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  • A Clueless Woman

  • A Woman Lost, Book 0
  • By: T.B. Markinson
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Murphy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

Graduate student Lizzie Petrie feels more comfortable around books than people. Although an expert in the Hitler Youth, she’s a novice in love. Her former lesbian lover is blackmailing her, and not even those closest to Lizzie know the full story of their abusive relationship. When visiting high school, English teacher Sarah crosses Lizzie’s path at the campus. Their attraction is instant but not without complications. As they start to spend more time together, suspicions arise from both women 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoyable listen

  • By dollymixture78 on 04-05-19

Another hit!

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

Reviewed: 13-01-19

I have read all the books in the series and approached the audio with some trepidation, but I found it easy to listen to and enjoyed the story yet again. Stephanie Murphy does a good job in adding to the Markinson storyline and thus it earns its 5* rating all round.

  • The Cruise

  • By: Lise Gold
  • Narrated by: C.C. Sinclair
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

When Cara is made redundant and unable to find another job in journalism, she takes on a seasonal position on a cruise ship with Billie, her best friend's girlfriend. Billie isn't her type at all, but as the two grow closer during their time at sea, Cara finds herself torn between loyalty toward her friend Dan and her growing feelings for the beautiful and flirtatious Billie, who might very well be the best thing that's ever happened to her. What do you do when the only thing you want is the one thing you can't have?  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fantastic

  • By Mandy on 18-03-19

An easy listen

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

Reviewed: 13-01-19

Fancy a trip halfway around the world aboard a cruise ship in company with Cara and Billie? Life aboard the ship and the places they travel to are worth the listen, but add the romance and the characters and you have a winner. I think CC Sinclair did a good job although some of the accents were a little off....for me that did not detract...there were just so many accents needed.

If you need escapism then this is it.

  • Eyes Like Those

  • A Seven Shores Romance
  • By: Melissa Brayden
  • Narrated by: Melissa Sternenberg
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

Taylor Andrews is at the top of her career. Everything she touches turns to gold and the studios know it. Just when she's on track for total television domination, Isabel Chase arrives in her office and slowly turns her world upside down. Isabel is intelligent, sarcastic, and dammit, downright beautiful. Unfortunately, she's the one person that can take away all Taylor has worked for. Will Isabel's success lead to Taylor's downfall? Or perhaps Isabel is all she needs....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn’t listen to it.

  • By Miss Victoria A Guy on 22-05-18

First encounter

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

Reviewed: 13-01-19

This is my first encounter with Melissa Brayden and I enjoyed it. It was a light read and very well suited to audio. I will be buying the other books in this series.

  • The Chosen One

  • By: T. B. Markinson
  • Narrated by: Lori Prince
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Girls are a risk college freshman Ainsley Carmichael can't take. Her powerful political family sees her as the Chosen One who will someday be president. Upholding a carefully crafted veneer is second nature until the first day of class when Maya's mysterious gray eyes hold her in thrall. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it

  • By Mandy on 09-01-19

Witty dialogue and excellent 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: 27-06-18

When this story started I must admit I thought, 'Oh no! Not another college girl romance'. And yes it is, but it is so much more than that. TB Markinson uses her trademark fast dialogue to such good effect. There is a lot of fun too. However, there is an underlying discussion about history, politics and privilege which is just so well covered and is really at the heart of the book. I believe that this is perhaps TB Markinsons best book to date. Go listen and see if you agree!

  • Telling Lies Online

  • By: Miranda MacLeod
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Murphy
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 8

When her dating app decides she's a man, what's a lonely lesbian to do? Jamie Richards is a scientist who embraces reason - except when it comes to romance. Tired of her impulsive streak leaving her heartbroken, she's determined to do everything right the next time she's in love. But her resolve crumbles when a technical glitch matches her with perfection in Claire, a woman who lives on the opposite side of the country. Who is straight. And under the impression that Jamie's a guy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • LIght and funny

  • By Valden Bush on 01-04-18

LIght and funny

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

Reviewed: 01-04-18

Any additional comments?

This was a light and fun listen, with a really improbable story that had me groaning at times because of the lies that Jamie Richards was telling. However you might normalise her behaviour, it was mostly irrational and made an honest person like me quite uncomfortable. That said, the scrapes she got herself and Claire into were interesting and I spent some time waiting for the denouement, having expected it all to unravel some time before it did. If you want something to listen to that entertains, at the same time makes you squirm with embarrassment and have you wondering how this is all going to pan out, then go buy this.

  • Cross My Heart

  • By: Natalie Vivien
  • Narrated by: TJ Richards
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

Alexandra Dark lives a commitment-free life. In pursuit of lost treasure, she travels the world as an archaeologist, and it's her policy to never put down roots - and to never linger for long in any woman's bed. But when her sister convinces her to flip a rundown house in Niagara Falls, Alex finds herself caught in the middle of a mystery, and she's too curious to leave town before the case is solved. With sexy librarian - and amateur ghost hunter - Trudy Strange by her side, Alex attempts to unravel the clues hidden in the 100-year-old house.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Mandy on 22-02-19

Sexy, ghostly fun with a solid storyline

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

Reviewed: 01-04-18

What did you like most about Cross My Heart?

I'm not a lover of ghost stories, but I really loved this book. The ghostly element is dealt with so cleverly that it didn't frighten the life out of me. There is a lot of romance, some excellent sex and a lot of the story is rather tongue in cheek funny. The characters are so beautifully described, and are part of what makes this book so good.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Cross My Heart?

There are a number of memorable moments, including a scene between Alex and Trudy in the museum at lunchtime amoungst the local memorabilia....

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The book's version of the Ghostbusters was so well done and is a moment to savour

Any additional comments?

The story is interesting and enjoyable and does keep you guessing until the end. I did expect the archaeologist, Alex, to dig up the garden but it was much better than that. I promise this is a good listen.