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DARA

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

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  • Lips that Touch Mine: Grayson Brothers

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Wendy Lindstrom
    • Narrated By Julia Motyka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (37)

    Saloon owner Boyd Grayson is intrigued by his new neighbor, Claire Ashier, and considers her temperance crusade to shut down his noisy tavern nothing more than a game. While matching wits with the beautiful, aloof widow, he uncovers her torturous secrets that shock him to the core. Her pain affects him deeply. He wants to free Claire from her self-imposed prison, but she guards her heart with a gun and memories she can’t forget. As the battle intensifies, so do their feelings for each other. Their unexpected friendship changes the game—and also Boyd. Can he disarm Claire with his love and show her he is a man worthy of her trust…and her love?

    DARA says: "Series Keeps Getting Better & Better"
    "Series Keeps Getting Better & Better"
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    This is such a wonderful series!. This book highlighted the romance between Boyd and Claire with the backdrop of alcoholism and spousal abuse. As with the other books, the author beautifully featured family honor, loyalty, integrity and wit along with a well written engaging story. It is delightfully sweet, romantic, and the ending was perfect! All the characters have great personalities......even the charming "Sailor" the dog! Also, the narrator does a great job with this series too.

    Such a delight!! If you love sweet, romantic, chivalrous stories with wit then don't miss out on this one!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lessons in French

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (19)
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    (19)

    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.


    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Texas Bride

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Rosanne Bittner
    • Narrated By Loretta Rawlins
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    (2)
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    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.

    2 of 2 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
    (75)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (70)

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Highlander Avenged: Guardians of the Targe, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Laurin Wittig
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (20)
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    (20)

    Although the English king tried to wrest it away, the Highland Targe - ancient relic and protector of Scottish lands - still lies safely in the hands of clan MacAlpin. But for how long? Jeanette MacAlpin trained her entire life to become the next Guardian of the Targe, but that duty has now fallen to her cousin Rowan - a duty Rowan can't seem to master. Fearful for her clan's future, Jeanette seeks the solace of a sacred wellspring, and there encounters tawny-skinned Highland warrior Malcolm MacKenzie.

    DARA says: "Charming second book in the series"
    "Charming second book in the series"
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    This is the second book in the series "Guardians of the Targe". I would not recommend listening to this book if you haven't listened to the first book "Highlander Betrayed". This series is more of a fantasy type highland romance. The "Powers of the Targe" is actually the centerpiece of the series.

    This book builds on the relationship between cousins Rowan and Jeanette and how they deal with Rowan being the Guardian of the Targe. The story delves deeper into the powers they both possess, the battle with the English, their relationships with the clan and their "protectors" (the men in their lives).

    I did find it interesting how this series shows women in a more dominant role. The "guardian of the Targe" is in charge of the clan and when she decides to marry, the man has to give up his clan to live with her......interesting concept.

    Phil Gigante did a wonderful job narrating this romance. This story isn't a deep historical book but more of a light fantasy that you'd listen to on a lazy day. I will be sure to check out book 3 when it becomes available. .

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Highland Wedding

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Hannah Howell
    • Narrated By Ashford MacNab
    Overall
    (26)
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    (25)
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    (26)

    The vivid scar that spans Sir Iain MacLagan's cheek is a daily reminder of the wife he lost - and of the enemy that still stalks him. Commanded by Scotland's king to remarry in order to unite two powerful border clans, lain reluctantly weds Islaen MacRoth, a woman whose delicate appearance belies a playful, seductive nature that proves dangerously attractive to a man who has vowed never to jeopardize his heart, or his loved ones, again...

    DARA says: "Not Hannah's Best......3-1/2 Stars."
    "Not Hannah's Best......3-1/2 Stars."
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    This book is one of Hannah Howell's early books and it shows in the writing. It does have some sensual or sexual tension between the main characters but it doesn't seem as strongly developed as in her later books.

    I enjoy books that have characters with flaws and Islaen and Iain definitely have issues, one of which takes manipulation to resolve. Islean has low self-esteem with very little "backbone" and Iain suffers with deep fear which manifests into him looking like a jerk most of the time. Together they learn, become closer, and develop a strong bond.

    No, this book is not the most spectacular story but it is not a total disaster either. I still found this book to be likable in many areas so I would still give this book 3-1/2 stars. Its an even better listen if you wait and get it on sale!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Warrior Poet

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Kathryn Le Veque
    • Narrated By Kiff VandenHeuvel
    Overall
    (12)
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    (11)
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    (11)

    Join Christian and Gaithlin as they succumb to searing passion, torn between loyalties and long-standing hatred. As their families turn against them and Christian must face his warring family and answer for his crime of falling in love with the enemy, help and understanding come from the most unexpected of places. From the green forests of Cumbria to the wilds of Galloway, share Christian and Gaithlin's adventures of murder, betrayal, love, understanding, and of new beginnings.

    DARA says: "Medieval "Family Feud" Love Story ;-)"
    "Medieval "Family Feud" Love Story ;-)"
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    This well written Medieval love story is quite different than most because this story is weaved around a generational family feud. Christian and Gaithlin find themselves torn between their passionate love and family loyalties. Its a story filled with adventure, honor, murder, forgiveness, and love.

    Each chapter of this book begins with an excerpt of Christian's journal. These tidbits of his life are filled with adoration, deep emotion, challenges, and wisdom, which adds to the believability of this story.

    A must read If you enjoy Medieval love stories.



    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Windflower

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Laura London
    • Narrated By Christa Lewis
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (33)
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    (33)

    The classic tale of passion on the high seas, available for the first time in 20 years... Merry Wilding is a lady of breeding, of innocence, and of breathtaking beauty. With high hopes for a holiday in England, she sets sail from New York - but the tide of her life is destined to turn. Mistakenly swept aboard an infamous pirate ship, Merry finds herself at the mercy of a wicked crew...and one sinfully handsome pirate. Soon she's spending her days yearning for escape, and her nights learning the pleasures of captivity.

    DARA says: "Eloquently Written Pirate Romance"
    "Eloquently Written Pirate Romance"
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    I love historical romances that are written with feeling, detail, character development and good romance....and this book delivered it all for me. It is a classic pirate story with many character twists along the way.

    This is one of those books where ALL the characters (even the secondary characters) are written so well that they feel multi-dimensional. The characters have flaws, are vulnerable, and show weakness and strength. Even how the author describes scenery such as flowers or seascapes makes you feel like you can see the vivid colors, smell the sea air, or feel the wind blowing though your hair.

    The narrator did an excellent job with this sweet, exciting, romantic, quirky, mysterious story. This is a must listen for anyone who enjoys eloquently written stories.



    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Highland Scoundrel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Lois Greiman
    • Narrated By Gemma Johansson
    Overall
    (6)
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    (6)
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    Determined to find a husband for his stubborn daughter, Shona MacGowan’s father has called to his castle Scotland’s most eligible clansmen. But for Shona, only one stands out: the stranger, Dugald Kinnaird. His raw, masculine power entices Shona, and when he sweeps her into his embrace, she knows her vow to never marry will soon be broken. But Dugald’s true mission is not to marry the bonnie Scottish lass, but to uncover her as the traitor he believes she is. If playing the suitor will get him what he needs then he’ll pretend to be eager to wed this high-spirited beauty.

    DARA says: "Feisty, Sassy, and Fun Highland Romance"
    "Feisty, Sassy, and Fun Highland Romance"
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    This is a charming highland romance that is filled with bits of mystery and suspense. The main characters Shona and Dugald are a delightful pair and the secondary characters add depth to this enchanting story. (This is not a heavy detailed historical but more of a fun light-hearted romance)

    If you enjoy light, fun-filled highland romances then this one is sure to entertain.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Forbidden Rose: Spymasters

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Joanna Bourne
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    A glittering French aristocrat is on the run, disguised as a British governess. England's top spy has a score to settle with her family. But as they're drawn inexorably into the intrigue and madness of Revolutionary Paris, they gamble on a love to which neither of them will admit.

    DARA says: "Historical Espionage Thriller"
    "Historical Espionage Thriller"
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    I listened and enjoyed "Spymaster's Lady" and knew I had to give this book in the series a try. After listening to both I think that "Spymaster's Lady" was better but "The Forbidden Rose" did not disappoint.

    This book is written around the history of the French revolution. This intriguing story details the culture for that time period with added suspense, espionage, and romance. The author eloquently writes each character with depth by tapping into their feelings, expressions, and personality.

    I am looking forward to other books by this author. If you like stories with history, suspense, espionage, intrigue, and romance give this one a try.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • McKenna's Honor: The Clan MacDougall, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Suzan K Tisdale
    • Narrated By Brad Wills
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    Dark times have fallen upon Scotland.King David II is a prisoner of England. Angus McKenna, revered chief of Clan MacDougall, and his son-in-law Duncan McEwan sit in a dungeon in Edinburgh, accused of crimes against their king and country. Their wives are missing.

    DARA says: "Highland Mystery and Adventure!"
    "Highland Mystery and Adventure!"
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    This book is a novella of this series and not a full length novel. I would advise getting the first 3 books before listening to this one because this book elaborates on past events and gives more clarity as to how the Clan members connect while giving glimpses of the future Graham Clan (the next series). The author weaves a captivating tale that is full of mystery and adventure. A must for highlander lovers.

    The narrator is wonderful in this series. He does an exceptional job with each voice....doesn't get any better!


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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