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  • A Lowcountry Christmas

  • By: Mary Alice Monroe
  • Narrated by: Mary Alice Monroe
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

As far as 10-year-old Miller McClellan is concerned, it's the worst Christmas ever. His father's shrimp boat is docked, his mother is working two jobs, and with finances strained, Miller is told, they can't afford the dog he desperately wants. "Your brother's return from war is our family's gift," his parents tell him. But when Taylor returns with PTSD, family strains darken the holidays. Then Taylor's service dog arrives - a large black Labrador/Great Dane named Thor. His brother even got the dog!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 'A Christmas Carol' for 2016

  • By Mary on 11-03-16

Not Part Of Series

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

Reviewed: 01-19-19

While well written, this book is not really part of the Lowcountry sister series. It tells the backstory of Taylor's brother and his family who are dealing with multiple depressing issues. It's probably good for general fiction but disappointing for me since I was expecting more about the sisters and their friends.

  • Close to Home

  • By: Lisa Jackson
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,675
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,498
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,494

Vowing to make a fresh start, Sarah McAdams has come home to renovate the old Victorian mansion where she grew up. Her daughters, Jade and Gracie, aren’t impressed by the rundown property on the shores of Oregon’s wild Columbia River. As soon as they pull up the isolated drive, Sarah, too, is beset by uneasy memories - of her cold, distant mother, of the half-sister who vanished without a trace, and of a long-ago night when Sarah was found on the widow’s walk, feverish and delirious.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Creepy Mystery-Thriller Psychodrama

  • By chrispark on 03-05-15

Strong Females

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

I loved that Sara and her daughters tried and succeeded in solving several old family mysteries. Also, some teenage girls kept their heads under horrible circumstances and fought to survive.

Glad Lisa Jackson is not among the romantic authors who believe that women should be portrayed as stupid and submissive, meekly submitting to sexual violence. Thankfully Ms. Jackson knows how to create strong, engaging female characters.

As always, Joyce Bean was a pleasure to hear.

  • Incredible You:

  • A Sexy Flirty Dirty Standalone Romance
  • By: Lili Valente
  • Narrated by: Tyler Donne, Summer Roberts
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303

They say Jake "The Dragon" Falcone earned his nickname by setting fire to the ice his first season in the NHL. But just between us ladies, I'm pretty sure he earned it for the dragon in his pants. From my first hug as his fake girlfriend, it's clear he's packing below the belt. After a few fake dates I realize he's packing...everywhere. Heart, brains, sex-vibe, a killer sense of humor - Jake is everything I've ever wanted in a man. He's also my client and off limits. Oh, and he has a crazy ex who's out for my blood.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, Entertaining, and Sexy!

  • By Cheri on 12-31-16

The Double Standard Lives

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

Reviewed: 12-21-18

Evidently domestic violence is wrong when a female is physically violent toward a male ex-lover, in contrast to the author's other books which appear to condone sexual violence against women. Guess the double standard is alive and well.

  • Dead Right

  • By: Brenda Novak
  • Narrated by: Karen Stein
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154

Twenty years ago Madeline Barker's father disappeared. Despite what everyone else thinks, Madeline's convinced her stepfamily had nothing to do with it. But the recent discovery of his car finally proves he didn't just drive away. Worse, the police find something in the trunk that says there's more to this case than murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Escalating suspense!

  • By Sandylp on 08-09-07

BDSM and Pedaphiles Part 3

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

More sadistic sexual violence, more endless family drama, more murder and secrets; not entertaining or romantic.

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  • Dead Giveaway

  • By: Brenda Novak
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139

The Reverend Lee Barker went missing 19 years ago. And the people of Stillwater, Mississippi, believe they know why. They're convinced he was murdered by his stepson, Clay Montgomery. But only Clay, his mother, and sisters can say for sure. They were the only ones there that fateful night, the only ones who know what really happened. And they're not talking.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great!

  • By Patti Dotson on 10-03-07

More BDSM and Pedaphiles

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

While the author is obviously talented, the topic of sadistic sexual predators was not entertaining or romantic. Since the setting is present day Mississippi, the fact that a minister was secretly involved in BDSM and pedophilia would be sad and disturbing but not unbelievable or shocking.

Sadly, book 2 of this incredibly depressing series seemed to drag on forever, in spite of Clay's many positive traits. And it was ridiculous that Clay and his family would chose stay in a house with so many horrific memories, not to mention an unfriendly, hostile small town. FYI, book 3 didn't get much better.

  • Dead Silence

  • By: Brenda Novak
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 199
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 202

There's a body buried behind a Mississippi farmhouse. Grace Montgomery knows who it is, and she knows why it happened. She was only 13 the night it all went wrong. And now, like then, she has no choice but to keep her mouth shut.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Five Stars for this Thriller!

  • By Book and Movie Lover on 08-23-06

BDSM and Pedophiles

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

I was not expecting such a darkly tragic plot, involving BDSM and pedophiles. I was relieved that sexual violence was not portrayed as an erotic or romantic adventure, unlike too many recent novels. Thankfully, the author does NOT appear to believe that females of any age enjoy being raped, tortured and sexually degraded.

Unfortunately, the depressing topic of sexual predators was alarming realistic, showing the vivid and long-lasting damage done to victims of sexual assault and their loved ones. There were very few happy or light moments to relieve the overwhelming sadness; the small Mississippi town seemed to contain mostly ignorant and heartless residents.

While Grace and her siblings were incredibly sympathetic characters. I was disappointed that they could not be honest with each other, even when they were in their 30s. I kept fast forwarding, hoping for an upbeat ending, but there was no real conclusion. FYI, books 2 and 3 were more of the same...

  • Dirty Headlines

  • By: L.J. Shen
  • Narrated by: Jacob Morgan, Grace Grant
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,507
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,398
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,395

Célian Laurent. Manhattan royalty. Notorious playboy. Heir to a media empire...and my new boss. I could have impressed him, if not for last month's unforgettable one-night stand. I left it with more than orgasms and a pleasant memory - namely, his wallet. Now he's staring me down like I'm the dirt under his Italian loafers, and I'm supposed to take it. But the thing about being Judith "Jude" Humphry is I have nothing to lose. Brooklyn girl. Infamously quirky. Heir to a stack of medical bills and a tattered couch. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dirty!

  • By 🌿🌸Susynne🌸🌿 on 10-17-18

There Should Be a Law Against Being This Stupid

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

Reviewed: 12-01-18

There should be a law against authors writing the exact same plot over and over; rich sadistic asshole male enjoys brutalizing passive, brainless bimbos. Violence against women is acceptable, being cruel and heartless toward employees is acceptable; hurting anyone weaker or poor is acceptable. And being rich is more important than human life.

I did not find any moments of humor, affection, kindness or an interesting storyline. I understood why Jude resorted to stealing from a stranger to help her sick father, but was disappointed that an educated, intelligent woman could not figure out a better life plan than committing felonies and screwing her jerk of a boss.

Of course, the jerk of a boss had no morals, compassion, integrity or redeeming qualities. He was obsessed with money and power, believing that hitting women made him macho. If the author was honest about sexual abuse, this book would have ended with Jude beaten to dead and the asshole paying some thug to make her body disappear.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bountiful

  • The True North Series, Book 4
  • By: Sarina Bowen
  • Narrated by: Seraphine Valentine, Teddy Hamilton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 565
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 535
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 532

No last names. No life stories. Those were the rules. Once upon a time a cocky, copper-haired tourist sauntered into Zara's bar. And even though she knew better, Zara indulged in a cure for the small-town blues. It was supposed to be an uncomplicated fling - a few sizzling weeks before he went back to his life, and she moved on. Until an accidental pregnancy changed her life. Two years later, she's made peace with the notion that Dave No-Last-Name will never be found - until one summer day when he walks into her coffee shop.

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

  • By Cyndi on 06-16-18

Unprotected Sex with Stranger

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

Reviewed: 12-01-18

Previously in this series, the author featured strong, smart and confident women who found happiness with loving, non-violent men. Sadly book 4 appears to condone unprotected and dangerous sex, behavior which often endangers the lives of women and children.

Likewise, in previous books, Zara was portrayed as strong, independent and feisty. However, the moment Dave walked into her workplace, she changed into a silly, passive and self destructive twit. Zara had instant sex with Dave (total stranger) who enjoyed dominating and degrading her body and mind.

Dave was the typical promiscuous, professional athlete; nothing interesting or likable. Zara was a good, dedicated mother and friend but did not possess any self-confidence. She was always guilt tripping that friends and family helped her with child care, when helping is exactly what friends and family are supposed to do.

I didn't feel any connection between Zara and Dave, who didn't know the difference between intimacy and sex. I was also disappointed that Zara allowed Dave contact with her baby daughter before doing a background check. Donating sperm did not automatically make Dave trustworthy.


  • Fools Rush In

  • By: Kristan Higgins
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 465
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 429
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430

Millie Barnes is this close to finally achieving her perfect life. Rewarding job as a local doctor on Cape Cod? Check. Cute cottage of her very own? Check. Adorable dog suitable for walks past attractive locals? Check! All she needs is for golden boy and former crush Joe Carpenter to notice her, and Millie will be set. But perfection isn't as easy as it looks - especially when Sam Nickerson, a local policeman, is so distracting. He is definitely not part of her master plan. But maybe it's time for Millie to make a new plan....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't have been better.

  • By jodiod on 10-24-15

Foolish Annoying People

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

Reviewed: 12-01-18

There were several reasons why I did not enjoy this soap opera about life in a fictional Cape Cod communities:

1. Dr. Millie (30) had the emotional maturity of a first grader, maintaining a school girl crush on a super cute pretty boy for 15 years.

2. When not mooning over the pretty boy, passive Millie allowed her bitchy older sister and pretentious mother to treat her like dirt.

3. Sleeping with her brother-in-law Sam, a good hearted sap would allowed the bitchy sister to treat him like dirt for 17 years of marriage.

Sadly, the only likable character was Danny. the 16 year old nephew who seemed more mature and confident than the adults in his family.

  • Going Cowboy Crazy

  • By: Katie Lane
  • Narrated by: Nicole Poole
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 121

Acclaimed romance author Katie Lane inspires listeners to believe in true love. When Faith Aldridge learns she has a twin sister, she treks to Bramble, Texas, to find her. But Bramble’s residents think Faith is her sister, Hope, and they take action to reunite Faith with Hope’s ex-flame, Slate. When the real Hope finally shows up, Faith pulls out all the stops to hold onto her newfound passion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Funny and entertainling

  • By Raemar3356 on 01-14-12

Entertaining with One Exception

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

Reviewed: 11-22-18

Cute romance - warm, funny, no violence or dominating jerks. Only one complaint: very negative comments about adoption and those terrible, uncaring women who give babies away. Seriously twisted thinking; birth mothers should not be demonized for making that unselfish and loving decision.