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anne

Mililani, HI, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • When the Duke Returns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Eloisa James
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (252)
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    (227)
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    (227)

    Married by proxy as a child, Lady Isidore has spent years fending off lecherous men in every European court while waiting to meet her husband. She's determined to accept him, no matter how unattractive the duke turns out to be. When she finally lures Simeon Jermyn back to London, his dark handsomeness puts Isidore's worst fears to rest - until disaster strikes. The duke demands an annulment. Forsaking his adventuresome past, Simeon has returned to London.

    CAROLYN says: "A Duke vs. a Duchess....... an entertaining match"
    "ENJOYABLE ROMP WITH CUTE CHARACTERS"
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    They were married by proxy when quite young and had never met. When the finally did, many years later, the attraction was immediate. However, they were opposites - he quiet, contemplative, and more introverted. She was open, outgoing, and knew what she wanted in a husband. The ending was inevitable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Slightly Tempted: Bedwyn Saga Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Mary Balogh
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (308)
    Story
    (306)

    Young. Ravishing. Exquisitely marriageable. From the moment he spies Lady Morgan Bedwyn across the glittering ballroom, Gervase Ashford, Earl of Rosthorn, knows he has found the perfect instrument of his revenge. But wedlock is not on the mind of the continent's most notorious rake. Nor is it of interest to the fiercely independent Lady Morgan herself...until one night of shocking intimacy erupts in a scandal that could make Gervase's vengeance all the sweeter.

    Helene says: "Another wonderful book by MB"
    "STORY A BIT WEAK"
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    I just couldn't get into the relationship between the two protagonists. She was too young for him and I didn't care for his personality. The story was a weak and not up to Balough's usual fine fare. Of course, the narrator was wonderful as usual.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Only Beloved

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mary Balogh
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (435)
    Performance
    (396)
    Story
    (392)

    For the first time since the death of his wife, the Duke of Stanbrook is considering remarrying and finally embracing happiness for himself. With that thought comes the treasured image of a woman he met briefly a year ago and never saw again. Dora Debbins relinquished all hope to marry when a family scandal left her in charge of her younger sister. Earning a modest living as a music teacher, she's left with only an unfulfilled dream. Then, one afternoon, an unexpected visitor makes it come true.

    Amazon Customer says: "Repetition, Introspection and Description"
    "MATURE LOVE"
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    Two people fall in love, neither of them in the blush of youth and from different social classes. He is a childless widower who just happens to be a duke, and she is spinster in her late 30's who teaches piano. It is a sweet story about two sweet people.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Slightly Married: Bedwyn Saga Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Mary Balogh
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (831)
    Performance
    (767)
    Story
    (768)

    Like all the Bedwyn men, Aidan has a reputation for cool arrogance. But this proud nobleman also possesses a loyal, passionate heart - and it is this fierce loyalty that has brought Colonel Lord Aidan to Ringwood Manor to honor a dying soldier's request. Having promised to comfort and protect the man's sister, Aidan never expected to find a headstrong, fiercely independent woman who wants no part of his protection, nor did he expect the feelings this beguiling creature would ignite in his guarded heart.

    L. Brown-Jackson says: "The Bedwyns have arrived!"
    "VERY ROMANTIC"
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    I really enjoyed this story of two good people who are thrown together by chance, marry by necessity, and then fall in love.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Heartless

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Mary Balogh
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (525)
    Performance
    (482)
    Story
    (485)

    Life has taught Lucas Kendrick, duke of Harndon, that a heart is a decided liability. Betrayed by his elder brother, rejected by his fiancée, banished by his father, and shunned by his mother, Luke fled to Paris, where he became the most sought-after bachelor in fashionable society. Ten years later fate has brought him back home to England as head of the family who rejected him. Unwilling as he is to be involved with them, he must assume responsibility for his younger siblings, the family estate he once loved - and the succession.

    Lady Wesley says: "Hero's redemption makes this worth reading"
    "A LOVE STORY WITH A TWIST"
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    I really enjoyed this book. The romance between the two protagonists had some twists and turns and there was a good amount of plot twists. Rosalyn Landor is one of my favorite narrators and Mary Balogh provides enough mystery in her romance novels that keep the reader entertained and beguiled until the very satisfying ending.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Simply Perfect: Simply Quartet Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Mary Balogh
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (210)

    Tall, dark, and exquisitely sensual, he is the epitome of male perfection. Not that Claudia Martin is looking for a lover. Or a husband. As owner and headmistress of Miss Martin's School for Girls in Bath, she long ago resigned herself to a life without love. Until Joseph, Marquess of Attingsborough, arrives unannounced and tempts her to toss away a lifetime of propriety for an affair that can only lead to ruin.

    Amazon Customer says: "Stubborn Woman sweet man Loved It!"
    "SCHOOLMARM MEETS HER PRINCE CHARMING"
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    I enjoyed this sweet story of a starchy mistress/owner of a school for girls. She isn't young, she isn't beautiful, but she is very smart and good at her job. Quite by chance she meets a man who sees through her uptight schoolmarm facade and falls in love with her wit and warm concern for her charges.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Married By Midnight: A Pembroke Palace Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Julianne MacLean
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (181)

    For seven years, Lord Garrett Sinclair - the ruggedly handsome illegitimate son of the Duke of Pembroke - has been traveling abroad with no intention of ever returning home to Pembroke Palace… until his father commands that he must marry by Christmas in order to thwart a family curse or lose his inheritance forever. Haunted by a tragic accident that has hardened his soul, Garrett entrusts his brothers to seek out a bride who will agree to a marriage in name only. Her reward? A sizable share of his inheritance - payable immediately after the wedding night.

    Lady M says: "Effortless Read"
    "LOVELY ROMANCE"
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    Of course Rosalyn Landor is one of my favorite narrators and I enjoy Julianne MacLean's books very much. This one was lovely. Both characters were nice people and fell in love at first sight. There wasn't a lot of tension or any "will they or won't they". It was pretty much a forgone conclusion that there would be a happy ending. And, that is okay with me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • All Night Long

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jayne Ann Krentz
    • Narrated By Amanda Cobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (117)

    Shy, studious Irene Stenson and wild, privileged Pamela Webb had been the best of friends for one short high school summer. Their friendship ended the night Pamela dropped Irene off at home - and Irene walked in to discover her parents' bodies on the kitchen floor. It was ruled a murder-suicide, and Irene fled Dunsley, determined to wipe out every memory attached to her Northern California hometown. But now she has been summoned back.

    Mel50 says: "MD"
    "NOT IMPRESSED"
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    I love Jayne Ann Krentz's books under her Amanda Quick pseudonym and I've enjoyed others in the modern romance genre. However, this book just left me cold. The narrator, Amanda Cobb, was not very good. She "overacted" the narration of the characters and it was hard to tell the males from the females by her vocal intonations. I hate to say this, but the narration was rather amateurish. The story was just okay, but not very clear and seemed rather confusing. Not one of her best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sum of All Kisses

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Julia Quinn
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (395)
    Performance
    (354)
    Story
    (355)

    Hugh Prentice has never had patience for dramatic females, and if Lady Sarah Pleinsworth has ever been acquainted with the words shy or retiring, she's long since tossed them out the window. Sarah has never forgiven Hugh for the duel he fought three years earlier, the one that forced her cousin into exile, nearly destroying her family. But when the pair is forced to spend a week in close company, they discover that first impressions are not always reliable. And when one kiss leads to two, three, and four, the mathematician may lose count, and the lady may, for the first time, find herself speechless.

    Meggie says: "Not as great as her others"
    "A WELL MATCHED PAIR"
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    I enjoyed this book very much. Was it the most compelling? No! But, the characters were very matched and I like them both equally. He was a gallant genius and she was a protective sister and friend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Because of Miss Bridgerton: The Bridgerton Series

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Julia Quinn
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (863)
    Performance
    (789)
    Story
    (785)

    Everyone expects Billie Bridgerton to marry one of the Rokesby brothers. The two families have been neighbors for centuries, and as a child the tomboyish Billie ran wild with Edward and Andrew. Either one would make a perfect husband...someday.

    Renee C. says: "My first Julia Quinn Novel -- I loved it!"
    "HEROINE STEALS THE STORY"
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    I really enjoyed this book. Billie, the heroine, was definitely the most entertaining and delightful character. George, her nemesis and secret love, is the perfect hero - strong, intelligent, and wise. Rosalyn Landor is one of my favorite narrators and able to fill her characters with the right amounts of emotion and personality to make them come alive for the listener. The story was too simplistic to earn five stars, but it was a very enjoyable listening experience.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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