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Top Secret audiobook cover art

My favorite book of the 2019 so far

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

Reviewed: 06-14-19

I love Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy, and I love them even more when they write together. This book was terrific. It was definitely different than Him and Us, and yet I felt the same chemistry in the writing and the characters. Luke and Keaton were great, as were the supporting characters. It had the humor and heart I love from these authors. As always Teddy Hamilton brought his pages to life and added so much depth to Luke. I hadn't listened to much by Christian Fox, but I was totally sold on his style and will definitely be looking for his other narration titles. This was my favorite book of 2019 so far. I really, really hope these two authors continue to collaborate. Romance gold.

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DNF - didn't like female narrator

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

Reviewed: 06-05-19

I think I am one of the few people who don't care for Tanya Eby. I've tried her books several times, and just can't get past her voice. I only got about 25% through the book when I gave up. I really liked Tim Paige and will look for more titles with his narration.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Not for me

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

Reviewed: 05-14-19

I usually love Elle Kennedy and her Brian U books are some of my all time favorites, but not this time. I found Brenna to be completely unlikeable. I didn't like the way she treated the people around her, or the way some of them treated her. The kicker for me was when she went to visit her cousin and had some time to kill alone in a quiet dorm room. She is supposed to be at a prestigious university and presumably has some actual work to do. Homework maybe? Instead Brenna chose to spend several hours scrolling through Tinder, just so guys could tell her how hot she is, even though she had no interest in meeting anyone. Her internal dialog was more about her hair, clothes and general hotness than any real substance. Even the heavenly voice of Teddy Hamilton couldn't save this one for me. Sorry. Done. Returning.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Back to Classic JR Ward

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

Reviewed: 05-14-19

This book brought me back to the great early days of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. I haven't been thrilled with some of the more recent books (The Thief and The Shadows come to mind), but this one seemed to go back to the classic style of the first few books, which hooked me into the series in the first place. I enjoyed these new characters and as always loved seeing old friends from previous books in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

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Even Teddy Hamilton couldn't save this one for me

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

Reviewed: 04-09-19

I enjoyed the previous two installments in this series and was more than ready to hear about Sadie (especially with Teddy Hamilton as Liam!), but I couldn't get past a few things in this book. For one, Tanya Eby performed Sadie like she was always about to break down and cry. It got a little depressing. The whole premise of the story was a bit hard to believe in the first place and the authors didn't sell me on it. Finally, Sadie gets super-sloppy drunk on a FIRST date, with a guy of very questionable moral character (NOT SAFE!). It just seemed like a lazy plot device so that Liam could conveniently rescue her. At that point, I was just out.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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I REALLY liked this one!

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

Reviewed: 03-25-19

First, absolutely terrific narration. Both Zachary Webber and Callie Dalton did a fantastic job bringing these characters to life. They were likeable and funny (but not over-the-top trying-too-hard to be funny) and I felt myself smiling through much of this book. I loved that it was set in the world of music stardom, but had less angst than the Cake books. There were few loose ends that I wish had been tied up a bit more thoroughly at the end, but overall it definitely had a satisfying HEA. I would recommend this book and hope that J. Bengtsson writes another book featuring characters that appeared in this story.

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Some parts were good, some parts really dragged

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

Reviewed: 03-13-19

There is a lot of internal dialog in this book. A. LOT. This resulted in an annoying amount of repetition. I almost gave up after the first two hours, but then I was glad I didn't because it was time for Ivan (Teddy Hamilton) to come on the scene! I loved the banter between Jasmine and Ivan and their cantankerous relationship. I also liked how their friendship evolved. I'm all for the slow burn. But then, the second half of the book really started to drag. Jasmine went on a 2 hour rant (in listening time) about what a terrible person she was after an event that was blown out of proportion, but the issue never seemed to go anywhere. There were some side plots that bogged the book down and seemed like they were only there to add to the word count. Ivan was awesome, but always seemed to be the one comforting and supporting Jasmine. I didn't see how she gave back to him, other than being a hard working skating partner. Sometimes it was hard to see what he saw in Jasmine. If it wasn't for the great performances of Callie Dalton and Teddy Hamilton, I probably would have returned this one. As it was, their voices got me to the end and a satisfying epilogue.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Not my favorite, poor female narration

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

Love Andi Arndt as much as the next audiobook lover, but she was not the right choice for this book. Her accent was very distracting and kept pulling me out of the story. Shane East, on the other hand, was excellent. Audible really needs to create a male and female narration rating, rather than just one.

I have enjoyed all the other Royally books in this series, but this one just wasn't for me. Too much tragedy and not enough humor. There were definitely bright spots, mostly Edward's POV, that kept me listening to the end, but overall I was disappointed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Tessa Dare + Mary Jane Wells = Perfection!

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

Reviewed: 09-15-18

I loved this book. It was filled with humor, charm and a very satisfying HEA. Tessa Dare writes such vivid witty characters and Mary Jane Wells brings them to life like no other. She is my very favorite historical romance narrator reading my very favorite historical romance author. When these two ladies team up, it is an automatic credit for me and I've never been disappointed. I just wish MJW could go back and narrate some of Tessa Dare's older titles too. I can't wait for book three in the series.

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Five Stars....and more if I could give them!

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

I love all of Sarina Bowen's books and this was right up there among my favorites. Her characters are wonderful and so real. I loved Rachel and her Dad and how they find their way together. I also loved and appreciated the relationship Rachel had with Jake and how well Sarina handled their more intimate moments. Sarina set a good example for young female readers for how things should go at that age. It was mature, but also realistic, and provided just the right amount of information. I'd feel comfortable letting my 14 year old read it. The characters face problems and situations that seem very organic and not manufactured to up the angst. One of my pet peeves is characters making poor decisions simply to drive the plot, and that never happens in Sarina's books. The story had a very satisfying ending, and yet I still wanted more, more, more! I wasn't ready to let these characters go, which is the highest compliment I can give. Kate Rudd was an excellent narrator.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful