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  • Pride

  • By: Ibi Zoboi
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Acevedo
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

Zuri Benitez has pride. Brooklyn pride, family pride, and pride in her Afro-Latino roots. But pride might not be enough to save her rapidly gentrifying neighborhood from becoming unrecognizable. When the wealthy Darcy family moves in across the street, Zuri wants nothing to do with their two teenage sons, even as her older sister, Janae, starts to fall for the charming Ainsley. She especially can’t stand the judgmental and arrogant Darius. Yet as Zuri and Darius are forced to find common ground, their initial dislike shifts into an unexpected understanding.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Every girl from the hood needs to listen to this

  • By Kiana on 09-19-18

Happy to see publishers finally publishing stories

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

Reviewed: 10-22-18

SO I’m not a P&P purist, in fact I’ve never even read it. I think it’s because me, as a poor, black Latina raised in an inner city neighborhood, ive never felt like those classic romances spoke to me. I just can’t relate to old classics at all, no matter how many readers tell me it’s the best book they ever read.

Pride on the other hand was a retelling that awakened my senses and spoke to me on so many different levels. Ibi is definitely one of those slept on writers in the we need diverse books conversation. Her books are fantastic probably more moving to me that Daniel Jose Olders “Shadowshaper” or Angie Thomas’s The hate you give. Maybe it’s because I relate more to her characters. The way she describes them resemble me more than anything and the only other author that’s been able to accomplish that for me is Veronica Chambers, another slept on Afro-latinx author.

This story was a book that spoke my language, both Spanish and colloquial English spoken in urban areas. Zuri was me and I was Zuri. I loved that she was Haitian and Dominican!!!

The story was sort of heartbreaking since gentrification affects entire families and ultimately affected hers but I loved that she fell for this square, rich kid. It’s usually the other way around where the guy is from the other side of the tracks. So it was refreshing to see a hood girl, one who was me when I was 17, with these big dreams and goals. I think the only thing that drove me nuts about her was that she was so hard on everyone. It took her so long to let her guard down and let someone she her softness. I think there’s this pressure that black girls have to be stronger than girls of other races, I would’ve love to see her show her vulnerability sooner.

Either way it was a great love story and a great story in general. I love to see two black teens from different socio-economic backgrounds fall in love. I just love seeing black kids fall in love in general 😍

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  • Hard Love

  • By: Peyton Banks
  • Narrated by: Lacy Laurel
  • Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Reiner Strickland had led his team to three national championships, and playing a knight in shining armor was all in a day's work for the NFL star quarterback. Only his damsel in distress had no idea who he was, and it threw him off his game. He was the face of his organization and was used to everyone recognizing him. Her innocence, charm, and beauty captivated him. It wasn't until after they parted ways that he realized that he never got her number or even her last name. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Liked it

  • By Audiobookhoe on 10-22-18

Liked it

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

Reviewed: 10-22-18

I would say I liked this one but wasn’t blown away by it. I don’t usually love when IR writers make race a part of the plot. While I understood the hero’s mothers reason to being concerned about their relationship, it just took me out of the story to read about an IR couple where race was mentioned so heavily. Kudos to the author for having an audiobook since that’s my preferred method of reading! I’ll read audiobooks of any genre but I love when I can get the chance to read an AA, MC or IR romance instead of the mainstream white romances.

I’ll probably give this author another book or two. The writing was good. Maybe it was just these characters I didn’t connect to.

  • Savor You

  • A Fusion Novel
  • By: Kristen Proby
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York, Abby Craden
  • Length: 6 hrs and 18 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 302

Cooking isn't what Mia Palazzo does, it's who she is. Food is her passion...her pride...her true love. She's built a stellar menu full of delicious and sexy meals for her restaurant, Seduction. Now, after being open for only a few short years, Mia’s restaurant is being featured on Best Bites TV. To say Seduction is a wild success is an understatement. All the blood, sweat, tears, and endless hours of work Mia has put into the restaurant have finally paid off. Then Camden Sawyer, the biggest mistake of her life, walks into her kitchen....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome! ❤❤

  • By Salena on 04-25-18

Cute fluff

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

Reviewed: 10-21-18

Liked it. It was more fluff than anything but this series in particular tends to “try” for something super dramatic instead of give natural drama.

I liked that the heroine was fat because I wasn’t walking in with that knowledge. I loved the female narrator but am not a fan of Sebastian York.

This is a combo of second chance, unplanned pregnancy and office but it didn’t go as deep into the last one as much as I wanted. Everything seemed to end very convenient and it just felt too easy but I enjoyed, just not enough to five star it.

  • The Hot One

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Zachary Webber, Andi Arndt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,857
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,748
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,742

Ever notice that sometimes a guy will do something really stupid, like let the love of his life slip through his fingers? Yeah. I'm that guy. But the instant I run into her again I've got one goal and one goal only—a second chance. The plan? Go big or go home. Fine, at first glance, stripping naked at my ex-girlfriend's place of work might not seem like the brightest way to win her heart again. But trust me on this count—she always liked me best without any clothes on. And sometimes you've got to play to your strengths when you're fighting an uphill battle.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Seriously Not Good

  • By B. D. on 02-21-18

Adorable second chance romance

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

Loved it to pieces. Loved all the extra epilogues. That Hea was super adorable and I wasn’t expecting it! For just a short book it packed a huge punch and definitely worth the credit.

  • From Twinkle, with Love

  • By: Sandhya Menon
  • Narrated by: Soneela Nankani, Vikas Adam
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

Aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra has stories she wants to tell and universes she wants to explore, if only the world would listen. So when fellow film geek Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a movie for the upcoming Summer Festival, Twinkle is all over it. The chance to publicly showcase her voice as a director? Dream come true. The fact that it gets her closer to her longtime crush, Neil Roy - aka Sahil’s twin brother? Dream come true x 2. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I liked it

  • By Meaghan Bynum on 05-23-18

Cute ya

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

Cute ya novel. I especially loved that the heroine was dark skinned, something you don’t see portrayed with woc in romance that much(girls are typically always lighter than their love interest).

This author has a way with female characters that want to make change in the world in their own way. While I don’t think it was as memorable as when dimple met rishi, it was still cute.

She was a film maker too! It does follow a similar poor girl rich boy trope but it still stood on its own. Her friendships did frustrate me, especially Maddie(her former bestie) but I guess that’s the life of teens.

Sahil was super sweet too, so I couldn’t not think of a reason not to give it a five.

  • Flirting with Forever

  • By: Kendall Ryan
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Zachary Webber
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

My best friend, Natalie, has been by my side through everything. Leaning on my shoulder, borrowing my sweatshirts…and making my pants too tight when she flashes me that sassy smile that drives me crazy. But she has no idea about that last part. She doesn't have a clue I've felt this way about her for years. Until one night after too many cocktails, we fall into bed together. I'm flirting with my forever…she just doesn't know it yet. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Would not use a credit or pay the price for 4 hours.

  • By Dawn Linville on 09-05-18

Cute story

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

It was a cute friends to lovers story but nothing too memorable. The audio book was an hour shorter than I expected since the last hour was a sample of Ms. Ryan’s new book Dear Jane.

Overall I liked it but I probably wouldn’t reread. It just didn’t tug at my heart strings like I expected. Still a cute, predictable story.

  • Bradley

  • Members from Money, Book 2
  • By: Katie Dowe, BWWM Club
  • Narrated by: Leigh Desalles
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Leesa's living it up as famous international model, but there's only one thing she wants: Bradley Wellington. He's a gorgeous, self-made billionaire, and even though he's older than her, Leesa's fallen in love with him and is determined to make him her own. One night, Leesa's dream seems to come true - they end up having a hot and heavy night together, and it's the most passion Leesa's ever known. But then he drops a bombshell: He doesn't want a relationship and needs space. Leesa, heartbroken, jets off to Europe. It's there she finds out she's pregnant. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed but didn't blow me away

  • By Audiobookhoe on 10-04-18

Enjoyed but didn't blow me away

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

It was a good story but not a huge fan of this particular trope. Overall I enjoyed but probably wouldn't re-read.

Received a complimentary copy of this audiobook. Thoughts are my own.

  • Tempting

  • By: Crystal Kaswell
  • Narrated by: Kai Kennicott, Wen Ross
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

He’s my best friend’s older brother, off limits and incredibly tempting. I shouldn’t peak into Brendon’s sketchbook, even if the tattoo artist is as brooding and stoic as the day is long. I can’t help myself. I peel it open, run my fingers along the paper, soak up every ounce of him. His drawings are as beautiful and bold as his dark eyes and his cocky smile. Only, there, on the third page - that’s no tattoo mockup. That’s me. Naked. Ready. Waiting in his bed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Falling for the tattoo artist....

  • By Darcie on 08-01-18

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

Enjoyable. I read out of order with 75% of this series. This is definitely the weaker of the series so far but I still enjoyed. I think while their age difference wasn't as dramatic as the book suggests(she's 18, he's 26) it felt severe since she'd just turned legal, and he'd been scooping her out way before then which was a LITTLE weird. If you like older characters, you may not like the heroine but I think if you can get over that, the heroine's arc dealt with depression, which was the best part about the book. The hero wasn't really that exciting let alone for being a good artist and into light BDSM, which I don't think the author did the best job at portraying, it wasn't bad but it felt like something to put in to add spice without knowing the knowledge behind the life of kink.

If you want a romance that deals with real problems, this is definitely it.

  • Branding Her: Bundle 1, Episodes 1-6

  • Steamy Lesbian Romance Series, Book 7
  • By: Alex B Porter
  • Narrated by: Roxanne Hill
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

When single mom Kaylee lands a new job, everything seems to be falling into place. Then Alexis comes along. A woman who doesn't take no for an answer. Will Kaylee let go of her fears and insecurities to fully indulge in Alexis, or will it all get to be too much?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well Done

  • By Adina Eisenberg on 10-15-16

Been in a mood...

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

It was super sexy, especially after a slump of fade to black. It is a little tell-y which made it not as always easy not to put it down, which is why it took me a month to finish it despite its length. Overall all well done. I received this book at my request and reviews this title voluntarily.

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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 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

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!

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