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Michelle

I love to read! With kids, that hobby is impossible...enter Audible...problem solved. Chores that I dread are now quiet time for this Mommy!!!

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  • An Affair Before Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Eloisa James
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (90)

    One spectacular Christmas, Lady Perdita Selby, known to her friends and family as Poppy, met the man she thought she would love forever. The devilishly attractive Duke of Fletcher was the perfect match, and theirs was the most romantic wedding she had ever seen. But four years later, behind closed doors, the spark of their love affair has burned out. Unwilling to lose the woman he still lusts after, the duke is determined to win back his beguiling bride's delectable affections.

    Michelle says: "Book 2 in a series!"
    "Book 2 in a series!"
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    I can understand the frustreration in the previous reviews as this book can not stand alone. Only two characters situations are wrapped up as the others stories continue to progress until their stories are told further along in the series. Poppy and Fletch are not introduced in the first book so a great deal of time is spent developing their characters. James creates an entire world for her characters to live in. There are complicated connections that must be explained and read in order to understand. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will read the other books in the series to find out what happens to the others. A decent love scene is not revealed until the last part of the book, but is entirely worth the wait. Of course the problem between this married couple could be solved by honest conversation but that is not how things were done in those times. In my opinion that is whay I read this type of novel. I enjoy the long suffering periods of struggle between the characters as it makes the resolution so much sweeter. I missed the characters after the story was over. Since an audio book does not exist for the last remaining books in the series, I have ordered the paperbacks. I must say I haven't read a book in years preffering the flexibily of audio titles. Worth it if you like the long suffering, minimal interaction that is characteristic of this genre. Also, PLEASE READ IN ORDER!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Notorious Angel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jennifer Blake
    • Narrated By Judith West
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    The unimpeachable Elenora Villars is the pride of New Orleans. Her magnificent auburn hair is her crowning glory and her benevolence is the talk of the town. Once a nurse to injured Americans in Niagara, Elenora has become famous for her compassionate works. The widow of a Spanish nobleman, Elenora has secured herself a respected place in high society. But she has a secret that could destroy her good name. Colonel Grant Farrell is the only man who knows what Elenora really is and the secrets she is hiding, but he doesn't care.

    KatieV says: "Good Story / Horrible Narration"
    "Heart wrenching, emotional and deep plot"
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    Another beautifully written, emotionally charged novel by Jennifer Blake. This is a complex story with an exquisitely written plot, well developed characters, and heart wrenching truth.

    I know that I keep repeating this in my reviews of Jennifer Blake's novels, but I was taken aback after purchasing one based on the description and finding the story I received instead.

    She is a realist, and writes stories about flawed characters who manage to squeeze some kind of happiness in the end. The hero are normally a-holes, who you want to punch in the face. There is always a redeeming and wonderful male in the story who I desperately want the heroine to choose, but alas she does not.

    Basically, the heroine follows her brother to a war campaign that ends up putting her in an impossible situation. The hero, well he just wants her, so he takes her. The rest of the publishers summary happens after the first 3/4 of the book.

    I enjoyed the story for what it was, a compelling and truthful insight into two very complex fictional characters. Life isn't always a fairy tale, and Blake certainly gets that across.

    Worth a credit for me, but if you like a lighter read...skip it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Love's Wild Desire

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jennifer Blake
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    It starts as a case of mistaken identity but it will slowly blossom into the union of two people so right for each other all of New Orleans society will stand up and take notice. As soon as aristocratic Rafael Navarro lays eyes on the copious curves of Catherine Mayfield he knows he must have her. His machinations will soon be his mistake; he has taken her to be a woman of another name and of easy virtue. He only realizes his flagrant folly after compromising Catherine's good name.

    Michelle says: "Not a "feel good & fluffy" romance."
    "Not a "feel good & fluffy" romance."
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    I have said it in other reviews of Jennifer Blake's novels, but I will say it again... This isn't a novel where you are going to be rooting for the hero. There is always the nice guy who comes in short for the heroine. The hero is always a step below the reformed rake who is really a nice guy. Blake's heros are the ones who eat those other guys for breakfast (and not in sweet...oh I want one just like him way).

    There were a few moments where I thought the heroine was going to pick a guy that actually deserved her, but she just couldn't help who she loved.

    With that said, this story is real, the plot is complicated and the heroine is put thought a series of trials (more like trials on steroids) that causes her to become a stronger woman.

    This is not a fantasy escape, but to me, more like what probably happened during the time period. There are depictions of slavery and what a vile practice that truly was. I appreciate that Blake didn't sugar coat the servants or slaves as happy people who just accepted that they were born into the servant class or were purchased as slaves.

    Mostly I read historical fiction to escape and enjoy mindless prattle with hot steamy heroes and lovely stories. This is not that story, nor are any of Blake's novels that I have read.

    When I want a tortured romance that is in depth, has substance, paints a real picture of the world, I read Blake. Don't get me wrong, this is a romance novel and has some really beautifully written scenes, but this is just so much more than what the publishers descriptions leads you to believe.

    Worth a credit for me, but if you want something different from what I described above, you might want to skip.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of Wicked Intentions

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Lorraine Heath
    • Narrated By Faye Adele
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (147)

    Lord Rafe Easton may be of noble blood, but survival taught him to rely only on himself and to love no one. Yet when he sets eyes on Miss Evelyn Chambers, an earl's illegitimate daughter, he is determined to have her, if only as his mistress.... After her father's death, Evelyn Chambers never imagined she would be sold to the highest bidder, yet circumstances give her little choice but to accept the lord's indecent proposal. Rafe is wealthy, as well as ruthless. Yet his coldness belies deep passion and deeper secrets.

    Michelle says: "Sigh...I hate that it is over..."
    "Sigh...I hate that it is over..."
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    I listened to this title in one day...yep all the way through.

    The story is just so well told, engaging, complicated, heartbreaking, captivating, beautiful. There really aren't enough adjectives to describe this. Truly, romance at it's very best.

    Lorraine Heath is a talanted story teller and the narrator again gives life to these haunting characters. I only hate that there weren't four, five, six..or ten Lost Lord's of Pembroke to come home. You want to hate these callused Lords, but can't help but feel for the pain they endured growing up. I have read some novels where the author way over does it on the tortured hero mark, but Lorraine Heath found the perfect balance in these tales.

    This story gives meaning to the reasons why I read historical romance. If she writes more like this one...I will download without hesitation.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of Temptation

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Lorraine Heath
    • Narrated By Faye Adele
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (124)

    Once upon a time, he was Lord Tristan Easton - now he is Crimson Jack, a notorious privateer beholden to none, whose only mistress is the sea. But all that will change when exquisite Lady Anne Hayworth hires his protection on a trip into danger and seduction.... Desperation brought Anne to the bronzed, blue-eyed buccaneer. But after the Captain demands a kiss as his payment, desire will keep her at his side. She has never known temptation like this - but to protect her heart, she knows she must leave him behind. Yet Tristan cannot easily forget the beauty....

    CAROLYN says: "HISTORICAL ROMANCE AT IT'S ABSOLUTE BEST"
    "Oh Lorraine, you know how to tell a tale!"
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    I love Lorraine Heath. I love this book. I need more Lorraine Heath and her complicated, sexy, scarred, tortured heros that melt at the love of a good woman.

    This novel is brilliant, enchanting, heart wrenching and just beautiful. I am not going to repeat the plot for you, but just know that this love story is so much deeper than the description leads you to believe.

    The whole novel centers around the hero and heroine and the internal obstacles they face trying to love each other. It is just pure romance for the sake of romance. I really didn't think they would figure it out until right up until the end.

    I wish that the first title was available as it is sure to be just as beautiful as this. Don't let that put you off though, I kept up with the novel fine without it.

    The narrator was a brilliant choice for this book. Her voice is somber and sets the right mood to this haunting tale.

    Buy it, throw a credit at it...just get it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Golden Fancy

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jennifer Blake
    • Narrated By Christine Marshall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Serena Walsh is the beautiful and unwilling plaything of a fanatical Mormon, Elder Greer. Dragging her across the desolate prairie as he seeks a place for settlement, he does not count on her spirit and resilience. Serena manages to escape the Mormon wagon train and the clutches of Elder Greer, but she must find a way to survive in the harsh lands of the American frontier. Now the handsome and cynical Ward Dunbar, who freely admits he will take her as his mistress and prisoner, is caring for her.

    Yvette says: "Not a conventional romance--keeps you on your toes"
    "Complicated...but pure Blake"
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    The descriptions of Jennifer Blake's novels never do justice to the complicated plot and characters she creates. She is not a feel good, sappy romance author and from time to time I enjoy that.

    The heroine went through literal HELL in this novel, which is classic to titles written in the 80's. There is forced seduction between the Hero and Heroine and most of the time I feel Blake paints her hero's as villans for a reason. It is almost like she wants to to like the other guy more than the hero...but why? In all her novels, the heroine grows more and becomes a stronger person because of the jerk of a hero.

    In this novel, I was rooting for Nathan, the other guy. This is not the first time I wanted one of Blake's heroines to choose the other guy. I think she means to tell us...we can't help who we love...even if he is pond scum, but used to be a nice guy. Nathan literally worshiped the ground Serena walked on and would have done anything for her. He was a heck of a lot better choice than the hero.

    The plot was well done and it kept me locked in the whole time, but I always end up with a feeling of melancholy after one of her novels. She is a gifted writer and her love scenes are some of the most beautifully written in the industry.

    If you like a novel that is not a cookie cutter romance, and has no fantasy of prince charning then spend the credit. If you like a more lighthearted read..skip.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of Secrets

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Alyssa Everett
    • Narrated By Courtney Patterson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Rosalie Whitwell has spent most of her life sailing the globe with her adventurous father, dreaming of the day she can settle in one place long enough to have a home and family of her own. When her father suffers a fatal heart attack in the middle of the North Atlantic, Rosalie turns in her panic to a fellow passenger - the cool, reclusive Lord Deal. For years David Linney, Marquess of Deal, has avoided the society of others. Even so, he's drawn to his lovely shipmate, like him, the victim of family tragedy.

    sandy says: "the narration was great"
    "I really, really, really, wanted to like this..."
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    I enjoyed the previous title from Alyssa Everett and downloaded this one with the same expectation of a lovely romance. Yeah,...not so much. I liked the premise of the story and enjoyed the narrator, but the plot....seemed.....to.....drag...on....and....on. There was no real resolution until the bitter end and I just felt like I was left wanting...all that build up then, plop. Not worth a credit, maybe a revision of the story is a good idea.

    0 of 0 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
    (571)
    Performance
    (505)
    Story
    (512)

    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.

    Jone says: "Strong characters, clever dialogue"
    "Credit Worthy Romance :)"
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    This title has been in my wishlist for a while and I ended up obtaining it through one of those "Surprise..$4.95" sales that show up every now and then.

    I am glad that I took a chance on this. The hero was just yummy...he saw her...and then he had to have her! I loved that. The heroine was a bit annyoingly simple minded when it came to her milk sop/wastrel of a brother. I kinda wanted to smack her in the face a few times, but I appreciated her loyalty to her family. I thought that the author did a great job of keeping me enganged and drawn into the plot. I am hoping that we get the rest of the trilogy as I am interested in the other two male members of the stud club.

    I agree with the other reviewers about the narrator. She wan't awful, but there was very little change between her male and female voices. I didn't have an issue listening to her because I too was enjoying the plot.

    Worth the 4.95 I paid for the book, and I would spend a credit for the story alone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ransom: Highlands' Lairds, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (613)
    Performance
    (566)
    Story
    (570)

    In the dark days after the death of Richard the Lionhearted, lives and lands would fall into upheaval at the hands of a power-hungry British ruler and his violent minions. One victim of the scourge is innocent Gillian, who is a mere child when the cruel and ambitious Baron Alford slaughters her father and tears her family apart. Alford, determined to recover a jeweled box for the despotic King John, is furious when the precious treasure slips through his fingers - only to be lost for more than a decade.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Love the Highlands' Lairds"
    "PART 2 =LOVE!!"
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    Loved, loved, loved it! While the romance portion of the story is slow to start, the background information and plot development is well worth the wait.

    I will say that I agree the phrase "you know what" spoken by the small child becomes grating, however, if you have children...this is true to life and I believe intentional on the authors part. The secondary romance between Ramsey and Brigid could have gone into a bit more detail for me. I feel that they had great potential as a side story. I loved Brodick in the first novel, and Ms. Garwood stays true to his character in Ransom.

    Again in this novel, Susan Duerden's voice is an adjustment for some of the characters. It is not bad, just different. If you were able to enjoy the first novel, I feel her performance is better in this one. Again, if you can't get through the sample...don't BUY the book and then complain about the narration!

    Worth a credit if you are a Garwood fan!

    2 of 2 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
    (521)
    Performance
    (463)
    Story
    (470)

    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.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "I loved everything about this book!"
    "Good short read!"
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    Julie Garwood is an automatic download for me and this novel did not disappoint. The couple is sweet and funny. There is plenty of sexual tension, and the love scenes are beautifully written and moving. I love the fact that the hero did not struggle for long with his feelings and that he was not ashamed to admit them to the heroine. The villian of the piece is ROTTEN and pure evil. You sympathize with these characters and want the best for them. Worth a credit! Susan Duerden is much more suited to this title than to the Highland titles. I would suggest you always listen to the sample for the narrator, but I found that I liked her style in this novel. Happy Listening!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret: Highlands' Lairds, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1145)
    Performance
    (1040)
    Story
    (1046)

    Judith Hampton was as beautiful as she was proud and loyal. Her dear Scottish friend from childhood was about to give birth, and Judith had promised to be at her side. But there was another reason for the journey from her bleak English home to the Highlands: to meet the father she had never known, the Laird Maclean. Nothing prepared her, however, for the sight of the Scottish barbarian who was to escort her into his land...Iain Maitland, laird of his clan, a man more powerfully compelling than any she had ever encountered.

    CAROLYN says: "MEDIEVAL HIGHLAND ROMANCE AT IT'S BEST"
    "FANTASTIC GARWOOD!!!"
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    I hesitated before purchasing this title, which is not something I do when Julie Garwood is the Author. I read the reviews on the story and the narrator and was put off for months. Finally, after cleaning out my wishlist, I took the leap. I am so glad that I gave this novel a chance. The story is beautiful, funny, full of chemistry and so classic Garwood. This novel captivated me. I haven't fallen in love with one of her novels this much since Honor's Splendor.

    The narration is difficult to adjust to at first and I feel that Rosalyn Landor would have been a better choice. However, I adjusted to Susan Duerden's stlye fairly quiclky and her voices became the characters for me. My rule of thumb is this: If you can't get through the sample then don't buy the book.

    I would reccomend this to anyone who is looking for a good romp through the highlands. Also, please remember this is Historical FICTION. I don't read this genre to learn about historical events. If you are looking for 100% historical accuracy, check out the non-fiction History section Audible offers.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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