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Kimberly

Listening to books is the best. I love almost all genres, but romance is my favorite, and rom-com is my preference there.

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  • I Only Have Eyes for You: The Sullivans, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Bella Andre
    • Narrated By Eva Kaminsky
    Overall
    (431)
    Performance
    (386)
    Story
    (396)

    Sophie Sullivan, a librarian in San Francisco, was five years old when she fell head over heels in love with Jake McCann. Twenty years later, she's convinced the notorious bad boy still sees her as the "nice" Sullivan twin. That is, when he bothers to look at her at all. But when they both get caught up in the magic of the first Sullivan wedding, she knows it's long past time to do whatever it takes to make him see her for who she truly is...the woman who will love him forever.

    Angelia says: "More, More, Please! This was awsome!"
    "My favorite so far in the series"
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    Setting: San Fracisco, contemporary
    Genre: Romance
    Narration: Eva Kaminsky gives a creditable performance. I think she is improving as she gets to know all the characters better.
    This is the fourth in The Sullivans series. As far as a series goes, this one has good connectivity, with the family showing up as secondary characters in all the books thus far, though some are more prominent than others. In this book, Sophie's twin sister Lori and her brother (Jake's best friend) Zach are the main secondary people.
    Successful owner of a chain of pubs, Jake McCann is a strong, brooding kind of man. He has secrets no one except Zach knows, and a horrendous upbringing. Though close to the family, he keeps his distance from Sophie "Nice" Sullivan. The family includes a winery owner, a world-renowned photographer, a firefighter, an actor, a choreographer, a professional baseball player, and the owner of a chain of garages. Sophie is a librarian. She is the quiet one, the observer.
    After her brother's wedding in Napa, Sophie goes to Jake's rental house and seduces him. He tries to resist, but she is everything he has ever wanted, the woman he loves, though he will not tell her. After the wild night of love-making, while she's sleeping, he slips away and returns to San Francisco. It seems, to Sophie, that it was "wham-bam, thank you ma'am" when he avoids her, and doesn't show up as usual for the monthly family gatherings. This is a story of unrequited love and fear. Jake is afraid that he isn't good enough for Sophie, and she's afraid he will never return her love.
    I liked this novel because, even though it starts with Sophie and Jake loving one another, there is still a sense of time passing as they work out the issues in their relationship. Everything doesn't happen at once. While it isn't a tear-jerker, it still pulls at the heart. I think Ms Andre is getting better with this series as she continues bringing life to the family.
    It is worth the credit, especially if you have read the first 3 in the series.

    Tomorrow, on to Zach's story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • If He's Sinful: Wherlocke

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Hannah Howell
    • Narrated By Ashford MacNab
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    It is whispered throughout London that the members of the Wherlocke family are possessed of certain unexplainable gifts. But Lord Ashton Radmoor is skeptical - until he finds an innocent beauty lying drugged and helpless in the bedroom of a brothel. The mystery woman is Penelope Wherlocke, and her special gift of sight is leading her deep into a dangerous world of treachery and betrayal. Ashton knows he should forget her, yet he’s drawn deeper into the vortex of her life, determined to keep her safe.

    Kimberly says: "Better than the first one"
    "Better than the first one"
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    Setting: England 1788
    Genre: Romantic Suspense/ paranormal

    I continue to have the same problem with Ashford MacNab as I had in the previous book; an unfortunate lack in differentiating between characters.

    The characters and main plot were interesting. We find the hero in a brothel where his friends have purchased him a virgin sacrifice fantasy prior to his betrothing himself to a wealthy heiress. He finds Penelope tied spread-eagle on the bed and feels an all-engaging lust for the first time in his life. He has approached all his previous liaisons with mistresses as simple exercises in meeting a biological need. She is there after being snatched off the street, and is high as a kite from the drug the madam gave her. She tries to tell him who she is and how she came to be there, but he doesn't believe it. Just as he is set to do the deed, her younger half brothers arrive to help her. So the plot revolves around finding out who snatched her, and what happened to the girl whose ghost she'd seen at the brothel. Overall, a better plot than the first book. A bit more suspense, but stretched out over a couple of sub-plots. Once again, there is very little to indicate the time period. If you've read Eloisa James' Desperate Duchesses series, you can tell how it could have been anchored in that era. The world-building is loose, as not many characters from the first book are brought into the story, but seems to getting better - though not as good as Julia Quinn's Bridgerton or Smythe-Smith world. Again, the book has several points of view, which can be disconcerting. There's a bit more paranormal, but not as much as I would like.

    If you liked the first in the series, though they don't have to be read in order, you'll like this a tad bit more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • If He's Wicked

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Hannah Howell
    • Narrated By Ashford MacNab
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (68)

    For Chloe Wherlocke, it all begins with a vision - a glimpse into the future that foretells a terrible plot against Lord Julian Kenwood and his newborn son. Chloe's psychic gift allows her to save the child from certain death, but the earl remains in grave peril. . .

    sarah says: "Great Story with full of adventure"
    "Above average listen"
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    Setting: England 1788
    Genre: Romantic suspense/paranormal

    The narration by Ashford MacNab was at the lower end of average. There wasn't enough differentiation between characters, so it was difficult to tell who was speaking without going further into the sentence/paragraph to the he said/she said.. This took me out of the action enough for me to notice that. Since this story was told from several points of view, it was problematic.

    Although this book was set in the Georgian period, there wasn't much to indicate it. There is mention of the men wearing their hair in queues and eschewing powder, but not much else to put the plot in that particular era. But the main characters, Chloe and Ashton, were engaging, and the general plot is interesting. The suspense was not, however, well-developed. There really wasn't all that much use of the paranormal in the development of the plot, which disappointed me. The world-building shows promise, with several secondary characters who are sure to show up as leads further into the series.

    I don't know what other stand-alone or series books this author has written with suspense in mind, but I hope she gets better, or changes genre in this series to romantic adventure. I have either read or heard some of her Murray series, and they were better than average.

    I would say that this book is worth the credit if you don't mind the growing pains, and if you are used to Ashford MacNab's narration. I was engaged enough with the characters that I purchased the second in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Tale of Two Lovers: Writing Girls, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Maya Rodale
    • Narrated By Carolyn Morris
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    He is notorious. Lord Simon Roxbury is a godsend to gossip columnists everywhere. This notorious rake has recently been caught in an extremely compromising position by none other than the London Weekly's Lady of Distinction. Rumor also has it that Lord R. received an ultimatum: be wed or be penniless. She is scandalous.

    Kimberly says: "One's a rake, the other a gun-shy lady"
    "One's a rake, the other a gun-shy lady"
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    Setting: London 1823
    Genre: Romance
    Performance was better than average. Emotions were well-expressed, though the range wasn't great. When the dialogue involved 3 or 4 women, it got a little difficult to differentiate, but I don't think many could have done it better, and many, many could do worse.
    This novel is third person singular from the POV of both protagonists. Is it still third person *singular* if it comes from two points of view? I don't remember as school was a long time ago.
    Lady Julianna Somerset is A Lady of Distinction, the London Weekly's gossip columnist. She is also the young widow of an unmitigated rake. At 17, she ran away to Gretna Green, wildly in love, only to have her dreams dashed almost immediately by her husband's drinking, gambling, and womanizing. To make it even worse, her late husband left the bulk of his estate to his mistresses and bastards, leaving Julianna a house and very small annuity, so she must work to survive. Can you say bitter and suspicious? Then there's Simon, Lord Roxbury, another unmitigated rake. Julianna, as the Lady of Distinction, saw Roxbury backstage removing men's clothes from someone. In her column, she wrote that though it was possibly an actress who had been dressed as a boy in the play, or could it be that, as he has gone through the ladies of London, perhaps he has now started on the men? This, of course, ruins his reputation, and no one will receive him. He goes to the newspaper office where he sees Julianna and figures out who The Lady of Distinction is. He knows he can ride out the scandal eventually (provided the gossips leave him alone), but his father has issued an ultimatum: marry within a month or lose everything. Angry with his father and perhaps more with Julianna, while drunk, he decides to serenade her all night with a bawdy song, and she shoots him, therefore having to bring him inside to treat his wound. She is ruined and no longer welcome in Society, so she loses her job.
    The plot revolves around these two wary individuals: Simon, whose late brother told to "be your own man", and Julianna, who has lost the ability to trust and love. How can they get beyond their personal obstacles? The story is an interesting exploration of these two, and it is well done.
    I believe it is worth the credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Three Weeks with Lady X: Desperate Duchesses

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Eloisa James
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (74)

    Having made a fortune, Thorn Dautry, the powerful bastard son of a duke, decides that he needs a wife. But to marry a lady, Thorn must acquire a gleaming, civilized facade, the specialty of Lady Xenobia India. Exquisite, headstrong, and independent, India vows to make Thorn marriageable in just three weeks. But neither Thorn nor India anticipate the forbidden passion that explodes between them. Thorn will stop at nothing to make India his. Failure is not an option.

    Jonna says: "Delicious Romance, Great Story, Lovable characters"
    "Wonderful"
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    Setting: London and environs, 1799
    Genre: romance
    Narration was great, because...Susan Duerden.
    Tobias "Thorn" Dautry, the bastard son of the Duke of Villiers, is looking for a wife. He's made his choice, Laetitia Rainsford, a beautiful well-born lady. Now he just needs to get his new country estate in order. Lady Xenobia India St. Clair is the one to do just that. At the recommendation of his step-mother, Thorn hires her to do her magic in decorating, staffing, and organizing Starberry Court.
    India, as she is known by family and friends, is smart, beautiful, and talented. Her talent for organization came out of a very disorganized childhood. She is the only child of a probably mad marquis and his wife, who were known for their flakiness. They forgot to pay bills, didn't keep a governess on an ongoing basis, and sometimes even forgot to feed their child. They died in a carriage accident when she was 15 years old, at which time India went to live with her godmother.
    We met Thorn in A Duke of Her Own when he was a 12 year old mudlark. He was rescued from that life when his father took him away and installed him in his own. Thorn played a relatively large part in that book, as the Duke of Villiers tracked down all of his offspring. As a bastard, he had no place in society, so he became a man of business, buying and fixing factories. He wants a lady of the nobility as a wife so his children will have more consequence than he has.
    This novel shows the growth of both characters over the course of the three weeks India is setting his household to rights, and through the house party to which his intended and her family have been invited. There are letters between the two that are quite amusing, as well as increasingly amorous face-to-face meetings. All of Thorn's plans are complicated by his gaining custody of the five year old daughter of his childhood friend Tom. While Thorn recognizes his friend in Rose, everyone else sees him in her gray eyes. So he has to keep Rose out of sight until he has Laetitia betrothed to him.
    This is a most wonderful novel. The main characters are three dimensional and substantial. Thorn is as strong in character as he is physically. India is independent with the strength born of hardship. Laetitia is timid and agreeable, but with a growing sense of self. Laetitia's mother, Lady Rainsford, is a bit shallow, but that is appropriate for her. The plot is believable and compelling. It draws emotion out of you through both action and dialog.
    This book is one I shall revisit in the future.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cloaked in Danger

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jeannie Ruesch
    • Narrated By Rebecca Rogers
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Aria Whitney has little in common with the delicate ladies of London society. Her famous father made his fortune hunting archaeological treasures, and her rustic upbringing has left her ill prepared for a life of parties and frippery. But when Gideon Whitney goes missing in Egypt, Aria must embrace the unknown. Armed with only the short list of highborn men who'd backed her father's venture, she poses as a woman looking for a husband. She doesn't intend to find one.

    Kimberly says: "More mystery than romance"
    "More mystery than romance"
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    Setting: London, no date given, but sounds regency
    Genre: Romance? Mystery? Depressing character study?
    Narration wasn't bad. Average. I would not avoid a book because Rebecca Rogers read it, nor would I seek her out when I'm in an "I'm not sure" mood.
    Ariadne "Aria" Whitney is the 20 year old daughter of a rich and famous antiquarian/archeologist. On his last mission, Mr. Whitney went missing and everyone but Aria is ready to give him up for dead. So, going off a list of investors, she begins to investigate what happened in Egypt. she gets caught in a Duke's bedroom by Adam Willoughby, the Earl of Merewood. There's a lot of misunderstanding between Adam and Aria, of course. He thinks she is snooping around trying to unearth a family secret (the Duke whose bedroom she was in belonged to his future brother-in-law). Because he is acting so evasive - though I didn't get the sense that he really was - Aria is convinced he's the one who can answer her questions. They end up betrothed because she followed him into his house in the middle of the night and they get caught alone. So she fesses up to what she's doing and despite reservations, he agrees to help her. Of course a relationship develops, but it's really subsumed by the mystery, so what's supposed to be the HEA is more of a "oh, okay," It's almost like this was Ms Ruesch's first novel, but it wasn't. It was her second. The first, Something about Her, is not available at Audible. But from the ratings at Goodreads, which varied from one to four stars, you should get that one from the library. Not a bad idea for this one either.
    Why did I say it might be a character study? Well Aria changes in the course of the novel. As she responds to turns in the plot, the novel gets darker and darker. She becomes more fragile and conflicted. Like I said, not exactly a HEA. She doesn't think it is, so why should I? Reading it was sort of depressing.
    I used a credit for this, and that's depressing. But the book really isn't bad. I had to keep backing up because I had missed something in the plot, so it's probably better to get it in print.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Man Above Reproach

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Evelyn Pryce
    • Narrated By James Clamp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    In 1830s London, scandalous whispers surround the pub known as the Sleeping Dove, a hidden bordello catering to nobles eager to shed the trappings of their stations. Josephine Grant knows the rumors are true - she plays piano at the Dove and is known only as the “Bawdy Bluestocking” to the pub’s faithful.

    Robin in Vermont says: "Finding it hard to get through."
    "Average"
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    Setting: England 1832
    Genre: Romance
    Josephine Grant, known as the Bawdy Bluestocking (or BB), plays piano in a seedy brothel called the Sleeping Dove. Her body is not for sale, but her conversation is. When Elias Addison, Duke of Lennox is dragged to the Dove by his friend, he spends his time with the piano player. They meet again, accidentally, at the book shop she owns. Elias, already interested in her Dove persona, is further fascinated by her. Especially when he finds out she is a political radical. Josephine has a scandal in her past and will not reveal who she really is.
    The premise of the story is interesting, but the execution is average to fair. I think it could have been tightened up. And while the characters are okay, I just couldn't care that much about them. They're like acquaintances you enjoy talking to when you meet them, but they don't occupy your thoughts when you move on.
    The narration was average. Could have been better if pronunciation of certain words hadn't pegged my cringe-o-meter. I would love to talk to a couple of these narrators to find out where they mis-learned the pronunciation of relatively common words. If you've got any French and a bare modicum of Latin, you know how to pronounce many of the words without any problem. Most of us do have the ability to pronounce unfamiliar words (thanks, Hooked on Phonics), or have the impetus to look them up.
    Totally unrelated, but did you know that phaeton (you know, the sporty 4 wheel horse drawn carriage often mentioned in Regency romances) is based on Phaethon, the son of Helios, god of the sun? He drives his father's sun-chariot and crashes it. Kind of explains all those crashes in books (usually with the rake's brother holding the ribbons, his death making our hero the heir). Anyway, there are online dictionaries that provide audio pronunciation.
    I paid $7.95 and it is definitely worth that and the time spent for the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bargain

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Mary Jo Putney
    • Narrated By Emma Newman
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (56)

    Forced to wed to keep her inheritance, independent Lady Jocelyn Kendal finds an outrageous solution: she proposes marriage to Major David Lancaster, an officer dying from his Waterloo wounds. In return for making her his wife, she will provide for his governess sister. But after the bargain is struck and the marriage is made, the major makes a shocking, miraculous recovery.

    April says: "A Classic Worth Your Time"
    "Worth the time and credit"
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    Setting: London, 1815
    Genre: Romance
    Narration wasn't the worst I've ever heard, and it didn't 't detract from the story.

    This is a lovely book. Lady Jocelyn comes across as a bit hard-edged, but her softer side and her vulnerabilities are shown over the course of the story. Major David Lancaster doesn't seem to have any hardness at all, so the only change/growth is the love he develops for Jocelyn. She, however, is madly in love with a Duke who has been raking his way through the bedrooms of every willing widow and discontented wife in the ton for his entire adulthood. He is not the marrying kind. His interest in Jocelyn comes forth only after she arranges the marriage of convenience with Major Lancaster. The conflicts of the story are David's health and Jocelyn's devotion for another man. There is a subplot, which is David's sister's animosity toward Jocelyn and a developing love interest of her own.

    Definitely credit-worthy.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Werewolf in Manhattan: Wild About You, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Vicki Lewis Thompson
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (338)
    Performance
    (308)
    Story
    (309)

    Emma Gavin writes best-selling novels about werewolves, but that doesn't mean she believes in them-and she certainly doesn't think she'll meet one. But that's exactly what happens when her books catch the attention of a rich and powerful pack of Manhattan Weres who have kept their existence hidden for centuries. Alarmed by the accuracy of her novels, they're determined to find out if a renegade is acting as her informant.

    CAROLYN says: "LUKEWARM LISTEN"
    "Eh....."
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    Setting: contemporary Manhattan
    Genre: Paranormal romance
    Everything about this was average. Probably, if you're totally enamored with this kind of plot, it may be tolerable. Or not, depending on your previous experience. I wouldn't recommend it as an introduction to the genre, because it may turn you off before you find the really good paranormal stories, both light and keep-the-lights-on scary. I got it because there were no more Molly Harper books to bring out the laughs, and I wasn't in the mood for a spine-tingler. It may have been a buy-one-get-one, so I had incentive to try it. Whatever...
    Worth the credit? Nah. If you want it, get it on sale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Naked Viscount

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Sally Mackenzie
    • Narrated By Lynne Jenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    After eight seasons in London, Lady Jane Parker-Roth is ready to quit the dull search for a husband in favor of more exciting pursuits. So when she encounters an intruder in her host's townhouse, she's not about to let the scoundrel escape. Until she discovers she's wrestling a viscount - Edmund Smyth, the one noble she wouldn't mind meeting in the dark. And when their struggle shatters a randy statue of the god Pan, even more mischief ensues. Edmund was indeed searching for evidence of a scandal, but the shocking clues inside the nude statue are far from what he expected.

    Kimberly says: "I'm glad it's on Kindle"
    "I'm glad it's on Kindle"
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    Setting: London
    Genre: Regency romance
    The story was above average when I read it on Kindle. Thank goodness for ebooks! And thank goodness the same narrator isn't used for other books in the series.
    The character development was good, the plot was amusing. There were a few laughs, and it wasn't angst-y.
    So, like I said, go get it on Kindle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Procrastination: A Guide to Effective Dawdling, Lollygagging, and Postponing, or, Getting Things Done by Putting Them Off

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 48 mins)
    • By John Perry
    • Narrated By Brian Holsopple
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (233)

    John Perry’s insights and laugh-out-loud humor bring to mind Thurber, Wodehouse, and Harry Frankfurt’s On Bullshit. This charming and accessible audio educates, entertains, and illuminates a universal subject. Procrastinators will be relieved to learn that you can actually accomplish quite a lot while procrastinating. In fact, the book itself is the result of Perry avoiding grading papers, refereeing academic proposals, and reviewing dissertation drafts. It also has a practical side, offering up advice that listeners can put to use.

    G-Man says: "Doing everything except what you should"
    "You may not want to put off listening"
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    Self help? Philosophy? Whatever.
    Seriously, I did put off listening to this for a while. I can't remember why. It was a "dinner" book (my boyfriend and I listen to books - with many interruptions for discussion - instead of watching TV), and we may have been listening to something else.
    Anyway... This is an unabridged short listen. It made me feel better about being a procrastinater, and also gave tips about how to get around that inclination.
    It was okay, but it was inexpensive enough to pay for it outright rather than use a credit.
    :-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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