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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-15-18

It did seem like a good idea...but

Big Kylie Scott fan. Loved Stage Dive Series and TRUST was brilliant. Just waiting for the Dive Bar series to be finished before diving in (pun totally intended) so I was thrilled when "It seemed like a good idea at the time" was released as a standalone.

This story starts with 25 yr old Adele retuning to home to attend her father's wedding after a 7 year absence due to an unfortunate boobgate incident with Pete, her father's employee and her summer friend. Adele has to stay at Pete's house prior to the wedding which makes things awkward. The story switches between past and current to explain what happened between Adele and Pete and lead into what is going to happen. In true Kylie fashion, Adele's character is sassy and smart with a bit of snark and I loved her but unfortunately the story fell a bit flat and predictable for me. I struggled most with the 15 year age difference btwn Adele and Pete. Pete's friendship with Adele started in her teens and he seemed like more like an uncle to her. They are now 25 and 40 but it still didn't feel right to me.

If you are a Kylie Scott fan don't hesitate to listen. It is still Kylie Scott and the writing is solid and real. As always, Andi Arndt does a wonderful job bringing Kylie's words and characters to life.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Sinner with the heart of a Saint

I had mixed feelings going into Sinner. LOVED Priest but could have skipped Midnight Mass. In the end, I couldn't resist the combination of Sierra Simone and Jacob Morgan.

Sierra packs a lot into this story as she again stretches the religious boundaries. Tons of unexpected feels. The story follows oldest Bell brother Sean while characters from Priest and Midnight Mass make appearances and we get to know the Bell family better and HOPEFULLY get set up for more stories on the remaining Bell brothers.

Now for the important stuff...the sex is HOT, DAMN HOT and delivered perfectly by Jacob Morgan. The book appears to be a dual narration with Morae Brehon but she has a very very small part.

In the end I thoroughly enjoyed the journey this book took me on and if you liked Priest you are sure to like Sinner.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-15-18

Too Short Sierra...too short😢

I could live in Tyler and Poppy’s world for hours and hours, days and days but sadly we just get a glimpse of life after Priest.

It is a wonderfully short realistic...well mostly...view of married life for Tyler and Poppy. Full of cameos of our favorite characters from Priest.

And Sierra Simone does not disappoint! While navigating the ups and downs of marriage, Tyler and Poppy still find plenty of opportunities for H O T sex.

Ahhh Jacob “f@$king” Morgan what can I say but brilliant. Love him! Elena Wolfe wraps up the story as Poppy and is wonderful as always and I enjoyed Poppy having her own voice.

If you enjoyed Priest it is definitely worth the read (even though I wanted more) and the ending was perfect for the brevity of the story.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-18

Holy Hotness...Little Lamb

This book was recommended over and over and all I can say is if you have been waiting DON'T DENY YOURSELF any longer. You need this book. Sierra Simone has beautifully crafted this story. Yes it still feels taboo but the struggle was real and understandable.

Now for the good stuff, very hot sex scenes. There were hints of dominance but nothing over the top. The hotness meter on Audible is right on the mark. You have been warned.

Jacob Morgan...WOW just wow. He never disappoints and this is NO EXCEPTION. His performance was off the charts. Elena Wolfe only had a few scenes so this isn't a typical dual narration. It is mostly the Jacob Morgan show and it is one show you do not want to miss!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-30-17


I'm a big fan of Kylie Scott's contemporary romances AND I love YA romance so I couldn't wait for the release of Trust. IT WAS EVERYHING I HOPED IT WOULD BE.

The story is a slow burn. Taking time to build the relationship, the TRUST. It included the right amount of everything a YA romance should angst, uncertainty, fear, hope, friendship and letting go of your inhibitions.

Now for the best part...Kylie brings her hot, steamy tasteful adult sex scenes to YA BRILLANTLY! She has written the most realistic and honest "first time" scene I have EVER experienced in a YA book. I have been waiting a long time to see this done right and Kylie nails it (no pun intended)! And the shower scene is...well...all I can say is WOW! It hit so many firsts I remember as a YA. All that said, I do recommend this for the slightly older YA 14-15+.

I was a bit surprised that Andi Arndt was narrating this book. I love Andi and Trust was my 6th Andi Arndt narrated book this year. Andi does mostly adult romance so I did have to switch gears a bit and remember I was in a YA book. But as Andi never fails to do, she won me over about mid way through the book with her smooth delivery and with all the right feels in all the right places. There were some production glitches in the first 1/2 of the book but it all cleared up by the second 1/2 half.

HIGH RECOMMEND...Stick with the slow beginning, it is soooo worth it in the end! This is a standalone so no cliffhanger ending, no waiting for the second book.

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-30-17

Twisted circumstances rekindles LOVE

What happens after a tornado hits your house? Well you move in with your neighbors...of course. But your neighbor is actually your former bestie + who you have avoided for the past 4 yrs. I thought this would be a bit more uncomfortable but you can't keep besties with benefits apart for very long.

The story was fun with lessons in bullying and forgiveness and new romance. The pace was good and moved right along to the HEA at the end. I also liked that it was a stand alone and appropriate for any age.

Meghan Kelly is a new narrator to me. I have a very high standard for my narrators and Meghan hit most of them. Most notably unique character voices and pace. I did find the reading mechanical at times but other times flowed conversationally as expected. Meghan was a good choice for the story.

I received this audiobook for free in exchange for an review.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-15-17

Nikolas performed by Z.Webber...Count me in!

I decided to listen to the Relentless series just before Warrior was released. I enjoyed the first 3 books and was left satisfied at the end of Rogue. I went blindly into Warrior thinking it would be a back story or a new story from Nikolas' POV. Was I in for a SURPRISE!

Warrior is Nikolas' POV of the events from Relentless, Refuge & Rogue. I did have mixed feelings at first. Did I want to listen to the exact same series again? But I was intrigued as I had not experienced an author who had REwritten a whole series from another POV. Karen Lynch did not disappoint. If you enjoyed the Relentless series journey through Sara's POV, you will enjoy Nikolas' retelling. It filled in many gaps I let slide in the series because Sara was telling the story. And it was really more fun than I thought it would be to find out what Nikolas was doing & thinking the whole time.

Of course this cannot be read as a standalone. You must read the first 3 books in the series to understand this book.

Zachary Webber's performance...FLAWLESS! I have listened to multiple books performed by Zachary. He does great character voices and provides perfect emotion to the story. I just want to wrap him in a big hug and thank him for doing such a great job.

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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-09-16

Storytelling at its finest! L.Bardugo is a master

Leigh Bardugo does not disappoint in Crooked Kingdom the sequel to Six of Crows. It is the ending of the duology which could have easily been a selfish want as I love the world Leigh has built. As with Six of Crows the book continues with each character providing their POV. Not my favorite style of writing but Leigh pulls it off well in both books.
Don't want to provide any spoilers but the journey to the end is worth it. tiny spoiler which made me VERY HAPPY is Kaz and the crew get help from some very special characters of the Grisha trilogy. Yeah it felt a bit gratuitous on Leigh's part but I enjoyed it anyway.

Now for the narrators...anytime it gets past 2 narrators I find it distracting. Elizabeth Evans (Nina) and Lauren Fortgang (Inej) were brilliant and well cast to the characters. Their last scenes at the end of the book were AMAZING and worth the whole listen! As for the men...returning narrators Fred Berman (Kaz), Brandon Rubin (Jesper), Jay Snyder (Matthias), Roger Clark (Pekka) gave very consistent performances to Six of Crows and matched the characters well. Jay Snyder made me fall in love with Matthias or maybe with Jay himself ;-). New to Crooked Kingdom...Kevin T Collins (Wylan) and Peter Ganim (Jan). I don't think Kevin gave a bad performance but he had almost all the pronunciations of the characters and the world incorrect which made his performance distracting. I kept correcting him while I was listening. Don't let it deter you from choosing to the book. Just know that it is coming and you will have to suck it up a bit when you listen.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-26-15

Full Series Review - LOVED IT!!

Not exactly sure how the first book in the series ended up in my library. YA Romance....really? I am not YA age but do listen to a lot of YA fantasy, however I rarely even pick up an adult romance. I went into the series very skeptical that I would even finish the first book.

OMG was I in for a big surprise! I could not stop listening. This series propelled me back to my college days. The "first" time, the crazy bunny sex, getting drunk (oh the spinning), the drama, the friendships, the secrets, how difficult it is to let people in. The impact of choices made for me or made by me and how that shaped the life I have today.

The series follows Emma and the abuse she suffers at the hands of others and herself. And how the love and support of different people (loved her best friend Sara) get her through life. I felt the premise of the series could be applied to anyone who is having or had a difficult time in their late teens and early 20's.

The content is definitely High School age or older. I highly recommend it for YA's in that age group. I thought the whole experience was spot on to how crazy life & love is at that age and that there will be casualties but you will will learn how to BREATHE!

The only disappointment I had was Kate Rudd's narration of the first book. I like Kate...probably one reason this ended up in my library. So I encourage you to suffer through the narration of the first book, Kate does redeem herself in the 2nd & 3rd book and the narration is fine.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-10-15

New characters, new adventure, same world...

Not YA age but listen to a lot of YA. First I absolutely loved the Grisha trilogy and it would be hard to beat so if you are considering Six of Crows, I highly recommend reading the Grisha trilogy first. However, I think you can still enjoy Six of Crows on it's own. Going to Leigh Bardugo's website can help fill in information on the Grisha orders and the layout of the world the story takes place in.

Formula for Six of Crows will feel familiar, unlikely group pulled together for a crazy, impossible goal. Leigh does a great job of developing each character as the story goes on. By the end of the story you are attached and invested in all of them and aren't ready for it to end. Which is good because this is the first book in a series.

Different than the Grisha trilogy, Six of Crows is written in multiple character viewpoint style which can be a challenge for audio production. For me this was no exception, I found 7 narrators a bit distracting. I think it could have easily been done with one really good female and male narrator. Maybe that can change for the next book...

Overall all wonderfully written, fun action packed story. Can't wait for the next in the series.

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48 of 52 people found this review helpful