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  • Chasing Petalouthes

  • The Gift Saga, Book 3
  • By: Effie Kammenou
  • Narrated by: Emily Lawrence
  • Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Evvie has lived through more tragedy than a young girl should ever endure, having lost both her father and a most beloved grandmother at a young age. Her rebellious ways are her only defense to mask the ever-present pain in her heart. Closing herself off emotionally, Evvie vows to never let anyone into her heart. But will her determination to keep everyone out see her lose the only person who could heal her broken soul? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Coming of age is complicated . . .

  • By The Book Junkie Reads . . . on 11-08-18

Coming of age is complicated . . .

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

Just from my aspect of things you really don't have to have the previous stories to fall in love here, but it will most certainly give you a broader picture of all the characters, place, and various references. You get like a lifetime of understand with this saga. You find a family that through time and place have made more of the life given to them. Then we come to this generation, Evvie and Stella both have surrounding themselves with shields. Shields for different reasons and as they two grown and become women and more they find that the shield they placed around them-self may be more of a hindrance than anything else. Watching these two young women grow in to more comes at a cost. Life hands them much, pain, sorrow, understanding, confusion, joy, love, self-awareness, and then some.

Emily Lawrence has been there from the start. She helps you to make that connection with each of the characters but in a different way. You could feel the pull of her vocals. The visual allure brings you deeper in. You find a greater desire to see what life holds for this new generation. The diction clear, the audio smooth, the emotional connection cemented.

  • Whispers at Seaside

  • Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers
  • By: Addison Cole
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Sebastian York
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

Having a mad crush on her boss’s son, Matt Lacroux - an intriguing mix of proper gentleman and flirtatious bad boy - is probably not the smartest idea for single mother Mira Savage. Especially when the company and her job, is already on shaky ground. But as a Princeton professor, Matt’s life is hours away from Mira’s home on Cape Cod, keeping him safely in the fantasy-only zone. And as a single mother to six-year-old Hagen, with a floundering company to save, fantasies are all she has time for. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Making of a Family

  • By Denise M on 11-09-18

You find more to fall in love with . . .

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

Whispers at Seaside was a dual POV with a great duo narration (Ardnt and York) that makes you want to step in and get more out of it all. This way you have more than just the surface of things. You can see the heart of it all and the deep emotional effect that go with both Mira and Matt. There was so much love, compassion, passion, emotion, and more.

You have found a sweet romance that filled with tender moments and an undeniable passion without the explicit nature. No matter the context this was on sexy, hot professor and a single, sassy mother. I have to give kudos and more to Melissa Foster. She gives a beautiful written story with each new offering. I have over the course of this last year fallen in love with her characters from the complete Love in Bloom multi-series series. Each new couple have the own individual struggles, needs, desires, hopes and dreams. This one was no exception.

I fell head over heels in love with Mira and Matt. Mira stole my heart because of her sense of self and her soft pride and respect for who she was and what she wanted. Matt, Mira and Hagen have a place with me. It was their interaction with each other that gave the setting a bit more. Matt and Mira both were dealing with a lot of things and the gradual growing relationship gave a bit of stability to their friendship. Having both sides of their perspectives shared made the story that much more enjoyable. We were able to get down to the heart of things.



  • Oh, My Roared

  • Paranormal Dating Agency, Book 12
  • By: Milly Taiden
  • Narrated by: Joshua Macrae
  • Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161

Francesca Virgata wants a mate. She longs for the perfect kind of love her parents had. There's only one problem: She has zero prospects. Thankfully, she's heard of Gerri Wilder, who promises to make all her mating dreams come true. Theo and Marcus are best friends and share everything, even women. So when they both fall for Francesca, it's only natural they have a friendly competition over who can get the girl. After some thought and a hot little interlude, they realize she shouldn't choose one over the other; they should work together to make the perfect triad.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Uhhhhh.

  • By Linbee on 07-24-18

Another good addtion to the PDA series. . .

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

Gerri has done it again. She stays on her game and makes the right plays with the pieces on the board. Two hot sexy friends and besties fall for the same woman. They form a trifecta that was none traditional. A lion, tiger and bear oh, my. This carries on the theme of non-traditional coupling, great romance that have more.

Narration was pleasing, clear, clean, and flowing.

  • All Kitten Aside

  • Paranormal Dating Agency, Book 11
  • By: Milly Taiden
  • Narrated by: Joshua Macrae
  • Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165

You don't have to listen to any of the other books in the series first. It's 100% stand-alone. Miranda Colilla needs a mate. Fast. This curvy lioness wants a man she can bend to her will, who will stay out of her business, and let her lead like the alpha she is. She needs that mate urgently before the lions in her pride think she's going to hand the reins over to one of them and let them tell her what to do. Not in this lifetime. When a wolf saves her hide, there's more than just gratitude sparking between them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Racycarr on 05-20-17

Alpha liones and Alpha wolf where will this lead??

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

Miranda alpha lioness with clan issues and Kasen alpha wolf with mommy issues. This one was off the usually path of BBW human with strongs sexy shifter. This one gave us both strong shifters that needed more than they had and had to fight to get it. One clan wanting to dicate to the alpha. The other clan mommy wanting to orchastrate the direction of a pack she no longer was the lead of.

Narration clear, concise, and the pacing worked well at a higher speed. There was a definite pause for breath or emphasis not sure.

  • Rendan

  • Dragons of Preor, Book 4
  • By: Celia Kyle
  • Narrated by: Todd Mrozek, Mandy Lane
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236

Rendan sen Tarkan, Offense Master to the Preor Third Fleet, has found his human mate. She is small compared to him, but her curves, delicious scent, and sky blue eyes call out to his soul. He has waited for a female for over two centuries and he will fight - kill - any who dare attempt to take her. Even one of his own males. One moment Carla was unemployed and the next she was on the Preor battleship, working as a nurse for human-Preor mates. Oh, and the next moment? That was when she found her sexy, alien pink-scaled mate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This series was wonderful!!!

  • By Bonnita on 03-31-17

Carla is back with a bigger role

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

Reviewed: 11-02-18

Carla was just a simple nurse once. Then she became nurse to the Preor third fleet. Action. Drama. Intensity. Subterfuge.

Narration has grown on me and opened up an deeper interpretation of the new Preor world on Earth.

  • The Harder You Fall

  • By: Gena Showalter
  • Narrated by: Savannah Richards
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145

Millionaire video-game creator Lincoln West has a dark and tragic past. The sought-after bachelor lives by a rigid schedule and a single rule - one relationship per year, lasting no more than two months. No exceptions. When he gave up the big city for a small town, he hoped to escape the worst of his memories - until a brash beauty dredges up long-buried emotions. A reformed party girl, Jessie Kay Dillon is determined to walk the straight and narrow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • SENSUOUS, ANTICIPATORY, &, MY FAVORITE..HUMOROUS

  • By Coooper on 11-29-15

only together would the two make it

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

Reviewed: 11-02-18

Jessie Kay was most mens fantasy.At leasr on a temporary basis. She looked for the comfort she sought in all the wrong places. She was a riot. West was a man you the core. Broken. Hurt. Confused. Tormented.

Narration did not really add or detract, but it was consistent and smooth.

  • Cree

  • My Way, Book 1
  • By: H. J. Bellus
  • Narrated by: Madeleine Bundy
  • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 66

I had my heart broken, stomped on and shattered before I ever started on my journey to find my little piece of happiness. With a bucket list, a '66 Ford and wild dreams, I set out on an adventure that changed my life forever. I found Cree... A pirate with a little princess and they swept me off my ever lovin' feet, filling my world with sprinkles, mac n' cheese and the courage to live again. But the truth is, nobody's past stays hidden forever.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Blah blah, hea.

  • By WendyBookWhore on 07-16-18

laughing, crying, angry, excited

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

this short little story packed a lot of goodness, sorrow, pain, sadness, fun, life, death, assault, and more.

Narration did well, but the audio editor should be fired. There are too many spots of repeated text. some were even back to back.

  • Between the Shadows

  • Lake Lanier Mysteries, Book 3
  • By: Casi McLean
  • Narrated by: Kristin James
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

After her friend York encounters the ghostly image of a young woman, Mackenzie Reynolds seizes the opportunity to initiate a time jump, thrusting them back to 1865 Georgia. Resolved to thwart the girl’s untimely fate, Kenzi stumbles into a deadly conflict over a stockpile of stolen Confederate gold.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book

  • By Ashten on 11-05-18

just missing that little something to make 5stars

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

Reviewed: 10-31-18

I enjoyed this one just as much, but a bit more than the first two of this series. I am certain because I went back to re-listen to them before starting this one. I had to go back . . .

Back to the shores of Lake Lanier. Back to another gripping mystery through the times. Back to another romance that was once separated by time and space. Adventure. Intrigue. Intensity. Opportunity. Fate.
There was more here than just Kenzi and York making that trip back to historical Georgia. They were there for a purpose, but was that the same one or one of the heart. How much of there trip back was fate pushing them in the right direction? How much of that was their chance to right a wrong or find love?

Kristin James did a good job with the diction and tone of the audio. I could feel emotions coming through the audio. I could make a connection with the characters through her emphasis of the words of Casi McLean. McLean brought to life another time travel mystery by the lake that makes you almost want for the same opportunity. That one chance you may have at your lifetime of love and connection.

  • The Hunted

  • Hunter Circles Series, Book One
  • By: Jessica Gunn
  • Narrated by: Shannon Condon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20

I'm Krystin Blackwood, and I've only ever been good at one thing: killing demons of Darkness. But at 24, I'm about to face my toughest challenge yet: shifting from working alone to joining a team of three other Hunters. Newbie Hunters. They don't know their magik, they barely know their place in the world, and when they find out the secrets I've been carrying, they'll definitely decide it's safer if they don't know me. But unfortunately for them - and me - Darkness has other plans.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • New Urban Fantasy Series

  • By KRLGA @Smada's Book Smack on 10-28-18

intense fast pace intriguing

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

Fast pace. Intense action. Dual POV. Intriguing characters. Backstories. Angsty. Cliffhanger??? Sort of yes. That to me felt like it would be left up to the person that was listening to the narration. There were some resolutions, but was it conclusive. There were depths to the characters that you get to see through the dual POV. The narration was intense and matching for the pacing of the story. There were times that you were not quite sure which POV was being heard. So don't get distracted or you will be back tracking.

  • Kozav

  • Dragons of Preor, Book 3
  • By: Celia Kyle
  • Narrated by: Todd Mrozek, Mandy Lane
  • Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263

Grace Hall is a nurse, not a doctor. But when five Preor warriors are brought to the emergency room and the doctors won't touch the aliens, she steps forward. One warrior draws her more than the others. His teal wings, muscular body, and pain-glazed eyes have her torn between two desires - needing his touch and desperation to heal him. She's going to save the Preor males, even if it kills her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Light reading/listening

  • By IreneMBBT on 03-26-17

battles dragons nurses prejudices

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

Kozav and Grace find a connection in the middle of an emergency. The Knowing knows no bounds. It comes, when it comes.

This duo narration team have connected with me. There are still some minor issues with distinguishing gender at times. The audio was smooth and clear.