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  • Let Me Love You

  • By: Jessica Jayne
  • Narrated by: Samantha Cook, Joe Arden
  • Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61

Twenty-three-year-old Ren Haynes returns home after graduating college with two goals - start his engineering career and claim the heart of his parents' 31-year-old divorced neighbor, Stacey Williams. Stacey is nursing her broken heart and shattered ego. Not only did her ex-husband have an affair, he got the woman pregnant. Picking up the pieces of her life isn't easy, so when Ren taps into her need to feel desired again, she finds herself in a position she never imagined. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Light and Sexy Listen

  • By bookbruin on 07-16-18

Sweet but quick

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

Reviewed: 07-16-18

Let me love you, starts with hot and steamy scenes, and while there is a fair amount of sexy parts throughout the story, It develops into a more fleshed our story from there. It had a fair amount of sweet moments, and a great premise for the plot. I wish it was a bit longer, and more developed plot wise overall because it felt a bit too quick moving from a storyline perspective for me. At times it felt like insta love even though it wasn’t because of how the story picks up and moves fast, maybe a prologue with more background would have well rounded it better? Despite that I really enjoyed the book. The characters seemed realistic and likable, and the narration was fantastically well done. I would recommend as a listen, especially if you are a fan of instalove or really sweet and swoony type of stories. I was given this audiobook from caffeinatedPR for my unbiased review.

  • Kian

  • Undercover Billionaire, Book 1
  • By: Melody Anne
  • Narrated by: Kristin Watson Heintz
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 366
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 306

There was a time when surgeon Kian Forbes would have surrendered every cent of his vast family fortune if it could make Roxie Gilbert happy. That was before she skipped town, broke his heart, and sent him spinning through a string of forgettable one-night stands. He never even knew he'd fathered a child - with Roxie's sister, no less. But in the wake of tragedy, little Lily needs a home. And Kian wants his daughter. But Roxie's not giving in or giving up without a fight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • bad narrator

  • By janet on 12-05-18

Aggravating (spoilers)

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

Reviewed: 06-13-18

This story was aggravating as hell. There were plenty of aspects that I enjoyed, like the romance. But it spent so much time vacillating between custody, being a parent, and just trying to win over the other person, it killed what could have been a great story about second chances and new parenthood, and a living family. The heroine was selfish and was so bent on showing she can’t be pushed around and bitter, that she avoids letting her Nieces biological father get to know the kid he just found out he had, and then acts like it’s his fault. All he wants is to be a dad to the kid and this chic literally hides and acts like a jerk to him, refuses to talk custody and threatens to run off with his kid. Despite them both having custody by the will, they both fail to act like adults for the kids sake and come to a joint custody arrangement. This entire aspect of the story just pissed me off, because not any of the characters have two craps and put the kid first. Instead they were petty, and played tug of war with the kid who for majority was treated as an after thought by the character. I don’t mind custody battles in stories if they are done well and have some compassionate aspects to them, or validity to the reason for the custody battle, but it was pointless and just made me hate the characters because they acted like a*holes.

  • Biting Cold

  • Chicagoland Vampires, Book 6
  • By: Chloe Neill
  • Narrated by: Sophie Eastlake
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,555
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,425
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,432

Turned into a vampire against her will, 28-year-old Merit found her way into the dark circle of Chicago's vampire underground, where she learned there was more to supernaturals than met the eye - and more supernaturals than the public ever imagined. And not all the secrets she learned were for sharing - among humans or inhumans. Now Merit is on the hunt, charging across the stark American Midwest, tailing a rogue supernatural intent on stealing an ancient artifact that could unleash catastrophic evil on the world. But Merit is also the prey.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • oh, NO!!!

  • By mhecker on 08-08-12

Why the narrator change?

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

One of the most annoying things in the world as a listener is when after 5 books into a series, listening to a great narrator, and becoming used to the tones, cadence, emphasis, and way they act out the characters...the author changes the narrator and the new narrator has completely different ways of pronouncing or acting everything and every character. Both narrators are great, don’t get me wrong, but now I have to try and readjust to how I perceived the characters (since it’s all from the same heroines POV) and figure out who is being acted because the voices are all different, and the personalities are acted different.
I get there could be variation of reasons for this, but I just feel like some circumstances need to have consistencies for the listener. The story is still fantastic, but I spent more than half the story being distracted by adjusting to new narration styles, and it sucked all my enjoyment from the book. My interest has slightly diminished in this series, because I just don’t feel the same connection to the characters from the new narrator, in comparison to the previous one.

  • Knocked Up

  • By: Christine Bell
  • Narrated by: Sophie Daniels
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

Luke Anderson had exactly two things on his mind: Getting the f--k out of Alhouette, Louisiana, and opening his own bike shop. But when he meets sweet little Tawny Mitchell at a bonfire by the lake, things get so hot, he's almost tempted to stay in town a while longer. Almost. Tawny Mitchell has her life perfectly planned now that she's graduated college. Become a school nurse, form some roots in a small town and, eventually, find a kind, hard-working man to start a family with. The type of loving, close-knit family she never had growing up. But when her best friend convinces her to go to a party and let her hair down, just this once, she never dreams that the consequences of that steamy summer night will change everything....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Knocked Up

  • By J and M on 12-11-17

Sweet baby romance

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

Reviewed: 12-24-17

The characters in this book were down to earth, and the sub characters added a bit of comedic moments. Luke was adorably sweet, despite Tawny being a head strong southern women. At times I felt like Tawny protested too much but Luke worked hard to win her over and it made the story all the better. The writing was true to the characters, but at times felt the dialogue didn’t flow as natural as other moments. The narration was great, Sophie Daniels did a fantastic job bringing the characters to life. If you’re interested in sweet surprise baby romances, I would definitely recommend.

  • A Haunting Experience

  • By: Kessily Lewel
  • Narrated by: Marie Smith
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 29

April Cassidy comes from a long line of women who were gifted with certain special skills. She has inherited the full measure of psychic abilities that allow her to see beyond the normal world, and she considers that talent a curse. Her uncanny guesses scare people away, and she is resigned to spending her life alone as a freak of nature. But then she receives a call that changes everything. For the first time, those hated skills will be required for a very lucrative venture.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Oh my!

  • By Brandie @AudiobookObsession on 03-09-18

Not quite haunting enough...

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

Reviewed: 10-26-17

The premise of the story was really intriguing, and there were some interesting and different things happening that seems a bit different or unusual in comparison to other Paranormal Romances. That being said this one just falls a bit flat over all. The narration was good when it was the female POV, but the male POV sounded stilted and unemotional, which made the lead H lack a personality. There are a ton of missed opportunities the author had to elaborate and flesh out the story and characters more, i.e. Less two dimensional in the sex, something other than spankings, a slower discover of the Heros history and intentions or reveal, more haunting activities that would have driven home a suspense and allowed for a bigger twist and discovery in plot, and more realistic character reactions. I felt that I was being told rather than being shown. Instead of saying "she was frightened" give me a paragraph about how she had goose bumps, her gut twisted, and a loud bang sent her running into the bathroom (safe room ghost free) to hide and how she try's to slow her racing heart by deep breathing and it just ends up being the paranormal team. It's more entertaining and draws you in. Overall the story wasn't horrible, it just lacked some world and character building, and sustained it with sex instead. I was given this audiobook for free from audiobook boom for my unbiased review.

  • Skirt Chaser

  • Filthy Dirty Love, Book 2
  • By: Stacey Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Gideon H. Welles
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

Greyson Crawford works hard by day and plays even harder at night. And he understands and obeys the rules of the game. One, don't mix business and pleasure. Two, employees are off-limits. So, he's been eagerly counting down the days until interior designer Evie Richards is no longer under contract with his Seattle architecture firm. But when that day comes, he realizes there are more obstacles in his way. The biggest ... Evie herself.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • DISAPPOINTING AFTER BOOK ONE

  • By sheryl beauchemin on 10-13-17

Sexy and entertaining but...

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

Reviewed: 10-18-17

I actually liked this book much more then the first one in the series. The story felt more fleshed out, Greyson and Evie were extremely entertaining, him with his determination and slight dominance and her with her independence while still wanting more. There are a lot of things that come into play for these two characters that really builds the story, like insecurities, and friendship, and the work/emotion they put into their situation and each other. That being said, I wish there was a bit more backstory shown, in some instances it feels like things are moving too quickly and you jumped into the story at the halfway mark, but at other times that is easy to overlook. I feel like a little more history could have been a better balance. Gideon Welles I feel was even better with his narration than the previous book. I felt like his voice and ability to bring these particular characters to life, just fit. Absolutely excellent job with narration and looking forward to hearing more from both this author and narrator. I was given this audiobook through audiobook boom for free for my unbiased review.

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  • Heartbreaker

  • Filthy Dirty Love, Book 1
  • By: Stacey Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Gideon H. Welles
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

Veteran cop Maddox Hunt is all about the job. Sure, there are women - lots of women, truth be told - but there's no one special. Until a one-night stand from his past, rookie Joss O'Neil, is assigned to his division. Suddenly, all he can think about is her. The scent of her. The taste of her. Fresh out of field training, Joss has thrown herself into her job, determined to kick-start her career. And while police work has its thrills, her gorgeous new boss is what really gets her pulse pounding. Too bad he's nothing but a distraction.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • seems to have editing issues

  • By cyndi on 10-15-17

Hot cop Lieutenant vs. sexy new rookie

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

Reviewed: 10-18-17

This was a whirlwind romance, with a bit of forbidden romance. Watching the two main characters dance around their mutual attraction for each other was entertaining. The narration was fantastic, and Gideon Welles has a really deep and sultry voice which added an extra spark to all the sexy parts. This forbidden lovers story was overall fun and more light hearted but had just a touch of complicated to provide some self discovery for the character before they reached their HEA. I was provided this audiobook from audiobook boom free, for my unbiased opinion.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Burn for You

  • Slow Burn, Book 1
  • By: J.T. Geissinger
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York, Diana Luke
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,530
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,395
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,386

Jackson "The Beast" Boudreaux is rich, gorgeous, and unbelievably rude to the staff at Chef Bianca Hardwick's New Orleans restaurant. Bianca would sooner douse herself in hot sauce than cook for Jackson again, but when he asks her to cater his fundraiser, Bianca can't refuse, knowing the cash will help pay her mother's medical bills. Then Jackson makes another outrageous request: Marry me. The unconventional offer includes an enormous sum - money Bianca desperately needs, even if it does come with a contract - and a stunning ring.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slap slap kiss

  • By lisa cravens on 10-18-17

Slap slap kiss

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

Reviewed: 10-18-17

At first I wasn't too sure if I would enjoy this book. It starts off a little slow but I ended up loving this story so very much. It had a everything, humor, angst (but not too much), and even some really cool drink and food recipes. It was a perfect blend of emotions and had a kick butt spit fire heroine. Definitely recommend this book.

20 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Before the Dawn

  • Killer Instinct, Book 2
  • By: Cynthia Eden
  • Narrated by: Summer Morton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

Ex-SEAL Tucker Frost knows that the world is full of evil. He saw it in the face of his own brother, Jason Frost, a cold, methodical, sadistic killer. A killer Tucker put down with his own hands in order to save Jason's final victim - Dawn Alexander, the only girl who got away from the infamous "Iceman". It's Tucker's up close and personal experience with evil that's made him perfect for Samantha Dark's experimental profiling division in the FBI. Samantha wants agents who have personal ties with killers, who have unique insights into the minds of monsters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect blend of romance and suspense

  • By lisa cravens on 10-13-17

Perfect blend of romance and suspense

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

Reviewed: 10-13-17

I love romantic suspense, but sometime they can fall flat on either one or the other. This story though was blended so well. It had a good dose of romance, some steamy moments, and had you playing the "who done it" until the very end. It was full of plot twist that made you question your assumptions once you already made them. It wasn't overtly gory but provided enough details to paint a vivid picture. The narration was spot on, and you always knew who was talking and what they were feeling. If you're a fan of this genre, it's a must listen.

  • How to Date a Douchebag

  • The Learning Hours
  • By: Sara Ney
  • Narrated by: Josh Goodman, Muffy Newtown
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 487
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 460

My friends want me to get laid. So much so that they plastered my ugly mug all over campus in bold printed letters: Are you the lucky lady who's going to break our roommate's cherry? Him: Socially awkward man with average-sized penis looking for willing sexual partner. You: Must have a pulse. He will reciprocate with oral. Text him at: 555-254-5551. The morons can't even spell. And the texts I've been receiving are what wet dreams are made of. But I'm not like these douchebags, no matter how hard they try to turn me into one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unicorn Boyfriend

  • By bookbruin on 10-31-17

Flove Rhett!

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

Reviewed: 10-12-17

This has become my favorite of the Douchebag series. Rhett is unavoidably lovable and his cluelessness makes him so much more so. His cute and clumsy (non) pursuit of the feisty red haired heroine makes anyone and everyone relate to the struggles of dating even if you are long past and out of the staring scene. The narration is spot on, and breathes life into these characters in a way that sucks you in. This entire series is epic for the simple fact that sometimes even douchebags are lovable to someone. Buy this book! You won't be disappointed.

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