Reviews of Books by Audrey Carlan

Feb. 5, 2019

International Guy: Madrid, Rio, Los Angeles (International Guy Volume Book 4) by Audrey Carlan is unique, show-stopping, magnificent, wicked, explosive, panty-melting, and just…everything.

Synopsis:

This volume includes the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth International Guy novellas from #1 New York Times bestselling author Audrey Carlan.

It’s always been about love, money, and dreams. Love of the work. Make as much money as possible. Help make dreams come true. Now I know none of that matters if you don’t have the right people in your life. My team, but more important, the love of a good woman. My future lies in her hands, and I’ve never been happier.

International Guy Inc. is owned and operated by Parker Ellis, a ladies’ man with a high IQ and a big libido. He’s the most successful life and love coach in the world, and he’s smart enough to know he can’t run a multimillion-dollar company alone.

He hires two friends whose areas of expertise complement his own. They comprise The Dream Maker, The Love Maker, and The Money Maker. Together, they advise the wealthiest people in the world: Hollywood hotshots, European royalty, and the CEOs of multibillion-dollar companies. And sometimes they can’t help it when things heat up and they end up in bed with their clients. Quite literally.

This International Guy likes his playboy lifestyle, and he’s not looking for commitment. After all, there’s a whole world waiting for him. But as he goes from city to city, and from woman to woman, it’s possible that he just might find his own love along the way…

Tracey’s Review:

Audrey Carlan broke me in Madrid with this explosive installment by throwing me for more than one loop I did not see coming. A tidal wave came and blew my mind and crushed my heart. Ms. Carlan knows how to twist you up inside like nobody’s business and this installment is the start of psycho town where you will say, “what just happened?” You might cuss in your head or yell out loud or freak out. Oh wait that was me. On a lighter note, Skyler comes with Parker to help with a case and it couldn’t be more beautiful.  Chasing your dreams and never giving up in order to achieve them plays out so exciting in Madrid. Parker and Sky make even more plans for forever and I am giddy about it. Bo made me bust a gut in this installment as someone gave him a run for his money and his commentary was infectious.

Then she blew me away in Rio. You will get your fill of action, suspense, drama, heartache, pain and love. The twists and turns were crazy town and so many questions got answered. My emotions were so raw and I was holding my breath and screaming out loud! I’m not gonna lie I may even have hoped that AC kill a certain character but you will have to read for yourself and find out who and if she did. The love that this tight knit group of people have for each other is out of this world. Audrey, this installment is an exceptional bombshell of epic proportions and couldn’t have been told better by anyone else.

This phenomenal series came to a close with all the feels in LA and had my heart bursting with joy. I couldn’t have asked for a better or more lovely ending. I adored these characters so much and am sad to see the series end. They truly were family in every sense of the word and I felt like I knew them in real life. I could be best friends with Sky, Wendy and Rachel. Everyone knows I have a huge crush on my smoking hot book boyfriend, Bo. But let’s be real, Parker and Royce are easy to love and hard to forget. I will miss their crazy adventures. Thank you for this enchanting finale my heart and soul needed to feel complete. It was so beautiful beyond words!

The mantras throughout the cities were fantastic and spot on and AC did not let me down with her final mirror moment. I was so giddy and grinning from ear to ear. In every story Ms. Carlan writes I find something I learn and it reminds me of my worth. I appreciate that more than she will ever know.  IG fills your mind, heart and soul with hope, admiration, desire, love and faith. Don’t forget to Live Your Truth, Own Your Future, Embrace Your Sexy, Trust Your Heart, Feed Your Soul, Brave the Ride and Never Stop Dreaming and you will be happier than you can imagine in this crazy world. You are golden Ms. Carlan. Thank you, Audrey, for this unique, show stopping, magnificent, and panty melting series that will nestle deep in my heart for years to come. ❤️

Ceej’s Review:

Madrid continues the wicked emotional rollercoaster that Audrey Carlan is an expert on.  This book takes us from that initial grin to irritation to wowza to outrage to so many others, including shock, panic, and tears!  First off, I do not like Tracey.  Earlier in the series, she irritated me.  Now, I’d like to put her in a headlock and twist.  HARD.   I mean, who does what she did???  I’m…just…aaarrrghhh!!!  I just can’t.

Moving on before I spoil it more…Juliet…what a sweetheart!  I just want to hug her and lift her spirits and join the team in uncovering the beautiful light she keeps hidden.  I loved the SkyPark day in Madrid!  And holy hotness, Audrey!  That dinner!  Whew!  Then the end of the book…I can’t and don’t want to spoil it, but…what a way to make my heart race, make me cuss at you through my Kindle, and make tears fill my eyes.  Why do you make me love your characters?!?!?!?! 

Rio… What an amazing roller coaster!!  This installment is unlike the others in so many ways.  Park and Roy are not working a contracted case, Park and Sky are not just visiting another country.  I am so in love with this family of characters that my heart beats so fast when they’re in danger, it stops when something bad happens, it bleeds when they’re hurting!  And this stalker/bomber/arsonist…I admit to wanting the tides turned on them.  But Audrey is too nice. LOL.  I would LOVE 5 minutes in a windowless, soundproof room with that person.  Seriously.  After all that person did to Sky and Park and family?!  Grrrr!!!!!

Los Angeles is everything a finale can ever dream to be!  I fell so deeply in love with this family of characters that I felt everything they did from hope to despair, pain to relief, glee to terror, and hatred to love.  This last installment is just…everything.  Audrey, thank you for this installment.  Thank you for reminding me that happiness is a choice.  And yes, I choose to be happy.  Thank you for such a beautiful book!

I’m sad to see this serial end, but I can’t wait to see what happens with where Audrey takes Bo, Roy, and Wendy and Mick!

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Feb. 5, 2019

Los Angeles (International Guy Book 12) by Audrey Carlan is just…everything.

Synopsis:

Los Angeles, USA: When it comes to making fantasies come true, there’s no better destination than Hollywood.

After surviving hell on earth, the real healing begins. I’ve never been happier or more content in my life. With my dream girl by my side, I can do anything. The future has never been brighter.

A case takes me to Los Angeles, California, to participate in a new television dating program. I’m only supposed to consult on life, love, and dating. The plan was never to meet Skyler’s celebrity look-alike or to make an appearance on the show itself.

This was supposed to be a quick trip. Fly in for a few days, fly out. Do the job and make it back to my woman, who’s dealing with the aftermath of her trauma all alone.

How did I get roped into all this? And what’s Skyler going to think when she sees me on television as a contestant?

Ceej’s Review:

Los Angeles is everything a finale can ever dream to be!  I fell so deeply in love with this family of characters that I felt everything they did from hope to despair, pain to relief, glee to terror, and hatred to love.  This last installment is just…everything.

I loved that the installment began with such excitement and hope!  I admit that I cried through certain parts of this book.  These characters have taken parts of my heart and their joy became mine and it just spilled from me.  This is the power of Audrey Carlan.  She makes you feel what her characters do.

Sky!  I thoroughly enjoyed her project!  And I enjoyed her chill moments!  One part made me laugh so hard and I just have one word…Gordo.  Even thinking it cracks me up!!  I love Sky so much like she’s a younger sister and I just want to hang out with her and protect her and love her.

Park!  Who couldn’t love a man like him, who loves his woman and his family, including his brothers, with his entire being?  Who couldn’t love a man who respects others, regardless of who they are or where they came from?  Who couldn’t love a man who is just good people?  I love Park so very much!

The epilogue had me in tears from the first word to the last.  I’m not ashamed to admit it, tough exterior or not.  It was so incredibly beautiful.  And I’m talking ugly cry.  That’s how much I love Sky and Park.  That’s how much I needed their HEA.

Audrey, thank you for this installment.  Thank you for reminding me that happiness is a choice.  And yes, I choose to be happy.  Thank you for such a beautiful book!

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Feb. 5, 2019

Los Angeles (International Guy Book 12) by Audrey Carlan is a finale all the feels and had my heart bursting with joy!

Synopsis:

Los Angeles, USA: When it comes to making fantasies come true, there’s no better destination than Hollywood.

After surviving hell on earth, the real healing begins. I’ve never been happier or more content in my life. With my dream girl by my side, I can do anything. The future has never been brighter.

A case takes me to Los Angeles, California, to participate in a new television dating program. I’m only supposed to consult on life, love, and dating. The plan was never to meet Skyler’s celebrity look-alike or to make an appearance on the show itself.

This was supposed to be a quick trip. Fly in for a few days, fly out. Do the job and make it back to my woman, who’s dealing with the aftermath of her trauma all alone.

How did I get roped into all this? And what’s Skyler going to think when she sees me on television as a contestant?

Tracey’s Review:

Audrey Carlan finished this phenomenal series with all the feels and had my heart bursting with joy. I loved these characters so much and am sad to see the series end. They truly were family in every sense of the word and I felt like I knew them in real life. I could be best friends with Sky, Wendy and Rachel. Everyone knows I have a huge crush on my smoking hot book boyfriend, Bo. But let’s be real, Parker and Royce are easy to love and hard to forget. I will miss their crazy adventures.

The mantras throughout the cities were fantastic and spot on and AC did not let me down with her final mirror moment. I was so giddy and grinning from ear to ear. In every story Ms. Carlan writes I find something I learn and it reminds me of my worth. I appreciate that more than she will ever know. She delivers happily ever afters that are exceptional and make you feel like you won the lotto over and over again and this ending is amazing.  International Guy is a sexy, thrilling ride that makes women feel empowered, beautiful and loved for exactly who they are, they just needed reminding or a push in the right direction.

IG fills your mind, heart and soul with hope, admiration, desire, and faith. These mantras will travel with me to remind me what’s actually important in my everyday life. Don’t forget to Live Your Truth, Own Your Future, Embrace Your Sexy, Trust Your Heart, Feed Your Soul, Brave the Ride and Never Stop Dreaming and you will be happier than you can imagine in this crazy world. You are golden Ms. Carlan. Thank you, Audrey for this unique, show-stopping, magnificent, and panty melting series that will nestle deep in my heart for years to come. ♥️

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Jan. 8, 2019

Rio (International Guy Series, Book 11) by Audrey Carlan takes you to Rio, a beautiful country where Park and Sky experience beauty, love, joy, pain, sorrow, outrage, sheer disbelief, shock, pride, awe, heart-stopping panic, fear, devastation, and then finally, a chance to live free.

Synopsis:

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: where torrid temperatures can ignite explosive family secrets.

There’s nothing I won’t do to protect Skyler, the team, and my family. After the recent attempt on our lives, escaping to Rio to enjoy the hot sands of Copacabana Beach sounds like a little piece of heaven and a much-needed break from the nightmare back in Boston.

When my brother’s Brazilian mate solicits my help to weed out a shadowy embezzler slowly bleeding his business dry, I can’t say no. However, the more we dig into the issue, the more secrets come to the surface. Hidden agendas, grudges, and recriminations all seem par for the course in sunny Rio de Janeiro. The worst of it? The enemy we have at home appears to have come out of hiding and continues to threaten what I hold most dear.

Once again I’m in a killer’s sights, but more than that, the people I love back home are left vulnerable.

This International Guy knows that there’s a whole world waiting for him. But as he goes from city to city—and from woman to woman—it’s possible that he just might find his own love along the way…

This is the eleventh book in a twelve-novella series.

Tracey’s Review:

Audrey Carlan blew me away with this installment! You will get your fill of action, suspense, drama, heartache, pain and love. I want to go to Rio because Audrey described it so beautifully and some of the food and fun are right up my alley. The twists and turns were crazy town and so many questions got answered. My emotions were so raw, and I was holding my breath and screaming out loud! I’m not gonna lie I may even have hoped that AC kill a certain character, but you will have to read for yourself and find out who and if she did. The love that this tight knit group of people have for each other is out of this world. They are fiercely loyal and protective, and I adore them for it. I want to put Sky and Dennis in bubble shields, so they feel no pain or heartache and only love. Audrey Carlan this installment is an exceptional bombshell of epic proportions and couldn’t have been told better by anyone else.

Ceej’s Review:

In Rio, Audrey Carlan finally answers our questions as to who has been stalking my favorite couple, but she does so in a way that blows my mind!  This book doesn’t just tell you who it is, it takes you to Rio, a beautiful country where Park and Sky experience beauty, love, joy, pain, sorrow, outrage, sheer disbelief, shock, pride, awe, heart-stopping panic, fear, devastation, and finally a chance to live free.

What an amazing roller coaster!!  This installment is unlike the others in so many ways.  Park and Roy are not working a contracted case, Park and Sky are not just visiting another country.  I am so in love with this family of characters that my heart beats so fast when they’re in danger, it stops when something bad happens, it bleeds when they’re hurting!  And this stalker/bomber/arsonist…I admit to wanting the tides turned on them.  But Audrey is too nice. LOL.  I would LOVE 5 minutes in a windowless, soundproof room with that person.  Seriously.  After all that person did to Sky and Park and family?!  Grrrr!!!!!

Audrey Carlan, I know the series isn’t finished yet, but wowza!!  You blew my ever-loving mind with Rio!!

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Dec. 11, 2018

Madrid (International Guy Series, Book Ten) continues the wicked emotional rollercoaster that Audrey Carlan is an expert on!

Synopsis:

From Audrey Carlan, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Calendar Girl series.

Madrid—a sultry city alive with music, color, seductive sights, and a young woman with a dream…

In gorgeous Madrid, stars can be made, or stars can be born. Juliet Jimenez was born talented, with beautiful curves and a voice gifted from the heavens. With Juliet being so young and impressionable, I call in my best girl to help craft this Spanish sweetheart into a worldwide phenomenon. With Skyler’s unique, earthy approach, Bo’s special gift with a style makeover, and my confidence-building mojo, we’re going to have Juliet finding herself a future chart-topping music artist.

All we have to do is make her believe in herself. Ignore the scars marring her precious face and embrace her natural grace and showstopping effervescence. With International Guy, we’re capable of taking on any task.

Bringing Skyler along also gives my team and the authorities time to hunt down the person sending threatening messages. Unfortunately, it also puts our relationship in the spotlight. The paparazzi take some damaging photos that could hurt not only my girl but International Guy’s reputation. Big-time.

In the end, it’s not the paparazzi or the messages that leave us running back to the US. It’s a far more dangerous problem none of us prepared for…

Ceej’s Review:

Madrid continues the wicked emotional rollercoaster that Audrey Carlan is an expert on.  This book takes us from that initial grin to irritation to wowza to outrage to so many others, including shock, panic, and tears!

First off, I do not like Tracey.  Earlier in the series, she irritated me.  Now, I’d like to put her in a headlock and twist.  HARD.   I mean, who does what she did???  I’m…just…aaarrrghhh!!!  I just can’t.

Moving on before I spoil it more…Juliet…what a sweetheart!  I just want to hug her and lift her spirits and join the team in uncovering the beautiful light she keeps hidden.  There were moments where I felt such pride in the growth she showed in such a short amount of time.  And pride in the team!  They are worth the time and expense the clients spend, because they do such amazing work and I love every second!

I loved the SkyPark day in Madrid!  And holy hotness, Audrey!  That dinner!  Whew!  Then the end of the book…I can’t and don’t want to spoil it, but…what a way to make my heart race, make me cuss at you through my Kindle, and make tears fill my eyes.  Why do you make me love your characters?!?!?!?!

I love Madrid, I really do.  But ugghhh!!!!

Tracey’s Review:

Audrey Carlan broke me in this explosive installment by throwing me for more than one loop I did not see coming. Betrayal by one of the most important people in a person’s life can tilt their whole world upside down possibly to never be righted again. A tidal wave came and blew my mind and crushed my heart. Ms. Carlan knows how to twist you up inside like nobody’s business and this installment is the start of psycho town where you will say, “what just happened?” You might cuss in your head or yell out loud or freak out. Oh wait that was me. Plus, if you don’t like dogs, we can’t be friends.

On a lighter note, Skyler comes with Parker to help with a case and it couldn’t be more beautiful. Sky was so nurturing and sweet and she will make a fantastic mom one day.

Helping young women love themselves and know their worth is so important. Audrey was spot on with this installment. Chasing your dreams and never giving up so you can achieve them plays out so exciting in Madrid. Parker and Sky make even more plans for forever and I am giddy about it. Bo made me bust a gut in this installment as someone gave him a run for his money and his commentary was infectious. Plus the sexy, hot scenes that Audrey is known for are on fire in more ways than one. I have come to enjoy the mantras in this series and this one, Never Stop Dreaming, is spectacular.

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