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  • Birthday Suit

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Sebastian York, January Lavoy, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209

An all-star production of a brand new stand-alone romance from number one New York Times best-selling author Lauren Blakely, performed by a full cast of 12 narrators.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ALL THE STARS

  • By Cyndi on 01-14-19

ALL THE STARS

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

Reviewed: 01-14-19

LOVED IT!! This book was great, the story was a fun, witty and had some serious situations too. A perfect blend of emotions for me. Lauren Blakely never disappoints, her books always leave me with a full heart. The characters were deep and witty and the chemistry was off the charts. I love the build up and this book had it in spades. I feel like Leo was a very stand up guy which I always love and he got exactly what he deserves since he was pretty hard on himself. Lulu was a fun and strong character, I loved that she didn't let the past guide her and just wanted to move forward.

Just a heads up, this book will make you want chocolate so much you may have to stop just to get some.

The narration for this book gets all the stars!!! So many amazing narrators recording in duet style and it flowed perfectly. The casting was amazing for every character. Lauren Blakely deserves everything for casting alone. And let me tell you, Joe Arden was so much fun with a silly character and Erin Mallon has an Australian accent... just in case you needed incentive to grab this one.

AMAZING AUDIOBOOK....AUDIE'S HERE THEY COME!!!

25 of 26 people found this review helpful

  • Next in Line

  • A Brother's Best Friend Standalone
  • By: Amy Daws
  • Narrated by: Erin Mallon, Teddy Hamilton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 123

Maggie's mind is reeling when she discovers the guy she became tangled up with at Marv's Bait & Tackle isn't a stranger like she thought. The big snag: Sam and Maggie's chemistry is hot enough to melt ice, which makes keeping their secret far more difficult than either expected. Especially when one of them decides they want this arrangement to be more than just a catch and release.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫ 4.5 Stars ✫✫

  • By Cyndi on 01-10-19

✫✫ 4.5 Stars ✫✫

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

Amy Daws does it again! I loved Wait with Me so I was anticipating the release of Next in Line and it was everything I wanted it to be. I can't decide if I love Sam more than Miles but they are both PERFECT! Maggie is a little lost and has her priorities a little messed up but she figures it out, She is a really fun & spunky character. I'll admit I wanted to smack some sense into her a few times. I loved the meet cute in this book, it was funny and the chemistry was so strong! Sam is a great guy, he is sweet and protective with a smart, mature head on his shoulders. I love mature characters in books and low drama, especially dislike drama just to give a story some excitement and Amy's level of drama is perfect for me.

The narration was PERFECT!!! Erin & Teddy are my favorites so I knew it would be amazing!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Prisoner of Night

  • The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 17
  • By: J. R. Ward
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373

Number-one New York Times best-selling author J.R. Ward is back with the next sexy supernatural installment in her “delicious, erotic, and thrilling” (Nicole Jordan, New York Times best-selling author) Black Dagger Brotherhood series.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book 17 ?

  • By Amy L. Delisle on 01-08-19

✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

I love a little BDB tease in between books. This was a pretty action packed story that kept me on my toes the entire book. Ahmare is a badass female lead character, she doesn't need any help, she just walks in guns ablaze! I loved how she put her brother and then Duran first. True female of worth ROFL ;)

Jim will ALWAYS be this series to me even if the BDB aren't in the books, he has to be the narrator imho!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Consumed by You

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Joe Arden, Erin Mallon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

Dog trainer Cara Bailey wants to find “the one,” but fantasizing about her sexy-as-hell client, firefighter Travis Jansen, is getting in the way. Her only option? Get the confirmed bachelor out of her system - in every position possible - so she can settle down with Mr. Right. Starting right now. Travis doesn’t do relationships, so no matter how badly he wants the pretty little brunette, he keeps his distance. Until Cara goes and changes the game. She’ll fulfill all of his fantasies if he agrees to walk away when it’s over. 

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

  • By Cyndi on 01-07-19

✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

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

Reviewed: 01-07-19

Another great feel good romance from Lauren Blakely. This is book 3 in the series but they are standalone also. This book was way hotter than the last 2 IMHO. Travis & Cara were high school sweethearts who never really lost that pull when they both moved on. Cara is back and the sexual attraction is off the charts. Their story is sweet and sexy in such a perfect way. As always in all Lauren Blakely books the drama is minimal and only lasts minutes. This is why I love her writing so much.

The narration is perfect cause Joe Arden & Erin Mallon are both amazing narrators.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Melt for Him

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Erin Mallon, Joe Arden
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 66

Fire captain and bar owner Becker Thomas usually spends his nights alone, trying to escape painful memories from his past. When he meets a sexy, free-spirited brunette outside his bar, he knows he's found the perfect way to forget for one night. But when he discovers the woman he wants back in his bed is his best friend's sister, everything comes to a halt. 

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

  • By Cyndi on 01-07-19

✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

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

Reviewed: 01-07-19

I'm pretty sure I read this book years ago but when the audio was released I knew I had to listen since Lauren Blakely has the best taste in narrators. I love firefighters in my romance books.
Becker & Megan have the hottest chemistry and they spend most of this book trying to deny it which just makes it even better. This book had an emotion side to it along with the sexy side. Becker has some demons that he's working through and Megan has really only 1 rule and that is no Firefighters. When these two meet they have a great instant connection which I enjoyed very much. I never realized that Lauren Blakley was ALWAYS good at low drama romance, I really thought this would be high drama since it's from early in her career but nope, there is a little but not the drawn out kind that authors add just to give the story drama. I know I say this in every Lauren Blakely book review but I LOVE low drama romance, therefor I love Lauren Blakely books!

The narration was great, Joe Arden & Erin Mallon are both amazing narrators so I knew going in that they would bring these characters to life perfectly.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Coach Long

  • By: K Webster
  • Narrated by: Jules Thorne, Brooke Hayden
  • Length: 3 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Coach Everett Long has a chip on his shoulder. Working every day with the man who stole his fiancée leaves him pissed and on edge. His temper is volatile and his attitude sucks. River Banks is a funky-styled runner with a bizarre past. Starting over at a new school was supposed to be easy…but she should have known better. She likes to antagonize and tends to go after what she’s not supposed to have. When the arrogant bully meets the strong-willed brat, it sparks an illicit attraction. Together, they heat up the track with longing and desire.

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

  • By Cyndi on 12-16-18

✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

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

Reviewed: 12-16-18

This was a dirty little nugget. If you are looking for something short, Taboo (but not too much) with lots of sex this is the book for you. Teacher/Student romance isn't normally my thing because it usually is all drama and thankfully this want that!

The narration was good too!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Love Lessons

  • Love Lessons Series, Book 1
  • By: Heidi Cullinan
  • Narrated by: Iggy Toma
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 414

Walter Lucas doesn't believe in storybook love. Everyone is better off having as much fun as possible with as many people as possible - except his shy, sad little sack of a roommate is seriously screwing up his world view. As Walter sets out to lure Kelly out of his shell, staying just friends is harder than he anticipated. He discovers love is a crash course in determination. To make the grade, he'll have to finally show up for class - and overcome his own private fear that love was never meant to last.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Seeing what's in front of you...

  • By Donald on 07-04-15

✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

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

Reviewed: 12-16-18

This book was sweet and cute but I wanted a little more steam. It is written in the 3rd person which I am realizing I don't get pulled into the story as much when it's 3rd but I still enjoyed it. The couple was great and even though I'm not a fan of Virgin story lines this was realistic and that made it all better. Starting book 2 right away!

The narration is great! I have a hard time with most narration on MM audiobooks and Iggy Toma is on my very short list of favorite MM Narrators.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Time Traveler's Wife

  • By: Audrey Niffenegger
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman, Phoebe Strole
  • Length: 17 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,044
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,036
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,066

Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36. They were married when Clare was 23 and Henry was 31. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favorite books

  • By Joey on 01-13-08

✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

I really enjoyed this book, I think I like these characters so much I wanted to see their HEA. I was hooked from the beginning. I see a lot of people had an issue with the way it jumped back and forth but I didn't at all. I think the author did a great job at this, I found it easy to follow. I felt so much for these characters, I felt like they really deserved to be happy and get everything since they had to deal with so much. I really liked the way they handled their situation, most women would have ran after the first couple times he wasn't there for something important, she wasn't really, she just knew that was how their life was. I watched the movie years ago but I think the book really brought so much more to these characters.

The narration was great, I think thy were a perfect casting choice!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Stud in the Stacks

  • By: Pippa Grant
  • Narrated by: Joe Arden, Karen White
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

When it comes to women, I know what they want. And all day long, I give it to them. Dark, broody, and sexy? You got it. Need to laugh? I'm your guy. Desperate for something to put you in the mood? You've come to the right place, kitten. Every morning when my library opens, there's a line around the block, the ladies flocking to me in need of their next book boyfriend. I'm that dude. The one who knows his way around the romance section. And if you think that hasn't gotten me plenty of action over the years, you'd be wrong.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫ 3.5 Stars ✫✫

  • By Cyndi on 11-26-18

✫✫ 3.5 Stars ✫✫

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

Reviewed: 11-26-18

This is a cute and sometimes silly story. The best thing about this book for me was Knox, he was witty, self assured and a little cocky but not in a bad way. He made me laugh a few times for sure. The story line was fun even if the base details weren't overly original. I think I could have loved this book if Parker was a completely different women. She was this books downfall for me. I'll be honest, there really wasn't anything about her characters that I actually connected with and/or enjoyed. She might be the most insecure women ever, especially one with 2 masters degrees and so driven by a career. She was a complete conundrum for me, how can someone with so much education still be so insecure and immature. I just couldn't wrap my head around her character even in the end. That's not to say others may not love her, I just have a love for strong female characters and she wasn't that.

The narration was 50/50 also for me. I like Joe Arden even if I feel like he made Knox cockier than he would have seemed if I had read this book LOL. But Karen White is not my favorite narrator, maybe her narration made me like Parker even less than I already would have. I'm not sure but I will say that her voice just didn't work for me.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Locked in Silence

  • Pelican Bay, Book 1
  • By: Sloane Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 559
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 524
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 523

10 years after leaving his small Minnesota hometown in his rear view mirror for what Nolan Grainger was sure would be the last time, life has decided to throw the talented musician a curveball and send him back to the town he lived in but was never really home. When he’s forced to use the last of his own money to keep from losing the family home, desperation has him turning to the one man he’d hoped never to see again....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OMG! So good!

  • By SassiKassi on 01-26-18

✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

Very good story, I really liked the relationship between this couple. They both have issues and when they are together those issues don't matter. I loved their love for each other, it was sweet and sexy too. The character growth was perfect and the build up for book 2 was also great.

The narration was good.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful