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SIMARA

I love books! Audiobooks take stories to the next level. I'm obsessed with Audible and will try to rate all of my books. Happy Listening! ;)

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  • Sweet Talk

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Susan Mallery
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (421)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (215)

    Is there anything sweeter than a first love? Don't ask Claire Keyes. The 28-year-old piano prodigy has never had a regular boyfriend, much less a real romance. Her music career has left little room for friends or family - which is just part of the reason she hasn't seen the family bakery or her two sisters in years.

    Latoya says: "Surprise"
    "Where is the sweet talk???"
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    What would have made Sweet Talk better?

    That the Keys sister would have been a little nicer to each other. They were so mean and rotten to each other that it became painful to listen to the whole story.


    What was most disappointing about Susan Mallery’s story?

    That the Keys sister were sooooo supremely nasty and horrible to each other. Disfunctional family to the next level.


    Which character – as performed by Therese Plummer – was your favorite?

    Therese Plummer is the very best narrator that I've ever listened to. She does an amazing job on every character and every story, even on this one that I did not love.


    What character would you cut from Sweet Talk?

    Both of Claire Keys sisters... But then it would not have been a series....


    Any additional comments?

    I really like Susan Mallery as an author but this was not her best work... I don't think I'll get the other books in the series....

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sweet Revenge

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Lynsay Sands
    • Narrated By Elle Newland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (90)

    While Kyla is grateful for the Scottish laird who saved her from marrying a loathsome man, she is just as furious that Galen has claimed her for his bride. But when they share an unforgettable night of passion, will it lead to a marriage of the heart, or will an enemy tear them apart?

    SIMARA says: "Good story, EXCELLENT narration"
    "Good story, EXCELLENT narration"
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    I really like this narrator. Her Scottish accent is perfect (I'm pretty sure she must be from Scotland). She does very distinct voices for all the characters and enhances the story with emotion and intensity.

    The story is good. There is a bit more violence that I would like but the romance is hot... And sweet and it has a few twists and turns I wasn't expecting. The ending was very nice too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Rancher Takes a Bride: The Burnett Brides, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Sylvia McDaniel
    • Narrated By Robin Rowan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Rose Severin, speaks to the dead or at least she pretends to until she can earn enough money to make her way to New York and become a famous actress like her mother. Travis Burnett is resolved to rid the frontier town of imposters like Rose. But Eugenia thinks the fiery Rose is just the woman for her obstinate son. She schemes to keep Rose at the family ranch where Travis soon realizes that the supposed spiritualist is more than just a pretty swindler.

    SIMARA says: "Excellent Western Romance!"
    "Excellent Western Romance!"
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    I LOVED this story! The romance is very well developed and the sexual tension was hot! The story and the narration were both passionate, intense and very interesting. I can't believe that the rest of the series is not available. Please add more books by this author!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I Married a Billionaire

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Melanie Marchande
    • Narrated By Veronica Meunch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (80)

    Maddy Wainright has given up on marriage - and men. After dating way too many losers who aren't capable of appreciating her for who she is, she's about ready to resign herself to a life of spinsterhood. Until her insanely rich boss Daniel Thorne comes along with an offer she simply can't refuse. He proposes a marriage of convenience - one that would allow Maddy to live in the lap of luxury for a year and Mr. Thorne to stay in the country that has become his home. At the end of their arrangement, Maddy will walk away with a cool two million dollars.

    Necole says: "Just another Billionaire who needs a wife...."
    "Can I get the 5 hours of my life back?"
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    Serves me right for buying a book with the word billionaire in the title. Bad writing and bad narration made this a totally painful experience. I feel like I wasted time and money on pure crap.
    Writing:
    It felt like three different people wrote this story and didn't really ask the other to keep up with the storyline. The first third of this story is this billionaire Canadian who is basically an illegal alien and needs to get a wife for Inmigration purpose. So far so good and it was like any other Harlequin type novel.
    Then the second third he starts taking his new fake wife to a restaurant that they used to go when he was a child (wait, wasn't he from Canada?)
    The last third is when the book gets REAL ridiculous. It felt like the author just finished reading Fifty Shades Freed and decided to incorporate Christian Grey's BDSM play into the story. There were very similar parts integrated. Even when the previous submissive came back into the picture. But in this story it didn't make sense and felt very disconnected.
    This story is all over the place and there is no real conflict because they never break up or have a huge fight or anything. The love connection wasn't there either. All in all one of the worst audible titles I've ever bought.

    Narration:
    Holy breathy narration! What's up with that. Breath! There was too much whispering and breathy narration to make this book enjoyable. I know the storyline was pathetic but the narration did not make it better at all. Skip this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Billionaire Wins the Game: Billionaire Bachelors, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Melody Anne
    • Narrated By Lilly Swan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (210)

    Joseph Anderson has decided it's time for his three successful sons to find brides. Joseph wants grandchildren to fill his mansion, and he wants them immediately. His eldest son, Lucas, is successful in all areas of his life, except love, and Joseph begins matchmaking. He finds Amy Harper and deems her the perfect daughter-in-law. He just needs to get her and Lucas to both realize they're made for each other. Anderson is wealthy, sexy, and stubborn. He has no desire to have any woman enter his life, causing chaos, or using his family's name.

    JEM0371 says: "Enjoyable Characters! Great Read!"
    "Completely predictable..."
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    Think about every cliche you've ever read about in romance novels and this one has it. It's so predictable and boring that I can't believe I manage to finish it. Young woman who's a virgin comes to work for handsome billionaire. They fall in lust at first sight. They have sex once without protection and obviously she gets pregnant. Add a medling billionaire father in law that has made his life's mission to make his sons marry and give him grand babies and you have a predictable fluff... With a happily ever after. An average unremarkable narration does not really redeem this story. Skip this one...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hero's Homecoming

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rebecca Crowley
    • Narrated By Teresa Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Six months ago, being snowed in at Christmas with the amazing woman he met on R & R at Fort Riley would have been a dream come true, yet now, as a blizzard swirls outside Beth Tate's house, Captain Chris Walker knows he shouldn't be there. Blinded in combat and emotionally scarred, he never wanted Beth to know the man he's become - but stranded by the storm, he had no one else to call.

    SIMARA says: "Who can resist a true hero..."
    "Who can resist a true hero..."
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    What a pleasant surprise! This book had no reviews but I found the blurb to be interesting so I gave it try. Well it far exceeded my expectations. Even though the story is only three and a half hours long it feels complete. It's a very emotional journey. Chris was hurt in combat and left blind. When he was hurt he broke up with Beth over a two sentence email because he didn't want to let her know about his injuries and have him be a burden to her. But a blizzard forces Chris to ask Beth for help when he is stranded at the airport.
    Listening to the story brought tears to my eyes several times. It was very emotional to see how hurt and betrayed Beth was and how difficult it was for her to trust in Chris again. On the other hand Chris was also battling PTSD and his own strong feelings towards Beth. It was such a beautiful story. I was so rooting for them and for a satisfying Happily ever After and the story did not disappoint. The narrator also did an excellent job portraying the emotions of the characters and added extra intensity to the story.
    I highly recommend this little gem!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Mary Balogh
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (202)

    After surviving the Napoleonic Wars, Sir Benedict Harper is struggling to move on, his body and spirit in need of a healing touch. Never does Ben imagine that hope will come in the form of a beautiful woman who has seen her own share of suffering. After the lingering death of her husband, Samantha McKay is at the mercy of her oppressive in-laws - until she plots an escape to distant Wales to claim a house she has inherited. Being a gentleman, Ben insists that he escort her on the fateful journey.

    Kimberly says: "A lovely escape"
    "Hidden surprise"
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    I liked this story a lot. The characters felt very real and their struggles were belieable. Our heroine lost her husband after a very long illness. Our hero was hurt in war and was left disabled. Their journey to starting over their lives made them fall in love with each other. The excellent narration of Rosalyn Landor adds extra emotion to the story.
    As an added bonus after the main story ends you get a free novella called The Suitor. It's only an hour and a half long so it's very brief but it was good as well and felt pretty complete.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • This Wicked Gift: A Carhart Series Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Courtney Milan
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    Lavinia Spencer is too poor to be anything but practical. But when her younger brother lands himself in trouble, she has no choice but to do the unthinkable. She accepts the help of the dishonorable man that she's always wanted, even knowing that it might mean her ruination.

    SIMARA says: "Sometimes you're in the mood for a quickie listen"
    "Sometimes you're in the mood for a quickie listen"
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    I really enjoy historical romances and I was looking for a short story (novella). This was exactly was I was looking for, a short and sizzling hot story that mostly centers in the romance of our hero and heroine. It's fast paced due to how short it is but it's intense and complete. I also liked the fact that these were normal people. No dukes, count, king, nothing.., Just two people falling in love and struggling with poverty, temptation and the different life struggles. It also has a mild Christmas theme that I enjoyed.

    A good story can only get even better with good narration. Rosalyn Landor is my favorite historical romance narrator and she did an excellent job with this story as always. Her male voices and accents are impeccable. She adds so much emotion to her characters that you can really live the story. Highly recommended for historical romance fans who are in the mood for a quickie... Listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sleigh Belles

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Beth Albright
    • Narrated By Allison McLemore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (54)

    With her hair perfectly coiffed, nails freshly manicured and a heavy trail of perfume wafting behind her, local news reporter Dallas Dubois is sure she's about to kick her career - and maybe her love life - into high gear. The director of the Tuscaloosa children's Christmas play has fallen ill, and Dallas is ordered by her station manager to take the reins. Everyone is shocked - especially Cal Hollingsworth, who still remembers her as the Ice Queen from high school.

    Tamicat says: "Best of the trilogy"
    "The healing power of forgiveness"
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    This book actually has a very good and powerful message, that you need to forgive in order to heal your heart and be truly happy. That's the process that our heroine went through. It was not easy for her to let go of all the pain and heartache her family put her through but at the end she let go of the past and was able to find the love and acceptance she always needed. That said the story feels long at times and I was able to finish it by increasing the narration speed. It's and ok story but it should have been shorter.

    The love story is nice and mild. The Christmas theme goes on throughout the whole story. The narration is adequate and the southern accent was done correctly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moosed-Up

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Tiffinie Helmer
    • Narrated By Erin Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Stay out of the woods...the moose are loose and the men are hungry. Nurse Practitioner Eva Stuart’s life is messed up. She found her fiancé in bed with her best friend, Jeremy, which has killed her confidence as a desirable woman and brought her judgment into question when it comes to men. Needing a change of scenery, she leaves Cincinnati behind for the wilds of Alaska and opts for running a medical clinic in a remote town. Her life quickly changes from messed-up to moosed-up as nature takes a stab at her.

    SIMARA says: "I want more!!"
    "I want more!!"
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    I loved this story. It's short and fast paced but it's written in a way that makes the romance belieaveble. I did an Internet search for books to read after Virgin River and this was a suggestion. And yes I see the similarities with the heroine being a nurse practitioner needing a break after a breakup/loss but this one is much more fun and less drama. The narration is very good too but I gave it 4 stars because the narrator made several awkward pauses that editing should have fixed. But it's no big deal.

    This audiobook was well worth my time and money so yes I highly recommend it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • His Bonnie Bride

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Hannah Howell
    • Narrated By MacNab Ashford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (229)

    Storm Eldon was first caught up in the war between England and Scotland as a young girl, when she and her family were held hostage by their sworn enemies, the MacLagans. Years later, Storm finds herself trapped in the clutches of her Scottish adversaries once again. Now she must fight to preserve her loyalties, guard her virtue, and resist the charms of Tavis MacLagan, her handsome Highland captor.

    Jordy says: "Great romance, wonderful imagery, excellent plot!"
    "Skip this one..."
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    I finished this book because the narrator is very good. The story is lacking in so many ways. First, for me No means no. So our hero did not take that No kindly from the heroine and basically told her not to resist because it was gonna happen anyway. That for me is rape. I don't even understand how the heroine fell in love with the hero. He always treated her like a hostage and property. And him eyeing her when she was 10 years old? Nah.. After all that the hero put our Storm through there was not enough groveling to justify her forgiveness. So, with so many historical romance books out there I'd say skip this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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