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Lady M

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  • The Wary Widow: The Wetherby Brides, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jerrica Knight-Catania
    • Narrated By Sherill Turner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    When Chloe Hawthorne is asked to chaperone her cousin during the London Season, it is with a heavy heart that she departs her home and family in Essex. Though she has been widowed for more than a year, she has yet to move on, and is loathe to do so. But when she meets her cousin's fiancee, Lord Andrew Wetherby, she must choose between honoring her cousin's impending marriage and following her heart.

    Lady M says: "Cute Story -- Painful Narration!"
    "Cute Story -- Painful Narration!"
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    "The Wary Widow" is a cute story, but painful to listen to.

    This was my first Jerrica Knight-Catania book. I always feel bad when a talented author's book is ruined by the narrator. I hated to fast forward parts of the book, but that's the only way I could get through it.

    It's too bad her other books in this series are read by the same person. Sherill Turner has a high pitched voice and I had to adjust my volume several times. She tries to change voices for the different characters, but without much success.

    I can't recommend it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Sarah MacLean
    • Narrated By Carolyn Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (136)

    A lady does not smoke cheroot. She does not ride astride. She does not fence or attend duels. She does not fire a pistol, and she never gambles at a gentlemen's club. Lady Calpurnia Hartwell has always followed the rules, rules that have left her unmarried - and more than a little unsatisfied. And so she's vowed to break the rules and live the life of pleasure she's been missing. But to dance every dance, to steal a midnight kiss - to do those things, Callie will need a willing partner. Someone who knows everything about rule-breaking. Someone like Gabriel St. John, the Marquess of Ralston....

    MM says: "I THOROUGHLY ENJOYED THIS SERIES"
    "Good Story"
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    I only gave it 4 Stars because although it had a good story-line, it was drawn out too much. I didn't care for the hero, Gabriel St John, the Marquess of Ralston, but liked the heroine, Lady Calpurnia Hartwell, and secondary characters, except for the ones we were not suppose to like--the gold digging dandy. I think the Dandy should have been hit by Gabriel or Calpurnia's brother when he told Calpurnia about the bet in a most demeaning way, although the Marquess did call him out--pistols at dawn.

    It has detailed sexual content, not suitable for under 18 years of age.

    The narrator did not do male voices well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Proving Trail: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated By Michael Crouch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    They tried to tell him that his father had killed himself, but Kearney McRaven knew better. No matter what life had dealt him, his father would go down fighting. And as he delved deeper into the mystery, he learned that just before his father died, the elder McRaven had experienced a remarkable run of luck: he’d won nearly ten thousand dollars and the deed to a cattle ranch.

    Lady M says: "Not L'Amour's Best"
    "Not L'Amour's Best"
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    I'm a real Louis L'Amour fan, but felt "The proving Trail" was not up to his usual excellence.
    Perhaps with another narrator it would have been better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Waking up with the Duke: London's Greatest Lovers, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Lorraine Heath
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    Renowned for his bedchamber prowess, Ransom Seymour, the Duke of Ainsley, owes a debt to a friend. But the payment expected is most shocking, even to an unrepentant rake - for he's being asked to provide his friend's exquisite wife with what she most dearly covets: A child. Lady Jayne Seymour, Marchioness of Walfort, is furious that such a scandalous agreement would be made. If she acquiesces, there must be rules: No kissing - and, certainly, no pleasure.

    Lady M says: "Have a Box of Tissue at the Ready!"
    "Have a Box of Tissue at the Ready!"
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    Waking Up With The Duke is a unique story. The storyline calls for love-making throughout the book, but unlike many stories with immoderate sexual content the theme of "Waking Up With The Duke" is about begetting a babe. I did not find it objectionable as I do with stories that simply throw in page after page of sexual activity to increase the length of their books, or ones that depict erotic behavior intended to cause sexual excitement. Most of the aforementioned books have little to no actual story.

    "Waking Up With The Duke" is an emotional story about dysfunctional families of the aristocracy, friendships, guilt, regrets, and love. The guilt ridden Duke of Ainsley feels he owes his friend and cousin Walfort a debt, but the payment requested even shocked the rake.

    The hero and heroine of the story is the Duke of Ainsley and the Lady Jane Walfort, but the secondary characters play important roles. There is: Lord Walfort, his jewels, the scandalous Duchess of Ainsley and her artist lover with no known last name, his brothers and their ever-growing families. I love his brother's young heir, who, when speaking to the Duke addresses him as "Uncle", and the Duke replies "Nephew".

    The story encompasses a variety of emotions. It has some inventive verbal humor, but for the most part is emotionally heart-rendering. It is not a story to be easily forgotten.

    It is very well written, and Anne Flosnik gave a flawless performance--she is quite an actress. Her ability to portray the emotions of the characters brings them to life. The listener feels their love, pain, and happiness.




    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Serena

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Claudy Conn
    • Narrated By Mary Sarah Agliotta, VOplanet Studios
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Witty and refreshingly candid, lovely Serena has been capturing hearts young and old alike. Her guardian uncle worries, though, that at 23 she will soon become a spinster. He wants a better life for her than that, but she doesn't want to make a match without her heart being in it. And none of the men courting her have touched her heart.

    Kathy Appleby says: "Fantastic"
    "Excellent!"
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    This is only the second book I have listened to written by Claudy Conn, but I enjoyed Serena even more than the first, which I found engaging. I have added a couple more of her books to my wish list. I really like her writing style. I like the way she defines her characters personalities, as well as their appearance. You feel like you have been picked up and set into the scene she is describing.

    It is hard to find an author with fresh ideas for those of us that read/listen to several books per month, but "Serena" fits that category. I didn't want to put it down, so to speak, and listened to it straight through.

    The book is about the adventures of a beautiful unconventional lady; who, at the age of 23, was being pressured to choose a man to marry from her numerous suitors. Serena refuses to marry without love.

    Freddy, one of Serena's suitors, is a wealthy, titled young man of 19. He tells his mother he is going to marry Serena. Upset that her son is considering marrying an "older woman" and refusing to return to University she asks her brother, Lord Pendleton, Freddy's uncle, to investigate the woman and talk some sense into her son.

    For Serena, it is love at first sight when she meets Lord Pendleton, although she doesn't recognize the feeling. For Lord Pendleton plan "B" in rescuing his nephew is to turn Serena's attention away from Freddy to himself.

    The story includes love and romance, murder and mayhem and theft of a gold shipment.

    This was my first time to hear Mary Sarah Agliotta read, but she gave a noteworthy performance.

    I highly recommend "Serena".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • After the Storm

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Claudy Conn
    • Narrated By Stevie Zimmerman
    Overall
    (12)
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    (12)
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    No matter what her family and friends say, Jenny knows she will never fall in love again. How can she, when her childhood sweetheart was one of the countless killed at Waterloo? So when the Earl of Danfield proposes a marriage of convenience, it seems the perfect solution. He will secure his inheritance, and she will be spared the necessity of being paraded in society, forced to dance and flirt and do all the things her broken heart cannot do. His proposal will give her what she wants most. Peace

    Staci says: "Love this story!"
    "Surprisingly Good!"
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    "After the Storm" exceeded my expectations. It was well written and had a well thought out plot. The characters were interesting and likable.

    The author has a good command of language, so her descriptions were not overly wordy. Her characters came alive under her talented pen...it's as if you were there.

    "After the Storm" has love and romance, intrigue, murder and attempted murder. I don't like reading about explicit sexual lust or detailed blood and gore, so I appreciated how tastefully everything was done.

    It held my interest from beginning to end.

    Stevie Zimmerman gave a great performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Smuggler's Moon: The Raveneaus in Cornwall, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Cynthia Wright
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (44)

    Feisty Julia Faircloth is used to managing the lives of her eccentric relatives, so when darkly dangerous Lord Sebastian Trevarre arrives in Bath and proposes to her shy sister Sarah, she switches places with the bride to save her from a shockingly carnal wedding night. Against his better judgment, Sebastian consummates a marriage to the most provoking, appealing woman he's ever known, and then is forced to live with her in his neglected yet enchanting estate on the coast of Cornwall.

    Amazon Customer says: "A New Hero to Love---and the Return of a Favorite"
    "A Good One!"
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    I enjoyed listening to "Smuggler's Moon" which differed from the cookie cutter themes of books I have listened to lately. Historical romance has been my genre of choice for years, but lately it seems many authors follow similar themes, just making necessary changes from one book to another to keep from violating copyright laws. Especially when it comes to handsome, sexy, muscular Scots.

    Although Lord Sebastian Trevarre is a tall, strong, handsome Englishman, he also has heart. While Sebastian is in the Royal Navy his brother gambles away their fortune and leaves England. Trying to recoup enough money to pay off the debt against the family's entailed leased land and buy back his horses, he gambles with Faircloth and wins his Estate, which Sebastian plans to sell. Upon learning of Faircloth's fatal accident and the plight of his family, Sebastian proposes to the younger shy sister Sarah, to provide the Faircloth family a place to live. Julia Faircloth, the eldest daughter, who runs the family will not let her sister sacrifice herself, so Julia switches places with Sarah and marries Sebastian instead. Discovering the deceit on his wedding night he is furious.....

    "Smuggler's Moon" is well written, providing mental pictures of the characters and their surroundings without the overuse of words. I felt as if I was in Cornwall from the author's depiction of the area.

    "Smuggler's Moon" is for a mature audience; with detailed sexual scenes.

    Excellent narration by Rosalyn Landor.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lady Dearing's Masquerade

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Elena Greene
    • Narrated By Robin Rowan
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (64)
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    (64)

    Finally free after a desperately unhappy marriage, widowed Lady Dearing goes to a masquerade. She thinks it's just a lark, but matters turn serious when she kisses a costumed stranger who protected her from a drunken lout. Word leaks out, scandal escalates and she becomes the town's most infamous widow. Shunned by society, she retreats to her country estate. Having no children of her own, she finds joy in caring for children she's taken in from London's Foundling Hospital. But every night, she is haunted by the memory of the gallant stranger, whose seductive voice and gentle touch awakened desires she'd thought long dead.

    Lady M says: "Great Love Story"
    "Great Love Story"
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    "Lady Dearing's Masquerade" is a story about a long suffering love affair between two unlikely individuals; a lady shunned by the ton, with a tarnished reputation, and a man with the reputation of a saint. How the Lady fights to keep the troubled children from a Founding Home in her care, against those that would take them from her.

    A good story, performed well by Elena Greene who does both men and women's voices equally well.

    Highly recommended.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Philomel Cottage

    • UNABRIDGED (51 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    The recently married Alix Martin is obsessed with a recurring dream of her new husband's murder. Each time she can see the murderer clearly, and it's the mild-mannered man she had previously been engaged to, taking his revenge. But, what's worse is that at the end of the dream she thanks the murderer. Perplexed, Alix tries to calm herself by spending time in the garden of her picturesque cottage. But her gardener confuses her further by wishing her well on her trip to London - a trip which Alix knows nothing about. Now Alix is scared: Is the gardener imagining things, or is she?

    Lady M says: "Short, Yet Entertaining!"
    "Short, Yet Entertaining!"
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    I've always enjoyed Agatha Christy mysteries and "Philomel Cottage" was no exception. It was well written, with her famous twist at the end. It was a little less than an hour, well spent.

    Hugh Fraser did a good job as narrator..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sinner: The Return of the Highlanders, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Margaret Mallory
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (199)

    Alex MacDonald is known for his skill as a warrior, his prowess with women, and his vow to never take a wife. But now his chieftain has asked him to make the ultimate sacrifice: Wed Glynis MacNeil, a lass famed throughout the Highlands for her exquisite beauty - and defiant ways. Familiar with heartbreak, Glynis refuses to fall for another handsome scoundrel. Yet when Alex's past sins force an unlikely union, Glynis gives in to temptation and becomes his wife. Will their passion be strong enough to fight the enemy?

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Great Sequal.. one of the best Highlander series!"
    "Great Narration"
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    The story is basically about the life of Alex, the brother of the Chieftain of their clan. Alex is a gorgeous warrior who loves to fight, wench and tell stories. Glenna is the fiery, outspoken daughter of the Chieftain of a neighboring clan. Alex has sworn not to marry, and Glenna has swore never to remarry-- having knifed her husband and been set-aside.

    The story moved a little too slow to hold my interest, so it took me awhile to finish it, but the last several chapters were very good with lots of action. All-in-all it was a decent read. The hero and heroine were likeable. The author did not use a lot of filler words, did a good job with her descriptions, and the sexual scenes were not too long nor too frequent, although it was often on Alex's mind.

    The narration was superb. I will look for more books narrated by Derek Perkins.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Good Debutante's Guide to Ruin: The Debutante Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Sophie Jordan
    • Narrated By Carmen Rose
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    Declan, the Duke of Banbury, has no interest in ushering Rosalie Hughes, his stepsister, into society. Dumped on him with nowhere else to go, he's determined to rid himself of the headstrong debutante by bestowing on her an obscenely large dowry, making her the most sought after heiress of the Season. But Rosalie isn't about to go along with Declan's plans. Surrounded by fortune hunters, how is she supposed to find a man who truly wants her?

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "Enjoyed it!"
    "Mediocre"
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    Carmen Rose reads well, but everyone sound alike, both male and females. With a talented narrator "A Good Debutant's Guide to Ruin" could have been entertaining, but even the love scenes sounded like someone reading a recipe. The narrator sure makes a difference.

    Historical romance is my genre of choice, but it took me 3 tries to finish "A Good Debutant's Guide to Ruin" -- I cannot recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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