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Lady M

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  • Heart of Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby Sirois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (91)

    A fabulous lost Amazon city once inhabited by women warriors and containing a rare red diamond: it sounded like myth, but archeologist Jillian Sherwood believed it was real, and she was willing to put up with anything to find it - even Ben Lewis. Ruffian, knock-about, and number one river guide in Brazil, Ben was all man - over six feet of rock-hard muscles that rippled under his khakis, with lazy blue eyes that taunted her from his tanned face.

    Judy says: "Really good book!"
    "Full of humor, adventure, and passion"
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    Never a dull moment--"Heart of Fire" is one of Linda Howard's best.


    In an effort to reestablish her deceased father's reputation Gillian Sherwood, an archaeologist, is on a quest for a legendary red diamond and proof of the Anzars existence. Ben Lewis is a ruffian, scoundrel, and the best river guide in Brazil. When they team up to lead an expedition deep into the heart of the Amazon rainforest, they must face the perils of the jungle, out-maneuver murderous thieves, and then find their way back to civilization.


    Narrator Tanya Eby Sirois gave an excellent performance.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Echoes of Ancient Dreams: A Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Kathryn Le Veque
    • Narrated By Tim Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Destry Caldbeck, smarting from being jilted at the altar, travels to Ireland on what was supposed to be her honeymoon. While visiting Dowth Mound, an ancient Neolithic site outside of Dublin, she encounters a group of students and their instructor. Dr. Conor Daderga is everything an Irishman should be; enormous, muscular, red-headed, and dead sexy. He's also loud, booming, animated, and brilliant.

    Lady M says: "Mythical Story Tale"
    "Mythical Story Tale"
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    The beginning of "Echoes of Ancient Dreams" began in modern day Ireland, where Destry, a physician, meets Conner, a professor of ancient Ireland. They were immediately drawn together, and were sent through time together back to the 900's.

    A sorcerer was waiting for them.

    Although more of a mythical story, it seemed to be written for children -- until the last 30 or so minutes, When they had detailed sex. Destry said, she felt dirty doing it with the children in the room, and that is how it felt listening to it.

    I hung in there to the end waiting for something interesting to happen, I'm glad it was only a little over 4 hours long.

    I've never read/listened to Kathryn Le Vegue before, but if this is a sample of her writing, I won't be listening to her again. Even the ending left a lot to be desired, you can use your imagine how you want it to end.

    Tim Campbell has a nice voice and does accents well. His narration was the best part of the audio.

    I was very disappointed.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • In Want of a Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jo Goodman
    • Narrated By Talmadge Ragan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (68)

    Jane Middlebourne needs a way out. In 1891, life in New York is unforgiving for a young woman with no prospects, especially when her family wants nothing to do with her. So when Jane discovers an ad for a mail-order bride needed in Bitter Springs, Wyoming, she responds with a hopeful heart. Rancher Morgan Longstreet is in want of a wife who will be his partner at Morning Star, someone who will work beside him and stand by him. His first impression of the fair and fragile Jane is that she is not that woman.

    Mary says: "An enjoyable listen."
    "I Could Not Finish It!"
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    I really did want to like this book. Mail Order Bride western romances are some of my favorites. But this book lacked substance, not much of a story, yet. After listening 7 hours I see no purpose in the story. Morgan and Jane are likable private individuals. Morgan likes to eat, as do his ranch hands. It goes into detail about what they eat and how they eat it, Jane's ride to and from the ranch, who is seated where in the church. There is so much detail the story (if there is one) is lost.

    They talk about rustlers, and someone stays with Jane making sure she does not go outside. The ranch-hands, even Morgan, hang the wash, etc, to keep Jane inside. But no rustlers are encountered, no action taking place. Very little is said about the rustlers in the first 7 hours...actually little is said about anything, other than mundane things, lighting the hard to light cook-stove, cooking, Jane having one of the "hands" buy her a pretty sewing box, she had seen in the mercantile when she was in town, paying for it with her own money, rather than ask Morgan for it. She mends his clothes. The only excitement (if you can call it that) was when Morgan tried to ride a Mustang, and hurt his ankle and ribs.

    There has been no romance thus far, even after consummating their marriage. Some of my lack of enjoyment in the story could be the narrator, like Jane and Morgan she is straight forward in her reading of the text; unemotional. Most of Ms Ragan's performance sounds by rote.

    There seem to be contradictions from the Prologue to after Jane arrived in Bitter Springs and married. I had to go back and listen to the prologue to see if I was mistake about what transpired between Jane and her cousin, since this was my 4th attempt at listening to "In Want of Wife", but I was remembering right.

    I'm too bored now, but maybe I will try once again to listen to "In Want of Wife" and see if any loose ends gets tied up. I would fast forward to the last chapter, but could miss explanations for the contradictions, if there are any.

    I see several people enjoyed the book; literature, like food, is certainly up to an individual's taste.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Compromised

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Kate Noble
    • Narrated By Rosalind Ashford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    Miss Gail Alton was not having a good day. Or a good year. First, she's strong-armed into attending the Season as a foil to her beautiful sister,Evangeline. Then, while riding her mare in the park, she gets toppled by a stuffy, self-important, too-handsome-by-half "gentleman" who has the audacity to blame her for their fall into the chilly lake! Little does Gail know that the very same man will soon be found in a compromising position with her sister....

    Lady M says: "Cute Story - GREAT Narrator!"
    "Cute Story - GREAT Narrator!"
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    "Compromised" was a light romance from new author Kate Noble. It was a little slow in some spots, but for the most part flows nicely. This story is about the Alton family. The father is in politics and the step-mother is a social climber. They have two daughters. Evangeline, the oldest girl, is blond, petite and a beauty; Gail is tall with not much to recommend her except her wit and her outspoken ideas, which usually gets her into trouble. Sharing a season with her gorgeous sister causes people to ignore Gail, so she is quiet and tries to blend into the background at balls her step-mother forces her to attend.. Her step-mother wants both her step-daughters to get married, but Gail wants nothing to do with it.

    Gail's father bought Max's horse's stablemate and gave her to Gail. She encounters Max riding his horse in the park and his horse goes berserk trying to get to Gail's mare. His reins break, and Gail tries to help as his horse comes barreling at her, and they both find themselves thrown from their horses into a lake. She sees him again at her family's ball and throws up on his shoes. Max hopes he never sees Gail again, because she confuses him and blames him for everything that goes wrong.

    Max’s father plans to disown him if Max doesn't find a wife in three months, so Max has no choice but to attend the "season's" balls. During the Alton ball, he meets Evangeline in the conservatory and with the moon shining upon her beautiful face Max leans forward and kisses her, and is caught by the Housekeeper. Max feels he has compromised Evangeline and offers to marry her...and everything goes downhill from there.

    I enjoyed the witty dialogue between the hero (Max) and heroine (Gail).

    Kate Noble is a noteworthy author, and Rosalind Ashford gave an excellent performance -- VERY talented narrator.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil's Love

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Julia London
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (55)

    With dreams of a great romantic love, Abigail Carrington sails to England to marry the man she has loved since childhood, Michael Ingram, Marquis of Darfield. She believes her betrothed is a generous and noble man who has been longing for her. But the handsome man waiting for her at the altar is a dark, brooding stranger who rushes her into marriage, then abandons her at his country estate. Only the passion of Michael's kiss gives her hope that theirs can be more than a marriage of convenience.

    Lizette says: "This will twist your heart!"
    "Romantic Love Times One!"
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    Michael Ingram, Marquis of Darfield, prefers to be a recluse, because of his family's past indiscretions, debts, and scandal. Even though he agreed to a betrothal to Abbey, a wealthy merchant-captain's daughter, many years ago, in exchange for paying off his wastrel father's debts, when the time comes to fulfill the contract Michael does not want to marry her.

    Abbey had fallen in love with Michael when she was 9 years old when he was aboard her father's merchant ship. She followed him around the ship with her pirate sword at the ready to get his attention, but he ignored her when he could.

    Over the years her father regaled her with stories about Michael's love & devotion to her, even giving her periodic reports on him and telling her of his continued devotion to her; giving her gifts supposedly from Michael via her sea captain father. After her father's death, remaining a naive ROMANTIC little girl mentally, she travels to England to marry him, expecting Michael to be in love with her and pining for her, as much as she has pined for him. Although she has not seen him, nor talked to him in 10 years, she has a portrait of him supposedly painted just for her, and her father's romantic stories telling of his unfailing love for her. All he recalls of Abbey is a wild, dirty hellion whom he couldn't stand.

    She excused his ignoring her, still dreaming of a grand love...until she learns the truth, that her father had been lying to her all those years, and in reality Michael did not even like her. Michael offered her a way out of the marriage, but Abbey was devastated and confused and having no place to go, she married Michael.

    She was so naive, but she was sheltered all her life and she was only nineteen. She had built an image of Michael in her mind and heart of an honorable man who loved her desperately. She had dreamed of their perfect love and marriage built on her father's lies.

    Despite his uncaring attitude during the day, she never stopped loving him.

    The story includes humor, revenge, shooting, betrayal, murder, sexuality, duels, and unrequited love.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Honor's Splendour

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (834)
    Performance
    (533)
    Story
    (531)

    In the feuding English court, gentle Lady Madelyne suffered the cruel whims of her ruthless brother, Baron Louddon. Then, in vengeance for a bitter crime, Baron Duncan of Wexton—the Wolf—unleashed his warriors against Louddon's domain. Exquisite Madelyne was the prize he catured...but when he gazed upon the proud beauty, he pledged to protect her with his life.

    Jordy says: "Julie Garwood writes the best Highlander books!"
    "A Beautiful Story"
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    Julie Garwood is a very talented author. I have enjoyed reading most her books, and this one didn't disappoint. How ever good the story, how ever great the characters, it is the talent behind the pen that makes a good book GREAT. Garwood does a wonderful job with character development and dialogue, her descriptive writing makes her stories live. Her writing and Anne Flosnik's narration transports you into the story, it's as if you are watching it unfold.

    Set in medieval times, "Honor's Splendour" is about a baron seeking revenge for his sister's rape. He plans to kidnap the sister of his enemy; an eye for an eye--a sister for a sister. It begins when Baron Louddon has Baron Duncan of Wexton, known as "The Wolf", undressed and tied to a post in the middle of winter to freeze to death, so there would be no marks on his body. Madelyne (the sister of his enemy) plans to escape her brothers abuse, but first she feels compelled to save the poor warrior from certain death. Not knowing he is there to kidnap her; she frees him and he captures her. Duncan immediately sees she is nothing like her brother when Madelyne unselfishly helps him and warms his frozen feet with her own body. So, he needs to adjust his plans.

    Julie Garwood has a wonderful sense of humor which can be seen in her characters. Like the sweet, naive Lady Madelyne who want to save the world, keeps telling everyone that she is a quiet woman, but she is usually doing it at the top of her lungs....or in trying to cover over her disobedience she will say something like, "I have gone through an ordeal". It is not funny when I relate it, but it is funny and cute when penned by Ms Garwood and narrated by Anne Flosnik. I just love Madelyne's character.

    I highly recommend "Honor's Splendour"!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her Secondhand Groom: Groom Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Rose Gordon
    • Narrated By Louisa Murray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    What he wanted was a plain and meek wife to take care of his children and stay out of his bedroom. What he got was a fiery temptress who, despite her plain appearance, was far more desirable than he could handle.

    Cam says: "Viscount Drakely finally gets lucky in love"
    "Adult Only -- Regency England 1815"
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    I forced myself to stay awake to finish "Her Secondhand Groom". Although there were some slow periods, for the most part the story flowed smoothly. Ms Gordon is a very talented author.

    Widowed Patrick Ramsey,Viscount Drakely, has three little girls who run wild, and he needs a trustworthy governess; better yet, a motherness-- a well educated wife, to not only teach his girls their lessons, but guide them into adulthood.

    He gets more than he bargained for when he bargains with one of his tenants, who owed him money for sending one of his daughters to school in London. Patrick Ramsey,Viscount Drakely, offers forgiveness of the debt, if his tenant will agree to give the daughter with the higher education to him as wife. He still has a deep fear of losing people he loves since his wife died at childbirth, so he wasn't looking for a love match, he had loved his first wife, and did not want another. He just wanted someone to care for his girls.

    Upon returning home from school, the oldest girl, tall, slim, and awkward with thick spectacles, Juliet Hughes, cares for and plays governess to her 7 siblings. Henrietta, the pretty, curvaceous second oldest daughter, was presumed by the Viscount to be the educated one.

    Juliet, knew what was going on, and although he had asked for the hand of the educated daughter, she had no intentions of letting Henrietta pay their father's debt for her education, and she was not interested in marring him, but she was going to teach Viscount Drakely a lesson. A lesson that backfired....

    "Her Secondhand Groom" is a well written story, with interesting and believable characters.

    The Narrator did well.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Tilly: Ladies in Love, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Charlotte Anne Dore
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    The Beast - that was what they called her. With her plump body and rough tomboy ways, she felt more like a clown. It was hopeless. Poor penniless Tilly could only sit among the chaperons as a paid companion to the spiteful Lady Aileen. The best she could do was sit…and dream. But suddenly Philip, Marquess of Heppleford, the most eligible bachelor of all, decided he wanted her for himself, to be his wife, and they were married. His intent was to keep his freedom, fulfill the conditions of his father's will, and shock his aunts.

    Lady M says: "Hard to Believe "Tilly" Was Written By M. C Beaton"
    "Hard to Believe "Tilly" Was Written By M. C Beaton"
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    The reason I purchased "Tilly" is because I have read and enjoyed other books by M. C. Beaton; plus, the story-line sounded cute. "NOT"--it lacks substance, the characters are odd, and the humor I found in her other books is missing.

    I really didn't find anything endearing about "Tilly": it is slow, lacking in character development , and lacks the basics to make it a good read.

    Charlotte Anne Dore has the ability to change her voice for the different characters, but in her attempt to make the pitiable leading lady, Tilly, sound like a hoyden, she made her sound mental.

    I was very disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emerald and Sapphire

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Laura Parker
    • Narrated By Rebecca Rogers
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    A man who lives two lives risks dying twice. He’s known as Merlyn Ross, an actor and petty thief. He’s a handsome commoner who wears a leather eyepatch, his other eye a piercing emerald green. He’s also known as the Comte de Valure, a dashing French nobleman who wears a grey wig and a silk eye patch, his other eye an chanting sapphire blue. Admired by men, adored by women, no one suspects that Merlyn and the Comte are one and the same, or that both men steal more than kisses when setting out to seduce London’s wealthiest women. But one night changes everything....

    Lady M says: "Unusual Story"
    "Unusual Story"
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    "Emerald and Sapphire" is a strange story. Kudos to Ms Parker for writing something quite different than the norm in the Historical Romance genre, but perhaps it was a little TOO different. I listened to it all the way through, hoping for something exciting to happen, but found it lacking in substance. The characters were well defined, but not very likable, other than the Heroine, Cassandra (Cassie), whom I felt sorry for.

    It is a story of survival, of a naive innocent, and an unscrupulous, yet kindhearted thief, gambler, actor who helps others in need....about a con man who falls in love.

    One thing that bothered me was the author's unrealistic creation of a character with an eye-patch who masqueraded as different personalities, and got away with it. Whether he wore it on his right or left eye it would be noticeably, and the Hero, Merlin, and his other personas, discovered.

    The ending was unsatisfactory...one can only assume a HEA,

    Was it worth a credit? I don't think so.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bargain

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Mary Jo Putney
    • Narrated By Emma Newman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (114)

    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"
    "Enjoyable"
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    "The Bargain" is a sweet, unusual story, and one I could not stop listening to. I did not read the original version published in 1989 as "The Would-Be Widow", but I certainly enjoyed this revamped version.

    The strong willed heroine, Lady Jocelyn Kendal, has deeply buried emotional issues, which effects her decision making. So, when she is faced with having to marry before her twenty-fifth birthday or lose her inheritance to her uncle and wicked aunt-by-marriage, according to her father's will, she is at a loss as to what to do. She refuses to marry without a love match, and she has only been interested in one man, the Duke of Candover, despite the many men who have tried to woo her. Although she thinks he has feelings for her, she knows she can not convince him to marry her in the 4 weeks before her birthday, besides he has never seemed interested in commitment.

    While visiting a friend recuperating at the Military Hospital she realizes she may have come across the answer to her prayers. Major David Lancaster has been fatally wounded and is not expected to live. He is not afraid to die, but is worried about his unmarried sister's well being and future. So when Jocelyn learns of this she sees an opportunity that she simply can't pass up.

    I enjoyed Emma Newman's narration, although soft spoken she did well defining the different characters.

    I recommend "The Bargain" to all Historical Romance lovers.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of Scoundrels

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Loretta Chase
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (612)
    Performance
    (567)
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    (567)

    Sebastian Ballister, the notorious Marquess of Dain, is big, bad, and dangerous to know. No respectable woman would have anything to do with the "Bane and Blight of the Ballisters", and he wants nothing to do with respectable women. He's determined to continue doing what he does best - sin and sin again - and all's going swimmingly…until the day a shop door opens and she walks in.

    Marcheta says: "Witty dialogue highlights battle between the sexes"
    "Worth More Than 5 Stars"
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    Compared to other books I have chosen to listen to recently "Lord of Scoundrels" merits more than than a 5 Star rating.

    This book had me totally riveted! It is a story that gives birth to an array of emotions. It was funny, sad, frustrating, with never a dull moment.

    I felt so sorry for our hero growing up unwanted and unloved. From birth, Dain's father deemed his son an abomination, because of his "grossly overlarge nose" and "ill-proportioned limbs" he'd inherited from his Italian mother's side of the family. An outcast, because of his big nose and swarthy visage, Lord Dain was physical and mental abused by students at Eton (where he was sent at age 8) as well as tutors, with no one to turn to for help. As he grew to manhood, to compensate for lack of self esteem, for feeling unworthy of love, Dain resolves never to care for another person and to live only for his own dissolute pleasure.

    Then he meets Jessica, a wonderful mix of charm, wit, strength, and heartfelt devotion to her family. Her brother has joined Lord Dain's groupies, and wants to be like his hero--drinking to access, gambling and wenching. Jessica, well aware that her brother is easily led, is determined to get him away from Lord Dain before he drives the family into bankruptcy...and the "battle of the sexes" begins. Not wanting to be a spoiler, I will stop here.

    I highly recommend "Lord of Scoundrels" to all Romance lovers.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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