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REVIEWS
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FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Lust: The Sins and the Virtues, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Charlotte Featherstone
    • Narrated By Helen Stern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (89)

    The righteous Fae of the Seelie Court cherish an ancient quarrel with their Dark counterparts: a curse born of anger and deceit. The Unseelie Court will perish unless one of its princes can win a woman's love - honestly, without coercion. And love her wholly in return.

    Kim-Marie says: "So, Miss Lennox, Do You Have Any Other Hobbies?"
    "Non-stop graphic sex and an incomplete storyline"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Only if you are reading "romance" books for the sex. But then, with a title like Lust, I guess it isn't surprising. There really isn't much of value here.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Charlotte Featherstone again?

    I have tried one other of her books and found it even less engaging because of a horribly garbled storyline, no character development, and the endlessly repetitive suffering over mutual attraction by the two main characters. It was ultimately annoying.


    What aspect of Helen Stern’s performance would you have changed?

    She was ok. Certainly not the best, but not the worst of narrators.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Betrayal of the Blood Lily

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lauren Willig
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (130)

    The heroines of Lauren Willig's best-selling Pink Carnation series have engaged in espionage all over 19th-century Europe. In the sixth stand-alone volume, our fair English heroine travels to India, where she finds freedom-and risk-more exciting than she ever imagined.

    Elizabeth says: "Unsympathetic Main Character"
    "Not as much fun as others in the series"
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    Story

    Kate Reading is back so listening is a pleasure! Both story lines (modern and historical) veer off in new directions. I actually like India as a location, however Penelope is a difficult character to like - Willig makes her accomplished enough to be admirable - but she is so manipulative and short-sighted throughout most of the book that it is difficult to care about what happens to her. It isn't till the last third or fourth of the novel that she becomes at all sympathetic and likable, so it gets rather annoying about half way through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Temptation of the Night Jasmine

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Lauren Willig
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (113)

    The much- anticipated fifth installment in the inventive and original Pink Carnation series.

    Bethany says: "Disapointing Reader"
    "Changed direction and reader mid-series - bad move"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The series veers onto a different tangent, which is disconcerting enough without changing readers, but losing Kate Reading is a serious loss.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Seduction of the Crimson Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Lauren Willig
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (128)

    Lauren Willig continues the exciting series with her fourth novel, The Seduction of the Crimson Rose, featuring Lord Vaughn, the delightfully devilish spy from The Masque of the Black Tulip, and Mary Alsworthy, the raven-haired beauty whose sister accidentally stole her suitor in The Deception of the Emerald Ring.

    Leah says: "Pace Setter"
    "Twirling moustaches and other dark deeds."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Not the usual romantic leads - a couple of tough-minded, self-centered, unsentimental characters in over their heads. I enjoyed it. Kate Reading's reading was stellar as usual.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Deception of the Emerald Ring

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lauren Willig
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (319)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (141)

    The year is 1803 and England and France remain at odds. Hoping to break the English once and for all, Napoleon backs a ring of Irish rebels in uprisings against England and sends the Black Tulip, France's most deadly spy, to the Emerald Isle to help. Meanwhile, not to be outdone by her husband, Letty Alsworthy steals away on a ship bound for Ireland, armed and ready to fight for her spouse and to learn a thing or two about spying for England.

    Coffee Lover says: "More, more, more!"
    "More mayhem with spies and counterspies"
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    Another fun story of spies and romance. Light and entertaining and ultimately made best by the very deft performance of Kate Reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Masque of the Black Tulip: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Lauren Willig
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (401)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (180)

    The Pink Carnation, history's most elusive spy and England's only hope for preventing a Napoleonic invasion, returns in Lauren Willig's dazzling, imaginative new historical romance. The Masque of the Black Tulip opens with the murder of a courier from the London War Office, his confidential dispatch for the Pink Carnation stolen.

    Coffee Lover says: "Loved it!"
    "Evan better than the first in the series."
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    I am enjoying this series. Absolutely wonderful reader brings both modern and past romances to life with excellent comic timing and character differentiation. Skulduggery... mysteries... period detail... It is just plain fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret History of the Pink Carnation

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Lauren Willig
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (783)
    Performance
    (334)
    Story
    (340)

    Deciding that true romantic heroes are a thing of the past, Eloise Kelly, an intelligent American who always manages to wear her Jimmy Choo suede boots on the day it rains, leaves Harvard's Widener Library bound for England to finish her dissertation on the dashing pair of spies the Scarlet Pimpernel and the Purple Gentian. What she discovers is something the finest historians have missed: a secret history that begins with a letter dated 1803.

    Jeny says: "Thoroughly entertaining"
    "The Scarlet Pimpernel meets modern romance"
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    This is the first in an entertaining series. Two romantic stories (modern and past) with spies, action, and humor. Light fun with engaging characters (though these are a bit silly) and an excellent reader with remarkable comic timing. Kate Reading makes this book I think - my guess is it's better heard than read. Lots of yearning and lusting but the sex is playful and not graphic, so it would probably be fun for teens.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked Intentions

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Hoyt
    • Narrated By Ashford MacNab
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (673)
    Performance
    (491)
    Story
    (490)

    Infamous for his wild, sensual needs, Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire, is searching for a savage killer in St. Giles, London's most notorious slum. Widowed Temperance Dews knows St. Giles like the back of her hand-she's spent a lifetime caring for its inhabitants at the foundling home her family established. Now that home is at risk.....

    Katheryne says: "I don't understand the bad reviews. I enjoyed it!"
    "Murder mystery and earthy sex."
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    This is the first book in the Maiden Lane series. It has reasonably good period detail, a romance, and a mystery. I like the entire Maiden Lane series because it deals with more than aristocratic routs and drawing rooms. This is not Austen - no comedy of manners here - so be prepared for the darker side of life and graphic sex scenes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her Secret Desire: A Novel of Lord Hawkesbury's Players, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By C. J. Archer
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (86)

    Courageous Minerva Peabody, a poor but passionate playwright, is cursed to be living in Elizabethan England, when women most assuredly did not write plays. Determined to succeed, Min impulsively enlists the help of the first man she sees to be her “cover”. Blake, her chosen surrogate, a handsome blue-eyed sea captain with his own agenda, is a man with a mysterious past, a wondrous pair of shoulders, and an irresistible aura of intrigue. Her Secret Desire speaks to any woman who never gives up.

    Karen says: "Delightful Elizabethan Story"
    "Brings the Elizabethan period alive."
    Overall
    Performance
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    The book is light and entertaining. It combines some period detail, an engaging set of characters, and a fun storyline. I'll continue listening to the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seduction & Scandal

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Charlotte Featherstone
    • Narrated By Helen Stern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (149)

    With the scandalous nature of her birth to live down, Isabella Fairmont dreams of a proper marriage—even if a passionless one. She saves her deepest desires for the novel she dares to pen, wherein a handsome lord with dark powers seduces her. But then her courtship with an appropriate suitor is threatened by the sudden attentions of the reclusive Earl of Black… whose pale blue eyes and brooding sensuality are exactly as she described in her book.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great new series"
    "Ultimately annoying and idiotic"
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    What disappointed you about Seduction & Scandal?

    Garbled storyline that can't decide if it is action/mystery/gothic thriller/or romance with a little bit of Gollem's "my precious" thrown in for good measure. It is a mess. The primary and secondary characters are more or less undeveloped and two dimensional and actually become less engaging and attractive as the story unfolds.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Charlotte Featherstone again?

    I tried one other and it wasn't much better. Returned a third title unread.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Seduction & Scandal?

    It needed a complete overhaul.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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