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  • Shelter for Blythe

  • Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes, Book 11
  • By: Susan Stoker
  • Narrated by: Erin Mallon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153

Blythe Coopman never imagined she'd be homeless, but a series of events has landed her on San Antonio's streets hungry, tired, and scared. She clings to her most precious possession, a phone accidentally swiped from a local firefighter, who, instead of canceling the number, starts texting her. Soon, the man's calls and texts are the highlight of her days.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GREAT READ

  • By Cynthia on 06-19-18

Yassss!

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

We finally get Blythe’s story. She has been a character has been in the last three books. Always on the edge but never the focus. It’s nice to see Squirrel’s alpha come out to play cause dayum!!!

Another great book in a great series.

  • Master No

  • Masters and Mercenaries, Volume 9
  • By: Lexi Blake
  • Narrated by: Ryan West
  • Length: 15 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 224

Tennessee Smith is a wanted man. Betrayed by his government and hunted by his former employer, he's been stripped of everything he holds dear. If the CIA finds him, they're sure to take his life as well. His only shot at getting it all back is taking down the man who burned him. He knows just how to get to Senator Hank McDonald and that's through his daughter, Faith. In order to seduce her, he must become something he never thought he'd be -- a Dom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heart breaking

  • By Michelle on 09-01-17

Finally!

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

Finally we get Ten’s story. What’s start as a way to get close to his arch nemesis turns into way more than he bargains for.

At first this was just a job for Tennessee Smith. Get close to Faith McDonald in order to get close to his real target. Her father. But soon his feelings for her take a turn and he finds himself trying to save not only face but his whole team.

This is a thriller! So suspenseful. So hot!

  • Dominance Never Dies

  • Masters and Mercenaries, Book 11
  • By: Lexi Blake
  • Narrated by: Ryan West
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 125

Since losing his twin brother, Theo, in the line of duty, Case Taggart has felt dead inside. The former Navy SEAL has dedicated himself to his family and their business, but he can't help but feel stuck as he watches everyone else move on with their lives. Only meeting the beautiful Mia brings Case out of his misery, until he discovered she was just a reporter looking for a story. Betrayed, he turned his back on her and never looked back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OMG...So freaking hot 🔥and explosive 💥 !!!

  • By Trisha on 03-03-18

I Couldn’t Stop Listening

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

How do you get through life when you’ve lost your twin? How far would you go to get him back? Case finds out when he teams up with Mia to get him back. Loved the suspense and can’t wait for the next book.

  • Submission Is Not Enough

  • Masters and Mercenaries Series, Book 12
  • By: Lexi Blake
  • Narrated by: Ryan West
  • Length: 16 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 83

Theo Taggart lost everything the night he died. His family, his beautiful Erin, and worst of all, he lost himself. A twisted doctor brought him back from the brink of death, but reprogrammed his identity to serve her will. Rescued by his brothers, he must fight to reclaim the man he was and the life, and love, that were stolen from him. Erin Argent thought she'd lost Theo forever. When he walked back into her life, it was nothing short of a miracle. Months of torture at the hands of Dr. Hope McDonald has done damage to Theo that may never be mended. He has no memory of her. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story Flawlessly Performed

  • By Lena Loves Books on 08-20-18

Great Story Flawlessly Performed

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

Great story! I have been waiting to see how Theo and Erin’s story continued. How they can get through such unimaginable pain. I wasn’t disappointed.

Ryan did a great job. His performance of each character was flawless.

  • You Only Love Twice

  • Masters and Mercenaries, Volume 8
  • By: Lexi Blake
  • Narrated by: Ryan West
  • Length: 14 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238

Phoebe Graham is a specialist in deep cover espionage, infiltrating the enemy, observing their practices, and when necessary, eliminating the threat. When Phoebe receives the order to eliminate Jesse, she must choose between the job she's dedicated her life to and the man who's stolen her heart. Choosing Jesse would mean abandoning everything she believes in, and it might mean sharing his fate because a shadowy killer is dedicated to finishing the job started in Iraq.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not a Dog at all.

  • By Jule Kijek on 12-12-17

My Fav!

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

This was by far my favorite in the series so far. It was so nice to finally get Jesse and Phoebe’s story. So many twists and turns and Ryan’s performance kept me wanting more.

  • Rescuing Wendy

  • Delta Force Heroes, Book 8
  • By: Susan Stoker
  • Narrated by: Stella Bloom
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201

Aspen "Blade" Carlisle is the last of his Delta Force team to find love...and he’s pretty bummed about that fact. Which might explain why he finds himself chatting up a telemarketer as if she’s a long-lost friend. But Wendy is surprisingly easy to talk to, so when they go from occasional calls during her work, to nightly conversations on their cells, it somehow feels right. So right, Blade eventually convinces the funny, sweet woman to meet him in person.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Swoon...love Blade

  • By Darcie on 05-03-18

Soooo Goood

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

Reviewed: 05-12-18

Can’t say enough about this series! Each book is like being on a ride you’ll never forget. This one had dips and turns that had me on edge. Yes there was the usual suspense and excitement that we have come to love with every book but this one had more. The Delta Force team’s loyalties are being tested. I couldn’t wait to see how they waged this particular kind of war.

But before all that I’m so glad I finally got to read Blade’s story. Especially being teased with it in the last book. Wendy is a different type of heroine. She isn’t in your face strong. She is quiet but holds a big sword. Her brother, Jack was a great addition to the story too. Without him I don’t think theses two wouldn’t have gotten their HEA. Loved them all so hard. I was sad when I came to the end of this book. It was a ride I didn’t want to end.

  • The Last Guy

  • By: Ilsa Madden-Mills, Tia Louise
  • Narrated by: Brooke Hayden, Patrick Garrett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

The first rule of office romance is don't do it - especially if your dream is to hold the anchor spot on the nightly news and your boss is trying to get you fired. But one look at Cade Hill, the sexy new sports director, and uptight reporter Rebecca Fieldstone is daydreaming about other things. Sex in his office...Sex in the on-set kitchen...Sex in the supply closet.... She can't stop thinking about the former NFL quarterback and how perfect he'd look between her sheets - except he's an arrogant jerk with a huge...ego.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Man O’ Man

  • By EnVee on 01-19-18

Laugh Out Loud

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

Reviewed: 04-28-18

This is a laugh out loud enemies to lovers story. I instantly fell in love with Rebecca. She is a women having a string of bad luck and is stuck working with a hot as hell former NFL Quarterback. Her inner monologue had me laughing so hard. I probably looked like a crazy person laughing with myself while listening to this book in my car but I don’t care.

Now let’s talk about Cade. Pure alpha male hotness. A man with brains and brawn? Yes please and I’ll take two. He’s a stand-out book boyfriend.

While I loved these two, I LOVED Chas and Trent. They made this book for me. The humor and touching moments along with the heat kept this story going and gave it great pace.

Loved this read and this listen. I hope these two collaborate again because it was one giant treat.

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  • xo, Zach

  • By: Kendall Ryan
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Sebastian York
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 505
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 505

The first time we met was at a party. Your ex arrived to show off the person he'd left you for last month, and you asked me to pretend to be your date. I was more than happy to help. You were attractive, smart and witty--and that kiss we shared? It left me wanting you for days. The second time we met was in my office on campus where we were both surprised to discover you were the new master’s degree student in poetry that I would be working with. You promised to be professional. I did no such thing. The late nights and intense study sessions spent alongside you majorly throw me off my game. I want you, and I fight with myself daily over this fact. I know I'm crass, that my sexual innuendos and dirty mouth annoy you, but I live for those two bright spots of color in your cheeks. If that's the only reaction I can get out of you, I'll gladly take it. You hate Mondays so every Monday I slip an anonymous poem into your bag and your smile gets me through the week. I think I'm falling for you, and I know it's wrong. I know that I'm only supposed to be the adviser to your program and nothing more, but here's the thing. I think you're falling for me too.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Full of Ups and Downs

  • By Natalie Haigler on 01-26-18

Speechless

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

Reviewed: 04-24-18

First how can you go wrong with two amazing narrators like Andi Ardnt and Sebastian York? They are two of the best in the business. And throw in an awesome story by Kendall Ryan well, you got perfection right there.

I’m deemed speechless by this book. XO, Zach had me sighing happily. Zach is the perfect man. A little dirty, good with his hands, well equipped (wink wink) and a heart fulled with poetry. Even with all that, he had his work cut out for him with Poppy.

Poppy’s resistance had me obsessed with this story. I had to know how Zach would break down her defenses and win her heart. What would make her finally give up her heart?

I can’t find the words for how much I loved this story. All of it was perfect. The story, the characters, the humor and heart. It all made me a happy Reader Girl.

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  • Love and Other Words

  • By: Christina Lauren
  • Narrated by: Erin Mallon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 438
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418

Macy Sorensen is settling into an ambitious if emotionally tepid routine: work hard as a new pediatrics resident, plan her wedding to an older, financially secure man, keep her head down and heart tucked away. But when she runs into Elliot Petropoulos - the first and only love of her life - the careful bubble she’s constructed begins to dissolve.  

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

  • By Cyndi on 04-13-18

Oh My God!!

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

Reviewed: 04-18-18

Never have I flown through a story like I did this one. I have always been a big fan of Christina Lauren but this one had a total different feel. Each description of the most simplest things was written like a short poem. It added to the feels of this story.

Elliott had my heart from the first time he entered the story. Macy made me want to go into this book and give her a big hug. These two were torn apart from the past but glued back together by the future. This second chance love story had so many emotions wrapped up in it, I couldn’t get enough.

I live in the Bay Area and they got everything write. They went beyond the Golden Gate Bridge and talked about familiar places that local Bay Area natives would know about.

This is a very well written story that will capture not only your heart but your imagination.

  • Claiming Grace

  • By: Susan Stoker
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 871
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 746
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 745

For Logan Anderson, moving on from a traumatic past means moving back to his hometown of Castle Rock, Colorado, to start a personal-security business with his brothers. But it's not long before Logan runs into Grace Mason, his best friend from high school...and the woman who never answered his letters during his Army years. Grace was pleasantly surprised to see Logan return to Castle Rock, despite their falling-out ten years ago. Everyone always assumed they would end up together, including Grace.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not her best

  • By Tracy H. on 03-15-17

A Great Beginning

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

Reviewed: 04-11-18

I LOVE Susan Stoker’s Books. When I found this gem of a series I couldn’t wait to dig in. Logan and his brothers are the intriguing characters I can wait to get to know. Their story of abuse by there mother made my heart go out to them.

Logan thought he lost the love of his life a long time ago. Returning to Castle Rock he constantly sees Grace. He thinks she has the perfect life but little does he know she is suffering from a different type of abuse.

This story was touching and it was nice to see these characters get there HEA especially after all they had suffered through as you kinds.

Great beginning to what looks like is going to be a great series.

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