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Lauren Helms

Indianapolis, IN
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  • The Playbook

  • By: Kelly Elliott
  • Narrated by: Rob Howard, Mandy Lane
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233

My life revolved around two things. Football and my cock. And not necessarily in that order. Being the head football coach for a top university in Texas had its ups and its downs. The ups? Endless women to f--k. The downs? The politics that came with the job. From the moment Aubrey Cain walked into my office, she turned my world upside down. Being forced to have her follow me around for a month was going to be a pain in the ass. Especially since I couldn't keep my eyes off of her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great listen!

  • By Laura McMillin on 01-10-17

One dirty talking football coach!!

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

Reviewed: 01-20-17

Right off the bat, I loved the narrators. Dang, Brett was one dirty talking football coach! And Aubrey was super likable and kicked butt working a job in a "man's" world. While both of them had some internal issues, they both grew throughout the story. They also had some wonderful chemistry. The Playbook covered several months, and while I wanted both the characters to be happy and have their HEA, I appreciated that Elliot made us wait for it. I ended up liking the time it took for the two of them to get their shit together.

  • Where We Belong

  • By: K. L. Grayson
  • Narrated by: Joe Arden, Samantha Prescott
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Regret, she's a snarky little bitch. I've tried several times to regret the events that took place on June 5, 2008, but for the life of me, I can't. I'd never regret the pain, the suffering, or the heartache because they ultimately led me to the place I am in now. And I can't regret the place I am in now. What I still can't figure out is this: How is it possible that the single worst day of my life inadvertently became the very best day? Five years ago my life was irrevocably changed. Seventeen minutes was all it took to lose my best friend, to lose the love of my life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Where We Belong

  • By Susan C. Vallese on 07-02-18

Gut-wrenchingly beautiful

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

Reviewed: 10-13-16

Where We Belong was a gut-wrenching story about two soul mates finding their way back to one another. It was emotional and deep and beautifully written.

The narration was outstanding. The narrators had me feeling everything the book wanted me to feel. Arden and Prescott are now added to me slow growing "top narrators" list.

Not only did this book break out all the feels, it was engaging and kept me thinking just one more chapter.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wicked

  • A Wicked Saga, Book 1
  • By: Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,070
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 981
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 978

Twenty-two-year-old Ivy Morgan isn't your average college student. She, and others like her, know that humans aren't the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun... and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. Four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she'd sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart. Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He's six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Had me from the start!!!

  • By GG on 06-05-15

So, so good!

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

Reviewed: 08-24-16

I fell into this book right from the start. I wanted to listen to Wicked all the time. I really liked Ivy, she was brave and kicked butt where ever she went. She had a hard time letting people in, it was hard to connect to her...at times. I also loved Ren. He was a perfect match for Ivy and made the story exceptionally swoon worthy. But I think the story stealer was Tink. He had me cracking up so many times.

I wish it wouldn't have taken me so long to read this book. Everything by Armentrout is amazing, so I should be surprised how much this paranormal romance rocked. I really hope to read/listen to Torn, book two soon, as it recently released.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Moonshot

  • By: Alessandra Torre
  • Narrated by: Samantha Summers
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 146

The summer that Chase Stern entered my life, I was 17. The daughter of a legend, the Yankees were my family, their stadium my home, their dugout my workplace. My focus was on the game. Chase started out as a distraction. A distraction with sex appeal poured into every inch of his six-foot frame. A distraction who played like a god and partied like a devil. I tried to stay away. I couldn't. Then, the team started losing. Women started dying. And everything in my perfect world broke apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A favorite Summer Listen

  • By Diane S. on 08-20-16

Good, but not great.

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

Reviewed: 08-24-16

I really, really wanted to love Moonshot. It pains me to write that I didn't. Don't get me wrong, I liked the book but there as just a slight disconnect for me. I liked the characters, the theme, and the narrator. But I didn't love the pace and the book covered two different time periods. Normally, I wouldn't mind this, but I didn't like it here. At times, the pacing was just slow.

  • Wildest Dreams

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Tillie Hooper
  • Length: 19 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,759
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,586
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,587

Seoafin "Finnie" Wilde was taught by her parents that every breath was a treasure and to seek every adventure she could find. And she learns this lesson the hard way when they perish in a plane crash. But she never forgets, and when she discovers there is a parallel universe where every person has a twin, she finds a witch who can send her there so she can have the adventure of a lifetime. But upon arrival in the Winter Wonderland of Lunwyn, she realizes she's been played by her twin and finds herself walking down the aisle to be wed to The Drakkar.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The hell..?

  • By Jordan on 01-18-17

Epic Romance in a fantasy land!

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

Reviewed: 08-01-16

The characters were just wonderful. They felt real and they were fun, complex but easy to connect to. There were so many supporting characters, but it was easy to keep them all straight since they were all so different from one another.

The world KA created was also extremely unique. The plot, while it was very complex, was enjoyable and kept me on my toes when I least expected it. But, that brings me to my last point...

Like all of the KA books I've read/listened too, they are a bit long. KA is such a descriptive writer. Her books seem to be a little too long. I wouldn't say I'm bored with the book, but there are parts where it feels more like fluff and I get restless. I got to this part at the 60-75% mark, but then shit hit the fan and it the story was an emotional shit storm of excitement, sadness and it was unbelievably good.

  • Chasing Spring

  • By: R. S. Grey
  • Narrated by: Alia Tavakolian, Ricco Fajardo, Jeannie Tirado
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 42

I thought I'd left Blackwater, Texas, behind for good. I didn't belong in the small town, but my dad wouldn't listen. He dragged me back home in his beat-up truck and dropped a bomb along the way: Chase Matthews was moving in with us. He was the golden boy of my high school, my former best friend, and the last person I wanted sleeping across the hall. His presence was too great a reminder of the ghosts I was trying to forget.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This book bummed me out.

  • By Lauren Helms on 07-06-16

This book bummed me out.

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

Reviewed: 07-06-16

First Impressions: I quickly noticed that the chapters in Chasing Spring were really short, making it hard to really get into the story before switching POVs (there were three, two first-person present and one third-person).

I want to state here, for the record: that I have loved every R.S. Grey book I've read so far, so my expectations were high for Chasing Spring.

Then I really got into the book...and things did not get better. After awhile I really didn't like the narrators. Their Texas twang just felt forced.

But what got me the most, was how infuriating the main character, Lilah was. You know those books where the character just makes dumb decisions and assumptions after another? That was this book.

Final thoughts: This book...this book bummed me out. I wanted so much more from it. But it just fell flat for me.

  • Easy Love

  • By: Kristen Proby
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York, Rachel Fulginiti
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,096
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,856
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,853

Sexy. Intriguing. Easy. Eli Boudreaux's family has built ships and boats in Louisiana for generations. He comes from a hardworking, wealthy family, and his empire is growing by leaps and bounds. At 30 he is the youngest CEO ever to head Bayou Enterprises, cochairing with his eldest brother. His head for business and his no-nonsense work ethic are also quickly making him the best the company has seen in generations. His staff admires him, women adore him, and Eli's family is solid.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just okay

  • By Danni on 07-05-16

Easy book to love!

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

Reviewed: 06-03-16

Easy Love was such an easy book to love! So right off the bat, I loved both Kate and Eli. I love books that feature two great characters that are wonderful on their own. And then when you pair them together, you get something even sweeter. That was Kate and Eli.

The story was quick, and while it was a somewhat short audio, a lot happened. There was no slow point in the story which kept me engaged in the story. The plot points were interesting, while not totally unique, the author put her twist on them.

I have to mention all the secondary characters. AWESOME. I loved them all and can't wait for all of the Boudreaux Family's stories. Currently, there is four in total, but there are six Boudreaux siblings, so...hopefully there are more.

Lastly, the narration was great. Sebastian York is one of my favorite narrators. While this was my first audio featuring Rachel Fulginiti, I want to find more books narrated by her. They made a great team.

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  • Love in a Small Town

  • The Soldier's Second Chance: Pine Harbour, Book 1
  • By: Zoe York
  • Narrated by: Em Eldridge
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

Six years. Two break-ups. One divorce. They should be over each other. Rafe Minelli knows better than to tell his wife no, particularly since they aren't married anymore. She can't hightail it out of town, though, not when they've finally broken through the post-divorce cold war status quo. Olivia Minelli needs to leave Pine Harbour. It's just too hard to see Rafe moving on without her - even if he says he doesn't want to. But when a new and exciting job falls into her lap, she needs to choose: protect her heart, or take the new job....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Musings

  • By Reader Lady on 07-22-16

I loved the narrator. But not so much the book.

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

Reviewed: 05-19-16

I loved the narrator. But not so much the book. The relationship Rafe and Liv had was almost cringe-worthy for me. They just kept hurting each other and or fighting and they wouldn't just be honest. I didn't like Liv, which was kinda hard for me since I want to, but I really hated how long it took her to give Rafe another chance.

While I wanted to not like Rafe, I did like him. Probably because he knew he caused the main issue in their marriage, he was honest with himself about it. He also loved Liv so much and wanted to work things out, so ultimately, i was really hard not to like him.

I didn't really get into the book until the end, which is kinda a bummer. Like I said, I'm a fan of Em, the narrator, but I had to listen to the audio on a faster speed just to get through the book.

Obsessive Book Nerd was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Bouquet Toss

  • Love of My Life, Book 1
  • By: Melissa Brown
  • Narrated by: Melissa Moran
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10

Ever since Daphne Harper graduated from college, all of her friends have fallen in love, become engaged, and walked down the aisle. Be it a blessing or a curse, Daphne (a hopeless romantic and perpetual single girl) catches the bouquet at every single wedding she attends.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not so memorable . . .

  • By Jennifer on 06-04-16

Not my favorite book ever.

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

Reviewed: 04-14-16

This book.Bouquet Toss was probably the toughest audio book for me to get through. I probably only enjoyed, 10% of the book.

Narrator - at first I liked the narrator. Then I realized that I hated her voice for all the other characters. Every single character sounded either like 1) a stereotypical sorority girl. I couldn't stand it. It made it really hard to like the supporting cast.

Main Character - Daphne was a whiner. All she did was whine. She was hung up on a guy and it was flat out annoying. At first, I thought I was going to like her and that I was going to be able to connect with her, but I just didn't like her. I wanted to so badly. I thought she had a lot going for her, but she just didn't work for me.

Storyline - Ideally, the storyline works and seems unique. I mean, the synopsis pulled me in. There was a lot going on and the story covered a long time span. And at times things just dragged on while Daphne whined and pined for Mason. THE WHOLE BOOK.

So, I tried to remove my dislike for the audio book from the review. Could I have liked the book if I had read it? And the answer is no. I would have been just as annoyed. The dialogue was often time forced between the characters and the character development was just flat out lacking.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.

  • Sincerely, Carter

  • By: Whitney G.
  • Narrated by: Joseph Discher, Jennifer O'Donnell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 731
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 682
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 684

Arizona Turner has been my best friend since fourth grade, even when we hated each other. We've been there for one another through first kisses and first times, and we've been each other's constant when good relationships turned bad. (We even went to colleges that were minutes away from each other.) Throughout the years, and despite what anyone says, we've never crossed the line. Never thought about it. Never wanted to...until one night changed everything. At least, it should've....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • addicting!

  • By Lunar Ryuu on 12-17-15

This audio consumed me!

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

Reviewed: 03-25-16

I can sincerely say that this book was wonderful. I enjoy a good best friends to lovers book. I've actually only read a few that made the cut. Sincerely, Carter was one of them.

Right off the bat, I loved both Arizona and Carter. The were both wonderfully developed characters. Their friendship and chemistry were so well written. Normally, I get bored with books that contain a lot of past stories. But that was not the case with Sincerely, Carter. Carter goes back and shares pivotal moments throughout his and Arizona's life starting in fourth grade when they went from hating each other to becoming best friends.

Overall, the plot was well developed, and I could not stop listening to this audio. The performance of the narrators was strong, considering Jennifer O'Donnell had me in tears during a particular heartbreak scene. It's been a while since I allowed an audiobook to really consume me. But I released that Sincerely, Carter was going to do that about an hour in when I couldn't stop thinking about the story.

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
-Obsessive Book Nerd