelin Paige! She writes some of the best romance that is both hot (the sex scenes!) and tender. I was drawn in to the story and was really rooting for Jenna and Tanner - who had amazing chesmistry (I loved the part where they are filming the fight scene in the movie - I was completely enraptured while listening to it). Neither character is perfect, but they really are perfect for each other. I smiled and laughed out loud a bunch of times while listening to this audiobook! I highly recommend it!!!

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • From Scotland with Love

  • By: Kelli Ireland
  • Narrated by: Ava Erickson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 557
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 519
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 519

Escape to Scotland in this funny, heartfelt audio-first romance about reconnecting with an old love...and discovering new passion. After her boyfriend runs off to a Buddhist monastery, Molly is stuck with an extra ticket for a bed-and-breakfast trip through the Scottish Highlands. Not wanting to waste the fare, she sells it in an online auction...where it's bought by a man from her past. Now she's stuck rooming with the guy who broke her heart - someone she's never been able to forget.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny, Redemption, Love

  • By kathy graves on 08-07-17

A Lot of Sweet - A Little Heat

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

Reviewed: 01-26-18

From Scotland With Love starts off with Molly, our heroine, coming home to an empty apartment - as in devoid of any stuff. When she finds her boyfriend he tells her that he is leaving and needed to sell her things to pay for his trip to Tibet where he is finding himself and becoming a monk, after all renting a Sherpa is not cheap. Molly who is about to leave for a trip to Scotland for a journalism contest now has an extra ticket and auctions it off online. She gets more than she bargained for when it’s bought by Alex, her photographer ex boyfriend who’s entering the same contest for his own reasons.

I love Ava Erickson as a narrator. I always love her performances, in this book she does not quite get the accent right and though it may bother some overall I didn’t think it detracted too much from the book. I gave her 5 stars though because she took a book that had I been reading would have fallen flat for me - she added depth and personality to an otherwise fluffy book.

From Scotland With Love by Kelli Ireland is a good example of the foundation of romance books. It has heart, heat, humor and emotional connection to readers/listeners. I gave it four stars overall because although it does have the foundation I felt more could have been built on it. It’s not going to change your world, but the book did have its moments. While it was not one of my favorite romance books it did make me smile. It’s an easy listen and entertaining. If you have the romance package it’s a good one to listen to.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • xo, Zach

  • By: Kendall Ryan
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Sebastian York
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 833
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 776
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 773

The first time we met was at a party. Your ex arrived to show off the person he'd left you for last month, and you asked me to pretend to be your date. I was more than happy to help. You were attractive, smart and witty--and that kiss we shared? It left me wanting you for days. The second time we met was in my office on campus where we were both surprised to discover you were the new master’s degree student in poetry that I would be working with. You promised to be professional. I did no such thing. The late nights and intense study sessions spent alongside you majorly throw me off my game. I want you, and I fight with myself daily over this fact. I know I'm crass, that my sexual innuendos and dirty mouth annoy you, but I live for those two bright spots of color in your cheeks. If that's the only reaction I can get out of you, I'll gladly take it. You hate Mondays so every Monday I slip an anonymous poem into your bag and your smile gets me through the week. I think I'm falling for you, and I know it's wrong. I know that I'm only supposed to be the adviser to your program and nothing more, but here's the thing. I think you're falling for me too.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • seriously?!? Buy this book!

  • By Brandie @AudiobookObsession on 01-24-18

Kendall Ryan’s Best Book Yet!

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

Reviewed: 01-23-18

XO Zach starts of with the main characters, Poppy and Zach, at the same party where they meet when Poppy asks Zach if he will pose as her date since her ex is at the same party with his new girlfriend. They end up sharing an amazing kiss, Zach wanting to see more of Poppy but her telling him that it isn’t a good time for her to be dating. She tells him if it’s meant to be they’ll see each other again. It must be meant to be as Monday morning she meets with her new - off limits - academic advisor who turns out to be Zach.

XO Zach has the steam (and fun dirty talk) that you come to expect from a Kendall Ryan book but it also has a whole lot of heart. I liked that this book was more of a slow burn and we got to know Zach and Poppy and the people in their lives really well before they fully got together. The tension and build-up between the characters is great! I have to say though that Zach’s mother stole every scene she was in making her one of my favorite characters.

Andi Arndt and Sebastian York are wonderful in this. They always bring a top notch performance to anything they do and this is no exception. I find that I am fully engaged and present while listening to each of them and their portrayal adds another layer in bringing a story to life. They are able to make you feel their characters and are two of my personal favorite narrators.

I really enjoyed this book! As the headline says it is my favorite book by Kendall Ryan yet. If you are looking for a fun, steamy, sweet, funny and endearing read/listen this is the perfect book. It had me smiling a lot, laughing a lot and swooning just the right amount. I highly recommend it!

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • As Long as You Love Me

  • By: Ann Aguirre
  • Narrated by: Bailey Carr
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Most people dream about getting out of Sharon, Nebraska, but after three years away Lauren Barrett is coming home. She has her reasons - missing her family, losing her college scholarship. But then there's the reason Lauren can't admit to anyone: Rob Conrad, her best friend's older brother. Football prowess and jaw-dropping good looks made Rob a star in high school. Out in the real world, his job and his relationships are going nowhere.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it

  • By tina on 03-31-15

Better than the First Book!

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

Reviewed: 11-23-17

As Long As You Love Me is the second book in the 2B series but it can easily be a standalone. The book follows Lauren as she moves back home after losing her scholarship to college where she didn’t feel like it was a fit for her. While she’s at the store she runs into her longtime crush Rob (the older brother of her best friend Nadia who the first book in the series is about) and they end up spending time together fixing up his house - as friends, since he has a girlfriend.

Both of the main characters have their own issues to work through. Lauren is portrayed as a part girl in the first book, but she’s nothing like that in this book. She deals with anxiety and was using drinking as a means to cope with her problems, in this book she is working on being her best self. Rob, while he is incredibly gorgeous, is very insecure as many of the people around him seem to have the mentality of ‘well at least he’s pretty.’ There’s a line in the book that goes along the lines of “My grandmother once said ‘he’s just smart enough to know he’s dumb’”. Lauren and Rob are constantly bolstering each other up and are great for each other that way as they navigate through life and family issues.

I loved the chemistry between Lauren and Rob! It was a slower burn and well worth the wait. They are both real characters and are developed so well that you’re invested in their story. You want the best for them and you can see where they are coming from with the decisions they make.

Bailey Carr gave a better performance in this book than the first book, or maybe it’s that I thought that she was the perfect fit for Lauren. Her pitch and tone were ideal for the character. She’s easy to listen to and made it an enjoyable experience.

I got this book as part of the Romance Package so I didn’t need to use a credit. If you have the Romance Package I recommend it, it’s got a lot of heart and more depth than expected. You do not need to read or listen to the first book to enjoy this one!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful