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Elizabeth

I love Epic Fantasy....have become a Historical Romance fan because I am a sucker for a good Happily Ever After. Good characters are a must

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  • Guardian Angel: Crown's Spies, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    Overall
    (380)
    Performance
    (346)
    Story
    (352)

    The Emerald flew across the seas, carrying the pirate Pagan - despised by the ton, whose riches he plundered, and beloved by the poor, whose plight was eased by his gifts. The Marquess of Cainewood vows to hunt down the pirate wretch in revenge for his brother's death. But when Jade, an enchanting vision of rippling red hair and eyes of jewel-green, appears at his door to beg desperately for his protection, the Marquess agrees to keep her safe from the villains who want her dead. Jade is infuriating, exasperating, and gorgeous; Caine is noble, strong-willed, and powerful. No woman has ever befuddled him so, nor so deeply aroused his desire.

    Jonna says: "Great love story with unexpected plot"
    "Captivating from beginning to end....10 STARS!"
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    I was captivated from beginning to end!

    I was immediately in love with the characters. Even the secondary characters were very well written and I enjoyed every single character in this book! The story is riveting and interesting and kept me on the edge of my seat. Garwood weaves an interesting tapestry of mystery.
    Caine and Jade's relationship is fiery and delightful from the moment they meet. Definitely a delicious romance.

    I was glad that the previous book's characters (Lyon & Christina) were included in this book. They weren't just thrown in randomly.....there was good reason for them to be part of this book.

    The narration is again wonderful .... Susan Duerden is a real talent. While sometimes it might take some getting used to some of her whispers....she brings the story to life and let's each scene become a vivid movie in my mind.

    I didn't want to pause this book and I didn't want it to end. I LOVED LOVED LOVED this book! I would give this book 10 stars if I could. Every character, every sentence, and every moment of this book was exciting and well-developed. This may very well be one of my favorite books of all time.

    While it is a romance, Garwood has written a great story that makes you constantly wonder what's going to happen next. I laughed...I cried.....I shouted.....I cringed.....I smiled.....I got goose bumps! SO VERY CREDIT WORTHY......LISTEN TO THIS BOOK!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of Scoundrels

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Loretta Chase
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (748)
    Performance
    (690)
    Story
    (689)

    Sebastian Ballister, the notorious Marquess of Dain, is big, bad, and dangerous to know. No respectable woman would have anything to do with the "Bane and Blight of the Ballisters", and he wants nothing to do with respectable women. He's determined to continue doing what he does best - sin and sin again - and all's going swimmingly…until the day a shop door opens and she walks in.

    Marcheta says: "Witty dialogue highlights battle between the sexes"
    "Character Perfection...Narration at its best!"
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    First off....this book could have sucked (but it didn't! ) and I would have listened anyway...because KATE READING COULD READ A PHONE BOOK AND BRING IT TO LIFE! She is the best narrator on the planet. In fact she is the ONLY reason I listened to this book. But I'm so glad I did because.....

    Lord of scoundrels is brilliant! I fell in love with Jessica immediately. She is easily in my top 3 heroines of all time. Chase's ability to bring characters to life (with Reading's help of course) is fascinating. This is a totally character driven book. There is a plot and storyline but it all takes a backseat to the dialogues and interactions between Jessica and Dain.
    This is one of the best books I have ever listened to. Witty...funny...tragic...heart-wrenching...heartwarming...romantic...sensual...Lord of Scoundrels has everything.
    The romantic scenes are steamy and somewhat descriptive but not over the top. They are handled tastefully.
    This book is worth a credit...heck it's worth 2!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Once Upon a Kiss

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tanya Anne Crosby
    • Narrated By Braden Wright
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (124)

    To settle a feud, Dominique Beauchamp was resigned to wed in order to heal their injured lands. Offered in marriage by her brother to the lord of Drakewich, she came to take the d'Lucy name... but never counted on losing her heart to the brother of her betrothed - the Black Dragon. Blaec d'Lucy mistrusted her from the beginning, believing her to be part of her brother's endless perfidy, but he was powerless to resist the fiery-haired vixen that rode so proudly into their midst. Their love was sealed... once upon a kiss.

    Lynn says: "The "Kiss" delivered"
    "Not credit worthy...narration ruined it for me"
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    One aspect of the story line seemed to be well on it's way to development but the rest of the story was really weak. I COULD NOT STAND the narrator's character voices. He has a good regular voice, but he made the hero sound mean and gruff all the time and the heroine sounded like a drag queen.

    I listened on double speed. Not impressed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dragonfly in Amber

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10588)
    Performance
    (7146)
    Story
    (7173)

    New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon enchanted scores of fans with Outlander, her electrifying historical saga set in 18th-century Scotland. Now this sequel sweeps listeners back into the past as Claire relates more of her perilous sojourn there with her Scottish warrior husband, James Fraser. Twenty years after her strange journey back in time, Claire has returned to Scotland with her daughter, determined to share with her the secret she has harbored since her time travel.

    Shelley says: "I ADORE this series!"
    "Dirk in my Heart...but WONDERFUL!"
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    Yes....I cursed Diana Gabaldon and swore to NEVER listen to another word of her horrid writing when I heard Claire say "I am Claire Randall" I hated Diana for destroying Claire and Jaime...hated her for leaving me with such a longing in my heart at the end of Outlander just to plunge a dirk into it with those words!

    Then I collected myself. I thought - SURELY with so many books in the series there is a perfectly logical explanation as to why she is calling herself and her DAUGHTER Randall. The series is about a love story between Claire and Jaime MAINLY so everything would be alright in the end.

    I read some reviews here on Audible and other sites and again was thrown into a deep despair. Really? DIA was slow and boring and people actually wanted to skip it? The worst book in the series? How could this be? So I tried to ignore what I had read, reminding myself that poor reviews by other readers did not mean I would not enjoy the book. So I pressed play again.

    Yes the first hour or so was heart-wrenching and maybe a bit slow, but once Jaime and Claire were back together all was right with the world again.

    DIA is a GREAT book. It isn't Outlander...but it is wonderful. Diana's writing style is unsurpassed. The dialogue and character development and interactions is like no other. DIA is a crucial step in the series and if you really think about it and put yourself in their shoes.... you will see that the actions of the characters and the events play out like they should.

    Remember that while this is a Time Travel Historical Romance.....it is still as REAL as it gets. My meaning is that the story isn't all roses and laughter. There are real life issues and struggles along with a passionate love story. It's real. Sometimes real means tough for
    the reader to deal with...but I am sure that in the end all will be right with the world of Claire and Jaime.

    I can't get over how perfect Davina Porter's narration is. She brings Diana's words to life with perfection. It is a movie (television show) playing out in my head.
    In fact she brings it to life so well...I could swear I have already seen the scenes on the STARZ television series, but when I look back I realize those parts haven't been shown on television yet.

    In closing - don't read the negative reviews and get discouraged. DIA is an integral part of the series and once you get past the first couple hours you will be enraptured just as I was.

    On to Voyager!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charming the Shrew: The Legacy of MacLeod Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Laurin Wittig
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (580)
    Performance
    (522)
    Story
    (526)

    Returning to the Scottish Highlands after a fierce battle with the English, Tayg Munro receives a hero’s welcome - and an ultimatum. To take his place as heir to the chiefdom, he must choose a wife or have one chosen for him. Furious and stalling for time, the brooding warrior volunteers for a mission that takes him deep into the Highlands, with no hint of the fateful encounter that awaits him.... Catriona MacLeod is known as the Shrew of Assynt, thanks to her razor-sharp tongue and her unwillingness to yield to her five brothers. When she learns that her eldest brother has promised her hand in marriage to a loathsome man, she flees....

    MickeyMarie says: "Holds interest"
    "Nice listen...simple and sweet"
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    This was a much better book than the second. I'm not sure why I listened in reverse order...but I did. I can't NOT finish (or in this case start) a series just because one book isn't wonderful so I listened to Charming the Shrew and was glad I did. It was a good book, easy listening and didn't cause too much emotion one way or the other. Every once in a while I need a nice sweet book to pass the time.

    I would say this is SALE worthy for sure, and maybe even credit worthy....its straddling the fence.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18324)
    Performance
    (12461)
    Story
    (12358)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "The Best Book I Have Ever EXPERIENCED!"
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    This book is the book that I will judge all others against for the rest of my life.

    I have a voided time travel books for years now. After starting to watch the Starz series Outlander...I realized the novels must not be quite as time travel oriented as I had once thought.

    I feel like a fool for not reading this book sooner.

    I just THOUGHT that I have loved books in the past.

    The perfect blend of adventure, tragedy, and romance all wrapped up in a true EPIC novel. Ms Gabaldon wraps you up with her writing making you feel the emotions of the characters.

    The narration is beyond superb. ...the story was alive in my mind, thanks to Ms Davina Porter's perfection of delivery.

    I laughed, cried, swooned, was terrified and even sick to my stomach all in one book.

    Do yourself a favor and treat yourself to perfection in a book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Most to Lose

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Laura Landon
    • Narrated By Sarah Coomes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (79)

    When Jonah Armstrong, the Earl of Haywood, returns to London after a three year absence, his plan is simple: reenter society, find a wealthy bride, and save the Haywood name from ruin. He has no time for distractions. Yet when he encounters Lady Cecelia Randolph, Jonah can’t resist a flirtation. After all, his feud with her brother, the Duke of Hadleigh, necessitated Jonah’s recent exile; he’s entitled to his revenge. But within seconds Jonah realizes he’s underestimated Cecelia.

    CAROLYN says: "ANOTHER GOOD BOOK NEARLY RUINED BY THE NARRATION"
    "Good, sweet, but not exceptional."
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    This is a good story...not exceptional...but I truly enjoyed it.
    I especially enjoyed the back and forth between Amanda and Hadliegh. They weren't the main couple...but were actually extremely entertaining. I would have enjoyed a story of their own...but not to be! The characters dialogue was entertainng and we'll written.

    I'm glad I listened to this story...but it didn't make me think of it for days after I finished it...so it's just a good story.

    It was an easy listen and I looked forward to listening to it everytime I could....but I didnt lose sleep or work time to listen.

    Get it on sale...it's worth that!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Married By Midnight: A Pembroke Palace Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Julianne MacLean
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    For seven years, Lord Garrett Sinclair - the ruggedly handsome illegitimate son of the Duke of Pembroke - has been traveling abroad with no intention of ever returning home to Pembroke Palace… until his father commands that he must marry by Christmas in order to thwart a family curse or lose his inheritance forever. Haunted by a tragic accident that has hardened his soul, Garrett entrusts his brothers to seek out a bride who will agree to a marriage in name only. Her reward? A sizable share of his inheritance - payable immediately after the wedding night.

    Lady M says: "Effortless Read"
    "The Unloved Brother ... finally loved"
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    The youngest Sinclair brother Garrett is finally home to marry before the curse destroys Pembroke or more importantly the family fortune is given to the horticultural society.

    This book is short...a novella....and I wished it was longer....but i wished all the Pembroke Palace books were longer.

    Garrett and Anne are a great couple and super sexy. You won't be disappointed with the romance in this novella.

    There is a lot of history revealed in this novella which added some mystery and answered some questions.

    Love this series and Love the Sinclair family!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • When a Stranger Loves Me: Pembroke Palace Series, Book Three

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Julianne MacLean
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    Lady Chelsea Campion is shocked to stumble upon a naked man swept onto the beach not far from her home on the Channel Islands. Shipwrecked, obviously…but when the handsome stranger awakens, he is unable to remember anything of his life before that moment. Chelsea soon embarks upon a secret and scandalous plot to seduce him while he is captive in her home, for she needs a child to secure her family's future, and this man-clearly of noble blood-is perfect for the task.

    Elizabeth says: "Forgetting Can Make A Remember Who He Is....."
    "Forgetting Can Make A Remember Who He Is....."
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    I was so excited to hear Blake Sinclair's story. As with all the other Sinclair siblings, he too has something in his past that creates issues he deals with...but poor Blake has an extra little something to deal with! But there is the beautiful, feisty Chelsea to get him through it all.

    This book started wonderfully. I loved Blake from the previous books and was so glad it was his turn to fall in love. I was immediately enthralled and didn't want to hit pause....then it took an odd turn. The plot was kind of strange and I felt really uneasy about how Chelsea was using "Jack" and the fact that her family was encouraging her. I really hated the lies and wanted them to end so bad because I loved Chelsea and Jack as a couple. But the book would be boring without any bumps in the road.....and ride is so worth it!

    The Earl is so hilarious. ..he gets funnier with each book. He just struck me as extra funny in this book. MacLean just is a great writer of dialogue and shines at character development.

    Rosalyn Landor is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G as always! Listen to the whole series....you will be glad you did!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Seduced at Sunset: Pembroke Palace Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Julianne MacLean
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    Lady Charlotte Sinclair has long given up her dreams of happily ever after. Years ago, a tragic accident claimed the life of her beloved fiancé, but somehow she found the strength to go on - as an independent woman with a secret double life that has earned her millions. Lately, however, she has begun to yearn for something more... While setting out to play matchmaker for her mother, Lady Charlotte meets a rugged, handsome stranger who saves her from a thief in the street, but her heroic rescuer soon turns out to be more mysterious than any man she has ever known.

    MM says: "TOTALLY ENJOYED THIS SERIES"
    "Little Sister Sinclair is wild!"
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    The Sinclair family is quite a scandalous bunch...and none more so than little sister Charlotte.

    I wish the book was longer because with an hour and a half to go....all kinds of sparks started to fly. I mean so much could have been done with these last elements, but maybe the author was just ready to wrap the series up.

    This book has very little plot other than being a book about a casual love affair....but the Pembroke series drags you in and you enjoy all the siblings stories. Charlotte and Drake do have a steamy love affair.

    It was nice to hear about Adelaide and William as well....heartwarming addition to the story. The end of this book gets really interesting ....oh what a tangled web!

    This book wraps up everything in a nice bow. ..but I wish there were more siblings to write about.

    MacLean is great at character development and dialogue. I really love her style!

    Landor is an awesome narrator!!

    Listen to the whole series - you wont be disappointed!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Kiss Before the Wedding: A Pembroke Palace Short Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 2 mins)
    • By Julianne MacLean
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (10)

    Lady Adelaide Robins, the charming and beautiful daughter of an impoverished earl, was raised on the foggy moors of Yorkshire. Never in her wildest dreams did she imagine she would travel to London, capture the heart of a duke, and receive a proposal of marriage. Is she ready for a life of luxury and privilege as a duchess? Or will her heart forever belong to another?

    Elizabeth says: "Short Story but nice addition to the series"
    "Short Story but nice addition to the series"
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    Although there were times I thought this short story didn't seem to follow what we had learned about Adelaide and William over the series of books, I still enjoyed it and thought it was a nice addition to the series. It seemed a bit inconsistent with past references to their relationship but still told the story.

    I hate that the series is over!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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