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  • Lawfully Pursued

  • A SWAT Lawkeeper Romance
  • By: Lorana Hoopes, The Lawkeepers
  • Narrated by: Sarah Sampino
  • Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

SWAT Officer Jesse Calhoun wasn't looking for love when he met Brie Carter. And at first, he thought they'd have nothing in common, but when a new side of her emerges, will she win his heart? Or will her secret destroy their relationship? Daughter of a billionaire Brie Carter was bored and looking for a way to spice up her life. When her friend offered a bet with a prize Brie wanted, she agreed, but she never counted on falling in love on the way. The problem is, how does she tell Jesse about the bet without losing him?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lawfully Pursued

  • By Christy D on 02-18-19

Refreshing story

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

Reviewed: 02-10-19

Lawfully Pursued by Lorana Hoopes is a sweet, delightful romance. Jesse is a serious-minded member of a SWAT team. He’s religious and has no interest in superficial, frivolous women. Brie is a spoiled, rich young woman with no direction or ambition. When her father cuts her money supply off and insists she get a job, she thinks the world as she knows it has ended. And it has. Once she meets Jesse, she learns there is so much more to life than buying designer bags.
This was a refreshing story with important messages. I highly recommend it for the young adults of today who are lacking positive role models.
Sarah Sampino did a wonderful job with the narration. She handled both the male and female voices authentically.

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  • Snow Kisses

  • By: Elaine Marie
  • Narrated by: Tor Thom, Charley Ongel
  • Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

Whynter Storm arrived at DM Industries to complete an employment application. After accidentally meeting the sexy and powerful owner, Dominic Montgomery, they fall into flirtatious and friendly rhetoric. An impromptu interview with the big boss man lands her in the perfect job - only it’s based on a mistaken identity. With the help of Whynter’s great sense of humor, flirtatious banter, and engaging vibes, she and Mr. Montgomery begin a unique professional relationship. After a dinner meeting, the strict company policy of "no office romance" becomes difficult to follow. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • sweet story of falling for the boss

  • By Darcie on 12-25-18

Good narrators, weak plot

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

Reviewed: 02-08-19

Readers have authors they follow and will read just about any book they write. With audiobooks, there is another component to consider - the narrator. I've listened to books in my genres of interest based on who the narrator is, even if I've never heard of the author. Tor Thom and Charley Ongel have given many powerful, romantic and even seductive performances. This was not one of my favorites. They delivered on their part, but the book itself was just okay. If you're looking for a cute story with very little substance and you don't mind a weak plot, then this is the book for you.

  • Sweet Cheeks

  • By: K. Bromberg
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Sebastian York
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,993
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,804
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,791

Enter Hayes Whitley. Mega-movie star. The man who has captured the hearts of millions. But I gave him mine years ago. He was my first love. He was my everything. Right until he up and left to chase his dreams without so much as a simple goodbye. When he showed up out of the blue 10 years later, I should have known to steer clear. I should have rejected his offer to take me to my ex's wedding and told him he was crazy when he suggested we act like a couple to show my ex, it's true, I could do better than him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SO SWEET, FUNNY AND HOT!!!

  • By I HATE THIS NEW LOOK on 11-15-16

Totally enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

Sweetcheeks by K Bromberg was a really enjoyable book. Most sexy romances showcase one or both of the love interests to be damaged in some way. It was refreshing that, for a change, this wasn’t the case. First loves, Saylor and Hayes, are brought together through an impending wedding. These two people are both endearing and my heart breaks for both of them as years of misunderstandings and sacrifice keep them apart. The banter between the two of them was fun and the love scenes steamy hot. This was a true feel-good story.
As for the narrators, Sebastian York and Andi Arndt are my favorite narrators. I will listen to anything with their name on it. They truly brought this story to life.

  • The Masterpiece

  • A Novel
  • By: Fiona Davis
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323

For the nearly nine million people who live in New York City, Grand Central Terminal is a crown jewel, a masterpiece of design. But for Clara Darden and Virginia Clay, it represents something quite different. For Clara, the terminal is the stepping stone to her future. It is 1928, and 25-year-old Clara is teaching at the lauded Grand Central School of Art, but not even the prestige of the school can override the public's disdain for a "woman artist". Nearly 50 years later, in 1974, the terminal has declined almost as sharply as Virginia Clay's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you want a novel that has everything...

  • By Debra Jo on 09-10-18

Fascinating and compelling

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis is a historical novel set in New York City from the 1920s to the 1970s and encompasses separate, but connected stories of two women fighting through unfairness and injustice in order to find their power and sense of pride.

After a mastectomy and a divorce that followed, Virginia Clay finds employment at the information booth in Grand Central Terminal. While exploring, she made an unexpected discovery in an abandoned area within the landmark—a hidden painting. Virginia was desperate to learn the history of the painting and the artist behind it. Equally compelling her was her need to fight for Grand Central Terminal to be saved and retain its landmark status.
Clara Darden was an artist who worked at the Grand Central School of Art, a prominent commercial illustrator and a painter unrecognized for her talent due to her gender. Her life was riddled with lost loves, prejudice and fleeting moments of bliss.
Virginia, in the 1970s, hit many of the same roadblocks Clara came up against in the 1920s and 30s, demonstrating how not much had changed in the way of gender inequality. Both women were at the mercy of the men in their lives, but both persevered in spite of them.
Fiona Davis created a fictionalized story around real-life events and locations. Well researched and beautifully written, the book held my interest from start to finish.
Cassandra Campbell narrated The Masterpiece with her usual skill for storytelling. I’ve listened to many books by this narrator and I knew I would enjoy this one as well. She’s a great talent and has a soothing voice.

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  • Next Year in Havana

  • By: Chanel Cleeton
  • Narrated by: Kyla Garcia, Frankie Maria Corzo
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,893
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,879

Havana, 1958. The daughter of a sugar baron, 19-year-old Elisa Perez is part of Cuba's high society, where she is largely sheltered from the country's growing political unrest - until she embarks on a clandestine affair with a passionate revolutionary...Miami, 2017. Freelance writer Marisol Ferrera grew up hearing romantic stories of Cuba from her late grandmother Elisa, who was forced to flee during the revolution. Arriving in Havana, Marisol comes face-to-face with the contrast of Cuba's tropical, timeless beauty and its perilous political climate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing story line but the performance...

  • By Grace F on 07-10-18

Beautiful story with Cuba as a historical backdrop

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

I’ve read quite a few incredible books this year but, by far, Next Year in Havana was my favorite. This bestseller is a historical and, at the same time, a contemporary fiction. The story drifts back and forth from past to present, shedding light on life in Cuba during Batista’s reign, Castro’s revolution and dictatorship, and the conditions of today.

Marisol makes a journey to the land of her heritage, Cuba, on the pretense of writing an article for a travel column. Her actual mission is to fulfill her grandmother, Elisa’s, last wish to have her ashes spread in the country of her youth. There, she not only meets a young man who makes her aware of how little has changed in Cuba through his revolutionary ideas, she also learns how truly desperate the situation was in the past when her family was forced to leave. These revelations come from a series of love letters, ones between her grandmother and a mysterious man.

Elisa’s story is gripping, beautifully sad and romantic in a time of turmoil. Through her letters and the chapters in her point of view, the history of the era is recreated in all its beauty, but more so in its failings. Squashed was the spirit of the people, their way of life, their security. Even the chance for true love was stolen from many—from Elisa.

Next Year in Havana is a love story. Love of country, heritage, tradition, family and romance. This is a story with substance. One where there is much to learn, much to ponder and consider. I found myself thinking about this book for many days after I had finished it.

I also need to add that the narration was perfection and enhanced my enjoyment of the story.

  • Circe

  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Perdita Weeks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,380
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,520
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,445

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child - not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring, like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power - the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refined writing with an intimate performance

  • By Michael - Audible Editor on 04-11-18

Interesting take on Mythology

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

Reviewed: 07-22-18

Circe by Madeline Miller is a fresh and interesting take on Greek mythology. Told from the first-person perspective of Circe, the nymph daughter of the Titan God Helios, the reader is afforded her every thought and emotion. Miller has expanded on what we know of the nymph, giving her a psyche that draws upon the characteristics known to be linked more so with the human condition rather than beings graced with immortality.
Through the character development of Circe, Miller makes quite a few statements to reflect upon. Circe is the ugly daughter and, because of this, she is rejected by her own parents. Her sister bullies and ridicules her and no one see the value in her life. They overlook her power, her talent and most of all, her true beauty which is her inner goodness. Circe has a conscience that the deities normally do not possess. Later, we see the strength of a mother’s love, unconditional and undying. She also has a sense of morality and seeks redemption for those she’s wronged, even though it was done to protect herself from further hurt.
Lovers of mythology will enjoy this story, but an open mind will be needed as the author has taken some license with the legends as we know them.

The narrator brought this story to life beautifully. Her soothing voice had my mind drifting off into the ancient days where gods and goddesses ruled the universe.

  • Love Connection

  • First Comes Love, Book 1
  • By: Camilla Isley
  • Narrated by: Audra Cook
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Have you ever wondered what might have been? Gemma Dawson is at the airport, staring at two plane tickets to two different cities. Two different weddings. Two possible futures. She's at a crossroads. Be maid of honor at her best friend's wedding or crash her ex's? Gemma's decision, unknown to her, hinges on a delayed flight and a chance meeting. Now her life is about to go down two parallel tracks - will Gemma fly toward a life with her first love or a future with a man she's not even met yet? In concurrent storylines, Gemma lives out the consequences of each journey.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The narrator ruined the story

  • By Boundless Book Reviews Sara on 07-26-18

Interesting concept - fun book!

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

Have you ever been at a crossroad and wondered which path to take? Camilla Isley explores this dilemma in The Love Connection. It’s quite an interesting concept to write side by side stories in the same novel.
Gemma, the main character, has two airline tickets in her possession – one will take her to her best friend’s wedding and the other to her ex-boyfriend’s wedding, a man she never stopped loving. In one story, she chooses to attend her friend’s wedding in order to stop her from marrying a philandering man. In the other story, she goes to stop the wedding of her old love and plead for him to choose her instead.
There are a lot of amusing moments and some of it you know could never happen in the real world. But that is what romantic comedies are for – to delve into a world of romantic fantasy and laugh over unlikely situations.
The Love Connection was more than a simple romance. I found myself wondering about the paths I’ve had to choose and where I would be if I had made different choices. Would fate and destiny intervene and land me where I am today? Or would my life be completely different? These questions will be answered by the end of the book.
I listened to the audio version of this book, narrated by Audra Cook. The narration was done very well. Ms. Cook spoke clearly and did a nice job varying the voices. Her execution was enjoyable and pleasant.
I would definitely read or listen to another book by this author.

  • Losing Hope

  • A Novel
  • By: Colleen Hoover
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 615
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 563
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 564

Haunted by the little girl he couldn’t save from imminent danger, Holder’s life has been overshadowed by feelings of guilt and remorse. He has never stopped searching for her, believing that finding her would bring him the peace he needs to move on. However, Holder could not have anticipated that he would be faced with even greater pain the moment they reconnect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book was an example of pure perfection!

  • By Jordy ♡♡♡♡ on 08-13-13

Heartbreakingly beautiful

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18

I read hopeless and now listening to the same story from the point of view of Dean, tore my heart out even more than it did from Hope/skye’s perspective. Hoover’s ability to delve into the psyche of the emotionally wounded in unsurpassed. Yet she manages to weave a hopeful and healing love story.

  • Worth It

  • By: S.M. Shade, C.M. Owens
  • Narrated by: Amelie Griffin, Rudy Sanda
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

Three unruly friends. A wedding we shouldn't have been invited to. Two unexpected romances. A scoop of sexy. And a double scoop of chaos. Lydia is a good girl who is above revenge. Good thing she has us. No one cheats on our best friend and rides off into the sunset with his new bride. What was supposed to happen? Unleash hell like two badasses.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • funniest book of the summer!

  • By Krystyn - AudiobookObsession on 09-28-18

Absolutely hysterical!

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

Reviewed: 06-17-18

Every once in a while it's nice to escape the bombardment of bad-news topics from the media or some of the heavier themes often found in literary fiction. Worth it, delivered a laugh-out-loud storyline from beginning to end. From the crazy scenarios and zany situations to the witty and unique characters, this book entertained me like nothing I've read in a long time.

Amelie Griffin did a great job delivering the comedy and varying the voices. we don't hear Rudy Sanda until the epilogue and It was a nice surprise to have the men's point of view for a chapter.

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  • Where I Am

  • By: Michelle Dare
  • Narrated by: Tor Thom, Charley Ongel
  • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

He was the man of my dreams, or so I thought. I wasn't sure how I'd react when I saw him again. I planned on avoiding him, but our small hometown made that impossible. The years apart melted away when I saw him. Time hadn't changed my feelings, after all. Jealousy flared anew. My heart, which I thought had healed, was back to being in a million pieces. Now I'm right where I don't want to be - in front of him with tears in my eyes. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible

  • By PATRICIA on 06-01-18

Romantic and action packed

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

When I began Where I Am, by Michelle Dare, I expected the usual angsty love story, but what I got was so much more. Don’t get me wrong. I’m a sucker for the, ‘can’t live without you,’ drama that involves confessions of love, misunderstandings that lead to a painful breakup and the misery that goes with it. But along with all of that and an anticipated reunion, albeit bumpy, there is action and suspense. I listened to this book on audio and I felt as though I was listening to a movie. The descriptions were vivid and the delivery by narrators, Tor Thom and Charley Ongel made it even more so. The varied voices made it easy to distinguish between the characters and the many emotions that ran through the storyline could be realistically felt.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful