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  • Rock Me

  • Bodyguard Bad Boys, Book 1
  • By: Carly Phillips
  • Narrated by: Sophie Eastlake
  • Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

A pop star in danger. Her reluctant bodyguard. A past they can't deny. Summer Michelle is on the verge of ultimate fame. Ben Hollander has sworn off mixing business with pleasure. But keeping his hands off of the sexy songstress is easier said than done and once the threat is neutralized, will she choose fame over love?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not my fave by Carly but still enjoyable

  • By Audiobookhoe on 08-18-18

Not my fave by Carly but still enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 08-18-18

I felt like this one was shorter than my typical Carly read and for that reason I felt unsatisfied. I thought the plot was cute but it wasn’t mind blowing. Either way I liked it but I wouldn’t go as far to say I loved it. Her sports romances so far have been my faves!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Let Me Love You

  • McClain Brothers Series, Book 1
  • By: Alexandria House
  • Narrated by: Jakobi Diem, Adenrele Ojo
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 45

Trying to put past hurts behind you is hard when your ex is a fool, but buoyed by child support and alimony, Jo Walker is moving forward with her life, pursuing a career, raising her little girl, and trying to live in peace. She believes she has all the bases covered in her world. But what about her heart?    Rap legend Everett "Big South" McClain is divorced, too, knows all about failed relationships, and has relegated his love life to casual connections rather than pursuing something real. That is, until he lays eyes on Jo.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Favorite book of 2018, Probably ever

  • By Audiobookhoe on 08-12-18

Favorite book of 2018, Probably ever

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

So I’d been wanting to read this book for a very long time because I loooove AA romance to pieces but I’ll admit my love for audiobooks is stronger🙆🏾‍♀️ Many AA contemporary romances don’t have audio accompanies so often I will overlook them because often I don’t have time to read ebooks. I was ecstatic to learn this would be on audio and when I tell you I stalked audible for weeks leading up to its release, I checked EVERY DAY!

So about the book. I’d been in a romance funk lately reading a ton of books that just felt blah to me but I’m so glad I made the time for this one because it blew my mind. Let me start by saying there were a few comments that really bothered me that made me almost want to put the book down. Once when the heroines best friend said that it was hard for regular black girls to get looked at with dark skinned women, Latinas and Asian girl being trendy. As if having dark skin is all of a sudden trendy and like dark skinned women are suddenly in the same league as women of other races.


That comment almost made me put down the book because it was so insensitive towards dark skinned women(like myself) I couldn’t believe a black writer would call dark skin trendy as if people can be in and out like fashion. The second comment was when the heroine called her own hair dusty because she wore it in her natural state. As a naturalista myself , again it almost made me put down the book because I would never describe this ancestor given crown of hair on my head as dusty. But the narration and story really saved me giving this book a four because I was really going to.

Big South Everett was the best hero I’ve ever read. He was selfless. He was family oriented and he was encouraging to the woman in his life. If didn’t even matter that we was bloody rich, if he hadn’t had a cent to his name he would’ve been the same character. But he was the kind of hero I’ve never ever encountered. This man will haunt my dreams forever because every hero from now on I will compare to Big South, lol.

The villains in this book, wow well done and they brought the drama. Part of the reason I loved this book was that it was filled with enough drama to keep me from putting it down. I loved that whole romance was the main plot, there were other subplots to keep me highly entertained. I loved Jo’s back story and her come up from Everett’s woman. She deserved everything good that happened to her and I’m glad Everett took a chance on her mean a$$!

Like I said I’m in awe of this book. I will be reading more from Ms. House because if her books are as good as this one she deserves all my money! Plus the narration , the narrators brought this book to LiFE. When I say I laughed throughout the whole book, I was looking crazy laughing to myself with my headphones on, lol. The narration was amazing! Both brought Jolena and Everett to LIFE where it snatched all my edges!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • What Happens at Con

  • By: Cathy Yardley
  • Narrated by: Jay Skelton, Serena St. Clair
  • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4

Ani wants just one night of abandon.... She's burned out from dealing with sexist crap, and with the hell of her grad program looming ahead of her, she just wants one night of nameless cosplay masquerade sex to blow off some steam. But even that goes wrong when the masks come off....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • romance tackling sexism

  • By Audiobookhoe on 08-12-18

romance tackling sexism

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

This book started out a four in the beginning, but it tackled so many subjects such as patriarchy, sexism, rape culture, workplace abuse/violence and toxic masculinty that I gave it a five since those are rarely tackled in romance. I loved that the heroine was of color(Indian-American and interfaith) as I didn't know that walking in. The horrible things women of color have to deal with pursuing their PHD's in STEM makes me understand why a lot of women don't go into it.

It was more a four sometimes since I wasn't excited about the narration(their voices were boring and didn't suit the characters)and the hero was just ok. I didn't love him, but his sexist behavior I found out was learned behavior, so I was glad she was helping him unlearn it.

Short read and my first by this author; I'm sure it wont be my last.

  • 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 322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292

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

Amazing read that changes the romance game!

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

I'm calling it! This is probably one of the best romances I've read in a while. While I've read a few books where men were on the spectrum, it was amazingly refreshing to see a heroine on the spectrum. This accounted for the awkwardest heroine imaginable and personally I was looking forward to seeing her uneasiness with intimacy and affection unfold. Ms. Hoang did an incredible job on writing one of the best heroes I've read in a romance novel. I loved that Michael was Asian American. Quite often Asian heroes don't get pushed like white ones do and in this, Ms. Hoang managed to kill the myth that Asian American men are undesirable( To whom??? Who started this lie?!?)

Michael Phan was a h0# with a heart of gold. I love, love, LOVED that he was written as a fully fleshed human being and not a stereotype. He had issues and problems and insecurities that made him feel real and leap off the page. In this case, he was an escort and for a reason that I understood and empathized for. Sex work is something you mainly see being shamed and I loved how this book didn't shame sex work. Sure Michael wasn't exactly shouting from the rooftops what he did for a living, but he wasn't ashamed of it, nor did the heroine shame him for it. They had great chemistry and I loved them together. They were so different that it worked! I didn't want this book to end. It was well worth the credit.

  • Dirty Doctor

  • By: Whitney G.
  • Narrated by: Joe Arden, Erin Mallon
  • Length: 2 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169

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...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • loved it

  • By Anonymous User on 07-03-18

Naughty and loved it!

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

This book was amazing, a short read which was the right amount of romance, banter and hate-loving make this read feel like this is not enough!

  • A Princess in Theory

  • By: Alyssa Cole
  • Narrated by: Karen Chilton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

Between grad school and multiple jobs, Naledi Smith doesn't have time for fairy tales . . . or the patience for constant emails claiming she's betrothed to an African prince. Sure. Right. Delete! As a former foster kid, she's learned that the only things she can depend on are herself and the scientific method, and a silly email won't convince her otherwise. Prince Thabiso is the sole heir to the throne of Thesolo, shouldering the hopes of his parents and his people. At the top of their list? His marriage. Ever dutiful, he tracks down his missing betrothed. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It’s Coming to America meets The Princess Diaries

  • By Saritza Hernandez on 05-22-18

Inclusive Royal Romance

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

I don't read royal romances since they are often very white. When this came out, I jumped at the chance to read a less eurocentric take on royalty. I loved it, and I'm surprised this is my first book from this author. I read it in audio and thought the narrator did a good job. I liked how it showed a privileged black prince when I'm so used to seeing privileged rich white men in books.

The hero was woke in some aspects but dense in others, while his heroine helped him see the world so differently. She literally helped him be a better man which I think is so lacking in romance, as we're expected to take men at their worst because they're so dangerously good looking(but hot guys are allowed to be extra flawed right???).

The heroine was a scientist which was awesome! This book had so many great things, that I ignored some of the small details I didn't like(minor, but some of my questions were still unanswered by the end of the book) as well as the HFN ending.

I wanted to see a huge extravagant African traditional wedding because we always have to see weddings from a Western view, so I was not only expecting it, I was disappointed that I felt robbed of it. I'm not even huge on marriage at the end of books, but come on??? An African wedding in a mainstream romance book??? That would've been amazing!

Anyway, the author created her own Wakanda(one free of colonialism and of great wealth) so I'm definitely reading the sequel!

  • The Revenge Games Duet

  • By: Sky Corgan
  • Narrated by: Arthur J. Hoyt
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

Caleb Ryan was the only man I ever loved. But then he betrayed me.... I spent years trying to get over what he'd done to me, honing my hatred until it was knife-sharp. Now I finally have a chance to take my revenge. The only problem is I need him to achieve another goal. Whether I like it or not, we're going to have to work together. Now feelings are coming back that should be buried and gone. Can years mend a broken heart, or is my need for revenge all I have left?  

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Okay listen

  • By Jenny B on 08-21-18

Interesting romance

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

This isn’t my first sky corgan book but I’m indifferent about whether I liked it as much as others but it wasn’t my least favorite.

Since it’s a duet, it’s long. Very tropish so some of it is predictable but still a good read. I received this via audiobook boom and reviewed voluntarily.

  • Hating You, Loving You

  • By: Crystal Kaswell
  • Narrated by: Kai Kennicott, Wen Ross
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Dean Maddox spent high school pushing all my buttons. Seven years later, we're working together. So much has changed, but he's the same arrogant jerk with the same penchant for teasing me senselessly. I still want to slap the cocky smirk from his face. And tear off his clothes. And kiss him like the ship is going down. I hate him. I want him. I can't...no, I will stop thinking about him. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • On Dean you amaze me!

  • By KDB on 07-29-18

This one was amazing and I loved it!

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

I loved this read! The banter was funny at times And I loved how the heroine was a woman of color of KoreAn ancestry. She was super relatable and was strong but had her vulnerable moments. The last book I gave a four but I loved this one so much more so it earned a five easily. I didn't want it to be over.

  • Let's Talk About Love

  • By: Claire Kann
  • Narrated by: Adenrele Ojo
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Alice had her whole summer planned. Nonstop all-you-can-eat buffets while marathoning her favorite TV shows (best friends totally included) with the smallest dash of adulting - working at the library to pay her share of the rent. The only thing missing from her perfect plan? Her girlfriend (who ended things when Alice confessed she's asexual). Alice is done with dating - no thank you, do not pass go, stick a fork in her, done. But then Alice meets Takumi and she can't stop thinking about him or the rom com-grade romance feels she did not ask for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • good ya/na story

  • By Audiobookhoe on 07-19-18

good ya/na story

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

Reviewed: 07-19-18

Lovely story about a queer black girl. It felt more like a 4 than a 5 but there was so much I look for in a novel it deserved it. Alice frustrated me as a main character most times. She was a black legacy, but since she’s a gen-z she never really felt the need to know what she wanted to do with herself. I know she was under a lot of pressure it’s just, like any privileged person she didn’t understand how good she had it XD

I’m not ace, which she was and I hadn’t realized she’d been intimate before her story began. I imagine it’s extremely difficult to be ace when most people are allo; She read like a intimacy repulsed ace person, which made it hard to root for her and akumi(her love interest) and their future since they both made it clear where they stood on things.

Her lack of communication was the most frustrating about it and she eventually corrected that about herself but the story insinuated ace people don’t have urges despite the fact they don’t desire intercourse. This is Alice’s story so I imagine it will resonate with someone, but her selfishness and ability to only care about herself, especially when it came to her parents and friends concerns were super frustrating.

It does also read like a new adult book even though I know ya can extend to first year of college(she was a sophomore) and even though it had a strong ya feel, all the characters are 19 or older.

Overall a good story.

  • The Dom's Virgin

  • A Dark Billionaire Romance
  • By: Penelope Bloom
  • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese, Teri Clark Linden
  • Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

Ever heard of a virgin romance author? Now you have. Spoiler alert: it’s as sad as it sounds. My roommate thinks I should do some research to help my writer’s block. When a billionaire publishing executive rejects my book, she has the perfect idea. The perfectly terrible idea of tricking him into bidding on me through a BDSM site. I know how it sounds. Crazy. Stupid. Irresponsible. Check, check, check. I couldn’t agree more. Yes, he’s practically dripping with sex appeal. Yes, any woman with a pulse would kill for a “hello” from him. And yes, he looks like he belongs on a movie screen.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Unrealistic

  • By T.Hines on 08-13-18

Nice effort, though culturally insensitive

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

Reviewed: 07-19-18

This was a good attempt at bdsm. I was skeptical at first because I've had some weak books, but the way bdsm was portrayed was pretty enjoyable. I think it took 3/5 of the book to get to that point so I was getting really impatient, and the villains were from the DR but the accent used was EXTREMELY Mexican, and as a Caribbean-Latinx, I couldn't help feeling some kind of way at the horrible accents as well as always referring to random people as "The Dominican/The Dominicans even saying Dominican when referring to the country it's called Dominican Republic. There are two countries with Dominican as a demonym so that's confusing when you know that so I cringed every time the mistake was made.

I dont normally like suspenseful books but the bdsm and love scenes made it readable to the end.