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  • A Portrait of Pain

  • Seraph Black, Book 4
  • By: Jane Washington
  • Narrated by: Laurel Schroeder
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

Seraph Black’s entire world has changed. There are no more secrets in her life, but knowledge comes at a price. Memories take their toll. Reality demands a due. The silent shadow of her past has stepped into the light and revealed himself. He has lost everything, and the only thing left for him to do is to make sure that she loses everything as well.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mostly Pleasing Ending

  • By Meltingmel on 08-25-18

Mostly Pleasing Ending

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

Reviewed: 08-25-18

I love this series. I love this author. I love this narrator. Everything was great except for one dissatisfying thing in the ending. Otherwise... 5 stars.

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  • Lead Heart

  • Seraph Black, Book 3
  • By: Jane Washington
  • Narrated by: Laurel Schroeder
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 130

The past few months have reduced Seraph Black to a permanent state of fight, and now, it is all that she knows. She is fighting her friends and family to go off on a suicide mission to rescue Silas, she is fighting the fragmented memories that clamor for recognition inside her mind, and she is fighting a guilt so magnificent...it might just force her to betray the very people that have sacrificed so much to keep her safe. She had asked for space, and it had been given to her in the most heart-rending of ways, leaving only one of the four brothers remaining by her side.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • it just gets better and better

  • By darleasia Tillman on 02-20-18

Relief and Build Up

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

Reviewed: 08-25-18

Book 3 of the Seraph Black series is a big relief - especially after what happens in Book 2. This series has been one of my biggest re listens and Laurel Schroeder is always my goddess. I will say though... this performance was really choppy... it’s unlike Laurel. It was not as smooth as her other performances, seemed like a lot of edits to cover mistakes maybe? I’ve listened to a lot from this narrator and it’s the only time I’ve seen this issue.

  • Queen Takes Knights

  • Their Vampire Queen series, Book 1
  • By: Joely Sue Burkhart
  • Narrated by: Tristan James, Cassandra Myles
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

A lost virgin vampire queen. Two vampire knights sworn to protect her. It's about to get very hot... and bloody... Ever since her mother was murdered by monsters five years ago, Shara Isador has been on the run. Alone, scared, and exhausted, she's finally cornered in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Out of hope with nowhere else to turn, she's ready to end it all when two men come to her rescue. They say she's a lost queen descended from Isis, and they're her Blood - vampire knights sworn to protect her. It all seems like a crazy nightmare, until the alpha offers his blood. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ehhhh.

  • By Meltingmel on 08-25-18

Ehhhh.

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

Reviewed: 08-25-18

I am actually really sad about this one. I’m super big into RH and this was recommended as an RH staple. Maybe not as big as some others... but definitely seemed popular. Man. I struggled. I kind of feel like this might be because of the narrators chosen though. I really really struggled with both narrators, but more so with the male. I guess the male just sounded... too wispy... and older. It was personal preference. I’m sure others love him. I also struggled with the story. I’m big into audio - and I usually need at least the narrators or the story to hold its own. But... the story didn’t hold up. I didn’t find myself unable to stop listening. It was easy for me to turn off and by the end... I just wanted it to be over. :(. I may try the second book in kindle down the road. Or maybe I will pick up Book 2 in Audible at some point too. But for now... it will go on hold.

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  • Vicious

  • By: L.J. Shen
  • Narrated by: Savannah Peachwood, Christian Rummel
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,585
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,460
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,463

They say love and hate are the same feelings experienced under different circumstances, and it's true. The man who comes to me in my dreams also haunts me in my nightmares. He is a brilliant lawyer. A skilled criminal. A beautiful liar. A bully and a savior, a monster and a lover. Ten years ago, he made me run away from the small town where we lived. Now, he came for me in New York, and he isn't leaving until he takes me with him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THE PERFECT BLEND OF EVERYTHING I LOVE

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 06-04-17

Decent

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I think L.J. Shen is a great writer. This is the second book in the series and definitely a decent listen. I did struggle with how dramatic both narrators were for the performance, especially the female. I didn’t think the story needed it and it made me wince a few times. The male narrator did rush over his words a few times as well.

I will probably listen to the rest in the series but at a most leisurely pace after I listen to a few other books. I think these books are great but you have to be in the mood for this specific coupling. It’s hard for me to get into traditional romances nowadays. So 4 stars. Because it really was a good book and listen despite me not being over the moon for it.

  • From Lukov with Love

  • By: Mariana Zapata
  • Narrated by: Callie Dalton, Teddy Hamilton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,023
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 957
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 954

If someone were to ask Jasmine Santos to describe the last few years of her life with a single word, it would definitely be a four-letter one. After 17 years - and countless broken bones and broken promises - she knows her window to compete in figure skating is coming to a close. But when the offer of a lifetime comes in from an arrogant idiot she's spent the last decade dreaming about pushing in the way of a moving bus, Jasmine might have to reconsider everything. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New Favorite MZ Slow Burn

  • By Brittany M on 05-13-18

Good

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

Reviewed: 07-31-18

Soooo... I listened to Kulti last week and about died. I enjoyed it so much I bought this newest release. This book did not grab me the way Kulti did. I feel like the main characters chemistry fell a little bit short at the end. Or maybe the sex scene (that finally comes at the end) didn’t live up to expectations. Whereas in Kulti... it did.

It’s the only reason I gave 4 stars because otherwise it was a sweet story, written and narrated very well. Still a good book. But not... epic. Or great.

I do also need to end this on a disclaimer that I’m an avid Reverse Harem reader/listener and because of that “normal” romances are harder for me to get into now. I really enjoy the “taboo”. But I kept going with this author because Kulti... was an exception. :)

  • Kulti

  • By: Mariana Zapata
  • Narrated by: Callie Dalton
  • Length: 16 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,080
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,080

It didn't take a week for 27-year-old Sal Casillas to wonder what she'd seen in the international soccer icon - why she'd ever had his posters on her wall or ever envisioned marrying him and having super-playing soccer babies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 HUGE stars....one of my 2015 Favorites!

  • By Denise on 08-12-15

Unexpected

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

Reviewed: 07-25-18

This book was unexpected. I found it in passing on FB as an offhand recommendation. Like... one of those.... “Oh, you’re recommending that book! There was another book years ago sort of like it!”

I get so excited when I find a gem from those offshoot recommendations.

And this was one of those gems. An even bigger score? It was in the Romance Package.

A truly adorable story - to start out. Next? A very well written one.

And then...? Epic narration. I think I have a third favorite narrator now. Super sexy German accent. Awesome Spanish. And just.... the emotion. Damn. It gave me so much feels.

Is it slow? Hell yes. Is it long? Yes. But the author makes Sal SO hilarious. She’s awesome to listen to. And THEN - the long build up.... holy moly... Completely worth it at the end. The long build up was specifically to make readers react the way they did for that ending. It did not disappoint.

And the narrator just... heightened it with so much emotion.

Loved the book. Hands down. Loved it.

  • The Kiss of Death

  • Demons' Muse, Book 1
  • By: Auryn Hadley
  • Narrated by: Laurel Schroeder
  • Length: 16 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

I always imagined Death's final kiss would be cold. It wasn't. Four years later, I can still remember the exact shade of his skin: a blue so pale it looked like moonlight. I dream of his touch. Mostly, I paint the man under the heavy cowl, including those perfect lips that ruined mine for anyone else. I'm obsessed with him. The doctors say he's nothing more than a hallucination caused by a mixture of head trauma and emergency pain medications. Now, something's changed, and my drawings are taking on a life of their own. Death is back. He wants another kiss. And he's not alone. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing story and performance!!

  • By Lys M. on 06-04-18

Intense and Different

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

I’ve been immersed into the world of RH for the better part of half a year now. This book is the latest in my RH conquests and it moved to the top of my long list the minute I saw the narrator was Laurel Schroeder. First off... Wow. This was... very different. I’m a Buddhist, and if I wasn’t - I would be an Atheist. The story has a completely different take on Angels and Demons and it’s extremely well thought out. But when you grow up thinking of the world in one way, this book is A LOT to take in. Even though I’m not Christian or anything (and don’t believe in a God) I felt like such a sinner for listening to it, lol. That’s not to say this book is bad. It’s really great actually. Very nice writing and well thought out. The author tends to run on with all of her points, which I have heard other reviewers say too, but it all matters to the story and helps along the character and plot developments nicely. This book is very long - and if another author had done it - I’m sure it would be half the length. But ... I like it. The way it is. And why? Because this author has a VERY different tone when she writes. Which is actually very refreshing. I’ve been reading a lot of RH where the authors are similar and it can start to get tedious. Plus, a lot of RH authors have started to speed release as well which affects the quality of their books. You can really tell the author took her time. So far, this is one of the most unique stories I’ve read - just in general.

But I will give a warning... if you believe in God and are not open minded... this book will not be for you. As I said... I’m not even a Christian or Catholic ... and this book was hard for me to handle!

As for Laurel Schroeder? She continues to be my own personal Audio muse. She inspires me completely. I love listening to her and I tend to buy books just because she’s narrating. Her performances are always 5 stars to me.

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  • Complicated Hearts

  • Book 1 of the Complicated Hearts Duet
  • By: Ashley Jade
  • Narrated by: Teddy Hamilton, Mia Madison
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

Breslin - I was in love with Asher Holden the moment I saw him. Then he hurt me. He wrecked me. He ruined me. I spent three years putting myself together - fixing what he broke. Asher - I finally know who I am. I own it, I embrace it...I'm no longer afraid. Landon - My life was all mapped out. I knew exactly what direction I was heading in. Then I meet her. And him. Now, my heart is split right down the middle.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

  • By Cyndi on 05-08-18

A Painful Beginning

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

Reviewed: 04-23-18

This book was an amazing start to the duet. It gives you a full chance to really settle into who these characters are to each other. It plays on your heart strings and I feel like the best thing about this duet...? The effort the author puts in to make these characters so real and believable. I read so many books and many authors brush past who someone really is for the sake of the plot. What those authors fail to realize... is the depth of who a person is in the story DRIVES the plot. This author has character development down pat.

So hold onto your butts for the best ménage you will ever read.

And with Teddy Hamilton driving this train? Yeah. Just... don’t let go.

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  • Complicated Hearts

  • Complicated Hearts, Book 2
  • By: Ashley Jade
  • Narrated by: Teddy Hamilton, Mia Madison
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

Things are going to get...complicated. This is book 2 (the final book) of the Complicated Hearts Duet. Book 1 must be listened to first. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

  • By Cyndi on 05-10-18

A Beautiful Conclusion

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

Reviewed: 04-23-18

This story has both haunted and sated me in ways that I struggle to comprehend. It’s a tale of feelings. Emotions that all of us are capable of and many of us fight with every breath to not acknowledge. This series goes for the unconventional and makes you bleed for it. With every wince, outcry, and tear... you feel yourself becoming a whole new person as you recognize yourself in Asher, Landon, and Breslin. Their flaws... are our flaws. Experiencing this story is like looking in a mirror; you see the worst parts of yourself in it. It makes the ugly crying that happens so much worse. And after Ashley Jade rips you apart? She lovingly stitches you back together at the end. She honestly might be one of the most emotionally abusive authors I’ve ever experienced (to her readers) outside of George RR Martin. But that is what makes her so real and so great as a writer. These books cannot lie. They cannot cover up the raw pain and confusion in a pretty bow. She just lets it all hang out there. At the end of it all... you feel changed. But in the best way.

As for the narrators... truly, it was Teddy Hamilton who stole the show. I knew nothing about him until this series (which I had already experienced on Kindle) but man that man is an actor, clearly. His voice both soothes the soul and ignites it. I now have another favorite narrator. It always amazes me when a fantastic narrator brings a story to life - and makes it even MORE than it already was. Teddy, this was your doing.

I will forever treasure these books for the rest of my life and can not wait for Complicated Parts! It will be a spin off of Preston and Kit... and man... I need Teddy to do Preston’s voice too!

  • Winter Princess

  • Paranormal Reverse Harem (Daughter of Winter, Book 1)
  • By: Skye MacKinnon
  • Narrated by: Laurel Schroeder
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

As a demi-goddess, Wyn has always stood out from the human crowd. And now, on her 22nd birthday, her magic finally surfaces with a bang. A big bang. She'll need the help of not one, but four (sexy) Guardians to control her destructive powers. If only they weren't so distracting.... Her mother, the Winter Queen, waits for Wyn in the Realms of Gods, but there are enemies who will try and prevent her from ever reaching the Realms, even if that means going to war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By sherry Christenson on 04-14-18

A Breath of Fresh Air

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

Reviewed: 04-05-18

This book came at a time where I was super frustrated with what I was both currently listening to and reading. It has the slight air of the Curse of the Gods series and I won't lie is not on the same level but is very enjoyable nonetheless in its own right. The major bonus point for this story? Freaking Laurel Schroeder. Who is an absolute Narration Goddess in my eyes. She has talent coming out of her ears. I would pay to listen to that woman read a grocery list.

The author is talented as well - her story flowed flawlessly - and I didn't find any gripes with the characters. I thought the relationships were cute. I wish the first book had been longer but she already has the other five released. Pretty much if an author writes Reverse Harem AND gets Laurel Schroeder to narrate... they almost win an automatic 5 rating out of me, lol. I was happy to listen/read something I could enjoy again.

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