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Chicago, Il, USA
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  • Melt for You

  • Slow Burn, Book 2
  • By: J. T. Geissinger
  • Narrated by: Pippa Jayne
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 897
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 817
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 810

Socially awkward Joellen Bixby has a date every Saturday - with her cat, a pint of ice cream, and fantasies of the way-too-handsome Michael Maddox. She’d give anything to win over the unattainable CEO of her firm, but how can she when she blends in so well with her cubicle? The answer may be closer than she thinks. Cameron McGregor is a cocky, tattooed Scottish rugby captain who just moved in next door. He’s not Jo’s type - at all - but the notorious playboy is offering to teach the wallflower everything he knows about inspiring desire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Took me by surprise

  • By GSKM in sc on 05-17-18

Body shaming turned me off at first.

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

Reviewed: 02-02-19

I almost returned this book when it started with the usual clap trap about how hugely fat the Mc was. Ultimately the story redeemed that as not a great point of view. But if I had not enjoyed the first book in this series so much I would not have kept going.

Ultimately I really liked it, it was sexy and the romance tugged at my heart strings. The main character goes through a real transformation, not just a physical one and that made it very enjoyable.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Hating Game

  • A Novel
  • By: Sally Thorne
  • Narrated by: Katie Schorr
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,709
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,450
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,449

Lucy Hutton has always been certain that the nice girl can get the corner office. She's charming and accommodating and prides herself on being loved by everyone at Bexley & Gamin. Everyone except for coldly efficient, impeccably attired, physically intimidating Joshua Templeman. And the feeling is mutual.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slow Burn!

  • By Cyndi on 04-07-17

Slow Start, Glad I Stuck it Out!

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

Reviewed: 07-16-18

Two things had me going "I don't know" at the beginning of this book, the first is the narrator who sounds incredibly young, the second was the childish animosity between the two leads. It didn't hook me.

But I kept listening, and the way the romance unraveled made it worth it. The first few chapters are superficial surface stuff, but as you go beneath the surface the situation changes and things become much more interesting and even compelling.

I ended up feeling so much of this book and it was funny and delightful.

The one big complaint I have is that some of the assumptions about business operations in this book are deeply unrealistic. I realized eventually that the author was reflecting a highly dysfunctional workplace, but that wasn't explained early enough in the book or deeply enough and (MINOR SPOILER ALERT) I spent a lot of time rolling my eyes about the idea that two executive assistants could be considered for a direct promotion to COO.

  • Wanderlust

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage, Grace Grant
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,042
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,877
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,876

They say Paris is always a good idea.... You know what I say? Paris would be a much better idea if I spoke the dang language. I can't even board the metro to visit the Louvre without ending up at the Moulin Rouge, and let's not even mention how I'll ever make it through a day at my new office. Fortunately my company hooks me up with my own personal translator. Ooh la la. Or should I say bloody hell? Because he's charming, witty, and British, and he brings the city to life for me.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫ 5 Stars ✫✫ Romantic with great narration!

  • By Cyndi on 02-06-18

Making the Most of my Romance Package

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

Reviewed: 05-01-18

This book is great. The characters are witty, and fun, and both go on an emotional journey that doesn't feel maudlin or contrived. The book ends up being about people learning to make the most of their lives and finding their place in the world.

The sexual tension was palpable and glorious. And I've never wanted to visit Paris more.

The narrators really brought the performance to the next level. Beware ladies, you may swoon over Richard Armitage, be careful if you listen while driving.

I held back on listening to this one, you shouldn't, it's great!

  • The Kraken King

  • Iron Seas, Book 4
  • By: Meljean Brook
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 20 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119

A former smuggler and thief, Ariq--better known as the Kraken King--doesn't know what to make of the clever, mysterious woman he rescues from an airship besieged by marauders. Unsure if she's a spy or a pawn in someone else's game, Ariq isn't about to let her out of his sight until he finds out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Write yourself out of this one Zenobia Fox.

  • By Teresa on 02-23-15

My favorite in the series!

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

Reviewed: 01-30-18

I really enjoyed most of this series. The steampunk science fiction elements have always been very interesting to me. But this book really stepped up on the romantic tension as well as the political intrigue. I think I especially liked Zenobia as our heroine.

  • A Duke in Shining Armor

  • Difficult Dukes
  • By: Loretta Chase
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 527
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479

Hugh Philemon Ancaster, seventh Duke of Ripley, will never win prizes for virtue. But even he draws the line at running off with his best friend's bride. All he's trying to do is recapture the slightly inebriated Lady Olympia Hightower and return her to her intended bridegroom. For reasons that elude her, bookish, bespectacled Olympia is supposed to marry a gorgeous rake of a duke. The ton is flabbergasted. Her family's ecstatic. And Olympia? She's climbing out of a window, bent on a getaway.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully humorous and entertaining!

  • By Millicent j Hill on 12-13-17

A New Favorite

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

Reviewed: 12-12-17

I love Loretta Chase, and this may be my new favorite of her books.

Though, to be honest, I didn't expect it to be. This kind of story with a love triangle is usually not my thing. I usually appreciate the fact that there is an underlying danger or other story present in her books as well.

But I was really captivated by Olympia, being a girl who loves to read and it always pragmatic, I loved seeing her journey. It made my heart ache to see her torn between duty to her family, and a desire to truly finally be herself. I really loved the moments of laughter and joy shared by the two protaganists and caught myself laughing along with them many times.

I can't wait for the rest of these Difficult Duke books, and I know I will be listening to this one again.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Princess and the Peer

  • Princess Brides Series, Book 1
  • By: Tracy Anne Warren
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 288
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 262
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 261

When a royal summons from her brother arrives, Emma knows it's time to embrace her duties as the princess of a small European kingdom and marry the man her brother has chosen for her, a stranger she has never met. Instead, she does what any self-respecting princess would do - she runs away. All she wants is one week in London. One week to experience everything life has to offer, before she is locked away in a loveless marriage forever. Former naval captain Nick Gregory has inherited a title he never wanted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unsure at first, but glad I continued

  • By GH on 12-16-16

90% Feelings 10% Historical Innaccuracy

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

Reviewed: 11-20-17

I was really disappointed in this book. I loved Tracy Anne Warren's Husband Trap series, so I thought the somewhat lukewarm description of this book might have just been a back of the book error.

But actually, re reading it now the description sounds better than the book I actually read.

The book was not very historically accurate in a lot of big and small ways, it made me wish that the story was set in a fantasy universe so I could believe that a princess would have only one maid somehow? And no relationship with that maid? And no guards assigned to her? And no sense of political maneuvering or ability to communicate?

But I don't think even that would have made the half of the book taken up with breathless descriptions of twoooo wuuuuuuuuvvvvvvv enjoyable.

The book has no sense of humor whatsoever, which might have saved it from having an incredibly dull and predictable story line. But instead it is breathless and earnest, emotional and frankly exhausting.

I kept going just because I kept hoping that somehow some dramatic tension would be introduced via some method other than FEEELIIIINGS. Or perhaps a happy resolution that was a nice payoff for the reader.

I was really disappointed. Ultimately I felt like what I listened to were all the boring parts of a pretty predictable story line.

  • Trace of Magic

  • The Diamond City Magic Novels, Volume 1
  • By: Diana Pharaoh Francis
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Phillips
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 199

Even the most powerful tracers can't track you if the magical trace you leave behind is too old. But I can track almost anything, even dead trace. That makes me a unicorn, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, and the Loch Ness Monster all rolled into one. In a word, I am unique. A very special snowflake. And if anyone ever finds out, I'll be dead or a slave to one of the Tyet criminal factions. Riley Hollis has quietly traced kidnapped children and quietly tipped the cops to their whereabouts one too many times.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Promising new series! Credit used with no regrets.

  • By Sandra on 03-30-16

Not in love with the narrator

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

Reviewed: 08-23-16

The story of this book is so interesting a character intent on being a loner, protecting herself and her family from mafia like interests -- while also being a person of intense power, and trying to hide it from everyone.

Unfortunately I found myself irritated and reluctant to return to the story over and over, and I think that had to do with the narrator. I don't think she made the main character sound as strong as she really was, and it was a distraction from the story.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Discovery of Witches

  • A Novel
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 23 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,553
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,684
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,716

Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Started out intriguing, devolved into Twilight 2.0

  • By Elina on 11-13-17

With a brush of her finger against the smooth glas

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

Reviewed: 07-05-16

of her smartphone she paused the breathless narration. She stared at her phone in irritation, as it sat, on her plain particleboard desk, headphones dangling from the input. The electric glare from her computer monitor reflected against the phone.

TL,DR: I stopped listening because this entire book is breathless descriptions of mundane actions. It could be about half ato a third as long as it is. I don't mind detail but when you're breathlessly describing the act of GETTING DRESSED TO GO HORSEBACK RIDING?

Seriously, they just described the feel of putting boots on. At a certain point, the things I am reading need to advance the plot not just make me feel ambiance.

Some people are complaining that this is a romance, but here's the thing, I LOVE ROMANCE NOVELS. This is just... breathless descriptions of life with occasional plot points. I tried, I really did. But Nope.

156 of 172 people found this review helpful

  • Mr. Impossible

  • By: Loretta Chase
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,053
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,055

Rupert Carsington, fourth son of the Earl of Hargate, is his aristocratic family's favorite disaster. He's irresistibly handsome and unapologetically irresponsible, & trouble follows wherever he goes. Still, Rupert somehow manages to escape entanglement - emotional or other - with maddening grace! But now he's a prisoner in Cairo's most infamous jail and his only chance out is accepting a beautiful widow's dangerous proposal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the unusual couple

  • By Enchantinc on 08-05-15

A Romantic Adventure in Egypt

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

Reviewed: 06-16-16

This book was great, the characters were well developed, and the plot line was interesting and engaging. The romantic tension and build up had my heart in my throat through a lot of it, but so did the adventure!

The book was also very well performed, adding so much to the story, especially the different languages and accents, it was seamless.

I was very pleased with my purchase and will be listening to more of this series for sure!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Quick Bite

  • By: Lynsay Sands
  • Narrated by: Victoria McGee
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,670
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,290
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,295

Lissianna has been spending her centuries pining for Mr. Right, not just a quick snack, and this sexy guy she finds in her bed looks like he might be a candidate. But there's another, more pressing issue: her tendency to faint at the sight of blood . . . an especially annoying quirk for a vampire. Of course it doesn't hurt that this man has a delicious-looking neck. What kind of cold-blooded vampire woman could resist a bite of that?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Liked the book...hated the narrator

  • By Shelly on 06-08-10

Seriously Dull

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

Reviewed: 02-25-16

This story seemed like it might be a fun lighthearted romance. But the poor narration combined with the mundanity of the actual story made it hard to get into let alone enjoy.

The narration is DEADLY serious and sexy, so sexy, so serious, so often using the wrong inflection on various sentences and making no sense. It's like this was the first time she had read any of this, so it is often disjointed and the inflections don't make sense. In addition to having a very serious tone which didn't really fit the story.

The serious of the narration makes the story itself seem even more insipid than it already was. Having someone enumerate in great detail the different color baby doll pajamas a party of vampires was wearing? Ugh. Maybe some of the attention to really unimportant detail would seem more interesting if it were better performed. But why does the reader need to know whose room is next to whom? The author seems VERY Concerned with making sure the story is internally consistent, and not very concerned with making it interesting.

I feel like if I had read this myself I would have been able to skip over the repetitive mundane details, but listening to an already dull narrator narrate them dully was dull.