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  • The Girl Behind the Red Door

  • By: Cassie Graham
  • Narrated by: Sarah Puckett, Steve Campbell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Reed Windsor doesn't do relationships. Though he could charm the pants off any girl he wants, he's not interested. He's always been too captivated by a special someone from his past to get serious with anyone else. Sure, she has no clue he exists, but he's willing to bide his time and convince her he's worth a shot. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Amazing!

  • By Krystyn - AudiobookObsession on 01-10-19

It Was Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 03-20-19

The Prologue set the tone for whether or not I was going to like this book. While listening to Ms. Puckett, I could picture who Charlie Oded was and what she was feeling. It was very easy to see things through Charlie’s eyes. Reed Windsor was another matter. Don’t get me wrong; I liked listening to Mr. Campbell but not when he attempted to do an American accent. Personally, I wouldn’t have minded if he read the whole story with his natural accent. Every time he tried to Americanize; I wanted to laugh which I didn’t feel was fair to the author.

Other than that I really enjoyed the story. Ms. Graham did a great job of creating a romance that I could laugh at. I live not too far from Tanglewood and our author had me wanting to go up there and then listen to the book again. In the story, Reed is in Maine and that’s someplace else where I could take this book. And that would be an issue; I think I would prefer to read the book because I found myself looking for the parts where Mr. Campbell tried to do his American accent which would take my attention away from what else was going on. But maybe with Tanglewood as my setting, it could change my mind.

Besides our main characters, I came to look forward to the secondary characters. They helped me come to understand our couple. This is just something else that Ms. Graham is good at. She shows that not all books are about the main characters getting it on. She builds their world and leads us through it in a very pleasant way. It’s not hard picturing myself becoming friends with them. The ending left me laughing which was a great way to end the story but in a quirky way it was also very romantic. And that just left me looking forward to more of this author’s work.

I voluntarily reviewed an Audiobook copy of this book.

  • Remnants

  • A Golden Beach Novel
  • By: Kim Loraine
  • Narrated by: Zachary Webber, Lacy Laurel
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Fire captain Carson Sullivan swore off love long ago. After the love of his life broke his heart and left him, he gave up on the idea of commitment and settled for the playboy lifestyle. He’s a devoted son, a loyal friend, and a dedicated firefighter. That’s all he needs. Until the one woman with the power to light a fire in his heart walks back into his life bringing with her the memories of heartache he thought he'd buried.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Brandie @AudiobookObsession on 02-28-19

I'm Ready For The Beach Are You?

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

Reviewed: 03-16-19

Sloan had me wanting to listen to her story again while I either sit in a bookstore or at the library. Even better if there was a beach close by. Her story was one that you'll love to get lost in. And it doesn't hurt that we have a couple of narrators that I love to listen to. They did a great job at bringing this story to life.

Sully seems to fit his name - he seems a little sullen. He lets us see that he has a soft spot but doesn't want others to know. His past is a sore spot but it's come back to bite him in the a**. I liked how Mr. Webber and Ms. Laurel told us the story as a duet. It makes the experience more pleasant. As if we are actually hearing the characters talk to each other. All that was missing was the smell-a-vision.

Ms. Loraine creates characters that the reader can relate to. Each scene moves seamlessly as the story unfolds. She also will make you sad - especially if you are taking care of an elderly parent. There's no way you can't feel sorry for those involved. Our author includes a mystery but doesn't let it overtake everything else that's going on. Listening to a rekindling romance was a treat - just needed to get my chocolate.

I found myself wanting to know more about The Golden Beach series. Good thing that I realized that this can be considered a standalone because i have a lot of catching up to do - other people I want to meet and get to know. After enjoying listening to this one, I don't know that I would read the book. Having someone read to me added to my enjoyment and I think I'd like that to continue. And listening to Mr. Webber do a British accent - fan self.

I voluntarily reviewed an Audiobook copy of this book.

  • The Complete Retrieval Duet

  • By: Aly Martinez
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Maxine Mitchell, Jason Carpenter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

That was all it took for me to know Elisabeth was my soul mate. Five years, countless infertility treatments, and the loss of our only son. That was what it took for me to lose her. One phone call, a mix-up at the lab, and a little girl neither of us knew existed. That was the hell it took to bring her back to me.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Complete Retrieval

  • By Lisa on 02-10-19

Left Me Wanting More

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

Reviewed: 03-16-19

have not had the pleasure to read any works by Ms. Martinez. After I started listening to this duet I was mentally hitting my head against a wall. Now that I’ve listened to her books, and having had such great narrators, I don’t know how I’ll ever pick up a book.

One great thing about having someone read to you is that they can put in emotions that the characters need to get across to the reader. I don’t know about you but I tend to read in monotone – one good reason I’m not the one telling the story. And that’s one thing you can expect here, plenty of emotion. There’s both happiness and sadness. There’s also plenty of suspense for you too. You may even find yourself holding your breath a time or two. We have both good guys and a really nasty bad guy. Stuck in the middle are two innocent women. There’s another innocent that we meet in the first book that may even steal your heart.

Some people change the speed when listening to a story but there was no way that I was going to even touch that. One reason I love having someone read to me is so that I have no choice but to relax and just enjoy what’s being spoken. I didn’t want the end to come any sooner than it was going to. It was very hard to hit the stop button because I wanted to know that the women were going to be safe, the good guys were going to charge in to save those they love, and that the bad guy is going to get everything he deserves.

If you haven’t started this duet yet, than getting both Retrieval and Transfer in a complete set is perfect. That’s because you’ll find that once you start reading about Roman and Elisabeth, you’ll find that you’ll want to see what happens with Clare and her daughter. These stories are intertwined and you can’t have one without the other. They sound so believable that it’s not hard to think of the story as real. It’s one way of knowing how creative the author is. I can’t wait to listen to more.

I voluntarily reviewed an Audiobook copy of this book.

  • Evil's Unlikely Assassin

  • An Alexis Black Novel, Book 1
  • By: Jenn Windrow
  • Narrated by: Chelsea Stephens
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Vampire Alexis Black is on a mission - to rejoin the human race. Coerced into signing an ironclad contract by an angel-with-attitude, Alexis must hunt down and assassinate at least one vampire, werewolf, or creepy crawly every night for 50 years to become human again. Too bad the contract didn’t mention the badass vampire who now rides shotgun in her brain, insatiable bloodlust, or her new I-hate-everything-with-fangs sidekick. If she can fulfill her end of the bargain, her humanity is restored, if not she will be destroyed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Warmed Up To Story And Narrator

  • By ElyLibrarySec @AudiobookObsession on 02-28-19

Warmed Up To Story And Narrator

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

Reviewed: 02-28-19

When I started listening to this story, I wasn't sure that I was going to like it. I wasn't sure if Ms. Stephens was a good choice to tell me Alexis Black's story. Then as I continued to listen, I came to the conclusion that she was the perfect choice. Since this story is from Alexis' point of view, it would be strange to hear a man tell the story. And eventually I came to form, in my mind, what Alexis might look and act like. Her weapon of choice seemed to have a life of its own which I don't think I would feel if I went and read the book instead.

Ms. Windrow had me thinking of possibilities. It's possible that there's an Alexis Black out there somewhere. She has challenges both internal and the world around her. Now she doesn't fight evil on her own - she has a partner. There were times that I couldn't decide whether I liked him or not. That just shows how good the author is at her job. There's a lot going on here since Alexis has a really tough job. She's a strong female character and not worried about damaging a fingernail.

Once I finally got into the story, I had to listen every chance I got. I even got to enjoy most of the secondary characters. They all helped move the story along. Nothing felt out of place - that it didn't fit the scene. Does it make me mean that I actually started rooting for the enemy of the piece? Make no mistake, I didn't like him but knowing he was still around meant that my adventure with this author, maybe this narrator, and one kick a** woman isn't over yet.

I voluntarily reviewed an Audiobook copy of this book.

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  • Not for Me

  • The Windy City Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Kat de Falla
  • Narrated by: Sullie Mason
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24

Manda Wolfgram is a struggling literary agent who is looking for the perfect manuscript to land in her lap and the perfect man to land in her bed. When the sixth-floor hottie finally asks her out, she gets more than for which she bargained. How can a girl wrap her brain around a Shakespearean actor who writes erotica? Harry Sackes leads a double life: making a career as an author by day and dipping into the dark underworld of criminals at night. The moment he sees Manda in his twin brother's arms, his whole life becomes his personal Shakespearean trag-comedy of mistaken identity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Manda is the best!

  • By Rebecca Azizov on 01-31-19

Book Would Be The Choice For Me

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

Reviewed: 01-20-19

Let me start with the good news. The good news is that I enjoyed the story. More good news is that I enjoyed the quotes that start each chapter. Then there are the characters. With the audio, I enjoyed how Ms. Mason would change things up so so we would feel as if we were listening through a door. I also liked the fact that she didn't attempt to change her voice for the characters.

Ms. Mason was very hard to listen to in the beginning - took me a while to warm up to her voice. Her voice took my mind away from what she was reading. I couldn't picture her as a literary agent, an erotic writer, or an actor. Once I started thinking of her as a storyteller than it made it a little easier to get through the book. She has the type of voice that I don't think would lend to that and it certainly wouldn't have me trying to picture what the characters would look like. Maybe that's one reason I couldn't think of this story as a romantic comedy. Then, while listening I was getting terrible static and it continued to get worse. It didn't happen if I listened online which made me wonder if it was the app. The only thing with that is that it didn't happen with other books.

I will say that I was a little confused at the beginning. Not sure if it was the story or the narration. In fairness to the author, I think I have to go back and read the book. I've never tried to listen and read at the same time but maybe that's what's I need to try here. I don't want to give up on the author because of this experience plus I want to see what else this series has to offer.

I voluntarily reviewed an Audiobook copy of this book.

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  • Cuddling Sucks in Coffins

  • The Slayer's Reverse Harem, Book 2
  • By: Holly Ryan
  • Narrated by: Melissa Schwairy
  • Length: 3 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

Belle Harrison, vampire slayer, would give anything for a simple night of patrolling on her own damn terms. But the graveyard is crawling with creeps with hidden agendas. Not to mention the dark unknown that wants to take her out. And we’re not talking dates here, people. Good thing Belle has three panty-melting vampires to help her. Except one of her guys has a past that’s catching up with him. Violently. Belle’s fairly certain she can save him. But if she betrays him, she’ll gain a wealth of knowledge that could help her survive the dark unknown.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cuddling Sucks in Coffins

  • By Lauren Jones on 01-01-19

A Great Follow Up

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

Reviewed: 12-19-18

Rating: 4.5 Stars

I still don't feel that the term Reverse Harem fits with this series. It continues the adventures of Belle Harrison but this time we get to see more of her relationship with three men. The story continues right where the first book left off and builds on the relationship of the four of them. We also get to see how those men came to be. Part of that previous life has filtered into what Belle does.

This was my second listen for both the author and the narrator. Our author gave me a second reminder of what I love about the paranormal romance genre. The difference from the first book was that I didn't want to be multitasking while getting to know more about these two women and the characters their helping get to know. Ms. Ryan still feeds my love for the Buffy the Vampire Slayer series and I've gotten used to Ms. Schwairy telling me a good story. Still thinking that I need to do a relisten around Halloweentime - especially when you think about where Belle's job takes her. What better time to get up close and personal with the unexplained?

I'm still finding the story too short - but that's a good thing. The good news is that I'm finding myself getting hooked on this series. The sound issues I had in the first book didn't seem to make an appearance here so it made it much easier to listen instead of wondering when I was going to hear something I shouldn't. But there's a sadness to my story. I see that there are more books to Belle's adventures but I'm not seeing anymore audiobooks but I do see books and that's where the sadness comes in. The good news to my story is that Ms. Ryan does have other books in the series that I can read as opposed to listening to. And that won't stop me for watching out for more audiobooks either.

I voluntarily reviewed an Audiobook copy of this book.

  • 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 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

"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 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

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 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

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 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

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
  • Soooo hot n sexy!

  • By Momo on 09-14-18

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