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Natasha Zar

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  • Dear Aaron

  • By: Mariana Zapata
  • Narrated by: Callie Dalton, Teddy Hamilton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,342
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,260
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,255

Some days, all you need is a message from a stranger. Ruby Santos knew exactly what she was getting herself into when she signed up to write a soldier overseas. The guidelines were simple: one letter or email a week for the length of his or her deployment. Care packages were optional. Been there, done that. She thought she knew what to expect. What she didn't count on was falling in love with the guy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Two thumbs up 👍👍

  • By Anne-Marie Mogensen on 11-21-17

Format Was Not For Me

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

Reviewed: 02-19-19

I listened to roughly 2 hours of Dear Aaron and then the format of writing started to drive me crazy and I had to turn it off. It was fine to listen to the email exchanges initially, but then I found myself getting annoyed or zoning out and then I just thought to myself "How much longer do I have to listen to these emails?!" It made me feel like I was reading through someone's emails - sometimes it was interesting but most times I just didn't care to hear about every mundane detail of their lives.

The main reason I purchased the book was because I love Teddy Hamilton's voice and narration style but unfortunately it wasn't enough to keep me interested this time. I will be asking for my credit back.

  • Beautiful Sinner

  • A Devil's Rock Novel
  • By: Sophie Jordan
  • Narrated by: Christian Fox
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

Most women would be scared, but Gabriella’s only worried about resisting Cruz Walsh, who’s even hotter than he was back in high school. Cruz was wrongly accused of the high-profile crime for which he was imprisoned; Gabriella’s desperate for the scoop that will get her career off the ground and get her out of Sweet Hill, where everyone still remembers her as “Flabby Gabby”. Being stuck in a supply closet with Cruz is the perfect opportunity to land an interview. What Bri doesn’t count on is Cruz taking “up-close and personal” to a whole new level. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • By the 4th Book the Stories Are All the Same

  • By Natasha Zar on 02-05-19

By the 4th Book the Stories Are All the Same

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

Reviewed: 02-05-19

I went on a bit of a binge on the Devil's Rock Series as I enjoyed book 1 and I utterly adore Christian Fox's narration. But as I progressed through the series, I found that Sophie Jordan had a formula and God damnit, she is sticking to it.

Formula:
Hardened, sexy ex-con who hasn't had sex since he's been released meets sweet, innocent lady who isn't a virgin but isn't far from it, having only had one previous lover who wasn't all that good anyway. He resists her because he's "no good for her" or she's "too good for him" and then they grapple with some stolen intimate moments before he snaps and breaks up with her, breaking her heart. Then when they both believe it is truly over something brings them together and they live happily ever after.

I mean, really. This is literally the plot to all 4 books and by the time I got to Beautiful Sinner I thought "Haven't I heard this before already?"

I do love Christian Fox's narration. He has such a sexy voice and he really takes on the male character's persona. I have purchased several books purely because he is narrating them.

To be fair, Sophie Jordan is a good writer. He male characters are understandably damaged and she writes them well. But ALL the characters in the series are exact replicas of each other. Cruz could be Knox or Reid or North. They are the same man, basically. And I got sick of the over-innocent, sweet, goodie female leads. It's a boring trope. I don't believe that two people who are so fundamentally different can have anything in common aside from mutual attraction.

  • Burn for You

  • Slow Burn, Book 1
  • By: J.T. Geissinger
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York, Diana Luke
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,466
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,332
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,324

Jackson "The Beast" Boudreaux is rich, gorgeous, and unbelievably rude to the staff at Chef Bianca Hardwick's New Orleans restaurant. Bianca would sooner douse herself in hot sauce than cook for Jackson again, but when he asks her to cater his fundraiser, Bianca can't refuse, knowing the cash will help pay her mother's medical bills. Then Jackson makes another outrageous request: Marry me. The unconventional offer includes an enormous sum - money Bianca desperately needs, even if it does come with a contract - and a stunning ring.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slap slap kiss

  • By lisa cravens on 10-18-17

FEMALE NARRATOR IS ALWAYS YELLING!!!!

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

Reviewed: 01-24-19

This book started out with promise. I like the back stories of both characters and Sebastian York is an excellent narrator. Diana Luke... not so much. She started out well, she has a lovely voice but as I continued to listen I would find myself constantly turning the volume down and rolling my eyes by her over-acting. Any time there was a slightly emotional part of the book, Diana would just start YELLING and going way over the top. By the halfway mark I just couldn't take anymore of her overzealous shouting and carry on and had to switch it off.

Also, as an aside, I'm not a fan of romance novels where the characters fight and argue about the most insignificant things and "can't stand" one another, when it's obvious to everyone including Blind Freddy that they really dig each other and most "arguments" end up with them passionately making out. Incompatibility is incompatibility and constant bickering between two people isn't endearing and it doesn't highlight any sexual tension. It's a lazy trope that needs to die.

  • What Lies in the Dark

  • By: CM Thompson
  • Narrated by: Pippa Rathborne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 6

One murder can make a town nervous. Two brings fear. Add three, four, and more, and watch neighbor turn on suspicious neighbor.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A bit confusing

  • By Brittanie Andazola on 01-20-19

Had Me Interested from the Beginning

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

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

Right from the beginning of the book my interest was piqued! CM Thompson has a very unique style of writing which was really refreshing for me. I love mysteries but sometimes get a bit sick of the same formula being used.

The book moves from different characters' points of view which at first caused a bit of confusion but once I got the hang of it I really started to enjoy it. The chapters that give us the killer's viewpoint was creepy and intriguing.

Pippa Rathborne does an excellent job at narrating. She captures the tone and personality of every character excellently.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for something fresh and new to listen to.

  • Down & Dirty: Diesel

  • Dirty Angels MC, Book 4
  • By: Jeanne St. James
  • Narrated by: Wen Ross, Ava Lucas
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

Diesel, the MC’s Sergeant at Arms and enforcer, is tasked with not only keeping the club’s property and its members safe but also taking care of “business” when needed. His motto, “live free, die free”, means he sees most women as nags and clingers, and he wants none of that. The last thing he needs is to have one sitting on the back of his bike and trying to dictate his life. Unlike the other DAMC women, Jewel wants to be an ol’ lady. Being born and raised within the club, her goal is to earn her place on back of a brother’s bike. But not just anyone’s. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • DIESEL....is....MINE!!

  • By Listening is Reading on 11-09-18

Like the Series, This Book Not So Much

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

I ploughed through the entire series in the last week and generally enjoyed all of them, especially Bella and Axle's book. The narration in all the books is excellent. I struggled with Diesel. It started out good - Jewel knows what she wants and she goes after it unapologetically. I like that she knows how to beat Diesel at his own game.

But then I just found myself losing interest as the sex and the arguing went on and on without any kind of plot development. It just got annoying, actually. Jewel is supposed to be a savvy badass chick who grew up in a biker club yet she gets caught out not once but TWICE blindly tagging along to a river biker gang party with a woman she knows has "questionable taste in men." Both instances result in her nearly being raped. Really? Both times she has to rely on Diesel to get her out of the mess she stupidly walked into. That just made me roll my eyes. She ain't no badass bitch.

The part that this book really lost me was when Jewel tells Diesel exactly how she is feeling and though it seems he feels the same way, he tells her - unequivocally - that all he wants is sex with her. He straight up tells her "I won't be your old man or husband. I won't commit to you. I won't have kids with you." And like a proper doormat she just accepts it "because I love him". That is bullshit and the total opposite of the "badass biker chick" she was supposed to be. From there, I just lost all interest. At least the women in the series had some backbone and didn't accept scraps that their men were grudgingly willing to give them.

  • Indelible: Beneath His Ink

  • A Future Worth Fighting For 3
  • By: Inger Iversen
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

Two weeks of vacation with her man? Hell yeah, that is exactly what Teal Lofton's libido needs. And after surviving seven months apart, their reunion doesn't disappoint. What she didn't account for was an unfortunate encounter with people from Trent's past. A racist, a druggie, and a double-barreled shotgun, culminate into a vacation that will alter the course of her life forever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Misty on 01-08-17

All the Layers of a Great Relationship

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

Reviewed: 11-26-18

Wow, this book! Where do I begin with my review?

Inger Iverson really is an excellent writer. This is the first book I have read by her and I can't wait to get started on the series. She tackles some very difficult topics, such as race, rape and redemption. Through this book, Inger shows that bad choices made in the past do not have to define us for the rest of our lives and that redemption is possible for anyone who genuinely wants to change and is willing to put the work in.

The love between Teal and Trent is palpable and the sex scenes really hot. There is no disrespectful or manipulative behaviour on either side, just pure love and respect. I love how they work through their issues, their past, their mixed race relationship and all the other hurdles that get thrown their way.

Michael Pauley is one of the best narrators I have ever listened to, and I have listened to him narrate several books. He has a sexy and expressive voice and when he puts on a Southern drawl his voice becomes even sexier!

Highly recommend this book.

  • Sergio: A Dark Mafia Romance

  • Benedetti Brothers Series, Book 3
  • By: Natasha Knight
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley, Tracy Marks
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

I'm the first-born son of the mafia king. The favorite. Destined to rule, I'm a dangerous man, a ruthless one. But in my world, you have to be. Then Natalie stumbles into my life. Wrong place. Wrong time. Twice, fate put her in my path. Twice, fate placed the innocent lamb at the mercy of the monster. I gave her a chance to walk away. Told her it would be better for her if she did. But she didn't listen. And now it's too late. Because I'm not good. I never wanted to be. And I won't let her go anymore. See, I'm not the hero. When I touch her, it's with dirty hands. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sergio needed his story told

  • By PATRICIA on 11-11-18

An Ok Listen, but the "Hero" is an Abusive Jerk

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

Reviewed: 11-20-18

I didn't mind listening to Sergio, the story was interesting but not too complicated. Michael Pauley does a fantastic job narrating Sergio. He has a very sexy and commanding voice and he is so expressive, you really feel that you are listening to Sergio.

But I do have to say that while I enjoyed Sergio and most of Natasha Knight's other books, I often find myself cringing at the downright abusive scenes she writes about and tries to pass off as sexy, rough sex. I'm sorry, but when you are physically threatening a woman to lay spread eagled on a bed and forcing yourself into her while she resists and cries, that isn't sexy, that's actually rape. So many of the sex scenes Natasha Knight writes dance between consent and non-consent and it leaves a really disgusting taste in my mouth. There are also scenes where Sergio outright puts his hands on Natalie and I just listened, astonished that this is being passed off a sexy alpha-male behaviour. If I met a man who only displayed a fraction of Sergio's behaviour, I'd run for the damn hills!
I'm rather taken aback by all the positive reviews screaming about how sexy this book is. Men can be powerful alpha-males and respectful at the same time. JR Ward portrays this kind of man very well in her early books in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. It just made me very uneasy how such abusive behaviour is being touted as "dark romance".
That's just my two cents, take it for what it's worth.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • 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 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

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.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Because You're Mine

  • By: Marin Montgomery
  • Narrated by: Wally Schrass
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 44

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Psychological Thriller

  • By Jocelyne on 11-20-18

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.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • All Your Perfects

  • By: Colleen Hoover
  • Narrated by: Madeleine Maby
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 675
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 617
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 616

 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.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful