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  • The Mane Event

  • Pride Series #1
  • By: Shelly Laurenston
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Kane
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,433
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,313
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,323

Shelly Laurenston turns up the heat with two sizzling novellas. Christmas Pride: How come all the good-looking ones are insane? That's what runs through NYPD cop Desiree "Dez" MacDermot's mind the minute she hooks up again with her childhood buddy, Mace Llewellyn. Shaw's Tail: Brendon Shaw, hotel owner and lion shifter, has seen better days. He's been beaten, had a gun to the back of his head, and had to be rescued by a Pack of shape-shifting wolves.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Why speed up Johanna Parker/Charlotte Kane?

  • By TSTBren on 06-15-13

3.5 Stars

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

This had been in my TBR forever, and when it came on the Audible Romance Package, I finally listened to the book. Charlotte Kane did a fabulous job with her narration, and I will be looking for more from her. Her accents are awesome. She was truly fun to listen too.

I didn't realize that this story contained basically two entire books, the first being Dez and Mace’s story. Which was good, but honestly got too bogged down with too much sex. I know, I know how can there be too much sex in a Romance, trust me there can. When it doesn't add to the story but takes away, it is too much. This one had way too much if I had been reading to it vs. listening I would have skipped pages worth.

Brenden and Ronnie's story was better where there was more story and not as much sex, and honestly just like the story better. I also really liked Ronnies Character. She was fun and full of sass and spunky.

Overall the narration is awesome, and that would rate a five the first story would get a 3 and the second a 4. So I am rating this whole thing 3.5 Boundless stars. It was fun reading/listening. Not sure if I will continue with the series. But I am glad I gave it a shot.

  • Heart of Malice

  • Alice Worth Series, Book 1
  • By: Lisa Edmonds
  • Narrated by: Felicity Munroe
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

The first time Moses Murphy's granddaughter killed on his orders, she was six years old. For 20 years, she was a prisoner of an organized crime syndicate, forced to use her magic to make Moses the most powerful and feared man on the East Coast. To escape his cruelty, she faked her own death and started a new life as Alice Worth. As a private investigator specializing in cases involving the supernatural, Alice walks a precarious line.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • New and enjoyable 3.5 rating

  • By BikeVON on 10-14-17

Alice is awesome

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

I was approached by Lisa Edmonds to read her second book in the Alice Worth series Heart of Fire. Well if you follow my reviews you know I won't start a series in the middle and when I saw that there was an audiobook version available of book one Heart of Malice I purchased the copy for myself.

I was beyond surprised by how much I LOVED this story, and I devoured it. I stayed up late into the night listening; I did not want to stop. I only shut it off when I would start to fall asleep. The story is fast-paced, exciting and so incredibly thought out and intricate. I loved the details that went into the character development. I loved Alice and all her nuances. She is one tuff cookie. She is a kick-ass chick! And then there is Sean, can you say yummy! OMG! There was nothing, and I mean nothing, I didn’t love about this story.

I want everyone, and I do mean everyone, who loves Urban Fantasy to give this book and this series a try. You won't regret it! I can’t wait to read the next book, and So far Edmonds has officially got herself a fangirl!

  • Enslave Me Sweetly

  • Alien Huntress, Book 2
  • By: Gena Showalter
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186

Eden Black walks among humans, protecting them from the murderous evil of other-worlders who abduct and enslave. "Failure" is not in Eden's vocabulary. Neither is "partner" - but that's what she is forcibly assigned after recovering from a disastrous mission. A sexy, steely-nerved human agent, Lucius Adaire enjoys nothing more than sparking the fury - and rousing the desire - of the fiery female assassin. Lucius and Eden find themselves bound in two high-stakes, heart-pounding games: the sensual web of kill or be killed, and the erotic dance of seduction

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great thriller start to finish! Eyre perfect!

  • By tina on 09-19-13

I loved it

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

As I was listening to this book, I was wondering to myself, not for the first time, what took me so long to start with this series? It has everything I love! Strong heroines, Alpha males, and aliens! It is also written by one of my favorite authors that I have been reading for years. So I honestly don’t know why it has taken me so long to jump into this series.

I loved Eden; she was the perfect kick-ass chick that even though she was underestimated at every turn held her own and then some. I loved that she dropped men far bigger and deadlier than her with ease.
Lucius started off as a jerk that I didn’t care for but much like a fungus her grew on me the same way her grew on Eden. And I soon didn’t see her with anybody else but him. Their chemistry was explosive, and I loved them together.

The story was fantastic, loaded with danger, action, and romance. I can’t wait to read more! Especially Devyn’s story!

  • Fluency

  • By: Jennifer Foehner Wells
  • Narrated by: Susanna Burney
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,724
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,569
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,575

NASA discovered the alien ship lurking in the asteroid belt in the 1960's. They kept the Target under intense surveillance for decades, letting the public believe they were exploring the solar system, while they worked feverishly to refine the technology needed to reach it. Dr. Jane Holloway is content documenting nearly-extinct languages and had never contemplated becoming an astronaut. But when NASA recruits her to join a team of military scientists for an expedition to the Target, it's an adventure she can't refuse.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Fluency is anything but fluent

  • By D. Backshall on 07-15-17

Not a romance

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

I got this book off of the Audible Romance package; I wouldn’t call it a romance.  There is a very, very, small romance element in the story but that's it.  The rest of the story is pure sci-fi.  That aspect it was a bit confusing at times, and I will admit I found myself not paying attention when it got too sciency, or in depth.  

The action sequences are awesome, and if you love sci-fi, this would be a great series for you.  I did enjoy the overall story, and the narration is superb.  Book 2 isn’t on the Romance package so I will have to purchase it to continue the story.   I am still debating. 

  • Bad for You

  • Dirty Deeds, Book 3
  • By: J. Daniels
  • Narrated by: Kate Russell, Sebastian York
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

Shayla Perkins isn't the kind of girl who makes the same mistake twice, especially when it comes to Sean "Stitch" Molina. So when he gives her the world's biggest rejection, that's it - she's done. Until the sexy, silent, unavailable Sean makes Shay a very personal offer. Of course, it still doesn't mean he's interested in her. Or does it?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I want to be Stitch’s!

  • By Sweet Red Reader on 01-24-18

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

I am not a huge fan of the “damaged hero” romances.  When I look that genre up on GR, it seems I’ve read a lot of them.  However, the majority that I have read the hero is still very alpha.  In Bad for You, Sean isn’t alpha at all.  He is damaged from a past that he has yet to get over.  It is a horrific past, yet I felt Daniels could have gone a different direction with the character and made him harder from his experiences yet able to grow and find love with Shayla.  That’s what I would have liked to see.  Instead, it felt like Sean was so afraid to move on from his past mistakes and he was such a beat down mess that Shayla took the lead in everything.  He was emasculated to the point I was wondering where his balls were?

Compared to the first two stories in this series this one was just a huge disappointment, and I had such high hopes.  I am giving it 2 Boundless stars it really could have been better.  

  • Hit the Spot

  • By: J. Daniels
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York, Kate Russell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388

Tori Rivera thinks Jamie McCade is rude, arrogant, and, worst of all, the sexiest man she's ever laid eyes on. His reputation as a player is almost as legendary as his surfing skills. No matter how her body heats up when he's around, she's determined not to be another meaningless hookup.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ready for the next!

  • By Ana's Attic on 12-31-16

It hits the spot

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

Even when a book is exactly what I expect it to be and there are no surprises, and it is just a complete feel good make me smile romance that’s ok.  Like its title, it hits the spot.  But sometimes that’s all I want in a romance.  

After reading book one and a few other titles from Daniels, it's clear she has her formula.  There is angst, in the beginning, a lot of back and forth before the couple gets together.  Tons and tons of sexual tension build and when they finally do get together its explosive.  Things are great for a time, and of course, something happens to wreak paradise.  OH NO! GASP!  But this is a romance book, so of course, there is an HEA.  

Don’t expect anything new or surprising, but be prepared for a great time, with fabulous writing, characters that you will fall in love with and some scorching hot scenes that will burn up the pages.  All in all 5 Boundless stars, I loved it. 

  • Love Connection

  • First Comes Love, Book 1
  • By: Camilla Isley
  • Narrated by: Audra Cook
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

Have you ever wondered what might have been? Gemma Dawson is at the airport, staring at two plane tickets to two different cities. Two different weddings. Two possible futures. She's at a crossroads. Be maid of honor at her best friend's wedding or crash her ex's? Gemma's decision, unknown to her, hinges on a delayed flight and a chance meeting. Now her life is about to go down two parallel tracks - will Gemma fly toward a life with her first love or a future with a man she's not even met yet? In concurrent storylines, Gemma lives out the consequences of each journey.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The narrator ruined the story

  • By Boundless Book Reviews Sara on 07-26-18

The narrator ruined the story

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

Reviewed: 07-26-18

Stormi originally read this for the blog and rated it 5 Boundless stars.  When Isley approached us about reviewing the audiobook I decided to take it since Stormi doesn’t like audiobooks and I love them.

This story is reminiscent of the Gwyneth Paltrow movie Sliding doors.  There are two choices that happen and two different stories with the same character that take place in different timeline/dimension.  The stories are sweet, clean and sappy.  Much like a Julia Roberts romantic comedy, Runaway Bride comes to mind.  The theme of the stories is to follow your heart.  

I would have enjoyed this book more had I read it.  I listen to a lot of audiobooks; I typically am listening to one every day, so I am pretty picky about narrators.  A narrator will make or break the audiobook.  Cook’s narration of this story didn’t flow.  I could tell she was reading the story; she didn’t bring any life or zest to the characters.  Her narration fell flat for me, her pacing was off, and there was no deviation from one character to the next.  

Overall I am giving this audiobook 3 Boundless stars.  The narrator would get less, and the book would get more.  

  • The Darkest Warrior

  • Lords of the Underworld
  • By: Gena Showalter
  • Narrated by: Max Bellmore
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266

Puck the Undefeated, host of the demon of Indifference, cannot experience emotion without punishment, so he allows himself to feel nothing. Until her. According to ancient prophecy, she is the key to avenging his past, saving his realm, and ruling as king. All he must do? Steal her from the man she loves - and marry her.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • What the hell happened?

  • By JT00 on 06-29-18

Unexpected, exciting, and thoroughly enjoyable.

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

First off let me start off by saying I was never dead set on the whole William and Gilly thing. Honestly, it was a bit creepy to have such an “old man” thinking he was destined to be with a little girl. Because even when she turns 18, she is still a little girl, there isn’t some magic that happens so she will automatically discover a wealth of maturity and intellect. The Red Queen said so when she told Gilly she needs to grow up a bit a find out what she wanted. And I agree with Gilly, if they were destined, William would have found a way to keep it in his pants! So all of you who are judging this book without even reading it, you need to take a seat!

The Darkest Warrior was great to read, loads of fun and I think exactly what Gena intended all along for William and Gilly. And If she didn’t know who cares. These are her characters, her art, and her vision, she can do with it as she pleases. It’s up to us to sit back and enjoy the ride and trust that she knows what she is doing.

The only issue I had with the story is some of the characters are starting to have the same personalities and are not standing out. Which is a shame. I still want to delve into every story, and with so many new characters introduced it looks like Gena is a long way from slowing down.

If you love the books and enjoy the Author, trust where she is taking the story, even if you are disappointed it isn’t going where you want it to go, trust that it will end it a place that you will love. I know that is what I do. I am ready for the next Lords of the Underworld story. As for The Darkest Warrior, I am giving it 4 Boundless Stars, and it was unexpected, exciting, and thoroughly enjoyable.

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  • Alaska Wild

  • By: Helena Newbury
  • Narrated by: Emma Wilder, Scott Thomas
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313

From the first moment I see Mason Boone, I can't take my eyes off him. Everyone's got a different story about the gorgeous, silent man in chains. He's a hero, a former Navy SEAL. He's a fugitive, on his way to a court martial. He's a loner, a mountain man who hasn't spoken to another soul in years. But when our plane crashes deep in the Alaskan wilderness, he becomes my only hope. I'm an FBI agent and he's a prisoner, but to survive the wild animals, fierce weather, and unforgiving terrain, I must put my faith in him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Crass, Not Dirty. What? Its a real love story?

  • By Browser on 05-07-17

Heroin is too stupid to live

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

I like the narration of this novel and will be looking for more from Scott Thomas; I enjoyed his deep voice.  Emma Wilder was also excellent, and I have already added a few of her other titles to my TBR pile.

Alaska Wild has a lot of 5-star reviews, but for me, it is more like a 2.  It has a heroine that is too stupid to live most of the time, and  I was shaking my head at the supposed hero.  A little bit of a spoiler here, they are being chased by the bad guys and managed to get away, and they know the bad guys have a drone.  But instead of continuing to evade and keep moving they make a fire in a huge clearing, then proceeded to fall asleep so the bad guys can get the jump on them.   What kind of Navy Seal is this man supposed to be?  

There were a lot of instances that I was shaking my head going WTF is the author thinking?  I seriously almost DNF after about halfway through, but I kept thinking to myself, this has to get better.  With so many 5 star reviews it just has to.  Nope sadly not.  The beginning sucks you in, and then it just goes downhill from there.  If you don’t mind total unrealistic scenarios and yelling at your characters for their stupidity, then, by all means, give it a whirl.  For me just nope. 

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Rogue Royalty

  • The Savage Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Meghan March
  • Narrated by: Joe Arden, Grace Grant
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 537
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 502
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 502

Unthinkable. Unbelievable. Inconceivable. I don’t recognize what my life has become. I can’t tell where the lies end and the truth begins anymore. He came into my world and urged me out of my safe little corner. All my dreams are coming true except the one thing I want most - my own happy ending. But I’ll fight for it. For now. For always.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must listen!! LOVE LOVE LOVE

  • By Books all things Books on 05-24-18

SPOILER

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

SPOILER: Obviously, the ending of book two was going to be some huge cliffhanger that was going to be set right in book 3. Well of course it was. It wouldn’t be Rogue Royalty if the two main characters don’t end up together. Even though you can predict what is going to happen, you don’t care you just want more. I will say the end of this book was a bit of a shock. I didn’t expect the bad guy to be who he was. So that is a positive that I was still surprised.

There is a ton of emotion and action in this one with characters that a raw and gritty. The narration is amazing, and the only reason it isn't getting a 5 is that it was so predictable at the beginning of the story. But 4.5 Boundless stars isn't bad.