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  • Wrecked

  • By: JB Salsbury
  • Narrated by: Bunny Warren, Matthew Holland
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 530
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 488
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 489

It's been months since Aden Colt left the army, and still the memories haunt him. When he moved into a tiny boat off the California coast, he thought he'd found the perfect place to escape life. Then Sawyer shows up and turns his simple life upside down. Beautiful and sophisticated, she seems out of place in this laid-back beach town. Something is pushing her to experience everything she can - including Aden. But as much as he wants her, starting a relationship with Sawyer puts them both at risk.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BEAUTIFUL

  • By BNP on 07-22-17

Captivating and Heartbreaking

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

This is one of those books that pulled me in at the prologue and kept me listening. This is a story about learning to live life to the fullest, letting go and learning how to cope with internal issues, forgiving others and yourself and letting love heal.

Sawyer is best summed up as Predictable. She is a bit high strung, has some OCD tendencies and fears about life and the outside world. Her identical twin sister Celia is the complete opposite. She is a free spirit who has been traveling the world since they turned 18, lives life to the fullest and is fearless. Celia is back at home in AZ with a life threatening illness and convinces Sawyer to go to San Diego and pack up her belongings. Celia wants Sawyer to pretend to be her so none of her friends know she is sick and to help Sawyer learn to let go and live a little, be more carefree like she is.

Aden is a former special forces Lieutenant who has only been back in the states a few months since an ill fated last mission overseas. He lost most of his men and blames himself, as well as suffers from severe PTSD. He is not the same man he once was and is slowly excluding himself from everyone who loves him. Then he meets Sawyer and there is something about the girl with freckles that he can't resist.

They soon discover that they each seem to affect each other like no other has before. Sawyer calms Aden and he feels like he can function when he's with her. Aden helps Sawyer throw caution to the wind and do things she never thought she'd do before. He helps her let go of her compulsions and live life more adventurously.

There were a few times I needed a tissue as her sister's illness brought tears to my eyes, but I'm a sentimental person. The characters were lovable, the writing was great and the ending had me so happy I almost had happy tears in my eyes.

As far as narration, these two were a first for me but I thought they both did a great job in bringing these characters and this story to life, especially Matthew with Aden's angst and PTSD flashes.

  • Birthday Girl

  • By: Penelope Douglas
  • Narrated by: Andrew Eiden, Jennifer Mack
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 986
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 904
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 909

We're not free to give into this. She's 19, and I'm 38. And I'm her boyfriend's father. Unfortunately, they both just moved into my house.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Serious perfection

  • By Misty on 08-09-18

Hooked from the Beginning!

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

This book blew me away! Once I read the synopsis I knew I would like it. Jordan is a strong and independent woman. She may be only nineteen, but she is more mature and wise beyond her years, more than most 20 somthing year olds. Her boyfriend Cole was the very opposite, he's also 19, but he was lost and floundering and trying to figure out his life. Cole ends up getting himself and Jordan into a bind and Cole's dad, Pike, invites them to move in with him until they can get back on their feet.

Pike is 38 years old and I liked everything about him. I loved the intense connection Pike and Jordan had from the very beginning when they met, before either of them knew who the other was and how they were already tied together. The sparks fly between them even though both of them try to fight them off. It is definitley a slow build to the romance and sex, but man once it started; it was ON! This book had all the delicious feels. It had angst, tension, conflict and undeniable chemistry that kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. This was my first time with this author, but I will be checking into her other books to see if they grab me like this one did.

As far as narration, I liked both of them. Andrew Eiden and Jennifer Mack were spot on with the portrayals of Jordan and Pike and all the side characters.

  • Cake

  • A Love Story
  • By: J. Bengtsson
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Joe Arden
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,745
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,728

Jake McKallister might have been a rock star, but he was no ordinary one. Surviving an unspeakable crime as a young teen had shaped him into a guarded workaholic, and he now lived his life trying to forget. If it hadn't been for music and the redemption he found through it, he might not have survived. Career success came easily for him. Personal connections did not.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Freakin Rockin Book

  • By Alanna on 12-22-16

Loved This Entire Series!

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

I had been eyeing this series for awhile, but for some reason I kept putting it off. I finally listened to the series and am so happy I finally did and wish I listened to it sooner. I now know why tons and tons of people loved it and have been raving about it. It was the perfect blend of sexy, romantic, emotional and gritty. I absolutely loved the entire McKallister family. They have an incredible closeness and the way they joke and throw out witty banter is hilarious. Casey and her family were the perfect match for Jake and his family and so were Kenzie and her family. They all matched their goofiness and sense of humor perfectly.

The synopsis says it all as far as description of all the stories. Narration was spot on perfect; I have always loved Andi Arndt and Joe Arden.

  • Until It Fades

  • A Novel
  • By: K. A. Tucker
  • Narrated by: Shayna Thibodeaux
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 657
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 623
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 618

Twenty-four-year-old truck stop waitress and single mother Catherine Wright has simple goals: to give her five-year-old daughter a happy life and to never again be the talk of the town in Balsam, Pennsylvania (population 3,000 outside of tourist season). And then one foggy night, on a lonely road back from another failed date, Catherine saves a man's life. It isn't until after the police have arrived that Catherine realizes exactly who it is she has rescued: Brett Madden, hockey icon and media darling.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • To Save a Stranger

  • By kathy on 06-30-17

Too Slow and Repetitive

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

Reviewed: 11-26-18

This book was a 1st time listen for me from this author. I purchased it because it was on sale and the synopsis grabbed me in. Unfortunately, I was left somewhat disappointed. It was bland and drawn out and the execution left much to be desired. I also didn't feel any chemistry between the characters; like there was just nothing there. I am fine with slow build romances and stories, but this one was extremely slow and it became boring at some parts. The snail pace as well as the same information being told over and over had me considering whether or not to finish it, but I am not a quitter and 99% of the time I will stick with the book even if I don't like it (in 3 yrs I've only not finished a book once). There were several times I kept checking the time left to see when I would finally be done with it. From the beginning/time of the accident to the end/epilogue it was only 8 months, but I felt like I had been listening for 8 years with how slow the book dragged. I was also really disappointed with the epilogue. It didn't give you any closure into the future at all. I guess you could say you got a Happy for Now, but not a Happy Ever After. No future event mentions of engagement, marriage, more kids; nothing. It just ends after you get updated on Brett's career in the epilogue on whether he was able to return to play hockey.

Catherine is a 24 yr old single mother and has already been the talk of the town when she had a relationship with her art teacher in high school (she was 17, he was 30). Unfortunately for her, the art teacher's family pretty much owns the town so she was cast as the villain and he was not. This left Catherine very guarded and closed off. Brett is a very successful professional hockey player who is in a terrible car accident where he loses his best friend and injures himself and puts his career in jeopardy. Catherine comes upon the accident right after it happens and rescues Brett from the car before it goes up in flames. Thus begins the very slow relationship budding between Catherine and Brett.

Overall, I most likely will not be giving this author another shot. I went and read the synopsis of some of her other books here and read the reviews and I think I would be disappointed with those as well so I'm just going to skip any other books from her.

As far as narration...I didn't really care for it. The voice she used for Catherine annoyed me; it just didn't fit the character. Catherine is 24 years old, but she sounded like an older lady who smokes too much. Her voices for the other characters were better, but considering this story is read in Catherine's point of view you mostly hear her voice for that character for most of the book.

  • The Greatest Risk

  • The Honey Series
  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Lizbeth Gwynn
  • Length: 20 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178

A woman unable to connect, struggling to hide another part of her. A man burning to learn her truth, and make her whole. Through explosive passion and deep exploration, they are about to take the greatest risk of all. But will they be able to take that leap, and come out on the other side together?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Greatest Risk

  • By Listening is Reading on 10-12-18

Stellan really knows how to take control...

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

Reviewed: 11-26-18

In my opinion, this one was better than the 1st book, but not as good as the 2nd book in the series. Stellan and Sixx are both used to holding the upper hand in the playroom. He is a Master and she is a Mistress. Stellan realizes he cannot just sit back and let Sixx slip through his fingers like he did with Amelie so he decides to let Sixx know he has feelings for her and he intends to win her over.

Stellan was strong, smart, kind, loving and determined on owning Sixx. He displayed amazing control, patience and understanding on how he needed to handle the situation with Sixx. Sixx was one tough cookie to crack. Her heartbreaking past was devastating and her survival instincts and coping mechanisms made her into the woman she is today. There were times I was frustrated and I wanted to shake some sense into her as she kept trying to hold onto that part of her to try and protect Stellan from herself, but thankfully Stellan was able to break through in the end. When he realized he needed to let her take control at times and he be her sub; my heart melted for him even more. They mastered the equal divide so they were both able to stay true to themselves as far as still being Master and Mistress in the playroom. I loved that, it felt honest and real.

Overall, I thought it was a good wrap up to the series and I cannot wait to see what happens with Diesel, Maddox and Molly in Loose Ends. I think those 3 may have been one of my favorite parts of this book; as well as Ami.

As far as narration; I didn't really care for it. The voices she used kind of annoyed me; especially for Sixx. Her normal voice while she just read was the only decent voice. Plus, it's read in 3rd person and I prefer 1st person POV.

  • The Farthest Edge

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Lizbeth Gwynn
  • Length: 15 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302

Branch doesn't exist. Living off the grid, he's looking for a way to forget his past and the guilt that plagues him. But no woman has ever been able to bring him to the edge he craves. After a traumatic experience of her own, Evangeline stepped away from the decadent world of the Honey Club. But when she gets Branch's offer - to play without boundaries or commitments - it's too tempting for her to refuse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved It!

  • By Audio Audits on 06-28-17

2nd Book a lot better than the 1st...

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

This one was so much better than the first book in the series. The Farthest Edge centers on the relationship between two very reserved people. Branch is a hero you can easily fall for even though he is closed off and reclusive, but there are good reasons for this. He is also self-assured, caring and definitely knows what he wants and under Evangeline's persistence and attention they are both likely to fall because the bond that forms between the two may start off as extraordinary sensual, but it slowly turns into so much more. Evangeline was trying to find herself again after a long term relationship with her boyfriend/sub turned horribly wrong. Evangeline was the very opposite to Branch. Warm and nurturing, to his coldness. And they worked! They completed each other perfectly.

As an erotic romance, you should expect abundant amounts of kinky sex, but if you strip that away you get a satisfyingly sweet and tender romance. I loved that this book was more about the relationship between the couple than about the club. For me, the Domme/sub scenes felt more real too; not sure if that is because they were in her home or her playroom at home, but they just did. They were connecting more with each other and it was nothing for Branch to flip the switch during a scene and take over and she would automatically let him and she would sub to him to finish the scene. I loved that. It was passion and heat of the moment and it showed his true alpha side.

As far as narration; I did not really care for it. The voices she used kind of annoyed me; her normal voice while she just read was the only decent voice. Unfortunately, she narrates all of the series so I will just have to get used to it. Plus, it is read in 3rd person and I prefer 1st person POV.

  • The Deep End

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Lizbeth Gwynn
  • Length: 15 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 454
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 413
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 414

Enter a decadent sensual world where gorgeous alpha males are committed to fulfilling a woman's every desire. Olivier isn't sure what he's gotten himself into when he joins the Honey Club, only that a dark part of him hungers for the lifestyle offered by this exclusive club. Here, no boundary will be left untested...and one's deepest fantasies will become an exquisite reality.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I never thought...

  • By Christen on 03-13-17

Huge KA fan, but this was just OK for me

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

I have found that I am a big fan of Kristen Ashley, seriously love most her work, but I had a hard time getting into this one. I have listened to almost all her series/books on Audible, and have taken a great liking to all the ones I've listened to. I had specifically stayed away from The Honey Series (as well as her 3 Wishes, Fantasyland and Ghosts and Reincarnation series) as reading the synopsis of all those books I just did not think they would be my cup of tea. The only reason I gave in and listened to this one was because I was listening to her new book Loose Ends and when it came time for her short novella follow up to characters from The Greatest Risk (book 3) from The Honey Series, I was totally lost so I thought, let me give it a try. I know I could have either not listened to that novella, or I could have just skipped to that book in The Honey Series, but I like to start at the beginning in a series and not listen out of order. The reason I really wanted to listen to that novella in Loose Ends is because I heard that they introduce you to a character coming out in another book in her Chaos series in 2019, so I really wanted to listen to it as I love the Chaos series and cannot wait for Rush's story next year.

Anyway, sadly as I feared this book was just not my thing. The first couple of hours were brutally boring and did not grab me in at all. It really did not get my interest until Olivier was finally introduced in the book. I have listened to BDSM stuff before and I really enjoyed those books, but in this series it is the females who are the Domme and the males the subs, and I just could not get into it. There was a lot of sex and a lot of bondage, but I did not even enjoy those scenes unless they were actually participating together. There were just too many times where he was all shackled up in some sort of contraption and basically he was getting himself off or she was getting him off with just her hand. I only enjoyed the scenes where they were together, as a couple, both getting the other off whether in play/scene or as a regular couple outside the club.

At first, I did not like Amelie, I did not like how she initially treated him and their first few sessions. He tells her he doesn't like humiliation, doesn't like being watched and isn't really into butt play. So what does she do? She ties him down, spreads his backside open and opens the blinds for everyone to watch. In real life, I would imagine she would have been out on her butt and banned from ANY respectable club; even if he did not say his safe word for her to stop. Her whole 'You are in my room, so you do what I want' crap was appalling. That pretty much ruined her character from the start. Although, as she started opening her heart and feelings to Olivier she did soften and I did not find her character as annoying. Olivier, I really liked. He was a strong Alpha male who struggled with his needs in the bedroom. He had a need for being pushed to his comfort limit and exploring what he felt was weird or taboo. For me he was real and I liked how he stood up to Amelie and called her out on her crap when he needed to.

So overall, I did not care for this book. Sadly, this one has now sucked me in to being curious what happens to the characters in the next book so I will be finishing the series. They introduce all the characters in the next 2 books and the 3rd book introduces you to characters in a 3 way relationship that they wrap up in the novella in Loose Ends (Diesel, Maddox and Molly). 2 Masters and a female sub, so I am actually looking forward to that one. I have listened to a few other M/F/M relationship books before and I really enjoyed them, so I have a feeling I will like that book and the novella on them more than this first one. According to the majority of prior reviews as well, books 2 and 3 are better than this first one so that's a plus if you decide to continue the series.

As far as narration; I didn't really care for it. I didn't mind her French accent, but the other voices she used kind of annoyed me; especially for Olivier. He didn't sound Alpha enough for me. Unfortunately, she narrates all of the series so I will just have to get used to it and deal. Plus, it's read in 3rd person and I prefer 1st person POV.

  • The Hookup

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Lance Greenfield, Stella Bloom
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,774
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,651
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,642

When the new girl in town, Eliza "Izzy" Forrester, decides to hit the local drinking hole, she's not ready to meet the town's good, solid guy. She's definitely not prepared to engage in her very first hookup with him. Then Izzy wakes up the next morning in Johnny Gamble's bed, and good girl Izzy finds she likes being bad for Johnny. Even so, Izzy feels Johnny holding her at arm's length. He's in love with someone else. Someone who left him and did it leaving him broken.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Sorry Kristen

  • By lauren on 12-26-17

What a Hookup!

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

Johnny Gamble is protective, possessive, loyal, kind-hearted, caring, sexy, swoony, sometimes infuriating, yet humble enough to admit his mistakes. His past has left his heart damaged, but when Izzy came into his life, he fell so hard for her. Izzy was strong, sassy, and down to earth. I loved them together!

It all begins with a hookup. Izzy wasn't the kind of girl to go home with anyone after the first date, let alone after just meeting them, but Johnny was different. He was considerate, caring, and thoughtful, but also hot and completely un-shy about how much he was interested in her. Their night had been incredible, and the morning was even better. They both could feel the connection that passed between them.

Unfortunately, Johnny gets in his head about his past too much and ends whatever was starting to brew between them so he doesn't end up hurting her more. Fortunately, the break was only brief and he realizes he wants and needs her so he goes after her.

There is a little drama with his ex and her sister, but it wasn't overly done. I truly enjoyed this book and the characters and can't wait until The Slow Burn comes out (Spring 2019) to find out what happens between Toby and Addie (Johnny's brother and Izzy's sister). Talk about leaving you hanging.

As far as narration; I thought Stella Bloom did a great job with all characters (male and female), but I felt like it wasn't necessary to have Lance Greenfield do a separate narration for Johnny. I didn't think his voice represented Johnny well and I didn't like the way he read the parts/book. They read in totally different ways; Stella read it in a 1st person POV (my preference) and Lance read it in a 3rd person. It just sounded odd to me and it was kind of hard to follow the story when he took over; especially after hearing Stella do her parts. I think it would have been better if Stella did the entire book.

  • The Start of Us

  • No Regrets Series, Book 0.5
  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Erin Mallon, Joe Arden
  • Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168

I only wanted a tattoo. A mark on my body to remind me of who I used to be. Something to hold onto when I started my penance for all the things I'd done wrong, the bad choices I'd made by the time I turned 19. Instead, I found a night of possibility, of truth, of hope for the future. And the most intense physical connection I've ever had. The only one I've ever had, and one I will never forget. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just the right amount of intrigue....

  • By DW on 07-03-18

Great Series! * Review of entire No Regrets series

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

Reviewed: 10-27-18

I must admit, I passed this series over many times because I felt the synopsis of the book was just absurd or too far-fetched. I mean come on, a virgin call girl sex addict? Sounds ridiculous right? But these books and the story line was so much deeper than the book descriptions let on.

Harley is a 19 year old with deep emotional issues brought on by her father leaving when she was 6 and the way her mother handled the breakup. Harley was exposed to sex very early on in her adolescence (by age 9). Raised by a mother whose sole focus became bedding men as a means of inflating her own self-confidence after her failed marriage with Harley’s father. Instead of a mother, Harley had more of a sister who emphasized the importance of beauty to use to get what one wants. She pushes Harley to grow up way too soon and shows Harley all the wrong ways of love and intimacy. She was a pawn for Barb (her mom) to flaunt and set up as she saw fit, Harley had no control over her life; thus, when Cam, aka her pimp, entered her life Good-Bye Perfect Daughter Role and Hello Call Girl Life. Cam offered Harley a new life as ‘Layla’, a girl who held the power to bring men to their knees, which brought them pleasure without even having sex. In fact, there is usually no intimate touching between them at all. It’s mostly acting as ‘girlfriend’ on high society dates or stroking their ego if they (the man) has self-esteem issues, etc. There are other twists and turns that start the book that I won’t give away, but Harley is basically blackmailed into writing a memoir and going to sex addiction rehab by her blackmailer. The night before she is to start classes she decides to get a tattoo to mark her ‘new beginning’. It is at No Regrets tattoo parlor that she meets Trey.

Trey is 22 years old and battling with his own sex and love addiction; drowning the ghosts of his past with older 30-something women. For years (since he was about 16) Trey has sought the emptiness by bedding the numerous trophy wives that lived in the upscale building he grew up in. But the last one was a wake up call. He has never been attracted to women his age, but the moment he meets Harley he cannot deny the instant attraction he feels toward her, and not just physical.

Both souls have been molded by tribulations in their dysfunctional family lives. Trey craved an escape from his internal demons through sex. Harley thrived on having the control to bring men pleasure rather than being another puppet.

Neither is proud of their pasts and battle on a daily basis with their guilt. Yet, together they set out to help keep one another on track to recovery. Trey has an extra bit of help from his therapist who gives it to him straight and pushes Trey to open up to Harley about his demons; to allow her to decide if she accepts him, not him deciding for them both. The understanding Harley has for Trey and vice versa opens one another eyes to their self-worth and opens themselves to the idea of being loved. Trey and Harley grow so much as individuals and together, but the road to happiness is not straight.

The Beginning of Us is a short introduction into Trey and Harley’s first night together and opens the doors to their story. I really enjoyed this short listen and knowing how they happened into each other’s lives.

The Thrill of It takes you into the building of their friendship and subsequent romantic relationship. It gives you all the details of Harley’s past and her relationship with her mother, her blackmailer and Cam. It gives you all of Trey’s demons and background and will break your heart that someone so young had to endure such heartbreak and with no emotional support from his own family (mother especially).

Every Second with You was emotional, intense and full of turmoil. The last 45 minutes…OMG, I was on the edge of my seat with my heart racing. While Harley experienced a harder time with falling off the wagon and reverting to old habits in The Thrill of It; in this book it is Trey who battles with himself about going back to his old ways. Instead of giving into the pull to revert to his old ways of dealing with his fears, he goes to Harley and takes an intimate situation with her and uses it to numb his pain. I felt this was an honest reaction from a sex addict and showed reality. I thought Harley was strong with the way she handled it and Trey had to grovel very, very hard for her forgiveness. This was such a wonderful story and excellent conclusion. The new people that come into Harley and Trey’s lives are wonderful and I am so happy for their future and how everything turned out.

This series is truly all about coping and trying to become a better person. Both Trey and Harley were broken souls and needed to learn how to cope in healthier ways. I loved their journey, both separately and together. This series has had my emotions all over the place. I laughed at times, I smiled, I of course got pissed, my panties melted a time or two and I loved listening to these two fall in love and make it to the other side of their own ugly beautiful.

As far as narration, I thought Erin Mallon did an excellent job on all 3 books; although I did love that the 1st book had Joe Arden narrating as Trey. I absolutely love his work, but I still think Erin did a great job on her own in books 2 and 3 covering both Harley and Trey.

  • Dirty Headlines

  • By: L.J. Shen
  • Narrated by: Jacob Morgan, Grace Grant
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,475
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,369
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,366

Célian Laurent. Manhattan royalty. Notorious playboy. Heir to a media empire...and my new boss. I could have impressed him, if not for last month's unforgettable one-night stand. I left it with more than orgasms and a pleasant memory - namely, his wallet. Now he's staring me down like I'm the dirt under his Italian loafers, and I'm supposed to take it. But the thing about being Judith "Jude" Humphry is I have nothing to lose. Brooklyn girl. Infamously quirky. Heir to a stack of medical bills and a tattered couch. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dirty!

  • By 🌿🌸Susynne🌸🌿 on 10-17-18

So Dirty!

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

This one was slightly different than the usual L.J. Shen I am used to. It does have her alpha a-hole hero, unique strong heroine and insane hot chemistry, but this one felt a little lighter than her usual writing and had more comedic moments. I also enjoyed this one just as much as I enjoy her more angst riddled books.

Celian is cunning, ruthless, sexy as hell, and has one heck of a dirty mouth. He has a cold heart, but he is also a man of integrity and brutal truth, even if it cuts a person to the core, making him a bit more honorable than he originally appears. He is also very caring, even though he doesn't like to let that show through.

Jude is an amazing heroine. She is fiercely loyal and dedicated to those she loves and cares about. I was impressed with her backbone, and her ability to stand up to Celian when he was at his worst. She also has the ability to shoulder her weight of the world, and stand back up when she crumples a bit. She is incredibly unique, marching to the beat of her own drum, expressing herself no matter how it looks to others. She is the perfect person to bring Celian to his knees, and boy, does she ever.

Judith “Jude” Humphry is a down on her luck, poor girl struggling to make ends meet for herself and her beloved ailing father. She's also a chuck loving sassy girl who makes no apologies for it. This is a chick that speaks her mind and isn't afraid to give as good as she gets.

Celian is the ridiculously rich, too sexy for his own good heir to a media empire. He's also happens to be Jude's new boss. Before that, he was Jude's one night stand and the man she left sleeping in a hotel room while making off with his cash and wallet. Desperate times and desperate measures make a girl do some things she never thought she would. When they are brought back into each other’s lives sparks fly immediately between these two! The antagonism is strong and the back and forth sharp witted banter with a heavy undercurrent of sexual tension was addicting.

This is one of those books that will set your loins on fire while also putting a smile on your face. It's fun, sexy and full of witty banter from beginning to end.

As far as narration, I absolutely LOVED Jacob Morgan, he never disappoints. I thought Grace Grant did an ok job. I've heard other work from her and thought she did better on the other books. She sounded young and spunky in the other books I heard her in, but this one, where she should sound young and spunky being a young 20-something year old, she sounded much older and not right for the character.