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  • Kiss the Girl

  • By: Melissa Brayden
  • Narrated by: Felicity Munroe
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 754
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 708
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 702

Twenty-eight-year-old Brooklyn Campbell is having a bad day. A speeding ticket, a towed car, and a broken heel are all working against her laid-back vibe. To top it all off, her birth mother, whom she's never met, has requested contact. The only bright spot is an impromptu date with a beautiful and mysterious brunette. Jessica Lennox is what you would call a high-powered executive. She's the head of a multimillion-dollar advertising firm in New York City, and it didn't happen by accident.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best rom-com ever

  • By Jargon on 03-03-16

My Absolute Favorite

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

Reviewed: 02-09-19

This book sent me on the hunt for all things Melissa Brayden! I know the narrator’s New York accent hurt many people’s ears, but it certainly did not take away from this story. She connected with the characters in a way that gave them their own identity. I want more of Jessica...she’s every woman’s fantasy. Listen to this book and it will entertain you and you’ll want to listen to the next 2 in the series.

  • Snow Falls

  • By: Gerri Hill
  • Narrated by: Sara Hawthorne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 536
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 503
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 501

Jennifer Kincaid, on her way to a writer's workshop in the Colorado mountain town of Lake City, gets lost and is stranded by an avalanche. Catherine Ryan-Barrett, running from the fame and fortune of her family name, wants nothing more to spend the winter alone and sequestered in her high mountain cabin. She is not prepared for a party crasher. After spending two months together, they form an unlikely friendship that deepens even further.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narration is terrible,, but the story is wonderful!

  • By Amy Bright on 08-23-17

Not Very Good

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

I’m a fan of Gerri Hill, so I say this with all sincerity, I’m sorry but this book sucked. The story was shallow, the characters lacked depth and were not likable. The main characters had no chemistry. Put all that together with a horrible narrator and you get a dud of a book. I really tried hard to find something good about the story or the characters but I just couldn’t. I do not recommend this book at all.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Touch

  • By: Kris Bryant
  • Narrated by: Brittni Pope
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93

As the go-to therapist at Elite Therapy, Dr. Hayley Sims is the best in her field. It's exactly why she's just been assigned her most challenging patient yet, hockey player Elizabeth Stone. Not because Stone's injury is complicated, but because she is intense to work with and needs someone to keep her in check. When Hayley's personal life starts unraveling and she realizes she might be developing feelings for her patient, she's torn between finishing her assignment and walking away to protect herself. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to listen to the narrator.

  • By teresa d'ambrosio on 07-25-18

Good Story Horrible Narration!

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

I read the reviews before buying this book. I was torn because many said the story was good and hot, but the narrator was awful. I love a good story laced with the right amount of hotness so I bought it. The reviews were right. Nothing can ruin a good story like a narrator who seems to sleep through the story. She almost killed it for me. It was hard to tell who was speaking at times because nothing about her voice changed. And when she did try to make a distinction for Stone’s voice she really made it sound like Stone was an entirely different character than we had come to know, and not in a good way. Not sure why the author or someone didn’t pull the plug on this particular narrator and found someone who was more into the story to read it.
I also felt the obligatory static between the main characters was too shallow. I knew there would be something that makes a beautiful love story have a conflicting moment with the lovers, I just thought it would pack more of a punch in this story, or I hoped it would. When I found out what it is with these two, I was so disappointed.
What kept me going though, was the sex, the hot sex. Many reviews point that out so I’m putting my two cents in on that. If not for the steamy sex I would have 100% hated this book.
So if you can handle horrible narration and the boring ancillary characters, and enjoy some good, all out sex between what I made up in my mind to be two beautiful and sexy women...this is the book for you!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Blend

  • By: Georgia Beers
  • Narrated by: Paige McKinney
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317

For Lindsay Kent, Vineyard is her dream job. She's thrilled when her boss leaves her in charge (well, half charge) and tells her to feel free to make changes. Lindsay has tons of ideas that she's been dying to put into action, and this is her big chance to increase the success of the business and prove she's more than ready to run things solo. But getting the boss's daughter on board is harder than expected. The uptight and annoyingly attractive Piper is blocking her every move. For Piper Bradshaw, Vineyard is not her job. She already has one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • awesome read

  • By Sheeks on 04-14-18

Yikes

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

Reviewed: 04-24-18

What disappointed you about Blend?

The narration was horrific. She made Piper sound like a comatose Neanderthal.
The story was very predictable. The break up fight between the 2 primary characters didn’t make sense. Don’t waste your time with this book.

What was most disappointing about Georgia Beers’s story?

The story lacked depth and any feeling of authenticity.

Would you be willing to try another one of Paige McKinney’s performances?

Heck No. if I see her name while browsing I’m not bothering to listen.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

Do better and try not to sound like a broken record.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Night Off

  • By: Meghan O'Brien
  • Narrated by: Alexandria Wilde
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292

Emily Parker has a busy life over which she maintains iron-clad control. Raised by drug-addicted parents, she’s used to taking care of the people around her, to the exclusion of her own needs. But not tonight. After years of celibacy, she’s ready to pay for exactly what she wants: to surrender control, by having it taken away. Having worked as a high-priced escort for years, Nat Swayne not only enjoys her job - she’s damn good at it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very different Butch/Fem relationship

  • By Bonnie on 10-22-14

Very Hot!

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

Reviewed: 06-27-17

I liked the story, but really had a hard time with the narrator's voice for Nat. Why she was trying to make Nat sound like chain smoking man is beyond me. So what if she is butch and handsome, she's still a lady. That really bothered me.
I also didn't like the instant LOVE thing. Can we please stop with the falling in love at first sight theme already?

I did enjoy the explicit details of the sexing though. The characters give the listener more than a little bit of erotica. First book I've listened to like this and I finished it in 24 hours. Steamy and dreamy! More please!!

  • How Sweet It Is

  • By: Melissa Brayden
  • Narrated by: Felicity Munroe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 668
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 615
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 615

Some things are better than chocolate.... Molly O'Brien is a sweetheart. Her friends and neighbors all think so. While she enjoys her quiet life running the town bakeshop in Applewood, Illinois, she wonders if there could be more. After losing the love of her life four years prior in a plane crash, Molly thinks she's ready to navigate the dicey dating waters once again. However, you can't always pick who your heart latches on to.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome story, well told

  • By realdog on 03-19-15

Not Melissa's Best...repetitive

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

Reviewed: 06-07-17

After the Soho Loft series it going to be hard for Melissa Brayden to equal or best them. Kiss the Girls was my favorite. Felicity Munroe is my favorite Brayden narrator by far, but this time she dropped the ball. She was trying to do way too much with all the different accents. And after listening to 6 other Brayden books, you really grow tired of hearing the same lines repeated; pushing the hair from the forehead, arm around the waist, the best thing ever, her center, she was so ready, and so many more lines that are used in every book. Not every love affair is the best ever. Where have these people been that everything is the best ever?
And I just found it hard to believe this small town USA would be GayTopia! Everybody even the old folks are all so cool with all these gay people. No way. Finally, I really had a hard time with the 2 characters falling in love. Some things are off limits no matter how strong the attraction. Get a hold of yourselves. There's other fish in the sea, you live in the gayest small town on the planet...find someone else. Hoping Melissa will be more creative in her upcoming books. She really is a great writer. I will continue to buy her books because she is witty and her characters are usually hot, sexy and unbridled.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Firework

  • By: Melissa Brayden
  • Narrated by: Kristin Barnes
  • Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142

Lucy Danaher was born into a life of privilege and has always enjoyed the view from the top. She spends her days running Global NewsWire, a Fortune 500 company, and her nights at all the trendy San Diego hot spots. When the Union-Tribune decides to run a feature story on her company, Lucy's thrilled to oblige with an interview. But when the reporter arrives, it turns out the story she's writing is anything but flattering. The fact that she's irritatingly gorgeous only adds salt to the wound.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really Well Done Novella

  • By Ann Townsend on 06-27-16

Narration was Horrible

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

Reviewed: 05-31-17

The story had potential but the narrator herself didn't seem the least bit interested in the story. I really think Melissa Brayden would have stayed with her original narrator when tying the characters from previous books. I love the connectivity of the characters from the previous books but the poor narration is creating gaps that kept my eyes rolling and me actually shouting at the narrator. Kristin Barnes was a complete dud. Maybe she should have listened to the previous books so she would understand how to infuse life, energy, passion and humor into the characters. It's like she was reading to herself and not to an audience. Also the story was nothing close to the previous books by Brayden, but perhaps that's because the narrator killed everything for me. Ugh! Sad.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hunter’s Way

  • By: Gerri Hill
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 663
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 619
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 616

Homicide detective Tori Hunter was used to doing things her way. But even after six different partners in seven years, she was not prepared for the hot-tempered Samantha Kennedy. Samantha, on the other hand, was trying to juggle a new job and a demanding boyfriend and now finds herself with an even greater challenge - being partnered with the most difficult detective in the entire squad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this book!

  • By Heather Dodge on 10-08-15

Riveting

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

Reviewed: 03-31-17

This story kept me on my toes with the mystery of the crime investigation, and the love story. I loved the chemistry between the characters. The love story built up the anticipation until it unveiled a beautiful ending. 👍🏽👍🏽

  • The Roses Were White

  • By: CS Patra
  • Narrated by: Karin Allers
  • Length: 2 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 13

Alison Lee has been struggling with her love life since she's broken up with her last girlfriend. Being in love with girls is not an easy thing. She is still haunted by memories from the past and is afraid of commitment. Then one night she meets Tabitha Agnew, a beautiful music manager, at a club. Tabitha is everything that she has ever dreamed of. However, Alison's new love is still reeling over the death of her husband, and she doesn't know if Tabitha even likes girls.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible

  • By cthoma on 03-12-17

Horrible

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

Reviewed: 03-12-17

I can't count the times I yelled, "I want my money back." The narrator was like a sleeping pill. Her voice made this already pathetic story even worse. The concept of the story had potential actually but poorly written. Unrealistic love, falling in love, and expectation of love. Next to the narrator's voice being such a drag was the constant mention of Allison's masters degree. Her degree was mentioned so much it sounded elementary and dumb. They used the masters degree as if it was the most amazing feat ever conquered by humans. Save your time, don't buy this crap.