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  • Polaris

  • Stardust Series, Book 5
  • By: Autumn Reed, Julia Clarke
  • Narrated by: Emily Lawrence, Jeremy York
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Unsure how to react to Knox's simple but life-changing declaration, Haley focuses all her energy on the guys and her Zenith training, hoping the rest will fall into place. Still, as her love for Knox, Theo, Chase, Liam, and Jackson deepens, she worries their connection won't be enough. When an unexpected encounter magnifies her fears, she realizes she'll have to make a choice after all. Will Haley find a way to accept her unconventional relationship with Team Jaguar, or will she risk losing them forever?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Whole Series Review

  • By Kindle Reader on 01-03-19

The Whole Series Review

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

Reviewed: 01-03-19

I’m more so reviewing the whole series here. I’m a big RH fan and I think this might be sweetest, most tame RH out there so far. I wasn’t swept away or swooning but it was a sweet, enjoyable listen. The narrators were decent and I have no complaints about the performance!

  • Vega

  • Stardust Series, Book 4
  • By: Autumn Reed, Julia Clarke
  • Narrated by: Emily Lawrence, Jeremy York
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Haley walked away from Knox, Theo, Chase, Jackson, and Liam, believing it was the best thing for everyone. But, when Theo and Knox appear in Portland months later, pleading for her to come home, she can't find the strength to refuse. With a radical plan in place, Haley returns to Santa Cruz, more determined than ever to keep Team Jaguar intact. Will her growing connection with each of the guys ultimately lead to happiness, or will it all end in heartbreak?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet

  • By Kindle Reader on 12-27-18

Sweet

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

Reviewed: 12-27-18

These books are very sweet.

We finally see “adult content” in this book. There are two things I struggled with in this series so far.

Don’t read further if you don’t want spoilers...

Losing Ethan completely as a love interest. It just did not feel right. I’m really sad he’s not part of the harem.

And who Haley lost her virginity to. It’s not that it was a bad choice... it’s that it really should have been with the other virgin in the group. I’m sure it was a tough call for the author to make, but it felt like something important was taken from both the characters who didn’t get their first time together.

Otherwise, super sweet RH. It’s just... pleasant to listen to for the most part.

  • Rival

  • Fall Away Series, Book 2
  • By: Penelope Douglas
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden, Nelson Hobbs
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 589
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 591

She's back. For the two years she's been away at boarding school, and there was no word from her. Back when we lived in the same house, she used to cut me down during the day and then leave her door open for me at night. I was stupid then, but now I'm ready to beat her at her own game. I'm back. Two years and I can tell he still wants me, even if he acts like he's better than me. But I won't be scared away. Or pushed down. I'll call his bluff and fight back. That's what he wants, right?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • oh the DRAMA

  • By NikNakbzz on 09-02-14

Sweet

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

Madoc’s story was really sweet. I’m a sucker for stepbrother romances. I really enjoyed Fallon as a FMC for most of the story. Especially at the beginning. There were times she drove me crazy with the typical “plot conflict” authors like to use in romance novels - where she would withhold very obvious information - just cause - which created unnecessary conflict. That drives me crazy. So other than that and the female narrator making me eye roll a few times, I enjoyed it.

I liked that they were not a retelling but more of a sequel. This book built up Jax even more so that readers would get excited for his book.

This one wasn’t my favorite in the series but it was still great and I plan on continuing. I just wish the female narrator wasn’t so... breathy and wispy and Groany grrrr it’s been killing me.

  • Punk 57

  • By: Penelope Douglas
  • Narrated by: Laurie Catherine Winkel, Matthew Holland
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 874
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 827
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 821

In fifth grade my teacher set us up with pen pals from a different school. Thinking I was a girl, with a name like Misha, the other teacher paired me up with her student Ryen. My teacher, believing Ryen was a boy like me, agreed. It didn't take long for us to figure out the mistake. And in no time at all, we were arguing about everything. The best take-out pizza. Android vs. iPhone. Whether or not Eminem is the greatest rapper ever. For the next seven years, it was us. She's the only one who keeps me on track, talks me down, and accepts everything I am.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Way better than expected

  • By Abigail French on 09-13-17

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 11-27-18

I immediately downloaded this after “Birthday Girl” which was the first 5 star monogamous story I’ve listened to in awhile. The setting for this book is high school. It really goes into “bullying” and what it means.

I think there are a lot of eye opening lessons in this book. I also think the story line was good. The characters were relatable. I enjoyed this listen. The narrators brought it to life.

Did I enjoy this as much as Birthday Girl? No. But Penelope is a damn good writer and I plan on listening to Bully next.

  • Bonds of Cupidity: A Fantasy Reverse Harem Story

  • Heart Hassle, Book 2
  • By: Raven Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Melissa Schwairy, Aaron Shedlock
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81

Note to my stupid cupid self: The next time I go and anchor myself to a hot covey, make sure those anchors aren't about to compete in a fight to the death. Yeah. Total downer. I have a body now, and I don't intend to lose it. I also don't intend to lose the genfins that I've grown so attached to. So it's time to return to the kingdom island and hope like hell that my guys make it through the royal trials of the culling. I also have to hope that the prince of the realm doesn't spot me. If he does, I'm pretty sure I have imprisonment and torture to look forward to.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ultra steamy at the end...

  • By Bunny Who Skis on 11-25-18

Eh..... Good?

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

Reviewed: 11-27-18

This series is getting A LOT of love. Which is cute, because the FMC is a Cupid. I think the idea is sweet but what I’ve been noticing lately a lot in the RH world is that authors really like to get fancy with the fantasy and paranormal. Sometimes being too fancy takes away from the story. And that’s not really what happens in this story, it is still pretty simple but... I don’t think I enjoyed book 2 as much as book 1. Which is crazy talk because all the sex lives in this book.

I think the reason for that is the characters don’t stand out as strong as they could. Usually in RH the male leads are my favorites - but my actual favorite is ML herself. Which is rare. I feel like the author needs to flesh out her characters more so I can develop a deeper emotional connection to them.

The story itself is cute. It’s not enough to grab me and suck me in honestly. I feel like - total Signs of Cupidity pun here - I have nothing to anchor me to this story. Except maybe the narrator who I think is doing a great job.

*sigh*

I will still buy and listen to book 3 when it releases but I definitely don’t understand the mad love. I feel like it’s readers desperation to have another CoTG or Four Pyschos. They want and love humor. And at times this book is funny cute.

So I’m not saying it’s a bad read. It’s not. It’s very cute. And in a few rare moments? Sweet. But I’m not crawling up the walls in book heat or experiencing a book hangover whatsoever. This will be the RH I read between other RH’s.

  • Birthday Girl

  • By: Penelope Douglas
  • Narrated by: Andrew Eiden, Jennifer Mack
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,025
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 942
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 947

We're not free to give into this. She's 19, and I'm 38. And I'm her boyfriend's father. Unfortunately, they both just moved into my house.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Serious perfection

  • By Misty on 08-09-18

Solid

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

Reviewed: 11-21-18

I haven’t been listening to or reading very many traditional romance (aka monogamous) books these days. I’ve very much hopped on the RH, Poly, Ménage train. BUT. I do enjoy “taboo” monogamous stories. Now - this isn’t taboo in the traditional sense - but it was close and oh my god... so very well written. So incredibly narrated by Andrew. I just... pleasantly enjoyed this and it kept me entertained.

I loved it. So bravo for making me enjoy a monogamous story. Bravo to the author. To the narrators. To all of it. And I am so thankful this was on the romance package - because if it hadn’t been - I might not have been able to listen to it this time around.

  • Signs of Cupidity: A Fantasy Reverse Harem Story

  • Heart Hassle, Book 1
  • By: Raven Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Melissa Schwairy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117

You'd think that basically being in charge of love would be an epic job, right? Wrong. Sure, I can blow some Lust into people's faces and watch the show, but I can't actually participate. It gets old, trust me. Same goes for love. I can pass it out like sugar-free lollipops at a dentist's office, but I can't get any love for myself. It totally sucks. I used to consider myself a hopeless romantic, so why wouldn't I choose to become a cupid? Sounds like a good idea, right? Wrong again. They don't call us stupid cupids for nothing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So funny!

  • By Megan Wells on 11-07-18

Sweet

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

This was a sweet and humorous Reverse Harem. It worked really hard to be like Curse of the Gods and the Dark Side series, and ya know what? I don’t even care. We need more humorous RH like this book. I wasn’t sucked in enough to jump on reading book 2 of the kindle, so I’m just patiently waiting for book 2 to release on audible.

The narrator was awesome by the way!

  • Stepbrother Inked

  • By: Violet Blaze
  • Narrated by: Angelise Rosewood
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 130

Florian Harper Riley has my heart, and he doesn't even know it. I used to think that was okay, that I'd get over him, but no matter how hard I try, I can't purge his sharp green gaze from my thoughts. He's a tattoo artist, the love of my life, and the man of my dreams. But he's also my stepbrother. Fate can be wicked cruel.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring, dragged their YA drama forever

  • By Paula on 11-11-15

Highly Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

This is an author I have been actively reading for about a year now. She writes other genres and I have to say... for me... this was right up there with a rock band series she wrote. I had felt recently her stories weren’t holding up to the first series of hers I read... but this book? This book was even before the rock band series and it was just as good.

I’m beginning to believe that this author rocks at contemporary and it’s her paranormal or fantasy books that I struggle with and don’t think really showcase her true talent.

Because this book? Fantastic. And she got an awesome narrator to do it too. I enjoyed the narrator immensely, a new one for me. I didn’t like some of the way she “whisper” voiced characters, like Flor and River, but I understand how hard it is to commit to different voices.

The book itself was hooooooot as hell. The sexual tension and how well it was built up? Awesome. I got a little frustrated at times with all the crying the FMC did bit when you really thought about how long she’s loved this person, and how young she really is, it made sense. I just thought it was sweet, sexy, full of delicious angst, and had a great ending. It was so nice reading a stand-alone from this author.

I hope she goes back to contemporary again someday. I’m not gonna lie. I think that’s her niche and what she does best.

  • Sparrow

  • By: L.J. Shen
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,097
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,031
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,033

Troy Brennan: Every Southie in Boston knows that name. The son of a dead mobster. The heartthrob with steel-blue eyes. "The Fixer" who can make or break you in this city. Oh, and my new husband. Sparrow Raynes: That's me. No one seemed to remember my name up until he barged into my life. But then he caged me. Kidnapped me. And killed every chance I had to run away from the place where we grew up.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly fantastic

  • By Julie Dean on 06-29-16

Holy WOW

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

Reviewed: 11-16-18

It has been awhile since I’ve given a book 5 stars!!! Woo woo woooooooo!!!!

Michael Pauley.. you were the heart and soul of this book for me! Your southie accent was so spot on. The way you read the sex scenes... holy hell.... *fans self*

I’ve never heard of you before and I feel like I’ve been missing out!!!

Troy Brennan is my type of hero. Hands down. I love the a****** male leads that are total jerks to everyone else but the FMC. I also love enemies to lovers - and this to me - is proper enemies to lovers. It had such a great ending. It was so freaking sweet to listen to. I don’t usually enjoy contemporary stories very much anymore but this one was soooo fantastic.

I’ve listened to LJ’s “Vicious” Book, but didn’t enjoy it anywhere near as much as this one. Troy was a MUCH BETTER male lead than Vicious was.

Man I loved this book. I loved that Sparrow stood up for herself for the most part. I can’t handle weak female characters. And I loved that LJ didn’t make this book super dark. I’ve had it up to here with dark romance. This one was SO GOOD!!!!

  • Fear Me

  • Broken Love, Book 1
  • By: B.B. Reid
  • Narrated by: Ava Erickson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 639
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 600
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 601

I don't believe in fairy tales and Prince Charming. I believe in fear. He taught me how to be afraid. We first met on a playground on a wonderful summer day. It was the first time he hurt me and it wouldn't be the last. For 10 years, he's been my tormentor and I've been his forbidden. But then he went away, and yet I was still afraid. Now, he's back, and wants more than just my tears. You see...he thinks I sent him away so now he wants revenge...and he knows just how to get it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This story had me pulling my hair out!

  • By KMB on 10-09-17

DNF

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

I couldn’t. I just couldn’t. I’m also frustrated because this book came heavily recommended by an author I love and I just... wanted to throw my phone across the room and scream out my frustration. Like... high pitched, agonizing, rip my hair out screaming.

The #1 reason why?

This is a story about a weak a** FMC and a seriously abusive male lead who has no redeeming qualities.

I ended up reading reviews for the next books, actually spoiling myself, something I NEVER do, just to see if this nightmare fixes itself in book 2.

Why did I even continue to try, you ask?

Well. The writing was phenomenal. And the narration? Wow freaking wow. The narrator is up there now with Zach Webber and Tracy Marks for me. She was incredible! I really wanted to finish this.

What pissed me off too? This is being pimped as an “enemies to lovers” story. I didn’t see that. I just saw abuse. And when I read spoiler reviews for book 2...? Reviewers said nothing changed and the FMC still took the abuse. The male lead didn’t really change.

I LOVE enemies to lovers - and this was not it. At all. This was just straight up abuse. Extremely well written and well narrated abuse, but abuse.

My idea of enemies to lovers is... you fight, maybe mild abuse, and then the male character does a 180 and fixes his screw ups. My absolute preferred enemies to lovers is a strong alpha male character and a strong female character... fighting. Creating hot tension. Even getting violent with each other, that’s fine. But the female lead stands up for herself for the love of god!!!!

When the female lead just “takes it” - hell no - I can’t handle it.

Anyway. I guess my big shock was how many 5 star reviews this book has. I don’t understand how abuse is sexy. It’s not. And I’ve never been abused. So that’s not even a trigger for me.

I’m also finding more and more that I cannot tolerate dark romance.