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Robyn Carr provides fun, entertaining stories, and Therese Plummer does a very nice job with the narration. Her voice is pleasing to hear and she is able to do believable male voices every bit as well as female.
While you might recognize a similarity in the rhythm of all of her "Virgin Creek" novels, there is enough difference to make each one enjoyable. The repeat characters in this series are very likable, and it is fun to "spend time with them" in each. Very enjoyable and definitely credit worthy.
I was soooo in the mood for a light-hearted, sweet-hearted, book like this. "Just This Once: Escape to New Zealand, Book 1, by Rosalind James was just the ticket, for the mood I was in... I loved the characters, and loved the story. The narrator, Clair Bocking did such a good job, although, I would recommend slowing down a bit...her accents were right-on!
A bit like a travel brochure, perhaps; although, I found myself really in need of a happy, basically not stress book...Have fun! Credit worthy...YES!
Emma Chase’s second installment in the “Tangled” Series fell short of my expectations. “Twisted” as told through the eyes of the leading lady, Kate and is narrated terrifically by Charlotte Penfield This is the continuing story of Kate and Drew two years later. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this, and perhaps my expectations were too high, since I gave 5 stars to Book 1.
Although I plan to continue looking forward to Emma Chase’s next audible, I only awarded Twisted an overall 3 stars, mainly because the narrator did such a good job with the material.
Throughout this novel, I found myself frustrated to the point of irritation with the NUMEROUS, (twisted) misunderstandings between the two main characters. It was, in my opinion overkill, because while the reader is supposed to envelope the “love” between Kate and Drew, their lack of faith and miscommunications bordered on the ridiculous. While Book 1, “Tangled” was funny and entertaining to read, “Twisted” was more of a “ugh…give me a break” read.
I’m on the fence with this one. Given the option, I probably would have to listen to it myself, and therefore making it credit worthy, however, I think you would be able to go into Book 3 without it. So, my vote is not worth the credit. Sorry.
Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles is the first book in the Perfect Chemistry Series, as well as the first book by Simone Elkeles that I have read/listened. Although it received an overall rating of 3 stars from me, the narration, performed well by Roxanne Hernandez and Blas Kisic, received 4 stars.
The Perfect Chemistry series is targeted toward teen’s ages 13 & up, and I can see howt it would hold more appeal for them. The bad boy meets good girl is classic in Romance Novels, and I am definitely a fan. But, while I, (at my age – ugh) certainly realize that this is fiction and not meant to be a taken as biographical, the ending is not at all probable. I might not object to my teen reading this, but I would certainly want to know what he or she were reading so that I might be able to shed some light on the plausible reality of the outcome of such a relationship. Don’t get me wrong, I have read hundreds of romance novels, and love them…13 just seems young.
Fairly good story, but sadly, I do not recommend as credit worthy.
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!
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