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  • Ben's Rainbow

  • Rainbow Key, Book 3
  • By: Victoria Sue
  • Narrated by: Darcy Stark
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Benedict Keeler was one of America’s most popular models. Hot body, hot career, and super-hot boyfriend, until a devastating house fire destroyed his face and his dreams. After being told all his life that a pretty face is the measure of his worth, he can’t face another rejection and runs from his lover, eventually hiding out on Rainbow Key.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great continuation of this series

  • By Diane on 02-22-19

Great continuation of this series

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

Reviewed: 02-22-19

Okay this one is about Ben, who was a model that was horribly disfigured in a fire, he also is blaming himself for the death of a girl who died in that fire. He had a very crappy childhood & I just wanted to wrap him up. Zach is a famous photographer who was also Ben's lover. When Ben comes out of the medically induced coma, he requests to be moved from the hospital he was in & disappears from Zach's life. Zach spent several years looking for Ben. Zach has an eye condition that since he didn't take care of, has lost the vision in one eye & may yet lose vision in the other. When Zach ends up on the island to get away from Seth's smothering and to rest, Ben sees him & can't stay away from him. I'm glad that when they came back together they realize that they still love each other and don't fight it. I think for them to make it in the long haul, they needed those years apart so that they could basically grow up. I did have a couple of issues & would have liked closure to. The nasty reporter that, after all these years, basically stalked Ben and could have killed Zach with his antics. I would have liked to have seen something happen to that hateful women that just grated on my nerves. I hated what Seth did and he did not redeem himself to me by the end of the book, even though he did try. But, I think there might be something with him & Chris.

  • Charlie's Rainbow

  • Rainbow Key, Book 2
  • By: Victoria Sue
  • Narrated by: Darcy Stark
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Eventually being diagnosed with reactive attachment disorder as a child, "difficult" didn’t even begin to describe the nightmare of Charlie’s life. Escaping the drug-induced limbo he existed in and running from his alcoholic mother and despotic grandfather, he finally finds some peace and a home on Rainbow Key. Noah is also running, even if he doesn’t realize it, and the guilt he feels over his brother’s suicide chases him no matter where he goes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Even imperfect people can have perfect HEA

  • By Shin Mon Thway on 01-14-19

Sweet sweet Charlie!

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

Reviewed: 02-20-19

Oh my poor Charlie, he broke me into pieces. I wanted to just wrap him up & let him know that he was loved. His mother was such a POS and I hated her. His grandfather wasn't much better. To treat a child like that angers me to no end. I loved Noah, I was sad that Michael just left him standing at the alter and wasn't man enough to tell him he didn't want to go through with the wedding. I'm glad the author didn't make him out to be a monster. Noah & Michael would not have worked in the long run. Once Noah gets over his anger he sees that and is at peace with that. Noah lost his brother to suicide and has blamed himself for not being able to save him. So when Noah decides to go ahead & go on the honeymoon he runs into Charlie. Poor Charlie was left to greet him as Joshua & Daniel leave for a vacation before the official opening of the island. Initially Noah thinks that Charlie is homophobic and/or had an issue with Noah being black as he wouldn't shake his hand. But once Noah finally gets to know him, he knows that Charlie has a medical issue & can't handle being touched by strangers. I loved watching these two grow to know each other and fall in love. There is no magic cure here. Charlie will always have issues with being touched, having to have his food done a certain way and issues with his clothes. It is just like real life, you learn to cope and work with your problems and try to make as normal of a life as you can with what you have. At least the boys will have each other. This was a new to me narrator & I did enjoy his voice. I also didn't read the first book in the series, which I will have to remedy, but didn't feel lost so this story can be read as a stand-a-lone.

  • Shamrock Spiced Omega

  • The Hollydale Omegas, Book 6
  • By: Susi Hawke
  • Narrated by: Drew Bacca
  • Length: 2 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15

Greg may be an omega, but he doesn't let that define him. Aside from his almost compulsive need to clean, the most important thing to him is his job as the long-time bartender at The Big O. Greg is far from a delicate omega. In fact, he’s the same size as his best friend - an alpha who he always falls back into bed with when they’re between relationships.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Hollydsle story

  • By Kathryn M on 02-22-19

Sweet friend to lover story

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

Reviewed: 02-19-19

Okay so listening to the story made me like it so much better. Drew Bacca made it sound more funny and less annoying when I read it. Braden & Greg are best friends, roommates & friends with benefits. Greg had a childhood illness that made him sterile. When Greg rescues Shamus, who is cage dancing at the club that Greg works at, they start talking about kids & his inability to have any. Little does he know that Shamus is a leprechaun who grants Greg's deepest desire. When Braden finds out that Greg is pregnant, he is overjoyed and doesn't act like an alphahole :). This was a sweet friends to lovers story. As always it's always great to see some the other characters in Hollydale.

  • Master Wanted

  • Rent-a-Dom, Book 2
  • By: Susi Hawke, Piper Scott
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

Troy Sullivan is the current owner of The Palisade, one of the most popular casinos on the Las Vegas Strip. With more money in the bank than he could spend in a lifetime, and surrounded by yes-men more interested in staying in his good graces than helping him improve his business, Troy craves what he can’t have - someone to tell him “no”. When he discovers Rent-a-Dom, he’s convinced he’s found his solution: a master decades his junior who specializes in financial domination and who won’t so much as let Troy see his face.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Master Wanted

  • By <Stacy> @SoCalBookReviews on 02-13-19

I liked it but didn't love it

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

Reviewed: 02-05-19

I didn't care for a financial D/s. Also Robin is taking money from Troy, what is he using it for? Why up the amt? Once we get past all of that and they start an actual relationship, I liked the book. I liked them working together to get the business back on track. I didn't like that the first time they have sex it is without a condom. I liked that Troy stepped up when Robin became pregnant & wanted to have a family. Even though I had issues with this book, I will be continuing with the series.

  • Rough Terrain

  • Out of Uniform
  • By: Annabeth Albert
  • Narrated by: Greg Boudreaux
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

Creating a hot Italian SEAL boyfriend to save face seemed like a good idea...until his friends called Canaan’s bluff. Now, he’s setting off into the woods with the very man who inspired his deception, and Canaan is not the outdoorsy type. The sparks are already flying when a flash flood separates them from their group, leaving Renzo and Canaan very much trapped...very much alone in the wilderness. Working together to come up with a plan for survival is sexier than either of them expects. But back in the real world, being a couple is bringing its own set of hazards....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Meh...not the best in the series/kind of boring

  • By Anonymous User on 02-20-19

Perfect end to this series

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

I am so saddened that this is the last book in this series :(. I loved that there was no unnecessary drama or misunderstandings in this book. The sex was by far the hottest I have read in a very long time. We have a story of two guys who are attracted to each other but are carrying some baggage. There were times that I want to smack the crap out of Renzo as he was was carrying some misplaced guilt for an unfortunate accident that was of no fault of his from years ago. And his mother just appeared to be dumping so much pressure on him that I wanted to smack her too. Canaan talks Renzo into being his fake boyfriend for a weekend as he is meeting with his old band mates. But the fake portion doesn’t last very long and they rapidly become more. Renzo has issues with sex as he is rather well endowed and has had issues in the past. Canaan shows him that there is more things to enjoy and again some of the hottest sexy scenes ensue. The epilogue was perfect and I was happy to see these two happy together.

  • Join the Club

  • Four Kings Security, Book Three
  • By: Charlie Cochet
  • Narrated by: Greg Boudreaux
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 155

Eduardo “Lucky” Morales is a fighter, from his childhood days in Cuba to his time as a Special Forces Green Beret. Scarred by the wars of his past, Lucky has learned nothing lasts forever. Guarding his heart is second nature, and getting emotionally involved is not an option.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite of the series

  • By Amy Begnene on 01-16-19

Holy Hotness

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

Reviewed: 01-15-19

Scorching hot. These two were were beyond hot together. So Mason gets suspended because he tested positive during a random drug test, he forgets to tell him about a prescription cough medicine with codeine. He then goes to King and asks him for a temp job while IA is doing their investigation. So of course, King says yes and partners him with Lucky. Let’s just say, Lucky isn’t happy that King does this, or is he :). On their first assignment, they give in to the passion and to say it was hot is an understatement. After they wrap up their assignment, Lucky saves Mason from getting run over by a car. Now at that point I’m thinking that something is up but they don’t. Even when it turns out that the plates were stolen and the vehicle was left abandoned, they don’t really worry about it. Even after Mason goes home and has an off feeling in his apartment, he doesn’t really worry about it or says anything to the others. I’m like dude you’re a detective and your spidey senses are tingling and you just shrug it off? But my brain was running full steam ahead trying to figure what the heck is going on as there are no suspects, at all. We then get another assignment where Mason finally tells Lucky his dark secret and boy did my heart break for him. Boy do I hate his father. And I’m really not sure why he would be trying to find Mason since he felt that Mason was such a big disappointment. Well then I started thinking that maybe it was someone from that point in time. And I did figure out who it was but that didn’t take away from the story as it wasn’t all black and white. I loved watching Lucky and Mason give into all of their feelings and let the love out. King, you are a sneaky devil (that is all I’m saying about that). We get to see closure for Laz on what happened to him when he was younger and that POS being brought to justice. King’s book is next and I can’t wait.

  • Drawn to You: A Single Dad Opposites Attract Romance

  • By: Preston Walker, Liam Kingsley
  • Narrated by: Jack Calihan
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

JACK - My life ended when I was 16. Not literally - I’m no ghost, I just feel like one. It's a byproduct of losing your pack to a plague that skips you by like you’re not worth the effort. Chose all the good ones and you’re what was left behind. Survivor’s guilt, people call it. I just call it like I see it. I do a decent job of going through the motions. I’ve got a good reputation as an alpha, and everyone loves to joke about the only vegan alpha in North America. Some days even I’m convinced that this is it. As good as it gets. Then Dylan Kapernit walks into my shop.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A lot of angst

  • By ShaSha (Lover of Audiobooks!) on 02-19-19

It was okay

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

3.5 stars. This could have been easily a 5 star read for me except for one huge glaring thing. Jack put Dylan, his daughter & his entire family in danger. A deadly danger. And I could not forgive him for that at all. When Dylan was telling him about his guilt, missed placed IMO, on the death of his husband & son, Dylan should immediately have told him that he was a possible carrier. Also, why wouldn't you have been checked to see if you were a carrier years ago. All this time you could have been infecting others. I also don't know if Dylan should have forgave him or not. If we take that away, I loved this story of two broken men finding love and a future together. I loved Dylan's big crazy family. He's daughter was too cute for words. I would have liked Oliver & Mark finding their mates but it doesn't appear that this is going to be a series.

  • Hellion's Law: A Bad Boy Romance

  • Hellion Club Series, Book 5
  • By: Aiden Bates
  • Narrated by: Daniel James Lewis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Noah - I came to the Hellion Club to solve a murder, not to become some banker’s boy toy. All my life, my omega status has been a pain my ass. Shaping what other people assume about me. Determining who I date, or who’ll date me. My own biology trying to tell me to slow down and have babies. Well screw that. Only I get to decide how I live my life, and I decided a long time ago I was going to be the best damn detective this city had ever seen. And yet here I am anyway, pregnant in the middle of a murder investigation. The highest profile investigation of my career. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A bit of a mixed bag, but enjoyable

  • By Dee Slate on 01-22-19

Enjoyed the story, the narrator not so much

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

I enjoyed the story, the narrator not so much. His voice is pleasant but there is no difference between the characters so most of the time I was unsure who was speaking. Noah is an omega police detective who is investigating murders associated to the Hellion's Club. Sebastian is an Alpha member who is a rather snobbish banker. He initially comes off as the type of Alpha that believes that "I'm the big bad Alpha & you are the weak omega". When an unexpected pregnancy happens, Sebastian automatically thinks that Noah is going to quit working as a cop and stay home taking care of the baby. Well he kind of demands it. Well you can imaging how well that went over, it didn't. Noah basically tells him where to get off at & leaves him. For the longest time, and even after other Alpha's tell him what an idiot he is, he thinks he is in the right & it should be his way. As the bodies pile up, Noah is planning on a life as a single father. But when the killer strikes too close to home & Noah almost loses Sebastian, they decide to make a go of it, with compromises on both sides. I'm glad they found their HEA.

  • Building a Family: An Mpreg Romance

  • Frat Boys Baby, Book 2
  • By: Aiden Bates, Austin Bates
  • Narrated by: Danny Céspedes
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

Alpha Teddy Connelly is a brilliant architect with the social skills of a brick. If he wants to catch the eye of the hot omega landscaper he can’t get out of his head, he’s gonna have to figure out how to say “hello”. Carlos Ramirez is less than a year from getting his engineering degree and getting out of his gang-infested neighborhood. Despite a terrible first impression, Carlos can’t get this gorgeous alpha architect out of his head.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating and Fun MPREG Romance!

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-25-18

Really enjoyed this one

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

I really enjoyed this one except for the pretty significant time jump. We are having sex & then Carlos is 3 mths pregnant and they are not having any contact & that was just weird. But other than that I really enjoyed it. I loved that Teddy, the alpha, was totally socially inept. And Carlos was the bad&&& omega. I hated Teddy's mother & have no wish to see her ever again :) Loved his grandmother. I haven't read the other books in the series & I can't wait to as I want to know more about them. Danny Céspedes is a new to me narrator & I enjoyed him very much.

  • Protecting My Commitment

  • Sulfur Springs, Book 1
  • By: Taylor Rylan
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

Dalton Andrews has seen it all. After spending a little over 10 years with the Denver PD, he’d had enough and joined Wildlife Services, not expecting it to be such an isolating career. When his job takes him on assignment to Crooked Bend, he jumps at the chance to work with actual people again when the town’s sheriff needs to hire a few more deputies. While at his new boss’ wedding reception, he unexpectedly meets blue-eyed architect Colin McKenzie that makes his brain go fuzzy. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent narration, very good story

  • By Kendra T on 01-12-19

Really good start to a new series

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

Reviewed: 01-03-19

Let me start with what I didn't like & what kept this from being a 5 star read for me. Collin wakes up after sleeping with Dalton & finds him gone so he starts bitching about him and saying unflattering things. Well Dalton hadn't left & overhears him & gets angry about it & leaves. The part that I had an issue with is that for the longest time, Dalton won't have an adult conversation with Collin when Collin wants to apologize for what happened. But once we get past the 5 year old pouting, this was a really good read. When the crazy stalker ex pops up & does some really nasty things, Dalton, and Collin's family, go into major protector mode. I will need to go & read the original series that this one is spun from. Michael Pauley did a great job as always narrating this one.