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Yvonne T. Cruz

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  • Thrill of the Chase (The Parker Sisters)

  • By: Lorhainne Eckhart
  • Narrated by: Mary Jane Conlon
  • Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

To everyone who didn't know her, dependable Taz Parker the towns EMT is strong, capable and confident. Except the fact everything about her job terrifies her, she lives in a small Wyoming town, has five sisters an overprotective father, and no prospects of dating on the horizon, considering the lack of available men in the area. Until one rainy night while transporting a patient to the next town she stumbles upon an accident. Jerry O'Rourke is only passing through town when he witnesses a roadside accident. When he stops to help at the grisly scene there is only so much he can do and flags down an approaching ambulance. When the pretty EMT stops to help, Jerry encounters a woman he is unable to resist. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good beginning to the series

  • By Yvonne T. Cruz on 10-20-18

A good beginning to the series

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

Reviewed: 10-20-18

This story begins the series of The Parker Sisters. Sisters that are very much sheltered by their parents , especially after the oldest one left years ago with a cowboy.
This one belongs to Taz, an EMT that while on another call, she and her co-worker, come across an accident. There she finds Jerry O’Rourke , an out of towner , who had stopped to help.
The chemistry between them is immediate. They moved at the speed of lightening, and they have bumpy moments, but remember, this is fiction and anything can happen!
An audiobook for an afternoon of leisure, that leaves you wanting to know more about the rest of the girls.

  • Play Hard to Get

  • The Parker Sisters, Book 3
  • By: Lorhainne Eckhart
  • Narrated by: Mary Jane Conlon
  • Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Twenty-four-year-old Naomi Parker is interning as a journalist. Until she stumbles onto a big story about a ruthless man and a destroyer of women. So, with two objectives in mind - be the best she can be and not let him see who she really is - Naomi is convinced she’ll uncover everything he’s been trying to hide. The only problem: The man she set her sights on isn’t anything as rumored and what she believes him to be.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Play Hard to Get

  • By Catrina P on 10-20-18

A very engaging story

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

I loved this audiobook. Though I had not read the previous stories, it is definitely a stand alone.
Naomi Parker, is a young reporter. All she wants is to write the story that will make a name for herself. To do that , she goes undercover as a waitress in a strip bar. Cameron Donnelly, is the owner of the bar and a man whose life was upended the previous year when newspapers wrote scandalous stories about him.
But, after she is attacked in the bar, it becomes evident things are not what they seem.
The story was engaging and the characters complex. Not a dull moment and one that I promise you will enjoy.
I was entrusted this audiobook. The opinions expressed are solely my own.

  • Deadly Obsession

  • By: Katie Reus
  • Narrated by: Eliza Foss
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 79

Ten years ago, Lilly Carmichael left town without an explanation, breaking Braden Donnelly's heart. The death of her aunt has brought Lilly home and face-to-face with memories she thought were long buried. Still getting over a traumatic incident from her work as an NSA agent, Lilly initially dismisses the face at her window as a figment of stress-induced paranoia.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Average

  • By Elisabeth on 03-04-13

Another engaging story by this author

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

Reviewed: 07-29-18

Get ready for a roller coaster ride, and edge of your seat story .
The main characters are Lilly Carmichael and Branden Donnelly. These two were sweethearts in HS until she abruptly left him heartbroken and with no explanation.
Now, 10 years later, Lilly is back in town to take care of her aunt’s funeral. She is an NSA agent who was held prisoner, still suffers from PTSD and on her first day home, sees a masked man through her kitchen window. Brandon is the sheriff and when he sees her again, he realizes he’s still mad at her ,but feelings are also still alive.
While women are being murdered , they join forces to find the killer. A killer that evidently wants Lilly dead.
Lots of twists and turns, secrets are revealed and the unlikely person , is the murderer.
A story that is fast paced with an engaging plot, and complex characters. As well as a strong female.
And finally, will Will Lilly and Branden get their second chance?
You can never go wrong with a story by this talented author.
I wish to add that the narrator of this audiobook, Eliza Foss, does a great job with the voices.

  • Dangerous Secrets

  • By: Katie Reus
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 63

Isabelle Ballantine has been fighting for independence since she was old enough to walk. Now that she’s finally out from under her father’s shadow, she won’t let anyone stand in her way. It’s tough living on her own, working in a bar and keeping her true identity a secret, but things start to look up when a sexy new stranger walks into her life. After working side by side for weeks, Izzy can’t figure out why he won’t make a move.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another winner by this talented author

  • By Yvonne T. Cruz on 07-24-18

Another winner by this talented author

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

Another absolutely great story by this talented author, filled with lots of suspense, edge of your seat moments and of course romance.
The story centers around Isabelle/Izzy Ballantine and Adam Marcellus.
Izzy is working in a bar far from home , much to her father’s dismay. He’s very rich and wants her to move back home. She wants to spread her wings , and get away from his overprotectiveness. There she meets a new hire, Adam. Little does she know that he’s been hired to protect her and convince her to return home. If he does that , he gets a contract with Izzy’s father.
But lies of omission usually come back to haunt you, and what you think you wanted , really is not want you want at the end.
But the road to happiness will be a tough one. Trust is tested, forgiveness might not come , danger is around the corner, but hope endures.
As always, the author gives us an engaging plot and characters that are complex and imperfect. I specially appreciate the fact that the female character is a strong woman.
The narrator , Gabra Zackman does an excellent job with the voices.

  • Killer Secrets

  • By: Katie Reus
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Journalist Eve Newman stumbles across the murder of a prominent member of her west Texas town and finds herself the target of a shadowy killer. When the body goes missing and the police don’t believe she saw it happen, she turns to the only man in town she can trust: her deceased brother’s best friend. Former Marine Macklin Quinn has been half in love with Eve since they were kids, but he’s always considered her off-limits. When she turns to him for help he can’t send her away. Within 24 hours it’s clear she’s in trouble and someone wants her dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Books R Us on 07-27-18

Another winner by this talented author

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

Reviewed: 07-20-18


Writing short novels requires a great deal of talent, since the author has to pack a lot in just a few pages. Something few manage to do successfully. But as always , Ms Reus outshines as a storyteller by giving the reader an engaging plot with complex characters .
This one centers around journalist Eve Newman, and former Marine and rancher, Mac Quinn. They both have been secretly attracted to each other since their youth, neither telling the other one. When Eve finds herself in a bind, she goes to Mac for help and protection.
The story is full of suspense, whodunit, and of course romance. I love that the author manages to give us a strong woman and an alpha male that can handle her.
Another winner by this talented author.
The narrator , Jeffrey Kafer, does a great job with the voices.

  • Collision Force

  • Crossing Forces, Book 1
  • By: C.A Szarek
  • Narrated by: Kylie C. Stewart, Eric Rolon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Bad boy FBI agent Cole Lucas always gets his man. So when the unthinkable happens and one gets away, Cole grits his teeth and hunts the human trafficker all the way to Antioch, Texas, where he collides with Detective Andi MacLaren. Cole doesn’t get involved with women with whom he works, but Andi tempts him in ways he doesn’t want to acknowledge. The last thing Andi needs is a cocky FBI agent who sees her as no more than a tag-along, but attraction and passion bring Andi to a place she left behind when her husband died.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Case & Hearts Collide In this Romantic Suspense!

  • By Sophie Koufes on 09-27-18

A very good beginning for the series

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

Reviewed: 06-14-18

This story is the beginning of a new series titled Crossing Forces. A series revolving around law enforcement individuals.
This one centers around Cole Lucas and Andi MacLaren.
Cole is an FBI agent driven to get a human trafficker that has escaped him numerous times. He follows him to Antioch, TX. Here he meets Andi. She is a detective, widow and has now been partnered with Cole.Her police partner, was injured by the Maldonado, the man Cole is after. Cole resents having a partner and she resents his cockiness and disregard of her. But in the midst of this collision, there is an attraction.
Andi ends up having to house Cole where he sees another side of her , as a mother. Needless to say, her boy, Ethan , steals Cole’s heart , as does his Mother.
The plot thickens while the two of them not only work together to get the trafficker, but also as their relationship develops. The main characters are complex and the secondary ones are interesting with potential stories all of their own.
All that said, I have to confess that I disliked Cole during the first 20% of the book. His attitude towards Andi, and disregard of her as a professional rubbed me the wrong way. He redeemed himself, but it did take a while.
The narration was interesting. Instead of only one narrator using the various intonation to depict the different characters, the audio uses a male and a female to do the narration.
A promising series that promises to keep the readers entertained.

  • Innocent Target

  • Redemption Harbor Series, Book 4
  • By: Katie Reus
  • Narrated by: Sophie Eastlake
  • Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

Now that Hadley's billionaire father knows about her existence, her life has changed drastically. She just never imagined she might be targeted because of her family. And she definitely never imagined she would fall for the one man she should never want.... Axel was simply going to warn her that she was in danger and get out. Then he got a taste of her and fell hard. But they're from two different worlds. Not only is she innocent, she's out of his league. He should keep his distance, but he can't. Not when someone wants her dead. Now he's driven to protect her, to keep her safe.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Part of a great series

  • By SMH on 10-08-18

Another great story in this series

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

Reviewed: 06-11-18

The author takes us back to Redemption Harbor. The home of Redemption Harbor Consulting. A consulting company where the bond of friends is more like family and where family bonds are strengthening. Also where life and circumstances are not black and white , but variations of gray.
As opposed to other stories by this talented author, this one is a little sweeter because even though Hadley, the main female character is a strong , independent gal, she is also younger and more innocent than the characters in previous stories. Axel, the male character, on the other hand, is older in years and experience. In his past life he was an FBI agent, but now is a killer for hire. When her contract comes across his desk, he makes it his duty to protect her. From the moment he meets her, the attraction between them is evident but circumstances make the relationship one that is complicated.
The plot was not only engaging but also thought provoking. Where do we run the line between what’s right and wrong. What would you do when put in a situation in which you have to choose when the law fails to do the right thing?
The narrator, Sophie Eastlake, did an excellent job with the voices.
Once again, kudos to Ms Reus, for another book that has a great plot and complex characters you will come to love. Looking forward to the next book in this series.

  • Savage Rising

  • Redemption Harbor Series, Book 2
  • By: Katie Reus
  • Narrated by: Sophie Eastlake
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93

Having a child changed everything for Olivia - she vowed to keep her little girl safe from the mistakes of her past. But when the most dangerous person she ever met blackmails her into doing one last heist, the world she's so carefully built goes into a tailspin. Frantic, she heads to Redemption Harbor in search of help. Sparks fly when she meets Savage, a man who will do anything to keep Olivia and her daughter safe. He'll help her get her life back, but can he handle seeing who she once was?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great romantic suspense.

  • By Marie on 01-10-18

Another great story in this series

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

Reviewed: 05-15-18

I loved book one of this series, and this one did not disappoint me.
Once again, we go back to Redemption Harbor and the Redemption Harbor Consulting company. An agency made up of lifelong friends that are as close as a family can be, and whose goal is to help those in need. Not always “coloring inside the lines”.
This story gives us Zac Savage, and Olivia Carter. These two have a past they are not proud of, but have been able to overcome .
Savage has recently joined his friends’ company. He is called upon to help Olivia and her daughter Valencia. Olivia is a college friend of Skye’s , who considers her a sister. Skye is a character in book 1.
Without giving away the plot , suffice is to say that it’s a story filled with non-stop intrigue, bad guys, ex-boyfriend, double crossing , and action that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
And let’s not forget, a strong attraction between Olivia and Zac. So great that both wish what they never thought would be possible to have in their lives, love and a future with someone special.
Not only did the author deliver us a complex, and well developed plot, but she also gives us strong main and secondary characters. I love the fact that the females are dynamic.
The narrator, Ms Sophie Eastlake, brings the story to life.
I voluntarily listened to this audiobook. The opinions expressed are solely my own.

  • Fired Up

  • By: Anna Durand
  • Narrated by: T.B.
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Humiliated by her cheating ex, control freak Mel Thompson has resolved to avoid sex and romance. But her plans skid off the rails on her birthday, when she overindulges in champagne and tries to seduce her best friend, Adam Caras, exposing her long-repressed attraction to him. She's determined to remain just friends, but her erotic fantasies have other ideas... Firefighter Adam Caras has seduced more women than he'd ever admit to, earning the nickname the Arsonist, thanks to his explosive sensuality. Unfortunately, he realized he's in love with his best friend Mel five minutes after she hooked up with her sleazebag ex. For two years, he's kept his true feelings a secret. His libido, on the other hand ... not so easy to rein in. Now that she's free, he has a plan of his own. He'll win her heart the only way he knows how - in bed - by employing every weapon in his lady-killer arsenal. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Nope

  • By Julie on 09-23-18

An engaging story

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

Reviewed: 05-12-18

I am new to this author and was given the opportunity to listen to this audiobook.
This story centers around Mel and Adam. At first friends, and later lovers.
It’s an engaging story with complex characters . Of course, there is also someone that is not happy with this new relationship.
But , is it right cross that line? Can they have a real relationship?
Will they find their HEA?
I was gifted this audiobook. The opinions expressed are solely my own.

  • Resurrection

  • Redemption Harbor Series, Book 1
  • By: Katie Reus
  • Narrated by: Sophie Eastlake
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121

Skye Arévalo left the CIA and faked her death to protect Colt Stuart, the only man she ever loved. Months later, a brutal kidnapping draws her to quietly infiltrate a dangerous cartel. Just when she thinks she's home free, things go horribly wrong and she escapes with bloodthirsty enemies on her heels...only to find herself face to face with a bewildered and angry Colt. When Colt, a former Marine, finds out the woman he loved betrayed him, he's shocked and hurt, but it doesn't stop him from breaking every law on the books to keep her alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Shyla Wright on 07-10-17

An excellent beginning to this great series

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

Reviewed: 05-12-18

I discovered this author with this story when I read the book. I became a fan forever. I decided to listen to the audiobook and loved it even more.
This is the first book in a series that promises to be keep us on the edge of our seats for a long time.
The main characters in this one are Skye Arevalo, a CIA agent that to save her boyfriend and his friends, fakes her death, and Colt Stuart, the CIA agent she left behind, who has yet to recover from that “loss”.
It’s a story filled with intrigue, rescues, evil people, drug trafficking, kidnapping, and what extreme measures one might do for love .
But it’s more than that. It’s a story about the friendship of 6 individuals who became friends in their youth , in the town of Redemption Harbor. Who have stayed extremely close even as adults and who would do anything for each other. That kind of loyalty is rare and precious.
The series is appropriately titled Redemption Harbor for I foresee the redemption of each of them and those they will help.
The narrator, Sophie Eastlake, is excellent and brings the story to life.
I voluntarily listened to this audiobook. The opinions expressed are solely my own.

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