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Natasha Zar

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  • Devil's Disciples MC Series, Book 2
  • By: Scott Hildreth
  • Narrated by: Amelie Griffin, Rudy Sanda
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

When I ran out in front of his speeding motorcycle, I was desperate. I had no idea who he was. I needed help, and he was my only prayer. Cash Flannigan was handsome. He was intense. He was irresistible. And, he was a member of Devil's Disciples MC. He was exactly what I needed to get out of a jam at that instant, but not at all what I needed in my life. But, as a "thank you" for him saving me on that dreadful night, I agreed to go on a date. Having a young biker look at me with lustful eyes was a nice change.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Oh My GOD, The Narrator :(

  • By Natasha Zar on 09-12-18

Oh My GOD, The Narrator :(

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

I didn't even make it past the second chapter, the male narrator was atrocious! His narrating was almost comical it was so bad. I will be asking for my credit back.

  • Corrupting Cinderella

  • Lost Kings MC Series, Book 2
  • By: Autumn Jones Lake
  • Narrated by: Noelle Bridges, Troy Duran
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Although widowed attorney Hope Kendall cares deeply for president of the Lost Kings MC, Rochlan "Rock" North, the truth is they come from completely different worlds. Add to that the fact that they are also both headstrong people, and they have a very rough road ahead of them.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • More Like a Teen Trash Novel. Characters Immature

  • By Natasha Zar on 09-03-18

More Like a Teen Trash Novel. Characters Immature

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

I started the series with Slow Burn because the description sounded ok. The first bit was okay enough for me to want to listen to the next book. But after getting into the first couple of chapters of Corrupting Cinderella I see that the entire premise of the series is just a long, drawn out high school drama with the same old trope - you know the one I'm talking about: "straight laced good girl falls for badass womanising biker who is mesmerised by how cute and innocent she is. They come from two different worlds, will they last as a couple?"
UGH, give me a break!!!
Corrupting Cinderella seems to be a never ending tale about the female lead having run-ins with the male leads former conquests - or "sk@nk @ss b*tches" as the female lead refers to them and the male lead getting ridiculously jealous of any other man in the vicinity. It's not sexy or entertaining. I often forgot that the female lead is supposed to be 33 and the male 38 because the characters come across as horribly immature. All of the background characters are one dimensional and more like caricatures of underworld figures. I will be asking for my credit back.

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  • The Finish Line

  • By: Leslie Scott
  • Narrated by: Giselle Lumas
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12

Another night at the races is more than burnt rubber with a hit of nitrous. For one young woman, it's navigating trauma, love, and loss in the stifling Texas heat under the watchful gaze of her brother’s best friend and reigning King of the Streets, Jordan Slater. Home in Arkadia again, Raelynn Casey starts to heal from a terrible incident at college. She finds love in Jordan, a member of her brother’s circle of racing buddies. When another in the racing circle, the guy who took her to her high school prom, exposes his feelings for Raelynn, tragedy erupts like a tank of race fuel.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted to like it

  • By Angela on 09-10-18

Didn't Hold My Intererest

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

The book didn't grab my attention at all. From the beginning, there were too many characters and back stories to keep up. Then as I continued to listen, the book just seemed too juvenile for me. I'm not a fan of "high school romance take two" romances. I stopped listening midway.

*I was given this book for free in exchange for an honest review.*

  • Currency of Souls

  • By: Kealan Patrick Burke
  • Narrated by: Rich Miller
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17

Welcome to Eddie's Tavern, the only functioning waterhole in a near-dead town. Among the people you'll meet tonight are: Tom, Milestone's haunted lawman, who walks in the shadow of death; Gracie, the barmaid, a wannabe actress, doomed to spend her hours tending bar in a purgatory of her father's making; Flo, the town seductress, who may or may not have murdered her husband; Cobb, a nudist awaiting an apology from the commune who cast him out.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Loses Steam

  • By Tatiana on 08-20-18

Whoa! This Book Pulled Me In From the Start!

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

Reviewed: 07-17-18

I was really impressed with Currency of Souls. Right from the start, the tone of the book was set and I was hooked. I loved the description of each of the characters, how poetically written and haunting the story was with parts of humour. This is a very good Southern Gothic novel, one I will listen to again!
***I was given this book for free in exchange for an honest review***

  • Loving a Hero

  • Hero Series, Book 3
  • By: Cheryl Yeko
  • Narrated by: Alan Taylor
  • Length: 3 hrs and 35 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

JEALOUSY: Stan allowed emotional baggage from his childhood to ruin a relationship with Shelly. But when she finds herself in danger, she reaches out to him for protection. Given this second chance, he’s determined to win her back, while keeping her safe from a stalker. SECRETS: Growing up an orphan, Shelly spent her teenage years looking for love in all the wrong places. Pregnant at 18, she swore off men to raise her daughter. Years later, the one man she finally gave a chance to broke her heart. But when danger strikes, he’s the first person she turns to. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Quick but Really Good!

  • By G C on 07-06-18

Endearing and Hot

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

*I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review*

I really enjoyed this book for a quick lesson. Shelly was a good female lead. She was multifaceted and not a pushover. I like her background story which made her seem more of a strong character. Stan was a bit of a dick, but I warmed to him after a while.

  • In the Red

  • Devil's Due MC Series, Book 1
  • By: Chelsea Camaron
  • Narrated by: Aiden Snow, Kendall Taylor
  • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107

Dover "Collector" Ragnes rides with only five brothers at his back. Nomads with no place to call home, they never stay in one place too long. Together, they are the Devil's Due MC, and their only purpose is to serve justice their way for unsolved crimes everywhere they go. Emerson Flint still remembers the loss of her elementary school best friend. She is all grown up, but the memories still haunt her of the missing girl. Surrounding herself with men at the tattoo shop, she never questions her safety. Her life is her art.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In The Red

  • By Mama Patrice on 04-21-17

Since When Are Disrespectful Men Sexy?

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

Reviewed: 06-26-18

I am seeing this trend over and over again in Contemporary Romances, particularly Biker Romance. Look, I get that these men are supposed to be tough alpha males but I have yet to find an author (other than JR Ward) who can portray these men as hard *and* respectful to women.

Right from the get go I was disgusted and put off by the male lead and his friend's attitude towards women. It is disrespectful and gross. Just because they "don't do serious relationships" doesn't mean they have to treat one night stands like sh*t. If I were to meet my dead friend's brother years later and he and his friends behaved the way these idiots did, I would kick them out of my tattoo parlour and tell them to never come back.

The awful characters aside, the storyline is weak even though it had the potential to be good. After both going through the traumatic loss of a loved one (sister and friend) and growing up scarred from it, the two characters reconnect (if you can even call it that). I found the "reconnecting" forced, rushed and unrealistic.

Chelsea Cameron showed potential in her writing, but she's going to have to do better than this to keep me interested.

  • Running Hot

  • Hell Ryders MC, Book 2
  • By: J.L. Sheppard
  • Narrated by: Dawson McBride
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

Thomas "Cuss" Layne has never wanted for anything, except the beautiful girl he saved so long ago. She's a rich girl, and he's a biker. For years, he hasn't had a glimpse of her. Still, he's never been able to get her off his mind. When her life's in danger, he rides to her rescue once again. This time, he's determined to do what he should've done long ago - make her his, in every way. Tiffany Hamilton has never gotten over the bad boy with the sapphire eyes and midnight hair, the boy who once saved her. She wants him - a touch, a taste - but he's never wanted anything to do with her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slow Burn

  • By Jan M on 03-25-18

An Interesting Male Character But A Bit Juvenile

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

Reviewed: 06-25-18

Running Hot wasn't bad. The male lead, Thomas, was interesting and his characteristics were definitely sexy. But I found the book a bit juvenile for me in the way they characters spoke to each other but didn't actually communicate. Love starts with open communication. I'm not really patient when it comes to misunderstandings between characters that draws out far too long and in this book it does. Also, I wasn't into the immature possessiveness Thomas displayed throughout the book. It's cute if he gets a little jealous over something, but when he starts snapping at Tiff and getting angry, it becomes creepy and off putting.

The narrator, while I liked his voice, was an odd choice for this book seeing as it is from the female character's point of view. Hearing the rough, gravelly masculine growl narrate a woman's character was a bit disconcerting.

I was given this audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review.

  • Sick in Shadows

  • By: Cathy Ann Rogers
  • Narrated by: Jane Oppenheimer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 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

Tate Marsdon, MD, a successful Scottsdale plastic surgeon, shows up for dinner at the home of close friends Henry and Imogen Vine to find his host stabbed to death and his hostess in a state of psychosis. Arrested and jailed, Imogen undergoes treatment for traumatic memory loss, but her attorney, Erin Fitzgerald, Tate’s current romantic interest, starts to question her client’s guilt. Erin and Imogen’s closest friends work to uncover the truth behind the cold-blooded killing. But hiding deep within the shadows is someone determined to stop them—even if it means another death—this one closer to home than anyone imagines. When Tate finds himself targeted as a prime suspect, he, too, is drawn into the investigation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great mystery with a sense of humor.

  • By cosmitron on 05-17-18

Sick in Shadows...

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

Reviewed: 06-18-18

An intriguing listen with a bit of everything - suspense, humour and horror.

The characters were a unique bunch and I found myself immersed in the story.

The narrator was good, she brought the characters to life and seemed to add to the mysterious tone of the book.

I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Courting Greta

  • By: Ramsey Hootman
  • Narrated by: Daniel McColly
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Samuel Cooke knows most women wouldn't give him a second glance even if he were the last man on earth. He's the cripple with crutches, the nerdy computer genius every female past puberty feels compelled to mother. So when he leaves his lucrative career to teach programming to high schoolers, romance definitely isn't on his radar. Perhaps that's why Greta Cassamajor catches him off guard. The sarcastic gym coach with zero sense of humor is no beauty - not even on the inside. But an inexplicably kind act toward Samuel makes him realize she is interesting.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • OK

  • By Layla on 08-20-18

"Go F*ck a Cactus" - An Unconventional Love Story

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

Reviewed: 06-18-18

I really enjoyed this book. I like Samuel - he was such a strong man in spite of his physical disability, though he still had a vulnerability about him that immediately made you feel protective of him.

Greta was gold. Her curt, no-nonsense way of conducting herself had me laughing out loud many times.

Their relationship wasn't easy, it shuddered along a shaky path but it was great to see them finally allow themselves to be happy with each other.

Daniel McColly was a great narrator and did a wonderful job narrating Courting Greta.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book.

*I was given a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review*

  • The First Taste

  • By: Jessica Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Sebastian York
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,232

Single dad Andrew Beckwith has already devoted his life to one girl - and as far as he's concerned, she's all he needs. The inked, rough-around-the-edges bad boy left his reckless ways behind six years ago when his daughter Bell was born. When Bell's mother walked out of their lives, Andrew vowed never to let another woman close enough to hurt them again. But when sharp-tongued Amelia and stubborn Andrew cross paths, sparks fly - and burn. After all, it's not as if opposites ever attract.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sigh

  • By Misty on 06-22-17

I Wanted to Like it... But it Was Too Damn Long!!!

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

Reviewed: 05-25-18

I really wanted to like this book. It is well written, the characters are multi faceted with interesting back stories, the sex scenes were hot and realistic. But it was just too damn long and I just started to zone out. So much of the book, particularly their inner monologue and conversations with each other could have been shortened and made more succinct. Even when they're about to/ in the middle of/ just had sex, the characters would just drone on and on at each other. It became kind of exhausting.

In a nutshell, both characters are reticent to get into a relationship due to relationship histories - his ex left him without warning and a child to care for; her ex cheated and was abusive. They have an agreement for sex only, but it's apparent after the first night that they dig each other.

I get that the book was trying to show the hurdles they go through before "allowing" themselves to embrace a relationship but honestly, it just became tedious and I had to stop listening.