Absolutely , this was a wonderful book and a great experience . I would even recommend it to someone who is not usually a fan of Regency era London romances and know that they would totally agree . l will most definitely listen to it again...
I found that I was very quickly drawn into the story, loving and hurting and laughing with the characters as if I knew them all in person.
Oh yes... I know that I can always count on her. She is masterful at giving each character its individuality and personality. Not once do you ever have to wonder which characters voice that is. She is amazingly distinct... I forever wonder how she does it! All you hear is the story, the people, the emotions.... with Rosalyn Landor's performance you hear and live the story, not listen to a narrator.
Indeed! I laughed out loud, wiped tears from my cheeks, got angry and frustated, felt elation and despair... good tears, mad tears, sad tears, and gloriously happy tears!
I listen to (and read) a LOT of romance books and regency era London is my favorite. However I find that I truly enjoy most books but there is one here or there that really winds me into the tale. Once in a while the story drags you so totally into it that you really literally and absolutely FEEL the story. This is one of those!
☆☆Word of warning☆☆.. this author has two books on audio at the moment and when I read the summary for the other one I discovered it was the first in a series and that this was supposed to be second....
If I had been promised a good book then by far that promise was kept! I have no complaints whatsoever. It's easy to know an Ava Stone book will be good but I have to say for a short one this was a goooood one!!!! I may have fallen in love a little bit myself.
NARRATOR : Stevie Zimmerman delivered as usual I always hear the characters and not her, which is the way it should be! 5 stars!!!
CREDITWORTHY? : I think it cost less than a credit did, but yes yes yesssss!
HEAT FACTOR : low, warm I suppose..... sexual tension... language to make it obvious.... no real heat.
Not a bad story beneath it all... just not executed. What a waste.... it is all wrong when women expect to stand in a corner and get their backsides blistered as punishment perceived by their husbands. Perhaps it's me but I find it entirely unacceptable! I got over the idea of a little spanking during love play used in a lot of books. (ok for some i suppose) But this is corporal punishment! It seems to be the point of the story rather than what is actually a good plot line. It wasn't even presented in any format that had meaning, it was supposed to be a general way of life. Could that be right in the way of the new west as our country grew...and I never heard of it before? Doubtful. The authors notes included that in her books "there are no explicit sex scenes but plenty of spanking" Maybe she doesn't realize that what that sounds like and what she presented are two vastly different things.
NARRATOR : Excellent! I would gladly listen to her again. She had a total lack of accents (chicago, western drawl, etc...) so I wouldn't expect her to excel where that was supposed to matter. But I never heard HER, but rather the story, as it should be. No pronunciation errors, stumbles, mouthy (wet, toothy, toungue, lips or swallow) sounds, etc... she was very good!
CREDITWORTHY? : No. Either buy it on sale or skip it is my recommendation.
HEAT FACTOR: None! zero.
And that's the truth. Eloisa James does it spectacularly well.... I loved the characters, the plot.... I remember looking and seeing almost two hours left and wondering what would fill them... and almost magically it was done. That's a good book! The ending was just a little odd... I didn't get the locale but that's ok. I understood it, it was even a good scene, but why put them there? I guess it doesn't matter.
NARRATOR : Susan Duerden is Fantastic here. I never heard HER but rather the characters. That's the way it should be!
CREDITWORTHY? : YES! 100%... that is IF you like a good romantic HEA story with a little political intrigue and a good cry.
HEAT FACTOR? : High. Not steamy heart throbing sexual tension high... but high all the same.
I don't get why so much chastisement and spanking should take up the majority of a short story. It wasn't a 'sensual' aspect... it was just....WRONG! Without it there was room for a good story to develop.
NARRATOR : Very good. I heard the characters not the narrator.
HEAT FACTOR : Dirty language and spanking does not equal sexual tension or heat. Mature themes.... but not real heat.
CREDITWORTHY : I probably wouldn't bother. But if you do you should just buy it since it costs less then a credit does
I have always loved Ava Stone. This one is short and sweet but has some substance to it. Yes I truly enjoyed it! MUCH better than 90% of the shorts I've listened to during this 1/2 off sale.
NARRATOR : I enjoy Stevie Zimmerman and never hesitate to buy a book she nartates. I always hear the story... feel the characters and never notice any performance errors.... I don't notice the narrator. That's how it should be!
CREDITWORTHY? : Yes... except I would buy it since it costs less than a credit does.
HEAT FACTOR : Zero. A couple of kisses and no adult language or steaminess.
Very short.... a little drama....nice.
NARRATOR : As usual she doesn't disappoint.
CREDITWORTHY : only if your foolish enough to realize it costs less then a credit does! Just pay for it! (on sale)
HEAT FACTOR : None. One kiss, some vague wedding night talk.
Buy it on sale...knowing ahead of time that it's only a snippet of a story.... one that needs to bloom into a delightful book. The story here raced through to its conclusion when I wanted to know so much more about these people.
CREDITWORTHY? : Buy it on sale...it's so much less $ than a credit.
HEAT FACTOR : None. Cool and sweet with just two tender kisses...
STORY : This had the promise of a fairly good story .... but that did not quite come to be... it needed fleshing out a bit here, a lot there, etc... Some very interesting aspects needed more time to develop and there was room for a great drama if Sam's character had been utilized creatively, as I expected it to be.
NARRATOR : This book was truly painful to listen to although I did struggle through somehow. She had a very small repertoire of character voices and used ridiculous extremes to fill in. It was painful! She also had the habit of suddenly speed reading a couple of lines to where I literally checked to be sure I hadn't somehow hit the speed on my audible app! Volume was a problem for her as well. Pronounciation was a issue as well. As was cadence and intonation. I am amazed actually that I got thru it all!!!
CREDIT WORTHY? NO!
HEAT FACTOR? NONE!
My recommendation.... pass unless you have nothing better to do.
There's not much to this one... except that it sets up the next which is Simon and Salimes story. It's like an afterthought to make up for the myriad of order and editor errors that abound in this series! Sad to say it isn't much of a story... it brings the doubts in Diana and DeVeres relationship to its climax (double intendre intended). That's it... those 2 things ordered and tada it's done! THE EPILOGUE FROM THE PREVIOUS BOOK BELONGS TO THIS 'BOOK'!
CREDITWORTHY? Pay for it if you must, it costs less than a credit.
HEAT FACTOR: Sexually explicit... with a pregnant Diana and rather talented DeVere...
This epilogue belongs to the next book since it gives away the entire story and goal of the story of the next book... or rather installment since it's sooooo short. If you don't intend to read the next then by all means finish this book. but if you do plan to read the next then perhaps wait, do NOT read/listen to the epilogue until AFTER finishing the next book.
I have to say that altho I have enjoyed each installment of this story, and will indeed go on to Simon and Salime's story when available,
I am utterly disgusted by the lack of editing and mixed up mess that's been made of a otherwise very enjoyable story. The inconsistencies in the order of the books, the order of characters appearances... while being gone in one book and alive again in the next (sorry, but no death in childbirth can later not have happened), and a cliffhanger of one book not addressed for three books... how much could a good editor really cost? It's as if a piece of the overall outline of the tale had been given to numerous authors and then published in whatever order they were completed with NO communication. It's that bad. No one author or editor could have made this much of a muddle of it.... I don't know how to untangle it for you since the bits that are in order would be disordered.... it's a muddle.
ABOUT THIS BOOK IT SELF!
It was very good. I totally enjoyed it! I had tears rolling down my cheeks at one point.... yes, all editor and order complaints aside I give it two thumbs up!
CREDIT WORTHY: pay for it, it costs less than a credit does.
HEAT FACTOR: Steamy YES! Implicitly emphatically irresistibly YES!
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