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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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  • 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
    (92)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (81)

    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
  • Warrior of the Isles

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Debbie Mazzuca
    • Narrated By Caroline Guthrie
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    In a time of raids and ransoms, Aidan MacLeod is responsible for a formidable Scottish keep and all the people within. Yet the fearless Highland laird never forgets his charge to shield his young half-brother from the grave consequences of his tragic birth.Linked By FateBut an alluring stranger known only as Syrena could undo all of Aidan's defenses. For Syrena has vowed to bring Aidan's brother to a realm far from the Scotland of their understanding. To succeed, she is at Aidan's mercy.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Adventurous Fairy Tale"
    "Fairies and Sexy Highlanders...DELICIOUS!"
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    This was a different historical romance for me. The fantasy element was subtle but it made for a nice change. There were some great supporting characters. I laughed, held my breath, and teared up at times. I found out at the end it is part of a trilogy. This is the second book in the trio. Lord of the Isles, Warrior of the Isles, and King of the Isles.

    I don't love the narrator, but I don't dislike her either. Just middle of the road. She does a pretty good job, but takes a few minutes to get used to.

    It started a bit slow but by the second half I hated to have to pause it.

    I enjoyed this book...not the best...but good and I look forward to listening to the other 2 books in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Intimate Surrender

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Laura Landon
    • Narrated By Sarah Coomes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (86)

    Hannah Bartlett was tossed out of her home at the tender age of 15, when a man of the cloth stole her innocence. To survive the streets, Hannah entered into a life that she never imagined. Now, known as Madam Genevieve - the owner of London’s most infamous bordello - she dedicates her life to rescuing young girls from the streets and protecting them from a shameful fate. Vicar Rafe Waterford meets Hannah at one of his sister-in-law’s country gatherings…and immediately falls for the mysterious beauty. Despite his declarations of love, Hannah insists they cannot be together. But Rafe is like no other man…and he refuses to forget a love so passionate and consuming.

    SIMARA says: "Unbelievable and overly dramatic..."
    "Read Intimate Deception first...then enjoy!"
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    Reviews are a tricky thing. In this book's case, the reviews kept me from listening for a long time. Well that was a mistake! I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as I have many of Laura Landon's books.

    To get some back story you should FIRST LISTEN to Intimate Deception! Having additional info on Hannah and some of the other characters made this book more complete. Characters are developed in Intimate Deception so although Intimate Surrender could be a standalone book.....it is a richer more enjoyable listen when read second.

    This is a PG-13 listen. There is some violence in the beginning and then only one love scene. BUT the entire book is full of angst and blooming love.

    I like Sarah Coomes as a narrator. She is one of those you either like or you don't. She is pretty dramatic, but I would rather that than no feeling at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Voyager

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9444)
    Performance
    (6518)
    Story
    (6501)

    Set in the intriguing Scotland of 200 years ago, the third installment in the romantic adventures of Jamie and Claire is as compelling as the first. Now that Claire knows Jamie survived the slaughter at Culloden, she is faced with the most difficult decision of her life. She aches to travel back through time again to find the love of her life, but, in order to do that, she must leave their daughter behind.

    A User says: "7 Stars!! Brilliant!!"
    "A voyage worth taking"
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    Voyager
    This is another heart wrenching, exciting, touching, maddening, epic installment in the Outlander series.

    Diana's ability to write conversations just as two people might have one in real life is outstanding...she just makes everything so real. Then Davina Porter's narration is second to none as she brings the characters to life before your mind's eye!

    Some of the lines in this book made me just burst out laughing. Diana is a master of character interactions and dialogue.

    We begin to see how the 20 years has changed both Jamie and Claire. We also see how the time hasn't changed some things.

    We met a few new characters and some of the past characters are back as well. Of course there are new adventures and new troubles....but with Jamie and Claire it's always something.

    If it weren't so long I would not have wanted to put it down. Instead I paced myself and savored every moment I listened.

    I hear the Drums of Autumn. .....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Scottish Prisoner

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Rick Holmes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1356)
    Performance
    (1206)
    Story
    (1208)

    Winner of the Quill Award and the Corine International Book Prize, Diana Gabaldon is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Outlander series. This fourth novel featuring popular character Lord John Grey is told both from Lord Grey’s perspective and from that of Jamie Fraser, the star of the Outlander series.

    Teahouse Fox says: "Lord John 'Quixote' rides again"
    "Nice compliment to Voyager...."
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    Diana Gabaldon is just a truly OUTSTANDING writer. I may be one of the only people who is NOT a big fan of Lord John Grey, BUT I felt like I HAD to listen to this particular book so I could get a better understanding of Jamie and his relationship.

    Halfway through Voyager (Outlander series) I stopped and got this book and listened. Claire is not IN the book, but YES she is because Jamie can't forget her.

    It cleared up some issues I wondered about and was well worth the listen. I started back up with Voyager and was glad to have the insight.

    Is it a MUST....NO. But I did need the additional info.

    The story is a great adventure with great characters and dialogue.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chieftain: Return of the Highlanders Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Margaret Mallory
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (146)

    With her powers to heal and see evil where others cannot, beautiful Ilysa dresses plainly, speaks softly, and loves her chieftain from afar. Yet when Connor finally stokes the embers of desire that have so long burned within her, Ilysa feels bliss unlike any she's ever known. Now as he is forced to place duty before happiness, Ilysa senses Connor is in grave peril. Can she find a way to prove she is the woman he needs by his side?

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Love Comes To Those Who Wait."
    "Great end to a SUPER series"
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    This was my least favorite of the series, but that doesn't mean it isn't good.....just not AS GOOD as the others....IMO

    I loved IIysa and the story was multifaceted. There was much more going on than just a romance.

    This is a great series that no one who enjoys Highlanders should miss.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Warrior: Return of the Highlanders Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Margaret Mallory
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (176)

    From the Isle of Skye to the battlefields of France, Duncan MacDonald has never escaped the memory of the true love he left behind. Deemed unworthy of a chieftain's daughter, Duncan abandoned the lovely Moira to prove his worth in battle. Now, when called upon to rescue her from a rival clan, one thing is certain: Moira's pull on his heart is stronger than ever. Bartered away in marriage to a violent man, Moira will do anything to ensure she and her son survive.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "A Love Worth Waiting For......"
    "The loyal warrior and the lady...ENJOYABLE"
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    The 3rd installment in the Return of the Highlanders Series is much like the first 2....sweet, sexy, heartwarming, and just a down-right enjoyable listen.

    What I LOVE about this series is that the conflicts are solved quickly and the listener isn't waiting an hour for the couple to resolve the issue. Now that also makes it a little less dramatic and maybe in some peoples opinion not the best writing technique,

    ....but ....I wanted a easy listen that took me through the gamut of emotions without making me sweat for hours at every problem that cropped up!

    This series is that for me...the perfect feel good romantic series.

    Get all 4 and start listening!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Everlasting Covenant

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    Anne Gifford's dowry - or lack thereof - is of no concern to Sir Dylan DeFrayne. Wrapped in each other's arms, what more could they possibly need? Yet the young lovers' passion can never be sanctioned - the DeFraynes and Giffords have been sworn enemies for decades. Lest more blood be shed, the two must keep their affair a secret…and plot their elopement. Clad in threadbare hand-me-downs, Anne never expects the powerful and aged Brennan Forbes to remember her face, let alone propose marriage.

    MickeyMarie says: "This is not the same Robyn Carr"
    "Troubling Listen...Good and Bad"
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    I am almost at a loss to figure out how I feel about this book. The beginning is extremely slow and it drug on and I felt like for sure I was going to dislike this book. The book has an interesting element of the War of the Roses history in it which I enjoyed...but I had trouble wrapping my arms around the actual romantic part of the story. I don't feel like the romance was developed enough and the characters were developed enough for me to really care about them in the beginning of the book it took quite a long time for me to even care what happened to anybody in the book.

    I began to get interested about halfway to three quarters of the way through the book. While it held my interest it wasn't one of those books that I just didn't want to put down I mean I was almost listening because I just had to find out what happened in the end. The book is too long in my opinion and there's a lot of stuff that could be eliminated. It's definitely not one of Robyn Carr's best. I wish that this same story could be written over and maybe (I hate to say a better job done) of writing it because I'm no writer myself and never would claim to be but I just feel like if Carr was at her best when she wrote this particular book it would have been a much better listen. Overall it just seems like it was written before Carr had honed her skills and perfected her craft!

    I spent 14 hours listening to what seemed like the Cliffs Notes of a story.

    So question is it creditworthy....... I don't know. I believe it's worthy if its on sale but at the same time the listener have to have a lot of patience. This book was just frustratingly bad at times and then there were times where I was very interested so I just don't know what to tell you!

    Narration was great....Romantic rating is a very weak PG-13....and there was very little romance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Guardian: Return of the Highlanders, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Margaret Mallory
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (338)
    Performance
    (307)
    Story
    (309)

    After years of fighting abroad, Ian MacDonald comes home to find his clan in peril. To save his kin, he must right the wrongs from his past... and claim the bride he's long resisted. As a young lass, Sìleas depended on Ian to play her knight in shining armor. Five years later, Sìleas has grown from an awkward girl into an independent beauty who knows she deserves better than the reluctant husband who preferred war to his wife. Now this devilishly handsome Highlander is finally falling in love. He wants Sìleas - and he won't take no for an answer....

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Spirited Highland Adventure"
    "Interesting, sweet, frustrating..HIGHLANDERS!"
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    The story was interesting from the start. I could see how the series was going to be a great one from the moment all the characters were introduced.

    Mallory does a great job creating characters that inspire emotions in the reader/listener.

    I am not a fan of male narrators for romance novels, so although Perkins does a fine job...just not my favorite.

    I loved Sileas from the start and Ian needed a god slap now and then , but don't all Highlanders?

    Great start to a superb series! Listen to the series as soon as you can!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sinner: The Return of the Highlanders, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Margaret Mallory
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (214)

    Alex MacDonald is known for his skill as a warrior, his prowess with women, and his vow to never take a wife. But now his chieftain has asked him to make the ultimate sacrifice: Wed Glynis MacNeil, a lass famed throughout the Highlands for her exquisite beauty - and defiant ways. Familiar with heartbreak, Glynis refuses to fall for another handsome scoundrel. Yet when Alex's past sins force an unlikely union, Glynis gives in to temptation and becomes his wife. Will their passion be strong enough to fight the enemy?

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Great Sequal.. one of the best Highlander series!"
    "Sexy HOT Highland Escape!"
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    I couldn't put this book down. I looked forward to Alex's story and was NOT disappointed. This was a delicious second book in the series "The Return of the Highlanders"
    One of the best Highlander series I have listened to so far. Loved it!

    I am not a fan of male narrators for romance novels, so Derek Perkins is fine and not a turn off, but not my preference.

    Listen to the entire series...it is well worth it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darling Beast

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Hoyt
    • Narrated By Ashford McNab
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (80)

    Falsely accused of murder and mute from a near-fatal beating, Apollo Greaves, Viscount Kilbourne has escaped from Bedlam. With the Crown's soldiers at his heels, he finds refuge in the ruins of a pleasure garden, toiling as a simple gardener. But when a vivacious young woman moves in, he's quickly driven to distraction.

    Moriah says: "Enjoyable Listen"
    "How I LOVE the MAIDEN LANE series!"
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    Fabulous book. So glad to see the return of Ashford McNab...she is the voice of Maiden Lane to me..(even though I was not a fan of her Phoebe lisp)

    Elizabeth Hoyt is a masterful writer who knows how to draw in a reader / listener. I didn't want to put it down.

    It is strange to say in a Romance book, but the little boy Indigo and his dog Daffodil stole the show in the first half of the book!

    I laughed, teared up, had many strong emotions because of this book. If you haven't discovered MAIDEN LANE...you are missing out on one of the best series of all time!

    Get it Get it Get it!!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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