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  • Jed Had to Die

  • By: Tara Sivec
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 669
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 629
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628

The happiest day of Payton Lambert's life was the day she graduated high school and watched Bald Knob, Kentucky, get smaller and smaller in her rearview mirror. She wanted more for her life than a tiny town where everyone knows your business and you can't find a decent cup of coffee for at least 40 miles. Twelve years later an unexpected phone call in the middle of the night has her packing up her life in Chicago and racing back home to the one person she ever regretted leaving behind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a happy surprise!

  • By green ice cream garden on 12-19-16

Laugh out loud

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

Reviewed: 12-23-18

I’ve recommended this book to everyone I know. This book takes a look at small towns and the characters that make them up. You will love the main characters Leo and Payton, they have history and chemistry... even though Payton doesn’t recognize Leo when she sees him again after 10 years apart. The supporting characters and the great dialogue add to the hilarious fun. I won’t spoil this book with too much of the plot but it’s about old friends, loyalties and how we don’t often see people or situations clearly even when they are right in front of our eyes. It’s got a great romance and a murder mystery and pie. Jed had to die is the kind of book you wish would become a series just so you could continue go back and visit the citizens of Bald Knob, Kentucky over and over again.

This one is a MUST READ. You’ll love it.

  • Blood Type

  • Blood Type series, Book 1
  • By: K.A. Linde
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Elizabeth
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 185

For Reyna Carpenter, giving up her body isn't a choice. It's survival. In a civilization laid to waste by poverty and desperation, Reyna accepts a high-paying position with the wealthy and hungry vampire elite. Her new job is as the live-in blood escort for the intimidating, demanding, and devilishly handsome Beckham Anderson. He's everything she expected from a vampire, except for one thing - he won't feed off her. Reyna soon discovers that behind Beckham's brooding, wicked façade lies a unique and complex man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sexy, engaging and oh so good!! I WANT MORE!!!!

  • By Patricia Villali Koett on 04-27-18

The story is good but....

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

Reviewed: 12-21-18

I try to find the positives in a book...here’s what I felt was a plus here. The story line was interesting...It wasn’t the typical Vampire story. This broke all the stereotypes of sunlight, stakes etc. In this world the economy has crashed and Vampires who are known to be real by everyone are now out in the open mainstream and one of the biggest employers in the city. If you are willing to become a blood escort. This is a job in which you agree to feed your sponsor vampire your blood, a type that is specially matched to that vampire and in return you are well compensated. Problem? Well vampires are very political as well as predatory so their world can become pretty scary to say the least. But when faced no jobs, no education, no income and with starvation you reconsider what you will and won’t do to make a living.

Now here’s my cons...this was and is an interesting idea for a story. I even liked the characters to a point. There are a few truly scary evil bad guys, a gorgeous broody hero and one incredibly annoying heroine. Yeah she’s what screwed up the entire story for me. I thought at first this girls just plucky...she’s curious and let’s be honest questioning certain situations seems reasonable. But that’s just the thing....she doesn’t ask enough important relevant questions when she signs on the dotted line to join this service and then once she’s in a world she doesn’t understand the rules to she won’t shut up. She continues to ask stupid questions when she’s been advised to remain silent. She knows that some of these “people” are dangerous and deadly and yet she continues to open her mouth asking questions and inserting herself into situations that put her in danger. I read this book all the way through...but by the end I wanted to tell the girl please just shut up and follow instructions.

The narrator did great job with the voices and the overall story idea was a good one. But the female character had no sense of self preservation or the reality of her situation. Which made the story frustrating to listen to. Will I read the next one? Honestly not sure at this point.

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  • Wild Hunger

  • Heirs of Chicagoland Series, Book 1
  • By: Chloe Neill
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Elise Freeman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447

In the first thrilling installment of Chloe Neill's spinoff to the New York Times best-selling Chicagoland Vampires series, a new vampire will find out just how deep blood ties run. As the only vampire child ever born, some believed Elisa Sullivan had all the luck. But the magic that helped bring her into the world left her with a dark secret. Shifter Connor Keene, the only son of North American Central Pack Apex Gabriel Keene, is the only one she trusts with it. But she's a vampire and the daughter of a Master and a Sentinel, and he's prince of the Pack and its future king.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great start to a new series

  • By Cherish on 08-19-18

It’s getting even better in Chicago

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

I loved the Chicagoland series and in all honesty I didn’t think it could get much better than Merit and Ethan. But I think I was wrong the next generation looks like it could be even more exciting and interesting. I can’t wait to see that happens next with Connor and Alisa...this is going to be good.

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  • That Guy

  • That Guy Series, Book 1
  • By: Kim Jones
  • Narrated by: Samantha Cook, Aaron Shedlock
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342

He's That Guy. You know, the hero in almost every romance novel. The super-rich, powerful CEO who is beyond sexy. Lives in a penthouse. Is wicked in bed. Has massive.... feet. Is kind of a jerk, but really he's not because he harbors some major secret that, once revealed, explains why he is the way he is - therefore completely redeeming himself and making all the listeners who hated to love him swoon....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THAT guy!

  • By 🌿🌸Susynne🌸🌿 on 09-20-18

OMG.....

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

I have no words to describe Penelope the main character in this story. She begins the story running from a dog and his owner after stealing the dogs poop. She lives in this world in which life is a romance novel and she looks for and expects all of the people in her life to behave like their book counterparts.

Then there’s Jake. Hes Penelope’s That Guy. The billionaire hero. I think at first Jake thinks Penelope just needs medication, because who in their right mind invites themselves into a strangers home when they aren’t home goes through his stuff, takes a bath in his bathroom, wears his clothing and drinks his alcohol....?

At first I admit I was thinking this girl is so over the top crazy how can she get past that to become a love interest of the male character? No one in their right mind would sign up for that it’s insane.

But Penelope isn’t just crazy. She’s out going and funny and smart and extremely opportunistic which is why the story actually works. And after a while the crazy still seems crazy but you just go with it.

This book is funny, it catches you off guard and before you realize it your invested in the crazy. Worth the read.

  • Dear Aaron

  • By: Mariana Zapata
  • Narrated by: Callie Dalton, Teddy Hamilton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,406
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,321
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,314

Some days, all you need is a message from a stranger. Ruby Santos knew exactly what she was getting herself into when she signed up to write a soldier overseas. The guidelines were simple: one letter or email a week for the length of his or her deployment. Care packages were optional. Been there, done that. She thought she knew what to expect. What she didn't count on was falling in love with the guy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Two thumbs up 👍👍

  • By Anne-Marie Mogensen on 11-21-17

Loved this story

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

Reviewed: 11-30-17

I love this story. I’m not going to give it completely away...except to say that the first half of the book consists of correspondence between the two main characters. Arron a soldier in Iraq and Ruby a girl from Texas who has become a participant in a letter writing program for soldiers who’ve been deployed.

Ok I know what you are thinking. Doesn’t sound all that exciting right? But have you ever considered how much emphasis we put on the first visual contact with someone? Quite often if they don’t click with that part of our brain that sparks visual attraction we might not go any further to make contact.

These two people meet backwards. They talk. They share their thoughts, worries, secrets, jokes...they find out over 9 months that they could and have become best friends. Even though they have never met or even seen a photo of each other. There are reasons they haven’t. But you’ll have to find out why like I did.

Now I won’t say they fall in love sight unseen...not even fictional characters are that ridiculous. But they do form a very close mutual bond.

You’ll enjoy the banter and the two narrators did a great job. Ruby is a jewel who has no clue of her true value and Aaron is the kind of guy you can’t help but fall in love with.

Read this one.

  • Running Into Love

  • By: Aurora Rose Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins, Alexander Cendese
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 540
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 456
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459

Fawn Reed has kissed one too many toads and has finally decided that Prince Charming doesn't exist. After countless mishaps, mistakes, and unmitigated disasters on the dating scene, she's decided to give up and move on with her life...solo. Everything changes, however, after Fawn runs into Levi Fremont, a homicide detective new to New York City.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story - Female Narrator - ANNOYING

  • By M. L. .S on 10-02-17

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 10-20-17

I’m a fan of Aurora Rose Reynolds writing and this one didn’t disappoint me. I love the main characters Fawn and Levi. And there families were too funny. This one had me grinning often and laughing out loud a few times too. I’m hoping there will be more stories to go with this one. Maybe about Levi’s brother or partner? Or maybe Fawns sisters? Fingers crossed Ms Reynolds thinks so too.

  • Penmort Castle

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden
  • Length: 16 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,048
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 977
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 966

Cash Fraser is planning revenge, and to get it he needs the perfect woman. So he hires her. Abigail Butler has lost nearly everything in her life and she's about to lose the home she loves. Cash meets Abby, who is posing as a paid escort, and the minute he does he knows he's willing to pay for more than Abby being his pretend girlfriend. A lot more. Abby needs the money or the last thing that links her to her dead family and husband will be gone. The deal is struck, but both Cash and Abby get more than they bargained for.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book nearly ruined by poor narration

  • By Ann on 01-25-17

Great start of a new series

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

Reviewed: 08-27-17

First I'm a Kristen Ashley fan. I put off reading the rock chick series, (my first KA series) but once I did I was hooked and a fan. But I admit that while I did have this book in my wish list of future reads I had avoided getting it. For some unknown reason it just wasn't calling to me. However once again I feel foolish for waiting and was pleasantly surprised. Why did I wait?

I loved this story. I enjoyed Abby and Cash. I admit the first interaction when they met in the Pub had me thinking ugh...arrogant bastard and ice queen. But that was just the masks they wore into battle. Well in fairness Cash is arrogant....but he has so much depth and honor and true kindness in him that his arrogance can be forgiven and even embraced. Abby is anything but an ice queen. She's kind and sweet and also has a huge heart. And she's smart. She's not a sit and ring her hands kind of girl. She is trying and sometimes failing but still trying to be her own woman and figure out her own problems. It would have been easier for her to let others care for her and fix things...but Abby isn't a woman to take without giving back more in return.

Just as in a great many KA stories she surrounds her main characters with a wide range of vibrant and often eccentric personalities via their friends and families. And she does not disappoint in this book on that front.

I smiled a lot at the verbal banter, I laughed and I even teared a time or two. Great story. Worth the credit, can't wait for the next one. Thank you KA

  • Ball Peen Hammer

  • By: Lauren Rowe
  • Narrated by: John Lane, Lauren Rowe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,090
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,087

Keane Morgan wouldn't return any of my calls or texts, and I was pissed as hell about it. I didn't want to drive from Seattle to L.A. with the guy any more than he wanted to drive with me, but I had no frickin' choice in the matter - at least, not if I wanted to use his brother Dax's coveted parking spot at UCLA. Okay, so it turned out Keane was objectively gorgeous, and, fine, pretty funny, too. But did he have to be so damned in love with himself? I mean, jeez, the cocky way he flashed those dimples was just so orchestrated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who knew a DORK-A-RAMA would be so DELIGHTFUL?

  • By J. Mcferran on 09-23-16

Strippers, romance and bromance....

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

Reviewed: 08-13-16

In all honesty when I first started listening to this book I wasn't sure I could get into it. It seemed a little over the top with the language and even some of the phrases. But I have to admit that once I let that go and stopped being annoyed at the totally cocky thinking and just let myself relax into the story and characters, this book actually became pretty funny. The conversations and verbal banter between the family and friends in this story became one of my favorite parts. And once you accepted the words and phrases as normal speech for these characters it became hilarious to listen to the twisted logic.

This book has some pretty explicit language so if you are easily offended you might want to pass this one by.

But if you aren't easily annoyed by off the wall nicknames, made up words and phrases or two straight best guy friends who seem to have a genuine working bromance with each other then this book will have you laughing.

It wasn't what I expected at all. But I'd recommend it if you want to have some fun.

  • The Wall of Winnipeg and Me

  • By: Mariana Zapata
  • Narrated by: Callie Dalton
  • Length: 16 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,916
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,646
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,652

Vanessa Mazur knows she's doing the right thing. She shouldn't feel bad for quitting. Being an assistant/housekeeper/fairy godmother to the top defensive end in the National Football Organization was always supposed to be temporary. She has plans, and none of them include washing extra-large underwear longer than necessary. But when Aiden Graves shows up at her door wanting her to come back, she's beyond shocked.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good slow burn

  • By catkit on 09-30-16

Sweet story.

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

Reviewed: 07-08-16

I'm going to say up front that this is a good story. And worth the time and credit. If I had any negatives to say about it, it would be that it seemed to be a little slow in the beginning.

Having said that in all fairness this is also a story about two very strong people who had broken pasts but who didn't allow those pasts to dictate their futures. That all by itself is a character trait I admire and respect. So maybe because of who they were and are now they needed to take things slowly to be able to be together.

It's also a story that reminds you not to judge a book by its cover. While the lead male character doesn't seem very likeable during a great deal of the book you find out that he is like an onion and once you start peeling away the layers you discover there's much more to him and why he is the way he is.

I love the heroine Vanessa, she's spunky, funny, smart and determined and no ones push over. She stands up for herself and stands on her own two feet. I also enjoyed the secondary character roommate Zack. I thought the friendship he had with Vanessa was the kind of best friend/family we all would love to have.

The author is fast becoming one of my favorites and the narrator for this book Callie Dalton does an excellent job with all the voices. Perfect for each person in the story.

It might seem a little slower moving that what's considered typical in novels these days but keep reading because by the end you'll be laughing and smiling at these characters and this story.

  • Crow

  • Boston Underworld, Book 1
  • By: A. Zavarelli
  • Narrated by: Tracy Marks
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,606
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,520
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,518

An Irish mobster. A missing friend. Two loyalties, ripping me apart. I had a plan. Get in, get my information, and get out. Easy, right? Turns out, infiltrating the Irish mafia isn't exactly what I thought it would be. I just wanted a soldier. Someone I could flirt with to get me in the door. That's when Lachlan Crow noticed me. Problem was, he wasn't a soldier. No, he was next in line for the throne of the Irish underworld. And he was determined to hate me from the outset.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dark and Mysterious

  • By cullen_cutie2 on 03-01-17

Highly addictive read!

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

Reviewed: 06-23-16

This is the first story I've ever read from this author but I would love to have the other books that follow in this series.

I honestly wasn't sure I would even like it. I thought the story line involving organized crime wouldn't be my thing. But I was very wrong. The characters were amazing. The more you read the more invested you become in the lives of these people.

It is a love story but it's so much more than that. It's heart breaking at times and often dark but from the very first page it draws you in and you can't help but want more to see what will happen next.

I finished this book all in one day and it was hard for me to have to put it down the few times I had to. The author has created a group of people I want to know more about and hope to see the rest of this series in audiobook soon. The narrator was perfect. She did an excellent job with the voices and accents and I believe this just made this great story even better.

Can't wait for book two.

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