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Everett, MA, United States
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  • Caution on Ice

  • Boys of Winter, Book 4
  • By: S.R. Grey
  • Narrated by: Reagan West
  • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Dylan Culderway is more than hockey’s top defenseman. He’s the kind of guy who’s always there to help a friend. Plus, he’s a true gentleman. More importantly, certainly to the ladies, is that Dylan is hot enough to melt ice. Dylan’s no womanizer, though. He doesn’t have time for love. Seems he’s too busy running away from his past. Or is he running to his past?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dylan’s chance for HEA

  • By Jill D on 08-12-18

Emotional story plus Hot Hockey Hunk!

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

I was expecting a steamy, sexy hockey romance. This story delivered that but also gave me an emotional story of two characters who find healing with each other.
With the help of Dylan, Chloe is able to find her own inner strengths.

Caution on Ice is the 4th book in The Boys of Winter hockey romance series. It can be read as a standalone and in fact it is the first book I’ve read by this author. The audiobook of this story was entertaining and made my long commute so much more enjoyable!
-4 Stars!-

  • Surrender

  • Harris Brothers, Book 4
  • By: Amy Daws
  • Narrated by: Will Watt, Piper Goodeve, Charlotte Cole
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 79

Gareth Harris is Manchester United's reclusive star defender. He has control over all aspects of his life. But a lifetime of supporting his siblings and filling in for an emotionally absent father has taken its toll. Sloan Montgomery is a clothing stylist whose world was turned upside down when she found herself pregnant and moving to Manchester with a man who was never supposed to be her forever. Now recently divorced and struggling with shared custody of her daughter, control is a fleeting concept for this American living in England.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Heather North on 07-27-18

Un-put-down-able!!

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

OMG! WOW! Those are the only things I could think when I finished this book!! What an amazing story. I am a fan of a well executed cliffhanger, and this one took my breath away!
The narration is absolutely perfect for this story. I will for sure be listening to this again.

“the memory of her lips on mine becomes fainter and fainter, like a melting ice cube evaporating before my eyes.”

I had been waiting for Gareth’s story but not because of anything I’d read about him, but mostly because he was such an unknown. He is the eldest brother in this family who’s dysfunctionality has shaped each family member. As the star player for Manchester Untied football team, Garett is someone who’s public life is in the public eye, but he keeps to himself as much as he can to protect as much of his privacy as possible.

“He can both dominate and surrender. In fact, it makes him more of a man if he can do both.”

Sloan is living a life that has just seemed to spiral completely out of her control. All aspects of her life including where she lives, her work, everything has been decided by someone else or just what she must do to get by.

“On the surface, she’s peaches and cream with a sweet, pleasing sort of nature. But there’s a fire beneath the surface of her that cannot be denied.”

Together Gareth and Sloan find they have what the other needs, but they are both hiding so much under the surface. Surrender has all the feels. It was like riding waves of humor and emotion.

“I miss you, Sloan. We used to be friends.”
Her eyes are practically hooded when she licks her lips and replies, “We were never friends.”
I smirk. “We were friendly.”
She smirks back. “Too friendly I seem to recall.”

I really wanted to read this book slowly, to bask in the romance of it, to enjoy every bit of our last Harris brother. But after starting I just couldn’t stop reading. Even during the night I woke several times thinking of Gareth and Sloan and I had to read a bit more before I could rest. I think I will be holding my breath waiting for the conclusion to this story!
This is definitely a book where the narrators add even more to the story. 100% credit worth audiobook!
-5 Stars!-

  • Sisters in Bloom

  • Snow Sisters, Book 2
  • By: Melissa Foster
  • Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

Kaylie Snow has always been the fun, flirty, pretty sister. Now her burgeoning baby bump, hormone-infused emotions, and faltering singing career are sending her into an unexpected identity crisis. Watching her older sister, Danica, glide through a major career change and a new relationship with the grace of a ballerina, Kaylie's insecurities rise to the forefront - and her relationship with fiancé Chaz Crew is caught in the crossfire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Series...

  • By Brandy Blackerby on 11-30-16

I love these Sisters!

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

Reviewed: 07-27-18

Sisters in Bloom (Story Sisters #2) focuses on Kaylie, but there is so much more to this book. I loved all the scenes where we catch up with Danica and many other characters. Even though it can definitely be read as a standalone (as can all of the books by this author that I’ve read so far) these Snow Sisters stories read more like a connected series.

I love that with the overlap of storylines in this series we really get to watch so much growth with these characters. I love listening to these books on audiobook. The narrator adds another level of enjoyment to my reading experience and makes my long commute seem like nothing!
-4.5 Stars!-

  • End Goal

  • By: Amy Daws
  • Narrated by: Will M Watt, Charlotte Cole
  • Length: 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 43

Only professional footballer Camden Harris is cocky enough to elope to Scotland with his fiancee and leave the Harris family behind.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pure enjoyment!

  • By The Mays on 07-13-18

More Harris brothers

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

Reviewed: 07-25-18

Sweet, funny and sexy story! I can't get enough of the Harris brothers and their significant others! End Goal is a novella with awesome narration that I could go back and listen to again and again.
-5 Stars-

  • So Good

  • By: Nicola Rendell
  • Narrated by: Felicity Munroe, Rock Engle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

On the roof of a house outside Truelove, Maine, master carpenter Max Doyle looks down through a skylight and sees the most beautiful woman he's ever laid eyes on. She's naked, she's gorgeous, and everything about her is perfect, down to the ball-busting tattoo of a rose that wraps around her hip. But it isn't just any woman making his knees buckle. It's his best friend, Rosie Madden. And as he stands there, mesmerized and precariously close to toppling off the roof, he knows he'll never, ever be able to look at her the same way again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific best friends to lovers story!

  • By ShannonVM on 06-13-18

Hot, Hot, Hot story to savor & swoon over!

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

So Good is a super swoony, sweet friends to lovers tale. An accidental view shows Max a different side of Rosie and his eyes are opened to what has been right in front of him all along.

"I had to get out of there. I needed a cold shower, or a call from my tax guy, or an unexpectedly urgent trip to the DMV—anything to stop myself seeing her stark naked every g-d time I looked at her."

I was drawn into the story by the incredible humor and then captivated by the characters including Julia Caesar, the cat and Cupcake, the cutest dog. Max is a bit of a pushy alpha, but protective and thoughtful to a fault. Rosie is kind and independent, an awesome heroine who deserves her HEA.

“You know, I never really had crushes.” He straightened out his dessert spoon and lifted his eyes to meet mine. “Because I think it was always you.”

Nicola Rendell has again given us a sweet, funny and Hot, Hot, Hot story to savor and swoon over. And chosen the perfect narrators to bring the story to life!!
-5 Stars!!-

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  • Marry Me by Sundown

  • By: Johanna Lindsey
  • Narrated by: Pilar Witherspoon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

Summoned back to Philadelphia from the social whirl in London, Violet Mitchell never expected to find her brothers living on the edge of financial ruin while their father seeks new wealth in Montana's gold fields. With the family's home and social standing at risk, Violet makes a drastic decision.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sorru Pilar Witherspoon

  • By Darlene on 07-15-18

Sassy heroine and gruff mountain man hero!

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

Reviewed: 07-22-18

I absolutely loved Marry Me by Sundown.
Violet is an American heiress who has been living in England with relatives. She is summoned back to the US by her brothers when her father is missing.

Most of the story takes place in 1880’s Montana during the height of the gold rush. There are outlaws, gunmen, kidnappings, a duel, miners, bandits and a case of mistaken identity!

Morgan is a bear of a man who has left his family’s ranch to find his fortune in a silver mine. He is a rough outspoken mountain man, but Violet is able to find the heart of gold hiding under his gruff exterior.

My very favorite part was the “Marry me by sundown” surprise twist near the end of the story!! Awesome narration!
-5 Silver Stars!!-

  • Lumbersexual

  • By: Leslie McAdam
  • Narrated by: Tor Thom, Charley Ongel
  • Length: 3 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

Maggie Washington is used to relying on herself. Growing up in Iowa, her wild curls and parents who dumped her on her grandmother made it so she's never fit in. Skeptical of other people's motives, she's always been the fling or the friend. Looking to define her life after college, she's thrilled when she scores a choice summer job working in Yosemite National Park restoring habitat. Court Thompson is a gorgeous (and bearded) forest ranger with a love-em and leave-em reputation. When he shows interest in her, she's torn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A romantic adventure

  • By Dawn Fuhrman on 07-14-18

Fun, Sexy

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

Reviewed: 07-21-18

Lumbersexual is a super cute, fun and sexy, easy, quick read. A summer romance that heats up rather quickly and turns into something that neither Maggie or Court could have expected.
I enjoyed the narration on the audiobook and the paperback was absolutely gorgeous!!

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  • Melt for You

  • Slow Burn, Book 2
  • By: J. T. Geissinger
  • Narrated by: Pippa Jayne
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 460
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 414
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 411

Socially awkward Joellen Bixby has a date every Saturday - with her cat, a pint of ice cream, and fantasies of the way-too-handsome Michael Maddox. She’d give anything to win over the unattainable CEO of her firm, but how can she when she blends in so well with her cubicle? The answer may be closer than she thinks. Cameron McGregor is a cocky, tattooed Scottish rugby captain who just moved in next door. He’s not Jo’s type - at all - but the notorious playboy is offering to teach the wallflower everything he knows about inspiring desire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Took me by surprise

  • By GSKM in sc on 05-17-18

Quirky heroine, Swoony Hero and fun banter!

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

Reviewed: 07-16-18

Joellen is a great quirky heroine who sees herself as the ugly duckling her family has always told her she is. She has her sights set on attracting her boss Michael who doesn’t seem to notice her until she makes a few changes and catches his eye.

“I am unruly in emotion and appetite. I’ve spent so much of my adult life trying to not be unruly, to be smaller, more contained, more acceptable, but underneath it all I’m still myself. All the passions and desires and tempestuous needs, all the wants and hurts and sorrows, all the ugly and wonderful things. I am just unruly, peculiar me, and I’m so tired of pretending otherwise.”

When Cam moves in across the hall with loud music and even louder personality, sparks fly.
I adore the fun banter that peppers this story without hiding the message and emotion.

“Ha,” I say sourly. “You have all the charm of an open grave, McGregor.”
“Tch. Just admit it. You’re in love with me.” He bumps me with his elbow, and I send him a look designed to melt his face.
“Love? Hardly. If you were on a life support machine, I’d unplug it to charge my phone.”

Melt For You has solidified J.T. Geissinger as a “One-Click and don’t bother to even read the blurb” author for me!
5 Stars!!

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  • Dear Dwayne, with Love

  • By: Eliza Gordon
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

Wannabe actress Dani Steele's résumé resembles a cautionary tale on how not to be famous. She's pushing thirty and stuck in a dead-end insurance job, and her relationship status is holding at uncommitted. With unbearably perfect sisters and a mother who won't let her forget it, Dani has two go-tos for consolation: maple scones and a blog in which she pours her heart out to her celebrity idol. He's the man her father never was, no boyfriend will ever be - and not so impossible a dream as one might think.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smart and Funny

  • By Diane S. on 07-16-18

Smart and Funny

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

Reviewed: 07-16-18

This story is smart and funny, witty and touching and completely entertaining.

Dani, Danielle Steele-with an e, has been obsessed with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson ever since she was a young girl. She starts training for a competition who’s prize is a chance to meet and work with The Rock.

“So you need to make a commitment, right here, right now. Everyone has a story. You just have to decide how you want the next chapter to be written.”

Dani observes and records everything and the only thing she doesn’t see is just how special she is.

Dear Dwayne, With Love is a marvelous slow burn (close door, fade to black but not lacking in swoon) romance.

“Seriously, what is the point of a relationship anyway? You find someone you don’t want to murder, and you marry them because you’re afraid your biological clock is going to leak battery acid all over the stash of eggs you were born with?”

Awesome narration!! I’m glad I chose to listen to this one!!
-5 Stars!-

  • Follow

  • By: Tessa Bailey
  • Narrated by: James Larceny, Mackenzie Cartwright
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

Family is everything to gambling den darling, Teresa Valentini. Blood comes first, especially before men. So when her brother lands himself in hot water, she's willing to do whatever it takes to save him. And showing up topless in her unwitting savior's motel room is turning out to be the furthest thing from a hardship.... Will Caruso is the bad boy of New York's financial scene...and he just found out the very thing that drives his success is a damn lie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OUTSTANDING.. SIMPLY OUTSTANDING

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 03-13-18

Love the amazing dirty talking hero!!

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18



I loved Follow with its romance and suspense. A really good storyline that drew me in and kept me turning pages!

Teresa is a very strong independent heroine. She jumps right in to protect and fight for the ones she loves.

“I’m mostly back in control. Convince a man to do something? I’ve had a harder time opening a jar of pickles.To try and save her brother, Teresa has been tasked with trying to ‘encourage’ Will to return to his work and life in NY, but Will is determined to give his terminally ill great dane, Southpaw, the road trip of a lifetime.

“I used to wake up at five in the morning. And now, it’s like I’m making up for every single minute of sleep I’ve missed my entire life. Maybe I was missing sleep because I knew you were out there, baby, and I hadn’t met you yet.”

Will is an amazing dirty talking hero! This book could have been renamed “Will’s Fantasyland of F**k Talk.”!!! I’d let Will whisper to me anytime!!
Action, suspense, and Hot, Hot, Hot!!!
4.5 Stars!!!

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