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Karen

Historical romance junkie. Who doesn't love romance?

Edinburgh, Scotland | Member Since 2007

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  • 53 reviews
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  • Your Wicked Ways

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Eloisa James
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (80)

    Helene, the Countess Godwin, knows there is nothing more unbearably tedious than a virtuous woman. After all, she's been one for ten long years while her scoundrel of a husband lives with strumpets and causes scandal after scandal. So she decides it's time for a change - she styles her hair in the newest, daring mode, puts on a shockingly transparent gown, and goes to a ball like Cinderella, hoping to find a prince charming to sweep her off her feet...and into his bed.

    Amazon Customer says: "Wicked Story"
    "Not Ms.James best book"
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    What would have made Your Wicked Ways better?

    Better characters that weren't so vapid and dull.


    Has Your Wicked Ways turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What does Justine Eyre bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Justine Eyre did the best she could with a dislikable story.


    What character would you cut from Your Wicked Ways?

    All and start over.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Eloisa James books but this one was a real stinker. The characters are unlikeable and stupid. I kept waiting for the story to get better but half way though it was apparent it wasn't. I had to quit, the characters were so dull and uninteresting. The female character was stupid and made decisions no real woman would ever make, at least no self respecting woman. The male character was unlike able and boring.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Secrets of a Scandalous Marriage: Secret Brides Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Valerie Bowman
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    A duchess awaiting trial for her vile husband's murder is the most delicious gossip the ton has heard in years. But for Kate Townsende, the woman in question, it could be a matter of life and death. And when a shrewd and handsome nobleman offers to publish her side of the story while arranging for a barrister to take her case, she's tempted by much more than the chance to defend herself. James Bancroft, Viscount Medford, tells himself he's only interested in a best-selling pamphlet, but Kate's stubborn determination is captivating. Could the accused widow be telling the truth?

    CAROLYN says: "Just hit the 'Add To Cart' button it's DELICIOUS"
    "Third times a charm?"
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    In this third book by Valerie Bowman we get to see Lord Perfect's story as he finds romance, pursues and then discards it only to eventually make peace with his perfection and throw off his perfect mantle to become human like the rest of us and truly fall in love. It's a nice story but not as much fun as her first two books.

    The book starts out as the story of a Duchess accused of murdering her husband and half way through the book when we find out who the real murderer is I felt like the whole thing was swept under the carpet and thrown away leaving me feeling a little let down and abandoned as I wondered where the story would go with so much time left. Then I felt like the story floundered from one step to the next making it feel disjointed and broken. It's eventual outcome came back around but it did feel very choppy.

    Overall it's a nice story and I gave it four stars because I enjoyed the first two books so much and this one had many returning characters. I highly recommend reading the first two books before taking this one on. This was not my favorite but I do hope she continues to write more books as I have enjoyed Ms. Bowman's other stories very much. It wasn't a bad book by any means but for me it was just OK.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Highlander Taken

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Juliette Miller
    • Narrated By Gemma Johansson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (103)

    To secure her family's alliance with the powerful Clan Mackenzie, Stella Morrison has no choice but to wed the notorious Kade Mackenzie. Unable to ignore the whispers that surround him, she resigns herself to a marriage in name only. Yet as the fierce warrior strips away Stella's doubt one seductive touch at a time, burgeoning desire forces her to question all she holds as truth. Leading a rebellious army should have been Kade's greatest challenge... but conquering the heart of his reluctant bride becomes an all-consuming need.

    DARA says: "Wow! I wasn't expecting this much sensuality!"
    "I want my own Cade"
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    I don't read many books written in the first person so when it first started I was disappointed but that quickly gave way to interest which gave way to heart palpitations. When Stella finds herself engaged and married the Cade MacKennzie she fears he will be like every other man in her life, awful. She dreads being married to someone known as a "brute". Having only known Pain and betrayal at the hands of her father and his men, she fears her new husband and his reputation. The journey the author takes us on is one of a young girl learning that everyone has there faults and virtues as she explores her new marriage and life in the midst of turmoil and upheaval. Very well narrated and so touching you will fall in love with both characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Once Upon a Kiss

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tanya Anne Crosby
    • Narrated By Braden Wright
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (41)

    To settle a feud, Dominique Beauchamp was resigned to wed in order to heal their injured lands. Offered in marriage by her brother to the lord of Drakewich, she came to take the d'Lucy name... but never counted on losing her heart to the brother of her betrothed - the Black Dragon. Blaec d'Lucy mistrusted her from the beginning, believing her to be part of her brother's endless perfidy, but he was powerless to resist the fiery-haired vixen that rode so proudly into their midst. Their love was sealed... once upon a kiss.

    CAROLYN says: "A HEART-WARMING FAIRYTALE BUT STRICTLY FOR ADULTS"
    "Glad I stumbled on this"
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    I enjoyed this story. There were a lot of twists and turns that made it a bit unpredictable. A nice change from the usual love story. It's not as steamy as some love stories so if your not into that you will really enjoy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Temptation in a Kilt: Bad Boys of the Highlands, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Victoria Roberts
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Wiley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    It's a sign of Lady Rosalia Armstrong's desperation that she's seeking refuge in a place as rugged and challenging as the Scottish Highlands. She doesn't care about hardship and discomfort, if only she can become master of her own life. Laird Ciaran MacGregor, however, is completely beyond her control.... Ciaran MacGregor knows it's perilous to get embroiled with a fiery Lowland lass, especially one as headstrong as Rosalia. Having made a rash promise to escort her all the way to Glengarry, now he's stuck with her, even though she challenges his legendary prowess at every opportunity.

    CAROLYN says: "OK I WAS TEMPTED...BUT YOU HAD ME AT THE WORD KILT"
    "More twists and turns than a Highland road"
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    Nice story line filled with several plot twists that take the reader out of the expected and into a genuine story. I wanted a light read that was simple and uncomplicated since my life of late has been very complicated. I thought this might be the book for that and while I was wrong I wasn't disappointed.

    All the characters are well flushed out and very human. The storyline flows very nicely and is filled with romance and drama. Even though there were no big sex scenes it was still a good solid story. Definitely worth a credit.

    Elizabeth Wiley is an excellent narrator. Her cadence and speech patterns are spot on and her voices are rich and varied making each character identifiable. I wish she could narrate more romances.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Highlander Betrayed: Guardians of the Targe, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Laurin Wittig
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (67)

    Rowan MacGregor, the rock of the family, is doing everything she can to hold her clan together when she meets Nicholas fitz Hugh. Handsome and charming, Nicholas quickly joins clan life - yet he is not what he seems. A cunning spy, Nicholas is charged by the king of England to break the Scottish rebellion. Despite his loyalty to the king, Nicholas finds himself falling for beautiful Rowan. Nicholas must choose between the king’s will and his own. Can he betray his king and mission? Or will he turn on the woman he loves and the family he has come to care for?

    DARA says: "Adventure, Action, Fantasy, and Romance"
    "Who can resist a Highland hunk"
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    I had never read a story written by Lauren Wittig before but when I saw Phil Gigante was the narrator, well I hit the pre-order button without a backwards glance. You see, Phil could read me the phone book and I would sit enthralled for hours. So I figured how bad can it be? Turns out not bad at all.

    Ms. Wittig has woven a story rich in history and Scottish lore. While I felt this story was a little skimpy on the romance, thus only four stars, I still felt it was a very good story excellently narrated. The intrigue and plot twists were very refreshing and I was very pleased with my purchase. I wouldn't use my credits since its under $10 but at that price it's definitely worth a listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Devil Black

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Strickland
    • Narrated By Allison Cope
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Disgraced in her father's eyes, Isobel Maitland travels to Scotland, determined to purchase her sister's happiness at the cost of her own. But when her coach is held up and she is abducted by a dangerous highwayman, she faces an unexpected choice: Suffer the loveless union to which she has resigned herself, or marry this ruthless, Scottish outlaw who can ignite her desire with a single touch.

    Karen says: "Not credit worthy, sorry"
    "Not credit worthy, sorry"
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    I usually only buy books that have been heavily reviewed so I can form an opinion before I make purchase. When I saw this one the synopsis intrigued me so I figured I would be guinea pig for this one......fool I.

    Where do I begin? First off....the narrator.....she's not very good and I'm being very charitable choosing these words. I'm thinking this might be her first try at Scottish accents and she needs more practice but the reading was just bad.

    Second, the story is ok and I think I would enjoy reading the book, the plot is good and mildly developed but the intimate scenes are skimpy and vague so if you don't like overtly erotic books you will enjoy this one. Some books can be overly explicit but I would describe tis one borderline YA.

    Lastly, I stuck with it because I started to like the characters inspite of the horrible personalities they were given by the narrator and I felt the author deserved a chance. It's not a stellar book but I have read worse.

    My advice, if you like light historical romance choose the book and don't waste a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An English Bride in Scotland

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Lynsay Sands
    • Narrated By Mary Jane Wells
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (166)

    Annabel was about to take the veil to become a nun, when her mother suddenly arrived at the abbey to take her home...so that she can marry the Scottish laird who is betrothed to her runaway sister! She knows nothing about being a wife, nothing about how to run a household, and definitely nothing about the marriage bed. From the moment Ross MacKay sets eyes on Annabel, he is taken with his shy, sweet bride...and the fact that she's blessed with lush curves only makes him utter his own prayers of thanks. But when an enemy endangers her life, he'll move the Highlands themselves to save her.

    DARA says: "So Adorably Sweet!"
    "A lot of fun without much tension"
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    This was a fun book to listen to. The narrator was well spoken and did a nice job with all of the characters. She spoke clear and concise and was really good with all the accents

    The story was fun and pulled me right into the plot from the first chapter. All the characters were well fleshed out and likable or in some cases unlikable but there was no real tension between the heroine and hero, they were just there. Even though the plot was good and built a little tension with a slight mystery bent the sexual connection was just .....Meh. I never felt a real connection between Annabelle and Ross,they were just thrown together and happen to stick.

    It's a good story just not a great one. I think this would be a great book for people who like a light romance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Highlander's Conquest: The Stolen Bride, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Eliza Knight
    • Narrated By Corrie James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (160)

    Highland warrior Blane Sutherland has one mission: disguise himself as an Englishman, cross the border, and retrieve Lady Aliah de Mowbray. Always up for a challenge, he agrees, pursuing his conquest with vigor - and trying to deny the powerful desire that eclipses him each time he touches his charge. A rogue of the highest order and a younger son, he has nothing to offer a lady but a broken heart.

    DARA says: "Book 2 Does Not Disappoint"
    "Love me a conflicted Highlander in need of love"
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    I stumbled upon this book from another reviewer and I'm glad I did. The rich descriptions of the Scottish countryside combined with witty banter make this book a must listen. I didn't realize it was a second book in a series so now I'm going back to listen to the fisrt one. I love the narrators range of voices and different accents, she gives the story a real personality. Add in a great conflict between characters and some historical facts and you have yourself a red hot love story.

    Blane Sutherland watched as his parents were murdered in front of him as a child. Now he one mission in life, find his parents killer and exact his revenge. Lady Aliah De Mowbray feels deeply responsible for her mothers death the day she was born. Now her only wish is to join the church for the rest of her life in an attempt to atone for her supposed sins. When the two of them are forced together in an unusual circumstance they find they can't resist the passion the burns between them.

    If you love hunky highlanders and strong stubborn women who somehow manage to fall in love mixed with a little history you will want to spend a credit right here.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • One Dance with a Duke: The Stud Club Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Tessa Dare
    • Narrated By Leslie Bellair
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (472)
    Performance
    (418)
    Story
    (422)

    In One Dance with a Duke, the first novel in Tessa Dare's delightful new trilogy, secrets and scandals tempt the irresistible rogues of the Stud Club to gamble everything for love.

    Amazon Customer says: "Horsing around in Historical Romance"
    "Wonderful story ruined by the narrator"
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    I loved this story but the child like narration destroyed it for me. Listening to her read the intimate scenes in the book left me feeling awkward. The narrator reads fast and very femine and sterile. I love Tessa Dare's writing and clever dialogue, it's a shame it was ruined.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lady Most Willing...: A Novel in Three Parts

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, Connie Brockway
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (140)

    When Laird Taran Ferguson's nephews refuse to wed and secure his birthright, he takes matters into his own hands, raiding a ball and kidnapping four likely brides - a bonny lass, an heiress with a slight reputation problem, a rich English beauty, and a maiden without a name or a fortune. But which one is ready to fall in love with the Scottish lord?

    SandyH says: "Funny, Funny, Funny!"
    "Cute and sweet"
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    I'm not a big fan of books written by several authors, but I am a huge fan of all three of these ladies so I took a chance. The story is cute and predictable but sweet. It seems to read fast as each author is given a small time to tell a whole story. I prefer a more detailed story so I didn't really enjoy its much as I could have if it were just one story.

    Susan Duerden did an incredible job with the narration and kept me listening even when I wanted to give up. All in all its a heart warming story that's just sweet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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