If somebody had asked me what my favorite romance novel was before reading this book, I would have paused, given it some thought and probably mentioned some of my favorites (Lord of Scoundrels, Bet Me, Passion, The Bride, This Side of Heaven, etc) Now if anyone asks me what my favorite one is I would say without hesitation, Lions’ Lady! I absolutely enjoyed this book! I had always thought The Bride was one of Julie Gardwood’s best books, but this one topped that! It had humor, passion, banter, and heart. I was so engaged in this story that I was starting to vividly picture the characters in my head, and having a huge grin on my face all the while. Christina has to be my favorite heroine ever…she was funny, feisty, vulnerable yet able to hold her own. The interactions between Lyon and Christina have to some of the most enjoyable scenes I have ever listened to/read! And Lyon’s love for Christina was absolutely swoon-worthy. As soon as I finished it, I started to listen to it all over again. At first I thought Rosalyn Landor would have been the better narrator, but I must admit Susan Duerden grew on me and she did an excellent job with the voices. This book has a lot, a lot of whispering moments, and I think she pulled them off very well. I am just glad it was not Anne Flosnik (she ruined ‘The Prize’ for me). I digress. Get this book! You will love it!
I have to say very few audiobooks have made me stop listening for the sole purpose of needing to take a deep breathe, blink back the tears as I wait for the pain/tightness in my chest to subside...and this one did just that (and I have listened to plenty). I came across this book a year ago, read all the rave reviews and then made one negative review prevent me from buying the book. So the other day, as I was looking for something to listen to, I came across it again and this time I decided to get it and I am very very glad I did. As I begun to listen, I almost wished Zachary Webber had narrated Josh's part, I thought he would have been perfect. Kirby Heyborne's voice just wasn't right, he sounded older, and I just wasn't feeling him, but as the story went on, he became Josh and any qualms I had about him went out the window. This was a beautiful and emotional book that I will definitely be listening to again and again. It might seem slow at first, but its so well-written that every word, every sentence just seems right. You will feel their pain, their anguish, their love, their joy, and their laughter. Its definitely in my top 5 audiobooks.
It turned out to be one of my favorites. I find I don't have the right words to say how much I enjoyed this book. All I can say is this was a well-written book, and this author always has a way of using words that makes the passion and love between the two characters almost seem tangible. And Allegretto just simply took my breathe away! I am glad I got this book. Its a must-read for any one who enjoys a complex, yet profound love story.
This book was amazing from the get go, and does not lose steam until the very last page. But what made this book perfect was the narration. Petkoff brings the story to life! This is the most listened to book out of all my audiobooks. I never get tired of listening to it...ever!
The Prologue of the book and all the scenes between Lothaire and Ellie, ofcourse.
That whole scene between Lothaire and Nix. Amazing!!
Lothaire: "Just tell me...tell me what I should have done differently to make her love me?!?"
Nix: "oh, where to begin....."
Lothaire: "**** OFF!"
I have enjoyed all the IAD books, but this one has to be the best out of all of them, but I have to say Dreams of a Dark Warrior is a really close second. And because of Robert Petkoff, I can't wait for all of them to come out on audio! Please hurry!
If you are looking for an easy listen that will leave you smiling and feeling good, this is it and definitely worth every penny! No arrogant male hero here as is the case with most romance novels, Johnny is sexy, sweet and kind from the start!! A man every woman would love to marry!! Its worth another listen...or two!
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