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Audio Review: Harder Than Words by Carrie Ann Ryan

wordsHarder Than Words

Carrie Ann Ryan

Montgomery Ink Series, Book

Audiobook

Narrator: Gregory  Salinas

 

Meghan Montgomery-Warren thought she knew what love was when she’d married young and had two children. After years of being emotionally beaten down, her husband has finally left her and now she’s forced to find her way once again. Somehow she needs to find the person she used to be and figure that the strength she’d thought she’d lost was always there.

Luc Dodd left Denver and his best friend Meghan when he was forced to watch her walk down the aisle with another man. He might have only been her best friend, but he held his true emotions close to the vest. Now he’s back in town and in Meghan’s life. Only he needs to decide if that’s enough for him…and her.

Their journey from friends to lovers is a slow burn of seduction and pain. When Meghan’s past comes back to haunt them both, the two of them will have to stand closer together or be torn apart by their own misgivings forever.

 
review

4 Stars

Friends make the best lovers.

 

Meghan and Luc shared a friendship that had the potential for so much more. Only Luc didn’t let on to his feeling and Meghan got swept off her feet my another man.

 

Ten Years later, Meghan is trying to keep life going for herself and her kids. Spending the last decade living under the thumb of a husband that didn’t live up to the words that bound the two in marriage. Meghan is a brave woman dealing with the weight of the world on her shoulders. Independent and strong, Meghan deals with a new set of insecurities as she heals from a botched marriage and finds a love in a place she never saw coming. Allowing her to be the woman she never knew was finding inside.

 

Luc has spent the last ten years traveling the world, finally returning home.  A loyal and dedicated friend, wonderful son and brother, with a huge heart that still aches for the girl that got away.  The amount of patience, the willingness to help and an unwavering devotion makes Luc a one of a kind man. He never wavered from showing the woman who holds his heart what love really is.

 

Meghan and Luc’s story is one of patience, longing, and intense passion. Friends to lovers is one of my favorites. Once friends rediscover their friendship, while learning to act upon the feelings of new and old.  Carrie Ann Ryan once again makes your pulse race while hitting your heart hard. Gregory Salinas pulls the reader deep into the emotions and passion with his sinfully delicious voice. Allowing the reader to lose themselves in Harder Than Words.

 

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Audio Review: Tempting Boundaries by Carrie Ann Ryan 

temptingTempting Boundaries 

Carrie Ann Ryan 

Montgomery Ink Series, Book 3

Narrator:Gregory Salinas 

Audiobook Published: June 2015

 

Decker Kendrick knows it’s wrong to have feelings for his best friend’s little sister, but that doesn’t stop his thoughts from going down that path. No matter how hard he’s tried to stay away from Miranda, once she gets her sights on him, there’s no backing down.

Miranda Montgomery might be the youngest of the Montgomery clan, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t know what she wants. Namely—Decker. She’s loved him for as long as she can remember and won’t walk away until she gives it her all.

But once they give in, not all is at it seems. Decker’s father’s out of jail and someone from Miranda’s past isn’t happy with the new relationship. Even as they start to move on and overcome their pain, they’ll find that their inner obstacles are the ones they’ll have to face first.

 

review
4.5 Stars

Fun, feisty and explosive.
Gregory Salinas turns up the heat on my favorite and most erotic book of the Montgomery Ink Series, Tempting Boundaries. Reading this book was hot. Listening to the narration is a raging fire. Miranda and Decker are explosive. They have secretly watched, longed and lusted after each other long then both are willing to admit. Building something before even touching each other. Gregory once again add another level of passion, lust and emotion to Carrie Ann Ryan’s words that dig into your heart deep. Gregory Salinas smooth voice is perfect for Decker’s dirty talking ways. Hot, hot, hot!

 

 

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Audio Review: Delicate Ink by Carrie Ann Ryan

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Carrie Ann Ryan

Montgomery Ink Series, Book 1

Narrator: Gregory Salinas

Audiobook
Published October 14th 2014

 

On the wrong side of thirty, Austin Montgomery is ready to settle down. Unfortunately, his inked sleeves and scruffy beard isn’t the suave business appearance some women crave. Only finding a woman who can deal with his job, as a tattoo artist and owner of Montgomery Ink, his seven meddling siblings, and his own gruff attitude won’t be easy.

Finding a man is the last thing on Sierra Elder’s mind. A recent transplant to Denver, her focus is on opening her own boutique. Wanting to cover up scars that run deeper than her flesh, she finds in Austin a man that truly gets to her—in more ways than one.

Although wary, they embark on a slow, tempestuous burn of a relationship. When blasts from both their pasts intrude on their present, however, it will take more than a promise of what could be to keep them together.

 

 

review

4 Stars

Carrie Ann Ryan’s Delicate Ink is an emotional and sexy journey of finding love when life throws you almost more than you can handle.

 

Austin and Sierra’s story is fun, overwhelming, passionate and heartbreaking. Carrie Ann Ryan never fails to make her reader feel. Strong, hard and real emotions. Delicate Ink is more than Austin and Sierra’s story. It’s learning to love and family is more than blood. The Montgomery’s have big hearts and open arms. Even in a time a family crisis, then are more than willing to step up or take more into their hold. I truly love this series.
Gregory Salinas guides the reader through attraction, passion, emotions and life’s surprises that encompass Austin and Sierra’s story like  you’re standing right next to them. Gregory’s voice puts a spark to the words filled with emotion bringing it to life in a whole new way. Within minutes the reader feels like they have become part of the Montgomery family.

 

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Audio Review: Stolen and Forgiven by Alexandra Ivy and Carrie Ann Ryan

stolStolen and Forgiven

Branded Pack Series, Book 1

Alexandra Ivy

Carrie Ann Ryan

Narrator:

Audible Audio
 
Published August 27th 2015 by Carrie Ann Ryan, Alexandra Ivy

 

The first in a brand new dark and gritty paranormal series, Stolen and Forgiven begins a new journey with New York Times best-selling authors Alexandra Ivy and Carrie Ann Ryan.

Stolen
The first rule of being Alpha of the Canine Pack is to protect their secrets from the humans at all cost. One look at the dying human at his doorstep, and Holden Carter knows he will have to break it. The broken woman with no hope at survival is his mate. When he forces the change on her to save her life, he not only sets forth motions that could risk both their lives, but the lives of every shifter in the world.

Ariel Sands grew up in a post-Verona infection world and under the care of the very humans she thought had cured the disease. When they betray her in the worst ways imaginable, she finds herself not only mated to the Alpha of the very species she’s been taught to fear, but the focal point of a traitor and path to destruction for everyone’s way of life. It will take more than trust and a mating bond for Ariel and Holden to survive their enemies and burn of their own temptations.

Forgiven
Soren Slater is a Beta wolf who understands the duty to his Pack comes before his own needs. At a young age, he takes a position as a liaison between his Pack and the other species of shifters. He never expected his enticing flirtations with Cora Wilder, a Tiger Princess, would encourage her cat to consider him a potential mate. He’s forced to walk away, choosing a partner among the wolves to try and strengthen his Pack.

Cora has no intention of forgiving or forgetting Soren’s rejection. Not even when the Packs are forced to live together and she discovers Soren’s former mate has died. But then, she’s kidnapped by the SAU, and she has no choice but to work with Soren to escape. Together, they must put the past behind them if they’re to survive the human’s evil plot.

 

review

4.5 Stars

 

Stolen

 

Holden and Ariel’s story sets the tone for the series while learn the ways of the pack. Dark and gritting, Holden’s choice sets a unexpected chain of event.  Giving a nice twist for shifters. Hot, hard and in your face the Branded Pack is nothing to mess with.

 

Forgiven

 

Cora and Soren story is dangerous, sassy and sexy.  Past lovers find themselves in each others path when the humans force the wolves and tigers into one compound.  Sorens mistake of the past has him chasing after anything Cora will give him. Lust takes over and the humans butt in, sending a love struck wolf on on the chase for his mate.
The Branded Pack series has quickly caught my attention.  From concept of the series to the plots of the individual stories are dark, dangerous and hands down sexy.  Living within the rules while breaking the rules. Alexandra Ivy and Carrie Ann Ryan’s talent separately has had me reading them for years. Together they are phenomenal. From character development to world building and plotting, they’ve got it going on.

Aiden Snow makes Stolen and Forgiven come alive. His voice flawlessly takes this story to another level.

 

Audio copy provided for an honest review.

 

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Audio Review: Dust Of My Wings by Carrie Ann Ryan

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Dust of My Wings

Carrie Ann Ryan

Dante’s Circle series, Book 1

Narrator: Gregory Salinas

Audio Publish Date: July 24th 2012

Humans aren’t as alone as they choose to believe. Every human possesses a trait of supernatural that lays dormant within their genetic make-up. Centuries of diluting and breeding have allowed humans to think they are alone and untouched by magic. But what happens when something changes?

Neat freak lab tech, Lily Banner lives her life as any ordinary human. She’s dedicated to her work and loves to hang out with her friends at Dante’s Circle, their local bar. When she discovers a strange blue dust at work she meets a handsome stranger holding secrets – and maybe her heart. But after a close call with a thunderstorm, she may not be as ordinary as she thinks.

Shade Griffin is a warrior angel sent to Earth to protect the supernaturals’ secrets. One problem, he can’t stop leaving dust in odd places around town. Now he has to find every ounce of his dust and keep the presence of the supernatural a secret. But after a close encounter with a sexy lab tech and a lightning quick connection, his millennia old loyalties may shift and he could lose more than just his wings in the chaos.

Warning: Contains a sexy angel with a choice to make and a green-eyed lab tech who dreams of a dark-winged stranger. Oh yeah, and a shocking spark that’s sure to leave them begging for more.

 

review

 

4 Stars

 

A sweet, fun and sexy paranormal romance.

 

Shade and Lily come from two very different worlds, yet their chemistry is off the charts. She’s an OCD lab tech with a very normal life. He’s a warrior angel on a mission to keep the paranormal races under wraps. Add in a mysterious blue dust, instant attraction, insane chemistry, a secret or two and a few paranormal creatures, you get a hot, entertaining read and a great beginning to the Dante’s Circle Series.

 

I really enjoyed Lily and Shade’s story.  Passionate, sexy with a touch of sweetness and a little humor. Carrie Ann Ryan has given her readers a wonderful paranormal world for her readers to get lost in. And set the playing field for more to come.

 

Gregory Salinas voice creates a moving picture for Dust Of My Wings. Delivering the feelings, emotions, passion and drama of this story flawlessly. Mr. Salinas is quickly moving his way up on my list of favorite narrators.

 

An audio copy of this title was provided for an honest review.

 

 

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Audio Review: Finally Found You by Carrie Ann Ryan

 

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Carrie Ann Ryan

Gregory Salinas (narrator)

Tempting Signs: Cancer

 

Audio Release: 08-10-15

 

The moment Presley Mackenzie walks into her kitchen only to find her boyfriend in a sweaty encounter with another woman on her kitchen counter, she vows to give up men forever. Between her testosterone-heavy day job in the gaming world, her broken heart, and her need to grow into her own shoes, dating just isn’t important.

Mason Sutton not only just got dumped by the woman he thought he’d spend the rest of his life with, but now he finds himself healing beside the woman his brother cheated on. He’s spent his entire life living in his brother’s shadow only to find himself wanting the one woman he can’t have.

As Presley and Mason soothe each other’s hurts, they find themselves falling for each other even as they fight it. But as they learn to forgive and fall in love, their pasts come back to haunt them and the future they thought they could have starts to crumble before it can take hold.

 

review

4.5 Stars

 

Mason and Presley are two of a kind! They are perfect for each other. Complementing each other so well. They enjoy the same things, know how to have fun with each other and most importantly they could laugh. It did not surprise me once the hormones started flaring, Presley and Mason taking their friendship to the friends with benefits level. And the thing about them, adding in the sex did nothing wrong for them. Truly enchanting a Beautiful relationship, to a level that was truly amazing. Not to mention both have got some dirty talking mouth on them. Woot! Again remember they are not dating! Ha! When life events shift, we truly see how they are not dating.
Add in life throwing a wrench into everything that’s comfortable in their world. See how the people who don’t want to feel love truly do. A sweet love story with a naughty twist. Carrie Ann Ryan turns geeky escapades into steamy passion.
Gregory Salinas narration of Finally Found You turns this hot story into a scorcher. He brings a depth to Manson and Presley, that you don’t get reading from the pages alone. Not to mention Gregory’s voice is very nice on the ears. Having read Finally Found You then listening to the audio version after, this is one of those book that the audio truly makes a good book better.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided by the author for an honest review.

 

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Audio Review: Rock Hard by Olivia Cunning

hardRock Hard

Olivia Cunning

Sinners On Tour Series, Book 2

 

 

An ultimatum can break your heart…

Every night lead singer, Sed Lionheart whips thousands of women into a frenzy with his voice alone. But the stage is the only place Sed feels any passion since he lost Jessica…

If you’re not willing to break all the rules…

It shattered her heart, but law student Jessica broke off her engagement to Sed, determined to be successful on her own terms. But no other man can ever hold a candle to Sed…

Then a chance meeting and tortuously close quarters lead to uncontrollable flares of passion and rediscovery of their unique penchant for public encounters. Now, in addition to the risk of mutual heartbreak every time they get together, they’re in danger of truly scandalous public exposure…

 

review

4 Stars

 

Olivia Cunning keeps readers on the edge of sensation, temptation and titillation with Rock Hard.

 

Cedric Lionheart makes a girl want to bad things.  His presence will make her sweat and toes curl. All Alpha, pure sin, extreme talent, walking lust and an ass.  Yet all the women want a piece of the Sinners singers, except the one his heart holds onto.  Ced’s personality makes him dominating and protective by nature. His broken heart makes him the ass that he’s become.  Ced gets blindsided with anger, lust and the need to help.  Knowingly Ced walks the fragile line between the bliss of love and knowing if she walks he’s broken for good.  Even badass rock believe on love.

 

Jessica’s a beautiful, smart, hard working, takes no crap woman. I already had an opinion of Jessica having read Backstage Pass.  Know both sides to the heartache they endured changed my thoughts on Jessica quickly. Sometimes you to do things that hurt yourself thinking it’s the right choice at the time. Jessica’s quick actions and hurt cut to the core leaving a longing to never fade. Fate, desperation and need put Jessica in a situation where once again her heart and soul are on the line no matter how many times she says its just fun.

 

Grab a fan, get some ice and be prepared to possibly attack your other half. This book is that hot. Olivia Cunning gives readers a tour of Sin City like never before. Lust fill adventures, bar fights, a quickie wedding are just the beginning to the erotic and emotional Rock Hard! Seeing a side of the Sinners singer I would have never guessed there.  Highs and lows take a toll while insatiable passion carries the reader through the pages. Ced and Jessica will leave you will one hell of a lasting impression.

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Audio Review: Lost Embrace by Kym Grosso

lostLost Embrace 

Kym Grosso 

The Immortals of New Orleans Series, Book 6.5

Narrator: Ryan West

Release date: July 28, 2015

 

 

Dominant vampire leader, Kade Issacson, is devastated when his fiancée, Sydney Willows, is nearly killed by a demon and her transition into the supernatural tests the limits of their bond. Deep in the heart of New Orleans, they struggle to keep her alive while searching for an escaped killer who promises to end Sydney’s life once and for all.

 

 

 

 

review
4.5 Stars

Life Changes even for Immortals.

Once again Ms. Grosso gives her readers an intense, sexy and on the edge of your seat read. Lost Embrace has Kade and Sydney hitting a wall hard. Strength, trust and bonds are stretched and made deeper through love, friendship and passion. Fast paced and action packed this novella packs the punch of a novel. Action or passion will keep you turning the pages. Oh, the epilogue had my jaw on the floor and speeches.
Ryan West gives a excellent performance. Bringing a warmth and sensuality to Lost Embrace that intensifies the story.
Most people know I truly love the Immortals of New Orleans Series. Lost Embrace is a great addition to the series. Really leaving this reader wanting more.

Audio Review: Exquisite Trouble by Ann Mayburn

annExquisite Trouble

Ann Mayburn

Iron Horse MC, Book 1

 

  • Narrated by: Andy E. Ross, Stephanie Wyles

 

  • Release Date:02-23-15

 

Published July 15th 2014 by Fated Desires Publishing, LLC

 

Before I met Smoke I’d never been kissed, really kissed, by a man, let alone a biker sex god bent on taking my virginity and my heart.

I got dragged into the deadly world of the Iron Horse MC by my crazy twin sister who is engaged to the club’s President and even crazier mom who only cares about herself. Smoke has been assigned by the club to keep me safe even though he’s everything that I should be afraid of. He’s the kind of man who lives by his own rules and does whatever he wants whenever he wants, but he treats me like I’m something rare and precious, not a socially dysfunctional basket case who has no idea how to love, but needs him more than her next breath.

Not that my feelings matter, because if we don’t find my mother soon, the only thing I’ll have to be worried about is who is going to kill me first.

NOTE- This is Part One of a Two Part book with a ‘Happy for Now’ ending.

 

review

4.5 Stars

 

Smoke sets a woman on fire. Ex military and current Sergeant at Arms for the Iron Horse, this man’s mouth will send chills running from head to toes. Dangerous, sexy and raw, Smoke’s life walks a line that has most people running away screaming. When protection makes the badass fall hard, he and his exquisitely delightful and dirty mouth will stop at nothing to get the woman that has become his world.

Swan is so complex and simple all in one.  Smart, beautiful, sheltered and naïve. Living in a bubble of a world, her social skills may not be up to par, but she can withstand and endure things most grown men can’t. Drawn into a world unknown to her simple life, Swan falls into head over heals in more ways than one. Family, independence and a God of a man, change her life in a blink of an eye.

Ann Mayburn’s Exquisite Trouble is wickedly delicious and sinfully naughty.  Tempting, titillating and raw. An edgy story that will leave the lover of erotic romance panting.  The dual narration by Andy Ross and Stephanie Wyles makes this a dangerous book to listen to while driving.  Headphones are advised! Dirty talking men at their finest!  If you are a fan of erotic romance( even if you don’t like MC) Exquisite Trouble is a must.

 

Audiobook from my personal library.

 

 

deana

Audio Review: Alone by Marissa Farrar

aloneAlone

Marissa Farrar

Serenity Series, Book 1

Narrator: Julia Farmer

ebook, 207 pages
Published November 8th 2009
Caught in a violent and abusive relationship, Serenity thinks there is no escape. Then she meets a stranger, Sebastian, who shows her the possibility of a different future.
Only Sebastian has a dark secret; he is a vampire.
As Serenity’s life takes a terrifying turn, she finds herself drawn into a world she never knew existed; one of murder, love, and immortality. She is forced to confront her own weaknesses to save both her own life and that of the vampire she has come to love. But in the end all that matters is; can she find the strength to be
Alone ?
review

4 Stars
Marissa Farrar gives the reader a very lifelike interpretation of what living through domestic violence is life. Not skating around or sugarcoating the difficult topics and manages to draw the reader into an amazing story that will tear at your hear and make you think.

Serenity and Sebastian are both survivors. Making the dynamic of their relationship deeper than most.  Also opening  a world of new dangers for them both. Giving the reader a story with intense topics, action, complex characters and a bit of passion.
Julia Farmer’s narration adds to the depth and complexity of not only the characters, but the story as a whole.

I look forward to seeing what the next chapter of the Serenity series holds.

An audio copy of this title was provided by the author/publisher for an honest review.
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