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  • Shameless

  • By: Lex Martin
  • Narrated by: Stephen Dexter, Brooke Bloomingdale
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 424
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 3.5 "Good But Predicable"

  • By Lia on 11-17-16

Easy to love

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

Reviewed: 04-20-18

This book was unexpectedly perfect. It had it all - heartache, angst, feels, romance, and light humor. I loved how much Texas and Latino culture was thoughtfully put into it. The story was realistic too - real money problems that are relatable without magically coming into money and solving all their problems. I tend to roll my eyes when that happens because seriously that’s not how life works. I like romances that stay on this side of the fence rather than only face relationship or other issues and adding the convenient influx of cash that solves all problems.

Anyways... the romance was hot and sweet - not cheesy. I love that. Their chemistry throughout was good too. The only thing I disliked in a big way was the male narrator. He’s not bad at all, I just really don’t think his voice was right for this character and especially as the female voice. I honestly liked her for both parts, she did a good Boston accent for a man and her take on Cat was good too.

My best friend is half Texan, half Mexican and I felt like the author pretty much nailed her and her family’s culture and lifestyle. The male narrator’s voice was just not deep or masculine enough for Brady - the big sexy tattoo artist. His female voice was wayyyyy too airheady for the tough, hard working woman Cat is. If Sebastian York had done this, I’d have died from the hotness. My point is... many scenes were throwing me off because they weren’t matching the images the author painted in my mind - especially the steamier ones. I’d almost have preferred to have read this over listened, as this could be one of my favorites without the wrong voices tainting my opinion.

The beginning was sad but it maybe could have been done a bit better. You really don’t know his brother or SIL at all as individuals, so it’s more difficult to feel all the emotions that they’d have been feeling beyond basic sympathy for a tragedy. If they’d been described a little more, I feel like I’d have felt it deeper. I got pretty frustrated with how a little communication could’ve prevented so many obstacles but some people are just stubborn and I guess that is a pretty realistic take on relationships.

Overall, this book is a must read, unique and beautiful.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dirty Sexy Player

  • By: Laurelin Paige
  • Narrated by: Elena Wolfe, Jacob Morgan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 896
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 842
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 843

Weston King knows how to play. But wild nights and owning an extensive collection of women's panties don't carry the thrill they once did, so when his business partner, Donovan, suggests an outrageous plan to allow them to take over their competition, Wes takes him up on the offer. The crazy idea? Marry the competitor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enemies to Lovers Perfection!

  • By bookbruin on 04-10-18

Beware the cliffhanger

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

For once, I didn’t pay attention to the written reviews and just went for it. I hadn’t seen the warnings that it ends in a cliffhanger, without much of any resolution. I don’t mind cliffhangers, I totally get the reasons for them - sometimes one book just can’t fit the entire story, for one. BUT I almost never start a series until I can read through them all. Oops.

I definitely recommend this book but considering that it was just released and I see no mentions of the next book or it’s estimated release, you might want to hold off until then. Unless you don’t mind the wait...

About this book though - I thoroughly enjoyed it. The plot is interesting and unique, not in the basic fake relationship/marriage trope but the details surrounding it.

I did get pretty frustrated with Weston being a pretty major a-hole but I get that it’s what the author was going for. I didn’t like that there is this evil looming figure, waiting to unravel their entire plan... but he’s only in one scene and the threat barely feels real. The other mentions of him don’t really solidify that threat either.

The steam factor was high and the chemistry was really well done. I also liked Donovan, Nate, and Sabrina and the way she’s woven them into the story. I particularly liked Elizabeth’s family in Utah - it added so much to her character.

I think some loose ends could have been tied up since more obstacles were introduced, leaving a lot of complex situations to be resolved in the next book and almost none of them resolved in this one.

I’d wait.

  • Mister Moneybags

  • By: Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York, Andi Arndt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,173
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,042
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,044

I met Bianca in an elevator. She was on her way to interview me when we got stuck. The beautiful raven-haired reporter assumed I was a delivery guy because of the way I was dressed. She had no clue I was really Dex Truitt, the wealthy, successful businessman she'd dubbed "Mister Moneybags" - her afternoon appointment. Bianca told me how much she hated Dex's type - snobby, over-educated, silver-spooned men who didn't appreciate the simple things in life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Lydia - HEA Bookshelf on 04-12-17

ummm.... wow

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

Reviewed: 04-18-18

Okay, first of all I was laughing within the first few minutes of this book. It was very funny, starting out and it kept up with light humor and odd situations throughout. I loved the inner-banter between Dex and Jay - it was so unique and hilarious.

This was probably one of the most unique stories I’ve ever heard, some real Jerry Springer $h!+ but with a bit more class. Keeland and Ward continue surprising me with each new read. I keep going in with some preconceived notion of what I think the book will be and by the time I’ve gotten into it, I realize that I was way off the mark and thoroughly entertained.

The references to that damn Aussie, Chance, and his goat get me every time. I think it’s time to finally read Cocky Bastard (I’ve been avoiding the audio because the reviews say the narrator ruins it).

This book contains some uncomfortable topics but I feel like they handled them well - without going overboard. It might be difficult to relate to but it was easy to understand where they were coming from.

The burn is ridiculously slow - to the point it almost fizzled out for me before the end. I understand why they needed to do it but if you’re getting this book in hopes of a lot of sex - you will be disappointed. They threw in a few hot almosts and others but the plot kind of had me cringing at them.

Overall, I’d recommend it because you probably haven’t heard anything like it before. Especially if you have the romance package add-on.

  • Stuck-Up Suit

  • By: Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward
  • Narrated by: Joe Arden, Maxine Mitchell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,807
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,485
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,470

It started out like any other morning on the train - until I became mesmerized by the guy sitting across the aisle. He was barking at someone on his phone like he ruled the world. Who did the stuck-up suit think he was...God? Actually, he looked like a god. That was about it.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nope!

  • By Tammy on 10-18-16

I got lost in this book

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

Reviewed: 04-18-18

everything was so easy to picture and I was immediately sucked into their world.

I ate up the reference to Elec and Gretchen from the column. And the Aussie with the goat - Jesus Lord, these two have me hooked on their book collabs.

Stuck-Up Suit started off cute and quirky, then became emotional and deep. It's harder for me to fall into the types of stories where the male is less resistant than the female, because that seems a lot less realistic to me, but it's still enjoyable. I loved so many things about this book, most of all - it didn't feel like I wasted hours of my life. I'm becoming convinced that any book by Ward and Keeland will not be a letdown.

I'd defintely recommend reading Step-Brother Dearest, Cocky Bastard, and Playboy Pilot first though - the references are short but it just makes sense to save this for last, to catch them and put a smile on your face. I'm not even sure if I missed references to any other books because I think I have more to read but those are the two I noticed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Playboy Pilot

  • By: Penelope Ward, Vi Keeland
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Sebastian York
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,522
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,445
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,437

Money or love? Which would you choose? You probably just answered the question in your head, thinking it's an easy decision. For me, it's not. Did I mention it's a lot of money? A hell of a lot. I needed to go far away to think it through. As I embarked on an impulsive trip, I hit a detour when I met sexy Carter in the airport lounge. We struck up a heated conversation. Then, he left. I thought I'd never see him again. But fate had other plans. Surprise! He was the pilot of my flight.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • COME FLY WITH CARTER AND KENDALL

  • By Vicki on 10-06-16

The answer is in disguise, Ken Doll loves farting... OMG

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

Reviewed: 04-17-18

That had me laughing out loud like a lunatic - totally caught off guard.

Okay... this book is so many things. It’s funny, a little sad, a lot frustrating, slightly predictable but that doesn’t take away from enjoying it, it’s got the romance and heat, it’s adventurous, and it’s deeper than you’d think.

Dubai had me biting my nails with tension - I really disliked that part. The entire time of the book changed and it made me so damn uncomfortable. Ward and Keeland were masters at toying with my emotions. I loved that Brazil kept coming back, I also loved the community he lived in.

There was so much going on in this story and it helped keep the story fast-paced - which for a book about a pilot and traveling all over the world, made sense.

I couldn’t guess everything before it happened and I like that. These two authors make a great writing team. I’d definitely recommend reading this. It’s not as shallow as you might think going in, there are so many layers to this story.

  • Show Me the Way

  • Fight for Me, Book 1
  • By: A.L. Jackson
  • Narrated by: Zachary Webber, Andi Arndt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,372
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,248

Rex Gunner. As bitter as he is beautiful. The owner of the largest construction company in Gingham Lakes has been burned one too many times. His wife leaving him to raise their daughter was the last blow this single dad could take. The only woman he'll let into his heart is his little girl. When Rex meets his new neighbor, he knows he's in trouble. She's gorgeous and sweet and everything he can't trust. Until she becomes the one thing he can't resist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent well written correct grammar well edited what a refreshing change from so many books out there now!

  • By Bones And Cat Fan on 11-13-17

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 04-16-18

Show Me The Way has it all - romance, heat, a little suspense and mystery, and more. I love it when I can still be surprised and I’ll just say that I didn’t see some things coming, which threw me and I love it when I’m wrong. Most romances are pretty predictable to me but this wasn’t at all.

It’s a longer book but the author managed to keep it interesting throughout. I’d definitely recommend it to anyone who reads romance and even to those who don’t. This story was more than just the love story.

I really don’t even need to say anything about the narrators because they’re consistently awesome... but yeah... that.

Seriously, I loved it - can you tell? I hadn’t even expected much going in. Get this book.

  • Jaded and Tyed

  • By: Penelope Ward
  • Narrated by: Jacob Morgan, Andi Arndt
  • Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202

The first time I met Jade Jameson, I lost my words and accidentally dropped a beer bottle, smashing it to the ground. The Broadway star sister of my brother's wife had paid us a surprise visit on Christmas. Quite simply, she was the most beautiful woman I'd ever seen; I was mesmerized. I'd made a fool of myself, and to make matters worse, my girlfriend was standing right there when it happened. Jade went back to New York, and we didn't cross paths again for a year - until one night when a Facebook notification lit up my screen, setting off a chain of events that would change my life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Short and Sweet

  • By Kriston R. on 03-16-18

Short and sweet

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

Reviewed: 04-16-18

I think it’s difficult for a writer to do such a short story successfully but Ward did a good job. Given that it builds off Neighbor Dearest. It was hard to get into because even having read that, I still didn’t know these main characters well enough to understand them.

Neighbor Dearest along with Step-Brother Dearest are two of my favorite romances, so I automatically give Jaded and Tyed the benefit of the doubt that another might not. This is just a short, sweet add-on that we get as a bonus.

I’d have preferred she just write this as a full novel but I get it. I’d recommend it if you can get it cheap and have an urge to dive back into the Neighbor Dearest world.

  • 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 704
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 653
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 650

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • seriously?!? Buy this book!

  • By Brandie @AudiobookObsession on 01-24-18

Eh...

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

Reviewed: 04-16-18

It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t awesome. It was a little too perfect. Everything worked out soooo well and the only conflict was in her head. And... seriously? How could she not know who wrote the letters. It was an unnecessary extra thrown in that just frustrated me.

The story is unique but it just wasn’t complex enough to be interesting. Also the relationship with her parents felt off. One minute she’s bad-mouthing them and the next her mom is totally in sync with her - it felt a bit childish. I did like the characters and the story as a whole. The first few chapters were great but I just got bored and had a hard time staying focused.

If it were in the romance package, I’d recommend this as a quick, light read but wouldn’t recommend using a credit.

York and Arndt were amazing as usual.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Kulti

  • By: Mariana Zapata
  • Narrated by: Callie Dalton
  • Length: 16 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,010
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,009

It didn't take a week for 27-year-old Sal Casillas to wonder what she'd seen in the international soccer icon - why she'd ever had his posters on her wall or ever envisioned marrying him and having super-playing soccer babies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 HUGE stars....one of my 2015 Favorites!

  • By Denise on 08-12-15

I think I like soccer now...

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

Reviewed: 04-15-18

Jk.. but seriously I’ve never read anything from Zapata that I didn’t love. Literally - every one of her books. She’s an amazing writer and she’s hilarious.

I loved this one, it’s not my top - that’s a tie between Lingus and Wait For It but you can’t miss this one. I avoided it for a while because I don’t like soccer much and I thought I wouldn’t be able to stay interested. Wrong.

The slow burn was soooooooo slow and frustrating. The only reason I knocked it down a star was that it got slightly cheesy nearing the end. I mean love can be cheesy but after alllllll that waiting, I was far past wanting to hear about feelings and waiting for the right time. I’m not a patient human though and I tend to be less of let’s talk about our feelings type of girl.

It’s a must read.

Oh, if you can’t handle the word poop - maybe not for you. I thought it was hilarious though.

  • Where Good Girls Go to Die

  • The Good Girl Series, Book 1
  • By: Holly Renee
  • Narrated by: Rex Anderson, Katie Magable
  • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

It was a bad idea from the beginning. He was my brother's best friend and the definition of unavailable. But I didn't care. I had loved him for as long as I could remember. He was worth the risk. He was worth everything. But then he broke my heart as easily as I fell for him. He watched me fall, spiraling out of control, and as I reached for him, he wasn't there to catch me. So I ran. Four years later, I never expected to see him again. He was still my brother's best friend, and he was more unavailable than ever.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Very Childish ☹️

  • By Kellee on 05-25-18

I never wanted this book to end

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

Reviewed: 04-14-18

Dear Holly Renee,

I love you.

This book is awesome and so much more. I loved everything about the story and characters. No book is perfect but the feelings invoked are what make a book great to me and this gave me all the feels.

Stubbornness and misunderstandings that are totally realistic. Chemistry, that’s off the charts. The sex only gets hotter the further in you get - books don’t normally make me blush - I’ve read it all and this wasn’t even kinky but I was definitely blushing and fanning myself throughout.

If you love second chance romances that have a hot-damn steaminess factor with the tattoo factor and general sexiness all around - this is the book for you.