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SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA, United States | Member Since 2015

  • 3 reviews
  • 24 ratings
  • 182 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2015

  • The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie: Highland Pleasures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jennifer Ashley
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It was whispered all through London society that he was a murderer, that he'd spent his youth in an asylum and was not to be trusted - especially with a lady. Any woman caught in his presence was immediately ruined. Yet Beth found herself inexorably drawn to the Scottish lord whose hint of a brogue wrapped around her like silk and whose touch could draw her into a world of ecstasy.

    "Great Book! Interesting Storyline."
    What did you love best about The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie?

    The Mackenzie family was interesting as a whole, but the character of Ian was very captivating. The concept is very unique and was well executed by the author. Overall, this is one of the best historical romance novels I have read. The only negatives of this book was some odd comments made by the heroine, Beth. Sometimes her reactions seemed forced or unnatural, even odd. Also, the author tends to repeat unimportant information multiple times throughout the book... it is distracting.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • This Man: This Man Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jodi Ellen Malpas
    • Narrated By Edita Brychta

    Young interior designer Ava O'Shea has no idea what awaits her at the Manor. A run-of-the-mill consultation with a stodgy country gent seems likely, but what Ava finds instead is Jesse Ward - a devastatingly handsome, utterly confident, pleasure-seeking playboy who knows no boundaries. Ava doesn't want to be attracted to this man, and yet she can't control the overwhelming desire that he stirs in her. She knows that her heart will never survive him and her instinct is telling her to run, but Jesse is not willing to let her go. He wants her and is determined to have her.

    Katheryne says: "Wash. Rinse. Repeat."
    "Since when is abuse romatic/ sexy..."
    What would have made This Man better?

    I really wanted to like this book. I was able to get through about half of it before I had to give up out of disgust. The male character, Jesse, was so abusive. The male dominate behavior was ridiculous and over the top. I felt like I was listening to an after school special about abusive relationships. It was impossible to get into the book because I was screaming the whole time about how this woman needed to run! Also, I was baffled by how quickly the female lead, Ava, proclaimed she "fell in love" with Jesse. I swear, she had sex with him twice, said about 10 words to him between each encounter and then all of a sudden was "in love". She came to this determination regardless of his crazy calls, stalking and scary "your mine" crap. It was just not at all something that seemed normal.

    Has This Man turned you off from other books in this genre?


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from This Man?

    About 1/3 of the sex scenes needed to be replaced with an actual plot and dialogue. I felt like there was no plot, but rather just a series of similar sexual encounters. I bought the book in part for the sex scenes, but there should be some kind of a plot to the book other than having sex every 10 mins. It got to the point where I was thinking, "really, sex again?"

    Any additional comments?

    I would not recommend this book. There are some good sex scenes, but they become so frequent that there is little story left. Also, it scares me to think that anyone would find this kind of relationship to be a romance or even acceptable period. Jesse was abusive, controlling and an overall psycho.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Night Fire: Night Trilogy, Book 1

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Catherine Coulter
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik

    Dear Listener, I began writing the Night Trilogy in 1987. I’m very proud of all three novels. Perhaps Night Fire is my favorite simply because it’s so different from the other two. In Night Fire, Arielle Leslie is a sixteen-year-old forced to wed Paisley Cochrane,a sadistic old man who abuses her. When he dies, she believes herself free. But she’s not. Burke Drummond, Earl of Ravensworth, a young man she’d worshipped three years before, is home from the wars, and he wants her.

    Michele says: "One of the worst stories I have ever heard."
    "One of the worst stories I have ever heard."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book was lacking in a realistic storyline. It was difficult to get into the book because the characters were so odd and slightly disturbing. The heroine went from victim to acting high as a kite, which apparently was supposed to signify her becoming emotionally stable?? The male lead was slightly abusive and I just could not connect with the character. I couldn't finish this book... literally, this was the first book in my life that I just cannot finish due to the horrible story line. Very disappointing.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Catherine Coulter again?

    Likely not.

    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was okay, but the baby voice of the heroine was odd and threw off the listening experience.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No redeeming qualities that I can come up with.... really.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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