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  • Something in the Way

  • Something in the Way Series, Volume 1
  • By: Jessica Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Zachary Webber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

It was a hot summer day when I met him on the construction site next to my parents' house. Under the sweat and dirt, Manning Sutter was as handsome as the sun was bright. He was older, darker, experienced. I wore a smiley-face t-shirt and had never even been kissed. I was too young, he said. I would wait. But I'd learn that no matter what you achieve in life, it means nothing if you suffer the heartbreak that comes with falling for someone you can never have. Because even though I saw Manning first, that didn't matter. My older sister saw him next.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • DNF twice

  • By Lara on 09-04-2019

DNF twice

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

Reviewed: 09-04-2019

I bought and returned this book twice (years apart). With all the rave reviews I expected to be taken in by this story but it just didn’t grab me.

  • Singe

  • Guardian Protection, Book 1
  • By: Aly Martinez
  • Narrated by: Jason Carpenter, Andi Arndt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

From USA Today best-selling author Aly Martinez comes a hot-new series of alpha bodyguards. She was my nightmare. Every time I closed my eyes, I watched her fall into that inferno. Over and over, I failed to save her. I hadn't been able to reach her, and the guilt only burned hotter over time. Four years later, I was the unreachable one.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • DNF @ 30%

  • By Lara on 09-04-2019

DNF @ 30%

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

Reviewed: 09-04-2019

Interesting premise for a story. Bit confusing with the backstories though. Just moved into another book without any care for the ending of this one. Just didn’t grab me. Narration was good.

  • Parker

  • Face-Off Series, Book 1
  • By: Jillian Quinn
  • Narrated by: Joe Arden, Maxine Mitchell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

After another scandal sends me packing to play hockey in Philadelphia, my new agent wants me to clean up my act. Charlotte says I party harder than I play. And she's right. So, she offers to help me get my life and career back on track if I move in with her. I thought I could make it through one week without wanting my agent. But I was wrong. As we grow closer, we push the limits and test her rule about dating clients. To keep Charlotte from losing her job, we have to keep our relationship a secret. But can our love survive once it turns into my next scandal?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • DNF @ 40%

  • By Lara on 09-04-2019

DNF @ 40%

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

Reviewed: 09-04-2019

It just didn’t hook me. I easily went onto another story and don’t mind having not found out the ending. Narration was great though

  • Tycoon

  • By: Katy Evans
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Louise, Sebastian York
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

Aaric Christos was a guy who protected me. Wanted me. Maybe even loved me. That man is gone. In his place is the most powerful real estate tycoon in the city. He's a cold, ruthless, aggressive businessman. The only one who can save me and my start-up from ruin. It takes every ounce of courage to put my pride aside and ask for his help.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • DNF - twice

  • By Lara on 09-04-2019

DNF - twice

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

Reviewed: 09-04-2019

I’m sure I’ve bought (and now returned) this twice. The narration is just awful. Ruins any chance of getting into the story as it’s all that I can focus on. I love some of Katy Evans’ past work and want to like this series too. Might have to get the ebook instead

  • Jock Rule

  • By: Sara Ney
  • Narrated by: Chelsea Hatfield, Jacob Morgan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Kip Carmichael is no pretty boy. He's rough. Dirty. Giant. Hair so unruly, and a beard so thick, his friends on the team call him Sasquatch. The first time Sasquatch lays eyes on Theodora "Teddy" Johnson across the keg at a party one night on Jock Row, she'd been relegated to the sidelines by her jock-hungry "friends". Week after week, he watches beautiful but bashful Teddy getting overshadowed and overlooked. Sasquatch finally broad-shoulders his way through the crowd, offering to to be her hairy godmother. But the minute their eyes meet? He's a goner.  

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Uugghhh

  • By Lara on 26-02-2019

Uugghhh

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

Reviewed: 26-02-2019

Just no. The female narrator just doesn’t live up to Jacob Morgan. She just makes the bad writing sound as bad as it is - Whiny and annoying and juvenile.

  • International Player

  • By: Louise Bay
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld, Shane East
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18

Being labelled a player never stopped me from being successful with women. Until I met Truly Harbury. Truly was the first girl who ever turned me down. And she might just be the first woman with whom I ever fall in love. When an emergency means she needs my help running her family’s charity, I’m happy to introduce her to the glitz and glamour of the London business world - taking her to dinners, coaching her through speeches, zipping up the sexy evening gown I helped her pick out. The more time we spend together, the more I want to convince her I’m not a man to avoid.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Louise Bay does it again

  • By Kathryn on 25-02-2019

DNF & 30%

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

Reviewed: 24-02-2019

Just didn’t grab me. I usually love when a new Louise Bay book comes out, but the last couple just haven’t been up to the usual can’t put it down standard.

  • Then There Was You

  • By: Claire Contreras
  • Narrated by: Eric Yves Garcia, Virginia Rose
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

Love and the right timing were two things I didn't believe in. Love is about walking to the edge of the cliff and taking the leap together. Timing was never on our side. My first mistake was hooking up with my best friend. My second came years later, when we met again, and I fell for her. My third was letting her go, because I had to. Because a love like this wasn't built to withstand the winds coming in our direction. Love and timing. I didn't believe in either. Then there was you....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • DNF 50%

  • By Lara on 24-02-2019

DNF 50%

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

Reviewed: 24-02-2019

I tired a number of times to start this book but always went to something else. Stuck it out on try 4 and only got half way, if that. The story and characters just didn’t grab me at all.

  • Wildcat

  • Mavericks Tackle Love Series, Book 1
  • By: Max Monroe
  • Narrated by: Ava Erickson, Jeremy York
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Wildcat: a football formation in which the ball is snapped, not to the quarterback, but to another player lined up in the quarterback position. Wild, Cat: a beautiful woman from the sky, who hooked me against the rails, and has me on the ropes. Sweet like honey, with a hint of sass burning behind her pretty brown eyes, she took over my heart without warning. I'm Quinn Bailey, quarterback for the New York Mavericks. Sports analysts predicted I'd break records and take my team all the way. But no one predicted this. And just like the other team, I never saw it coming.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring

  • By Lara on 23-02-2019

Boring

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

Reviewed: 23-02-2019

Just a fluff piece. Felt like the writer was trying too hard to have some deep one liners but they came across as trying too hard.
Boring storyline too. Have returned.

  • My Favorite Half-Night Stand

  • By: Christina Lauren
  • Narrated by: Shayna Thibodeaux, Deacon Lee
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

With a world-famous speaker at their university, Millie Morris and her four woefully single male colleagues make a pact that they’ll all find dates. Unfortunately, Millie has more success helping them make matches online than she does navigating the onslaught of lewd pics in her own feed. But when she creates a fictional name for a new account, Millie finds herself vying for the online attention of a man she sees every day in the flesh. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Cute but not for me.

  • By Lara on 05-02-2019

Cute but not for me.

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

Reviewed: 05-02-2019

Did not finish this one. Story just didn’t grab me and I found myself searching for my next book instead. Narration is good though and I’m sure it’s a cute sorry, but I can also guess exactly what happens.

  • Like the Wind

  • By: J. Bengtsson
  • Narrated by: Callie Dalton, Zachary Webber
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

When a letter from his supposedly deceased mother finds its way into his hands, life changes in an instant for international pop star Bodhi Beckett. Reeling from the deception of those closest to him, Bodhi spirals out of control and is sent to a secluded mansion in the coastal mountains of Southern California for some rest and relaxation. But the retreat proves to be anything but relaxing when a raging wildfire sets the landscape around him ablaze. While escaping the flames, Bodhi rescues Breeze, a quirky, pet-loving woman, and together the two fight their way to safety. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Usually like this author...

  • By Lara on 01-02-2019

Usually like this author...

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-02-2019

I have to say that I absolutely love Cake by this author. The rest of the series is okay, not as good, but okay.
So I was excited to listen to this new one. Zachary Webber has very rarely let me down. The female narrator however was a terrible voice actor. The story is not great, and she just destroys it. Sounds very much like a YA type character and the phrases in the dialogue which may not have been meant for that inflection come off terribly. I have got about half way and Cannot finish it. I don’t even care about the storyline enough to carry on. I had such high hopes for this that I’m terribly disappointed and will return.