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  • Filthy Cam Girl

  • By: JB Duvane
  • Narrated by: Lacy Laurel, Logan McAllister
  • Length: 4 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11

I've dreamt about him for years, especially after seeing those pictures of his...you know. But he was my best friend's dad and he barely knew a kid like me existed. That was before the accident. Now I'm sure he hates me. The problem is, every man I cam for becomes him in my head. I know I can't have him, but I don't know if I can live without him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, steamy story

  • By Krystyn - AudiobookObsession on 04-25-18

A dirty, filthy listen

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

Steamy, interesting, but not really believable most of the time. For starters, having a thing for her friends' dad is one thing, but seeing this man being intimate with his wife as a teenager ... I really had my problems with that. And I'm far from a prude, lol. Then Drake. Of course he also has an unhealthy obsession with now 18-year-old Ashley, down to installing cameras in her room like some creep without her knowledge. No matter his reasons behind that action ... just ...ooof! Filthy hermit that Ashley is, she is using a cam sites to do everything her "daddies" tell her to do - one of those men of course being Drake... And then there's the kidnapping I just don't get. It wasn't neccessary. At. All. All of this made it hard for me to establish a real connection to either of the characters.

The narrators are a good fit for each character, especially Logan McAllister whose narration makes it even filthier. Lacy Laurel's voice is kind of nasal, which, for some reason, I always find make the characters sound arrogant without even meaning to.

FILTHY CAM GIRL is well written and delivers some serious dirty, filthy scenes which makes this a hot little listen.

  • Captivated

  • By: Bethany-Kris
  • Narrated by: Daniel James Lewis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

When someone needs to disappear, the Chicago mob calls on Joe Rossi. A man who can move without a sound and kill without a word, they don’t call him the Shadow for nothing. This time, it’s a New York crime family in need of his skills, but it takes one glimpse of her to make him agree to the job. Liliana Marcello is every inch a principessa della mafia. Her life has taught her to be wary of strangers, yet her ballet career contradicts everything by putting her on display. It’s a man with a dark smile and a constantly changing demeanor that makes her feel safe again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story and Narration

  • By underpar67 on 10-29-18

Captivating Mafia Romance

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

Lilliana Marcello – graceful ballerina and mafia princess with a hurtful past – and Joe Rossi – reserved hitman with the heart in the right place – come together in the wonderful mafia romance that is CAPTIVATED by Bethany-Kris. It’s my first read – err, listen – by her and I enjoyed every second of it. It’s beautifully written and together with the colorful narration – and great accent! – by Daniel James Lewis it brings the characters to life perfectly.

Joe is good at what he does – and he prefers to stay in the shadows- Fitting for his job description: getting a job done and vanish before anyone ever realized he was even there. This all changes when he meets his perfect distraction in the form of Liliana – one glance is all it takes for him to know his life will never be the same again… It’s her innocence, her angelic features as a ballerina that draw him to her like moths to the flame, activate his alpha mode and with it a ferocious protectiveness over her… Swoon!

Liliana – don’t think you know her because she’s in the ballet and a principessa. Because she may be those things, but what she is not is snotty or stuck-up. She is living her life to the fullest despite the danger it brings living in her father’s world. And Joe definitely is part of that danger. But that just magnifies the allure he has over her. One glance and she knows she needs to know more about this man…

A dangerous love story with an intriguing plot about justice for terrible wrongs of the past and passion found in the unlikeliest of places with a person you never expected.

Thrilling, steamy and action-packed – spiked with a hero speaking Italian with his loved one. I thoroughly recommend this one.

  • Knocked Up

  • By: Christine Bell
  • Narrated by: Sophie Daniels
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

Luke Anderson had exactly two things on his mind: Getting the f--k out of Alhouette, Louisiana, and opening his own bike shop. But when he meets sweet little Tawny Mitchell at a bonfire by the lake, things get so hot, he's almost tempted to stay in town a while longer. Almost. Tawny Mitchell has her life perfectly planned now that she's graduated college. Become a school nurse, form some roots in a small town and, eventually, find a kind, hard-working man to start a family with. The type of loving, close-knit family she never had growing up. But when her best friend convinces her to go to a party and let her hair down, just this once, she never dreams that the consequences of that steamy summer night will change everything....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Knocked Up

  • By J and M on 12-11-17

It's okay

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

Reviewed: 10-22-18

KNOCKED UP was a sweet story, but not much more. You get what the title promises - a kinda surprise pregnancy of a girl who only this once decided to live a little. It's very predictable.

I had some serious problems with Tawny. For one, how can she pursue a career as a school nurse when she cannot even care for herself in taking the morning after pill after she had unprotected sex?? Then she was sitting on her high horse, looking down on sweet and loveable Luke, who may not come from money, but did everything - and I mean everything - right when it came to her. I never even felt a spark of sympathy for her. Luke deserved so much better.

Looking past the heroine, it's a sweet story if you're looking for something light and flirty.

This was my first Sophie Daniels audio book and it was thanks to her I didn't quit halfway through the book. I'll have a look at her other works for sure.

  • Survival of the Richest

  • By: Skye Warren
  • Narrated by: Erin Mallon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

My story starts with a plunge into the cold water of Manhattan's harbor. A strong hand hauls me back onto the deck of the luxury yacht. Christopher was supposed to be my enemy. Instead he protects me with fierce determination. That should have been my happily ever after, but then Sutton appeared - ruthless and seductive. He doesn't care that my heart belongs to someone else, because he's determined to win. No matter the cost.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Erin Mallon's Performance is BRILLIANT! 4.5 STARS!

  • By Avephoenix on 11-10-18

Bring on the next instalment, please!

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

A couple chapters into SURVIVAL OF THE RICHTEST with its prolonged pre-released epilogue and I was already completely captivated by the newest tale written by the amazing Skye Warren.

There is a reason she belongs to my favorite authors. Her stories and characters have depth – and the ability to shock me time and again. Her books always do that to me, keeping me intrigued and on my toes the entire read through. Her heroes, oftentimes so complex and complicated, so effed-up to downright being a jerk, their actions so questionable to some extent that one should not like or, worse, fall for them as well.

And with Christopher and Sutton we even get two of these specimen – gasp! Yeah, I absolute loved Ms. Warren’s innovative, unique spin on a love triangle story! I have to say, it threw me for a loop when Sutton was added, because as I usually do with this author’s books, I went in totally blind.
But back to our (anti-?)heroes…

A man of her past and a man of the present, both wanting to have Harper’s future… Both demanding. Both controlling. Both a total enigma and sex on two legs. Both not safe to trust. Who is playing games? Who is speaking the truth…? I was switching sides faster than the pages, always confused, always looking for that hidden meaning…
Christopher is open about his jerk-y moves, whereas Sutton is subtler about it, having you run right into his trap. Always.

And Harper, spoiled little rich girl that she is, – caught in their crossfire. Fighting with her own devices and not sugarcoating her feelings toward anything…

And then, of course, that cliffhanger. It was to be expected, but still – gahh!

I loved diving into Ms. Warren’s web of lies, intrigue and angst, to feel the sexual tension – and tension in general – grow, as my keeping wondering what the eff would happen next… That’s the amazing thing about this woman’s books: They’re all but predictable. And that there are tiny glimpses of her previous couples is just the icing on the cake.

Then there is Erin Mallon doing the narration. Her way of bringing this story to life only intensifies everything tenfold, making it even more colorful than it already is. She is one of the best female narrators out there. Even her male voices get me every time because she is making them so, so sexy.

Bring on the next instalment!

  • The Best Laid Plans

  • By: Lauren Gallagher
  • Narrated by: Michael Ferraiuolo, Lia Langola
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

After yet another adoption falls through, Gabe is ready to give up, and Shahid isn't far behind him. Apparently, being a gay couple is just one strike too many for the powers that be. When their friend Kendra offers to carry their baby for them, both men balk at first but gradually warm to the idea. Especially Gabe, whose bisexuality is open to the chemistry among the three of them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • surprise!

  • By karina Larson on 06-29-18

Much more than expected!

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

This book defies quite a few clichés. First is the impression of it being an MMF ménage, where usually you have three people each falling for the other two (which is also the reason why I usually prefer MMF over MFM). Well, if you read the blurb, you’ll realize that this might not be the case with this one – which was as much of a breath of fresh air as it was making me skeptical. Also, which absolutely surprised me and had me falling for the story, there is the fact that while this book might be spiked with lots of hot and carnal sex as to be expected with a ménage, it has so much substance, so much depth about real life problems (which in all honesty shouldn’t be a problem at all nowadays, though much of the society thinks otherwise), that it becomes an emotional rollercoaster.

A happily married gay couple who yearns to have their own children and a good female friend who wants to put an end to all the denials they already had to endure over the years whenever they tried to adopt – denial not even over the most obvious reason, no, but because of their mixed-religion marriage. Kendra’s offer is huge: to be the surrogate mother for their kid – only she wants to receive the old-fashioned way with the bisexual Gabe. Trouble is inevitable, seeing that Shahid, who is gay, will be somewhat left out in the whole process…

Before you ask: No, this story is not at all about cheating! These three are actually quite mature people to talk things out, communicate instead of always jump to conclusions on their own – well, at least most of the time. Of course they have obstacles to overcome, fears to fight, and they learn things about one another and themselves they never thought were possible.

The narration. Lia Langola. To be frank, she is what drew me to this story by Lauren Gallagher, who was new to me, in the first place. I just love her beautiful sultry voice and the way she breathes lives into the characters. She is about the only female narrator who can do male voices I actually feel attracted to – which is saying something! Michael Ferraiuolo was new to me, but I liked his deeper, smooth voice instantly. He had to do the narrative from both male perspectives, which he did wonderfully overall, but there were times it was hard to tell which voice we were actually listening to.

All in all, I loved listening to this story that blindsided me a time or two and thoroughly recommend it.

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  • Resuscitate Me

  • By: Leddy Harper
  • Narrated by: Charley Ongel, Tor Thom
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 69

Carter Hastings was only supposed to be a fling. A summer of fun, excitement, pleasure. And it was...everything. It's hard to walk away. To leave the one man who resuscitates me. But I did. He didn't reciprocate my feelings. He didn't love me. Not now. Not ever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Resuscitate Me

  • By trixie on 07-16-17

Okaaay...

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

Reviewed: 08-26-18

Okay, can I just say how much I love that cover? It's one of my favorite models in quite a rare pose and just... major swoon!

But... well. Kara and Carter. I had some serious trouble warming up to either of them. Kara, who constantly contradicted herself, and Carter with his aloofness, never fully there with Kara. His personality grated on my nerves quite a few times. Stubbornness and emotional immaturity, refusal to truly speak their minds - especially Kara's - lead to misunderstanding after misunderstanding.

Tor Thom and Charley Ongel do a solid job giving those characters substance, but not even Mr. Thom's smooth, rich voice could manage to sway me into his character's corner. It's so rare I don't fall for the hero at some point, but with Carter, I truly didn't. With two narrators, I also expected dual point of view, but that's not what we got. It's the herione's POV, only the male dialogue done by Mr. Thom. Maybe Carter's POV would have given more substance to the story, I don't know...

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  • Unbreak My Heart

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Joe Arden, Erin Mallon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219

Experience all the feels in this unforgettable second-chance standalone romance from number-one New York Times best-seller Lauren Blakely! I didn't break her heart, and she didn't break mine - we broke each other's. I never stopped loving her, but time and distance played its cruel role in ripping us apart three years ago when she moved halfway around the world. Now after all those endless miles away, she's returned...but I'm not the guy I was before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth all the feels, the tears and the ride!! Wow!

  • By Patricia Villali Koett on 08-15-18

A heartbreaking but uplifting story

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

Reviewed: 08-24-18

UNBREAK MY HEART is nothing if not a heartfelt, emotional second chance romance. A story about a brokenhearted and lost man on a tough journey through grief to acceptance back to being at peace with himself again. He develops so much throughout this book, and becomes a completely different person in the end – a far cry from the wreck he was, a man who used his grief as an excuse to take advantage of whoever was willing to help him – a man I wasn’t even sure I’d ever like… But, boy, did I love him in the end.

And it was Holland who played a big part in that. She is the only girl he has ever loved, the girl he had to let go because she moved halfway around the world. Now she is back – temporarily – and gives him the nudge in the right direction. The nudge Andrew needed, without ever functioning as his crutch or drug: somewhat like a guide showing him the possible paths to find himself, to learn how to be at peace with himself, and, ultimately, to find true happiness.

Happiness. Such an easy, yet complicated word. It is different for every single person. And Andrew discovering what made his late brother happy is something he needed a long time to grasp, because in his mind, it didn’t make any sense at all. His discovery was as powerful and beautiful as it was painful, it pulled all my heartstrings.

This book is so different from the usual playful rom-coms Lauren Blakely usually writes. It has funny moments, spicy moments, but the majority of it is somber, truthful, deeply-rooted emotion. The journey of a man on his way to cope with loss and grief and to become whole again.

The narration. Both narrators are a force on their own – but combined… they were perfection. I know mainly Joe Arden as the cocky, smug alpha bad boy. Andrew is anything but that. Andrew is vulnerable, sad and lost – little cracks and tiny wavers in his voice – you can hear all that and more in Mr. Arden’s interpretation. It was intensely emotional, if not to say gut-wrenching. Erin Mallon is one of my favorite, if not the favorite female narrator of mine – the way she delivers emotions and heartbreak is pure perfection. Combining these two interpretations just means one thing: have your tissues ready!

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  • Eternal Desire: The Siren Coven

  • By: Kim Loraine
  • Narrated by: Will M. Watt, Felicity Foster
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

Izzy - Dying young is tragic. Dying young and being reborn over and over for all eternity? That’s exhausting. My goal had always been to reunite with my sister witches and break the curse put on us. Love was a risk I wasn’t willing to take. It wasn’t worth knowing it’d end in heartbreak. Then a handsome beast found me and took me as his mate. Grant McTavish linked our souls without giving me a choice. Now, with a ticking clock, a shifter pack on the hunt for me and my sisters, and Grant trying to claim my heart, I’ve got to save myself in order to save the man I don’t want to love.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great paranormal romance story!

  • By Jocelyne on 06-01-18

W.O.W.

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

Kim Loraine plus paranormal romance plus Will M. Watt doing a brilliant and absolutely panty-melting (I’m not even joking, hooooly moly!!) plus this all wrapped into duet narration with new-to-me Felicity Foster = absolute perfection. Seriously, I was in total book heaven.

And nobody – and I mean nobody – does paranormal quite like Kim Loraine. She creates unprecedented worlds of magic and mystique, full of aspects from legends, mythology – even from fairytales and religion – where nothing is ever as it seems. Her paranormal worlds are just one-of-a-kind, innovative and utterly addictive. I sincerely hope Ms. Loraine never, ever, EVER stops creating them!

ETERNAL DESIRE is Izzy’s story. Young and beautiful, a strong woman, as well as a siren – and a witch. Oh, and she is cursed. Cursed to live forever, but without the gift of immortality. No. She is damned to die young, only to relive the cycle once more, again and again and again. When all the pain, the losses, the excruciating heartbreak she had to suffer throughout those lives became too much, she built a brick wall around her heart and guard it with all her might – even from that Scottish man’s man who is positive about the fact that they are destined to be together. And he is so sure about it that he will stop at nothing until Izzy realizes he is speaking the truth…

Grant, oh Grant… I could have listened to him for ages and it wouldn’t be enough. Will M. Watt lending him his voice with that strong, beautifully haunting and melodic accent (yes, I’m gushing, let me!) makes this one of my absolute favorite audio books I ever listened to. But not only his voice had me swooning, his character too – his protectiveness and heart of gold make him the whole package.

And together…? The push and pull between those two is intense and filled to the brim with combustible sexual tension – and when Izzy is finally giving in, just know it’s going to be hella explosive!

I think I have said enough about how much I adore Will M. Watt, now it’s time to say a few words about Felicity Foster as well. It was the first time I listened to her, and I loved her voice, the emotion it carried and how effortless she made the different tones, voices and accents sound. She and Mr. Watt make a wonderful team.

Now, bring on book two!! I can hardly wait!

  • Bishop's Desire

  • Barnes Family, Book 3
  • By: Normandie Alleman
  • Narrated by: Aiden Snow, Alicyn Aimes
  • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Bishop Eduardo Soto has devoted his life to the church to pay for mistakes he made long ago. He didn’t expect a second chance in life, but once he meets Chloe, saving her is all he cares about. Chloe Thomas dreams of leaving the Bourbon Street stage and owning a respectable business. She’ll do anything to make it happen, including agreeing to a marriage of convenience. But when she’s offered the opportunity of a lifetime, will she leave her new husband behind after all he’s given up for her?  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hot and steamy.

  • By ANB KC on 07-25-18

Taboo and dirty

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

Reviewed: 07-26-18

Sooo… BISHOP’S DESIRE is a bit over the top, and definitely unbelievable at times. But, hell, have you read that blurb? What did you expect from a story of a priest falling for a dancer? I went in ready to enjoy some forbidden sexy smuttiness – and enjoyed the hell out of it, as I knew I would, because this is not the first book by Normandie Alleman that I’ve read, or, in this case, listened to.

Eduardo hasn’t had it easy in life. His mother passed early and with being raised by a priest and his wife – in addition to a few poor life choices –, his choice to devote his own life to the church as well just feels natural. That is, until he meets Chloe at a strip club. And slowly, his priorities start to shift…

Chloe, however, has her own problems to solve, her own demons to fight. A relationship is the last thing she wants right now. But when life throws her another curveball, she might just not have another choice than to agree to that shocking proposal “Bishop” throws in her direction…

This one is the third in a series, it can, however, completely be read as a standalone. It’s full of smut, little twists and turns, and, yes, again, the one or other unbelievable act or reasoning. If you’re looking for a deadly serious, factually accurate story from start to finish, look elsewhere. If you enjoy your smut taboo-ish and slightly crazy, this is the one for you.

I totally recommend the audio version, Aiden Snow (my first listen by him) and Alicyn Aimes (loved her from previous audio books by Normandie Alleman!) do a terrific job adding additional layers to the characters and make the story even more enjoyable.

  • Game Winning Catch

  • Pass to Win, Book 5
  • By: Roxy Sinclaire
  • Narrated by: Aundrea Mitchell
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

I went to see my childhood idol but instead I saw the girl I could never forget. People always say there's always one that got away, and for me that was Natalie. We spent one amazing summer together but then I never saw her again...until now. From the moment I saw him on my doorstep I knew I was his, whether I wanted to be or not. Our time together was sinfully sweet but also short, as we both knew it had to come to an end. Only for me, it was just the beginning, as after Chris left I found out I was pregnant with his child.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • great fun story

  • By Cyn on 06-27-17

Too many issues with this one

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

Reviewed: 06-26-18

I'm not quite sure how to start with this one. I listened to the audio book - and for the first time ever, I felt the need to listen to it at speed 1.5, which was a first for me. And not because the narration was done so slowly, but because I'm not one to quit but still wanted the story to be over already. It's not that it's bad. It's just... shallow. Nothing much happened. The description always very superficial - even the first sex between the heroine and the very jerky hero was... meh - and it was the heroine's first time, for christ's sake! And even though the story spanned about 6 years, there was no real character development. And, by the way, who exactly are Natalie and Chris exactly? I feel like I know nothing about them. And what exactly got her dad to change his opinion on Chris? It's a mystery... As well as if there was ever any real feeling between our couple. I felt... nothing. Not the tiniest bit chemistry. Oh, and the editing. If I hear "he said", "she said", "he asked", "she asked" just one more time, I think I'll scream! Over-usage is not strong enough a word for these terms.

I'm not a huge fan of the narrator either. I find that I am having troubles with nasal voices. And while her voices for each character were easily to be told apart, but, boy, did I hate Chris' voice! It was dislikeable and arrogant and ... just no. The up and down of her narrative also took some getting used to...

All in all I am sorry to say this one just wasn't for me.