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  • Walker Wildcats Year 1

  • The Extraordinarily Ordinary Life of Cassandra Jones, Book 1
  • By: Tamara Hart Heiner
  • Narrated by: Hysha Nesmith
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

What's special about Cassandra? Absolutely nothing. She's as ordinary as any other fifth grader. And yet her ordinary life is riddled with hilarious and sometimes heart-breaking mishaps as she guides herself through the world of pre-teens on the brink of adulthood. She's the new girl at school, uprooted from her beloved state of Texas and relocated to the hillbilly Ozarks of Springdale, Arkansas. She tries to hold it together as she weathers stubborn parents, vicious dog attacks, and petty cat fights.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice series for young girls

  • By VaWineLover on 01-07-19

Nice series for young girls

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

Reviewed: 01-07-19

I am way too old for this book, but I think my granddaughter would love it and I might get it for her to read and see if she wants to read more of the series. There are quite a few life lessons that are covered, and they make good examples for us all. I am not going to ruin the story for anybody who reads or listens to it, but a lot happens to Cassandra as she is moved from one state to another and enrolled in a new school where she must start over and make new friends.

I was given a copy of this audio book by the author. My review is voluntary.

  • Half Wolf

  • Alpha Underground Series, Book 1
  • By: Aimee Easterling
  • Narrated by: Angel Clark
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

Fen Young is a half-shifter whose inner beast is more mouse than wolf. Home is her castle, the only place she's ever felt safe. Enter Hunter Green, an uber-alpha strong enough to stop traffic with a single look. He's handsome and enticing and seems like just the ticket to broaden Fen's horizons...until the uber-alpha brushes off his admirer and summarily rejects her from her home pack. Now treading water in the no-man's land of outpack territory, Fen must confront a missing pack mate, a tantalizing stranger, and a serial killer targeting half-werewolves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Utterly delightful

  • By S on 02-18-19

Great reading of this story

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

Reviewed: 01-07-19

I have read this entire series and was very happy to listen to book 1 as I love to listen to audio books when I walk. I remembered most of the story from my prior reading, but the initial scene at the bar still cracks me up. This is the story of a female "halfie," half human and half wolf-shifter, who has been forced to leave the safety of the pack she belonged to. She is joined by another halfie, a set of twins (one male, one female), and a friend who is her beta. Yep, she's the alpha of the little pack and, as she considers her wolf to be the weakest of them all, she is thankful that her former alpha gave her a little of his power to help her out. She is being dogged by the very wolf that forced her exodus from her pack,and there is great danger as she makes her way through out-pack territory where halfies have suddenly become victims of kidnappings and ritual killings.

I still got tired of hearing, rather than reading, "Uber Alpha" and "trouble twins." I think the two terms are over-used, but they didn't bother me as much the second time around. I hope I get to listen to the rest of the stories in the series as I know they are really good.

I was given a free copy of this audio book by the author. My review is voluntary.

  • Rebel Heart

  • A Prequel to Rebel Alpha (Book 5 in the Aloha Shifters: Pearls of Desire Series)
  • By: Anna Lowe
  • Narrated by: Kelsey Osborne
  • Length: 1 hr and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13

All Cynthia was planning for the weekend was a quick escape to the countryside, where her inner dragon can stretch its wings. She wasn’t counting on a handsome, enigmatic wolf shifter coming along and sweeping her off her feet. Cynthia has always been driven by duty rather than desire. But suddenly, she finds herself making reckless, irresponsible choices and telling herself, "Just this once...." A night of sizzling passion ensues, but the question remains: Is Cal to blame for making her throw caution to the wind - or is it destiny? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rebel Heart

  • By blue_river @AudiobookObsession on 12-14-18

Can't wait for the rest of Cynthia's story!

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

Reviewed: 12-15-18

I love all of Anna's books and although this one is short, it is just right to pique your interest. If you have been keeping up with the series you know that Cynthia doesn't seem to have a wild bone in her body. Take a listen to this book and you won't recognize her as she meets her fated mate on a deserted highway and follows her dragon's urging to get closer to him. Can a wolf and a dragon really be destined for each other? We will find out in the series finale.

I was given a copy of this audio book by the author. My review is voluntary.

  • Rebel Wolf

  • Aloha Shifters: Pearls of Desire Series, Book 4
  • By: Anna Lowe
  • Narrated by: Kelsey Osborne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 28

Sophie Wilkins - bookworm and smoothie chef extraordinaire - has moved to Maui for a reminder of all the beauty and love in the world. And love is what she gets from the shy, retiring, and utterly gorgeous man she meets. Chase is everything her lonely heart has ever yearned for - quiet, unassuming, and kind. Mysterious, too, with a raw, animal intensity that appeals to a wild side she never knew she had. But evil forces from Sophie's past are ruthlessly hunting her down. Can she escape that world of hate and fear before it is too late? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Chase!

  • By lisa j on 03-18-19

Sweetest story

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

I love all of Anna's characters, but Chase, Sophie, and the dogs have got to be the sweetest ones yet. I always read the book first and then listen to it. I really enjoy the narrator, Kelsey has such a sweet voice. Can't wait for the next book in the series, Cynthia deserves her HEA.

I was given an audio copy of this book by the author. My review is voluntary.

  • Rebel Lion

  • Aloha Shifters: Pearls of Desire, Book 3
  • By: Anna Lowe
  • Narrated by: Kelsey Osborne
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

Lion-shifter Dell O'Roarke has never been serious about life, but life is about to get serious with him. The beautiful stranger who has just arrived in Maui isn't looking for just anyone - she's looking for him. And that's not just any surprise she's brought along - it's a baby who looks a hell of a lot like Dell. Soon, he discovers there's more at stake than his lifestyle as a swinging bachelor. Vengeful shifters are hot on the stranger's heels, making Dell wonder - are they after the woman, the baby, or him?   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yes! Dell's turn!

  • By lisa j on 03-09-19

Another great audio book in this series

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

I just Anna's narrator. She makes the books so enjoyable. This book is about Dell, one of the shifters of KoaKea. We learn that Dell had a brother who was part of the Special Forces group of shifters. Quentin was killed by an IED and Dell will never get over losing his brother. He considers Quentin the "good" O'Roarke brother. The serious, honorable brother who tried to teach him to be the same.

Dell and Chase are returning from work on a Sunday evening, when Dell has a feeling that things are about to change for him. A taxi passes them on the dirt road to the plantation, the road that no one travels except the shifters. Who could it have dropped off? The beautiful woman standing on the porch has his lion dancing inside him. When he sees the baby that is his spitting image he is stunned. He has no memory of the woman, and he is always very careful about contraception.

It turns out that the baby is Quentin's daughter, and the woman is the mother's best friend. Anjali explains that Lourdes, the baby mama, has died. It took a lot of phone calls and some pulls on heart strings to get Dell's information out of the military database. Now Dell has some real problems. What is he going to do with a baby, and how is he going to convince his lion to let Anjali go?

I loved this story. Anjali is great female character, and baby Quinn is a real show stopper. I like the way Dell is so determined to do right by his brother, whatever that entails. You will love this book.
I was given an audio copy of the book by the author. My review is voluntary.

  • Rebel Bear

  • Aloha Shifters: Pearls of Desire, Book 2
  • By: Anna Lowe
  • Narrated by: Kelsey Osborne
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

Up-and-coming supermodel Hailey Crewe can’t wait to escape the limelight and return to the anonymous lifestyle she once led. Escaping literally? That was never part of her plan. But when an unwanted suitor - and her scheming mother/manager - go a step too far with a surprise Hawaii wedding, Hailey becomes a bride on the run. Before she knows it, she’s not only being hunted by a greedy oil tycoon, but by his creepy security force, too. It's a good thing she bumps into her very own Lancelot at exactly the right time.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rebel Bear

  • By blue_river @AudiobookObsession on 11-17-18

Gotta love a rebel

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

The second book of this series features Timber who is Connor's brother and a bear shifter. If you read book one, and if you didn't, you should, then you know that Connor and his brothers are working security on the Koa Point estate and living on the nearby plantation of Koakea. They are all working secondary jobs in the community to allow them to keep their ears open for trouble. Tim has caught a coptor ride to Oahu with Connor to pick up his contractor's license and is taking a break at the mall food court when a beautiful woman catches his eye. She is obviously on the run and her white dress is making it a bit hard to remain inconspicuous. When he smells a shifter he decides she is going to need some help and his bear is going crazy for the woman, which is something he never does.

Hailey cannot believe that her mother has set her up for a public proposal and the wedding to directly follow her joyous acception. Not happening. She doesn't really even like the guy and she definitely does not want to marry the conceited jerk. With the two of them ganging up on her she does the only thing she can think of, she runs. Ending up cornered in the changing room of a sport's store she can't believe it when she is rescued by a hunk of a man that she only glimpsed as she shoved her way down an escalator. For some reason she feels safe with him and trusts that he will get her away from Oahu. Maui sounds like far enough away to hide for awhile. She will be able to get it straightened out in a few days, right?

Found what happens as a beautiful model goes native with an ex -special forces soldier. Tim knows Hailey is his mate, but he is pretty sure she is not going to be ok with the whole shifter thing. He decides to take what he can get and trust that destiny won't let him down. What could go wrong? Lol.

This series is great and I can't wait for the next story. Dell is such a great character and the one that is the most cynical about love. I was given an audio copy of this book by the author. My review is voluntary.

  • Rebel Dragon

  • Aloha Shifters: Pearls of Desire, Book 1
  • By: Anna Lowe
  • Narrated by: Kelsey Osborne
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 69

Off to Maui for a relaxing vacation? Surfer Jenna Monroe can only wish now that she’s on the run from a stalker who lusts after her blood. Instead of combing the beach for lost treasures, she’s forced into the terrifying world of shapeshifters. There, even the good guys are hard to trust - all except for one hot rebel. Connor Hoving and his band of Special Forces shifters were planning to leave trouble behind by moving to Maui, but destiny has other ideas. His whole future - and that of his brothers - depends on acing his new job as head of security at an exclusive seaside estate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OMG I love this

  • By Pam louis on 04-28-18

Lovely start to a new series

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

Reviewed: 05-08-18

I loved the first Aloha Shifters series, Jewels of the Heart, and I am very happy that we are staying on Maui for this series. All my favorite shifters are still around, along with some great new ones.

Connor feels he has something to prove and a lot to lose if his new job goes wrong. When he meets a woman on the plane to Maui, a woman who is obviously scared of someone or something, his dragon goes crazy. He would love to get to know her and find out what is wrong, but he can't afford to get distracted. His brothers are depending on him and he doesn't want to let them down.

Jenna is fleeing California for Maui, and her sister, in the hopes that her stalker will stay on the mainland. She is surprised when a hot guy is her seatmate on the flight. For some reason she feels safe with him and finally gets some sleep. She is too cautious of strangers to ask for his number, but she sure wouldn't mind seeing him again. She just didn't expect to run into him the next morning on her way to breakfast!

I will not spoil the story for you as it is very good. I can't wait for the next one. I was gifted a copy of this audio book by the author. I love the narrator and listen to the whole thing, even though I have already read the book. I always hear something I missed before. Enjoy.

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  • Lure of the Fox

  • Aloha Shifters: Jewels of the Heart, Book 6
  • By: Anna Lowe
  • Narrated by: Kelsey Osborne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 42

Desert fox shifter Ella Kitt is better at risking her life than her heart. Not that she expects to do either when she flies to Maui to help her special forces comrades with an easy security job. Or maybe not such an easy job, because she’s forced to work - and live - in close quarters with smoking-hot army hero Jake McBride. Jake isn’t just the one-night stand she can’t forget - he’s also a human, totally off-limits to shifters of her kind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shifter Ella Fears Mating Will Kill Jake Her Destined Mate

  • By Romance junkie on 12-03-18

Now we get Ella's love story

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

Reviewed: 02-25-18

I always love this narrator for Anna's books. I was given a copy of this audio version by the author and even though I read the book I love to listen to it and hear the story again. I am leaving a copy of my review of the ebook.
I am very sad that this is the part book in this series, but very happy that Anna already has a new series coming for the same location. It was going to almost as hard to leave beautiful Maui and it was to leave the desert of Arizona, fortunately I don't have to worry about that yet.

Ella is a fox shifter from Arizona who served in the special forces with Silas, Kai, Boone, Hunter, and Cruz. She also spent part of her formative years being taken care of by the same owl shifter who raised Kai and Hunter on Maui. She had come to help out the shifters of Koa Point as extra security as they are a little distracted by the upcoming nuptials of Silas and Cassandra and the imminent birth of Boone and Nina's twins.

Jacob is a human whose unit did some work with Silas and company before they left the military. He had heard the strange rumors about the members of that unit being shifters, but he has no idea if they are true. Now that he has been discharged from the service he is looking for work. Boone was happy to enlist him to assist in security at Koa Point. Jake was happy to find work, and even happier to find out Ella was part of the detail.

Jake and Ella spent one night together while in a war zone. They agreed that it was a one time thing, but neither one can forget it. Ella knows that Jake is her mate. Unlike female humans, males often don't survive the mating bite of a shifter. Ella has first hand knowledge of what happens if the male is not strong enough to make the conversion to shifter. She is determined that Jake will not become a victim of her mating bite, no matter how much her inner fox insists.

Find out what happens when Jake and Ella are thrown together in beautiful Maui.

  • Love of the Dragon

  • Aloha Shifters: Jewels of the Heart, Book 5
  • By: Anna Lowe
  • Narrated by: Kelsey Osborne
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 63

Dragons, duty, destined mates, and a deadly rival... Silas Llewellyn, the last of a once-mighty dragon clan, doesn’t have time for anything but work and duty. He certainly doesn’t have time for love - not with a ruthless enemy plotting to destroy everything he holds dear. When a priceless diamond - one of the legendary Spirit Stones - surfaces in New York, Silas knows the jewel is nothing but trouble... just like the alluring woman who refuses to relinquish the gem.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good story

  • By CRAZY4PEANUTBUTTER on 11-15-17

Another great addition to the series

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

Reviewed: 12-21-17

I am still loving this series about a group of shifters living on Maui. This book is about the leader of the group, Silas, and a human woman, Cassandra. The story begins in New York with an auction of a diamond which may be one of the Spirit Stones. Of course, Drax is there to bid along with Moira, Silas' ex-girlfriend. There is a surprise when the stone is about to be purchased by Drax, and Cassandra ends up with the diamond.

Silas saves Cassandra from an attack by Drax and he, Kai, and Tessa convince her to come with them. The rest of the story takes place in Hawaii, and I will let you love it for yourself. I really like the narrator and I think you will too.

I was gifted a copy of this audio book by the author. My review is voluntary.

  • Lure of the Tiger

  • Aloha Shifters - Jewels of the Heart, Book 4
  • By: Anna Lowe
  • Narrated by: Kelsey Osborne
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 86

Tiger shifter Cruz Khala doesn't trust humans. He doesn't trust destiny, either - not even when it sends him the one woman capable of saving his tormented soul. But there's more than love at stake as merciless shifter forces gather on sunny Maui, intent on stealing a priceless jewel with mysterious powers. Before he knows it, Cruz becomes the last line of defense between pure evil and the sapphire - and the only one capable of saving his destined mate's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book on the go

  • By Suzzie on 09-19-17

Another great addition to the series

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

Reviewed: 10-06-17

I love this series. I read the ebook and then Anna kindly sends me the audio book also. I listen to each one as I love the narrator. Kelsey has a great voice for this kind of story. When I read the ebooks I hear her voice in my head. Lol. You will love this series. It is good to listen to the series in order, but you will enjoy the story even if it is your first one.
My review is voluntary.