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~~ DARA ~~

~~~"HOPEFUL ROMANTIC"~~~ *** Love Audio Books....Especially Historical Romances *** ~~ "Reviews Should Never Contain spoilers ~~

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  • The Duke's Perfect Wife: Highland Pleasures, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jennifer Ashley
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (584)
    Performance
    (544)
    Story
    (541)

    Lady Eleanor Ramsay is the only one who knows the truth about Hart Mackenzie. Once his fiancée, she is the sole woman to whom he could ever pour out his heart. Hart has it all - a dukedom, wealth, power, influence, whatever he desires. Every woman wants him - his seductive skills are legendary. But Hart has sacrificed much to keep his brothers safe, first from their brutal father, and then from the world. He's also suffered loss: his wife, his infant son, and the woman he loved with all his heart, though he realized it too late.

    CAROLYN says: "FIVE STARS - FOUR WORDS - I NEED MORE PLEASE !!!"
    "Love Book Four!"
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    I just loved all the books in this series. This is a lovely romance about Hart and Eleanor. I couldn't wait to listen to this book because I wanted to know more about Hart as he had so much responsibility in the family. This book (and series) was so well written. It kept my interest and had grown to really care about these people. I wish there was another book in this series!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The White Lord of Wellesbourne

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Kathryn Le Veque
    • Narrated By Brad Wills
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Adam Wellesbourne and his four sons - Matthew, Mark, Luke and John - comprise the most feared House in the service of Richard III. Adam's eldest son, Matthew, has earned such an influential reputation that throughout England he is known as The White Lord of Wellesbourne. Upon the eve of the Battle of Bosworth field, Matthew finds himself forced into a contract marriage that he has been avoiding for 10 years.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Medieval Heaven!!"
    "Medieval Heaven!!"
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    Its truly wonderful when you find a book that has characters that you love and a story that makes you laugh and cry. This is a touching story of Matthew, a compassionate knight, and Alixandrea, a sweet lady, who are betrothed through an arranged marriage. This beautiful medieval book is filled with history, betrayal, passion, war, jealousy, secrets, loyalty, friendship, grief, and even some humor. It’s got it all.

    It took me a while to adjust to the narrator, but he grew on me and overall he was very good.

    I highly recommend this book if you enjoy medieval romances. Now, because I have to know Gaston's story, I'm off to listen to Dark One, Dark Knight.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • My Heart's Desire: The Barrett Family, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Andrea Kane
    • Narrated By Lottie Lush
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
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    (6)

    Plunging from a well-bred lady to society’s most scandalous outcast, one woman faces danger and romance with a determination to live on her own terms London’s high society assumes that Alexandria Cassell, a lady of impeccable lineage, is eager to wed the first suitable aristocrat who proposes. But Alexandria despises the shallow mindlessness of London society. Craving adventure, she steals down to the docks and stows away aboard a merchant ship bound for Canada.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "High Sea Daydream Escape"
    "High Sea Daydream Escape"
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    This entertaining novel is a fast paced fun adventure that is a daydream escape for the young at heart.

    The “hero” Drake is a dashing anguished Duke who meets the beautiful feisty capable “heroine” Alexandria on board his ship. This charming high sea romance is a bit predictable but is lots of fun. It is truly a feel-good romance that is light on history and high on entertainment.

    If you are looking for a fun romantic adventure with great narration…..give this one a try! ;-)

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Unveiling: Age of Faith, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Tamara Leigh
    • Narrated By Mary Sarah Agliotta
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
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    (6)

    Twelfth century England: Two men vie for the throne: King Stephen the usurper and young Duke Henry the rightful heir. Amid civil and private wars, alliances are forged, loyalties are betrayed, families are divided, and marriages are made. For four years, Lady Annyn Bretanne has trained at arms with one end in mind - to avenge her brother's murder as God has not deemed it worthy to do. Disguised as a squire, she sets off to exact revenge on a man known only by his surname, Wulfrith.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Wonderful Story of Forgivenes and Love"
    "Wonderful Story of Forgivenes and Love"
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    This is my first book by this author and I’m sure it won’t be my last. I have to admit that I started and restarted this book 2 times within the first chapter before I continued further. I think it was the narration, as it took me a while to get into her rhythm of speaking. But, I’m glad I didn’t give up.

    Steeped in history, this is a truly gripping story that is filled with heartfelt characters. It is a believable story that deals with family conflicts, revenge, and forgiveness. It moves along at a good pace and definitely holds interest throughout. Both the main characters, Annyn and Garr, have well developed personalities that draw you in to their world. Their romance is engaging, challenging, and so very sweet.

    This story has “Christian” elements which gives dimension to the personalities of the main characters. These moral “standards” increased understanding of the character's motivations which added to the believeability within that time period in history.

    If you enjoy history, heartfelt strong characters, engaging story, and romance (no detailed sex) then this one is worth a credit. I will definitely be ordering the next in this series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Highlander's Bargain: Loch Moigh, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Barbara Longley
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (55)

    Nurse and future midwife Erin Durie is broke and alone, thanks to a roommate who skipped town and the psychic gifts that make relationships too intense and painful to bear. Then a kilted man magically drops into her arms, looking for a guide to the twenty-first century, and she can’t deny the attraction. But magical treachery soon throws open time’s portal once more - and puts a blade to Robley's throat.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "A Very Good Bargain!"
    "A Very Good Bargain!"
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    After finishing "True to the highlander" I knew I wanted to know Robley's story

    I was delighted to find that this book was just as cute as the first. In this story, Robley sets off for an adventure and meets up with Erin who is a 21st century career minded and college educated woman. They develop a quick friendship which evolves into a romance that defies centuries. Their journey is romantic, witty, clever, and magical.

    If you like fun and easy listening Highland romances then give whole series a try.

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    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • True to the Highlander: Loch Moigh, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Barbara Longley
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (181)

    A life hangs in the balance… A king held for ransom, a country under thumb, clans at one another’s throats. Malcolm of clan MacKintosh has enough to worry about without finding a mysterious lass sleeping on the side of his road. He tries to help her — in his overbearing, arrogant way — and winds up flat on his back. God’s blood, who is this woman…and why does she captivate him so?

    sandy says: "I wish she had more books like this"
    "You're not the "Bossame"!!"
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    I almost skipped this one because of the bad reviews but I'm glad I took a chance.

    This is a light and humorous highlander time-travel romance set in present day and 1423. Alethia Goodsky is of Native American decent, is an accomplished violinist, and a strong independent woman. Malcolm MacKintosh is a Scottish warrior who is strong, brave, and smart....with a quick wit. Malcolm finds Alethia and immediately they both feel a strong attraction to one another. Their time and cultural differences are evident but Alethia's Native American background allows her to become more accustomed to the 15th century. They begin to realize that they have more similarities than differences.

    I did not find the narration of Angela Dawe irritating at all. Each voice was unique and I thought she did a very good job with this book.

    This book is charming, funny, touching, romantic, and very entertaining.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Pirate Prince: Ascension Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Gaelen Foley
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Wiley
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    The pirate prince Lazar di Fiori returns with lethal grace to avenge what was stolen from him: his kingdom, his birthright, and his soul. Allegra Monteverdi, the daughter of Lazar's sworn enemy, proves an uncommonly powerful adversary. She throws herself on his mercy, her courage and beauty touching his cold, unforgiving heart. He agrees to spare the lives of her family - but only if Allegra sails away with him as his captive.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Tortured Prince"
    "Tortured Prince"
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    Not sure why Audible released this trilogy out of order - doesn't make sense. They released in the order of 3, 1, 2. ("The Pirate Prince" is book one, "Princess" is book two, and "Prince Charming" is book three). I've previously listened to book 3 and enjoyed it.

    This is the story of Allegra and Lazar. Lazar is the handsome former Prince of Ascension who is consumed with vengeance after a life filled with grief, murder, deception, and torture. He meets the current Governor of Ascension's daughter, Allegra, who is a compassionate, curious and innocent young lady. Both of these characters are flawed and have insecurities but they grow and overcome many hardships together. Their journey is a roller-coaster romance filled with kidnapping, revenge, adventure, and pirates. It's a good 3.75 star beginning to this trilogy.

    Elizabeth Wiley does a great job narrating. She made each voice unique which added to the enjoyment of this book ;-)



    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Darling Annie

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Raine Cantrell
    • Narrated By Christa Lewis
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Kellian York has big plans for the brothel he's inherited in Loving, Texas. Too bad that just days after his arrival the Legion for Decency has burned it to the ground, citing their mission to rid the town of drinking, gambling, and "loose women." Set on vengeance, Kellian targets the spinster leader, Annie Muldoon, never expecting that the beautiful young woman would let Kellian and his girls move into her boarding house.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Dont Judge A Book By Its Cover!!"
    "Dont Judge A Book By Its Cover!!"
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    I took a chance on this book because I was looking for something a little different. This book has been available for a while with no reviews and to be honest I wasn't sure it would be worth my time but it turned out to be a delightful listen. .

    It takes place in a small town in Texas where everyone knows everyone. The main characters Kellian and Annie are total opposites - he is a "sinner" and she is a "saint". They begin their unusual courtship disliking each other's "values" while attempting to change each other to their way of life.

    This book has a very relatable aspect in regards to first impressions and judging people. We can't deny that we are all guilty of criticizing, critiquing, and wanting to change people to conform to our "standards". It deals with this issue with sincerity, humor, grace, and repentance.

    If you are looking for a book that is very sweet, witty. has great characters, has more romance than sex, and has a good message then give this one a try. I'm glad I did.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lessons in French

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (134)

    Trevelyan d'Augustin and Lady Callista Talliafaire were secret sweethearts, until the day her father dismissed him with a whip across the face. Ten years and three jiltings later, shy Callie is resigned to a quiet village life as the late earl's spinster daughter. But now Trev has returned from his estates in France, upending everything, dragging her into adventures, stealing Hubert the prize-winning bull, and flinging Callie's heart into mayhem again.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Holy Cow!! What A Lovely Romance!! ;-)"
    "Holy Cow!! What A Lovely Romance!! ;-)"
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    I was a little surprised to find this book very different than other Laura Kinsale books. This story is not dark or has characters that are deeply distressed. Rather, it is a lighter more balanced story with characters that are charming, witty, fun, and true to life.

    Trevelyan (Trev) is a dashing Frenchman who has loved Callista (Callie) since he was 16. He has a devil-may-care attitude that is endearing and very amusing. Callie is spinster Englishwoman who is practical, loyal, and loves animals. They have a unique “cat and mouse” relationship immersed with clever joking/bantering conversations that are very amusing.

    Nicholas Boulton is a top-notch narrator!! (He is the perfect narrator for LK’s books).

    This is truly a well written love adventure that is filled with friendship, loyalty, loss, laughter, mischief, fun, love, and even a cow! It's worth a credit.


    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Texas Bride

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Rosanne Bittner
    • Narrated By Loretta Rawlins
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Rachel Rivers is the most beautiful woman that Brand Selby has ever met. From the moment he laid eyes on the proper schoolteacher and watched her tremble beneath his longing gaze, he knew he wanted nothing more than to win her heart. But Rachel lives in a land where hatred for the Indian runs deep, and where she is courted by Texas Ranger Jason Brown, Brand’s sworn enemy.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Old Fashioned Easy Going Listen"
    "Old Fashioned Easy Going Listen"
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    This is a very sweet love story between Rachel,Rivers, who is a beautiful, , well educated Texan and Brand Silsby who is a handsome, half Indian warrior. This story is very predictable but still kept my interest with its good verses evil and prejudice theme. Its an old-fashioned, easy going, tender story that's hard to resist. I would give this book an overall 3.75 stars.

    This story is part of a series and at the end of this book it gives an excerpt of the next in the series "The Oregon Bride". This has peeked my interest even more and will be listening to the next in the series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • To Marry a Scottish Laird

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Lynsay Sands
    • Narrated By Keiran Elliott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (112)

    Highlander Campbell Sinclair is no stranger to battle, so when he sees a lad attacked by bandits, he jumps into the fray. He didn't count on being stabbed. Grateful to the boy for nursing him back to health, Cam offers to accompany Jo safely to his destination. But when he accidentally comes across the lad bathing in the river, Cam discovers that Jo is actually Joan...with the most sinful of curves.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Adventure, Mystery and Romance. Its got it all."
    "Adventure, Mystery and Romance. Its got it all."
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    This book is one great adventure from beginning to end. This is the story of Cam, who is sworn widower and Joan a young woman who's mother just recently died. They set out on a fast paced adventure that progresses from friendship to romance to love.

    It is a well written book that is filled with charming characters, cute fun, adventure, mystery, and romance,. The narrator was wonderful and his accent was so........divine.

    This one is worth a try especially if you enjoy highlanders.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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