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  • Rebel Heir: Book One

  • The Rush Series, Volume 1
  • By: Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward
  • Narrated by: Maxine Mitchell, Sebastian York
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,587
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,455
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,455

How to kick off a great summer in the Hamptons: Snag a gorgeous rental on the beach. Check. Get a job at a trendy summer haunt. Check. How to screw up a great summer in the Hamptons: Fall for the one guy with a dark leather jacket, scruff on his face, and intense eyes that doesn’t fit in with the rest of the tony-looking crowd. A guy you can’t have when you’ll be leaving at the end of the season. Check. Check. Check. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story BUT

  • By Maria on 04-25-18

Cliches, but we don’t care

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

Reviewed: 06-21-18

I like it enough to get the second book. I always dislike the brainy stiff vibe of this female narrator, but York is always good. There are many cliched moments and details in the book but ultimately I think we’re just trying to enjoy a story where two people find each other and find a life better together than apart. This isn’t Nobel stuff here, just escapism from a difficult world. It’s not the best of this genre but it’s fine.

  • Dirty Filthy Rich Men

  • By: Laurelin Paige
  • Narrated by: Elena Wolfe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,482
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,393
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,389

When I met Donovan Kincaid, I knew he was rich. I didn't know he was filthy. Truth be told, I was only trying to get his best friend to notice me. I knew poor scholarship girls like me didn't stand a chance against guys like Weston King and Donovan Kincaid, but I was in love with his world, their world, of parties and sex and power. I knew what I wanted - I knew who I wanted - until one night, their world tried to bite me back and Donovan saved me. He saved me, and then Weston finally noticed me, and I finally learned what it was to be in their world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cliffy, just a warning

  • By Misty on 04-09-17

Finally one that’s done right

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

Reviewed: 04-26-18

I read the genre consistently and am consistently irritated and find myself cringing, rolling my eyes, saying ‘how stupid’ aloud... DFRM conjured none of these now-familiar frustrations, I honestly loved every minute of it. Well, the self pleasure/fantasy reveal scene was definitely cringy but provocative nonetheless. I live for tight, tense push/pull power struggles between the H and h and Laurelin Paige nailed it here. She weaves the dialogue, characters, plot and tone perfectly. I loved the way she created her male characters Donovan and Weston and the way Sabrina fits in with them. Their relationships together and independently intrigued me and wove a very interesting and entertaining plot. I do think the ‘damaged man who can’t (won’t) love again’ theme gets tired but I also think being that one exception as a woman is what fuels the romance genre as well. I’m off to buy the sequel now. Well done Ms Paige.

  • Undeniably You

  • By: Jewel E. Ann
  • Narrated by: Tracy Marks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343

Who gets paid to walk a dog and recline by the pool all day? Sydney Montgomery, aspiring museum curator and professional house-sitter, that's who. When her aunt and uncle need a house and dog sitter for 30 days in Palo Alto, Sydney can't turn down the chance to be closer to her sister in L.A. Within 24 hours of her arrival, Sydney's cleaning up runny dog poo, taking an uncooperative pooch to a handsome yet awkward vet, and being rescued from the bottom of the pool by a naked "pool guy."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this crazy book!

  • By Susie Q on 04-15-16

Annoying narrator and heroine

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

Reviewed: 04-23-18

I have returned only 2 books, because of the narrator. Tracy Marks is the one I cannot stand, every sentence has the same tempo and cadence. It drives me crazy. I stuck this one out because my mom recommended this book because she loved it so I sped up the narration. Then I just hated the H, Sidney, the immature, selfish fool who ruins the story. I endured endless chapters of misery created for her, Lautner, Dane and the reader due to her intellectual and emotional shortcomings. Finally in the 11th hour all the other characters and plot obstacles just vanish with little explanation for the HEA to be achieved. I was ultimately fine with that though because at least the laborious listen paid off with something happy. And on a side note, the baby’s name Ocean is incredibly stupid and if I had to hear Tracy Marks blurt ‘blue irises’ one more time I was going to bash my head against a wall.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • One Last Time

  • By: Corinne Michaels
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Sebastian York
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,951
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,805
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,797

I'm getting really good at cutting my losses. First, the husband. Divorcing him was the best decision I ever made. But between single-parenting and job-hunting, I can't catch my breath. When a celebrity blogging position falls into my lap, I'm determined to succeed. That is, until I get my first assignment and actually see Noah Frazier for the first time...practically naked and dripping wet. My heart races and I forget how to form complete sentences. His chiseled abs, irresistible smirk, and crystal blue eyes are too perfect to be real. So, what do I do? Get drunk and humiliate myself, of course.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A DELICIOUS AND DEEPLY FILLED DELIGHT

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 02-28-18

Yeah right

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

So we hear the H is a ‘frumpy housewife’ with a belly and two kids and was dumped by her dirtbag ex husband but she claims she’s a strong woman who got out of a bad marriage. He asked for a divorce and kicked her out of their house to get with his mistress. She’s not strong she got dumped and replaced, it’s awful storytelling. But the H is able to attract a famous two time Academy award winning actor? It’s just so stupid. And I heard way more about the crappy divorce proceedings than necessary. It’s not steamy or sexy in a romance novel when we hear about a chubby frumpy housewife, then the absurdly hot famous actor that chases after her seems so ridiculously fake. (the H doesn’t have to be perfect but why go out of your way to add description that it isn’t flattering to the character). Just another dumb one amongst a sea of them. It’s getting harder to find romance that isn’t stupid.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • British Bedmate

  • By: Penelope Ward, Vi Keeland
  • Narrated by: Zachary Webber, Andi Arndt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,835
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,711
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,712

I'm writing this letter because it's highly doubtful I'll ever garner the courage to say this to your face. So, here goes. We're totally wrong for each other. You're the proper single mum with a good head on your shoulders. I'm just the carefree British doctor passing through town and temporarily living in your converted garage until I head back to England. But here's the thing... for some bloody reason, I can't stop thinking about you in very inappropriate ways.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A HEARTWARMING AND DELICIOUS ROM/COM

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 10-24-17

Silly

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

I even hate the cover. The female lead comes across as an uptight unsexy mother with an unshapely body and belly, maybe this makes a character relatable to some but in fantasy world literature it’s just not sexy. I never believed the connection between the two of them, the letter she wrote back was just disgustingly embarrassing and pathetic. The evolution of them as a family is boring and the ending is just stupid, predictable children’s book crap. I hated it. Even her narration was frigid, Moody and mama-like. He was okay but I swear that’s Jacob Morgan’s voice.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dirty Talk

  • By: Lauren Landish
  • Narrated by: Tracy Marks, Sebastian York
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361

Derrick "The Love Whisperer" King gives out relationship and sex advice on the radio to everyone, but he’s giving me something a bit more personal. Nobody’s ever talked to me the way he does. Daring, demanding, sexy...and oh, so dirty. Maybe we started this whole thing a little backward, sex first and getting to know each other after. But I'm starting to let my guard down, my untrusting heart beginning to think that maybe fairy tales do come true. Even for me.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the love whisperer

  • By Darcie on 02-15-18

Female narrator must be joking

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

I passed on another book solely because her narration was the absolute worst. She rushes through the line and then lands on the last word with a curl or something and draws it out...every, single, time. Every line has the exact same annoying tempo. How does she get work? I couldn’t believe I didn’t pay more attention to the sample but picked it up within seconds in the audiobook and looked up the narrator of the other book I passed on and sure enough it was her. I returned a book for the first time ever, followed by one narrated by Maxine Mitchell. Bad narrators will destroy material.

14 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Bossman

  • By: Vi Keeland
  • Narrated by: Joe Arden, Maxine Mitchell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,743
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,468
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,461

The first time I met Chase Parker, I didn't exactly make a good impression. I was hiding in the bathroom hallway of a restaurant, leaving a message for my best friend to save me from my awful date. He overheard and told me I was a bitch, then proceeded to offer me some dating advice. So I told him to mind his own damn business and went back to my miserable date. I couldn't help but sneak hidden glances at the condescending jerk on the other side of the room. Of course, he caught me on more than one occasion, and winked.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bravo

  • By Stephens Pounds on 09-10-16

Entirely unsexy and blah

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

Female narrator killed it for me, her voice sounds nerdy, sterile, intellectual and frigid. Paired with the stuffy, boring character who talks herself out of her attraction to the sexy Bossman for 2/3 of the book and the result is a total ice bath snooze fest. The book cover is the only redemption here.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Fractures in Ink

  • By: Helena Hunting
  • Narrated by: Rose Dioro, Jacob Morgan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383

Waitressing at a seedy strip club isn't ideal, but it pays Sarah Adamson's tuition. Her goal is to finish her master's program and get a job that doesn't involve tight skirts and groping hands. She doesn't need distractions. Especially not the one that comes in the form of a hot-as-sin tattoo artist who works across the street from her apartment. Kicked out at 16, and a high school dropout, Chris Zelter is familiar with wanting things he can't have. His fractured life has never been easy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great addition to the series

  • By Danni on 12-13-16

Darker/clunkier than I thought

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

Reviewed: 02-02-18

Apparently I missed something when I chose this one because the main theme was misery. It was just laborious to get through. A story about the skankiness of strip clubs and darker topic of trafficking were not what I was expecting. This was not feel good romance but rather a life of misery and nonstop troubles and strippers and men taking advantage of females. I like the twomain characters the author and the narrators are two of my favorite but the slutty strip club setting was a major turn off.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hooking Up

  • By: Helena Hunting
  • Narrated by: Jacob Morgan, Muffy Newtown
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 909
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 850
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 849

Amalie Whitfield is the picture of a blushing bride during her wedding reception - but for all the wrong reasons. Instead of proclaiming his undying love, her husband can be heard, by Amalie and their guests, getting off with someone else. She has every reason to freak out, and in a moment of insanity she throws herself at the first hot-blooded male she sees. But he's not interested in becoming her revenge screw....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Awesome Helena Hunting Listen

  • By Ana's Attic on 11-16-17

Finally a good one

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

Reviewed: 01-28-18

The last several books in this genre I’ve experienced had me saying ‘how stupid’ out loud, cringing and rolling my eyes. This one didn’t, characters were great, storyline was great, dialogue and everything. Even the character names were good. I’ll seek out more from this author.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dirty

  • A Dive Bar Novel
  • By: Kylie Scott
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,122

The last thing Vaughan Hewson expects to find when he returns to his childhood home is a brokenhearted bride in his shower, let alone the drama and chaos that come with her. Lydia Green doesn't know whether to scream or cry in a corner. Discovering the love of your life is having an affair on your wedding day is bad enough. Finding out it's with his best man is another thing altogether.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Home Run for Andi Arndt & Kylie Scott!

  • By Lydia D. Rella on 04-20-16

Forgettable except for the flab

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

Reviewed: 01-17-18

The situation was stupid, her crying in a stranger’s shower over her discovery of her gay fiancé. And I got tired of hearing how fat, plus sized and flabby she was, her dimpled thighs—not sexy. And a smoking hot tatted up musician is hot for her? Oh because of her tits, we hear endlessly about the tits. She’s engaged again by the time the story ends, it’s silly.