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Lady M

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  • A Scandalous Secret: A Scandalous Series Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 13 mins)
    • By Ava Stone
    • Narrated By Stevie Zimmerman
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Chester Peyton, the Marquess of Astwick, has never forgotten his first love. Nor has he ever gotten over her. But now, thirteen years later, time has come for him to finally settle down and do his duty as far as both his title and his dragon of a mother are concerned. Everything would be so much easier if Chet's heart didn't still belong to the enchanting Scot he gave it to once upon a time.

    CAROLYN says: "THE SECRET WAS COMPLETELY MISSING!?!?"
    "Short and Sweet!"
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    Amazingly Ava Stone wrote a story lacking nothing, although lasting a little over an hour. I was so engrossed in the story, that I was surprised when it ended, but it was complete at that. It takes a talented author, in my opinion, to accomplish what Ava Stone did with this short but sweet audio-book.

    Stevie Zimmerman performed well.

    I found it entertaining, and would recommend it.

    3 of 5 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
    (57)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (53)

    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 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of Scoundrels

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Loretta Chase
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (424)
    Performance
    (398)
    Story
    (398)

    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
    (303)
    Performance
    (270)
    Story
    (276)

    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
    (193)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (174)

    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 1 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
    (80)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (78)

    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.

    1 of 4 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
  • Never Trust a Pirate: Scandal at the House of Russell, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Anne Stuart
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (68)

    Madeleine Russell counted on making a splendid match. Instead, a devastating family scandal left her orphaned and penniless...and determined to uncover the villain who disgraced and killed her father. The beautiful, quick-witted Maddy disguises herself as a household servant, vowing to work in her prime suspect’s house and learn the truth. But the closer she gets to the man who may have ruined her family, the more she feels drawn in by his wicked reputation.

    Rosemary says: "The 2nd book in the series as good as the 1st!"
    "Could Have Been Better..."
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    It could have been better...IF there had been more dialog (the hero and heroine "think" what they want, don't want, plan to do, etc. more than converse with each other) -- IF an in-depth explanation had been given WHY the villain, Mr. Brown, wanted all the Russell sisters dead -- HOW he was involved with the murder of their father.

    I liked the story-line, if it had been better executed, I felt important elements were missing. The theme of the story (who killed Mr. Russell, and did he swindle his investors) was too vague.

    Maddie Russell, one of three sisters, takes it upon herself to find out who framed and killed their father, which left his daughters homeless and destitute. Her father's vague note stating "never trust a pirate" leads Maddie to Capt. Thomas Morgan's household posing as a maid, to search for evidence of the privateers guilt.

    The romance was good--good chemistry between the hero & heroine.

    The narration was okay, but Xe Sands had a sarcastic undertone in her manner of speaking throughout the story, which became irritating after awhile.

    The book moved a little too slow for my taste, and because of this and the reasons above I cannot recommend it.


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Mysterious Affair at Styles

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By David Thorn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (52)

    Ms. Christie introduces us for the first time to Hercule Poirot as he solves the mysterious demise of Mrs. Alfred Inglethorpe at her country estate, Styles Court. Many suspects come under his scrutiny but it is his genius to unravel all the intricacies and end up solving the crime in a very surprising ending.

    GERARDO says: "A complete delight!"
    "Agatha Chrisie's Hercule Poirot Debut"
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    I have always enjoyed Agatha Christie's Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot, but have never read/heard one of their debuts, until now. Poirot first appears in "The Mysterious Affair at Styles" (published in 1920), which took place in a British country manor, Styles Court. A wealthy old mistress, Mrs. Inglethorpe, was poisoned to death, and anyone, including her newly-married 'younger' husband, her stepsons, her daughter-in-law, the young protegee, and the mysterious doctor, could be the murderer; and I found the many twists and turns of the story kept me guessing WHO KILLED MRS. INGLETHORPE until the end.

    Hercule Poirot is one of Christie's most famous and long-lived characters, appearing in 33 novels, one play (Black Coffee), and more than 50 short stories published between 1920 and 1975.

    In this debut novel Captain Arthur Hastings' (a secondary character) first description of Poirot is as follows:
    He was hardly more than five feet four inches but carried himself with great dignity. His head was exactly the shape of an egg, and he always perched it a little on one side. His moustache was very stiff and military. The neatness of his attire was almost incredible; I believe a speck of dust would have caused him more pain than a bullet wound. Yet this quaint dandified little man had been, in his time, one of the most celebrated members of the Belgian police.

    Through David Thorn's superb performance each character and scene is easily visualized. His ability to change his voice for so may characters is amazing.

    It's a non-violent (according to today's murder mysteries) light read, and a nice change of pace. The 6 hours and 26 min. was just the right amount of time for me; each minute full of intrigue.

    I recommend it to anyone who wants an entertaining break from their usual genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Return of Tarzan

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (39)

    Tarzan had renounced his right to the woman he loved, and civilization held no pleasure for him. After a brief and harrowing period among men, he turned back to the African jungle where he had grown to manhood. It was there he first heard of Opar, the city of gold, left over from fabled Atlantis. It was a city of hideous men - and of beautiful, savage women, over whom reigned La, high priestess of the Flaming God. Its altars were stained with the blood of many sacrifices. Unheeding of the dangers, Tarzan led a band of savage warriors toward the ancient crypts and the more ancient evil of Opar.

    Nelson says: "Amazing Book"
    "Another Great Tale of Tarzan of the Apes!"
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    "The Return of Tarzan" is the second in his series of books about the title character Tarzan, with the first book edition published in 1915. The novel picks up where Tarzan of the Apes left off, and is equally exciting.

    In "The Return of Tarzan", Tarzan learns that he is the true Lord Greystoke, but does not claim his title, because of his love for Jane, who has promised to wed Tarzan's cousin William Cecil Clayton. Clayton inherited the title, Lord Greystoke, when Tarzan's mother and father were declared dead. If Tarzan took his rightful place as Lord Greystoke, it would leave Clayton penniless, and Jane would suffer without money--so Tarzan walks away.

    Disappointment in love, Tarzan returns to the jungle where he has many strange adventures--even before Tarzan reaches his jungle home, events take him to places he never knew existed...there's ocean cruises, Paris, desert adventures, spying for the French Secret Service, beautiful women, lost cities. etc., etc.

    Tarzan makes an enemy of the powerful Russian, Nikolas Rokoff, who dogs his trail plotting and planning his demise. The action-packed gripping scenes and nasty villains are easily visualized due to Burrough's wonderful storytelling, and Robert Whitfield's great performance. The many twists and turns the story takes keep you riveted, unable to stop listening.

    I've thoroughly enjoyed books 1 & 2 and highly recommend them. They really should be read in sequence.





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