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  • Bittersweet

  • The True North Series, Book 1
  • By: Sarina Bowen
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld, Tad Branson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,436
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,339
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,342

The last person Griffin Shipley expects to find stuck in a ditch on his Vermont country road is his ex-hookup. Five years ago they shared a couple of steamy nights together, but that was a lifetime ago. At 27 Griff is now the accidental patriarch of his family farm. Even his enormous shoulders feel the strain of supporting his mother, his three siblings, and a dotty grandfather. He doesn't have time for the sorority girl who has shown up expecting to buy his harvest at half price.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hot Farmer+Strong Heroine+Scenery=Perfection!

  • By Lydia D. Rella on 10-18-16

From booty call to forever love

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

Cute love story that started as a hook up. Slow build romance and very good dual POV narration. Made me want to listen to the next book. Recommended for contemporary romance fans.

  • Say You Want Me

  • By: Corinne Michaels
  • Narrated by: Sophie Eastlake, Zachary Webber
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,760
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,625
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,619

There's no way I'll fall for Wyatt Hennington. He can keep his Southern drawl, irresistible smile, and those pick-up lines all to himself. I made the mistake of sleeping with him not once, but twice. I'm not stupid enough to give him round three, especially after he left me in the middle of the night so I could see myself out. I vow to return to Philadelphia and forget him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A RIVETING ROMANTIC RIDE & A VERY EMOTIONAL TWIST

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 11-18-16

Good story and good narration

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

Interesting story about overcoming loss and pain to find true love. It felt realistic and the dual narration was definitely a plus. Good continuation to the series as you get updates on previous characters but it can be a stand-alone too.

  • The Countess

  • By: Lynsay Sands
  • Narrated by: Sarah Coomes
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 709
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 590
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 596

The fairy tale courtship did not turn into a happily-ever-after. Not until her husband dropped dead, that is. He had been horrible enough to Christiana during their short marriage, and she was not going to allow the traditional period of mourning to ruin her sisters' debuts as well. So she decides to put him on ice and go on as if nothing's happened.... Until the real earl appears.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining!

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 06-03-13

Could not finish

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

After starting and stopping this story several times I finally gave up. It just bored me. I’ve listened to stories by this author and this narrator before but somehow for this book the combination did not work. I stopped when the story still had 2 hours. Wasted credit for me.

  • Play On

  • By: Samantha Young
  • Narrated by: Claire Kilpatrick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177

Nora O'Brien chased a dream from Indiana to Scotland, so sure it was the right thing to do. Three years later she was left in her adopted country with nothing to her name but guilt and regret. Until Aidan Lennox entered her life. Older, worldlier, a music producer and composer, the sexy Scot should never have made sense for Nora. But somehow in each other they found the light they were looking for, the laughter and the passion - the strength to play on despite their past losses.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Play On

  • By Listening is Reading on 10-10-18

Just ok

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

I’m disappointed in this story. I usually love Samantha Young but this story was boring at times. It was more of a fiction story than a romance. It’s basically Nora’s life from teenager to adult, her first marriage, becoming a widow and rebuilding her life after loss.
The narrator under the name of Claire Kilpatrick is really Angela Dawe. I’ve listened to her on a paranormal series and she did good because a monotone narration was appropriate but for this story it didn’t work. Ms. Kilpatrick (Dawe) does a terrible Scottish accent (compared to previous narrators of Ms. Young books). Also, it was monotone and made the story extra boring. Not recommended for people wanting to listen to a romance book but it good be enjoyable for fiction lovers.

  • Black Rainbow

  • By: J.J. McAvoy
  • Narrated by: Aubrey Vincent, Marcio Catalano
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,083
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,081

After an erotic one-week fling with a musician she meets in a bar, Thea Cunning never expects to see Levi Black again. Then Monday morning comes around, and she discovers that her former lover is not only her professor, but he's also one of the top criminal lawyers in the state of Massachusetts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Verdicts In .... Five Solid Stars!

  • By Cheri on 06-11-16

The best narration ever

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

This book features the best narration I’ve ever heard (and I have 350 audiobooks). What makes this narration perfect is the dual point of view with distinct voices (2 narrators). The right amount of emotion and tone was added to the story. Plus it had special sound effects that took the story to the next level. You could actually hear phones ringing, alarms going off, a gun shot and little sounds like that that made the story so much more interesting and alive for the listener. I don’t understand how this is not the norm. Loved it!
The story is very interesting too and has several unexpected turns. The romance is hot and vivid. Highly recommended.

  • The Laird Takes a Bride

  • The Penhallow Dynasty
  • By: Lisa Berne
  • Narrated by: Elle Newlands
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

Alasdair Penhallow, laird of his clan and master of Castle Tadgh, is forced to end his carefree bachelorhood thanks to an ancient decree that requires him to marry. But Alasdair's search for a biddable wife comes to a screeching halt when Fate serves up Fiona Douglass. Prickly as a thistle, Fiona challenges him at every turn, rendering herself surprisingly irresistible. Her love would be a prize indeed...if Alasdair could accept it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Quick & Witty Highland Romance

  • By LilMissMolly on 11-25-17

Just too long

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

Reviewed: 07-31-18

The story felt too long and it became boring. The change of heart of the hero at the end did not feel believable and there was no groveling. Even the “conflict” was not interesting enough. This story is not worth a credit.

The narration is wonderful and it’s the reason why I actually got the book. But great narration is not enough to make the story interesting.

  • Beard in Mind: Winston Brothers, Volume 4

  • By: Penny Reid
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe, Chris Brinkley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 468
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 445
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 445

All is fair in love and auto maintenance. 

Beau Winston is the nicest, most accommodating guy in the world. Usually. 

Handsome as the devil and twice as charismatic, Beau lives a charmed life as everyone's favorite Winston Brother. But since his twin decided to leave town, and his other brother hired a stunning human-porcupine hybrid as a replacement mechanic for their auto shop, Beau Winston's charmed life has gone to hell in a handbasket. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • all around a winner

  • By Deanna on 11-15-17

Least favorite of the series

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

Although I love this author and this series this book was my least favorite. It felt too long with unnecessary situations that felt like fluff to make the book longer. It was interesting to learn about OCD and that aspect felt realistic but others like the celibate hero, Beau getting a mansion as a gift from a friend and Shelly’s family being so completely clueless about her diagnostic were highly unlikely situations.

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  • Ravishing the Heiress

  • By: Sherry Thomas
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 158

Millicent understands the terms of her arranged marriage all too well. She gets to be a Countess by marrying an impoverished Earl. And in return, the Earl Fitzhugh receives the benefit of her vast wealth, saving his family from bankruptcy. Because of her youth, they have agreed to wait eight years before consummating the marriage--and then, only to beget an heir. After which, they will lead separate lives. It is a most sensible arrangement. Except for one little thing.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not enough groveling

  • By Nichole on 08-02-16

I lost 8 hours of my life

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18

This story is barely a romance. It’s 6.5 hours of the hero being indifferent and at times mean to our heroine. The hero was simply awful for most of the story. He was unfaithful repeatedly with different women and couldn’t care less about our heroine. She in return was dutiful and caring with him. This made me so angry! I don’t understand how they actually fell in love. The last 1.5 hours a sort of mild romance developed. At the very end he finally shows true love towards the heroine. It felt too little too late. I finished the story because I wanted to know how it would end and the narrator did a very good job in this story. But I can’t recommend this story because it was too frustrating for me.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Seven Years

  • Seven, Book 1
  • By: Dannika Dark
  • Narrated by: Nicole Poole
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,994
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,994

It's been seven years since Lexi Knight lost her brother in a tragic accident. On the anniversary of his death, her brother's best friend shows up unexpectedly - a man she hasn't seen since the funeral. He is no longer the boy Lexi once knew, but a dangerous-looking man with tattoos and dark secrets. He broke her trust and abandoned her family, yet what he reveals makes it impossible to stay angry. Lexi has been secretly infatuated with Austin since childhood, so finding out he's a Shifter just makes him sexier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nice surprise.

  • By Alisha on 02-17-15

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 06-11-18

This story was different for me as I usually don’t listen to fantasy books but I found this so interesting. I like the fact that the story didn’t revolve around the romance. Several things were happening and we got a good introduction to the pack. Beautiful ending. Definitely want to listen to the next book. Great narration as well.

  • Kissing in the Dark (Grayson Brothers, Book 4)

  • By: Wendy Lindstrom
  • Narrated by: Julia Motyka
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112

Desperate circumstances set Faith Wilkins on the run and straight into Sheriff Duke Grayson’s protective arms. Duke believes Faith is a struggling widow, intelligent healer, and loving mother. Their blooming friendship and explosive attraction reinforce Duke’s decision to marry Faith. But when he discovers that his beautiful new bride lied about her identity and is hiding from a man with the power to destroy their family, her betrayal slices to his core.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do They Make Men Like This Anymore???

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 02-24-14

The best book in the series

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

This has been the best book in this series so far. Very complete. Please note this is an historical fiction series and not just a romance story. I felt it was very complete and many things were happening that kept my interest and kept me wondering what comes next. The narration has been a lot better than in the previous books as well. Very enjoyable.