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  • The Chosen

  • A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood
  • By: J. R. Ward
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 17 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,517
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,316
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,306

Xcor, leader of the Band of Bastards, convicted of treason against the Blind King, is facing a brutal interrogation and torturous death at the hands of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Yet after a life marked by cruelty and evil deeds, he accepts his soldier's fate, his sole regret the loss of a sacred female who was never his: the Chosen Layla. Layla alone knows the truth that will save Xcor's life. But revealing his sacrifice and his hidden heritage will expose them both and destroy everything Layla holds dear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A FINGER-LICKING BANQUET FOR ALL BDB FANS

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 04-07-17

I didn't even know how much I needed this story!

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

I waited a long time for this one! I put off listening to it because I had really been BDB'ed out. I am so glad I waited! I needed a chance to step back and then re-submerge myself in their world. I did not really feel the whole Chosen Layla and Xcor. I mean really, she is unworldly and he is a devil, almost pure evil. Somehow, someway, JR brought it all together in just the right way. She dropped little thoughts here and there until it all comes together in unexpected and amazing ways! I actually really loved this one when I did not even expect to like it. Well done!

  • The King

  • A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 12
  • By: J.R. Ward
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 22 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,914
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,916

After turning his back on the throne for centuries, Wrath, son of Wrath, finally assumed his father's mantle - with the help of his beloved mate. But the crown sets heavily on his head. As the war with the Lessening Society rages on, and the threat from the Band of Bastards truly hits home, he is forced to make choices that put everything - and everyone - at risk. Beth Randall thought she knew what she was getting into when she mated the last pure blooded vampire on the planet: An easy ride was not it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫ 5 Stars ✫✫

  • By Cyndi on 08-09-18

I needed this book!!!

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

I needed this book! I forgot how much I missed Beth and Wrath. I loved how all of my favorite characters had parts in this that I did not even realize I had needed! JR gave me what I needed even if I did not think I wanted it. That is all.

  • Safe Haven

  • By: Nicholas Sparks
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,945
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,980
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,999

When Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community..

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Safe Haven

  • By Tina on 11-09-10

Even more exciting in audiobook!

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

Sometimes there is no safe haven, even from yourself. The demons that haunt you keep you from living. For every step forward to happiness there can be two steps back and even though you think you have found what you want & need fate may have another twisted path in store for you. This suspenseful page turner will keep you guessing until the very end and seriously, I did not see that one coming at all! There is love, laughs and sweetness but also fear so listen up and hold on for an amazing ride!

  • The Rescue

  • By: Nicholas Sparks
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,616
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,273
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,275

When confronted by raging fires or deadly accidents, volunteer fireman Taylor McAden feels compelled to take terrifying risks to save lives. But there is one leap of faith Taylor can't bring himself to make: He can't fall in love...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Can't put down story!

  • By Cmg on 03-04-03

So much more than a rescue!!!

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

This story has so many layers and each one is a joy or a sadness to uncover. A roller coaster of emotions and adrenaline rush. It touched my heart so deeply and I cried, a lot, ugly cried. Thank you Nicholas for another amazing story!

  • On the Rocks

  • By: Sawyer Bennett
  • Narrated by: Douglas Berger, Bunny Warren
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197

He left to travel the world for fame and glory, but only after spurning Gabby Ward and crushing her young heart. Now Hunter Markham has come back home to the sand and salty breeze of the North Carolina Outer Banks so he can open up Last Call, a beach bar nestled among the dunes of the Atlantic. Gabby Ward is not happy that Hunter has returned. Bitter over his rebuff years before, she's content to stay far away from him and his dangerously charming ways

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • same story

  • By 3hmamma on 08-10-18

Good start to a new series

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

I really enjoyed this book. There were great characters and so much more I want to know. Good start to a new series.

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  • Elementals: The Complete Series

  • By: Michelle Madow
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly
  • Length: 31 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 753
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 680
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 678

Nicole Cassidy is a witch descended from the Greek gods...but she doesn't know it until she moves to a new town and discovers a dangerous world of magic and monsters that she never knew existed. When the Olympian Comet shoots through the sky for the first time in 3,000 years, Nicole and four others - including mysterious bad-boy Blake - are gifted with elemental powers. But the comet has another effect - it opens the portal to another dimension that has imprisoned the Titans for centuries.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good lord!

  • By Bernie W. on 04-12-18

Excellent Value! Five NA stories in one!

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

I had a great time with this series. It is NA so it is geared more towards teenagers but the mix of the elements, Greek Mythology, witches, etc. was fun and exciting. There is typical teenage drama, jealousy and angst but it was a great adventure!

The narrator did a fantastic job!

  • November 9

  • A Novel
  • By: Colleen Hoover
  • Narrated by: Zachary Webber, Angela Goethals
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,027
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,029

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon's last day in LA together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I hate you soo good, Colleen!

  • By Meraline on 11-11-15

Colleen did it again, she shattered my heart

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

How?! How does Colleen do it?! Time and time again she writes these unbelievable stories that are so farfetched as to be realistic! She drags you in. She builds you up. Then, she tears it all apart. She breaks your heart. She makes you love, trust and then makes you fall. You fall so hard you break apart. You cry. You ugly cry. You hurt. Whatever you expect, she takes you in a completely different, unexpected direction that tears you up into little, tiny, broken pieces. I can never read her books when they are first released. I have to wait. Wait until I am emotionally ready because I do not look forward to the heartbreak I will soon feel when I delve in to the cover and read the first words. She always grabs you from the very first sentence, the first paragraph, the first page and then she doesn’t let you go. There is a rhythm to her stories. A wave of emotion you must ride only to come out wondering what the heck she was thinking. How could she write something so intense? Especially when she swears she does not have all the feels?! How?!

The story of Fallon and Benton is no exception. It starts off as crazy as all the other stories. You fall in love with the characters, you watch them grow, then Colleen takes them to a place you did not foresee and breaks your heart in all the worst and best ways. That is all I can say without giving anything away.

  • Alien's Captive: A Science Fiction Alien Warrior Romance

  • TerraMates Series, Book 15
  • By: Lisa Lace
  • Narrated by: Connor Brown, Faith Clark
  • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

A delectable earthling makes me reconsider my plans. Perri is lovely. Curves, blue eyes, and ivory skin I want to taste. Her beauty makes planning to overthrow the corrupt government hard. Very hard. I terrify her. When I get close to her, she darts away. She calls me a rogue and a brute. No one can talk to me this way. I’ve only spent a single evening with the fiery female, but suddenly a wife is what I need. She’ll scream. She’ll moan. She’ll writhe beneath me. I’ll bend her to my will. I’ll show her the pleasure of submission. I’ll make Perri my queen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Best So Far

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-19-18

One of Lisa Lace’s more boundary pushing stories!

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

Perri leaves her hell on earth only to arrive in another hell. She is unwittingly the punchline in a wicked Kings joke and is now the wife of a Prince who had no knowledge of his bride. Despite the terror she is once again being thrust in to she is unbelievably drawn to her new husband, Rasulus, who she suspects is more than he appears to be.

One of Lisa Lace’s more boundary pushing stories so it is beyond steamy hot!!!

  • Auxem: The Complete Collection

  • A Science Fiction Alien Romance
  • By: Lisa Lace
  • Narrated by: Paul Brion, Connor Brown, Faith Clark, and others
  • Length: 24 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

They came to Earth for one thing - to find mates. These hot alpha aliens will keep you company all night long. This is a collection of five steamy stand-alone science-fiction romance novels. No cliff-hangers, no cheating, and plenty of steam. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good way of delight

  • By Joss1685 on 07-08-18

Auxem is hot, steamy, sexy alien fun

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

Auxem (Auxem #1)
**** (Four Stars)
I had a very hard time processing how to rate this book. I loved it but at the same time there were several discrepancies and unanswered questions that really bothered me. It starts off fast and dreamy with a lot of sexual tension. There are a ton of new characters, some new back story information, and a bunch of future potential for additional stories for the other characters!

Jayne Lynch and Arnon are great characters. They have spark from the very first moment. They both value family, are intelligent, hard workers and put others before themselves. Their story may well be my favorite TerraMates love story so far.

My only issue with the story is that there are a lot of contradictions, a few discrepancies that the author attempts to clear up but after you finish you realize they never really were and a few side story lines that you are left hanging on.

Like I said before, this was a great love story so that earns stars but I really hope that Lisa finishes some of the side stories!!!
Ayrie (Auxem #2)
***** (Five Stars)
Ellie intrigued me in Auxem. She fought her way to school, she's survived against the odds, and she was accepted in to TerraMates even though she should not have been. She has had a rough life, bad relationship experiences, and she grew up poor so she is tough, tougher than even she realizes! It's her own bad luck that she went from having a marriage of convenience to falling in love with her husband! Dumb, dumb, dumb but true none the less, now what to do about it?

Ayrie does all the right things for all the wrong reasons and what he wants is to never, ever love. He doesn't want fall in love, he doesn't want anyone to make it past his defenses and make him care and most of all he does not want to bond, no way!

The problem is that Ellie is possibly reaching through his shields instead of trying to go around them and it is confusing the heck out of him! Why does he care what she says, thinks, or feels? All she is to him is a distraction, she distracts him to the point of insanity and its not just her super hot body, no she has brains, and heart and he is afraid to hurt her but he is more afraid to let her go.
Anders (Auxem #3)
***** (Five Stars)
In an attempt to avoid falling in love Anders is always attracted to woman who are unobtainable but what happens when his best friend, secret crush and partner is suddenly free of the marriage that has kept her from him?! Basically his world is flipped upside down and so was mine as a reader! I did not realize from the last book that Gwen and her husband were not from Auxem so imagine my surprise when Gwen finally broke the news to Anders that her marriage was over! I was shocked! I was also excited because we all knew that what Anders really wanted was a chance at Gwen but did her failed marriage mean she would not trust love again? Sure enough they are thrust in to the middle of a fight for their lives and everyone on the ship. The adventure that ensues leads them on a galactic game of hide, seek and conquer and the adrenaline rush pushes Gwen to cross binderies that Anders just cannot handle. Will they be able to save their fellow passengers and their hearts? Sit down, relax and follow their ultimate journey to find out!
Alien Prince’s Mate (Auxem #4)
***** (Five Stars)
It is crazy how something so amazing can come from some of your darkest moments and how chance encounters can forever change your world! When Priya is rejected from the program she thinks her life is over but it is really just the beginning! The first incident happens as she is leaving after her elimination from the program and bumps in to a sexy man. Then she is stopped by some low life’s who try to steal her money and her body. Trying to hide from her attackers she ends up on a transport. She thinks she will be able to come right back to Earth and no one will be the wiser but life has something else in mind.

Pirates invade the ship while Allex is away from his family. They message him to get to the safe room ASAP but he is tired of always doing what he is told and wants to try and rescue his people. Unbeknownst him, Priya is stowed away on the ship, and a chance encounter involving a pipe brings together this unlikely pair. Being thrust in to such dire circumstance forms a bond that evolves quickly and both of their lives are changed forever.

I do not feel like their story is over and I really hope to get more insight in the next book but I enjoyed their adventure and hope to see how it continues.
Avren (Auxem #5)
***** (Five Stars)
Throughout the Auxem Series I have had many questions and this latest installation finally answers them. Lisa went a different direction with Avren and Vanessa’s story. Of course there was sexy characters, adventure, excitement and steamy sex-not-sex (if you’ve read about the Auxem Men then you know what I mean, wow! Who could have thought that almost sex could be so HOT!) but she added a bit of mystery and intrigue that kept me guessing why. I loved how all my questions were answered, getting caught up on all my favorite characters from the series, knowing where it all led but I really loved Avren and Vanessa and all they had to overcome to get to their HEA.

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  • The Darkest Warrior

  • Lords of the Underworld
  • By: Gena Showalter
  • Narrated by: Max Bellmore
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266

Puck the Undefeated, host of the demon of Indifference, cannot experience emotion without punishment, so he allows himself to feel nothing. Until her. According to ancient prophecy, she is the key to avenging his past, saving his realm, and ruling as king. All he must do? Steal her from the man she loves - and marry her.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • What the hell happened?

  • By JT00 on 06-29-18

The HEA that Gillian Needed and it was wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

Gillian has been a broken child for so long! William has been her comfort, her savior but even though many of you will not admit this, he has also held her back. Puck is unexpected! He is unbelievably strong, surprisingly gentle and unaware of Gillian's past. In Puck's world Gillian is finally able to grow up, to become the woman she was meant to be and to go through new trials to create a stronger woman. Puck supports and admires Gillian's growth. This may not be the story the readers wanted or expected but it is the story that Gillian needed and Puck is the man she was destined to conquer!