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  • Blind Faith

  • By: Rebecca Zanetti
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201

For Nate Dean, love is a four-letter word. As part of a secret black-ops military unit, he and his brothers were genetically engineered by the government to be ruthless soldiers with an expiration date. They were loyal only to one another... until Nate laid eyes on the woman who stole his heart and blew his world apart. Now, years later, his family is still paying the price for his mistake. But as time runs out, there's only one person who can save his family: the very woman Nate swore he'd never trust again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dangerous, Passionate and Sweet

  • By Empress Karen on 01-29-15

awesome

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

Reviewed: 07-07-17

Loved Nate and Audrey's story. Filled with heart-pounding suspense, nonstop action, hot romance, and most importantly, the Grey/Dean brothers. Blind Faith will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end.

  • Complicated

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Lance Greenfield, Erin Mallon
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,338
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,888
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,886

When small-town Nebraska sheriff Hixon Drake meets Greta Dare, the connection couldn't be stronger, but the timing couldn't be worse. Dealing with the fallout of a divorce he never wanted and setting up a new home for his kids, Hix becomes that guy, that one he never wanted to be, and puts a stop to things before they can even start. Protecting his kids and himself is his only priority. Greta, on the other hand, has found the place for her and the brother she adores that's perfect for them - a sleepy little town in Nebraska.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Complicated was a pleasure to my senses!

  • By Kara Hildebrand on 05-02-17

Another winner from Kristen Ashley

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

Reviewed: 06-12-17

Phenomenal. I love Kristen Ashley and I own almost all her books available on Audible. Complicated is a fantastic story that sucks you right in and holds you there until the end. If you love her Colorado Mountain Series and The Burg Series, then you'll adore Complicated. The narrator is great and really brings the story to life. Definitely grab this one.

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  • The Best Goodbye

  • By: Abbi Glines
  • Narrated by: Jason Carpenter, Olivia Song
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276

From number-one New York Times best-selling author Abbi Glines comes the next sizzling novel in the Rosemary Beach series, featuring well-known playboy and Blaire's half brother, Captain.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Worst of the series.

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-04-16

Great! (Read prior books to really appreciate)

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

Reviewed: 12-30-15

I love this series. I've listened to the entire Rosemary Beach Series via Audible and have thoroughly enjoyed it, and actually need to catch up my reviews on all the books. The latest novel, The Best Goodbye, is River "Captain" Kipling's story. If you are familiar with the series, Captain is Blaire's brother, and we've gotten to know him in several of the previous novels. He was a bit of an enigma, but When Your're Back (Rosemary Beach #12 - Mace and Reese's story) gave you a little glimpse into Captain's background, and made me really excited about diving into his story.

River didn't have an easy childhood and when he lost someone he dearly loved, he struck out on his own, as a teenager, leaving everything behind, even his identity. What took place in the years that followed made him into the man he is now known as...."Captain." He's back in Rosemary Beach, eager to leave his past behind once again, and is planning on doing just that after he finishes getting a new Restaurant off the ground, a task which is turning into a pain in his a**, especially with having to juggle his head server, Elle, and her misconceptions about their so-called relationship around. Then there is Rose......and there is something about Rose that infuriates him and makes him want to devour her in the same breath.

Rose Henderson's reason for being in Rosemary Beach goes far deeper than just being a waitress at the new Resort there. In fact, she's on a mission.....one which involves River "Captain" Kipling.......a mission that could change Captain/River's life as he knows it forever. As the details of who Rose really is and why she is there gradually unfold, to say things get intense is to put it mildly. Past, present, and future collide as a life that was merges with a life that is, and a possible life that could be is held in the balance, teetering precariously on decisions, actions, trust, and truth.

I loved the characters in the book and I loved watching Captain's character evolve into a man that dreams are made of. I don't want to say too much about Rose, because who she is and why she is there are the heart of the story. I will say that The Best Goodbye was sexy, romantic, dangerous, intense, and it ended beautifully. For fans of the series, you'll definitely want to check this one out.

Alas, now we wait on Nan's story....and boy does Abbi Glines have her work cut out for her with that. I can't wait to see what she brings to the table, and if the glimpse she gives us at the end of The Best Goodbye is a hint at what I think it might be, we all better hold onto our seat and look out for one heck of a ride.

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  • When You're Back

  • A Rosemary Beach Novel
  • By: Abbi Glines
  • Narrated by: Grace Grant, Jason Carpenter
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321

The future is bright for Reese Ellis. She has Mase Colt-Manning, the man of her dreams; and a family she didn't know existed until her long-lost father arrived on her doorstep in Rosemary Beach. After growing up with a cruel mother and an abusive stepfather, Reese is eager to get to know the caring and charming man who wants to be a part of her life. Everything is finally falling into place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love Me some Colt!

  • By Listening is Reading on 12-17-18

Great story

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

Reviewed: 08-26-15

I couldn't wait to begin reading When You're Back, especially after the ending of When I'm Gone. Reese and Mase are crazy about each other, but their relationship is still new and they both have a lot of insecurities to work around. There were a few times in this book when I really thought Mase was going to do something to disappoint me, and while he was a bit naive about a few things and did screw up several times, making me want to slap some sense into him, for the most part he was a really stand-up guy. Reese has a lot of self-esteem issues and is really unsure of herself, and she endured some hurt in this book that I hated having to see her go through, but she also stretched herself in ways she didn't think she was capable of as well. Then there was Aida ...I could not stand Aida. I hope I don't have to see Aida ever again. Captain was also in this story and I found him to be quite intriguing. He definitely caused things to heat up, and I can't wait to read his story.

When You're Back was a great story and I enjoyed seeing Mase and Reese get their happily ever after together. Lord knows they had to fight their way there, and they did just that. It was a great ending to this couple's chapter in the Rosemary Beach Saga, and Abbi Glines set things up nicely for the next book as well.

  • When I'm Gone

  • A Rosemary Beach Novel
  • By: Abbi Glines
  • Narrated by: Grace Grant, Jason Carpenter
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 470
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426

From number-one New York Times best-selling author Abbi Glines comes the next new adult novel in the Rosemary Beach series, in which we meet Mase, a Texas heartthrob first introduced in Take a Chance, who comes to Rosemary Beach to stir things up.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tragic Past

  • By Listening is Reading on 12-16-18

Mase!!

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

Reviewed: 08-26-15

I've thoroughly enjoyed the Rosemary Beach Series by Abbi Glines, which began with the Rush Crush, then we were wowed by Woods, turned on by Trip, and became gluttons for Grant, though Grant did have to work harder to win me over. If you are a fan of the series, then you've met Mase, and I was really, really looking forward to getting to know more about Mase. He just had the hot cowboy mixed with a little bit of bad boy thing going on. He has shown himself to be fiercely protective over his sister Harlow, and is about as fond of his other sister, Nan, as the rest of the world is, which isn't much. I loved Reese, and my heart broke for her on more than one occasion. She is a better person that I could have ever been in some of the situations that she faced. She and Mase really had a special connection and I loved seeing him help her to bloom into the lovely person that she really was. Of course the story wouldn't be a story without some heartache, some misunderstandings, and some of the other hotties popping up in the picture as well, causing a little jealousy to raise it's ugly head along the way. That said, I really did enjoy getting to see many of the characters we've all come to know and love make an appearance in this story as well.

Reese and Mase also had to deal with the distance issue, him being in Texas and her being in Rosemary Beach, which was a bit difficult to say the least. Then there was the Nan........... and if you know who Nan is, just her name is enough said. I enjoyed the way Abbi Glines pulled everything together for these characters by the end of the book, leaving you happy, but on the edge of your seat waiting for the next installment so you could finish Reese and Mase's story. I purposely waited until Mase and Reese's second book came out before I read this, because I knew it would drive me crazy if I had to wait. Contemporary romance fans and fans of the Rosemary Beach series will love reading When I'm Gone. I know I did.

  • Animal Magnetism

  • Animal Magnetism Series, Book 1
  • By: Jill Shalvis
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 571
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 508
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 504

In this debut to an exciting new series, Lilah Young has lived in Sunshine, Idaho, all her life, while pilot-for-hire Brady Miller is just passing through. But he soon has Lilah abandoning her instincts and giving in to a primal desire. Contains mature themes.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable contemporary romance...

  • By SIMARA on 05-07-13

Love this series!

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

Reviewed: 03-21-15

I absolutely adore Jill Shalvis' books and began this particular series with the fourth book, and have ever since been dying to find the time to go back and start again at the beginning of the series. While it is a series, each novel can be read as a standalone companion novel, but trust me, once you begin, you will definitely want more. The story is set in the beautiful town of Sunshine Idaho. Lilah Young runs a shelter and kennel service for animals. She loves animals of all kinds, and is the go-to person for finding strays and other abandoned animals a home. She is fun-loving, witty, a very hard worker, and always has about a million things on her plate. Her two best friends AKA the hottest set of bachelors in town are Dell and Adam Connlelly. Dell is a veterinarian and runs an animal center, His brother Adam helps and also trains search and rescue animals. Lilah, Dell, and Adam are best friends.

Adam and Dell have a third brother, Brady Miller, who they haven't seen in quite some time. Brady is ex special forces, a pilot, and lives and works in extremely dangerous situations. While in town, he and Lilah meet in the most comical way. I don't want to give any more about that away, but trust me, you'll enjoy it. The chemistry between these two is intense from the moment they meet, but Brady doesn't do long-term relationships and has his own set of issues stemming from the past he has to deal with. Lilah has been hurt before and is reluctant to go down the relationship road again, but girls, Brady is just to hot and sexy not to have a little fun with. Whether or not she can keep her heart out of the mix will be the challenge, not to mention the fact that Dell and Adam are extremely overprotective of her. That said, the heart wants what the heart wants, and everything that happens between the heart wanting and actually getting that proves to be an absolutely delightful story.

Animal magnetism is one of those books that totally captures your heart, makes you smile, swoon, and sigh over and over again, and I total loved it. This series is a definitely a must read for fans of contemporary romance.

As far as the audio goes, the narrator is awesome and does a wonderful job, making this a pleasure to listen to.

  • Animal Magnetism Series # 2, Animal Attraction

  • By: Jill Shalvis
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309

In Animal Attraction, the second entry in USA Today best-selling author Jill Shalvis's fun, sexy series, veterinarian Dell Connelly suspects his receptionist, Jade Bennett, has a reason for taking refuge in the quiet ranching town of Sunshine, Idaho. Contains mature themes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Must love dogs... And sexy vets

  • By SIMARA on 05-12-13

One of my favorite series

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

Reviewed: 03-21-15

Animal Attraction is the second book in Jill Shalvis' Animal Magnetism series and in it, we get to get up close and personal with the oh so hot veterinarian Dell Connelly. We got to meet Dell and his handsome broody brother Adam in book one, Animal Magnetism, and I couldn't wait to read his and Jade's story. Dell is quite the player and is somewhat of a man-whore. The only woman who isn't falling at his feet, however, is his receptionist, Jade Bennett. There is definitely chemistry between the two, much they try to ignore it. Jade has a past that has left her vulnerable and caused her to leave her old life behind, ending up in beautiful Sunshine Idaho. Her past has also kept her from letting anyone get too close to her as well. Dell sees a lot more than she is aware of, and is determined to help her heal. Dell also has issues from his past that have caused him to have commitment phobia, but Jade can also see past his disguises as well. Try as they may, they can't avoid the inevitable and things get hot and heavy between them, and not only physically. Their feelings run deep, but when push comes to shove, will Dell have the guts to hold onto this woman who has captured his heart, and if he does, will Jade have the guts to let him have it?

I loved Dell''s character. He's such a great guy, despite his man-whorish past. I also love the relationship he has with his brothers. Of course there is the fact that he is a total hottie who will cause you to melt in a puddle with his smile. You also get to see plenty of Brady and Lila, who were in the first novel, and then there is Adam, and I think he is going to wind up being my favorite by the time I read his story, which is next in the series. While this is a series, each book can easily be read as a standalone, though after reading one, you'll want to devour the rest of the series. Animal Attraction is an awesome contemporary romance that will capture your attention and your heart and I can't recommend it highly enough.

  • Bad For You

  • Seabreeze, Book 7
  • By: Abbi Glines
  • Narrated by: Shayna Thibodeaux, Sebastian York
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297

Blythe moves into an apartment building with a loud upstairs neighbor who keeps throwing parties all night long. It's during one such party when Krit opens the door to find his new neighbor standing there. Blythe wants him to turn down the music, but he convinces her to stay. She's nothing like the women who parade in and out of his apartment, but Krit can't resist her - her brown hair, cute glasses, and sexy innocence is too much for him to ignore. Determined to win Blythe over, Krit Corbin may have just found his biggest addiction yet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • YUM YUM!!!! Would love to move to Seabreeze

  • By Trisha on 06-19-14

Loved Crit's story

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

Reviewed: 12-27-14

If you have read any of the Sea Breeze series, then you probably will remember Krit Corbin from those books. (FYI: This is a companion novel and be read as a standalone). Krit is the lead singer of the band Jackdown, and has been a secondary character, making appearances in most of the previous novels. He is a total man-whore. Women love him and he loves women - or at least taking them to his bed, then he's done with them. There have only been a few exceptions to this rule and only one that he cared about and lost. So, before Bad For You, we've only seen Krit as the badass rocker who loves them and leaves them, but in this book we get to know Krit inside and out - the good, the bad, and the ugly.....

Blythe Denton is a shy, sweet, and extremely insecure girl whose life has been anything but easy. Neglected and made to feel unwanted and undesirable her whole life, she has a hard time understanding why anyone would want her. Finally she feels free, and is now in Sea Breeze, attending college there. She has her own apartment, which just happens to be in the same complex as Krit Corbin's apartment. When Krit first sees Blythe, he knows there is something special about her, whether he wants to admit it to himself or not. Blythe has no clue who Krit is or what he does, just that he's tattooed, pierced, has black eyeliner around his eyes, and screams bad boy, but she's not intimated or afraid of him in any way. Krit lets Blyte see a side of him that is real, one that only a chosen few know exists. Though there is undeniable chemistry and attraction between them, Krit doesn't do relationships and this innocent girl is definitely not someone he wants to get close to in that way, but yet he can't stay away from her, so he decides to be here friend. Krit helps Blythe come out of her shell and though he thinks he is bad for her, he is really the best thing that has ever happened to her. Blythe's past has left her scarred, but underneath it all, she is a beautiful, loyal, loving, and passionate person. Krit sees all this, but so do other guys, which he can't stand, forcing him to have to choose whether or not he is willing to give love a shot. Just when things seem to be looking up, his past comes up to bite him in the butt and he faces loosing the best thing that has ever happened to him.

I totally loved Krit's story. While reading other reviews, it seems that people either love it or they don't, and I am glad to say that I fall in the "love it" category. While Cage York will always be my favorite Sea Breeze guy, I think that Krit is next on my list of favorites, followed by Preston. While to some, the bad boy and innocent virgin my seem cliche, I think that Abbi Glines did an excellent job and totally rocked the whole concept in Bad For You. I loved Krit and Blythe's story, and I also enjoyed getting to see some of the characters I've come to know and love from the previous novels make appearances in this book. If you are a fan of the Sea Breeze series, then I would definitely check this installment out. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did.

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  • Sweet Reckoning

  • Sweet Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Wendy Higgins
  • Narrated by: Erin Mallon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286

Evil is running rampant, and sweet Anna Whitt is its target. Nobody knows when or how the Dukes will strike, but Anna and her Nephilim allies will do anything necessary to rid the Earth of the demons and their oppressive ways. The stakes are higher than ever, and Anna is determined that the love she feels will be her strength, not a liability. But trying to protect the ones she loves while running for her life and battling demonic forces proves to be perilous - especially as faces are changing and trust is fleeting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love the story it was a very good book saga

  • By gamerX on 09-19-15

Epic ending to an awesome series.

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

Reviewed: 12-27-14

Oh the bitter-sweetness of the last book in a series, and the things that happen in Sweet Reckoning make you smile, swoon, and have several "Oh my Gawd" moments. Sweet Reckoning was definitely my favorite book out of the series. I loved where Wendy Higgins took the romance and relationship between Kaidan and Anna - it was downright hot. Didn't know my girl had it in her, but she does, and she ends up being a kick-butt heroine also. Kaidan had me totally swooning over him in this novel. I totally loved the person he became in this book. He wound up being quite the hero. All of the other secondary characters played big roles as well - Ginger and Marna - the twins, and their bittersweet finale. Then there is Jay, bless his heart, Patty, and of course my favorite of all, Blake. I still so wish Blake had his own book - I just loved him.

That said, the ending is epic and I thought Wendy Higgins concluded the series very well. She even provided an epilogue, which is something I love, and I totally loved this epilogue.

My Opinion: Fantastic series that young adult and adult fans of paranormal romance will love. Definitely buy it, you won't be disappointed.

  • Sweet Peril

  • Sweet Evil Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Wendy Higgins
  • Narrated by: Erin Mallon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295

Anna Whitt, daughter of a guardian angel and a fallen one, promised herself she'd never do the work of her father - polluting souls. She'd been naive to make such a claim. She'd been naive about a lot of things. Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school's party girl. And all the while there's Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it!!

  • By BLANCO GALVAN on 04-25-17

Even better than the first book.

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

Reviewed: 12-27-14

After reading Sweet Evil, I couldn't wait to get started on Sweet Peril. I was itching for more of Anna and Kaidan, but alas, as fate and the sucky demons and whisperers would have it, they had a really hard time getting together. While I didn't like Kaidan for most of Sweet Evil, I loved him in Sweet Peril for the most part, even though he still had his moments of jerkdom, because I knew he was doing it to protect Anna. Kopano was great, but he just doesn't float my boat, and I was glad that what I thought was going to be a love triangle, which I do not like, wasn't what I thought it would be. I was pleased with how that turned out. The story itself is action-packed and full of suspense. I love the secondary characters in this book - they are all so well written and personable, but my favorite of all is Blake - I just love Blake. I wish he would get a spin-off book of his own.

Again, Sweet Peril was beautifully written and captured my attention from beginning to end. Anna had to embrace her demonic side in this book and became a somewhat of a party girl, but she still managed to hold onto that innocence that makes her who she is. I loved where the romance went with Kaidan and Anna and I loved where Wendy Higgins took the story. Thankfully, I had Sweet Reckoning to start as soon as I was done. I would have hated to have to wait on it.

My Opinon: A definite hit - hotter with more romance, the suspense is taken up a notch, and Kaidan - oh yeah....totally loved him. If you don't have it, I would definitely get it.