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  • Back In the Game

  • A Dating By Numbers Novella
  • By: Meghan Quinn
  • Narrated by: Luci Christian, Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

Single dad and hockey star, Calder Weiss has put his love life on the back burner for the past five years, raising his daughter and keeping up with the demands of his profession. But all that changes the minute Rachel Perry runs into him in the most unlikely of places, right outside the men's bathroom. Vibrant and enchanting, she captures his attention, making it impossible for him to walk away without scoring her number. Their connection is immediate, their attraction palpable, and their relationship undeniable. But Rachel isn't the only girl in Calder's life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • My bad; overall a 2.75

  • By Kd on 07-02-18

My bad; overall a 2.75

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

Reviewed: 07-02-18

My overall score and story score are both more like 2.75.
I chose poorly. I thought the book would be cuter than it was, based on the book excerpt. The author tried to be cute, but it didn't work for me. I really didn't enjoy the texting between Rachel & Calder. I already didn't like listening to text messages, but then it included the phone messaging sound too. I thought there would be a greater part for Calder's daughter. But his 5 yr old daughter, Shay, had a very small role, rarely seen even though she lived with her dad. Her small parts had her sounding older than 5 & included her asking Rachel if her dad is a good kisser. Really?!
The story wasn't all wine and roses; there was a bit of conflict. It was reasonable & not manufactured, thankfully.
The male narrator can't do cutesy bc his voice is too deep. I preferred the female narrator as both Rachel, the kindergarten school teacher, and Calder Weiss, the star shortstop for a Colorado hockey team.
There weren't many aspects of the story that I enjoyed. But I can say that it was good that the attraction between Calder & Rachel seemed real. And the short book didn't focus on hockey; there was 1 short game w/ little detail. Rachel & Calder jumped into bed quickly. The one scene was hot. There was more sex talk.
Still, w/ the few pluses, my overall experience is closer to the negative part of the evaluation spectrum.

  • My Secret Life: Volume Three, Chapter Six

  • By: Dominic Crawford Collins
  • Narrated by: Dominic Crawford Collins
  • Length: 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

My Secret Life, the anonymously written erotic memoirs of a Victorian English gentleman who refers to himself simply as 'Walter' is one of the most idiosyncratic and sexually obsessed books ever written. In this vast autobiographical confessional the author recounts, in meticulous detail, his sexual exploits throughout the course of a life devoted entirely to the pursuit of carnal pleasure. Through this compelling exploration of the author's sexual behaviour we are left with a uniquely entertaining insight into life behind the closed doors of Victorian society.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing happens

  • By Kd on 07-01-18

Nothing happens

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

Reviewed: 07-01-18

This is the synopsis: This happens and that happens. This happens and that happens. This happens and that happens. The vague end.
Unfortunately, after the brief happenings, it all goes nowhere. It uses some sexual terms of body parts and sexual acts, but it's only telling, not showing. In the brief happenings, you don't get to know anyone or anything. You only get a small sense that 2 people did some things you could've just as well done without knowing and don't care afterwards.
Seriously. Don't bother with this one.

  • Silent Lies

  • By: Kathryn Croft
  • Narrated by: Antonia Beamish, Rosie Jones
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,076
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,935
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,932

Mia Hamilton lived the perfect life with her husband, university teacher Zach, and their two-year-old daughter. But everything changed when Zach committed suicide on the same night one of his students vanished. Five years later, just when Mia is beginning to heal, stranger Alison walks into her life, saying her husband didn't kill himself. Fragile, slight Alison leads Mia on a path into Zach's past, and Mia begins to think she never really knew her own husband.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!!!!!!!!

  • By dijjer on 12-27-17

A bit riduculous

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

Reviewed: 06-30-18

A British story about the death 5 yrs earlier of Mia Hamilton's husband, Zach, who's also the father of young Freya. The story quickly jumps 5 yrs ahead to Freya at age 7 and then back, 5 yrs ago, to review what led to Zach's death.
The story flips between past and present, which isn't my preferred means of a book unfolding. And it had too many incomplete plot points. Plus, Mia behaves quite unethically as a private practice counselor, which was off-putting. At least she seems to be somewhat aware of her ethical issues.
It was clear early on that I wasn't going to love this book. Still, I listened in order to find out if I was right, but the journey to the end was a bit bland. I was mildly engaged when the story focused on the present but not when it was in the past. Most of the main characters were suspicious, and no one was likeable. Yes, people and life have complexity. But this story was written with fake complexity so that the ending is a complete let down. So the cherry on top of the mess was the ending, which provided some answers along with new questions in order to get folk to buy the next book. I couldn't be less interested.
Plus, the narrator was bad as Freya, Mia and Zach's 5 yr old daughter.

  • The Unremembered Girl

  • By: Eliza Maxwell
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,051
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 924
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 920

In the deep woods of East Texas, Henry supports his family by selling bootleg liquor. It's all he can do to keep his compassionate but ailing mother and his stepfather - a fanatical grassroots minister with a bruising rhetoric - from ruin. But they have no idea they've become the obsession of the girl in the woods. Andoned and nearly feral, Eve has been watching them, seduced by the notion of family - something she's known only in the most brutal sense. Soon she can't resist the temptation to get close.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Meh

  • By Simpsons on 11-14-17

Quite Memorable

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

Reviewed: 06-30-18

The cast of characters in Blackwater, TX include Evangeline (aka Eve), Mary (sister to Henry & Del & daughter of Mrs. Dussett), Jonah & Aunt Helen (neighbors), Deputy Brady (Jonah's brother), 5ft 4in minister Livingston (Mrs. Dussett's husband), Deputy Del & his wife, Alice, and Henry, a moonshiner. There are about 3 others who become peripheral main characters, but I don't want to give anything away.
Two themes stood out to me as I listened to the gritty lives around a TX swamp: (1) Hurt people, hurt people and (2) Mama is always right.
The story took right in and held me there. I was quite struck by Evangeline aka Eve. And lordy, I love Mrs. Caroline Dussett. There are few things more enjoyable to watch than a usually docile woman showing fierce parts of herself, often hidden and expected to stay that way. I still think about Henry like we grew up together, me wanting for him all the beauty life has to offer. The best stories are like life, a mix of bitter with sweet. Nice epilogue.
All the things that ran through my head: WTH! Noooo! I knew it! Well, I didn't see that coming. What?! Life. I love her. Uh oh! Where have you been all my life (asking the book)? Will there be a sequel?
The story doesn't end with a cliffhanger. There's a nice epilogue. But another book could pick up where it leaves off. I'll be waiting to see.

  • Her Last Day

  • Jessie Cole, Book 1
  • By: T.R. Ragan
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,896
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,698
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,685

Ten years ago, PI Jessie Cole and reporter Ben Morrison each suffered a tragedy that changed their lives - and now these two strangers are about to share a nightmare. For Jessie, who makes her living finding missing persons, no case has consumed her more than the disappearance of her younger sister, Sophie. But left alone to raise Sophie's daughter, she realizes that solving the case has become an unhealthy obsession.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • What the?

  • By Vlad E. on 04-21-18

Bad P.I.; Maybe growth is the point; IDK

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

Reviewed: 05-27-18

By the end, the only character I liked was the crime reporter, husband and father, Ben Morrison, and he's a bit of a mystery. And I would've preferred not being given info that resulted in me hoping for more of a love connection between private I, Jessie Cole, and Detective Colin Grayson. That info seemed to serve no purpose in this story, just thrown in for nothing really. Finally, Jessie made 1 too many big mistakes IMO to be in the job she was in, a private investigator.
The best part of the book was the title which resonates in multiple ways throughout the story.

  • Dyeing to be Loved

  • Curl Up and Dye Mysteries, Volume 1
  • By: Aimee Nicole Walker
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173

Gabriel Wyatt is a big city Detective living in a small Ohio town. He expects a peaceful existence once he moves from Miami, Florida, but that’s the last thing he finds. Instead, Gabe discovers murder, mayhem, and one smart-mouthed stylist he can’t get out of his head. Josh “Jazz” Roman is a small-town business owner with big dreams and an attitude to match. He finds himself in the middle of a case that brings the dreamy detective to the front door of his Curl Up and Dye salon. Josh learns that the biggest threat to him isn’t a killer; it’s a man who wants something from him that he vowed to never give again - his heart. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Savage-ly Pleasing

  • By SJH on 11-07-17

Good lovers, nothing else

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

Reviewed: 05-24-18

I found the opening narration of Bianca offensive. I don't believe it was meant to be. But the directors of that part of the narration should've thought better about who they chose to narrate that part and how it was done. It has left a permanent stain in my head and heart for those who put this work together so senselessly. Then there was the macaw named Savage who supposedly knows how to say statements that are sexual advances. The bad-mouth macaw wasn't funny nor believable. In less than 15 min. into the book, I was seriously disliking it and regretting my purchase. And it didn't get much better as I slogged through the entire thing.
The set up was weird in that this tale is broken into 2 stories. The first one setting up the murder mystery and was short in comparison to the 2nd story. After all of that, I thought there would be more investigating than actually occurred. Overall, there was little. But maybe I should've recognized that, since it's listed only as a romance and not a mystery, I think. This story tells us about Josh (aka Jazz) Roman, a less masculine, age 28, hairdresser and business owner getting together with Detective Gabe Wyatt who is age 35. This occurs in a small town in OH. The basis of the conflict between the 2 was believable but not the players (Josh and Gabe) in it. I don't think Gabe and Josh ever communicated except through sex and arguing. The story didn't pull me in, and I didn't care about either of them separately or together. Part of the conflict ignorance was Josh's alibi the night of the 2nd murder (1 murder is solved earlier). It was ludicrous and just added to my dislike of the story. Another yuck aspect was how the author wrote about being able to read folk so accurately just by their eyes. A degree of this makes sense and his plausible, occasionally. But Gabe being able to read fear & the reason for it in Josh's eyes though nothing had been or was being said. And the reason or what Gabe "saw" had never been verbalized, yet it was definitely right on point. Give me a break. And what a great coincidence that Gabe's partner detective easily accepts him being gay, even jokes with him about it and never has the slightest problem with gay folk at all or any aspect of it. This, in a small OH town, in a police department, no less, after knowing each other a short period of time. Yeah, right. The last straw was the narrator. As I stated earlier, he did a horrible and offensive job at the opening of the story. And his male character voices throughout the tale likely had a lot to do with my disinterest in the book.
There wasn't much positive in the story for me. But at least the F/F fight at the hair salon was entertaining. So was the housekeeper, Mrs. Honeycutt. She said, "Pecker tracks don't lie" (pecker as in penis).

  • Bonfires

  • By: Amy Lane
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212

Ten years ago Sheriff's Deputy Aaron George lost his wife and moved to Colton, hoping growing up in a small town would be better for his children. He's gotten to know his community, including Mr. Larkin, the bouncy, funny science teacher. But when Larx is dragged unwillingly into administration, he stops coaching the track team and starts running alone. Aaron - who thought life began and ended with his kids - is distracted by a glistening chest and a principal running on a dangerous road.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A rating...

  • By Smitten with Reading on 07-26-17

Yay! Older, established men

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

Larks and Aaron have known each other for 7 years. Both are nearing age 50 (Larks, 47; Aaron 49). Larks is a divorcee from an undesirable and resentful woman/mom Alicia, a bisexual, a high school principal and science teacher, and a single parent of high school daughter, Kristiana (aka Kristy), and college freshman, Olivia. His last name is Larks. His lover, Aaron, and book listeners/readers don't learn his first name until the story is almost over; it's said only once in the story. Aaron George is a police deputy, a bisexual, a 10-yr widower from a great love, and a single parent of high school son, Kirby, and 2 older daughters who live elsewhere. We were given very little info, including names, of Aaron's daughters. It was implied that they lived elsewhere. I didn't learn their names were Maureen and Tiffany until the book was almost over.
The story was an adult tale that deals with school bullying, teen struggles and adults' response to their struggle, family issues, and, of course, an adult romance while being single parents and older professional adults, having been married, and recognizing some ongoing conflicting realities that come with being gay in the U.S. There were many failed attempt at cuteness, but others may like them. And there was a bit of sentimentality.
I could've done w/o knowing about Larks and his daughter, Kristy, setting up a scenario where their cats and a group of field mice in his garden battle for survival with them giving their cats an advantage in chasing and destroying the mice. Larks and Kristy considered it entertainment. Kristy gleefully called 1 if her cats "sadistic pussy."
It was very realistic the way Larks and Aaron always kept in mind being parents and professionals in the small CA community thus risking aspects of their lives as a result of their romantic relationship. It was almost 5.5 hrs before 1st full intercourse. Before then there was 1 moment of groping and another of oral.
The narrator was ok, but I couldn't distinguish between the men's voices on sound alone.

  • Hotline

  • Murmur Inc.
  • By: Quinn Anderson
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 110

Zack never intended to become a phone sex operator, but with half a college degree and a smart mouth, his options were limited. It helps that he has a knack for thinking on his feet and a willingness to roll with whatever his clients throw at him. Sure, he gets his fair share of creeps and unconventional requests, but it pays the bills, and he's in no danger of breaking his one rule: never fall for a client. Until a man named "John" starts calling, and Zack finds himself interested in more than a paycheck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cute & funny love story

  • By Jessica on 02-22-18

Not as funny as I thought or different

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

My expectations for funniness may have been too high, but I chose it based on the excerpt, which seemed funnier to me than most of the story actually was.
This is a story of college drop-out and PSO (phone sex operator), Zach (aka Wesley Darkling), and phone sex caller, John, a wealthy law student. Naturally, both were beautiful, buff white men in their 20s. Overall, my enjoyment of the story was quite minimal. But it was fun trying to figure out how and when they would meet. The story had cute dialogue a few times but not exactly funny. And Zach's group of friends, 2 fem & 1 straight guy, were fun. So much of it is M/M sex scenarios played out on the phone, which I tired of. They were quite sexy; the author has an adequate affinity for writing sex scenes. It's the rest of the writing.
After the sex moved off the phone, the trajectory of the story changed. And I liked that half of the story more, though it was never a story I was drawn too or sought out. I was ready to get it over. The conflict in the story was real and due to an unexpected reason, which was a good unexpected bend. And the story is not wrapped up too prettily, which was more realistic. I wish we heard other PSOs to get a real sense of Zach's workplace beyond encountering his boss. It just would've added to a wider view of Zach's life, since so much of the story centers on his job and workplace. Zach and John grow during the story, which was a plus. Still, I won't see out this author again.
The narrator seriously rocked especially all the sexual sounds and verbal expressions. He bounced well among all the male and female characters.

  • Priest: A Love Story

  • By: Sierra Simone
  • Narrated by: Jacob Morgan, Elena Wolfe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 894
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 846
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 845

There are many rules a priest can't break. A priest cannot marry. A priest cannot abandon his flock. A priest cannot forsake his God. I've always been good at following rules. Until she came. Then I learned new rules.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Forbidden Romance at its Finest!!

  • By Shannon Cole on 06-28-17

Essentially a fetish story w/ a lil' bit of depth

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

Reviewed: 05-15-18

This story focuses on Father Tyler Bell and Poppy Danforth and her renewed interest in religion. Of course, Tyler and Poppy are gorgeous and sexy. Both are highly educated. Poppy also comes from money.
As the title and book description indicates, Tyler is the story's focus. So it's told primarily from his viewpoint. As he struggles within himself, we get a good idea about the parts of his struggle. So we learn about his interest in feminism both academically and personally. I don't know for sure how I feel or what I think about the acknowledgement of some aspects of the story as anti-feminism. It might've been an attempt at insight that came across as trying too hard to be everything, both aware and fetishistic/hedonistic. Ultimately, these bits faded away in the tale. Too ease some of struggle and provide himself with a rationalization or self-justification, Tyler used the slippery slope excuse of "Since I've already done __, then I might as well do ____."
Ultimately, in between the sex, was the story of being tempted and falling for temptation, being torn and ambivalent, and struggling internally. But the way Tyler's struggle is enacted will certainly bother some due to the use of religious language/lingo, ritual and places during sex. For instance, having sex in the rectory, on the sanctuary floor, and church altar; using Lamb as Poppy's nickname; saying "Jesus help me" as an exclamatory phrase; calling the feeling of sex w/ Poppy Heaven; saying, "My cock is consecrating you"; and while having sex saying, "This is your body; this is your blood given up for me." After feeling a tad bit icky about it initially, a 2nd thought I had was that men think that and feel that way or hope for it all the time just with different words. And Poppy saying Amen at the close of their 1st sex together similarly mirrors many person's attitude of thanksgiving after great sex or sex w/ the right person. Eventually, as the relationship deepens, these acts and words decrease considerably. And I liked the message that God is not separate or outside consensual, adult intimate relationships that are loving.
The seriously explicit erotic sex overwhelmed the story resulting in the story coming off as superficial. After 3/4 of the story, I began to forward through some parts to get to the end. And ideas of love occurred too soon. Tyler was saying he loved Poppy w/in 6 weeks of having met, w/ no lighter feeling preceding that idea.
The narrators did the book justice. But the female narrator spoke very rarely. Almost the whole book is the male narrator, so it was strange when the female narrator spoke. I don't know why she was included really.

  • The Last Move

  • By: Mary Burton
  • Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,524
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,282
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,277

In this gripping stand-alone from bestselling author Mary Burton, an FBI agent must catch a copycat killer. The only difference this time: she's the final victim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mary Burton consistently writes winners!

  • By shelley on 09-21-17

Boring but thorough

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

Reviewed: 05-15-18

This is a boring story but with a thorough investigation. The author used common police procedural book tactics in an inept fashion. Sadly, the story, as a whole, was boring. Some aspects seemed nonsensical or should've been seen, known or suspected by Detective Maizer and FBI agent Kate ?. I did. There were 1 or 2 revelations by the end, but it was drudgery getting there.
There's barely a romance beyond Det Maizer silently expressing to himself his attraction to FBI agent Kate and, near the end of the book, Kate reciprocating his attraction to her and pushing it to create the 1 sex scene. Near the book's close there was 1 brief, mildly romantic but not raw or explicit sex scene. It would've been about the same if listeners/readers had just been told they had sex vs semi-showing us, though I didnt mind it. It just came across as thrown in since there was little to no action leading up to it. And they used no condom nor had a discussion about safe sex, which makes it more nonsensical or not thought through, just thrown in unnecessarily.
For what it's worth, the narrator was ok, but it made little difference.

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