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1CheekyLass

I love medieval romance

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  • The Hunter: Highland Guard, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Monica McCarty
    • Narrated By Antony Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (68)

    Prized for his unbeatable tracking skills, Ewen "Hunter" Lamont accepts a dangerous assignment: locate a missing undercover courier. But this is no ordinary target. Ewen has met his prey before as "Sister Genna," a fiery, forbidden woman forever etched in his memory after one stolen, sinful kiss. Now that he knows her real identity, he's more determined than ever to keep her safe. But without the protection of the veil between them, fighting the allure of the beautiful lass may be the toughest battle this extraordinary warrior has ever faced.

    PattiC2 says: "Very good"
    "This 'Mar' Twin Was Much More Exciting!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend it because Janet of Mar and Ewan Lamont made sparks fly. I absolutely loved Janet of Mar's personality and sense of honor. She was a great leading lady, 10 times better than her sister from The Recruit. Ewan was great but Janet was the star of this one.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Janet of Mar. She was defiant,determined, and willing to risk her life for what she believed in.On the flip side she was also vulnerable and still an innocent despite her age. I enjoyed seeing her evolve and especially loved how she went after what she wanted (Ewan).


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Ewan realized who Sister Genna was, he was furious!


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

    The Hunter hunts the Nun


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Darling Beast

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Hoyt
    • Narrated By Ashford McNab
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (54)

    Falsely accused of murder and mute from a near-fatal beating, Apollo Greaves, Viscount Kilbourne has escaped from Bedlam. With the Crown's soldiers at his heels, he finds refuge in the ruins of a pleasure garden, toiling as a simple gardener. But when a vivacious young woman moves in, he's quickly driven to distraction.

    Moriah says: "Enjoyable Listen"
    "Maiden Lane Should Never End"
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    What does Ashford McNab bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I was very upset when Ashford stopped narrating this series. I was so excited to see that she was narrating this one. However, I was a little disappointed with the narration. It wasn't her best performance. As others mentioned I hated the lisp that Phoebe's character had. I'd say that she did better with the male voices. I almost felt like she wasn't into it. Perhaps a revisit to the old books in the series to get back into character is in order? I'll give her a 3.5--will rank as a 4 just because she's usually so stellar.


    Any additional comments?

    I've been on a romance hiatus for about 3-4 months now. I was weary of the same format and needed a break. I bought Darling Beast when it first came out but held on to it expecting the ‘same thing.’ Boy was I wrong and in retrospect Mrs. Hoyt has never let me down so why I lumped her into the general category is beyond me. If I had to sum it up in one word: AWESOME! I don’t know if I can wait until 2015 for the next book. It feels like torture already.

    We pick up where we left off for the most part. I started falling in love with Apollo from his previous appearances. I was not sure how I would feel about Lily Stump initially. However within a few minutes of the audiobook I knew that she was special. I loved little Indigo and Maude—although she was a bossy bit of goods. Daffodil was a delight as well, I wonder if she is Miss Puppy Pie in fiction form. Artemis & The Duke of Wakefield also make small appearances but we do get a chance to catch up with them.

    The guy who really stole the show for me was The Duke of Montgomery. Very unlikeable initially but he grew on me; I looked forward to his scenes by the end of the book. Although I still am not sure if he’s good or bad, I want to see more of him. There was a moment where he ‘thought’ about a woman more than he usually did… Maybe he’ll get his own book or at least have a reoccurring role. Asa Makepeace aka Mr. Hart and Edwin were great as well. I would not mind reading a book about Asa. We also get a healthy glimpse of Phoebe and Captain Trevillion. Overall a very likeable cast who kept me engaged and made me smile.

    The plot was engaging, there were some things thrown at me that I did not expect. The dialogue between the characters was well done. We didn't see many of those misunderstandings as in most historical romance. Lily and Apollo had great chemistry. I love that she never doubted that he was a good guy. She stuck to her convictions and stood by her man. There’s so much to the story surrounding Apollo and ‘that night.’ I was pleasantly surprised when things finally came to a head (although I saw some of it coming, it was nice to see it play out). Of course we get our HEA and I’m smiling. I smile even more because I had an audio preview of Dearest Rogue.

    Is it 2015 yet? I'm so looking forward to the next masterpiece.

    One of the best in the series IMO. Please keep steaming ahead Miss Hoyt, you do this genre JUSTICE! I ♥ Maiden Lane!

    Overall: Story: 5, Narration: 3.5

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  • Lord of the Shadows

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Kathryn Le Veque
    • Narrated By Brad Wills
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    The reign of King John means dark days for all of England. Not one man, woman, or child lived without fear. Magnifying this fear is the man they call The Lord of the Shadows - a terrifying figure who sits at the right hand of the King, manipulating the royal moves like a puppet master. The Lord of the Shadows has been known to tear men apart with his bare hands and can, with a snap of his fingers, alter the future of anyone he chooses.

    McIn says: "Riveting Story - A Keeper For All Time On My Shelf"
    "One of the BEST Medieval Romances Ever!!!"
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    Any additional comments?

    This was a fantastic story! I must admit, it took me about 30 minutes to completely get into it but once I did, I was hooked. I listened in less than a day. I absolutely loved the chemistry between the hero and heroine. Their love was so beautiful and though it progresses quickly it was genuine. Sean de Lara is a most gallant and honorable hero, one to go down in history IMO. There’s much more to him than meets the eye. Sheridan is a marvelous heroine, smart, head-strong but not an overbearing harpy. Although there is an annoyance in residence and it goes by the name of Alice but even she is strangely endearing. There is plenty of action and tension due to the political nature of the plot. It’s pretty intense, I was on pins and needles; both nerves and anticipation!

    The narrator, Brad Wills does this story much justice. This is not my first time listening to Mr. Wills but I was still blown away as if this were my first time hearing him. His voice was MADE for Medieval narration! The tones and voices were on point, I was easily able to distinguish characters and emotion. He nailed all of the different characters. I found King John to be harsh, childish and petty; his character was not favorable to say the least. As a result the narrator made his voice whiny and with a lisp, it was great! I hated the character but I thought this was his best narration as it conveyed the characters personality perfectly.

    I can’t say enough about this book. Is it worth the credit? No, it’s worth two! I loved it so much I’ve purchased another KLV audio book, Guardian of Darkness which is also narrated by Brad Wills (I can’t get enough of this guy!). This is well worth your time and credit. This is now one of my favorites. Pass on this at your own risk! :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Savage Curtain: The Dragonblade Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kathryn Le Veque
    • Narrated By Tim Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    The year is A.D. 1333. At the conclusion of the English victory of Halidon Hill, King Edward appoints Stephen of Pembury the Guardian Protector of the newly captured city of Berwick. To cement this victory, he orders Stephen to marry the defeated Scottish commander's daughter, the Lady Joselyn de Velt Seton. In a marriage meant to symbolize the English domination over the Scots, Stephen is nonetheless attracted to his new bride; a petite, raven-haired beauty with pale blue eyes. Joselyn is a lady with a horrific past and dark secrets of abuse.

    Clarice says: "Cornflower blue eyes..."
    "A Nice Medieval Romance...."
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    Any additional comments?

    This book was a great listen and made me happy after my disappointment of Kenneth's story (the heroin of the story was a fetus and extremely annoying). Anyway,I really loved this one. I loved the Scottish aspect and the h/h were great. Stephen's compassion was heart touching. He was a great hero, the best of the 3 IMO. I love that all 3 were heavily involved in this book, I felt like it was one big reunion! I would have given this a 5 star review if not for the 58 times "cornflower" blue was mentioned to describe the heroes eyes and the over description of the heroes frame, particularly his hands (I searched the book on Amazon and cornflower bought up 58 results). His hands were often described as 'great, large or massive' every time he touched the heroin--his body was described as well but not so much as the hands. Other than those annoyances, this was a great read.

    4.5 read for me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Desire's Prize

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By M. S. Laurens
    • Narrated By Jim McCabe
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (76)

    1347: Calais has finally fallen and Alaun de Montisfryth, first Earl of Montisfryn, powerful lord and companion of Edward III, is dispatched back to England with orders to secure the Welsh border. Halfway home, pride tempts Montisfryn to attend a tournament held by his family's old foes at Versallet Castle.

    1CheekyLass says: "I enjoyed it!"
    "I enjoyed it!"
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    Any additional comments?

    This was my first Stephanie Laurens. I absolutely love Medieval romance and overall this was a good one. It is nice to see an author with such talent step outside of her comfort zone by trying a new genre. It's a great first effort. I loved the h/h! They were perfect for each other. Alaun was so understanding, protective and loving towards Eloise. Eloise is strong, practical, wary and sometimes a big too stubborn. I enjoyed seeing their love progress. Secondary characters were engaging but didn't overshadow the h/h (Roland was a favorite and I enjoyed the scenes with King Edward III). The descriptions of the castle and surroundings were amazing,I felt like I was there!

    I only had two issues w/ the book: The overall length and # of sex scenes. 1) While I enjoyed the plot, the story was drawn out. The book could have been scaled down some and still achieved the the desired result. I love long books in general but not when it is full of fillers. This book was 15 hours long--about 5 - 7 hours more than needed IMO. Which brings me to issue #2, I love a good steamy romance more than anyone else and enjoy the sex scenes but I found myself ffwd'ing through many scenes there were so many and they were over long at times.

    Despite those two issues I really enjoyed it. Overall I'd rate this about a 3.7'ish. If you love Medieval and/or Stephanie Laurens, give this one a try. I am slowly starting to get into Regency and Victorian and SL's books are high on my list to read. I say that because I don't want to give the impression that the two issues I had with the story would keep me from this author. I thoroughly enjoyed her writing style, she writes beautifully.

    The narrator Jim McCabe was great, I enjoyed his accents and tones. He was perfect for the time setting.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Shadowheart: Medieval Hearts, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (135)

    A fatally dangerous man...and the woman who stands in the way of all he's ever desired. Beautiful and ruthless, the elegant assassin Allegreto will stop at nothing to regain his rightful place. And the perfect instrument has just fallen into his hands, in the lovely form of Lady Elena - the long-lost princess of the land he intends to wrest back from his enemies. But she is no mere maiden to be possessed.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Another Kinsale Winner!"
    "I Absolutely LOVE Allegreto!!!"
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    Would you listen to Shadowheart again? Why?

    YES. I love Allegreto. The only thing that could have made this book better was more from Allegreto's POV and not so much of the dom/submissive relationship between him and Elena. Even with that, this book was fantastic! Lots of twists and turns, betrayal and redemption. Elena and Allegreto had a weird kind of connection but it was definitely love.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Allegreto of course. I loved learning more about this heartless assassin and we see him fall in love more and more as the story progresses. The relationship w/ him and Elena disturbed me initially but that feeling deteriorated more and more as I read it. I realized that Elena really did love him and though I didn't like some of her decisions, she had her reasons. We see him become less cold and I feel that though he's done some horrible things, he redeemed himself.


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

    He brought a lot of character emotion to the reading, he's awesome.


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

    Yes although I paced myself to enjoy the story more :)


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this one better than For My Lady's Heart. This is worth the credit, no worth two credits! Don't pass this one up!

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Highland Groom: The Highland, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Hannah Howell
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (103)

    Sir Diarmot MacEnroy, deciding his illegitimate children need a mother and his keep needs a proper lady, now stands before the altar with a gentle bride he hopes is too shy to disrupt his life or break his heart. The nuptials, however, are interrupted by the appearance of a flame-haired beauty carrying two babies, boldly claiming that she is his wife and mother of his twin infant sons. Armed with her seven very large brothers, she has come to demand her due.

    Amazon Customer says: "Narration"
    "It wasn't quiet the same..."
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    Would you listen to Highland Groom again? Why?

    Yes, only if I was re-listening to the entire series. It was an ok story but nothing spectacular.


    What other book might you compare Highland Groom to and why?

    It follows a similar format of all of the Murray series books. I absolutely loved the Cameron's!!! They reminded me a lot like the Murray's. The h/h didn't have much chemistry IMO. I found Diarmot to be very stubborn. I wanted to hit him upside the head a few times. IIsa was great but had some annoying moments.


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

    Yes and she's about the same in all of them. She has a nice voice.


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

    I did not. Although I saw who the culprits were early on in the book. It was predictable but like-able.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're a fan of the Murray series then this book is for you. It was more like 3.5 for me.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Recruit: A Highland Guard Novel, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Monica McCarty
    • Narrated By Antony Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (68)

    Fiery, aggressive, and bold, Kenneth Sutherland is a true champion-skilled with any weapon and driven to win. Now Kenneth is ready for his greatest challenge: Joining Robert the Bruce's secret army to fight among the elite. Kenneth's best chance to attain that honor is by winning the Highland Games. Focused and prepared for victory, he is caught off guard by a lovely wisp of a woman - and a stolen moment of wicked seduction. Her innocent arousal and her shameless hunger fire his blood.

    Sheila says: "Against the odds!"
    "A Great Addition to the Series!"
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    If you could sum up The Recruit in three words, what would they be?

    Sexy, Dangerous, Adventurous!


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

    It would be The Ranger (Book 3 in the series) due to Kenneth's undercover work.


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

    Yes and as always he is superb. One of the best!


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

    When Kenneth realized who his nun really was.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Kenneth, he is a great addition to The Highland Guard. Mary of Mar was not my favorite however,I felt like she was a little too harsh but she did grow on me eventually. I love all of the books in this series. Worth a credit!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Forever His: Stolen Brides Series, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Shelly Thacker
    • Narrated By Julia Motyka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (295)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (270)

    On New Year's Eve, she tumbles 700 years back in time - and into the bed of a darkly handsome knight. Sir Gaston de Varennes wanted a docile bride who would fit into his plans for vengeance and justice, but a trick of time finds him married to a thoroughly modern American lady who turns his castle, his life, and his heart upside down. Will her desperate secret tear them apart after only a few bittersweet weeks of stolen passion - or will they conquer mistrust, treachery, and time itself to discover a love that spans the centuries?

    Falon says: "Was up all night!"
    "A delightlful time-travel romance"
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    Would you listen to Forever His again? Why?

    Yes I would. I am new to time travel so I decided to give this one a try. I was not disappointed. Gaston is your usual alpha male and very distrustful of Celine initially. Celine is a take charge 20th century woman who refuses to back down. He admires her from afar as she turns his castle upside down while earning the loyalty of some of his people. Despite the mistrust, they have great chemistry thus a wonderful romance ensues. There were several curve balls throughout the story which made me even more interested. Toss in a little magic, treachery, humor and you've got a winner. I listened in less than a day.


    What other book might you compare Forever His to and why?

    N/A


    What about Julia Motyka’s performance did you like?

    I've only listened to two of her narrations, both in this series. She does a fantastic job.


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

    Less than a day!


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • His Forbidden Touch: Stolen Brides Series, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Shelly Thacker
    • Narrated By Julia Motyka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (87)

    She may never reach her royal wedding if she can't resist the rugged mercenary assigned to protect her. Disgraced ex-knight Royce Saint-Michel was banished from his homeland because of an impulsive act that cost him all he held dear. Now, he has the chance to reclaim his birthright - if he agrees to protect a princess on a journey that may prove deadly to them both.

    Zeee @ I Heart Romance says: "Simply Amazing!"
    "A superb listen, worth the credit!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would highly recommend this to a friend. This story has romance, mystery, betrayal, add in the wonderful character & plot development and this story is near perfect. Royce and Ciara really well matched. It was great to see their friendship and love develop, despite the many odds against them. There's also a lot of adventure and twists & turns weaved into the plot. I had several mouth dropping moments while listening. This one kept me on my toes. Nothing is as it seems. This is a great listen and worth the credit. Remember, this is book 2 of 3 of the series. Listen to Forever His first.


    What other book might you compare His Forbidden Touch to and why?

    None at the moment. It's in a league of it's own. .


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

    I've not listened to any other of Julia Motyka's performances but I think that she does a fantastic job in this series. I enjoyed her narration immensely.


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

    I laughed a lot, especially when Ciara and Royce first met.When she ordered him around like one of her attendants, his responses/reactions were priceless.


    Any additional comments?

    More of Shelly Thacker please!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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