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  • 99 Percent Mine

  • A Novel
  • By: Sally Thorne
  • Narrated by: Jayme Mattler
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 438
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 417
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 418

If Darcy Barrett hadn’t met her dream man when she was eight years old, the rest of the male population wouldn’t be such a let-down. No one measures up to Tom Valeska, aka the best man on Earth, not in looks, brain, or heart. Even worse is the knowledge that her twin brother Jamie saw him first, and claimed him forever as his best friend. Tom’s off limits and loyal to her brother, 99 percent. One percent of Tom has had to be enough for Darcy, and her adoration has been sustained by his shy kindness. And if she’s honest, his tight t-shirts. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Unfortunately, Not worth the wait

  • By Kimberly on 02-02-19

Ready to be Over

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

Reviewed: 03-19-19

It pains me to have to write this. I'm not even comparing this book to the previous one, as I think that would be unfair because they're different characters. But seriously, I feel like I wasted a credit and I just wanted it to be over. I didn't stop listening because I refuse to waste my money more than I already did by not finishing. I wanted to shake DB. She got on my ever lasting nerve. Tom was fine but I wasn't falling head over heels in love with him either. Grow a spine. My favorite characters were the dog and cat, which isn't to say there is anything wrong with that, but normally you need to love the main characters too. I stopped with four hours left to listen to something else because I was so frustrated with the story and ready for it to be done. Finally at about three hours and thirty minutes left, I started to get into it where I felt like the story was finally progressing beyond her incessant whining and bad attitude. I really wish I could have my credit back.

  • The Kiss Quotient

  • A Novel
  • By: Helen Hoang
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,892
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,886

Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases - a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with as well as way less experience in the dating department than the average 30-year-old. It doesn't help that she has Asperger's and that French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. She decides that she needs lots of practice - with a professional - which is why she hires escort Michael Phan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this!

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-12-18

Took Me A While But I Got There

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

Reviewed: 03-19-19

This book took me a little while to get into but once I was, I was hooked. I think it was the performance that prevented me from diving right in but once the rhythm was found, I enjoyed it. Stella and Michael are a sweet couple. The anxiety that Stella feels in certain situations is so well written, your own stomach flips and tightens with her as she tries to navigate situations that make her uncomfortable. Having a character with Asperger’s set the stage for a different romance and educated the reader about misconceptions, fears, realities, and life of someone with a brilliant yet different mind, just searching for their own happily ever after. The supporting characters, for the most part, just add to the story. In particular, I dare you not to fall madly in love with Michael's mother, grandmother, and sisters.

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  • Fight or Flight

  • By: Samantha Young
  • Narrated by: Angelica Lee
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 526
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 498
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499

The universe is conspiring against Ava Breevort. As if flying back to Phoenix to bury a childhood friend wasn't hell enough, a cloud of volcanic ash traveling from overseas delayed her flight back home to Boston. Her last ditch attempt to salvage the trip was thwarted by an arrogant Scotsman, Caleb Scott, who steals a first class seat out from under her. Then over the course of their journey home, their antagonism somehow lands them in bed for the steamiest layover Ava's ever had. And that's all it was - until Caleb shows up on her doorstep.  

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Holy Macaroni!

  • By Bette on 12-10-18

First But Not Last

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

Reviewed: 03-19-19

This was my first Samantha Young book. Which has quickly led to five more because I loved the story. The emotions were so real and the narration helps bring the characters alive. I was halfway through and already contemplating when I would listen again.

  • Until It Fades

  • A Novel
  • By: K. A. Tucker
  • Narrated by: Shayna Thibodeaux
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 707
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 671
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 667

Twenty-four-year-old truck stop waitress and single mother Catherine Wright has simple goals: to give her five-year-old daughter a happy life and to never again be the talk of the town in Balsam, Pennsylvania (population 3,000 outside of tourist season). And then one foggy night, on a lonely road back from another failed date, Catherine saves a man's life. It isn't until after the police have arrived that Catherine realizes exactly who it is she has rescued: Brett Madden, hockey icon and media darling.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sad? Depressed? Need a happy ending?

  • By Erin Griffith on 08-29-17

Can't stop, won't stop

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

Reviewed: 03-19-19

It has been a while since I binged an audiobook like I did with this one. Seriously could not put it down within three chapters. The heroine is flawed but strong and her little girl makes for some of the sweetest and funniest scenes. Felt like the ending was rushed a little, and more could have been developed between some other supporting characters but overall I loved it.

  • Wait for It

  • By: Mariana Zapata
  • Narrated by: Callie Dalton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,720
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,602
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,604

If anyone ever said being an adult was easy, they hadn't been one long enough. Diana Casillas can admit it: she doesn't know what the hell she's doing half the time. How she's made it through the last two years of her life without killing anyone is nothing short of a miracle. Being a grown-up wasn't supposed to be so hard.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Makes you cry and laugh at the same time

  • By Vida on 03-12-17

Makes you laugh, cry, and have all the feels

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

Reviewed: 06-14-18

This was the first Mariana Zapata book I listened to, that quickly led to me binging everything else she has ever written. This is a book you can re-listen to over and over, and fall in love with the characters every time.

It starts with sad circumstances but shows how people can overcome sadness and unexpected change to bring about a great and loving life. Diana is someone who doesn't take her time on Earth for granted and loves with her entire heart. Always willing to help someone who asks for assistance and willing to sacrifice anything for those she loves. She seriously hugs and kisses her nephews all the time, and there is no question that they are the center of her world --and they know it. She's raising two little boys who will be spectacular men one day, and her awareness of how important it is to instill good values in them makes you admire her, and also question if you yourself are doing that with your own small humans.

Dallas is just your definition of a GOOD man. He is perfectly matched to Diana, who is stubborn and not always willing to ask for help. He is just as stubborn and willing to offer a hand to his neighbor who is single-handedly raising her two nephews. He has his own family struggles but dotes on his grandmother and tries to maintain a relationship with his lame brother. Having also been raised by a single mom, he volunteers his time to try and make a positive impact on boys by coaching them for a club baseball team. Anyone who knows Texas knows that they start training their kids to be superstar athletes as soon as they leave the womb, and the seriousness of the baseball team is well written and accurate.

These two will melt you to your toes with how sweet they are to one another, how fiercely they defend each other, and watching them fall in love makes you smile. Listen to it!

  • Lingus

  • By: Mariana Zapata
  • Narrated by: Callie Dalton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,681
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,564
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,566

When 25-year-old Kat is dragged to a porn convention by her best friend, she's both embarrassed and nervous. The last thing she ever expects is to meet someone who makes her laugh like no other. This is a story about acceptance and friendship and a love born out of the most unexpected of places.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cute little addictive read

  • By Misty on 02-02-16

Surprisingly Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 06-14-18

I love anything written by Mariana Zapata, but this was one of the last books of hers that I read because I wasn't sure how much I would care about the subject matter surrounding the characters. Nothing against porn, but it isn't something I have ever thought about. I was worried it would be different than her other slow burns but this is pure Zapata through and through. The supporting characters are hilarious, the characters are lovable, and it was just an enjoyable book to listen to. Don't let the synopsis make you question if its worth the credit --it is and you should get it now.

  • From Lukov with Love

  • By: Mariana Zapata
  • Narrated by: Callie Dalton, Teddy Hamilton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,888
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,754
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,751

If someone were to ask Jasmine Santos to describe the last few years of her life with a single word, it would definitely be a four-letter one. After 17 years - and countless broken bones and broken promises - she knows her window to compete in figure skating is coming to a close. But when the offer of a lifetime comes in from an arrogant idiot she's spent the last decade dreaming about pushing in the way of a moving bus, Jasmine might have to reconsider everything. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New Favorite MZ Slow Burn

  • By Brittany M on 05-13-18

Zapata for the Win (Contains some spoilers)

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

Reviewed: 06-14-18

Books like this are why people are addicted to reading and neglect their everyday lives to live within the world of a good read. Where to start? The narrators were in top form, not that Callie Dalton is ever anything but perfection but that voice for Ivan just took it over the top. Give them excellent material to work with and you have an instant success.

In terms of the book, only a true pet parent could show so much personality in Lacey and really demonstrate what pet parents are like. AKA a little crazy and 100% lovable. If you're a pet parent the fact that Lacey was in a harness and seatbelt doesn't even phase you. Safety first for the fur kids!

If you haven't read Dear Aaron, you can appreciate this story more if you read it first, as you get to see those character in this book as well, plus the other family members that are mentioned in Dear Aaron. It makes this book all the more enjoyable because you get to revisit those characters years later, and the family dynamics are just fabulously done.

From Lukov With Love was so different from Wait For It (her last release prior to this) and only showed Mariana Zapatas versatility and ability to create totally different characters --who are still equally lovable. Jasmine is flawed but so endearing. And she isn't afraid to call people out when they're wrong or bullies. She says screw manners and does the right thing --something people can struggle with, but not her. She isn't worried about being a people pleaser, she loves her small group of people fiercely, loves her sport, and screw the rest.

Ivan is a great balance to Jasmine's more fiery temper. He can be just a sassy and quick-witted, but can keep his head better in a situation and calms her down. He isn't without his own struggles that come with fame and success as a professional athlete, but he knows who he is, what he likes, and fights for what he believes is worth it. The rest is background noise.

If it has been awhile since you were totally immersed in a book or author, do yourself a favor and get this NOW.

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