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  • Vampires Don't Give Hickeys

  • The Slayer's Reverse Harem, Book 1
  • By: Holly Ryan
  • Narrated by: Melissa Schwairy
  • Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

"Marry the devil...or die." That's the ultimatum Belle Harrison, vampire slayer, just received from a demon. Belle has only one response: To hell with him. Turns out it's not that easy, though - apparently the devil doesn't know the meaning of the word no. Lucky for Belle, three pantie-melting vampires come to her aid. Three hot vampires she can't resist. Hey, we all have our vices. Hers just happen to have fangs. She's going to need these three to help her thwart the devil's marriage proposal and defeat the terrifying dark force that wants her dead.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A good quick read but lacks world building

  • By Raina on 09-24-18

This Is Just The Beginning

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

Rating: 4.5 Stars

I like paranormal romances but am not fond of the term Reverse Harem. For me, the term is just a replacement for the term menage. I think part of the change is because people don't like that term. If it turns you off, I really don't think that it can be applied here. Being the first in a series, I find teaser to be more accurate.

This was my first listen for both the author and the narrator. Our author reminded me what I loved about the paranormal romance genre. When multitasking I found this was a great way to get to know both women. Ms. Ryan took me back to what I loved about the Buffy the Vampire Slayer series. Ms. Schwairy was great at telling me a good story but I could not picture her as our main female character - her voice didn't have me picturing a young woman. That didn't stop me from enjoying the book though. When she first starts the story, that I listened to a second time, I decided that I will have to go back and listen to this around Halloween. What better time to get up close and personal with the unexplained?

There were just a couple of issues. One being that the story was too short. Good news is that it just gets me ready for the second book. The other issue I had was with the audio. As Ms. Schwairy was talking I heard things that weren't a part of the storyline. A couple of times it sounded like she was in a place that had nothing to do with our slayer, our vampires, or the demon. The other audio issue was that in a couple of spots I could really hear our narrator swallow - again nothing to do with the characters. Those were things that I could overlook because she kept me interested in Ms. Ryan's tale. And I'm glad to see that I'll see more of Belle Harrison in book two - oh and let's not forget the three hunky vampires. If they need another neck mine's available.

I voluntarily reviewed an Audiobook copy of this book.

  • Captivated

  • By: Bethany-Kris
  • Narrated by: Daniel James Lewis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

When someone needs to disappear, the Chicago mob calls on Joe Rossi. A man who can move without a sound and kill without a word, they don’t call him the Shadow for nothing. This time, it’s a New York crime family in need of his skills, but it takes one glimpse of her to make him agree to the job. Liliana Marcello is every inch a principessa della mafia. Her life has taught her to be wary of strangers, yet her ballet career contradicts everything by putting her on display. It’s a man with a dark smile and a constantly changing demeanor that makes her feel safe again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story and Narration

  • By underpar67 on 10-29-18

Felt As If Was Part Of Story

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

Reviewed: 11-27-18

Joseph Rossi knows the score when it comes to the family. Liliana Marcello's life is about to change - especially after Joe walks through the door. Joe always seems so serious but there were times, when Liliana was involved, that I had no choice but to chuckle. With the heat coming through my headphones I was surprised that I didn't burn my ears. Thankfully, I guess, my office was cold which may have helped with that.

For me, Mr. Lewis had the perfect voice for Joe. I had no trouble picturing the man who's entered Liliana's life. When I read the story I felt that Joe seemed older than he actually was. Having Mr. Lewis read to me had me rethinking that assumption. He also gave me a different perspective on Joe's job. But don't expect to think females when listening to our narrator's voice. But since he's our storyteller I don't mind. There were a few times that I found myself correcting how he pronounced a word but then as I thought about it, it was just one more aspect to who Joe was. On the other hand, there was a time where I could actually hear our narrator swallow. That did not have me thinking the type of man Mr. Rossi or any of the other male characters were - that could just have been my copy and you may not hear it.

Just like the book, I enjoyed this from beginning to end. I'm not saying that I liked Joe's job and what that job entails but I did enjoy his interactions with Liliana. I know that Liliana's job is a tough one and you have to be a special person in order to keep it. But responsibilities can be stressful when it comes to these two. How are they going to make a relationship work? What I loved about this was that the story kept me guessing right up until the end - even though I've read the book. I can't wait to see where this author is going to take me next. She always keeps me well entertained.

I voluntarily reviewed an Audiobook copy of this book.

  • Cozen

  • By: Bethany-Kris
  • Narrated by: Conner Goff
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Cozen Taylor has more than earned her place as one of North America’s most successful thieves. Her name is whispered among criminal elite as the go-to thief when someone needs a heist. She has never failed. A call from the Miami-based Astor family could change all that with a job that seems almost impossible to complete. The mark should be simple - a stolen family heirloom, the man who has kept it hidden for more than 20 years, and six months to return the piece to its rightful owners. Nothing is ever that easy.   

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 4 Brilliant Stars!!

  • By Avephoenix on 11-23-18

Love This Version Just A Smidge More Than Print

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

Reviewed: 11-22-18

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Cozen Taylor doesn't like to stick out. Loved how the author set up the plot first before meeting the other main character. It was a pleasant surprise and a great way to build anticipation. Sargon Makri seems to have a hard time staying in one place for too long. There's a scene where you might find it ironic but he says something that could very well pertain to this author and I stand in awe. These two seem to have one thing in common. They seem to be very self-assured.

Some people have certain expectations when it comes to the narrator of the book they’re listening to. I found Mr. Goff to be very enjoyable. I may not have thought of Cozen while listening to him but he did help with Sargon. He made me glad that I now have both an e-book and an audio version of this story. I can now read it when I want to or I can have Mr. Goff read to me when I'm out and about. It's also the reason I gave this a higher mark than the rating I first gave when I read the book.

I still find this book to be a great mystery and page-turner. I hated having to turn it off when I was at work but the first chance I got I was right back to listening once again. When reading the story I loved the fact that the author didn't reveal anything until the characters were ready and it's the same here. Just like the print copy, this left me surprised by the ending. The author left me wanting more of our couple. I wanted another adventure with these two. I can't wait to listen to more by both the author and the narrator.

I voluntarily reviewed an Audiobook copy of this book.

  • Lucy

  • An Open-Door Policy Novella
  • By: Anna Ambrose
  • Narrated by: JD Elcie
  • Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

When 19-year-old Lucy Whitman's best guy friend of 10 years admits he’s part of a community with an “open-door policy” on sex, Lucy is intrigued. She’s always wanted Rylan with a fierceness bordering on obsession. Getting him to agree to take her may be her only shot at having him in her bed, but Rylan’s reluctant agreement comes with three stipulations. One: She can’t tell anyone. Two: She’ll have to be okay with him being her main partner, even if it’s completely weird for them both. Three: She has to do anything he tells her to - no questions asked.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • adored this

  • By save our wildlife on 11-24-18

Hot And Too Short

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

Now that the holidays are just around the corner people are going to start getting busier and may not have the time to listen to a book. If you like a book that has plenty of steam and don't mind the idea of a "club" than you will like this book. The only issue I had was that the ending seemed rushed and abrupt.

It seemed that Ms. Elcie had my attention but when she gets to the end of the story she had me say, not once but twice - yes, I listened to the book twice, "wait, what?" That's no fault to our narrator it's just the way, in my opinion, the author wrote her ending. Our narrator was ok at getting my attention. Did she have me picturing the characters? Not really but that didn't bother me. She saved me the time of trying to read the book myself. My eyes and hands can be busy with something else while the narrator keeps my mind occupied with the story. Would I check out more of her work? Sure. I'd be interested to see what else she has in her arsenal.

Ms. Ambrose also caught my attention especially with how she starts her story off. Yes, her ending at least for me ended quite abruptly but it did leave me curious as to where this series is going and that's why I gave the story a rating of Pretty Good. Her second book in the series is also out in audiobook. I would like to listen to Xander and then go back and listen to the two again to see if it helps me with being confused at the end. Would I read any of her other material? Should she write anything else, I certainly would be curious enough to check it out.

I voluntarily reviewed an Audiobook copy of this book

  • How to Steal a Highlander

  • By: Olivia Norem
  • Narrated by: Greg Patmore
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Katherine Goldman is a professional with world-class skills, but the expertise of the family firm doesn't lie within the scope of legitimate commerce. Goldman & Associates steals priceless treasures and delivers them to the highest bidder - and business is good. When Katherine lands in Scotland to boost some relics, nothing in the experience of this notorious thief prepared her for a collision with a dark, rakish man wearing plaid who happens to be trapped inside an ancient mirror.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the story!

  • By Esther Lee on 12-05-18

I Would Listen To Again

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

This was a pleasant surprise. It's been a while since I listened to a historical book. It's not really a romance per se but more of a historical adventure. But it's also a current adventure since we start in the present before traveling back to the past. On top of that we get a little of a paranormal mystery. What happened to Simeon Campbell to bring him to this point in time? Was it meant to be that Katherine Goldman would be the one to set things in motion?

Our author gives her readers a little bit of everything. Some would think that it would be confusing but she makes it all seem believable. Katherine is an interesting woman who on one hand can't understand what's going on but is willing to accept what's happening - eventually. Simeon isn't quite sure what's going on but he's a strong man that's willing to take a chance to find a solution.

No offense to Mr. Patmore but when I started listening to him I thought of Sean Connery. I had no trouble thinking of Simeon with a younger face of Mr. Connery. He helped to carry me back to the Highlands and the people that live there. He also helped me become apart of the present mystery and how Katherine is going to go about solving it. Mr. Patmore may not have the best female voice but that didn't bother me. He did a great job in getting me to like this story and looking forward to more.

I look forward to seeing what else Ms. Norem has written. I want to see where else she is going to take me and what my next adventure is going to be. I may even see what other books Mr. Patmore has narrated. He did a great job in transporting me out of my living room and taking me to the Scottish Highlands.These two made a great pair.

  • The Way We Were

  • Romantic Interludes
  • By: Rik Stone
  • Narrated by: Bob Sterry
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

 Enjoy this collection of short, romantic stories.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Short Stories!

  • By Jan M on 10-14-18

I Need To Get The Book

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

Reviewed: 09-28-18

Rating: 3.5 Stars

This is actually a series of stories which I didn't realize especially after I heard the words "The End" shortly after I started to listen to the book - just a warning so you don't end up with the puzzled face like I did. On a positive note, I did enjoy listening to Mr. Sterry's voice. He helped me imagine some of the scenes as they were going by. On a not so positive note; I heard every swallow and every breath which after a while become very off-putting. I will say, in his defense, I'm not very tech savvy so I don't know if there is anything I could have done to my iPod to get rid of all the unnecessary background noise. At times it got so bad that I stopped listening to the story which I didn't realize until I had that "what did I miss" moment.

I was surprised to find out that our author is a male. Mr. Stone created some very nice vignettes. The ones I could listen to left me wanting more. It made me think of times gone by when romance meant something slightly different. To do this book justice, I think that I need to get an actual copy of the book so my mind can do justice to the work that he has created. And again it could just be my lack of experience with technology that hindered my enjoyment of this audio version. I see he has other books available and will have to check them out - I'm not willing to give up, yet.

I voluntarily reviewed an Audiobook copy of this book

  • Dominate

  • Harris Brothers, Book 5
  • By: Amy Daws
  • Narrated by: Will Watt, Piper Goodeve, Charlotte Cole
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 155

After the harrowing attack against Gareth and Sloan, there are more than just physical wounds that must be healed. Recovering and moving on from their dark pasts is the only way they can truly find their bright futures. Who will surrender? And who will dominate?

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

  • By Cyndi on 08-18-18

This Was Emotional In More Ways Than One

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

I read and reviewed this last Harris Brothers book but even though I knew this was the end it was not going to stop me from listening to this story. There was no way that having listened to the previous four books that I was going to miss the chance in getting to experiencing this family one last time. I have come to enjoy these voice actors telling me the latest tale of a family I will always equate with the sport of soccer - excuse me, football.

One thing that I picked up on not too far into the story is that this was going to be the most emotional - I like it when I know I'm right. Having Mr. Watt, Ms. Goodeve, and Ms. Cole telling me the story added to that emotion. This is an emotional story anyway but having someone read it to you increases that level of emotion. I was at work while I was getting toward the end and I had a few tears in the corner of my eye and wouldn't you know that I didn't have a tissue on me at the time.

This is one thing that our author is good at. Her words have an effect on you. One way or another those words will touch your heart. The family she has so lovingly created will also touch your heart. In a way it's hard to give them up but every time I see a football game I will expect to hear the word Harris. I'm also glad because I can listen to this family's story again any time I choose. But I'll also be glad to listen to anything this author has created as well as finding out what else these actors have put a voice to. And if I ever see their names along with Ms. Daws, I know I'm in for a great time.

I voluntarily reviewed an Audiobook copy of this book.

  • Zach

  • Hell's Handlers MC, Book 1
  • By: Lilly Atlas
  • Narrated by: Noah Michael Levine, Erin DeWard
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

 

Toni’s no stranger to making mistakes. She has experienced firsthand how walking down the wrong path can send life spiraling out of control. Fortunately, she had someone to drag her from the gutter and help set her on the right track. As penance for the poor choices of her past, she pledges to suppress her baser desires and focus on finding a steady, dependable man, even if that means embracing a boring lifestyle.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice Surprise

  • By Fay on 08-06-18

When's Book Two Coming Out?

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

This is one of those books that I wouldn't mind having both the book and the audio version. That way if there comes a time when headphones aren't possible, I have access to the Hell's Handlers via a book. The author and the voice actors have me wishing that I wasn't such a chicken about riding a motorcycle. Although with the three wheel versions out now has me thinking maybe... But not too sure about the bugs flying my way - yuck. But I listen to my books while driving so I can always fantasize - especially during bad weather.

Mr. Levine and Ms. DeWard compliment each other - they have great chemistry. This book was a great platform for them. I had no trouble picturing the emotion, the troubles, and who their characters were. Toni has some issues that filter into the real world so it's possible that I may walk by someone that can relate to what Toni has had to experience. Mr. Levine has the perfect voice that has me picturing Zach with no problem. It's going to be hard not to picture him in an MC setting. He also does a pretty good job with accents.

Ms. Atlas does a great job with who the Hell's Handlers are and how they feel about each other. She shows what Zach is willing to do for Toni and what Toni is willing to do for Zach. I was lucky enough to listen to another one of her MC books and was so happy when I saw this book become available. Now I just have to try and be patient while waiting for the next book to come out. My problem is that I'm not very good at being patient.

I voluntarily reviewed an Audiobook copy of this book.

  • 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 195
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 190

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
  • 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 5 Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

  • By Cyndi on 08-17-18

I'm Left Desperate For More

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

I have already read and reviewed the book but that in no way would stop me from having the audio version in my library. I've come to expect Will Watt and Charlotte Cole to read me the Harris Brothers'. But this time they gave me a pleasant surprise. I've been introduced to Piper Goodeve. Mr. Watt showed how dominating a presence Gareth Harris is. Ms. Goodeve showed how much Sloan has had to endure but she's given herself permission to explore more with the right person.

When you have someone, like our narrators here, reading a very emotional story they give you that little bit extra that you wouldn't get if you were reading it yourself. I was able to pick up on the real emotions that Gareth and Sloan were experiencing. The one thing that we did have in common was that we were all left hanging. They also left me wanting the next book now.

This author has such a way with words. She makes it very easy to follow the story she has created. Ms. Daws also took the time to show the cultural differences between our main characters - just gives the story that extra touch. I'd love to pack my bags; get on a plane and go watch a soccer, oh excuse me football, while listening to this series - I don't suppose they have 24 hour games do they. She also shows her devious side by giving us the "to be continued" type of ending.

I voluntarily reviewed an Audiobook copy of this book.

  • 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 262
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239

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

College Romance Becomes Second Chance

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

We have two people who could not be more polar opposites than Charlotte Taylor and Grayson Connors. They first meet their senior year in college. One is an academic and one a jock. It's hard to think that these two could in any way become friends let alone romantically involved. But our author shows that anything is possible and how tough it can be.

Ms. G has me thinking that now preseason has started for professional football that I might have to relisten to her book while a game plays in the background. But college football is also gearing up so that's another option. Charlotte is an artist but I don't think that an art gallery will let me sit and reconnect with her. Maybe I'll have to go to a museum instead. I found it interesting on the author's choice of centering her story on one particular day of the week. It has me wondering what the rest of the series will be about. And will any of the secondary characters make appearances.

Ms. Mallon and Mr. Discher did a great job in letting me get to know our main characters. Sometimes I can get lost going from past to present but our narrators got me to really listen to what they were saying. They also make it easier to picture the banter Charlotte and Grayson had during their time in college. This is one good thing about listening to a book as opposed to reading it. They are totally different experiences and when you want to revisit a story the audio version makes it easier. Some people change the speed of a story and I wouldn't do that because it gives me an excuse to just relax and listen to the story being told to me.

I voluntarily reviewed an Audiobook copy of this book.