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  • ReWined: Volume Three

  • By: Kim Karr
  • Narrated by: Ava Lucas, Benjamin D. Walker
  • Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

There are three guaranteed ways to ruin a perfectly unstable marriage: 1. Tell your beautiful new bride she’s the devil. 2. Tie one on, and don’t come home. 3. Oh, and let’s not forget, uncover family secrets that rock both of your worlds. I really need a rewind because now my temporary wife is pissed as hell and wants a quickie divorce. Wooing her is my plan. Sending flowers, writing love notes, and even serenading her are some of the sure-fire methods I’ve learned from watching her favorite romantic comedies. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The finale!

  • By PATRICIA on 03-23-19

The finale!

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

Reviewed: 03-23-19

I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen with Paris and Tyler! We left them in a predicament, and now it's time to see if they can get back on track! Family secrets are revealed, and life is now changing as this couple knows it, but will they be able to weather the storm? Tyler is ready to settle down, and I have to say, romance is high. Paris is definitely hesitant when it comes to Tyler, but her feelings are strong. They both know their destiny is to be together, but with their past it's hard to be certain it's the best choice. Kim Karr has given us this spunky, heartbreaking, romantic, suspenseful and fun trilogy that is so enjoyable I couldn't stop binging it. It's like a mini series drawing me in and held me til I found out the answers. With so many supporting characters and such a great story, it is entertainment at it's best. Uncork a bottle and enjoy ReWined!

The narration of this continues with Ava Lucas and Benjamin D Walker. This pairing is exactly how I would picture the voices of Paris and Tyler. I love Lucas as Paris. She gives Paris that air of certainty and uncertainty all at the same time. I can hear Paris full of confidence as she speaks, but can hear the underlying concern in her voice. She also gives her heart filled love and passion galore. Walker is Tyler, with his warm voice and determination to get what he wants, it's full of that maleness I love. A great team for this story!

  • Hold Me at Twilight

  • Romano Family Series, Book 1
  • By: Lucinda Whitney
  • Narrated by: Mary Jane Conlon
  • Length: 1 hr and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

When Knox Campbell goes to Portugal for a short business trip, he never planned on losing his documents. Now he’s stranded in Porto, his passport lost, and his credit cards canceled. Unable to return to the US and without a place to stay, Knox turns to the travel agent who suggested the local day attractions for assistance. Jacinta Romano loves helping her clients set up their dream trips, although she doesn’t usually meet the ones visiting from abroad. But all that changes when a client shows up at the agency while her meddling family is still there. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet romantic introduction to a new series

  • By mara on 12-10-18

Unexpected love!

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

Reviewed: 03-23-19

What happens when your wallet is stolen in a foreign country? Knox Campbell finds out when his wallet is stolen and now he can't leave Portugal to get back to the states. With the help of Jacinta Romano, a travel agent, the retrieval of documents to allow him to travel is put into place, but it will take some time. With no money, ID or a place to stay, Jacinta's family welcomes Knox into their home. For the next several weeks, Knox gets to be part of the true flavors of Portugal. When it's time to leave, will he and Jacinta's time be over? This is a quick and very visual story. The story while predictable is fun, the family is a riot and the romance budding between Knox and Jacinta sweet. It's a clean, fun listen leaving you with some smiles and a happily ever after to fill your heart.

The narration by Mary Jane Conlon is spot on. Her accent, her voices and pronunciations make the story flow, easy to follow and kept my interest the entire time. I enjoyed her comedic timing with the family and the warmth inflected in her voice with Knox and Jacinta. It is an enjoyable listen.

  • His Manhattan

  • The Cocktail Girls
  • By: Tracy Lorraine
  • Narrated by: Guy Veryzer
  • Length: 2 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Determined to achieve her dreams, Summer packs up and moves to Las Vegas with the promise of earning some quick cash. Little does she know that her new job means flirting with every man who looks her way - but everything changes when she hears that smooth British accent. Harrison’s life is his company. He isn’t looking to add a woman to his hectic schedule, but when a shy cocktail waitress catches his eye, he’s powerless to walk away. Sparks fly, and Summer and Harrison embark on a whirlwind romance that could offer them their happily ever after - if they can accept it. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Quick and fun

  • By PATRICIA on 03-23-19

Quick and fun

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

Reviewed: 03-23-19

This series is full of quick, steamy listens and Tracy Lorraine comes through with some Vegas heat! Harrison comes to Vegas with his brother for a business trip. He has no intention of taking in the sights, until Summer, a waitress comes into his view. There is immediate chemistry, but Summer has plans and Harrison isn't looking for a relationship. But what these two don't realize is sometimes the luck of the roll is on their side! Harrison is a little stuffy, but with Summer, he is able to let go and really come to life. Summer has her future planned and while Harrison is handsome, does he fit into her goals? This quick, steamy listen is all that and more. Narration by Guy Veryzer will take you to their world. Though he sounds a little older than I expect for this story, he gives a good British accent to Harrison and I really enjoyed his voice for Summer.

  • Killer Holiday Office Party

  • Hope Hadley Cozy Mystery Series, Book 9
  • By: Meredith Potts
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Quinn
  • Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

An advertising agency's holiday office party turns from celebration to horror when the owner of the company is found murdered the morning after their latest riotous shindig. It is up to feisty amateur sleuth Hope Hadley to figure out who the killer is before the holidays are ruined. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great read :)

  • By Clau on 03-23-19

Christmas Cookies!

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

Reviewed: 03-23-19

Any time I need a quick escape, I love a cozy mystery. Meredith Potts has such a great series with Hope Hadley, each one stands alone and is a fun whodunnit! This one takes place around Christmas and hits home for Hope. When her brother comes to her for help in finding the killer, she is hesitant, but knows she will not rest until the case is solved. Her uncanny intuition and common sense approach always is the best aid in their investigations. But will it help this time when it's so emotional for Hope? A quirky cast of characters and delicious Christmas cookies will lead us to the answer. With Stephanie Quinn's excellent narration, this was a fun, quick listen, making me help solve the case and enjoy another mission with Hope!

  • The Cowboy's E-Mail Order Bride: Navy Seal Romance

  • Western Pregnancy Military, Book 1
  • By: Emily Cooper
  • Narrated by: Zura Johnson
  • Length: 2 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Joanna was the epitome of a southern girl - beautiful, curvy, and as sweet as cherry pie. She always remained positive and happy, even without having much time outside of her work life. With little luck dating, Joanna decided to sign up for an email-order-bride service, thinking little of it. Awaiting her arrival was John, a handsome, muscular hunk with a stellar ranch. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Read

  • By Ashley Hedden on 03-23-19

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 03-22-19

This short is an entertaining listen!. Gavin and John own a vacation spot where you can go and live in a the world of the old west. John is lonely and ready for marriage, so through an email order bride, he meets Joanna. Joanna is an actress and is hoping not only to land a part, but find her happily ever after. Will the spark be there when these two meet? I thought this was a good listen, but would have benefited from being a little longer to develop the story a little further. The concept of the vacation spot is very interesting and John and Joanna are both worth getting to know! It's a fun, sweet, clean romance. Zura Johnson gives a good narration and keeps the flow moving. If you enjoy mail order bride stories, give this one a try.

  • ReWined: Volume Two

  • By: Kim Karr
  • Narrated by: Ava Lucas, Benjamin D. Walker
  • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

How to make a reluctant fiancée happy: Buy her a huge-ass diamond ring. Throw a balls-out engagement party. Make the wedding a quickie. Every girl dreams of getting married. Right? Not Paris Elizabeth Hollis Fairchild. And especially not to me. When it turns out she doesn't have a choice, the arranged nuptials dear old granny insisted on go off without a hitch. But that doesn't mean we're riding off into the sunset anytime soon. With both of our failing wineries merging and a contract that states only one family business can survive, we're spending a lot of time negotiating.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FUN! FUN! FUN!

  • By PATRICIA on 03-18-19

FUN! FUN! FUN!

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

Reviewed: 03-18-19

This series is such a good time to listen to. This picks up right where volume one leaves off and we get a better glimpse into this couple. Even though time has gone by, the chemistry is still so strong, and even though the wedding is of convenience, the feeling is so much more.Without even realizing it, the relationship between Tyler and Paige is growing. But will it last past the merger of the wineries? And what will we find out about their family histories that may play a factor in the final results? There are some twists and turns, some feisty banter and passion. It's everything you love to listen to and more! Can't wait to see hear the final volume.

Ava Lucas and Benjamin D Walker continue the wonderful narration of this series. Lucas gives Paris that edge which I love. She pulls no punches, but has a softness that Lucas brings to her so you know the vulnerable side is just on the edge. Walker has Tyler built up with a confidence that you know is ready to teeter, and his voice gives us the feeling of waiting for it. He is full of hope and love, and between these two, they make you go grab volume 3!

  • BEAST

  • By: Measha Stone
  • Narrated by: Smokey St. Clair
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

When Ellie's father is taken by a group of thugs planning to take his life in exchange for his debts, it's no surprise she goes running straight into the beast's lair. After all, Ellie Stevens has been her father's keeper for as long as she can remember. However, Ashland Titon isn't a man of mercy. If you owe, you pay. End of story. His unrelenting control has built his empire, and he's not going to give over that power now. But when Ellie charges into his life with her demands and possibilities of sweet surrender, her offer proves too tempting to pass up.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tale as old as time

  • By PATRICIA on 03-18-19

Tale as old as time

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

Reviewed: 03-18-19

Every time I see a new book out with the premise of my favorite dark fairy tale, I grab it and give it a listen. This one by Measha Stone came highly recommended to me and it did not disappoint. From the opening scene until the very end, it had me drawn in. Ashland is the beast, and he definitely comes across as one. He is the ultimate dominant, alpha male and when Ellie is given to him in exchange for her father's life, we get to see his personality come out. Ellie is not exactly the submissive woman at first. She gives as good as she gets, and Ash does not intimidate her. This Beast gives this Beauty some real love, and some real discipline, so if you do not like BDSM or domestic discipline, this book is not for you. It is written beautifully, very tasteful and gives a little twist to the original tale we are all used to.

Smokey St Clair gives us a performance worthy of the Beast. He has a great alpha inflection, and you know exactly where the Beast stands with his narration. He gives Ellie a good female voice, strong in her convictions and soft in the bedroom. He did a wonderful job.

  • Stiffed

  • By: Joanne Schwehm
  • Narrated by: Aaron Shedlock, Mackenzie Cartwright
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

It has been 10 years since I first laid eyes on her, 10 years since I’ve held her, 10 years since I’ve been inside of her, and 10 years since I broke her heart. Now she’s back. And when I look into the eyes of my first and only love, I know she is the one for me. She is still the most beautiful woman, and she can still make my body come alive with just a glance. But according to her, the past is the past. Her life doesn’t consist of second chances, just the here and now. But guess what? I’m here, and it’s now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Second chance Love

  • By Judi on 03-01-19

Jack & April!

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

Reviewed: 03-14-19

Just when I needed a great, easy and entertaining listen, this book fell into my lap. Jack and April met at the age of 7, and even then the sparks flew. Growing up as best friends to a couple was the natural progression. But when Jack broke things off to go to college, life for both of them changed. Now years later, they meet up again. Is it by chance? Maybe. Is there still a flame? Could be. But will April let herself back into the fire? This is a great second chance love story. It's not only about the two of them, but the family dynamic of both April and Jack. We get a glimpse of the Prescott men and their women as they are with Jack, but it's even more fun when they get to see April for the first time in years. April's dad plays a small part in the story as well. The best relationship though is that of April and her best friend Alan. Their bond is one that will not be broken, but will their secret be the thing to keep Jack from April? Schwehm writes with passion and care. She hits on a subject that is important and brings it to the forefront with pertinent information and in a way that is realistic. I loved getting to know Jack and April!

Narration for this book by Aaron Shedlock and MacKenzie Cartwright is spot on. Shedlock has a voice able to portray any character, and for Jack, he gives him just enough punch to make him the strong, confident man he is. I love his way of changing up the boardroom to the bedroom, and even showing vulnerability just with inflections of his voice. Cartwright shows us April with her past hurts, concerns for the future and uncertainties. Her voice gives us all of that plus the underlying love she has for Jack. It's wonderful to be able to feel the character's emotional pull through the performer and these two bring it on.

  • Fisher's Light

  • By: Tara Sivec
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Zachary Webber
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 424
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 424

To get the ending they want, Lucy and Fisher will have to go back to the beginning. Through the good and the bad, they'll be reminded of why they always made their way back to each other, and why this time, one way or another, it will be the last time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is not a drill- the author, narrators, and story are a "listen to me now"!!

  • By Daniele on 01-09-17

Fisher and Lucy

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

Reviewed: 03-14-19

Tara Sivec has written a beautiful story surrounding Lucy and Fisher and their struggle to find their new normal. Fisher has returned from active duty and acclimating to civilian life is not easy. With PTSD, he has real issues but his communication skills are negligent and lead to broken dreams for Lucy. Being high school sweethearts and and married young, Lucy doesn't know any different than being with Fisher and doesn't want to. But now forced into new situations, life has to take new turns. Sivec takes us through their journey, from their first meeting to the present, feeling the emotional pull with glimpses into their past and how it effects their future. The beginning of this book was high passion and emotionally charged, but I did find as the story progressed, it lost steam. Their lack of communication being the most frustrating issues, the ending fell a little flat. With that being said though, the story is well written, has great characters, like Fisher's grandfather, Tripp and the narration by Zachary Webber and Andi Arndt is impeccable.

  • Breathless

  • By: Willow Winters
  • Narrated by: Savannah Peachwood, Jacob Morgan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

Her lips tasted like Cabernet and her touch was like fire. I was blinded by what she did to me. I so easily fell for something I thought I’d never have. I was weak for her and should’ve known better. I should’ve known she could never love a man like me. She brought out a side of me that I wish had stayed dead. I won’t make the same mistake twice. I don’t care how much she begs me. I don’t care that I crave her more than anything else.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Will this ever end!!!

  • By Captivated Listener!! on 11-07-18

Carter & Aria

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

Reviewed: 03-14-19

Another installment of Carter and Aria that left me wanting to know more and finally find their happily ever after! We do get a glimpse at Daniel and Addison and see how their relationship will play out with this dark and dangerous family. I do find Aria at a crossroads though, with the choice of trying to save her family or staying with Carter, I can feel her torment. I can't wait to listen to Endless to see where this will lead and if they can finally come to terms with each other.

The narration by Savannah Peachwood and Jacob Morgan is amazing. They have become these characters for me. Peachwood has that anxious, tormented voice for Aria. Between her passion for Carter and her fear for her family, the emotion is all there. Morgan has Carter as the ruthless man he can be, and you can feel his anger and frustration right through the performance. It's a great listen.