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DARA

~~~"HOPEFUL ROMANTIC"~~~ *** Love Audio Books....Especially Historical Romances *** ~~ "Reviews Should Never Contain spoilers ~~

"Beautiful" Niagara Falls | Member Since 2011

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  • Scandal in Spring: The Wallflowers, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (756)
    Performance
    (502)
    Story
    (508)

    After spending three London seasons searching for a husband, Daisy Bowman’s father has told her in no uncertain terms that she must find a husband. Now. And if Daisy can’t snare an appropriate suitor, she will marry the man he chooses - the ruthless and aloof Matthew Swift.

    DARA says: "Nice Finale to this series"
    "Nice Finale to this series"
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    This was a fantastic ending to the series. This one is just as good as the others and was romantic, funny and charming. I totally loved this series!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Highlander's Bargain: Loch Moigh, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Barbara Longley
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    Nurse and future midwife Erin Durie is broke and alone, thanks to a roommate who skipped town and the psychic gifts that make relationships too intense and painful to bear. Then a kilted man magically drops into her arms, looking for a guide to the twenty-first century, and she can’t deny the attraction. But magical treachery soon throws open time’s portal once more - and puts a blade to Robley's throat.

    DARA says: "A Very Good Bargain!"
    "A Very Good Bargain!"
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    After finishing "True to the highlander" I knew I wanted to know Robley's story

    I was delighted to find that this book was just as cute as the first. In this story, Robley sets off for an adventure and meets up with Erin who is a 21st century career minded and college educated woman. They develop a quick friendship which evolves into a romance that defies centuries. Their journey is romantic, witty, clever, and magical.

    If you like fun and easy listening Highland romances then give whole series a try.

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    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • True to the Highlander: Loch Moigh, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Barbara Longley
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (156)

    A life hangs in the balance… A king held for ransom, a country under thumb, clans at one another’s throats. Malcolm of clan MacKintosh has enough to worry about without finding a mysterious lass sleeping on the side of his road. He tries to help her — in his overbearing, arrogant way — and winds up flat on his back. God’s blood, who is this woman…and why does she captivate him so?

    sandy says: "I wish she had more books like this"
    "You're not the "Bossame"!!"
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    I almost skipped this one because of the bad reviews but I'm glad I took a chance.

    This is a light and humorous highlander time-travel romance set in present day and 1423. Alethia Goodsky is of Native American decent, is an accomplished violinist, and a strong independent woman. Malcolm MacKintosh is a Scottish warrior who is strong, brave, and smart....with a quick wit. Malcolm finds Alethia and immediately they both feel a strong attraction to one another. Their time and cultural differences are evident but Alethia's Native American background allows her to become more accustomed to the 15th century. They begin to realize that they have more similarities than differences.

    I did not find the narration of Angela Dawe irritating at all. Each voice was unique and I thought she did a very good job with this book.

    This book is charming, funny, touching, romantic, and very entertaining.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Pirate Prince: Ascension Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Gaelen Foley
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Wiley
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    The pirate prince Lazar di Fiori returns with lethal grace to avenge what was stolen from him: his kingdom, his birthright, and his soul. Allegra Monteverdi, the daughter of Lazar's sworn enemy, proves an uncommonly powerful adversary. She throws herself on his mercy, her courage and beauty touching his cold, unforgiving heart. He agrees to spare the lives of her family - but only if Allegra sails away with him as his captive.

    DARA says: "Tortured Prince"
    "Tortured Prince"
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    Not sure why Audible released this trilogy out of order - doesn't make sense. They released in the order of 3, 1, 2. ("The Pirate Prince" is book one, "Princess" is book two, and "Prince Charming" is book three). I've previously listened to book 3 and enjoyed it.

    This is the story of Allegra and Lazar. Lazar is the handsome former Prince of Ascension who is consumed with vengeance after a life filled with grief, murder, deception, and torture. He meets the current Governor of Ascension's daughter, Allegra, who is a compassionate, curious and innocent young lady. Both of these characters are flawed and have insecurities but they grow and overcome many hardships together. Their journey is a roller-coaster romance filled with kidnapping, revenge, adventure, and pirates. It's a good 3.75 star beginning to this trilogy.

    Elizabeth Wiley does a great job narrating. She made each voice unique which added to the enjoyment of this book ;-)



    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Darling Annie

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Raine Cantrell
    • Narrated By Christa Lewis
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
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    (1)

    Kellian York has big plans for the brothel he's inherited in Loving, Texas. Too bad that just days after his arrival the Legion for Decency has burned it to the ground, citing their mission to rid the town of drinking, gambling, and "loose women." Set on vengeance, Kellian targets the spinster leader, Annie Muldoon, never expecting that the beautiful young woman would let Kellian and his girls move into her boarding house.

    DARA says: "Dont Judge A Book By Its Cover!!"
    "Dont Judge A Book By Its Cover!!"
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    I took a chance on this book because I was looking for something a little different. This book has been available for a while with no reviews and to be honest I wasn't sure it would be worth my time but it turned out to be a delightful listen. .

    It takes place in a small town in Texas where everyone knows everyone. The main characters Kellian and Annie are total opposites - he is a "sinner" and she is a "saint". They begin their unusual courtship disliking each other's "values" while attempting to change each other to their way of life.

    This book has a very relatable aspect in regards to first impressions and judging people. We can't deny that we are all guilty of criticizing, critiquing, and wanting to change people to conform to our "standards". It deals with this issue with sincerity, humor, grace, and repentance.

    If you are looking for a book that is very sweet, witty. has great characters, has more romance than sex, and has a good message then give this one a try. I'm glad I did.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lessons in French

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (84)

    Trevelyan d'Augustin and Lady Callista Talliafaire were secret sweethearts, until the day her father dismissed him with a whip across the face. Ten years and three jiltings later, shy Callie is resigned to a quiet village life as the late earl's spinster daughter. But now Trev has returned from his estates in France, upending everything, dragging her into adventures, stealing Hubert the prize-winning bull, and flinging Callie's heart into mayhem again.

    DARA says: "Holy Cow!! What A Lovely Romance!! ;-)"
    "Holy Cow!! What A Lovely Romance!! ;-)"
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    I was a little surprised to find this book very different than other Laura Kinsale books. This story is not dark or has characters that are deeply distressed. Rather, it is a lighter more balanced story with characters that are charming, witty, fun, and true to life.

    Trevelyan (Trev) is a dashing Frenchman who has loved Callista (Callie) since he was 16. He has a devil-may-care attitude that is endearing and very amusing. Callie is spinster Englishwoman who is practical, loyal, and loves animals. They have a unique “cat and mouse” relationship immersed with clever joking/bantering conversations that are very amusing.

    Nicholas Boulton is a top-notch narrator!! (He is the perfect narrator for LK’s books).

    This is truly a well written love adventure that is filled with friendship, loyalty, loss, laughter, mischief, fun, love, and even a cow! It's worth a credit.


    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Texas Bride

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Rosanne Bittner
    • Narrated By Loretta Rawlins
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Rachel Rivers is the most beautiful woman that Brand Selby has ever met. From the moment he laid eyes on the proper schoolteacher and watched her tremble beneath his longing gaze, he knew he wanted nothing more than to win her heart. But Rachel lives in a land where hatred for the Indian runs deep, and where she is courted by Texas Ranger Jason Brown, Brand’s sworn enemy.

    DARA says: "Old Fashioned Easy Going Listen"
    "Old Fashioned Easy Going Listen"
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    This is a very sweet love story between Rachel,Rivers, who is a beautiful, , well educated Texan and Brand Silsby who is a handsome, half Indian warrior. This story is very predictable but still kept my interest with its good verses evil and prejudice theme. Its an old-fashioned, easy going, tender story that's hard to resist. I would give this book an overall 3.75 stars.

    This story is part of a series and at the end of this book it gives an excerpt of the next in the series "The Oregon Bride". This has peeked my interest even more and will be listening to the next in the series.

    2 of 2 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
    (94)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (88)

    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."
    "Adventure, Mystery and Romance. Its got it all."
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    This book is one great adventure from beginning to end. This is the story of Cam, who is sworn widower and Joan a young woman who's mother just recently died. They set out on a fast paced adventure that progresses from friendship to romance to love.

    It is a well written book that is filled with charming characters, cute fun, adventure, mystery, and romance,. The narrator was wonderful and his accent was so........divine.

    This one is worth a try especially if you enjoy highlanders.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Highlander Avenged: Guardians of the Targe, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Laurin Wittig
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    Although the English king tried to wrest it away, the Highland Targe - ancient relic and protector of Scottish lands - still lies safely in the hands of clan MacAlpin. But for how long? Jeanette MacAlpin trained her entire life to become the next Guardian of the Targe, but that duty has now fallen to her cousin Rowan - a duty Rowan can't seem to master. Fearful for her clan's future, Jeanette seeks the solace of a sacred wellspring, and there encounters tawny-skinned Highland warrior Malcolm MacKenzie.

    DARA says: "Charming second book in the series"
    "Charming second book in the series"
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    This is the second book in the series "Guardians of the Targe". I would not recommend listening to this book if you haven't listened to the first book "Highlander Betrayed". This series is more of a fantasy type highland romance. The "Powers of the Targe" is actually the centerpiece of the series.

    This book builds on the relationship between cousins Rowan and Jeanette and how they deal with Rowan being the Guardian of the Targe. The story delves deeper into the powers they both possess, the battle with the English, their relationships with the clan and their "protectors" (the men in their lives).

    I did find it interesting how this series shows women in a more dominant role. The "guardian of the Targe" is in charge of the clan and when she decides to marry, the man has to give up his clan to live with her......interesting concept.

    Phil Gigante did a wonderful job narrating this romance. This story isn't a deep historical book but more of a light fantasy that you'd listen to on a lazy day. I will be sure to check out book 3 when it becomes available. .

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Highland Wedding

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Hannah Howell
    • Narrated By Ashford MacNab
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    The vivid scar that spans Sir Iain MacLagan's cheek is a daily reminder of the wife he lost - and of the enemy that still stalks him. Commanded by Scotland's king to remarry in order to unite two powerful border clans, lain reluctantly weds Islaen MacRoth, a woman whose delicate appearance belies a playful, seductive nature that proves dangerously attractive to a man who has vowed never to jeopardize his heart, or his loved ones, again...

    DARA says: "Not Hannah's Best......3-1/2 Stars."
    "Not Hannah's Best......3-1/2 Stars."
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    This book is one of Hannah Howell's early books and it shows in the writing. It does have some sensual or sexual tension between the main characters but it doesn't seem as strongly developed as in her later books.

    I enjoy books that have characters with flaws and Islaen and Iain definitely have issues, one of which takes manipulation to resolve. Islean has low self-esteem with very little "backbone" and Iain suffers with deep fear which manifests into him looking like a jerk most of the time. Together they learn, become closer, and develop a strong bond.

    No, this book is not the most spectacular story but it is not a total disaster either. I still found this book to be likable in many areas so I would still give this book 3-1/2 stars. Its an even better listen if you wait and get it on sale!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Warrior Poet

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Kathryn Le Veque
    • Narrated By Kiff VandenHeuvel
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Join Christian and Gaithlin as they succumb to searing passion, torn between loyalties and long-standing hatred. As their families turn against them and Christian must face his warring family and answer for his crime of falling in love with the enemy, help and understanding come from the most unexpected of places. From the green forests of Cumbria to the wilds of Galloway, share Christian and Gaithlin's adventures of murder, betrayal, love, understanding, and of new beginnings.

    DARA says: "Medieval "Family Feud" Love Story ;-)"
    "Medieval "Family Feud" Love Story ;-)"
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    This well written Medieval love story is quite different than most because this story is weaved around a generational family feud. Christian and Gaithlin find themselves torn between their passionate love and family loyalties. Its a story filled with adventure, honor, murder, forgiveness, and love.

    Each chapter of this book begins with an excerpt of Christian's journal. These tidbits of his life are filled with adoration, deep emotion, challenges, and wisdom, which adds to the believability of this story.

    A must read If you enjoy Medieval love stories.



    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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