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Lady M

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  • By Right of Arms

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (84)

    The Black Prince of England hungers to capture the lands of France, and Sir Hyatt Laidley is just the knight for the task. In exchange for years of faithful service, Hyatt will receive both land - and lady - of De La Noye in Acquitane. When Hyatt and his men attack, both lord and castle fall, but the young and newly widowed Aurelie is not so easily conquered. Impassioned by the subjugation of her people, Aurelie pledges to forever honor her late husband. She may be condemned to marry the English bastard, but her heart will never yield!

    K says: "Still an enjoyable story"
    "Enjoyable Story - Great Narrator"
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    Like another listener, I'm glad I was not put off from listening to "By Right of Arms" by some of the reviews. I guess it's what one expects from a book that makes it enjoyable to the reader/listener.

    I personally do not care for books with a lot of violence and gore, nor one half filled with sex scenes. I like books that tell a story, with likeable characters, as well as unlikeable villains. The talent of the narrator makes the story unfold, if the story has substance, as this one. It was written and read in such a way, that you felt you were there viewing everything firsthand.

    The violence in the story was tastefully done, as were the love scenes.

    Robyn Carr is a very talented author and Nicola Barber gave a great performance.

    I would recommend this book to any who like a sweet romance story.

    1 of 1 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
    (808)
    Performance
    (509)
    Story
    (509)

    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
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    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.


    1 of 2 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
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    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
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (63)

    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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of Scoundrels

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Loretta Chase
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (453)
    Performance
    (424)
    Story
    (424)

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Silent Revenge

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Laura Landon
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (306)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (279)

    A Marriage of Convenience: Such is the agreement forged between Lady Jessica Stanton and Simon Warland, Earl of Northcote. Jessica needs a husband strong enough to protect her inheritance from her avaricious stepbrother. Simon needs money to restore the family legacy his father squandered. United by necessity, emotional attachment isn’t part of the deal.

    CAROLYN says: "A FAIRYTALE LOVE STORY THAT'S ENTERTAINING"
    "Romance & Intrigue"
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    "Silent Revenge" is a touching historical romance featuring two wounded hearts who marry for convenience. The premise is an old one. Simon, the Earl of Northcote, is broke and needs money to keep his estates. Lady Jessica Stanton needs to marry to keep her stepbrother from taking everything she has and having her committed to an asylum. Jessica needs to get married within 6 days, when she turns 25, to save herself and her vast fortune.

    It is a much told story, but with a twist. Lady Jessica has two secrets that have been shared with only a few trusted friends...one secret could give her stepbrother cause in the eyes of Regency England to commit her to an asylum.
    Simon, on the other hand is suspected of murdering his father and fleeing the country 3 years ago. He has his own secrets and his own reasons for marrying Jessica. Money is one but there is another that is more important to him than the money.

    "Silent Revenge" is a well written story with superb narration by Rosalyn Landor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What the Duke Desires: The Duke's Men, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Sabrina Jeffries
    • Narrated By Corrie James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (178)

    Maximilian Cale, the Duke of Lyons, long ago buried his grief for his missing elder brother, Peter. When a mysterious note arrives from Tristan Bonnaud asserting that the Duke's brother is alive, it leads Max straight to the winsome Lisette Bonnaud, illegitimate daughter of a viscount and Tristan's sister.

    DARA says: "Romance, Mystery, and a Duke."
    "Entertaining!"
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    I enjoyed "What The Duke Desires", it was well written with engaging characters. The narrator did a great job.

    Our hero, Maximilian (Max) Kale, the Duke of Lyons, was a second son who became the heir when his older brother was kidnapped as a child. The Duke, having a mad father and Great Uncle, fears madness runs in his family and dreads having to marry to produce an heir. So when he gets a note saying his older brother may be alive, he makes an assignation with Tristan Bonnaud, who supposedly has proof, and can lead him to his brother---but Tristan is a "no show" and has gone missing himself. Searching for Tristan leads Max to Tristan's half brother, Dom, who owns an investigative business. Dom is out of town on business, so the Duke ends up aided (and manipulated) by the investigator’s half sister, Lisette Bonnaud, the illegitimate daughter of a viscount, and Tristan's sister.

    A big part of the story takes place on a trip from England to France, where Max and Lisette travel as a middle-class married couple. The mystery is well done and keeps one guessing.

    Well worth a credit!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Return of the Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Theresa Ragan
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (86)

    Morgan Hayes grows up in the 20th century with a mysterious attraction to a hollow suit of armor that stands in the window of her mother’s antique store. She is 24 years old when she becomes entangled within the armor’s metal plates and is whisked back in time where she is mistaken for a twin sister she knows nothing about. Morgan is forced to marry King Henry’s favored knight, Derek Vanguard, Lord of Braddock Hall. Abandoned by his mother, Derek’s heart is as cold as the stone walls of his castle....

    CAROLYN says: "A FAIRYTALE STORY AND FUN"
    "Great Entertainment!"
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    "Return of the Rose" is captivating--an enjoyable diversion from every-day life, as we travel back in time to England 1444.

    Earlier in 1420 twin girls are born to Richard Forester, Lord of Silverwood, one hale and hearty, the other sickly and not expected to live, but Lord Silverwood will not accept the death of his infant daughter. He takes his ailing babe to the Witch of Devonshire who can use her powers to transport her to the future where she can get the medical attention she needs to survive.

    Morgan Hayes (AKA: Morgana Forester) came into the modern world of 1986 as a day-old infant left on the doorstep of a widow who owns an antique shop with an authentic hollow suit of armor that stands in her shop window. Morgan has always been fascinated with the armor, feeling an unexplainable familiarity with it...and on her 24th birthday she becomes entangled with the armor and is transported back to England,1444 where she is mistaken for Amanda Forrester, a twin sister she knows nothing about. Amanda has been ordered by King Henry to wed Lord Derek Vanguard, of Braddock Hall, but runs away. Neither want the marriage, but Lord Derek will comply with his King's demands. Derek mistakes Morgan for her twin sister Amanda.

    If you are looking for historical accuracy, this is not the book for you. Several bits were rather implausible--the women of Braddock Hall willing to wear 'bikinis' when they played in the lake, Morgan saving a Village child's life by applying CPR without being cast out (or burned at the stake) as a witch, and her designing a backless/sleeveless dress to meet the King...but it is a funny, sweet, well written novel. I would not have guessed it to be Ms Ragan's debut novel.

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to "Return of the Rose" and Katherine Kellgren's performance. In my opinion, regardless of the story, the narrator makes the difference between enjoyment and dissatisfaction.

    I highly recommend Return of the Rose.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • It Could Only Be You: The Imperial Regency Series

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 57 mins)
    • By Olivia Kelly
    • Narrated By Stevie Zimmerman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Harry Connelly has crossed an ocean and pushed his half-healed, battle weary body to its limits to confront the man who stole the life he should have had; his grandfather, the Duke of Danby. Wounded, Harry collapses in a small village's church, and is nursed back to health by the vicar's beautiful daughter, Lily Beaumont. A man haunted by the demons of war, he should know better than to become involved with such an innocent but he cannot stay away from her. Harry's forced to make a decision.

    Lady M says: "Short Version of Your Typical Historical Romance"
    "Short Version of Your Typical Historical Romance"
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    The story summarizes longer versions of like stories.

    English Duke's daughter becomes estranged from her father for marrying for love, against his will. Their only son, Harry Connelly, surviving the wilds of the Americas, returns to England to face his Grandfather.

    If you don't have a lot of time to read/listen or not in the mood for full version novels that arouse heavy emotions, short stories like "It Could Only Be You", may supply your need for a good romantic light read. It's well written for a short story (1 hour 57 min.) and doesn't leave you hanging like some do. Stevie Zimmerman performed well.

    There's a couple of editing errors where the same words are repeated.

    All in all, not a bad book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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