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"It Must Be Love", by Rachel Gibson is the first book in a while that I absolutely LOVED! It was a thoroughly enjoyable listening experience, as Rebecca Tripp did a great job narrating. The voices were easily distinguishable; the characters were developed well; and it was written with the talent of an author who knows how to engage her reader, encouraging a relationship with her characters.
Definitely Credit Worthy!! Get ready to have some fun!
Laura Kinsale brings to her readers, a book 2 that is an absolute credit worthy continuation to Medieval Hearts. In Book 2, LK creatively brings about a seemingly loveless character to his knees in love and redemption. Nothing short of a miraculous and believable character transformation.
As Laura's fans have come to expect from the her, you will experience a jaw dropping, awe-inspiring, can’t put down, captivating historical romance.
This novel is exhilarating; gratifying and exhausting (in the best sense of the word) experience (and I mean experience: see, hear, smell taste, and feel everything along with these amazing characters) the talented work that is Laura Kinsale.
I remain addicted.
I do have one concern in my recommendation – as mentioned in another review, there are a few S&M scenes introduced in this novel. This was not particularly appealing to me, and I found it somewhat troublesome, however, artistically speaking, I could, to a certain extent, see how it might have been warranted for this story, as the alpha male had been severely abused as a child, adolescent, and young adult. Of course, the abusive upbringing of this character also made it more sad than tantalizing. Even so, I absolutely loved these characters and wanted the best possible outcome for them.
Again, the combination of Kinsale’s writing style and ability, with the brilliant narration of Nicholas Boulton, is perfection. I have said it before, and it will always bear repeating, Nicholas Boulton has got to be the most outstanding male narrator of Historical Romance of all time. His rich baritone voice is mesmerizing and is one to absolutely LOVE. This collaboration is nothing short of excellence!
"Fallen Too Far" by Abbi Glines was my first exposure to this author. I can’t really even remember why I bought it.
Generally, I have “Credit Worthy” criteria that I prefer to be satisfied prior to making a purchase. For example, I prefer Romance Novels with 4 + stars (unless I am already a fan of a particular author) and a minimum of 8 hours of listening time. I know! It sounds funny, but with over 850 audible books in my library, I am very picky.
Needless to say, "Fallen Too Far" celebrates a 4.30 Star rating, and is most definitely a Romance Novel; but offering just over 6.5 hours of listening time would have, under most circumstances, been too few for me to think as credit worthy. Whatever reason I decided to buy this novel, I am sure glad that I did! I really, really enjoyed this story. I loved Blaire…I wanted to take her into my motherly arms and tell her that everything would be alright...heck, I wanted to adopt her myself…lol.
I was hooked from the very beginning, and became a fan of Abbi Glines immediately. Get ready to experience a vast array of emotions from one end of the spectrum to the other. The characters are lovable…and not; they are fun, generous, caring…and not; the chemistry is magnetic, steamy, and tantalizing.
No doubt, this is not the last book by Abbi that I will find credit worthy. I have already purchased "Never Too Far", and "Forever Too Far".
This is a fun listen that is definitely credit worthy!
I discovered Mike Wells on Twitter, and found him to be a very interesting character himself. He is very well accomplished, and generous with his knowledge and advice. In other words, I like him.
I really wanted to love this novel, and while I did finish it, I did not find it to be, “unputdownable” (a self-proclamation by this author). In fact, I left it for probably a week or more before picking it back up to finish. This is not to say, however that I may not be tempted to try another of his books at some time in the future.
It could be, in part, that I didn’t enjoy this novel because I didn’t like the narrator, although I found much of the dialogue and character development to be left somewhat wanting. Overall, this read was disappointing and I would not recommend it as credit worthy.
What an amazing first for Emma Chase!
Wow…Tangled: The Tangled Series, Book 1, is a smoldering, sexy, hilarious, lol funny romance. Ms. Chase chooses the leading man, Drew, to tell the story as if he is in a conversation with the reader. This is actually a very personal, and involving method of narration, which, by the way, is masterfully performed by Sebastian York…can we give him more than ***** ?
Sebastian has the perfect voice for Drew; demonstrating the unadulterated sarcasm, wit, fowl mouthed, male point of view of everything from sex to business, to friends and family, etc… (Truthfully, I would have been a bit put-off by the profanity/fowl language, had it not been such a "Drew thing", and had he not been just so dry and hilarious). He was a very fun character to spend time with and Sebastian brought him right off the pages via Emma Chase’s amazing prose, like no one else could.
Good news for Chase fans, “Twisted” (Tangled Series Book #2) is to be published in March 2014. This novel takes place two years after Tangled, and is told from Kate’s point of view. Supposedly, also in March, the short story “Holy Frigging Matrimony” (Tangled Series #1.5) will be released. I hope that audible will pick these up as well.
For Mature Audiences Only – Definitely credit worthy!!!
Laura Kinsale delivers another jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring historical romance with
“For My Lady’s Heart: Medieval Hearts, Book 1.
Once again, prepare to be held captive from page one to the very end of the first installment of what is sure to be an enchanting series.
While my own personal inclination is to be of a light-hearted nature;
I have a tendency to “live” with the characters in whatever book I may be reading. I must warn you that this novel is exhilarating, gratifying and exhausting (in the best sense of the word) to experience (and I mean experience) the talented work that is Laura Kinsale.
I am addicted.
Combining Kinsale’s writing style and ability, with Nicholas Boulton as her narrator, is genius. I have said it before, and it will always bear repeating, Nicholas Boulton has got to be the most outstanding narrator of all time. His rich baritone voice is hypnotic and is one to absolutely LOVE. Couple his tone with his many accents, and languages, including Old English, and you have nothing less than perfection!
This is a must listen...Absolutely Credit Worthy!
Single by Saturday: Weekday Brides, Book 4 is another entertaining romance by Catherine Bybee, whose characters are always enjoyable! In Book 4, we get to know three, in particular, a bit more deeply: Karen Jones, Michael and his brother, Zach, who are added to Bybee's eclectic series’ collection of friends. As with any “odd” number, these three characters find themselves in a quandary, and must find resolution to achieve their happy ending.
Again, the story is lighthearted, while also engaging.
If you are in the mood for a fun read, this novel will provide.
Definitely credit worthy!
Those of you, who know me by my reviews, know that I do not believe in giving spoiler alerts...nor do I believe in giving "book reports" as my review. I have too much respect for you as the reader/listener to provide you with a synopsis of a book that has already provided you with a perfectly good summation.
Having said that...
There is always a place for a fun, lighthearted, feel good novel, and I loved Not Quite Dating: Not Quite Series, Book 1 by Catherine Bybee and narrated by Amy McFadden for just this reason and purpose. Truthfully, I prefer feeling good when I am purchasing entertainment. I love and want to smile…that being said, books such as this are great to use in between the more serious, “deep” novels that we also love to read.
Not Quite Dating is a fun listen. Definitely Credit Worthy!
Catherine Bybee is a talented, entertaining author, and does not disappoint in her third installation of her “Weekday Brides” series. Narrated by Tanya Eby (always a joyful listen) we are able to revisit her likable characters from books 1 and 2, and get to know Gwen Harrison and Neil MacBain as they explore the possibilities of a future together. Another fun listen…
Definitely credit worthy!
Waverly is the kind of person who could be anyone’s good friend. She is kind and considerate; fun, witty, and a bit of a cross between Lucille Ball and Bridget Jones in terms of embarrassing situations in which she seems to find herself.
The second book in the “Waverly Bryson” series, by Maria Murmane and narrated by Julia Whelan is a delightful, light-hearted listen that I would recommend as credit worthy. Enjoy!
The Dream Hunter by Laura Kinsale deserves another standing ovation. This is my second selection (The Prince of Midnight being first) by this amazing author. She is a master story teller, able to completely captivate and grip you; taking you right into her story’s wild tale. Move over the thrills-and-spills of “Indiana Jones”…The story of Arden and Zenia is every bit as action packed. The romance is steamy, crippling and healing all at once. You will not be able to put this book down.
I am in awe of Laura’s beautiful use of the English language. The scenes are vivid, and rich with color. You can feel, smell and taste the heat, the sand, the sweat and grit. Her characters are among the most developed and memorable that I have had the pleasure to read.
Nicholas Boulton has got to be the most outstanding narrator of all time. I have a few favorites, and they are each very special…but Nicholas has a voice to absolutely LOVE. His rich baritone voice is mesmerizing. Couple his tone with his many accents, and languages and you have nothing less than perfection!
This is a must listen...Absolutely Credit Worthy!
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