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  • Intercession

  • By: M. A. Abraham
  • Narrated by: Brian Callanan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

The Tribunal Elder has lived through more millenniums than he cares to think about. He is not the type to shirk his duties. He is a force to reckon with; yet he is known to be a kind man. To settle a dispute between the Martians and the Human, he will travel to Mars. Before he returns home, this problem will be settled, one way or another. The message from the Martians is clear: remove the settlers from the surface of their planet, or they will die. The Tribunal Elder soon discovers there is more to this than those who are in command know about....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interceding on Mars

  • By IreneMBBT on 10-23-18

Interceding on Mars

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

This story is best enjoyed if you’ve read the previous books in the series.
The Tribunal Elder of the Tantalarians has been contacted by the residents of Mars to remove the human settlers from their planet or they will die.
When he arrives with his chosen representatives, the TE is called on to help solve multiple problems. Along the way, the hunters of Tantalus and the previously sequestered scribes are allowed to meet and find their natural mates.
The Audible and my story descriptions don’t really do this justice. Abraham has caught my interest and I’ve purchased additional stories in the series, in both ebook and audio. A feat, indeed, as this is my 785th written audio review; this, out of the thousands of books I’ve read in my lifetime.
I really enjoy Callanan’s voice and the various characters he is able to portray.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review; I was not compensated for my review and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.

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  • Welcome to Paradise

  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Emma Taylor
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308

Mira Walker is hoping that competing on a "living history" reality show will give her what's missing from her real life. Maybe she'll get closer to her boyfriend, who hasn't been all that nice to her lately. Get fired up about her job again. Who knows, she might even win a million dollars. Gabe Kincaid and his brother, Alec, are after that million, too, though. Mira and Scott are no threat at all, not when everybody involved is going to want to kill Scott after the first day. And there's no bond stronger than a twin's. What could possibly go wrong?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reality TV Romance Done Well

  • By CandCrew on 06-07-15

Surprised me

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

Reviewed: 10-22-18

This story has surprised me, as I didn’t expect much from a storyline about a reality show. I don’t watch them to begin with, and most books using that storyline have been very unsatisfactory.
James does a good job with her spin.
Taylor does a decent job of narration.

  • Carry Me Home

  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante, Natalie Ross
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 736
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 647
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 652

Paradise, Idaho, may not be the largest town, but for newly minted professor Zoe Santangelo, it's the first step on the path to her big break. After teaching in a small Idaho school, her next stop is the Ivy League, and no one is going to stand in her way. She'll do what it takes to move up, to protect her students from a creepy campus stalker - and to protect her heart from Cal Jackson, the hot, hunky cowboy who keeps coming to her rescue.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reminds me of Linda Howard

  • By C. Harrison on 06-19-15

Spunky Zoe falls to amazing Cal

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

Reviewed: 10-22-18

I really like how spunky Zoe is, in standing up for Amy and trying to right some almost wrongs. In growing up and living in one of the biggest cities in the US, I understand her caution in not trusting strange men - yes, I was followed one night. I understand her career challenges and choices from spending most of my working life in the middle of a boys’ club; and slogging my way thru long hours to get my share of the pie. (Our standing joke was that Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but backwards, in high heels, and a long dress. But he got the lions share of recognition.) And I’ve had to fight my share of battles with administration, one male jerk at a time. And I thank every woman before me who has fought their own personal battles that have redefined rape and abuse and equality of health care (viagra was covered by insurance many years before reconstruction from mastectomy) and driving while drunk, etc. Go you brave women who don’t accept being brushed off!
And Cal was wonderful! Not in order of preference: Decently good looks, great body, crazy great sense of humor, man of integrity, generous, super caring, rich. And he slipped in past her defenses with everything he is. Thank you, Ms James for letting me enjoy Cal for a few hours.
I always Love Gigante and Ross for narration! They have such great complementary voices.

  • Take Me Back

  • Paradise, Idaho, Book 4
  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 15 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291

Hallie Cavanaugh's late father just left her millions of reasons to stay away from Jim Lawson, deputy sheriff of Paradise, Idaho, and the man who broke her heart fourteen years ago. Hallie has worked hard for independence, but she can't dismiss a massive inheritance, even if she has to follow her father's manipulative terms to get it. How hard can it be to spend six months back in Paradise - and not sleep with her old flame?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Good Installment To The Series

  • By Lia on 06-12-17

past and present attraction

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

Reviewed: 10-22-18

James writes well done romance stories with a twist of suspense. Her characters have some status in their own world, but are presented from their personal viewpoint as regular people.
Someone is trying to keep Hallie from living 6 mo in her father’s house to inherit a chunk of his estate. She has some long ago history with Jim, and some right now rekindled attraction. Too bad they’re not supposed to have sex in order for her to inherit.
The most moving part of the book, for me, was when Jim tells Maya’s story.
Pressley does a decent job of narration.

  • Turn Me Loose

  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Claire Bocking
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313

Rochelle Marks is working hard to build a name for herself that has nothing to do with her pinup-girl curves. She's made mistakes in the past, and now she's trying to stop her little sister, Stacy, from making worse ones. Rochelle's done with being nothing more than someone's good time. Even if that someone is the one-night stand who turned her life upside down before vanishing - and who's just arrived in Paradise, Idaho, looking to pick up where they left off.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excited by Her Bruises

  • By Rusty on 01-29-17

Not my favorite in the series

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

Reviewed: 10-21-18

I have liked the character of Rochelle from the previous books in the series. I very much like that she is dedicated to her family; and I was so impressed with her mother and father as written. I was really disappointed that the author wrote Ro as TSTL when it came to confronting Lake et al. Too bad. I get that it can be consistent with her loyalty, but it was offset by the divorce, the dealing to Stacy, and the menace displayed at her previous visit. So, no.
I had a hard time connecting with Travis the way he was written. Between these issues, this is not my favorite book in the series.
I give the author a big thumbs up in including related topic information at the end of the book. Respect.
Bocking does a decent job of narration.

  • Hold Me Close

  • Paradise, Idaho, Book 2
  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante, Natalie Ross
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 505
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448

Kayla Chambers knows what love is - and what it isn't. When her boyfriend turns abusive, she and her son escape to a new life in a place where he'll never find them. The idyllic town of Paradise, Idaho, has everything she needs to get back on her feet. Survival is her only goal, and the last thing she wants is another man in her life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love the narration

  • By Petra on 12-18-15

Romantic Suspense this side of too sweet

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

Reviewed: 10-20-18

Kayla and her son Eli get help escaping from her abusive boyfriend, a prosecutor. She goes to the town where she once had a beautiful summer when growing up. When her mom had been married to Bill Jackson, Luke’s uncle.
Luke is unsatisfied but not ready to say he wants to settle down. But then Daisy the dog adopts him. Then he needs to help the sad but beautiful petite golden haired woman and her son. And he can’t stop himself from getting closer when he realizes it’s “Little Kay” come back.
But that bad man is still out there
Love Gigante and Ross, the perfect complementary male and female voices.

  • Tell It Like It Is

  • The Northstar Security Series, Book 5
  • By: Stanalei Fletcher
  • Narrated by: Charles Henderson Norman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

When Northstar Security agent Justine Shelby is assigned to protect world-famous author Rosalee Kane, the last thing she wants is help from the author’s nephew, prickly but attractive FBI Special Agent Nelson Kane. Shelby is used to depending on herself and is content to work alone, but Rosalee and Kane make Shelby wish for something more. Of course, he may never forgive her if the assignment isn’t successful, and the threats are escalating.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended

  • By Peni A on 10-22-18

Light reading: suspense, romance, humor

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

Reviewed: 10-20-18

Sparks fly when introvert Justine Shelby, a Northstar Security agent, joins forces with FBI Special Agent Nelson Kane in protecting his larger-than-life aunt Rosalee Kane; a well-known author who has received threats. Very light reading; suspense with a touch of romance and humor.
Norman has an interesting narrative style that makes me think of military or police procedurals, and since this is a security firm....though I’d love to hear him read a work a la Andrea Vernon.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review; I was not compensated for my review and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.

  • Just Say Yes

  • Escape to New Zealand, Book 10
  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Emma Wilder
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291

Kevin McNicholl may be a brutal force on the rugby field, but off the field, the star New Zealand All Black is a famously nice guy. His new tenant, though, arouses more than his protective side. She sets him on fire. Pity he's evicting her. Every woman deserves her dreams. Chloe Donaldson can't afford dreams, though, so she's given them up. Marriage, her ballet career, and now, her beautiful tower apartment with its view of the sea. Her new landlord is kicking her out, along with her three-year-old son, Zavy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just Say YES to "Just Say Yes"

  • By EstherF on 04-07-17

Chloe finally gets her HEA

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

Reviewed: 10-19-18

I have to say that I’m impressed with James’ writing of Chloe the ballerina and her physical reactions to situations. Step Toe Step. If you’ve followed the series, you know she’s Josie’s best friend.
And Kevin! Based on his cameos in previous books, he seemed a bit of a horn dog or goof. Big eye opener to find out what a family man he is, being there for his brothers and sisters.
What a lovely relationship between Chloe, Zavi, & Kevin.
James does a good job of writing her own twists on basic story plotting.
Definitely worth listening to, grab it if you’ve got the Romance Pkg with Audible - stories and series like this makes the plan so very worthwhile!
Wilder does a decent job of narration.

  • Just Stop Me

  • Escape to New Zealand, Book 9
  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Emma Wilder
  • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312

Lots of young women dream of being a princess. Nina Jones isn't one of them. After escaping from her palace/prison by burying herself under sacks of fertilizer, she ends up in a beach cottage on New Zealand's South Island. She's meant to be looking after a cantankerous widower. Too bad she doesn't know how to boil an egg.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Love Story 3 Generations in the Making

  • By Abbie O. on 12-15-16

Finding personal strength

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

Reviewed: 10-18-18

I really appreciate the struggles Nina goes through to find herself, and her personal strength. Even in standing up to Iain. James does a very good job of writing the male and female characters and the different ways each reacts to a given situation.
My only issue: It is my heartfelt wish that no author of M/F mainstream romance writes about a certain type of sexual relation more commonly engaged in by M/M partners unless they’ve tried it for themselves. It belongs in a more erotic genre, or less romantic stories about hooking up geared to a young adult audience programmed into thinking they’re required to do this. There are times when you’re ready for a more erotic story and times when you’re not.
Wilder does a good job of narration. She is able to seamlessly take over from Bocking as James’ primary narrator.

  • Just in Time

  • Escape to New Zealand, Book 8
  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Claire Bocking
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331

Will Tawera doesn't do commitment, except on the rugby field. Moving to Las Vegas to become a kicker for the NFL would be a big change from New Zealand rugby, but then, he's ready for a change. And when he's asked to do a little modeling on the side? Thousands of dollars to hold a beautiful blonde while looking dark, dangerous, tattooed, and Maori? He could do that.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Felt so different from the rest of the series

  • By SIMARA on 11-17-17

sexy covers and writing romances

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

While in LasVegas, Will agrees to pose for sexy photos on a whim. It’s for a new subscription romance writers website. No big deal, right? Not in NZ where it’s gone viral and they’re thinking smut. Oh no!
Faith agrees to come to NZ as a friend to help calm things down. In LV they agreed to just be friends since he was leaving. Only now, they find out how much harder it is to keep those more intimate feelings in check. They can’t. And how much worse would it be for Will and NZ fans to find out she is writing for the website?
Bocking does a decent job of narration.