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  • Reckless: House of Rohan Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Anne Stuart
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    Overall
    (307)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (204)

    Adrian Alistair Rohan lost his faith, and now, a dedicated member of the depraved Heavenly Host, he loses himself in his only pleasure: the seduction and debauchery of beautiful women. Rich, charming, and devastatingly skilled in the arts of love, he never fails in his conquests…until Charlotte Spenser. Charlotte is facing a desolate, passionless future, none of which matters to Adrian, who imagines her a toy until better prey arrives.

    Judy says: "Magic!"
    "Excellent -- and great narrator!"
    Overall

    This series really keeps me listening! The narrator, as well as the story, keep the "reader" deeply involved. Becoming a huge fan of this series! Will also look for more by this narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Prince Charming

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (283)

    To escape becoming a ward of her unscrupulous uncle, Taylor Stapleton will wed Lucas Ross, a rugged American rancher. Taylor also has a secret...a precious legacy she hasn't revealed to Ross. However, as she begins to fall for her handsome new husband, Taylor dares to surrender her heart to an uncertain future.

    Tanya says: "Loved it!"
    "One of the very best!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Well written - charming story - excellent narrator. Humor, pathos, great story line... what more could you want!?! Rosalyn does her usual amazing job of voicing the various characters in a believable, and charming way. Julie is at her best with a touching, innovative twist on the story line. Though there is some slight darkness in the background to the story, it's not allowed to intrude on the uplifting feeling that pervades the book. Just adds to the satisfaction of a great resolution. Well done!

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • How to Marry a Duke

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Vicky Dreiling
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Jasicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (449)
    Performance
    (388)
    Story
    (389)

    In Vicky Dreiling’s enchanting Regency romance debut, Tristan - the rakish duke of Shelbourne - wants to marry and sire an heir. To help him choose among the dizzying array of wealthy but witless candidates, he secures the services of prim and proper matchmaker Miss Tessa Mansfield. But as Tessa seeks the perfect mate, the duke finds himself distracted by Tessa’s considerable charms.

    Dalia says: "My first book for Vicky, not the last ;)"
    "Another terrific book by Dreiling"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I enjoy Lisa Kleypas, Julia Quinn, and Mary Balogh, and usually look to see if any of their books are added to the "new" list. If so, I typically purchase them. It's great to have another author good enough to add to the list! Vicky's books, so far, have proved ineresting and enjoyable - not too dark or too lightweight either. This was another in a string of very enjoyable efforts on her part.

    I aso really like Elizabeth Jasicki's narration. You probably know what it's like to see an author you like and quickly check the narrator..... "Oh terrific!" - and then the click to "add to cart." I've begun searching by narrators that I like as well, and have added her to the list. ,

    I was not disappointed in either case with this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Night Like This

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Julia Quinn
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (219)

    Anne Wynter might not be who she says she is.... But she's managing quite well as a governess to three highborn young ladies. Her job can be a challenge: in a single week she finds herself hiding in a closet full of tubas, playing an evil queen in a play that might be a tragedy (or might be a comedy; no one is sure), and tending to the wounds of the oh-so-dashing Earl of Winstead. After years of dodging unwanted advances, he's the first man who has truly tempted her, and it's getting harder and harder to resist.

    Lupdilup says: "Maybe Julia Quinn is not for me"
    "Excellent Author, amazing narrator; great listen!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Julian Quinn always provides a compelling storyline. What really differentiates her, though, is her keen insight into human nature and her marvelous, often wry, sense of humor! Rosalyn Landor is absolutelyl perfect as a narrator, as she clearly "gets it" and has the capacity to act, as much as read.

    I also appreciate Julia Quinn's ability to take the reader to the "highs", and clearly represent the "lows" -- without wallowing in the "lows" chapter after chapter. Bright, witty, compelling romance! Thank you, Julia and Rosalyn!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Seduction of Lady X: The Secrets of Hadley Green, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Julia London
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (70)

    The surprising news that dashing steward Harrison Tolly, illegitimate son of the Earl of Ashwood, is the rightful heir to his father’s estate comes at a most inopportune time. With a wedding on the horizon and a baby on the way, a new life of privilege and prestige would be a blessing but for one problem: His heart belongs to another woman. Harrison keeps his desires for his employer’s wife, Lady Olivia Carey, so hidden that even she does not know of his devotion.

    Karen says: "90% sad/10% happy ending"
    "90% sad/10% happy ending"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I probably wouldn't recommend this book, although Ive really enjoyed Julia London's other Hadley Green novels. The reappearance of earlier characters at the end was refreshing, but almost


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have preferred that the earlier parts of the story might have allowed the reader to experience a better balance of enjoyable and


    Have you listened to any of Justine Eyre’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Justine Eyre is one of my very favorate narrators, and she does jan admirable job, as usual. .


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I might go see a movie version of this book, in large part, because I liked the earlier Hadley Green books. It would be interesting to see how some scenes would be played.


    Any additional comments?

    I think I mostly just prefer lighter, wittier historical romances.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Breathless: House of Rohan Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Anne Stuart
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (175)

    Ruined beyond repair and shunned by London society, lovely Miranda Rohan rebelliously embraces the freedom that comes from having nothing left to lose. However, this dangerous course throws her under the power of the darkly enigmatic Lucien de Malheur - known to many as the Scorpion. Seeking to destroy the Rohans, Lucien traps Miranda in a marriage she thinks is based on friendship but instead is rooted in vengeance.

    Judy says: "Not Your Ordinary Love Story"
    "Not quite as good as the first two?"
    Overall

    I don't know... Maybe it was my mood, but I really think I just did not care as much about being seduced by this male protagonist. Anne Stuart has been incredibly artful about developing previous characters, and took me right along with the heroine. This time, it just seemed a little too dark -- without the compensatory elation! Still a great narrator. I'll also allow that, sometimes, when I listen to a book again, I like it better. That may be the case with this one -- as I LOVED the first two!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ruthless: House of Rohan Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Anne Stuart
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    Overall
    (594)
    Performance
    (414)
    Story
    (424)

    Few outsiders will ever witness the dark misdeeds of the Heavenly Host. And among this secret society, where exiled Georgian aristocrats gather to indulge their carnal desires, fewer still can match the insatiable appetite of their chief provocateur, the mysterious Viscount Rohan. Pursuit of physical pleasure is both his preferred pastime and his most pressing urge, until he encounters the fascination of a woman who won't be swayed.

    Judy says: "Loved It!"
    "Different - and excellent"
    Overall

    This one is terrific! It's not a "bit of fluff", but there are still moments of humor, and the reader is lured cleverly into developing feelings right along with the heroine. A difficult task, considering the initial actions of the "Hero"! I loved this one and Book 2 as well.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Secret Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Mary Balogh
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (356)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (211)

    Once the temepestuous Hannah Reid, Duchess of Dunbarton, and dangerous Constantine Huxtable, two passionate and scandalous figures, find each other, they discover that it isn’t so easy to extricate oneself from the fires of desire - without getting singed. For the duchess and the dark lord each have startling secrets to reveal, and when all is said and done, neither will be able to say which one fell in love first, who tamed whom, and who has emerged from this game of hearts with the stronger hand.

    Karen says: "Way better than first reviewer's one!"
    "Way better than first reviewer's one!"
    Overall

    I'm not certain why this only got a one star rating, but I enjoyed it quite thoroughly - as I always seem to do, with Mary Balogh's novels! I confess that I was awaiting a match for "Con" (a character type I particularly enjoy) -- and that made it all the more exciting. I wonder if the reviewer did not care for the slightly stylized rendition that Anne Flosnik offers. When the story is good, though, she gives it "front stage" and allows it to shine on its own merit. Additionally, her tone is well suited to the dry, urbane humor that marks Balogh's works. I give it a four + -- probably mostly to allow a bit of room in case I need a future five -- and recall thinking that this is one I'll want to "read" again!!!

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • One Sweet Moment

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Maggie Craig
    • Narrated By Lesley Mackie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Since losing their parents, Kate and Andrew Dunbar have been living with their cold-hearted aunt and uncle within the vaults of Edinburgh's South Bridge. Worked relentlessly, Kate has little chance to secure a different way of life for herself and her brother.

    Katherine says: "what an ending tissue please"
    "NOT what I expected... or desired..."
    Overall

    If you enjoy historical romance novels that are well-written, but lighthearted and predominantly happy, this one is NOT for you. 95% of the novel is spent recounting tragic, deeply disturbing, even sexually depraved events, steeped in a sense of loss and inescapable sadness. The ending -- a rather distant commentary on social progress -- is, to me, not worth the emotional turmoil the reader has, by that point, borne. Also, the cookie that is tossed the reader in terms of a - somewhat - happy ending is utterly insufficient.

    That being said, the book probably accomplishes what it sets out to do, (though with a bit of a sledge hammer approach). It is well read -- excellent narrator. I just wished fervently that I hadn't bought it. Way too disturbing/depressing!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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