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B.A. Wilson

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  • Shame on Him

  • Fool Me Once, Book 3
  • By: Tara Sivec
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 4 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 376
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 339

For Lorelei Warner, being perfect isn't everything it's cracked up to be. She did what her straitlaced parents wanted: Became a lawyer, married her college boyfriend. But since her husband ran off with another man and her career became a nonstop bore-fest, Lorelei has turned to her best friends and Fool Me Once Investigations to find fulfillment and adventure.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Oh boy

  • By Me & My Girls on 08-09-14

Still Short But Better Than Book 2

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

These two clash and bicker while investigating a murder, which keeps things interesting. There's also a really grouchy cat, that reminds me of a lot of real cats and cracks me up. It's also why I prefer dogs.

  • Shame on Me

  • Fool Me Once, Book 2
  • By: Tara Sivec
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 403
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 360

Ex-model Paige McCarty is fed up with being just a pretty face. After her ex-husband’s gambling problem left her royally screwed and tragically shoeless, she started Fool Me Once Investigations with her best friends, Lorlei and Kennedy, to prevent other women from being similarly played and dismayed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is escapism.

  • By sonia on 02-07-15

Not Bad But Needs More Depth and Development

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

I didn't love this one as much as book one. It's still funny and has a great start, but I was less interested in the direction it went. This one focused a bit more on the mystery, and I wanted more time spent on the relationship between the two, since I wasn't into the mystery.

The side characters and audiobook narration were both still excellent. I may have liked it better if it had been a bit longer and developed the characters a bit more.

  • Shame on You

  • Fool Me Once, Book 1
  • By: Tara Sivec
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 3 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 718
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 656
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 658

After war veteran Kennedy O’Brien returned home from Afghanistan and caught her husband in bed with the nanny, she lost her faith in all things male. So she started Fool Me Once Investigations to stick it to the man — because there’s no better bounty hunter than a woman scorned. Her latest job is a wild dog-chase to slap cuffs on a bail jumper turned Chihuahua thief, but thanks to her meddling family, Kennedy will have to put up with a partner. And it’s about the last man she’d ever pick: Her cheating ex-husband’s best friend, Griffin Crawford.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious!

  • By Candace ~ Book Addict Haven on 12-02-14

I Need More

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

This short book packs a big punch on the humor front. These characters are open and hilarious. I seriously want to adopt the dad, because he's something else.

Also, there's another huge pro-women, pro-female relationships theme/message in this story, which is something I'm really coming to love about Tara Sivec. She makes strong female relationships a priority in her stories, and it's so great to read about women who bring each other up, instead of tear each other down.

The only thing that would have made this book better was for it to have been longer and explored the characters even more. I was not ready to let go so fast.

  • Kiss the Girl

  • The Naughty Princess Club, Book 3
  • By: Tara Sivec
  • Narrated by: CJ Bloom
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 61

While her friends have broken free of their insecurities, Ariel Waters is struggling to come out of her shell. Her ex-husband took away her voice and her self-confidence, and Ariel is drowning under a sea of debt to afford the alimony she has to pay him. She refuses to ever fall for a man’s charms again and is determined to make her own way. When her house and her beloved antiques are taken by the bank after too many missed payments, Ariel finds herself adrift until the infuriatingly charming Eric Sailor comes to her rescue.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Buy Them All; You'll Want to Revisit

  • By B.A. Wilson on 11-05-18

Buy Them All; You'll Want to Revisit

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

This whole series is A+. I could read it over and over and over again (and probably will), because it's just that hilarious, raw, emotional, and spicy. Wow!

I have to watch where I am when I'm listening to the audiobooks, because I often just burst out in uncontrollable laughter, which tends to make everyone else in public who can't hear my book look at me like I'm insane. The voice is so fantastic and spot on, and each character is distinct.

Honestly, this series is so delicious that I don't even mind a bit of public humiliation from my inappropriate responses to it. I guarantee that if I play this book, within 5 minutes, I'll be grinning like a hyena, and whatever crap the day has thrown at me will just fade away into the background.

Besides, what's a few weird looks and an angry parent shuffling her children away from me, because of my random book inspired outburst in the middle of the grocery store? Book reactions happen to everyone, people. It's part of life. Just deal with it. Besides, I kind of feel sorry for all those people who were living their boring lives outside of this world, while I was all caught up in it. They're the ones who should be avoided, because you just can't trust people who don't read.

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  • Hotter than Ever

  • By: Elle Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Katie McAble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 504
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 468
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 470

Claire McKinley has just experienced every bride's nightmare. The groom is a no-show, and now she must face 500 guests alone. Furious and humiliated, Claire seeks help from the most unlikely candidate - her almost-brother-in-law, who promptly whisks her away to his apartment in San Diego, where she can recover her pride in peace and quiet. Dylan Wade is no fan of Claire's, but no way can he leave the jilted bride in her time of need. Bringing her home seems like a good idea.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good book.... Ok narrator

  • By Mandymay💄👠👛 on 11-26-16

Surprisingly Good

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

Whew. Hawt. Addictively so.

Extra words to meet the Audible minimum, since they don't like concise reviews.

  • Kingdom of Ash

  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
  • Length: 33 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,545
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,357
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,348

Aelin has risked everything to save her people - but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. Aware that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, though her resolve begins to unravel with each passing day....With Aelin captured, Aedion and Lysandra remain the last line of defense to protect Terrasen from utter destruction. Yet they soon realize that the many allies they've gathered to battle Erawan's hordes might not be enough to save them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Immensely satisfying and brilliant!

  • By deziree ayala on 10-27-18

And That's How It's Done

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

13 million rattled stars and all the fake gold I've ever won in every single game I've ever played in my entire life.

That's exactly how you should end an epic 7 book fantasy series in a war torn land. I'd say more, but I'm still reeling.

  • Crown of Midnight

  • A Throne of Glass Novel
  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,286
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,763
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,759

After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king's contest to become the new royal assassin. But Calaena is far from loyal to the crown. Keeping up the charade - while pretending to do the king's bidding - will test her skills in an entirely new way. And it certainly isn't the only point of confusion for the young girl. Because though she's made her choice between Dorian and Chaol, the ways of the heart are never simple...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It got better!!!!

  • By Falon on 03-30-14

One Thing That Would Make This Better

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

There's one thing that will make this book better, and that's rereading it.

Sarah J. Maas is a literary beast, and I adore her. She claws these magical worlds out of chaos and serves them up still dripping in blood and angst. She holds nothing back and always progresses the story, with every scene and new character or creature.

I loved revisiting Chaol in this story, as so much happens after this point with his character, both good and bad. I was initially worried about reading TOWER OF DAWN (book 6), but I ended up absolutely loving it, which makes me extremely happy to be revisiting these novels again and remembering the early days of Chaol.

I still stand behind my original assessment that every book in this series is better than the one that came before, so make sure you have book 3 on hand by the time you finish book 2. You can't go wrong with Elizabeth Evans as a narrator.

  • Throne of Glass

  • A Throne of Glass Novel
  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,796
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,236

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The World's Most Powerful Assassin is a Sap.

  • By Fil on 11-18-13

Narration A+ and Consistent Across Series

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

SOOOOoooooooo deliriously happy to be revisiting this outstanding world, and my favorite part is that even though I enjoy book one, I know every single book after this gets better and better and better. This is the kind of YA fantasy series that I can get behind and reread often.

I absolutely loved revisiting these characters where they started. The magic is minimal in book one, so I can't wait to watch that develop again in the later books. Everyone who knows me IRL should just not bother talking to me for the next 15 days, as I probably won't hear anything you say.

Also, I listened to the audiobook this time around, and it's excellent. Go fetch it on Audible. Elizabeth Evans narrates them all, and she's fantastic!

  • Let the Sky Fall

  • By: Shannon Messenger
  • Narrated by: Kristen Leigh, Nick Podehl
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 120

Seventeen-year-old Vane Weston has no idea how he survived the category-five tornado that killed his parents. And he has no idea if the beautiful, dark-haired girl who's swept through his dreams every night since the storm is real. But he hopes she is....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clever, fresh and fun.

  • By Crystal on 08-12-13

Interesting World and Solid Narration

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

Reviewed: 09-20-18

I enjoyed this unique world (sylphs). The male lead is an average teenager, with a dry sense of humor that I found to be charming.

I would have appreciated a bit more character development in the side characters, but overall I enjoyed this. I want to go on to book two, but I'm hesitating because book 3 is not yet an audiobook.

  • The Theory of Second Best

  • Cake Series, Book 2
  • By: J. Bengtsson
  • Narrated by: Zachary Webber, Andi Arndt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,585
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,437
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,429

Kyle McKallister has lived his life in the shadows. Younger brother to one of the world's most elusive and embattled celebrities, Kyle has carved out a comfortable existence touring with his famous brother and living in the lap of luxury with no commitments or plans of his own, only a deep, haunting loyalty to his brother. But his life is about to be shaken up when the opportunity comes to compete on a popular reality show.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great series!!

  • By jodiod on 05-01-17

Even Better Than Book One!!

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

Reviewed: 09-20-18

I can't believe I'm going to say this, but I almost love this one even more than book one, which I didn't think was going to be possible. Kyle and Kenzie are both such interesting characters that I was completely charmed from start to finish, even at points when neither of them was particularly charming.

The whole reality show twist to this one was a lot of fun, too, and again, I adored so many of the side characters.