Vacation!

Kate and I are on vacation for a few days!  While we’re gone we’ll highlight some old favorites.  So, from me, Anne, I give you some audiobook recommendations.

A few weeks back my husband and I were discussing rewatching the Star Wars movies, and how there’s this alternate suggested order that you watch them in.  It’s called Machete Order, and you can read about it here: http://static.nomachetejuggling.com/machete_order.html

I enjoy audiobooks, and Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ books are some of my favorites.  However, there are some of her books I avoid like the plague, so I’d like to suggest an alternate listening order for the books in two of her series:

Susan Elizabeth Phillips re-listen, Dirty Girl Order:
Chicago Stars:
It Had to Be You (#1)
Heaven, Texas (#2)
Nobody’s Baby But Mine (#3)
Dream a Little Dream (#4) – optional
(skip This Heart of Mine, #5  – she rapes him and we’re supposed to be ok with it. No.)
Match Me If You Can (#6)
Natural Born Charmer (#7)
Wynette, Texas Series
(Skip Fancy Pants and Glitter Baby)
Listen to:
Lady Be Good (#2)
First Lady (#4)
What I Did For Love (#5) (Note: The first 3 books aren’t connected at all, the last 2 bring them together)
Call Me Irresistible (#6)
The Great Escape (#7) (Although I think it’s fine to skip this one, if you’re like me, you’ll need to know Lucy’s story)
We hope you’re having a great summer and we’ll catch up with you soon!
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Unattainable by Madeline Sheehan

Unattainable (Undeniable, #3)
Grade-B
Hotness Level-Inferno
Kink Level-No Kink
Series-Undeniable #3
Genre-Contemporary
Reviewed by Kay
306 pages

This time we get Cage and Tegen’s story.

Cage is the heir to the MC throne for the Hell’s Horsemen. He’s so much like his dad it’s not even funny. His drinking and whoring definitely rival his father’s. He has always taken care of Tegen. He was her first true friend in the club. These two grew up together and Tegen fell in love with him at age eight and never fallen out of it. Cage is a hot guy, very very hot. Women love him and he takes full advantage of that they have to offer. Over and over again. He has issues with his father because of his childhood and they slowly fester.

Tegen being raised in the club was a horrible thing truly. Her mother was a club whore but only to one biker in particular. She watched her mother love someone who in my opinion never truly loved her. This has taken a toll on both mother and daughter. After high school, Tegen moves to San Francisco to start her career and get over Cage. His selfish and callous ways have hurt her far too much. She isn’t happy, she merely exists.

When Tegen is sucked back into club life you really feel for her because you know what it will once again cost her. She may have changed her looks but she can’t change who or what she is. Cage is there as usual but now he sees her in a different light. As a woman he wants. Can she handle it? This story was heartbreaking at times, just like the other stories in this wonderful series. You also get a story about Dirty and Ellie. Dirty is of course another biker within the club and Ellie is Danny’s friend from high school. Dirty’s story is horrific and their love story is a hot mess. But the way the author writes, just makes it precious. My big compliment on this book is that there is no cheating. Tegen is sleeping with a gut in the beginning but they weren’t committed. So, yay for me.

I can’t say enough about this series or it’s characters or this author’s writing. I’m all in and only hope I can stand it until the next book comes out!

Unbeautifully by Madeline Sheehan


It’s taken me a few days to get my thoughts clear enough to write a review.

Unbeautifully (Undeniable, #2)

Grade-B
Hotness Level-Inferno
Kink Level-No Kink
Series-Undeniable #2
Genre-Contemporary
Reviewed by Kay
374 pages
 
This story is about Ripper and Danny. Ripper is one of Danny’s dad’s bikers in his MC. Danny is a biker princess much like her stepmother, Eva. Her upbringing hasn’t always been sunshine and roses though. Her parents’ marriage was an elongated disaster and she and her brother just kind of floated through it. Living within club life was difficult but really all she knew. She loved Ripper for a long time and my god, the road was bumpy.

After Ripper’s torture at the hands of a mad man, he was in a self destruct mode. He drank more and whored more than usual. One drunken night he and Danny went too far and everything was fubar from that point on. He never felt he was good enough for her and acted out. They kept their relationship secret much to the horror of Danny who wanted to shout it from the rooftops. I get why Ripper wanted to keep it a secret. Her dad would’ve killed him had he known. In an attempt to save her from his world, he takes off to parts unknown, leaving Danny to deal with the backlash of their relationship.

Very emotional situations take place in this book. I liked both characters but wanted to slap them both, as you often do in this series. But you just keep right on reading. It must be what crack is like because I just can’t stop. Seriously, it’s my latest obsession. I haven’t been this excited or hooked on a series in a loooong time. I think about it constantly. It still tests my lines but I just can’t quit.