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  • Unzipped

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Joe Arden, Andi Arndt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 588
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 555
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 554

Picture this - I’m ready to win back the love of my life, and I’m going big this time. We’re talking boom box, sing her name in the rain, let the whole damn neighborhood know I'm good and ready this time around. After all, if you're going to grand gesture the ever-loving hell out of a second chance, you need to pull out all the stops. There’s only one little problem. My college girlfriend isn't the one who shows up when I play my "I'll do anything to win you back" tune. The woman who flings open the second-floor window tells me my ex doesn’t live here anymore.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific rom com with unexpected depth!

  • By RexyRomance on 10-30-18

Non Violent Romance

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

I was delighted to discover that Ms. Blakely is capable of writing a cute romantic comedy that doesn't promote sexual violence against women. The main male character in Unzipped actually liked and respected women, a refreshing change from the selfish, domineering heroes in many recent romantic novels.

  • Checkmate: This Is War

  • The Checkmate Duet, Book 1
  • By: Kennedy Fox
  • Narrated by: Lia Langola
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319

Travis King is the worst kind of a**hole. He taunts me for being a good girl and mocks my high standards. He's cruel, crass, and has enough confidence to last two lifetimes. And I hate him. He's always loved getting under my skin, and one night against my better judgment, I let him in my bed. I've succumbed to his manw**re ways, but that doesn't change a thing. Because the King is about to get played at his own game - and lose.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Narration

  • By Brooklyn on 01-24-17

Childish - Timeout Needed

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

I was quickly disappointed to realize this is a Very Young Adult romance between a college girl (Viola) and a self-absorbed man whore (Travis), who both acted liked spoiled brats. Their constant bickering was annoying and boring - I wanted to put them both into timeout until they turned 30.

  • Spectacular Rascal

  • A Sexy Flirty Dirty Standalone Romance
  • By: Lili Valente
  • Narrated by: David Ledoux, Lili Valente
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275

When you've been screwed over by Mr. Wrong, let a spectacular rascal show you how good it feels to be bad. You know the smooth, successful New York businessman type? Well, I'm the other guy - the one you don't bring home to mama. The tattooed, rough-around-the-edges, 100% primal badass.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Steamy, Sexy, Witty Romantic Comedy!

  • By Cheri on 10-15-16

Sadistic Rascal

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

I was instantly confused; Aidan worked for a security company as a bodyguard. His job was protecting women from violent, domineering ex-lovers. Ironically, in his personal life, Aidan enjoyed beating and bullying his sexual partners. WHF? Couldn't figure out if the author was condemning or condoning domestic abuse.

When Aidan was assigned to help Kat, an old college friend, from a crazy stalker she assumed that Aidan had morals and integrity. Sadly, Kat was incredibly naïve for an attorney, and soon was pressured into a dangerous and degrading relationship with her so-called bodyguard.

It was difficult relating to Kat, who did not possess a backbone, common sense or self-respect. She blindly trusted Aidan just because they went to the same school - really dumb. Wondering who would kill her first - Nico or Aidan - was not enough mystery to keep me interested or entertained.





  • Chosen for Power

  • Women of Power Series, Volume 1
  • By: Kathleen Brooks
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270

Somebody is out to destroy Elle Simpson and everything she's worked hard to build. As the CEO of a corporate conglomerate, Elle is used to fighting off challengers. However this new threat comes at a time when she finally lets her guard down to meet Prince Charming. And it's unlike anything she's been up against before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Chosen for Power

  • By TREKnRay on 06-29-16

Celebrating Women

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

Ms. Brooks likes and respects the female gender - not common in recent popular romantic fiction. Thankfully, Ms. Books creates competent, caring and engrossing characters, many over the age of 30. Absolutely no passive, stupid FSOG type bimbos too dumb to live and too boring to care what happens to her.

I particularly liked how Elle chose to learn self defense, after being assaulted by an ex-boyfriend, rather than expect some man to provide protection. Although Elle was the CEO of her family's company, she worked hard, was considerate to employees, devoted to her family and volunteered with charities.

While I am not a huge fan of the instant romance theme, Elle and Drake genuinely liked and respected each other. And I just loved Elle's extended family and friends!

  • Twisted Threads

  • Mainely Needlepoint Mystery Series #1
  • By: Lea Wait
  • Narrated by: Christina Delaine
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

After leaving a decade ago, Angie Curtis has been called back to Harbor Haven, Maine, by her grandmother, Charlotte, who raised her following her mother's disappearance when she was a child. Her mother has been found, and now the question of her whereabouts has sadly become the mystery of her murder. The bright spot in Angie's homecoming is reuniting with Charlotte, who has started her own needlepointing business with a group called the Mainely Needlepointers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cottage industry and murder

  • By Jan on 06-17-17

Realistic but Not Cozy

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

I usually love books about my home state of Maine but I was expecting a cozy rather than a realistic mystery. While there was no profanity or sex scenes, the plot did involve sexual abuse of children - not too graphic but still disturbing.

The author created realistic Maine characters with one exception; although many Mainers are reserved most are friendly with a dry sense of humor. Unfortunately there were no lighter or warm moments to balance the depressing parts.

I did enjoy the strong females characters, notably Angie and her spunky 65 year old grandmother. And the history of Maine and needle-point was interesting.

  • The Wedding Party

  • By: Robyn Carr
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 552
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 509
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 506

After her divorce, Charlene Dugan vowed never to get married again - a promise she has kept for twenty-five years. Until the fateful day she finds herself uttering the well-known phrase - "Let's get married!" Almost immediately, Charlene's seemingly perfect life begins unraveling at the seams. Daughter Stephanie's own relationship is about to disintegrate, and she might be just a teensy-weensy bit jealous of her mom. And Charlene seems to be spending more time with her ex-husband than with her fiancé, Dennis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Laughed aloud, but lots of insight too

  • By Grete on 04-20-14

Cheaters and Whiners

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

While I usually enjoy Ms. Carr's novels, I found The Wedding Party disappointing, particularly since most of the main characters were over 40. I also don't like when the main characters cheat on their significant others, rather than break off their relationships before hopping in bed with other people. As someone questioned: if you will cheat with me, I guess I should wonder if one day you will cheat on me?

  • Relatively Dead

  • Relatively Dead Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Sheila Connolly
  • Narrated by: Emily Durante
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 157

Abby Kimball has just moved to New England with her boyfriend and is trying to settle in, but the experience is proving to be quite unsettling, to say the least. While on a tour of local historic homes, Abby witnesses a family scene that leaves her gasping for breath - because the family has been dead for nearly a century. Another haunting episode follows, and another, until it seems to Abby that everything she touches is drawing her in, calling to her from the past.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • This could be a good book--but misses the mark

  • By LOYL-00 on 01-21-17

Relatively Boring

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

I usually enjoy Ms. Connolly's books, especially the Cork County series. However I could not connect to the helplessly passive Abby, who moved to Massachusetts with her self-absorbed boyfriend. Since I didn't care what happened to her, I never became engrossed with any of the characters or the plot, which was basically just about creating her family tree.

  • Worth the Weight

  • The Worth Series Book 1: A Copper Country Romance
  • By: Mara Jacobs
  • Narrated by: Emily Beresford
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 77

Lizzie Hampton is literally a shadow of her former self. Having lost half her body weight, she's headed to her small hometown to test out her new body on an old flame. Just a harmless fling to get her self confidence back before she returns to the city and the new man in her life. But Lizzie's plan has a few bumps in the road. Finn Robbins can't believe Liz is back in town. Desperate to be the holder of her innocence eighteen years ago, he never got the chance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Suspend Disbelief and it Works

  • By Sharon on 01-08-14

Not Worth My Time

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

I hate books in which the main female character is portrayed as a shallow, self-centered twit, with basically no redeeming qualities. Lizzie didn't have to be perfect but planning to have sex with her teen-age crush because he wasn't important was just sleazy. Yes, Lizzie wanted to try out her new, slimmer body on a nobody before seducing some rich guy. I lost interest after a few chapters - not worth my time.

  • Whispering Rock

  • By: Robyn Carr
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,755
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,751

In Robyn Carr's Whispering Rock, wounded LAPD Sergeant Mike Valenzuela finds the help and healing he needs in Virgin River. Now he longs for the marital bliss his Marine Corps buddies enjoy. And he thinks he's found the right woman. But after she's brutally attacked, Mike must show her how to trust again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Special stories

  • By Julie on 08-28-09

Mike Rocked, Bree Flourished

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

With humor and deep understanding, Robyn Carr was able to demonstrate how a determined woman can overcome and flourish after surviving a violent sexual assault.

While realistic about the time and strength needed to heal, Whispering Rock did not dwell on the Bree as a victim. Rather it showed that a strong woman, with professional counseling, supportive family members and good friends can find peace and happiness.

Of course a sexy and caring man doesn't hurt either. Mike (retired Marine and police officer) was a true hero: patient and affectionate, and protective without being dominating or condescending.

I want to thank Ms. Carr for accurately depicting rape as a violent felony, unlike many recent female authors who promote sexual assault as an erotic experience and portray sexual predators as romantic heroes.

  • Faking It

  • By: K. Bromberg
  • Narrated by: Rupert Channing, Erin Mallon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,443
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,360
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,357

Zane Phillips mistook me for his dog walker. It shouldn’t surprise me that the man with a suit more expensive than my rent would assume that I was there to serve him. The positive? I put him in his place. The negative? I missed my job interview because of it. Now I find out he’s a rich Australian entrepreneur, and he wants to make up for tanking my interview. Yes, he’s impossibly hot - but he’s also an arrogant jackass - so...no thanks. But after a little white lie I tell spirals out of control, I’m somehow offered the chance to play Zane’s girlfriend to help promote his new dating website....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • COMPELLING, COMPULSIVE & A COMPLETE BARGAIN

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 09-29-18

Strong Sexy Woman

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

Reviewed: 09-29-18

The best part of Faking it was Harlow, a strong, smart and assertive woman who didn't take any grief from the arrogant Zane (not as likable but at least he wasn't physically violent like the jerk in the author's Driven series).

The worst part of this novel was the constant lying by Zane and Harlow (who were pretending to be a couple while promoting an internet dating website) and their lack of protection and medical screening before having sex.

Sexually transmitted diseases are really not romantic...