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Napier, New Zealand
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  • Waiting on the Sidelines

  • By: Ginger Scott
  • Narrated by: Laura Darrell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186

Nolan Lennox had things figured out. Named after a baseball legend, she enjoyed being the tomboy. Her closet was filled with her brother's hand-me-downs, cut-off jeans, and soccer shorts. But when her first trip to high school results in a broken heart from the first boy to ever make her heart flutter, and cruel words from an older girl she once thought a family friend, Nolan starts to question the very person she thought she was.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a young adult read

  • By BLF on 07-31-15

Coming of age story

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

This is the first book in this three book series which centres around Nolan and Reed.

Nolan is not most girls her age, she is named after a man and prefers sporting wear to dresses. She loves sport, whether she is participating or watching it. Now that she is in high school she is rethinking her clothing choices in an effort to ‘fit in’ a bit more.

High school plays an important part in the formative years of every young adult and sometimes it can be a cruel place to spend your days. When I say cruel, I mean some of the people there. Like the self proclaimed popular people who like to elevate themselves by putting other people down.

Nolan notices Reed in her first week at school and very quickly develops a crush on him. After working on a project together they become good friends, so much so that Reed often confides in Nolan, he really respects her opinion on any issues he has going on. He is the star quarterback and has to deal with a lot of pressure at times.

Nolan watches Reed flirts, make out and date other girls through their years at high school while pining for him to see her in a different light. He eventually does and when it happens it’s like all her dreams have come true. However, it is not smooth sailing for them.

Like a lot of young teens who are figuring things out there is doubt, jealousy and confusion at times. I had to keep reminding myself just how young they were as at times I got so annoyed with the things that happened. Especially saying one thing and doing another.

We follow these two, and their friends, as they navigate their way through high school and onto college. There are plenty of speed bumps along the way and if they can work through them they may just find their way back to each other.

  • Addicted for Now

  • Addicted, Book 2
  • By: Krista Ritchie, Becca Ritchie
  • Narrated by: Charles Carr, Erin Mallon
  • Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 438
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 438

He's addicted to booze. She's addicted to sex... staying sober is only half the battle. No. More. Sex. Those are the three words Lily Calloway fears the most. But Loren Hale is determined to be with Lily without enabling her dangerous compulsions. With their new living situation - sleeping in the same bed, for real, together - Lily has new battles. Like not jumping Lo's bones every night. Not being consumed by sex and his body. Loren plans to stay sober, to right all of his wrongs.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really????

  • By donna on 05-04-16

Intense, emotional read

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

Well that was a hugely intense, emotional read.

Lo and Lily are reunited but the path to having a 'normal' has only just begun.

Individually they battle with their own demons and addictions. Lo is way ahead in this after his stint in rehab and now he is carefully guiding Lily to help her curb her own impulsive desires.

I love how much these two love and care for each other. Eventually they will get to a point where each of them will be enough for each other but it will take time and there will be a few bumps along the way.

The relationship between Ryke and Lo really develops into a genuine brotherly love and they really are there for each other, it's so nice for Lo to have someone in his family like that. I loved all the interactions between Daisy & Ryke and very much looking forward to reading their story.

Lo & Lily go through a lot of shite in this story but the one thing that doesn't change is their unwavering love for each other. Loved this :)

  • Dating-ish

  • Knitting in the City, Book 6
  • By: Penny Reid
  • Narrated by: Joy Nash
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 871
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 814
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 811

New standalone from the USA Today best-selling Knitting in the City romantic comedy series.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Smart & Funny

  • By Barb Muse on 02-25-18

I loved the slow burn

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

I think this is my favourite read in this series. I loved the slow burn between Matt & Marie.

The last couple of hours of listening were so heart felt.

Nothing felt rushed, these two just slowly fell for each other.

Loved this!

  • Marriage of Inconvenience

  • Knitting in the City, Book 7
  • By: Penny Reid
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe, Stephen Dexter
  • Length: 16 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 690
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 650
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 647

Being a billionaire heiress isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. In fact, it sucks. Determined to live a quiet life, Kat Tanner changed her identity years ago and eschewed her family’s legacy. But now, Kat’s silver spoon past has finally caught up with her, and so have her youthful mistakes. To avoid imminent disaster, she must marry immediately; it is essential that the person she chooses have no romantic feelings for her whatsoever and be completely trustworthy. Fortunately, she knows exactly who to ask. Dan O’Malley checks all the boxes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So sad to be this happy......

  • By Richard A. Burnell on 03-10-18

I love Dan the security man :)

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

Kat has had a huge crush on Dan since they first met but never expected him to ever feel the same way about her. When things go tits up with her father’s health and her conniving cousin tries to manipulate her she needs to take action fast. Which means she needs to get married asap.

Dan is more than happy to step up and help Kat. He has had his eye on her for a long time and thinks she is the most beautiful girl he has ever laid eyes on. Her marriage proposal comes as a surprise but he is more than willing to be tied to the girl who makes his heart speed up.

Kat has a lot of things she needs to share about her life with Dan so that he is aware of exactly what he is in for. She thinks some may make him change his mind about their but she needs to put all her cards on the table so they begin with no secrets.

I love how this went from an arrangement to a relationship between these two. Nothing was rushed and the slow burn between them was just perfect. Dan is so patient with Kat, despite his desire to rip her clothes off every time they are intimate.

I’m so sad that this series has ended but this book was probably my favourite. I LOVE Dan the Security Man and his Kit Kat.

  • Faking It

  • By: K. Bromberg
  • Narrated by: Rupert Channing, Erin Mallon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,080
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,075

Zane Phillips mistook me for his dog walker. It shouldn’t surprise me that the man with a suit more expensive than my rent would assume that I was there to serve him. The positive? I put him in his place. The negative? I missed my job interview because of it. Now I find out he’s a rich Australian entrepreneur, and he wants to make up for tanking my interview. Yes, he’s impossibly hot - but he’s also an arrogant jackass - so...no thanks. But after a little white lie I tell spirals out of control, I’m somehow offered the chance to play Zane’s girlfriend to help promote his new dating website....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • COMPELLING, COMPULSIVE & A COMPLETE BARGAIN

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 09-29-18

Fun read with great narration

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

3.5 stars

Turning up for a job interview and being mistaken for a dog walker is how Zane and Harlow first cross paths. This sets off a series of events that leads them to working together and travelling together whilst maintaining a fake public relationship.

Zane is arrogance personified and whilst Harlow is happy to play her part she can’t stand being around this guy any more than she has to. However, the more time they spend ‘faking’ it the more difficult it is to work out what is real between and what is for public show.

This was a fun audio read for me and I enjoyed the Aussie accented narration ☺

  • Let Love Stay

  • Love, Book 2
  • By: Melissa Collins
  • Narrated by: Shirl Rae, Sean Crisden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

If you're lucky, you'll fall in love-truly, madly, and deeply in love. Maddy and Reid had that kind of love-the all-encompassing, Earth-shattering, once-in-a-lifetime kind of love. Then life happened. Old wounds that were thought to be long healed and scabbed over are ripped opened, and they are forced to face the possibility that maybe they are not strong enough to fight their demons and embrace the light.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good overall but...

  • By The Bookshelf Podcast on 07-30-18

Some good communication would have saved time

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

3.5 stars

This is the second half of Maddy & Reid's love story and I listened to the audio version..

Things were up in the air at the end of the first book to be honest most of the issues these two have through this series is just bad communication and assumptions they both make. They are young so I suppose that is just something that comes with maturity.

Reid revisits his past and was he finds devastates him all over again. However, as painful as it is, he needs to do this so he can move forward and put it all behind him.

Reid and Maddy navigate their way through the changes in their relationship and really grow up a lot. I was happy with how things turned out in the end so I will carry on listening to the series in audio.

  • Let Love Heal

  • Love, Book 3
  • By: Melissa Collins
  • Narrated by: Lucy Malone
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Melanie Crane has always been the perfect daughter, friend, student - she's been perfect at everything. But when she lets her insecurities get the best of her, she falters in her pursuit of perfection. Melanie crumples under the pressure and buries her pain. Numbed by sadness and guilt, she is determined never to let anyone find out how broken she really is. Bryan Mahoney may appear to have everything in order. He's charming, witty, and completely swoon-worthy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of silly assumptions in this story

  • By Jo Fergus on 11-28-18

Lots of silly assumptions in this story

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

I really had to persevere with this third part of the Love series.

I felt frustrated a lot of the time due to Melanie's inability to communicate with Bryan. She constantly jumped to conclusions and made assumptions that led to silly decisions.

Honesty would have move things along a lot faster and happier with this couple.

However, things did eventually come out in the wash.

  • Hothouse Flower: Calloway Sisters, Book 2

  • By: Krista Ritchie, Becca Ritchie
  • Narrated by: Stephen Dexter, Jessica Almasy
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 465
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434

Ryke Meadows, meet Daisy Calloway... she's all grown up. Twenty-five-year-old Ryke Meadows knows he's hard to love. With a billion-dollar inheritance, a track-star resume, and an alpha-male personality - he redefines the term likable asshole. But he's not living to make friends. Or enemies. He just wants to free climb three of the toughest mountains in Yosemite without drama or interruption.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So intense, So Sexy, So oh Ryke!

  • By Jacqueline's Reads on 04-17-15

This has been a long time coming!

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

Reviewed: 11-26-18

Well this was a long awaited and eagerly anticipated read for me. A journey that has taken this friendship through four previous books to this moment in their lives.

Ever since Ryke Meadows first met Daisy Calloway she caught his eye. The fact that she was only 15 years when he was introduced to her quickly put paid to any inappropriate thoughts on his side.

Daisy however is another story. She is a fashion model and has spent a lot of time alone travelling and mixing with an older crowd. She is very worldly and a risk taker. This often leads her into bad decisions with dire consequences. The person she can always count on to catch her when she falls is Ryke.

Daisy and Ryke have always dabbled in a bit of flirtatious banter. Ryke gets very jealous and protective of Daisy when she has a new boyfriend. In a big brother kind of way. However, now that Daisy is 18 years old and once again reaches out to Ryke to be her hero, he can no longer deny the way he feels about her.

The only problem is the strong opposition from his brother Lo and Daisy’s family. These two will have to overcome a hell of a lot of shite to finally get to have their HEA.

I absolutely love this series and cannot recommended it enough, very addictive!

  • Easy Melody

  • By: Kristen Proby
  • Narrated by: Rachel Fulginiti, Sebastian York
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,659
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,544
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,536

Callie Mills never intended to return to New Orleans and the life she left behind more than a decade ago. There was no need to open old wounds when she had the life she'd worked hard for in Denver. But when she's fired from her awesome job in Colorado and her father dies, she has no choice but to return home to run the derelict bar left to her in the heart of the French Quarter. Callie must not only face bad memories but turn The Odyssey into something she can be proud of.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Somewhat predictable but still a very romantic

  • By Trisha on 02-03-16

These two are really in tune with each other

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

I listened to the audio version of this.

Declan is part of the Boudreaux siblings and ready to settle down. He is a musician so has had plenty of willing women in his bed but the one he has his eyes on now may take a little bit more effort to impress.

Callie has seen the way Declan works when it comes to girls and she is definitely a commitment girl. Sure he is cute but if he wants her he has to go all in, exclusivity is a non-negotiable.

It turns out that these two have way more in common than they realised, especially their love of DIY and flipping houses. Not only that, his family loves her and everything with Callie just feels so right.

Declan is not used to being with a woman who genuinely cares about him and enjoys spending time with him outside of the bedroom. It's taking some adjusting and at times he confuses Callie with his aloof behaviour.

These two fit together like an Easy Melody so hopefully Declan realises that Callie is the forever girl he has been looking for before things fall out of tune.

  • Easy Charm

  • By: Kristen Proby
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York, Rachel Fulginiti
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,408
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,230

Gabrielle Boudreaux, the youngest of the Boudreaux clan, is a single mother of her young son, Sam. Running a bed-and-breakfast at the family plantation house at the edge of the Mississippi River, Gabby loves her inn, her boy, and her family. She meets new people every day and takes pride in the house and land that has been in her family for more than five generations. Blessed beyond measure, she's also lonely, although she would never admit that to anyone, until Rhys O'Shaughnessy walks through her door.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Guilty as charmed

  • By green ice cream garden on 08-06-15

I was hooked within minutes

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

I listened to the audio version of this book and was only a matter of minutes before I was hooked. Professional baseball player staying at a B&B to recuperate from an injury meets a gorgeous single mum and her baseball mad son. How could I not enjoy this book?!

Gabby fell in love as a teenager with the boy she thought loved her back just as much. A positive pregnancy test popped the love bubble and she was left heart broken when he decided that was not the life he wanted.

Eigth years later Gabby is running a B&B on her families plantation. Despite being a single mum, she has not raised him alone. Gabby has a big loving family, including some very protective brothers, who have been a huge part of Sam’s life too. She is lucky in that regard, having the full support of her family means so much to her.

When Rhys O’Shaughnessy shows up as her new guest for the summer she is blinded sided by how freaking gorgeous and sweet he is. Sam thinks all his dreams have come true when he meets his hero player. Thus begins a very sweet friendship between the two of them.

Gabby is not used to have a man ‘around the house’ and the fact that he is so sweet with Sam and likes to help her out is not her heart any favours either. Before long the comfortable friendship turns into a lot more for both of them.

Rhys is completely taken with Gabby, she is like no other girl he has ever met. Her son is just a bonus, he is a great kid and Gabby is a fantastic mum. He has no idea what to do about all these feelings and how he will juggle a relationship and his baseball when he returns after he is recovered.

Gabby is just waiting for the other shoe to drop. She does not have faith in men and thinks that as soon as Rhys is healed he will leave, never to be seen again. She doesn’t want that though, it will not only break her heart but destroy Sam, who is very attached to Rhys.

Will Rhys be the guy to finally show Gabby just how much she is worth?