Giovanni Romero had been dealt his fair share of heartbreak throughout his 30 years, including losing his beloved parents in a horrible car accident. After suffering yet another devastating loss, he decided to chase his dream of opening his own restaurant and was soon the proud owner of Romero’s, a hugely successful and critically acclaimed Italian restaurant, nestled in the heart of Chicago. Knowing that one more blow to his heart could destroy him, Giovanni had built walls up around his heart to protect himself. He had created strict rules for himself about the men he slept with, which included never exchanging names and absolutely no repeat performances. That was until he met a young man whom he found impossible to forget. After spending the last few years traveling throughout Europe and the Mediterranean, working as an apprentice to some of the world’s top chefs, 23-year-old Caleb Greene was finally moving back home. While he had enjoyed his studies, he couldn’t wait to reunite with his big, crazy, loving family, especially his twin brother, Carter. Most importantly, he hoped to finally begin his career working as the head chef for Chicago’s most prestigious Italian restaurant, Romero’s. After a night of celebration with Carter, Caleb finds himself in a rare position, going home with a tall, dark, and sexy stranger. Caleb had never had a one-night stand before, but there was something about the man that drew him in. Unfortunately, the man insisted they could be together for only one night. Unable to get the intriguing young man off his mind, but resolved to let him go, Giovanni was shocked to find that Caleb had been hired as his new head chef. Working in such close proximity to each other, could he keep his carefully erected walls in place and protect his heart, or would Caleb have the strength to tear those walls down, setting Giovanni free? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Pauley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/104722de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The war between Good and Evil has raged for millennia, with the Marked Souls caught in the middle. Now two lost souls will tip the precarious balance. Possession by a demon cost Jonah Walker his faith, his humanity, and his wife. Once a righteous missionary, he endures immortality with nothing but a body for battle and a bent for retribution. But his last devastating fight left him wounded beyond healing, and his only chance to redeem his soul lies with a fallen woman. Thrust into a wicked underworld of shadows and sin, Nim Hamlin can’t believe her wanton ways as the ´´Naughty Nymphette” enthralled a demon—and a damned saint. The world she knows doesn’t deserve deliverance. But the touch of this good man’s hand holds an unholy allure—and she’s never been any good at resisting temptation.As darkness gathers in the sweltering Chicago summer, Jonah and Nim must conquer the demons of their past to face even fiercer monsters in one last assault. But first they must put aside their doubts and disbeliefs and let their passion for each other burn through the shadows to ignite a furious power. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Renée Raudman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/004265de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The acclaimed author of There Are No Children Here takes us into the heart of Chicago by introducing us to some of the city´s most interesting, if not always celebrated, people.Chicago is one of America´s most iconic, historic, and fascinating cities, as well as a major travel destination. For Alex Kotlowitz, an accidental Chicagoan, it is the perfect perch from which to peer into America´s heart. It´s a place, as one historian has said, of ´´messy vitalities´´, a stew of contradictions: coarse yet gentle, idealistic yet restrained, grappling with its promise, alternately sure and unsure of itself. Chicago, like America, is a kind of refuge for outsiders. It´s probably why Alex Kotlowitz found comfort there. He´s drawn to people on the outside who are trying to clean up, or at least make sense of, the mess on the inside. Perspective doesn´t come easy if you´re standing in the center. As with There Are No Children Here, Never a City So Real is not so much a tour of a place as a chronicle of its soul, its lifeblood. It is a tour of the people of Chicago, who have been the author´s guides into this city´s and, in a broader sense, this country´s heart. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alex Kotlowitz. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/000456de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Chicago is one of America´s most iconic, historic, and fascinating cities. For Alex Kotlowitz, an accidental Chicagoan, it is the perfect perch from which to peer into America´s heart. Chicago is a stew of contradictions: coarse yet gentle, idealistic yet restrained, grappling with its promise, alternately sure and unsure of itself. Not so much a tour of a place as a tour of its soul, Never a City So Real introduces listeners to some of the city´s most interesting, if not always celebrated people. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Brick. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bkot/000235de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
During his storied career as head coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, Phil Jackson won more championships than any coach in the history of professional sports. Even more important, he succeeded in never wavering from coaching his way, from a place of deep values. Jackson was tagged as the ´´Zen master´´ half in jest by sportswriters, but the nickname speaks to an important truth: this is a coach who inspired, not goaded; who led by awakening and challenging the better angels of his players´ nature, not their egos, fear, or greed. This is the story of a preacher´s kid from North Dakota who grew up to be one of the most innovative leaders of our time. In his quest to reinvent himself, Jackson explored everything from humanistic psychology and Native American philosophy to Zen meditation. In the process, he developed a new approach to leadership based on freedom, authenticity, and selfless teamwork that turned the hypercompetitive world of professional sports on its head. In Eleven Rings, Jackson candidly describes how he: Learned the secrets of mindfulness and team chemistry while playing for the champion New York Knicks in the 1970s Managed Michael Jordan, the greatest player in the world, and got him to embrace selflessness, even if it meant losing a scoring title Forged successful teams out of players of varying abilities by getting them to trust one another and perform in sync Inspired Dennis Rodman and other ´´uncoachable´´ personalities to devote themselves to something larger than themselves Transformed Kobe Bryant from a rebellious teenager into a mature leader of a championship team. Eleven times, Jackson led his teams to the ultimate goal: the NBA championship - six times with the Chicago Bulls and five times with the Los Angeles Lakers. We all know the legendary stars on those teams, or think we do. What Eleven Rings shows us, h... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Matt Walton. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/peng/002106de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Relive the greatest moments in Bears football - newly updated! Since their founding in 1919, the Chicago Bears have carried the hearts and souls of football fans throughout the country. Now supporters of one of the NFL’s most storied franchises will go into the locker room and onto the turf with over 20 Bears legends in Game of My Life: Chicago Bears. In this newly revised edition, sportswriter Lew Freedman opens the doors to players’ private remembrances of how it was and how they reacted to the spotlight. Big touchdowns, career-making moments, and championship glory shared all come to the surface for Bears of the past half-century. Listeners will hear tales from Hall of Famers such as Dick Butkus, Gale Sayers, Mike Singletary, Stan Jones, and so many more. Within these pages, Chicago gridiron greats offer glimpses of the National Football League in the 1950s, the 1960s, and right up through present-day play. More than 60 years of Bears experience is represented in this collection of tales told by the men who lived through some of the most memorable moments in franchise history. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bob Souer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/008694de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A holiday fantasy short story for the romantic. Henry, a shy and talented artist, moonlights as a security guard at a museum and loses his heart to a beautiful, melancholy woman in a painting. As his obsession grows, he finds a kindred soul who helps him in his search for happiness. On Christmas Eve, Henry dares to take a chance on love and fulfill his dream. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tom Jordan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/102262de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Growing up in a Papua New Guinea mission, Joss Palmateer is a gentle soul with a unique view of life. Still adjusting to a new home in the US and the sudden loss of her mother, love is the last thing on her mind. Sexy physical therapist Ben Montgomery meets his sister´s friend and the sparks fly. He takes it as a challenge when she ignores his advances, but it´s her extraordinary inner beauty that captures his heart. With the help of a stray homing pigeon and an old origami legend, Ben sets an unwavering course of romance to win her love. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sara K. Sheckells. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/098994de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A Deal with the Devil - Overview In this lighthearted romantic drama/comedy, a practical, responsible Chicago career woman agrees to pose as the fiance of her ex boyfriend in exchange for money. It´s a fast-paced listen with many plot twists and a romance that veers toward the sweet side. The audiobook is the first in a series about a group of friends and the mayhem, mishaps and misadventures they encounter on their journey toward love. A woman in trouble.Amanda Wilson is in trouble and as usual, it has everything to do with her irresponsible brother. So she heads to her best friend´s cabin in Lake Geneva for a weekend of solitude and soul-searching. But she didn´t count on the blizzard or the unexpected arrival of the man who broke her heart. The man she´s come to think of as the devil. A man from her past. Fresh out of the Navy SEALs, Jake Lowell plans to start a business using his trust fund as seed money. But his grandfather has other ideas and changed the terms, requiring Jake to marry before he gets access. Now he needs a plan. But first, he must go to Lake Geneva where his ex is vacationing, ignoring the weather bulletins and her best friend´s calls, pleading with her to come home. A deal that changes everything.Getting stranded in Lake Geneva wasn´t part of Jake´s plan. Neither was his proposal. And he definitely hadn´t expected her to agree, but she did. Now they must deal with unresolved feelings and the issues that tore them apart a year ago. Jake´s proposal seemed like the perfect solution for both of them but it´s soon clear their harmless little engagement deal is far more complicated than either could have imagined. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Maria Hostage. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/013956de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The war between good and evil has raged for millennia, and as a powerful new enemy ascends, the Marked Souls are pushed to the ragged edge. Sidney Westerbrook has always studied darkness and damnation from a sensible distance. Now, to earn his place as a league Bookkeeper, he must discover why Chicago is such a battleground of soul-linked warriors. But the research becomes personal when he finds himself over his head and under attack - and at the mercy of a waif with demon-lit eyes and a deep yearning in her heart. Alyce Carver has been alone longer than she can remember, battered by the living nightmares that haunt her city. Cornered by yet another gang of demons, she unwittingly joins forces with a handsome scholar who can salvage her past, and she in turn may be the key to his investigations. But she won´t let him go until he shows her everything she´s been missing. What begins as an experiment in possession becomes a trial by desire so powerful it threatens both their lives, even as it binds their souls. Jessa Slade spent her childhood chore money on science-fiction and fantasy novels. Then she discovered romances, and the die was cast. Though a hopeless cynic, she secretly believes the flow of the universe can be positively altered by a well-told love story. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Renée Raudman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/004867de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.