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Another wonderful story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-05-20

As soon as I finish one book by Catherine Bybee I find myself craving the next. This was another beautiful story with adorable characters.

Why did I wait so long to listen to this!!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-03-20

Oh so naughty but oh so nice. This was definitely not what I expected but such an unexpected treat. I can't wait to get started with Kai's book.

The story had everything that I hoped for!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-20

This has to be right up there with my all-time favourite reads.

This, as seen in the blurb, is another delicious forbidden romance from Penelope Douglas. The sexual relationship between the key protagonists was incredibly slow to develop but it picked up quite a pace once the reins were released. Pike was the perfect partner to complement Jordan and despite her young age and relative innocence, her character was penned in a way that came across as much older than her years.

Despite being her boyfriend's father, Jordan finds herself spending more time with Pike as her Cole distances himself from her and their life together. When she realises that their relationship is over Jordan once again finds herself facing more impossible situations but the ever-reliable Pike is there to offer her support and friendship.

The way the developing relationship between Pike and Jordan was written allowed readers the chance to come to terms with their love affair and although they both resisted it, it was Jordan who came to her senses first and realised that there was nothing that they couldn't overcome if they handled their relationship carefully. Unfortunately for her, Pike found accepting their romantic feelings for one another more difficult and delayed the inevitable talk with his family and it was that delay which brought about the biggest fight of his life.

This was definitely a story to love and it was made even more enjoyable via Audible.

This story was freakin fantastic...

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-02-20

...in a dark, sadistic and utterly disturbing way!

Boy, can LJ Shen write. Her stories are always entertaining but her words make her stories utterly breathtaking. Nothing seems to phase her, be it a difficult or daunting storyline or just A-holes, as is the case with the Spencer men.

It seems a while now since we endured the pleasures that Vicious bestowed upon us but he certainly created a new monster in his son, Vaughn. Right from the outset, Vaughn is cold, calculating and downright malicious towards his nemesis, Lenora Astalis.

Despite growing up together and being jointly moulded towards their destinies, they are worlds apart when it comes towards relationships. As children, Vaughn bullied Lenora, as adolescents, Lenora turned the table and started biting back. By the time they are at college together the gloves are off and what was once idle resentment towards each other explodes into something far more sinister.

The magic to this story is the secret that is revealed as you read on. Vaughn is has become the man he has for a reason and, for once, that reason is not his father. Despite her love/hate relationship with the idea of Vaughn, Lenora starts to unpeel his many, damaged layers and eventually manages to find the human being that she longed for beneath his abusive demeanour.

The story was dark but it was also sublime. Both characters were 100% endearing despite their cold and calculated ways. The essence of the story was heartbreaking but also rewarding. When you combine these many fascets you have a story that will reward you for your perseverance in a way that no other could.

Via Audible, this story was brought to life in such a way that made the story even more amazing. The narrators did a fantastic job and must be commended for the part they played in making what is a truly exceptional book.

An Amazing Hockey Series

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-02-20

Another quick but no less enjoyable story in the Arizona Vengeance series.

After Tacker's story, which I had been desperate to read, I wasn't sure if another story would hold my interest but after being teased about Dominik and Willow's interactions, I knew reading on was not an option!

Willow was a really intriguing character especially as she appears to be the only woman to be not interested in Dominik or his good looks, wealth, success and charismatic ways. Willow's reticence to have anything other than the odd one night stand with Dominik perplexes him and the more Willow ignores him, the more he chases after her.

Being a photojournalist and travelling to some of the most dangerous places on earth, Willow lives her life on a knife-edge but when she returns home to the US, she agrees to meet up with Dominik again. However, Willow has one thing on her mind and that's the opposite of what Dominik wants from her.

With Willow back on home soil, Dominik knows this is his only chance to win her over but when he finds out she has been badly burned in a relationship before he accepts that in order to make her fall for him he must take his time. That is until he doesn't!

I really enjoyed Willow and Dominik's connection and I must admit to being a sucker for Dominik all through this series. I became slightly irritated when Dominik's willingness to take his time with Willow did an about-turn but even then, with emotion and passion driving him forward and in the heat of the moment, he does the opposite of his intentions but in such a sweet way. Fortunately, Willow finds herself in a situation which makes her re-evaluate her life and Dominik is able to fly in to save the day.

This is the first story in this series that I've listened to via Audible and whilst the experience was enjoyable, I think I prefer reading these stories at my own pace. The narrators, whilst clearly experienced, seemed to rush through their words and were almost gabbling at times. Even slowing down the talking speed didn't help, sadly.

I am so pleased to see that there is yet another book planned in this amazing series as I am in no way ready to be done with the Arizona Vengeance.

Oh Trip, you just melted my heart!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-02-20

I loved this story so much, despite the pain and suffering. Kelsey and Trip were fantastic characters and they were set up perfectly in the first instalment so much so that I was almost salivating waiting to read their story.

Trip is your typical larger-than-life-ladies-man and Kelsey is a hopeless romantic, always looking for love and desperately wanting to settle down, get married and have babies. With the duo poles apart with their outlook on life, you'd be forgiven for thinking that they could never get together but you know what they say about opposites attract!

Despite Trip's womanising ways, he has a soft spot for Kelsey and does his best to ensure that she doesn't get hurt, despite promising her nothing more than a casual relationship until she finds Mr Right.

As time goes by and their sexual relationship moves on, the two become closer but only Kelsey is aware that her fondness for Trip is turning into love. Trip on the other hand, apart from being exclusive with Kelsey, has no idea that his heart has become irrevocably joined to Kelsey's until they break apart and the separation is incredibly emotional.

We finally get to find out a little more about Trip's background and why he is reluctant to talk about his family in this story and when his brother comes to town, sparks really start to fly.

Once again, this was a really enjoyable story to listen to. It was lighthearted, despite the pain that Kelsey and Trip suffered, and nicely set the scene for Emma's story.

More time travelling exploits

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-02-20

Despite my rather hesitant approach to book 1, I found myself quite enjoying book 2 and Myra and Todd's story.

With witch Grainna still determined to break the curse placed on her by the ancient druids and in need of a virgin in order to regain her youth etc, the MacCoinnich's know that they must keep Myra safe. With only one option open to her, the family prepare Myra to travel to the present day with instructions to meet up with Tara's sister and nephew. With a plan to fake amnesia, Myra is questioned by the police following her mysterious appearance and that's when Officer Todd Blakely's life steps into preternatural realms as he becomes close to Myra and finds a need to protect her.

Todd and Myra soon fall for each other and with love comes trust and slowly Myra reveals her story to Todd. Todd, understandably, finds Myra' story impossible to believe but as he continues to investigate the disappearance of Tara and Gwen (as she is known in the present day), he comes to realise that Myra's story is true, if still unbelievable.

When Myra returns home Todd is devastated but her return is not the end of the story or their romance. With Grainna still on a mission to return to Rennaisance Scotland, Todd finds himself once again fighting to protect Myra and her family and this fight takes him to Scotland and once again into the arms of Myra.

I have come to love the characters in this series and I will definitely be reading on further in order to see what happens to the playboy brother, Finlay, and his explosive connection with Tara's sister, Lizzie.

Angst Alert!!!

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-02-20

What's not to love with this story. There's snow, romance, drama, and heartbreak!

Another KU & Free to Listen To book series and having read one of the author's books before I knew this would be another hit with me.

These stories are easy to listen to, have fun characters to be around, exciting storylines with lots of drama and angst, if that's what rocks your boat. For me, I can do without angst and some of this story was drawn out because of it but add it to the rest of the package and this could be overlooked.

This story is about physical therapist Avery Randall and Grey Lowell. When the two see each other across a bar and Grey coins the name "Bambi" for Avery, I guess all bets were off about their possible relationship but with Avery's friend Kelsey clearly having designs on Grey following a drunken kiss, Avery knows that she must deter the attraction she felt for Grey. Assuming that she will not see Grey again and with any hopes of a date with the man clearly on the back burner, her life is turned upside down when Grey is knocked off his bike after leaving the bar and is injured by none other than Avery's brother, Andy.

With Grey the best and only PT in town at that time, she finds herself in a dilemma. Does she treat the man who has a claim against her brother? That's ignoring the fact that they are clearly attracted to each other!

Inevitably, Avery finds herself in an impossible situation as she falls for Grey. Between hurting her brother, family and her friend, Avery is torn between wanting to explore what she has with Grey and not alienating her family. Add to the mix that Grey could take her home in order to cover his costs following the accident and with Andy's possible prison sentence, it's a miracle Avery doesn't have a breakdown.

What makes it harder to see through this nightmare is that Andy is a really nice guy and seeing the effect of his getting drunk and knocking Grey off his bike is heartbreaking to witness but with Grey unable to work and run his ski-expedition company Backtrax, Andy knows that he is facing long term troubles which will not only affect him but Avery as well.

As expected, when Avery and Grey's relationship becomes known, Avery finds herself in an even bigger dilemma as she decides who to side with: her family or the man she loves and hopes to have a future with.

As you can see, this is drama-ville with problems on top of problems for poor Avery and Grey but will they find a way to resolve all of their differences without one losing everything they have worked hard for?

Despite the tension throughout the story, this was a really enjoyable read. The pace was about right and the story captivating, if slightly exhausting at times. Talk about a hard-fought-for HEA! Next up is the enigmatic Trips, story and his fight to find love, with Kelsey of all people.

Loved it to the moon and back!!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-01-20

Just what the conclusion to this amazing series needed not one, not two but three kick-ass women!

I didn't think Sasha could meet her match but when she returns to the school where she was trained and moulded she comes across another orphan, Claire, who is as bright and strong as she is, and only 18.

Sasha, bored of her drama-free life, heads to Richter to find answers and a new direction but what she stumbles across finds her wanting to help the students there avoid the trappings of their destinies. When Sasha is approached by AJ Hofmann in a bar she presumes he is just hitting on her until she realises he is the brother of her old and now dead classmate, Amelia Hofmann. Seeking answers to why Amelia was killed, AJ asks Sasha for her help and before long they are investigating numerous deaths and one missing person.

Knowing that she can't investigate Amelia from inside the secure fortress that is Richter, Sasha asks Reed for his assistance and before long the whole security team is involved. AJ is stunned to find himself being flown around the world on private jets and staying at luxury mansions but he soon comes to realise that Sasha and her friends wield a lot of financial power.

This story takes readers across Europe and back to the US as Sasha tries to reveal just who is recruiting the students from Richter. With AJ at her side though, she finds herself becoming too comfortable with having a man supporting her emotionally and the tough egg starts to crack as her outer shell starts to weaken thanks to the attention AJ bestows upon her. AJ is the perfect man for Sasha. I really had no idea who would be able to tame her wild and independent ways but AJ knows just how to handle her emotionally and physically.

I really enjoyed the sexual tension between Cooper and Claire and would love to see how their working relationship pans out. Olivia was also a force of nature and a real challenge to Sasha's skills. Poor Lars experienced her strength first hand with a really funny but brief scene and show of dominance.

I'm sorry to see this series end and I can't wait to dive into new stories from this author. That said, I'm sure there could be more First Wives stories yet to be written and I'd love to read Claire and Olivia's stories!!!

Another amazing story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-01-20

Now, I had to admit to secretly wanting Shannen's story to be about her re-kindling her love for ex-husband Paul, second chance love and all that but I have to admit, Shannon found herself a much better love interest in Victor.

It was Shannon's story that I have been looking forward to reading the most and, thankfully, it lived up to all of my insanely high expectations. Shannon, the quietest of the First Wives, has always sat back and observed her friends exploits whilst secretly spending her time nursing her broken heart. With her body clock ticking though, Shannon decides to take things into her own hands and with a trip to Mexico on the cards, puts a plan in action whereby she will return pregnant, or at least that is what she hopes will happen. The problem is, Shannon is not your one-night-stand type of woman and she is certainly not as feisty and outgoing as Avery.

When Shannon is hired as a wedding photographer to the bride-to-be, Corrie, she assumed this will be another straightforward job, that is until she meets an obnoxiously annoying man on the plane to Mexico. After arriving at the wedding venue, which is practically underwater thanks to a storm, Shannon finds the bride in tears and hinting that she has may have made a mistake by agreeing to get married. What Shannon doesn't immediately know if that the groom is the handsome but annoying man she sat next to on the plane.

When the wedding takes an unexpected turn, Shannon continues with her plan to meet Avery at another hotel and to put her plan to get-pregnant-by-any-possible-means into action. That is until she comes across a jilted Victor at the same hotel she and Avery are staying at.

Spending their time enjoying the sun and plenty of strong cocktails, Shannon soon comes to realise that she may have misjudged Victor and before long they actually start to enjoy spending time together. But, the question is, will they and can they keep their friendship going when they return home and will it blossom into something more special?

Gah, I love these books and the First Wives et al. They are all fascinating characters to spend time with albeit via the pages of a book but boy do they lead complicated lives. I thought that all of the drama would end with Avery's book but whilst not as dramatic, Shannon adds her own brand of chaos to this story.

Whilst I said I couldn't wait to read Shannon's story, I have to admit to having a secret obsession with Sasha and I can't wait to see if a man can tame her wild ways and if she can ever learn to trust anyone.

This is a highly recommended series, and author, if you are looking for a new reading direction. You won't be disappointed.