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  • New Corpse in Town

  • Secret Seal Isle Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Lucy Quinn
  • Narrated by: Traci Odom
  • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 48

FBI agent Cookie James is enjoying her extended leave from the agency on Secret Seal Isle, managing her quaint inn, and flirting with the oh-so sexy-handyman, Dylan Creed . . . until her 60-year-old mother goes skinny dipping and is almost drowned by a corpse. A phone call to the sheriff should mean the end of Cookie’s involvement, but when it’s clear the sheriff has no interest in the investigation, Cookie calls in reinforcements - her ex-partner Hunter O’Neil.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book!

  • By Weluvdopey on 05-08-18

Cute, but predictable

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

Reviewed: 01-03-19

For a first book in a series this isn’t bad. The characters are likeable and the story is fairly entertaining. But, it also lost my attention quite a bit along the way. And the ending was predictable. I will definitely listen to a couple more in the series to see if they get better.

  • Showdown in Mudbug

  • By: Jana DeLeon
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,043
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 949
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 949

Who killed Helena Henry? The shorter list may be who didn’t want her dead. Psychic Raissa Bordeaux thought she’d left her former life behind, hidden away in her eclectic shop in the French Quarter. But when a child is kidnapped and Helena Henry appears, Raissa risks her true identity by offering the police help with the case. New Orleans Detective Zach Blanchard doesn’t believe in psychic hooey and is certain Raissa didn’t get her facts about the case from a crystal ball.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous series!!!

  • By K. April Holgate on 02-01-15

Fun Story

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

Reviewed: 11-27-18

Jana DeLeon gives us yet another fun and circuitous story with an unexpected twist at the end.

  • Where the Wind Blows

  • A Prairie Hearts Novel, Book 1
  • By: Caroline Fyffe
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 724
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 575
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 576

Chase Logan lives by no man’s leave, a solitary drifter who closed off his heart long ago - until the day he impulsively does a kindness for a beautiful young widow, and everything changes. For two years, Jessie Strong has dreamt of the day she could bring little Sarah home from the orphanage and call the child her own. But when her husband dies, Jessie fears the family she’s longed for is slipping away - until Chase Logan unexpectedly comes to her rescue. By pretending to be her husband, Chase can make all of her dreams come true.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, heartwarming story

  • By K. Severinsen on 02-12-13

So Much Sap I Smelled Maple Syrup

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

Reviewed: 11-26-16

I found this book in Kindle Unlimited. I'm glad I didn't pay a full Audible credit for it. It was cute, but so sappy at times I could hardly bare it. That said, it had some good twists to it. It was the angst in the romance storyline that was annoying. That, and the male narrator trying to do a young female voice. He just sounded ridiculous.

  • The Player

  • Wedding Pact Series #2
  • By: Denise Grover Swank
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 960
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 894
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 889

Divorce attorney Blair Hansen is convinced that marriage should be based on practicality, not passion. But as her own wedding approaches, she finds herself remembering her law school boyfriend, the only man she's ever loved, and regretting what might have been. Garrett Lowry is a divorce attorney who's ready to settle down. The problem is that he can't find a woman who suits him nearly as well as the one he loved and lost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Wedding Pact series is rocking!

  • By Laura McMillin on 11-14-15

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 10-28-16

I really like Denise Grover Swank's books. But, I didn't seem to like this one as much as I like her other books. It wasn't as funny as The Substitute (the first book in this series.) Nor did it have the twists and turns of her other books I've read. It just seemed really predictable for the most part. Maybe I just didn't like Blaire, the female lead... I just found her to be whiny and bitchy. And I usually like strong, female leads. The saving grace of this book is the ending. It was quirky and awesome and totally worth getting through the rest of the book for.

  • The Substitute

  • Wedding Pact Series #1
  • By: Denise Grover Swank
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,893
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,755
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,748

Megan Vandemeer meant to tell her parents about her broken engagement, but a month and a half later she finds herself boarding a plane home to her wedding. Having stretched avoidance to its limits, it's time to come clean - a terrifying prospect since her mother is sure to blame her rather than her cheating, emotionally frigid ex. A couple of drinks and two Dramamine later, Megan finds herself spilling her sob story to the tall, dark, and handsome stranger in the seat next to her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable & Fun Story

  • By Amy M on 10-23-16

Delightful

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

Reviewed: 10-26-16

I really like Denise Grover Swank's Rose Gardner series, so I decided to give this one a try. I was pleased I did. All of the characters are unique and well developed. The plot contains some twists and turns. And, the romance is sweet. DGS even writes a good sexy scene. I'm also always appreciative of books that make me laugh. I had lots of chuckles and even a few laugh-out-loud moments. I highly recommend this one if you like light, fun, reading!

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  • Rock with Me

  • By: Kristen Proby
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Mack
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,906
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,757
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,762

Front nan Leo Nash, from the world-famous rock band Nash, is the last person on Earth Samantha Williams would trust. She's already learned about loving a celebrity the hard way and isn't signing up for another lesson. Every time Sam gives Leo attitude, he wants to knock that chip off her fragile little shoulder. What the hell did he ever do to her, anyway? He's not used to women treating him like he's poisonous, and he isn't about to let her run away every time he gets close. He's had enough of people running away to last him a lifetime...when this one runs, he gives chase.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So repetitive

  • By Jan on 10-26-14

Went On Too Long

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

Reviewed: 10-12-16

I kept thinking this book was ending, but it just kept going. The problem with that is that it became boring. I kept going to read other books and then back to this one just to finish it. What's strange about that is that for the most part I liked the characters. Samantha's phobia about commitment was a bit much, but Leo is charming and cool at the same time.

Overall, this story is pretty much like any other Kristen Proby story: Hot sex scenes and the angst of new love. So, if you like KP, you'll like this book.

The only other thing that really bugged me was the male narrator. This is sort of a pet peeve of mine - male narrators whose voice does not match the character! I liked Jennifer Mack's voice for Leo better than the actual Leo Narrator. This guy sounds like a smooth-talking forty-something, not a kick-ass thirty-something rocker! This happens all the time for me though, so maybe it's just me.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bared to You

  • A Crossfire Novel, Book 1
  • By: Sylvia Day
  • Narrated by: Jill Redfield
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,097
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,081
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,099

"Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness… He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily…Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other’s most private wounds…and desires."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • TOUCHING & EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER OF PASSION

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 12-02-12

Good, but annoying

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

Reviewed: 10-09-16

I liked this story enough to not quit before I finished. But, the characters are annoying. All they do is fight. Ava is such a twit. Gideon is more interesting because at least he admits that he screws up. But, Ava won't give him a break. Carey is the most interesting character. I'll look at the synopses of the other books to see if his character is developed more. But, if not, I won't read/ listen to any more of this series.

  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette

  • A Novel
  • By: Maria Semple
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Wilhoite
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,792
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,710
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,698

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Misleading cover contains excellent novel

  • By jennifer on 01-28-16

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 09-16-16

Wonderful, witty writing and a story that unfolds with twists and turns makes for an entrancing read. The narrator is one of the best I've heard. Her ability to produce different voices to uniquely differentiate each character is outstanding.

  • Undercover in High Heels

  • By: Gemma Halliday
  • Narrated by: Caroline Shaffer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 197

As the new wardrobe assistant for a hit TV show, shoe designer Maddie Springer is in fashion heaven. But then a young starlet is found dead. Now it's up to Maddie to sift through a secretive leading lady, an actor on the verge of a nervous breakdown, a sexy cyber scandal, and one tabloid reporter who'll stop at nothing to get the story of the century. Not to mention her tangles with the infuriatingly sexy lead detective, Jack Ramirez.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Series starting to decline

  • By Jennifer on 03-04-13

I love these books!

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

Reviewed: 09-04-16

Gemma Haliday really knows how to create fun, madcap, stories with mystery and romance all rolled into one. so far, each book has had a unique plot so that I don't feel like I'm reading the same story over with just a few detail differences.

  • Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes

  • By: Denise Grover Swank
  • Narrated by: Frances Fuller
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,375
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,221
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,225

For Rose Gardner, working at the DMV on a Friday afternoon is bad even before she sees a vision of herself dead. She's had plenty of visions, usually boring ones like someone's toilet's overflowed, but she's never seen one of herself before. When her overbearing momma winds up murdered on her sofa instead, two things are certain: There isn't enough hydrogen peroxide in the state of Arkansas to get that stain out, and Rose is the prime suspect.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I'm trying to get past the narration

  • By Bill howell on 05-03-16

Lots of good twists and turns

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

Reviewed: 07-25-16

There are lots of good twists and turns in this story. The different plot lines within the story keep the reader's interest throughout the book. The main character is well-developed and endearing as well. I'm not a huge fan of this narrator though, or maybe the fault lies in the direction. She was rather whiny at times when I felt the character was grief-stricken. She, the character, should have sounded bereft, not like a petulant child. There were also words that we're either misspelled or mispronounced throughout the book. It drove me a little crazy.