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  • MacKenzie Fire

  • A Sequel to Shine Not Burn
  • By: Elle Casey
  • Narrated by: Laurie West
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 399
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362

Still bitter about his failed engagement and life on the family ranch, Ian MacKenzie has been cranky for nearly three years. His brother Mack's married bliss hasn't helped, and now his pregnant sister-in-law's airhead best friend is coming for a visit. Candice arrives to help with the new baby, even though it means swapping her Louboutins for snow boots and her flat irons for flannel.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining!

  • By Mindy Lou on 01-12-19

Entertaining!

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

Reviewed: 01-12-19

3.5 Stars!

This was silly and cute. It's a fun storyline that I felt didn't go too overboard. It was enough to make me laugh and enjoy the antics the main heroine kept getting herself into. I think the narrator really added to my overall enjoyment of the book. She did such a good job of adding something more to the characters. I highly recommend going the audiobook route with this book. ***Borrowed on Kindle Unlimited.

  • Remembering Us

  • By: Stacey Lynn
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 82

The doctors believe that Amy will regain her lost memories, either little by little or all at once. Meanwhile, pieces of her past return to her in her dreams. She sees Adam - or someone who resembles Adam - but this man is still very different from the one who stands before her. Now, Amy must sift through her memories to discover who she was before the coma, who she is now, who she wants to be - and whether Adam is really as trustworthy as he claims.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written & performed

  • By Misty on 09-30-15

Loved the narrator!

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

** spoiler alert ** This book was ok. I love the amnesia trope and I like how the author approached this so that you aren't sure if Adam is a good guy or not. But she did too good of a job of making me think he wasn't. There were times I wanted her to leave him because he would get angry with her for not remembering she loved him. Every time she remembered a piece of him, it was always a memory of him with other women. I'm not a fan of that. I also think no one in her life was properly supporting her amnesia. She was constantly lied too and everyone was keeping secrets from her. No matter how much she asked for the truth, they kept putting her off. Everyone pushed her towards Adam when she really just needed time to get to know him again. The therapist was the worst of them. I was just frustrated for her and that took alot of my enjoyment from the story.

I borrowed the audiobook from Kindle Unlimited and loved the narrator. She has a great male voice for a female...if that makes sense.

  • Shine Not Burn

  • By: Elle Casey
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 530
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 490
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 489

Andie Marks, known as "Party Girl" in her college days, is now a whip-smart lawyer on the fast track to success. Determined to move on from a bad break-up, she joins her girlfriends for a wild bachelorette weekend in Las Vegas, promising to let her hair down just this once. Vegas is a blur of cocktails and blackjack, and in the middle of it all she meets Mack, a real-life cowboy with a winning hand and an irresistible body.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I didn't buy it.

  • By LM on 12-26-16

Mixed Feelings

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

Reviewed: 12-26-18

I borrowed the audio book on Kindle Unlimited. The narrator was great! I have no complaints and will definitely listen to more books done by Lauren Ezzo.

I really wanted to love this book and I did like it...I just couldn't love it. The only thing holding me back was the heroine. She had an abusive stepfather and she fought really hard to take back her life and create a life plan so she would never go back to that. Except every guy she choose as the perfect man were taking her right back. It made NO sense and quite frankly made her look very stupid. I get the pushing away if you were treated bad, but to actually go after men who treated her badly? It just didn't fit.

As big as that issue is with me, I really did love everything else about the book. The hero was awesome. His family was awesome. I actually will check out book two because it is about the hero's brother. Fingers crossed book two will be a winner.

  • The Trouble with Twelfth Grave

  • A Novel
  • By: Darynda Jones
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,252
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,110

Ever since Reyes Farrow escaped from a hell dimension in which Charley Davidson accidentally trapped him, the son of Satan has been brimstone-bent on destroying the world his heavenly Brother created. His volatile tendencies have put Charley in a bit of a pickle. But that's not the only briny vegetable on her plate. While trying to domesticate the feral being that used to be her husband, she also has to deal with her everyday life of annoying all manner of beings - some corporeal, some not so much - as she struggles to right the wrongs of society.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Charlie Mania

  • By IreneMBBT on 11-01-17

Incredible!!!

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

Reviewed: 12-23-18

2nd Read done by audiobook: It's amazing how much more everything made sense the second time around. This time I made sure to read all the books in order. I loved it the first time and I loved it the 2nd time.

Cases to solve in book 12:

-While on a 24 hour deadline, Charley had to find her missing husband, who may or may not be about to destroy the world
-investigate a murder to keep her friend from being arrested
-investigate a serial killer that can only be by a supernatural
-guiding her niece as she starts her own investigating firm, teenage style.

All the cases are solved but this ends on a HUGE cliffhanger. On to book 13...

  • The Independent One

  • A Billionaire Bride Pact Romance, Book 5
  • By: Cami Checketts
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Single mom Haley Turnbow escapes to the tropical Isla del Sol for an ideal vacation with her five-year-old. She's planning on lazy beach days, great food, and a happy kid. She doesn't plan on the resident hotel ghost stalking her and the island's fine-looking owner drawing her in with his confident, fun personality.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • ...

  • By Mindy Lou on 12-23-18

...

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

Reviewed: 12-23-18

I borrowed the audible on KU and LOVED the narrator. I think she did a fantastic job and will seek out more books she has done.

As for the book itself. I loved the hero, I did not love the heroine. This could have been a great Cinderella type trope but she basically ruined it. Way too defensive and stubborn. Also, the 5 year old boy was also a bit much. It was cute in the beginning but then just tipped overboard.

If the heroine was more open to the hero, I really think I would have enjoyed this book. It IS called the Independent One, so the warning is in the title. I will try others in the series to see if the heroines are better.

  • No Ordinary Billionaire

  • The Sinclairs, Book 1
  • By: J. S. Scott
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Powers
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,445
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,170
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,171

Dante Sinclair never cared about his family's money. All the young billionaire ever wanted was to be a cop, and now that he's a homicide detective in Los Angeles, he's a damn good one. But when he is injured and loses his partner in the line of duty, he returns to his vacation home in Amesport, Maine, to recover.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very Predictable

  • By Lia on 11-16-17

Good!

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

Reviewed: 12-21-18

Dante Sinclair. Homicide detective on leave for getting shot and he goes home to Amesport, Maine to recover. Meets Dr. Sarah Baxter and falls instantly in lust, later to love, with her. He's dominant, protective, and possessive from the start. I liked his character and the way he treated Sarah. He looks at no other woman but Sarah.

Dr. Sarah Baxter. Genius IQ, socially awkward, naive and a recent stabbing victim. Sarah is a very sweet heroine. She's not had much dating interaction so Dante opens new doors for her. Things spice up when her attacker comes back into the picture.

Side characters are mostly Dante's brothers and Sarah's two friends, one a wife of one of Dante's brother. Smaller side characters involve Sarah's interfering mother, nosy older woman who writes for the paper and Sarah's dog.

I borrowed the audiobook on Kindle Unlimited. The narrator is one I have enjoyed in the past and she was just as good in this one as well. I enjoyed the book. My only negatives were that Sarah was just too naive for a 27 year old and I also struggled with how much these two were in their head. it is nice to know what a character is thinking but I also wish there was less of it.

  • The Gathering: The Ivy Blackwood Chronicles

  • By: L.A. Fiore
  • Narrated by: Tracy Marks, Aaron Shedlock
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Words like unnatural and impure started the whispers. From the very beginning, Ivy Blackwood was different. She was only a child when she was accused of setting the fire, one she passively watched engulf the small house she had called home. Her fingertips burned, and her hair singed. Some who watched her crossed themselves, convinced she was soulless for she showed no emotion at all. Calm and dispassionate, even when the screaming started that quickly turned to bellows of agony before dying into nothing but the roaring of the fire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Holy wow! Intense and nail biting!

  • By Paula DeBoer on 12-24-18

Fascinating read!

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

Reviewed: 12-15-18

The cover fits this book perfectly! After reading the book, this cover describes what you are about to dive into with great accuracy.

I really enjoyed this book because of how different it was. It's a PNR book with a touch of a horror movie feel to it. In the beginning it was a little confusing because the author was switching between characters without much explanation. It's a great technique to get the reader to really absorb into the book, to pay attention closely, and to see how everything was going to fit into place.

The further I got into the book, the more fascinated I became, especially in Ivy's character. For everything that she has been through, she was such a sweet and kind woman. It really pulls you to her more because of how she thirsted for knowledge and cared about everyone she was in contact with. I like that the author did not break her after all that she had been through.

The story of Ivy and Bane is one of the ultimate love stories and made for such a sweet ending. I like that there is so much more that can be done with this series. After getting to know quite a few side characters, I'm looking forward to seeing them all get their own book. I'm also looking forward to learning how the author is going to top this one.

I listened to the audiobook and I highly recommend it. Tracy Marks is one of my all time favorite narrators and I get to add a new favorite male narrator to my list. Aaron Shedlock's voice is one of the sexiest male voices I have heard and was so easy to listen too. To top that off, he did such a good job of the female characters. I don't like it when male narrators try to do the high pitch voices for females. I think it is much less jarring when they just change their tone just a bit for the female parts and Aaron did a fantastic job of this.

  • Sure Thing

  • By: Jana Aston
  • Narrated by: Erin Mallon, Jason Clarke
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 599
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 597

Have you ever set out to have a one night stand with a sexy stranger? No? I’m the only one? Just kidding, I would never. Ever. Not usually. But then I figured, why not? My entire life I’ve been good and it’s gotten me nowhere. No job. No apartment. No boyfriend. I’m owed a little fun, aren’t I?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This audio is a Sure Thing for romance audio fans!

  • By Lydia D. Rella on 11-21-17

Funny!!

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

2nd read (audiobook): I'm a sucker for an accent so after reading this book and finding out the hero was British, I knew the audiobook was a must. Both narrators did a fantastic job and I enjoyed this book just as much the second time as I did the first.

1st read: I don't know why I waited so long to read this. My favorite type of trope is a romantic comedy and Jana Aston is one of the best romcom authors out there. This has the perfect amount of humor. It's not over the top or silly. It was funny enough that had me laughing out loud in some parts and smiling really big in others. I would say this more of a cute-funny. I just think Jennings and Violet were freakin adorable together and I didn't want it to end. I'm seriously going to have to buy the audible next because I not only want to be able to re-read it soon but mainly because I need to hear Jennings British accent. I'm swooning already and I haven't even heard it yet. I highly recommend!

  • Defending Chloe

  • Mountain Mercenaries, Book 2
  • By: Susan Stoker
  • Narrated by: Stella Bloom
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293

Gorgeous women don’t just stumble onto Ronan Cross’s remote property. But this one - vulnerable, victimized, and needing the kind of help only Ronan can offer - tells a story that makes his blood boil almost as hot as his need to protect her. Since her father’s death, Chloe Harris has become a prisoner. Her own brother, a flesh peddler and low-level player in the Denver Mafia, is forcing her to sell her body for an endgame Chloe never saw coming: control over a vast fortune. Her only way out is to run - straight into the arms of the one hard-bodied man she can trust.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great romance!

  • By Jonella A. Moore on 12-06-18

4.5 Rollercoaster Stars!

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

This book had my blood pressure on a roller coaster! I'm such a sucker for a hero rescuing the damsel in distress and for the evil character to get what's coming to him. This is one of those stories.

The Mountain Mercenaries are a team consistent of former military men of all walks of life. Their goal is to infiltrate and disband any organization that is hurting women and children. They are a secret group and on their down time, they have jobs that allow them to be gone when they need to go on missions.

Ro's public job is a mechanic. We first meet Chloe when she comes walking up to his garage asking for a phone to use. She is wearing ill fitting clothes and he notices a bruise on her back. Add in a spark of interest and Ro can't help but pursue Chloe's situation. What he finds out has him jumping in with both feet to rescue her. This scene did happen at the end of Defending Allye but you do not have to read that book first. Both books can be read as a standalone.

Chloe's brother has overtaken her life and made her a prisoner. The demands he puts her on have her desperate to escape. When Ro walks in to the strip club her brother owns, she finally has hope that someone will help her.

We learn in the beginning a few key facts and the reasons for why Chloe's brother has made her a prisoner in his life. Chloe has no idea and neither do the Mountain Mercenaries at first. This knowledge had me on edge. I wanted Ro to find out what was going on so bad that I was shaking my kindle at times. I honestly just couldn't wait for the truth to come out and for Chloe's brother to get what was coming to him.

I admit, this made for a pretty exciting read and that has me very impatient for the next book. I borrowed the audiobook on Kindle Unlimited and the narrator was fantastic. I highly recommend the audiobook.

  • Mystery Man

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Kate Russell
  • Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,402
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,255
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,261

Gwendolyn Kidd has met the man of her dreams. He's hot, he's sexy, and what started as a no-names-exchanged night of passion has blossomed into a year and a half-long pleasure fest. Sure, it's a little strange that he only appears in her bed at night, but Gwen is so sure he's the one, she just can't turn him away…. Hawk Delgado knows more about Gwen than she could ever imagine. She's gorgeous, headstrong, and skittish about relationships. But Hawk is facing his own demons, demons that keep him from connecting with anyone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it ......Eventually !

  • By Diva on 12-15-13

Ended better than it began

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

Audible review: I loved this narrator. She has a great voice and played the parts well. I will say the editing should have been tweaked a bit better though. You can hear the difference when a few scenes were edited due to difference in volume levels and it happened several times.

Story review: When I got a third of the way through this book, a piece of information was revealed that I had one of those throw your kindle at the wall moments. I immediately went and looked at what my goodread friends thought of this book because I was on the verge of a dnf. Two of my very trusted friends gave this 4 stars so I knew something had to make that information better. This really is a good example of why I try not to dnf. I can't say I was completely satisfied. There was on piece to that info I wish wasn't true but after everything that I learned and getting the H's pov, I was almost completely ok with it. Almost. That's why this is a 4 star not a 5 star read. I'm also a sucker for a great ending and this had a fantastic ending. It was worth reading and I might even re-read it someday.