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  • His for a Week, Book 1
  • By: Em Brown
  • Narrated by: Em Brown
  • Length: 3 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 4

I saw her. I wanted her. I bought her. Big mistake. She was just supposed to be a plaything for a week. But I can’t keep my hands off her, can’t stop thinking of all the things I want to do to her. I want to devastate her. She tries not to want it, and she’s hiding why. But it doesn’t matter. She can try to resist me. She won’t prevail. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Reluctantly leaving this...

  • By Audiobookhoe on 03-17-19

Reluctantly leaving this...

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

Reviewed: 03-17-19

I think this book was trying so hard to be something that it wasn’t. It tried to address feminist and pro woman movements and address -isms and -ists, but that really took the romance out of it. In fact, didn’t feel like a romance most times.

The heroine was a light skinned black woman and a Chinese-born half Chinese/half European British-raised billionaire. That would’ve been cool but the kink/bdsm was executed subpar. It was well below expectations. Makes me think the author’s only research was 50 shades. It was an auction like situation but nothing felt consensual. Matter fact, it felt more like IG models who are constantly going to Dubai if you know what I mean.

The heroine was trying to get a expose story out of it but she just came off as kinda dumb. Putting herself in situations she didn’t research. I’m at a loss at what to score this. Thought about giving lowest possible but at least Ben was nice sometimes.

  • Mister Romance

  • Masters of Love Series, Book 1
  • By: Leisa Rayven
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

As his alter-ego Mister Romance, Max is a drop-dead gorgeous escort who makes romantic fantasies come to life. No sex, just swoon-worthy dates to die for, and the cream of New York's socialites can't get enough. Whether they want a dominating billionaire, bad boy with a heart of gold, hot geek, sexy biker, or best friend who loves them from afar, Max can make it all happen, but he's careful to keep his real identity a secret. Enter investigative journalist Eden Tate. Having caught wind of the urban legend of Mister Romance, Eden is determined to publish a scathing expose on Max.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • un-freakin'-believable

  • By erika clark on 02-10-19

Maybe next time...

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

Reviewed: 03-17-19

This book left a lot to be desired. It had a great premise(an escort who sells romance not sex) but it’s execution was tainted by a super type A heroine and a hero it took too long to know, that by the time we did, it was too late to care.

The heroine was judge mental and about as appealing as a grater against my skin. It sucks because it’s not a bad book. Sometimes the dialogue is immature but it’s still well written. But even the hero isn’t appealing enough to save my lack of interest.

I probably will read book two; this is my first book by this author but it doesn’t deter me from trying another. I’ve definitely been less than impressed with one book but then ADORED the very next book I tried.

Overall it was a long book and felt long. I didn’t hate it but didn’t love it either.

  • Vanilla on Top

  • Walk on the Wild Side, Book 1
  • By: C. J. Ellisson
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden, Lucy Malone
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 101

Heather Pierce is done being a wallflower, both personally and professionally. Desperate to live a different life for one night, she attends a speed dating event. Maybe here, anonymous unless she chooses otherwise, she can become someone new. When a man way out of her league sits across from her, Heather gathers her courage and takes charge of what she wants, secretly fearing he won't desire the real person she's desperate to hide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a pleasant surprise!

  • By Audio Audits on 05-01-13

A ride...

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

Reviewed: 03-07-19

This book started out with a strong wow factor. I bought it based on the male narrator but was surprised when it took the tone it did. With strong bdsm elements, Heather, the h was essentially s female Domme. Was she raised this way? Absolutely not. In fact in real life she was a wallflower and doormat at best. But trying out a speed dating event, she decided to be a different person for the man she wants.

Queue in the H who's not only a playboy but s little alpha as well. When she took charge, it was the first time someone has told him to do things that was only meant for her. AND HE LOVED IT!

It's probably worth stating that this is about vanilla people who learn They like role-playing but I'm sure if They knew more They totally be a D/s dynamic I've grown to enjoy with male subs, female Dommes.

Anyway, back to the review. They run into each other by chance and Heather pretends to be this dominant woman he was so attracted to. I'm not convinced this wasn't her true nature as she did it so naturally. There's no way this wasn't lying dormant in her as she took it upon herself to research things to do. Maybe it's not a traditional link book but that's what made it so fun.

The only thing I hated about it was, nearly every chapter made me have to read the next chapter. I was planning a productive day that was ruined by this page turner. If I could give it gen stars I would. Sleeper hit for me.

  • Callback

  • By: Katana Collins
  • Narrated by: Maxine Mitchell, Joe Arden
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

I thought I was done with Hollywood. Done with acting. Done with scandal. Done with all the lies this industry thrives on. Then I met him...Jude Fisher. A man who doesn’t accept no and demands more from me than I know how to give. It started out as a way to prepare for the role of a lifetime. But as it gets closer and closer to the audition, I don’t want our scenes to end. He makes me want him when I thought I had built an impenetrable wall around my heart. He makes me trust him when I thought there was no one left in our industry to trust. But it’s all just an act...right? It’s all just for the callback.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An interesting read...

  • By SeekerOfGreatStories on 01-10-19

Outstanding Erotic Romance w/ engaging narrators!

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

Reviewed: 03-06-19

I walked into this romance purchasing it solely based off of the great cover. Some covers are horrendous these days so an eye-catching one totally makes me read the blurb to see if It might interest me. When I read it was about actors and BDSM AND IT HAD AN AUDIOBOOK, I had to take a chance on it because those are all things that resonate with me as a reader.

I'll be the first to admit that Marlena at first was super annoying to me. Here's this actress who has the chance to take on this 50 Shades of Grey like role and she's not taking it seriously to immerse herself in this lifestyle to understand the character. She was super sassy and unyielding with her hero Jude. He was this huge actor who was a Dom in the lifestyle who was willing to coach her on being the submissive the role required her to be, but she was so hard at listening. I was so sure I wasn't going to like her at all.

But as the book progressed she fit neatly into the role once she learned that being submissive didn't mean that she wasn't strong and powerful. Jude had some issues in his past that made me humanize him as a Dom and as a person. Doms are always written like they make no mistakes and he's probably one of the most human Doms I've read that owned up to the mistakes he's made with subs in the past. That's what made me love him as a hero and the sacrifice he made for her at the end made my heart melt. I was in awe of the kind of love he wanted. He wanted what his parents had and had made the sacrifices necessary to convince him of that by the stories end.

I hope there are more of these books because I would happily read them! This has been one of the best BDSM books I've read in a while.

  • American Dreamer

  • Dreamers Series, Book 1
  • By: Adriana Herrera
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

For Nesto Vasquez, moving his Afro-Caribbean food truck from New York City to the wilds of Upstate New York is a huge gamble. If it works? He’ll be a big fish in a little pond. If it doesn’t? He’ll have to give up the hustle and return to the day job he hates. He’s got six months to make it happen - the last thing he needs is a distraction. Jude Fuller is proud of the life he’s built on the banks of Cayuga Lake. He has a job he loves and good friends. It’s safe. It’s quiet. And it’s damn lonely. Until he tries Ithaca’s most-talked-about new lunch spot.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it 🥰 Love the narrator.

  • By Blackwindstar on 03-09-19

Nesto was amazing; Jude was just aight

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

Reviewed: 03-06-19

I've been waiting for this book for a while. As a Black Cuban, there are only small handfuls of published stories that I know about(maybe plenty that I don't) where the synopsis describes the main character as Afro-Latinx. Some of the books I've read have been a hit or miss, but I'm pleased to say Nesto was a win for me.

I didn't love everything in the book. Jude, his love interest didn't excite me. It felt like he expected comfort for his privilege and ability to be in spaces no one gave him permission to be in, and I just didn't connect to him based on that in our 2019 climate. Without putting so much emphasis on it, it felt like a lot of the brown characters went out their way to comfort and help white characters, and that was a real drag and I felt this author was capable of more than what we're used to in romance already.

But now that I got what I didn't disconnected to most out the way, I liked that Nesto and all his friends reminded me of people from Nueva York, especially hood kats. They were all queer and Latinx, but even though afro-caribbean was thrown around a lot, I didn't get the sense they were Black passing, as they were never described as such, as we all know having a Black grandmother is enough to use the term Afro-Latinx in this atmosphere of drowning out the voices for many of us who've always had to embrace being Black.

I know Dominican culture is very Black, and not in an American way, so I just want to be clear that I don't read all Black narratives the same, and don't expect one story to tell the right one. But I don't recall any of them ever using the term Black to describe themselves, and that hurt a little bit, but I still thought the DR representation, especially the family narrative was on point.

It's super hard to find DR rep with food and language(both code switching and DR Spanish) done right. Even though I have a handful of reservations, even great books have things a reader won't connect to, and I shouldn't fault every detail I didn't enjoy when I enjoy nearly everything else.

I'll say this with conviction, as I always do with a book featuring an Afro-Latinx main character; this wasn't my Afro-Latinx story. But it was someone else's and I'm glad I got to read it. I look forward to future stories from this author.

  • Boyfriend for Hire

  • By: Kendall Ryan
  • Narrated by: Jason Clarke, Erin Mallon
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157

I’m the guy you call when you need to impress your overbearing family, your boss, or your ex. Yeah, I’m a male escort, but not just any escort, I’m the escort. The one with a mile-long waiting list and a pristine reputation that’s very well-deserved. I’m the guy who’ll make you feel beautiful, desired, and worshipped...all for a steep price. I’m hired to make you shine, and I always deliver. I’ll be whatever you want me to be for one night - except my true self. This is just a job, a role I play to earn a paycheck. But I’m not the guy who falls for a client.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • enjoyed the story

  • By Melanie on 02-22-19

a lot to unpack

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

Reviewed: 03-03-19

sooooo...where do I start?

Well, I enjoyed the book. It was definitely escapism in it's highest form, and I've come to know with this author, she writes very tropish love stories, and this one took the form of male escort.

I liked Nick, the main character. I didn't love him, he wasn't #goals or my new book boyfriend, but male escorts intrigue me enough to find their narratives interesting that they have to get to this HEA. hate myself for saying this, but the heroine was a little irritating to me, but maybe because I wouldn't have a beer with her. She fell hard so fast, I wasn't always happy that her sister in law/best friend didn't share with her she'd hired her future hubby to be a date at her wedding.

She made a lot of reckless decisions not knowing, and I often wondered if she always did things so of the moment, or whether a pretty face forced her hand. I think Nick wasn't ish for waiting so long to tell her he was an escort, but I hated how he had unprotected lovey times with her, knowing what he did for a living, and kept that from her. That was where he was an idiot. He should've been against it until she could make a decision whether she wanted that, as I'm sure she wouldn't have knowing his profession. I'm super sex positive, but I think these stories work better when the heroine knows what she's walking into. It's not fair to keep someone in the dark like that.

Not to mention, she wasn't even given proper time to be mad at him. It was like she found out, got angry, looked into his eyes and could swear he didn't really "mean" lying to her. I know I was supposed to be rooting for them, but I kept kinda thinking "girl...you gotta be the dumbest broad in chicago".

I think because the love scenes were awesome, I wish I could give it a higher score. It's actually more a 3.5 for me which I normally aim toward the 4, but there were other forces working against it.

With that being said, Im super excited for the next book! I think I'd like it better because it insinuates the heroine knows next time, which is what I'd prefer. This book could be a hit or miss. For me it was the miss that was almost a hit.

  • Never the Bride

  • By: Janae Keyes
  • Narrated by: Mace Earl Finn
  • Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Divorce lawyer Vanessa Hill was content with always being the bridesmaid to her sister or her “insane” friends. She never wanted to be the bride. Marriage wasn’t for her. When her ailing grandmother invites Vanessa to discuss the terms of her will, Vanessa faces a dilemma, get married or lose everything. Under pressure, she invents an engagement with her neighbor and friend with benefits, Josiah. Josiah Thomas, a no-nonsense celebrity tattoo artist, has already been through the marriage thing. He was done with diamond rings until Vanessa propositioned him. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • First read from this author!

  • By Audiobookhoe on 02-27-19

First read from this author!

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

Reviewed: 02-27-19

This is the first time I’ve read this author and I throughly enjoyed the story. I think the only thing that kept me from giving it a five was the lack of tying up the loose ends for the side plots. To mention that her sexual assault affected her the way that it did, introduce the rapist on the page and then poof, no word on whether he got his just desserts was just...🤨🤨🤨 that was just mind boggling for me.

Also I felt like there are a lot of bdsm references and culture in it without giving it a name and for people who don’t know how to catch the clues hearing a grown woman call someone Daddy with no explanation during sex is a decent clue. I think that turned other readers off. I didn’t mind it so much but I think it should have been stated such because it would’ve given better context to people who’ve never dabbled in the life before. Their sex scenes were enjoyable and the hero seemed to love Vanessa and all the women around him. I think Josiah was a great hero but Vanessa was sometimes just an okay heroine. I’m glad she turned around but it took so long for her to.

Also I read this via audiobook and I wasn’t sure about the narrator at first but he grew on me. Would definitely read from the narrator again!

Tropes used: Fake engagement, friends to lovers, scars, accidental pregnancy all of which I enjoy.

  • Tempting the Domme

  • Stronghold Doms, Book 7
  • By: Golden Angel
  • Narrated by: Nicole René
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Luke Evans is a confident, commanding man who happens to really like a bossy woman in the bedroom, so it's no surprise when he's immediately drawn to Stronghold's bossiest domme, Olivia Williams. Unfortunately for him, while he's just Olivia's type in a lot of ways, she's not happy that he's in a position of professional power over her, a decision she was not privy to when it was made. But Luke's just as much a go-getter as Olivia, and he's perfectly happy to join the class of new submissives in order to show her just how far he's willing to go.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can I just be her???

  • By Suzy M. on 01-11-19

Interesting male sub female domme romantic suspense

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

Reviewed: 02-24-19

Loved the story but you probably do benefit from reading the books in order. This is my first book in a 10+ book series and it’s number 7 in queue so there are a lot of characters that are probably fan favorites or commonly known if you start from book one.

That being said I’m more invested in female domme male sub stories so I started with this despite the lack of context.

It has a lot of romantic suspense if you like that kind of thing. I loved that the hero had friends in the life but had never actually tried it and was curious and wasn’t automatically subjected to wanting to want to learn to be a dom. I loved that the heroine just knew she was a dominant and wasn’t interested in anything else.

My only complaints were that diversity felt forced and I love inclusion but not if it’s just gonna be a drive by attempt, and that it took more than 7 hours for the first scene in a 10+ hour book.

If the story had sucked I would’ve given up by chapter 5, but I loved the chemistry even when they weren’t doing kinky things. I’d read more books in this series based on this book even though I know it’s mostly male Doms because I think this author portrays kink better than a lot of authors. I was entertained.

  • Lucky Suit

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Zachary Webber, Andi Arndt
  • Length: 2 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,585
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,538
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,507

I'm breaking up with setups. No more “you should meet my son, nephew, grandson, the butcher, the guy down the street who mows my lawn.” People mean well, but machines know better, so I'll rely on the great dating algorithms of the web to find my ideal man, thank you very much. Soon enough, it looks like I’ve found him - his screen name is Lucky Suit, and he’s hilarious, quick-witted, and full of heart. But when we finally get together in person, I have the distinct feeling I’ve met him before. Funny enough - he says the same thing about me. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved

  • By Thai on 02-06-19

Cute but confusing

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

Reviewed: 02-24-19

A little confusing sometimes but a cute short romance. The hero and heroine get catfished but the heroine’s gramma(which this gotta be the coolest glamma in the world, I can only wish to be her at 75!) and they end up being perfect for each other.

The narration is the huge highlight as both the narrators made a very tropish story more believe-able and adorable. It would’ve been perfect 5 star if it wasn’t so confusing since their catfishing was narrated as well so I really thought they were really talking to each other.

  • Rafe: A Buff Male Nanny

  • Loose Ends Series, Book 1
  • By: Rebekah Weatherspoon
  • Narrated by: Lacy Laurel
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

After a divorce and a thousand-mile move, Dr. Sloan Copeland and her twin daughters are finally getting the hang of their life in Los Angeles. When their live-in nanny bails with no warning, Sloan is left scrambling to find a competent caretaker to wrangle her smart, sensitive girls. Nothing less will do. Enter Rafe Whitcomb. He's all of those things, not to mention good-natured and one heck of a whiz in the kitchen. It doesn't take long for the Copelands to invite Rafe into their home, and just as quickly, both Sloan and Rafe find themselves succumbing to a heady mutual attraction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Liked but my my fave by this author

  • By Audiobookhoe on 02-22-19

Liked but my my fave by this author

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

Reviewed: 02-22-19

I’m not sure what I disconnected about this book. While I appreciated the low angst, I think the little angst gave this book a disservice. I liked the whole angle of them being adults and having the proper communication but everything was just too perfect for me. The twins were adorable but Aiden was a better ginger hero for me. I still enjoyed this book as I read it on audio and audiobooks are my preference.

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