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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-23-18

SORRY.. SADLY DISAPPOINTING AND NOT FOR ME

I really really reeeeeally tried to like this book - it’s a debut novel by J.O. Mantel and the ‘rocker’ storyline sounded good so I wanted to give this new author a chance. But, after chapter after chapter of product placements, poor stilted dialogue, he said she saids (and endless alternative words), the dislikeable self-cantered immature heroine and the almost teenage thoughts and actions of its cast, I was done. The multi pov’s in each chapter were all over the place and often confusing as to whose pov it was.

Kudos to this Australian author for actually writing a trilogy.. because I absolutely couldn’t write a Novella let alone a full length book! - but, for me, I was sadly disappointed with his characters, his storyline and his choice of a narrator.

Worth a credit? Sorry but no.. not even if this was on a $4.95 sale I still wouldn’t recommend it.. or listen to it and I’m so pleased I didn’t purchase the other two books in this trilogy because I’d be asking for three credits back instead of just one. But this is just my opinion - you may love it.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-19-18

3.5 STARS.. SWEET BUT SADLY NO THRILLS

What a very very very sappy, sweet, drama-lite, angst-free and thrill-less listen this was. Yes, I found it well-paced, well-written and entertaining.. but, for me, Daniel and Tasha’s story was just a little bit bland with no action to keep me riveted, no breathtaking moments to quicken my pulse and no stormy seas to leave me tempest tossed. There’s a message of forgiving yourself, granting forgiveness and seeking forgiveness.. which was all great but a wee bit overplayed too. I’ve loved this series, enjoyed every single one and Daniel is the last of the five Mavericks to find love in this dual POV love story.. but sadly this wasn’t my favorite in the series.

Worth a credit? I personally thought both characters were a little bland.. however, the storyline flowed well, it was enjoyable and entertaining, it had heat towards the end, there’s insta-everything written within its chapters and the narration was good.. so yes I guess it is creditworthy.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-18

WOW.. WOW.. WOW THE NEXT GEN OF BARSETTIS ARE HERE

I thought I’d said a sad farewell to Button and Crow’s world.. but thankfully this favorite author of mine has lured me back in with a story about their son Conway and his cousin Carter from Cane and Adeline.. and I’m one happy happy bunny right now knowing this is going to be a long 9 book series with a book being released each month.. and I can’t wait.

Thanks to her now dead brother, Sapphire is on the run from an evil Crime Lord called Knuckles, she’s had to flee the US, she’s living on the streets of Milan and she needs a job desperately. She’s seen an ad for lingerie models.. however Sapphire knows nothing about the modelling world but she’s willing to do just about any job that brings in cash.. sweeping floors, cutting fabrics, sewing.. anything. But Sapphire’s world changes when she gets picked as a potential model for Top Lingerie Designer/Guru Conway Barsetti and when the sexy, brooding, bad boy of the fashion world sees her he becomes focused on her, inspired by her and drawn to her.. his Muse.

This starts a compelling story where seismic chemistry, feisty banter and mutual attraction is cut short when Sapphire gets caught up in a slave ring and it’s left to Conway Barsetti to save his Muse.. and, when an obscene amount of cash changes hands, Sapphire becomes his.. his willing grateful slave, his tempting plaything and his biggest threat. Because it isn’t long before this beautiful feisty woman stirs up new emotions in Conway.. that of jealousy, possessiveness, protectiveness and him actually caring about her welfare. Their story’s just beginning, Sapphire’s virginal sexual awakening has begun, the rebuffed and dangerous Crime Lord is pissed off.. and Conway’s emotional walls are beginning to crumble.

Well I didn’t get much sleep last night.. but I’m not complaining.. no indeedee.. why you may ask? - well I was totally lost in a world that’d drawn me in before with Buttons and Crow’s amazing dark trilogy where rich alpha men own, dictate, push boundaries and get themselves tangled up with feisty strong women who don’t massage their egos, don’t worship the ground they walk on and don’t settle for being just another conquest. Already this 9 book series has the potential to rock my world, be epic and consume my thoughts.. and the building emotional vibes, the dark looming danger and the smouldering embers leaking from its chapters scream “you ain’t seen nothing yet”. So all I can do is watch and wait for the next book in this potentially awesome series to become available, to snatch it up, to eagerly consume it in one sitting.. and then to rinse and repeat the following month. And the next audiobook is scheduled for release on 26th June.. yay my birthday and a delicious treat just for me.

Worth a credit? Absolutely YES.. Penelope Sky is a gifted author who knows how to pace a story, how to world-build with descriptive scenes, how to build and layer a storyline and she knows how to write sensual dark anti-heroes who steal your breath, stir your emotions, have you swooning with their words and actions and leave you breathless. She has woven a delicious plot around an intimidating, mega-rich, controlling, powerful man and his stubborn fearless sassy Muse who may be down on her luck but she’s far from broken.. she inspires him and he builds her confidence up so she can shine.. but it can only be for him. Dual POV and a great pair of narrators whose vocal talents brought this story to life, made it thoroughly entertaining and made it a very creditworthy story.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-08-18

A COMPELLING DUET WRITTEN BY A TALENTED DUO

Well this review is going to be short and sweet... not because I didn’t love it.. because I absolutely did, not because I wasn’t entertained by it.. because I so was and not because I thought the dual POV plotline lacked anything.. because the sizzles, the simmer, the banter, the build and the romantic feels were all there. No, it’s because book two is locked and loaded on my iPhone ready to be heard and, because there was such a nasty twist of a cliffhanger at the end of this book, I just can’t wait to hear how it’ll impact on lives and what the fallout will be on a hero and heroine who so deserve a HEA ending.

Worth a credit? Compelling.. and yes maybe a little predictable - but I really don’t care.. I loved it anyway.. and I loved the way Sebastian and Maxine brought the characters to life, set the tone, gave it sass and delivered all the emotional feels that made this a 5 star very creditworthy listen.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-04-18

A SWEET ENJOYABLE CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

If you’re in the mood for a low-angst, drama-lite, sweet contemporary romance about love creeping up on a couple who’d sworn to keep it casual, promised not to let their hearts join their booty calls and wholeheartedly agreed to end their three month fake marriage after the threat to the hero’s company had been dealt with.. then this is the book for you.

Yes it was predictable.. but sometimes that’s not a bad thing - and with this mighty threesome of Lauren Blakely, Shane East and Grace Grant you know what you’re getting and you know your emotions (and heart) are in safe hands because together they’ve created an audiobook that was enjoyable, entertaining, not too sexy, charming, easy on the ears and leaves you with a smile on your face.

Worth a credit? There was no angsty chapters, no drama-high daren’t breathe moments and no shocking twists to send you reeling... just a good light dual POV Contemporary love story about Fate and the lengths she’ll go to to bring two successful busy people, who’d both been burned before, together. I liked it.. I was in the mood for it.. and YES I think it’s creditworthy.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-18

WOW.. IMO IT DOESN’T COME BETTER THAN THIS

Julie and Johnathan have truly written something special with this amazing four book series.. it’s utterly unique, sexy as sin, passionate and romantic, angst drama and suspense filled and each and every book is 100% enjoyable, compelling, entertaining and addictive. From the first book to the last, the range of feels within each are breathtaking, the twists are torturous wonders, the characters and storyline are multi-layered and deep.. and the banter is free-flowing perfection. Then there’s the hero and heroine’s lol inner monologues/dialogues (which I’m not usually a fan of).. but these mental musings are so humorous, amusing and insightful and I longed for more. The vast character development along their rollercoaster four book journey was mesmerizing and it led them into becoming the people they were always meant to be. Before the visible and invisible scars, before tragedy had struck, before duty had been served, before the years of hurt and rejection, before the loss of loved ones.. and before life-threatening danger. Forgiveness, understanding, a soul-to-soul bond.. and a sigh-worthy toe-curling love would eventually lead these soul mates into the beautiful calm waters of a HEA.. but they endured white-knuckle waves, raging seas, shark infested waters and a tsunami of feels before reaching them.

From Maddie and Tyler’s introduction in book 1, you learn of their very different lifestyles, their damaged haunted souls, their bitter and broken backstories, their beliefs and their fortuitous first meeting. And, while their heated attraction, seismic chemistry, invisible bonds and panty-melting sexy times pull them closer and closer, Fate, Destiny, Karma.. (and maybe even God himself) are all solemnly shaking their heads, waggling their forefingers from side to side in negative admonishment and collectively warning them and the listener to beware.. because there will be no happy ending for Maddie and Tyler until the last few chapters of book 4.

Worth a credit? One thousand x YES.. binge-worthy listening at its absolute finest.. each book leaves you craving the next and there’s no wonder it’s going to be made into something compelling for tv. Stupendous writing, talented authors, a well-paced flawless and unique plot line, twists and hooks, suspenseful and tension-filled drama, sensual passion-filled romance and some very hot sex scenes. And the entire dual POV series was stunningly brought to life by two well-loved narrators whose voices created the magic that mezmerized.. from the dusk of broken yesterdays, through the highs and lows of uncertain tomorrows.. and on to the new dawn of endless possibilities.. they captured, crafted and conjured every emotional scene.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-18

A CREATIVE & MULTI-LAYERED TEN STAR MASTERPIECE

Julie and Johnathan have truly written something special with this amazing four book series.. it’s utterly unique, sexy as sin, passionate and romantic, angst drama and suspense filled and each and every book is 100% enjoyable, compelling, entertaining and addictive. From the first book to the last, the range of feels within each are breathtaking, the twists are torturous wonders, the characters and storyline are multi-layered and deep.. and the banter is free-flowing perfection. Then there’s the hero and heroine’s lol inner monologues/dialogues (which I’m not usually a fan of).. but these mental musings are so humorous, amusing and insightful and I longed for more. The vast character development along their rollercoaster four book journey was mesmerizing and it led them into becoming the people they were always meant to be. Before the visible and invisible scars, before tragedy had struck, before duty had been served, before the years of hurt and rejection, before the loss of loved ones.. and before life-threatening danger. Forgiveness, understanding, a soul-to-soul bond.. and a sigh-worthy toe-curling love would eventually lead these soul mates into the beautiful calm waters of a HEA.. but they endured white-knuckle waves, raging seas, shark infested waters and a tsunami of feels before reaching them.

From Maddie and Tyler’s introduction in book 1, you learn of their very different lifestyles, their damaged haunted souls, their bitter and broken backstories, their beliefs and their fortuitous first meeting. And, while their heated attraction, seismic chemistry, invisible bonds and panty-melting sexy times pull them closer and closer, Fate, Destiny, Karma.. (and maybe even God himself) are all solemnly shaking their heads, waggling their forefingers from side to side in negative admonishment and collectively warning them and the listener to beware.. because there will be no happy ending for Maddie and Tyler until the last few chapters of book 4.

Worth a credit? One thousand x YES.. binge-worthy listening at its absolute finest.. each book leaves you craving the next and there’s no wonder it’s going to be made into something compelling for tv. Stupendous writing, talented authors, a well-paced flawless and unique plot line, twists and hooks, suspenseful and tension-filled drama, sensual passion-filled romance and some very hot sex scenes. And the entire dual POV series was stunningly brought to life by two well-loved narrators whose voices created the magic that mezmerized.. from the dusk of broken yesterdays, through the highs and lows of uncertain tomorrows.. and on to the new dawn of endless possibilities.. they captured, crafted and conjured every emotional scene.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-24-18

PERFECTION.. FROM THE COVER TO THE LAST WORD

A.L. Jackson is waaaay up there when it comes to my favorite authors because over and over again she delivers a plot that has me riveted.. hanging on to every cleverly placed word.. captivated by the torment of broken characters.. and anxious what delicious feels will be uncovered in each and every chapter.

Ollie and Nikki’s second chance love story takes you on an emotional rollercoaster where you discover their road to forever was abruptly stopped when they were just teens the day Nikki’s bff/Ollie’s sister went missing and the fallout was devastating, tragic, life-altering and would span years. Guilt and remorse filled the gap in Ollie’s heart leaving no room for Nikki, for relationships or for any HEA plans.. but, when Nikki’s life is threatened, the sexy broody possessive alpha steps in to help what’s always been his. Slowly their invisible bond ignites the fumes of their intense sizzling chemistry until it rages out of control.. but, just as Ollie’s impenetrable walls start to crumble, all hope is lost once again when some tragic shocking news is uncovered. And, as secrets from the past start to unravel, it causes angst, drama, suspense and deadly consequences.

Worth a credit? Oh yes, yes a million times yes. ALJ has such a wonderful way with her words.. and yet again they’re beautiful, cleverly used, tight and poetic - her scenes were descriptive and lure you in from the start - her characters were loveable - her hero was a passionate but broken soul waiting for his strong loving woman to Lead Him Home. The dual POV romance was flawless well-paced perfection with a good balance of steamy sex scenes. And the choice of two great narrators brought the story, its characters and their emotional journey to life.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-21-18

WOW.. ELEVEN TURBULENT HOURS OF PERFECTION

Every single time I finish a new L.J. Shen book I say “this has got to be her best yet”.. but then she goes and writes another awesome listen.. and once again I repeat my mantra of “blah blah... best yet”. However, this time I’m really really reeeeeally sure this is absolutely her best work to-date and I’m in awe of this seriously gifted author and the tornado of feels her words provoke.

LJS introduces you to her damaged yet emotionally vulnerable hero and heroine who come with emotional baggage.. and you listen with glee and awe as she slowly turns their sparks into flames. their animosity into friendship.. their polar opposite lifestyles into a powerful partnership.. and their ‘end date’ relationship into forever love. She sucks you into a multi-layered plot that you know will end in tears.. but what you’re absolutely not prepared for is the tragic heartbreaking wrench she throws in from nowhere that sends characters reeling. And, as she takes you on a whirlwind worldwide tour with an arrogant a$$hole of a bad-boy anti-hero and his entourage, your heart slowly melts for this sexy English Rock Legend as his feisty tiny blue-haired sobriety ‘babysitter’ brings out a very different side to him as their chemistry solders two hearts.. and two souls together.

I didn’t want to pause or stop listening to the tightly written push ‘n pull plot of two characters who need each other.. but for very different reasons. I didn’t want to stop the angsty barbed banter, the clipped humor and the dickish behaviour as the heated dialogue slowly broke down walls. I didn’t want to stop hearing about the damaged vs the sweet as their rollercoaster relationship clicked, climbed, picked up speed and eventually careened towards impending disaster. I didn’t want to stop the sizzles, the sparks and the flames as their sexual tension finally explodes. I didn’t want to stop the talented dual POV narration as it deliciously brought everything to life. Dirty talk, wicked intentions and casual carefree jibes precede and pave the way for some powerful heartfelt phrases, cherished words, romantic sentiments and passionate promises.

Worth a credit? Well I could go on.. and on.. and on about the many many outstanding virtues of this complex, multi-layered twisted yet beautiful, entertaining, touching and memorable love story.. so YES absolutely 100% creditworthy. Take the journey yourself and listen as a handsome, but bitter, Rock God battles his demons, tries to bed bend and break his sassy yet sweet babysitter and is determined to get his cheating ex back.. but Fate and Destiny have other plans..plans that’ll eventually lead to a beautiful HEA.

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-12-18

A SWEET FEEL-GOOD CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

Louise Louise Louise.. every single time I start one of your glorious books your stories captivate me.. and, with this your latest crowd pleaser, it’s every bit as enjoyable and entertaining as all the rest. All of Venture Capitalist/Entrepreneur British CEO Hayden Wolf’s latest acquisitions have gone bad because he has a spy somewhere in his office - but Hayden thinks he’s got the perfect plan to sneak his next deal past the spy who’s been selling secrets to his greedy vindictive rival who’s made their war personal. His plan is to disappear, hire a private yacht and crew for 8 weeks, work under the grid to buy his next acquisition.. and reap all the rewards. However, somewhere over one of the Oceans, Hayden loses his heart to Avery Walker - the very attentive, efficient, alluring and sweet Head Stewardess.. unfortunately he also loses his mind a few weeks later when he accuses an innocent Avery of a crime she didn’t commit.

As Head Stewardess on private yachts Avery knew she had a great job sailing the Caribbean and Mediterranean for weeks/months at a time.. but she needed the money and tips it paid to send home to her Dad to pay for her disabled brother’s ever increasing medical bills. However, when a handsome, charming, sexy Englishman called Hayden Wolf climbs aboard demanding no phones, no computers and no communication with the outside world, Avery thinks that being without her phone is going to be her biggest challenge. But Avery is very very wrong.. because resisting Hayden’s many charms will be a challenge, giving in to their off-the-charts chemistry will be a challenge, keeping their mutual attraction a secret will be a challenge, their secret romance will challenge her career.. and, being accused by Hayden of a crime Avery didn’t commit, will be one too many challenges.

Worth a credit? Yes.. there’s strong characters, occasional sexcapades, a nicely paced dual POV slow burn, character growth, angst, a bit of mystery, some choppy waters and a tidal wave were felt along the voyage before the HEA ending. Great narration by Shane East and Erin Mallon whose talents brought to life the sizzles, the swoons and the sighs.. and they made it perfect.

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