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Natasha Zar

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  • Coal

  • Regulators MC, Book 3
  • By: Chelsea Camaron, Jessie Lane
  • Narrated by: Lidia Dornet, Aiden Snow
  • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

Paisley Asher is the average woman trying to get by in life. Happy and safe in her bubble of ease, she is not prepared to take on the black pit that is one man's heart. Trevor "Coal" Blake has a past covered in black. Tainted. He is a dark soul. In the moment, it is easy to lose sight of what is going on. Looking back, however, little cues were misread...or were they? He lives with more questions than answers. Chance encounters bring these two together. Is she the angel to pull him from the depths of his personal hell, or is he destined to remain alone and as black as coal?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A Vegan Flake Meets Man Messed Up Over Sex Cliche

  • By Natasha Zar on 10-31-18

A Vegan Flake Meets Man Messed Up Over Sex Cliche

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

Reviewed: 10-31-18

I tried to persevere with this book but it was just downright bad. The whole premise of Paisley wanting to "make things right" with Coal to align her chakras or whatever the hell was downright ridiculous. She bumped his bike with her car, didn't hurt him or cause damage. I just wanted to swat her like an annoying fly and tell her to f*ck off already. I can't imagine a guy being impressed with her over-the-top nonsense, especially when she starts following him.

I lost patience with this book when it turned into long chapters about Paisley's vegan lifestyle, her need to align her planets and clear her chakras. Just get the hell out of here. Coal wasn't a catch in my opinion either, he seemed one dimensional and not interesting at all.

I will be asking form my credit back.

  • Because You're Mine

  • By: Marin Montgomery
  • Narrated by: Wally Schrass
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 31

Levin Crowdley is engaged to the man of her dreams, or so she thought. That is, until a stranger appears on her doorstep to suggest Alec, her adoring fiancé, is anything but. No one has ever left Alec. More precisely; no one has ever left Alec and lived to tell about it. Levin's life is now about survival, a game of cat and mouse as Alec pursues her. And the second he catches her, he’s never letting go. ’Til death do them part.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Left me wanting more

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-18-18

A Terrifying Look Into A Narcissist's Mind

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

Reviewed: 10-31-18

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

Wally Schrass did an excellent job narrating Alec - you could really feel the simmering rage in his voice. I do think there should have been a female narrator for Levin.

This book was an easy listen and I did enjoy it but I do have some criticism on it. There isn't really enough of a description of Levin and Alec's relationship prior to the events of the book. How did they meet and fall in love? You get a sense that Alec had groomed Levin to be his "ultimate woman" through manipulative and abusive behaviour but it seems glossed over. I also didn't like that there was a new love interest thrown into the story. If I was running from my psychotic ex who I suspect is going to murder me, I wouldn't be noticing any other men, much less simpering over their good looks. It kind of irked me that Levin ended up another damsel in distress who needed a man to rescue her.

  • All Your Perfects

  • By: Colleen Hoover
  • Narrated by: Madeleine Maby
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 550
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 504
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 505

 Quinn and Graham’s perfect love is threatened by their imperfect marriage. The memories, mistakes, and secrets that they have built up over the years are now tearing them apart. The one thing that could save them might also be the very thing that pushes their marriage beyond the point of repair.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫ 5 Stars ✫✫

  • By Cyndi on 07-17-18

Another "No Baby = Marriage Failing" Book. *SNORE*

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

Reviewed: 10-19-18

I tried with this book, in spite of the "married couple become alienated from each other when they can't have a baby" trope.

I had to stop listening because I just could not empathise with the bitter, whining, self pitying and selfish main character. It was disgusting how self absorbed she was, whinging about her friends on social media who had the "audacity" to share information about their pregnancies or life with children. How bitter and twisted can you be?

I had to draw the line and stop listening when she became downright manipulative with her husband. The way she coerces him to have sex with her under the guise of genuine love and desire when really she is just using him for her own means (to procreate) made my skin crawl. Then she becomes weepy and angry with him when he (forgive the graphic description) doesn't "finish" inside her. Enough. It disgusted me.

I will be asking for my credit back.

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  • Blackbird

  • Redemption, Volume 1
  • By: Molly McAdams
  • Narrated by: Jason Clarke, Erin Mallon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137

On the outside, Lucas Holt is what nightmares are made of. A man cloaked in darkness, with sin-filled eyes and an enticing grin. A devil so devastatingly beautiful and cruel that his very presence instills fear. But beneath his terrifying, ever-calm exterior is an affectionate man haunted by a past that refuses to stay buried. And Lucas looks at me as though he's finally found the only person who can make it all go away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book, Great Narration!!!

  • By Cyndi Marie on 01-05-18

Did Not Buy Storyline

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

I was hesitant to listen to this book because I generally don't like the kidnapper-turned-lover trope as the entire premise makes me uneasy. This book was ok, I guess, but I cannot accept that a woman who was kidnapped by a human trafficker, held against her will and mentally, emotionally, sexually and physically terrorised could fall in love with her captor. The author emphasised that the female lead, Briar was not a victim of Stockholm Syndrome, but I don't know how else to rationalise this romance. Briar knows nothing about her captor, Lucas. He lies to her, misleads her, pushes her sexual boundaries (makes her think he is going to rape her) and I really don't understand how she could feel anything but revulsion and hate for him. Seriously, I don't get this attraction?

The male lead, Lucas' background did not justify or redeem his actions. He admits to killing people. He admits to taking part of the rape of numerous women or at least putting vulnerable women in a situation where rape is inevitable. He admits to being part of a human trafficking operation. To try and make this man some kind of hero and romantic interest is just sick.

Jason Clarke did a good job narrating. He has a nice voice and I would like to hear him narrate an actual romance, not this sick tripe.
I'm not a fan of Erin Mallon's narration. She sounds hysterical and whiny all the time which grates on my ears.

I will be asking for my credit to be returned.

  • Cash

  • Devil's Disciples MC Series, Book 2
  • By: Scott Hildreth
  • Narrated by: Amelie Griffin, Rudy Sanda
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

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 36
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Rock!

  • By Melissa Machado on 11-17-18

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 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WHOA! NOW THAT'S INTERESTING!

  • By Victoria Haugen on 08-19-18

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***

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 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 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114

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.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Since When Are Disrespectful Men Sexy?

  • By Natasha Zar on 06-26-18

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.

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