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  • Dragonshadow

  • A Heartstone Novel
  • By: Elle Katharine White
  • Narrated by: Billie Fulford-Brown
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

The Battle of North Fields is over - or so Aliza Bentaine, now a Daired, fervently wants to believe. But rumors are spreading of an unseen monster ravaging the isolated Castle Selwyn on the northern border of the kingdom. When she and Alastair are summoned from their honeymoon by the mysterious Lord Selwyn, they must travel with their dragon Akarra through the Tekari-infested Old Wilds of Arle to answer his call. And they are not alone on this treacherous journey. Shadowing the dragonriders is an ancient evil, a harbinger of a dark danger of which the Worm was only a foretaste.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonder story! Great narrator!

  • By Doug on 01-19-19

The saga continues...

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

I received a print copy of this book from the publisher. While that was exciting, I find it easier to listen to books these days--blasted eyesight. After a re-listen to Billie Fulford-Brown's superb narration of the first book in this series, I happily spent an Audible credit to get the audio verision of this book. This tale begins shortly after the events portrayed in the first story. Aliza and Alistair have married and are enjoying their honeymoon when a variety of things occur--a mysterious wedding present and the arrival of an exhausted young man on their doorstep with a contract for Alistair and his dragon, Akarra. Among other things. Aliza insists on going to the far--and frigid--northlands with him. The adventure continues as they battle shadows, evil, get some things right, have some sad events, and discover.... Ah, no. That would be revealing the end and this is a fantasy series so... Grab the first book if you haven't already. Read it. Then read and enjoy this one.

  • Amaryllis

  • St. Helen’s Series, Book 1
  • By: Jayne Castle
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148

Amaryllis Lark is one of the best psychic detectives on St. Helen's, the Earth colony recently cut off from the mother planet, yet not so very different from home. Lucas Trent, the rugged head of Lodestar Exploration, isn't keen on the prim type - and from her crisp business suit to her cool evaluation of his request to bust a corporate thief, beautiful Amaryllis is excruciatingly proper. But when a bold hunch heats up into a twisting murder investigation, by-the-book Amaryllis must let her guard down and break some rules.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent start to this old series!!! Thank you!!!

  • By Kat in Hawaii on 12-11-18

Finally!

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

Reviewed: 11-21-18

This book and the two others in the trilogy were predecessors to the author's Harmony series. While not set on the same planet, the premise was the beginning of what grew into Harmony and touches on her entire Arcane Society multiverse. I'm a big fan, leaning more to the futuristic part of the AS-verse. I started with the books in the Ghost Hunters/Harmony series, then discovered that this book, and two more were out there, and predated the series I'd come to love. I'm thrilled that Jayne Castle (Jayne Ann Krentz) has released this early dip into SciFi Romance in audio and I hope it won't be long before the two additional books will also release. Narrator Tanya Eby does a good job voicing the characters.

Note: The original book released back in 1995 so be aware that it has touches of "old skool" romance. It helps to be a connoisseur of the romance genre of that era.

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  • Shades of Wicked

  • A Night Rebel Novel
  • By: Jeaniene Frost
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,217

Master vampire Ian is unrepentant, shameless...and every shade of wicked. He’s made one too many enemies in his two centuries of existence, including Dagon, a demon who now lays claim to his soul. Ian’s only chance to escape Dagon is to join forces with a Law Guardian, but he's never been able to abide by the rules for long. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • <br />Listened to over 390 books/never left a review:

  • By Prometheus on 11-01-18

Liked but not loved

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

Well. Alrighty then. Like most fans of the series, I've been waiting for Ian's story. He's such an unrepetent bad boy but there's always been an almost invisible streak of honor buried inside him. I was truly looking forward to this book. Sadly, in the beginning, I wasn't all that invested in Ian and Veritas. Thankfully, as their backstories emerged, as the reason for their partnership, and their growing feelings for each other came to light, I liked the book better. Not my favorite in this author's list, but entertaining enough. Tavia Gilbert always does narration well and her talent helped save this book for me.

To avoid spoilers, let me say that the ending was a disappointment. This type of ending is becoming routine and having to wait almost a year before the next installment? Not sure who thinks this is a good idea. I may or may not stick around for the results. I liked this book but didn't love it. I'm sad because I really-REALLY wanted to love this book. #ParanormalRomance #TorturedHero #Dark #Vampires #OppositesAttract #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

  • Diamond Fire

  • A Hidden Legacy Novella
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman, Emily Rankin
  • Length: 3 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 716
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 667
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 668

Catalina Baylor is looking forward to wearing her maid of honor dress and watching her older sister walk down the aisle. Then the wedding planner gets escorted off the premises, the bride’s priceless tiara disappears, and Rogan's extensive family overruns his mother’s home. Someone is cheating, someone is lying, and someone is plotting murder. To make this wedding happen, Catalina will have to do the thing she fears most: use her magic. But she’s a Baylor, and there’s nothing she wouldn't do for her sister's happiness. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator was a disappointment

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-09-18

Moving on...

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

Reviewed: 11-17-18

Short, fun, but like so many, I missed really touching base with Navada and Rogan. Renee Raudman narrated the beginning of this book, the prologue that belonged to Nevada. Emily Rankin took over when the POV switched to Catalina Baylor, Nevada's younger sister, and the main protagonist in this story. This is a transition book, closing out--mostly--the story arc that was Nevada and Rogan's and moving onto the younger members of the Baylor family, most notably Catalina, who is a siren. Watching her coming into, at least partially, her own was a pleasure. There's bad relatives, a theft, secrets, and a bit of wedding mayhem to keep the action going. There's hints of future romance for Catalina, though not enough to actually label this book as a romance, and perhaps a a clue about the secret identity of an evil mastermind wh0 was hinted at at the end of WILDFIRE. I'm going to miss Renee's narration, though Emily did a decent job. I'm looking forward to new installments. #UrbanFantasy #MagicAndMayhem #FemaleProtagonist #ComingOfAge #ParanormalSuspense #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

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  • Wildfire

  • A Hidden Legacy Novel
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,951
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,827
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,820

Nevada Baylor can't decide which is more frustrating - harnessing her truthseeker abilities or dealing with Connor "Mad" Rogan and their evolving relationship. Yes, the billionaire Prime is helping her navigate the complex magical world in which she's become a crucial player - and sometimes a pawn - but she also has to deal with his ex-fiancée, whose husband has disappeared and whose damsel-in-distress act is wearing very, very thin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just as wonderful as Daniels world and Innkeeper.

  • By Michael Harmon on 08-25-17

Maximum enjoyment

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

Reviewed: 11-16-18

Please, please, PLEASE tell me there will be more Hidden Legacy books! I'm a total Mad Rogan fangirl and Nevada Baylor kicks some serious magical butt in this third book of the series. There's so much to gush over but how to do so without spoilers? Just go listen to it. Indulge in listening to the first two books first. Trust me, you'll be glad because these books are fantastic. I don't need to preach to the fan base, we all know the awesomeness that is this series. For those of you looking for something new and quirky in magic-based urban fantasy with strong women characters and an Alpha male who knows and appreciates the strengths of the woman he's fallen for, yeah, this one is for you! Renee Raudman does her usual amazing job of narration.

This book is on my perennieal re-listen list. I always go back to listen to all the books when the new installment comes out. This title finishes up my re-listen. On to the next installment, which closes out the original trilogy and sets up the world for the next group of books in the Hidden Legacy series. #StrongFemaleProtagonist #UrbanFantasy #AlphaMale #MagicAndMayhem #Romance #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

  • White Hot

  • A Hidden Legacy Novel
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,032
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,906
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,905

Nevada Baylor has a unique and secret skill - she knows when people are lying - and she's used that magic (along with plain hard work) to keep her colorful and close-knit family's detective agency afloat. But her new case pits her against the shadowy forces that almost destroyed the city of Houston once before, bringing Nevada back into contact with Connor "Mad" Rogan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Super entertaining, unsure on narrator!

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-04-17

Worth waiting for...

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

I had to wait over two years for this book. It. Was. Worth. The. Wait! Connor "Mad" Rogan is definitely on my list of Top Book Boyfriends. Nevada Baylor is on my list of heroines I most want to do a Girl's Night Out with. Just sayin'. This is just as true now, on a relisten to the book.

The world-building continues to create a perfect backdrop and the authors are masters when it comes to the rules of magic. All of the characters are nuanced, layered, and have a reason for popping up on the page. The sexual chemistry between Rogan and Nevada is incendiary. The action is packed. The plot perfectly paced.

Renee Raudman is on my list of Top Ten Narrators as well.

Oh, and I totally want to be adopted by Nevada's family. Any grandmother who names a tank Romeo (and knows not only how to drive but fire him) is my kind of relative! #UrbanFantasy #Romance #FemaleProtagonist #MagicAndMayhem #BookBoyfriendHero #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

  • Burn for Me

  • A Hidden Legacy, Book 1
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,406
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,221
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,217

Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career - a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile situation. Nevada isn't sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire. Then she's kidnapped by Connor "Mad" Rogan - a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVED LOVED LOVED THIS BOOK

  • By Owned By Fizz on 07-29-15

Always a favorite

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

I'm a big fan of the writing team known as Ilona Andrews. Their Kate Daniels world is amazing so when they announced the new Hidden Legacy series, I was happy dancing. This book did not disappoint. It remains a perennial favorite. Renee Raudman also remains a favorite narrator. The authors have created a modern world that works in conjunction with magic. Powerful families rule, but under the auspices of local, state, and federal governments. Nevada Baylor just wants to run her family's PI firm with honorable ethics. Due to health issues with her father, the company has fallen under the purview of a powerful PI/Security firm run by one of the magical families. Things get complicated in a hurry and the divides between the magical haves and have nots is detailed. Enter Connor "Mad" Rogan--military hero, family prime, and--if Nevada is to be believed--a total bad-ass psychopath. Too bad she's drawn to him like a hummingbird to sugar water. The worldbuilding is terrific, the characters deep and intersting, the action crazy, and the narration perfect. #ParanormalRomance #FemaleProtagonist #MagicAndMayhem #Snark #StrongHero #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

  • Archangel's Prophecy

  • Guild Hunter Series, Book 11
  • By: Nalini Singh
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 450
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 436
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435

Midnight and dawn, Elena's wings are unique among angelkind - and now they are failing. The first mortal to be turned into an immortal in angelic memory, she's regressing. Becoming more and more human. Easier to hurt. Easier to kill. Elena and Raphael must unearth the reason for the regression before Elena falls out of the sky. Yet even as they fight a furious battle for Elena's very survival, violent forces are gathering across the world. In China, the Archangel Favashi is showing the first signs of madness. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I HATE Cliffhangers

  • By Caroline on 11-02-18

Cliffhanger...

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

AAARRRGGGGHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That sound is me expressing my frustration. Have I mentioned how much I hate cliffhangers that force a reader to wait a year to find out the resolution? I can only hope that Nalini Singh and her publisher will put fans of the series out of our collective misery by releasing the next book early next year. GAH!

Okay, my reasons for marking Overall and Story at a 4 when they should be 5s.

1) Like others who've left reviews, the recapping became almost obsessive. Maybe I only noticed it because I'd just finished a complete series re-listen. Way too much backstory not only referenced but explained. Over and over.

2) That freaking cliffhanger!!!! And knowing it will be a year before any resolution. Totally hacks me off.

Now, the reasons this book SHOULD be straight 5s, without getting into spoilers.

1) Holy cannoli! There's so much going on, so many threads, so much action and the emotional tugs between Raphael and Elena is...it's...I'm scrambling for words. Parts of this book hurt my heart. Parts of it make me long for a love so deep and real. Parts of it made me angry. In other words, this is Nalini doing some of her best wordsmithing.

2) There's so much going on. Yes, I've said that. There's the whole end-of-the-world arc going on but there are things closer to home, on several levels. The threads on the lower levels get tied up--mostly, and they are very closely aligned to that whole over-reaching series plot arc. This is a transition book. All the chaos is necessary and a good thing.

3) There are some crazy twists in this book. I mean totally cray-cray but that's part of the awesome.

4) Justine Eyre's narration. She is amazing and captures every nuance and character perfectly.

So, all I can do now is find other books and series to read and wait not-so-patiently for the next installment. I worry for Bluebell and Sparkle. I worry for Elena and Raphael. What will Cassandra do next? And what's up with the Legion? All answers that will have to wait. Damn it! #paranormalromance #fate #femaleprotagonist #magical #cliffhanger #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

  • Archangel’s Viper

  • A Guild Hunter Novel
  • By: Nalini Singh
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 741
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 712
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 712

Once a broken girl known as Sorrow, Holly Chang now prowls the shadowy gray underground of the city for the angels. But it's not her winged allies who make her a wanted woman - it's the unknown power coursing through her veins. Brutalized by an insane archangel, she was left with the bloodlust of a vampire, the ability to mesmerize her prey, and a poisonous bite. Now, someone has put a bounty on her head....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Venom sounds like he's got throat cancer

  • By KSonAmazon on 10-01-17

And the story continues...

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

I relistened to this book in preparation for the new release in Nalini Singh's Guild Hunter/Archangel series. Justine Eyre does, as always, a great job with the narration! She's given voice to all the characters since the very first book and her consistency and characterizations are amazing. This is a series that a listener needs to start at the beginning. There's much to the world, politics, and characters that should be savored. Jumping in at this point would be like jumping into the ocean without a life raft. In the Archangel/Guildhunter timeline, this book runs concurrently with ARCHANGEL'S HEART. While this is nominally Viper's book, it is just as much Holly "Sorrow" Chang's book. Holly first appeared in ANGEL'S BLOOD, when she was the lone survivor of the Archangel Uram's horrific attacks and she's saved by Elena, Raphael, Dmitri, and Viper. Four years later, Holly is still trying to figure out who and, more importantly, what she is. Viper has been absent from Angel Tower for two years as he was detailed to the Refuge due to all the political unrest and the effects of the Cascade. He's back now, and Holly is "all grown up." Maybe. The verbal sparring between these two made the whole book for me. Seeing Viper unwind and Holly come into her own was the cake to the snappy dialogue's icing. There are some twists and turns, more info about the world, and I enjoyed the book, both the first time I lisented to it and just as much this second time around. #paranormal #favoriteseries #magical #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Born in Fire

  • Fire and Ice Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: K.F. Breene
  • Narrated by: Nicole Poole
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,083
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,072

Supernatural Bounty Hunter isn't the sort of thing you see on LinkedIn. But with a rare type of magic like mine, I don't have many options. Dangerous or not, the job is mine. And it was going fine, until an old-as-sin vampire stole my mark, and with it, my pay day. Knowing I'm poor and desperate, he has offered me a job. I'll have to work by his side to help solve a top secret case. Everyone knows not to trust vampires. Especially a hot elder vampire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good book

  • By Book Junkie on 06-09-17

Well...okay

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

So...as other reviewers have noted, this premise has been done before--and in my estimation, better. Still, I was curious and the snippet I read, then listened to, seemed interesting. There's nothing technically wrong with this book and it might just be my current headspace, but I never got fully invested in the characters or the world built by the author, despite being set, to a degree, in one of my favorite places--New Orleans. There's a hint of romance, but this is Urban Fantasy, not paranormal romance, if that's what you are looking for or expecting. The big secret wasn't a surprise and while Reagan, the MC, was likeable, she and Darius, the Elder vampire she's forced to work with, just didn't catch fire in my imagination. Nicole Poole, the narrator, did a good job with the characterizations. This book might be reading/listening candy for someone else, just not for me. 2.5 stars.

The ebook was free on Kindle which got me a reduced price on Audible> I do most of my "reading" on Audible these days. I'm tempted to return it to Audible for a refund but that's not quite fair since I listened to it all the way through. It wasn't awful, but it's unlikely I listen to it again.

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