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  • Swept: MMF Menage Romance

  • Polished, Book 2
  • By: Alyssa Turner
  • Narrated by: Erin Bateman, Adam Riley, J. Hawkins, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Jack’s lovers are soon to be married, and his place as their Dominant is unshakable. Then Jack loses the one thing a Dom requires. Rory can't wait to get married, but she can't marry both of her men. If she wants the happily-ever-after wedding she's always dreamed of, she'll have to learn to fight for it on her own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguingly hot!

  • By Krystyn - AudiobookObsession on 10-05-18

I was carried away

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

Rory Campbell, Spencer Hartley and Jack Rothman are in a polyamorous relationship. Their union is further distinguished as Jack is a Dominant and Rory and Spencer are his submissives. This is a new discovery for Rory and Spencer while Jack has freely expressed and explored his sexuality for quite some time. They’ve now been together ten months and Rory is planning her wedding to Spencer and commitment to Jack by also taking his name. Meanwhile, Jack’s new business is in trouble, not because of his competency but due to some really dark elements.

This story is fascinating on so many levels. First, the Dom/sub relationship is portrayed so authentically, distinguishing the behaviors inside and outside of the bedroom. Yes, sexual norms are on full display, erotic and sensual, but what was more enlightening were the everyday dynamics between the three. Next, the dark forces that descended on Jack’s company triggered much more than a typical reaction in him. He’s a Dominant and he has the added desperation of performing in that role as caretaker for his submissives. It drives many of the decisions he makes to protect them within the context of that role. And lastly, their unusual relationship is always subject to judgment by family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and others. The reactions were diverse, ranging from being fully supportive to estrangement or outright rejection. It was interesting to consider the many ways this type of relationship is impacted in everyday life.

This is a duet narration using four performers. I’ve come to love this format, especially when all three characters are interacting with each other. The performance was excellent and the narrators were excellent in distinguishing their characters, too.

There was a lot of tension and suspense related to Jack’s business issues, quite scary in fact. I was riveted by this part of the story. I also enjoyed the family drama as it gave me lots of insight into how Rory, Spencer and Jack were shaped by the people who raised them. While the sexual scenes were highly erotic and sensual, they didn’t eclipse the heart of the story, which was the strength and depth of the emotional bonds between the three. There were so many layers and this is one of the best polyamorous stories I’ve read in a long time.

(I received an advance copy from the author in exchange for an unbiased review)

  • Once Pure

  • By: Cecy Robson
  • Narrated by: Mercedes Moreno
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

She bears the scars of the past. He blames himself for things he can't control. Their defenses are up, but in Cecy Robson's latest Shattered Past novel - perfect for fans of Monica Murphy and J. Lynn - true love lands a knockout punch. Sofia Tres Santos remembers a time before her life went sour, before her innocence was ripped away, before she began punishing herself with risky behavior and unworthy men.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sofia’s triumph!

  • By Jonetta (Ejaygirl) on 08-31-18

Sofia’s triumph!

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

Reviewed: 08-31-18

Sofia Tres Santos is young (20-years old) but has already faced a lot of suffering. Her highly-abusive father regularly beat her and her siblings and she was raped as a teen. She was so traumatized that she then engaged in risky, demoralizing behavior. Now she’s taken control of her life and is going to school and working for Killian O’Brien, an MMA fighter who she grew up with and has secretly admired. He’s highly protective of her, harboring some guilt regarding the violence of her past.

This was the story I waited for as Sofia has healed so much since the first story. She’s still suffering from crippling fear whenever she feels threatened and her own painful sins of her past resurface at embarrassing moments. I loved how she faced these circumstances head on and took steps to try and overcome them. Her relationship with Killian developed rather sweetly and I liked his patience with Sofia, putting her needs ahead of his own even when it was difficult.

The new adult genre can be challenging for me as it’s often fraught with lots of miscommunication and flight is typically the first response to conflict. There’s some of that here but not protracted and it’s eclipsed by the tenderness of the story and well developed characters. The horrific nature of Sofia’s past was handled deftly, nothing gratuitous in the describing as the focus was on her feelings rather than the acts. I felt the degradation, not the physical aspects, which is really great writing.

I liked the narrator who captured the heart of Sofia. She told the story without dramatic embellishment, important giving the topics. I enjoyed so much about this story, primarily Sofia’s triumph and experiencing the little and major milestones. This was a fitting conclusion to the series, especially as the characters from the previous books were also featured substantively. And, you’re in for a real treat with the epilogue. Now that’s how you write an ending!

(I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review)

  • Polished: MMF Menage Romance

  • By: Alyssa Turner
  • Narrated by: Erin Bateman, George Orlando
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

Without question Spencer Hartley burns hot for his girlfriend, Rory, but his other desires are hidden down deep. He might blow things up for a living and climb mountains for kicks, but the scariest thing in his life is the truth about his sexuality. Jack Rothman works hard and plays dirty and meaningless sex helps him forget that he's suffocating. When a catastrophic accident traps Spencer with Jack, they need each other to survive. But something strong stirs there in the darkness, and it's more than their desperation to live. There's a spark between them that's impossible to ignore.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

  • By Cyndi on 06-25-18

Excellent duet narration!

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

Spencer Hartley and his live-in girlfriend Rory Campbell have an almost perfect relationship. They’re best friends living a good life and having an off-the-charts physical relationship. But...Spencer can’t seem to ignore his attraction to other men, especially Jack Rothman, the arrogant consultant he’s working with. When they get stuck for hours in an underground tunnel following an explosion, his feelings are hard to ignore. Meanwhile, Rory is aware of Spencer’s other side (Jack sees it, too) but doesn’t know how to approach the subject she’s open to exploring.

I really liked this story, primarily because the characters were so refreshing and honest. Spencer and Rory were quite happy in their relationship so it wasn’t about anything missing. Jack was quite lonely, isolated and frustrated with his career and personal life, having to hide his bi-sexuality. When circumstances caused the three of them to be together overnight, the spark was lit and refused to be extinguished. Yes, the sexual encounters were explosive (pardon the pun given Spencer’s vocation) and highly erotic but more importantly, the story and characterizations were so very strong throughout.

This is also a duet narration (where the male and female narrators transition anytime there is a gender change in dialogue or narrative) and it was superbly executed. Both narrators were excellent, especially Erin Bateman. She was SO good!

I kind of inhaled this book, finishing it in a day. Loved the characters and the erotica, which was well done by the way. It really helped define the three and I liked how their issues were developed and resolved. Nothing easy here and the audio performance made a difference for me. Looking forward to the next chapter in this relationship.

(I received an advance copy from the author in exchange for an unbiased review)

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  • Once Loved

  • By: Cecy Robson
  • Narrated by: Mercedes Moreno
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Every memory Lety Tres Santos has from her childhood comes with a scar - some emotional, some physical. Her father is an abusive drug addict, and her mother enables his destructive behavior. College offers Lety a fresh start...until her father finds a way to ruin that, too. Now, after losing her scholarship to kick off junior year, Lety must somehow stay in school, pay tuition, and turn a deaf ear to the whispers that follow her. And she intends to do it all without Brody Quaid's help.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An uplifting story

  • By Jonetta (Ejaygirl) on 07-01-18

An uplifting story

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

Reviewed: 07-01-18

Lety Tres Santos can’t seem to escape her abusive father’s reach. He was responsible for her break up with her boyfriend Brody Quaid and now threatens her college scholarship. Despite her reluctance, Brody won’t give up on their relationship as they resume it and try to live some semblance of a normal life.

I fell in love with these characters, especially Lety. Her family circumstances were horrible, unfortunately not unusual. Her resilience, spirit and drive were beyond admirable while staying in the authentic zone. Brody wasn’t the stereotypical wealthy and entitled college frat boy on a Lacrosse Team and once his backstory is revealed, you get a sense of his true values.

It’s not an exciting story though there are some harrowing moments. But, it’s an uplifting one where you just want these two people to succeed in life and with each other. There are some strong themes here that resonate in high volume. As with the first book in the series, the cultural aspects are realistically presented and not in a gratuitous way. The narrator was almost pitch perfect and she WAS Lety. I’m really looking forward to the final story in this trilogy, which was deftly teed up in this one.

(I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review)

  • All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

  • A Novel
  • By: Bryn Greenwood
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,048
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,656
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,643

As the daughter of a drug dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. It's safer to keep her mouth shut and stay out of sight. Struggling to raise her little brother, Donal, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible adult around. Obsessed with the constellations, she finds peace in the starry night sky above the fields behind her house until one night her stargazing causes an accident. After witnessing his motorcycle wreck, she forms an unusual friendship with one of her father's thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not a love story everyone will love

  • By Alyse Stolz on 02-27-17

Wow. Incredible story, outstanding narration

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

Wow. What did I just read?

The story begins with the rather sad life of then 8-year old Wavonna (Wavy) Quinn. She’s the daughter of a major meth dealer and a seriously disturbed woman who can’t seem to function without drugs and “her” man. Wavy is the only adult in the house, giving care for her toddler brother and self managing, seeing and living through too much to ever recapture childlike innocence. Her life is forever altered after an encounter in the meadow with one of her father’s men. Joe Jesse Kellen thought he was seeing a vision of an angel at the time and together they form a bond that continues and escalates over the next five years.

It was like watching a slow motion train wreck...I couldn’t close my eyes even though I knew what was coming would disturb me. What I didn’t expect, however, was to become invested in these characters and their relationship. Wavy is an old soul because she had no choice but to be anyone otherwise. It made Kellen’s connection to her more understandable, at least some foundation for it but moreso than anything else, trust was the cornerstone of their relationship. Neither had ever experienced that with anyone.

This book isn’t for everyone as I even questioned whether it was for me. The writing and characterizations are brilliant no matter where you land in judging the subject matter. I never expected my paradigms to shift, let alone move aside. It’s a tough story and one I won’t forget. The narration is excellent and I highly recommend the audio format

  • Edge of Darkness

  • The Cincinnati Series, Book 4
  • By: Karen Rose
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 24 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235

The Cincinnati detectives question everything they know - and everyone they trust-in the new novel of romantic suspense from New York Times best-selling author Karen Rose. Homicide detective Adam Kimble is no stranger to battling demons. But Meredith Fallon is a different kind of weakness: one that could actually be good for him, if only he would let himself depend on her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Karen Rose crafts another tale...

  • By shelley on 02-13-18

Hard to put down

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

Reviewed: 04-30-18

These are not standalone stories. At a minimum, you need to at least start with the first book in the books tagged as Cincinnati, ideally beginning from the first book in the larger series. You will NOT understand the underpinnings of the stories. It matters.

Meredith Fallon takes Mallory Martin out to lunch to celebrate her first day out since being rescued four months ago after being held captive for six years. She’s signed up for adult education classes, a major step towards taking control of her life after months of therapy. However, what happens at that café is just the beginning of a killing spree that confounds law enforcement and the targets are unclear.

These books may be long (24 hours of listening) but it’s just so delicious to come back to them for a few days. I hate putting them down and this one is no different. I remembered from the last story that an important element (or person) was left dangling after Mallory’s abductor was taken down and was hoping it would be resolved here. Thankfully it was, which made this such a chilling story. We also, finally, learn what’s been going on with Adam Kimball...why he was so obnoxious to his cousin Deacon and put distance between Meredith and himself. Even more thrilling is we don’t know the identity of the leader, even an alias name, throughout until the big reveal. Loved that. Everything worked here from the mystery, suspense, and thrills to the romance and family dynamics.

I can’t believe I’ve finally caught up, not something I set as a goal because I’ve liked knowing I could read one whenever I wanted. Rose is the best in this genre, one of my auto-buy authors and this book is just another reason why. The return of so many earlier characters just sweetened the experience. And, Hillary Huber’s narration was excellent. Now, my wait begins for the next release. 4.5 stars

  • Windigo Island

  • Cork O'Connor, Book 14
  • By: William Kent Krueger
  • Narrated by: David Chandler
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 489
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443

The award-winning author of the best-selling Cork O’Connor series, William Kent Krueger pens novels with pulse-racing suspense. In Windigo Island, the corpse of an Ojibwe girl washes ashore, and locals at the Bad Bluff reservation believe it to be the work of the mythical Windigo. But the dead girl’s friend is also missing, and sheriff-turned-PI Cork O’Connor will brave any danger to bring her home.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • All Saints

  • By Carole T. on 09-05-14

Complex story with lasting impressions

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

Reviewed: 04-30-18

Two young girls ran away from their homes in Bad Bluff, Wisconsin a year ago and one of them, Carrie Verga, just washed ashore. It’s uncertain what happened to her and where she’s been. Now the family of Mariah Arceneaux, Carrie’s runaway companion, seeks help from Henry Meloux to find her. Mariah is his great, great niece and he asks Cork O’Connor to assist preliminarily in his stead. As Cork makes plans to leave, his daughter, Jenny insists that she accompany him. She believes this mission is her destiny based on dreams she’s had since finding her son a few years ago.

There were so many, many angles to this story, not the kind that make it difficult to follow but the kind that are thought provoking. It also includes a narrative in Jenny’s voice for a portion of the book, which I found important because it’s the first time I’ve learned how Cork’s children perceive him. They seem to get him more than he knows but still not enough for my sensibilities.

The subject matter is disheartening as it deals with human trafficking of young girls (under 15-years old) but even sadder are the situations that made them first run from home. Even more insidious was how the girls were seduced into believing their handlers are their family and cared about them. Cork’s moral compass is seriously tested and Jenny gets an opportunity to explore gray areas as she’s now seeing things through a maternal lens.

It’s a complex story that unfolded very well and left me pondering some of the issues long after it was over. I’m so glad David Chandler narrated this one as he captured Henry as well as he always does Cork, which was critical as he factors importantly throughout.

  • Once Perfect

  • By: Cecy Robson
  • Narrated by: Mercedes Moreno
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

Evelyn Preston's future once looked perfect - until her wealthy father was caught in an embezzlement scandal and took his own life. Alone and struggling to pay her college tuition and bills, Evelyn finds a job as a waitress at the ultra-hip nightclub Excess, where she used to have more in common with the privileged private-school clientele than her fellow staff members. But something attracts her to the sexy six-foot-four bouncer and ex-army MMA fighter Mateo Tres Santos.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A bigger story than it seems

  • By Jonetta (Ejaygirl) on 04-30-18

A bigger story than it seems

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

Reviewed: 04-30-18

Evelyn (Evie) Preston is a waitress at a hip nightclub while at the same time attending nursing school and struggling to pay bills. It’s a bit of a comedown from her earlier life as the privileged daughter of a wealthy businessman just three years ago. His suicide following an embezzlement scandal changed everything, let alone personal traumas even she hasn’t fully acknowledged. Mateo Tres Santos is a bouncer at the nightclub, an imposing figure at 6’4” compared to the petite Evie. Circumstances bring these two together despite the chasm of differences but one thing they share is a strong sense of self and personal fortitude.

This book was a slow but growing burn for me. Initially I feared I wouldn’t be able to connect with either character or their relationship not just because of their ages (early twenties) but also because of Mateo’s underground MMA fighting. That’s just not my cuppa and I’ve avoided those stories. However (and it’s a big one), that’s just background and the real story is of two people grappling with real life issues, trying to make the best of their lives and figuring out how to move forward. To say their experiences are reflective of most people’s reality is understating the value of this story. I loved how both just dealt with their circumstances, struggled to create a relationship when most of those around them aren’t betting on them and kept moving forward. Mateo’s family values and cultural norms are a strong part of his identity and I was pleased to see that honestly portrayed. Evie’s issues were tragic and what made her more authentic was how there wasn’t a neat end or solution provided.

It’s a tough story but I eventually came to admire and truly like Evie and Mateo. They’re not stereotypes in any sense of the word and their lives and relationship are not easy. I didn’t think I’d want to continue the series but now I’m too invested to stop here. The narrator did a really good job of giving voice to both characters as well as to the secondary ones. This one is a keeper.

My thanks to Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer for providing me a complimentary copy.

  • Complicated

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Lance Greenfield, Erin Mallon
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,793
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,383
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,384

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

Loved Hix & Greta

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

Reviewed: 01-04-18

Sheriff Hixon Drake was happily married (or so he thought) for 19 years until his wife inexplicably kicked him out and they divorced a year later. They live in a small town so everyone knows everybody’s business, even what you don’t know about your own. When just a few days after the divorce was final he wakes from a night of passion with Greta Dare, a lounge singer he’s oddly attracted to, Hix flees but it’s too late to avoid town gossip.

As one of my friends aptly stated, you either love Kristen Ashley stories or you can’t abide her alpha males. I haven’t a clue as to why I love listening to her books and have given up trying to figure it out. I’m just plain addicted to them.

Hix is basically a good man, was a good husband and is a great father to his three teenaged children. He makes some really big mistakes with Greta who I really, really liked, even when her spine turned to elastic from time to time. I loved how her relationship developed with Hix and how he managed it all with his kids and a spoiled, entitled ex-wife. The small-town dynamics were a lot of fun and the murder mystery added an element of suspense that elevated the story.

Lance Greenfield and Erin Mallon delivered a wonderful performance, despite Greenfield’s odd voice for Greta because he nailed Hix. Their pacing was good and together they made the story better.

This is a standalone but I wouldn’t mind revisiting these characters and the town. I enjoyed pretty much everything about it and hated when it was over.

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  • Dead by Midnight

  • An I-Team Christmas
  • By: Pamela Clare
  • Narrated by: Kaleo Griffith
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

What starts out as a fun winter evening with friends soon becomes a brutal fight to survive when a historic Denver hotel is taken over by a group of ruthless narco-terrorists who will stop at nothing to get what they want. On the outside, Julian Darcangelo, Zach McBride, Nick Andris, and others join together with the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team in a desperate bid to free their friends, knowing that if they fail, the people they love will be... dead by midnight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't stop listening.

  • By Kelly McCullough on 12-04-17

What a way to end a series!

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

Reviewed: 12-21-17

Reece and Kara Sheridan are attending a holiday party at the Palace Hotel for a foreign ambassador while the I-Team journalists at the Denver Independent are having their party at the same hotel. When Holly Andris inadvertently sees a hotel server packing an AK-47, she gets into action.

What a way to end a series! I opted to wait until the audiobook was released and that was the best decision. Kaleo Griffith was just perfect in his performance of a really great story. All of the main characters are either trapped in the hotel or are working to get the others out. No gratuitous appearances here as each has a major role.

While this isn’t your traditional holiday story, it’s romantic suspense at its best. I loved everything about it as the suspense and action never ceased until the end. I couldn’t have asked for better of one of the most outstanding series in this genre. Kudos to Clare for writing it and having the wisdom to wait for Griffith to do it justice.

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