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Queen Squared

Queen Squared

Columbia, SC, United States

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  • The Prize

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (597)
    Performance
    (366)
    Story
    (370)

    In the resplendence of William the Conqueror's London court, the lovely Saxon captive, Nicholaa was forced to choose a husband from the assembled Norman nobles. She chose Royce, a baron warrior whose fierce demeanor could not conceal his chivalrous and tender heart. Resourceful, rebellious and utterly naive, Nicholaa vowed to bend Royce to her will, despite the whirlwind of feelings he aroused in her.

    A. Masters says: "narration takes away from the story"
    "The Prize is a Julie Garwood Classic"
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    I have now listened to this book three times, & I'm still not bored with it. The antics that take place between Nicholaa and Royce are both funny and heart-warming. Nicholaa is an undisputed heroine in this book. And Royce ends up being the bear that's really just a teddy bear :)

    As some other readers have said about this book, and Garwood's other historical romance novels on Audible, the narration done by Anne Flosnik is a little over-the-top. But at the same time, let's be honest. This is a romance novel. Flosnik's narration simply highlights the inevitable cheesiness of the genre. I don't think it takes away from the book, or makes it any less enjoyable.

    In my opinion, The Prize is a must-have!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Spellbound Falls: Spellbound Falls, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Janet Chapman
    • Narrated By Allyson Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (61)

    Maximilian Oceanus arrives in Spellbound Falls just in time to save Olivia Baldwin from an overly aggressive suitor, only to find himself attracted to the beautiful, if rather aloof, widow. And although Mac has come to Inglenook to get a handle on fatherhood, his newly discovered six-year-old son has set his sights on finding his father a wife. Olivia, however, is busy getting Inglenook ready for its new season, so she doesn't have time to deal with her growing attraction to the dangerously seductive Mac.

    Manon says: "The sea meets Main"
    "It was okay."
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    So, I thought this book was okay, but just okay. The general idea behind the storyline was a novel concept, but the actual story was predictable. There weren't really any curve balls thrown in there. And although the writing was mostly decent, Janet Chapman seems to have an obsession with the word "canted" and it actually started to get annoying.

    Overall I thought Allyson Ryan did a good job, but it sort of sounded like she had a stuffy nose, which in turn made the adult male voices sound a bit dorky. On the other hand, her rendition of the children's voices was spot-on.

    In conclusion I would not recommend spending a whole credit on this book. But, if you can get it on sale, like I did, it can make for an interesting addition to your audio library.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bachelor Undone

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Brenda Jackson
    • Narrated By Shari Peele
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Brenda Jackson has won numerous awards for her contemporary African-American romances. In Jamaica for a well-deserved vacation, city planner Darcy Owens is stunned by the sight of a chocolate-skinned god in the distance. Upon closer inspection, however, it turns out this dream man is York Ellis, an arrogant ex-cop - and notorious bachelor - Darcy knows all too well. But when her life is threatened, he offers her protection and sparks begin to fly between them.

    Lawonza says: "Pretty good"
    "Light, Easy, Fun Read"
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    This book is a fairly predictable romance novel. But, this certainly doesn't mean you shouldn't give it a chance. The premise is somewhat reminiscent of "How Stella Got Her Groove Back." But Brenda Jackson definitely puts her own spin on the story. I love that the heroine of this book, Darcy Owens, is smart and successful. So when she finally finds the right guy, you feel like she finally has it all. Darcy is a bit of a smart mouth. But she has definitely found her match in York Ellis, who somehow manages to be both a possessive alpha male and a sensitive guy.

    Jackson has chosen a plot that we all know and love: two people with a long-held sexual attraction are thrown together in a difficult/awkward situation, and find that they can no longer fight said attraction.

    Shari Peele did a great job as narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her Husband's Harlot: Mayhem in Mayfair, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Grace Callaway
    • Narrated By Erin Mallon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (127)

    After a disastrous wedding night, proper Lady Helena Harteford fears for the fate of her new marriage. Disguised as a doxy, she tracks her husband down at a bawdy house to reason with him...and instead discovers the thrill of forbidden passion. An innocent ruse turns into a risky deception; how far will this once-wallflower go to win her husband's love?

    Bettina says: "Love, love, love this hot romance!!!"
    "Wow! This book is hot & steamy!"
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    Fair warning, this is NOT your classic romance novel--which I somehow didn't realize when I purchased it :) As the title suggest, there is a lot of sex in this book, and it's not all flowers & champagne. This is a story about two people who are surprised to find that the person they married is not only a decent human being, but the man/woman of their fantasies. For Nicholas, this means a woman who is demure, witty, & intelligent in the drawing room, but both innocent & eager to learn in the bedroom. And, after accidentally witnessing some fairly scandalous behavior, Lady Helena finds that what she really wants is a man who can make no-holds-barred love to her. Callaway actually does a pretty good job of making this an integral part of their love story. It becomes a way for them to get to know each other in their marriage.

    Erin Mallon did a great job as narrator.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mine Till Midnight: The Hathaways, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (929)
    Performance
    (480)
    Story
    (485)

    When an unexpected inheritance elevates her family to the ranks of the aristocracy, Amelia Hathaway discovers that tending to her younger sisters and wayward brother was easy compared to navigating the intricacies of the ton. Even more challenging: the attraction she feels for the tall, dark, and dangerously handsome Cam Rohan.

    paige says: "Missing part of the story. NOT unabridged"
    "WARNING: You may not be able to put this book down"
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    I really enjoyed this book. It features love in all it's forms: new romantic love, old romantic love, lost love, sibling love/rivalry. The relationship between Amelia & Cam is charged from the very beginning. He needs something different from the over-experienced courtesans he usually spends time with, and even though she won't admit it to herself or anyone else, Amelia needs someone to help her herd the unruly siblings she's essentially been left in charge of. Its very easy to sympathize with all of these characters...even Amelia, who's stubbornness you would expect to find annoying, but actually seems understandable.

    Rosalyn Landor is an excellent reader. She does a great job giving each character her/his own voice and in her narrator's voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rhythm and Bluegrass

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (546)
    Performance
    (506)
    Story
    (504)

    The anticipated follow up to Molly Harper's My Bluegrass Baby, which followed Sadie Hawkins as she jockeyed for the director's position at the Kentucky Tourism Commission with a sophisticated and handsome challenger.

    Cynthia says: "SO SO SO SO SO GOOD!"
    "Funny, Light-Hearted Listen"
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    If you're like me and are already a Molly Harper fan, rest assured that this book will not disappoint. If you're not familiar with her work, my guess is that this book will serve as an excellent introduction to her writing. This novel is full of laugh-out-loud humor and witty conversations between the various characters. It doesn't take long to see the rising chemistry between Bonnie and Will. And the interactions Bonnie has with Mud Creek's uniquely funny cast of characters certainly adds something special into the mix.

    Amanda Ronconi serves as an excellent narrator. In my opinion, this type of book is what she does best. Her delivery of the characters' lines are always spot-on, and she does a great job in giving each character its own voice.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Simply Sensual

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Carly Phillips
    • Narrated By Julie Fain Lawrence
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    Easy money. That's why P.I. Ben Callahan agrees to take the job of watching over spoiled heiress Grace Montgomery. But he soon discovers she has a reckless streak a mile wide. She's determined to experience everything she's been missing...including a chance to explore her sensual side. And she wants to do that exploring with Ben! He's not complaining--it's just too bad what they've got going won't last after Grace discovers Ben's on the family payroll.

    Susan says: "Simplu Sensual"
    "Simply Unlistenable!"
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    I really wanted to like this book. I would get an A for effort in trying to listen to it. But I couldn't. I don't even think I made it halfway through the book. The premise of the novel sounds interesting. And, based on its reviews on Good Reads, I imagine that if I was reading the book in paper form I would find it entertaining. But there's something about Julie Fain Lawrence's narration that just doesn't work. Her voice in monotone, and the rhythm is stilted. My mind kept wondering to other things. Therefore, I am unable to recommend this book at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Duchess of Mine

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Eloisa James
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (93)

    Wedding bells celebrating the arranged marriage between the lovely Duchess of Beaumont and her staid, imperturbable duke had scarcely fallen silent when a shocking discovery sent Jemma running from the ducal mansion. For the next nine years she cavorted abroad, creating one delicious scandal after another (if one is to believe the rumors). Elijah, Duke of Beaumont, did believe those rumors. But the handsome duke needs an heir, so he summons his seductive wife home.

    CAROLYN says: "A TOUCHING & PASSIONATE ROMANCE IN GEORGIAN LONDON"
    "Great Addition to the Series"
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    Firstly, this book is part of a series. Due to how the series is written, you will need to start at book 1 and work your way through. Although "This Duchess of Mine" is (mostly) about Jemma & Elijah, EJ actually starts their story at book 1. So instead of telling each story independently, she weaves her stories together and merely finishes a couple's love story in a certain book.

    For the most part, I really enjoyed this book. I can't get into too many details without giving away the storyline; but there was one portion of the story--when Jemma comes up with a far-fetched plan to win her husband's affections--that I thought was ridiculous. However, other than that, I thought this was a charming love story. In these novels, you know the two main characters will eventually make their way to each other. But, EJ does a really good job of throwing in enough curve balls to keep the story intriguing and unpredictable.

    EJ & Susan Duerden may be one of the best author-narrator matches on Audible. Sometimes SD's male voices sound very similar to one another. But b/c of how EJ has written the story, differentiating one character from another is rarely a problem. I look forward to reading the next book in this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • When the Duke Returns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Eloisa James
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (103)

    Married by proxy as a child, Lady Isidore has spent years fending off lecherous men in every European court while waiting to meet her husband. She's determined to accept him, no matter how unattractive the duke turns out to be. When she finally lures Simeon Jermyn back to London, his dark handsomeness puts Isidore's worst fears to rest - until disaster strikes. The duke demands an annulment. Forsaking his adventuresome past, Simeon has returned to London.

    CAROLYN says: "A Duke vs. a Duchess....... an entertaining match"
    "This may be my favorite in the series so far!"
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    We first see Lady Isadore finally meet her duke at the end of the previous novel, "Duchess by Night." In "When the Duke Returns" we learn more about that first encounter and at last discover why Simeon stayed away from London, indeed all of Europe, for so many years. Neither Simeon or Isador is what the other expects, but they're immensely attracted to each other. More importantly, their relationship teaches them more about themselves and eventually they're able to see that their differences can make for a good partnership.

    Initially, Simean was a difficult hero to fall in love with. He seemed like one of those people with a lot of "book smarts" (in his case gained from extensive travel) but limited real-life experience. One of the things I love about this book is that their first few weeks of marriage reveals that despite her gender, and societal constraints on women, Isador's beauty hides an interesting combination of business acumen and empathy.

    EJ continues to tease us on the triangular relationship between Jemma, Elijah, and Villiers. Ironically, as Jemma & Elijah's marriage grows stronger, so does the friendship between Elijah and Villiers. I look forward to seeing the repair of this marriage, and this friendship. And I can't wait to finally see Villiers finally fall victim to love :)

    P.S. Susan Duerden continues to be a wonderful narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Home Again

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (118)

    At the center of Home Again is Madelaine - a brilliant cardiologist, a loving mother, a tender friend, and a woman full of self-doubt. It is also the story of her confused and angry daughter, Lina, and of the two very different men Madelaine loves: Francis, a priest searching for his faith, and Angel, a talented but cynical man with a broken heart. When tragedy suddenly brings them all together, they must learn to forgive the betrayals of the past and find the courage to love again.

    Laura says: "A 50 Tissue Read"
    "Interesting but Problematic Novel"
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    There were some good and bad things about this book. I thought the storyline was compelling, if a bit predictable. The cast of characters and the ordeals they go through will certainly pull at your emotions. And Tanya Eby's narration was superb.

    However, I also found the cast of characters a bit irritating, especially the male protagonist, Angel DeMarco. I think KH tried to explain his irritating behavior, but instead of coming across as complicated and broken, he just seemed arrogant, annoying, and a little stupid. Perhaps part of the issue has to do with when this book was originally published (1996) but some of the problems/questions he has before & after a life-saving medical procedure seem like common knowledge. Therefore, his reactions seem way over the top.

    Angel's medical situation forces all the characters to come to terms with their personal issues. The teen daughter, Lina, often acts like a spoiled brat. But I actually found Lina and the forgotten brother, Francis, to be the most fascinating parts of the story. It's easy to understand why a confused teenaged girl would act out. And, it was very easy to sympathize w/ Francis b/c he's an innately good but flawed person.

    Fortunately, I purchased this book when it was on sale and advise that others do the same. It wasn't a complete waste of money, but I would have been disappointed if I'd used a whole credit on it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Duchess by Night

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Eloisa James
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (94)

    Harriet, Duchess of Berrow, is tired of her title and the responsibilities that come along with it. Enough with proper tea parties and elegant balls; what Harriet really wants is to attend an outrageous soiree where she can unleash her wildest whims and desires. But to attend such an event - especially if the event in question is Lord Justinian Strange's rollicking fete, filled with noble rogues and rotters, risque - ladies and illicit lovers - would be certain scandal. That's why she must disguise herself.

    Queen Squared says: "Eloisa James at her best!"
    "Eloisa James at her best!"
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    After reading the previous book in this series, "An Affair Before Christmas, I was a bit wary. But in my opinion, EJ is at her best in this novel. At the center of the storyline is the burgeoning relationship between Harriet, Duchess of Berrow & Lord Strange (Jem). Harriet and her friend Jemma go to the home of the scandalously disreputable Lord Strange on a lark, with the rakish Duke of Villers as their escort. Since Strange would never allow someone as respectable as the Duchess of Berrow to stay in his home, Harriet (Harry) decides to masquerade as a young--if overly pretty--man. What she doesn't expect is be attracted to Jem. Jem finds himself equally attracted to her--a prospect he initially finds disconcerting since he's never been attracted to men. Eventually, Jem finds her out and has a good time teasing the truth out of her.

    What I found most interesting about this novel is that Harriet truly finds herself and is able to bury old ghost during her time pretending to be a man. In fact, it's her time as a man that makes her finally realize how much she has to offer.

    EJ does an excellent job threading additional love stories throughout the novel. And, like any good novelist, she makes sure you have to read the rest of the series to know what happens with all of them :) I am eager to find out what happens with the other characters: Isidore, Jemma, and Leopold.

    P.S. Susan Duerden continues to serve as an excellent narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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