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Ms. Nicolicous, The #FanGirl!

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  • Stay with Me

  • By: Kelly Elliott
  • Narrated by: Charlotte North, J.F. Harding
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151

Life moves on. Only people who have never lost anyone they loved with all their heart can blindly believe those words. What if I didn't want to move on? What if I wanted to wake up every morning with that familiar ache in my chest, knowing I'd never see her again? But, life can change in a moment. I knew that better than anyone...so, when I couldn't get those mesmerizing green eyes out of my head, I decided to do something about it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • JUST OK....

  • By I HATE THIS NEW LOOK on 05-22-17

Has all the feels!

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

Reviewed: 07-17-18

This book was my first experience with this author but I was familiar with the narrators. They both did a fabulous job brining the characters to life. I bought this book a while back on Amazon for free and paid for the audible version and I was NOT disappointed. I actually would’ve spent a credit for it but was glad I didn’t have to. Anyway- it was a full bodied story from beginning to end with only one exception. What happened to Peter after his patented testified? I sorta wished he made an appearance- definitely would’ve added more drama but in the end this story was super cute and well thought out for the most part. I loved the Big Fat Greek Wedding feeling it had, I LOL a few times and was gushing at all the love and heartbreak during the rest. Anyway, it was a good love story and I would definitely recommend it. ❤️

  • Caution on Ice

  • Boys of Winter, Book 4
  • By: S.R. Grey
  • Narrated by: Reagan West
  • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Dylan Culderway is more than hockey’s top defenseman. He’s the kind of guy who’s always there to help a friend. Plus, he’s a true gentleman. More importantly, certainly to the ladies, is that Dylan is hot enough to melt ice. Dylan’s no womanizer, though. He doesn’t have time for love. Seems he’s too busy running away from his past. Or is he running to his past?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, sweet and perfect

  • By Maria Fernanda G.Lechuga on 07-15-18

Wait- do I have a girl crush?! GASP!

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

Hey y'all! This was my first book by this author and narrator. As many of you know I'm such a picky fan and it's unusual for my to read/listen to a book in a series I'm unfamiliar with a new narrator & author but I won a credit and decided to give it a try. First, the story can be listened to as a standalone (which I loved), but lets break this puppy down.

Narration- Awesome!! The cadance in her voice was perfect! I didn't know what to expect but she Reagan West held this book down on her own and not many female narrators can do it successfully w/o confusing the listener, but she did. I think the only reason why she hasn't gotten all 5 star ratings is bcz some people NEED dual narrators but I don't.

Plot- Sweet, but a nice change from the norm. Two troubled people meet, fall in insta-love, past drama surfaces- pulling them together...but here's the best part...there wasn't some ridiculous fight or misunderstanding temporarily breaking them apart then an even stupider realization to reunite in the next chapter. Nope- it was honest, sweet and had a touch of humor!

Opportunities- 1- The husband's POV / more details of his f'ed-up'd-ness!! 2- Lack of protectiveness from Graham made him seem weak. 3- The mention of "worshiping" a person and being their whole life; really?! Sorry but you don't get to have that kinda insta-love in a book that's less than 6 hours long UNLESS they had history in another book within the series which I'm sure they didn't bcz they o let met in this book soooo....

Stuff I loved-
1- Jack / ... !!
2- You don't need to be a hockey/sports fan to enjoy the book
3- Standalone
4- Steamy love making
5- HEA!

Anyway- is it worth a credit? Yep- sure is!

  • Midnight Mass

  • Priest, Volume 2
  • By: Sierra Simone
  • Narrated by: Jacob Morgan, Elena Wolfe
  • Length: 3 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

We are told God will punish the wicked; that sinful men will reap what they sow. We are told to scourge our souls with prayer and pain to become clean once again. Well, here I am. Wicked and sinful. Desperate to become clean - even though it feels so good to be dirty. But even I never expected what came next. Even I never expected my punishment to come so soon. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yaaaaaassss Jesus!

  • By Ms. Nicolicous, The #FanGirl! on 06-15-18

Yaaaaaassss Jesus!

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

Reviewed: 06-15-18

First, Jacob Morgan is a God. The end!

Ha- just kidding! 😂

Second, Sierra Simone is a Goddess for giving the audience more Father Bell on audio.

Third Elena Wolfe?! Uhm aside from her alter ego are there really any other female narrators out there? Hmmm...

Now onto the book.

Father Bell was so self deprecating it was pathetic at times, but rightly so! People do things for the sake of others and the aftermath of guilt can lead to some serious self loathing that eventually trickles down to resentment toward the other person. I think it was important to call it out in this book because Poppy & Tyler's relationship was so sacreligious. With their beginning as taboo as it was, the follow up couldn't be more perfect. IMO- I would've liked Tyler to display harbored resentment towards his wife for causing him to stray from the cloth. I think it would explain why he drew into himself and closer to his studies without communicating with his wife. While that thought would be unwarranted, it's real life. Also- Poppy wasn't innocent either because she didn't communicate her needs until she was at her breaking point. While this book didn't have the same shock value as its predecessor, it was still good. And I absolutely LOVED the authors note at the end- and she was so right! This book was beautifully written and the actors narrating this book really bought the characters to life. I even shouted a tiny hallelujah when Tyler ministered to his wife. Lastly, I still think it's wrong to be all kinky in church. (even though it was hot as hell lol)

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Drowning to Breathe

  • Bleeding Stars Series #2
  • By: A . L. Jackson
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Sebastian York
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,373
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,288
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,286

Sebastian Stone, Sunder front man and guitarist with a rap sheet about 10 miles long, escaped to Savannah, Georgia, to get away from the trouble he'd caused, not find more of it. The moment he met Shea Bentley, he saw beneath all her sweetness and innocence something that went deeper. Darker. Their relationship was built on secrets, their love built on lies. Sebastian never imagined how deep her secrets went.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great sequel!

  • By Rachael on 11-27-16

Exactly how many ways/times can one say I❤️U?

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

Reviewed: 06-01-18

JESUS! Honestly- I know this is a good series but the story was completely overshadowed by the love. Good greif! For me to increase speed on an AL Jackson book is unheard of. But DAYUMMM did it take forever to get to the plot and connect the dots. Some parts I lost interest in bcz it was so overwhelmingly dripping with sappy whoas of love and whatnot. Two of the greatest narrators performed this book and they couldn't even save this story from the sticky goo of sappy-sap-sap-sappiness, sheesh! I love "love" and sappy but who wants to drown in sap. Yeah every other word is sap, sap, sappy bcz that's how the whole book was written. Dude this could literally be your NyQuil! I hate to rag on such a talented author but my review mirrors the sappiness throughout this entire book- redundant and not necessary. I still love you AL Jackson- but next time more tree and less SAP!

  • Abuse

  • The Complete Trilogy
  • By: Nikki Sex
  • Narrated by: Roberto Scarlato
  • Length: 37 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Behind a backdrop of secrets, scandal, and murder, the Abuse trilogy is a realistic journey full of healing, twists, turns, and surprises in the lives of shy mute Renata Koreman and disfigured Grant Wilkinson. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mr. Scarlato does a freaking AMAZING job

  • By carvanz on 05-18-18

Where do I begin...

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

Reviewed: 05-30-18

Narrator- I think Roberto Scarlato did a fantastic job but in no way should he have done it alone. IMO, as good as Roberto is, having a single narrator took away from the story.

Writing- I didn't like the way the book varied from first person to third person on top of multiple POV's. It became very confusing.

Plot- There was WAY too much going on. So many terrible issues the characters had to deal with was overwhelming. I loved how the story had so many twists but it took forever for some of the twists to make sense bcz of forgot what happened before making the dots harder to connect.

OVERALL- It was a very, VERY, verrrry long and depressing book. I think it should never be a trilogy bcz it was soooooo long and sad at times. I loved learning new things I hadn't knew before like- sexual surrogatacy. Who knew that was a thing? This book should have been written differently- such as this is the heroines book and this is the heros book and this is the therapist story etc. IDK- it was good in some respects but so draining. I appreciated some aspects of the story telling but just when I would get used to something it changed. This book had to take a lot of effort to write bcz it damn sure took a lot of effort to push through it. At times I had to take a break and didn't want to go back to the hurt of continuing. But alas here's my final thoughts. This is the sort of book that invites gloom to the gloomy.

I received a credit for this book for an honest review.

  • Fighting for Everything

  • By: Laura Kaye
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Home from the Marines, Noah Cortez has a secret he doesn’t want his oldest friend, Kristina Moore, to know. It kills him to push her away, especially when he’s noticing just how sexy and confident she’s become in his absence. But, angry and full of fight, he’s not the same man anymore either. Which is why Warrior Fight Club sounds so good. Kristina loves teaching, but she wants more out of life. She wants Noah - the boy she’s crushed on and waited for. But Noah is secretly spiraling, and when he lashes out, it threatens what he and Kristina have found.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book!

  • By Ms. Nicolicous, The #FanGirl! on 05-28-18

Good book!

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

Reviewed: 05-28-18

First of all- Andi Arndt can make any book come to life bcz she’s that AWESOME! Fortunately with this book, she didn’t have to do a ton of work. Fighting For Everything was a sweet book; I would’ve loved it a lot more if I hadn’t listened to and fell in love with Fishers Light first. It has the same PSTD synopsis with hateful words spoken to a lover and a HEA. But the other book had two narrators, was much more believable and was in first person while this is in third.

The writing was good, but I was left wanting more. For example, whatever happened to Ethan? (I think that was his name lol). And I wanted to hear more of Noah's inner monologue. Even though he was hurting, I don't recall him contemplating suicide. It seemed to me like if he wasn't thinking about it already, the other characters put the thought in his head. I get that he had symptoms of depression but I didn't feel the connection that would lead him to make the next step.

Overall, it was a good story but it won’t make you ugly cry but it’s still good just the same.

Worth a credit? Hmm...yeah! ❤️

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Too Distracting

  • The Lewis Cousins, Book 3
  • By: Bethany Lopez
  • Narrated by: Lacy Laurel
  • Length: 4 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Laurel has been in love with Dillon since she was nine years old. Unfortunately, he's always seen her as his little sister's pesky best friend. When Laurel needs help with her business plan, her best friend urges her to seek help from Dillon. Determined to push her feelings aside and focus on her fledgling business, Laurel knows she needs to do whatever it takes to succeed. Can Laurel work with Dillon and still keep her heart intact, or will things get too distracting when Dillon realizes what a beautiful, kind, and generous woman she has become?  

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't do it for me

  • By Ms. Nicolicous, The #FanGirl! on 05-27-18

Didn't do it for me

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

Reviewed: 05-27-18

AUDIO- Unfortunately the narrator helped ruin an okay story. Since there were so many characters, there should've either been a second narrator or one with better range. SHE WAS TOO DISTRACTING!!

WRITING- The writing style was good, some parts were funny but couldn't be appreciated because of the narrator. I thought it developed appropriately, though I wish it was a full length book.

LOVE INTERESTS- Dillion, the good guy main character used Karen (and other women) as a distraction from lonileness and (IMO) from who/what he ultimately wanted. Guess it's a trend in romance books. Laurel was a little juvenile with low self-esteem but I guess it's to be expected given her history. Either way, it should have been a greater turn off for Dillion, especially since she was his sisters friend. Eh..

OVERALL- It was just okay. Worth a credit? No...read it yourself.

Note: I received a credit for an honest review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Bandit

  • By: B. B. Reid
  • Narrated by: Bunny Warren, Shannon Gunn
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

I'll never forget the night I caught her sneaking around my place. She thought she could steal from me and get away with it, but I have no intention of letting her get away at all. Mian Ross has a lesson to learn, and I'm going to be the one to teach it to her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well, it’s a cliffhanger and...

  • By Ms. Nicolicous, The #FanGirl! on 05-17-18

Well, it’s a cliffhanger and...

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

Reviewed: 05-17-18

Sadly it’s definitely not the Broken Love Series and Angel is no Kieran Masters that’s for sure. Sigh! I loved Bunny Warren, Shannon Gunn is okay but certainly not my favorite narrator. His voice could be sexy if it wasn’t so theatrical that it became a little humorous at times.

Anyway- on to the book.

Uhm. It was just okay for me. Somehow I got a little confused, it could be because I lost interest. It didn’t have as much grit or shock as I was expecting. The whole push and pull seriously got on my nerves. While I do enjoy angst, it was annoying. And it was a little disturbing to have flashbacks of a 16 year old teenager lusting after a 10 year old child. I’m glad there was restraint on the guys part but I think the age gap thing should’ve involved someone barely legal in lieu of someone just getting out of a booster seat! #YUCK! The end was does spark my curiosity but not enough to get the second book- well, unless the Kindle price goes down. Overall, it was just alright for me.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bright Side

  • By: Kim Holden
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne, Lidia Dornet
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,554
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,446
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,440

Kate Sedgwick's life has been anything but typical. She's endured hardship and tragedy, but throughout it all she remains happy and optimistic (there's a reason her best friend, Gus, calls her Bright Side). Kate is strong willed, funny, smart, and musically gifted. She's also never believed in love. So when Kate leaves San Diego to attend college in the small town of Grant, Minnesota, the last thing she expects is to fall in love with Keller Banks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sad

  • By Kristin on 04-06-15

Long, long and ...LONGGGG

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

Reviewed: 05-07-18

Soooooo ...I'm disappointed. This book got so many great reviews and I knew it was gonna he sad but here's where I think it failed for me; IT WAS TOO GD LONG!! It took forever to get to the love interest part and when it did, it was rushed. It was like let's go out on a date, oh- I love you more than life?! For real?! Hmmm- I get insta love but there was so much character development with every relationship except the one that really mattered to me. And I also think it was dumb to subject a child to such heartache for someone who had limited time when she's already experienced a loss. Ugh!! The narrators did a fantastic job but I often sped up the book just so I could get through it. Worth a credit? Nope- and thank God it was in the romance package. And yes...I'm going to listen to book 2, Gus, bcz the narrators voice is sexy as sin!!

  • Bro Code

  • By: Kendall Ryan
  • Narrated by: Ava Erickson, Jacob Morgan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 409
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378

I didn't mean to sneak a peek at my older brother's best friend. But when I catch him showering by mistake, I can't help but look. The guy is massive - and I do mean everywhere. We're all home to celebrate Dad's retirement as one big happy family, except my newlywed brother's already getting divorced, my mom keeps asking why I'm still single, and most frustrating of all, Barrett Wilson is staying with us at my parents' home for the weekend. I've known Barrett for years, so why am I suddenly noticing so many new things about him - like how big he is? It's maddening.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So Good!

  • By Mandi on 05-02-18

This was acting, not narrating!!

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

Reviewed: 05-03-18

Okay- so I love audible bcz it gives me a chance to do stuff while listening to books. But I have to say, this was the BEST duet EVER! The actors really showcased their talent and bought this book to life. Overall, the story was cute- but the actors made it awesome!