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  • Scandal in Spring: The Wallflowers, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (821)
    Performance
    (562)
    Story
    (568)

    After spending three London seasons searching for a husband, Daisy Bowman’s father has told her in no uncertain terms that she must find a husband. Now. And if Daisy can’t snare an appropriate suitor, she will marry the man he chooses - the ruthless and aloof Matthew Swift.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Nice Finale to this series"
    "Nice Finale to this series"
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    This was a fantastic ending to the series. This one is just as good as the others and was romantic, funny and charming. I totally loved this series!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Kingdom Come: "The Crusader" Series

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Kathryn Le Veque
    • Narrated By Brian J. Gill
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Back in his element, Kieran is determined to finish his mission of peace. He must return the crown of thorns to England. But the same assassins who tried to kill him the first time are after him again, patterns of life repeating themselves, and Kieran, now with Rory, finds himself back on the run. Over dry land and heavy seas, he and Rory flee the assassins, struggling to make their way back to England.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Exciting conclusion to "The Crusader" series"
    "Exciting conclusion to "The Crusader" series"
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    This story is an exciting love story that crosses the boundaries of time. Kathryn Le Veque's style of writing weaves a tale of love, faith, adventure, and family with hints of deja vu throughout the story.

    Brian J Gill does a nice job narrating. There are, however, some narration editing mistakes in this book one of which is actually quite funny!

    I recommend this series if you love a good medieval adventure with time travel. ;-)

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Crusader: Kingdom Come, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kathryn Le Veque
    • Narrated By Brian J. Gill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    Along the ancient Pilgrim Trail traveled by countless crusaders from Europe to The Holy Land, Dr. Rory Osgrove is in charge of her first archaeological dig. A Biblical Archaeologist by degree, her target is a holy relic of unimaginable power. But what she discovers instead is the tomb of a long-buried Crusader, one of the thousands who came to this desert land in search of glory and riches. Deterred from her original goal, Rory is fascinated by the English knight and the journal buried with him.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Medieval Sleeping Beauty"
    "Medieval Sleeping Beauty"
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    I always enjoy Kathryn Le Veque's books and this 2 part "the crusader" series is no exception. This first book takes place in the year of 2012 and introduces the main character Rory, who is an archaeologist on a dig for religious artifacts. She is a strong willed character who fights for love even when centuries threaten to divide.

    I liked this book a lot but I liked the second book "Kingdon Come" even better. I actually think KL should have made this series one big book instead of splitting the two. So, if you listen to this one and enjoy it make sure you listen to "Kingdom Come" too. ;-)

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Duke's Holiday: The Regency Romp Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Maggie Fenton
    • Narrated By Sue Pitkin
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    The cold, precise Duke of Montford demands things his way: neatly ordered, in place, and adhering closely to the rules. So he is furious when he learns that the tenant of his ducal estate has been dead for a year, and a stranger has been running the Honeywell business - which, by contract, is now Montford's. When he arrives in Yorkshire to investigate, he discovers that the estate is being run by an unruly, tomboyish woman - and a bluestocking at that!

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Quirky Regency Romp"
    "Quirky Regency Romp"
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    I needed a book long enough to listen to while recovering from bronchitis and I I found this one on sale for $5.24 and thought I'd take a chance. Wow, I hit the jackpot with this book because it is a delightful romp. From beginning to the end this fun story kept me entertained with characters that are enchanting, quirky, and silly. It literally helped me feel better!

    Get this one before the sale ends. It's definitely worth more than the price!





    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Rise of the Defender

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Kathryn Le Veque
    • Narrated By Brian J. Gill
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (67)

    AD 1192 - Sir Christopher de Lohr is Richard the Lion Heart's champion, a man the Muslims nicknamed "The Lion's Claw". Blond, battle scarred, and powerful, he is what all men fear. After the fall of Acre, Christopher makes a promise at the deathbed of a dying comrade to marry the man's incorrigible but wealthy daughter. Christopher returns home to marry the woman, but the only thing he is interested in is her substantial dowry. He has no use for a wife and resents being forced into the marriage.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "31 HOURS OF EXCITEMENT!!!"
    "31 HOURS OF EXCITEMENT!!!"
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    Kathryn Le Veque has written a gripping story that grabs your attention from the beginning and never lets you down. This book was so emotionally riveting to me that at one point I literally threw my ipod down! Of course, I picked it back up... but the point is.... I've never done that before with a book. It was THAT emotional to me. This book kept me guessing along the way and was funny, sad, emotional, and real. The characters were all wonderfully written.....especially the ones that I didn't like!

    Narration was perfect. He added to the excitement. There are, however, quite a few narration editing mistakes throughout this book. Hopefully, this will be corrected soon.

    Just a note: This book had some violence and detailed sex scenes.

    This one is definitely on my repeat and recommendation list!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Highland Treasure

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mary McCall
    • Narrated By Becky Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (53)

    Leonce MacPherson became chieftain after a Norman slaughtered his father and clansmen. For two years he raided Northumbria seeking vengeance while a dream woman promised the return of his great sword, stolen in the massacre.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "I Bloody Well Enjoyed It"
    "I Bloody Well Enjoyed It"
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    If you are looking for a Highland story that is filled with fierce Highland warriors and damsels in distress then pass on this one because this book goes in a totally different direction.

    At first I thought "Dear God, what did I get into" because I was not expecting a story that was silly, funny, and, at times, a little off the wall. As story progresses, you see our heroine, Hope, who is mischievous beyond belief and our hero, Leonce, who has to have the patience of a Saint to handle Hope's antics and her past that was filled with murder, deceit, and abuse. This is the kind of story that is cute, funny, and endearing.....yet sad at the same time.

    This definitely was an unexpected change of pace for me and I bloody well enjoyed the silly fun. 4.5 Stars. Narration was great too.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ride the Fire: Blakewell/Kenleigh Family, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Pamela Clare
    • Narrated By Kaleo Griffith
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Widowed and alone on the frontier, Elspeth Stewart will do whatever it takes to protect herself and her unborn child from the dangers of the wilderness and of men. Though her youthful beauty doesn't show it, she is broken and scarred from the way men have treated her. So when a stranger wanders onto Bethie's land, wounded and needing her aid, she takes no risks, tying him to the bed and hiding his weapons before ministering to his injuries.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Didn't Want The Series To End!"
    "Didn't Want The Series To End!"
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    Many series books tend to be disappointing because the first book is great and the remaining books fall short. This series, however, delivers great stories, history, and memorable characters.

    After listening to all 3 books in this series, I think I enjoyed the third book "Ride The Fire" the best. I'm not exactly sure why....I think maybe because the ending sums up everyone's life and I really didn't want it to end. Plus, I love Kaleo Griffith's narration.

    If you love Historical romances - this series is a winner. ;-)


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Carnal Gift: Blakewell/Kenleigh Family, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Pamela Clare
    • Narrated By Kaleo Griffith
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    To protect her brother, Bríghid offers her innocence to their hated overlord's friend, Jamie Blakewell. Jamie has long thought his friend Sheffield Winthrop Tate III, now Lord Byerly, to be losing his sense of honor. Now he knows that there's something wrong with Sheff. He plays along with the madman's scheme, vowing to keep Bríghid safe. Jamie's tenderness and concern for her people are Bríghid's undoing.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Great Series!"
    "Great Series!"
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    This second book in the series continues with the Blakewell/Kenleigh Family and features Jamie and Brighid. This book is filled with Irish, English, and American History that surrounds an unforgettable story filled with courage, suspense, loyalty, romance, and love.

    If you love historical romances with a great story then give this series a try. I highly recommend any book by Pamela Clare.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sweet Release: Blakewell/Kenleigh Family, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Pamela Clare
    • Narrated By Kaleo Griffith
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    For five pounds sterling, the convict was hers. Though Cassie hated the slave trade, her Virginia plantation demanded the labor, and she knew this fevered man would surely die if she left him. But as his wounds healed, and as his muscled chest bronzed from the sun, Cassie realized Cole Braden was far more dangerous than his papers had indicated - for he could steal her breath with a glance or lay siege to her senses with a touch.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Wonderful Story and Narration"
    "Wonderful Story and Narration"
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    How did I miss this Pamela Clare Trilogy? I don't know but I'm better late than never!

    Pamela Clare's writing always has detailed history, emotional story, tender romances, and memorable characters. Kaleo Griffith's narration adds so much dimension to her stories. He manages to give each character a unique voice and his inflections are spot on. Love this author/narration combination.

    I will be listening to the others in this trilogy because PC's books get better as the series progresses. I've never been disappointed with her books. :-)



    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Netherworld

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Kathryn Le Veque
    • Narrated By Brad Wills
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (45)

    1197 A.D. - Smarting from the loss of his betrothed, Sir Keller de Poyer has learned not to trust women. A bear of a man with a brilliant mind, Keller is socially awkward but an accomplished knight. He is so accomplished in fact that his liege William Marshal gifts the man with lands in Wales for his meritorious service. But there is a catch - in order to secure the lands and titles, he must marry the Welsh heiress.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Consistently Good Writer!"
    "Consistently Good Writer!"
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    I have listened to many of Kathryn Le Veque's books and she always writes interesting stories that are emotionally charged. You can always count on her books to be filled with true to life dialog with believable challenges along the way. This book also has light humor to keep you smiling. The narration of Brad Wills adds emotion and excitement to this Medieval tale.

    I recommend this story to those who enjoy a good story along with a sweet romance. ;-)

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Uncertain Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (115)

    As a lovely heiress, Roderica Delamore should be a prize catch--except for her shameful secret. She has the ability to hear the thoughts of those around her. Even her family and close friends can't hide from her strange gift. Knowing that she can never marry, for no man could bear it, Roddy still longs hopelessly for a family of her own. Until she meets the man she's been waiting for--the Earl of Iveragh, a mysterious Irish aristocrat whose thoughts are entirely closed to her.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Seems Like Laura Kinsale Had A Bad Day."
    "Seems Like Laura Kinsale Had A Bad Day."
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    For those of you who read my reviews - you know I love Laura Kinsale's Books. Whenever one of her books comes to Audible I have to listen. I was anticipating her usual greatness for this book but I have to agree with Cam and say its not my cup of tea either.

    It wasn't a total loss though. I'm convinced that LK,, even in her worst day, couldn't ever write a total dud. This book did have a good character development, story, mystery, and Nicholas Boulton narrating. I've always said he could make an okay book even better and this is proof.

    If this one goes on sale give it a try. My advise for now: Listen to LK's other books and enjoy!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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