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  • Dawn's Awakening

  • By: Lora Leigh
  • Narrated by: Brianna Bronte
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274

The runt of the lab she was created in, Dawn Daniels endured years of torture by her pride brother and the council soldiers. Finally freed from her torment, she's now a Breed Enforcer, in control of her own life. Until she's assigned to protect the one man destined to be her mate- and realizes it's far too easy to lose total control.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deeply Moving.

  • By Cheryl on 12-21-11

THE NAME IS RONNY!!

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

Okay, I normally love Brianna Bronte, but let's do a little research on a book before narrating it. Taber's mate is RONNY, as in Veronica, not RONI, as in macaroni, regardless of how it is spelled. I cannot believe this was allowed through as is. It annoys the sh** out of me each time I listen to it.

  • Love Bites

  • Argeneau Vampires, Book 2
  • By: Lynsay Sands
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 958
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 963

Etienne Argeneau’s 300 years of bachelorhood were at an end. Either that, or he’d be forever alone. He could only turn one human in his lifetime, and most of his kind created a life mate. If he turned this stranger…. But what choice did he have? He had to help Rachel Garrett. The beautiful coroner had saved his life. To save hers, he would make her immortal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wasn't disappointed!

  • By Kickez on 08-07-10

Fun Quick Read

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

Reviewed: 02-14-18

I liked it much better than the first book. The characters were much more fleshed out in this one. Happy to be rid of the breathy narrator too.

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  • Single White Vampire

  • Argeneau Vampires, Book 3
  • By: Lynsay Sands
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Cummings
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 843
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 839

Roundhouse Publishing editor Kate C. Leever’s first letter to her newest legacy author was intended to impress upon him the growing demand for his “vampire romances.” Though he’d expressed little to no desire for publicity, book tours or the like, it was clear that this was a writer waiting to be broken out. Correspondence with Mr. Lucern Aregeneau tended to be oddly delayed, but this time his response was quick and succinct.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny and great listening

  • By Anonymous User on 06-17-10

So Crabby He Cracks Me Up

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

Reviewed: 02-14-18

Lucern is a writer, and on 01/30 his editor Kate C. Leever, writes him this long flattering letter, ending by asking him if he will do a book tour, and requests his phone number, email, etc.

His response (on April 1st)..."Dear Miss Leever, NO. Sincerely, Lucern Argeneau."

Her next much longer and even more flattering letter (04/11) is sent overnight express. On June 15th, he writes, "Dear Miss Leever, NO. Sincerely, Lucern Argeneau."

She gets more wordy and sends him another overnight letter on 06/26 and ends by asking him to call.

On August 1st, he writes "Dear Miss Leever, NO. Sincerely, Lucern Argeneau."

He is just surly enough to tickle my funny bone.

Narrator did a great job with Lucern. I would have liked to have a female voice for Kate, but no complaints.

  • Wrong Number, Right Guy

  • The Bourbon Street Boys, Book 1
  • By: Elle Casey
  • Narrated by: Emily Foster
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,418
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,255
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,251

When a mysterious text message summons May Wexler to a biker bar in downtown New Orleans, she knows something is very wrong. Her sister has sent out an SOS, but when May gets there, she's nowhere to be found and May is the one in trouble - she's wearing pink espadrilles, she's got a Chihuahua in her purse, and she's in the middle of a shootout.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny, light and distracting

  • By Paula on 12-03-15

Promising premise, but doesnt follow through

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

Reviewed: 12-10-17

I hate autocorrect on my phone, and I had to laugh at the beginning of the book and the problems this caused. But... it went downhill from there. It just didnt keep my interest, and the narrator has the WORST cajun accent. I would have thought that would be a prerequisite to narrate something termed a "Bourbon Street Boys" book.

  • Scandal's Bride

  • By: Stephanie Laurens
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 775
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 567
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 578

Stephanie Laurens authors USA Today best-selling historical romances such as A Rake's Vow and Devil's Bride. Lauren's Scandal's Bride is the hot and exciting third novel in her riveting Bar Cynster series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He was not the scandal...she was

  • By N. Brooks on 02-14-10

Solid Story with Some Major Flaws

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

Reviewed: 11-16-17

Overall I enjoyed the book, but I have two major issues with it. First is the origin of Richard’s birth. Twice Richard's father's infidelity is brought up and rationalized away as feeling sorry for her and it "accidentally" happens. I realize this is not about Richard, but repeatedly throughout the book we hear about the "Cynster Way", "to have and to hold", love, fidelity, fate. I find getting the story of Sebastian, especially after reading "A Promise in a Kiss" really detracts from Richard’s story. I think Stephanie Lauren was distracted the day she came up with this storyline and did a disservice to the entire series with this. She could have made Richard older than Devil and a by blow of Sebastian’s philandering ways PRIOR to his marriage to Helene. Devil would still be the Duke as he is legitimate and it would also make Helene’s EASY acceptance of the babe believable. As written, simply put, it is not, and it becomes like fingernails on a chalkboard every time the pompous "Cynster Way" is repeated.

My second major issue with the book is the ease and acceptance of using a date rape drug. Yes, I know that Richard is very willing and would be without the drug, but that really isn’t the point, is it? Had Richard used drugs to sleep with the Lady, I don’t think we would have been at all accepting of it. And she is trying to get pregnant and have his baby and then planning on never telling him? And this is after she spends the day with him and learns how much family means to him.

Perhaps I am just in a mood, as I generally don’t moralize when I read, but the afore mentioned plot points really spoiled the book for me. That being said, I love Richard and the rest of the book was enjoyable reading. However, like a cup of delicious starbucks coffee that someone has spit in, even though 99% is good stuff, the overall product is tainted.

  • The Lady Chosen

  • By: Stephanie Laurens
  • Narrated by: Jill Tanner
  • Length: 16 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 352
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225

Stephanie Laurens' hot-blooded romances, including her New York Times best-selling Bar Cynster series, have earned her legions of loyal devotees. The beginning of an exciting new saga, The Lady Chosen introduces the distinguished war veterans of the Bastion Club, single gentlemen not entirely committed to staying that way.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Why Jill Tanner?????

  • By Julia Aryeh on 07-28-08

Not My Favorite

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

Reviewed: 10-04-17

I love the Cynster books, but this one leaves me wanting. It REALLY drags. No part is particularly bad, but no part is particularly good. I hate ditsy or annoying leading ladies and she is neither. However, I never actually come to care about her. I have read some of the other reviews that blame the never ending monotony on the narrator, and this is a possibility. I may have to motivate to read the book some time and see if I like it better, but at this point, I cannot recommend it.

  • Future Perfect

  • By: Suzanne Brockmann
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 210
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 184

Dressed in Victorian attire, Juliana Anderson gives guests at her cozy New England bed and breakfast a taste of old-fashioned hospitality. Whether she’s cooking up delights in her kitchen or maintaining the rooms in her beautifully decorated inn, Juliana stays busy and content. Until Webster Donovan arrives - tall, rugged, and sexy beyond belief. The lean, dark-haired author has a bad case of writer’s block and he’s planned a six-week stay to cure it.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just Okay

  • By SHIRLEY on 01-12-12

Forgettable Chick Lit

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

Reviewed: 01-05-17

Would you try another book from Suzanne Brockmann and/or Patrick Lawlor?

Yes to both. I love the Troubleshooter series and I love Patrick Lawlor.

Would you recommend Future Perfect to your friends? Why or why not?

No. The H & H were both disappointing. She was annoying and snippy from the start. For no discernible reason he falls for her immediately. He would be likable if he weren't such a major woose. He grovels to her nearly constantly, and then has all this inner dialogue, "what was I thinking?" "It's too soon." "Should I apologize?" and on and on.

Have you listened to any of Patrick Lawlor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

He does an excellent job and I have pretty much liked him in all the books I have heard. No complaints.

Did Future Perfect inspire you to do anything?

Read something action packed or eat something salty. Way too much saccharin here for me.

Any additional comments?

I love Suzanne Brockmann. I know this is one of her earlier books so I am going to go with that as the reason for this book. Definitely do not let it keep you from trying her other books. She generally rocks.

  • Lion's Heat

  • By: Lora Leigh
  • Narrated by: Brianna Bronte
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 419
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371

Bad boy Jonas Wyatt knows it is fate that Rachel becomes his mate. He can sense it. He can also sense her reluctance. But she has little power over the mating heat of the Breeds. It is Jonas's destiny to claim her. And nothing will stop him from having his way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Audio

  • By Char on 08-24-11

Love the Hero, Hate the Heroine

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

Reviewed: 11-29-16

What did you like best about Lion's Heat? What did you like least?

I hate, hate, hate Rachael. She is the most selfish woman I have ever had the inopportunity to read about. She uses her toys to achieve her own release. Then Jonas brings her to climax on two separate occasions, once when she is CLEARLY aware of the pain he is in. And in all this time, he is not allowed to even kiss her or else she would be subjected to the mating heat. Heaven forbid that Jonas is not the only one to suffer. And then, in chapter 14, when she if finally leaning toward “giving in” (I mean he has only risked his life, saved her daughter several times, proclaimed his love for her, all with getting nothing in return), does she kiss him? No. She starts to seduce him and wants to play a game to see how far she can push him before he finally loses his vaunted control. All while he is under the pressure of months of the mating heat, and she is debating, should I? Shouldn’t I? Am I ready? Blah, blah, blah. It is hard to love a book when you hate the heroine. I love Jonas enough to recommend the book, but honestly, this won’t be one I read over and over. She is just toooooo annoying.
At one point, he tells her he loves her. Then later she says he calls it a mating and can’t admit it is love. She says several times that Marines has told her everything about the mating heat, and yet she seems completely unaware that he cannot find his release without his mate. Jonas tells her this. She doesn’t believe him. Later Elly tells her this. She pretends to be completely unaware of this and later wonders if this can really be true. It makes me wonder since she doesn’t think that this can be true and obviously doesn’t think Jonas is having a difficult time, then why oh why was it so important to her not to give in? Completely illogical and chronically annoying.
Then they finally have sex. She nearly loses her mind the sex is so good and then she cuddles up and goes to sleep completely sated, but never notices that he wears a condom, doesn’t climax, and doesn’t even kiss her. Chapter 15 (out of 25)and I am so aggravated and annoyed that I am writing this review while listening to the book so that I can vent my frustration.
It is the end of chapter 16 before she FINALLY decides he is good enough for her to kiss. I have finished the book and Rachael, of course, becomes a strong woman and a good mate, but it is too little too late as far as I am concerned.

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  • Wolfe's Hope

  • By: Lora Leigh
  • Narrated by: Maxine Mitchell
  • Length: 2 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 291
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 269
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 275

Hope believed Wolfe was dead, but he was only waiting for the right time to claim her. The scientist who created him, Hope's mother, has forced his hand. She wants her creation back, and she wants any children he may breed on her daughter. He is a man whose DNA was altered, infused with the genetic code of the wolf. His unique genetic makeup has created a male unlike any other and will make itself known in the most surprising ways. Now Hope must convince her mate she hasn't betrayed him, and they must defeat the plans of a scientist gone mad.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nice!

  • By Candateshia Pafford on 11-02-13

Short and NOT sweet

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

Reviewed: 11-21-16

I am getting very tired of these men who supposedly love these women and use the mating heat against them to gain their submission. Wolfe' Hope takes this to a new low. Wolfe reenters Hope's life, kidnaps her and sexually torments her for hours. All this because he is tricked into thinking in the SIX years that he let her believe he was dead that she had another lover. After he has done this for hours, causing her great pain due to the heat and keeping her tied up and having anal sex, he is going to leave for an hour to "get himself under control so he doesn't hurt her." Say what??

When they finally have sex and he knots her he says that never happened to him before. Does this mean way back when or has he not been faithful to Hope for the last six years. We don't know and the doormat, I mean mate, doesn't ask.

So after six years with no word, kid napping her, torturing her, and only fully believing her when her mother verifies that she has not been with another man, all is forgiven because she was able to achieve mini climaxes during the torture. Really.

The narrator does well with women voices, but her men speak very slowly and distinctly. It is quite annoying after awhile and I can never get into the male characters in her books because of this.

I am into the series and will continue to read the books, but this one was a huge disappointment.

  • Mercury's War

  • By: Lora Leigh
  • Narrated by: Brianna Bronte
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363

Someone has been slipping the Sanctuary’s secure information to a pharmaceutical company. Now it’s up to Ria Rodriguez to pose as a clerk and uncover the leak. Yet she has no idea of the danger she’s about to encounter—or the passion she’s about to ignite in one of the greatest Breeds ever created.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • What Happened??

  • By Jan on 10-28-11

Great Breeds book

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

Reviewed: 10-06-15

I have enjoyed this whole series, and this is my favorite so far. A lot of strife and drama along with the usual breed heat.