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  • The Cowboy's E-Mail Order Bride: Navy Seal Romance

  • Western Pregnancy Military, Book 1
  • By: Emily Cooper
  • Narrated by: Zura Johnson
  • Length: 2 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Joanna was the epitome of a southern girl - beautiful, curvy, and as sweet as cherry pie. She always remained positive and happy, even without having much time outside of her work life. With little luck dating, Joanna decided to sign up for an email-order-bride service, thinking little of it. Awaiting her arrival was John, a handsome, muscular hunk with a stellar ranch. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining

  • By PATRICIA on 03-22-19

Not What I Was Expecting...

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

Reviewed: 03-22-19

When one is given the mature content warning for a book, one does expect for there to be mature content. That was not the case here. This bordered on Christian romance (the author literally takes you to church during the wedding portion of the book) and while that is fine if that's your jam, that's not what I generally go for and I sort of felt duped. I thought that maybe it was a slow burn romance, but there is literally no burn or heat whatsoever. Once again, that's fine if that's what you prefer, or even if that's how the book is presented, but I don't think that's the situation here. I also found it slightly odd that even though the blurb is told from Joanna's POV and there is a female narrator, the story is actually told from John's POV (albeit in third person). So I finished the book slightly confused and thoroughly dissatisfied. That's not to say that the book is bad, but it's a bit like being sold a wolf, getting it home and finding out that it's actually a lamb. 2 out of 5 wine glasses.

  • Misadventures in a Threesome

  • Misadventures Series, Book 20
  • By: Elizabeth Hayley
  • Narrated by: Summer Morton, Teddy Hamilton, Sean Hardisty
  • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Jasmine Pritchett needs a job. A pathway to financial independence. When Transform, the local gym, initiates an expansion to offer fitness classes, she sees her opportunity. Armed with several instructor certifications and even more persistence, she finds herself interviewing for the job in front of two of the sexiest men she’s ever laid eyes on. Maddox Gibson craves control. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Fun Read and Great Narration

  • By Sweet Red Reader on 03-20-19

A Fun Read and Great Narration

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

Reviewed: 03-20-19

I'll admit that I was a bit anxious going in to this Misadventure, as I had mixed feelings about the last Misadventure I read from this author duo. I'm happy to say that I did enjoy Misadventures in a Threesome more than Roommate. I appreciated that the book presented polyamory in a way that seems more grounded in real life than other menage romances that I've read - I can actually imagine the scenario between Mad, Wild, and Jaz happening IRL, where that is not necessarily the case in other books with this trope. I really liked all three characters, but I feel like we only skimmed the surface of who they were and their backgrounds and I would've enjoyed going a bit deeper. I also really liked that each guy developed a relationship with Jaz individually and the physical side of that was depicted in the book. I do wish we got more of the 3 of them together and I found that the ending was really abrupt. Beyond that, MA in a Threesome is a fun read, the audiobook is enjoyable, and I look forward to continuing with the series! I get super excited whenever a new one releases! 3.5 out of 5 wine glasses.

  • The Complete Retrieval Duet

  • By: Aly Martinez
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Maxine Mitchell, Jason Carpenter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

That was all it took for me to know Elisabeth was my soul mate. Five years, countless infertility treatments, and the loss of our only son. That was what it took for me to lose her. One phone call, a mix-up at the lab, and a little girl neither of us knew existed. That was the hell it took to bring her back to me.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Complete Retrieval

  • By Lisa on 02-10-19

Be prepared for ALL THE FEELS!!!!

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

Reviewed: 03-17-19

I was not ready. I don't know why I wasn't; I should've been considering that the topic is about infertility and marriage and whenever those are discussed, books tend to delve into deep deep waters. But I was NOT READY! From the agony of infertility and loss and the toll it can take on even the healthiest, most loving relationships (the angle of Retrieval), to the damage of emotional, physical, and mental abuse (one of the major plot points in Transfer) - I was able to experience emotions that I had not before fathomed and that's all because of the masterful way Aly Martinez penned the books AND the amazing talent of the narrators. There were so many moments that I had tears streaming down my face as I read, but there were also moments when my cheeks hurt from smiling so hard, and when I had to fan myself from the sizzle. Both books featured the type of hero that I love the most: Heath and Roman were intensely determined to have their women. There is nothing like a man that LOVES HARD and FIERCELY, that is loyal and dedicated to his woman and his family, and that is willing to do whatever it takes to achieve and maintain "happy life, happy wife" status. I think I enjoyed the duet even better listening to it as opposed to reading it - it was just that much easier to visualize and consume the story and to handle them back to back. The experience was cleansing and cathartic and I can't wait to read more from this author. 4.75 out of 5 wine glasses.

  • Not the Duke's Darling

  • By: Elizabeth Hoyt
  • Narrated by: Ashford McNab
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 68

Freya de Moray is many things: a member of the secret order of Wise Women, the daughter of disgraced nobility, and a chaperone living under an assumed name. What she is not is forgiving. So when the duke of Harlowe, the man who destroyed her brother and led to the downfall of her family, appears at the country house party she's attending, she does what any Wise Woman would do: She starts planning her revenge. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • What????

  • By Lady Di on 12-19-18

Elizabeth Hoyt creates such strong characters...

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

Reviewed: 03-15-19

Elizabeth Hoyt is one of the authors that helped me realize that historical fiction is indeed a genre that I DEEPLY enjoy. In fact, even though I preordered Not the Duke's Darling as early as I could and received it on its release day, I waited quite a while to read it - as I have read all of her other published works (that I know of), it was the last new-to-me book from her and I wanted to prolong the experience. I went "full immersion" with it and went back and forth between the book and the audiobook and it was (as always) a truly delightful experience. Elizabeth Hoyt knows how to create such strong characters, but she gives such respect and power to her heroines and it's an aspect of her work that I truly adore. Freya and Christopher's story is such a wonderful introduction to the Greycourt series and the way that the author laid out clues and hints for the continuation of the series is genius. I can't wait to see how the mystery unfolds and the villains unmasked. Add to that the utter sexiness, wit, and emotion that permeates the story; I will admit that it is not my favorite book from Elizabeth Hoyt (though honestly, I do love them all so much that having to choose a favorite one would be like being forced to choose a favorite child), but I did really enjoy it nonetheless. 4.5 out of 5 wine glasses.

  • Misadventures with a Book Boyfriend

  • Misadventures, Book 17
  • By: Victoria Blue
  • Narrated by: Jason Clarke
  • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

A washed-up model at the age of 27, Oliver Connely has gone from being a household name to barely making the rent. It’s time to think fast - and cash in big - with a can’t-miss idea inspired by the passion he sees in a handful of romance novel fans. Book Boyfriend Incorporated is born. Can’t. Miss. Right? Except for the unexpected glitches Oliver’s business plan doesn’t cover - like falling for one of his “lonely lady” clients, Bailey Hardin, a politician’s wife who’s as smart and loyal as she is beautiful and sexy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, sexy, addictive and down right sexy!

  • By SassyLittleBookNerd on 03-06-19

I have mixed feeling about this misadventure...

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

Reviewed: 03-13-19

but not the narrator, because he was awesome! Misadventures with a Book Boyfriend was my first book by Victoria Blue and I liked it enough to want to read another Misadventure from her should that come about. This is the first Misadventures book that I've read (thus far) that was told solely from the male character's first person POV. I have to admit that I did quite enjoy that (especially as I half read, half listened to the book). I will issue a slight trigger warning for those that are sensitive to cheating as that is sort of a major plot point. I'll admit that I went into the book blind and the plot didn't play out at all as I expected; I thought that perhaps a famous book cover model was embarking on a relationship with a woman that was a superfan of one of the books that he was on. Instead, we have Oliver, a male supermodel that decides to create a "Book Boyfriend" themed escort service in the face of his declining career and dwindling bank account. Of course he finds more than he bargained for with one of his clients, but that's where the story veered into very unique territory. I won't reveal any other plot points (#nospoilers), just know that the book was more than meets the eye. 3 out of 5 wine glasses.

  • Best Laid Plans

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Erin Mallon, Joe Arden
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 852
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 815
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 810

Awkward? Maybe. But how else is a good girl going to find out if she likes being naughty? I might be sweet as cherry pie, but I'm also bold and damn curious. And Gabe is charming, trustworthy, aces at seduction (or so I hear) and - bonus! - willing to give me lessons. But to guarantee it won’t ruin our friendship, I have some specific requirements for his instruction. I want these classes to be hypothetical more than hands-on. So what if he’s hella sexy? I can handle that, no problem.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Naughty does a body good! 🔥🔥🔥

  • By The Audio Flow on 02-26-19

I love the homage to two of the narrators I love!

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

Reviewed: 03-06-19

Lauren Blakely is my go to when I need a happy, sexy, funny read that will just make me smile and feel warm inside. Best Laid Plans served all of that in spades! I loved the homage to the narrators we love (Arden East, huh? Such cleverness!), and the friends-to-lovers slow burn that is Arden and Gabe's HEA is so satisfying. He is such a confident (without being cocky), easy going, sexy, man's man. Gabe is the perfect counterpart to Arden's slightly repressed, curious, book and wine loving self. I loved watching the progression of their relationship and the delicious angst that comes when the reader knows they each want the other as more than friends but are clueless to the reciprocity that's going on. There are so many sweet, funny, and memorable scenes: the picnic that didn't, rescuing Hedgwig, the sex toy shop, and meeting Gabe's grandpa - just to name a few. I also really loved that Arden not only owns a bookstore (dream job, hello!) but is so very knowledgeable across genres and subjects, as well as a master book to wine pairer. And I really got a kick of the ladies in the book club she hosted in her shop. I can't wait to get the stories of Arden's besties and it was great seeing a cameo from Kyler and Finley. 4 out of 5 wine glasses.

  • Misadventures of a Curvy Girl

  • Misadventures Series
  • By: Sierra Simone
  • Narrated by: Natalie Eaton, Teddy Hamilton, William LeRoy
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 67

For the first time in her life, Ireland Mills is happy with her body. No more fad diets, no more hiding from every camera in the room, no more low self-esteem. She’d rather be alone than with someone who’ll only love her if she’s skinny. Caleb Carpenter and Ben Weber are everything Ireland and the Kansas Chamber of Commerce dreamed of when conceptualizing the “Real Kansas” promotional campaign. They’re handsome, young, educated, and totally dedicated to their small prairie town.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliantly written 💯

  • By Sherrie Watkins Merrell on 02-23-19

I don't even know where to start with this book...

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

Reviewed: 02-23-19

I don't even know where to start with this book. It never ceases to amaze me how Sierra Simone takes kink and makes it sexy AND emotional. The way that she crafted Ireland, Ben, and Caleb as fully fleshed characters is masterful. I also really enjoyed how she turned the traditional small town setting on its head. But the way she deals with fat shaming, cyberbullies, PTSD, and self image in this book is absolutely beautiful and touching and amazing. And the steamy bits are EVERYTHING. If you've read her Camelot series you may feel a bit like me after reading this and wish that there was just a touch more MMF mixed in with the MFM (I was waiting with bated breath for some Ethan/Ash-like action, but never got any), but other than that, MA of a Curvy Girl is A+. 5 out of 5 wine glasses.

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  • K-Pop My Cherry

  • A Client Liaisons Spinoff
  • By: Amelia Oliver, Kate Hastings
  • Narrated by: Ann Young
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

If there’s one thing you should know about me, other than that I swear a lot, it's that I believe in destiny. Which is why when the opportunity of my career gets within my reach, I not only know it’s meant to be, I feel like my entire life is about to change. And I don’t just mean my relocation to Seoul, aka K-Pop Central. You see, there’s this guy...I mean, isn’t there always?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • My Two Pennies

  • By Tre Talbot on 02-25-19

BTS Fan Fiction FTW!!!

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

Reviewed: 02-22-19

So here's the thing... I follow Amelia Oliver on Instagram and for the life of me could not understand her fascination (to put it mildly) with K-Pop and with BTS in particular - I just couldn't understand the attraction. Then my daughter came home for a visit from college with her own obsession with BTS and K-Pop and asked me to go with her to a special screening of a BTS documentary and of course I agreed because I was just honored that she wanted to share her fandom with me. I'm not gonna lie, after seeing Burn The Stage and receiving a crash course on BTS via copious amounts of YouTube videos, my interest was piqued and I thought it was the perfect time to dive in to K-Pop My Cherry and, as they say, that's all she wrote. I was a goner. Not only did Amelia Oliver do a fantastic job of fictionalizing the characters, she imbued the boys of KT7 (JK in particular) with a level of sex appeal that I neither expected nor was prepared for. It's definitely one of those books that I will reread repeatedly. Rebel's affinity towards Korean culture, her passion for her work and clients, and the way that her relationship develops with not just JK but the entire band made for an engrossing, entertaining, fun, and sexy story. I can not wait to read the rest of this series and I can safely say that I now fully understand (and share) the authors affection for K-Pop! 4 out of 5 wine glasses.

  • Siren in Waiting

  • By: Lexi Blake (writing as Sophie Oak)
  • Narrated by: CJ Bloom, Ryan West
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 45

Bethany “Mouse” Hobbes spent her entire life waiting, especially for the love of Bo O’Malley. But for the first time in her life, she is ready to start living, with or without him. She has found her dream, restoring a farmhouse on the outskirts of town. Trev McNamara left Deer Run a high school hero and has returned, his football career in ruins. When Trev meets Mouse, he discovers a passion strong enough to overcome his past. But can she accept his need for control? Bo O’Malley has lived his whole life in the shadow of his brother, never committing to anything or anyone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great Addition to a Phenomenal Series

  • By KRGBookGirl on 12-07-18

Trev McNamara is my Fave LB Male Lead Yet!

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

I think Trev McNamara might be my favorite Lexi Blake male character to date and that is saying a lot. I'm also once again astounded by how deeply this book touched me; it never fails that I find myself in tears at least once every time I read a Siren or Bliss book and Siren in Waiting is no exception. From Beth's plight and unerring kindness and grace, to the fierce protectiveness yet deep vulnerability of Trev, and even Bo's obliviousness and pain - there is so much emotion and heart and depth to this (and every Lexi Blake/Sophie Oak) book. Add to that the extreme sexiness, the action and suspense of the plot, and the side characters that you can't help but to love and be invested in... this is a world that I long to go back to again and again. I am DETERMINED to start the Masters and Mercenaries series ASAP! 4.5 out of wine glasses.

  • A SEAL for Christmas

  • All I Want for Christmas is..., Book 2
  • By: Leslie North
  • Narrated by: D. C. Cole
  • Length: 3 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Navy SEAL Murphy Coen should be celebrating the upcoming holidays with friends and family, but with his sister, Aileen, missing, there’s not much for Murph to feel thankful for. To find Aileen, he’s fully prepared to use force, until an unexpected encounter has him rethinking his tactics. Shayma, his friend Daveed’s former fiancée, is sexy as hell, and something about her soothes his wayward soul. The brunette bombshell claims she can help, but Murph’s never been known for his patience. The clock is ticking, and he isn’t sure Shayma won’t get in the way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow DC does it again

  • By SS on 02-17-19

A Happy Ending, But Still A Cliffhanger?

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

I'm usually able to jump into a Leslie North book even if it isn't the first in the series and get along just fine - this was the first time that I think having read the first book first would have helped a lot. That being said, as per usual, the author does a fantastic job giving her characters depth and a good backstory so that they are relatable and sympathetic. It did feel a bit like I was starting in the middle of the story and the fact that the overarching mystery is not resolved at the end of the book makes me think that perhaps I did (because maybe the action truly does begin in the first book). I did like Shayma - she was independent, intelligent, and strong, but willing to put herself out there and be vulnerable for love. Murphy is loyal and stubborn to a fault, but he too was able to recognize love (even if he almost let it get away). I was a bit disappointed that we don't find out what happened to his sister by the end of the book. Perhaps it's revealed in a subsequent volume? If so, that's sort of genius on LN's part. The narrator does an excellent job of giving each character a distinctive voice and accent (though it took me a while to get used to the way he depicted Shayma) and he really kept me engaged with the story. I'll definitely be on the lookout for book 3! 3 out of 5 wine glasses.