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OLIVIA

ATLANTA, GA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Lord of Wicked Intentions

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Lorraine Heath
    • Narrated By Faye Adele
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (140)

    Lord Rafe Easton may be of noble blood, but survival taught him to rely only on himself and to love no one. Yet when he sets eyes on Miss Evelyn Chambers, an earl's illegitimate daughter, he is determined to have her, if only as his mistress.... After her father's death, Evelyn Chambers never imagined she would be sold to the highest bidder, yet circumstances give her little choice but to accept the lord's indecent proposal. Rafe is wealthy, as well as ruthless. Yet his coldness belies deep passion and deeper secrets.

    Michelle says: "Sigh...I hate that it is over..."
    "Love conquers all!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Lord of Wicked Intentions the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed this endearing love story between Lord Rafe Eason and Evelyn Chambers. With the death of her beloved father, Evelyn’s merciless and debt-ridden half-brother hosts a party to sell her to the highest bidder among the gentry. The naïve Evelyn mistakenly assumes the gentlemen have assembled to offer for her hand in marriage. In spite of his normal indifference, the handsome and wealthy Lord Rafe Eason is immediately attracted to the naïve beauty and wins her as his mistress. When she is delivered to his estate and learns her fate, the agonized Evelyn flees to her home and is inconsolable when she is not allowed entry. A ruthless businessman, Lord Eason’s typically unshakable veneer begins to crack when he follows Evelyn, finds her crumpled at her half-brother’s doorstep, and gently returns her to his mansion. The story is well written and engaging as Evelyn seeks to understand the contradictions between Rafe’s protective patience with her and his bitterness toward his family. The love story evolved very believably and naturally.


    I have not read the first books in the Lost Lords of Pembroke series and definitely plan to download Lord of Temptation next. However, this book stands alone and is easy to follow without having read the earlier entries.


    Any additional comments?

    Lorraine Heath is an extraordinary writer and Faye Adele is an exceptional narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Public Secrets

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (198)

    Emma McAvoy may have grown up in the limelight, but some secrets are hidden in a darkness no light can reach. Now on the verge of a successful career, and having fallen in love with the man of her dreams, Emma is looking to the future. Yet it’s the past that is about to catch up with her. For Emma, her childhood had been almost like a rags-to-riches fairy tale - until the tragic night that changed her family forever. But what Emma thinks she knows about that terrible night and the man she’s about to marry is only half the truth.

    carol says: "public secrets"
    "Long book, but worth every hour!!"
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    Nora Roberts has crafted an absorbing tale of love, fame, wealth, and betrayal that is infused with Renee Raudman’s exceptional narration. Little Emma McAvoy spends the first three years of her life terrified by a drug addicted, abusive mother who readily gives Emma to her famous rock star father in exchange for money. Brian McAvoy adores his baby girl and raises her in a world of affluence, security, and celebrity, occasionally darkened by drugs and promiscuity. Emma slowly accepts that she is safe and surrounded by love from her “Da”, her caring stepmom, and the capricious members of her father’s band. When her stepbrother is born, four year-old Emma is overcome with love for the baby and devotes herself to his care and protection. As Emma matures into an educated, accomplished, and beautiful young lady, the story takes a dark turn of treachery that will have you on the edge of your seat. Two men enter her life, both declaring their love - only one, however, is to be trusted. Excellent story!

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Sunset Embrace

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (59)

    Lydia and Ross have both been hurt in the past. However, they find themselves thrown together, fighting the same enemy and unable to stop the events that will eventually pit one man's vengeance against the strength of a woman's love.

    OLIVIA says: "SABDRA BROWN AT HER BEST"
    "SABDRA BROWN AT HER BEST"
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    This is an excellently written novel that represents Sandra Brown at her best. This romantic mystery is also a wonderfully crafted western that takes place on a wagon train. The story unfolds with unexpected twists that involve people with deep and painful secrets that are central to the plot. The love story is sensuous, yet poignant. Ellen Archer's narration is superb, with convincing distinction among the characters. Great audiobook!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond Eden

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Catherine Coulter
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman, Paul Costanzo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (137)

    Dear Listener: Lindsay Foxe is a successful model in New York - a woman who hides behind a new name to protect herself from a past of betrayal and treachery and a present that becomes fraught with danger. The product of old San Francisco wealth, the daughter of a man who despises her, her life is forever changed when she is brutally assaulted by her sister’s husband, and then rejected by her family. Lindsay is finally forced to face up to her past when she meets S. C. Taylor, a tough ex-cop turned private investigator and computer troubleshooter.

    OLIVIA says: "A Romantic Mystery!!"
    "A Romantic Mystery!!"
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    Any additional comments?

    Coulter does a great job of weaving mystery and romance into a story with a great plot and interesting characters that you love and detest.

    I really enjoyed this story that begins with a terrible betrayal of trust and leads to violence, intrigue, romance, and vindication. Teenager Lindsay Foxe has every reason to give up after horrific treatment by her brother-in-law and receiving no support from her society family. Yet, she finds the will to become a successful young lady. The story leaves the reader wondering who continues to attack Lindsay as an adult and why they will not leave her alone. Detective Taylor provides Lindsay with the support and love that she never received from her family. Renee Raudman and Paul Costanzo provide excellent performances for each of the characters.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Mimosa Grove

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Dinah McCall
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (27)

    Laurel Scanlon has the gift of sight, an ability passed down to the eldest daughter of each generation. It is this gift - curse, perhaps - drove her own mother mad and has left Laurel unwilling to trust in love...except in her dreams. Anxious for a new beginning, she decides to retreat to Mimosa Grove, an old estate outside Bayou Jean, Louisiana. Mimosa Grove belongs to Laurel now, bequeathed by her maternal grandmother. Laurel feels the history and tragedy here, and she senses something...unfinished.

    OLIVIA says: "Romance! Mystery! Espionage!"
    "Romance! Mystery! Espionage!"
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    This is a haunting story of clairvoyance, romance, and espionage. After inheriting her grandmother’s Louisiana estate, Laurel Scanlon is anxious to leave her distant father’s Washington, DC residence to begin a new life in Cajun country. Laurel not only inherited her grandmother’s property, but also her gift of extrasensory visions. Unlike her mocking father, Laurel is welcomed by the residents of Bayou Jean, Louisiana who are grateful that the granddaughter of Marcella Campion will continue the tradition of psychic protection. In this new location, Laurel’s gifts of sight are heightened as she immediately saves a baby’s life and finally meets the sensuous man who has passionately inhabited her dreams. This edge of your seat thriller is heightened when Laurel becomes the target of danger while she desperately tries to use her powers to save the life of one closest to her.


    I have read several of Sharon Sala’s (Dinah McCall) books and enjoy them tremendously. She knows how to integrate mystery and romance with believable characters.


    Therese’s Plummer’s narration never disappoints as she moves seamlessly from character to character and makes you believe you are right there. Plummer, Dick Hill, and the late Anna Fields are three of the best narrators in the business.

    Excellent audiobook!


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Temptation

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jude Deveraux
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (87)

    The year is 1909, and Temperance O'Neil is a woman ahead of her time. At 29, she is happily married to her work helping single mothers on the streets of New York. Unfortunately, Angus McCairn - her new stepfather - controls the purse strings to her substantial inheritance. Angus insists she quit her career and live in his house in Edinburgh. Temperance heads to Scotland with one mission - to drive Angus crazy.

    OLIVIA says: "AN ADVENTUROUS ROMANCE!!"
    "AN ADVENTUROUS ROMANCE!!"
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    What other book might you compare Temptation to and why?

    I would compare Temptation to "Tamed by a Highlander" and "Ravished by a Highlander" because of the Scottish setting and superb narration. Jude Deveraux's story is excellent and Carrington MacDuffie does an amazing job conveying male and female voices in Scottish and American accents.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    While several scenes were compelling, I was "hooked" when Temperance arrived at the rural Scottish estate dripping wet and James refused to let her in. Without giving away the ending, I also enjoyed the last scene that took place in New York.


    Any additional comments?

    I purchased this book because of the author and narrator – two of my favorites. I was NOT disappointed because it contains everything: an epic romance, intriguing mystery, villains, heroes, heroines, and a lavish setting. The beautiful and headstrong Temperance O’Neil appears to have been born at the wrong time, as she finds it difficult to be taken seriously as a New York career woman. Forced to accompany her mother and new stepfather to Scotland, Temperance is required to become the housekeeper and secret matchmaker for her stepfather’s handsome but resistant nephew, James. Though many have tried before her, Temperance is determined to find James a wife because her stepfather has promised to release her trust fund and allow her to return to New York if she succeeds.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Indigo Blue

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Catherine Anderson
    • Narrated By Ruth Ann Phimister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (24)

    One of romance fiction’s most popular storytellers, Catherine Anderson hits the New York Times best-seller list with each of her scintillating works. Reissued after being out of print for many years, Indigo Blue is one of Anderson’s early gems. In it, a high-spirited woman named Indigo—who is half Comanche and half white—lives a solitary existence among the Oregon folk who don’t understand her. But that all changes when Jake Rand rolls into town.

    Denise says: "Tedious torture"
    "Excellent and well paced romance and mystery"
    Overall



    I hesitated to purchase this book because the previous review was lukewarm. However, I love Catherine Anderson’s style and have enjoyed the Comanche series. I am really glad I went with my gut because I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the third in the Comanche series. Catherine Anderson has a slow and deliberate style which may be frustrating to readers who want things to happen quickly. However, I find it refreshing and more realistic as the characters unfold and develop at a natural and more believable pace.

    It is the story of Indigo, the only daughter of Hunter of the Wolf and his Anglo wife, Loretta (both introduced in Comanche Moon). Indigo is a nineteen-year-old beauty who enjoys living with her parents, working in her father’s mine, and “talking” with her animals. Without revealing his true identify or his great wealth, Jake Rand comes to town to investigate a series of dangerous accidents that have occurred at the mine, one of which injured Indigo’s father, Hunter. The story unfolds into a romance pursued by Jake and resisted by Indigo. Interwoven is a suspenseful mystery, as Jake gets dangerously closer to discovering who is behind the mind explosions.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Devil of the Highlands

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Lynsay Sands
    • Narrated By Marianna Palka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (757)
    Performance
    (448)
    Story
    (446)

    They call him the Devil.... He is the most notorious laird of Scotland: fierce, cold, deadly...and maybe even worse. Yet Evelinde has just agreed to wed him. Anything, she thinks, is better than her cruel stepmother. Though Evelinde should be wary of the rumors, she can't help but be drawn to this warrior...for the Devil of the Highlands inspires a heat within her that is unlike anything she has ever known.

    Rebecca says: "Eeyore"
    "Adventurous Romance"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this robust adventure and exciting romance; thought the narrator did a wonderful job with the accents. I will purchase more books from this author and narrator,

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Half Past Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Meryl Sawyer
    • Narrated By Cecelia Fortero
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (52)

    No one in Twin Oaks knows about the risky deal Kaitlin Wells cut with the Feds for her release. But everyone remembers her scandalous arrest for stealing money from the Mercury Bank. Now, three years later, Kat has come home to catch the real thieves and prove her innocence. Trouble is, some powerful folks don't want her digging up the past...or getting friendly with new sheriff Justin Radner. But some laws can't be ignored, like white-hot attraction.

    Michael says: "Fooled me"
    "We need more from this author!"
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    Audible, please add more books from Meryl Sawyer.

    This book has a good plot, great mystery, and wonderful romance read by an excellent narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Bridegroom: A Stone Creek Novel, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Linda Lael Miller
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (32)

    New York Times best-selling author Linda Lael Miller whisks listeners away to 1910 Arizona for the fifth romance in her Stone Creek series. Determined to honor an old promise, an undercover investigator struggles to shield a childhood friend from danger while resisting the pristine allure of the woman she’s clearly become. But he may have underestimated the distraction of having such a fair maiden so near—and the tenacity of a ruthless villain.

    Judy says: "Just ok..."
    "Great Romance!"
    Overall

    This is a well-written and sensuous romance. How entertaining to hear Linda Lael Miller's words come to life through Jack Garrett's perfect naration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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