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~~DARA~~

~~DARA~~ "Beautiful" Niagara Falls Member Since 2011

~~~"HOPEFUL ROMANTIC"~~~ *** Love Audio Books....Especially Historical Romances *** ~~ "Reviews Should Never Contain spoilers ~~

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  • "Another Kinsale Winner!"

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    Once again, Laura Kinsale has delivered a detailed story with an arduous subject for that time period. The medieval world comes alive with power struggles between families and the corrupt Catholic Church.

    I realize this book isn't going to be everyone's 'cup of tea' but if you've read "For my lady's heart" you'll gain more understanding as to why Allegreto has become so ruthless and thinks that he is beyond redemption. We met Elena is the first book as a young 6 year old girl. In this book she has become a young woman of 17. Together they have a strange and unusual relationship. The erotic love scenes (s&m) were intense and sometimes difficult to listen to but their relationship does have an unusual sense of balance. This story is mysterious, intense, sensual and has a love and redemption aspect that I found touching and endearing.

    If you enjoy the deeper darker side of Kinsale books you will love this. If not, you might want to skip this one.

    P.S. I know I've said it before but Nicholas Boulton is one of the best narrators on Audible!! He makes good books even better!

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    Shadowheart: Medieval Hearts, Book 2

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    • By Laura Kinsale
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    A fatally dangerous man...and the woman who stands in the way of all he's ever desired. Beautiful and ruthless, the elegant assassin Allegreto will stop at nothing to regain his rightful place. And the perfect instrument has just fallen into his hands, in the lovely form of Lady Elena - the long-lost princess of the land he intends to wrest back from his enemies. But she is no mere maiden to be possessed.

    ~~DARA~~ says: "Another Kinsale Winner!"
  • "~COMPELLING!!~ Love This Author! Lo..."

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    After listening and loving the book "My Sweet Folly" I knew I had to listen to other books by Laura Kinsale.

    "Flowers From The Storm" is a captivating romance with heart. The characters seem so real & true to life and main characters of Christian and Maddy are written with integrity and dimension. The story weaves a tale of "in sickness and in health" as it shows how romantic opposites in many aspects of life can triumph through adversity.

    This book is not for you if you are looking for lots of sex scenes. Its more of a genuine romantic story that is passionate, compelling, and emotional rather than fantasy or cutesy fun.

    Also, the narrator is WONDERFUL!! Can't say enough about him!

    Definitely, definitely did I say definitely worth a credit? Yes!!

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    Flowers from the Storm

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    He's a duke. He's a mathematical genius. He can't talk and he's locked in a lunatic asylum. Only a modest Quaker girl can reach him, but when she helps him to escape, she's swept into his glittering aristocratic world, her life torn apart by his desperate attempt to save himself.

    ~~DARA~~ says: "~COMPELLING!!~ Love This Author! Love This Book!"
  • "Adventure, Action, Fantasy, and Rom..."

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    When I saw this book was read by Phil Gigante I had to give it a listen....he can make a mediocre book sound wonderful. I was delighted to find out this book was good on its own and he made it even better.

    This book is packed with adventure from the start. Nicholas is a spy who is sent to the Highlands on a mission only to find out that his love for Rowan is stronger than deception. Nicholas has to prove himself to Rowan as well as the clan. Rowan is a woman who determined, loyal, and learns how to handle the dishonesty and choose to forgive.

    The author wrote the book so that even the minor characters had intriguing personalities. There was so much detail to their personalities and mannerisms they didn't seem so minor. This increased the depth and funny moments of the story which added to the appeal of the book as a whole.

    If you enjoy a good highland tale filled with fantasy, adventure, and more romance than sex...then this is for you. I will be pre-ordering the next in the series.

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    Highlander Betrayed: Guardians of the Targe, Book 1

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    Rowan MacGregor, the rock of the family, is doing everything she can to hold her clan together when she meets Nicholas fitz Hugh. Handsome and charming, Nicholas quickly joins clan life - yet he is not what he seems. A cunning spy, Nicholas is charged by the king of England to break the Scottish rebellion. Despite his loyalty to the king, Nicholas finds himself falling for beautiful Rowan. Nicholas must choose between the king’s will and his own. Can he betray his king and mission? Or will he turn on the woman he loves and the family he has come to care for?

    ~~DARA~~ says: "Adventure, Action, Fantasy, and Romance"
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    "I couldn't stop listening!"

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    I had never read or listened to a book by Tracy Brogan so I felt like I was taking a real chance when I bought this book, but from the very beginning of the story I was hooked.

    Feisty Fiona Sinclair has been forced to wed Miles Campbell. She believes Miles father killed her beloved mother and the Campbell's have become her mortal enemy. Now she's married into the family and is resolved to never be a "true" Campbell. Miles is a loving and patient man but even the best of men can take just so much. As the story unfolds family secrets threaten to tear both families apart. It's up to both of them to discover what's true and what's not.

    This story is very well written. The love scenes are romantic and tender and tasteful. Scotland's rich history is very well used to tell the story of clan's for and against the crown. The narrator Sarah Coomes is now my all time favorite narrator. Her speech is clear and concise. Her performance is full of emotion and personality and her accents are rich and true. She can switch back and forth accents with ease and makes the story come alive making you glad you chose the audible book over the paperback. I can't wait for Tracy Brogan to come out with more audible books, I will definitely buy them. I sure hope she keeps the same narrator.

  • Voyager

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    This is my favorite book out of this series. You have to read Outlander to understand what is going on but trust me its well worth it. The characters become like friends and you find yourself caring about them and there story while learning a great deal about Scottish history. Outstanding book.

  • Captured by the Highlander: Highlander Series #1

    "Loved it"

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    Where does Captured by the Highlander rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    I was sceptical at first but the author takes you on a journey and you find yourself wanting to come along. No vapid and timid female characters here, she gives real depth and feeling to every character and causes you to love or hate them. This is the first book in this series and I enjoyed it so much that I bought the next book to read.


    Which character ??? as performed by Antony Ferguson ??? was your favorite?

    At first I thought, (groan) male narrator, but I loved it. His rich voice was wonderful to listen to. His Scottish accent needs work but he gives his characters thief own persona and draws you into the plot. I would like to hear him read more romance books.


  • Lord of Ice

    "Ughhhh the worst reader!"

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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend my friends read this book. Listening to it is torture.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Emma Greene???s performances?

    I don't wish to be cruel as her performance of the female characters is flawless but the men come off as insepid and impotent. Her male performances were so bad that after an hour I had to stop listening. I wish I could get a refund!


    Any additional comments?

    Dispute the comments left by others about the performance I went ahead and purchased this. I wish I had heeded their advice. Buyer beware. Save your credits and buy the book.

Yvette

Yvette GILBERT, AZ, United States 04-09-14 Member Since 2009

I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.

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  • "LIKABLE H/h, but tragic parts a ser..."

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    I always enjoy a great romance and especially a medieval one that is set among castles and lush landscapes, with strong warriors and beautiful damsels. Crosby gives us very likable characters in the legend referred to as the Silver Wolf, Weston FitzStephens and Chrestien de Lontaine, a Norman noblewoman. Weston is a fierce warrior who champions King Henry's causes. Weston is feared by his enemies, considered a hero by his people and sought after by the ladies. Yet, our fierce warrior is very suspicious of women and doesn't really hold them in high-esteem, until he meets and falls in love with Chrestien. Chrestien is a very smart, young woman who is loyal to her loved ones, so much that she puts their needs and safety before her own. Chrestien is bold and has a temper, for this reason her father feared that she would be abused by an impatient husband, and therefore guided Chrestien toward the idea of becoming a nun.

    Unfortunately due to geo-political differences, Chrestien's father placed himself on the opposite side of King Henry, which made him an enemy of the Crown. On the battlefield Weston's men defeated Chrestien's father, leaving all that he owned as property of the Crown. Weston is sent to take over Lontaine and secure it for the King. This is where he runs into the beautiful and cunning, Chrestien. The first encounters, discovery of one another, and the chemistry that binds the connection between the H/h is interesting, palpable and just great. I loved seeing them fall in love with one another. With two very strong characters they had a lot to work through, but overall their relationship was passionate and became deeply rooted.

    There are very interesting supporting characters who any reader would gravitate to, and perhaps love. Unfortunately, there is a tragedy that occurs in this story that will be hard for readers to get over it. I had read various reviews and therefore learned about this spoiler, but even knowing that this tragedy was coming it didn't really prepare me for the impact. It was really sad and it's kind of hard to get over. It left me wondering why the author went in that direction.

    For the most part, the romance is very good. I also enjoyed the relationships in the story. Yet, the sweet aspects are contrasted by the overshadowing of betrayal, and treachery by an emotionally misguided villain. Thankfully there is an HEA that is endearing and sweet between the H/h.

    Narrator: Marian Hussey was excellent. I enjoyed her performance for all of the characters.

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    Angel of Fire

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    Devastated by the death of her father, Norman noblewoman Chrestien de Lontaine vows to see her twin sister wed and then take refuge in a nunnery...but the Silver Wolf has come knocking on their door and treachery is at hand. King Henry's blue-eyed champion has been sent to quell a nation's rebellion. He plans to seal their peace by wedding Gilbert de Lontaine's beautiful daughter, but though the girl with smoky eyes holds his heart in peril, the real danger lurks in unexpected quarters.

    Yvette says: "LIKABLE H/h, but tragic parts a serious downer"

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    • By Claire Delacroix
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    Dear Reader: Seductive and mysterious, Merlyn was the laird of Ravensmuir - never had a man so stirred my body and soul. I gave myself to him - willingly, trustingly, passionately - and we soon wed. Then a horrible revelation emerged, shattering my innocence and my marriage... Five years later, Merlyn returned to my doorstep, desperate for my help. The scoundrel swore he was haunted by memories of me, that a treasure locked in Ravensmuir could clear his name.

  • Silver Tears (






UNABRIDGED) by Becky Lee Weyrich Narrated by Imogen Church

    Silver Tears

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    When her mother is condemned as a witch and sent to the gallows, Alice Wiggins flees her English homeland to escape the same fate. In the colony of Maine, an inheritance awaits her— as does Christopher Gunn, an arrogant stranger who ignites a restless sensuality deep inside the young beauty. In the splendor of the Northeast woods, headstrong Alice is brought to blissful surrender by a desire too powerful to resist.

  • Waking up with the Duke: London's Greatest Lovers, Book 3 (






UNABRIDGED) by Lorraine Heath Narrated by Anne Flosnik

    Waking up with the Duke: London's Greatest Lovers, Book 3

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    • By Lorraine Heath
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    Renowned for his bedchamber prowess, Ransom Seymour, the Duke of Ainsley, owes a debt to a friend. But the payment expected is most shocking, even to an unrepentant rake - for he's being asked to provide his friend's exquisite wife with what she most dearly covets: A child. Lady Jayne Seymour, Marchioness of Walfort, is furious that such a scandalous agreement would be made. If she acquiesces, there must be rules: No kissing - and, certainly, no pleasure.

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  • The Earl's Mistress: MacLachlan Family & Friends, Book 10 (






UNABRIDGED) by Liz Carlyle Narrated by Carolyn Morris

    The Earl's Mistress: MacLachlan Family & Friends, Book 10

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    • By Liz Carlyle
    • Narrated By Carolyn Morris
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    Women rarely refuse the wicked Earl of Hepplewood, whose daring exploits are only whispered about. But when his new governess answers his proposition with a slap, then stalks out, references in hand, Hepplewood finds more than his face is burning. Isabella Aldridge has brains, bravado, and beauty - but the latter is no use to a servant. Her circumstances are desperate, and with Hepplewood's words ringing in her ears, Isabella realizes she must barter her most marketable asset - her body.

  • Rose of Sarajevo (






UNABRIDGED) by Ayse Kulin, Kenneth Dakan (translator) Narrated by Kathleen Gati

    Rose of Sarajevo

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    • By Ayse Kulin, Kenneth Dakan (translator)
    • Narrated By Kathleen Gati
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    Nimeta married a responsible man she met in college, had two children, and established a busy journalism career - and there was no reason to think anything would ever change. Then one day, while reporting on a protest in Zagreb, Nimeta’s life takes a dramatic turn. Not only does she lay eyes on a handsome reporter who captures her heart, but a little-known politician by the name of Slobodan Milosevic delivers a speech fanning the flames of long-dormant Serbian nationalism.

  • The Arrow: Highland Guard, Book 9 (






UNABRIDGED) by Monica McCarty Narrated by Antony Ferguson

    The Arrow: Highland Guard, Book 9

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    • By Monica McCarty
    • Narrated By Antony Ferguson
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    The talents of legendary marksman Gregor "Arrow" MacGregor are crucial now, as King Robert the Bruce moves to reclaim his Scottish holdings. Gregor's fame as an archer is rivaled only by his reputation with the lasses as a heartbreaker. But when he is exposed during a covert mission, Gregor is forced to lay low. He returns home only to find a new battle waiting: a daring game of seduction involving his now very grown-up and very desirable ward, Cate of Lochmaben.

  • What a Duke Dares (






UNABRIDGED) by Anna Campbell Narrated by Steve West

    What a Duke Dares

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    • By Anna Campbell
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    What woman in her right mind would say no to marrying the dashing Duke of Sedgemoor? Miss Penelope Thorne, that's who. She's known Camden Rothermere since they were children - and she also knows she'd bring nothing but scandal to his name. Cam can hardly believe Penelope turned down his proposal. But if she wants to run off to the Continent and set the rumor mill ablaze, he can't stop her. Then her brother's dying request sends him to bring home the one woman he thought he'd finally gotten over.

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  • The Unveiling: Age of Faith, Book 1 (






UNABRIDGED) by Tamara Leigh Narrated by Mary Sarah Agliotta

    The Unveiling: Age of Faith, Book 1

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    • By Tamara Leigh
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    Twelfth century England: Two men vie for the throne: King Stephen the usurper and young Duke Henry the rightful heir. Amid civil and private wars, alliances are forged, loyalties are betrayed, families are divided, and marriages are made. For four years, Lady Annyn Bretanne has trained at arms with one end in mind - to avenge her brother's murder as God has not deemed it worthy to do. Disguised as a squire, she sets off to exact revenge on a man known only by his surname, Wulfrith.

  • The End of Innocence: A Novel (






UNABRIDGED) by Allegra Jordan Narrated by Kirby Heyborne, Allegra Jordan

    The End of Innocence: A Novel

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    • By Allegra Jordan
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    On the eve of WWI, two students fall in love in Harvard's hallowed halls and must face a world at war from opposing sides. Helen Windship Brooks is struggling to find herself at the world-renowned Harvard-Radcliffe University when brooding German poet Wils bursts into her life. As they fall deeply in love on the brink of WWI, anti-German sentiments mount and Wils' future at Harvard-and in America-is in increasing danger.

  • Lisette's List (






UNABRIDGED) by Susan Vreeland Narrated by Kim Bubbs

    Lisette's List

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    • By Susan Vreeland
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    Her search takes her through the stunning French countryside, where she befriends Marc and Bella Chagall, who are in hiding before their flight to America, and acquaints her with the land, her neighbors, and even herself in ways she never dreamed possible. Through joy and tragedy, occupation and liberation, small acts of kindness and great acts of courage, Lisette learns to forgive the past, to live robustly, and to love again.

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