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  • From Lukov with Love

  • By: Mariana Zapata
  • Narrated by: Callie Dalton, Teddy Hamilton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,373
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,264

If someone were to ask Jasmine Santos to describe the last few years of her life with a single word, it would definitely be a four-letter one. After 17 years - and countless broken bones and broken promises - she knows her window to compete in figure skating is coming to a close. But when the offer of a lifetime comes in from an arrogant idiot she's spent the last decade dreaming about pushing in the way of a moving bus, Jasmine might have to reconsider everything. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New Favorite MZ Slow Burn

  • By Brittany M on 05-13-18

Zapata - Queen of the Slow Burn - does it again!

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18

The author always impresses on the sports subject matter expertise. Great story line and character development with strong supporting cast. As with all her slow burn romances, the flow is good.

Several laugh out loud moments that had subway riders taking a second glance at me.

Narrators as GREAT!

  • Tempting Tristan: Tristan Brewer

  • Harborside Nights
  • By: Melissa Foster
  • Narrated by: Teddy Hamilton, Jacob Morgan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

Fresh off the heels of yet another bad relationship, Tristan Brewer is taking a break from men to try to figure out where he keeps going wrong. He knows his biggest fault - he leads with his heart, not his head - and that’s never going to change. But after several introspective weeks, he’s beginning to get a handle on things. That is until badass heartthrob Alex Wells walks into his bar... 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫ 4.5 Stars ✫✫

  • By Cyndi on 06-17-18

2 Hot Men with Difficult Pasts = Great Listen

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18

Author introduces just the right amount of character development and history detail to feel attached early in the romance. Good flow and additional supporting cast. Lots of hot M/M scenes.

Hamilton and Morgan are favorite narrators, they don't disappoint. The only reason I did not give 5-stars for performance is due to the audible inserts that do not match the existing tone. Not sure, what was driving the new inserts; new additions? Luckily, with these two performers, it can be overlooked.

  • On a Tuesday

  • By: Whitney G.
  • Narrated by: Erin Mallon, Joseph Discher
  • Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238

Charlotte Taylor has three automatic strikes in my book: 1) She hates me. She also claims that I'm a "domineering jerk with a huge, overbearing ego". (I do have something huge. It's not my ego, though.) 2) She takes our mandatory tutoring sessions way too seriously. 3) She's sexy as hell...and a virgin. At least those were her strikes before our study sessions started lasting longer than they were supposed to. Until one innocent kiss became a hundred dirty ones, and until she became the first woman I ever fell hard for.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A vivid, delightful and outstanding performance!

  • By Avephoenix on 09-01-18

Another Win!

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

Whitney G. is a terrific author - I have been waiting for her next book. If you have not listened to the other books, do so now -- You will not be disappointed. Reasonable Doubt and Turbulence are my favorites. I don't normally like short <5 hour listens but I knew I could trust the author.

I have also been waiting for another narration from Joseph Discher, another good job. Erin is phenomenal as usual.

Enjoyable love story listen that keeps you captivated until the end.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Sinfully Mine

  • Lessons with the Dom, Volume 2
  • By: Kendall Ryan
  • Narrated by: Jodi Stapler
  • Length: 3 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 332
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 311
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309

She was forbidden. I didn't care. As my best friend's little sister, Macey Hale was off-limits. Tempting as sin and forbidden. I wish I could say that stopped me. I wish I could tell you I'd behave like a gentleman. I didn't. When she waltzes back into my life with that same spark I fell for, looking every bit the beautiful woman I knew she'd grow into, I have to force myself to remember I'm different from the man she once knew. I'm colder. Harder. And for good reason.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nice Story, didnt like the narrator

  • By Maggie on 03-23-16

Narrative lacking

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

Reviewed: 12-04-17

Big fan of the author but the narrator spoke so fast it prevented a true attachment to the story. I kept checking to see if the speed was accidentally increased, even tried to decrease.

  • The Empire State Series

  • A Week in New York, Autumn in London, New Year in Manhattan
  • By: Louise Bay
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York, Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,098
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,097

Anna Kirby is sick of dating. She's tired of heartbreak. Despite being smart, sexy, and funny, she's a magnet for men who don't deserve her. A week's vacation in New York is the ultimate distraction from her most recent break-up, as well as a great place to meet a stranger and have some summer fun. But to protect her still-bruised heart, fun comes with rules. There will be no sharing stories, no swapping numbers, and no real names. Just one night of uncomplicated fun.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Frustrating Indecisiveness towards the end.

  • By TallGal on 01-12-17

Frustrating Indecisiveness towards the end.

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

Reviewed: 01-12-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The beginning and middle were good but getting to the end was frustrating as both characters lost their strong well and became cripplingly insecure and indecisiveness.... I found myself saying 'just say it' over and over.

If you’ve listened to books by Louise Bay before, how does this one compare?

Not as good. Absolutely loved King of Wall Street and Indigo Nights.

What does Sebastian York and Saskia Maarleveld bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

York ALWAYS DELIVERS - a fav! First time listening to Saskia, she was good and it was nice and different to hear an English accent.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No, I would be screaming at the screen towards the end.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Sincerely, Carter

  • By: Whitney G.
  • Narrated by: Joseph Discher, Jennifer O'Donnell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 742
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 692
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 694

Arizona Turner has been my best friend since fourth grade, even when we hated each other. We've been there for one another through first kisses and first times, and we've been each other's constant when good relationships turned bad. (We even went to colleges that were minutes away from each other.) Throughout the years, and despite what anyone says, we've never crossed the line. Never thought about it. Never wanted to...until one night changed everything. At least, it should've....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • addicting!

  • By Lunar Ryuu on 12-17-15

Sweet and Hot Romance

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

Reviewed: 12-28-16

What did you love best about Sincerely, Carter?

Storyline is young and sweet, best friends that finally turn that corner and look at each differently in their final year of college and figure out how to move forward.

Who was your favorite character and why?

They are both captivating but Carter's commitment to support and endure is alluring and attractive.

Which character – as performed by Joseph Discher and Jennifer O'Donnell – was your favorite?

Narration for both characters was incredible! Love the childhood flashbacks. So disappointed that I could not find any others reads by Joseph Discher.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Such an easy and enjoyable listen that I finished it in one sitting.

Any additional comments?

This listen takes a cliché storyline but keeps it fresh, sweet and steamy.

  • The Wall of Winnipeg and Me

  • By: Mariana Zapata
  • Narrated by: Callie Dalton
  • Length: 16 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,607
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,369
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,374

Vanessa Mazur knows she's doing the right thing. She shouldn't feel bad for quitting. Being an assistant/housekeeper/fairy godmother to the top defensive end in the National Football Organization was always supposed to be temporary. She has plans, and none of them include washing extra-large underwear longer than necessary. But when Aiden Graves shows up at her door wanting her to come back, she's beyond shocked.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good slow burn

  • By catkit on 09-30-16

Why redo the original narration

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

Reviewed: 11-24-16

Zapata books are a favorite, great stories and characters but I went back to listen and they updated the narration.... same narrator but she did a much better job in the original.