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  • First Noelle: A Second-Chance Christmas Romance (Christmas Holiday Extravaganza)

  • By: Delia Latham
  • Narrated by: Trenton Bennett
  • Length: 4 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Noelle Joy stopped celebrating Christmas 10 years ago, when Trevor Holden skipped out on their long-planned Christmas Eve wedding. He destroyed her trust in men, crushed her belief in God, and left her cynical about love. Gone is the bright, cheery spirit of the girl she thinks of now as "the first Noelle". Stronger and savvier, the new Noelle would never be found waiting at the altar for a groom who didn't show. When a famous-but-mysterious architect commissions her to decorate his mansion for a holiday event, Noelle finally returns to her hometown.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not very deep...

  • By Nell Justice on 01-10-19

Not very deep...

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

The performance was good. The story was sweet. The heroine was not as strong as expected. What I got was in between. I know it was an emotional roller coaster, but she was somewhat clueless. Things she should have known or figured out she didn't. I listened to the book through and through, but it was just a bit out there.

  • How the Dukes Stole Christmas

  • A Holiday Romance Anthology
  • By: Tessa Dare, Sarah MacLean, Sophie Jordan, and others
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120

Christmas magic is in the air.... From the ballrooms of London, to abandoned Scottish castles, to the snowy streets of Gilded Age New York, four best-selling authors whip up some unforgettable romance - with a little help from some enchanted shortbread. Included: "Meet Me in Mayfair" by Tessa Dare; "The Duke of Christmas Present" by Sarah MacLean; "Heiress Alone" by Sophie Jordan; and "Christmas in Central Park" by Joanna Shupe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Perfect Listen for Christmas Time!

  • By H Price on 12-06-18

Four Star 4 Story!

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

The first story, "Meet Me in Mayfair" was my favorite. I truly thought she had no chance of turning her plight into a Christmas miracle, but...there you go. It's Christmas. Anyway, I'd never read author Tessa Dare before I read The Duchess Deal and I found I liked her as a writer. This anthology was a bit of an investment since I bought both print and audio versions. They were both very good. Also, it was a short but complete story.
The second book, "The Duke of Christmas Present", was also a fun read. I related to it as kind of a Ebenezer Scrooge type story except instead of ghosts, there were people who came and visited. It was so good, I read it once and then listened to it once. I am positive that I'll be going back to that story to read/listen to it again. The Duke was/is a stubborn, stubborn man but through all of the years, the Miss still loved him. I so wanted to smack him up side the head. I swear that Lady Mosby was going to as well, but that would not be ladylike. It was a good story. A complete story.
The third story, "Heiress Alone", was not exactly my kind of story, though it was good enough. I like a little longer "get to know you" period for my characters before they hop in the sack, but I guess they do things differently in Scotland. Anyway, it was a good story, albeit a sad one. The heroine was left behind by her family. Kind of like Kevin in Home Alone except with a Laird rescuing her against the bad guys instead of her saving herself.
The last story took place in New York City. It was a historical that took place in the late 1800's early 1900's. It was not a practical story. I know, I know. These aren't supposed to be practical. The heroine took a great personal risk over something that had failure written all over it and then highlighted a multitude of times, but she did it anyway. This story is for some, but not for me. I kind of just slapped my forehead and muttered, "Duh, woman. You are an idiot."
All in all, I enjoyed this book with it's various adventures. I also enjoyed it because it's easy to stop in between books because life intrudes. During Christmas, who doesn't need a break?

  • Angels' Blood

  • Guild Hunter, Book 1
  • By: Nalini Singh
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,426
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,918
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,923

Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux knows she is the best - but she does not know if even she is good enough for this job. Hired by the dangerously beautiful archangel Raphael, a being so lethal that no mortal wants his attention, Elena knows failure is not an option---even if the task is impossible. Because this time, it's not a wayward vamp she has to track. It's an archangel gone bad.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator is Definitely A Personal Preference

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-13-11

Angels and Vampires - boss and minion

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

This is a whole different swing on the angels and vampire genre. The book was good, but I'm not sure if I'm up to listening to more. The archangels are mean and are hard to get along with. Everyone is afraid of them because to make an angel angry is enough to get you killed.

I know lots of super ratings have graced this title, but it's just not for me. It wasn't the first time I read it in 2007 and it's still not in 2019.

  • Unexpectedly Mated

  • Sassy Mates, Book 3 (BBW Paranormal Shape Shifter Romance)
  • By: Milly Taiden
  • Narrated by: Lauren Sweet
  • Length: 4 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239

After years of lusting over Jake Wolfe, Nicole finally got a taste of the dirty-talking bad boy. During the scenting ceremony, he showed her how explosive things can be between them. But Nicole doesn't do love. She doesn't even know what love is. So how can she know if a relationship with Jake would be the right path to take? Jake Wolfe wants Nic more than his next breath. She's curvy, mouthy and so hot his blood boils just thinking of her. But Nic's been keeping him at a distance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Poor narration ...

  • By Jana on 07-04-18

It was a nice addition to the romance package.

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

I wouldn't have listened to it otherwise. The performance was good but I was a little queasy on the story. It's a lot of sex and violence with not much of a plot. If you like this kind of book, go for it, but for me it was a spicy listen for day off. I wouldn't have sought out this kind of book but it came in the romance package so I gave it a try. The romance package, by the way, let me try books that I wouldn't normally buy because each audio book is rather a spendy little buggar. It's a nice bonus for $7 a month.

  • Ain't She a Peach

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,094
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,964
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,949

An Atlanta ex-cop comes to Lake Sackett, Georgia, seeking peace and quiet - but he hasn’t bargained on falling for Frankie, the cutest coroner he’s ever met. Frankie McCready talks to dead people. Not like a ghost whisperer or anything - but it seems rude to embalm them and not say hello. Fortunately, at the McCready Family Funeral Home & Bait Shop, Frankie’s eccentricities fit right in. Lake Sackett’s embalmer and county coroner, Frankie’s goth styling and passion for nerd culture mean she’s not your typical Southern girl, but the McCreadys are hardly your typical Southern family. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • finishes "Peachy Flippin' Keen"

  • By LOYL-00 on 06-21-18

Fun, likeable characters. Another hit!

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

This is an incredibly fun story. Eric is coming from the big city and sees murder in every death that happens in the small town. He is running from a past that is haunting him and is the reason he had to come to the slower small town. Frankie is the county medical examiner and she has quirks. I think she was a quirky and fun character to read.

The McCready family is a hoot. There are eccentric relatives and each one of them have qualities about them that make them individuals and incredibly likeable. Just hearing the fact that they all are associated with the funeral home that also serves as a bait shop makes me laugh. Only in a small town. I like Molly Harper's writing because of her humor and comedic influence. Each character is individual and separate which makes all of them feel like a family to me for the short time I'm in their world.

There is a little sex, a wanna be burglar and a fun read. I listened to this book out of series order, but the story is a standalone and though there may be back stories I missed, I could follow along just fine. There is no cliff hanger and there is a HEA. I just love Molly Harper and her imagination. 5 stars all the way.

  • The Half-Assed Wizard

  • Book 1
  • By: Gary Jonas
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 4 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

A couple of jerks wake me up at the crack of noon. Seems my klepto uncle stole an ancient deck of Tarot cards from a high-powered wizard, and too many losers want to ruin my day to get them back. The cards are cool, so I check them out, but my magic-happy cousin, Sabrina, tells me I'm not supposed to touch them. Oops. Too late. Now the damn cards are tuned to me, and if someone else wants to use them, I have to die. Why couldn't she have led with that information?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Half-assed wizard

  • By MANI on 03-31-18

Fun and frustrating series

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

The series is fun. The character, Brett Masters, is a poor little rich boy that has daddy issues, but he’s hilarious. He truly doesn’t care. Threaten him? Eh. So what. Kidnap him? What else ya got. Magic? Hates it. He really is just a 30 year old failure to launch. Again, though, he’s hilarious.

I was frustrated with Brett at first because he’s really hard to swallow. No responsibility. He doesn’t work, sleeps the day away because he’s such a bum and then I realized what great writing this book had to be in order to feel so frustrated with the main character! Rock on, Author Jonas.

Brett needs to grow up and stop feeling sorry for how magic must have skipped over him in his family. I know that in a series the author starts with raw character material at the meager level of skill, but holy cats! I can’t wait for book #2. I have a feeling this will be a helluva ride.

  • Fused in Fire

  • Fire and Ice Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: K.F. Breene
  • Narrated by: Nicole Poole
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 692
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 643
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641

I thought the threat from Seattle was finished. That we showed up in time and took care of business. I hate being wrong. It really ruins my day. When Roger, the alpha of the North American pack, shows up at my door with the news that a demon has made it to the Underworld with knowledge of me, some hard decisions have to be made. Do I stay above ground, with all my magical friends, and wait for the battle to come to me? Or do I seek the demon out, and pluck the threat out by the root? I don't want my friends to die on my behalf.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hopefully this is not the last book

  • By Summer Gajewski on 05-17-18

Fabulous finale

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

First off, I love Reagan. She is so brassy and snarky that she makes me grin every time she throws out a one liner. Even when she is surrounded by bad guys she has something to say that is not necessarily something someone would say when that someone's life is being threatened. She didn't jump into things head first, most of the time. She thought out her options and went with the best case scenario all along with no guarantee it would turn out good.

At first, Darius was an arrogant man, but the longer Reagan and Darius spent time together, the more they became one. Darius was rather stuffy. He's an elder vampire that has lost most of his humanity, but his relationship with Reagan is bringing him back to feeling human again. That is a trait that most elder vampires wish for and very few get.

This story is action packed, full of great movie quotes and the daughter of the devil. Reagan is one cool customer and if you love great showdowns, the end of this book is one that was worth the price of admission.

  • Raised in Fire

  • Fire and Ice Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: K.F. Breene
  • Narrated by: Nicole Poole
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 745
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 688
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 685

The killings that once plagued New Orleans are cropping up again in Seattle. The local office is stumped. I'm called out to lend a fresh set of eyes and my unique magical touch. It's only when I get there that I realize the Seattle office isn't stumped at all. They're being silenced by the Mages' Guild, a corrupt magical institution that doesn't want word to get out of what is plaguing the city. Worse, news of my magic might've slipped down to the underworld, hitting the ears of some extremely powerful demons.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reagan is bored and that's NEVER a good thing!

  • By Nell Justice on 04-23-18

Reagan is bored and that's NEVER a good thing!

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

Reviewed: 04-23-18

This book rocked! This is #2 in the 3 book run of Fire and Ice series. There is swearing. There is death. There are monsters. There is tricks and conspiracies. All those things, but mostly just the last 4 will give you a hint there are vampires as well. There isn't a cliffhanger, but a lead in to the next book. There is some graphic stuff but not horror graphic.

I can't say enough good about this series so far except I will be sad when I get through the last book. Reagan is someone I'd like to hang with and see what trouble she land in next. Her dad is Lucifer. She's supposed to reign in hell. She doesn't want to. She's great at the bounty hunter job she has in the brink and she doesn't want to be noticed by the demons bent on bringing her into her daddy's inner circle. Well, they could also use her to their own ends too. I mean, they are demons, you know.

And then there is the vampire stalker. Oh, he doesn't think he's a stalker. For some reason, even unknown to the elder vampire himself, he is pulled to Reagan like a magnet. Darius doesn't like the feelings she's stirring up in him. He's a vampire for goodness sake. He's not supposed to have feelings, but Reagan is pulling him back to his humanity. It's really a fun journey. Reagan and Darius work so well together, it would be a shame to split them.

This story is exactly as the description claims and it was an adventure full of discovery and death.

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  • How to Date Your Dragon

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi, Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,739
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,733

Concerned that technology is about to chase mythological creatures out into the open (how long can Sasquatch stay hidden from Google maps?), the League for Interspecies Cooperation is sending Jillian to Louisiana on a fact-finding mission. While the League hopes to hold on to secrecy for a little bit longer, they're preparing for the worst in terms of human reactions. They need a plan, so they look to Mystic Bayou, a tiny town hidden in the swamp where humans and supernatural residents have been living in harmony for generations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As someone from Louisiana...

  • By Kristi on 02-13-18

In true Molly Harper style, a fun romance

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

Reviewed: 02-25-18

This is a typical romance. Not graphic sex, but there is a pretty steamy scene. A little swearing. A tiny little graphic description of a kill scene and lots and lots of fun people.
I had such a good time with this book. It's a good book to relax to and the narrators paint the picture that is Mystic Bayou.Jillian is a supernatural scientist that is creating a "How To" research paper on how Mystic Bayou makes their town work with such a diversified bunch of creatures. She's a hard worker and the chemistry between Bael and Jillian start churning right off. Mostly a dislike/avoid kind of chemistry. Bael is the Sheriff and not especially inclined to like Jillian poking around, talking to folks.
Jillian is welcomed by the townsfolk and after she proves she's of no harm to them, they welcome her with open arms. They give interviews and she takes copious amounts of notes. Then the murders start. Blatant murders. The first murders in Mystic Bayou for years and years. On top of babysitting Jillian, Bael has to solve these homicides. Jillian with her natural curiousity keeps digging. Then she discovers the towns secret. A secret that Bael wanted to keep from her. A secret worth killing for.
Slowly, Bael lets his guard down and realizes his reaction to Jillian is not dislike/avoid it's protective/territorial. His dragon is claiming Jillian and Jillian doesn't even know it.
Things happen. Feelings grow. Danger encroaches. Who is behind all of this conspiracy? Why? Will Bael solve the mystery before something befalls Jillian? He can't allow that to happen so he needs to figure it out.
This story starts out fluffy and is fluffy for quite a large part of the book. It's really not until the last half or so that the action and drama of a mystery start to unfold.
I loved the dual narration. That was the first time I've ever listened to a book that was narrated by both protagonists by every other chapter. It was fun!

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  • Born in Fire

  • Fire and Ice Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: K.F. Breene
  • Narrated by: Nicole Poole
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,290
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,160

Supernatural Bounty Hunter isn't the sort of thing you see on LinkedIn. But with a rare type of magic like mine, I don't have many options. Dangerous or not, the job is mine. And it was going fine, until an old-as-sin vampire stole my mark, and with it, my pay day. Knowing I'm poor and desperate, he has offered me a job. I'll have to work by his side to help solve a top secret case. Everyone knows not to trust vampires. Especially a hot elder vampire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining New Series

  • By HWin on 06-23-17

Hilarious Heroine!

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

Reviewed: 01-26-18

When I grow up I want to be just like Reagan. Her snark and confidence cannot be matched. She is very funny and even in the most difficult of situations, she always has something sassy to say.

The writing was great - but the narrator....the narrator NAILED it. Her voice range was amazing. This book did not sound like it was being read. Poole's inflection was fabulous and I cannot say enough good stuff about her voice range.

There is no sex, one spot of nudity, no graphic description of violence. There was a little use of the four letter word, but it had to be that way in order to sell the character. Breene and Poole are a fabulous duo!