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April

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  • My Kind of Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (393)
    Performance
    (338)
    Story
    (341)

    RITA recipient Robyn Carr is the number one New York Times best-selling author of the wildly popular Virgin River books. The 20th in the series, My Kind of Christmas follows Patrick, the youngest Riordan brother, as he recovers from a tragic loss. After his best friend dies, Patrick tries to forget his sorrow in the arms of Jack Sheridan's beautiful niece, Angie. Now the couple just wants to be left alone this Christmas- but their families have other ideas.

    SIMARA says: "My kind of Christmas romance..."
    "Disappointing"
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    Virgin River books are supposed to be about Virgin River citizens. Naming someone Riordan or making them a Sheridan and plopping them down into the bar is not enough to give them VR status - unless you include updated back story on the characters to whom they are related.


    Angie and Patrick are both good characters, but their story didn't need VR to "work." Throwing the ever-annoying Mel into the mix with very little reason didn't do it. I love this series, so I'm willing to forgive quite a bit.

    I can't complain about the ending without giving it away,but I will say that wrapping up the story felt like a race to the finish.

    My other complaint is that Virgin River, a rural community dependent on deep relationships between neighbors, has generated far too many over-achieving professional women in recent volumes. How many attorneys. savvy businesswomen, doctors, etc. do we need in this tiny town?

    The really good characters inevitably move away to find success elsewhere or become names on a list who appear at the bar for a potluck.

    My fondest wish is for Mel to roll that Humvee down a ravine so Jack can find himself a new wife I can stand.

    6 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Riot: Peter Grant, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1255)
    Performance
    (1143)
    Story
    (1141)

    Probationary constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale....

    Nancy J says: "I LOVE this Book!"
    "Obne of the most compelling boos I've read all yea"
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    his one haseverything. A great story, engaging characters, mysterious back stories, a modern London setting with loads of historical violent death, a bit of lust. some believable magic, and.... the obligatory jazz musician necessary to every good fictional detective.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Let Me Be the One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jo Goodman
    • Narrated By Virginia Leishman
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (40)

    USA Today best-selling author Jo Goodman begins a delightful new quartet of Regency romances with Let Me Be the One. The four gentlemen of the compass club-North, South, East and West-are all unwed. Now North has fallen for the charms of Libby Penrose, an intelligent beauty with a strong determination to remain unattached. When North awakens feelings deep within Libby, whirlwind events lead to their marriage. Yet a dark secret threatens to tear their newfound happiness apart.

    Heather says: "a wonderfull suprise"
    "The first installment of the Compass Club"
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    I've been rereading Jo Goodman this week, and this is probably the fifth or sixth time I've listened to the Compass Club series. Every time I do, I am surprised at how wonderful each book in the series is written, how much I enjoy the characters, and the amount of sleep I lose for not wanted to turn off the iPod and go to bed.

    This first installment introduces the four young boys who became the four points of the compass, their school - Hambrick Hall - where they first became sworn enemies of the Bishops, their mentor Colonel Blackwood, and, of course, Madame Fortuna. Madame considers herself a sham fortune teller until she meets North and the family gift suddenly makes itself known.

    And so begins a tale of intrigue, love, lust, and greed. Libby has secrets she dare not share, Within these pages you'll find cat burglars, spies, violence, lost innocence, found love, family loyalty. deep friendship, and lusty love scenes - not to mention a few silly wagers, and an inkling of how the Bishops might figure into the rest of the series.

    This book will suck you into a world Jo Goodman has created with brilliant attention to detail, complex characters, and leave you wanting more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tempting Torment

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jo Goodman
    • Narrated By Jill Tanner
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (43)

    Jo Goodman's best-selling novels of romance and adventure unite brave, beautiful women with their charismatic soul mates.Tempting Torment tells the breathtaking story of Jessa Winter and Noah McClellan. In 1787, desperate to leave England, Jessa marries the mortally wounded Noah expecting to become his widow and escape to America. But she hasn't counted on his will to survive - nor his desire to make her his wife in body as well as name.

    bluebelle says: "Fun story"
    "I'd forgotten what a great book this is..."
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    My personal benchmark for a good book has always been whether or not I would read it again. Some books are actually better the second, or even third time around. Tempting Torment is one of them.

    I left this one on my "shelf" for longer than usual because it isn't really my favorite time period. I generally prefer Regency or early Victorian settings. This one is set after the Revolutionary War, with a hero who is involved in re-writing the Articles of Confederation.

    It begins in England with a heroine desperate to save an infant heir from an unscrupulous pair of guardians, moves to America and includes just about everything anyone might want to see in a period romance novel. Highwaymen, a nasty ex-fiancee, a huge loving family in the background, a hero behaving like a jackass, and a long suffering heroine - not to mention a background written so well that you feel as if you are there.

    I hope the author will make more of her books available on audio - and you will, too after you hear this one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Wicked Pursuit: A Breconridge Brothers Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Isabella Bradford
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (15)

    In Isabella Bradford’s enthralling new trilogy, three noble brothers - London’s most scandalous rakes - are about to do the unthinkable: settle down. Harry Fitzroy, Earl of Hargreave, is the first to meet his match and lose his heart...to a lady who’s not all what he expected. As the eldest son of the Duke of Breconridge, Harry Fitzroy is duty-bound to marry - and marry well. Giving up his rakish ways for the pleasures of a bride’s bed becomes a delightful prospect when Harry chooses beautiful Lady Julia Barclay, the catch of the season.

    KJ says: "Boring -- both story and narrator"
    "Narrow escape for the hero"
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    I love stories that include a selfish, spoiled sister who gets her just desserts. Add a tragic hero with way too much pride and an unappreciated heroine, and I'm happy as a clam.

    I would have enjoyed it more with a better narrator. Not to say that this one was terrible, because she wasn't - but the best ones don't make you stop listening to the story because you've noticed the reader.

    Will I listen to this again? Yes. Will I buy the rest of the series? Yes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hello, It's Me

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Wendy Markham
    • Narrated By Holly Fielding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    A widowed mother of two, Annie Harlowe has a secret: She likes to call her late husband's cell phone just to hear his voice, even if it is only a recording. Then one night she dials - and something extraordinary happens.... Thomas Brannock IV has had his life mapped out since he was a kid, but a free-spirited woman with flowing hair and sun-kissed cheeks is about to change all that. Still reeling from her heart-to-heart with the other side - and wondering if she's so lonely she's gone off her rocker - Annie literally bumps into Thom at the posh soiree she's catering at his family's Southampton mansion.

    April says: "It made me feel sad, despite the obilgatory hea"
    "It made me feel sad, despite the obilgatory hea"
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    First, the narrator sounded way too young for such a serious story. And it was definitely a serious story.

    My main complaint with this book is unfair to the author - it just isn't the type of romance I prefer to read.

    The story will appeal to those who enjoy a teeny bit of the supernatural with their romances. Those who enjoy super-rich heroes with snobby mothers will probably like it, too.

    It wasn't badly written, the characters are fairly well fleshed out and the back stories are engaging, but it's just so sad it depressed me.

    My personal benchmark - Will I read this book again? No, 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
    (148)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (138)

    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"
    "A Classic Worth Your Time"
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    I read this book some years ago and was glad to see it on Audible. Just the idea of marrying a dying soldier for convenience sake is filled with all sorts of delicious conflict for an upstanding young gentlewoman, and Ms. Putney didn''t miss any of them.

    I am so happy to have this in my audio library and look forward to more by the same author coming available.

    Will I listen to this again? Absolutely Yes.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Force of Nature: Troubleshooters Series

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor, Melanie Ewbank
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (118)

    Florida private investigator and ex-cop Ric Alvarado's life is spiraling out of control. His beautiful new girl Friday, Annie Dugan, is far more interested in fieldwork than filing, and despite Ric's best efforts to ignore the attraction, sparks are flying between them. Then, one of Ric's clients turns femme fatale and tries to gun down an innocent man.

    T.L. says: "Suzanne Brockmann is awesome!"
    "I loved this book!"
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    This is the best of the 11 Troubleshooters books I've read so far. Robin and Jules love story was almost more romantic than Annie and Ric - but only because I'm a hetero female. I can't wait to read the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • And Then She Fell: Cynster Sisters, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated By Matthew Brenher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (106)

    The only thing more troublesome than a Cynster man...is a Cynster lady who believes love is not her destiny. Famously known in London society as "The Matchbreaker", Henrietta Cynster's uncanny skill lies in preventing ill-fated nuptials - not in falling victim to Cupid's spell. But then she disrupts one match too many and feels honor-bound to assist dashing James Glossup in finding a suitable bride for a marriage of convenience.

    April says: "Classic Laurens"
    "Classic Laurens"
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    If you've listened to more than one Cynster novel, you probably know the formula, and yet, like me, continue to buy because the characters are cozy and familiar.

    This one is better than some - less repetitive description, more interaction between hero and heroine, and reappearance of characters from older books.

    If I had one complaint, it would be the paucity of Lady Osbaldestone's acerbic dialogue.

    (Has anyone else noticed that change of narrators means change in pronouncing her name?)

    I liked it, which means I will listen to it again - my personal benchmark for any book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Notorious Nineteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1805)
    Performance
    (1573)
    Story
    (1587)

    After a slow summer of chasing low-level skips for her cousin Vinnie's bail bonds agency, Stephanie Plum finally lands an assignment that could put her checkbook back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton's premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Now it's on Stephanie to track down the con man. Unfortunately, Cubbin has disappeared without a trace, a witness, or his money-hungry wife. Rumors are stirring that he must have had help with the daring escape...or that maybe he never made it out of his room alive.

    G. House Sr. says: "Tedious Formulaic with same-old same-old"
    "YAY! Stephanie's Back!"
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    After three disappointments in a row, I was ready to give up on this series. I'm glad I gave it one more chance - because this one is Classic Plum - complete with laugh out loud funny Lulu, hot Ranger moments, silly criminals and exploding cars.

    My only complaint was not enough Grandma, but with so much else happening, she still managed to make herself heard.

    11 of 17 people found this review helpful

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