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  • Confessions: Priest

  • Confessions Series, Book 3
  • By: Ella Frank
  • Narrated by: Charlie David
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 77

I am complex. My love is all-encompassing. And when it comes to my heart, there is only one rule: Don’t mess with what’s mine. Until the age of seven, I was Joel Alexander Donovan, son of Jimmy. The man who terrorized a town and made its citizens fear the very ground he walked on. Including me, the day I realized that ground ran red with blood. At age 18, I became Priest. A man without a past. A man determined to right the wrongs of my father. A man who never believed anyone could love the son of such a monster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love Love Love

  • By Dee Winston on 11-17-18

It Continues to Getting Good

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

So first we got a bubbling relationship in Robbie
and then we get the heartbreak in Julien
and now in Priest we get dark.
The whole story was an roller coaster rides that i just couldn't put down. Thanks to the revolution that Priest reveals in the end of the last book all the hard work that went into Robbie trusting him has gone down the drain. Now we have Robbie trying to absorb everything he's been told, and his other men trying to give him space to come to terms with it. Along with the drama that started it all, the opening of Julien restaurant, and meeting Robbie's family. So there was a lot going on however it flowed so well and kept me on the edge of my seat.
The thing that keeps me coming back to Ella Frank books is how she does relationships. Not just with the main characters, but also secondary characters. To see Priest Plus its not all about the sexy times among the boys but how they build on their relationship to keep it strong.

  • Confessions: Julien

  • Confessions Series, Book 2
  • By: Ella Frank
  • Narrated by: Charlie David
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139

For the past eight years, Julien Thornton has been living with a secret. One that only a handful of people know about. To the outside world, he has it all. A thriving career. A loving husband. And a face that the American public fell for by the millions, on a reality show that inadvertently saved his life. But behind the shine of celebrity, behind the easygoing nature, a crippling truth fills Julien with pain and self-loathing. It's a truth that he fights to overcome daily with the help of his husband, Joel Priestley, and now their boyfriend, Robbie Bianchi.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like the Tumblers of a Lock Falling Into Place

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-21-18

Yes to the Prick

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

When we were first introduced to Julien in the Temptation series I didn't really think I like him. For he seemed like another love interest for Robbie and I loved the thought of it just being Robbie and Priest. For as much as they argued in these books, their chemistry was off the charts. Then, of course, we found out that he's married to Priest and so on. Still didn't like love him until I started reading these books.

I love Julien and not just because he has an accent which I always swoon on. He fills in the gaps of Priest to Robbie when needed and he just loves both men so much. In his book, he is dealing with a lot especially with his newest restaurant opening up and an important Anniversary that he wants to avoid but knows he can’t. So he leans on his two men for help for he has a really hard time handling it.

Let’s talk about his men and how supportive they are. Robbie may be new to all this but he takes in strives. Robbie is really good at being able to read people and he does that with Julien and helps him deal with the past though it’s hard on Julien. And then there’s Priest who have been through this countless times with Julien and is his rock. Julien has said multiple times that Priest keeps the darkness away and makes sure everything is alright.

Also the story. Learning more about Julien and Priest past is always a treat. And learning about why Julien is suffering so hurt my heart. I love how this story wasn’t all about the sex. It was more about connecting and being there for one another. Having Priest actually joke around and tell jokes which reading the temptation series you wouldn’t believe he could. To Julien taking steps to forgiving himself for something he didn’t do. And sweet Robbie is the glue for both his broken men and slowing finding his place between them.

Until the ending which makes me want to read this book even more. Because now where getting to Priest and soon learn why he’s the way he is.

  • Confessions: Robbie

  • Confessions Series, Book 1
  • By: Ella Frank
  • Narrated by: Charlie David
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245

Relationships are complex. Love is ever-changing. And when it comes to rules of the heart, they were made to be broken. That's what Robert Antonio Bianchi was telling himself, anyway. Otherwise, he really had no excuse for what - or who - he'd done. If there was a bad decision to be made, Robbie always had a knack for making it. And thus, begins the story of the priest, the princess, and the prick. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not for Me

  • By Bosco on 08-28-18

Full Blown Robbie Love

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

I forgot to gush about this book but just for everyone to know i 100% loved this book. To see more Robbie and fall more in love with his stubborn and sassy behavior. He knows who he is and isn’t gong to hide or stop being himself which I love most about him. Plus he’s loyal and so family based that I see why Priest and Julien want him.

Now since Priest and Robbie meet they’ve been on each others bad side, so I knew/ hopped that they would get together. But the ending of True came a surprise that 1st Priest is married and 2nd that him and his husband want to bring Robbie into a three way relationship. Color me shock but totally ready for it.
Julien we don’t meet until True and he meets Robbie at the Pop Cherry and they hit off but it doesn’t seem to go anywhere. However we get more of him in this book and i simply love him. I already loved Priest because he’s one of those silent but don’t take crap and always tell you the truth. I love how that honest comes out of him and Robbie ask questions and tries to make sense of why Priest and Julien want to bring him in their marriage.
This book has lots of funny moment but also serious ones because Priest and Julien have lots of baggage and in this first book only touch a bit of what those men has been through. Plus I have to say the touching moments between all three of them made me make awe noises in public and get weird looks. Plus the sexy parts are so hot that being at work and reading got me questioned a lot.
But I wouldn’t change a thing and I can’t wait until Julien’s story comes out later this year. Hopefully all three would be released this year because I am addicted to it.

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  • Hunting Prince Dracula

  • By: Kerri Maniscalco
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 510
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 476
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473

Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper's true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe's best schools of forensic medicine...and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good

  • By dhouses on 10-23-17

JUST AS GOOD AS THE 1ST ONE!!!!

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

It's taken me forever to actually write this and not make it random. Also SPOLIERS ahead because second book and I need to get this all out.

This book has the same issue as the last book where some parts dragged on. Also the names of the new characters where close sounding to each other that I sometimes forgot whose who. That however didn't take away from how this book broke me and put me back together all the same.


Let me explain..


This leads off right after the ending of the first book where we have our two favorite characters Audrey Rose and Thomas heading for Romania. Since this book is following right behind the first book we see Audrey Rose dealing with how it ended, and she's not doing that will. We don't get the girl who refused to be put in a box and follow what society wants from her. Now she is deeply depressed and seeing things that are not there. It was so hard to see Audrey this way because in the first book she was so strong and though she still showed the pain was still there. Especially since she was in a another country going to a all men school, learning a profession that is for men, and knowing no one but Thomas.

And poor Thomas Creswell. He was with Audrey Rose and knew everything that happened in London, and yet how smart he is put his foot in mouth more than once. I understand that he wants to protect Audrey Rose from being in a school that didn't want her. However he forgets that though she is grieving she is still strongly independent. So instead being helpful he instead makes Audrey Rose mad for embarrassing her.

Again like in Stalking Jack the Ripper there is a murder spree happening that Audrey Rose and Thomas want to get involved in yet no one wants to let them. And yes the killer was a bit predictable, but the way to the reveal was interesting. Especially since there was puzzles involved and whole lot of fun detective work. Also I felt like their lives were more in danger this time around, and had me worry about my babies.

The romance was heartbreaking at times, because what do you get when put two hardheaded independent people together. Plenty of misunderstanding, and Thomas keep putting his foot into his mouth and just seemed to make things worse. Though for most what he did would seem very loving of him Thomas forgets that Audrey Rose is to independent and will not see it that way. Which caused friction between them for most of the story. However I believe they needed this, and they grew from it making them a better couple. That ending attest to that for sure and makes me more excited to see what the next book has instore with that.

I love listening to this book because Nicola Barber does a beautiful job telling the story smoothly and helping with all the slow part seem more interesting. She did each voice very well as she did in the first and how she continues on with the third book. Even though the book was 11 hours and 58 minutes. I read this in one sitting because Audrey Rose and Thomas remind me so much the two main characters of the show Castle.

So as you can tell by my rambles to this book I loved it and just think it gets better as the books go. Kerri Maniscalo is doing a really good job with her historical retellings that keeps me addicted with her worlds and her characters.

  • Silence Fallen

  • A Mercy Thompson Novel, Book 10
  • By: Patricia Briggs
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King, George Newbern
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,758
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,745

Attacked and abducted in her home territory, Mercy finds herself in the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world, taken as a weapon to use against alpha werewolf Adam and the ruler of the Tri-Cities vampires. In coyote form Mercy escapes - only to find herself without money, without clothing, and alone in the heart of Europe. Unable to contact Adam and the rest of the pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, and she needs to figure out which is which.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • BAD PENGUIN.

  • By bluestategirl on 07-15-17

Cat & Mouse Hunt in Italy

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

This story is really different from Briggs other books in this series. First off Mercy gets kidnapped and was separated from her mate. So we are put into duel POV's with two different narrators. Which is weird for throughout the series we've only had Lorelei King. Not that George Newbern was bad it was just something to get used to after 10 books. The story itself is pretty much a cat and mouse hunt through Italy. Also looking for Mercy there is also political, old lovers and lots of angry.

I enjoyed this book how Adam and Mercy where separate and could only talk through the bound that wasn't always there. Also Adam I enjoyed Adams POV for the fact that how he handles Mercy's disappears for it was a cycle. Mercy was still a bad ass even though she was in a place that she had no one.

I can't wait for the next book plus I need to start the next series Alpha and Omega series, because am really loving this world that Patricia Briggs created.

  • The Hazel Wood

  • By: Melissa Albert
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 780
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 719
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 718

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice's life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice's grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: Her mother is stolen away - by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother's stories are set.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • dark and modern fairytale

  • By Stephanie on 02-02-18

Was a 4 Star Until...

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

This would have been such a 4 stars for though I didn't really like Alice but enjoyed the secondary characters. Also though the story was a bit slow I still really enjoyed how the story went and seen the twist but could get behind it. Even all that it would still be a 4 stars read, until the ending.

The secondary characters are what makes this book, because Alice is annoying. How she was hot and cold so fast and was just a brat for the most part. Yes her mother was missing, yet don't be a bully to the person that is trying to help you. Flinch is the rich popular boy who isn't shown any attention at home, so the magically world of the Hinterland is such a wonderland for him. Which is why he started helping the granddaughter of his favorite book.

Again I don't want to spoil the ending, but I cannot get over how the author decided to write it. There was some build up and it just crashed and I couldn't help but be upset. Something I didn't realize is that this book is book one and I don't know how Melissa is going to continue on with this story. Just hoping that the next book isn't Alice, but maybe another of the characters of the Hinterland. That I would totally read.

Lastly the audiobook was really good and Rebecca Soler made the story very fairytale like which made the slow bits not that hard to get through. Which if you ever heard her do the Lunar Chronicles series know how smooth she makes story telling.

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  • Stalking Jack the Ripper

  • By: Kerri Maniscalco, James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 923
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 851
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 853

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord's daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life. Against her stern father's wishes and society's expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle's laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. Audrey's work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags her into the investigation of a serial murderer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By lauren on 10-03-16

Top Notch Story Telling

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

Reviewed: 03-25-18

Audrey Rose is not like other seventeen girls that she knows. While they are doing social teas, silk dress fittings, and looking for a husband. Audrey Rose rather be in her uncle’s laboratory cutting into corpses and find the cause of there deaths. This a secret until women start getting murder where Audrey’s uncle gets her, and Thomas Cresswell help with the exams.

Audrey and Thomas had a kind of dislike to like relationship. For the reason Thomas is an arrogant personality while Audrey Rose is trying to prove that she can work along the men. Which in a way they remind me how Beckett and Richard from Castle where toward one another. One thing that is positive is that Thomas can be a stuck up and know it he also lets Audrey be herself. Not like other males she knows or become acquainted with. He lets Audrey think for herself and is a good sound board for her. Plus there is not much on the romance and more on the friendship and respect which I was 100% for.

The thing I also enjoy is how the author does her setting. Am not much of a historical romance reader however Maniscalo brings this historical romance with a twist and I just got addicted. To seeing Audrey Rose and Thomas sneaking around London to find Jack the Ripper will probably be the only way I would visit out of country. I enjoyed seeing it through the characters view and fell more than I was there.

This story could be on the slow side but because I listened to the narration by Nicola Barber the 9hrs and 26min audiobook went along smoothly enough. Also this can be a bit predictable which may not be so bad if you enjoy being a detective.

I love this series for it has humor between the main characters. The twist on the historical history of Jack the Ripper. To be in London and walking the streets with the characters. This book had seriousness and the ending was heartbreaking. I just cant wait to continue on because I love how the story is going.

  • Wild Trail

  • Clean Slate Ranch
  • By: A. M. Arthur
  • Narrated by: Greg Boudreaux
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 274

Mack Garrett loves the rolling hills surrounding his Northern California dude ranch. Leading vacationers on horse trails with his two best friends is enough - romance is definitely not in the cards. When a sexy tourist shows up at Clean Slate, he's as far from Mack's type as can be. So why is the handsome city slicker so far under his skin in less than a day?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yummy Sexy Cowboy and City Dude

  • By Erryn Barratt on 12-26-17

Next Book Please

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

Reviewed: 03-12-18

I loved everything but the nickname that Wes gives Mac. It just was a bit cringe to hear it, and I since I didn't like it I had to take a star off.

Other than that I love how this is a opposite attraction. A cowboy and a actor yes please. Listening to Wes and Mac being attracted to each other was unexpected to either men. However a summer fling that would last a couple week seemed like a great idea. Until of course feelings get involved.

the battle of attraction that Mac was trying to pretend that doesn't exist while Wes shows he is not a subtle person. Lucky they have some great side characters that were my favorite parts. Both men have people who know how damaged they are from past relationships. Are the voice of reason when both men are being stubborn. the fact it involved a ranch with some cowboys yes please.

the audio book was told by one guy, however I wasn't confused who was talking and his voice was smooth and easy to follow.

next book is Colt and his ex reconnecting and am so excited to get this to know more of Coles backstory. For since he's pretty much a joker in this book it's to cover up something and I can't wait to find out.

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  • Down by Contact

  • Barons Series, Book 2
  • By: Santino Hassell
  • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese, Eric London
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

Simeon Boudreaux, the New York Barons' golden-armed quarterback, is blessed with irresistible New Orleans charm and a face to melt your mama's heart. He's universally adored by fans and the media. Coming out as gay in solidarity with his teammate hasn't harmed his reputation in the least - except for some social media taunting from rival linebacker Adrián Bravo. Though they were once teammates, Adrián views Simeon as a traitor and the number-one name on the New Jersey Predators' shit list.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OMG HOT

  • By Margaret on 01-17-18

Yes Please :)

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

Reviewed: 02-24-18

Yes this is a hate to love that I can get behind. Rival football players Simeon and Adrian bash each vocally and on social media constantly to rattle each other up. It all comes to a head when they end up fighting on the field getting them both suspended and doing community service together. Both men go to this camp to teach kids football skills and how to work together. Though they started off rough Simeon and Adrian find there rhythm and found out that they play off each other well with their strengths toward teaching.

When their not teaching there going back and forth with Adrian may not be homophobic, and actually may have feelings for Simeon. While both boys try not to put there foots in there mouth with tweets and interviews. But together they have good chemistry and the humor between them with the stupid jokes made me smile at their goofiness.

The one thing I didn't like is how fast it wrapped up and I have questions not answered. Other than that I can't wait until the next book to see who the next couple is because I don't believe they hinted at it or I just missed it. I guess I'll wait and see

  • Say It Right

  • All Saints, Book 2
  • By: A. M. Arthur
  • Narrated by: Tyler Stevens
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

After his parents kicked him out for being gay, Marc Villegas lived on the streets before getting a second chance. Now he's giving back by working at a shelter for LGBT teenagers - because helping fight their demons keeps his own at bay. Including his infatuation with the former best friend he's sure is straight.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Second Chance Romance

  • By Chelsea on 01-18-18

Second Chance Romance

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

Reviewed: 01-18-18

Ex best friends meet back up once Anthony comes to ask help of Marc to find her brother who since they last seen each other have gone done a bad path. Now that their back each others life they have to talk about what happened between them. Then leads the path toward getting Anthony clean and working on finding something to do. Plus there own personally relationship I didn't like how Marc made a deal with Anthony to keep him clean. However I did get the reason behind it. It just seemed Marc was using Anthony's feelings toward him as a goal for him to stay clean instead of it being about him doing it for himself. But it worked in the beginning plus it help him when he gets a job that deal with his hands. Other than that I think this book is cute about second chance and trying to get over a addiction.

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