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  • Birthday Suit

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Sebastian York, January Lavoy, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183

An all-star production of a brand new stand-alone romance from number one New York Times best-selling author Lauren Blakely, performed by a full cast of 12 narrators.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A producttion for all your senses, not just aural!

  • By Theresa Martin on 01-14-19

It Doesn't Get Better Than This!

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

This is the most amazing audiobook that I have listened to to date! I was a little skeptical at first with the number of narrators, but everything came together so seamlessly and wonderfully! I absolutely LOVED Leo and Lulu’s story! I was hooked right from the start! This second chance-ish friends to lovers slow burn rom com was everything I love about Lauren Blakely's books and more. It was sweet and sexy, but also poignant and heartfelt. I loved the overall message of grabbing life by the horns and not waiting on your dreams. Nothing in life is guaranteed and this theme was so beautifully woven into the story.

You will be hardpressed to find a hero and heroine more wonderful than Leo and Lulu. They are smart, loyal, strong, honest, and so beautifully human. I loved them individually and together and couldn't wait to unravel all the history between them. The book is told in dual POV, but also past and present as it cycles through moments in their 10 year friendship. Leo's longing was practically tangible and my heart broke for him as he buried his own feelings and happiness for that of his best friend. When a second chance presents itself, Lulu and Leo's mutual pain and concerns haunt them like a ghost, as they try to navigate their new relationship and growing feelings. I loved how each reconciled their emotions and sense of obligation to the past. The issues they face felt heartbreakingly realistic and honest. Throw in the sweetest moments with riddles, postcards, and kisses, and I was 100% sold. *swoon*

I'm pretty sure this is my new favorite Lauren Blakely title and I'm positive that fans will be swooning for Leo and Lulu just as much as I am! Birthday Suit introduced me to several new to me narrators (yum Jason Clarke!), but I also got to hear many of my favorites (Joe Arden was amazing as Noah). I have listened to romance books in both dual and duet narration, but this was like duet narration on steroids. It was fantastic to have all the different narrators voicing every character and never wondering who was speaking. This group performed so well together and you could feel the energy and enthusiasm as they brought the book to life. The interview with SebYo and Andi Arndt at the end was awesome and I loved their candid answers to the questions. It's clear that they are great friends and colleagues and it's always a treat to listen to their performances. The included outtakes after the previews made me laugh out loud and was another fun addition to an already incredible audio experience. Do yourself a favor and buy it or use that credit. Just make sure you don't miss this one!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Vicious

  • By: L.J. Shen
  • Narrated by: Savannah Peachwood, Christian Rummel
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,908
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,763
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,767

They say love and hate are the same feelings experienced under different circumstances, and it's true. The man who comes to me in my dreams also haunts me in my nightmares. He is a brilliant lawyer. A skilled criminal. A beautiful liar. A bully and a savior, a monster and a lover. Ten years ago, he made me run away from the small town where we lived. Now, he came for me in New York, and he isn't leaving until he takes me with him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THE PERFECT BLEND OF EVERYTHING I LOVE

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 06-04-17

Pink and Black

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

Reviewed: 01-15-19

I loved this book when I first read it and decided that I would listen to it when I felt the desire to visit it again. I'm so glad I did! The narration by Christian Rummel and Savannah Peachwood was fantastic! The book is heartbreaking, raw, emotional, and definitely lives up to the title of Vicious. Even though I knew what was going to happen, listening to it all play out brought the emotions and scenes to a whole new level. Christian Rummel's voice was spot on for how I imagined callous, brooding, arrogant, and all around a-hole Vicious.

The writing was incredibly captivating and gripping.I haven't been this conflicted over a character in a long time. Vicious is an intriguing and complex anti-hero. I'm equally disgusted and sickened by him as I am sympathetic and fascinated. Though we learn the motivations and history behind his callous nature, it still doesn't excuse all the terrible things he has done and continues to do. He is so broken and damaged though that my heart hurt and I found myself rooting for him. In real life, I wouldn't touch Vicious with a 10 foot pole, but the author's writing is so addictive and compelling that I ended up falling for him completely in this book. Honestly, I'm not sure what that says about me. Even though he's a world class a-hole, those sweet and tender moments when his guard is down draw you completely in. It's hard for my brain to reconcile that I would end up loving a brutal, possessive, and remorseless hero, but by the end all I wanted to do was hug him. To me, this is the hallmark of an incredible book. One that challenges you and makes you question your beliefs.

I loved the dual POV and I don't think the book would have worked without it. It helped show all the love, hate, and confusion our characters experienced. I would have actually loved more chapters in the past to help understand Vicious and Emilia's push and pull relationship, but I'm not sure my heart could have survived it. The majority of what was revealed was painful and distressing, but there were moments of tenderness and vulnerability too. (Sigh. Pink and Black.) I can completely understand why some readers/listeners will read this and absolutely hate it, while others will swoon and fangirl. This book, the plot, and the characters are not black and white, but all different shades of grey. It questions the idea of good, evil, wrong, and right. I'm clearly in the fangirl camp and I'm looking forward to questioning my morality again with Dean's book, Ruckus. This one is definitely worth the credit!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Consumed by You

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Joe Arden, Erin Mallon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

Dog trainer Cara Bailey wants to find “the one,” but fantasizing about her sexy-as-hell client, firefighter Travis Jansen, is getting in the way. Her only option? Get the confirmed bachelor out of her system - in every position possible - so she can settle down with Mr. Right. Starting right now. Travis doesn’t do relationships, so no matter how badly he wants the pretty little brunette, he keeps his distance. Until Cara goes and changes the game. She’ll fulfill all of his fantasies if he agrees to walk away when it’s over. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

  • By Cyndi on 01-07-19

Teaching An Old Dog New Tricks

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

I really enjoyed this second chance friends with benefits romance! These are classic tropes for a reason and Lauren Blakely does them so well! Amazing performances by Joe Arden and Erin Mallon make this a real treat. I will never get tired of hearing these two (individually or together) and they captured the sexy, playful, vulnerable, and electric chemistry between Cara and Tyler perfectly. Consumed by You can be enjoyed as a standalone, but characters from the previous 2 books do appear and that is where we initially meet our characters.

Tyler and Cara have quite the history and though they dated briefly in high school, nothing more has ever come from their scorching chemistry and connection. Tyler has sworn himself off from relationships and love after seeing the aftermath left in the wake of his own father's untimely death. He makes no promises for a future, but chooses to live in the present. Cara on the other hand, has a particular vision for her future and what it should contain. Unfortunately, these two cannot deny the feelings they still harbor for the other and in an attempt to "get them out of their system", the friends with benefits deal is made. But what happens when what started as just fun and indulgence begins to feel like so much more? Although Blakely doesn't reinvent the wheel with this trope, it was still emotional as our characters began to see what was so clear to everyone else. The push and pull drama thankfully occurs late in the book, and though I'm not 100% sold on Tyler's epiphany, I was glad that it resolved quickly. Overall, this was a sexy and fun listen!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Melt for Him

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Erin Mallon, Joe Arden
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 66

Fire captain and bar owner Becker Thomas usually spends his nights alone, trying to escape painful memories from his past. When he meets a sexy, free-spirited brunette outside his bar, he knows he's found the perfect way to forget for one night. But when he discovers the woman he wants back in his bed is his best friend's sister, everything comes to a halt. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

  • By Cyndi on 01-07-19

The Heart is a Fearless Creature

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

Reviewed: 01-06-19

Joe Arden and Erin Mallon did a fantastic job narrating this sexy and heartfelt best friend's little sister romance. Though this is book 2 in the series, I had no problem enjoying Becker and Megan's story (even though I have not read/listened to book 1).

The chemistry between fire captain/bar owner Becker and photographer/artist Megan was scorching hot! Becker and Megan both have some heavy baggage that has been influencing their choices and holding them back emotionally, but in each other they find understanding and comfort. They meet a bit unconventionally and things start off hot and heavy right from the start. Even though it's mutual attraction and lust that bring them together initially, it's their honesty and vulnerability that turn things into so much more. The push and pull between them as they try to deny their feelings was fantastic and I loved seeing all their walls come crashing down. I also appreciated that the angst and drama weren't over the top and that both Megan and Becker are all in once things get going. I felt their fears and concerns were realistic and understandable given their histories. Yes, some mistakes are made along the way, but overall, they communicated openly and honestly with each other and there was no mincing words.

Joe Arden and Erin Mallon made this a really enjoyable listen and I felt Joe Arden especially was amazing as Becker, striking the perfect balance of sweet and gentle as well as commanding and sexy. I think I'm so used to hearing Erin Mallon in more comedic roles, it took me a bit to really feel her as Megan. She was just the right amount of quirky, but sometimes during the more serious moments I had a hard time connecting. The performances were still superb, however, and you really can't go wrong with these narrators. Fans of Lauren Blakely are sure to enjoy this one!

Overall 4 stars
Performance 4.5 stars
Story 4 stars

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hold My Breath

  • By: Ginger Scott
  • Narrated by: Kai Kennicott Wen Ross
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Fractions of seconds can do lots of damage. One decision can ruin lives. A blink can be tragic. And loving a Hollister…can hurt like hell. I would know. They say the average person can hold their breath under water for two full minutes when pushed to the extremes. Will Hollister has been holding his for years. The oldest of two elite swimming brothers, Will was always a dominant force in the water. But in life, he preferred to let his younger brother Evan be the one to shine. Evan got the girl, and Will…he got to bury all of the secrets. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring and Heartfelt Second Chance Romance

  • By bookbruin on 12-31-18

Inspiring and Heartfelt Second Chance Romance

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

Reviewed: 12-31-18

Overall 4.5 stars
Performance 5 stars
Story 4 stars

This was such a heartbreaking and uplifting listen. Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross really capture all the regret, sorrow, triumph, and joy in this one. Both gave such poignant performances that will have listeners hanging on every word. Wen Ross especially shined as Will, bringing listeners along for all the heartache and longing. Maddy and Will have known each other since childhood and though swimming introduced them, it was tragedy that irrevocably intertwined them. Their joy is coupled with deep sadness and I struggled right along side them as they faced the brutal truths of the past and met the present head on. I was definitely surprised by the twist and it gave me a much greater understanding of Will and everything he has struggled and continues to battle. I loved how these two found their way back to each other and I couldn't help but root for them (both as a couple and in their swim meets). I read/listen to a lot of sports romances, but this is the first time encountering one set in the swimming world and it was really refreshing. This is not an easy listen and deals with some very emotional issues, but at its heart, it is an inspiring and heartfelt second chance romance.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Rivalry

  • By: Nikki Sloane
  • Narrated by: Carson Beck, Stephanie Rose
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

This tight end is at the top of his game. He's good with his hands, even better with his sexy mouth, and the best at making me forget my own name. His--ahem--stats are perfect. But I can't fall for him. He might be everything I want, all rolled into a glorious package of gridiron god, but there's one teeny-tiny problem. The vile, loathsome team I've spent my entire life hating--my beloved school's arch-rival? This guy is their star player.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Heart Wants What It Wants

  • By bookbruin on 12-11-18

The Heart Wants What It Wants

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

I absolutely LOVED this story! I am a huge sports romance lover and this NA football romance hit the spot! I both listened and read this one, but I enjoyed the narration so much that I often went back to chapters I read just so I could listen to it as well.

This book was so playful and hilarious! I could completely relate to the horror that Kayla experienced upon finding out the sexy stranger she was falling for attended and played for her school's rival. Anyone who is a die hard fan can understand the conflict and confusion poor Kayla was faced with, especially given how she came into this world (what a prologue!) LOL I think my enjoyment of the story mainly revolves around my own unwavering love for my alma mater (GO BRUINS!) and the deep loathing I have for our cross town rivals (boo! hiss!). Listeners/readers who aren't quite as "enthusiastic" fans might not find Kayla's reactions quite as endearing as I did.

Carson Beck is a new narrator to me, but I thought his narration as Jay was fantastic! He embodied the confident and sexy tight end, but also gave him just the right amount of sweetness and vulnerability. Stephanie Rose was also amazing, delivering Kayla's sass and snark perfectly! I loved all of Kayla's jabs at Michigan and how despite her love for Ohio State, she tried so hard to be supportive of Jay (in her own way). Each of them made some mistakes along the way, but it was understandable given their ages and the pressures they both were facing. It made Kayla and Jay's struggles so much more realistic to me. The build up and chemistry between them was amazing and I could not have been happier with how everything came together in the end. Definitely recommend this one!

Overall 5 stars
Performance 5 stars
Story 4.5 stars

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Crazy, Stupid Love

  • By: K.L. Grayson
  • Narrated by: Wen Ross, Kai Kennicott
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

There's a special place in hell for a man like me - a man who shamelessly sleeps with his best friend's little sister knowing he'll never be what she needs. A man who takes because the only thing he has to offer in return is a broken past that's destined to destroy his future.   

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best Friend's Little Sister Romance

  • By bookbruin on 12-05-18

Best Friend's Little Sister Romance

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross were awesome in this best friend's little sister romance, featuring Adley and Lincoln. The duet narration is always a treat and is my favorite way to listen to audiobooks. Crazy Stupid Love was sweet with a side of serious thanks to Lincoln's childhood. Though this is book 3 in the series, it can be enjoyed as a standalone. Characters from the previous 2 books do appear, however, so it would be best if the books were read/listened to in order.

I do wish that a little more time would have been spent on the backstory/beginnings of Adley and Lincoln. When the story starts, we are already several months into their relationship and are just supposed to accept and feel their love. It almost felt like a piece of the story was missing. Lincoln was sweet, attentive, and sexy, and I liked watching his character mature throughout the book. Sure, he made mistakes, but so did Adley. They both grew individually and as a couple. As much as I liked their relationship and rooted for them to find their HEA though, I can't say that I loved them.

Something that did stand out to me in the story was Lincoln's relationship with his father. Lincoln's childhood was especially emotional and I liked that the author didn't gloss over the anger and hurt surrounding those events. It wasn't an easy topic to include, but it played such a huge part in shaping Lincoln into the man he had become. Another part I enjoyed was when all the women were discussing the names of their love stories and all the nods to the previous (as well as future) books! It was a fun addition to the story!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hate Notes

  • By: Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York, Lynn Barrington
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,842
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,522
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,515

It all started with a mysterious blue note sewn into a wedding dress. Something blue. I’d gone to sell my own unworn bridal gown at a vintage clothing store. That’s when I found another bride’s “something old.” Stitched into the lining of a fabulously feathered design was the loveliest message I’d ever read: Thank you for making all of my dreams come true. The name embossed on the blue stationery: Reed Eastwood, obviously the most romantic man who ever lived. I also discovered he’s the most gorgeous. If only my true-love fantasies had stopped there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THIS IS MY LOVE NOTE..

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 11-09-18

darling with a little d

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

Reviewed: 11-29-18

I really enjoyed this slow burn enemies to friends to lovers office romance. It had plenty of laughs and quirky moments, but there were also very serious topics and issues addressed as well. Charlotte was the perfect complement to Reed. The light to his dark. I loved her overall outlook on life and that she was much more honest and forthcoming with her feelings. When we first meet Reed, he is an angry shell of the man he once was. He frustrated me at times, but I also fell in love with him as his walls came down and the all in, unconditional love romantic resurfaced. The push and pull in this one was delicious and though it hurt my heart, the issues and feelings our characters encounter felt real and honest. I think the book needed all of Charlotte's charm and crazy to offset the heavier moments that both our characters face. The majority of the novel is spent building up the tension between Reed and Charlotte and seeing their relationship evolve. As much as I enjoyed their journey, I think I needed to see more of them enjoying what they fought so hard to reach. The epilogue was incredibly sweet, but also somber. I respected the authors more for this though instead of trying to wrap everything up with a pretty (and unrealistic) bow.

There's a reason Sebastian York is so beloved by audiobook listeners. His narration as standoffish and closed off Reed was perfect. Lynn Barrington is a new narrator to me, but I thought she did a fantastic job as Charlotte. Both her male and female voices were clear and distinct and she delivered all of Charlotte's snark impeccably. I think the only minor issue I had (which I run into sometimes with audiobooks), was that for both narrators, there were a few times I wasn't sure if something was internal dialogue or actually spoken out loud. Overall, this was a great listen and is one of my favorites from this writing duo!

Overall 4 stars
Performance 4.5 stars
Story 4 stars

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Who's the Daddy

  • Dirty DILFs, Book 3
  • By: Taryn Quinn
  • Narrated by: Wen Ross, Kai Kennicott
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

I found a new apartment near my new school. Yay me. I also found myself unexpectedly naked with Dare, the smoking-hot single-dad mechanic who works next door. Dare did more than clean my spark plugs that night, let me tell you. Then my worlds collide when Dare shows up at his son’s parent-teacher conference. Next thing I know, surprise! Pregnant. Dare knows I’m worried about my job at the Catholic school and about how I’m going to handle the baby that might be his. Please, God, let it be his. I just never expected Dare to propose marriage.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun and Quirky Single Dad Romance

  • By bookbruin on 11-26-18

Fun and Quirky Single Dad Romance

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

Reviewed: 11-26-18

This was an entertaining single dad romance. I haven't read/listened to the previous 2 books, but got up to speed pretty quickly. It's book 3 in the series, but can be enjoyed as a standalone (though I think it would be best to read the other books since characters from the previous books appear and that's where our H and h meet.)

Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross were wonderful as always as Dare and Kelsey. Their duet narration really brought this story to life. Kai was perfect as the sweet and quirky Kelsey, while Wen was amazing as the no nonsense alpha Dare. I loved their chemistry though will admit that some of the story felt repetitive, especially the epilogue. I didn't quite understand the urgency and intensity that Dare approached most situations with. Kelsey and her girlfriends brought some great comic relief though and overall this was a fun listen. The ending set the stage for the next book and it's clear that there is something in the water in Crescent Cove.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Snowballing My Cuckold: A Hotwife Gives Back

  • By: Parker Pascal
  • Narrated by: Danny Céspedes
  • Length: 2 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

Trudy likes her husband to clean up after himself. And Darren doesn't mind sharing a hot snowball. But if he wants to share his hotwife, will she expect him to clean up after another man? Darren has indulged his wife's little kink until it's become his own. After all, there's nothing he likes more than giving her what she wants. When Trudy's friend Shelly gets in the way of a much-needed promotion, they face a choice: Trudy can stay true to Darren, stay in her dead-end job, and let Shelly play the part of the hotwife...or she can give the strapping new boss something Shelly won't.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Short and Sexy Listen

  • By bookbruin on 11-22-18

Short and Sexy Listen

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

Reviewed: 11-22-18

I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I started this novella. I was a little nervous that the kink would be too much for me, but it surprised me in a good way. I hadn't heard of snowballing prior to this and though I personally wouldn't want to partake in the activities like Trudy and Darren, to each their own! The scenes were very descriptive and I will say that if this is your kind of thing or if you enjoy voyeurism, you will definitely enjoy this quick and smoking hot listen!

This is my first time hearing Danny Cespedes narrate and I felt that he did a great job bringing all the characters to life. Sometimes it was a little hard to distinguish Darren's inner monologue from what he was actually saying out loud, but overall I found Danny Cespedes' performance very enjoyable. I also liked that he was able to give each character, both male and female, a distinct voice so that listeners would have no trouble telling which character was speaking.

*Note: The last sentence of the story repeated twice for me at the end, which wasn't a problem, but did confuse me for a second. I checked and went back a few times to relisten to it, so I'm not sure if it was a glitch or not, but I thought I would note it just in case.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful