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  • Mercy

  • By: Debra Anastasia
  • Narrated by: Muffy Newtown, Zachary Webber
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 554
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 527
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 525

He taught me to kill. Murder is in my blood now. It runs through my veins and though I hide the monster I see in the mirror with ink, it doesn't keep him from coming out. My street name is Mercy, but I never show any. Except for her. I watch Becca, though she doesn't know. She saved me a long time ago; the day my father killed my mother. Her bravery turned her into a target. My father holds a grudge and knife with the same proficiency, and Becca is the focus of his hatred. And I'm the only monster who can save her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love and ink

  • By Nicole B. on 09-23-17

So wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

Loved this!! Wonderfully unique story that I couldn't put down! I needed to force myself to read slower because I wanted to savor each word, and to fully immerse myself in the story. The depth of feeling that Fenix feels for Becca warms my heart, these 2 have some intense passion for each other, and I definitely fell in love with Fenix. He's strong and vulnerable, and the way he loves is powerful. Fenix has had a difficult life, and Becca is a beacon of light and hope for him, and she has imprinted herself on Fenix's soul. Mercy deals with some dark elements, but the story is beautiful. The writing is top notch, and I could feel these characters as I read. Imaginative and gripping. This story, these characters, the pulse of this story pulls you in. Loved the whole thing. The narration was perfect! Zachary Webber is amazing! The tone of his voice is perfect. So smooth and deep. It’s good stuff. Muffy Newton does a great job as well. I definitely recommend it!

  • The Rest of Forever

  • By: Carrie Pulkinen
  • Narrated by: Curt Bonnem
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

High school history teacher April Carter never asked to be an angel. When she's murdered, she should go to heaven like a normal person. Instead, she wakes up in the afterlife as an angel in training with the insufferable Damian as her mentor. She might as well be in hell. Damian plans to help April cross over and be done with her. Being assigned as her trainer is the last thing he needs. She's stubborn and strong-willed, and she's ignited a fire in his soul he didn't think could ever burn again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wonderful book!!

  • By Kindle Customer 12345 on 10-22-18

Sweet Guardian Angel Romance

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

Reviewed: 10-21-18


I really enjoyed the premise for The Rest of Forever. I liked Pulkinen's take on the guardian angel angle; it felt unique, and the romance is really sweet. The narrator did a good job with the audio, and I'd recommend listening if you have the chance. It's a male narrator, and he had a nice tone to his voice. I liked the connection between April and Damian, and I enjoyed the little bit of forbidden love aspect to the story. Damian has been April's guardian angel for almost 30 years. He feels deeply for her, but a bad experience from his past is messing with his present and his future. Damian's issues cause some problems for April and Him. He tries to push her away, and it ends up affecting his job of protecting April. April is a teacher, who wants the perfect life, but unfortunately, her current boyfriend leaves a lot to be desired. She's in for a surprise when she learns about her guardian angel, and takes a closer look at her life. I had a hard time liking April. She's so blinded by her idea of the "perfect" life, she misses all the bad in her life. Her boyfriend Jared is horrible, but she's so desperate to not be alone, she doesn't see it clearly. They've only been together for a year, and she knows deep down that something isn't right, but she keeps wallowing about getting married. She talks about Damian being mean to her, but all I read was her being rude to him. Damian pretty much helps her all the time, and she's so blind to all he does for her. She's a brat a lot of the time, and it did become frustrating at times. In the end, she wasn't my favorite, but I liked the rest of the story. I liked the slow burn between April and Damian, and they do have some steamy times. I'd read more by Carrie Pulkinen. Entertaining, fun read!

  • Rebel Wolf

  • Aloha Shifters: Pearls of Desire Series, Book 4
  • By: Anna Lowe
  • Narrated by: Kelsey Osborne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11

Sophie Wilkins - bookworm and smoothie chef extraordinaire - has moved to Maui for a reminder of all the beauty and love in the world. And love is what she gets from the shy, retiring, and utterly gorgeous man she meets. Chase is everything her lonely heart has ever yearned for - quiet, unassuming, and kind. Mysterious, too, with a raw, animal intensity that appeals to a wild side she never knew she had. But evil forces from Sophie's past are ruthlessly hunting her down. Can she escape that world of hate and fear before it is too late? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really Enjoy this Series!

  • By ShanCol19 on 10-21-18

Really Enjoy this Series!

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

Reviewed: 10-21-18

Enjoyable listening experience and I'd recommend it. The narrator does a good job.

If you’ve read the previous books, you know Sophie and Chase are completely smitten with each other, but both were too shy to make a move. Finally, they are going to have their first date, but things don’t go as planned when someone is out to hurt or even kill Sophie! For full enjoyment, I’d recommend reading the previous books, but it’s not completely necessary. This installment starts off with action right out of the gate, and that was great! Chase is a sweetheart! He knows Sophie is his mate and will do anything to protect her. His mom was a purebred wolf, and he grew up in his wolf form more often than his human, so he’s still unsure of the whole human thing. I did find it weird that his mom was fully a wolf. Sophie doesn’t know about shifters, and has sort of a strange upbringing. I don’t like that she withholds things, and she buries her head in the sand. Which I thought right before Anna Lowe mentioned it in this book, lol! I still liked her though, she just needed some incentive to open up. Chase and her are too cute together, and I enjoyed their chemistry. I always enjoy the action in an Anna Lowe book, and the story is entertaining and keeps me reading. Good stuff!

  • Poughkeepsie

  • By: Debra Anastasia
  • Narrated by: Marti Dumas
  • Length: 17 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 154

He counts her smiles every day and night at the train station. And morning and evening, the beautiful commuter acknowledges him - just like she does everyone else on the platform. But Blake Hartt is not like the others...he's homeless. Memories of a broken childhood have robbed him of peace and twisted delusions into his soul. He stays secluded from the sun, sure the world would run from him in the harsh light of day....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! Loved everything about it!

  • By Nancy Devault on 02-01-13

Unique and Entertaining. Audio Lacking

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

*Spoilers*

I had a hard time rating this book because I enjoyed the unique premise, but the characters all felt really flat to me. Two sisters that live a pretty posh lifestyle end mixed up with some potentially dangerous people, and they barely have a reaction. Hookers, drugs, guns, violence, and a pimp, and they barely bat an eyelash. They felt basic to me, but the story was interesting and I wanted to know how the story would turn out, so I went with a 4 star.

The narrator may have had something to do with me not connecting with the characters. I didn't like the narrator. Her voice was bland and emotionless. I hated her Beckett voice, and made him into a caricature. It was really bad. There's also some time where she whispers in the story, which were difficult to hear. I'd recommend not listening to the audio, and sticking with just reading it. I was excited to read this book because I absolutely loved Debra Anastasia's book, Mercy. It was actually one of my very favorites last year. I was a bit let down by this book, but the story does draw you in. Very entertaining and kept me reading. There's originally just a couple of POV's, but then there ends up being POV's from multiple characters, which did become a bit muddled at times. There's 3 couples working towards love in this book, and then there's a couple of POV's from some side characters. The girls are all higher class than the boys, and the boys all grew up in foster care and are brothers through that situation.

Couple 1 is Livia and Blake. Livia meets Blake, but Blake and Livia are from 2 different worlds. Blake is homeless with some issues from his childhood that have carried over into adulthood, and Livia has a pretty decent life. She has a boyfriend, but the connection she feels with Blake is soulmate stuff. Both of these characters are fine, and the romance is really sweet. Blake is definitely unique, and I liked that about him. Livia needed to break-up with her douchebag boyfriend a lot sooner, and my opinion is lowered of her due to some of her actions and that she didn't see how horrible her boyfriend is. Makes me question her intelligence.

The next couple is Kyle and Cole, this is basically the slut and the wannabe priest. Kyle is Livia's sister, and she has major self-worth issues, so she sleeps with lots of random guys. She feels like the only worth she has to offer is through sex. This causes major problems for her, and I'm surprised more horrible things didn't happen to her before some of the events in the book. She was beyond lucky. Cole is the wannabe priest, and they feel an attraction as well. Soulmate stuff as well. This connection was less believable than Blake and Livia's, but it had its moments.

The final couple is Eve and Beckett. Eve is out for revenge, and she's become a very hard woman that kills people. Beckett is a pimp, drug dealer, who also kills people. He does what he needs to do to protect his "brothers", Blake and Cole. Or at least, what he thinks he needs to do. He is a very cheesy character. Eve falls for him way to quick. The power of a hot guy I suppose, but once again, there's a soulmate connection. They too have their sweet moments. They have a fiery, passionate sex driven relationship.

There's lots of danger after all of these characters, and they all go through a lot. Like I said, the story is definitely interesting. Lots of craziness to be had. The jokes about prison rape weren't funny though.

There's a prequel featuring the boys younger, but I think I'll skip that one. Why would I want to read about Beckett with some other girl besides Eve, and how horrible the boys had it growing up, so I'll pass. I would like to read the next one though, that takes place in the future, and there's still some open questions for these characters.

Overall, entertaining, sweet, crazy story that may not be for everyone, but it is definitely unique.

  • Mountain Hero

  • By: Cheryl Yeko
  • Narrated by: Alan Taylor
  • Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53

Broken Engagement: Finding her fiance cheating with her best friend was bad enough, but when Michelle heads up the Rocky Mountains for a little R & R, it goes from bad to worse when her car breaks down during a major snowstorm.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What's not to love about a hero?

  • By Anna on 01-31-14

Love the premise!

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

I loved the whole premise of being stranded in snowstorm with a sexy man! Michelle just had a bad break-up, so she decides to get away for a little bit. Unfortunately, she gets stranded in the middle of nowhere during a snowstorm, and then she runs into a couple of bad guys with dirty, nasty thoughts in their head. Luckily, Jason comes along to help, but they both end up stranded. Jason isn't exactly the alpha mountain man I was expecting, but he is a sweetheart! I liked the connection between Michelle and Him, and the story is entertaining. I listened to the audio, and the narrator does an okay job. He doesn't really emote emotion, but his performance was clear and he has a nice tone to his voice. The story is pretty short, so I did want a bit more ending, but Mountain Hero is entertaining. There's some steam, and I liked the scenario with the bad guys. Enjoyable listen.

  • Asmodeus: Demon of Lust

  • The Princes of Hell, Book 1
  • By: Sara Humphreys
  • Narrated by: Tatiana Sokolov
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

The moment Kai Kelly inherits her estranged grandfather's estate in Bliss, Idaho, life becomes anything but blissful. The discovery of a beautiful but unusual ring in the attic leads to much more than she bargained for. Kai may not realize what she has in her possession, but the boys in Hell sure got the message. Lucifer and the six other princes of Hell, existed for several millennium believing that the Ring of Solomon - an object with the power to control demons - had been destroyed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Demons, Magic, and Romance!

  • By ShanCol19 on 10-11-18

Demons, Magic, and Romance!

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

I really enjoyed the premise for this one! Kai finds out that magic and the supernatural is real, and she has connection to the Fae and the witches. Kai finds a magical ring that can rule the demons of Hell, which is causing problems for her right away. There's some demons that aren't happy about it, and there's some others that are out to steal it. Asmodeus, the demon of lust, is one of the demons tasked with finding the ring, but when he meets Kai, he feels protective of her. Loved the magical elements, and I loved how the story plays out. I do wish there was more in the ending though. There's some fun and adventure, and I really liked the characters. Kai is sassy and capable, and I loved how she stands up for herself. Asmodeus is a sweetheart most times, but does have his jerk moments. He's usually trying to do what he thinks is right though. He keeps trying to push Kai away, and I really hated how much it seemed like Kai was throwing herself at Asmodeus when he kept rejecting her. His rejection was coming from a good place, but she didn't know that. It would've been better for Asmodeus to have to win back her affections more. I still think they are really cute together, and the chemistry between them. I listened to the audio and the narrator does a good job. She wasn't my favorite, but I'd still recommend it. It seems like there may be more books in this series which I would like to read. The other characters were kind of jerks though, so hopefully they stop that and grow up. I've enjoyed every Sara Humphreys' book I've read, so I'd recommend her books.

  • Felony Ever After

  • By: Helena Hunting, Debra Anastasia
  • Narrated by: Rose Dioro
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 509
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 479

Verity Michaels is new to New York City, but even she knows riding in a stolen cab is not a normal way to meet someone. Damn it if that tattoo-covered would-be felon isn't everywhere now, and lighting everything on fire under her skirt. His name is Hudson Fenn, and he's frustratingly impossible to pin down. He works as a bike messenger, but has the manners of a prince - along with a strange tendency toward breaking and entering.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • #CrazyPlotTwist...... #Didn'tSeeItComing

  • By Cheri on 01-13-17

Fun, sweet, and silly!

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

This is a fun and cute story with some steam! I listened to the audio, and the narrator did a great job and I'd recommend it. This book has 13 different authors writing the different chapters, but it's all one story. I think it worked out fine, but didn't really add anything to the story. The story could've actually developed more depth if there weren't all the different authors. Some chapters were definitely better than others, and some of the character's reactions felt a little off at times, but it is a fun idea. Verity meets bike messenger, Hudson, in a meet cute way, and she has preconceived notions about him because he has tattoos. She also feels an attraction for him, but she tries to resist it. That doesn't last long though because Hudson is beyond adorable. Hudson does have some secrets though, so this causes problems for Verity. I did feel like Verity was sassy and independent in the first chapter, but then the authors started having her act silly, and she was kind of rude to Hudson. She must have grown up in a sheltered type of situation because she needed to open her mind more. Also, what moron uses their real name on social media, and is surprised when people in your life follow you. Verity posts very private and personal things, and bashes her job on multiple occasions. She posts things that she really shouldn't, but I did like the tweets between Hudson and her. There's also some attempt at humor with Verity's creepy AF boss, who is involved in some ridiculous things. Sexual harassment isn't funny, so that all missed with me. The romance is so sweet, and I loved the connection between Verity and Hudson. Felony Ever After is a silly story most times, but there is some heart to it. Enjoyable read!

  • Twisted Fate

  • Twisted World, Volume 3
  • By: Kate L. Mary
  • Narrated by: Heather Firth
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

The world Megan James thought she knew has been slowly unraveling. Her father disappeared and was presumed dead, her mother's sanity started to slip away, and the safe world she'd always thought she was living in slowly began to reveal its very dark and twisted depths. With the discovery that both her father and long-lost uncle, Angus James, were alive, Meg thought she'd finally learned all the secrets New Atlanta and the CDC had to offer, but she soon discovers the surprises have barely begun.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The end...

  • By Trisha on 10-10-18

Fun zombie series with some romance!

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

Reviewed: 10-03-18

I've really enjoyed reading Meg and Donaghy's POV's! Love the zombie apocalypse world! I'd recommend at least reading book 1, Twisted World, since this book picks up where the first left off. The other's aren't necessary to read since they are more prequels. I love to see the story continue, and there's some intrigue and action to this story. Meg, Donaghy, and the rest of the gang are under some intense circumstances. There's evil people after them, there's zombies, and there's enemies they didn't think of, so they need to come up with a plan to stop them all. Everything won't go the way they want, but there will be some resolution. This was lots of fun! I listened to the audio version, and the narrator does a great job. She does every characters voice, so that's a feat, and her wizened older person voice is fun.

  • Punk 57

  • By: Penelope Douglas
  • Narrated by: Laurie Catherine Winkel, Matthew Holland
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 645
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 613
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 608

In fifth grade my teacher set us up with pen pals from a different school. Thinking I was a girl, with a name like Misha, the other teacher paired me up with her student Ryen. My teacher, believing Ryen was a boy like me, agreed. It didn't take long for us to figure out the mistake. And in no time at all, we were arguing about everything. The best take-out pizza. Android vs. iPhone. Whether or not Eminem is the greatest rapper ever. For the next seven years, it was us. She's the only one who keeps me on track, talks me down, and accepts everything I am.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Way better than expected

  • By Abigail French on 09-13-17

Very entertaining!

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

Reviewed: 10-03-18


I really enjoyed this! I liked it better than Bully, which I enjoyed. I loved the premise! Misha and Ryen have been pen pal best friend's since they were kids. They are now in high school, and still have never met for fear of ruining their friendship. Misha ends up meeting Ryen without her knowing that he is her pen pal. Ryen isn't quite what Misha expected, and when something unexpected happens in Misha's life he goes dark on Ryen. Misha ends up meeting Ryen again, but she doesn't know who he is to her and the two clash. Ryen is a mean girl because she thinks she needs these horrible, plastic people to like her so she won't be alone. She thinks she needs the hot popular guy to take her to the prom; even though that guy is one no away from date rape. Her "friend" is the witchy with a "b", slutty girl, who really hates Ryen and herself. She's a scared little girl, but boasts like she isn't. She's hiding, and putting value in all the wrong things. When the one person who she could be herself with; through her letters with Misha, goes missing, she's missing that outlet. When a hot bad boy enters her life, and calls her out, she's shaken. She's getting her own medicine. I loved the friends to enemies to lovers scenario, they have great push and pull. Excellent chemistry. Very entertaining story. The only thing that felt was weird was the sex scenes. They were like a porno. The vibrator scene was way over the top. I really enjoyed most everything else. I listened to the audio, and I'd recommend it! I did prefer the female narrator, but both did a good job. I've only read Bully and this book of Penelope Douglas' so far, but I've really liked both, so I'll definitely keep reading.

  • Bully

  • Fall Away, Book 1
  • By: Penelope Douglas
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,128

I've been humiliated, shut out, and gossiped about all through high school. His pranks and rumors got worse as time wore on. I even went to Europe for a year, just to avoid him. But I'm done hiding from him now, and there's no way I'll allow him to ruin another year. He might not have changed, but I have. It's time to fight back.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Love the story

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-10-17

Love the passion! Entertaining!

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

I enjoyed this story, and liked the depth of emotion between Tate and Jared. The story does go a little too slow at times, and I would've liked more time with Tate and Jared; especially without other people around. Jared and Tate were best friends since they were kids, but all the sudden Jared started being mean to Tate a few years ago. The bullying that Jared does is very obviously attempts to interact with Tate because he likes her. He's doing that stupid boy thing and denying it to himself. I found the bullying to be more of a prank thing; most of it is pretty tame. Except for Jared's friend Madoc's sexual assaults against Tate. Madoc gets off too easy. I don't care if he does it mostly in jest. I don't like the whole what Jared says goes for pretty much the whole high school. Tate is an easy target and has thin skin, but after a year away, she decides she's going to stick up for herself. She actually becomes a bit of a bully too, so I felt a bit disappointed in her. This story all takes place with the characters in high school, so there is definitely immaturity. Tate does stupid things, and so does everyone else. The whole KC (Tate's friend) and Jared thing didn't need to be in this book. It didn't add anything, and made Jared's feelings for Tate seem lacking. The way Jared acts; his manwhore ways mainly, taints the feelings he has for Tate. If you supposedly love someone, banging random girls doesn't exactly show you have deep enough feelings. Jared's treatment of Tate is also very unwarranted, and I don't really get why all the sudden he changed his tune. I do love Jared and Tate together though. Without all that pomp and circumstance, the true feelings come out. I think this story definitely needed an epilogue, the ending felt a little lackluster. Also, I thought there would be more about why those guys were trying to fight Jared. That could've added some intrigue, but it just went nowhere. Overall, the story is entertaining and I didn't want to stop reading. Somethings are just annoying, but not enough that I didn't enjoy the story. I love the enemies to lovers premise. I listened on audio, and the narrator did a good job. I'd recommend it.