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J-9

Cary, NC, United States

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  • Viscount Breckenridge to the Rescue: A Cynster Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated By Matthew Brenher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (347)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (292)

    You are cordially invited to the wedding of Miss Heather Cynster... but not before she encounters kidnappers, danger, and a daring rescue at the hands of Viscount Breckenridge. Determined to hunt down her very own hero, one who will sweep her off her feet and into wedded bliss, and despairing of finding him in London’s staid ballrooms, Heather Cynster steps out of her safe world and boldly attends a racy soiree. But her promising hunt is ruined by the supremely interfering Viscount Breckenridge, who whisks her out of scandal....

    L. Reiner says: "Simon Prebble - come back!!"
    "Same old basic Stepahnie Laurens story"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes, I'd like to see if Stephanie Laurens could develop a different "path to love.". Every single book my Ms. Laurens is about an independent woman and a man who thinks the way to her heart is through passion. Come on, can't she come up with something a little different? Every book, even the Novellas, discusses at length the man's "primal tendencies" and "need to protect" which inevititably the woman doesn't want. She wants to be a partner and loved. I say blah, blah, blah to this story line.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Stephanie Laurens? Why or why not?

    I guess I'll end up listening to the other two books in this series because I've purchased them and might as well listen to them, but these will be my last.


    What three words best describe Matthew Brenher’s voice?

    Matthew Brenher is okay. I didn't like that he gave Richard Cynstar a slight Scottish brogue and that he did not pronounce some names correctly or at least as I'm used to hearing them, but overall it wasn't a bad performance.


    Any additional comments?

    I am pretty sure that these will be the last books I ever read or listen to by Ms. Laurens unless I see reviews that the male dominating and resistant female roles aren't the basis for the whole story. I have read and listened to a lot of books by other authors and mostly books in series and the authors can always come up with a different way/reason for people to fall in love, but not this author. The story changes, but the path to love NEVER does.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Divas Do Tell: The Dixie Diva Mystery Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Virginia Brown
    • Narrated By Karen Commins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (38)

    Lights! Camera! Murder! Trinket and the gang, beware! Hollywood descends on Holly Springs, and soon it’s up to the Divas to keep the stars from falling like magnolia blooms in a trailer-park tornado. Someone doesn’t want dark secrets under the holly to reach the big screen. He - or she - is willing to kill locals, movie stars, and maybe even Divas to stop it. Diva-sister Dixie Lee Forsythe wrote the juicy tell-all about a Mississippi town very much like Holly Springs, and a lot of townsfolk would be happy to strangle her.

    J-9 says: "Narration brings book to life!!"
    "Narration brings book to life!!"
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    I have listened to all of the Dixie Diva books and although these may not be the most scientific or have real life consequences, I am in love with these characters. I feel like I know all of them personally and I want to be a Dixie Diva. Being a southerner myself I can completely relate to a lot of the southern sayings and opinions/thoughts. Some are just so funny, but you may have to be a southerner to "get" them.

    Trinket and Bitty are my favorites. I love their squabbles and I think that Karen Commings has brought these characters to life. Sometimes I laugh out at their antics.

    Karen has ensured consistency of the characters between all of the books and that makes it very easy to flow from one book to the next.

    I don't think these books would be a great "read", but I can tell you that they are a FANTASTIC "listen." I love them!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil's Heart: The Chattan Curse, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Cathy Maxwell
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (77)

    They call her the Unattainable. Lady Margaret Chattan spurned every suitor for her hand, vowing never to marry. The only way to break the curse plaguing her family for two centuries is this ultimate sacrifice. But now her brothers' lives are in danger. Determined to save them, she risks her very soul by traveling into the heart of the Highlands to battle a force that has transcended time.

    Lia says: "A WONDERFUL CONCLUSION TO A SCOTTISH CURSE!"
    "Great Series Ending!"
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    I really enjoyed this series and I thought this was a great story to end with. The story was believable even though it had a bit of a historical mystical tale. The characters were very well developed, but you need to listen to the first two books in the series before listening to this final book. It is a very good series, but I wouldn't recommend the books as standalone books.

    The narrator is one of my all time favorites. She's fantastic.

    Great series and a great story. Well worth the credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Never Seduce a Scot: Montgomerys and Armstrongs, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1677)
    Performance
    (1527)
    Story
    (1531)

    Eveline Armstrong is fiercely loved and protected by her powerful clan, but outsiders consider her "touched." Beautiful, fey, with a level, intent gaze, she doesn't speak. No one, not even her family, knows that she cannot hear. Content with her life of seclusion, Eveline has taught herself to read lips and allows the outside world to view her as daft. But when an arranged marriage into a rival clan makes Graeme Montgomery her husband, Eveline accepts her duty -unprepared for the delights to come.

    CAROLYN says: "OMG - NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL A GREAT LISTEN"
    "Great Story!"
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    Maya Banks delivered!!!! The story was very good and it provides the set up for a very good series. I like that Evaline was hearing impaired although her ability to speak was one of the hardest things to believe due to the fact that this book is narrated. The narrator cannot really speak like a deaf person who hasn't spoken in three years, but regardless, she did a great job.

    Very good and would highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lady Mistaken: Le Debauche Club

    • UNABRIDGED (57 mins)
    • By Aubrey Beck
    • Narrated By Tristan Hunt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (18)
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    (18)

    When Miss Grace Garwood tries to retrieve her younger brother from the notorious Le Débauché Club, she somehow finds herself wrapped in the arms of the wicked and very handsome Lord Simon Berridge. Her life may never be the same.

    Robin in Vermont says: "Tristan Hunt is the bomb!"
    "Super duper HOT!!!"
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    A very HOT and steamy short romance. I didn't care for the back door activities, but the romance was believable. Excellent narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just One Night (Le Débauché Club)

    • UNABRIDGED (47 mins)
    • By Aubrey Beck
    • Narrated By Tristan Hunt
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Good things come to those who wait, and James Armstrong, the depraved Earl of Haswell, has been waiting a very long time to spend Just One Night with the widowed Lady Alnwick - a night that neither of them will ever forget.

    Robin in Vermont says: "I could become a Tristan Hunt-aholic"
    "HOT HOT HOT"
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    A very hot short super steamy romance. I don't care for the "rear end" activities, but the romance is believable. Good short steamy romance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Highlander Most Wanted: Montgomerys and Armstrongs, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (723)
    Performance
    (673)
    Story
    (672)

    Genevieve McInnis is locked behind the fortified walls of McHugh Keep, captive of a cruel laird who takes great pleasure in ruining her for any other man. Yet when Bowen Montgomery storms the gates on a mission of clan warfare, Genevieve finds that her spirit is bent but not broken. Still, her path toward freedom remains uncertain. Unable to bear the shame of returning to a family that believes her dead or to abandon others at the keep to an imposing new laird, Genevieve opts for the peaceful life of an abbess. But Bowen's rugged sensuality stirs something deep inside her that longs to be awakened by his patient, gentle caress - something warm, wicked, and tempting.

    Leesa says: "A strong, intelligent, courageous woman"
    "Very Good!"
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    Maya Banks always delivers a solid historical Scottish romance. I am always confident that I'll enjoy her story and really like her characters. Now I'm stuck waiting on the next book in the series.

    The narrator was very good. She has narrated the other Scottish romance novels for Maya Banks and like Maya, she always delivers.

    Good use of credit!!!! Can't wait for the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Lady's Pleasure

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Robin Schone
    • Narrated By Victoria McGloven
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    She is a lonely spinster prepared to bid her dreams of passion farewell. He is a war-weary soldier who seeks shelter in a woman's desire. They strike a bargain to fulfill each others most erotic fantasies....only to discover that passion is as life-altering as the storm that brings them together.

    Delah says: "Great Character Development & Plot for Erotica"
    "Very near PERFECT!"
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    If you like a hot steamy romance that is somewhat believable, this is book is perfect. The introductory scene and how they got to the steamy part is a little hard to believe, but everything falls in line perfectly after that. The narrator is also very good.

    Definitely worth the cost or the credit. EXCELLENT!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Good Duke Goes Unpunished: The Third Rule of Scoundrels

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Sarah MacLean
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (147)

    He is the Killer Duke, accused of murdering Mara Lowe on the eve of her wedding. With no memory of that fateful night, Temple has reigned over the darkest of London's corners for twelve years, wealthy and powerful, but beyond redemption. Until one night, Mara resurfaces, offering the one thing he's dreamed of . . . absolution.

    Gale Ann says: "Fallen Angels WOW!"
    "Too much unexplained."
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    I had such high hopes for the next book in this series and although the storyline was very promising, there were too many unexplained issues. There is no mention of how or why Temple was presumed to be the "Killer Duke" when there was a lot of blood, but no body. There is nothing at all mentioned about what or how he would have disposed of the body. No rumors of throwing it off a cliff with him staggering back to her bed chamber or chopping it up (I know that's gruesome) - nothing. This book doesn't address the "body" in one sentence which just doesn't make sense. I would have expected to see that the ton rumored that he did something with the body - but there was nothing.

    Also, what happened to Temple's fathers previous 3 wives??? Mara was to be his 4th wife. Maybe Temple's father was the real "Killer Duke" and the ton could have said that the apple didn't fall far from the tree. Something!

    I also didn't understand how Mara could ask or force Temple to pay her to be with him when he really and truly held all the cards (so to speak). I listened to the paragraphs in the book where Temple and Mara discussed their bargain several times and I simply never understood how she could ask Temple to pay her or why he agreed to these outrageous terms. He could have just marched her out into society without any explanation to her or anyone else, but instead he ended up having to pay her to be with him??? Very confusing.

    I would have really liked this book if these few issues could have been explained. I did like the story of him being a boxer and I liked the interactions between the two characters, but there are several issues with this book that I just cannot understand.

    The tip we've received to the beginning of Chase's story sounds very intriguing. I hope Ms. McLean puts a bit more thought into Chase's story because it will be tough to pull it off and make convincing after all of the interactions between Chase and the other three scoundrels.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Duke of Midnight: Maiden Lane

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Hoyt
    • Narrated By Claudia Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (148)

    Twenty years ago Maximus Batten witnessed the brutal murders of his parents. Now the autocratic Duke of Wakefield, he spends his days ruling Parliament. But by night, disguised as the Ghost of St. Giles, he prowls the grim alleys of St. Giles, ever on the hunt for the murderer. One night he finds a fiery woman who meets him toe-to-toe-and won't back down…

    Jessica Ruis says: "Loved the story but still miss Ashford McNab"
    "OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!!!"
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    What did you love best about Duke of Midnight?

    I LOVED the story. What a great story. I know that I'll listen to this story and read it (I've bought both the audio version and ebook version) several, several times.


    What aspect of Claudia Harris’s performance would you have changed?

    I did not like her voices for several characters. For instance, I didn't really like the voice she gave the Duke of Scarborough and I really didn't like the voices she gave to the valet and other minor characters. She does a good job for the major characters and her intonation and pacing are very good. Although Ms. Harris does a pretty good job, she is not Ashford McNab. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE bring back Ashford McNab. She is the voice of this series and I think the audio series was nearly ruined with the last book. Ms. Harris is much better than the narrator of Lord of Darkness, but she is still no Ashford McNab.


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

    OH YES! I didn't get to listen to it in one sitting, but there's no doubt I could have if I would have had the time. I finished it in less than 3 days. A great, great story!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Elizabeth Hoyt can weave a story and she ALWAYS leaves you wanting more and more and more! There are so many characters that we are just left wandering about that I'm not sure how I'll manage to wait until the next book comes out. I can't figure out how she will close the book on all of these characters and how many more books she will write in this series. What I do know is that I want them all NOW! We are left wondering about Penelope, Apollo, Ms. Royale, Asa (I think the next book is his story), and as always Phoebe. Sweet, sweet Phoebe - I cannot wait for her book and I'm always afraid Ms. Hoyt will stop the series before Phoebe finds her true love. If you are looking for a GREAT series, start with the first book in the series and work your way through them all. They are well worth the time!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wish List

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 11 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Sondra Knight
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (48)

    When Nicholas James draws Stephanie Martin's name in their law firm's Secret Santa exchange he knows he's in for a merry Christmas - if he can figure out what to give the woman he's wanted for months. When he works late and finds a crumpled piece of paper listing Steph's personal wish list, he knows he's in luck. Because all Steph wants for Christmas is him, in a number of naughty ways. And not-so-saintly Nick is going to make every one of her carnal wishes come true.

    J-9 says: "Perfect short erotic Christmas story"
    "Perfect short erotic Christmas story"
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    What did you love best about Wish List?

    It was just the right length and had a very good, BELIEVABLE story for such a short story. Good erotic love scenes too.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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