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  • Lost to You

  • Take This Regret Series, Book 4
  • By: A. L. Jackson
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt
  • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298

To Elizabeth Ayers, New York City had always been a dream. She's worked her entire young life to make it here. Groomed to one day take over his father's law firm, attending Columbia University was Christian Davison's only option. Neither wanted anything more until they sat across from each other at a café table after being paired as study partners. Christian wants her, but Elizabeth knows better than to give into their intense attraction. Yet there is little she can do to stay away.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sappy

  • By Deana on 08-18-16

Nice start to the series

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

Reviewed: 04-08-19

This was a good start to the series, I am curious to see what happens to Christian and Elizabeth now that they have finally gotten together. I have to say that I really disliked Christian's parents, I had hoped that at least one of them would be a good parent but sadly NO :(

This is the first book I have read by A.L. Jackson but I have a few other books of her on my TBR shelf and I just added the rest of this series so I know this will not be the last of her work that I read. :)

I love Andi Arndt’s naration, she is truly talented. She has has a gift in the way she can change her voice for each character and it’s so clearly done that there is no guessing about who’s POV she’s portraying.

I would definitely recommend this audiobook, which is currently available in the romance package. Happy Reading or listening, whichever you prefer.

  • The Agreement

  • Unrestrained, Volume 1
  • By: S. E. Lund
  • Narrated by: Emma Wilder
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307

Journalism graduate student Kate McDermott is a good girl who has done everything she can to please her very powerful and domineering father - a Justice on New York's Supreme Court, with hopes for political office. When she decides to write an article about BDSM in popular culture, she tells herself it's just research and nothing personal, for she can't afford to become the target of gossip or scandal. She hopes that the carefully worded agreement she writes up will keep her relationship with the Dominant she will interview strictly professional.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By Phyllis on 09-20-16

Good start to the series

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

Reviewed: 03-24-19

Initial Thoughts:
Took me a while to get into the book but once I did I enjoyed it. Wasn't a fan of Drake's right away but he won me over. Hated Dawn and don't think she's a good friend regardless of her thinking she's doing the right thing. Kate is an interesting character, liked her right away.

Emma Wilder did a good job with bringing this story to life. I look forward to listening to the rest of the series.

  • More Than Crave You

  • More Than Words Series, Book 4
  • By: Shayla Black
  • Narrated by: Christian Fox
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171

I'm Evan Cook - billionaire tech entrepreneur and widower. Professionally, I've got it all. But since my wife died, my personal life has fallen apart. Remarrying seems like the obvious answer, so I place an ad. I'm not asking for much. The ideal woman only needs to be smart, organized, pretty, and helpful - both in and out of bed - without expecting romance. I never thought to look right in front of me, but it turns out that Nia Wright, my sexy, sassy assistant, just might be the perfect candidate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don’t believe the negative reviews! This book was the best one in the series!

  • By mch on 01-13-19

More Than Crave You!!!

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

Reviewed: 03-24-19

EVAN!!!! If you have read any of the books in the MORE THAN WORDS series you will know that Evan is the half brother of Maxon, Griffin, and Harlow, who lost his wife and child in a car accident. If you thought Maxon and Griffin were sexy, holy cow move on over because EVAN oozes sex right through his pours.

I haven't read many interracial relationship romances because some of the ones I have go through the stereotypical hangups so I am thrilled that we didn't have to deal with that here #LoveHasNoColor but we did have the billionaire / assistant hangups as far as money and social status.

How do you move on when you thought you had everything and then it all was taken away in the blink of an eye? Well, you get your assistant, Nia, to run a "Wife Wanted" ad for you, that's how...LOL. The premise is so silly it had me laughing but hey whatever it takes for someone to open their eyes to see what is right in front of them I'm all for it.

This story can be read as a standalone but I would recommend reading at least More Than Love You, which is where I started the series and first met Evan, first.

Whether you choose to read or listen to this book I don't think you will be disappointed. Shayla Black did a wonderful job with not only creating two likable characters who really have amazing chemistry together, she took a difficult subject and made it more palatable. Christian Fox is another amazing job with the narration, I really love his voice. Happy Reading / Listening!!!

Playlist
FIRST DATE - Blink 182
FALLINGFORYOU - The 1975
YOU AND ME - Lifehouse
KISS ME - Sixpence None the Richer
GOD ONLY KNOWS - Beach Boys
THANK YOU - Dido
TRULY - Lionel Richie
BOO’D UP - Ella Mai
A COUPLE OF FOREVERS - Chrisette Michele
GOODBYE - Natalie Imbruglia
BREATHE AGAIN - Sara Bareilles
FALL BACK IN - Plumb
IT’S NOT OVER - Daughtry
WHATEVER IT TAKES - Lifehouse
IF - Bread

  • More Than Want You

  • More Than Words Series, Book 1
  • By: Shayla Black
  • Narrated by: Christian Fox
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217

I'm Maxon Reed - real estate mogul, shark, asshole. If a deal isn't high-profile and big-money, I pass. Now that I've found the property of a lifetime, I'm jumping. But one tenacious bastard stands between me and success - my brother. I'll need one hell of a devious ploy to distract cynical Griff. Then fate drops a luscious redhead in my lap who's just his type.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By Gourdbeader1 on 07-24-17

Steamy and Heartwarming

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

Reviewed: 03-24-19

Okay I will admit it, I read this series out of order so I sort of knew what to expect going into this book but not totally so there were still some big revelations.

I LOVE Keeley and I knew I would because I really liked her in the other books I read, but, this story shines a light on her that makes me LOOOOOVE her even more!

It's hard when family doesn't talk to one another and it's even harder when you have been deceived by someone you blindly trusted which is the case for Maxon. My heart broke for him.

Shayla Black not only writes steamy stories that make you hot under the collar she writes stories that pull at your heartstrings and this one is no different. Keeley and Maxon will have you rooting for them right from the beginning. The narration is done by Christian Fox and he did a wonderful job with bringing this steamy story to life. Happy Reading or Listening whichever you prefer I promise you wont be disappointed!!!

  • Out in the Offense

  • Out in College, Book 3
  • By: Lane Hayes
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 32

Christian Rafferty is a talented quarterback with a big secret. He’s determined to make the most of his final season on the football field and, if possible, avoid any confrontations with his conservative parents about his future. It shouldn’t be difficult; he’s become adept at keeping his public and private lives separate. However, when a math class threatens to derail his plans to graduate on time, he realizes he may need outside help.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • LIked it better as an audio

  • By V. Rundell of V's Reads on 03-01-19

Coming out is never easy....

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

Reviewed: 02-27-19

Out in the Offense is the third book in the Out in College series and while each can be read as a standalone I would suggest you read them in order. I feel this way for a couple of reasons but the most important one would be, especially in this book, because you will know the characters background. I knew in Out in the End Zone that Christian was gay, he never came out and said it of course but it was a strong feeling I had so when Christian had his own book I wasn't surprised. What I was surprised about was Rory. I didn't remember much about him at first but I knew I had met a Rory along the way in one of the books, then he mentioned his ex Mitch and it all clicked....Rory's ex Mitch was Evan's love interest in Out in the End Zone and I didn't like him much, in that book....well I didn't like him at all to be totally honest.

In Out in the Offense we have Christian and Rory's story. This was a slow start that took one night at a bar to turn things around but I felt that Christian was always holding back, well through most of the book anyway. I hated that but I really did understand why he did it. Christian was the star quarterback and he had a strict father. It seemed he could never measure up to his fathers expectations no matter how hard he tried, which I found pretty sad. There was a lot of gay trash talk or gay bashing so Christian never felt as if he could come out even after Evan did which was a shame and there was one very important part of the story that I felt was never resolved. I hope we find out more about this incident in the next book, but only time will tell. As for Rory, he was a math genius but was having trouble finding his way after he finished college so he took on tutoring students until he found a job that he wanted. This was smart and it's the reason the two of them found their way to one another.

This was a good addition to the series and of course I have to give a shout out to the very talented Michael Pauley that narrated the audiobook. He did a phenomenal job as usual, I love listening to him, and he is the narrator on each book in the series thusfar. If you enjoy LGBT New Adult books with the Sports sub-genre I recommend you giving not only this book a read but the entire series. Happy Reading!!!

**I voluntarily listened to an Advanced Copy of this audiobook**

  • Out in the End Zone

  • Out in College, Book 2
  • By: Lane Hayes
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

Evan di Angelo is an upbeat, good-natured goofball who loves his friends and family…and football. A traumatic accident may have ended his hopes of playing professionally, but he’s made the most of his four years on the field at a small Southern California college. He’s learned the hard way to embrace change, take chances and try things outside of his comfort zone…like agreeing to play fake boyfriends for someone else’s senior project.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Out in College #2

  • By Belen on 02-05-19

I love Evan and Mitch together

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

Reviewed: 01-28-19

Ahhh, Evan and Mitch, now this was an interesting match-up. The football player and the cheerleader is something we all knew about growing up right?!? Well, Lane Hayes takes that and gives us one heck of an MM Romance with a star football player and a male cheerleader.

Mitch is out and proud and I loved that about him. His happiness was infectious and I never wanted his light to dim. Evan is Derek's roommate from Out in the Deep, and these two books overlap one another in time but I honestly had no clue this was going on while listening to the first book but then as I listening to this one I was like "Oh Yeah, I remember that...Oh LOL I totally thought something else was going on" and in my defense so did Derek!

This story was a little more intense than the first one and there are a few reasons for that the first being Evan's past, I will not get into it because it will give to much away but wow did my heart break for him. And second, I was afraid at one point that there would be some gay-bashing within the story but I am really glad it didn't go where I had thought it would. Yes there is some teasing and things like that which is offensive but I really expected it to get dark at one point, but like I said before I am really, really glad it didn't go in that direction.

Once again the narrator, Michael Pauley, did an amazing job with this story. I am going to check out some of his other narrations and add them to my ever growing TBR shelf.

If you are a lover of MM romance with athletes I would recommend giving this book a read. It is relatively short and can be listened to in just one afternoon, but if you're like me you'll make a day of it listen to book 1 & 2. Happy Reading!!!

**I voluntarily listened to an Advanced Readers/Listeners Copy of this book**

  • Out in the Deep

  • Out in College, Book 1
  • By: Lane Hayes
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 4 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

Derek Vaughn is a little too serious. He’s a type-A controlling personality with a penchant for order and a love of water polo. But he’s determined to enjoy his last year of college. The real world with a serious job and big expectations can wait for a few months. He’s going soak up every minute on campus with his friends and teammates before he moves on. The only possible kink in his plan is the new guy on the team...also known as his nemesis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect Balance

  • By SHARON on 01-25-19

Derek and Gabe were great together

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

Reviewed: 01-28-19

Lane Hayes is a fairly new to me author having only read one of her books prior to this one, so I really didn't have a true sense of her writing style yet but I did know I enjoyed the first book I had read/listened to so I decided to dive into this series when the opportunity arose and I am glad I did.

I really like the way the author took two guys that really didn't like one another, almost an enemies-to-lovers but not quite, and forced them to get close, close enough that feelings started to emerge.

Derek and Gabe were both great characters and I was rooting for them right from the start. I am going to keep this vague because I don't want to give anything away but I will let you know that Gabe is gay and in-the-closet and Derek has only ever been with girls although he has been attracted to guys he never acted on it. Now that is all you're going to get out of me because that does NOT ruin the book whatsoever.

The narrator, Michael Pauley, did a wonderful job with bringing this story to life. His voice has a nice soothing texture to it and it really was nice to listen to. I'm diving into book #2 of this series and I am thrilled that Michael Pauley is narrating that one as well.

If you are a lover of MM romance with athletes I would recommend giving this book a read. It is relatively short and can be listened to in just one afternoon, but if you're like me you'll make a day of it and dive into the next book as well. Happy Reading!!!

**I voluntarily listened to an Advanced Readers/Listeners Copy of this book**

  • Rough Terrain

  • Out of Uniform
  • By: Annabeth Albert
  • Narrated by: Greg Boudreaux
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104

Creating a hot Italian SEAL boyfriend to save face seemed like a good idea...until his friends called Canaan’s bluff. Now, he’s setting off into the woods with the very man who inspired his deception, and Canaan is not the outdoorsy type. The sparks are already flying when a flash flood separates them from their group, leaving Renzo and Canaan very much trapped...very much alone in the wilderness. Working together to come up with a plan for survival is sexier than either of them expects. But back in the real world, being a couple is bringing its own set of hazards....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Meh...not the best in the series/kind of boring

  • By averi54 on 02-20-19

Great Ending to the Series

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

If you have been following my reviews you'll know I am a fan of Annabeth Albert's work, and with stories like this one it's no surprise. But I did something different this time, I didn't read the ARC given to me right away because I knew that I had a few days after the release before I would be posting this Blog Tour Promo Post so I waited and purchased the kindle book along with the audio version, and I am sooooo glad I did. WOW! Greg Boudreaux did a phenomenal job with the narration of this book. I enjoy audio books, the way they envelop you into the story, it really adds another layer to the enjoyment I get from reading and this is why I am so glad I decided to go this route with Rooster and Canaan's story.

I'm not a huge fan of the Fake Relationship trope but I don't shy away from it either, I will say that I am glad the "Fake" part didn't last to long and both men realized what they had was something worth exploring. We've met both Rooster and Canaan in previous books but don't worry if you haven't read them yet this book can be read as a standalone. I will say that once you meet the men that make up the Out Of Uniform series though you will want to read each and every story!

Rooster (Renzo has some hangups about sex and rightfully so, I won't tell you what they are you'll have to read the book to find out, but Canaan is just the person to help him out with any issues he may have. But not only is Canaan good for Renzo but Renzo is good for Canaan as well. I really enjoyed how these two men were compatible there was just enough differences to keep things interesting but they weren't total opposites.

This book is easy to recommend, heck the entire series is. I honestly don't think any of them rated less than four stars for me. I am so sad that this is the last book in the series but I am looking forward to Annabeth's new series, Frozen Hearts. I hope you start at the beginning and work your way through the series because each of these men were great and it's always nice to see how things play out for the couples in future books. Happy Reading!!!

  • Whiskey Undone

  • The Whiskey and Lies Series, Book 3
  • By: Carrie Ann Ryan
  • Narrated by: Maxine Mitchell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 38

Two best friends follow a dangerous and seductive path in the final standalone novel of the bestselling Whiskey and Lies series from NYT Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan. Ainsley Harris has always kept a secret from her best friend. She’s stood by his side, helped him raise his daughter, and tried to keep her distance even though she’s been in love with him for years. She knows he has secrets of his own and she’s not willing to chance what they have on a possibility.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good book!

  • By lclarke1 on 03-21-19

Great Ending to the Series

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

Reviewed: 11-21-18

As you may already know, if you follow my reviews, I am a fan of Carrie Ann Ryan's Contemporary Romances and this book, Whiskey Undone, is a perfect example of why. This is a Friends to Lovers story which is always a fun trope for me, I guess it's because I married my best friend so I can relate to it on a more personal level. While this book can be read as a standalone, it is the last book in the Whiskey and Lies series and will contain spoilers for the two previous books so I would suggest reading the books in order.

Loch and Ainsley have been best friends for years and Ainsley has been helping Loch raise his daughter, since her mother took off shortly after her birth. They have always said they were "Just Friends" but honestly you could feel the chemistry between the two in the first two books so I knew they were bound to get their HEA and I am soooooo happy they did.

This story had more than the romance between Loch and Ainsley, it had a Murder in the small town of Whiskey PA, it had break-ins, car crashes, and so much more. This story kept me on the edge of my seat and it wasn't only from the great writing I believe it was also from the great narration of Maxine Mitchell. I received an Advanced Readers Copy eBook version, but I purchased the audiobook and I am really glad I did. Maxine did a wonderful job with narrating the audiobook she definitely added another layer to the storytelling.

This book is easy to recommend to just about everyone, lovers of Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense, the Friends-to-Lovers Trope, even those that enjoy the DILF Trope. Happy Reading!!!

  • All the Right Places

  • Riley O'Brien & Co., Book 1
  • By: Jenna Sutton
  • Narrated by: Ava Lucas
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Amelia Winger is a small-town girl with big dreams of becoming a successful designer. So when she gets a gig designing accessories for denim empire Riley O’Brien & Co., it’s a dream come true. Amelia can handle the demanding job, but she isn’t quite prepared for sexy CEO Quinn O’Brien. She’s doing her best to keep things professional, but the attraction sparking between them makes it personal. So does the secret project she's working on behind his back.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Brandie @AudiobookObsession on 11-28-18

Wonderful, HOT and STEAMY Contemporary Romance

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

Let me start off by saying this was my first Jenna Sutton book but after reading or listening to this one as the case may be, she will not be a one hit wonder, I have already added the whole series to my goodreads TBR shelf. This story pulled me in on the very first page and kept me captivated until the very last. Jenna Sutton did an amazing job with writing this book but Ava Lucas really brought it to life, I loved her sultry voice.

Amelia and Quinn are total opposites, where Quinn grew up privileged in a loving family that has a business that has been family owned and operated for generations, Amelia grew up poor and abused, neglected by her mother and she never knew her father the only true person she could call family was her best friend Ava Grace. But you know what they say about opposites right?!?! They attract and that is definitely the case here, Amelia and Quinn are like two magnets that are constantly pulling towards one another even though they both have their reservations about being together.

Amelia is keeping a HUGE secret from Quinn and when he finds out it could ruin everything! Is their attraction enough to get them through, or will someone's heart get broken? This was a very sexy read so be prepared to get a little worked up while reading (or listening). This is the first book in the series to be made into an audiobook but I really hope the rest of the series will be out soon. I highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a good opposites attract, co-workers romance, or even a spicy contemporary romance read. Happy Reading!!!

**While I own the kindle version of this book I was gifted the audiobook version and voluntarily reviewed it**

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