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Diane S.

Everett, MA, United States
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  • Taken by Love

  • Love in Bloom: The Bradens
  • By: Melissa Foster
  • Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149

Daisy Honey fled Trusty, Colorado, after years of battling rumors sparked by her gorgeous looks and lust-inducing name. Now a physician on the brink of a promising career, she reluctantly returns home when her father is injured in a farming accident. Daisy expects the small-town girls who hurt her in the past to take cheap shots again - but she's completely unprepared for a run-in with tall, dark, and wickedly sexy Luke Braden, the only man who has ever stood up for her - and the man she's never forgotten.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet and Sexy

  • By TR on 04-01-16

Love this story and narration!

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

Reviewed: 12-19-18

Taken by Love might be my new favorite book by this author!

When Daisy Honey returns to her hometown it is with an end date. She is just staying to help her Dad while he recovers from an injury and she considers the job offers from hospitals in 2 large cities.

Daisy still has vivid memories of the teasing she endured in High School because of her name and blonde hair. She is sure that small town life is not for her.

“I love you, Daisy, and people who love each other do whatever it takes to help each other be the best they can be and achieve their dreams.”

Luke Braden has a few things from his past that he needs to work through before he is ready to consider a serious relationship, but he open minded and willing to work for what he wants. He is definitely a swoon-worthy hero, thinking of Daisy and what may be best for her.

I listened to this on audiobook and I really enjoyed the narration. I loved all the characters in Trusty and I can’t wait to return there for more stories.
-4.5 Stars!-

  • Taming Him

  • Bishop Brothers series, Book 1
  • By: Kennedy Fox
  • Narrated by: Savannah Peachwood, Aiden Snow
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

Alex Bishop is your typical cowboy. Charming, sexy, and wears a panty-melting smirk. Working on the ranch helped build his solid eight-pack and smoking body. He's every girl's wet fantasy and he knows it too. Alex doesn't follow the rules of your typical playboy bachelor. After wining and dining his dates and giving them the best night of their lives, he always sends flowers and calls the next day - even if it's to say, let's just be friends. His mama taught him manners after all and his southern blood knows how to be a gentleman.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great

  • By Pavlina Read more sleep less blog on 07-21-18

Great start to this series

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

Reviewed: 12-01-18

Taming Him is a sweet and SEXY cowboy romance. It all started with a tropical vacation and lots of no strings attached fun. Alex Bishop is quite the playboy, but he falls hard for River Lancaster.
I enjoyed listening to this one on audiobook with wonderful narration.
This book introduces all the Bishop brothers and I’m looking forward to reading more of their stories.
-4.5 Stars!-

  • Bountiful

  • The True North Series, Book 4
  • By: Sarina Bowen
  • Narrated by: Seraphine Valentine, Teddy Hamilton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 548
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 518
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 515

No last names. No life stories. Those were the rules. Once upon a time a cocky, copper-haired tourist sauntered into Zara's bar. And even though she knew better, Zara indulged in a cure for the small-town blues. It was supposed to be an uncomplicated fling - a few sizzling weeks before he went back to his life, and she moved on. Until an accidental pregnancy changed her life. Two years later, she's made peace with the notion that Dave No-Last-Name will never be found - until one summer day when he walks into her coffee shop.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 🌟🌟 5 Stars 🌟🌟

  • By Cyndi on 06-16-18

Great chemistry

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

Reviewed: 12-01-18

This book is amazing! I never wanted it to end. The hottest chemistry! The swooniest Hero! And a strong, independent heroine!

“ You bring out a different kind of horny in me ... the kind that wants to buy furniture as well as blank on it. The kind that would rather be a patient man. Because you are worth it, honey. “

A fling with no strings attached takes a turn when Zara finds herself pregnant. No last names or personal information were exchanged so Zara takes on this new challenge on her own until Dave shows up on her doorstep 2 years later.

This book definitely should come with a book hangover warning!!
-5+ Stars!-

  • Look Alive Twenty-Five

  • A Stephanie Plum Novel
  • By: Janet Evanovich
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,966
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,762
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,753

There's nothing like a good deli, and the Red River Deli in Trenton is one of the best. World-famous for its pastrami, cole slaw, and for its disappearing managers. Over the last month, three have vanished from the face of the earth, and the only clue in each case is one shoe that's been left behind. The police are baffled. Lula is convinced that it's a case of alien abduction. Whatever it is, they'd better figure out what's going on before they lose their new manager, Ms. Stephanie Plum.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Who is the ghost writer for Janet Evanovich???

  • By M. T. Ferraro on 11-14-18

Stephanie is still Looking Alive

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

Reviewed: 11-18-18

Look Alive Twenty Five is enjoyable entertainment. Stephanie continues to bumble around attracting trouble at every turn. Lulu was a big star of this story. She is a large character and took over quite a bit. I definitely wish there were more Babe moments from Ranger!
Listening to most of this book on audiobook, I can tell you that is the way to go! An awesome listen!
-4 Stars-

  • Let’s Get Textual

  • By: Teagan Hunter
  • Narrated by: Emma Wilder
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

When Zach Hastings and I get into a wrong-number mix-up, we don't follow the rules. We keep texting and flirting because he's wicked funny and perfectly nerdy and a wonderful distraction. I'm not looking for love, and Zach definitely had the wrong number. But maybe...maybe he's the right guy. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Laugh Out Loud Romance at it's Best!!

  • By MeL on 08-21-18

Super cute

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

Let’s Get Textual is super cute and funny. A lot of the story is told in banter through text messages.
It starts with a text message sent to a wrong number. It is an entertaining, light and fun read or listen. I really enjoyed the narration.
-4 Stars-

  • Destined for Love

  • Love in Bloom, Volume 5 (The Bradens, Book 2)
  • By: Melissa Foster
  • Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

Rex Braden is wealthy, hard-working, and fiercely loyal. Sweat at his brow, he works the family ranch by day, then kicks back at night with part time lovers who require nothing more than his physical presence a few times each week. But that was before. Before Jade Johnson, the daughter of the man his father has been feuding with for over 40 years, moves back into town.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome story!

  • By Happyreader on 02-01-15

Feuding Families

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

Destined For Love is super sweet, super hot small town country romance. The forbidden aspect was a feud between two families that had gone on way too long and needed a bit of shaking up.
Jade Johnson and Rex Braden know they shouldn’t be attracted to each other. But when the attraction is just too strong to resist, it might be the only thing that will force them to reevaluate the long standing field between their families.
Both Jade and Rex gave in way too much to what their fathers thought it wanted. I quite often wanted to shake them and tell them to grow up.
What could have been a fairly blah story was brought up a notch in audiobook by really good narration!
-3.5 Stars-

  • Getaway Girl

  • By: Tessa Bailey
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel, Lori Prince
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Addison Potts is back in Charleston to stir things up at her estranged cousin’s wedding. Only, the nuptials hit a snag when the bride doesn’t show, leaving Addison to play getaway driver for the jilted groom, whose heartbreaking smile and deep, Southern drawl she should not be noticing.... Elijah Montgomery DuPont's only respite from life’s sudden upheaval is Addison. Public disapproval be damned, he’s not willing to give her up. But with an election on the line and public pressure rising, Addison - and the cruel hand of fate - might not give him a choice.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What an unexpected swoon worthy story

  • By Sin2sea on 01-13-19

Sexy and Fun

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

Getaway Girl was a fun, sweet, (super) sexy friends to lovers story. A fun twist on the runaway bride story where we get the POV of the groom who was left standing at the altar.

“When he’s around me, I don’t seem capable of anything but praying he can’t hear my heartbeat.”

Getaway Girl had not only a dirty talking hero (my kryptonite) but also a heroine who could hold her own in a dirty talk throw down!! Addison is sassy and snarky. I definitely wanted the best for her and rooted for her to get her HEA.

“I understand Mama now. I’m not mad at her anymore, but I’m… I want to be better than her. I don’t want to be someone’s regret.”

A light angst, really enjoyable story. I listened to some of it on audiobook and it helped make my commute enjoyable!
-5 Stars!-

  • Lovers at Heart

  • Love in Bloom: The Bradens, Book 1
  • By: Melissa Foster
  • Narrated by: B. J. Harrison
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 180

Handsome, wealthy resort owner Treat Braden is used to getting what he wants. When Max Armstrong walked into his life six months earlier, he saw right through the efficient and capable facade she wore like a shield, to the sweet, sensual woman who lay beneath. She sparked an unfamiliar desire in him for more than a one-night stand, leaving his heart reeling and his blood boiling.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazement

  • By Laura on 03-02-17

A favorite author

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

While reading The Snow Sisters series, I got a little hint of something between Max and Treat. It really got me excited to read their story. Max seemed like such a bad**s character. I couldn’t wait to see what hoops she might make handsome Treat jump through.

“Isn’t that the greatest feeling? That instant when you know someone recognizes that you’re something more than what anyone else sees?”

I was a little disappointed when it ended up that Max was hiding so much insecurity under her tough armor. But I’m glad that Treat was able to see through the tough and past the self-doubt and right into the amazingness that was the real Max.
I loved listening to this story on audiobook! The narrator really helps me feel the emotions of the characters!
-4 Stars!-

  • At the Stroke of Midnight

  • By: Tara Sivec
  • Narrated by: CJ Bloom
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119

Once upon a time, Cynthia was the perfect housewife. Between being the president of the PTA and keeping her home spotless without a hair (or her pearls) out of place, her life was a dream come true. Her husband was once her knight in shining armor, but now he’s run off with all their money...and the babysitter. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • By mandy on 03-01-18

Cinderella was never so much fun!

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

Reviewed: 09-28-18

At The Stroke Of Midnight is a super fun retelling of Cinderella. The Naughty Princess Club is formed when Cynthia, Isabelle and Ariel need to find a way to support themselves. They take the lemons that life has given them and make some amazing spiked lemonade!!

“I don’t think this is a children’s princess party!” I shout over the noise of the rambunctious men as a shower of dollar bills land at my feet. One of the men yells “TAKE IT OFF!”

After being abandoned, divorced and left with no money by her husband, Cindy is just trying to keep up appearances for the PTA and her neighbors. But together with Belle and Ariel, she learns to shake off the persona that her ex-husband and MiL have built around her and she starts shaking something else!

“You are NOT going to die sexless and alone with anything stuck in your cookie, aside from another much larger, much more enjoyable frickle,” Ariel reassures me.”

I adore this really humorous series of steamy fairytales that are entertaining and loaded with heart and heat!!
-5 Stars!-

  • Dangerous Secrets

  • Callaghan Brothers Series, Book 1
  • By: Abbie Zanders
  • Narrated by: Aiden Snow
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214

Taryn Malone is stranded, broke, and desperate for help. But even if the sexy bartender she's been eyeing offers her a job for the evening...even if he seduces her with his impossibly intense blue eyes...even if every fiber of her heart tells her to stay with him, she can't. Because Taryn Malone doesn't exist. Jake Callaghan has been running the family's Irish pub for years now. When he sees Taryn standing out alone in the rain, he does what he's been trained to do as a SEAL - he rescues her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story, Lots of Heroes!

  • By Cheri on 04-12-17

Love this series!

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

Reviewed: 09-28-18

OMG!!
I’m completely hooked!!! Dangerous Secrets is the first book in the Callaghan Brothers series and even though it’s a standalone I just can’t wait to read more of these stories.

“He was going to kill Jake for this. Kill him, then resuscitate him just so he could kill him again. His brothers would be sympathetic. Their father might be upset for a while, but he’d get over it.”

I just want to surround myself in Callaghan brothers! Ian, Kane, etc...even dad, Jack has won my heart!! And JAKE *swoon*! I’m in love with them all!

“At the slight skim of his fingertips she sighed softly and murmured his name. In that moment, Jake would recall years later, he lost his heart.”

Taryn is a kick*ss heroine and I can totally understand why several members of the Callaghan family fall for her immediately. I love that she was able to have such strong connections with the family especially Kane, but still only have eyes for Jake.
Awesome narration only added to my experience and I’m looking forward to listening to the rest of this series! I definitely feel like I’ve found a new favorite author!
-5 Stars!-