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  • Pierced

  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome Series, Book 2
  • By: JA Huss, Johnathan McClain
  • Narrated by: Tad Branson, Anne Pepperidge
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

Myrtle - I’m a just an erotic woman who likes control. And edgy sex. And hard men. At the same time. So starting an outreach class at the TDH community center to teach other women how to put the dom in dominatrix was inevitable. Even if I was only doing it to use my boss, Pierce, as my submissive example and pay him back for humiliating me in front of the whole world last summer. Pierce - I regret what I did to Myrtle. She’s the best assistant I’ve ever had and I’ll play along - for now - because I want to make things right. But … come on. Me? A submissive? Ha.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny, witty, endearing!!

  • By alicesib on 02-10-19

Great story! Great Laughs!

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

Reviewed: 04-19-19

What a hoot! Pierced is the second book in the Tall, Dark, and Handsome series by the writing duo of Huss / McClain. If you read the first book, The Sexpert , you know that Myrtle is humiliated by her boss and CEO of the magazine Le Mans. Now Myrtle is out for revenge.

It is interesting how a good audio can give a reader a different interpretation of a story. Pierced is narrated by Tad Branson and Anne Pepperidge. Both narrators give a superb performance. What I heard while listening is Myrtle not as likeable in the first few chapters. This doesn't take away for the story, it is a different interpretation from my initial read. When reading I understood the revenge but listening Myrtle is a bit of a harda$$. Of course that is just a cover for her vulnerability.

Pierce is hilarious in print but the audio makes me laugh almost to tears. I love him. He doesn't have a clue about his feelings and bumbles more than he gets right in his attempts at a relationship.

The audio is a big 5 stars. I will listen to it again and again when I need a good laugh with my romance.

I love the romantic comedy from the writing duo of Huss and McClain. Myrtle has nothing but revenge on her mind and Pierce has to take it to get their relationship back on track. Fun times!

  • The Girl in the Moss

  • By: Loreth Anne White
  • Narrated by: Julie McKay
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,061
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 949
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 941

Disgraced ex-cop Angie Pallorino is determined to make a new start for herself as a private investigator. But first, she and her lover, newly promoted homicide detective James Maddocks, attempt a quiet getaway to rekindle a romance struggling in the shadows of their careers. The peace doesn’t last long when human skeletal remains are found in a nearby mossy grove. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Her issues have issues!!

  • By shelley on 08-14-18

What a way to end this trilogy

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

Reviewed: 04-19-19

What a way to end this trilogy!

This is my favorite book in the series. Angie grows so much as she works through her issues. Her strength comes through as she fights for a private investigator position and Maddocks. I love the scenes with Holgersen. He is one of my favorite characters in this series. Ginny and Angie are getting closer and come together with a little scheme/secret. I love it. There are some unexpected twists--I didn't see that coming at all.

Julie McKay is a good narrator. Her performance adds to this great story. I will look for more of her work in the future.

I can't wait until Ms. White gives us another book in this series.

  • Her Mother's Grave

  • Detective Josie Quinn, Book 3
  • By: Lisa Regan
  • Narrated by: Eilidh Beaton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 366
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 323
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319

When two young boys discover human bones buried beneath a tree in a trailer park, Detective Josie Quinn races to join her team at the scene. She used to play in those woods as a child, happier outside and away from her abusive mother, Belinda Rose. Josie’s past crashes into her present when a rare dental condition confirms the bones belong to a teenage foster-child who was murdered 30 years ago. A girl named Belinda Rose.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Distracting pronunciations

  • By Jan Harris on 08-27-18

What I needed for this series

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

Reviewed: 04-19-19

Her Mother’s Grave is the third book in Lisa Regan’s Detective Josie Quinn series. Finally, this is the story I so wanted to read about Josie Quinn. In the first two books in the series, I enjoyed the procedural part of the stories, but I felt something missing in the characters. In Her Mother’s Grave, both elements come together perfectly to create a most enjoyable tale of mystery and suspense.

Once again I love the narrator's performance. Eilidh Beaton is excellent bringing Josie Quinn and the other characters to life. Her interpretation of the events in story aid in building the tension and suspense. I couldn't stop listening.

Her Mother’s Grave takes Josie to a crime scene that carries her back to her past. Regan uses short chapter flashbacks to Josie’s childhood that reveal events that she buried and now helps her solve the mystery in her present. They also explain a lot to the reader about her character. I’m not a big fan of flashbacks, but Regan use of short chapters sprinkled in with the current events are well done.

I am now more invested with the characters. Lt. Noah Frawley continues to develop as a strong male character who might grow a more personal relationship with Josie. At this point, it is hard to tell. He continues to be a strong, dependable partner. Her team is extremely loyal even when Josie is a bit unconventional and off-putting. Josie’s grandmother, Lissette is an interesting character. There are times that she seems so supportive of Josie and times that her secrets are questionable. I love it. Detective Gretchen Palmer has a lot of secrets of her own. In this book, her loyalty and support are vital.

I’m still confused about Josie’s relationship with Misty. I still don’t care for her more because of her knowingly cheating with a married man in the first book than anything else. At the same time, it seems that Josie is moving on. Loving Ray’s son is more important than hating his mistress. I don’t know if I will ever change my feeling about Misty, but it is apparent that Misty is going to be a part of the series and Ms. Regan is trying to make her character more likeable.

Her Mother’s Grave has convinced me that this is a series that I want to continue. There are twists and turns in each book. This one continues with some big ones. The crime didn’t follow the path I thought the story was taking. Some tense moments put me on edge and kept me turning the page. I am invested in these characters, and I want to see where Lisa Regan is going to take them in the future.

  • The Girl with No Name

  • Detective Josie Quinn, Book 2
  • By: Lisa Regan
  • Narrated by: Eilidh Beaton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 328
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327

Detective Josie Quinn is horrified when she’s called to the house of a mother who had her newborn baby snatched from her arms. A woman caught fleeing the scene is Josie’s only lead, but when questioned it seems this mysterious girl doesn’t know who she is, where she’s from, or why she is so terrified.... Is she a witness, a suspect, or the next victim? As Josie digs deeper, a letter about a mix-up at a fertility clinic links the nameless girl and the missing child to a spate of killings across the county.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • My Book Review

  • By Sally Cripe on 07-20-18

This one is OK for me.

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

Reviewed: 04-19-19

Let me start by complimenting Eilidh Beaton on her narration of the story. She takes the reader on an exciting ride. Her voice works for the characters. I enjoyed her performance.

The story

Like the first book in this series, there are aspects of this story that I love. Lisa Regan is an excellent writer who builds tension and suspense. For that reason, I expected to like the story more than I did. I love a good dark character and Josie Quinn fits that bill. She is flawed and trying to figure things out.

I'm crazy about good support characters with many layers. Ms. Regan delivers there. Josie Quinn is continuing as chief. ( I wonder why the series is Detective Josie Quinn.) She is building an interesting new police force. Gretchen Palmer, a new detective has a lot of promise. I love Noah. He is developing into a great partner and friend to Josie.

What turns me off is the direction that the author is taking Luke. This decision isn't what I expected and I can't wrap my head around the author's decision here. I get that Josie isn't in the relationship 100% but this isn't the Luke we met in book1. It is the reason my rating is 3 stars instead of 4 or higher.

There are returning characters that I didn't expect, Misty for one. I didn't like her in book one and I like her less in this story. That isn't a negative for me because I enjoy a story that has characters that I love to hate.

In summary, Lisa Regan does an excellent job pulling me into the story. Ms. Beaton does an excellent job making the story and characters come to life. I'm not sure where Ms. Regan is going to take the series in general, and Josie in particular so I am going to stick with the series, at least for the next book to see if we see character growth.

  • We Shouldn't

  • By: Vi Keeland
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York, Andi Arndt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,097
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,007
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,005

Bennett Fox walked into my life on one hell of a crappy Monday morning. I was late for the first day at my new job - a job I’d now have to compete for, even though I’d already worked eight years to earn it, because of an unexpected merger. While I lugged my belongings up to my new office, a meter maid wrote me a parking summons. She’d ticketed a long line of cars - except for the Audi parked in front of me, which happened to be the same make and model as mine. Annoyed, I decided to regift my ticket to the car that had evaded a fine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book !

  • By Sharon Worsham on 01-24-19

Love it!

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

Reviewed: 01-25-19

I love this story! I needed something light but not a comedy. We Shouldn't fit the bill. I like that both characters acted like adults and didn't jump to conclusions at every turn.

There were some sad moments that the characters worked through individually and together. The secondary characters fit perfectly in the story. They add dimension and growth. I love, love the epilogue.

You can never go wrong with an audio book narrated by Sebastian York, Andi Arndt. They add to the enjoyment and understanding of the characters and story.

A must buy!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Singe

  • Guardian Protection, Book 1
  • By: Aly Martinez
  • Narrated by: Jason Carpenter, Andi Arndt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 527
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 496
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 496

From USA Today best-selling author Aly Martinez comes a hot-new series of alpha bodyguards. She was my nightmare. Every time I closed my eyes, I watched her fall into that inferno. Over and over, I failed to save her. I hadn't been able to reach her, and the guilt only burned hotter over time. Four years later, I was the unreachable one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • IT DELIVERED SO MUCH MORE THAN I'D HOPED FOR

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 04-11-17

Another Aly Martinez Hit!

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

Mostly I purchase an audio book after I read the story and love it. In this case, I purchased the audio the same time I purchased the audio for Thrive. I trust Aly to drop me hook, line, and sinker into her world. Andi Arndt is one of my favorite female narrators so I knew she would deliver. Jason Carpenter is new to me. He delivered a strong performance.

Singe is the story of Rhion and Jude. Singe begins with Jude getting called into work to answer a house alarm. Dispatch told him they were short of officers in the area and need him to return to duty. When he arrived at the house, he found it up in flames with a woman at the window ledge with no escape. The woman is of a wealthy influential family. As a result, the fact that Jude had a couple drinks. He was the department’s scapegoat and lost his job. The incident gave Jude nightmares and he continually questioned his actions.

Jude is a broken man in a way because he can’t forget his big mistake. After leaving the police force, he went on to work for private security and after five years he accepted a position at Guardian Protection Agency. Rhion, the woman who haunts Jude’s dreams lives in an apartment in the same building hat houses Guardian. As soon as they see each other, there is an opportunity to heal their emotional scars and in the process a relationship develops.

I love the way Aly Martinez creates “regular” characters with real scars and pasts that are believable. There are many emotional scenes. Her dialogue is good and reveal a lot about the characters. Rhion is secretive about what she does and tells everyone at Guardian a different story. They are all unbelievable but a fun way for her to tease the guys and keep them guessing about her. Jude is a sweetheart and a protector of the people he loves. He loves his step-daughter often more than her biological parent. Rhion is sweet and is an adult female Valerie can talk to about girl things.

I enjoyed the plot twist and the angst that came with the suspense. The story is told in dual points of view. The pacing is fairly consistent throughout. We meet some of the other men of Guardian, who I suspect will have books in the future. (Since I read Thrive I know Jeremy’s story.) I’m interested in Johnson. He must have a book to tell his story. That man is the star of the series so far.

Aly Martinez writes an excellent romance in Singe with a good dose of suspense and mystery mixed in for good measure. Ms. Martinez is becoming one of my favorite authors. She develops good characters that I fall in love with and wraps them in a world that captures my imagination. Since I read these two books out of order, I can honestly say that they are standalones. Each book has a complete story, and while some characters are in both, there isn’t anything revealed in one that is needed to read the other book. I can’t wait to read more from her.

  • The Sexpert

  • By: JA Huss, Johnathan McClain
  • Narrated by: Tad Branson, Anne Pepperidge
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192

I’m just a simple girl who likes dessert. And sexy men. And social media. So starting an anonymous video channel called The Sexpert as a side hustle to make up for my low-paying marketing job at Le Man Magazine seemed like a perfectly sensible career decision. Until we went viral, my boss accused my anonymous personality of stealing his idea, and now my super sexy new boyfriend, Andrew, is out to get me. Her. Me. Whatever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • That Voice...

  • By Krissy Jana on 11-04-18

Love the authors and the narrators

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

The Sexpert is the latest release from JA Huss and Johnathan McClain. After reading this book, my first thought was WOW Johnathan you bring out a completely different side of Julie that I like a lot. The Sexpert is fun and fabulous to experience from the beginning to the end.

It goes without saying that Tad Branson delivers. I love his voice. This is my first Anne Pepperidge audio. She does a good job. It took me a chapter or two to really get her but by the end I realized I will look for her again. I know I will listen to this audio in the future. I love how the story makes me happy.

The Sexpert is about Eden and Andrew. Eden Presley is stuck in a dead-end job that has no hope for advancement with her current chain of command. To give her career a kickstart in another direction, she teams up with her best friend, Zoey and develops a video channel using desserts to teach viewers how to improve their sex techniques while offering advice. Andrew Hawthorne comes into Eden’s life just as her video channel takes off. Unfortunately, Andrew is the best friend of Eden’s boss’ boss, Pierce. Pierce, the top dog at Le Man’s magazine who believes the Sexpert channel is his and the person who is using his plan is a corporate spy.

I am crazy about this story. Eden and Andrew are great characters. There is no way anyone can read this book and not root for them to jump the hurdles in their path to romance. Eden is a nerdy woman who is funny with the right mix of seriousness sprinkled in to make her vulnerable and loveable. She is strong and working hard for a woman who takes credit for every good idea Eden presents to her. Eden also struggles to do the right thing for her friend Zoey while wanting to be completely honest with Andrew knowing that it isn’t possible to do both at this time. She will make a decision at some point but is it the right one?

The initial meet of Eden and Andrew in a traffic jam is a hoot. Andrew is another great character who is honorable and funny. Andrew is one of those men who turns the heads of women who meet him while he only has eyes for Eden. It is entertaining to watch Andrew try to work out a way to be loyal to his best friend, Pierce while advancing his relationship with Eden. He is drawn to her even though she isn’t his usual type. It is an interesting take on the characters watching Andrew fight the same predicament that Eden is facing, how can he be with the woman he wants while staying loyal to a friend who helped him through a difficult time in his life.

The writing in The Sexpert is terrific. The story is told in alternating points of view that gives the reader an understanding of the dilemma that both characters face and the occasional anguish their decisions cause. The story unfolds at the appropriate pace to keep the reader’s engaged from start to finish. There are lots of laughs and hilarious situations. We also see a vulnerability in these characters that they hide with a joke like many people in real life.

I highly recommend The Sexpert. It is a story that will make you happy. It will also make you want more from the characters who live in Colorado’s Tall, Dark, and Handsome a neighborhood that I will be glad to visit as often as this writing duo decides to take me there.

  • Hate Notes

  • By: Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York, Lynn Barrington
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,749
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,332

It all started with a mysterious blue note sewn into a wedding dress. Something blue. I’d gone to sell my own unworn bridal gown at a vintage clothing store. That’s when I found another bride’s “something old.” Stitched into the lining of a fabulously feathered design was the loveliest message I’d ever read: Thank you for making all of my dreams come true. The name embossed on the blue stationery: Reed Eastwood, obviously the most romantic man who ever lived. I also discovered he’s the most gorgeous. If only my true-love fantasies had stopped there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THIS IS MY LOVE NOTE..

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 11-09-18

Love! The story, the authors.

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

This audio book is one that I listen to often--it is that good. I am a big fan of Sebastian York. He always delivers. This is the first audio I've listen to with Lynn Barrington. She did a good job bringing Charlotte to life. They both make the listener experience all the feels.

I couldn’t put it down. Hate Notes is the current release from Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward; like always they deliver a good romance that makes my heart beat faster with hope and joy.

Hate Notes is the story of Charlotte and Reed. Charlotte finds a note in a used wedding dress that touches her heart and makes her want to learn more about the author. When she finds the note, she is down about her own canceled wedding and wants to get rid of the dress she planned to wear. It is exciting to think about another romantic, at least that’s what she thought until she actually meets the author, her new boss, in person. They don’t start off on the right foot.

As his employee, the two exchange notes of their own, but they aren’t romantic, they are full of hate. Reed is angry and has walls around him a mile high. He doesn’t want to let anyone touch his heart again. That is the complete opposite of Charlotte. She wants to move forward and learn from her past so she can experience a brighter future.

These two are great together even in the beginning when they aren’t too crazy about each other. As the characters develop they both learn from the other. They agree to be less aggressive and quickly see romantic potential. There is a lot of sexual tension that continues to build and makes the reader keep turning the pages.

I am a fan of this writing team. I know what to expect from them, and that is okay. I don't mean that I know where they are going to take the story, I mean I know they will give me a good story that I will get lost in. They always come along when I need a lift and a feel-good story. Charlotte, Reed, and grandmom put a smile on my face, an occasional tear in my eye, and joy in my heart. Hate Notes is a book to remember and enjoy.

  • Criminal

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 15 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,311
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,803
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,811

Will Trent is a brilliant agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Newly in love, he is beginning to put a difficult past behind him. Then a local college student goes missing, and he is inexplicably kept off the case by his supervisor and mentor, deputy director Amanda Wagner. Will cannot fathom Amanda's motivation, until the two of them literally collide in an abandoned orphanage they have both been drawn to for different reasons. Decades before - when Will's father was imprisoned for murder - this was his home....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Explains a lot!

  • By Joan on 11-22-12

The Best of the Series so Far

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

Criminal by Karin Slaughter is my absolute favorite book in the Will Trent series so far. In fact, it is my favorite book by this author, including her standalone books. Kathleen Early does an excellent job narrating. She kept me engaged with story. Her voice adds to the overall enjoyment of the events and characters.

The story takes us from a present-day investigation back in time to when Amanda was a new officer fighting the misogynistic boy’s club of police departments for the seventies. Before long we find that Amanda’s first case is intricately entwined in Will’s past.

So many questions about Amanda and Will are answered. The flashbacks to the past are well-done and generally, perfectly placed to give a unique look at Amanda and her current management style. It also made me ache for Will. We know he had a dreadful childhood and now, with the additional information, it is amazing that he is such a wonderful human being. Will Trent is one of my top five favorite male characters ever.

There are a few gut-wrenching scenes that made my heart hurt. In the end, I believe Sara handled the situation that is most helpful to Will. I’m anxious to see what is going to happen to Angie in the future. I believe she is becoming more and more out of control and headed down a destructive path.
I highly recommend this series and, while I believe each book stands on its own, the reader is better served reading the series in order.

  • Thankless in Death

  • In Death, Book 37
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,879
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,487
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,484

For Lieutenant Eve Dallas of the NYPSD, the job is a useful reminder of what she has to be grateful for this season. Hosting Roarke's big Irish family for the holiday may be challenging, but it’s a joyful improvement on her own dark childhood. Other couples aren’t as lucky as Eve and Roarke. The Reinholds, for example, are lying on the floor of their Downing Street apartment, stabbed and bludgeoned almost beyond recognition. Those who knew them are stunned - and even more heartbroken by the overwhelming evidence that they were murdered by their own son.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Violence vs. Sentiment

  • By Patricia on 09-20-13

One of my favorites of the series

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

I am a major fan of J.D. Robb's In Death series. I buy most of these books on multiple formats, e book, audible ( to listen on my ride to an from work) and sometimes the print version.

As expected, Susan Ericksen does a superb job narrating the audio book. I can't give her enough praise. Her voices for each of the recurring characters is exactly as I hear them in my head. I love how she brings all the characters and the story to life

I love Eve & Roarke. As glamorous as their lives are, their emotions, married life, and friendships are realistic. Roarke supports Eve completely (mostly) and Eve is learning "the marriage rules" and working with him as a couple. Summerset is always a hoot. He is a reluctant fan of Eve's and it is funny watching how he tries not to show it.

The murderer that Eve and company must find here started his spree by murdering his parents and then moved on to other people he believed needed to die. Roake and the super E-team help Eve decipher a message hidden in the bits & bytes of a money transfer.

Roarke's family is in town which always makes Eve anxious. I love it.

I can't take any breaks when I'm reading an "In Death" book. They are a great adventure! I highly recommend this series to anyone who loves a good murder mystery with a beautiful romance woven through the story.