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Robin in Vermont

I really appreciate the women I follow on Audible. Thank you all for your recommendations, and have a very Happy New Year!

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  • Somewhere I'll Find You

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (374)
    Story
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    The toast of the town...All London is at Julia Wentworth’s feet — and anything she desires is hers for the asking. But the glamorous leading lady guards a shocking secret: a mystery husband whom she does not know, dares not mention...and cannot love. For years Damon Savage has been searching for thestranger his parents wed him to without his consent, hoping to legally free himself from matrimony’s invisible chains.

    Ilene says: "Fantastic!!!"
    "Mild and Tidy."
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    I've been indulging in a lot of Lisa Kleypas lately. I find her books soothing and a great escape. Especially as read by Rosalyn Landor. This one was very much like the others, though it didn't stand out for me. I think the problem was the female protagonist. She was independent enough to become an actress to support herself at a time when that profession was scandalous, but not strong enough to realize she was in love . . . ?

    That was just weak. A woman like that would know what she wanted and go for it. So much time was wasted with her in denial that it kind of ruined the whole book. And the male character was a neanderthal. Period.

    Dear Ms. Kleypas: You have a good thing going. Stop making your female characters so stupid, and your male characters so one dimensional. Thank you, a loyal fan.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Midnight Hunt: Midnight Hunters, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By L. L. Raand
    • Narrated By Maxine Mitchell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (148)

    What do you do when you wake up to a whole new life…with dangerous urges you can't control? Medic Drake McKennan has never been good at following protocol, so she doesn't think twice about rendering emergency care when a teenager's life is at stake - even if the young girl is in the throes of Were fever and any sane human should know better. It isn't the bright shining pain of the bite or even the wrenching agonies of the fever that convinces Drake everything in her life has changed.

    Karen says: "Graphic porn"
    "Confusing"
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    I hate to give this book a bad rating. There are so few lesbian PR's being written that every author is precious. Still, this had a kitchen sink feel to it, as in, let's throw in everything but the kitchen sink.

    Women getting women pregnant. Hmmmm. That's where Raand lost me. I get that this is a fantasy, but shouldn't it be even remotely realistic so we can imagine the world is real?

    I can get behind a female Alpha -- that's a great concept. But some of the other stuff just kept kicking me out of the story.

    I admit I didn't get far, and this is a series so maybe it gets better, but with the starting premise being so bizarre, I just don't think I can go back to it.

    It's a shame though. And a big disappointment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Secrets of a Summer Night: The Wallflowers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1595)
    Performance
    (952)
    Story
    (963)

    Annabelle Peyton, determined to save her family from disaster, decides to use her beauty and wit to tempt a suitable nobleman into making an offer of marriage. But Annabelle’s most intriguing — and persistent — admirer, wealthy, powerful Simon Hunt, has made it clear that while he will introduce her to irresistible pleasure he will not offer marriage. Annabelle is determined to resist his unthinkable proposition…but it is impossible in the face of such skillful seduction.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Love the Wallflowers"
    "So good!"
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    I loved Annabelle. Her family is down on it's luck after the death of her father and everything hinges on her making a good ton marriage. Unfortunately, without a dowry, and with her clothes much worst for wear, attracting a suitable man is clearly impossible. But our plucky heroine is determined to keep her chin up and persevere, even if she has to trick some hapless peer into marrying her.

    Then along comes a wealthy commoner, Simon Hunt, a butcher's son who's made his fortune in industry. Simon is welcome at some ton events only because he's got friends in high places. He's met Annabelle before, and finds that he's still attracted to the lady, but she won't give him the time of day. To put it simply, Annabelle is a snob.

    There's an oily villain, some fellow wallflowers (who act as fairy godmothers), and lots of opportunities for romance and misunderstanding at the Duke's estate during a months' long house party. The characters from Again the Magic are also here, so the series gather's some steam as more are introduced.

    LK hits all the right notes with this one, and it's clear she had fun writing it. Best of all, you end up cheering for the leads.

    Loved it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Again the Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (355)
    Story
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    Lady Aline Marsden was brought up for one reason: to make an advantageous marriage to a member of her own class. Instead, she willingly gave her innocence to John McKenna, a servant on her father’s estate. Their passionate transgression was unforgivable - John was sent away, and Aline was left to live in the countryside - an exile from London society - and he took her love. Now McKenna has made his fortune, and he has returned - more boldly handsome and more mesmerizing than before.

    Nicola says: "Great Book great Narrator"
    "McKenna makes this one great!"
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    I bought this one quite some time ago (February, 2012), and I relistened this week because I love this series and wanted to start from the beginning. But the thing that bugged me about this book was the same thing that bugged me the last time I listened to it.

    Aline.

    Still, this is a Lisa Kleypas book, so of course, it's great. And Rosalyn Landor is reading it, and she's great. It also has one of the best and most brooding of heros, McKenna, and I adore McKenna.

    Tossed out of the manor for daring to love the Duke's daughter, he's made his fortune and now he's back. He's everything you look for in a leading man. And he's come back looking for revenge. I love that. I love that he isn't some heartbroken wreck.

    But while he's plotting, he doesn't realize the lady has a secret of her own that could ruin his plans.

    There is a great romance at the heart of this one, even though Lady Aline took her time coming to her senses. But so what -- it has McKenna.

    Also, it's full of wonderful secondary characters that figure prominently in several books to come, including the Hathaways, so this first of many shouldn't be missed.

    If this is your first foray into this world, I envy you.
    It only get's better in subsequent books.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    A Signature Performance: Tim Curry rescues Charles Dickens from the jaws of Disney with his one-of-a-kind performance of the treasured classic. Our listeners loved this version so much that it inspired our whole line of Signature Classics.

    Nanci says: "Superb story and reading!"
    "Tim Curry IS Scrooge!"
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    This is the closest thing to hearing Dicken's read A Christmas Carol you will ever experience! This particular recording is gorgeous, with Tim Curry's deep and lucious voice to bring the characters to life. It's also wonderful to listen to on a trip to grandmother's house through the snow, and I listen to it with my family on car rides every year.

    As an aside, Tim Curry had a stroke in 2012, but is working his way back with physical therapy. I wish him all the best and hope to have more treasures like this from him in the future. Love you Tim!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wallflower Gone Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Maya Rodale
    • Narrated By Carolyn Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (49)

    Being good has worked out very badly for Lady Olivia Archer. All she has to show for four seasons on the marriage mart is the nickname Prissy Missy. Her prospects are so bleak that her parents have betrothed her to a stranger with a dire reputation. If Phinneas Cole - aka The Mad Baron - wants a biddable bride, perhaps Olivia can frighten him off by breaking every ladylike rule.

    Tracy T says: "I really liked it!"
    "Not a favorite. Not even close."
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    This is one of those books that suffers greatly by comparison, but even if it was a stand alone book, I would hate it.

    I enjoyed the first and third books so much, that this one doesn't really feel like it belongs in the line-up. The only thing I enjoyed was the opportunity to keep the secondary storyline going as it concerns the other wallflowers. This is a very, very small compensation though.

    Olivia, the second wallflower, has been raised to be the perfect lady, something her mother never fails to trumpet at every opportunity. Lady Archer is so vocal and obnoxious that she manages to make a mockery of her daughter, destroying any chance she has of attracting a marriage.

    Tired of Olivia's failure, her parents decide to settle the matter themselves and betroth her to a Baron. Unfortunately, gossip has saddled him with a very bad reputation. In fact, the ton believes he murdered his first wife, and there is a salacious book that dramatizes all the unsavory details, so of course it must be true.

    When Olivia discovers what her parents have done, she feels betrayed. She regrets all the years of obeying her parents wishes only to be given in marriage to a man she doesn't love, and one who could possibly murder her. Believing he only wants her because she is a perfect lady, Olivia sets out to destroy her own reputation to get out of the marriage. This is when the fun is supposed to start, but it never gets off the ground.

    This book is written as a farce, but the repetitious dialogue and the over-the-top paper-thin hijinks really ruined it for me. I didn't find it charming or even amusing. About halfway through I realized that this was the HR equivalent of an episode of Lucy. Yes, it's that bad.

    I especially hated that the wallflowers, who were themselves victims of gossip, were so credulous when it came to this man's reputation. Especially as Emma's husband was working with him on his project.

    Rodale isn't a great writer, but she is an entertaining one. She wiffs this one badly, however.

    Read it, don't read it -- I'm not sure it matters. Book 3, however, IS worthwhile. I loved that one, and it is the best of the bunch.

    Skipping this but worried you might miss something? Read on.


    SPOILER FOR THOSE WHO WON'T READ IT -- BUT WHO LIKE THE SERIES:

    Phinneas Cole, the Mad Baron, is a reclusive engineering genius who is in London to work with Emma's husband, Ashford. They are partnered in building a prototype of the Difference Engine. He is also ready to take a new wife.

    The crux of the gossip about Phinn is that he killed his first wife, Nadia. He didn't. Though why he married her in the first place is a mystery since she was his dead brother's fiance. His brother died in a fight over her infidelity with another man. She is described as a narcissist who is easily angered when she is ignored. This causes her to set fire to Phinn's workshop, and die in the fire when she can't get out.

    Phinn's guilt over her death is way too contrived to be believed, as is his refusal to explain it. instead he allows the gossip to persist. He's also way too slow to understand that his reputation is connected to Olivia's behavior toward him, a woman who is clearly terrified of him, even as he does nothing to reassure her.

    Phinn also has a moron for a friend, who we are supposed to think is funny, but his scenes just made me cringe.

    There are two moments that can be considered romantic, but they do not save the book. As a love interest, Phinneas Cole is an empty suit.

    I suppose there are some people who will like this one, but for me this is not a credit worthy purchase. The misunderstanding went on and on until I didn't care one way or the other how it would play out.

    I won't reread this one. There are too many better books out there, and at least some of them are written by Maya Rodale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What a Wallflower Wants: Bad Boys & Wallflowers, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Maya Rodale
    • Narrated By Carolyn Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (48)

    Miss Prudence Merryweather Payton has a secret. Everyone knows that she's the only graduate from her finishing school to remain unwed on her fourth season - but no one knows why. With her romantic illusions shattered after being compromised against her will, Prudence accepts a proposal even though her betrothed is not exactly a knight in shining armor. When he cowardly pushes her out of their stagecoach to divert a highwayman, she vows never to trust another man again.

    Cynthia says: "Loved this book!"
    "Hated to see it end."
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    I really loved the first book in this series, and this one was just as good.

    Prude Prudence is desperate to find a husband before the big school ball. As a last resort, she goes to Bath with her aunt to avoid the embarrassment of being the only graduate to not be married by her fourth season. There she meets a man who has no interest in being with a woman, but who also needs to marry. They run off together to do the deed, but the coach they are in is attacked by highway men.

    Separated from her fiance, Prudence ends up walking for miles in the woods to escape. Eventually, she comes to a road, and meets Castleton, a young nobleman with a carriage, who offers to give her a ride to the next village. She can't accept his help. She really, really wants to, but she just can't. Why? No spoilers here -- this is Pru's story to tell.

    Eventually, Pru finds her way to the inn where Castleton is waiting. He's been very worried, and hated to leave the well bred young lady alone on the road, but she insisted, and a gentleman always accedes to the desires of a lady.

    As a powerful rain storm strands the couple for several days, they form a tentative friendship that naturally turns into love. The way this is written is beautiful and delicate and sweet, and I loved it.

    There are villians and a HEA, and while Pru's friends eventually play a part, it is her relationship with Castleton that forms the basis of the story and I really enjoyed that. They are both beautifully written characters, but as a hero, he is superb. I hated to see this book end.

    Carolyn Morris is rapidly becoming my favorite HR narrator. She does such a wonderful job with this series that I know I will re-listen many times in years to come. She and Maya Rodale make a great team.

    Enjoy!




    Warning: SLIGHT SPOILER

    My only caveat is a page long description of a remembered rape scene. I am fortunate enough to have never experienced that kind of assault, but for women who have that trigger, I would advise caution when you get to that passage. It's short, but it upset me enough that I fast forwarded over it. It went by quickly and did not detract from the lovely story of a young woman overcoming a traumatic event with the help of a caring man who understands what she's going through. Those moments between them are very special, and no to be missed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • His Forbidden Touch: Stolen Brides Series, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Shelly Thacker
    • Narrated By Julia Motyka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (94)

    She may never reach her royal wedding if she can't resist the rugged mercenary assigned to protect her. Disgraced ex-knight Royce Saint-Michel was banished from his homeland because of an impulsive act that cost him all he held dear. Now, he has the chance to reclaim his birthright - if he agrees to protect a princess on a journey that may prove deadly to them both.

    Zeee @ I Heart Romance says: "Simply Amazing!"
    "Didn't hold my interest"
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    I really loved the first book in this series and I guess that set a high bar. While this was well written, the characters just didn't grab me, and I found myself moving on to other, better books.

    Could be the lack of magic or the absence of the sense of place so evident in book one, I'm not sure. In this one, they spend a lot of time traveling around, and the villain has too big of a role to make it a true romantic read.

    2nd book slump? I'm going to read the third book, but really, I just want to go back and read the first one again. Still, I may revisit this one in the future, just to make sure I didn't miss a good thing.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Any Duchess Will Do: Spindle Cove, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Tessa Dare
    • Narrated By Eva Kaminsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (84)

    Griffin York, the Duke of Halford, has no desire to wed this season - or any season - but his diabolical mother abducts him to "Spinster Cove" and insists he select a bride from the ladies in residence. Griff decides to teach her a lesson that will end the marriage debate forever. He chooses the serving girl. Overworked and struggling, Pauline Simms doesn't dream about dukes. All she wants is to hang up her barmaid apron and open a bookshop.

    Cam says: "Unlikely love match but cute story regardless"
    "My idea of a perfect HR!"
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    For me, this romance was the perfect nexus of splendid parts. From beautiful plotting to perfect dialogue to intriguingly fleshed out characters to the gorgeous narration. Sensual and joyous and so very romantic, I didn't so much read/listen to it, as I reveled in it. It was my reward at the end of a long day, three nights in a row.

    I love great stories, but when it comes to audio books, the story can be great, but without a great narrator, you might as well give it a skip. Eva Kaminsky is a revelation in this one. Her accents (and I don't pretend to know what Pauline's accent was), add so much to the texture of the story that I hung on every word. The nuance she added to the dialogue was also fantastic. I once said the Rosalyn Landor could teach a master class. Eva Kaminsky could as well.

    I've enjoyed every book in the Spindle Cove series, but I LOVED this one.

    With Tessa Dare and Eva Kaminsky on board, this was a masterpiece!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hunter's Claim: The Alliance, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By S. E. Smith
    • Narrated By David Brenin
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (62)

    Jesse Sampson and her two younger sisters have lived a hard life on the streets of Seattle, Washington, for the past several years. Four years before, the Earth received its first visitors from space, causing mass fear. Alone in a world gone mad with just her sisters, Jesse has learned to use the darkness and the remains of the city to survive and keep what was left of her family alive. She has seen the savage side of human nature and finds they are not much different from the aliens who conquered the Earth.

    Melanie says: "SEXY ALIEN FANASTY ROMANCE"
    "first half is awesome!"
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    2nd half, not so much.

    Hunter's Claim is a confusing book. Clearly, S. E. Smith knows how to write. The beginning of this book is so good that I initially gave it four stars. Then I got to part 2.

    Hmmmm. What started as a sexy alien abduction novel (my favorite!) devolved into a boring romance with no zing. Oh the hero continues to fight the good fight -- he is a warrior after all. But the romance part fizzles out to a lovey dovey series of I love you's sprinkled with a few sexy bits and a couple of action scenes. Everybody is so freakin happy that it's the novel version of a hallmark card. Yawn.

    The alien characters are never fully fleshed out or given anything interesting to do. We are given some promising descriptions in the beginning -- tall (of course), muscular (check), vampire strong! -- and with some leonine traits including eyes and nose. But if these guys are so great, why am I so bored?

    We are taken to their world, which is nice and descriptive, but once we get there, we're just watching paint dry. Everybody loves everybody. There is zero tension as the aliens accept the earth girls with open arms. What? No xenophobia? Not one alien character questions the logic of interbreeding with people from a backward planet? (We know the girls are cool, but everybody else just takes it for granted.)

    Where's the zing?

    To be fair, I've been reading a lot of books in this sub-genre on my Kindle lately. I love Tracy St. John's Clans of Kalquor, and a new author, T. J. Yelden wrote a very good book, Karac, Kaldar Warriors #1, that I, and many others, really enjoyed.

    So compared to those, Hunter's Claim really felt like a waste of my time -- except that it did relax me during my dental work today, so that's something I guess.

    Still, I'll be keeping my eye out for more S. E. Smith. Who knows, maybe she get's better with practice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Perfect Gentleman: Tenacious Trents, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jane Charles
    • Narrated By Marian Hussey
    Overall
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    Performance
    (6)
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    (6)

    Matthew Trent always knew what was expected of him and that was to become the Perfect Vicar and a Perfect Gentlemen. When Grace Cooper enters his life he is forced to face what he really wishes to become. Grace Cooper has three options for marriage available to her in the small village where she resides. However, Grace would rather be placed on the shelf than enter into a miserable union. When someone threatens her father and then makes an attempt on her life, it is Vicar Trent who vows to protect her.

    Robin in Vermont says: "Sadly dull."
    "Sadly dull."
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    I liked the first book in this series, so I decided to try this 2nd one. Unfortunately, it stalls out early and stays there. Even an array of "oil can Harry" villains and attempted murder couldn't give it any ooph. It was also a bore. I got 3/4ths of the way through it before it put me to sleep for the last time.

    One issue I can point to is the author's belaboring that the h "couldn't possibly be lusting for a vicar!!!" It was repeated to the point of eye rolling hysteria. At least the hero figured out he didn't want to be a vicar!

    The only interesting character was her father, who was suffering the effects of a brain injury, and he couldn't talk. (Maybe that's why I liked him so much!) His suicide attempt was just stupid though. Really, really unbelievable.

    Experience tells me that, in the end, the h and H end up together. But in my mind, I've rewritten it so that he quits the church and finds someone, ANYONE else to love -- and I can live with that.

    Note to self: Vicars are boring, and so are the girls who lust after them. (And Jane Charles is not a safe bet.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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