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SIMARA

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  • The Highlander's Bride: McTiernay Brothers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Michele Sinclair
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (151)

    Highland laird Conor McTiernay had always dreamed of an enduring love. But the reality of women who desired him only for his title and lands made him swear off marriage forever. That is until he first set eyes on the Englishwoman his men found hiding in the forest. But would she prove to be yet another beguiling seductress?

    DARA says: "Stubborn Highlander!"
    "The narrator ruins the story"
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    I struggled so much to finish this book because of the narrator. So many things were wrong with Ms. Flosnick. She sounds too old to bring life to our young heroine. It was also impossible to distinguish all other characters. All men sounded the same and the midwife sounded like a man. The story is good but the narrator makes this a painfully boring experience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Angel: The O'Byrne Brides Series - Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Miriam Minger
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Klett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Ronan was a legend among men...and the last thing he needed was a troublesome woman. Yet this fierce Irish warrior took a deathbed oath to protect a chieftain's rebellious daughter. Triona was a hellion of a woman...who would let no man rule her. Raised in the ways of a warrior, she defied Ronan's every command. So he planned to marry her off, to be rid of the wild lass forever. But in the heat of battle - enflamed by her passionate spirit - Ronan decided he wanted this beautiful, impossible woman for himself!

    Susynne says: "spiteful bitch?????"
    "Very good Irish historical romance"
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    I really liked this book! Yes our heroine Triona was immature at times but still this story has the three elements I need to have on historical romances in order to like them: interesting adventure, hot romance and great narration. This book had all three so I do recommend it if you like Irish/highlander historical romances.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Countess Conspiracy: The Brothers Sinister, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Courtney Milan
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (116)

    Sebastian Malheur is the most dangerous sort of rake: an educated one. When he’s not scandalizing ladies in the bedchamber, he’s outraging proper society with his scientific theories. He’s desired, reviled, acclaimed, and despised - and he laughs through it all. Violet Waterfield, the widowed Countess of Cambury, on the other hand, is entirely respectable, and she’d like to stay that way. But Violet has a secret that is beyond ruinous, one that ties her irrevocably to England’s most infamous scoundrel: Sebastian’s theories aren’t his. They’re hers.

    SIMARA says: "Historical fiction with very little romance..."
    "Historical fiction with very little romance..."
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    This has been the only Courtney Milan book I haven't enjoyed. This isn't really a romance story, it's more historical fiction. It's the story of Violet and how she went through a journey of self acceptance, she fought for women's rights and equality and found love on the way. The romance is very mild and I got bored hearing about the inheritance of traits in plants. Not even the amazing narration saved this story for me. I do not recommend it. All the other books in The Brother Sinister series are excellent thought.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Not Quite Mine: Not Quite, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Catherine Bybee
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (135)

    Her life is missing the love… When Katelyn “Katie” Morrison attends her brother’s wedding, the glamorous hotel heiress wonders if she’ll ever find “the one”... especially when she sees her sexy-as-sin ex, Dean Prescott. While attending his best friend’s wedding, Dean can’t stop staring at Katie’s sinful curves. He swore he’d never repeat the mistake of falling for her. Learning that Katie has a newborn, Dean knows there’s more going on than Katie admits.

    Elizabeth says: "Delightful"
    "Not quite as good as the first one..."
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    This is a fluffy easy listen. It's ok but not a book I would listen to again. The first one was much better. I guess my issue is that the storyline is too fantastic. Katie is a Paris Hilton type character. She's a spoiled rich party girl who happens to get a baby in her doorstep (yeah right). The baby came with adoption papers and everything! The story of who the parents are, how the baby ended up with Katie and how she wants to quit party and socializing just to take care of the baby is unrealistic. The romance also didn't quite do it for me. This book is good if you get it on a good sale and want an easy listen while on vacation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Say Yes

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lori Foster
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (187)

    After finding her - now former - fiancé in bed with another woman, Sara Simmons decides that love and marriage just aren't for her. What she needs is a hot fling. Enter hunky next-door neighbor Gavin Blake. But Gavin is playing for keeps, and he's vowed to hold out for more than sex. Begging isn't Sara's style...but she will if he won't!

    Judy says: "Funny and sweet!"
    "It's a yes for me..."
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    This is a light listen. It's perfect for a relaxing day when you're in the mood for a sweet love story with a good dose of humor. Animal lovers will also enjoy listening about the pets the heroine has because they each have quite peculiar personalities. I enjoyed it a lot and for the price it should definitely be a yes for you too. I liked the narrator as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Heiress Effect: Brothers Sinister, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Courtney Milan
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (181)

    Miss Jane Fairfield can't do anything right. When she's in company, she always says the wrong thing - and rather too much of it. No matter how costly they are, her gowns fall on the unfortunate side of fashion. Even her immense dowry can't save her from being an object of derision. And that's precisely what she wants. She'll do anything, even risk humiliation, if it means she can stay unmarried and keep her sister safe. Mr. Oliver Marshall has to do everything right. He's the bastard son of a duke, raised in humble circumstances...

    Lia says: "Beautifully Crafted Story,"
    "Great story with an even better narration..."
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    I loved this book!!! The characters are complex, the conflicts are real and it's written in a way that you get to care for the different characters. This is a rich story that handles intense subjects such as political influence, human rights, mental illness and epilepsy. And the thread that binds all of those subjects are two great love stories. By the end you feel satisfied and happy because you see that love conquers all.
    Narration: Rosalyn Landor is one of the most experienced and amazing narrators I've ever listened to. She adds intensity and passion to the story and has an uncanny ability to make very different voices to all characters (and this story had lost of characters). She nails every characterization (men, older men, young women, old women).
    If you enjoy historical romances then you must add this title to your collection.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Best Man

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Kristan Higgins
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (354)
    Performance
    (315)
    Story
    (315)

    Faith Holland left her hometown after being jilted at the altar. Now a little older and wiser, she's ready to return to the Blue Heron Winery, her family's vineyard, to confront the ghosts of her past, and maybe enjoy a glass of red. After all, there's some great scenery there.... Like Levi Cooper, the local police chief - and best friend of her former fiancé. There's a lot about Levi that Faith never noticed, and it's not just those deep green eyes.

    Mary says: "Funny, flawed characters and great, dry dialogue."
    "Great family drama with lots of romance and humor"
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    I really enjoyed this book. It was really funny, realistic and a very well developed romance. I felt like I really got to know all the different characters and saw them as realistic because they were all flawed. I can even see this book becoming a really fun rom-com movie. I definitely recommend this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Angel: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (340)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (292)

    Lord Lucas Stokehurst is captivated by the gentle grace and regal beauty of “Miss Karen Billings,” who appeared seemingly out of nowhere and now stands demurely before him. Enchanted, the gallant, haunted widower impetuously offers her a position as governess to his young daughter, taking the lady of mystery into his home. But “Miss Billings” has another name, Anastasia, and a dark past that pursues her still.

    Michelle says: "Read this before Prince of Dreams!"
    "Just ok for me..."
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    This wasn't my favorite Lisa Kleypas book. I guess the fact that the heroine is just 18 years old and the hero is 34 didn't do it for me. I know it happened a lot back then but I like my heroines over 21. The hero was very much an alpha male and I didn't see the build up of the romance as the author usually delivers. It was an ok historical romance for me but not one that I wanted to listen to in one day. Tante narration was ok too. Didn't really like the Russian accent she did though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angel Mine

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Sherryl Woods
    • Narrated By Christina Traister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (140)

    Heather Reed thought she was making the right choice when she decided to raise her daughter, Angel, on her own. But three years later, Heather realizes she needs help. Her career as an actress is faltering, and Angel’s more than she can handle alone. It’s time to track down Angel’s father…only problem is, he doesn’t know Angel exists. Heather’s search leads her to Whispering Wind, Wyoming. If Todd Winston is dismayed to see his old girlfriend show up in town, he’s shocked when he looks into the angelic eyes of the little girl who is clearly his daughter.

    SIMARA says: "Nope, not for me... Children should be a priority."
    "Nope, not for me... Children should be a priority."
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    I can't recommend this book. As a mother, my children are my number one priority. You reject them and I'm out of there faster than you can say bye. Heather had a baby and never told Todd. When the baby is 3 years old she feels overwhelmed and decides to look for the baby daddy. That's when my issues started with this story. Your child is your responsibility. How can that character even consider dropping the baby with her father just so she can have an easier life and pursue acting. That's selfish. Then Heather arrives at Whispering Wind and Todd rejects the kid over and over again. Even after the paternity test he still said he didn't want custody only wanted to pay child support and Heather stayed there and insisted?!?! And even through that she had sex with him?!?! OMG! That character has no pride and doesn't really value her own daughter. I don't get it. If Todd didn't want to interact with his daughter then Heather needed to move on, get the child support and hire a nanny or sitter and continue her life trying to be the best mom. I know that the author's justification is that Todd had a past experience that made him be afraid to be near kids but why not simply say it or request to be accompanied by the mother when e interacted with his own daughter.

    I've read and enjoyed other "secret baby" stories but in all of the others the heroes were always willing and happy to spend time with their kids. Their issues would only be with the mother. Although I really disliked this story I must say that the narration was very good. Maybe that's why I finished it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Captured Heart: Highland Hearts, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Heather McCollum
    • Narrated By Michelle Ford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (109)

    Fleeing with only her bow, horse, enormous pet wolf, and the cryptic clues hidden in her mother's medicine journal, healer Meg Boswell gallops north towards freedom, running from the man who falsely accused her mother of witchcraft. Cursed with magical healing abilities, Meg knows that if she's captured, she will die like her mother-atop a blazing witch's pyre.

    DARA says: "Lovely Highland Adventure"
    "Didn't do it for me..."
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    The main problem with this book: bad narration. Michelle Ford wasn't able to make this story come alive. Her Scottish accent and her male voices were terrible. This is a historical romance with a fantasy twist since our heroine has some healing powers that come from a blue energy ball she's able to create at will. That combination didn't work for me. Their romance wasn't really passionate either so there really wasn't anything good enough to keep my interest.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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