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  • Confess

  • Sin City Salvation Series
  • By: A. Zavarelli
  • Narrated by: Tracy Marks, Aaron Shedlock
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247

Gypsy - Lucian West isn’t husband material. He's a stiff in a suit. Granted a hot one, but still. He’s one of the most hated men in America. An arrogant asshole. A ruthless attorney. He gets what he wants in the courtroom, and outside of it. Now, he wants me. For reasons I can’t fathom, he’s determined to make me his wife. He makes it clear he’s not above blackmailing me to put a ring on my finger. The man might be richer than sin with devilish good looks, but hell will freeze over before I ever give my heart to him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • “I Confess” my mind is beautifully Blown🤯!!

  • By L V Red on 12-22-18

Silent Redemption!

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

Reviewed: 02-20-19

I love the writing style of A. Zavarelli and so enjoyed this book. The theme of this story is unique for the author, as I associate the Boston Underworld series and characters with her. Lucian and Gypsy seem like an unlikely couple, yet fit together so well in this book. I loved how poignant and touching the reference to Tuesday's With Maury were in this story. Both Tracy Marks and Aaron Shedlock added such realistic emotions to the book. I found myself laughing and crying while listening to the story. I cannot wait to listen to the next book in the Sin City Salvation series. This book has some very unexpected twists in it, along with characters that are original and not perfect. I loved it!!!

  • Seaside Secrets

  • Love in Bloom: Seaside Summers
  • By: Melissa Foster
  • Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 32

Tony Black is the hottest surfer on the planet. He travels the world throughout the year and spends his summers on Cape Cod with his friends, at the Seaside cottages in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. He's got his choice of women, but Amy Maples is the one he wants. Fourteen years ago she was his for an entire summer, until a devastating accident changed everything, and what they had seemed like it had never existed - at least for her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Secrets Revealed!

  • By Jan M on 02-18-19

Secrets Revealed!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-18-19

Seaside Secrets by Melissa Foster is absolutely fantastic. I loved the story of Amy and Tony, and how the author revealed their secret. This listen is very emotional, and I found myself both laughing and crying. The way the author dealt with tough subjects was both sensitive and realistic. B.J. Harrison performed this book so well, with his distinguishable voices and realistic expressions. I loved this seaside story, and will definitely listen to more by this talented author and narrator.

  • Stalkers for Love: Romance Erotica Obsession: Book 1

  • By: Christina L. James, Robb Zane
  • Narrated by: Skylar Lace
  • Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Somewhere between desire and obsession, there is love. Dana finds herself trying to navigate away from her stalker ex. But what is it about her that attracts crazy obsessed men? Or maybe it's what she does to them to make them crazy. She is an independent business owner not looking for anything new at the moment, but love has a way of showing up at your doorstep.... How do you move on after being hurt so bad? She does not want to let anyone else in. A mystery man named Lucas sneaks into her life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Stalking Ex, Secrets, and Surprising New Love

  • By Romance junkie on 01-14-19

Great Narration!

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

Reviewed: 02-18-19

Skylar Lace does a great job bringing the characters to life with this book. She gives realistic emotions and has distinguishable voices for the characters. I didn't find this to be much of a stalker book, but more of catching glimpses of seeing someone. Christina L. James and Robb Zane are new authors to me, they wrote a very steamy story. This is not the full story of Dana and Lucas, but the beginning. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review.

  • Body Wave

  • The Bad Hair Day Mysteries, Book 4
  • By: Nancy J. Cohen
  • Narrated by: Mary Ann Jacobs
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Stylist Marla Shore goes undercover in a hair-brained scheme to catch a killer in her latest South Florida adventure. In a story braided with unexpected twists and curls, she takes on a role as nurse's aide for wealthy Miriam Pearl. While Marla snoops into the elderly matriarch's affairs, her boyfriend Detective Dalton Vail is afraid that the only affair she'll snag is with her ex-spouse Stan. Juggling work at her salon, crime solving, and two amorously inclined males, Marla fights a race against time to save Stan before the dashing detective nails him for murder. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Mystery!

  • By Kindle Customer on 08-29-18

Shear Delight!

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

Reviewed: 02-18-19

Body Wave by Nancy J Cohen is a such a fun listen. I found myself laughing out loud at some of the things in this cozy mystery. Marla is an endearing character, and I also loved the matriarch of Miriam. The author wrote a well plotted story with twists, endearing characters, humor, and a great resolution. This is my first listen to a book by Nancy J Cohen, and definitely not my last. I found this to be a great standalone, and part of a series. Mary Ann Jacobs did a great job bringing the characters to life with her distinguishable voices. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review.

  • Dead Ringer

  • An Aggie Underhill Mystery
  • By: Michelle Ann Hollstein
  • Narrated by: Eliza Anders
  • Length: 4 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

 

Aggie and her friends have rented a beach house in Oceanside while anxiously awaiting the birth of her granddaughter. Little did she know that Roger's supposed near-death experience of practically choking to death on a golden ring baked into a gluten-free doughnut would land her in so much trouble. Now, it's up to Betty, Aggie's best friend, to put the clues together and play detective in order to dig Aggie out of a dangerous situation.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • delicious listen!

  • By Jan M on 02-18-19

delicious listen!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-18-19

Aggie Underhill is such an endearing character. Michelle Ann Hollstein wrote incredible imagery in Dead Ringer, along with some great humor and unexpected twists. Having spent time in Oceanside over the past few years, I could envision so much. I had a yearning for muffins and donuts after listening to this book. Betty and Roger also added to this story, as they are constant companions for Aggie. I so enjoyed the Grandmother competition and found it to be realistic. Eliza Anders performed this book so well. I loved her distinguishable voices for the various characters. She had the right emotions and expressions in her voice, which brings the characters to life. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I will definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator.

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  • Running from Arrows

  • A Running Store Mystery, Book 2
  • By: T.C. Wescott
  • Narrated by: Natalie Naudus
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

One of Lacy's beaus has a bow. Unlike Cupid, his arrows kill. There's more than romance in the air this Valentine's Day! Running from Arrows is the fun, twist-filled, romantic cozy mystery romp you've been waiting for! Valentine's Day is coming up and Lacy is single. If that's not bad enough, she has a secret admirer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVE THIS!!

  • By PattyH on 02-18-19

Cupid Killer!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-17-19

Running from Arrows by T.C. Wescott is a delightful standalone listen that focuses on the Running Store and the Sweetheart Run. Lacy, Ruby, and Stax are intriguing characters. I loved how the author included wisdom of figuring out who the killer really was with the Motive, Matter, and How. This book kept me engrossed the entire time and I thought that Natalie Naudus added to my enjoyment. She gave the characters distinguishable voices and added to the suspense. I loved how well written this book was with the unexpected twists and well developed characters. The Black Cat burglar added another element to the book that I never saw coming. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I will most definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Game Theory

  • Katerina Carter Fraud Legal Thriller Series, Book 2
  • By: Colleen Cross
  • Narrated by: Petrea Burchard
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Someone is siphoning funds from billionaire Zachary Barron's currency hedge fund. Intent on prosecuting the thief to the fullest extent of the law, he hires Katerina "Kat" Carter, the best forensic accountant in the business, to follow the money trail. Both are shocked when it leads to Zachary's father, Nathan. And he's just the tip of the iceberg. Nathan belongs to a shadowy organization with global ties and unimaginable resources.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WoW!

  • By Jan on 02-20-19

Wow!!! What a book!

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

Reviewed: 02-17-19

Game Theory by Colleen Cross is the second book in the series featuring Katerina Carter, whom is a forensic accountant. I loved how this book is both a standalone listen and part of a series. This book has several endearing characters and several despicable ones. I thought the author wrote the character of Uncle Harry in a very sensitive manner. Alzheimer's is such a horrible disease, and so difficult to deal with. Katerina and Jace are also favorite characters of mine. I really enjoyed how the author wove several stories into one in this book. I had never really thought of elder-abuse before listening to this book, and the financial implications/consequences. Regarding another aspect of this book, the Ponzi scheme. The author wrote the details with such believability that I could see how people fall for them. The currency manipulation was another aspect that is very scary when one thinks about it. Petrea Burchard performed this book fantastically. I love how she gives distinguishable voices to the various characters. I could envision so many things with the vivid imagery in this book. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I will definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator. Blowout by Colleen Cross is the next book in the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Remnants

  • A Golden Beach Novel
  • By: Kim Loraine
  • Narrated by: Zachary Webber, Lacy Laurel
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Fire captain Carson Sullivan swore off love long ago. After the love of his life broke his heart and left him, he gave up on the idea of commitment and settled for the playboy lifestyle. He’s a devoted son, a loyal friend, and a dedicated firefighter. That’s all he needs. Until the one woman with the power to light a fire in his heart walks back into his life bringing with her the memories of heartache he thought he'd buried.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sully and Sloan!

  • By Jan M on 02-14-19

Sully and Sloan!

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

Reviewed: 02-14-19

Kim Loraine has brought us Sully's (aka Carson Sullivan) story in Remnants. I love how he and Sloan reconnected after 15 years. Second chances at love are so rare, and with your soulmate its even better. This listen is full of so many emotions and endearing characters. I love the glimpses into other couples from Golden Beach, the sweetness Sully has for his mom, Zeus the dog, and the shocking twist in this book! I won't give away spoilers, but I never saw that coming. Both Zachary Webber and Lacy Laurel were brilliant in this book. I loved their distinguishable voices for various characters from Sloan, Sully, to the little kids, the British new neighbors, and everyone else. They brought them all to life with their voices and emotions. I could envision so many details in this book. I loved it! This may be my favorite Golden Beach book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Priced to Kill

  • Cindy York Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: Catherine Bruns
  • Narrated by: Amy Deuchler
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried forever. Real estate agent and super sleuth Cindy York has always been haunted by thoughts of her childhood friend, Paul Steadman, who committed suicide 25 years ago. A high school reunion and the prospective sale of his former home - where Cindy was the one to discover his lifeless body - bring the memories back in full force. But Cindy gets more than she negotiated for when new information comes to light that convinces her Paul’s death was anything but self-inflicted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great cozy mystery

  • By Delta Stet on 02-20-19

Best Friends...

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-19

Priced to Kill by Catherine Bruns is an awesome listen! Having been a real estate agent for years, I can attest that so many of the details described in the book are true. A realtor does not get paid until they sell something, and then they have to split the commission. The fees, the hours, the compensation, all take a toll. Cindy York is back in this book along with her best friend. I love how she unexpectedly investigates the death of her high school best friend, whom she thought committed suicide. What answers does the time capsule reveal? Did Paul commit suicide, or was it murder? This book is full of some totally unexpected twists, which I loved. The narration by Amy Deuchler is incredible. She performs a multitude of characters in various ages, and gives them all distinguishable voices. I could envision so many details through her voice. The banter and emotions are very realistic. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. This book is a standalone listen and part of a series. I highly recommend this book. I will definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • All the Things We Found

  • River Valley Lost & Found
  • By: Kayla Tirrell
  • Narrated by: Katie Brown
  • Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

The only thing 18-year-old Gwen guards more carefully than the truth about her past is her heart. Falling in love with her best friend was never part of the plan. But as their relationship heats up, Gwen thinks she might finally be ready to date again. Mitch loves his life in River Valley, and everything is exactly how he wants it. Everything except for his relationship with Gwen. The more their attraction grows, the more Gwen closes herself off from him. When a mid-winter car accident brings Gwen's secrets to the surface, will the boy she loves accept the truth about her past? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gwen and Mitch

  • By bluepits73 on 02-20-19

Coming of Age

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

Reviewed: 02-11-19

All the Things We Found is a sweet coming of age story by Kayla Tirrell. The couple focused in this book are Mitch and Gwen. Young adults have difficulty talking about their feelings in my opinion, and the author did a great job conveying that. This book is a standalone listen and part of a series. Katie Brown really impressed me with her performance. She gave the characters distinguishable voices and added the right emotions. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. All the Things We Found is a heartfelt listen, and also has some unexpected humor.