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Sarah Elizabeth

Maryland, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Secrets of a Summer Night: The Wallflowers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1603)
    Performance
    (957)
    Story
    (968)

    Annabelle Peyton, determined to save her family from disaster, decides to use her beauty and wit to tempt a suitable nobleman into making an offer of marriage. But Annabelle’s most intriguing — and persistent — admirer, wealthy, powerful Simon Hunt, has made it clear that while he will introduce her to irresistible pleasure he will not offer marriage. Annabelle is determined to resist his unthinkable proposition…but it is impossible in the face of such skillful seduction.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Love the Wallflowers"
    "Love Lisa Kleypas but..."
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    What did you love best about Secrets of a Summer Night?

    ... this novel and it's story came in as a B+ to me. Still a good read/listen but it kinda pales in comparison to some of her other books. I had hoped to read all the Wallflower books but with #2 focusing on Lillian (Rosalyn Landor's American accent is hard on the ears, to be honest) I don't see myself reading a Wallflower novel beyond this one.Also, this book left a lot to be desired in terms of romantic magnatisim. They had character chemistry but it certainly didn't sweep me off my feet. It made me miss the passion of Alex & Lily (Then Came You) and Sara & Derrick (Dreaming Of You).


    Have you listened to any of Rosalyn Landor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Great performance but her American accent sounds super obnoxious.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I wanted to feel more passion btwn the characters

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Temptation: Book 1 in the Temptation Series

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By K . M. Golland
    • Narrated By Carmen Rose
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Alexis Summers is happily married and a mother of two gorgeous children. She's been a stay-at-home mum for nine years now, but it's time for a change. Starting a new job with a prestigious hotel, she's excited about her new career. Her boss, the hotel's owner Bryce Clark, is rich, gorgeous, funny, single, and, as Alexis quickly learns, a genuinely nice guy looking for his one true love. He is also a man who always gets what he wants. And what he wants is Alexis.

    Sarah Elizabeth says: "Worth the Read (I plan to read the sequel)"
    "Worth the Read (I plan to read the sequel)"
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    Where does Temptation: Book 1 in the Temptation Series rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is a low-hanging fruit of a 4-star. An easy read and not overtly predictable, though, toward the end I had a feeling how things were going to shake out and how the author would legitimize the less savory actions (or sequence of actions) of the characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Temptation: Book 1 in the Temptation Series?

    Mid-book when Alexis fell into day-dreams that the reader thinks are real for a few minutes. Also, when her boss comes to her husband's house with a proposal straight out of Indecent Proposal.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When her girlfriend asks if she's nailed her sexy/handsome/rich boss "yet" ..... like, it's not a questions, it's a timeframe of inevitability. It kinda felt like that friend was the voice for the reader.


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

    That this lovers triangle emerged from a girl/woman who was so


    Any additional comments?

    I REALLY hate that Johnny Depp quote about falling in love with two people and how you should pick the second because if you loved the first you wouldn't be in love with the second. It's total bullshit. Polyamory. It's a real-life functional thing. Depp should look into it. Didn't like how this book used his cliché quote as a conversation piece. It annoyed me and frankly seemed like the author's attempt to invalidate the legitimate love Alexis has for her high school sweetheart, Rick.

    I thought the title was also cliché but gave it a try after another reader review insisted it wasn't as trite a story as maybe it seemed on the outside ((this is my first third-wheel romance where a Husband and children are involved)). For all intensive purposes, the author pulled it off and I enjoyed reading it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Saint: The Original Sinners, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Tiffany Reisz
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Hart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (73)

    Rebellious, green-eyed Eleanor never met a rule she didn't want to break. Sick of her mother's zealotry and the confines of Catholic school, she declares that she'll never go to church again. But her first glimpse of beautiful, magnetic Father Marcus Stearns - Søren to her and only her - and his lust-worthy Italian motorcycle is an epiphany. Eleanor is consumed, yet even she knows that being in love with a priest can't be right. But when one desperate mistake nearly costs Eleanor everything, it is Søren who steps in to save her.

    Christine Laputka says: "Finally a Performance worthy of the material!"
    "Ah-MAZE'ing"
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    What did you love best about The Saint?

    Niko and all this Sorren.
    Also, I don't think this is a spoiler as it was such a small bit, but the part where Elle meets Lockland. "Everyone calls me Locky. Everyone but you. You call me, Sir." #gulp #chills


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    While I love Sorren - I find myself more drawn to the type of man Niko is. Which is more about personality and lifestyle than his situationally submissive role, here.


    What about Elizabeth Hart’s performance did you like?

    It was wonderful. Affable.


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

    THE SAINT shows you the fiery edge where desire, pain, and love dance and has you begging to edge.


    Any additional comments?

    More, please?

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Executive Decision: Falling for Him, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Mandy M. Roth
    • Narrated By Sarah Van Sweden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    Dale Corbins has been in love with Liz from the moment he laid eyes on her. He knows time is running out, that one of these days she's going to come home and tell him she's fallen for someone else. When he finds out she's been sleeping with their boss, he decides it's time to take matters into his own hands. Unfortunately, winning Liz's heart isn't an easy game to play. It will take more than romantic gestures and sweet nothings to get the woman he loves. Thankfully, he's a very persistent man.

    gail l hince says: "Roth played my emotional response with precision"
    "Give it some time to grow on you"
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    Would you listen to Executive Decision again? Why?

    Probably not. It was a nice story to read and I enjoyed it but there wasn't a lot of depth that would warrant a re-read to pick up lost details. Also, I hated the first couple chapters. Almost stopped listening but it picked up and got me solidly bated around Chapter 3-4.


    What other book might you compare Executive Decision to and why?

    Remove all the sexy-smexy of Christian Grey - make Grey a good lifetime older (~15yrs). Also, remove the BSDM elements. Ahh.. there we go. Getting closer. Now, pretend Ana dumped Grey and got with her sexy bff Javier instead (only in this story, said bff is really an uber-rich metro dude - but still handsome). That's kind of the closest I can get with what I've read. At first, her guy friend bff reminds me of Sebastian from Cruel Intentions. Gorgeous, woman magnet, rich, playboy, but deep down - he only wants THIS one woman "Liz-B".


    Have you listened to any of Sarah Van Sweden’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Nope. I didn't like some bits of how Elizabeth was portrayed (the attiutude/tone) but it may have been a directorial choice outside of my knowing. Otherwise, I think she did great. I'd listen to another one of her books.


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

    Heck, no. Not sure how people can do that. I listening in chunks over 4 days.


    Any additional comments?

    I think more could have been done if her Ohio paramore had come into the picture sooner. His name was talked about but it was just conversation. He wasn't a person until the last few chapters. It made me wonder if the author would at some point, write Dakota's story. I don't know... it just seemed like there's more to flesh out with that character. Perhaps Liz/Dale's story wasn't the place to insert the start (in detail) of Dakota's.... guess time will tell!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Captain Blackwell's Prize

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By V. E. Ulett
    • Narrated By V. E. Ulett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (4)

    A romantic adventure from the days of wooden ships and iron men, Captain Blackwell's Prize is a story of honor, duty, social class, and the bond of sexual love. A small audacious British frigate does battle against a large but ungainly Spanish ship. British Captain Blackwell intercepts the Spanish La Trinidad and outmaneuvers and outguns the treasure ship, then boards her. Fighting alongside the Spanish captain, sword in hand, is a beautiful woman. The battle is quickly over.

    robert says: "Quite engaging"
    "Bought after reading a Diana Gabaldon preview"
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    Would you be willing to try another one of V. E. Ulett’s performances?

    Oh, god no. I wish I could return the audiobook and purchase an e-book copy of the story. I appreciate the author creating an audiobook but a performer she is not. It being her own work, I really would have expected a less mono-tone and sleep enducing story.The book is great but desperately needs to be recorded by someone with more expression in their voice.Disappointed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bride

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2115)
    Performance
    (1358)
    Story
    (1369)

    By edict of the king, the mighty Scottish laird Alec Kincaid must take an English bride. His choice was Jamie the feisty youngest daughter of Baron Jamison. Alec ached to touch her, to tame her, to possess her forever. But Jamie vowed never to surrender to this highland barbarian. Though his kisses fired her blood, shadowed secrets from Alec's past threatened Jamie's happiness. She brazenly resisted him - until one rapturous moment quelled their clash of wills.

    XYZPDQ says: "Early works released in MP3 at last!!"
    "a wonderful romance"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Bride the most enjoyable?

    I loved Rosalyn Landor's Scottish accents. I liked the the story wasn't overtly cliche as far as romance novels go. The story had some interesting subplots too so I wansn't just waiting around for the two to fall in bed together - I was genuinely captivated by the entire story. The ending was nice as well - although - it felt a little abrupt. I was still swimming in story (loving it!) and then all of a sudden it was over. I don't mean abrupt in that there were loose ends in the storyline rather that I just didn't feel an ending coming. It was a nice book and I'd recommend it to anyone who loves Romance and a good story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jamie - I loved that she was kind of a tom boy. She was a skilled hunter, horseback rider, and knife handler. She wasn't meek and gave Alec a run for his money. I really liked how her personality and behavior gradually softened Alec as the story went on.


    Which character – as performed by Rosalyn Landor – was your favorite?

    Alec - I loved the Scottish


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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