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  • Dirty Doctor

  • By: Whitney G.
  • Narrated by: Joe Arden, Erin Mallon
  • Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307

Being a doctor in New York City has never been easy. Especially for someone like me, who has a private practice and an incompetent staff who insists on leaving me to fill in for them. When my team finally came to their senses and decided to bring someone more competent into the practice last month, I was actually elated. Until I realized that our new "doctor" was none other than the woman I was supposed to meet for dinner two weeks ago. The same woman who stood me up...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious!

  • By awriternot on 05-28-18

Quite naughty...

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

I’m torn about how I feel about this story. It’s well written and has one of the greatest comedy scenes that I’ve heard in a while. I ran out of breath laughing hard.

It’s also a very sexy story, and I was prepared for that because I enjoy a well told sexy romance. However, I was a bit uncomfortable with the venue(s) for the sex and the way the hero demanded the heroine submit to him for sex. He held the employment power and sexual power, and he took advantage of it. I know it’s supposed to be hot - the heroine loved it because it satisfied her sexual fantasies. But I was slightly uncomfortable.

I’m not sure if my discomfort is because a lot happened (most of it sexual or about sex), in a short word count (2.5 hours listening), or whether I still would have felt this way if the story were a full length novel with time for characters to develop and events to unfold without rush. Whitney G writes well so I’m happy to give her full length novels a try.

I recommend that you hear the Audible sample and read the Kindle sample on Amazon to help you decide whether this is your sort of book. The tone is set from the start. The Audible version is great because Erin Mallon and Joe Arden’s performances are excellent as usual.

  • Shameless

  • By: Lex Martin
  • Narrated by: Stephen Dexter, Brooke Bloomingdale
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 838
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 777
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 775

What the hell do I know about raising a baby? Nothing. Not a goddamn thing. Yet here I am, the sole guardian of my niece. I'd be lost if it weren't for Katherine, the beautiful girl who seems to have all the answers. Katherine, who's slowly finding her way into my cynical heart. I keep reminding myself that I can't fall for someone when we don't have a future. But telling myself this lie and believing it are two different things.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • PERFECTION.. NO WONDER THIS WAS A BESTSELLER

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 09-30-16

Loved it.

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

This is book one of a duo but a standalone. Heroine Kat is the older sister of Tori who goes on to be the heroine in book 2. I have now listened to both novels (out of order but it didn’t matter). Both novels are great.

Brady leaves Boston for Texas to settle up his deceased brother’s estate, and he meets his new baby niece Izzy, and her carer, Kat. As Kat is already installed in the farmhouse caring for Izzy before Brady arrives, she has the upper hand for parenting and farm life, whereas Brady has the power regarding the future.

Brady is only temporarily at the Texas farm, looking to sell it so he can return to Boston with Izzy and slot back into saving his parents’ landscaping business – even though he longs to resume his work as a tattoo artist. So the fact that the current arrangement can only be temporary, looms large for Kat. With Brady's departure, she is set to lose Izzy and the lifestyle she loves. Brady is set to gain everything, right?

I enjoyed how author Lex Martin infused so much emotion into this story. The love built over time, nothing was insta. I could feel the chemistry, the tension, the love and how torn each character was by what they felt was the right thing to do for the little girl they both loved, and for their families awaiting their return; versus the pull of their emerging love and new family unit. I enjoyed being lulled into love, being jostled by the threat of heart-break, and the journey to happy ever after. It was very well executed, and I loved it, so I listened to the story twice.

Narrators Stephen Dexter and Brooke Bloomingdale were wonderful, representing Brady and Kat perfectly and with much heart. I recommend the audio version for the narration and the author's emotional, heart-pounding story-telling – with a dash of sexy-times thrown in.

  • Reckless

  • By: Lex Martin
  • Narrated by: Savannah Peachwood, Stephen Dexter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,913
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,677
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,665

I'm a lot of things - a screwup, a basket case, a flunky. But when I take a nanny job to be near my pregnant sister, I swear to myself I'll walk the straight and narrow, which means I cannot fall for my insanely hot boss. I don't want to be tempted by that rugged rancher. By his chiseled muscles or southern charm or the way he snuggles his kids at bedtime. Ethan Carter won't get the key to my heart, no matter how much I want him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must listen for romance lovers.

  • By Kindle Customer on 05-20-18

4.5 Stars. Heart-warming.

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

Reviewed: 12-26-18

This is book two in a series but a standalone. Tori is the younger sister of the heroine in book 1 (SHAMELESS). I have now listened to both novels and it doesn’t matter if you read them out of order.

This was my first book by Lex Martin and narrator Stephen Dexter and I loved both. Stephen Dexter narrates the voice for the hero in book 1 as well, but he made the two men sound different. I had to check it was the same narrator. That’s skill. Narrator Savannah Peachwood’s work on RECKLESS was excellent as usual.

I’m a sucker for the nanny-falls-for-her-boss trope in romance. I loved how it was done here. The tension began immediately Tori and Ethan met and repelled each other. Through necessity Tori works for Ethan, overcoming her dislike of him, and a loving relationship slowly develops between them. I enjoyed watching these two fall in love – it wasn’t insta-love/lust. I could understand their deep feelings, and why they might feel hurt when this book cleverly turned full circle, ripping at the warm, loving family cocoon Tori and Ethan wrapped themselves in. It was powerful stuff and ultimately heart-warming. I immediately sought out the first book in the series, SHAMELESS, and loved that too. Great story-telling in the writing and the narrating.

I recommend both novels, SHAMELESS and RECKLESS.

  • Royally Arranged

  • Bad Boy Royals, Book 3
  • By: Nora Flite
  • Narrated by: Kendall Taylor, Jeremy York
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

Hawthorne “Thorne” Badd has lived his life as a reckless playboy - not as a presumptive king. But after the death of his uncle, it can all be his: the power, the crown, and the wealth. All he has to do is govern a country he’s never set foot in...and marry the gorgeous daughter of his family’s greatest rival. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Conclusion!

  • By Jocelyne on 09-02-18

2.5 stars. Unruly royals.

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

Reviewed: 12-26-18

I recall liking Nora Flite’s writing in the past, so decided to read one of her royal novels. I’m torn about how to rate this because it was essentially a good romance. I liked the hero and heroine, but the immediate and extended family manipulations grated on me. The language and annoying situations were sometimes offensive to me as well. Royals not acting with decorum can be hard for me to take. However, I’m glad I persisted and listened to the whole story, because several characters surprised me and delighted me despite their rough and hardened ways. You can’t always judge people from their outward appearances or first impressions. Sometimes they really have to be put to the ultimate test for their inner goodness to surface.

  • Relentless

  • By: Karen Lynch
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Greer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,484
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,353
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,355

Sara Grey's world shattered 10 years ago when her father was brutally murdered. Now, at 17, she is still haunted by memories of that day and driven by the need to understand why it happened. She lives a life full of secrets, and her family and friends have no idea of the supernatural world she is immersed in or of Sara's own very powerful gift. In her quest for answers about her father's death, Sara takes risks that expose her and her friends to danger and puts herself into the sights of a sadistic vampire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • YA at its best

  • By shoegal on 11-16-16

3.5 stars. World building & romance foundations.

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

Reviewed: 12-26-18

Mild Spoiler Alert:

I listened to this at the recommendation of a loved one. I must say, I don’t usually go for paranormal/vampire/werewolf shape-shifting/fantasy/young adult/romantic intrigue stories. This story has all that and more. Oh and if you’re looking for clean, this is it. However, it’s the first of a trilogy/serial about this couple Sara and Nikolas. You can feel the chemistry between them in this first novel, but the novel is not focused on their romance. Rather, the focus is on the contemporary world-building, self discovery regarding Sara's parentage and lineage; where she belongs in the paranormal world in the present; and her quest to discover her father’s killer. There is well described danger and intrigue, and you feel how Sara feels torn between two worlds – one where she yearns to be a normal teen girl and the paranormal world calling her to fulfil her destiny. She and Nikolas do not become a couple in this story but he does a great smoulder… and his actions are the sort of thing that build the foundations for romance later on. I hope their relationship develops deeply in book 2.

So how to rate a story that usually isn’t my thing (because I prefer the romance to be the focus of a story). Well, the writing is very good, the suspense is spine tingling, the action paints a vivid picture, the paranormal world is intriguing, the community of friends and family is warming; the potential for a romance teases with possibility.

The story is 4 star, the narration is 3 star ok. So I’d say 3.5 stars rounded up to 4. It was a great foundation for the romance to really grip me in books 2 and 3.

  • Not So Nice Guy

  • By: R.S. Grey
  • Narrated by: Teddy Hamilton, Luci Christian Bell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133

Ian is...just my best friend. We're extremely close, stuck so deep inside a Jim-and-Pam-style friendzone everyone at work assumes we're a couple - that is until one day, word spreads through the teacher's lounge that he's single. Fair game. Suddenly, it's open season on Ian. He should be reveling in all the newfound attention, but to our mutual surprise, the only attention he seems to want is mine. He's turning our formerly innocent nightly chats into X-rated phone calls. Our playful banter sports a new, dangerous edge.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • worth the credit for sure!

  • By StephWeeks on 11-29-18

Really nice guy and girl.

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

Reviewed: 12-24-18

Ian is definitely a nice guy, and totally swoonworthy. Sam(antha) is his perfect match. Sometimes friends to lovers novels don’t work for me if the friendship is established off-page before the book begins. However, RS Grey got the formula right here, as she lets the reader feel the deep, loyal friendship Ian and Sam share, plus their frustration because they want more, and their fear of losing what they have. All this is set up with excellent banter and situational comedy.

This novel is for you if you love romance that builds from quick, clever repartees, tongue in cheek humour, respectful, loyal characters with “normal” occupations, slow-burn build-up to the main sexual event – meaning the deep abiding love comes first; and light, happy romance between characters content to live and work in the town where at least one of them grew up.

I listened on Audible. Narrator Luci Christian Bell was a new voice for me, but she carried the youthful, light, humorous tone perfectly for Sam; and Teddy Hamilton was also perfect for Ian. I would like to request more Teddy Hamilton as the hero in audiobooks – his voice is like a honeyed balm. Totally swoonworthy. Together, the narrators were wonderful and gave me a thoroughly enjoyable, romantic experience.

I bought the Whispersync option by first clicking on the Kindle version on Amazon.com, then turning to Audible for the audio version (together, this package is cheaper than the Audible version alone and less than an Audible credit). So worth it to seamlessly switch between reading and listening.

I recommend this novel, especially in the Audible version, but if you can, Whispersync it. It’s a financial and entertainment win-win.

  • Catching Caden

  • The Perfect Game Series
  • By: Samantha Christy
  • Narrated by: Erin Mallon, Zachary Webber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301

It was my home run ball that shattered her face. Right along with her modeling career. Now it's my mission to help her rebuild her life. And get her to love the game that she hates. The game that dictates my life both on and off the field. But when the lines of our friendship become blurred, I worry she'll just be another casualty of my three-strikes rule. The rule I have to protect my money, my future, my heart. No girl has ever broken it. I've never wanted one to. Until now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Shauna on 10-27-18

A perfect, beautiful romance.

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

Reviewed: 12-23-18

I read this on Kindle a year ago and loved it so much that when I noticed it was now on Audible, I had to snap it up. It was better than I recalled because Zachary Webber is the voice of Caden, and Erin Mallon the voice of Murphy. Audio heaven.

I loved this extremely well written romance. It kept my interest from start to finish. I could not press pause.

Heroine Murphy is from the Midwest and new to New York City; Caden is a famous baseball player, and they become great friends over time.

This friends to lovers romance is beautifully paced. The friendship developed so naturally, that the loving when it came, was warm, tender and heart-stopping. The pace of the sexy times was realistic too, and unlike so many insta-love/lust romance novels these days. The slow-burn to love and sex was worth the wait.

All of this worked so well because Caden was an innately good, generous person with sound personal principles (especially in the face of being hounded by determined fans). Small-town girl Murphy was a loveable wholesome character too.

The author did a great job creating memorable primary and secondary characters. There is an extended supportive family, and work colleagues for both characters that you easily get to know and love with no effort. Readers of previous novels will recognise some of the secondary characters. This was my first Samantha Christy novel and I found it easy to follow who was who.

The reading experience with this book was warm, engaging and loving. I didn’t want it to end. Now I don't have to wait to listen to the stories about Caden's team-mates who appeared in this novel. This author was a great discovery.

  • Wanderlust

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage, Grace Grant
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,686
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,543
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,542

They say Paris is always a good idea.... You know what I say? Paris would be a much better idea if I spoke the dang language. I can't even board the metro to visit the Louvre without ending up at the Moulin Rouge, and let's not even mention how I'll ever make it through a day at my new office. Fortunately my company hooks me up with my own personal translator. Ooh la la. Or should I say bloody hell? Because he's charming, witty, and British, and he brings the city to life for me.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My new favorite narrator

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-09-18

Beautiful to read, but even better on Audible.

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

Reviewed: 12-17-18

What a wonderful romance! This story takes you to well known as well as lesser-known places throughout Paris, the City of Lights (or should I say the City of Angels?); as well as a mouth-watering food journey; and an immersion into the world of scents and language as Griffin and Joy embark upon their beautiful romance. As they learn the city together, they learn each other as well, and the warmth of their building love is a wonderful experience for the reader. I recommend the Audible version as it has narrators Grace Grant and the mega-talented actor, Richard Armitage – his acting skills translate beautifully to the world of narration. The narrators infuse the story with so much heart, they elevate the story another level.

This will appeal to you if you like intelligent, respectful protagonists with delicious banter, unmistakable chemistry and sizzling sexual tension; you love to explore romantic cities; you can wait for a slow burn romance to take its course towards combustion (wowza); and you delight in the raw emotion that takes you unexpectedly through turbulence before you are righted again. In addition to the romance, I loved the way this story explored the power and beauty of brotherly love. It had my throat constricting with emotion and tears. Together with the excellent narration, the story enraptured me completely. The happy ever after satisfied the romance lover in me.

Highly recommended.

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  • Thirty Day Boyfriend

  • By: Whitney G.
  • Narrated by: Erin Mallon, Zachary Webber
  • Length: 2 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,468
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,369
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,367

Thirty days ago, my boss, Mr. Wolf of Wall Street, came to me with an offer I couldn't refuse: Sign my name on the dotted line and pretend to be his fiancée for one month. If I agreed, he would let me out of my employment contract with a "very generous" severance package. The rules were pretty simple: No intimate kissing, no actual sex. Just pretend to love each other for the press, even though I've secretly wanted to knock that sexy smirk off his face since the first day we met.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫ 4.5 Too Short Stars ✫✫

  • By Cyndi on 04-25-18

Over too soon!

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

Reviewed: 12-15-18

Emily stoically puts up with her demanding boss, The Wolf, and ruthlessly ignores her attraction to him for 2 years. Desperate to escape her employment contract that has another 2 years remaining, she seeks work elsewhere, but is thwarted at every turn by you guessed it: The Wolf.

This was my first experience with this author and I enjoyed the protagonists' banter and the heartwarming plot twist. This is definitely a story that should be longer because it’s well-written and lulls you into happy, smiling enjoyment, but then is over too soon.

Erin Mallon and Zachary Webber are great narrators who do a wonderful job here as usual. I loved listening to this novel on Audible and recommend it highly. I look forward to more Whitney G stories after this lovely introduction to her writing.

  • Unzipped

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Joe Arden, Andi Arndt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,542
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,470
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,471

Picture this - I’m ready to win back the love of my life, and I’m going big this time. We’re talking boom box, sing her name in the rain, let the whole damn neighborhood know I'm good and ready this time around. After all, if you're going to grand gesture the ever-loving hell out of a second chance, you need to pull out all the stops. There’s only one little problem. My college girlfriend isn't the one who shows up when I play my "I'll do anything to win you back" tune. The woman who flings open the second-floor window tells me my ex doesn’t live here anymore.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Appealing to my college self!

  • By PATRICIA on 10-31-18

So much fun in the love.

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

Reviewed: 12-14-18

This novel felt original in every element: How the couple meets; what they do for a living; what they do on dates; their banter; their friendship; how they fall in love; what they do intimately; the relationships they have with family and friends; I could go on. I loved the hero and heroine. The writing was so light and fun that I was surprised by the emotion Lauren Blakely managed to infuse into the story - my heart squeezed in pain and joy for the couple, and a tear or two threatened. The romance was paced just right with the reader being able to understand why the couple fell in love – no insta-love or insta-lust here.

Also, the road down 1980s memory lane through songs, movies and TV shows was THE best.

Lauren Blakely has been such a wonderful find. Additionally, narrators Joe Arden and Andi Arndt were perfectly cast – their characterisations were a delight. More Joe Arden as the hero in romances, please.

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