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  • Olivia's Hope

  • By: Kevin N Karella
  • Narrated by: Amanda Stribling
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Jenny, a young woman from Chicago with a sealed record and a well-hidden past, takes on a special project for a North Dakota oilman. Could this be an easy payday? Trouble starts when the brutal past threatens to ruin the future she is searching for. The key to putting the past behind her, this time for good, reopens another door that was intended to stay closed forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Olivia's Hope

  • By Nat 🎧AudiobookObsession on 07-17-19

Olivia's Hope

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

Reviewed: 07-17-19

Olivia's Hope is such a moving story, I couldn't pull away. I was immediately absorbed into the plot with a prologue that instantly had you wondering what comes next. The raw emotions, and compelling characters, tied into a dramatic and twisted plot make it almost impossible to believe this was a first time writer.

The narration by Amanda Stribling was amazingly well done.


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  • Corruption of the Heart

  • By: Jessica Manson
  • Narrated by: Amber Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

Lilith Carson is a normal girl whose parents died suddenly. She moves to a different state with her aunt she never knew. When she arrives she cuts herself off from everyone. She longs for friendship but doesn't trust anyone enough to let them in. Until one day when her crush appears beside her in the library. From there, they fell in love fast and hard. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Crazy Entertaining

  • By Shayay19 on 07-08-19

Corruption of the Heart

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

Reviewed: 07-17-19

Things I liked:
- The storyline and set up.
- The mystery, as well as the magic, vampires, paranormal
- The Love Triangle
- The Unique little subplots

Things I didn't like:
- Lilith is super immature and too easily stereotypes the people around her, which fits with the high school mindset, but she's also lacking in common sense and I felt like she didn't grow at all throughout the book.
- There are a lot of instances where Lilith is really rude, or hot tempered, and her initial encounter with Ambi makes her seem very arrogant and snobby. She acts like people aren't allowed to look at her in public like shes a queen, and very standoffish to her supposed "crush" when she speaks with Odin for the first time.
- I can't figure out if she's self conscious or what her deal is but she describes almost everyone else as Cute, or Hot like shes not on their level. But then she turns around and is pushing Odin away like she's too good for him.
- There were other things but mostly this just builds up to me struggling to be able to connect with Lilith

This was an instance where the a good audio could have pulled the book a little bit more for me but the book and audio were both solidly in the middle. I felt that the performance was kind of dry, almost monotone at times, and unnecessarily way over the top at others.

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  • Falling with You

  • Fractured Connections, Book 3
  • By: Carrie Ann Ryan
  • Narrated by: Maxine Mitchell, Joe Arden
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

The day I lost my best friend was the day I realized that I'd been living in the past. I've tried to find a way to heal, to mend that break. Somehow, I came through it partially whole. But I know I couldn't have done that without Aiden Connolly. The problem is, he once loved my best friend. And now she's gone, and I refuse to be in that shadow, or worse, a replacement for someone we both loved. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Knockout

  • By Cassandra on 07-19-19

Falling With You

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

Reviewed: 07-17-19

Maxine Mitchell & Joe Arden are at the very top of my favorites list, So I couldn't have loved this audiobook anymore than I already do. They are a fantastic duo and listening to them had me wrapped into the book that much more than when I read it.

This series has been full of loss, rebuilding, emotions, and second chances. From the very first page of the first book all the way to the last page of book three. This group has lost a friend and none of them saw it coming, now they must each deal with the guilt of not seeing the signs, not being there to help, they are also each dealing with their own personal problems.

The Connolly brothers are learning how to be a family again, and rebuilding their parent's legacy. Working through the guilt they have built over the reasons for their separation, and the feelings that they abandoned their father.

With this book in particular there were times that I was a bit annoyed with the side characters, with how much they get into the main characters space, and are after them so much. But when you pull back and remember that they have all lost a friend, and now are super sensitive to each other's moods and rhythm to make sure that they dont miss something going wrong because none of them wants to go through with that loss again - each of those instances where I was initially annoyed becomes a whole different feeling.

I know this review has been a bit all over the place but there is no doubt, I loved the chemistry between Sienna and Aiden, I love the dynamic between the group as a whole. This series is so real, and so heartbreaking, but also so very heartfelt and full of hope and the possibility of a brighter future, even when everyone feels like there is a missing piece.

  • Defending Harlow

  • Mountain Mercenaries, Book 4
  • By: Susan Stoker
  • Narrated by: Stella Bloom
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301

Lowell “Black” Lockard, former Navy SEAL, has watched his fellow Mountain Mercenaries settle down with the women of their dreams, but he’s convinced he doesn’t need love. Then he gets a call from Harlow Reese - a chef at a local women’s shelter - and begins to reconsider his decision. After being continually harassed by a local band of punks, Harlow asks Lowell to give the women of the shelter lessons in self-defense. She doesn’t expect him to take such a special interest in her safety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A nice slow love story

  • By Karen on 07-17-19

Defending Harlow

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

Reviewed: 07-07-19

I love that Black didn’t meet Harlow on mission like two of the previous books in the series. Not that I had a problem with them meeting in the middle of a mission but I enjoyed the shake up. I also really liked that this book was centered on the woman’s shelter and was more involved with the break down of being in that situation. Great series can’t wait for the next book.

  • Defending Morgan

  • Mountain Mercenaries, Book 3
  • By: Susan Stoker
  • Narrated by: Stella Bloom
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 470
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 414
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413

Dispatched to the Dominican Republic to rescue a kidnapped child, former Navy SEAL Archer “Arrow” Kane makes a startling discovery: another hostage - Morgan Byrd, a very beautiful and very well-known missing person who disappeared off the streets of Atlanta a year ago. She’s brave, resilient, and unbroken. All Arrow wants to know is why she ended up in a shack in Santo Domingo. All he feels is the desire to protect. Morgan is done being the victim and is determined to find out who hates her so much that they want her gone - but not dead. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved

  • By Charlene L on 03-06-19

Defending Morgan

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

Reviewed: 07-06-19

Just when I thought the Mercenaries couldn’t find themselves in a more intriguing situation. Sent to find a kidnapped little girl and come back with an extra missing/kidnapped person. I love this series, each book has s touch more crazy than the last!

  • 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 635
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 552

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

Defending Chloe

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

Reviewed: 07-06-19

Each of the Mountain Mercenaries stories gets just a bit better than the last. Each time you learn one of the guys background and understand why they are part of the group. Such a great read, and a great series.

  • Defending Allye

  • Mountain Mercenaries Series, Book 1
  • By: Susan Stoker
  • Narrated by: Stella Bloom
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 800
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 689
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 686

Ever since his rescue op off the Pacific Coast, Mountain Mercenary Gray Rogers hasn’t been able to forget his latest “job” - Allye Martin. Any other woman would have panicked during a rescue, but the wily dancer kept her cool - even after being kidnapped. And Gray couldn’t be happier when a grateful Allye follows him home.... For Allye, finding sanctuary in the arms - and bed - of Rogers is only temporary. People are disappearing off the streets of San Francisco, victims of the same underground trade that targeted her, and Allye could be the key to dismantling the entire operation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite so far.....

  • By Texas Girl on 12-28-18

Defending Allye

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

Reviewed: 07-05-19

This book was such a great start to the Mountain Mercenaries series. It always amazes me how twisted and sick the bad guys can get in these books, and sadly it’s just a reflection of real life. It what I love about Susan Stokers books. She takes real life problems and throws sexy law enforcement/ military at it. Waiting to see what happens with Ro.

  • Saving Shadows

  • Shadows Landing, Book 1
  • By: Kathleen Brooks
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120

Gavin Faulkner was the only doctor in the small South Carolina inner coastal town of Shadows Landing. He was used to patching up everything from fishing lures stuck in skin to gator bites. Nothing could surprise him anymore - except when he found an unconscious woman partially submerged near his dock after a fierce thunderstorm. Ellery St. John’s last memory was of a bat swinging toward her head. The next thing she knew, she was cold, wet, and a sexy man was pressing his lips to hers. Too bad it turned out to be CPR instead of a passionate kiss.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pick this up After you read Bluegrass series

  • By Sarah Turtle on 12-11-18

Saving Shadows

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

Reviewed: 06-29-19

Ellery has lost her memory after being thrown into the ocean and left to drown. When Gavin Faulkner the town Dr. rescues her out of the water, he immediately knows that he must protect her. Until Ellery's memory returns she must stay hidden in Shadows Landing unsure of who attacked her or even who she it. This small town is a long history of pirate ancestors and has no problem defending Ellery when her identity is revealed and her attacker comes to find her.

With each of Kathleen's books it's hard not to fall a little bit in love with each of her quirky small towns, the outrageous residents, and the unique feeling of belonging. If it were possible I would have already packed my bags and moved to Shadow's Landing or Keeneston (Bluegrass Series).

As always the narration by Eric G Dove was amazing. Def at the very top of my favorites list.

  • Sunken Shadows

  • Shadows Landing, Book 2
  • By: Kathleen Brooks
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

As a rescue swimmer for the Coast Guard, Wade Faulkner was used to unpredictable situations. But an emergency call late one night turns his life upside down. After finding a boat on fire, he discovers a dead body and a visibly shaken woman in need of rescue. Now he finds himself entangled in a murder mystery between two teams of treasure hunters out for the discovery of a lifetime...and he’s falling for the main suspect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I want more!

  • By Ms.Red on 07-04-19

Sunken Shadows

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

Reviewed: 06-29-19

Wade Faulkner is in the coast guard and gets called to an emergency mayday call in the middle of his cousins wedding. When he arrives he finds a boat on fire, a body, and someone diving underwater. That someone - Darcy Delmar - is now the main suspect in a murder investigation, and Wade will do anything he can to help prove her innocence and catch the real killer.

Shadows Landing has become just a little bit more amazing and interesting, the rich pirate history will be the key to helping Darcy solve a 300 year old mystery. The town's unique residents, and the close knit Faulkner family is ready for another battle. The suspense and mystery in Kathleen's books is always perfectly balanced with the romance, and hilarity.

The audio performance by Eric G. Dove was perfectly suited for the book & series.

  • American King

  • American Queen Series, Book 3
  • By: Sierra Simone
  • Narrated by: Guy Locke, Stephanie Rose
  • Length: 16 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273

They say that every tragic hero has a fatal flaw, a secret sin, a tiny stitch sewn into his future since birth. And here I am. My sins are no longer secret. My flaws have never been more fatal. And I've never been closer to tragedy than I am now. I am a man who loves, a man whose love demands much in return. I am a king, a king who was foolish enough to build a kingdom on the bones of the past. I am a husband and a lover and a soldier and a father and a president. And I will survive this. Long live the king.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Shocking Love Story

  • By being_ericamarie on 03-22-18

American King

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

Reviewed: 06-28-19

This is the 3rd book in the series. Each mostly told by the title character that it is focused on. Through the three books we see how each persons timeline has crossed with the other as well as what is happening to them as a triad in present day.

I could see the build up happening, I knew where the plot was goin... it only made sense right? I still hoped and prayed for a different ending, I help my breath as tears streamed down my face because it happened anyways. I almost didn’t keep reading. It could only make things worse.... So glad I kept on goin.

It’s been quite sometime since I have been so emotionally invested and wrapped up in a story as I was with this one.