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  • Hard to Let Go

  • A Hard Ink Novel
  • By: Laura Kaye
  • Narrated by: Seraphine Valentine
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235

Beckett Murda hates to dwell on the past. But his investigation into the ambush that killed half his Special Forces team and ended his army career gives him little choice. Just when his team learns how powerful their enemies are, hard-ass Beckett encounters his biggest complication yet - seductive, feisty Katherine Rixey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • IT'LL BE HARD TO LET GO OF THIS SERIES

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 08-11-15

Amazing ending to a favorite series

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

Reviewed: 02-11-16

Any additional comments?

Aw, it will be so hard to let go of this series!

This series has been one of my favorite since I picked it up. Which is surprising, because with the heavy military presence, these books just don’t ever sit well with me. But Laura knows how to write such realistic, broken characters that sold me from page 1.

In the final installment of the Hard Ink series we get Kat and Beckett’s story plus, the conclusion of the overall plot arc of the series and what really went down that devastating day in Afghanistan and their determination to get to the bottom of what happened and to clear their name.

Of all the couples in the series, Kat and Beckett are probably my second favorite couple. Like all the other males, Beckett carries a lot of guilt about that day. Not to mention, a pretty dark past that keeps him isolated from all emotions. Kat brings out a lot of emotions from Beckett; most good but either way, he isn’t really used to it and it makes him a hot mess.

I adored Kat. She is fierce and feisty, but vulnerable at the same time. She is such a great support for both her brothers and Beckett. She wears her emotions on her sleeve and I loved that. True to the other Hard Ink novels, Kat and Beckett have many hot & sexy scenes. Their scenes are the hottest ones in the series I think!

The ending had me in tears. Simply because everything that the team has worked so hard for in the weeks clearing their name, comes to a close. It was heartbreaking but uplifting.

The Narrator

I love Seraphine Valentine. She has done all the books in the series. She handles every aspect of these novels with grace. The emotions and the sexy times (haha). I am excited to see more for her in the future!

If you couldn’t tell, I loved Hard to Let Go. I also loved that things are left open to the spill off series about the MC. I highly recommend this series to EVERYONE.

  • Sweet Sinful Nights

  • Volume 1
  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Josh Goodman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 909
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 827
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 831

Ten years ago, Brent Nichols let the love of his life slip through his fingers. It's his greatest regret, especially since she's all but disappeared. But when the gorgeous and captivating woman walks into his life unexpectedly, he's determined to win her back. Whatever it takes, he won't make the same mistake twice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Nichols Brother Wins My Heart

  • By coffeegoddesstk on 11-21-15

Engaging, sexy and fun

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

Reviewed: 02-11-16

Any additional comments?

The premise of Sweet Sinful Nights immediately piqued my interest. Of all romance troupes, second chance romance has been a go to for some time and I was excited to start it once I got my hands on it!

There were quite a few elements to the story I was quite surprised by. The suspense and small mystery being the best ones. There were a few things regarding Shannon’s past that we slowly learn about as the story progresses. Not just with her family, but that happened to her after they split up all those years ago. It was engaging and I loved how it developed.

Shannon was an easy character to like. She is tough and hilarious. I loved the deep connection to her family that she had, especially her brothers. My heart ached for her on many occasions, and my respect grew for her throughout the entire book.

Brent, was a little harder to like. Mainly because he is selfish, and never really took into consideration that Shannon *might* have moved on, or that she went through some tough things after their break up. He redeemed himself later on, but man it was difficult sometimes to listen to his monologue.

These two together are just HOT. The sexual tension and attraction are FELT upon their first “meeting” and I just loved it. It is hard sometimes, to see the connection between characters when it comes to second chance romance, but I happy to say that it was written really well and I was rooting form the beginning. And hello, their scenes together were hot and one time, had me blushing.

Since there was a cliffhanger, I am BEYOND excited to get my hands on the next book. I love series that have ongoing plot lines, but focus on many different characters.

The Narration
I swear, I hit the jack pot when it comes to narrators, only have a few that I don’t care for. I adored Josh’s narration, even though I thought it was weird at first that there wasn’t a second narrator. But he did an amazing job with the entire book!

All in all – I adored Sweet Sinful Nights. Engaging, sexy and suspenseful to boot, I recommend this one to all of those that love romance!

  • Confess

  • By: Colleen Hoover
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Louise, Sebastian York
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,457
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,322
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,319

Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight, and there's no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn't expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By meaghan3927 on 03-30-15

Absolutely Loved

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

Reviewed: 05-03-15

Any additional comments?

If there is one name that people recognize that read New Adult – it’s Colleen Hoover. I read Hopeless– which I loved. And then there was Never Never – which I didn’t like at all. I’ve heard so many lovely things about ALL of her books – but it just hasn’t been a ship I have jumped on, for no reason in particular. But I see the appeal, because I am *THIS CLOSE* to adding Hoover to my auto-buy list.

What surprises me – and maybe shouldn’t – is that she writes characters with so much depth. They are flawed and layered, and unapologeticly real. Emotion pours off the page, and in all-consuming and at times, suffocating (in a good way). The chemistry between Owen and Auburn came natural. Their scenes together were my favorite and not just the sexy times.

It’s hard to really get into the plot without spoilers – but holy moly is it twisty. You think you have everything figured out – but you don’t. And how intricately their stories are intertwined will blow you away. I will also go on the record and say that the Confessions are one of my favorite things. I loved how they were real confessions, from real people. It also adds an additional layer of depth to the paintings, since these are what was used as Owen’s inspiration. (There is more to it than that but SPOILERS!!)

Narrator remarks
Elizabeth Louise & Sebastian York nailed it. It’s hard to find two narrators that are both “in-sync” with the characters. Not to mention Sebastian York’s voice is sexy. I can listen to this man all day long, seriously.. Both will be added to my favorite narrator list for sure.

As you can see – I loved this book. I am itching to go and buy a physical copy so I can see the paintings for myself. Plus – it’s a new favorite and MUST be added. I highly recommend it. (Especially on audio, because OMG sexy voice).

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Conspiracy of Us

  • By: Maggie Hall
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 870
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 803
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 804

Avery West's newfound family can shut down Prada when they want to shop in peace, and can just as easily order a bombing when they want to start a war. Part of a powerful and dangerous secret society called the Circle, they believe Avery is the key to an ancient prophecy. Some want to use her as a pawn. Some want her dead. To unravel the mystery putting her life in danger, Avery must follow a trail of clues from the monuments of Paris to the back alleys of Istanbul with two boys who work for the Circle.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hooked on Julia Whelan

  • By Katie - Audible on 06-04-15

I enjoyed this one!

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

Reviewed: 05-03-15

Any additional comments?

I went into this book with zero reservations or expectations. Honestly, I snagged this up with my credit because the narrator was recommended to be by another avid audiobook listener. I was pleasantly surprised by both the book and Julia’s narration.

The plot – while far-fetched – was fun and beyond intriguing. It’s fast pace, mystery and non stop action had my gripping my steering wheel and listening way beyond my break times. The romance, while subtle, was so cute and added flare of the “forbidden” of it made it that much sweeter. There is a slight hint at a possible triangle – but I don’t think it will go that far.

Julia is a fantastic narrator! I can see why she is a favorite (and now one of mine). I always have issues when the narrator sounds too mature for the character and that just was not the case with The Conspiracy of Us. There are many different accents in this book and she nailed each one.

Also, hello cliff hanger! Absolutely adored this one!

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Killing Sarai

  • A Novel (In the Company of Killers)
  • By: J. A. Redmerski
  • Narrated by: Kate Reinders, Stephen Bel Davies
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 567
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 527
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 531

Sarai was only fourteen when her mother uprooted her to live in Mexico with a notorious drug lord. Over time she forgot what it was like to live a normal life, but she never let go of her hope to escape the compound where she has been held for the past nine years. Victor is a cold-blooded assassin who, like Sarai, has known only death and violence since he was a young boy. When Victor arrives at the compound to collect details and payment for a hit, Sarai sees him as her only opportunity for escape.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Sandy Shea on 07-29-14

Dangerous and Sexy

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

Reviewed: 04-05-15

Any additional comments?

I still remember how excited I was to read Killing Sarai when it was first published. For whatever reason, I didn’t read it right away – but it was always sitting on the back burner. Yet, after receiving The Swan and the Jackal for review, I realized – belatedly – that these should be read in order. So, I drove in.

This book is messed up. Not in a BAD WAY. On the contrary, I loved the world with assassins, the mob and all that fun jazz. It’s always been fascinating to me to read about because even though you know what they are doing is wrong – it’s interesting to see how the characters were molded this way and how their moral compass works. Loyalties and such.

Sarai and Victor are both pretty damaged, fucked up people. But for different reasons. Sarai puts on a good front – but you can feel the determination and desperation poring out of her. All she wanted was to live a “normal” life. But after finally having a (small) opportunity to, she realizes it isn’t what she wants.

Victor, the assassin that helping Sarai, is not a good person, yet… he isn’t bad either. Granted, his line of work isn’t the most moral of things, but there is a small (and I am, SMALL) part of him that is still soft, kind and just a good man.

Their romance isn’t the sole focus of the book – and I am SO happy about this. Yes, there is attraction, sexual tension and more, but what we really see is how Sarai is coping since her escape. How the life she has lived has affected her. There was a tiny part of me that felt like her feelings for Victor were only because he was the only man to HELP her. But, again, there is so much more to it than that.

Also, kudos to the fact that people die. I mean, good people die. That sounds awful, I know. But it makes the situation more REAL. It adds more tension and anxiety. They aren’t just random kills either – they MEAN something.

Now the narrators. I don’t’ think I will read the next one on audio, because the narrators didn’t fit. Kate Reinders sounds 16. Innocent, and it was weird hearing the word FUCK come out of her month. It had me wincing every time. And Stephen Bel Davies sounds… old. There is an age different between Sarai and Victor, but not 16 and 50. It was just so ODD. Their voices just didn’t work FOR ME. (Sadly, I think it’s the same narrators for the other books, and one of them IS for review).

The set up for book 2 was PERFECT and I can’t wait to read it! If you love books that are challenging and dangerous, you’ll enjoy Killing Sarai.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Kiss of Deception

  • Remnant Chronicles
  • By: Mary E. Pearson
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,833
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,680
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,677

As First Daughter, Princess Lia is expected to have the revered gift of sight - but she doesn't - and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom - to a prince she has never met. On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive - and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • WOW!

  • By Kevin Avara on 07-28-15

Absolutely Loved!

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

Reviewed: 02-08-15

Any additional comments?

Oh, the love that I have for this book.

I put off reading this book for ages for two reasons, 1) hype and b) its Fantasy. If there is one thing to know about me, is that Fantasy and I just don’t always get along. That isn’t to say I don’t like, or even love the genre; I do. But we have a weird relationship, one that I am frequently taking a break from.

Yet, when I saw it available on Audible I decided to take the plunge. And I am so glad I did.

This book is brilliant. It has every element that I love and look forward to when heading into a Fantasy novel. Strong heroine. Beautifully crafted world building; with writing so descriptive I can picture myself right along side the main characters(s). A history was isn’t bumped and a love interest(s) worth swooning over. Even my boys’ listened to the book (quietly) and they would often beg me to go back or explain in detail what they missed.

Told mainly from Lia’s POV, we follow her as she flees to a remote village on her wedding day. She is remarkably crafty in her last-minute escape, and her planning into it made me admire her more. I loved her strength, her witty and snarky attitude. Although fleeing could potentially put her kingdom at war – and one might think this a selfish act – I admire her brazen act and her dreams for more. She is far from a weak, prissy princess and it was so refreshing to have a bold yet likable character that goes after what she wants.

The love interest(s) twist was quite interesting and entertaining. We have The Prince – the one Lia was slated to marry – who admires Lia’s bravery for leaving yet wants answers. And then we have the assassin – who is sent from his own kingdom of Venda (I THINK that is how you spell it, I don’t even know) sent to kill Lia to stop an alliance between the surrounding kingdoms.

Aaaaand, then you have Kaden and Rafe. But who is who!?

Quite honestly, I figured it out pretty quick – but that didn’t mean I wasn’t questioning this until the reveal. (The kids were shocked, haha) Both Kaden and Rafe are very complex characters, who both genuinely care for Lia. I don’t find this to be a “typical” love triangle. It has the feel of one, because you don’t know who is who. And while Lia is attracted to both and cares for both, she only loves ONE. I can’t say anymore than that though!

Setting aside the romance aspect of the novel, there is so much more going on. Between all the perilous journeys, there are secrets that Lia is in the wake of uncovering about herself, her kingdom and those that are closet to her father. I loved the chapter headings with the stories and “history” too.

The Narrator

It’s slightly confusing that only Emily Rankin is listed as the narrator. Not only is there a male that does the voice of The Prince, assassin, Kaden and Rafe, there is also an older woman who narrates the small parts before the beginning of each chapter. And I just want to KNOW who these people were! Anyway – Emily was perfect for the role of Lia. I loved her voice, and i think she did an amazing job. I often find myself searching for audio’s narrated by the ones I love and Emily is definitely on my list to search!

And the ending. PURE PERFECTION. Meaning, only slightly cliff-hanger. ;)

My Peeve

I feel like there was a bunch of random stuff thrown in, as a way to give us clues to the bigger picture.. Yet, there were never talked about again. Like, a tiger for example. What the freak was that? There is more, but this is driving me insane. Anyway – I am 99.99% certain that anything left unresolved will be handled in book 2.

Overall

I loved this book to pieces! It’s a such a beautiful book, truly. I can’t wait for book 2.

29 of 32 people found this review helpful

  • Hard as You Can

  • A Hard Ink Novel, Book 2
  • By: Laura Kaye
  • Narrated by: Seraphine Valentine
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 411
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408

Five dishonored soldiers. Former Special Forces. One last mission. These are the men of Hard Ink. Ever since hard-bodied, drop-dead-charming Shane McCallan strolled into the dance club where Crystal Dean works, he's shown a knack for getting beneath her defenses. For her little sister's sake, Crystal can't get too close. Until her job and Shane's mission intersect, and he reveals talents that go deeper than she could have guessed. Shane would never turn his back on a friend in need, especially a former Special Forces teammate running a dangerous, off-the-books operation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding performance for a wonderful book

  • By Pamela on 07-19-14

This series is fun, sexy and full of suspense

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

Reviewed: 02-03-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

YES. I recommend this series to all fans of romance and suspense!

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The climax of the story came at the end. It’s one of those series/books that builds and builds, and then BAM! Action scene(s) over and so is the book.

Have you listened to any of Seraphine Valentine’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I just adore Seraphine Valentine. She was the same narrator of the first book too, and I’ll admit at first, I didn’t like the idea. But she is amazing at changing her voice to all the characters. Also, she is not at all awkward with the steamy scenes. I have yet to “read” one that has been awkward, but she does an amazing job at it. She is by far, my favorite narrator. I do wish though, that there was a male narrator for Shane, or any male, but it’s a small peeve that I can overlook.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Winner's Curse

  • Winner's Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Marie Rutkoski
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 519
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 475
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him - with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Winning Story

  • By Wendy on 03-24-16

Good

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

Reviewed: 07-05-14

What did you like best about The Winner's Curse? What did you like least?

The world. It's very descriptive and unique, I loved learning about the different customs.

Least? The narration and the characters.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I didn't HAVE one. The two main characters were hypocrites.

Was The Winner's Curse worth the listening time?

Honestly, I probably would have enjoyed the book more, had I read it vs listenin to the audio.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • To All the Boys I've Loved Before

  • By: Jenny Han
  • Narrated by: Laura Knight Keating
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,696
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,377
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,367

Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control in this heartfelt novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series. What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them…all at once?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • To All the Boys I've Loved Before

  • By Listening is Reading on 09-24-18

Cute!

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

Reviewed: 07-05-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would to those that LOVE YA Contemporary. But for those of us that like a little more depth and less fluff, I would say skip it.

Would you be willing to try another book from Jenny Han? Why or why not?

This was the first book of hers that I read, but I own a few. This was too fluffy for my taste, so maybe.

Have you listened to any of Laura Knight Keating’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but I adored her!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lethal Circuit

  • A Michael Chase Spy Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Lars Guignard
  • Narrated by: Ben Sullivan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

A Chinese satellite is on a crash course with Earth. It contains enough plutonium to irradiate a large city. 
And that's the good news.... 
Michael Chase is a 26-year-old backpacker, a recent college graduate, an amateur. He flew to Hong Kong to find his missing father. Four hours later, he's running for his life. The Chinese secret police want him dead. The Conspiracy wants him dead. And the one person who he thinks is on his side, may want him dead too.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful start to a new spy thriller series

  • By G on 11-25-13

Action packed and full of twists

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

Reviewed: 11-22-13

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Depending on the genre you choose to read/listen to; absolutely. Anyone that loves action, spy's and a complicated twisty plot will love this!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Lethal Circuit?

What really shocked and awed me (and honestly, I am still thinking about) is the ending. The last 2 hours was non stop action and everything really starting to click in place. Not to mention, the last few chapters really threw me for a loop.

Did Lethal Circuit inspire you to do anything?

Yes, to look between the lines and not trust anyone!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful