Reviews of Books by Audrey Carlan

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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Nov. 13, 2018

International Guy: London, Berlin, Washington, DC (International Guy Volume 3) by Audrey Carlan reminds me of the value of life and love and friendship!

Synopsis:

Life has never been sweeter. I’m head over heels in love with the woman of my dreams, Skyler Paige. We’ve worked out the kinks of our pasts, and all I want is to start building our future together. But duty calls and International Guy is on our way to London, Berlin, and Washington, DC. Our entire team is about to be tested in ways we never imagined—but I know for sure, no matter how bad things look, there’s no team I’d rather be on…

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…

This volume includes the seventh, eighth, and ninth International Guy novellas.

Tracey’s Review:

Audrey Carlan knows how to keep me invested in her characters and Volume 3 is no exception. In London, my heart was broken, and I didn't know how or when Audrey was going to put it back together again. She left us all wondering where this series was going to go, and we were all pretty shaken up after the last book. We got some much-needed answers that I could have screamed at her for making me wait for...who am I kidding? I did. Of course, she makes it worth the wait, but more drama also unfolds. London is sweet and endearing but is also spicy and hot...like panty melting hot. You will swoon, laugh, sigh and be giddy as friends and lovers come together in a perfect blend of harmony that only Audrey Carlan can deliver.

In Berlin, Audrey takes us on an exciting and surprising ride. Holy hotness when all the guys come together to work in the same city. When the entire team gets together it's fantastic. They end up helping a woman who shakes up the IG family and hurts a couple we truly care about. New friendships are strengthened, and love grows by leaps and bounds. Someone has an amazing secret and you will also find out about some major heartbreak. Don't get me started about the crazy text messages as we try to figure out who is sending them. This installment is electric and enticing and keeps Audrey racing to the finish line ahead of the pack.

In Washington, D.C. the twists and turns continue and keep us investigating everyone and everything as drama exudes from everywhere regarding this stalker. These crazy letters and this new guy and his bat shit crazy ways keep us guessing. Then there's the girl who hurt one of our favorite IG men years ago and suddenly she is back in the fold helping the team. Audrey tackles a big issue in this installment that isn't pretty, but the way blackmail, corruption, and dirty truths unfold show what a marvelous storyteller she is. The steamy scenes between Parker and Sky will melt your kindle as plans for their future are being made. My heart is still giddy thinking about it.

Every book Ms. Carlan writes reminds me of the value of life and love and friendship. This story solidifies that fact even more than ever before. This team of people is incredible, and we should all be so lucky to have our own tribe like this to enhance our lives. Every book she writes teaches me something I didn't realize I needed at that point in my life and this volume is no exception. This just shows again what a fantastic story teller Carlan is. Audrey this installment proves that risk taking is important and as an author, you aren't afraid to shake things up for the greater good and that's how masterpieces are written.

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Nov. 13, 2018

International Guy: London, Berlin, Washington, DC (International Guy Volume 3) by Audrey Carlan wrings out all the feels, makes you wish for a freezing cold shower, makes your mind whirl with possibilities, and gives your heart exactly what it needs!

Synopsis:

Life has never been sweeter. I’m head over heels in love with the woman of my dreams, Skyler Paige. We’ve worked out the kinks of our pasts, and all I want is to start building our future together. But duty calls and International Guy is on our way to London, Berlin, and Washington, DC. Our entire team is about to be tested in ways we never imagined—but I know for sure, no matter how bad things look, there’s no team I’d rather be on…

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…

This volume includes the seventh, eighth, and ninth International Guy novellas.

Ceej’s Review:

Audrey Carlan wrings out all the feels, makes you wish for a freezing cold shower, and gives your heart exactly what it needs!  And London is no different; it is also the answer we’ve all be waiting for.   As always, she has a lesson or a learning opportunity for her readers.  I was not only very invested in Sky and Park, the IG Team (including Rachel and Nate), but in what I felt, learned, and how I grew from what I believed she was trying to teach me as a reader.  But that’s my experience.  In my opinion, the message for this installment is to have faith.  Faith in others as well as in oneself, and not to let outside opinions or actions shake the foundation of it.

Berlin just may be my favorite of this series so far!  It has it all, from Audrey-level wicked hotness to memory- and love-induced aches, to giggles and belly laughs, to pride and excitement, to outrage and anger, to total surprise and shock, and finally familial comfort. There’s just so much that I love in this book!  The ache I felt in hearing about Wendy made me just want to fix it all for her.  But then later, I was out-and-out cheering for her!  What we find out about Mick and Wendy brings out all the feels as I relate to them more than others.  Wowza.  Then there was a moment that I kept rewinding in the Audible version just so I can keep laughing.  The tagline for this project is so amazing!  I absolutely loved it and the scene where it becomes actualized is yummy!

Washington, DC is an amazing installment that shows a taste of the wickedly wild imagination of Audrey Carlan!  It’s rife with laughter, suspicion, surprise, and of course, the level of hotness I’ve come to thoroughly enjoy from her.  Sky’s beginning chapter had me snort laughing!  I love her relationship with Rach and Nate.  It really shows they’re not just bodyguards to her.  And gah!  Sky’s reaction to Park just walking toward her?  I want that!  It’s a beautiful thing and it’s not just lust-inspired.  The addition of Kendra…right now, I’m on the fence but I’m about 75% more on the side of not liking her, but that’s just because of her past with MY man Roy.  Otherwise, she’s intelligent, savvy, gorgeous, and has a sense of humor that fits right with the IG team.  Now this case…I don’t know if the other cases had hit my heart as hard as well as made me as sick.  Now, I’m not talking about how it particularly affected IG, it was the case, itself.  At the end of the book, I was cheering IG on!  All the threats and dirty deals and just icky feel from the client made the outcome all the more perfect!

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Nov. 13, 2018

Washington, DC (International Guy Book 9) by Audrey Carlan is an amazing installment that shows a taste of the wickedly wild imagination of Audrey Carlan!!

Synopsis:

Washington, DC—in the nation’s capital, power and money make the most scandalous bedfellows.

I’m not a sentimental man, but even I have to admit life is starting to look suspiciously like my wildest dreams.

I’ve got the woman I love in my arms and the world at my feet. So when a seemingly easy consult in DC comes up, I’m happy for an excuse to stay close to home and savor the good life.

But looks can be deceiving. What seemed like an in-and-out job covers up a much darker secret that rocks the entire International Guy team to our cores. Luckily, we have the help of one of DC’s savviest political consultants to guide us. Kendra Banks is intelligent, beautiful, and a blast from Royce’s past—a past he’d much rather forget.

I’ve never backed down from a fight, and I’m not about to start now—not when I finally have so much to lose.

Tracey’s Review:

Audrey continues the twists and turns in Washington and keeps us as readers investigating everyone and everything as drama exudes from everywhere regarding this stalker. While we try to figure out what’s up with the new guy and his bat shit crazy ways, we also have the letters that are trying to tell us something. Then there’s the girl who hurt one of our favorite IG men years ago and suddenly she’s back in the fold helping the team. I’m not gonna lie she got under my skin, but there is more to that story than meets the eye and it’s going to be good when it all comes out.

Audrey tackles a big issue in this book that isn’t pretty, but the way blackmail, corruption and dirty truths unfold shows what a fantastic writer she is. The steamy scenes and the love between Parker and Sky intensifies and it will melt you kindle and your panties. Plans are being made for the future and my heart is still all giddy thinking about it! Audrey Carlan, this Washington installment proves that risk taking is important and you aren’t afraid to shake things up for the greater good and that’s how masterpieces are written.

Ceej’s Review:

Washington, DC is an amazing installment that shows a taste of the wickedly wild imagination of Audrey Carlan!  It’s rife with laughter, suspicion, surprise, and of course, the level of hotness I’ve come to thoroughly enjoy from her.

Sky’s beginning chapter had me snort laughing!  I love her relationship with Rach and Nate.  It really shows they’re not just bodyguards to her.  And gah!  Sky’s reaction to Park just walking toward her?  I want that!  It’s a beautiful thing and it’s not just lust-inspired.

The addition of Kendra…right now, I’m on the fence but I’m about 75% more on the side of not liking her, but that’s just because of her past with MY man Roy.  Otherwise, she’s intelligent, savvy, gorgeous, and has a sense of humor that fits right with the IG team.

Now this case…I don’t know if the other cases had hit my heart as hard as well as made me as sick.  Now, I’m not talking about how it particularly affected IG, it was the case, itself.  At the end of the book, I was cheering IG on!  All the threats and dirty deals and just icky feel from the client made the outcome all the more perfect!

Audrey Carlan, wow.  How you pack so much into a book never ceases to amaze me.  Psst.  I need more now!  I need to know what happens next!

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Oct. 17, 2018

International Guy: Berlin (International Guy Book 8) by Audrey Carlan is electric and enticing and keeps Audrey racing to the finish line ahead of the pack!

Synopsis:

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

Berlin, Germany. A gorgeous new client is looking for a few good men.

It’s time for me to get my head back in the game. I’d love nothing more than to enjoy the times with Skyler and the guys, but I’ve got a business to run and we’ve just landed our most high-octane case ever in Berlin. Besides, who better to come up with a cutting-edge advertising campaign than us? And since we’re International Guy, you can expect nothing less than for us to go full throttle for our client.

International Guy is used to life in the fast lane and this should be an easy ride, but this case is more than any of us bargained for and if we’re not careful, this job could rip us apart. If we’re going to make it through this case, we’re going to need to bring in reinforcements. Somewhere along the line, this team became my family and I won’t let anything come between us.

About the Series

Parker Ellis, CEO of International Guy Inc., advises the wealthiest people in the world on life and love. And sometimes he can’t help it when things heat up and he ends up in bed with his clients.

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 eighth book in a twelve-novella series.

Tracey’s Review:

Audrey takes us on an exciting and surprising ride in Berlin. I love when the guys all get to work together on a case in the same city. Holy hotness. More of the team actually gets involved and it’s fantastic. They end up helping a woman that shakes up their IG family and hurts a couple they all truly care about. New friendships are strengthened, and love grows by leaps and bounds. Someone has an amazing secret. You will also find out about some major heartbreak. Don’t get me started on the scary text messages that get bolder as we try to figure out who is sending them. This story is electric and enticing and keeps Audrey racing to the finish line ahead of the pack.

Ceej’s Review:

Berlin just may be my favorite of this series so far!  It has it all, from Audrey-level wicked hotness to memory- and love-induced aches, to giggles and belly laughs, to pride and excitement, to outrage and anger, to total surprise and shock, and finally familial comfort.

There’s just so much that I love in this book!  The ache I felt in hearing about Wendy made me just want to fix it all for her.  But then later, I was out-and-out cheering for her!  What we find out about Mick and Wendy brings out all the feels as I relate to them more than others.  Wowza.

Then there was a moment that I kept rewinding in the Audible version just so I can keep laughing.  The tagline for this project is so amazing!  I absolutely loved it and the scene where it becomes actualized is yummy!

 I seriously love this group of characters so much that I’m invested and hurt when they hurt, laugh when they do, and end up fanning myself often.  Whew!  No one does hotness like Audrey.

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