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  • The Protector

  • By: Jodi Ellen Malpas
  • Narrated by: Alexandra Baldwin, Owen MacMahon
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 415
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 394
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396

People think they have Camille Logan nailed: daddy's girl, a beautiful, spoiled young woman with her father's bank balance to fund her lifestyle. But Camille is determined to have a life free from his strings. Out on her own, she's made mistakes, including one that found her clawing her way back after a stint in rehab and plenty of bad press. Now, after fighting so hard to be independent and happy, she finds her life threatened as a result of her father's ruthless business dealings.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Maybe it needed Edita....

  • By Linda on 01-21-17

Oh the feels!

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

This book! Originally I had read this book because it is going to be Passionflix’s newest film. It is my first read from Jodie Ellen Malpas. It won’t be my last.

This book is filled with characters that are intriguing. Jake Sharp is a broken man who is hired to protect the London socialite, Camille Logan. A job he isn’t too keen on. Little did he know that this job would be his salvation to bring him out his darkness and into the light.

This book is filled with excitement, angst and so many feels. The way that Jake sees and feels about Cami is swoon worthy. Equally so with the way Cami views Jake. Their admiration, love, respect and belief in one another got me all mushy inside and brought out the feels to the very last page turn.

This is a must read!

  • Protecting Kiera

  • SEAL of Protection Series, Book 9
  • By: Susan Stoker
  • Narrated by: Stella Bloom
  • Length: 3 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

Cooper Nelson’s SEAL career was cut drastically short when an explosion left him almost completely deaf. With so much of his pride and self-worth tied to the profession he loved above all else, Coop struggles in his nearly silent new world, his future seemingly bleak…until Commander Hurt badgers him into volunteering at the Riverton School for the Deaf. There, he meets teacher Kiera Hamilton, who opens his eyes - and his heart - to a love more fulfilling than any job could be. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loooed it!

  • By Susie on 08-01-18

Yup! Another Winner

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

I love this short but sweet story about Cooper. Last time we saw him he had just been injured while on duty. I loved that we got his story and got to experience his happily ever after with him and Kiera.

  • Fueled

  • Driven Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: K. Bromberg
  • Narrated by: Tatiana Sokolov, Sean Crisden
  • Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,476
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,370
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,372

Colton stole my heart. He wasn't supposed to, and I sure as hell didn't want him to, but he crashed into my life, ignited feelings within me that I thought had died forever, and fueled a passion that I never knew could exist. Rylee fell out of that damn storage closet and into my life. Now I don't think I'll ever be the same. She's seen glimpses of the darkness within me, and yet she's still here. Still fighting for me. She is without a doubt the saint and I am most definitely the sinner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very entertaining

  • By kezia on 03-28-14

Tore Me Apart

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

I was looking forward to this book. I had to know what happened to these two. How would their story continue after such an emotional ending. I had to know what Colton’s story was and how was Rylee and him were going to weather this storm.

I was not disappointed. This book will have you on the edge of your seat. I loved every word.

  • Crashed

  • Driven, Book 3
  • By: K. Bromberg
  • Narrated by: Tatiana Sokolov, Sean Crisden
  • Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,380
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,276
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,279

You must overcome all your fears, confront the demons that chase you, and cleanse the poison that clings to your soul or you risk the chance of losing everything. Mine started the minute Rylee fell out of that damn storage closet. She made me feel. Made me whole when all I thought I could ever be was incomplete. Became the lifeline I never knew I needed. Hell yes, she's worth the fight - but how do you fight for someone you know you don't deserve?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome!

  • By Caren on 06-20-14

10 out of 10

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

Great end to an awesome series! Rylee and Colton’s story was filled with dips and twists that tore me apart. But the highs put me back together again and doing a fist pump.
I loved this series and the journey these two characters went in together to fight their demons and discover love was possible.

Love it all. The story. The characters. The narration. The story between a bad boy and good girl. I’ll read this series over and over again.

  • Driven

  • Driven Series, Book 1
  • By: K. Bromberg
  • Narrated by: Tatiana Sokolov
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,839
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,697
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,708

In a world full of willing women, I'm a challenge to the roguish and achingly handsome Colton Donavan. A man used to getting exactly what he wants in all aspects of life. He's the reckless bad boy constantly skating that razor-thin edge toward out of control, on and off of the track.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • interesting

  • By Cam on 01-01-15

Great Start

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

Reviewed: 08-26-18

This book has me wanting more of Colton and Rylee’s Story. Intriguing characters that pull at your heart strings. This book also brings the heat. A must in any library.

  • 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 205
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178

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 275
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 253

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 164
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 153

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 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 112

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 characters

  • By Kenya on 08-29-18

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.

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  • You Only Love Twice

  • Masters and Mercenaries, Volume 8
  • By: Lexi Blake
  • Narrated by: Ryan West
  • Length: 14 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271

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.