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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

Member Since 2012

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  • Castles: Crown's Spies, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Heather Wilds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (217)

    Orphaned and besieged, Princess Alesandra knew that only hasty marriage to an Englishman could protect her from the turmoil in her own land. To the amusement of her makeshift guardian, Colin, younger brother of the Marquess of Cainewood, the bold raven-haired beauty instantly captivated London society. But when Alesandra was nearly abducted by her unscrupulous countrymen, the fighting instincts that won Colin a knighthood for valor were kindled. Deceiving himself that he wanted only to protect her, Colin swept her into a union meant to be a marriage in name alone...yet Alesandra's tender first kiss and hesitant caress ignited a wildfire in his soul.

    Elizabeth says: "Disappointing Ending to a Fun Series"
    "Not best of the series...but ended GREAT."
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    Anytime a series of books has the same narrator for three books and then finishes the last one with a different narrator its always troubling to the listeners.
    I love Heather Wilds narration in every book I've heard her in. She is different from the last narrator and that makes it strange going into the fourth book. But I think she might be getting a raw deal simply because she has a different sound from the last narrator. She is a good narrator and I really enjoy her voice. The "Colin" "Colon" thing was a bit troubling at first...but you can get past it.

    This book wasn't nearly as exciting as the 3 in the series....but it was still a good romance.

    There seemed to be a little inconsistency in the way Garwood wrote Colin in the last two books to this one..he seemed happier and nicer in the last 2 books. He's kinda mean in this one.

    The book got much better near the end. The story surrounding the romance got more interesting and Colin did become more like he was in the last 2 in the series.

    I wish the mysterious plot was more prevalent in the first part of the book because that would have made the book over all better IMHO.

    It ended brilliantly and I think it was a nice end to a excellent series!

    I thoroughly enjoyed it and feel it is credit worthy for sure.

    2 of 2 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
    (82)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (78)

    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
    (39)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    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
    (42)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (38)

    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!

    1 of 1 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
    (24)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    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
  • The Mistress Diaries: Pembroke Palace, Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Julianne MacLean
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    Cassandra Montrose cannot deny that she lost her head a year ago when she was whisked out of a London ballroom by the most desirable man she'd ever met. But now she is disgraced and desperate, and the father of her illegitimate child, Lord Vincent Sinclair, is engaged to another. When Lord Vincent learns of his unbreakable bond with the passionate lover he knew for only one night a year ago, he soon finds himself drawn in. But with his inheritance at stake, he must marry the woman his father has approved.

    Karen says: "Baby Mama Drama"
    "The Rake and the Mistress...saving each other"
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    I was so excited to start the second installment of the Pembroke Palace books.
    This book started out in a flurry of passion and the excitement just continued on!

    In the first book we found that Lord Vincent had good reason to be cynical and despise his brother. While I felt for him they way he was written made the reader not like him that much. So as the second book started I found it hard to immediately care for Lord Vincent. Cassandra on the other hand captured my heart right away.

    The characters are so well written and developed. I was swept away and never wanted it to end. Supporting characters returned from book one and were a great addition and important to the book...not just wall dressing.

    I could barely pause this book I wanted to see what was around each turn.

    Don't miss this series.....it is quickly becoming one of my favorites.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In My Wildest Fantasies: Pembroke Palace Series, Book One (Avon Romantic Treasure)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Julianne MacLean
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (124)

    Lady Rebecca Newland cannot forget the captivating nobleman who saved her life, and she sets out to meet him again when she is of an age to be courted. Unbeknownst to her, her timing is impeccable, for Devon Sinclair, the future Duke of Pembroke, has just been informed by his mad father that he must take a wife before Christmas in order to thwart a family curse and preserve his inheritance. Lady Rebecca is everything Devon could want in a wife - she is beautiful, charming, and she desires him openly.

    Elizabeth says: "Fantastic & Steamy....I wanted more!"
    "Fantastic & Steamy....I wanted more!"
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    First off Rosalyn Landor is AMAZING. She acts out the book...not just reads it....If the character is breathless...she reads it that way! SUPERB!

    Rebecca and Devon are a great match. I didn't want this book to end but when it did...I immediately downloaded the second book in the series and started it the same night.

    This book is definitely not for the listener who wants PG love scenes. These aren't over the top...but they are super steamy!

    I highly recommend this book and am already enjoying the second book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • This Laird of Mine: Highland Bachelor, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Gerri Russell
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    Claire Elliot has two weeks to win the heart of Jules MacIntyre - and then break it. To save her wards from a vicious blackmailer, she dares to enter the laird’s castle, claiming to be the wife he’d recently wed. But no such wife exists! The brooding Jules invented a bride to silence his well-meaning, matchmaking friends, so he never expected her to arrive on his doorstep. He is suspicious of this beautiful stranger, but he’s also steadfast, courageous, and effortlessly seductive.

    Trish says: "Wonderful read.."
    "Delicious...Sexy and DIFFERENT"
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    Loved it loved it loved it!

    Gerri Russell does a great job creating stories that are different than the usual romance. Once again she has a different plot that keeps you interested and wanting to see how everything plays out.

    Claire & Jules's relationship is so ... Well...I don't know .... I just liked them so much. She is a strong woman and is a real challenge for the stubborn Jules.

    We get to se some of our favorite characters from "A Laird for Christmas" and they make this book that much more enjoyable.

    Read this series...and let's hope more books are to come. This is a fabulous romance!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Laird for Christmas: Highland Bachelor, 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Gerri Russell
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (56)

    After her father and brother disappeared, Lady Jane Lennox is managing Bellhaven Castle. Nonetheless, her aunt has invited six suitors to compete for the right to her hand - and to protect Bellhaven's towers of cool, pink-gray stone. Among the six is Nicholas Kincaid, the one-time object of Jane's affection. Two years ago, her brother banished Nicholas. A mere "sir," in want of title or land, Nicholas was not marriage material. Now, Nicholas will have the chance to compete in challenges of wit and skill, rather than heraldry.

    Trish says: "An OK read.."
    "The Bachelorette meets Historical Scotland"
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    Bachelorette in historical Scotland....very different start to a book...6 suitors...how could a girl choose?

    Loved this book, because it was so different from most that I have read recently. The storyline with six suitors competing to be Lady Jane's husband. There was excitement, danger, & love.

    I enjoyed all the characters and hope to see all of them in future books. The plot and characters were really well developed.

    Buy this book...it's really inexpensive and save your credits for more expensive books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Risk Worth Taking

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Laura Landon
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (45)

    Tormented by the deaths of his wife and child, Griffin Blackmoor spends his days drowning his grief in whiskey. But when a bullet that was meant for him kills his best friend, Griffin makes a promise to the dying man that will thrust him back into London Society - and into the path of the one woman who could make his life worth living again. The daughter of a drunkard, Lady Anne Carmichael swore she would never love a man like Griffin Blackmoor.

    Elizabeth says: "A PG romance with a serious subject"
    "A PG romance with a serious subject"
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    This is a PG romance book. If you are looking for steamy love scenes...this is not the book for you. If you want a hero and heroine that want to deny their feelings until they can deny no more....then this IS the book for you.

    The author tries to use alcoholism as a issue in the relationship...but she doesn't use it to make the book too serious where it brings you down. Which is obviously not the way alcoholism usually plays out in people's lives....but it's a fiction romance book.

    I usually don't like male narrators but I really enjoyed this one. James Langton is the best male narrator I have heard yet.

    This book is a good easy listen....It is a cheap book so it is worth the price. I wouldn't use a credit simply because it is cheap.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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