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  • Beautifully Decadent

  • Beautifully Damaged, Book 3
  • By: L.A. Fiore
  • Narrated by: Aaron Shedlock, Tracy Marks
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Avery Collins has just landed her dream job, pastry chef for the posh-Manhattan restaurant Clover. Her new boss, Trace Montgomery, even helped with securing her an affordable place to live: a beautifully restored carriage house owned by his friend Rafe McKenzie - a man who makes her catch her breath and stirs her imagination. Trouble is, he's involved with someone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • beautifully decadent story

  • By Amazon Customer on 23-07-2018

beautifully decadent story

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

Reviewed: 23-07-2018

Just love this book, and audio version too. So funny, love the charcters and story. It's a book that I keep going back to to reread. I enjoyed the others in the series too but this one just takes the cake.

  • From Lukov with Love

  • By: Mariana Zapata
  • Narrated by: Callie Dalton, Teddy Hamilton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

If someone were to ask Jasmine Santos to describe the last few years of her life with a single word, it would definitely be a four-letter one. After 17 years - and countless broken bones and broken promises - she knows her window to compete in figure skating is coming to a close. But when the offer of a lifetime comes in from an arrogant idiot she's spent the last decade dreaming about pushing in the way of a moving bus, Jasmine might have to reconsider everything. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved the story and both narrators

  • By J Davoday on 10-10-2018

loved "From Lucov with Love"

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

Reviewed: 04-06-2018

Absolutely loved this book. Had already got to meet and get to care about the more minor, but still significant characters in this book through "Dear Aaron". Wasn't sure how I was going to connect with Jasmine having seen glimpses of her in her more self absorbed, but still very much loved stage in "Dear Aaron". But Mariana Zapata just nails her character development of Jasmine in "From Lucov with Love" We travel with her as she grows and matures in her relationships with others, and centrally in her acceptance of herself . Mariana's characters are real, there's times you want to shake Jasmine and times you want to hug and reassure her, if she'd allow it. Her lack of awareness of what seems blatantly obvious to the reader, Ivan's love and admiration of her is frustrating, endearing and very real, as is their scrapping relationship. Ivan wriggles his way into the readers heart and takes up residence there, much the same way that he inserts himself into Jasmines, maybe slightly quicker due to a lack of blinders on the readers part.
Absolutely loved this book.

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  • Cake

  • A Love Story
  • By: J. Bengtsson
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Joe Arden
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 69

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

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • had my reservations

  • By karen grave on 13-09-2018

Cake

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

Reviewed: 21-12-2016

I loved this story. One of the things that I enjoyed most was that although set in a world that few of us are likely to experience, that of fame and fortune with a flip side background story of unimaginable horror and pain, the essence of the love story was one attainable by many of us, that of two people connecting, finding something special in that connection and then working together to make it work.
My husband once wrote "I will always love you, want to bring out the highest possible good in you". I felt that the characters of Jake and Casey strove to do this for each other, Casey, not having Jake's traumatic background, leading the charge and through patience, understanding and love bringing out a deep healing in Jake
I kept waiting for the dramatic breakup before the make-up that is so often used in contemporary fiction to build suspense but was relived and pleased to see that Bengtsson chose a different tact to build that suspense in "Cake"
Both Casey and Jake were immensely likeable characters, flawed and real, ones that I connected with and wanted to triumph.
I laughted, I cried, I sat sitting on my train commute with a dorky, goofy grin, and a whole other gambit of emotions as this story unfolded. I highly recommend "Cake" to other fellow contemporary fiction readers and look forward to reading more by J Bengtsson.