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  • Reborn

  • Alpha's Claim, Book 3
  • By: Addison Cain
  • Narrated by: Marcio Catalano
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

Locked safely away in Shepherd's nest, Claire is unaware of what stirs aboveground. Her time is occupied fighting a war of another kind. Due to her mate's relentless exploitation of their pair-bond, the nature of their link has grown consuming to the point that Claire has difficulty differentiating where her feelings begin and his end.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I almost threw my Kindle in anger.

  • By Lori E. on 09-28-18

Bittersweet but well done

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

Reviewed: 02-23-19

I have listened to all three books of course, and this one by far had the most substance to it in terms of a plot and progressive storyline. I felt the author could have done so much more with the ending and if you're expecting full satisfaction, buyer beware it doesn't come the way you want it to. I originally hated Shepherd as we were made to, and thought h was beyond redemption in book one but he turned out to be my favorite character. This series was worth sticking with for sure. To be honest, the only real thing I could say about it that I was bothered by was some of the odd pronunciation of words like rebel and a term or two here and there. Normally, no problem, but during the erotic scenes it kind of pulled me out of the immersion the story had created. Other than that, I don't think I could complain about this book or series in general. They were all great listens that kept me riveted.

  • Release Me (The Stark Trilogy)

  • The Stark Series #1
  • By: J. Kenner
  • Narrated by: Sofia Willingham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,127
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,896
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,904

He was the one man I couldn’t avoid. And the one man I couldn’t resist. Damien Stark could have his way with any woman. He was sexy, confident, and commanding: Anything he wanted, he got. And what he wanted was me. Our attraction was unmistakable, almost beyond control, but as much as I ached to be his, I feared the pressures of his demands. Submitting to Damien meant I had to bare the darkest truth about my past - and risk breaking us apart. But Damien was haunted, too. And as our passion came to obsess us both, his secrets threatened to destroy him - and us - forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WILL cause sleep deprivation!!!!

  • By NEW NAME on 05-08-13

Great book, worth the listen!

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

Reviewed: 02-16-19

I really enjoyed this book. I loved the female lead, Nikki, even when she made me angry by constantly assuming things and running over to yell at Damien about them. That bugged me but I know why the author did it and it just shows how well developed she was as a character. Damien was well done, nothing too spectacular but an interesting guy with kinks! Good amount of actual story mixed in with sex scenes, and while there were a few parts with filler that lost me, I still enjoyed listening to it. I won't be moving forward right now with the rest of the books though, it just seemed like the author could have answered a few questions and let them get their HEA. At any rate, I might try the next book another time on a rainy day. The one thing I was not fond of was the narration in some parts. Overall, I was okay with it. But I laughed so hard at how this woman pronounced areolas each time she said it that it just ruined the scene's feeling of immersion. Along with that was the sometimes extremely exasperating over-acting during the sex scenes. It sounded like she was in a porno, not a romance novel, does that make sense? I guess another way to say it would be that she just overdid it at times and it didn't feel sexy anymore, just kinda weird. Her male narration was average. Honestly, I think if someone like Muffy Newtown had narrated this, it would have easily kept me listening just because she's such a good narrator and has a way of drawing you in. Good narration is so important and this narrator's version just felt sorta flat. That being said, it's not nearly bad enough to tell someone not to get the book. The story speaks enough for itself that it's worth the credit.

  • Broken

  • A Dark Romance
  • By: Willow Winters
  • Narrated by: Jacob Morgan, Muffy Newtown
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 300

Heartless. Ruthless. Stone-cold killer. That's me. I destroy anything in my path to get what I want. Then she showed up. Olivia Bell. She's sweet and innocent and in the wrong place at the wrong time. Now she's mine. My property. I own her. Given to me as a bargaining chip. She's not a part of my plans, but plans change. Her pouty lips and gorgeous curves beg me to break her. Taking her lush, curvy body and ravaging it for all it's worth would be easy, but I want to earn her submission. It's addictive. I want it. I want her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Falling for her Captor

  • By Danni on 06-07-17

Great book, excellent characters

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

Reviewed: 01-30-19

This review has minor spoilers: I already know that there will be people that speak negatively toward Olivia's character, saying that she didn't try hard enough to get away at first or something like that, but I liked the way that she trusted Kade almost immediately, it's spoke to their connection. This was a great book, it had some awesome characters and I'd like to read about Gabriel and Talia in a spin-off if there is or will be one. I have only one complaint: this story is pretty cookie-cutter in a lot of ways. I actually thought that I had already bought and read this book in the beginning because I read another book where the main character was Kade that had a girl and was an undercover cop and took her to a kinky mansion type place. It was crazy how similar they were in those aspects. I still enjoyed it though, and it was a good listen.

  • King of Diamonds

  • Vegas Underground, Book 1
  • By: Renee Rose
  • Narrated by: Benjamin Sands
  • Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

I warned you. I told you not to set foot in my casino again. I told you to stay away. Because if I see those hips swinging around my suite, I’ll pin you against the wall and take you hard. And once I make you mine, I’m not going to set you free. I’m king of the Vegas underground, and I take what I want. So run. Stay the hell away from my casino. Or I’ll tie you to my bed. Put you on your knees. Break you. So come to me, beautiful, if you dare....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dark with sweet heat

  • By B. McGrath on 08-30-18

An alright story with hints of kink

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

Reviewed: 01-15-19

I was expecting a little more from this book, although it's hard to pinpoint what's missing. I may be biased because the length was shorter than what I'm usually used to though. The narration was great and I always enjoy listening to Benjamin's performances. I don't know if I'd be willing to try another book in the series out of concern they may be the same, very concise stories with a little kinkiness here and there but not enough to really sink your teeth into. Worth the credit? Eh, I suppose so. It was a good listen.

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  • Mercy

  • By: Annabel Joseph
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Luca
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

Lucy Merritt has always defined herself by her body, whether dancing in a small avant-garde company or posing for art. But she has always felt as if something is wrong with her, as if something is missing. She has never been in love. Suddenly, in the darkness of the theater wings, a strangely affecting man enters her life. Matthew Norris, rich, handsome patron of the dance company, has decided that he wants Lucy for his own.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • If I could give it -1 stars, I would. A NO GO.

  • By Mary p on 01-06-19

If I could give it -1 stars, I would. A NO GO.

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

Reviewed: 01-06-19

I'll start by saying that the performance so clinical and at some points if I wasn't paying attention I wouldn't have known whose voice it was supposed to be, not horrible and not good either, just boring. I've read kidnapping dark romances that seemed healthier than this. This woman forsakes her only friend for this Matthew and obviously not everyone is going to understand your lifestyle but she seemed to build a wall against anyone but Matthew until both the friend and Matthew put their heads together. Then he and Matthew turn out to be devious people. It disgusted me that she took him back after what he did. Everyone brainwashed her, backed her into a corner, and she allowed it! For how much these people talk about truth, this book is full of nothing but lie upon lie. I'm disgusted. I can't tell if the writer doesn't know anything about the BDSM lifestyle or if they purposely made the book like this but the level of trust these two people had was so unhealthy and the fact that a Dom would act like this is horrible. To talk crap to someome because they didn't tell you about when they were raped on YOUR time is beyond detestable and I hated him from that second on. I don't want to spoil it but it has rape themes in it and let's just say that the author must not think having sex with someone while unconscious is rape, and it's just all messed up! I'm so angry. It's been a while since I came across a book like this, a book I detest. Like I said, this is one of the most unhealthy, disgusting relationships I've ever read about, and I love twisted stories but this is just so wrong, Lucy is made into a weak creature with no will of her own and that's what I hated most. Lastly, I like sex scenes, especially BDSM, as much as the next girl but this book is absolutely full to the brim with them and in a way that didn't really promote trust at all and while some of them are necessary to the plot, some of them are long-winded. I'm telling you, from a dark romance lover, from a person that has read about the most twisted of people and been able to find some good in them, don't read this book if you expect respect and trust in any way at ANY point. This is all built upon lies and ultimately it equals successful brainwashing. I'm so done. What a waste of 10 hours of my life.

  • Unmasked: Volume Two

  • Unmasked, Book 2
  • By: Cassia Leo
  • Narrated by: Ryan West, Kirsten Leigh
  • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

I left my former life - and my mask - behind. Running from a past where I was born unloved. A past where I was betrayed by love. Running from a man and an organization with limitless power and stealth. Running for my life. I never expected to find love on the run. Not in a tiny seaside town in the middle of nowhere. Not without my mask.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm on the edge of my seat!

  • By snowreader on 02-15-15

Explains the first book, good stuff

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

Okay honestly this book was very good but not mind-blowing. I enjoyed it quite a bit though. That said I wouldn't buy these books separately and spend three credits on them but they are in the romance package so it was worth it.

  • Unmasked

  • Unmasked, Book 1
  • By: Cassia Leo
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Leigh
  • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 113

He says he wants to protect me. And, through a series of events I can't fully make sense of, I find myself believing him. But our nightly visits are always cloaked in darkness. I don't know his face, and he will never know mine. I was born into this world unwanted. I will leave this world unmasked.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! Just Wow!!! I have never!!!!!

  • By Candateshia Pafford on 07-27-14

I don't know what to say! Holy cow.

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

Reviewed: 01-03-19

Without spoiling anything, that is not how I expected this book to go. At all. I'm still a little confused, I feel like I have whiplash! I can't wait to keep reading and see what happens next! Definitely worth the read, no doubt about it!

  • A Hunger Like No Other: Immortals After Dark, Book 2

  • By: Kresley Cole
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,898
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,901

After enduring years of torture from the vampire horde, Lachlain MacRieve, leader of the Lykae Clan, is enraged to find the predestined mate he's waited millennia for is a vampire. Sheltered Emmaline Troy finally sets out to uncover the truth about her deceased parents - until a powerful Lykae claims her as his mate and forces her back to his ancestral Scottish castle. But when an ancient evil from her past resurfaces, will their desire deepen into a love that can bring a proud warrior to his knees and turn a gentle beauty into the fighter she was born to be?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My new favorite narrator!

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-22-11

Loved it, while character flaws were rough.

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

I loved this book. While it was frustrating to watch Lachlain (is that how it's spelled?) constantly manipulate and underestimate Emma to what seemed to be no end, all was well that ended well. Emma's growth was amazing throughout the story and she became a female character to be proud of. Lachlain changed his ways although it would have been nice if he had done so earlier. Regardless, the sexy scenes were out of this world and I found myself having to fan myself a few times, things were getting so hot! I loved how passionate and fierce they were together. An excellent book. That said, I know a lot of people will dislike and misunderstand Lachlain because of the way he manipulated Emma and treated her like a porcelain doll. I think this was done to show how both of them kept holding out in the other, holding in important secrets and not communicating when it would have helped so much. I look forward to Garrett's story.

  • The Raven Room

  • By: Ana Medeiros
  • Narrated by: Stephen Bel Davies
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22

Anything you can imagine. Everything you crave. For the members of The Raven Room, it's every fantasy fulfilled. But for some, that desire is a matter of life and death. Drawn by a need he cannot control, Julian ventures to The Raven Room, a secret and exclusive sex club in the underbelly of Chicago. It goes beyond sex. It goes beyond kink. The Raven Room is the only place where Julian finds release from the dangerous urges that threaten to destroy the successful life he's worked so hard to build.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I couldn't get through it.

  • By Mary p on 01-02-19

I couldn't get through it.

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

This book had all the makings of something special but I just wasn't enjoying it. The female characters were just not likeable to me. The journalist was a manipulative woman that used sex to alleviate her loneliness and use people. The other female character was supposed to mysterious in an alluring way but it felt like it was taken too far and she was too mysterious to the point that it made her uninteresting to me because I didn't want to sit around and wait for her to come out with her bad past or whatever. The main male character was also boring... yes he was into the stuff I like in books but I just didn't like any of their personalities and the story felt stale very quickly. Disappointed. The only great thing about this book was the narration which was well done but the rest of it kept me from feeling invested because the author kept the characters at arm's length all the time. If we can't get to know them, we cant feel invested in what happens to them and that's what happened in this case to me.

  • The Warlord Wants Forever

  • Immortals After Dark, Book 1
  • By: Kresley Cole
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,050
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,046

Nikolai Wroth, a ruthless vampire general, will stop at nothing to find his bride, the one woman who can "blood" him, making his heart beat and filling him with strength. Coldly interested only in the power his bride will bring, he can hardly believe when Myst the Coveted awakens him body - and soul.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Robert Petkoff made me buy it

  • By S. Fornera on 10-08-16

Very good. Wish it were longer.

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

I loved the book, there was a lot of mythology to digest but after you start to understand the logistics of it all it's not that complicated. I loved that the female protagonist saved the male for once and how she wanted someone who could best her. There's nothing better than a strong female lead that still likes a guy that's tough in the bedroom! The sexy scenes we're top notch, and I want to be mad about the length because it was so short, but it works for this book. If it were much longer it likely would have just been a lot of filler that was unnecessary. So I can't in good conscience say it's too short, because it's actually the perfect length for this particular story.