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  • Drawn Into Love

  • Fluke My Life, Book 4
  • By: Aurora Rose Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins, Alexander Cendese
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

Courtney Williams wanted forever. She got six years of empty promises, a divorce, and a well-deserved settlement that’s paid her way to Manhattan. She has a new home under renovation, a new job, and a do-over as a happy “single in the city” - until she meets an architect with designs on more than her beams. He’s also a devoted single dad, a great cook, and has dark lashes to die for. Too good to be true. Now all Courtney can do is whisper, Oh no, not again. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great story tellers

  • By absolutchivo on 02-06-19

Enjoyed the story

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

Reviewed: 02-18-19

Audiobook: Narrators – Carly Robins & Alexander Cendese

While I read most of this book, when I did listen to it I really enjoyed the performances by these narrators. Ms. Robins did an amazing job of both male and female voices and I wouldn’t mind listening to her should she do a solo reading of a dual pov. I liked Mr. Cendese’s tone but there were times that it was so low I was unable to hear him without turning the volume up. I also struggled with his female voice especially that of the little girl. Once I adjusted to him I was okay but it did take me some time to do so.



This was probably my favorite of the series. I loved Lucas so much! I mean, what’s not to love about a sexy single dad of a little girl? Lots of ovary exploding moments here ladies! While both of these characters have other people from their past that cause drama, they both remained fast and true to what they wanted from each other. Unfortunately, Courtney has a secret. When things seem like everything is going to work out for this couple, she has to let that secret out. I actually found that the pinnacle of that drama was a bit underplayed and was pretty happy to find it so.

Other than the other person drama, this book was just absolutely wonderful. It’s fast paced, steamy, the characters are well developed and the epilogue was perfect! That epilogue made me so very happy! Overall, a very good read and one I’m glad I didn’t skip past.

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  • Hyde and Seek

  • Hyde Series, Book 1
  • By: Layla Frost
  • Narrated by: Alex Kydd, Lauren Sweet
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Piper Skye is rock 'n' roll. She's party all night, sleep all day. She's get wild and be free. Or she would be if she had the time. And the energy. And not being so awkward would probably help, too. As the owner of a thriving dessert business, Piper spends her days at school and her nights elbow deep in batter and frosting. She's confident her hard work and sacrifice will pay off as long as she stays focused and sticks to the plan. Jake Hyde is a workaholic with a jaded outlook on life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVED! Alpha hero - strong heroine

  • By carvanz on 02-14-19

LOVED! Alpha hero - strong heroine

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

Reviewed: 02-14-19

Audiobook: Narrators – Lauren Sweet and Alex Kydd

Wow! These narrators totally nailed this book! They were exactly as I expected Piper and Jake to sound. Even when they were doing the opposite sex voices they were still very nicely done. There are a lot of characters included in this story and each one had their own unique “voice”. Once I started listening I didn’t want to stop.


This book is everything I look for when I want a feel good romance with a strong heroine and an alpha hero. Piper isn’t a doormat to Jake’s controlling ways and I loved how they were able to communicate their way through their arguments. Theirs’s isn’t a rose colored glasses story but one filled with a gritty rawness that highlights each character’s individual strengths. The chemistry between Piper and Jake is off the charts scorching. Secondary characters are to die for and I swear this author needs to pick up the pace and give us more!

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a biker hero (this isn’t a motorcycle club story), a sassy, smart heroine, and a parade of hotness to round it all out.

  • Capture Me

  • The Complete Trilogy
  • By: Anna Zaires
  • Narrated by: Shirl Rae, Roberto Scarlato
  • Length: 20 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 521
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 486
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485

Forced to join a secret intelligence agency at a young age, Russian interpreter/spy Yulia Tzakova is no stranger to dangerous men. But she's never known one as ruthless and compelling as Lucas Kent. The hard-edged mercenary frightens her, yet she's drawn to him - a man she has no choice but to betray.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 4/4.5 "True Love or Obsession" Stars!

  • By BJ's Reviews on 02-21-17

Surprisingly good!

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

Reviewed: 02-14-19

Audiobook: I enjoyed the narration by both these narrators. They really brought this story to life for me. There are several different characters and their performance of them were very nice with the exception of one male character performed by Ms.Rae. I was completely immersed into this fascinating world created by Ms. Zaiares and voice by Ms. Rae and Mr. Scarlato.


Capture Me:

This was a fast ride into some dark territory. The heroine grew up with darkness, lives her life in darkness and has now become responsible for an event that is going to pull her even further into it. I enjoyed both the hero and heroine. More so than I did than those in the first series, Twist Me. The hero was completely consumed with having her and keeping her. He was jealous and possessive, There were a few moments were things were a bit dubious but I felt it was less so here than in TM.


Bind Me:

Things really heat up here when Lucas finally has possession of Yulia. This is where things tend to get a bit sketchy in regards to dubious consent. There are layers upon layers being revealed as the story moves forward even as it begins to build upon itself. I’m not sure I can even predict where this is going to go.



Claim Me:

Loved this conclusion to the series. It was so fast paced and action filled with plenty of steam. It kept me guessing from the beginning onwards. I wasn’t sure how this couple were ever going to find their happy ever after or even if they did what it was going to look like. I was very pleased with where and how the author took this story. The ending made all the tragedy getting to it worthwhile.



Dual POV

  • Covert Games

  • Redemption Harbor Series, Book 6
  • By: Katie Reus
  • Narrated by: Sophie Eastlake
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Redemption Harbor Consulting’s greatest enemy, Alexei Kuznetsov, is in their sights. For RHC cofounder Leighton, toppling the treacherous criminal’s empire is one more small step toward making up for his own past. To destroy Kuznetsov, he’ll go through the Russian’s niece, a woman Leighton suspects may also be guilty of dirty deeds. A woman he doesn’t count on wanting...who boils his blood and makes Leighton want things he doesn’t deserve with someone he can’t have.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tons of action !!

  • By Tammy Payne on 02-17-19

Amazing story and narration

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

Reviewed: 02-12-19

Re-Read was via audiobook: Narrator - Sophie Eastlake

Ms. Eastlake does a great job of both male and female voices which is where I usually have a problem. However, she pulls both off with amazing talent as well as adding more depth to a story I had previously read.


Another awesome installment in this series. Filled with action and suspense with plenty of steamy goodness and some romance to round it all out.

I loved Lucy and her desire to help in what she believes to be a case of sexual trafficking. She grew up a bit broken but still taken care of. When Leighton enters her life she is attracted to him but knows it can’t be more than a temporary thing. Unfortunately, she learns some disturbing news and her world as she has always known it implodes.

Leighton is struggling with memories from his time in the Marines. His work has him crossing paths with Lucy and he’s unsure where she stands within her uncle’s organization. There are clues along the way but when he finally meets her and can sense her desire to help a woman in need he realizes that she’s an innocent among the wolves.

This has a few triggers you might want to check out if something bothers you. It’s a fast read with a good look at all the characters we’ve met along the way, although I believe it can be read as a standalone. The steam is intense and the chemistry between the hero and heroine, while not the center of the story, was still believable. However, I would’ve liked to seen them as a couple more. The case they are working on was well developed and I enjoyed watching everything unfold in both that and between Leighton and Lucy.

This ends with a sweet epilogue and a deleted scene that I appreciated having access to as it definitely shows a bit more of Leighton and what he has faced in the past. Overall, while not my favorite of the series, it was still a very good read.

  • Jaguar's Mate

  • Crescent Moon Series, Book 8
  • By: Katie Reus, Savannah Stuart
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 1 hr and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11

Sapphire is cursed. Every relationship she’s ever been in has ended poorly. So she’s sworn off relationships and is happy with her life. Until Eli comes along - a one-night stand that turned into two nights. When things got too intense, she did what she always did. She ran. But this time Eli isn’t letting Sapphire go without a fight. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Paranormal Romance.

  • By Marie on 02-10-19

Another great shifter romance!

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

Reviewed: 02-03-19

Audiobook: Narrator –
I’ve enjoyed pretty much everything I’ve listened to with this narrator and this audio was no exception. He has a smooth even voice that is perfect in every way. There may have been a time or two it fell a bit flat, overall it was another enjoyable listen.

I both read and listened to this book because holy heck, I love a novella that can provide a full novel feel. With Sapphire and Eli having met before, this book picks up with them reuniting at a time that Sapphire is in need of backup to help a friend in need. That helps to cover all the initial getting to know you stage between the hero and heroine so when they meet again things start with a bang. I absolutely love the all alpha possessiveness that Eli portrayed even though Sapphire is as strong and independent as any wolf shifter can be. That’s one of the reasons I love shifter books.

This has a bit of excitement and action as this couple come up against a group of shifters that have endangered Sapphire’s friend. There is plenty of shifter activity so you get to see them interact in their animal forms. The relationship conflict here was believable and actually one I’d never come across before which made it all the more interesting.

This is a fast paced read that never repeated itself and holy hotness did it have steam! There were plenty of incredible secondary characters reappearing from other books but nothing that took away from this being a complete standalone.

Dual POV

  • Lovely Trigger

  • Tristan & Danika, Book 3
  • By: R.K. Lilley
  • Narrated by: Chris Ruen, Sarah Naughton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 826
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 767
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 770

Over six years after the night that changed everything, Danika finds herself forced to spend the weekend constantly in Tristan’s company, as they attend the wedding of two of their dearest friends. It’s been long enough that she feels they can be friendly again without it destroying her peace of mind, but just a small amount of time in his presence has her remembering something she had forced herself to forget: There’d been a reason she’d gone through hell with this man, for this man, some true good to precede the bad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Final book of Danica and Tristan was a wonderful story

  • By Amy on 05-18-14

Lost my trust...

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

Audibook: Narrators - Chris Ruen & Sarah Naughton

An okay performance. Nothing particular stood out as exceptional but nothing pulled this one into the “never listen again” file either. Overall, just okay.


This one was a little less angsty than book 2 but I was still suffering from the trauma of that one that I kept jumping at shadows every time a woman entered the scene. I wanted to feel like Tristan would never hurt her again but I couldn’t relax my guard. I didn’t trust that he wouldn’t make another a-hole decision. Yes, he loved Danika with everything within him, but he had loved her in that way before their relationship was broken. My trust was broken and I never felt this author was able to heal the residue it left behind.

I wanted to love this series but there were just too many things that annoyed the heck out of me - mainly the no communication or tstl moments by the heroine and even they way she enabled him up until they ended things. Now I’m wondering if I really did love the Up In The Air series because if it was anything like this one then I’ve definitely gotta rethink it.

  • Beautifully Damaged

  • Beautifully Damaged, Book 1
  • By: L. A. Fiore
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,142
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,042
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,046

Ember Walsh is a trusting soul with the quiet beauty of her late mother, who perished in a mysterious car crash when Ember was three. A little tomboyish from being raised by her father, Ember packs a punch when a stranger gets pushy with her in a bar, catching the steely blue eyes of a tall, gorgeous tattooed man — Trace Montgomery. Still damaged from her last disastrous relationship and warned off the bad boy by friends, Ember fights the smoldering heat that Trace sparks in her when he begins shadowing her like a dark angel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a Surprise!!!

  • By Alicja on 04-01-14

Just okay

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

Reviewed: 01-31-19

I both read and listened to this book.


Audiobook: Narrator - Amy Rubinate


Another audio that didn’t shine but certainly didn’t distract from the story. There were a few moments when her voice hit a very bland flat note at a time when I felt she should’ve been more animated but as a pretty lenient reader/listener I was able to ignore it and keep moving forward. I did find myself turning up the speed on this one as her rhythm was much too slow for me.



I had high expectations for this read as several friends had suggested it on various lists and groups. And initially, the set up looked promising for a sappy romance with a rich a-hole hero, yadda, yadda, yadda. Just the type of story I was needing to disappear into. Low angst and high predictability. That is not what I got. And unfortunately, that affected my enjoyment of it.


So, I’m going to try really hard to push aside the few things that really bugged me - the hero constantly pushing the heroine away, the use of other women as a tool to cause division and some really extreme angst on every level of this couple’s relationship. I will say that it has a great mystery at the heart of it, secrets that completely blew me away, and a steam factor that is completely off the charts.


I was not a fan of Trace in the beginning but after some conflict and resolution between them, I actually began to like him. I was still a little ticked off regarding an action he made when trying to push Ember away but instead of loathing him I moved into liking him. Ember’s character didn’t feel fully developed but as the story progressed and she began to morph into a woman with more backbone, he character felt “fuller”.


There’s a lot of mystery and secondary characters that will make you twitchy and I’m not really sure if I’m buying all of the answers that was given, but nevertheless, I ended up enjoying this story despite not being the solace I was looking for.



  • Rock Bottom

  • Tristan & Danika, Book 2
  • By: R. K. Lilley
  • Narrated by: Chris Ruen, Sarah Naughton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 767
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 701
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 705

Their love had the power of a runaway freight train, and the potential to be just as destructive. The tempestuous sequel to Bad Things picks up where the first book left off. Reeling from a profound loss, Tristan and Danika struggle to pick up the pieces and build a life together, but the hard habits of a lifetime are not so easy to escape. Rock Bottom takes us on a dual point of view journey through addiction and desire, through love and agony, and answers the question we've been asking since these characters were introduced in Grounded.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A SLOW DECENT TO THE BOTTOM-BROKE MY HEART!

  • By Yvette on 09-29-14

Angst Fest

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

Reviewed: 01-31-19

Wow! This is one angst fest. This couple are so completely messed up, especially the hero that I was tempted to end this pretty early on. Because of friends that have loved it I continued on. There are several triggers here and a lot of stupid actions from both the hero and heroine. I wanted to smack both of them on several occasions. Some of the things that happened could have been avoided by just saying a few words and some things were just a bit over the top. Despite this being a twisted, messy mix of crazy I’m continuing on to the next book. Don’t ask me why, I’m not even sure myself. I’m going to blame it on a bit of OCD. I hate to not finish what I started. Gah!

  • Bad Things

  • Tristan & Danika #1
  • By: R.K. Lilley
  • Narrated by: Sarah Naughton, Chris Ruen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 980
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 914
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 915

Danika hasn't had an easy life. Being insanely attracted to bad boys has never helped make it easier. One look at Tristan, and every brain cell she possessed went up in smoke. This man was trouble with a capital T. It was a given. She knew better. Bad boys were bad. Especially for her. Considering her history, it was crazy to think otherwise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • TRISTAN & DANIKA-beautiful, messy, heart-wrenching

  • By Yvette on 09-26-14

Uncertain how I feel

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

Reviewed: 01-31-19

Audiobook: Narrators – Sarah Naughton & Chris Ruen
This narration was pretty good. Nothing about it bothered me, which is always a win, but nothing stood out and made it outstanding either. I would re-listen to both of these narrators.

While this is a favorite of some readers, I’m left uncertain exactly how I feel about it. On one hand, I loved the possessiveness Tristan displays for Danika. However, I despised the double standard he exhibited. He went berserk over any other man that he even thought would make a move on her but he had no problem flirting with his ex and couldn’t understand why she didn’t see that it was innocent. And that’s just a tiny nugget of his off balance thinking. I don’t want to spoiler it completely. He also made decisions that just ticked me the heck off. As for Danika, I thought she was way too forgiving just because of his smile. So yeah, I may be turning into that reader that can’t handle the inequality between an “alpha” hero and the heroine.

I’ve started book two but even after the opening I’m thinking I’m in for an angst fest. Sigh.

Mostly Heroine POV with a few from Hero

  • Brighton Honeymoon

  • By: Sheri Cobb South
  • Narrated by: Noah Michael Levine
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151

Sir Aubrey Tabor began with the most altruistic of motives. When the Brundys' seaside wedding trip is interrupted by a young woman claiming to be Mr. Brundy's sister, Sir Aubrey promises to do what he can in order to relieve his friend of an imposter whose presence poses a threat to marital bliss. But golden-haired Polly proves to be more than a match for Sir Aubrey, and with each encounter, he finds himself thinking less of his friend's honeymoon, and more about having one of his own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sir Aubrey’s tale & more of the Bundys!

  • By Loves2Read on 02-23-18

Sweet and fun

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

Audiobook: Narrator - Noah Michael Levine

I love this narrator. He’s done an awesome job of these characters and while this one isn’t as entertaining as the first book I still enjoyed it. No trouble discerning character’s voices or following along. And, another awesome listen to Ethan Brundy’s accent! Swoon!

This was so sweet and cute! Loved that we got to watch Ethan as he tries to steal some time away from everyone to spend with his wife but watching Sir Aubry and Polly match wits was incredibly fun and entertaining. Poor Aubry, he had his hands quite full with Polly and her innocent ways. Loved this couple!