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  • Guilty as Sin

  • Sinful, Montana, Book 1
  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Emma Wilder
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187

There are secrets. There are guilty secrets. And then there's switching places with your twin. Paige Hollander and her identical twin Lily stopped switching places a decade ago. But Lily's run into trouble, and Paige is on leave from the SFPD, recovering from a traumatic shooting. It's not like she has anything better to do, and she remembers how to be feminine. Sort of. How hard could it be?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great listen... mystery, laughter & tender romance

  • By gdbkescape on 12-13-17

My guilty pleasure

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

I love the characters in this book, and I've listened to the audio book multiple times. Identical twins Lily and Paige may look alike, but they couldn't be more different--so watching them try to switch identities is a hoot. Poor Jace is definitely confused when his neighbor, who definitely wasn't his type, suddenly is. To further complicate things, both Jace and Lily/Paige are being stalked and threatened, but is it the same perpetrator or two different people?

So we have spicy romance, humor, likeable characters, and a mystery. What fun! My only complaint is the last chapter, which felt tacked on and a bit out-of-character. But that could just be me. Either way, I'm glad Audible had this as one of their Daily Deals.

  • Hell or High Water

  • A Novel
  • By: Alexi Lawless
  • Narrated by: Aaron Roberts, Kimberly Roelle, Alex Ross, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

Mogul Jack Roman was perfectly happy living the life of a high-powered and charismatic philistine. He had time, money, women, and a penchant for the fast life. Until he met his match in Samantha Wyatt, and his obsession with her would take him to hell and back....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Middle of the Story

  • By Bookaholic on 12-27-17

The Middle of the Story

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

Reviewed: 12-27-17

The story began with "Complicated Creatures." Now it continues...
The Bad Guy is really bad.
The Heroine is tough, smart, and emotionally screwed up.
There are still two men trying to win the Heroine.
And life is still complicated for everyone.

Read it!

(I received a free copy from the author. This is my honest opinion.)


  • Fearless

  • A Novel
  • By: Alexi Lawless
  • Narrated by: Aaron Roberts, Kimberly Roelle, Alex Ross, and others
  • Length: 16 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

Former military interrogator Samantha Wyatt may have won the battle, but she hasn't won the war against Lucien Lightner, her most cunning nemesis yet. For the first time in her life, she's forced to acknowledge she can't do it alone, but who can she trust? The first man she ever loved or the man she never planned to fall for. Chicago tycoon Jack Roman has risked everything to protect Samantha. But he's been holding onto a secret that threatens to destroy his future with the love of his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Ending to the Series

  • By Bookaholic on 12-27-17

Wonderful Ending to the Series

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

Reviewed: 12-27-17

FEARLESS is the third book in the Complicated Creatures series. IMHO, you really need to have read the previous two books ("Complicated Creatures" and "Hell or High Water") to get the full impact of this one.

First, there is the final confrontation between Samantha and her team against the Bad Guy.

Second, there is the resolution of Samantha's complicated love life. Which man will win her heart, Roman or Wesley?

I didn't think Ms. Lawless could possible come up with a satisfactory ending, but she did. Now I have to go back to the first book and listen again.

(I received a free copy of this book from the author, and this is my honest opinion.)

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  • Complicated Creatures

  • A Novel
  • By: Alexi Lawless
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Roelle, Aaron Roberts, Alex Ross, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Samantha Wyatt heads up one of the most powerful private protection agencies in the world. As a former naval interrogator, she knows firsthand what danger looks like. But when the head-turning, savvy, and challenging Jack Roman comes into her life like hot lightning, she's drawn to him like she's never been to anyone before.... She craves his touch, even though it weakens her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Complicated Creatures and Complicated Plot

  • By Bookaholic on 12-27-17

Complicated Creatures and Complicated Plot

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

Reviewed: 12-27-17

See the official blurb for the basic plot. What has me enthralled with this book (and the two sequels) are the characters.

Samantha is one tough, smart, over-achieving, beautiful woman. She's ex-military and now runs a private security firm. She can plan a military op with the best of them, and her kick-ass team adores and respects her, but she's got a complicated back story that's left her emotionally scarred. She now keeps her emotional distance, which is driving her current lover crazy.

Roman is a wealthy businessman and a notorious womanizer -- until Sam moves in next door. Now, he's totally obsessed with Sam, but the relationship is complicated. There's so much about her that she won't share, and he's not sure he even knows her.

During an op that goes bad, Sam re-encounters Wesley, the man she loved in college. Their respective careers tore them apart years ago, and now he wants to rekindle that love. But the issues from their past are so, yes, complicated.

Warning: Usually, I deduct stars for cliffhanger endings, but this book is just so good that I'm making an exception. No story this complex (I refuse to type the other "c" word again) could ever be resolved in just one book.

I received a free copy of this book from the author, and this is my honest opinion.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Life She Wants

  • By: Robyn Carr
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,650
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,421
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,413

In the aftermath of her financier husband's suicide, Emma Shay Compton's dream life is shattered. Richard Compton stole his clients' life savings to fund a lavish life in New York City, and, although she was never involved in the business, Emma bears the burden of her husband's crimes. She is left with nothing. Only one friend stands by her, a friend she's known since high school, who encourages her to come home to Sonoma County. But starting over isn't easy, and Sonoma is full of unhappy memories, too.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable Distraction

  • By Cynthia on 03-07-17

Not Proven vs Not Guilty. Not the same thing.

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

Reviewed: 07-25-17

Our heroine has been hurt repeatedly by friends, family, and her husband. Now, she is alone, broke, and hated by the people her husband ripped off. No one, especially the government, believes that she could have been so oblivious to her husband's business. Going home seems like a reasonable thing to do, but starting over is hard to do. I admire the heroine's willingness to work, even if it's a menial job. I enjoyed seeing how she gradually builds up her self-confidence, finds love, and clears her name. HEA.

I received a free copy of this audio book. This is my honest opinion.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • On the Road to Where the Bells Toll

  • On the Road Mystery Series, Book 2
  • By: M. J. Williams
  • Narrated by: Jane Oppenheimer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Stan and Emily pack up the RV and head to Boston for some R & R with the grandkids and a chance to immerse themselves in colonial history. But their Fourth of July celebration comes to an abrupt halt when they stumble over a body on the Boston Esplanade and then another hanging in the tower of the Old North Church. Now the couple must unravel a tangle of forged clues and flush out the perpetrator before their own untimely epitaphs are written onto the historical landscape.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Time well spent

  • By Beatrice on 02-07-17

Emily, get your license.

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

Reviewed: 04-16-17

I have two pieces of advice for retired police officer Emily and her husband. First, you both seem destined to be stumbling over corpses during your travels, so Emily should think seriously about getting a P.I. license. Second, STAY AWAY FROM GARAGE SALES!

I enjoyed this book very much, but I have to take off a star for the fact that I tagged the killer almost immediately. I just didn't know exactly WHY, which was reason enough to keep listening. However, I thoroughly enjoyed the scenes of the grandkids driving the adults crazy. It all sounded very true-to-life to me.

The narrator does a fine job with this series, and she's easy to listen to. Over all, it was an enjoyable listen.

I received a free copy of this audio book from the author, publisher, or narrator. This is my honest opinion.

  • Infinity's Doorway

  • A Paranormal Thriller
  • By: David Wind
  • Narrated by: Patrick Freeman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

Arren Blaine is a cop, he doesn't believe in the paranormal. He knows there is no such things as werewolves or shifters. "Find me..." The words uttered by the mysterious woman he'd swerved off the road to miss, echo continually in Dallas policeman Arren Blaine's head as he fights to get back into the world of the living, after the almost fatal car crash.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • So-so over all

  • By Bookaholic on 04-16-17

So-so over all

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

Reviewed: 04-16-17

I was totally engaged with this book until somewhere around the middle. Then the plot became predictable and dialogue seemed unnatural. I also just wasn't feeling the love between hero and heroine. I'm not an author myself, so I can't put my finger on what it was that bothered me, but it all just went flat for me toward the end.

I will say that I liked the conclusion. Bad guys are suitably punished; hero gets the girl -- all due to... No, I won't ruin it for you.

I received a free copy of this audiobook from the publisher, author or narrator, and voluntarily provided this honest opinion.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Devil's Trill

  • A Daniel Jacobus Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Gerald Elias
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Devil's Trill - a mystery in sonata-allegro form - is the first-ever audiobook to integrate musical passages that provide clues to solving the mysteries! Author Gerald Elias, a renowned concert violinist himself, performs the music. Blind, sharp-tongued violinist Daniel Jacobus, living in self-imposed exile in rural New England, is drawn into mysterious crimes in New York City.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great!

  • By Brick M. on 02-10-17

Passionate About Music

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

Reviewed: 04-08-17

I received a free copy of this audiobook. I've listened to the entire story, and (except for a few measures at the very end) there was NO music. This was disappointing, especially since other reviewers have mentioned how much the music adds to the experience. The verbal descriptions of the difference in playing styles and tones of various instruments is downright poetic, but it really would have helped if I could have **heard** the differences. Color me disappointed.

As for the spoken content of the book, it's a dual mystery--both a stolen violin and a murder. The "investigator" is a blind teacher who has his own passionate feelings about the missing violin and its use by a committee that sponsors a contest for young violinists. He is definitely not an objective observer, and his opinions about the music business, the pressures put on young artists, and the effects of contests and criticism on the future careers of these young people colors the work.

The pace of the mystery is sometimes slow, but not unduly so. The killer was a surprise. The narrator did an excellent job.

  • Lady Justice and Dr. Death

  • By: Robert Thornhill
  • Narrated by: George Kuch
  • Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

In Lady Justice And Dr. Death, a series of terminally ill patients are found dead under circumstances that point to a new Dr. Death practicing euthanasia in the Kansas City area. Walt and his entourage of scrappy seniors are dragged into the "right-to-die-with-dignity" controversy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lady Justuce

  • By MANI on 02-25-17

Mercy or Murder?

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

Reviewed: 04-01-17

This time around, author Robert Thornhill tackles the subject of euthanasia. When a bereaved relative insists on an autopsy after her father's death, the St. Louis police discover that someone is assisting dying patients to end their suffering. Officers Walt and Ox are assigned the case, and we benefit from their research on both sides of the issue.

George Kuch does his usual fine job of portraying Walt and his friends.

I was given a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • Etched in Bone

  • A Novel of the Others
  • By: Anne Bishop
  • Narrated by: Alexandra Harris
  • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,719
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,594
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,585

After a human uprising was brutally put down by the Elders - a primitive and lethal form of the Others - the few cities left under human control are far-flung. And the people within them now know to fear the no man's land beyond their borders - and the darkness.... As some communities struggle to rebuild, Lakeside Courtyard has emerged relatively unscathed, though Simon Wolfgard, its wolf shifter leader, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn must work with the human pack to maintain the fragile peace.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Convinced With This One

  • By Lady on 03-18-17

A favorite series -- less dark than book 4

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

Reviewed: 04-01-17

I've listened to this series several times and love the way Anne Bishop builds her worlds and characters. I was surprised by reviewers who praised Book 4, which I found horribly depressing, and who thought this book was unsuitable for young adults because of Jimmy's foul language. He is the bad guy, after all!

There are two scenes I absolutely adore in this book: Meg's interaction with the Elders on the issue of "cukkies" and Twyla's handling of Skippy. Clearly, Twyla is becoming the alpha female of the Courtyard! I also appreciate the sensible way Simon ultimately handles the issues with Sierra, Sandee, and their children.

I'm hoping that Ms. Bishop does continue the Others Series. There are some interesting characters outside the Lakeside Courtyard, and I hope to find out more about them, too. I also want to say that I appreciate Ms. Harris' narration. I've both read and listened to the books in the series, and it's the audiobooks I want to return to again and again.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful