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  • Bitterroot Queen

  • By: Jove Belle
  • Narrated by: Courtney Lucien
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

When Sam Marconi packs up her home and leaves Las Vegas behind her, she pictures an idyllic life waiting for her and her daughter, Beth, in Bitterroot, Idaho. After saving for years, Sam finally has enough to chase her dream of owning and operating a small roadside motel. When she arrives, she finds her new business in a derelict state that makes Sam second-guess her decision to move. For Olly Jones, home has always been in the stretch of road between houses. She feels an inexplicable, irrepressible tug pulling her ever forward, searching for...something. She trusts she'll know it when she finds it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Characters to care about

  • By ChrystalClear on 19-04-19

Characters to care about

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

Reviewed: 19-04-19

I fell in love with these characters slowly but surely. The town, the insights, the what on Earth am I doing moments all ring true to the various stages of my own lived experience. The thing is though I was left wanting more. In a good way. I want more Bitterroot Stories. I want to see these characters grow. I’d like Karen to be happy and as for the Queen... I’d like to watch her grow.

  • Cross Your Heart

  • True Heart, Book 4
  • By: Layce Gardner, Saxon Bennett
  • Narrated by: Layce Gardner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Amy and Parker are overjoyed when they find out they're pregnant. There's only one thing that puts a damper on this good news: they aren't married yet. They've been planning the wedding for over a year and now they need a little help from their friends to make it a reality. In the middle of all the wedding and baby shower drama is Ruth and Tamika. Ruth is a single mother who has known more than her fair share of heartache. Her ex left as soon as the parenting got tough. Now Ruth is torn between her blossoming love for Tamika and her daughter's ravaged heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect ending to an amazing quadrilogy

  • By ChrystalClear on 10-04-19

A perfect ending to an amazing quadrilogy

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

Reviewed: 10-04-19

I’m an old cynic so it takes a lot for me to get all ready eyed or laugh out loud but these books did it to me over and over again.

I don’t know how it’s possible to write such an amazing ensemble cast and tie up all the endings while brining new characters to life but these amazing authors do it. Central to this is Layce Gardner’s characterisation no one could possibly do it better. Don’t buy this book but all four they are an amazing panoply of euphorias

  • Angel Fire

  • By: Gerri Hill
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

A vacation out of the city sounds like just the ticket for Tori Hunter and Sam Kennedy. Joining their Dallas Police Department pals Casey O'Connor and Leslie Tucker in a rented RV, they set out for the New Mexico mountains - and on a collision course with a manhunt. FBI agents Cameron Ross and Andrea Sullivan are tracking a deadly quarry in desolate territory. An ex-teammate from Cameron's Special-Ops days is in deep hiding, planning who-knows-what to cap off a killing spree.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • needed hear other novels before this one

  • By Alice on 07-09-15

The Gang of Four reign supreme

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

Reviewed: 25-02-19

Tori and Sam with Andrea and Cameron. I wish they could all live near each other. With Lesley and Casey they make me happy and I wish there were another half dozen stories that involved them. This story shows you the baddy right from the beginning and then makes you feel with Sam. I cried when he finally told his story but my heart was in my mouth from the beginning.

  • Crossing Lines

  • Cops and Docs Series, Book 2
  • By: KD Williamson
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Nora Whitmore has been through the ringer both professionally and personally. Now, her life is more than she ever thought it could be, especially with Kelli McCabe in it. Kelli McCabe watched all the broken pieces of her life come together. The situation with her family settled down, and she's right where she wants to be back at work and in Nora's arms. For both of them, this quiet time is just the devastating calm before the massive storm hits and brings with it the violence of a vengeful enemy and the reality of drug abuse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the great stories beautifully crafted enhanced by Abby Craden’s performance.

  • By ChrystalClear on 15-02-19

One of the great stories beautifully crafted enhanced by Abby Craden’s performance.

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

Reviewed: 15-02-19

Kelli and Nora take it to the next level. What I enjoy about these books, these characters is that we know they’re both struggling with how to make a new relationship work while family does family stuff. (Yes I meant that to be cryptic buy the books cause I’m not going to give away anything) you will never be disappointed in a KD Williamson story. Can’t wait fir the next Cops and Docs to be on audio.

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  • Second in Command

  • By: VK Powell
  • Narrated by: Hollis Elizabeth
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Lieutenant Jazz Perry finds a young girl wandering the downtown streets alone late at night. As the child becomes attached to her, Jazz is reminded of her own experiences in foster care and takes a personal interest even when she knows she should maintain professional distance. Social worker Emory Blake is good at her job helping children in challenging situations. She believes in the system and knows it works if you let it. When Jazz starts interfering in the case and bypassing the rules, Emory is torn between her responsibilities and an unwelcome attraction she can’t deny.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • All heart

  • By ChrystalClear on 11-01-19

All heart

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

Reviewed: 11-01-19

I loved the interaction between the two main characters and the fact that they had jobs that meant they weren’t always free to speak but forced them to make decisions about where to go next with their relationship.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cigar Club

  • Open Tab, Book 2
  • By: J.A. Armstrong
  • Narrated by: Jill Smith
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15

Fallon Foster is Whiskey Springs’ self-proclaimed token lesbian. She isn’t a token any longer. After her year-long affair with best friend Andi Maguire ends, Fallon hopes to earn the trust and win the heart of the town’s newest resident, Riley Main. Ghosts from the past still haunt Fallon and Riley. Informed by loss and betrayal, the pair endeavors to find their way to each other. Along the way, their growing affection and burgeoning relationship will change the lives and the paths of more people than Riley and Fallon could imagine. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it.

  • By Mandy on 07-11-18

Even better than book 1

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

There isn’t a dang thing wrong with this book. The relationship feels real and 3 Dimensional. Nothing is ‘fake’ even when its complicated it’s not forced can’t wait for the next.

  • Beowulf for Cretins

  • A Love Story
  • By: Ann McMan
  • Narrated by: Christine Williams
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

Grace Warner spends her days teaching four sections of Beowulf for Cretins to bored students at one of New England's “hidden ivy” colleges. Not long after she is dumped by her longtime girlfriend, Grace meets the engaging and mysterious Abbie on a cross-country flight. Sparks fly on and off the plane as the two strangers give in to one night of reckless passion with no strings attached and no contact information exchanged. Back home at St. Albans, the college rocks Grace's world when it announces the appointment of a new president, the first woman in its 165-year history: Abbie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow sure and steady

  • By ChrystalClear on 01-08-18

Slow sure and steady

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

Reviewed: 01-08-18

I’ll admit I’m a sucker for anything Ann McMam writes. I tried to resist but failed miserably. It was the best decision I’ve ever fought against. I read the blurb and thought there’s going to be woe, angst and much mashing of teeth. Instead she has again crafted a delightful world where characters can grow and be themselves. Where human foibles are nothing to be feared but rather weave themselves into the tapestry that is an Ann McMan story. You’d be foolish to miss out listening to Christine Williams nuanced performance. I found myself sitting in my car listening to the rain and her voice bring everyone to life. That’s how good the story and the narrator meld together and how much they get under your skin.

This is a good first book to listen to if you just want to check the author out. I dare you to be disappointed.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Forever and a Knight

  • By: Bridget Essex
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Murphy
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Josie Beckett is a shock jock DJ - she's sarcastic, funny and doesn't believe in anything at all, certainly not in magic. But she's going to start believing when she finds herself no longer in her apartment's basement...but in the wild woods of another world entirely. And falling (literally) onto a woman who makes her heart skip a beat. Attis, the mysterious, dashing woman Josie unceremoniously fell onto, was once a knight...but tragedy caused her to give up her dream.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More More More

  • By ChrystalClear on 12-06-18

More More More

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

I recently discovered this author and am hugely excited that her books are available on audible. What’s not to love about a land of lady loving knights? A not such a damsel in distress and a cat with attitude rely on a knight to take them home rest assured this book is better than the blurb or my review. I’m buying the next one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Who'd Have Thought

  • By: G. Benson
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

Top neurosurgeon Samantha Thomson needs to get married fast and is tightlipped as to why. And with over $200,000 on offer to tie the knot, no questions asked, cash-strapped ER nurse Hayden Perez isn't about to demand answers. The deal is only for a year of marriage, but Hayden's going into it knowing it will be a nightmare. Sam is complicated, rude, kind of cold, and someone Hayden barely tolerates at work, let alone wants to marry. The hardest part is that Hayden has to convince everyone around them that they're madly in love and that racing down the aisle is all they've ever wanted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • QUEER LITERATURE DONE WELL!

  • By Frances on 19-05-18

Plan to listen because you’re not going to want to stop

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

I bought this because I’d read the review on ‘The Lesbian Review’ website and knew I wouldn’t have time to sit down and read it. Oh the irony.

I found myself riveted so much so that I actually found myself sitting down and listening. I spent an extra hour in bed just to finish the book. If that doesn’t tell you enough about the quality of writing and performance nothing I say will make you buy this slow burn, age gap, medical /family drama but you should anyway.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Spring's Wake

  • By: Aurora Rey
  • Narrated by: Hollis Elizabeth
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Nora Calhoun keeps her life just like her Provincetown B and B, neat and tidy. She's thrilled when her niece, Graham, comes to stay with her while completing her graduate fieldwork aboard the Dolphin Fleet. She's less than thrilled when Graham starts hanging out with Willa Lange, a sexy wanderer who works for the Fleet and seems to have her sights set on Graham. At the encouragement of her sister, Emerson, Will's short stay in Ptown becomes a fresh start. She's doing great - a decent job, a place of her own, and new friends. But when she meets Nora, she finds herself pining for more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Age gap romance

  • By ChrystalClear on 06-05-18

Age gap romance

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

I have all of Aurora Reys book An ii keep waiting to be let down but each time I start I’m immediately drawn into the story. This story builds the characters into complete rounded human beings. Both women are reluctant to risk being hurt for different reasons yet they both are able to overcome their fear and take a chance in each other.

What I love is there is no extreme danger or threat of violence to either woman yet they are given a series of predicaments where they choose to help each other.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful