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  • Cherry Popper

  • By: River Laurent
  • Narrated by: Sophie James
  • Length: 3 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Jesse - I was the poor kid from the wrong end of town, and she was the little rich girl who thought she was better than me. F--k her, I told my young heart. It wasn't like I'd go without. And I didn't. My bedroom became a revolving door. Years later and she's back in my small town. Well, well, the little rich girl has become a luscious woman with curves I want to lick. Best part of all is she's in a jam and needs my help. Sure, baby. Sure, I think I might have just the tool you need....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this novella!

  • By PATRICIA on 10-15-18

Loved this novella!

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

Quick, hot, sexy and a good story! I loved my first listen of River Laurent. Mia catches her fiance in bed with another woman and rushes back to her hometown. Her car breaks down, and the only mechanic is Jesse, a man she knew years ago in high school. Jesse has a reputation with the ladies, and Mia is the only girl who ever said no. Will she say no now? These two have explosive chemistry, but that is not all this book is about. Their are confessions and redemption, guilt and love all melded together. I love how much is packed into this short, and Laurent does an amazing job of developing both the characters and the story. Don't be fooled by the title, it's got a lot going on and is a great listen.

Sophie James has a sultry voice, able to give Jesse that little bit of roughness, yet keep Mia with a touch of vulnerability. Her performance is always one that I enjoy with a great pace and good emotions and inflections.

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  • Once upon a Wild Fling

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Sebastian York
  • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 92

There are a million reasons why Miles Hart isn't the man I should date but allow me to enumerate the top three: He's friends with my brother; he's a single dad; and he's a sexy, in-demand rock star. He might as well wear an off-limits, totally unavailable, and don't-even-attempt-to-ride-this-ride sign. And there's one more little itty-bitty thing - he's never asked me on a date. That is, until he asks me to be his plus-one when his band plays at his high school reunion. It shouldn't be a big deal. After all, we're just friends, and no one is giving us our own hashtag. Except me....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Wild & Sexy Stars!

  • By kgagnon on 10-13-18

Loved this series!

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

I could not wait for Miles' story and it did not disappoint! Lauren Blakely again has written a story with warmth, humor and a lot of flirty banter, and it made me smile all the way through. Miles agreed to play at his reunion years ago, and now with his fame is looking for a date to circumvent and potential groupies. Who better to ask to be his plus one, but his manager's sister? The chemistry between these two is combustible and the more they go out as plus ones the more heated it gets. The problem though is Miles is a single dad, so as his relationship with Roxy goes on, he has to take into consideration the feelings his son Ben has for her too! These characters are so well written, it's like I know them! Miles and Roxy are perfect together, the feelings we listen to are ones we have experienced in life and it's like Blakely is relaying a story of our friends to us. The bonus of Ben and his sweet innocence is intoxicating. Then throwing in Campbell and Miller and it's like old home week! This is the perfect ending to a series I have fallen in love with . The two additional previews just whet the appetite for what Blakely has in store for us! I can't wait!

We could not have had a better narration then the team of Sebastian York and Andi Arndt. I love the consistency these two have with their characters, not even mentioning the talented use of the many voices they both have. They bring this family out with all the feels and give us the listeners candy to our ears.

  • The Dream Groom

  • Texas Titan Romances
  • By: Taylor Hart
  • Narrated by: James Fouhey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

Scar Walker, professional football player and ex Navy Seal, only wanted to focus on getting his gym built for military vets while he was in San Diego. He didn’t want to take crap from his brother, he didn’t want to deal with a lippy waitress, and he really didn’t want random people calling him on the phone. Shayla Castle came to San Diego to finally live out her childhood dream. When she accidentally calls the mysterious phone number left on her table while waitressing, she never anticipated it would be the handsome jerkface soldier who chewed her out that morning. It confuses her even more when the same jerkface shows up the next night and saves her from an attacker.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Dream Groom

  • By blue_river on 10-16-18

Swoonworthy listening!

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

Taylor Hart!!! She can write a story that catches me from the first scene and keeps me til the very end. Shayla is a waitress and brings Scar Walker, 3rd string quarterback for the Texas Titans, his breakfast. He proceeds to tell her the eggs were made wrong, eats and leaves. That night, she calls a number left on one of her receipts, and who should it be but Scar? Their relationship from there grows. Hart created such likeable character with these two that I was sucked in and wanted to see how they would work out. Scar is chivalrous and nurturing while we see the young Shayla mature with her feelings. Hart always brings in a relevant theme to her books, and with Scar, he is helping his fellow vets. I loved this back story of service and brotherhood. Adding a hint of suspense also gives the story some depth and thrills.

James Fouhey is amazing with his performance of this book. This is the first time I have heard him narrate, and I love his voice. It's warm and smooth, giving the tough Scar Walker that sexy, rough exterior a teddy bear feel. He easily transformed his voice to Shayla with a believable female voice. I will definitely look for more listens by him.

  • Hard Love

  • By: Peyton Banks
  • Narrated by: Lacy Laurel
  • Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Reiner Strickland had led his team to three national championships, and playing a knight in shining armor was all in a day's work for the NFL star quarterback. Only his damsel in distress had no idea who he was, and it threw him off his game. He was the face of his organization and was used to everyone recognizing him. Her innocence, charm, and beauty captivated him. It wasn't until after they parted ways that he realized that he never got her number or even her last name. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Falling fast and hard!

  • By PATRICIA on 10-15-18

Falling fast and hard!

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

When you meet the right person, you know it immediately. This is the case for Reiner and Jada. Reiner helped out Jada when her car broke down, and he offered to let her sit in his truck til help arrived. They did not exchange phone numbers, but another unexpected meeting brings them together. And their fun begins. Peyton Banks has fashioned a romance between these two that will make your heart sing. Reiner is a wonderful man, almost too good to be true, especially with his fame and fortune. Jada is a young, entrepreneur, and seamlessly fits into his world. They do not let the fact they are different races interfere with their love. But will everyone? A little controversy, but Banks resolves all the issues with grace, even integrates a little history into the plot. If you are looking for a sweet, fun sports romance, this is one you will not want to miss!

Narrated by Lacy Laurel, the story comes to life. She uses her talent, giving us a Texas twang for Reiner and a confident, yet vulnerable voice for Jada. She continually impresses me with her vast array of voices. Even though this is short, there are a lot of characters, various ages and she nails all of them, right down to Reiner's mom! She always gives an enjoyable performance.

  • The Companion

  • Sundaes for Breakfast Romance Series, Book 3
  • By: Chelsea Hale
  • Narrated by: Stacey Glemboski
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Mandy Jones goes at life alone. At least since her grandma passed away a decade ago. Wishing she could have fulfilled her grandma’s dream to travel more, she runs a successful business being a tour guide and companion for senior citizens who want to see the world. Her world revolves around connecting to her grandma’s generation. Derek Thompson took over as CEO when his grandfather passed away. Trying desperately to prove himself to the world, he works long hours, dedicated to the legacy his grandfather left behind. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect weekend listen!

  • By PATRICIA on 10-13-18

Perfect weekend listen!

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

This third book in the Sundaes for Breakfast series is a wonderful addition! I love these books, they are fun and romantic with a little bit of angst. This is the story of Mandy, who goes on vacation with solo travelers as their companion. She boards the cruise ship with Alice only to find out Alice's grandson Derek is coming along too. Derek is sure that Mandy preys on older people and scams them for their money while being their tour guide. He could not be more wrong. These two are at odds from the beginning, a form of foreplay and it could not be more combustible chemistry. Chelsea Hale develops the story so well, including the characters from the first two books, Liz and Coco so we can enjoy our Sundaes for breakfast. It's always fun when previous friendships are included, giving the stories a cohesive, comfortable feeling because we know these people! Derek is a great broody character, I love his protectiveness of his grandmother, but his stubbornness is so frustrating! And Alice is the best character in the book! The effervescent, join in festivities woman, who gives her wisdom to others without them even realizing she is giving advice! This is a great listen and hope that Hale continues the series.

Stacey Glemboski is once again perfect in her portrayal of these characters. She has such great feeling in her narration, and her voice is very soothing. I love her ability to give younger voices and in the same conversation have believable older voices. It is a very enjoyable performance.

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  • Baby Kisses

  • Romance on the Ranch, Book 3
  • By: Verna Clay
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Jill Araya
  • Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

Tooty Townsend bore a child at the age of 16. Now, four years later, she has her hands full raising Harris and trying to make a living. Reclusive author Maxwell Henry, aka Miles Brightman, is looking to hire a personal assistant while in Colorado finishing up his latest suspense thriller. Sarah Tanner, stepmother to Tooty's best friend, Julie, recommended her to the author. Unfortunately, Harris climbed onto the guy's lap at Julie and Jacob's wedding reception and asked him to take him for a ride in his wheelchair. Then he asked him to marry his mommy and become his daddy! 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet

  • By Lisa on 10-15-18

My first one!

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

I have never listened to Verna Clay and I am glad to have taken the chance! This is the story of Tooty, a 20 year old woman with a 4 year old son. She is determined to make the best of it, and when she is looking for a job meets Miles, an author that she admires. As his assistant, she is able to work and spend time with her son. Miles is 38 years old, so there is no chance of a romance....or is there? found the story an easy listen and the underlying theme of love no matter the circumstance is beautiful. The inclusion of Annabelle's diary makes this romance all the sweeter. Hearing Eli and Annabelle's story is a bonus! I will now go back and listen to the first two in the series, I have to hear the other couples who find their romance on the ranch!

This is my first narration by Jennier Jill Araya and I found her voice appealing. She is talented, keeping her pacing and her voices are easily identifiable. I hope to see more from her in the future.

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  • Make-Believe Wedding

  • Make-Believe Series, Book 2
  • By: Vivi Holt
  • Narrated by: Amanda Stribling
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Molly Beluga was abandoned at the altar and has no intention of heading back there anytime soon. When she crosses paths with an arrogant fireman, she knows better than to let her heart get involved. She can’t face the idea of having it broken again. A serious journalist working for her family’s newspaper, her only plan is to focus on her career and to train her dog to behave. Tim Holden left the family newspaper to become a fireman with the Atlanta Fire Department. After a lifetime of watching the newspaper business consume his family, he has no time for journalists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, sweet romance!

  • By PATRICIA on 10-12-18

Fun, sweet romance!

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

A contemporary twist on Romeo and Juliet, this story gives us Mollie and Tim, each from a family that has been feuding for years. Though they did not meet in a conventional fashion, and both were not looking for a relationship, the two decided to pretend to be engaged and mend the families back together. This you can only imagine is their biggest downfall. As one lie leads to another the family dynamics are expanding to new heights of anger and frustration, but the feelings between Mollie and Tim continue to grow. Will the family hatred keep them apart? Vivi Holt engages the listener in this fun, sweet romance. It is a joy to listen to as their relationship progresses, letting us all relate to some family discord and how these two can help stop it all. One of the best characters in the story is Molie's dog, what crack-up that puppy is! Another great book in this series, hoping Holt continues with more!

Amanda Stribling gives a wonderful performance. Her pairing to this story is exactly as I would hear it if I was reading it. She has a fun, flirty tone to her voice, giving a happy feel, and then in an instant can switch the emotion as the scenes commands. I love her narration of this series.

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  • 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 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

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.... 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Jeans, jeans and more jeans!

  • By Monica M. on 10-09-18

Great start to this series!

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

I think stories based around family businesses intrigue me because I grew up in one and have worked my whole life in them. It is a dynamic like no other, the drive wanting to keep the legacy alive is strong. Quinn is a man that has that drive and takes his role very seriously. Not wanting to upset the current successes but knowing he needs to do more weighs heavily on his mind so when Amelia is brought in to design women's accessories, he is open to the idea. Little does he know his sister and Amelia have additional plans in the making! There is no secret the chemistry between Quinn and Amelia, but she is his potential work partner. Is it good to mix business with pleasure? And when Quinn finds out the ulterior motive of Amelia's work will he be able to trust her? Jenna Sutton has a wonderful story full of uncertainty and passion. I love Quinn, he is a man with a mission yet when around Amelia he loses all sense of direction. The same with Amelia, though her ambition is evident, she is falling for Quinn and needs to decide what to do. Sutton handles the situations with the right amounts of family angst. The inclusion of Teagan, Quinn's sister and Cal, his brother adds that competitiveness and need to succeed, but also shows how they care for each other. I am interested in seeing their stories bring more to the table as the series continues.

Ava Lucas is amazing. Her ability to bring this contemporary romance to life is just what I was looking for when I began this book. Each voice is easily identifiable and perfect for the individual characters. More so for me though is her inflections throughout the book. This story has a lot of emotions, from passion filled to sibling rivalry and each situation is acted out so that I could feel the heat, the love, the tension...whatever each scene called for. This kind of narration is what I listen to books for! I loved it!

  • Hating My New Boss

  • By: B. B. Hamel
  • Narrated by: Meghan Kelly
  • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

Justin Hayes was my best friend up until the day he broke my heart and disappeared. When I find out he’s my new boss, I’m about to leave with my middle fingers held high. Instead, I stop dead in my tracks as soon as he steps into my office. Justin’s all grown up, and he’s even more gorgeous than I remembered. He was always handsome, but now he’s the kind of man I really want to...get to know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sexy and Exciting

  • By Virginia on 10-06-18

Such a good one!

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

A little of this and a little of that and this story is combined into a fun and entertaining listen! This is my first BB Hamel book, and I loved it. Remi Brooks and Justin Hays were best friends growing up until Justin unexpectedly severed their friendship. Now he is her boss and due to a crazy, but important client, the two have to work closely together. This friends to enemies to lovers has just enough heat, just enough angst and just enough quirkiness(yes, I love Blair, the eccentric client) blended together making this a great story. There are times that Remi is a little over the top with her feelings, and Justin would frustrate me too, but in the end, but these are tell tale signs that I was invested in the story and could not wait to reach the satisfying conclusion! I look forward to more by BB Hamel.

Meghan Kelly narrates this story and I can't tell you how good it is. Her voices are always great, easy to distinguish, but I have to say that this one is one of my favorites. She creates a character in Blair that is perfect for her, to the point that you can picture her in your mind and know that voice would be coming out of her mouth! I loved it!

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  • Burnt

  • A Single Dad Small Town Romance
  • By: Lacy Hart
  • Narrated by: Juliana Solo, Daniel James Lewis
  • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

After the accident, the chief was pushing me to retire. Being a firefighter was all I had ever wanted, what I lived for. Well, other than my 12-year-old daughter, Abby. Raising her as a single dad, much less a busy firefighter, wasn't easy, but life never is. Then a call came in from an all-too-familiar area code. I was being beckoned back to my hometown, back to Canon. I had left that small town years ago, leaving behind a lot, including...her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Jacqueline Wright on 10-16-18

Burnt!

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

This book had me at single dad romance. I love listening to stories where the single dad finds his happiness. There is something about a man with his child that makes the story more human. Travis is a firefighter, hurt on the job and returns to his hometown to settle his estranged father's estate. He drops his 12 year old daughter with his mom and when she sends him a selfie, he sees his old girlfriend, Sophie in the background. Little does he know that Sophie has been "waiting" for him all these years. This is a sweet story, the virgin woman who just could not find the man of her dreams since she had already found him and the man who comes back with the same thoughts. I really liked Travis, I found his character very real as he is dealing with his injury, the possibility of having to change careers, raising his daughter and getting his life together. Sophie is relatable, the spinster type of woman who just does not get out of her own way to find her happiness and in this case it works out for her when Travis comes back into town. I love her friend who dresses her, she keeps Sophie fresh and up to date. It's a fun and easy listen, and my first by Lacy Hart, so I will be looking for more by her!

The narration by Juliana Solo and Daniel James Lewis is very good. They give the different points of view a good pace and the voices are easy to distinguish. I enjoyed both of their performances.