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~~~~~~~HOPEFUL ROMANTIC~~~~~~~~~ ~~Love Audiobooks~~ Especially Historical & Inspirational Romances ~~No Spoilers Here~~

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  • The Secret: Highlands' Lairds, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1353)
    Performance
    (1226)
    Story
    (1235)

    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.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Nice Historical Highland Romance"
    "Nice Historical Highland Romance"
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    I found this book to be well written that kept my interest. I enjoyed the friendships, struggles, and romance throughout the book. I don't understand why many people disliked the narrator but I thought she was good.....not great but good. She whispered when the words said "she whispered" so what was the problem. Anyway I will definately listen to the next book in the series.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Rise of the Defender

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Kathryn Le Veque
    • Narrated By Brian J. Gill
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (52)

    AD 1192 - Sir Christopher de Lohr is Richard the Lion Heart's champion, a man the Muslims nicknamed "The Lion's Claw". Blond, battle scarred, and powerful, he is what all men fear. After the fall of Acre, Christopher makes a promise at the deathbed of a dying comrade to marry the man's incorrigible but wealthy daughter. Christopher returns home to marry the woman, but the only thing he is interested in is her substantial dowry. He has no use for a wife and resents being forced into the marriage.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "31 HOURS OF EXCITEMENT!!!"
    "31 HOURS OF EXCITEMENT!!!"
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    Kathryn Le Veque has written a gripping story that grabs your attention from the beginning and never lets you down. This book was so emotionally riveting to me that at one point I literally threw my ipod down! Of course, I picked it back up... but the point is.... I've never done that before with a book. It was THAT emotional to me. This book kept me guessing along the way and was funny, sad, emotional, and real. The characters were all wonderfully written.....especially the ones that I didn't like!

    Narration was perfect. He added to the excitement. There are, however, quite a few narration editing mistakes throughout this book. Hopefully, this will be corrected soon.

    Just a note: This book had some violence and detailed sex scenes.

    This one is definitely on my repeat and recommendation list!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Highland Treasure

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mary McCall
    • Narrated By Becky Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    Leonce MacPherson became chieftain after a Norman slaughtered his father and clansmen. For two years he raided Northumbria seeking vengeance while a dream woman promised the return of his great sword, stolen in the massacre.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "I Bloody Well Enjoyed It"
    "I Bloody Well Enjoyed It"
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    If you are looking for a Highland story that is filled with fierce Highland warriors and damsels in distress then pass on this one because this book goes in a totally different direction.

    At first I thought "Dear God, what did I get into" because I was not expecting a story that was silly, funny, and, at times, a little off the wall. As story progresses, you see our heroine, Hope, who is mischievous beyond belief and our hero, Leonce, who has to have the patience of a Saint to handle Hope's antics and her past that was filled with murder, deceit, and abuse. This is the kind of story that is cute, funny, and endearing.....yet sad at the same time.

    This definitely was an unexpected change of pace for me and I bloody well enjoyed the silly fun. 4.5 Stars. Narration was great too.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ride the Fire: Blakewell/Kenleigh Family, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Pamela Clare
    • Narrated By Kaleo Griffith
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Widowed and alone on the frontier, Elspeth Stewart will do whatever it takes to protect herself and her unborn child from the dangers of the wilderness and of men. Though her youthful beauty doesn't show it, she is broken and scarred from the way men have treated her. So when a stranger wanders onto Bethie's land, wounded and needing her aid, she takes no risks, tying him to the bed and hiding his weapons before ministering to his injuries.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Didn't Want The Series To End!"
    "Didn't Want The Series To End!"
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    Many series books tend to be disappointing because the first book is great and the remaining books fall short. This series, however, delivers great stories, history, and memorable characters.

    After listening to all 3 books in this series, I think I enjoyed the third book "Ride The Fire" the best. I'm not exactly sure why....I think maybe because the ending sums up everyone's life and I really didn't want it to end. Plus, I love Kaleo Griffith's narration.

    If you love Historical romances - this series is a winner. ;-)


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Carnal Gift: Blakewell/Kenleigh Family, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Pamela Clare
    • Narrated By Kaleo Griffith
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    To protect her brother, Bríghid offers her innocence to their hated overlord's friend, Jamie Blakewell. Jamie has long thought his friend Sheffield Winthrop Tate III, now Lord Byerly, to be losing his sense of honor. Now he knows that there's something wrong with Sheff. He plays along with the madman's scheme, vowing to keep Bríghid safe. Jamie's tenderness and concern for her people are Bríghid's undoing.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Great Series!"
    "Great Series!"
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    This second book in the series continues with the Blakewell/Kenleigh Family and features Jamie and Brighid. This book is filled with Irish, English, and American History that surrounds an unforgettable story filled with courage, suspense, loyalty, romance, and love.

    If you love historical romances with a great story then give this series a try. I highly recommend any book by Pamela Clare.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sweet Release: Blakewell/Kenleigh Family, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Pamela Clare
    • Narrated By Kaleo Griffith
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    For five pounds sterling, the convict was hers. Though Cassie hated the slave trade, her Virginia plantation demanded the labor, and she knew this fevered man would surely die if she left him. But as his wounds healed, and as his muscled chest bronzed from the sun, Cassie realized Cole Braden was far more dangerous than his papers had indicated - for he could steal her breath with a glance or lay siege to her senses with a touch.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Wonderful Story and Narration"
    "Wonderful Story and Narration"
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    How did I miss this Pamela Clare Trilogy? I don't know but I'm better late than never!

    Pamela Clare's writing always has detailed history, emotional story, tender romances, and memorable characters. Kaleo Griffith's narration adds so much dimension to her stories. He manages to give each character a unique voice and his inflections are spot on. Love this author/narration combination.

    I will be listening to the others in this trilogy because PC's books get better as the series progresses. I've never been disappointed with her books. :-)



    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Netherworld

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Kathryn Le Veque
    • Narrated By Brad Wills
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (42)

    1197 A.D. - Smarting from the loss of his betrothed, Sir Keller de Poyer has learned not to trust women. A bear of a man with a brilliant mind, Keller is socially awkward but an accomplished knight. He is so accomplished in fact that his liege William Marshal gifts the man with lands in Wales for his meritorious service. But there is a catch - in order to secure the lands and titles, he must marry the Welsh heiress.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Consistently Good Writer!"
    "Consistently Good Writer!"
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    I have listened to many of Kathryn Le Veque's books and she always writes interesting stories that are emotionally charged. You can always count on her books to be filled with true to life dialog with believable challenges along the way. This book also has light humor to keep you smiling. The narration of Brad Wills adds emotion and excitement to this Medieval tale.

    I recommend this story to those who enjoy a good story along with a sweet romance. ;-)

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Uncertain Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (109)

    As a lovely heiress, Roderica Delamore should be a prize catch--except for her shameful secret. She has the ability to hear the thoughts of those around her. Even her family and close friends can't hide from her strange gift. Knowing that she can never marry, for no man could bear it, Roddy still longs hopelessly for a family of her own. Until she meets the man she's been waiting for--the Earl of Iveragh, a mysterious Irish aristocrat whose thoughts are entirely closed to her.

    Cam says: "I hate to say this, but NOT one of her best!!!"
    "Seems Like Laura Kinsale Had A Bad Day."
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    For those of you who read my reviews - you know I love Laura Kinsale's Books. Whenever one of her books comes to Audible I have to listen. I was anticipating her usual greatness for this book but I have to agree with Cam and say its not my cup of tea either.

    It wasn't a total loss though. I'm convinced that LK,, even in her worst day, couldn't ever write a total dud. This book did have a good character development, story, mystery, and Nicholas Boulton narrating. I've always said he could make an okay book even better and this is proof.

    If this one goes on sale give it a try. My advise for now: Listen to LK's other books and enjoy!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Captured by a Laird: The Douglas Legacy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Margaret Mallory
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (124)

    The Douglas sisters, beauties all, are valuable pawns in their family's bitter struggle to control the Scottish Crown. But when powerful enemies threaten, each Douglas lass will find she must face them alone. Captured by a Laird Haunted by his father's violent death, David Hume, the new laird of Wedderburn, sets out to make his name so feared that no one will dare harm his family again. The treacherous ally who played on his father's weakness is dead and beyond David's vengeance, but his castle and young widow are ripe for the taking. The moment David lays eyes on the dark-haired beauty defending her wee daughters, however, he knows this frail-looking lass is the one person who could bring him to his knees. Wed at thirteen to a man who tried daily to break her spirit, Lady Alison Douglas is looking forward to a long widowhood. But when the fearsome warrior known as the Beast of Wedderburn storms her gates, she finds herself, once again, forced to wed a stranger. Alison is only a pawn to serve his vengeance, so why does this dark warrior arouse such fiery passion and an unwelcome longing in her heart? With death and danger looming, these two wounded souls must learn to trust each other; for only love can save them.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Captured My Heart"
    "Captured My Heart"
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    This first book in the Douglas Legacy series is a dramatic, well paced Scottish historical romance. It delivers a true "Scottish era" tale of Alison and David. Alison is a gutsy young woman who was married at 13 to a dishonorable man. Enter David, a determined Laird, who captures her castle, lands, and her heart. This story has just enough passion, danger, courage, and vengeance to keep any historical romance enthusiast entertained.

    I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. ;-)

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Healing a Highlander's Heart: Clan Grant, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Keira Montclair
    • Narrated By Antony Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (93)

    Kidnapped at knifepoint in the middle of the night, healer Brenna Grant is spirited across the Highlands to heal a chieftain who's near death. The last thing she expects is for her patient to be a handsome laird who steals her heart. Unable to deny him - or anyone who needs her talents as a healer - she travels to his clan to treat a mysterious invalid. Laird Quade Ramsay awakens to find a beautiful healer at his bedside.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Heartfelt Highlander"
    "Heartfelt Highlander"
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    I almost passed on this second book in the ‘Clan Grant’ series because the ratings were all over the scale, but I’m glad I took a chance.

    This book is different than many Highlander stories in that it concentrates more on issues within the clan rather than Highland battles between clans. Its a touching story with many heartwarming scenes that, unless your heart is made of stone, are sure to bring a tear to your eye.

    Quade is Laird to his clan and deeply loves his family. Brenna is a revered and dedicated healer who doesn’t back down from a challenge. Their romance is sweet and progresses into a deep and tender love. The secondary characters add charm, wit, and many poignant moments to this emotional story.

    This one is worth a try if you enjoy tender—heartwarming stories. ;-)

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • My Fierce Highlander: Highland Adventure, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Vonda Sinclair
    • Narrated By Andrew Bryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (52)

    Gwyneth Carswell, an English lady banished by her father to the harsh Scottish Highlands, wants nothing more than to take her young son away from the violence of two fighting clans - her own distant kin, the MacIrwins, and their enemies, the MacGraths. She risks everything to rescue the fierce MacGrath warrior from the battlefield where he's left for dead by her clan. She only knows she is inexplicably drawn to him and he wants peace as she does. When her clan learns of her betrayal, they seek vengeance. Dare she trust the enemy more than her own family? Laird Alasdair MacGrath is driven to end two-hundred years of feuding with the MacIrwins. But by taking in and protecting Lady Gwyneth and her son, he provokes more attacks from his mortal enemy. As the danger and conflict surrounding them escalate, Alasdair and Gwyneth discover an explosive passion neither of them expected. With the arrival of a powerful man from her past, a horrible decision confronts her - give up her son or the man she loves.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Highland Chemistry 101"
    "Highland Chemistry 101"
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    Vonda Sinclair delivers a delightful first book in the Highland Adventure Series. I appreciate Ms Sinclair’s descriptive writing style. This is a book that is written not only with words but with feeling.

    This is the story of a widower, Alasdair, a strong and compassionate Highland Laird, and Gwyneth, a determined and passionate English Lady who happens to be a healer. Their relationship is built on indebtedness and progresses to a love full of sensuality and chemistry. This couple is very compatible…..in more ways than one!

    If you enjoy Highland historical love stories then you will enjoy this one. I'm looking forward to the remainder in this series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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