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  • The Hookup

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Lance Greenfield, Stella Bloom
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

When the new girl in town, Eliza "Izzy" Forrester, decides to hit the local drinking hole, she's not ready to meet the town's good, solid guy. She's definitely not prepared to engage in her very first hookup with him. Then Izzy wakes up the next morning in Johnny Gamble's bed, and good girl Izzy finds she likes being bad for Johnny. Even so, Izzy feels Johnny holding her at arm's length. He's in love with someone else. Someone who left him and did it leaving him broken.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh my. Loved, Loved ,Loved it

  • By Kel bel on 15-03-2018

Start of another great KA Series

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

Reviewed: 02-01-2018

What is it about Kristen Ashley’s writing that has us waiting impatiently for the next story?
The characters are flawed, thank goodness. This helps to keep them real. But they’re not so real that they fall into the ordinary. They swear, frequently, and do things that make us, the readers cringe. But the characters are never boring and we fall a little in love with them ourselves.
KA impresses me every time with her clever use of literary devices; personification, rhythm, illiteration and the way she can make a sigh, grunt or look add nuance to an already poignant scene.
Admittedly some of her stories have been confronting, in fact I don’t know any of her stories that don’t confront or challenge my expectations and certainly experience. If they didn’t confront or challenge a little of my beliefs, I would stick to reading a predictable author, who sanitised scenes and characters.
Fortunately for us, KA gives us authentic.
As for the narrators, I admire their skill and enjoy their craft.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Any Day Now

  • By: Robyn Carr
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

For Sierra Jones, Sullivan's Crossing is meant to be a brief stopover. She's put her troubled past behind her, but the path forward isn't yet clear. A visit with her brother, Cal, and his new bride, Maggie, seems to be the best option to help her get back on her feet. Not wanting to burden or depend on anyone, Sierra is surprised to find the Crossing offers so much more than a place to rest her head. Cal and Maggie welcome her into their lives, and she quickly finds herself bonding with Sully, the campground owner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Real, Entertaining and Heartwarming

  • By Rosslyn on 21-04-2017

Real, Entertaining and Heartwarming

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

Reviewed: 21-04-2017

There's something about the way Robyn Carr writes that makes me smile. Her characters are believable, funny and flawed. I love the flaws, they are the part that makes the characters authentic. Sully is becoming one of my favourite characters. Robyn Carr has a way of writing about horrendous experiences without making me cringe with repetitive recounts of ghastly moments. Instead I find myself smiling at characters who choose to make each moment count rather than focusing on an ugly past. I like the subtle complexities of her characters, but best of all I like a story that takes me away from my own story and makes me smile.

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  • Three Seconds to Rush

  • Piper Anderson Legacy Mystery, Volume 1
  • By: Danielle Stewart
  • Narrated by: Laura Jennings
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Tara Shiloh knows she's not a drug addict. She's positive she's a good mother and hard worker. So why is she in an alley with a needle in her arm? Waking up in the hospital without her son is terrifying. Being told she can't have him back nearly crushes her. With her memory spotty and the circumstances incriminating, Tara must fight to learn the truth and wrestle with the idea that maybe her son is better off without her. Reid Holliston defends guilty people for a living and it's slowly killing him. He's certain there is no such thing as a truly blameless client anymore.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The first of a great series.

  • By Rosslyn on 01-04-2017

The first of a great series.

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

Reviewed: 01-04-2017

Danielle Stewart impressed me with her style and interesting plot. Sometimes a love interest can overwhelm a story, and it is refreshing to hear such a well balanced novel. The directional change between now and then was interesting and built an understanding of the complex character that is Reid. Tara is not so complicated. I like a person who refuses to be a victim, and enjoy authors who write about strong women.
I'm looking forward to the next novel in this series.

  • The Golden Dynasty

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Tillie Hooper
  • Length: 17 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

Circe Quinn goes to sleep at home and wakes up in a corral filled with women wearing sacrificial virgin attire - and she is one of them. She soon finds out that she's not having a wild dream; she's living a frightening nightmare where she's been transported to a barren land populated by a primitive people, and in short order she's installed very unwillingly on a white throne of horns as their queen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Non-Earth Warrior Claims 21st Century Earth-Woman

  • By Rosslyn on 26-08-2016

Non-Earth Warrior Claims 21st Century Earth-Woman

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

Reviewed: 26-08-2016

This story is intwined in two languages and lives cultural diversity. If you appreciate the drama you anticipate finding in the clash of worlds and cultures, let alone the male and female component, and you can accept that there will be scenes that a Western 21st Century Woman would never tolerate. The two main characters, Circe and Lahn connect, disconnect and proceed to build an impossible life together.

For people who love language, the ultimate power of words, in any language, then the language differences and challenges in this story will particularly intrigue and appeal to you.
This novel has heart and humor as well as tragedy and triumph and that is what makes it a journey to enjoy.

If you don't approve of people writing about real wrongs, or talking about the shocking and confronting, then you won't like this story at all. But if you can handle real; true to time and context, no matter how unpleasant, you will appreciate that real can sometimes be wonderful too, even in fantasyland.

This story has something for a wide range of audiences. If you like to critique an author and find things to be appalled at, you will definitely find it in this novel. However, if you have enjoyed Kristen Ashley's writing, then you will find the same patterns in this text, raw honesty, so honest it hurts, so confronting it could slam into some of your own bias and this also makes it so very believable. And then there is humor, unexpected and wonderful and woven strongly to a context that is passionately raw, and so very typical of Kristen Ashley's writing.

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  • Wildest Dreams

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Tillie Hooper
  • Length: 19 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

Seoafin "Finnie" Wilde was taught by her parents that every breath was a treasure and to seek every adventure she could find. And she learns this lesson the hard way when they perish in a plane crash. But she never forgets, and when she discovers there is a parallel universe where every person has a twin, she finds a witch who can send her there so she can have the adventure of a lifetime. But upon arrival in the Winter Wonderland of Lunwyn, she realizes she's been played by her twin and finds herself walking down the aisle to be wed to The Drakkar.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Unimaginative teenage girl fantasy

  • By Marina on 28-12-2016

Attitude, Humor and Heart

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

Reviewed: 24-08-2016

I wondered if the grit, heart and humor that is Kristen Ashley's writing would translate into fantasy land, or get lost in bizarre. It does translate and it doesn't get lost. I liked the contrast between worlds, it makes for tension and humor and Kristen Ashley does both of these superbly.

  • Creed

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Mackenzie Cartwright
  • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Way too young, 11-year-old Tucker Creed and his six-year-old neighbor, Sylvie Bissenette, find they have something awful in common. Creed then decides he's going to do everything in his limited power to shield his Sylvie from her ordeal. So he does, and Creed and Sylvie form a bond that grows and blossoms with their ages. They plot to leave their lives behind, the town they live in that will hold them down, and the histories they share that, unless they break free, will bury them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartbreaking beauty

  • By Chook74 on 18-10-2017

Not easy to hear - Impossible to turn off!

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

Reviewed: 25-06-2016

I don't usually like books that alternate between now and then windows, but I loved this story. The story of two children who survive life crushing events and are marked by adults who should never have been parents, is intertwined with the story of their adult lives now. Amongst all the drama is laughter and normal, with the balance that Kristen Ashley brings to her novels. If you liked her novels about badass men and kick ass women, then you will llike this one.

  • Play It Safe

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Savannah Richards
  • Length: 14 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

No connections. Play it safe. These were the rules Ivey lived her life by. Until she hit Mustang, Colorado, a perfectly imperfect town where the citizens were welcoming, and one of them included the tall, beautiful, macho-man rancher cowboy Grayson Cody. On the run for a decade, Ivey knew she was supposed to play it safe. But she was tired of being on the run. She wanted normal. She wanted real. She wanted a home. And she wanted Grayson Cody. And Grayson Cody wanted Ivey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 10/10

  • By kristy on 10-09-2017

Ivy, Grayson, Mustang and Family

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

Reviewed: 23-06-2016

This story is a little like February and Colt, characters from Kristen Ashley's The Burg Series. Two people who should always have been together but are torn apart. The reasons for the tearing apart create an interesting tension all through the book. I love Kristen Ashley's humour. The balance of tears, troubles, passion and laughter are just right and there is always something unexpected, that makes her writing so very enjoyable.
The narration of this performance is impressive.

  • Kaleidoscope

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Emma Taylor
  • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Sexy, gifted, and loyal, PI Jacob Decker is a tall, cool drink of perfection who had Emmanuelle Holmes at "hello". His relationship with Emme's best friend kept them apart for years, but things have changed. Now that a case has brought him to Gnaw Bone, Colorado, the road is wide open for Emme and Deck to explore something hotter and deeper than Emme dreamed possible. So why is she sabotaging the best thing that's ever happened to her?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yay yay yay

  • By Dim on 08-03-2017

Strong Deck Meets Determined Emme

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

Reviewed: 14-06-2016

Each book in this series gives me more than an Alpha male or two and the counterpoint of strong, opinionated, gorgeous women. I love the conflict, the point of impasse, the surprise as the story builds and the tension of an unexpected threat or set-back. I love the hard and tenderness and that with each book I get a little more of the characters which have become my friends. Through it all is the thread of courage, of taking a bite out of life, not timidly, but with determination and I find that extremely important in the characters I spend so much time considering. I'm intrigued by the mountains, and should I ever place my toes on USA soil I will be visiting Colarado. Give me more of your Denver and your Indiana too Kristen Ashleigh, and the characters with enough bad to make them thoroughly interesting.

  • Cocky Bastard

  • By: Penelope Ward, Vi Keeland
  • Narrated by: Michelle Ferguson, Aaron Abano
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

He was someone who belonged in my wildest fantasies instead of a rest stop in the middle of Nebraska. A sexy, cocky Australian named Chance was the last person I expected to run into on my cross-country drive. When my car broke down, we made a deal. Next thing I knew, we were traveling together, spending sexually tense nights in hotels, and taking unplanned detours. My ordinary road trip turned into the adventure of a lifetime. It was all fun and games until things got intense.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narrators wrecked the book

  • By Anonymous User on 07-05-2018

Entertaining Performance

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

Reviewed: 13-06-2016

The advice not to judge a book by it's cover should also apply to reviews. I avoided this book for a while due to the reviews, particularly of the narrators. And I was relieved to hear that Aaron Abano has an authentic sounding Australian accent. Not only that, the inflection and emphasis were perfect for the style in which this novel is written. For me, this book had balance. The intensity of the first half of the book was lightened by the writing style and the narration in the second half and I smiled through most of it. How can you not smile, when there is Cocky Bastard who goes after what he wants, limits his vocabulary when referring to his rival and has a soft spot for a goat?

  • The Stranger

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Eric Meyers
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 89

The Stranger appears out of nowhere, perhaps in a bar or a parking lot or at the grocery store. His identity is unknown. His motives are unclear. His information is undeniable. Then he whispers a few words in your ear and disappears, leaving you picking up the pieces of your shattered world. Adam Price has a lot to lose: a comfortable marriage to a beautiful woman, two wonderful sons, and all the trappings of the American dream - a big house, a good job, a seemingly perfect life. Then he runs into the Stranger.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Coben’s best

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-07-2018

Hooked Me!

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

Reviewed: 08-04-2016

The story intrigued from the beginning. I like a puzzle and this had me racing to the computer to research, because I just didn't believe the first layer of this intriguing narrative. Of course Harlan Coben had done his own research so he was spot on and I learnt something that mirrored the feelings of the main character.