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Mary

Oakville, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2010

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  • Whispering Rock

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (926)
    Performance
    (598)
    Story
    (608)

    In Robyn Carr's Whispering Rock, wounded LAPD Sergeant Mike Valenzuela finds the help and healing he needs in Virgin River. Now he longs for the marital bliss his Marine Corps buddies enjoy. And he thinks he's found the right woman. But after she's brutally attacked, Mike must show her how to trust again.

    Julie says: "Special stories"
    "Enjoyable from beginning to end."
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    An enjoyable read, on its own or as part of the series. I originally listened to the books as I came upon them and enjoyed them so much I listened to them again in order.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • After Tex

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Sherryl Woods
    • Narrated By Christina Traister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (101)

    Megan O’Rourke’s beloved grandfather had always been determined to lure her out of New York and back to their ranch in Whispering Wind, Wyoming. Now, his will makes it impossible for her to refuse. She’s named guardian of Tex’s daughter - a daughter Megan never knew about! Jake Landers has also come home to Whispering Wind. After leaving years before under a cloud of suspicion, he’s returned to put down roots. When he comes face-to-face with the woman who shares his troubled past, he hardly recognizes the driven powerhouse Megan has become.

    Mary says: "Excellent"
    "Excellent"
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    I am a fan of Sheryl Woods and this book didn't disappoint. Great plot, strong characters and an engaging family context.

    0 of 0 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
    (76)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (68)

    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"
    "Great listen!"
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    A moving and engaging story that works every bit as well as a stand alone as it does as part of a series. It wasn't until near the end that I recognized the connection to previous books and while this added context it was a bonus rather than a defining element. The story of Olivia and Harrison is so powerful that I have listened to this book multiple times and find something new each time. Well worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shades of Honor: Grayson Brothers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Wendy Lindstrom
    • Narrated By Julia Motyka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (101)

    Prepare to fall in love with the Grayson brothers in Shades of Honor, the first novel in the best-selling series by award-winning author Wendy Lindstrom. Haunted by a gruesome war and his own dark secrets, former Union soldier Radford Grayson returns home, seeking a loving reunion with his brothers and a place where he and his young daughter can make a home. Desperate for peace, Radford is ambushed by his unexpected and forbidden love for Evelyn - his brother's fiancée.

    D.Riva says: "Embers grow into a Magnificent Love !!!"
    "Enjoyable listen."
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    This was the first time I've listened to this author and I wasn't disappointed. It has it all: good character development, a credible and engaging plot, challenge and romance. The story of Radford, Evelyn and Kyle unfolds amidst a wonderful sense of family love and loyalty and personal responsibility and integrity. I can't wait to listen to others in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Meant for Love: The McCarthys of Gansett Island, Volume 10

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Marie Force
    • Narrated By Holly Fielding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    It's been 12 years since Jenny Wilks lost her fiancé in the 9/11 attacks in New York City. Since then she's been floundering, trying to find her way. Taking the job as lighthouse keeper on Gansett Island was the best thing she could've done for herself. On the island she's found amazing friends and a wonderful new life. There's only one thing missing and that's romance. She's recently asked her new friends to fix her up with some of the island's more eligible men. While her friends are busy arranging dates for her, Alex Martinez comes to cut the grass at the lighthouse.

    Mary says: "Enjoyable listen."
    "Enjoyable listen."
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    I enjoyed this book and found Jenny and Alex's story particularly engaging. I almost gave up on the series after the last book but am glad I didn't. Jenny and Alex are both strong characters and you can't help but want things to work out for them. Unfortunately the narration is no better than in the previous books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Revenge of Lord Eberlin

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Julia London
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (120)

    Tobin Scott has not been back to Hadley Green since Lily Boudine’s childhood testimony helped send his father to the gallows for stealing the valuable Ashwood jewels. Now a wealthy man, he intends to exact his revenge by destroying Ashwood and its lady. He offers Lily a choice between her life and the livelihoods of the people who depend on the estate. She chooses the former, certain she can hold his dangerous plans at bay. Lily and Tobin’s game of one-upmanship quickly becomes a delicate dance of seduction, and she realizes he is not the cold, heartless man he tries to seem.

    Mary says: "Enjoyable!"
    "Enjoyable!"
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    It seemed like a long wait for this book after the first in the series end abruptly with much of the plot still dangling. Happily the wait was worth it. While this book picks up where the first one left off and hints at another to come it's enjoyable all on its own. Well worth the credit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Time for Love: The McCarthys of Gansett Island, Volume 9

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Marie Force
    • Narrated By Holly Fielding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (33)

    Dr. David Lawrence has spent the last two years atoning for his sins and recovering from the devastating breakup with Gansett Island golden girl Janey McCarthy. As the island's only doctor, he's had ample opportunity to show his fellow island residents that there's more to him than the guy who disappointed Janey so profoundly. Now if only he could find a way to forgive himself, he might be able to move on with his life without the woman he'd expected to love forever...

    Deena says: "Great story line. Very, very, very BAD narrator."
    "Predictable but enjoyable"
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    I enjoyed this listen as part of the series but probably wouldn't bother with it as a stand alone. The story is predictable, which is somewhat understanding since it is part of a 10+ book series but the main characters lacked the strength of connection seen in previous books. This was due in part to Daisy who came across as weak and needy which are personality traits I try to avoid when choosing a book in this genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Waiting for Love: The McCarthys of Gansett Island, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Marie Force
    • Narrated By Holly Fielding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    Adam McCarthy needs a few days at home on Gansett Island to soothe his battered soul. On the ferry ride home, he runs into an old family friend. Abby Callahan has come home to Gansett after two epic failures in the game of love. Before too long, Adam has appointed himself her guardian and is determined that the only sleeping around she's doing is with him. That is unless his brother Grant is willing to risk his newfound happiness to keep Adam from rebounding with his ex.

    Mary says: "An enjoyable listen."
    "An enjoyable listen."
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    I enjoyed this listen and the chance to hear Adam's story. Although it works as a stand alone it is probably more interesting and engaging when listened to as part of the series. I enjoyed reconnecting with characters introduced in earlier books almost as much as I did with the main characters in this listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hoping for Love

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Marie Force
    • Narrated By Holly Fielding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (58)

    All her life, Grace Ryan was the "fat girl". Taunted and teased and ignored by her peers, she tried every diet ever invented to no avail. Desperate to change her life as her 20s slipped away, she decided it was time for drastic measures and had lap-band surgery. More than a year later, she's lost 130 pounds and is venturing into the dating world for the first time. During a boat trip to Gansett Island with the new guy in her life, Grace refuses to have sex with him and finds herself abandoned without a dollar to her name at McCarthy's Gansett Island Marina.

    Mary says: "Enjoyable despite the narration."
    "Enjoyable despite the narration."
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    I enjoyed this listen as part of the Gansett Island series. As usual there was great chemistry between the main characters and an ongoing connection with previous books in the series. Unfortunately the narration seemed even worse in this listen than in the ones that came before.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Only Yours: A Fool's Gold Romance, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Susan Mallery
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (261)

    Montana Hendrix has found her calling: working with therapy dogs. With a career she loves in a hometown she adores, she’s finally ready to look for her own happily ever after. Could one of her dogs help her find Mr. Right... or maybe Dr. Right? Surgeon Simon Bradley prefers the sterility of the hospital to the messiness of real life, especially when real life includes an accident-prone mutt and a woman whose kisses make him want what he knows he can’t have.

    Julie M. Rushing says: "Love this series"
    "Another great book in the Fool's Gold series."
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    I am a fan of Susan Mallery and her Fool's Gold series does not disappoint. This book was equally enjoyable as others in the series with strong character development and just the right mix of emotion and sensuality. Tanya Eby also does a great job with the narration which adds to the enjoyment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Gentle Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Deborah Smith
    • Narrated By Suzy Harbulak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (105)

    A Connecticut heiress learns she's adopted and travels to northern Florida "cracker" cattle ranch to find her birth parents. There she also finds unexpected romance with the ranch's owner.

    DARA says: "Extremely Touching!"
    "Enjoyable and thought provoking."
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    This book is part social science and part romance with good character development and a complex plot. While there are certain elements that border on the unbelievable and unreal for the most part it is a heartwarming story of love, human compassion and the value of the individual regardless of wealth, intellect and social status. I hesitated before I spent the credit but I'm glad I did. I truly enjoyed it.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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