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  • Thin

  • Sharing Spaces, Book 3
  • By: Alicia Michaels
  • Narrated by: Rachel Jacobs
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Kinsley Simmons does not belong in an inpatient facility for people struggling with eating disorders. However, her doctor and therapist are of the opinion that she does, which is why she's missing out on her college graduation to participate in a recovery program for bulimia nervosa. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The raw emotion was palpable.

  • By Lynn 2 Girls and a Book on 04-26-18

A challenging subject matter done well!

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

Reviewed: 03-05-19

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My tags for this novel are…Informative / Realistic / Ethnically diverse characters / HEA
Format read: Audiobook via Audible’s Romance Package
Writing style: Kinsley’s POV only
Cover design gush: I love it! It’s modestly sexy, and my favorite one in the Sharing Spaces series of standalone novels.
Ratings
Overall ★★★☆☆
Performances ★★★☆☆ Rachel Jacobs returned to complete this last and final novel in the series. She was good with giving the characters vocal personality and keeping me tuned in to a plot that dealt with very serious themes.
Story ★★★☆☆
Technically, I went into this third novel about Kinsley blind. I didn’t read the synopsis before diving in. But I knew from her changing behavior in Chloe’s novel Brat (Sharing Spaces, #2) that something serious was going on with Kinsley. I felt sorry for her, her parents and her friends who weren’t sure how to help her initially. New friend characters in treatment with her were introduced, and I liked how we got a follow up on how they were doing post-treatment as well.

Kudos to the author for tackling this storyline that I wouldn’t have normally picked to read.

If you read the synopsis and aren’t scared off by a more seriously themed new adult college experience, then definitely give this novel a read.

  • Brooklynaire

  • By: Sarina Bowen
  • Narrated by: Zachary Webber, Virginia Rose, Joe Hempel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,376
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,292
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,291

You'd think a billion dollars, a professional hockey team and a six-bedroom mansion on the Promenade would satisfy a guy. You'd be wrong. For seven years Rebecca has brightened my office with her wit and her smile. She manages both my hockey team and my sanity. I don't know when I started waking in the night, craving her. All I know is that one whiff of her perfume ruins my concentration. And her laugh makes me hard.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging.

  • By ReadingMad100 on 08-04-18

Another winner!

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

Reviewed: 03-03-19

Writing style: Multiple POVs
Cover design: The nerdy hot cover model works for me. 😉
Dual format owned: Kindle e-book & Audible audiobook
Ratings
Overall ★★★★★
Performances ★★★★★
Zachary Webber and Virginia Rose do the heavy lifting quite well with Joe Hempel occasionally piping in seamlessly.
Story ★★★★☆
I wasn’t in a good headspace when I started Nate and Rebecca’s romance, but I really enjoyed their transition from boss-assistant and friends-to-lovers. I can never imagine falling for a boss in real life, but it worked so well for them.

Nate’s caring nature and his patience regarding Rebecca’s injury and worries really impressed me. I wanted to shake her a little bit for her reluctance to let their relationship morph into something even greater. But I could also see why she’d be reticent to risk the dynamic they originally had for a more intimate relationship. What if they failed and how would her career goals have to change?

It all works out just fine. My final thought was why couldn’t I be as fortunate in my career and love life as this pair, and please could I have their life of great partnership.

  • Birthday Suit

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Sebastian York, January Lavoy, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 841
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 798
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 800

An all-star production of a brand new stand-alone romance from number one New York Times best-selling author Lauren Blakely, performed by a full cast of 12 narrators.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best audiobook. EVER!

  • By Kara Hildebrand on 01-14-19

An audiobook experience not to be missed!

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

Reviewed: 03-03-19

What I liked most about this novel…
Easy-to-read / Interesting characters / Full audio cast / Flashbacks / HEA

Ratings
Overall ★★★★☆
Performances ★★★★★
Andi Arndt (Lulu), Sebastian York (Leo), Erin Mallon (Ginny), R.C. Bray (George), January Lavoy (Kingsley), Dion Graham (Cameron), Shane East (Dean), Jason Clarke (Tripp), Joe Arden (Noah), Julia Whelan (Tabitha), Robin Miles (Mariana and Vivian), and Savannah Peachwood (RaeLynn).

Shane East as Dean and Joe Arden as Noah had me chuckling a couple times. Overall, this mix of narrators did a great job. I highly recommend opting for the audiobook version of this novel.

Story ★★★★☆
The story premise isn’t one I’d normally go for, but I’m a fan of this author and decided to give it a go. I was also excited to hear a full cast recording of an audiobook. This group of characters had fun which balanced out the more serious revelations about Tripp.

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Bonus material: The interview and blooper tracks were fantastic! They revealed a lot of interesting tidbits about audiobook narration in general as well as specifics about their prep and recording experience for Birthday Suit.

My only criticism is that I couldn’t rewind during the interview and bloopers to bookmark any of it. Maybe that’s an Audible app issue and not the original recording’s playback error. I gave up trying after a couple of attempts.

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  • Brat

  • Sharing Spaces, Book 2
  • By: Alicia Michaels
  • Narrated by: Rachel Jacobs
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

She's a spoiled shopaholic with daddy issues. He's a socially conscious vegetarian who doesn't hide his disdain for people who come from the trappings of wealth. Of course none of that would have mattered if Chloe could have just left her summer fling with Chase behind her, without a glance back - something that will prove impossible when the consequences of that fling rear their head. Particularly one consequence; one with 10 fingers, 10 toes, and the potential to turn Chloe's privileged life upside down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesomeness

  • By Tmaster on 05-29-17

A good out of my comfort zone read!

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

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Writing style: Chloe’s POV only
Cover design: I like this cover and how lighthearted the cover models representing Chloe and Chase look in the pose chosen.
Ratings
Overall ★★★☆☆
Performances ★★★☆☆
I was not happy to see Marami Hung, the original narrator from book 1, not return for book 2. Rachel Jacobs took risks and chose very distinctive voices for each character. I didn’t like all of them, but overall, she did a good job.
Story ★★★☆☆
This new adult romance tackled a very serious issue in an informative and relatively non-biased manner. I wasn’t super crazy about a couple of decisions Chloe made, but I liked Chase and his personality enough to balance out my irritation with Chloe. And, I also genuinely enjoyed the ongoing roommates’ camaraderie first introduced in V-Card (Sharing Spaces, #1).
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Coming up next:
I binge listened to all 3 standalone novels in audiobook format, so I’ve already read Thin (Sharing Spaces Book 3).

  • V-Card

  • Sharing Spaces, Volume 1
  • By: Alicia Michaels
  • Narrated by: Marami Hung
  • Length: 4 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 68

Jennifer Nolan has been unlucky when it comes to love; even more unfortunate when it comes to sex. In fact, the 20-year-old college junior is about to enter her senior year still carrying her v-card. All she wants is to be with that special someone without it resulting in a trip to the emergency room, runaway office supplies, or being scarred for life by someone's weird fetishes. With several botched attempts under her belt, she begins to fear she'll end up a lonely spinster or a crazy cat lady.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An enjoyable listen

  • By Kristy Heinicke on 02-13-15

A wonderfully narrated virgin romance novella!

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

★¸¸.•*¨*•★Spoiler free review★•*¨*•.¸¸★

Writing style: Jennifer’s POV only
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What I enjoyed most about this novel…
Easy-to-read / Entertaining / Virgin trope / Roommates-turned-lovers trope / College roommates I wish I’d had / HEA
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Story rating: ★★★★☆ I’m a sucker for the virgin romance trope, so this book was like catnip for me. Without revealing spoilery details, I felt Jennifer’s quest to lose her virginity without further crazy mishaps didn’t play out as typically as I thought it might. I also liked the friendship vibe all the roommates had going on. It was a no brainer to download the next roommate’s story, Brat.

I actually binge read V-Card (Sharing Spaces, #1) by Alicia Michaels, Brat (Sharing Spaces, #2) by Alicia Michaels and Thin (A New Adult Contemporary Romance) (Sharing Spaces Book 3) by Alicia Michaels, and of the three novels, V-Card was by far my favorite.

I believe that is because the challenges in the subsequent two novels were just way heavier in theme than I usually prefer. Nevertheless, I’m glad I had them all to read and got to live several college experiences I never had vicariously through these characters.

  • Torn

  • A Wicked Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 771
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 710
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 706

Everything Ivy Morgan thought she knew has been turned on its head. After being betrayed and then nearly killed by the Prince of the Fae, she's left bruised and devastated - and with an earth-shattering secret that she must keep at all costs. And if the Order finds out her secret, they'll kill her. Then there's Ren Owens, the sexy, tattooed Elite member of the Order who has been sharing Ivy's bed and claiming her heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • JENNIFER L ARMENTROUT....

  • By Brandy Blackerby on 09-15-16

So many secrets, loved it all!

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

Reviewed: 01-22-19

Writing style: First Person POV (Ivy’s)
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Cover design: I love everything about this cover. It’s gorgeous and dramatic.
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Overall rating: ★★★★½
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Performance rating: ★★★★★ Amy Landon was fantastic again.
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Story rating: ★★★★½
There were lots of secrets and surprising twists. I went back and forth on one of the most important secrets before the truth was revealed. Tink stole every scene he popped up in, and he had the best secret of them all.

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Coming up next text: Brave (A Wicked Trilogy Book 3)

  • 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 3,915
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,634
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,627

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

Definitely an ear worthy read!

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

Reviewed: 01-22-19

★¸¸.•*¨*•★Spoiler FREE Review★•*¨*•.¸¸★

Writing style: Stella’s POV

Cover design reaction: It’s cleverly done and ties in nicely with the title.

Ratings
Overall ★★★★★
Performances ★★★★★ Carly Robins - I loved her choices for all of the characters!
Story ★★★★★
It truly lived up to all the hype I’d seen leading up to its release. Stella and Michael’s unorthodox connection was irresistibly charming and frank. It’s definitely going on my favorites GoodReads shelf.

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What I enjoyed most about this contemporary romance novel…
Debut author’s refreshing storytelling / Easy-to-read / Entertaining / Wonderful characters / Witty / Original / Page-turner / Romantic / HEA / Great audiobook narration

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Coming up next: The Bride Test | Expected Release Date: May 2019
I would love to listen to this next interconnected standalone novel in audiobook as well.

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  • Dating the Undead

  • By: Juliet Lyons
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre, Alan Smyth
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

When Silver Harris kisses sexy Irish vampire Logan Byrne on New Year's Eve, she knows other humans just won't suffice. Convinced she'll never see him again, she joins the uber-popular vampire dating site, V-Date.com. What Silver doesn't know is that the site is more dangerous than she could have ever imagined, and soon she's in over her head.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic narration; super entertaining vamp tale!

  • By Liv on 01-21-19

Fantastic narration; super entertaining vamp tale!

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

Please give us MORE of this series in audiobook format!
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Spoiler FREE review!
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Cover design reaction: It’s eye-catching and a bit busy, but I like it. Narrator Alan Smyth’s voice matches the cover model well in my opinion, so that’s another bonus.
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Dual format read – Yes or No?: YES! I own the Kindle e-book, but I read it 100% via audiobook. And fortunately, I had time during this read / listen to bookmark scenes and highlight funny, sexy and cool passages in my Kindle e-book copy.
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Ratings
Overall ★★★★☆

Performances – Justine Eyre ★★★★☆ As usual, I enjoyed her overall performance because she’s great with accents and makes consistently good acting choices. However, I wish she would STOP changing her voice so deeply to do male voices. They don’t work as well for me. I think she’s wasting her time trying to sound so obviously masculine.

Performances – Alan Smyth ★★★★★ OMG! I loved, loved, loved his voice! He was so good with accents, and his acting choices were all spot on. Honestly, I couldn’t help but to wish he’d narrated this dual POV novel solo because he was that impressive.

Story ★★★★☆ Juliet Lyons is a new-to-me author who delivered well on her cool premise for Silver and Logan’s unconventional paranormal love story. This debut novel had interesting main and supporting characters, great pacing, good sexual tension, occasional humor and a nicely dramatic climax with a very satisfying epilogue.

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Coming up next...(eventually, I hope!):
I’m sold! I was definitely intrigued by the sadness we witnessed in vampire cop Vincent’s eyes at Logan’s BBQ birthday party in the epilogue. So, I’ll be sure to read the audiobook format of Vincent’s story in Romancing the Undead if the AUDIOBOOK FORMAT is ever released.

  • The Prince

  • A Wicked Novella
  • By: Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

Cold. Heartless. Deadly. Whispers of his name alone bring fear to fae and mortals alike. The Prince. There is nothing in the mortal world more dangerous than him. Haunted by a past he couldn’t control, all Caden desires is revenge against those who’d wronged him, trapping him in never-ending nightmare. And there is one person he knows can help him. Raised within the Order, Brighton Jussier knows just how dangerous the Prince is, reformed or not. She’d seen firsthand what atrocities he could be capable of. The last thing she wants to do is help him, but he leaves her little choice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • love the story. hate the voice.

  • By Katie Grace on 11-28-18

Revenge has its merits! And more Tink, yay!

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

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Dual format owned: Kindle e-book & Audible audiobook
Format read: Unabridged Audiobook
Writing style: Brighton’s POV only
Ratings
Overall ★★★★★ I really enjoyed this novella. More please!

Performances ★★★★★ I loved that I could bump up the playback speed and still enjoy the different character voices Amy Landon did.

Story ★★★★★

I love novellas, and this was a nice bonus to the Wicked trilogy. It was a quick and easily engaging read / listen that I highly recommend to paranormal fans.

There was a tragic event that helped inspire the heroine Brighton to change her passive role in the Order to a secretly more active and dangerous one. That ultimately led to her teaming up with Caden, the formerly wicked Summer Prince. The focus was on their combined revenge mission, but we also got a few moments that showed us their attraction was undeniably building and leading to romantic feelings for Brighton at least.

And of course, I have to mention that I crazy loved how any appearance by or mention of Tink, my favorite magical Brownie being, made me smile or outright laugh. He had to stay at Brighton’s place for a while which was an entertaining bonus. Whether Tink was in his tiny aka fun-size or his full size, I loved how Amy Landon voiced him so distinctly for each. Dixon, Tink’s adorable pet cat, was also a fun additional guest at Brighton’s place.

Per the publisher, ‘Every 1,001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series.’ So, the ending, while not exactly a cliff hanger according to the publisher’s note, was still very mysterious to me. I’m betting there will be another novel or novella expanding on the new roles Brighton and Caden will play next.

I have no doubt that new fans to the Wicked trilogy will definitely want to go back and read / listen to 1-Wicked, 2-Torn and 3-Brave in the main trilogy after this very engaging reading experience.

  • Into the Light

  • By: L.B. Simmons
  • Narrated by: Arden Hammersmith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

Overcome with guilt and unable to cope with the loss of her beloved family, she has long since buried eight-year old Aubrey along with them and transformed herself into Raven Miller. Now with jet-black hair, multiple sets of eccentric contact lenses, and several facial piercings, she's veiled herself in complete darkness as a form of protection for herself, as well as others. As she enters her first year of college, her goal is simple: earn a degree with the least amount of social interaction as possible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Resurrection of Aubrey Miller Review

  • By bluesbooks09 on 04-17-15

Excellent narration and an engrossing story!

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

Initial thoughts: I was very invested in learning why Raven believes those close to her are at risk of dying prematurely. Also, Arden Hammersmith, the audiobook narrator delivered a superb performance.

Ratings:
Overall - 5 stars
Performance - 5 stars
Story - 5 stars

This was my first novel written by L.B. Simmons. It took me a few years to get to it (collected in December 2014), but I am so glad I finally did. I loved Aubrey's character development. I also like the span of time covered. She really deserved her HEA.