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Elizabeth

I love Epic Fantasy....have become a Historical Romance fan because I am a sucker for a good Happily Ever After. Good characters are a must

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  • Guardian Angel: Crown's Spies, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (279)

    The Emerald flew across the seas, carrying the pirate Pagan - despised by the ton, whose riches he plundered, and beloved by the poor, whose plight was eased by his gifts. The Marquess of Cainewood vows to hunt down the pirate wretch in revenge for his brother's death. But when Jade, an enchanting vision of rippling red hair and eyes of jewel-green, appears at his door to beg desperately for his protection, the Marquess agrees to keep her safe from the villains who want her dead. Jade is infuriating, exasperating, and gorgeous; Caine is noble, strong-willed, and powerful. No woman has ever befuddled him so, nor so deeply aroused his desire.

    Jonna says: "Great love story with unexpected plot"
    "Captivating from beginning to end....10 STARS!"
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    I was captivated from beginning to end!

    I was immediately in love with the characters. Even the secondary characters were very well written and I enjoyed every single character in this book! The story is riveting and interesting and kept me on the edge of my seat. Garwood weaves an interesting tapestry of mystery.
    Caine and Jade's relationship is fiery and delightful from the moment they meet. Definitely a delicious romance.

    I was glad that the previous book's characters (Lyon & Christina) were included in this book. They weren't just thrown in randomly.....there was good reason for them to be part of this book.

    The narration is again wonderful .... Susan Duerden is a real talent. While sometimes it might take some getting used to some of her whispers....she brings the story to life and let's each scene become a vivid movie in my mind.

    I didn't want to pause this book and I didn't want it to end. I LOVED LOVED LOVED this book! I would give this book 10 stars if I could. Every character, every sentence, and every moment of this book was exciting and well-developed. This may very well be one of my favorite books of all time.

    While it is a romance, Garwood has written a great story that makes you constantly wonder what's going to happen next. I laughed...I cried.....I shouted.....I cringed.....I smiled.....I got goose bumps! SO VERY CREDIT WORTHY......LISTEN TO THIS BOOK!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion's Lady

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (402)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (366)

    Christina Bennett had taken London society by storm. The ravishing beauty guarded the secret of her mysterious past until the night Lyon, Marquis of Lyonwood, stole a searching, sensuous kiss. An arrogant nobleman with a pirate's passions, he tasted the wildfire smoldering beneath Christina's cool charm and swore to possess her.... But the feisty and defiant Christina would not be so easily conquered. Mistress of her heart and of her fortune, she resisted Lyon's sensuous caresses.

    Jordy says: "Yes another 5 star rating!"
    "Absolutely LOVED it! Credit worthy!"
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    This is one of Garwood's best! I was hooked from the first few minutes. Romance, mystery, drama, humor, excitement......this book has everything! I didn't want to press pause. Well developed story.....well developed romance.......well developed characters. I really can't find a weak element of this book. I LOVED IT! Susan Duerden is extremely talented as a narrator. I'm always shocked when I hear her male voices after a few books by other narrators....she does have a different male voice style but after a few minutes it's all good and she makes the story come alive.

    LISTEN TO THIS BOOK....AND SERIES!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Saving Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (409)
    Performance
    (369)
    Story
    (372)

    When Lady Johanna learned that she was a widow, she vowed she would never marry again. Only sixteen, already she possessed a strength of will that impressed all who looked past her golden-haired beauty. Yet when King John demanded that she remarry - and selected a bridegroom for her - it seemed she must acquiesce, until her beloved foster brother suggested she wed his friend, the handsome Scottish warrior Gabriel MacBain.

    Jordy says: "Highland Romance at its Best"
    "Inspired a wide variety of emotions....ENJOYABLE!"
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    This book inspired a wide range of emotions. I laughed, I cried, I was angry, and I felt sympathy. It was a good listen. Great narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rebellious Desire

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (423)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (252)

    Of all the dukes in England, Jered Marcus Benton, the Duke of Bradford, was the wealthiest, most handsome — and most arrogant. And of all London’s ladies, he wanted the tender obedience of only one — Caroline Richmond. She was a ravishing beauty from Boston, with a mysterious past and a fiery spirit. Drawn to the powerful duke, undeterred by his presumptuous airs, Caroline was determined to win his lasting love.

    Teresa says: "Love Julie Garwood."
    "Average but enjoyable ...easy listen nice HEA"
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    Would you try another book from Julie Garwood and/or Anne Flosnik?

    Yes, I love Garwood's historical romances. It seems I have no choice in trying more Flosnik....she seems to be the most used narrator....but one of my least favorite. :(


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    This isn't one of my favorites of Garwood's but it was enjoyable and I liked the overall concept of the story. I felt like the characters were well developed and the supporting characters were great (especially Milford) ...the romance growth was done well too. What I thought was lacking was the development of the "suspense element" of the storyline. At times I forgot Caroline was even in danger.....then all of a sudden we are inundated with the "who done it" and why all in one chunk of time. I think it would have added to the story if the mystery and suspenseful elements were more interspersed and sprinkled across the whole book.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Every time she said "Boston" or "father" I wanted to scream! Other than that I guess I'm just getting used to Anne Flosnik. She is good with female voices but makes the men sound pompous and arrogant......which in this case was quite appropriate for Bradford.


    Any additional comments?

    Bradford was hard to like. I still don't know if I like him. It ended up being a nice HEA and I did like the book....but Bradford just said some things and did something's I had a hard time wrapping my head around.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Honor's Splendour

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (803)
    Performance
    (504)
    Story
    (504)

    In the feuding English court, gentle Lady Madelyne suffered the cruel whims of her ruthless brother, Baron Louddon. Then, in vengeance for a bitter crime, Baron Duncan of Wexton—the Wolf—unleashed his warriors against Louddon's domain. Exquisite Madelyne was the prize he catured...but when he gazed upon the proud beauty, he pledged to protect her with his life.

    Jordy says: "Julie Garwood writes the best Highlander books!"
    "Good love story....with not much more"
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    This book started with a bang fir me! Normally it takes at least an hour before I get totally into a book. Then the plot didn't really go very far.

    One minute Madelyne wants to kill him...next minute she is comforted in his arms....I wanted to slap her. Duncan seemed like a good guy to me...I wouldn't have had that much trouble!

    There was definately an element of mystery in the first part of the book regarding why Duncan really had Madelyne in his home. Then it was kind of anti-climatic when we found out.

    Anne Flosnik is a good female voice narrator but she completely butchers male voices making the males sound pompous and arrogant and you immediately don't like them because of the voice. Unfortunately she narrates a lot of books that I like to listen to. I have slowly become accustom to the way she does her male voices so I'm ready when I start a new book...but man its bad!

    There wasn't much of an intriguing plot. This book just wasn't very well developed overall. The banter between the main characters Garwood is known for wasn't really there either. The banter got better closer to the end so that was nice.

    The reader that just wants a love story ... HEA with no real bells and whistles to distract from the main characters romance will probably like this book. I enjoyed it and am glad I listened to it.

    While I enjoyed it....it wasn't one of Garwoods better Historical Romance efforts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • His Bonnie Bride

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Hannah Howell
    • Narrated By MacNab Ashford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (123)

    Storm Eldon was first caught up in the war between England and Scotland as a young girl, when she and her family were held hostage by their sworn enemies, the MacLagans. Years later, Storm finds herself trapped in the clutches of her Scottish adversaries once again. Now she must fight to preserve her loyalties, guard her virtue, and resist the charms of Tavis MacLagan, her handsome Highland captor.

    Jordy says: "Great romance, wonderful imagery, excellent plot!"
    "Enjoyable....great characters & sweet H/R"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It's a great story and it has super characters. Even supporting characters are wonderful! I love stories with good characters. So if the "meat" of the story ... Or some elements were slightly undeveloped. .... The characters made up for it.


    Which character – as performed by MacNab Ashford – was your favorite?

    I love Ashford. She is one of my favorite narrators. Her Storm was fabulous!


    Any additional comments?

    There were some crazy unexpected elements to the story that were kinda shocking... But definitely added to the overall book. I almost listened to this book in one day....I really enjoyed it. I plan on listening to the next book very soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Troubadour's Romance

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    In the safety of her adoptive father's estate, south of London, Felise Scelfton is raised oblivious to the power of her beauty and rumors of her dowry. But when the knights of Windsor court brandish their swords and bid for her hand, Felise realizes she'd better keep her flirtatious tongue in check, lest her jests be taken as vows. Little does Felise know that King Henry II has already decided her fate - his royal command gives her hand to Sir Royce Leighton, the scarred and brooding lord of Segeland, in order to seal a political alliance.

    Cynthia says: "A Enjoyable Read"
    "COULD NOT PUT DOWN!!!!! LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!!"
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    First off --- I LOVED THIS BOOK! I could literally barely put it on pause to work. I was so enraptured in this beautiful and exciting story that I found myself day dreaming about what was going to happen next.

    Now...I am not a fan of Anne Flosnik. She is one of my least favorite narrators. In this book she does a better job than most of the others I have heard her narrate. I don't like her male voices because she makes them sound pretty old but for some reason it didn't seem like as big of a problem for me in this book.

    I do not read Carr's modern day romance, only historical / regency. So those who say this is not one of her best comparing it to her modern day romance books may be right, but I have read several of her historical / regency novels and this is BY FAR MY FAVORITE!

    I found myself smiling to myself while listening. I even teared up on occasion. This book tugged at my heartstrings and made me run the gamut of emotions.

    While it is appropriate...the name of this book kept me from it for a while. I'm not really sure why, but I guess I thought it would be a romance about a Troubadour (who I guess I was assuming would a weak skinny man) but that is so not what this is!

    Rugged Knights, beautiful ladies, romance, excitement, mystery, plot twists, family drama....this book has everything! I would probably rate it PG-13 because the love scenes are not crude or overly descriptive but they are tasteful.

    Yes it is credit worthy....but its a bargain and I just bought it out right instead of using a credit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chief

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Monica McCarty
    • Narrated By Robert McNab
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (234)

    Best-selling author Monica McCarty transports listeners to the 14th-century Scottish highlands in this dazzling novel. Warrior Tor MacLeod is picked by Robert the Bruce to lead the fight against English rule. Despite Tor’s rigid disposition and devotion to his craft, his new bride is determined to warm his heart.

    DARA says: "Overbearing Chief meets Romantic Lass"
    "Sexy & Entertaining Historical Romance"
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    I read The Hawk which is the second book in the Highland Gaurd series so I couldn't wait to start the series properly with Book 1..The Chief.

    I enjoyed this book a bit more than Hawk.. I think it is because it had a better romance element to the story. There is still the historical adventurous element to the book but the romance seems more prominent. There are also a lot more sensual sex scenes in this first book.

    I really liked Christina and enjoyed how brave she was in the face of all the Highlander brawn!

    I didn't like Tor/Chief quite as much as I enjoyed the Hawk character in book 2 (Tor is much more stoic & serious than Hawk). But he grew on me as he stopped being such a stubborn bullheaded man!

    There were many of "moments" in this book that made me smile, laugh, cringe, or almost cry.

    If you are a history buff and you like romance... this is the book for you. I absolutely love how the author uses true historical figures and events enter-weaved with her own touches to create a great historical romance! Credit worthy!

    Again I like the narrators voice when he's telling the story, but his voice for Tor and most of the Highlanders is pretty annoying...I get used to it...but he's not my favorite.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unveiled

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Courtney Milan
    • Narrated By Rebecca De Leeuw
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (219)

    Ash Turner has waited a lifetime to seek revenge on the man who ruined his family—and now the time for justice has arrived. At Parford Manor, he intends to take his place as the rightful heir to the dukedom and settle an old score with the current duke once and for all. But instead he finds himself drawn to a tempting beauty who has the power to undo all his dreams of vengeance….

    Kelli says: "Excellent Historical Romance"
    "Lovely romance....in a riveting story"
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    This book is great....it's not perfect....but I love Ash and Margret's relationship and the path it takes.

    The narrator was very good I liked her female voices and her male voices.

    I did get a little bit tired of the constant father / daughter relationship in the beginning I mean it seemed like there was a lot of repeating. It was the same conversation every time they had one and once I knew they had the relationship they had I didn't need it to be beat into my head anymore.

    I also felt like Ash's relationship with Mark was a little annoying the beginning it was kind of the same thing it was just a constant beating and are headed that Ash was doing everything for his brother and his brother was being a jerk about it.

    I loved near the end when Margaret told her father what "how it was going to be" it was great!

    All this being said, I loved this book! In the beginning I was annoyed with some things....but once I got over those things....I couldn't put it down! There were some really great aspects of this book that made the story really deep and interesting.

    I got this book on a special sale...but I think it is for sure credit worthy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stranger in My Arms

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (564)
    Performance
    (493)
    Story
    (493)

    “Lady Hawksworth, your husband is not dead.” With those words, Lara’s life turned upside down. Hunter, Earl of Hawksworth, had been lost at sea. Or so she’d been told. Their unhappy marriage - with its cold caresses and passionless kisses – was over. But now a powerful, virile man stood before her, telling secrets only a husband could know, and vowing she would once again be his wife in every way.

    CAROLYN says: "ONE OF HER BEST YET, I COULDN'T STOP LISTENING"
    "Hard to put down Mystery and Sexy Romance"
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    This book was hard to put down. It got to the meat of the story quickly and I immediately started to try to figure out what the outcome would be. Although some reviewers said it was predictable....and parts were (it is a HEA after all!)...I was shocked once the mystery was solved. So it kept my interest throughout.

    I did spend most of the book wishing Lara would give in and become a little less suspect of Hunter, BUT I also asked..."what if I were in her shoes" I would be just as skeptical and guarded. It made the story more realistic. Lara wasn't unlikable in my opinion...I became to like her quite a bit.

    Its obvious from the reviews that this is one of those books you either love or don't like. I loved it. I thought the author did a great job with the romance between Lara and Hunter. It made me want more and I became impatient...but not out of boredom...because it was just that good!

    Narration was great. Landor is one of my favorite although she does make the men sound a little older than I wish she would....she makes up for it in every other aspect of her narration.

    This is my first Kleypas book and it will not be my last. I thoroughly enjoyed it and feel it is definitely credit worthy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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