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  • The Farthest Edge

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Lizbeth Gwynn
  • Length: 15 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292

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 441
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 401
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 402

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 1,606
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,493
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,486

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 159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147

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 753
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 708
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 706

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.

  • Every Second with You

  • No Regrets, Book 2
  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Erin Mallon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327

I used to think love was a lie. Now I know it's real, powerful, and I don't want to lose it... But my future scares me, and there's no way this can be happening, especially since I've finally broken free from all the people who wanted pieces of me. I don't even know how to start over, but I have to find a way. So when I discover what my mother's been keeping from me, it doesn't make me hate her. It gives me hope for a new life, outside of New York.

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

  • By Cyndi on 04-29-18

Great Series! *Review for entire No Regrets Series

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

Reviewed: 10-22-18

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 storyline 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 wakeup 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’s 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.

  • Midnight Blue

  • By: L.J. Shen
  • Narrated by: Muffy Newtown, Shane East
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,039
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 974
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 969

It should have been easy. I needed the money. He needed a babysitter to keep him from snorting himself to death. I was cherry-picked especially for him. Responsible. Optimistic. Warm. Innocent. The worst part is that I should have known better. Alex Winslow. British rock star. Serial heartbreaker. Casanova with whiskey eyes. “Don’t get near the devil in a leather jacket. He’ll chew you up and spit you out.” Guess what? I didn’t listen. I signed the contract. World tour. Three months. Four Continents. 100 shows. My name is Indigo Bellamy, and I sold my soul to a tattooed god. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW.. ELEVEN TURBULENT HOURS OF PERFECTION

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 05-21-18

Alex and his Stardust

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

I'd been anticipating Midnight Blue ever since it was announced, not only because it is written by one of my favorite authors, but I had been dying for an amazing rock star romance from her. We all know L.J. Shen writes some of the best alphas and a**holes out there. It’s even in her motto…bringing alphas to their knees.

Alex Winslow is a hot rock star who is also a ticking time bomb trying to rebuild his career. He gets seriously addicted to drugs and alcohol after he finds out his ex-cheated on him with one of his best friends who also happened to be his roommate. He releases an album during this time, which tanks, and his team of people finally get him to go to rehab. Once he gets out of rehab they determine he needs a sobriety companion to accompany him on tour to keep him on the straight and narrow and make sure he doesn’t fall back into his addictions; enter Indigo Bellamy aka Indie.

Alex and Indie are characters that couldn't be more different, they are both flawed but true fighters. One is cocky, callous, rude, guarded, and jaded, and the other is naive, sweet, down to earth, and selfless. Despite their differences, they do have something in common; each is tortured in their own way. It's evident from the start that Indie is exactly what Alex needs to heal and grow, and he was exactly what she needed too.

I liked Alex for who he was, but I hurt for him too. Everyone in his life seemed to want a piece of him because of his fame. It was hard for him to see who actually cared about him and who only loved what he could give to them. Even I wasn't sure who was who most of the time, and I can only imagine how painful that must be. His family was the worst. My heart broke for him the way they treated him.

What I loved most about Indie's character was her realness; she was sweet but tough, she gave as good as she got, she was just like you or I, and she never worshipped the ground Alex walked on. She always kept it real with him and gave it back to him as good as he gave it to her. This book is raw and emotional. The writing is breathtaking, the characters are endearing, the romance is beautiful, and the story is masterfully crafted. L. J. Shen never disappoints and I can’t wait for her next release.

As far as narration; I thought Muffy Newtown and Shane East both did stellar performances of all characters. I've read a few people who don't care for Muffy's narration and the way she delivers sometimes, but I really like her and don't find her annoying at all. I think she does a great job delivering emotion into her reading and I don't understand some of the complaints about how she draws out some words. I guess I just don't hear it the same as them. To each their own opinion and the way they interpret things.

  • Tyed

  • By: L. J. Shen
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Snow
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 411
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 384

Meet Blaire. An underachieving college student with zero prospects and a ton of issues (hey, being the less-successful twin of a gorgeous supermodel would totally do that to you). She doesn't do bad boys. Actually, she doesn't do boys, like, at all. Not that she's a lesbian. And not that there's anything wrong with being one. It's just that...well...she kind of needs to focus on graduating from college right now.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Adored

  • By Misty on 03-18-17

3.75 Stars

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

I've listened to almost all of L.J. Shen's books. The others were a series or tied together with the series and I really enjoyed them so I decided to listen to one of her 3 other books that were stand alone. Out of Blood to Dust, Sparrow and Tyed I decided to try Tyed. I must admit that I enjoyed the other books I listened to better than this one.

Blaire is a 23 year old college student who is assigned a journalist article to cover the MMA. It's at the local MMA training gym that she meets Tyler 'Ty' Walker, the biggest up and coming fighter rising through the ranks. They initially clash from the moment they meet, but both still end up not being able to stay away from the other and they end up dating. Blaire has a twin supermodel sister and a male BFF who drum up some drama; especially the male BFF, but for the most part it stays on Blaire and Ty. Blaire is different than anyone he's ever met and he has completely changed his personal lifestyle to be with her, but he has a pretty heavy secret from his past that he has been keeping from her until he's ready to tell her. Unfortunately, her male BFF finds out due some snooping and digging from his ulterior motives and he spills the beans. When she pretty much confirms it's true (by her own snooping, not actually talking to Ty himself) she completely cuts ties with Ty. While I do understand the severity of his secret and everyone is entitled to their own reaction to that kind of past/secret, I personally felt like she overreacted and did not even give him a chance to explain himself and the reasoning of his actions. Plus, it was a few years before they even met and he stopped doing that part of his past a good 6 months before they met.

Overall, this was a cute story and I found the heroine to be funny and entertaining. I mostly liked Ty and didn’t have real issues with his character. Yes, he has anger issues he works on, but he’s a MMA fighter and he never physically hurts her or other females. Her male BFF annoyed me, he was an arrogant, immature jerk after putting together his actions from the beginning of the book to the end. What an a**. I felt like the ending was rushed and would have preferred a better, longer, more detailed epilogue. It seemed like it just kind of ended when I was expecting a little more. Just kind of felt a Happy for Now ending and not a Happy Ever After ending. I'd say a good solid 3.75 stars, but would have gotten more if it wrapped up more at the end and didn't feel so rushed and then just over.

As far as narration, this was my first time with this narrator, but I thought she did a good job. Sometimes her voice sounded very similiar with the different character voices (male and female), but overall she did good.

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  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Susannah Jones
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,935
  • Performance
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  • By BluBumbleB on 11-26-15

Eddie and Jet

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

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  • Narrated by: Susannah Jones
  • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
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  • Story
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Hank and Roxie

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

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