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  • Iron and Magic

  • Iron Covenant, Book 1
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,348
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,270
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,267

Hugh d'Ambray, Preceptor of the Iron Dogs, Warlord of the Builder of Towers, served only one man. Now his immortal, nearly omnipotent master has cast him aside. Hugh is a shadow of the warrior he was, but when he learns that the Iron Dogs, soldiers who would follow him anywhere, are being hunted down and murdered, he must make a choice: to fade away or to be the leader he was born to be. Hugh knows he must carve a new place for himself and his people, but they have no money, no shelter, and no food, and the necromancers are coming. Fast. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Is it just me or did he just give Andrea an accent?

  • By Cathline on 07-25-18

Amazing storytelling and narration. Hugh & Elera

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

My reaction when I heard that Hugh d’Ambray would get his own book and perhaps series was "No Thanks."

This is the same dude who mercilessly hunted Kate Daniels and all those who allied with her. For what he has done to Curran, Clan Bouda, Kate etc, it will take more than one fantastically written book to get me there. Simply because past five fantastically written books preceding this one depicted him as Satan's right hand. It simply can't be undone in a book, or even a trilogy. But I will let Ilona Andrews give it a shot.

I had to fight not to get sucked into this audiobook. Steve West just nailed this character. I heard and felt a myriad of emotions in his voice. I really had to keep reminding myself that Hugh is getting his due and not to fall for the authors attempt at redeeming him. I was getting worn down so I tip my hat to the authors. It is so gripping, well paces, lyrical storytelling. This is UF at its finest. I will admit that I loved the book and I loved that Elara was giving Hugh all that he can handle. She still is no Kate, but I like her.

Maybe I am petty but I don't want Kate or Curran to have anything to do with Hugh. Not even to fight Roland. I want Kate to kick his ass. There is a lot of story left. I have to be honest, I am so curious as to how Ilona Andrews is going to pull this off. Can she get me to be Team Hugh?

  • Disgrace

  • By: Brittainy C. Cherry
  • Narrated by: Amanda Leigh Cobb, James Cavenaugh
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117

Each day I prayed for my husband to love me again. After 15 years together, he walked away from me, and into the arms of another. I didn’t know how to cope. I didn’t know my worth. I didn’t know how to exist without him by my side. All I wanted was for him to come back to me. Then, Jackson Emery appeared. He was supposed to be a distraction for my mind. A summer fling. A confidence boost to my bruised heart. We were perfect for one another, because we both knew we wouldn’t last. Jackson didn’t believe in commitment, and I no longer believed in love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Romance about Ordinary people dealing with life

  • By Deborah Boyd on 08-29-18

Love, angst, second chance

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

I am at a loss. I feel like I should have liked this book. This book has all the things I normally enjoy in CR books but for some reason I didn’t connect with it.

Grace and Jackson had to work hard to overcome a lot, lack of real loving support from parents for various reasons, family secrets and a small community that seemed to have old school views on marriage/relationships...even their own unresolved issues. It was just a lot of drama and I’m still thinking about it but I can’t honestly give it more than 3 stars.

  • Forsaken

  • A Fallen Siren Novella
  • By: S. J. Harper
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 3 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Special Agent Emma Monroe is a Fallen Siren seeking redemption. Thousands of years ago, she was banished from Mount Olympus by Zeus and cursed by Demeter for failing to prevent the kidnapping of Persephone by Hades. Now she's working for the FBI, seeking salvation while searching for and finding the missing. Her partner, Zack Armstrong, is a werewolf with a grievance of his own. The former Black Ops sniper who once carried out a string of questionable assignments is atoning for his past.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Emma and Zach to the rescue

  • By Ezinwanyi on 10-06-18

Emma and Zach to the rescue

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

Emma Monroe is a fallen siren who is trying to gain redemption and return to Olympus after Zeus and Demeter banished the sirens for not protecting Persephone when Hades kidnapped her. The gods have decreed forgiveness will come from rescuing mortal kids who are missing or kidnapping.

In this addition, her partner Zack Armstrong, a werewolf, recently remembered that they were lovers but Emma erased his memories. So their interactions are really tense and awkward.

One of Zack's friends, billionaire Roger Maitlan just asked Zack for help finding his missing son. He is hoping Zack's black ops background will help Zach rescue his son. So Emma and Zack put their issues on the backburner because Emma is possibly one soul away from redemption.

These two clearly care for each other. Part of what I hate about mythology stories is the heavy handed way and complete arbitrary way the gods rule. There is no clear path to redemption. Emma could gain forgiveness today or never. So I don't see how the gods just have these sirens working with just a slim hope of getting back to Olympus.

Emma and Zack work well as partners and their supernatural abilities give them an edge in law enforcement. Overall it was a good addition to the series.

  • Slow Heat

  • By: Leta Blake
  • Narrated by: Michael Ferraiuolo
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117

Professor Vale Aman has crafted a good life for himself. An unbonded omega in his mid-30s, he's long since given up hope that he'll meet a compatible alpha, let alone his destined mate. He's fulfilled by his career, his poetry, his cat, and his friends. When Jason Sabel, a much younger alpha, imprints on Vale in a shocking and public way, longings are ignited that can't be ignored. Fighting their strong sexual urges, Jason and Vale must agree to contract with each other before they can consummate their passion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First time reading Omegavers and I am in LOVE!!!!!

  • By Neta_BER on 05-14-18

Jason and Vale’s journey to love

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

This world was unlike anything I’ve read before. It’s a dystopian world with almost all the female Las gone. The couples consist of the males, who fell into the categories of alphas, omegas and betas. Each person has one fated mate. You can still sleep and be with another shifter but an alpha’s peace comes from mating with his fates omega and vice versa.

Science has made it so Omegas are pregnant and have babies. They also go into this mating frenzy where they need their alphas to take them over and over until their biological urges pass.

The couple here Jason and Vale was disconcerting to me as the dominating alpha Jason was 19 yrs old and Vale, the 35 yr old Omega, was his college professor. Why I was uncomfortable throughout this story for a myriad of reasons, I enjoyed Jason’s earnest effort to show his own parents and Vale that he could do his duty as Vale’s alpha and not overwhelm Vale.

The author did a great job with the character development of the young Jason who no one really had faith in that he could be a good alpha to the seasoned Vale who had a somewhat comfortable and predictable life already. While the audiobook was long, the author really did a great job building the world which was wrought with inequality between the “gender” or classifications. I guess it’s no different from our society, I just had a harder time with it since the male pregnancy and female-ish biological tendencies made me cringe a lot.

My lack of enjoyment was solely because I didnt grasp the mpreg nature of the book. I wasn’t able to expand my boundaries enough to allow the book to breath for me. I hope book 2 will be a better experience but I admit that I just felt grossed out a lot.

  • Ryan's Bed

  • By: Tijan
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201

I crawled into Ryan Jensen’s bed that first night by accident. I barely knew him. I thought it was his sister’s bed - her room. It took seconds to realize my error, and I should've left... I didn’t. I didn’t jump out. I didn’t get embarrassed. I relaxed. And that night, in that moment, it was the only thing I craved. I asked to stay. He let me, and I slept. The truth? I never wanted to leave his bed. If I could've stayed forever, I would have. He became my sanctuary. Because - four hours earlier - my twin sister killed herself. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One of Tijan's Better Books!

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-16-18

Sad yet realistic look at teenage grief

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

Reviewed: 09-26-18

This story was sad. The narrator Therese Plummer had an almost haunting voice that really made me feel the grief. The main character MacKenzie found her twin sister Willow in their bathroom in a pool of her own blood the day before their eighteenth birthday. It was a shocking beginning and the book follows MacKenzie and her family as they deal (or don't deal) with the grief of suicide.

This book was done well because the process felt real, it felt slow, it felt like they would never be okay sometimes and then other times I thought they had turned a corner. It was painful to read so my heart goes out families who have to deal with a suicide. I am no therapist but I was uncomfortable with the way MacKenzie latched on Ryan like a life-support jacket. In addition, her parents were so consumed with their own guilt that they knowingly turned a blind eye to her sneaking out to spend the night in a bed of a boy they barely knew. I know that grief can pull families apart or bond them closer together but in this case, the MacKenzie's parents abandoned her emotionally and physically. They pawned her off to the care of a business acquaintance and that was deeply disturbing to me. Instead of structure and perhaps more family interaction, each person retreated into their own corners like a boxer after the bell.

I liked Ryan and how gently he treated MacKenzie. He listened, he held her and he comforted her every time she needed him. But this story was more about dealing with a painful loss than it was about their romance.

  • Seek

  • By: Mia Sheridan
  • Narrated by: Stephen Dexter, Callie Dalton
  • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

Wealthy socialite Olivia Barton never imagined her fiancé would disappear on what was supposed to be a routine business trip. She's even more heartbroken and confused when a hired private investigator tracks him half a world away, to a seaside town in Colombia. But the country has recently been ravaged by a massive earthquake and deadly tsunami, shutting down outside communication and making travel all but impossible. Still, Olivia is determined to make it to Colombia to find the answers she so desperately seeks. What she needs is a guide - a mercenary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What an adventure!

  • By Sunshine on 05-17-18

Missing Fiancee vs New Man

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

Reviewed: 09-21-18

I wasn't expecting the twist at the end. It definitely threw me for a loop. I really felt for Olivia. Growing up without feeling loved by her family, she was desperate for a connection. She was a very likable heroine, but she was also trusting and naive. She often ignored very obvious red flags but again, she had inner strength and resolve. So I knew she would be okay in the end.

The story kept my attention because Olivia and Thomas were both working to overcome their past. There was a clear growth in their characters as the story progressed. The pacing was good and it was pretty suspenseful. I was able to finish the story in one sitting.

Mia Sheridan always delivers a good romance mixed with characters that are overcoming painful pasts. So at the end of the journey, there is a feeling of redemption and restoration. I almost always feel satiated at the end of her stories.

  • I Have Never: A Laugh Out Loud Romantic Comedy

  • First Comes Love, Book 2
  • By: Camilla Isley
  • Narrated by: Audra Cook
  • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8

Twenty-nine-year-old Blair Walker is a girl with a plan, or more like a girl with a list - a list of dos and don'ts to live the perfect life, land a dream career, and marry Mr. Right. But when Blair loses her job and gets dumped by her boyfriend all in one day, she starts to wonder if she's had it all wrong. And what better way to find out than experience everything the list forbade? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This office romance ended well

  • By Ezinwanyi on 09-20-18

This office romance ended well

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

Reviewed: 09-20-18

This audiobook was easy to follow and was a fun listen until I got the end. It was a happy ending but it reinforced that office romances can never remain secret and can make the workplace tense when there is a disharmony.

Blair Walker was a girl who followed all of society rules of how a refined lady should behave. Living by that good girl code led her to losing her dreams to another who was willing to use all in her arsenal to get what she wanted. So Blair decided that she will throw out her list and just live without those constraints.
Life as a rebel led her to entrepreneur Richard Stratton, who was looking for someone to help him grow his online business. Their professional relationship thrived and was smooth until they developed an attraction. That's when things got awkward. Should they risk it or play it safe?

I liked them together, but I am not a fan of office romances. They have a tendency to get messy when people have fights and/or break up. These sort of relationships are bad for business and it gets co-workers caught in the middle. There is workplace gossip as well as a resentment if there is a perception of favoritism.

I really liked the new Blair until she threw a couple of unprofessional fits at end of the book because of her feelings for her boss Richard. I was embarrassed for her and for Richard. The new Blair was empowered, likable and interesting. Her journey showed development and maturity even though she was likable even with the list too. Both Blair and Richard were fundamentally good people with a great work ethic.

Their relationship worked out in the end but I didn't like her doing the opposite of what her list would have told her to do. The list wasn't bad, I think she just needed to learn not to be so rigid. That is what life is about, having some flexibility in some things and being steadfast in others. Both Blair and Richard came to learn that in order to find true happiness, they had to be honest and true to themselves.

If you want an enjoyable and easy read, then I recommend this office romance to satisfy that need.

  • Thirty Day Boyfriend

  • By: Whitney G.
  • Narrated by: Erin Mallon, Zachary Webber
  • Length: 2 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 657
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 609
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 608

Thirty days ago, my boss, Mr. Wolf of Wall Street, came to me with an offer I couldn't refuse: Sign my name on the dotted line and pretend to be his fiancée for one month. If I agreed, he would let me out of my employment contract with a "very generous" severance package. The rules were pretty simple: No intimate kissing, no actual sex. Just pretend to love each other for the press, even though I've secretly wanted to knock that sexy smirk off his face since the first day we met.

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

  • By Cyndi on 04-25-18

Cute fake office romance turns real novella

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

This novella was witty, sexy and just entertaining. It is one of the best novellas I’ve heard all year. I laughed my way through this book. the beginning, there seemed to be an adversarial relationship between the boss Nicholas Wolf and his executive assistant Emily Johnson. Considering she was paid really well, she could have quit but she was determined to find another job first. Meanwhile, Nicholas was equally determined to keep Emily from gaining employment elsewhere.

The tug of war between them was so comical. They worked well together and seemed to understand each other in a way no one else did. So it boggles the mind why neither seemed to notice their mutual attraction. When a business deal required Nicholas to appear to be settling down and leaving his playboy ways behind him, Emily was the perfect person to help him close the deal. Emily and Nicholas pretending to be a couple began to blur the lines and that’s when the real fun began.
This audiobook was so amusing because of both the narrators and the character dialogues. The plot was well done even though it ended quicker than I would have liked. I wish I had a little more of both Nicholas and Emily’s background but they were so fun together. I wasn’t expecting it but this book was just so cheeky. I haven’t read anything by this author before but I will certainly check out more of her work.

  • 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 237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216

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

Cute, yet emotional second chance at love

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

Narrators Erin Mallon and Joseph Discher did an awesome job bringing this well written story to life. Their voices worked well in tandem and I felt the characters chemistry. Charlotte and Grayson’s continual banter had me chuckling for most of the audiobook.

This story was developed so carefully and realistically that it captivated me. It was just a heartwarming and sweet college romance that continued on. I adored was Charlotte’s feistiness. She was smart, focused and independent heroine and so chasing after the college football star Grayson wasn’t on her radar. The push and pull banter made them a fun couple. Grayson’s persistence also won me over. He wasn’t a jerk, but he also wasn’t used to taking no for an answer either. He got pretty creative in his bid to get Charlotte's attention.

I love second chance romances and I love dual POV stories because it allows the reader to be aware of the thought process of both main characters. With that said, I really dislike second chance romances that could have been resolved with some effort considering the two people love each other. It seems like if the characters are passionate about each other, they would communicate a little better to avoid going seven years pinning for their loved one. While the minor snag turned into a major thing, there was never a doubt that the main characters cared deeply for each other.

This book was funny, yet emotional and I felt very satisfied with the conclusion of the love story. Abiding love prevailed yet again. Another entertaining story by Whitney G.

  • To Save a Sinner

  • By: Adele Clee
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

Banished to Boston for causing the death of Lord Banbury, Lucas Dempsey vowed never to set foot on English soil again. But when his brother inherits the viscountcy and pleads for his return, the opportunity to show his contempt and loathing for the society who turned its back on him proves to be far too enticing to resist.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining Regency Romance

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 06-13-17

Narration hurt this story

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

This story could have been more entertaining had I been able to get past the narrators voice.
There was chemistry among the main character and the little mystery of who framed the hero was intriguing.
The pace of the story was a bit slow so it made the story drag.
Overall it was just okay.