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Camden

Camden Smith owns DREAMFly Marketing, a full service marketing firm located in Southwest Florida. She regularly reviews books and is an avid reader as well as audible client. Favorite books are mysterious romances or those stories about personal growth.

Naples, FL, United States

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  • The Perfect Hope: Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1760)
    Performance
    (1552)
    Story
    (1564)

    Ryder is the hardest Montgomery brother to figure out - with a tough-as-nails outside and possibly nothing too soft underneath. He’s surly and unsociable, but when he straps on a tool belt, no woman can resist his sexy swagger. Except, apparently, Hope Beaumont, the innkeeper of his own Inn BoonsBoro.... As the former manager of a D.C. hotel, Hope is used to excitement and glamour, but that doesn’t mean she can’t appreciate the joys of small-town living. She’s where she wants to be - except for in her love life....

    Maria says: "Perfect Ending!"
    "Positively Natural and Bright"
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    Would you listen to The Perfect Hope again? Why?

    Yes because the story has such natural character development and the underlying story line about the Lizzie the ghost is captivating and how she works her way to become part of the family leaves you wanting more.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like how Nora Roberts surprises you at the ghost's connection with the family and weaves her history into the family's story today.


    What about MacLeod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    His voice is perfectly paced. He never has a problem giving characters different voices in fact he is the best I've listened to after more than 20 audiobook purchases. He is not slow. He is not fast.

    Looking for someone to read you a story and speak the quotes in the book like they are actually sounding like conversation? Cloud is your voice. He doesn't deliver lines like he is reading. He delivers it as if he is talking exactly what other narrators should do.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I cried when Ryder has his moment and that's all I can say without give the book away.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Serpent Prince

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Hoyt
    • Narrated By Moira Quirk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (143)

    Country bred Lucy Craddock-Hayes is content with her quiet life, until the day she trips over an unconscious man - a naked unconscious man - and loses her innocence forever. Viscount Simon Iddesleigh was nearly beaten to death by his enemies. Now he's hell-bent on vengeance. But as Lucy nurses him back to health, her honesty startles his jaded sensibilities - even as it ignites a desire that threatens to consume them both. Yet as his honor keeps him from ravishing her, his revenge sends his attackers to her door.

    Lia says: "Thoroughly Enjoyable - but 10.5 hours not 22 hours"
    "Just okay really weak characters"
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    As the finale to the princes by this author this book was disappointing. Yes you love the lady lead and you at first like the male lead but I don't think she does a good job really mixing in emotions into their relationship until the last oh say 30 minutes.

    It's like they get married because she is enthralled with him but there's really no love - and since he married her for love it makes so sense. Also his prolonged anger is a bit over the top. The weakest of the books.

    Climax is hardly a climax.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Leopard Prince

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Hoyt
    • Narrated By Moira Quirk
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (144)

    One look at Harry Pye, and Georgina knows she's not just dealing with a servant, but a man. Harry has known many aristocrats - including one particular nobleman who is his sworn enemy. But Harry has never met a beautiful lady so independent, uninhibited, and eager to be in his arms. Still, it's impossible to conduct a discreet liaison when poisoned sheep, murdered villagers, and an enraged magistrate have the county in an uproar.

    CAROLYN says: "ANOTHER CHARMING COMPLEX & COMPELLING LISTEN BY EH"
    "So Much Anger So Much Passion"
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    If you like sex you'll like this novel. A little too much slang for sexual organs for my taste - a bit crass but I loved the love story - it has real fight in it. You always wonder who the murderer is and you think you know and then you don't - really great swings to the story.

    The writer did not do a great job connecting the male character to the previous book's male lead character - she should have introduced and connected them earlier so we would understand why the heck this couple was important.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Raven Prince

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Hoyt
    • Narrated By Moira Quirk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (366)
    Performance
    (326)
    Story
    (327)

    Widowed Anna Wren is having a wretched day. After an arrogant man on horseback nearly crushes her, she arrives home to learn that she is in dire financial straits. The Earl of Swartingham is in a quandary. Having frightened off two secretaries, Edward de Raaf needs someone who can withstand his bad temper and boorish behavior. When Anna becomes the earl's secretary, it would seem that both their problems are solved. But when she discovers he plans to visit the most notorious brothel in London, she sees red-and decides to assuage her desires....

    CAROLYN says: "IF YOU'R LOOKING FOR ROMANCE THEN LOOK NO FURTHER"
    "Great Romance with Natural Imperfections"
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    What I mean by the headline is the writer didn't sell us some hot guy - she sold us a real guy. She didn't sell us some babe - she sold us a real woman and she makes the story organically mature into a love story - really good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • In the Garden of Disgrace: The Garden Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Cynthia Wicklund
    • Narrated By Tanya S. Bartlett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (48)

    When 17-year-old Lady Jillian Fitzgerald sneaks out to spy on a duel, she believes she is merely guilty of an indiscretion. But when the duel takes a deadly turn and Jillian becomes an unwilling passenger in the fleeing carriage of the infamous "Lord Wicked", she knows what began as a lark has become a disaster. One night of bad judgment and her life is changed forever.

    Patricia says: "Great Story. Love the Characters"
    "Voice So Bad you'll want to die"
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    and that says it all. She pauses in the middle of sentences not for dramatic effect but because she literally cannot read well. Her voice is high pitched - UGH! It's so bad go through an hour and that was it. i loved this series and wanted to hear books 3 and 4. Instead I'm demanding my money back and buying the books.

    NEVER LISTEN TO ANYTHING WITH TANYA BARTLETT EVER!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Garden of Deceit: The Garden Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Cynthia Wicklund
    • Narrated By Tanya S. Bartlett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    Simon Fitzgerald's nephew James Tremont is in a predicament. He's inherited a run-down estate, a house full of eccentric relatives who are depending on him for support, and a bank account that has plunged into the red. The answer to his financial woes arrives in the oh-so-common person of Archie Campbell, a wealthy man who wants to give James a helping hand. But Archie's money comes with a stipulation. James must marry Archie's daughter Amanda, and he must do so without letting the young lady know she is entering into an arranged marriage.

    CAROLYN says: "ANOTHER LOVELY STORY TOTALLY RUINED BY NARRATOR"
    "THE VOICE OVER IS SO BAD I NEVER EVEN LISTENED"
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    If someone with a speech disability read and I mean no offense they would be better than this idiotic Tanya. She read book 3 and an hour in I found myself just wanting to vomit. They taped this in an echoing room and her voice is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo bad - she pauses in bad places it makes it hard to understand. They should never EVER allow her to voice over anything ever again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In the Garden of Seduction: The Garden Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Cynthia Wicklund
    • Narrated By Jane McLaughlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    Cassandra James is in for a terrible shock. She is not who she thinks she is, never has been. One morning she awakens to find the neat order of her wealthy, middle class world changed forever. Add to this the complication of Simon Fitzgerald, Marquess of Sutherfield. A handsome rogue at his most intriguing, he pursues Cassandra with single-minded determination, but his motives are not pure. He wishes to bed the lady, not marry her.

    Camden says: "It Makes Me Want to Break Society's Rules!"
    "It Makes Me Want to Break Society's Rules!"
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    What a great way to tell a story that rarely happened in that time but you want to hear about. There are women who beat out their society duties and this is a great show of the story in a complicated love story. Never too repetitious. Perfectly balanced.

    Wonderful - I'm on to book 3 and 4 but the narrator's voice in those does not sound as nice and appeasing as this narrators. Great voice over work by the narrator fyi in this book and the first. Can't understand why the same person didn't voice all the books as is generally standard.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In the Garden of Temptation: The Garden Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Cynthia Wicklund
    • Narrated By Helen Lloyd
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (38)

    Honor - Adam Stanford, Earl of Ashworth, has always done the right thing. Desire - Lady Catherine Bourgeault, lonely and rejected, longs to experience passion, to love just once in her life. Treachery - The Baron Bourgeault: to what extremes will an obsessive, unstable man go to achieve his own dark ends? Seduction - In the face of a love that will not be denied, Adam and Catherine risk everything to be together.

    Joan Reeves says: "Captivating Romance"
    "Painfully Romantic"
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    This book is fabulous. Such twists and turns and each character is slowly unveiled and just when you think you know everything you don't. Not super mysterious but very romantic and believable for that time period.

    Catherine's drive to do as she is bid despite her own desires to act otherwise is typical of the time period but they don't make her overly dramatic. The author created the perfect point of fiction with reality in all of the character's behavior.

    She could have had fights going throughout the end of the book but instead chose the more realistic approach to the issue at hand - Catherine and Lord Ashworth and made it a triumph in the end by default.

    Wonderful!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Pleasures with a Scoundrel: Scoundrels of St. James, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Lorraine Heath
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen, Antony Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (377)
    Story
    (382)

    On a quest to avenge her sister's death, Eleanor Watkins never expected to fall for the man following her through pleasure gardens and into ballrooms. But soon nothing can keep her from the arms of the sinfully attractive scoundrel, not even the dangerous secrets she keeps. Strong, compassionate, and utterly irresistible, James is all she desires. But can she trust him enough to let herself succumb to all the pleasures that midnight allows?

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Great finish to the series."
    "Good but not as great as the others"
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    I just couldn't get excited about this last book in the series. The main character was such a weak man in all the other stories especially having to do with Frannie I just couldn't get excited about him. The book got better about 4 hours in when there was really a twist and at the end it was great but it took too long to get to the good parts and I think Ms. Health should have done a better job of making us more interested in the main character in the earlier stories so it didn't take me 3 weeks rather than my usual 5 days to plow through the story.

    I loved the series - really great but Ms. Health repeats herself way too often throughout her series almost as if she expects you to listen to or read one and not the rest of them. She needs to learn to write more succinctly and stick with character development and the story lines and elminate the unnecessary repetition which would make her stories even better and the first three in this series had a lot of repetition but the stories I thought were better.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Surrender to the Devil

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lorraine Heath
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (521)
    Performance
    (469)
    Story
    (475)

    Frannie Darling was once a child of London's roughest streets, surrounded by petty thieves, pickpockets, and worse. But though she survived this harsh upbringing to become a woman of incomparable beauty, Frannie wants nothing to do with the men who lust for her, the rogues who frequent the gaming hall where she works. She can take care of herself and feels perfectly safe on her own-safe, that is, until he strides into her world, and once again it becomes a very dangerous place indeed.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Very Sweet Continuation"
    "Frannie was not believable"
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    Frannie or Franny however she is spelled is a character outlined in the first two novels as a woman who raped, beaten and while not fearful of men completely and utterly disinterested and dressing drab to not catch attention.

    Lorraine Heath seemed to forget her own story and had this four book series take a turn for the worst in book 3. While I love Frannie as a character, I found it absolutely unbelievable she would end up with who she does because A) he is snobby and would never show interested regardless of lush as was outlined in book 2 and B) she would never cross a room to talk to a man just plain and simple.

    So the motivation behind the characters during the first few chapters is not only not believable but it doesn't match the first two books in the least.

    Thumbs down on this one. Not terrible - you'll like it but if you like a good story and you get annoyed when authors forget the characteristics of their own characters...well then you'll be very annoyed until you get happy 3/4 of the way through because you get drawn in anyway.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Between the Devil and Desire: Scoundrels of St. James, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Lorraine Heath
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen, Antony Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (589)
    Performance
    (519)
    Story
    (515)

    The ladies of the town won't stop whispering about deliciously wicked Jack Dodger - once a thieving street urchin, now the wealthy owner of London's most exclusive gentleman's club. Olivia, Duchess of Lovingdon, would never associate with such a rogue. So when Jack is named sole heir to the duke's personal possessions, the beautiful, well-bred lady is outraged. Now, Olivia is forced to share her beloved home with this despicable man. But Olivia's icy disdain is no match for Jack's dangerous charm.

    Amazon Customer says: "It's sick how good this series is"
    "Surprised I love it more than Book 1"
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    I wasn't happy at first about Jack Dodger being the focus in book two of this series and the first I'd say half hour I found the ridiculous behavior from the two main characters annoying, but as you get to know the characters you truly enjoy the unfolding of this complex character Jack Dodger.

    The poor man has been through much - you truly ache for him as you discover his pains.

    For Olivia (Livi), you understand how she transitions.

    I'm not big on explicit sex scenes in books, but recognize this is a romance. However in this book the intimacy was necessary to understand really the unfolding of the characters, both Olivia and Jack. She was repressed. He was protecting himself.

    My favorite scene was when he becomes overly turned on by Olivia (not a sex scene just early in their attraction) and he goes to Dodgers and denies his carnal appetite. It is the beginning of him becoming the man he had always been without knowing it.

    Truly a nice story - not very realistic that a Duchess would be with him but you love the story all the same.

    The little boy Henry grows in importance and that doll makes you cry with joy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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