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

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  • Kissing in the Dark (Grayson Brothers, Book 4)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Wendy Lindstrom
    • Narrated By Julia Motyka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (50)

    Desperate circumstances set Faith Wilkins on the run and straight into Sheriff Duke Grayson’s protective arms. Duke believes Faith is a struggling widow, intelligent healer, and loving mother. Their blooming friendship and explosive attraction reinforce Duke’s decision to marry Faith. But when he discovers that his beautiful new bride lied about her identity and is hiding from a man with the power to destroy their family, her betrayal slices to his core.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Do They Make Men Like This Anymore???"
    "Do They Make Men Like This Anymore???"
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    This addition to the series was Duke's story. Duke is the sheriff of the town and the last of the Grayson brothers to get married. He meets Faith when she moves into town with her aunts, little brother, and daughter. Their love develops but Faith's past begins to overshadow their future together.

    This story (as well as the whole series) has so many poignant moments between the couples and the family members. They are rich stories filled with good old fashioned romances....nothing fancy.....just wonderfully written stories of love, honor, passion, laughter, justice and forgiveness. These rugged Grayson men are not afraid to meet a challenge and definitely aren't afraid to admit when they are wrong. This whole series takes takes you back to when men were gentlemen and chivalry was alive.

    This series is a winner.....5 stars!






    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Healing a Highlander's Heart: Clan Grant, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Keira Montclair
    • Narrated By Antony Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Kidnapped at knifepoint in the middle of the night, healer Brenna Grant is spirited across the Highlands to heal a chieftain who's near death. The last thing she expects is for her patient to be a handsome laird who steals her heart. Unable to deny him - or anyone who needs her talents as a healer - she travels to his clan to treat a mysterious invalid. Laird Quade Ramsay awakens to find a beautiful healer at his bedside.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Heartfelt Highlander"
    "Heartfelt Highlander"
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    I almost passed on this second book in the ‘Clan Grant’ series because the ratings were all over the scale, but I’m glad I took a chance.

    This book is different than many Highlander stories in that it concentrates more on issues within the clan rather than Highland battles between clans. Its a touching story with many heartwarming scenes that, unless your heart is made of stone, are sure to bring a tear to your eye.

    Quade is Laird to his clan and deeply loves his family. Brenna is a revered and dedicated healer who doesn’t back down from a challenge. Their romance is sweet and progresses into a deep and tender love. The secondary characters add charm, wit, and many poignant moments to this emotional story.

    This one is worth a try if you enjoy tender—heartwarming stories. ;-)

    4 of 4 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
    (32)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    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
    (8)
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    (8)
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    (8)

    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
    (12)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    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
    (54)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (54)

    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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (11)

    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
    (23)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    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.

    6 of 6 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
    (91)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (85)

    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
    (236)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (214)

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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