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  • Dear Aaron

  • By: Mariana Zapata
  • Narrated by: Callie Dalton, Teddy Hamilton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,280
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,275

Some days, all you need is a message from a stranger. Ruby Santos knew exactly what she was getting herself into when she signed up to write a soldier overseas. The guidelines were simple: one letter or email a week for the length of his or her deployment. Care packages were optional. Been there, done that. She thought she knew what to expect. What she didn't count on was falling in love with the guy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Two thumbs up 👍👍

  • By Anne-Marie Mogensen on 11-21-17

I would have enjoyed reading this one more

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

Reviewed: 03-07-19

I read these out of order, even though they are standalone Ruby is the sister to Jasmine From Lukov With Love.  You don’t even realize how nuts that makes me. LOL, but you don’t need to read these in any order its just a little FYI.

So I personally would recommend reading this book instead of listening to it for one main reason.  The first almost had Ruby and Aaron corresponding via email.   Now I loved that Zapata took full advantage of the duet narration in this part.  However, reading the TO: so and so From: so and so Subject: Blah over and over again OMG.  I was insane and just over it.  Had I been reading I would have skimmed/skipped all of that and not subjugated myself to it.  Another thing that just annoyed that crap out of me was the book was running as a fantastic duet unit the characters started talking on the phone then it switched to Dalton’s narration.  WHY?  I love a wonderful duet.  I just felt cheated.  It's not the audiobook was bad, but I was given a duet more than ½ though and then it was taken away.   BS I tell you.

The story is great, it’s Zapata so there isn’t any other way it would be.  Of course, it is a slow burn.  If you are familiar with her work you know to expect that.  I liked seeing how Ruby met and fell in love with her soldier.  It is a wonderful story.  I just got annoyed with the audiobook version.  But I am still rating it 4 Boundless Stars. 

  • Prisoner of Night

  • The Black Dagger Brotherhood World
  • By: J. R. Ward
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 793
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 735
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 731

Number-one New York Times best-selling author J.R. Ward is back with the next sexy supernatural installment in her “delicious, erotic, and thrilling” (Nicole Jordan, New York Times best-selling author) Black Dagger Brotherhood series.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book 17 ?

  • By Amy L. Delisle on 01-08-19

Exciting Adventure

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

Reviewed: 03-07-19

This is a novella set in the BDB world, and of course, I loved it but what was strange is that none of the characters where known.  There wasn’t one brother or Shellan in the bunch.  It was weird, to say the least.  The story was no less fascinating, exciting, and I am left wondering how these characters will fit into the larger BDB world?  Because it seems once Ward writes about them once we will see them again in a big way.  So my curiosity is more than piqued.

I am giving Prisoner of Night: The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 17, 5 Boundless stars, although it didn’t fit with the rest of the series, it was still an excellent and exciting adventure. 

  • Getting Schooled

  • By: Emma Chase
  • Narrated by: Zachary Webber, Andi Arndt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,641
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,499
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,499

Garrett Daniels has this whole life thing figured out. The cocky, charismatic former high school star quarterback is an idolized football coach and "cool" teacher in the hometown where he's not just a golden boy - he's platinum. He has good friends, a great house on the lake, and the best damn sidekick a man could ask for: Snoopy, the albino beagle. Then...Callie Carpenter comes home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious yet Romantic

  • By Maya on 04-07-18

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 02-08-19

I love Emma Chase and have pretty much adored every book of hers I have read.  But I will be honest I judged a book by its cover.  I saw the cover and the title and thought this book was a Hot for teacher book.  You know a book where the teacher gets involved with a student, (I was thinking college)  but still gah no.  I guess I should have read the blurb sooner LOL.  Yep, I can be a dork.  

No this isn’t hot for teacher book this is a second chance romance and one that I absolutely loved.  It revolves around a high school history teacher/football coach.  Chase was able to capture all those feeling of high school and first love and wrap it up in a big ball of nostalgia.  I was reminiscing big time reading this one.  Ah first love.  

Callie comes back home from across the country to take care of her parents when they are in a rather compromising accident.  I won't spoil it for you, but it is hilarious.  She needs to stay and help take care of them for almost a year.  (I don’t know what kind of family leave her job has but dang luck!) She gets a job subbing at the school, and that’s where she and Garrett reconnect.  

I love, love, love second chance romances especially when there are high school sweethearts.  The nostalgia that it brings back is bittersweet without the awkward pain of being a teen again.  Because really who would do that? 

  • High Voltage

  • Fever, Book 10
  • By: Karen Marie Moning
  • Narrated by: Amanda Leigh Cobb, Jim Frangione
  • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,078
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,000
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 999

Immortal Faerie and ancient feuds, secrets and sacrifices - a thrilling new chapter in the bestselling Fever series begins, featuring Dani, Ryodan, and other beloved characters, as they battle to save Dublin from the rising of a terrifying evil determined to enslave the human race.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • High Voltage--bk 10---good story BUT....

  • By LOYL-00 on 03-09-18

I LOVED IT

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

I have no idea how I missed the release of this book and am now finding it months and months later — heavy sigh.  Regardless the problem has now me resolved High Voltage has been devoured and I loved it.  

The book focuses on Dani post-Jada, and she is back to her bubbly Megga self that I fell in love with at the beginning of the series.  However, this did cause some issues for me when it came to her relationship with Ryoden.  She is older now between 20-23 she doesn’t even know, but still has a manic effervescence for all things much as she did as a teen and it didn’t feel like she grew up.  So her having adult feelings and eventually adult relations was like thinking of my little sisters having adult relations.  Gah gag. I usually like sexy times in a story.  This one I could have done without.  

Moning gave Dani such an interesting story arc, one that I didn’t see coming at all.  It was incredible and such a fascinating mystery and so totally Dani to embrace the adventure.  BTW I love Shazam.  

I love where the story is going, and I can’t wait for more.  There isn’t any Mac in this story for all of you Mac fan’s out there, but that’s ok the book didn’t need it because Dani can hold a book on her own.  I just had trouble not picturing her as a teen instead of a woman.  

I listened to the audiobook, and it was narrated in my favorite format as a duet, and I loved it.  The narrators are brilliant and did an exceptional job.  I can’t wait to see what is next in the Fever series, and there is so much more to know.  Mac and Dani aren’t done.  I love this world, and it continues to be one of my favorites.  

  • From Lukov with Love

  • By: Mariana Zapata
  • Narrated by: Callie Dalton, Teddy Hamilton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,805
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,672
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,670

If someone were to ask Jasmine Santos to describe the last few years of her life with a single word, it would definitely be a four-letter one. After 17 years - and countless broken bones and broken promises - she knows her window to compete in figure skating is coming to a close. But when the offer of a lifetime comes in from an arrogant idiot she's spent the last decade dreaming about pushing in the way of a moving bus, Jasmine might have to reconsider everything. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New Favorite MZ Slow Burn

  • By Brittany M on 05-13-18

Queen of the slow burn

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

Reviewed: 02-06-19

First off let me start with how much I LOVED the narration.  I don’t know why more books can’t be done in this format.  It is just 1000X better.  If you are going to pay for a male and female narrator, don’t waste them.  Brovo Zapata!

The only reason this audiobook is getting a 4 star instead of a 5 is that Jasmine was in her head so much during the story.  The self monolog was honestly driving me nuts.  This is my 7th book from Zapata, and I’ve never had this issue before.  So I’m not sure if I was just not in the mood for it or if it was just this story.  But I wanted more story less monologing AKA thinking.  

Once again Zapata proves to be the queen of the slow burn.  Another thing  I’ve realized is that in the man usually fall first and the woman is oblivious.  It makes for a delicious story and From Lukov with Love was no different.  But Zapata did put a spin on this one making them enemies in the beginning with so much fun witty banter.  

Overall I really enjoyed the story, and I will continue to look for books from Zapata, I always enjoy the slow burn.  Especially when it's coming from her because I know she will do it right.  

  • The Kiss Quotient

  • A Novel
  • By: Helen Hoang
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,890
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,613
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,606

Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases - a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with as well as way less experience in the dating department than the average 30-year-old. It doesn't help that she has Asperger's and that French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. She decides that she needs lots of practice - with a professional - which is why she hires escort Michael Phan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this!

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-12-18

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 02-05-19

This book had so many 5-star rating I had to give it a shot.  Who knew reading about a woman with Asperger's would be so sweet, funny, and make me smile the entire time.  Not to mention there were some pretty steamy sexy times when I wasn’t laughing.  

I loved the premise behind this book, and I loved the characters, but especially Stella.  She had a childlike honesty that isn’t found in most adults.  It was refreshing.  Weird but refreshing.  

I have already pre-ordered Hoang's next book, The Bride Test which is set in this same world.  I love her voice and this unique POV she writes from.  It shows that people with a disability like Asperger's and autism can find love too.  It is brilliant, and I am giving The Kiss Quotient 5 Huge Boundless stars. 

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  • Evil

  • By: Tijan
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 284
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 267

You know that group of people in school that everyone fears? Popular. Beautiful. The in-crowd? That was my family. Kind of. We were above that group. We held court over everyone else. We were the best looking. We were the mysterious and elusive ones. Most of the girls wanted to (and did) date the guys, but they didn't want to be one of us. They couldn't be. They were our prey. We were the feared. But like every family, nothing is as it seems. That was my truth. Kellan was in his own league.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I devoured book

  • By LilleyLoohLah on 03-06-17

2.5 stars

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

Reviewed: 01-31-19

This is part of my Audible Romance package and piqued my interest, so I gave it a shot.   First off why it is rated on the steam level of  Hot Damn is beyond me.  It’s between sweet and simmering.  Now mind you I generally read adult books and yes erotica too.  So this book is beyond tame.  Now for a teen, I guess it could be oh Hot Damn.  It would depend on your point of view.

The story is centered around Shay and her weird family who are basically feared from the entire town.  I honestly thought when I read it.  Please don’t be vampires, please don’t be vampires.   I was so pleased when that wound up not being the cause of the supernatural powers.  RELIEVED.  

The story started well but honestly, fell apart for me once Shay and Kellan took off on their road trip.  I listened to this on audiobook, and It almost seemed like the narrator was bored with it too.  

I do think this is suited to ages 16 to early ’20s.  I think that age group will get more enjoyment out of this than an adult will.  Especially if said adult likes books with more mature content. 

  • Rhythm, Chord & Malykhin

  • By: Mariana Zapata
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,096

Twenty-six-year-old Gaby Barreto might be a lot of things (loyal, sarcastic, one of the guys, and a pain in the butt, depending on which family member you ask), but dumb isn't one of them. When her twin brother invites her to go on tour as his band's merch girl, she isn't exactly screaming at the top of her lungs with joy. But with no job opportunities pounding on her door, an ex-boyfriend she would still like to castrate, and no end in sight to moving out of her parents' house in Dallas, it would be dumb to say no to the chance of a lifetime.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid Love Story...narration was not the best ....

  • By Denise on 11-15-15

I loved it

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

Reviewed: 01-30-19

I typically don’t like books with musicians but every once in a while one will utterly surprise me, and I will find myself falling head over heels in love with the characters.  That was the case with Rhythm, Chord & Malykhin.  

Gabby AKA Flabby is that cool chick that tends to be one of the guys.  She goes with the flow and doesn’t take herself or a bunch of dudes too seriously.  Then there is Sasha AKA Sassy, the lead singer of the headlining band.  He is gorgeous and so entirely down to earth and not a douche like that “character” is usually depicted.  I loved it.  

I loved all the characters in this story and their dynamic with Gabby, she was effervescent and full of wonderful, joyous spark.  The love story with her and Sasha was the icing on an already rich beautiful cake.  But once again Zapata is the “Queen of the Slow Burn.”  I haven’t read all her books but close, and it is so far her trademark, and she is so fantastic at it.  
I am giving Rhythm, Chord & Malykhin 5 Boundless Stars, I loved it, and it wouldn’t get anything less. 

  • Repeat

  • By: Kylie Scott
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,657
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,484
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,478

When a vicious attack leaves 25-year-old Clementine Johns with no memory, she’s forced to start over. Now she has figure out who she was and why she made the choices she did - which includes leaving the supposed love of her life, tattoo artist Ed Larsen, only a month before. Ed can hardly believe it when his ex shows up at his tattoo parlor with no memory of their past, asking about the breakup that nearly destroyed him. The last thing he needs is more heartache, but he can’t seem to let her go again. Should they walk away for good, or does their love deserve a repeat performance?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • True Love

  • By Marcelle Ellis on 01-09-19

I loved every minute

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

Reviewed: 01-28-19

This was so good.  But of course it was, I have never read or listened to anything bad by Kylie Scott.  Repeat had an interesting premise and one that I personally have never read before although I don’t think this is anything original.  But that’s ok.  Scott puts her spin on it by making Ed a hot tattoo artist.  Hello, yummy much.  But Ed?  Really?  And Clementine, what are we in the1800 and ’20s?  I don’t know where authors come up with these names.  Hopefully, I didn’t just insult her or her family.  But gah, when I hear the name Ed I am either thinking of a talking horse or a sparkly vampire and Clementine I am looking for a piece of yummy fruit. LOL

Despite the unfortunate names, the story was beyond good.  It had heart and soul and sucked me in from the beginning.  I will warn you that the “bad guy” is very obvious in my opinion.  Which was a bummer I would have rather not guessed that.  But I still loved every minute.    
Andi Arndt was once again brilliant, and I wouldn’t expect anything less.  I can’t remember the last time I’ve listened to an audiobook where she was on her own.  But I loved it.  She is such a fantastic narrator.

I am rating Repeat 5 Boundless stars, and it was so good I am going to have to Repeat another listen. 

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  • Lionheart

  • Moonshadow Series, Book 3
  • By: Thea Harrison
  • Narrated by: Sophie Eastlake
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 360
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359

King Oberon reigned over his Dark Court in Lyonesse for centuries until an assassination attempt laid him low. Now he lies unconscious in his snow-bound palace while his Power battles the enchantment that threatens to end his life. A skilled trauma surgeon and magic user, Dr. Kathryn Shaw reigns at the top of her profession in New York. Then comes a challenge she can’t resist - she is asked to cure the incurable. Just getting close enough to try healing Oberon is a dangerous proposition. When she does reach him, he awakens too soon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • nice book, finishes trilogy well.

  • By Charles on 12-12-18

I loved it

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

Reviewed: 01-23-19

I am such a dummy, yes I said it, a big dummy.  The adage never judge a book by its cover is the perfect example of why I am a HUGE dummy.  I have loved the Moonshadow series, and I held off on buying Lionheart because I didn’t like the look of the male model on the cover.  (Slaps self in the head)  He reminds me of my ex-husband (shudder), and I couldn’t get past it.  When I read a book, I will picture the lead character as the cover model.  As you can imagine, I didn’t do that.  A more mature Jason Mamoa was what I went with this time around.  

Once again Harrison has surpassed my expectations and created another vivid world in her universe that is brilliant, exciting and full of wonder and magic.  I loved getting lost in the story, and Sophie Eastlake’s narration made that easy.  

I loved these characters.  Kathryn is a smart, strong-willed, no-nonsense woman who is King Oberon perfect match.   Oberon is everything a King should be and so incredibly sexy in his male alpha dominance.  It gave me shivers.  He is almost at a tie with Drogos for favorite character in this world.  

I think Moonshadow is only going to be a trilogy and I hope I am wrong about that because I loved these characters.  I hope to see more of them especially Robin; I loved him.  He is mischievous and complicated.  I don’t necessarily want to see him find love but I would like to see more.  

I am giving Lionheart: 5 Boundless Stars, I loved it, I hope it isn’t the last.