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Jessica Wolfe

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  • Undiscovered

  • Treasure Hunter Security, Book 1
  • By: Anna Hackett
  • Narrated by: Stella Bloom
  • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Finding undiscovered treasures is always daring, dangerous, and deadly. Perfect for the men of Treasure Hunter Security. Former Navy SEAL Declan Ward is haunted by the demons of his past and throws everything he has into his security business - Treasure Hunter Security. Dangerous archeological digs - no problem. Daring expeditions - sure thing. Museum security for invaluable exhibits - easy. But on a simple dig in the Egyptian desert, he collides with a stubborn, smart archeologist, Dr. Layne Rush, and together they get swept into a deadly treasure hunt for a mythical lost oasis.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An Indiana Jones Style Romance

  • By Jessica Wolfe on 18-12-18

An Indiana Jones Style Romance

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

Reviewed: 18-12-18

I was looking for a light, fun read - specifically read by Stella Bloom as she is one of my favourite narrators - and found this. I enjoyed this brief, but entertaining romance. There are some obvious homages to Indiana Jones (but with a female protagonist). The historical aspects seem well researched (not that I would know) and well loved by the writer. It's pacey and romantic with enough action to feel robust rather than slight despite it's length. I will try another from this series.

  • Lethal Bayou Beauty

  • By: Jana DeLeon
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

When aspiring actress Pansy Arceneaux returns to Sinful, Louisiana, to head up the beauty pageant portion of the Summer Festival, CIA assassin Fortune Redding knows she's in for trouble. Her undercover identity as a former beauty queen makes Fortune the perfect choice to chair the event with Pansy, but Pansy's abrasive personality makes it impossible to get through a single rehearsal without a fight. When Pansy turns up dead, Fortune is the prime suspect.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nowhere Near As Good As the First

  • By Jessica Wolfe on 18-12-18

Nowhere Near As Good As the First

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

Reviewed: 18-12-18

I loved the first book in this series and therefore swiftly moved on to book 2. Unfortunately this installment is nowhere near as well crafted as the first. There are some strange contrivances and plot points - for example Fortune is played as having a total lack of knowledge of pop culture and media. This is played for "laughs" but is so extreme it's bizarre - this is someone who is meant to be able to go undercover. In the first book she was fleeing breaking her cover as a criminal's girlfriend - how exactly could she do this without any knowledge of what "regular" people her age know and like? It felt forced and silly. The plot is also weaker and personally, I saw the murderer coming from pretty far away (unlike in the first novel). The narration is great and the character voices feel on point (though the narrator does have some strange pronunciations). I persevered with the series and the next book does get better so possibly this one was more rushed?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Louisiana Longshot

  • A Miss Fortune Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Jana DeLeon
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

It was a hell of a long shot.... CIA assassin Fortune Redding is about to undertake her most difficult mission ever - in Sinful, Louisiana. With a leak at the CIA and a price placed on her head by one of the world's largest arms dealers, Fortune has to go off-grid, but she never expected to be this far out of her element.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • don't mess with the wrinklies they're certainly not old in the head

  • By Fleetwoodboy on 12-05-16

An Entertaining and Unusual Detective Story

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

Reviewed: 18-12-18

I was looking for something light and amusing to counteract my bleak commute and this was perfect. The narration is great and the story is both entertaining and well crafted. Romance takes a definite back seat, though there is a handsome deputy in the background. This is more in of an outrageous escapades story than a romance. There are some nice twists and surprises and the characters are well crafted. I inhaled all of the books available in this series in about two weeks and pretty much enjoyed them all, but this first book is one of the strongest.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Witched at Birth

  • A Paris, Texas Romance
  • By: Dakota Cassidy
  • Narrated by: Hollie Jackson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Freshly sprung from witch jail, Winnie Foster just has to fulfill the conditions of her parole and she's home free. Too bad that parole takes place in Paris. (Texas!) Where she'll work at a school for the magically inclined. (KIDS!) And be forced to endure the ex who's one of the very reasons she landed in the pokey to begin with. (GAH!)

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Paranormal Romance - if you like kids

  • By Jessica Wolfe on 08-11-18

Fun Paranormal Romance - if you like kids

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

I found this book after looking for funny paranormal romance recommendations. This was an enjoyable read. The plot is decent (although the friction between the protagonist and her ex is a little silly and the misunderstanding becomes very obvious very quickly). The protagonist has a light, fun tone. The one fly in the ointment is the kid - while the kid is likable - the narrator's highly pitched imitation of a child's voice can be quite grating. All the kiddy mispronunciations of words are decidedly less cute when spoken by an adult imitating a child. If you can get past that, it's a fun read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Kingdom of Ash

  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
  • Length: 33 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 289
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291

Aelin has risked everything to save her people - but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. Aware that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, though her resolve begins to unravel with each passing day....With Aelin captured, Aedion and Lysandra remain the last line of defense to protect Terrasen from utter destruction. Yet they soon realize that the many allies they've gathered to battle Erawan's hordes might not be enough to save them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect ending for a fantastic series

  • By vincentr on 25-10-18

Relentless Finale

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

Having waited a WHILE for this book I was looking forward to it. However I found it rather a brutal read. The war and loss is relentless for most of it. I have to say all the interim battles and battle planning is not my favourite part of Sarah J Maas' writing and this book as a LOT of it.

Also, unlike the Court of Thorns and Roses series Sarah J *SPOILER ALERT* goes a little overboard with the killing off of characters. This is a trope many writers seem to be fond of in the final installment of a series and I hate it. It may work dramatically, but it is rarely fun to read and doesn't actually bring much to the narrative. *SPOLER ALERT OVER*

It's an interesting climax to the series, but too long and too brutal for me. I enjoyed the previous books in the series far more. I now need to go read at least five funny, light novels to get the doom and gloom out of my system.

  • Ready to Were

  • By: Robyn Peterman
  • Narrated by: Hollie Jackson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

I was a top-notch Were agent for the secret paranormal Council and happily living in Chicago, where I had everything I needed - a gym membership, season tickets to the Cubs, and Dwayne - my gay Vampyre best friend. Going back now would mean facing the reason I'd left, and I'd rather chew my own paw off than deal with Hank. Hank the Tank Wilson was the six-foot-three, obnoxious, egotistical, perfect-assed, best-sex-of-my-life Werewolf who cheated on me and broke my heart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not Great, Not Awful

  • By Jessica Wolfe on 08-11-18

Not Great, Not Awful

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

I found this book after looking for recommendations for funny paranormal novels on Goodreads. I enjoyed it and it had it's funny moments. However the story fell a little flat for me. The tension between the protagonist and her ex is over very quickly and the reason for their estrangement is some very weak tea - it doesn't earn it's place storywise and therefore their romance moves along very quickly and it's hard to invest in. The mystery the characters uncover is a little more interesting and helps sustain the novel. The narration is okay. Overall it's okay. I read it yesterday and already I'm forgetting most of it. If you're looking for some diverting entertainment to fill a couple of hours while you switch your brain off this may work for you - if you're looking for a story and characters to invest in, there are better books out there.

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  • What's New, Pussycat

  • Wolf Mates, Book 2
  • By: Dakota Cassidy
  • Narrated by: Hollie Jackson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Martine Brooks is in a pickle. Derrick Adams is in a jam. Pickles and jam. Not exactly a hot combo. Unless the "pickle" is a sultry, sassy cat shifter and the "jam" is a gorgeous hunk of wolf. Derrick is cursed to die if he doesn't make the woot-woot with his life mate on the night of the next full moon. Martine's been held captive by a power-hungry warlock for six long months, forced to do his bidding before finding herself stuffed in a cat carrier and ditched at a 7-Eleven.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Light Paranormal Romance

  • By Jessica Wolfe on 08-11-18

Light Paranormal Romance

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

I came to this book after looking on Goodreads for funny paranormal novel recommendations. I have to say, other than being contemporary, I'm not clear what's funny in this book. It seemed like a straightforward paranormal romance to me. I haven't read the first book in the series and I don't have any inclination to follow this series further. The book is... fine. It has a couple of twists and turns, it's just a little bland. The narrator doesn't help. I've heard this performer narrate other books with more life and colour, however her flat delivery with strange pauses all over the place (bad edit? page turns? who know) does this book no favours. She sounds bored. If you're looking for a quick, light romance this may suit you, but there are better ones out there.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Undead and Unwed

  • Queen Betsy, Book 1
  • By: MaryJanice Davidson
  • Narrated by: Nancy Wu
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

Waking up in a tacky coffin and wearing off-brand shoes, Betsy Taylor can't believe the horrible turn her life has taken; then she discovers she's a vampire. Soon, Betsy becomes a participant in a power struggle between the forces of darkness. With only her friend Jessica and the hunky vampire Sinclair to help her, this new "Queen of Vampires" will have a tough time getting her afterlife straight.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator is terrible

  • By P on 03-06-14

Trying too Hard

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

Reviewed: 23-10-18

I was looking for a funny paranormal romance when I found this (recommended by a Good Reads thread). It's a light read with a decent narrator about a fairly shallow girl becoming undead. It has some interesting angles on the common vampire theme. However, this book is trying too hard to be both flippant and funny. Try hard funny always fall flat. The heroine is deliberately unlikable, but her "witty" point of view doesn't quite make up for this. It always gives me hives when anyone, let alone a main character, states "I know what is and isn't racist" especially if their reasoning is because they have a black friend - yikes. The shoe obsession is a think meant to be cute, but it's pretty labored and this book seems to be setting up for longer series (which I will not be reading) so doesn't feel like it has a whole story.

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  • Once Burned

  • A Night Prince Novel, Book 1
  • By: Jeaniene Frost
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174

After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: a terrifying ability to channel electricity and to see a person's darkest secrets through a single touch. Leila is doomed to a life of solitude ... until creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with a telepathic distress call to the world's most infamous vampire. Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest vampire legend of all - but whatever you do, don't call him Dracula.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really good story

  • By Amazon Customer on 29-01-14

A Good Addition for fans of Night Huntress Series

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

Reviewed: 22-10-18

I came to this book having enjoyed the Night Huntress Series, but getting a little bored of it after three installments. Those who have listened to the previous series will be prepared for the narrator's very questionable grasp of accents. If you can get passed this it's a nice addition to the Night Huntress universe and it's nice to see Vlad find some happiness. These books are fairly well rounded despite being light reads and thoroughly enjoyable if you're a fan of supernatural romances. I'm looking forward to the next one.

  • Dragon Actually

  • Dragon Kin Series, Book 1
  • By: G. A. Aiken
  • Narrated by: Hollie Jackson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

It's not always easy being a female warrior with a nickname like Annwyl the Bloody. Men tend to either cower in fear-a lot-or else salute. It's true that Annwyl has a knack for decapitating legions of her ruthless brother's soldiers without pausing for breath. But just once it would be nice to be able to really talk to a man - the way she can talk to Fearghus the Destroyer. Too bad that Fearghus is a dragon, of the large, scaly, and deadly type.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Two Romances in One

  • By Jessica Wolfe on 22-10-18

Two Romances in One

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

Reviewed: 22-10-18

I liked these two stories (the first more than the second which is about the male lead's parents from the first). They are a lot heavier on the romance than I expected. The (quite graphic) romance takes up the main of the story with the actual plot and purpose of the characters taking up only a small amount of room besides. I read a LOT of romance novels and a lot of supernatural romance novels, but I still could have done with a bit more story and bit less heavy petting on this one. The narrator is good - I've listened to Hollie Jackson read several novels. Overall I thought this book lacked pep and I can't say I'm intrigued enough to listen to the rest of the series.