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

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  • The Longing (Grayson Brothers, Book 2)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Wendy Lindstrom
    • Narrated By Julia Motyka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (58)

    A marriage of convenience…and intoxicating desire. He would show her every shade of love. The last thing sawmill owner Kyle Grayson wants is a marriage of convenience, but a stroke of rotten luck leads him straight to the altar with his competitor's daughter, Amelia. Burdened by guilt over his part in her father's death and an intoxicating desire for his new wife, Kyle doesn't think things can get worse - until his beautiful bride refuses to consummate their vows.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Love Those Rugged Grayson Men!"
    "Love Those Rugged Grayson Men!"
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    For those who've read my reviews before you know I love series books that continue on with the characters from the previous books. Because this series is about a family this really adds so much depth to the stories and the characters seem more dimensional. Of course, the addition of new characters amplifies the likability of the series.

    "The Longing" is about Kyle's journey and tells not only how he deals with the heartbreak from the first book but how he discovers that love can evolve despite bad circumstances. Amelia has her own set of insecurities which, when combined with Kyle's, makes this story a true to life challenge.

    I find this series endearing because it's basically about a good old-fashioned family. The author writes strong rugged men who aren't perfect but are wiling to change. They don't back down when the going gets tough. It is a an emotional story filled with friendship, caring, desperation, love, hope, and trust.

    Although I think these books could stand alone, I would advise reading these books in order of the series. I think the reader would lose too much character personality and the story comprehension would fall a bit flat.

    If you enjoy beautifully written detailed family stories with a sweet, unforced romance....then this is for you! I recommend this series.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • My Fierce Highlander: Highland Adventure, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Vonda Sinclair
    • Narrated By Andrew Bryan
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Gwyneth Carswell, an English lady banished by her father to the harsh Scottish Highlands, wants nothing more than to take her young son away from the violence of two fighting clans - her own distant kin, the MacIrwins, and their enemies, the MacGraths. She risks everything to rescue the fierce MacGrath warrior from the battlefield where he's left for dead by her clan. She only knows she is inexplicably drawn to him and he wants peace as she does. When her clan learns of her betrayal, they seek vengeance. Dare she trust the enemy more than her own family? Laird Alasdair MacGrath is driven to end two-hundred years of feuding with the MacIrwins. But by taking in and protecting Lady Gwyneth and her son, he provokes more attacks from his mortal enemy. As the danger and conflict surrounding them escalate, Alasdair and Gwyneth discover an explosive passion neither of them expected. With the arrival of a powerful man from her past, a horrible decision confronts her - give up her son or the man she loves.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Highland Chemistry 101"
    "Highland Chemistry 101"
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    Vonda Sinclair delivers a delightful first book in the Highland Adventure Series. I appreciate Ms Sinclair’s descriptive writing style. This is a book that is written not only with words but with feeling.

    This is the story of a widower, Alasdair, a strong and compassionate Highland Laird, and Gwyneth, a determined and passionate English Lady who happens to be a healer. Their relationship is built on indebtedness and progresses to a love full of sensuality and chemistry. This couple is very compatible…..in more ways than one!

    If you enjoy Highland historical love stories then you will enjoy this one. I'm looking forward to the remainder in this series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Twist of Fate

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Karen Michelle Nutt
    • Narrated By Mil Nicholson
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Everyone claims her name is Annabelle. The year is 1814 and she's married to Captain Keldon Buchanan, a man who despises her. The more she learns about her life, the more she realizes why she's chosen to forget it. She's a liar and an adulteress. She doesn't understand why she wanted to destroy her marriage when her heart tells her she belongs with Keldon. Keldon harbors his own secrets.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Love Transcends Time"
    "Love Transcends Time"
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    This is a charming, uncomplicated time travel romance set in South Carolina during “present day” and the American “Civil War” eras. The romance between Keldon and Arianna not only has to overcome “everyday” relationship situations, but also has to deal with the limitations of a different Century, along with trust, betrayal, and doubt issues. It is a lovely “Southern” story and has just enough history (the good and bad of the civil war) to delight history lovers.

    So, sit back with some sweet tea or lemonade and enjoy the travel back in time.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Yielding: Age of Faith, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Tamara Leigh
    • Narrated By Mary Sarah Agliotta
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    Convent-bound Lady Beatrix Wulfrith is determined to aid her sister in escaping marriage to their family's enemy. Unaware of the sacrifice that awaits her, she leads their pursuers astray only to meet with an accident that forever alters her destiny and takes the life of a young knight whose brother vows he will not rest until the lady is brought to justice.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Love & Forgiveness Can Persevere!!"
    "Love & Forgiveness Can Persevere!!"
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    This is the 2nd of 3 books in the Age of Faith series by Tamara Leigh. The books in this series are “clean read” books and can be read by young teens and adults alike.

    This story continues with the Wulfrith family and focuses on Beatrix Wulfrith who is the sister of the “hero” from the first book. Beatrix is a woman with strong integrity & faith and Michael is a man who struggles with family loyalties, trust and faith. Their romance blossoms through tragedy and develops into an engaging love story.

    As I stated in book one’s review, this series has “Christian” elements which gives dimension to the personalities of the main characters. These moral “standards” increase understanding of the character's motivations which add to the believability within that time period in history. It is not “preachy” in any way nor does it chastise any belief, rather, it quietly shows that love and forgiveness can persevere.

    I recommend this beautifully written series to anyone who enjoys faith based romantic stories.
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    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark One: Dark Knight

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Kathryn Le Veque
    • Narrated By Jim McCabe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (51)

    It is A.D. 1486. Fresh from his treacherous turning of the tides against Richard III in the Battle of Bosworth, Sir Gaston de Russe's reputation is dark and dirty. Those loyal to Richard hate him and those loyal to Henry Tudor fear him. He is, after all, The Dark One. In order to gain a strong foothold in Yorkshire, Henry sends Gaston to one of the largest fortresses in the north, a massive bastion called Mt. Holyoak Castle.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Epic Medieval Love Story"
    "Epic Medieval Love Story"
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    After listening to “The White Lord of Wellesbourne” I knew I liked the writing style of Kathryn Le Veque and I had to listen to this second book to find out more about Gaston, the Black Knight.

    Ms. LeVeque’s clever way of writing draws you into the story and makes you feel as if you are part of the action—actually feeling the events as they happen and love being there. This epic book has times of pure sadness, times of laughter and times of intense emotion. It's truly and emotional rollercoaster that kept me guessing throughout.

    Although I thought the language was a bit modern in places it didn’t take away from how much I enjoyed this book. If you enjoy Medieval historical love stories—put this one on your list!

    3 of 4 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
    (43)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    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.

    7 of 7 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
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    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! ;-)

    4 of 5 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
    (21)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    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.

    5 of 5 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
    (83)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (78)

    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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    3 of 3 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
    (225)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (204)

    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?

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "You're not the "Bossame"!!"
    "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.

    3 of 3 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
    (28)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    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 ;-)



    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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