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  • 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 1,628
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,514
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,507

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 2,359
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,184

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?

  • Brant's Return

  • By: Mia Sheridan
  • Narrated by: Jacob Morgan, Virginia Rose
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 923
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 860
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 859

Brant Talbot runs a glitzy network of high-end bars in New York City, enjoying all the benefits of the lavish lifestyle he's worked so hard to achieve. When he learns that his estranged father is dying, he must return to his family’s Kentucky horse farm - and to a past he thought he left behind. While facing long-buried truths, he collides with his father’s secretary, Isabelle Farris. Despite his undeniable attraction to the beautiful, independent young woman, he sees secrets in her eyes and believes she has designs on Graystone Hill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another hit by Mia Sheridan!

  • By Ashley D on 08-16-18

Emotionally charged story

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

Reviewed: 08-23-18

Isabelle’s whole life is ripped away from her one cruel night, leaving her immersed in grief as she struggles to make sense of what her life has now become. As part of the healing process she gets involved in horse therapy and that is how she ends up living and working at Graystone Hill for Mr Talbot.

Mr Talbot senior lives alone after his wife passed away and his son Brant left soon after, vowing never to return again. However, despite the dramatic way his son left, he has followed his son’s career as a rising star in the hospitality industry in New York city. When his health goes into further decline he knows he needs to start making some plans about what to do about the future of Graystone Hill.

Isabelle finds out about the existence of Brant Talbot quite by accident and decides to make contact with him so that he is aware of just how ill his father is. She treasures family and even if there is beef between these two men, surely they can put it aside and come to some sort of resolution. Life is too short to waste time on petty arguments.

When Brant arrives at Graystone Hill he is initially sceptical of Isabelle’s intentions with his father but eventually realises how wrong his assumptions are. Kind of a relief really because he is intensely attracted to her and drawn to the sadness behind her eyes. There is something about her that calls to him and he wants to know her story.

Isabelle was not looking but seems to have found something wonderful in this new found friendship with Brant. She has been alone for a few years now and having a man look at her the way Brant does is something she has never experienced before. It gives her hope that she can one day love again.

As much as she enjoys being with Brant, they have completely different lives, she lives in the home he associates with terrible memories and he lives in the fast pace of NY city. As well as this developing relationship with Brant, Isabelle is determined to figure out the mystery that surrounds what happened the night that everything changed for her. She needs answers to put the past behind her, only then can she truly move on.

This tale had everything, a sweet and swoony love story, an element of suspense & mystery and second chance love. A great weekend read for me. I loved the narration, especially Jacob Morgan (Zachary Webber). This was the next book in the Sign of Love series.

  • It Seemed like a Good Idea at the Time

  • By: Kylie Scott
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213

Returning home for her father’s wedding was never going to be easy for Adele. If being sent away at 18 hadn’t been bad enough, the mess she left behind when she made a pass at her dad’s business partner sure was. Fifteen years older than her, Pete had been her crush for as long as she could remember. But she’d misread the situation - confusing friendliness for undying love. Awkward. Seven years on, things are different. Adele is no longer a kid, but all it takes is seeing him again to bring back all those old feelings.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It Seemed like a Good Idea at the Time

  • By Listening is Reading on 08-08-18

Listened to this in one day!

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

Reviewed: 08-23-18

I listened to the audio version of this and I’m so glad I did because I love Andi Arndt’s narration ☺

Adele is on her back to Queensland to meet her dad’s fiance and attend their wedding. She will be staying with his friend and business partner, Pete. The man she was crushing on as a teenager.

When Adele was 18 she spent her summer with her dad but as he was always busy she hung out with Pete a lot and they became good friends. He is 15 years older than her so it was very much a one sided crush that developed on her part. Pete had no idea she felt that way until she spectacularly made it clear to him, which ended in him having a broken nose.

Seven years later and she is reunited with Pete, in fact she will be staying at his place as his guest. Adele is now 25 and Pete is 40. You know how guys seem to get more handsome with age, well Pete has gotten way hotter than she remember and her hormones have sat up to take notice.

Adele knows that Pete probably sees her as a ‘kid’ still but she senses that something has shifted between them now. In fact, she is pretty sure that he is checking her out? All the feelings she had for Pete come rushing back and now that years have passed maybe it’s the right time to talk to him about how much she has missed him and see if he feels the same way.

Sexy lines are about to be crossed and crossed again. When the inevitable s*** hits the fan will Pete man up, because it seemed like a good idea at the time…

  • Dirty Filthy Rich Love

  • Dirty Duet, Book 2
  • By: Laurelin Paige
  • Narrated by: Elena Wolfe
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 774
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 738
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 736

The conclusion to the epic romance begun in Dirty Filthy Rich Men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FLAWLESS COMPELLING STORYTELLING

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 10-11-17

Very steamy!

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

Reviewed: 07-30-18

Forgot to mention in my review of #1 how incredibly sexy the scenes between Donovan & Sabrina were and the same is true for this second book, Laurelin Paige writes hot af scenes :)

This picks up where the first book left off. It is obvious that Sabrina and Donovan are meant to be together. He is battling with his inner demons and trying to make sense of how much he cares about and thinks about Sabrina. She has gotten completely under his skin. However, admitting this to her is not something that comes easy to him.

We all know how arrogant & dominant he can be but so much more is revealed about his controlling personality. Sabrina is left reeling and astounded at the lengths Donovan has gone to and will go to protect himself and in his own way her.

Sabrina feels completely played and wonders how she ever thought she knew him when now she feels like she never knew him at all. She has never felt more hurt, violated and alone.

Donovan has a lot of work ahead of him if he thinks he will ever have a chance to make things right with Sabrina. Sabrina comes a long way in this story too, she is learning to compromise in an effort to understand this complex man that she has fallen in love with.

A really different read and I will definitely be checking out Weston & Elizabeth's story :)

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  • With This Man

  • By: Jodi Ellen Malpas
  • Narrated by: Edita Brychta, Jack George
  • Length: 16 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Jesse Ward is back in the newest novel in the Sunday Times and New York Times best-selling This Man series! Life is good for Jesse 'The Lord' Ward. Perfect, actually. He still has the charm, he's in great shape, and he still reduces his wife, Ava, to a pool of desire with a mere look. He's in full control, just how he likes it. But Jesse's perfect world falls apart when a terrible accident lands Ava in hospital with a life-threatening head injury.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Erin Lewis on 03-28-18

A fantastic walk down memory lane

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

Reviewed: 07-30-18

Well this was a fantastic walk down memory lane. Jesse Ward can be a very divisive lead character among readers, you either love him or loathe him, there is no grey area where the Lord of the Manor is concerned. I am definitely a lover.

The book blurb tells you the premise of this story so I’m giving nothing away that isn’t already mentioned there. We pick up a few years after This Man Confessed left off and the kids are now 11 years old.

Life is wonderful for the Ward family and Jesse is about to turn 50 years old. It’s been smooth sailing really and their friends Kate & Sam and Drew are having their own life changing moments too.

When Ava is involved in a terrible accident she loses her memory, she can’t remember anything from the last 16 years, which means she has no memory of Jesse or their children. This is Jesse’s worst nightmare. Jesse sets out to help Ava remember their epic love story so he goes back to the beginning, right where they first met – The Manor.

This wasn’t just a reminder of their love and the rocky road the travelled to where they are now. There is also Kate & Sam’s life, Drew’s, John and a few other new characters. There were several unexpected moments that completely shocked me and one poignant moment had me in tears.

More than anything though was the intensity of Jesse & Ava’s love. Despite what she was going through the strength of her love for Jesse broke through as quickly as it did when they first met. He may have been a stranger to her but she felt him and knew deep inside that she was meant to be with him.

This was a fantastic conclusion to Jesse and Ava’s story. I really enjoyed the narration of this too ☺

‘I’m human. I’m a dad. A husband. My family is both my biggest weakness and my greatest strength. I live and breathe for them, and that will never change. Until the day I die, it will always be about them.’

  • The Theory of Second Best

  • Cake Series, Book 2
  • By: J. Bengtsson
  • Narrated by: Zachary Webber, Andi Arndt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,501
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,361
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,352

Kyle McKallister has lived his life in the shadows. Younger brother to one of the world's most elusive and embattled celebrities, Kyle has carved out a comfortable existence touring with his famous brother and living in the lap of luxury with no commitments or plans of his own, only a deep, haunting loyalty to his brother. But his life is about to be shaken up when the opportunity comes to compete on a popular reality show.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great series!!

  • By jodiod on 05-01-17

I loved this second book in the Cake series

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

Reviewed: 07-30-18

Kyle is used to being second best, especially when it comes to girls. His brother is a famous rock star and Kyle resides in his shadow. Okay that is not a completely fair statement. Kyle has worked alongside his brother since his career began and he does a good job of taking care of him. When people find out who his brother is they think that he will be able to introduce them to Jake.

It is hard for Kyle to make genuine connections with people as he is never sure if it is him or Jake that they are interested in meeting. He really needed to do something separate from his life with Jake and this is how he ends up applying to be on a reality TV show set in the Cook Islands, kind of like survivor.

Kenzie has her own reasons for being on the show, mainly to win money for her family. She feels a connection with Kyle right from the moment they meet and they form an alliance together. They have each other’s backs and over time a close friendship between them develops into something more for Kenzie. She isn’t sure if Kyle feels it too but she knows that what she is feeling is real.

Kyle finds himself opening up to Kenzie and enjoying the genuine feelings growing between them. Even when she finds out who his brother is it doesn’t seem to change anything. Just when Kyle is beginning to put trust in Kenzie she completely blind sides him, making him feel like everything they shared was just another person using him for their own personal gain.

Will Kyle ever be able to find someone who doesn’t make him feel like second best?

I loved this second book in the Cake series

  • The Year We Hid Away

  • By: Sarina Bowen
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl, Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175

Bridger Macaulley used to be a player both on and off the ice. But now, while his teammates chase the next hockey victory, Bridger worries that the dean will discover he's housing his eight-year-old sister in his dorm room. Juggling a full course load and a big secret, it's only a matter of time until the other skate drops.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loving this series!! Great 2nd book!!!

  • By Cyndi on 09-15-16

Two people finding their first loves

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

Reviewed: 07-30-18

Some people manage to skate through their life with little to no drama and others seem to get everything thrown at them. I don't know why that is but the old saying - it's not what happens to you, it's how you deal with it - is very true.

Bridger is a college hockey star who has a very bright future ahead of him when he has no choice but to remove his little sister from their family to be her sole caregiver. He has always helped look after her anyway but now he is responsible for providing for her in every way a parent would have. He is about to learn the art of juggling as he copes with his study requirements, a part time job, getting Lucy to school each day and hiding the fact that she lives in his dorm. He has no time for anything else in his life, including his beloved hockey.

Scarlet is in her first year at college, desperate to make a fresh start. She plans on laying low, getting on with her work and enjoy the breathing space that being away from her home town and family now offers her. She may be away from the chaos for now but the issues in her family life keep knocking on her door. Her plan to keep to herself all year ends when she meets someone, the super cute and persistent Bridger. Initially she steers clear of him but he is either stalking her or they keep meeting by coincidence, or maybe it is fate?

Bridger and Scarlet become friends. Both of them have secrets they are hiding from each other and the world in general but having someone you can count on is something they both need. Individually, they are going through some heavy stuff, things that have forced them to grow up and be projected into adulthood a bit faster than normal. It's amazing what you can cope with when you have no choice but to do just that.

Everything they have to deal with brings them closer together and they find strength in each other. I loved Bridger, his dedication to his sister and how his sense of family was so important to him despite what his home situation was like. There is a lot happening in this story but it is also a journey of two people finding their first loves.

  • Burn for You

  • Slow Burn, Book 1
  • By: J.T. Geissinger
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York, Diana Luke
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,055
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 951
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 947

Jackson "The Beast" Boudreaux is rich, gorgeous, and unbelievably rude to the staff at Chef Bianca Hardwick's New Orleans restaurant. Bianca would sooner douse herself in hot sauce than cook for Jackson again, but when he asks her to cater his fundraiser, Bianca can't refuse, knowing the cash will help pay her mother's medical bills. Then Jackson makes another outrageous request: Marry me. The unconventional offer includes an enormous sum - money Bianca desperately needs, even if it does come with a contract - and a stunning ring.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the story

  • By CS on 11-11-17

This story lives up to it's title

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

Reviewed: 07-30-18

I listened to the audio version of this book and loved that Sebastian York was the male narrator *sigh* he was perfect voicing Jackson's character.

Jackson has been given an ultimatum, he has to marry before his 35th birthday or agree to come and work for the family bourbon business. If he doesn't he will lose his future inheritance, which means the lifestyle he has been accustomed to will also end. He needs to find someone to marry him and in exchange he will give them what they need for the next five years and then a nice clean divorce will set them both free. Now he just needs to find that woman.....

Bianca runs a very successful restaurant in New Orleans, in fact it is booked weeks in advance. Everything on her menu in some way is flavoured or influenced by the Bourbon that Jackson's family distills. Everyone knows his family, they brew the best Bourbon in New Orleans and are very wealthy, well known business people. However, when Jackson meets Bianca the sparks fly - but not in a good way! This rude, arrogant man rubs her completely the wrong way and she instantly dislikes him. She has enough going on in her life without having to deal with this moody man.

Bianca's mother has lung cancer and is in the midst of having chemotherapy. Expensive chemotherapy. All the medical bills are financially crippling Bianca, not to mention all the time she spends caring for her mother and balancing her work at the restaurant, she has so many balls in the air that one day soon she won't be able to catch them them. When she realises just how much money she needs to save her mother's life she finds herself in quite a vulnerable position, the kind of vulnerability that has her agreeing to marry a man she despises for money - Jackson.

However, there is way more to this man than meets the eye, there are layers upon layers that no one else has ever laid eyes on. Her mum summed him up well when she said that he is like creme brulee, hard on the outside but all warm and gooey in the middle. There is so much more to Jackson. The more time they spend together the more she realises just how incredible he is, despite everything he has been through over the years.

And then there is the small issue of how insanely attracted to each other they are, like ridiculously hot for each other. You know where this is gonna go right? You don't? Well, I'm not going to spoil it for you but let's just say that this story lives up to it's title :-)

  • From Lukov with Love

  • By: Mariana Zapata
  • Narrated by: Callie Dalton, Teddy Hamilton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,271
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,173

If someone were to ask Jasmine Santos to describe the last few years of her life with a single word, it would definitely be a four-letter one. After 17 years - and countless broken bones and broken promises - she knows her window to compete in figure skating is coming to a close. But when the offer of a lifetime comes in from an arrogant idiot she's spent the last decade dreaming about pushing in the way of a moving bus, Jasmine might have to reconsider everything. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New Favorite MZ Slow Burn

  • By Brittany M on 05-13-18

The Queen of slow burning romance strikes again

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

Reviewed: 07-30-18

The Queen of slow burning romance strikes again! I eagerly awaited the release of this on audio and the wait was worth it.

Another slow building, slow burning romance story from Mariana which seems to be her forte. I love that there is nothing instant about what happens between Jasmine and Ivan.

They both ice skate competitively and when Ivan is in need of new skate partner, his coach asks Jasmine to be his team mate. Jasmine thought she would never have the opportunity to skate at a high level again and she was okay with that. She didn’t realise how much she wanted to again until she is asked to.

Initially they start off as enemies and after spending time together realise that they didn’t really know each other at all. There is so much more to Ivan thn his gruff exterior and when they both share more and more of their personal lives with each other they realise that they actually like each other. You need to be able to trust the person you are team mates with, they literally have your life in their hands out on the ice and Ivan belives it is just as important off the ice.

I loved all the bits that make up Ivan, especially loved what Jasmine discovers about him when she visits his home. I also loved how protective he is with Jasmine, not just physically but emotionally. He gets upset on her behalf if anyone is mean towards her, it’s really cute.

Loved this!

“I believe in you. In us. Regardless of what happens, you will always be the best partner I’ve ever had. You’ll always be the hardest working person I’ve ever known. There will only ever be you.”