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  • Crew

  • By: Tijan
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

To survive where I live, you have two options. You can be a Normal - a cheerleader, jock, member of the debate team, or on the yearbook committee. You pretend everything is normal. Or you can be crew. You insult us? We hurt you. You hurt us? We really hurt you. And if you f--k with us, we will end you. My name is Bren. I'm the only female in the Wolf Crew - the best, fiercest, and most dangerous crew there is - and we have a rule: There's no falling in love. Well...too late.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book nearly broke me. Literally.

  • By Angela ~ Jezabell Girl & Friends on 19-03-19

This book nearly broke me. Literally.

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

Reviewed: 19-03-19

At first, I had a love/hate relationship with it. I wasn’t sure how or if I would relate to Bren, having experienced her almost childish ways from Channing’s perspective. Then we meet her. I mean, we really meet her. We see what makes her tick, why she carries a knife, why she joined her crew, why her relationship with Channing is so fragile, why she relies on Cross, and why she became the Bren she is today. I cried for her when she couldn’t shed the tears herself. I wanted to fight with her, for the future she lost thanks to her father. And, I wanted to protect her, from herself and those intent on causing her harm.

This book really had it all. Yes, the crew life may not be everyone’s cup of tea, and yes, the whole book is set around Bren and her crew but it is so much more than just violence and scrapping. The story shows how four dysfunctional people became friends and why their loyalty to each other means more than life itself.

This book is poignant and heartbreaking in the way the story is portrayed. I was frustrated with the characters at times but that just made me more invested in the storyline. I really disagreed with Cross’s decision to put retribution before Bren towards the end of the story, and that point had me almost tearing my hair out but then I realised, these are young people shaped in a way that is different to most. They draw their strength from each other and could quite possibly fall apart without each other.

The boys are A-typical for their age group in the way they sleep around but that just makes them more loveable. That said, Cross and Bren’s connection was the complete opposite with them drawing comfort from each other’s presence way before their entanglement became romantic. The whole romance scene between them was extremely well written, thoughtful and tasteful, which I really appreciated.

I am sorry that some people didn’t connect with the story or the characters. For me, they are simply diamonds in the rough. Created from a force so great that makes them shine in their own special way.

This was an audiobook read for me and the narrator really did the story a huge justice in the way she portrayed the characters and brought the story to life. Maybe there’s a difference between the ebook and the audiobook, I don’t know. What I do know is that this story, although it started steadily, is one that will last with me for a very long time. I can’t wait to read/listen on in this series.

  • Wind Chime Summer

  • A Wind Chime Novel, Book 3
  • By: Sophie Moss
  • Narrated by: Hollis McCarthy
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Since leaving the Army six months ago, Izzy Rivera has closed herself off from everyone and everything. Struggling with a debilitating case of PTSD, she has been fired from three jobs and was recently arrested for assault. Her last hope is a rehab program for veterans on Heron Island, which she was admitted to on a probationary basis and which she must complete to stay out of jail.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Series

  • By Angela ~ Jezabell Girl & Friends on 24-01-19

Amazing Series

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

Reviewed: 24-01-19

This was such a rewarding series and one that I will definitely read again, and again. The characters are memorable and the sights and sounds bring the story to life. There is sadness and hope and a gentle romance which develops from emotional turmoil. I loved it!!!

  • Save Me

  • Corrupted Hearts
  • By: Tiffany Snow
  • Narrated by: Arielle DeLisle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Computer genius China Mack may be the former head of Vigilance, the government’s clandestine spy program, but she can still be knocked off balance. And two back-to-back personal blows have thrown her into a tailspin. While her relationship with tech billionaire Jackson Cooper is on the rocks, China is testing the boundaries of what she feels for man-of-mystery Clark Slattery. But when China learns that her mother’s death sixteen years ago wasn’t an accident, she can’t rest until she knows the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect series conclusion

  • By Angela ~ Jezabell Girl & Friends on 10-12-18

A perfect series conclusion

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

I absolutely adore this series and simply can’t get enough of China Mack.

A techno geek, China has a brilliant mind and a beautiful body and it is that combination makes the men in her life fight for her love and affection. Books with a strong female lead are particularly captivating for me especially when the female is brilliant, beautiful, quirky and loved by all. Overall, this series has been like a breath of fresh air. It gave me everything that I wanted and more. The writing was strong and the storyline particularly fascinating and insightful. The blend of China’s strange OCD ways offset against her brilliant IT mind and the love triangle involving the men who will do anything to protect her was charming and delightful.

Having previously broken up with Jackson, China and Clark are finally together but despite their happiness, China still misses Jackson. Their relationship is explosive and everything you hoped it would be except China is still struggling to move on from Jackson. Despite their acrimonious break-up, Jackson can’t turn his back on China and instead teams up with Clark to help her unlock the secrets from her past.

I really enjoyed China’s connection with Clark but was dismayed with this treatment of her despite knowing her quirks and foibles. After a sexual encounter in a shop, I was heartbroken by the way Clark treated China instead of understanding how her mind works and her insecurities. What started off as tender and really romantic ended with a cruelness which left me reeling and really feeling for China. [This was such a well-written scene and drew out so many emotions from me.]

Jackson knows that he could never turn his back on China despite how painful it is for him to be close to her. Seeing China with Clark is painful but not as painful as not having her part of his life. Jackson’s patience is rewarded however when cracks start to appear in China’s and Clark’s relationship.

Despite loving both of these men, China knows that she must choose one or choose neither. Determined to find her father and to seek retribution for the death of her mother, China heads off alone and into unknown danger but as expected Clark and Jackson are never far behind. With time and space from the men she loves, China has time to think and some hard decisions to make, but which man will her heart once and for all? [Squeee!!!!]

  • Find Me

  • Corrupted Hearts, Book 3
  • By: Tiffany Snow
  • Narrated by: Arielle DeLisle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

As the head of the government's secret Vigilance spy program, computer guru China Mack already has her hands full when her billionaire boyfriend, Jackson Cooper, asks for one of them in marriage. Thrown for a loop by the sudden proposal, China's usually well-ordered life takes another hit when someone tries to assassinate the president. Even that comes with a shocking twist: the primary suspect is none other than her ex-partner, Clark Slattery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No-one writes love triangles like Tiffany Snow!!!

  • By Angela ~ Jezabell Girl & Friends on 06-12-18

No-one writes love triangles like Tiffany Snow!!!

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

This series is going from strength to strength. I love China Mack like crazy. I don’t know if it’s her nerdiness, her brilliance or her OCD/germaphobe quirkiness but she’s one of the best female alphas around.

This instalment starts with China and Jackson taking their relationship to the next level which for China means pushing herself far outside of her comfort zone. New to the concept of having a boyfriend, she struggles with her emotions but she is clearly enjoying what Jackson has to offer. The only problem for China is Clark and her feelings towards him. Firmly friend-zoned by China, or so she thinks, Clark returns with his good looks, sweet and charming way and in more danger than China can imagine.

With the President shot, all eyes are on China and whether she can clear Clark from the investigation. As expected, with every turn there is more and more mystery and it becomes apparent that China is not such an innocent bystander in the world of espionage.

As expected, where China goes so does Jackson and with Jackson and Clark both taking pot-shots at one another, life for China gets even more complicated. She loves Jackson but she eventually starts to question her feelings towards Clark.

I’ve got to say, I’m 100% #TeamClark (I think). He stole my heart at the beginning of this series and has never let it go but Jackson has come close to stealing it back a time or two in this instalment. Lucky China to have two gorgeous men fighting over her but who would you choose?

  • Break Me

  • Corrupted Hearts, Book 2
  • By: Tiffany Snow
  • Narrated by: Arielle DeLisle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Just a few weeks ago, computer prodigy China Mack's typical night in involved Endor Star Wars pajamas and a sensible bedtime. Now she's dating gorgeous tech guru Jackson Cooper - one of Forbes's Top 10 Eligible Billionaires - much to the Twitterverse's delight. Turns out, going from socially inept hermit to poster girl for geek chic has its challenges. China's relationship gets even more complicated because her role heading the top-secret Vigilance program - where she's partnered with Superman clone Clark Slattery - makes her a target.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yes, more from China Mack!!!

  • By Angela ~ Jezabell Girl & Friends on 06-12-18

Yes, more from China Mack!!!

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

We’re back with China Mack and her quirky but brilliant mind!

Now working for the government, China wrongly assumed that all of her problems are behind her. Whilst she is still under the protection of Clark, and dating Jackson, she is torn between her loyalties towards these two men. Clark knows about the project she is working on but she can’t tell Jackson about it. Now with danger looming and the Vigilance software once again under threat, China must decide if she can let Jackson into her work life in order to keep her safe.

China is unlike any other female protagonist that you will read about. A girl after my own heart, she doesn’t think twice about wearing couture and converse, at the same time. Being paraded on the arms of two men has its challenges, though, especially when her cover is blown whilst alongside Clark. Jackson is facing his own demons though as the government tries to discredit him and his business and there’s only one person he can turn to save the day. The only problem is that she comes with an attachment aka Clark!

With drama around every corner, this amazing threesome must act fast and trust no-one in order to keep Vigilance secure and to free Jackson. Whilst China is brave and strong, she is also as fragile as her name and if you damage her she will break.

I've found this series fascinating. Whilst still struggling with the sci-fi nerd speak, I have come to find it more endearing than challenging. Tiffany Snow keeps you on the edge of your seats both with the drama and emotion and you are continually questioning whether Clark will ever win over China’s feelings or is her heart solely in the hands of Jackson? This is another story with a #TeamJackson / #TeamClark theme running through it but whilst I have come to love both men, and would happily choose both, the question is will China remain faithful to Jackson or will the emotional tribulations that she faces with Clark draw her closer to him.

With another fight seemingly won, it appears that hackers are not who you ever expect them to be and this story ends with what looks like another intriguing story around the corner.

If you are curious about hacking, programming, secrets and spies then this book is a must read!

  • Follow Me

  • By: Tiffany Snow
  • Narrated by: Arielle DeLisle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Brilliant, quirky twenty-three-year-old China Mack is totally satisfied with her carefully ordered, data-driven life. A computer prodigy who landed a coveted programming job at the cutting-edge tech company Cysnet before even graduating from MIT, China is happiest when following her routine: shower before coffee, pizza only on Mondays, bedtime at ten thirty sharp. But then things start to get a little...unpredictable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love China Mack!!!

  • By Angela ~ Jezabell Girl & Friends on 03-12-18

I love China Mack!!!

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

Reviewed: 03-12-18

I really enjoyed this story, despite being slightly challenged by all the sci-fi nerd talk at times. The story was refreshingly different and with two male leads both vying for the attention of China Mack, I was kept intrigued right until the very end of the book.

China Mack was a fascinating character. A 23 old with a brilliant mind working in computer programming, she is sought-after for her skills and also her looks and quirky ways. Despite having OCD, and her religious routines, she intrigues those around her and especially her boss, Jackson Cooper. When Jackson employs her services on a special project, working closely with him, China is awestruck but jumps at the chance of spending time working alongside him. The only problem is that he leads her down a dangerous path which puts her life in danger and her skills to the test.

This was a real "who do you trust" storyline. With her new neighbour interested in her but having appeared out of the blue, China is suspicious as to why she attracts his attention, and add into the mix the sudden interest Jackson has in her, who exactly can she trust?

Although this book is part of a series, you could read it as a standalone but there is also a separate development calling you to read the next instalment.

  • Unstable

  • By: S. E. Hall
  • Narrated by: Brooke Bloomingdale
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

After eight years, Henley Calvert is headed home. Back to the family farm and small town she left behind, never to be thought of again. Too much regret and shame to bear. But she's the only one left to see to her family's legacy, so she must return to Ashfall and face all the ghosts that haunt her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5+++ Stars!!!

  • By Angela ~ Jezabell Girl & Friends on 30-11-18

5+++ Stars!!!

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

Reviewed: 30-11-18

Everyone needs to read this love story.

A beautiful tale, perfectly portrayed by Brooke Bloomingdale on Audible.

I'm off to try my tears!

  • Breaking Giants

  • By: L.M. Halloran
  • Narrated by: Charlotte North, Aaron Shedlock
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

When I meet Julian Ashburn, the reclusive frontman of indie-rock legends Breaking Giants, I do what any sane woman would do. Embarrass myself, then insult him. Because you only live once, right? Besides, keeping my distance from the enigmatic songwriting genius is an act of self-preservation. Julian is dangerous - a pool of kerosine to my pyromaniac. I have a weakness for broken men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • #RecommendedRead

  • By Angela ~ Jezabell Girl & Friends on 19-11-18

#RecommendedRead

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

Reviewed: 19-11-18

5+++ Stars

It's hard for me to express in words just how much I loved this story. From a tentative acceptance to review a book from an unknown author to complete and total love for the story is relatively unheard of but for me, Breaking Giants is one of the closest books to rival my love for SC Stephens’ Thoughtless series.

If I ever wanted to hug the life out of an author, and a book, then this would be it! The developing story between Julian Ashburn and Rose Cunningham may just have ruined me and my love of rock star romance stories for life. Their carefully constructed story is full of painful reminders of why love is hard and trust is even harder.

Despite their immediate attraction for one another, and how their future may just have been written in the stars, Rose finds it difficult to commit to Julian. Her past reminds her on a daily basis why she can’t let her heart rule her head when it comes to musicians, especially following the tragic loss of her mother. With Julian resurrecting painful reminders for Rose, she finds it near on impossible to see his love for her through her clouds of despair. I know angst, drama, frustration and fighting against inevitable love isn’t to everyone’s taste but when you finish this book and reflect on the reasons why it took so long for the key protagonists to accept their feelings for one another, you’ll understand their reticence to commit, well on Rose’s part anyway.

Breaking Giants, in case you haven’t realised, is the band that Julian Ashburn fronts. When Julian walks into Rose’s cafe for an open mic night, incommunicado, life as Rose knows it is about to change, forever. She of course immediately recognises Julian and her body quickly reacts to his presence. Rose is also a singer but only performs for her patrons and despite her amazing talents, she doesn’t want to walk in her mother’s doomed footsteps but with her family and friends all watching over her, and with some serious meddling into her life, Rose soon finds herself a pawn in a game that she has no control over.

With its unique and, at times, heart-wrenching highs and lows, this story is the epitome of a romance roller coaster but one which will delight, reward, challenge and possibly tear you apart before putting you back together, stronger, happier and altogether more complete for having witnessed such an epic romance.

For me, I am left with a huge, gaping hole in my heart and I fear this story may have ruined me for life (ok, slight exaggeration)! I am so happy that out of the many review requests that I receive, I chose this author and this book to read. It’s got to be right up there in my top 30 all-time favourite stories and easily falls into my top 10 rock star books.

Thank you, LM Halloran, from the bottom of my heart, for bringing Julian and Rose into my life and I can only hope and pray that another story from Breaking Giants can be penned in future.

  • Wind Chime Café

  • Wind Chime, Book 1
  • By: Sophie Moss
  • Narrated by: Hollis J. McCarthy
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

When single mother Annie Malone purchases a quirky Main Street café on Heron Island, she thinks she's finally turned her dream of opening her own restaurant into a reality. Hearing rumors that a developer is about to build a five-star resort on the sleepy Chesapeake Bay island, she plans to transform the café into a premier upscale bistro. But Annie's life is about to get a lot more complicated. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing story

  • By Angela ~ Jezabell Girl & Friends on 29-10-18

Amazing story

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

Reviewed: 29-10-18

Such a great story and so well written. It was a sweet, hopeful, romantic, emotional and frustrating path to a HEA - I loved it!

  • Fierce Obsessions

  • By: Suzanne Wright
  • Narrated by: Jill Redfield
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

When raven shifter Riley Porter was given sanctuary by the Phoenix Pack, she let them believe she had left her flock. Reluctant to divulge the secrets of her past, she was still embraced as family. Only Tao Lukas, the protective and passionate Head Enforcer of the pack, was resistant to the enigmatic shifter. Until Riley started to arouse in him something other than suspicion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Shifter writer out there.

  • By N. Mahoney on 08-06-18

Got to love wolves!!!

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

Reviewed: 26-10-18

Both the Mercury and Phoenix series has been seriously addictive. Despite the commonalities in each story, the characters have each had an individual story to tell. I tend to skip across the "mating" scenes, once you've read one you've read them all but I still can't get enough from these characters.

Jill Redfield is an amazing narrator and really brings the characters to life.