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  • Clean Sweep

  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,766
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,762

On the outside, Dina Demille is the epitome of normal. She runs a quaint Victorian Bed and Breakfast in a small Texas town, owns a Shih Tzu named Beast, and is a perfect neighbor, whose biggest problem should be what to serve her guests for breakfast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A MUST LISTEN. Promising start for a new series.

  • By Deree on 03-21-14

Fun filled, light hearted and funny!

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

Reviewed: 06-14-17

I really enjoyed this book. The humor was a nice change of pace and I found myself laughing out loud. This book is a story of a magical innkeeper who is quite powerful in her own right. Match her up with an uptight vampire and an sexy warewolf doing battle to save her town and you have an excellent lighthearted paranormal.
I would not call this a romance but it did set the stage for the heroine to find someone in a future book. (As a romance reader I was mildly disappointed but the rest of the books antics more than made up for that.)
Is it worth the credit? For me...absolutly! I tend to enjoy a lighthearted story between some of the darker books I read.

  • The Player

  • By: J. R. Ward
  • Narrated by: Emily Beresford
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 295
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 295

Ruthless might as well be Gray Bennett’s middle name. When the renowned Washington, D.C. insider talks, powerful people listen. But Gray hasn’t come home to Saranac Lake to play politics. Or play at all. A tragedy has shaken the unshakable Gray Bennett to his hardened core. And so has the most unlikely of women. The mousy redhead who used to run around the Moorehouse B and B - the one he never noticed - is now all fiery hair and lush curves. But sweet Joy Moorehouse is too innocent for a cynic like him.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Two different stories combined in 2nd part

  • By Jake on 05-31-12

More angst than love but not bad.

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

Reviewed: 02-20-17

Overall, I enjoyed this book but it wasn't my favorite. As with the first book in this series, there are more fights than there are tender moments which does not create the most loving environment for two people to actually fall in love in. Most of the angst comes from insecurities and lack of communication, which for me is annoying. The book also ended very abruptly. So much so that I went, "what...what just happened?"

That being said, there are two more books and if J.R. Ward keeps to her style, we will get a few more glimpses of these two as their lives begin together.

Overall I enjoyed the book but I don't think I'll be listening to it again.

  • Cherished

  • A Masters and Mercenaries Novella
  • By: Lexi Blake
  • Narrated by: Ryan West
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265

By day, Dr. Will Daley is one of Dallas's most eligible bachelors, but every night he dons his leathers as one of Sanctum's most desired Doms. He's sworn off looking for a long-term relationship but is captivated by the club's newest member, Bridget Slaten, even though they couldn't be more different. She comes from a world of privilege and he was raised in poverty. When he discovers she needs a date to her sister's wedding, he makes certain he's literally the only man for the job.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Almost burned out my earbuds.

  • By S Wilgus on 02-06-17

Sweet D/s book with strong likeable characters.

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

Reviewed: 01-12-17

I often find the women in D/s books overly hung up on their insecurities and the doms a little to mushy at the end, BUT this book has a great story, with really likeable characters and some humor to go along with it.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Embrace the Darkness

  • Guardians of Eternity Series, Book 2
  • By: Alexandra Ivy
  • Narrated by: Arika Rapson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228

Lady Shay is the last of her kind. Half human, half Shalott, her blood is a precious aphrodisiac to vampires, who consider it more precious than gold. Though Shalotts are renowned assassins, a curse held over Shay lands her on the slave auction block, where her fate is uncertain. Viper, the beguiling chief of a deadly vampire clan, can't explain his longing to possess the beautiful Shalott who once saved his life, but now he is free to do anything he wants with her. Strangely, while he desires both Shay's blood and body, he wants her to surrender willingly.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Irritating heroine ruined story

  • By Tanja on 10-09-15

Irritating heroine ruined story

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

Reviewed: 10-09-15

I am all for strong women with brains, fighting skills, and confidence. I am not interested in listening to a story where the heroine is so over the top stubborn that she almost gets herself and everyone around her killed multiple times, is stupidly rash, rude, and so annoying that it is hard to wish her on anyone, especially the hero.

I almost did not read the next book because of this one was so frustrating. The hero and heroine fought constantly, then all of the sudden, the heroine is like "wait, I love him so I will try to be less irritating." (Seriously that was actually her internal dialogue.)

So, worth the Credit or the time it woll take to listen to this one? Not in my opinion. Maybe if you find it on sale you might want to pick it up, if you'd like to read the next book. (Although I have not finished it, it has started out much better.)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • On the Edge

  • The Edge, Book 1
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renée Raudman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,664
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,190

Rose Drayton lives on the Edge, between the world of the Broken (where people drive cars, shop at Wal-Mart, and magic is a fairy tale) and the Weird (where blueblood aristocrats rule, changelings roam, and the strength of your magic can change your destiny). Only Edgers like Rose can easily travel from one world to the next, but they never truly belong in either.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refreshing

  • By Stephanie on 12-12-12

Good on the surface...

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

Reviewed: 10-02-15

I am an avid reader of the Kate Daniels series. When I realized that Ilona Andrews had other books I was excited to read them. However this book feels like it was one of their early attempts. On the surface the story is interesting. A strong heroine, a gorgeous hero, and likeable secondary characters. The story itself is interesting and moves along at a decent pace. But the explanations regarding why the story was happening, what the motivations were for the villain, and a very abrupt change in the hero and heroine's relationship made for a story that felt more like a formula rather than a fluid reading experience.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the story. If I hadn't just finished the last Kate Daniels book which is very deep in its back story and solid in its mythology, this book may not have bothered me.

So, in summary, is it worth a credit? In my opinion, no HOWEVER if you find it on sale, it's a decent read and worth adding to your digital library.

  • Dark Witch

  • The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,156
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,682
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,674

With indifferent parents, Iona Sheehan grew up craving devotion and acceptance. From her maternal grandmother, she learned where to find both: a land of lush forests, dazzling lakes, and centuries-old legends. Ireland. County Mayo, to be exact. Where her ancestors’ blood and magic have flowed through generations - and where her destiny awaits.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Turn the volume down!

  • By J. Gilbert on 10-30-13

Wonderful, mystical fun

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

Reviewed: 05-25-15

I enjoyed this book immensely! The story is full of magic, great lovable characters, and the reader is fantastic. The story kept moving nicely. The standard fall for each other, argument, get back together was nicely done without being overly long or bitter. And the romance vs story balance, that so many books fail at, was very nicely balanced so that the story could have almost stood on it's own without the added benefit of the relationship.

Definately worth the time and credit invested in this book, author and reader. Enjoy!

  • The Undead in My Bed

  • By: Jessica Sims, Molly Harper, Katie MacAlister
  • Narrated by: Leah Mallach, Abby Craden, Sophie Eastlake
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,490
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,365
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,364

In "Shades of Gray" by Katie MacAlister, Noelle is a Guardian: a demon-wrangler, imp-banisher, and all-round secret protector of humans from the Otherworld. In "Undead Sublet" by Molly Harper, executive chef Tess Maitland is banned from her five-star kitchen in Chicago to recover from "exhaustion". Jessica Sims's "Out With a Fang" features Ruby Sommers, a lonely were-jaguar who signs up for a blind date through the paranormal dating agency Midnight Liaisons.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • worth it but...

  • By Christina on 03-06-13

Fair, Great, Good

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

Reviewed: 01-16-15

I loved the Molly Harper book and enjoyed the other two. I probably would listen to all three again but will continue on with the series for Molly Harper.

  • Wild Heat

  • By: Bella Andre
  • Narrated by: Eva Kaminsky
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 469
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 416
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 421

He's a hotshot firefighter addicted to risk. She's the sultry beauty he never saw coming....

Maya Jackson doesn't sleep with strangers. Until the night grief sent her to the nearest bar and into the arms of the most explosive lover she's ever had. Six months later, the dedicated arson investigator is coming face-to-face with him again. Gorgeous, grinning Logan Cain. Her biggest mistake. Now her number one suspect in a string of deadly wildfires.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wild Heat & Sparks equals a hot sultry romance

  • By Angelia on 05-03-13

Talk about moving fast...

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

Reviewed: 08-26-13

I have mixed feelings about this book. I was supremely annoyed by the first 2 1/2 hours as the heroine consistently (and repetitively) questioned her belief in the hero due to her attraction to him. Once she came to the conclusion that he was trust worthy, albeit a strange revelation without a believable cause, the book finally started to get interesting.

As the book progressed, it moved from steamy to action packed and back over and over again. The story happens over a weekend so the timeline felt extremely unbelievable.

Is it worth the time and credit? I'd give this a hesitant yes. If you like other books by Bella Andre, then this is another good addition to your library. For me however, it's not on my list to re-listening to it. When I'm not reading a sci-fi or paranormal book, I like realistic and this story wasn't believable enough for me.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Calculated in Death

  • In Death Series, Book 36
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,482
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,085
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,074

On Manhattan’s Upper East Side, a woman lies dead at the bottom of a brownstone’s basement steps, stripped of all her valuables. Most cops might call it a mugging gone wrong, but Lieutenant Eve Dallas knows better. A well-off accountant and a beloved wife and mother, Marta Dickenson doesn’t seem the type to be on anyone’s hit list. But when Eve and her partner, Peabody, find blood inside the brownstone, she knows Marta’s murder is the work of a killer who’s trained, yet not professional or smart enough to remove all the evidence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love that Dallas!

  • By Elaine on 03-01-13

Eve and Peabody have a normal case for a change!

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

Reviewed: 03-06-13

These books are written so that there is very little time that passes from one book to the next, so it was a relief that this story was a little less high profile and time sensitive. The last 10 books or so have had the girls going from one major case to the next and I was starting to feel like it was no longer believable (or as believable as a futuristic book can be). No real cop goes from one major case to the next, to the next and so on. So a back to reality book was much needed.

The last look was my favorite, and this one is a close second. It's worth the credit and the time!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Phantom Shadows

  • Immortal Guardians, Book 3
  • By: Dianne Duvall
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,487
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,297
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,296

Dr. Melanie Lipton is no stranger to the supernatural. She knows immortals better than they know themselves, right down to their stubborn little genes. So although a handsome rogue immortal seems suspicious to her colleagues, Sebastien Newcombe intrigues Melanie. His history is checkered, his scars are impressive, and his ideas are daring. But it's not his ideas that have Melanie fighting off surges of desire.... Bastien is used to being the bad guy. In fact, he can't remember the last time he had an ally he could trust. But Melanie is different....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great Book!

  • By Wendy on 11-03-12

Misunderstood Hero & Compassionate Heroine

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

Reviewed: 12-27-12

I would absolutely recommend this book for those who like a fast paced, action packed, love story with a twist in the paranormal. This book hit all the things I look for in a great novel. Mystery, love, passion, humor, great characters, fast pace, and a story that keeps you up at night wanting to know more.

I love hearing all of the accents of the different characters from around the world. She really does a great job! Even the men's voices are believable and the women's voices are distinct yet realistic.

There were a large number of laughing outbursts and a couple of slightly tear jerking moments. Overall, this book was a pleasure to listen to!

I strongly recommend starting with the first book in the series if you haven't started reading them yet. The first book could stand alone but after that the story builds strongly on the story line of the previous book.