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  • Seduction & Scandal

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Charlotte Featherstone
    • Narrated By Helen Stern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (152)

    With the scandalous nature of her birth to live down, Isabella Fairmont dreams of a proper marriage—even if a passionless one. She saves her deepest desires for the novel she dares to pen, wherein a handsome lord with dark powers seduces her. But then her courtship with an appropriate suitor is threatened by the sudden attentions of the reclusive Earl of Black… whose pale blue eyes and brooding sensuality are exactly as she described in her book.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great new series"
    "Great new series"
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    Where does Seduction & Scandal rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    top 5


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Mystery of the artifacts


    What about Helen Stern’s performance did you like?

    Really like her narration. she has a great voice.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Lord Black admits to Isabelle, that he has known her for longer then she thought


    Any additional comments?

    Great 1st book, I'm on to the second , and it is also very good, can't wait fro part 3.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • To Marry a Scottish Laird

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Lynsay Sands
    • Narrated By Keiran Elliott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (129)

    Highlander Campbell Sinclair is no stranger to battle, so when he sees a lad attacked by bandits, he jumps into the fray. He didn't count on being stabbed. Grateful to the boy for nursing him back to health, Cam offers to accompany Jo safely to his destination. But when he accidentally comes across the lad bathing in the river, Cam discovers that Jo is actually Joan...with the most sinful of curves.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Adventure, Mystery and Romance. Its got it all."
    "Love the Narrator"
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    Where does To Marry a Scottish Laird rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 3.
    Jo is travelling from to England to Scotland to deliver a message from her dead mother to Laird Ross MacKay. Dressed as a boy, Jo is attacked by bandits and is saved by Campbell Sinclair.
    Cam and his Clan are long standing allies of the MacKay clan, and offers to escort "the boy" there.
    When Cam discovers Jo is really Joan, the mayhem begins.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of To Marry a Scottish Laird?

    There were so many memorable moments, from Cam discovering Jo's real identity, to meeting Laird Ross McKay to the Beautiful Epilogue.


    What about Keiran Elliott’s performance did you like?

    LOVED HIM!!!! Every Scottish Romance should be narrated by him. His accent is real!!!
    I loved his voice, a real Scotsman


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Masks, Mishaps and Misunderstandings


    Any additional comments?

    This is book 2 of the English Bride in Scotland series.
    Well worth the credit. And you will LOVE Keiran Elliott's narration!!
    6 *

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Insatiable

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Virginia Henley
    • Narrated By Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (66)

    New York Times best-selling author Virginia Henley writes titillating romance novels. In the prim and proper days of England’s past, sexy vixen Catherine “Cat” Seton Spencer designs dresses for Queen Elizabeth. But in her spare time, she makes the rounds in London looking to satisfy her unquenchable lust. Little does Cat know, she’s on a collision course with the roguish Patrick Hepburn, Lord Stewart of Scotland—and he means to claim her as his own.

    Amazon Customer says: "Couldn't get enough"
    "Couldn't get enough"
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    What made the experience of listening to Insatiable the most enjoyable?

    This book was a great trip through Elizabethan England/Scotland.It begins approximately 2 years before the death of Queen Elizabeth 1.

    The heroine Catherine (Cat) a Lady in waiting and dress designer to the Queen, and the hero - Patrick Hepburn son the exiled Scottish Earl of Bothwell ( who historically was a huge supporter of Mary Queen of Scots, King James' mother) They meet and initially hate each other , well, Catherine hates Hepburn. Hepburn is intrigued by the beautiful and vain Cat, but he doesn't go "ga ga" over her like everyone in the Queen's court.But Catherine can't help being draw to the 6 1/2 foot "Scots Barbarian" The story is long but it moves beautifully.

    I love the descriptions of the fashions and fabrics of the period, the landscapes, the food.
    It would make a great Movie!
    I love books you could see being made into a movie or mini series ( but only by the BBC)


    What did you like best about this story?

    The historical/political intrigue, the characters and the dialogue


    What about Jill Tanner’s performance did you like?

    I love the narrator, her voices, accents, and tone is fantastic.My favourite of all her characterizations is King James and Maggie ( Catherine's maid and surrogate mother)


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The death of a secondary character in the middle of the book, she had an impact on everyone.


    Any additional comments?

    I purchased this book on a BOGO special, and it's the best deal EVER. It is worth the credit on its own.Enjoy!

    3 of 4 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
    (515)
    Performance
    (459)
    Story
    (466)

    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!"
    "I Love this series"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Lion's Lady to be better than the print version?

    They are both fantastic, I like that I can listen to a book in the car on the way to work, and when I am unable to listen, I can read where I left off.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lion's Lady?

    I really loved the opening story of Christina's Dakota Family. I was so detailed, it really makes the reader understand Christina later on in the story.

    I also loved the interaction with Christina and one of Lyon's "ladies", it was HYSTERICAL!!


    What does Susan Duerden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I loved Susan Duerden's narration. A lot of the reviews were complaining that she whispered too much. A lot of the dialogue required whispering, so I wasn't quite sure what the complaints were about.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Oh ya if I had the time, I would have. I did finish it in under 2 days though.


    Any additional comments?

    Julie's Historical's are ALWAYS worth the credit. I can't wait for Guardian Angel, The Gift, and Castles.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Fallen

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Celeste Bradley
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (91)

    Destined for spinsterhood, Isadora "Izzy" Temple can only dream of finding a husband - of feeling his touch in the dark, his lips on her neck, his passion building with each kiss. Imagine her surprise when she awakens to find she's not dreaming at all! Lord Julien Blackworth, has mistaken Izzy's room for his - and he's fallen into her bed and into her wildest dreams.... When the household discovers a man in her boudoir, Izzy pretends that Julien is her fiancé. Once he spends time playing the part, Julien finds himself falling for the fiesty beauty.

    Rita says: "What!!!"
    "I get it!! They don't realize they love each other"
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    It started off great.Fantastic plot, characters, witty dialogue with a touch intrigue.

    Julien Blackworth is caught in bed with the wrong woman, a spinsterish woman named Izzy. He was drunk, he went to the wrong bedroom, he got caught... Voila ! He has to marry Izzy. But Izzy, doesn't want get married, she wants to move out of her wicked cousin house, collect her inheritance left to her by her late mother, and go to America...
    So Izzy convinces Julien to agree to a mock engagement (or so she thinks), and then in 4 months they can break it off. She will be of age to get her money and sail to America.

    While Julien "agrees" to the plan, he has a plan of his own... He will marry Izzy, inherit the Dukedom, and set her up in the country all while continuing the way he is (a man-whore) with no thought for his wife.

    But as he spends more time with Izzy, he begins to see her in a different light. He wants to spend time with her, he thinks about her when he is with other women, blah,blah, blah.
    When his best friend Eric begins to show interest.... What a shock! Julien doesn't like it.
    In fact while at a garden party with Izzy, Julien is in the library making his way up another woman's skirt. all the while Eric is escorting Izzy around the park. Julian happens to look out the window, while with this other woman ( that's nice). He is so furious he runs out of the library, runs into the garden and grabs Izzy away from Eric.
    (Oh Please!!, What an ass!!)
    Eric is a little shocked by his behavior because, he knows of Julien's plan for Izzy.
    This is when it started to fizzle for me.

    He loves her, but doesn't want to.... she loves him but she doesn't think he loves her.....
    He thinks she is in love with his best friend Eric... she thinks he's in love with her best friend Celia...this went on for about 3 hours, with a few other things happening in between.
    Ugggh, seriously! These people are supposed be be intelligent???

    I really would have loved to see Izzy's maid Bette, take a brick upside both their heads....LOL

    Susan Ericksen's narration saved this book for me, as did the authors writing style.
    I just think that maybe another editor should have been given the original manuscript, and cut out about 3 chapters.

    If your not sure whether to download it, if your local library has it, read it first, it may not bother you.
    I would recommend downloading it when it goes on sale.

    7 of 8 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
    (608)
    Performance
    (562)
    Story
    (567)

    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"
    "Love Those Lairds"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Ransom to be better than the print version?

    Both are brilliant, if you can't sit down to read it, you can enjoy listening to it.


    What other book might you compare Ransom to and why?

    In Bed with a Highlander by Maya Banks


    What does Susan Duerden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great voices, I love her narration, some people don't, but I think she is fantastic.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I actually read the book in one sitting over a weekend. I really couldn't put it down.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this Highland Laird Series. It's quirky. The characters are fun & charming.
    The dialogue between the Lairds, and there wives is brilliant.
    The secondary characters are also lively and charming.
    I love all of Julie Garwood's historicals, they are so worth the credits.

    Enjoy!

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Countess

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Lynsay Sands
    • Narrated By Sarah Coomes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (492)
    Performance
    (391)
    Story
    (394)

    The fairy tale courtship did not turn into a happily-ever-after. Not until her husband dropped dead, that is. He had been horrible enough to Christiana during their short marriage, and she was not going to allow the traditional period of mourning to ruin her sisters' debuts as well. So she decides to put him on ice and go on as if nothing's happened.... Until the real earl appears.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Entertaining!"
    "Regency Weekend at Bernie's"
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    Would you listen to The Countess again? Why?

    Yes especially if i need a good laugh.


    What other book might you compare The Countess to and why?

    The Deed by Lynday Sands.


    What about Sarah Coomes’s performance did you like?

    I love Sarah Coomes. I know she always gets mixed reviews, but I have always enjoyed anything she narrates


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

    I was laughing out loud at the scenes where certain characters are trying to move the dead body of an unkind Earl that nobody wants discovered (especially his wife, because if people know he is dead,, she would have to go into mourning, and could not be a sponsor for her sister who is looking for a husband)


    Any additional comments?

    Not your typical historical romance, but sometimes it's good not to be typical.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Julia Quinn
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (139)

    Miranda Cheever has been blessed with many things, but great beauty is not among them. Still, when she meets Viscount Tuner, she knows she is meant for him. As the years go by, fate is as kind to Miranda as it is harsh on the Viscount. He's skeptical about love with good reason - but he may be falling for Miranda

    Teresa says: "Light and fun romance."
    "Dear Diary, Men are Dumb!"
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    Where does Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 15. It's a great story of long time love, loss, and discovery. Throw in that Julia Quinn character banter.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the main characters develop, it seemed like a natural progression without a rushed ending.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The book shop. Miranda is an avid reader, and wants to purchase a book that is sold only in a man's bookshop. Well Miranda doesn't care, and she wants the book, and then the fun begins.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutley


    Any additional comments?

    Follow this up with " what happens in london and "10 things I love about you" and re visit these great Julia Quinn characters.

    4 of 5 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
    (1138)
    Performance
    (1034)
    Story
    (1041)

    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"
    "Don't keep this book a Secret"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Oh Yea, I love this Highland Laird Series. It's quirky. The characters are fun, quirky and charming.
    The dialogue between Ian and Judith is fantastic.
    The secondary characters, could have their own stories. In fact they do. Broderick and Ramsey re appear in Ransom. I hope will also be out in audiobook.

    Judith is an English women travelling to Scotland to attend the birth of her best friends baby.
    Francis Catherine and Judith met when they were 4 and stayed friends even though they were supposed to be enemies.

    Iain Maitland is an extremely large Highland Laird and brother- in- law of Francis Catherine. He escorts Judith from England and is immediately attracted to him. Every one is afraid of Iain accept for little Judith.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secret?

    Iain and Judith's wedding. By the time the scene is over Judith isn't quite sure who she married. It is a fantastic and cleverly written laugh- out- loud scene.


    Which character – as performed by Susan Duerden – was your favorite?

    Loved both Judith and Iain. Also loved the old men on the counsel.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Secret is Out!
    If this was made into a movie I picture Emily Blunt as Judith and Richard Armitage as Ian.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the credit, you will listen to it over and over again.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Bond of Passion: The Border Chronicles, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bertrice Small
    • Narrated By Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
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    (40)
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    (40)

    Romantic Times Career Achievement Award-winner Bertrice Small continues her sumptuous Border Chronicles series with Bond of Passion. Set in 16th-century Scotland, this breathtaking tale follows Angus Ferguson, Earl of Duin, as he reluctantly agrees to take a wife in exchange for some much-coveted land. Although the plain-faced Annabella Baird may not be the lass he had in mind, passion soon ignites between them.

    Amazon Customer says: "Best of the Series"
    "Best of the Series"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it was fantastic listen. The story takes place during the up in Scotland at the time of Mary Stewart Reign. The story flowed, the characters were very real, the narration superb.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Angus, the "most handsome man in Scotland" was noble, honest and quite "randy". He stays away from politics, to protect his small can.

    His "plain wife" Anabella, who he married to obtain land her father owned. She is a a strong woman who does her duty, but with opinions of her own.


    What about Jill Tanner’s performance did you like?

    She was great, all the characters were great, her timing was amazing.


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

    I loved this book. IMO it's the best of the series. The other heros of the Border series, were a bit arrogant, and some did stray from there "loves", some I would also consider borderline abusive... This book did not have that feel, which was a great change.


    Any additional comments?

    The book can stand alone. you don't have to read the others.
    Well worth the credit.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Highland Honor: Murray Family, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Hannah Howell
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (176)

    Nigel Murray saw through her masquerade from the start: a young woman trying to pass herself off as a page. It almost worked - until she was unmasked in battle with the English, at the point of a sword. Nigel recklessly saved the raven-haired beauty, whose secrets now endangered them both. He spirited her off to Scotland, determined to erase the terror he tasted in her kiss.

    Rita says: "I want a highlander"
    "Murray Men, at it Again!"
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    This is the 2nd book of the Highland Series featuring the Murray brothers,It's 7 years later as we learn what happened to Nigel since he left Donncoill after losing Maldie to his brother Balfour.
    Nigel becomes a mercenary, offering his sword and fighting skills to any French lord who pays the most. But when he wakes up one morning to find himself sprawled in the mud, having spent all night boozing with no recollection of how he got there, he knew it was time for him to go home and face reality. While deep in thoughts, he hears voices and checks to see whom they belong to. He spots two people deep in conversation but knew instantly that the one dressed like a lad is a woman.

    Gisele Deveau is a hunted woman. Falsely accused of the gruesome death (no really GRUESOME) of her wealthy husband, she has been running away for a whole year. When Nigel ends up saving her life, she knows that he is her only hope.

    Realizing that Gisele's life is in extreme danger, Nigel is overcome with the need to protect her, especially when he learns that she is pretty much on her own. And although she fears men in general Gisele has little choice but to trust the man who has entangled himself in her troubles.

    Little do they know that they would be faced with another trouble: that of their growing attraction to each other. Nigel is torn and confused about what he feels for Giselle who looks very much like Maldie, his sister in law - and the reason he left home in the first place. While Gisele is terrified to put her trust in another man after what she has experienced at the hands of her husband.

    Gisele is a likable heroine, very similar to Maldie but with a sharper tongue. Both characters are strong and well-matched and as passionate as the first book's characters. I

    The homecoming scene was one of my favourites

    Great Series.
    I am beginning book 3 about little brother Eric




    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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