Sometimes an old fashioned romance is really what you want. Mary Balogh's books fit the bill. Her characters are generally not perfect like other romance novels but they really touch the wounded parts of ourselves and touch on emotions. They are not "hot", or sexy in a way that is over the top. If this is what you are craving, then I say "go for it!"
Get your tissues out because you will cry. The story of Archer and Bree's love is an emotional roller coaster. You only want the best for these two because their life up until they met each other is full of tragedy. This is a really good story but there are some really, really sad parts. If you are not ready to cry, then wait until you feel stronger. It's highly worth the credit, though.
Eloisa James is an automatic download for me. I love her writing,however, the reason I didn't give the story 5 stars as I thought the hero very abusive. I wondered at times why the heroine even bothered. Each of her characters have much more depth than a lot of other writers in the genre,though. I cringed sometimes at what the hero would say to the heroine.
Of course, Susan Duerden is fantastic! There are not enough superlatives to say about her voices. I always know when she is changing to another character.
I would definitely use a credit on this book.
This romantic suspense has all the elements and is pretty good. I really enjoyed listening. There are just a couple of drawbacks. Since it is so short, the characters fall in love pretty quickly without the usual character development. The next problem is that it ends so quickly it leaves you hanging. They do have their HEA after some major twists and turns. Bottom line - its worth the credit.
This book is something different. I love historical romance but some of them can be formulaic which results in utter boredom. This book is original. It starts in England but then quickly moves to Lubania which is a real part of Poland. There is suspense, surprises and of course, a happy, ever after. Rosalyn Landor is one of my favorite narrators which adds to the listening pleasure.
I read this book a few years ago and really enjoyed it and was really happy when I saw it available in Audible. What ruined Lord Ruin was the narration. Ms. McDermott's lack of experience is evident and she should try changing her voice for the different characters that are part of the story line. When the narrator is unable to change voices, the reading comes across as flat and monotone. Some really good examples are Anne Flosnik and Susan Duerden whose narration of historical romance books are a listening joy. I hope that Ms. McDermott will continue narrating books as she has an authentic accent. I just hope she will practice the male voices and learn to make each character stand out.
Loretta Chase how come it took so long to get on Audible? All of her books are incredibly well written, and each character has depth beyond what is normally found in romance books. I hope that more of her books will find their way here (especially Lord Perfect, my all time favorite!). I don't want to leave the narration out because that was outstanding too. Thanks to Kate Reading, Ms. Chase's wonderful book was done justice. I hope you will use your credit on this book, you won't be disappointed.
Tessa Dare is one of my new favorites. Her characters are not cookie-cutter perfect. However, her story line is! Also, Carmen Rose was AWESOME! She had all the accents down including the Scottish valet Duncan. Audible, I hope you have plans for the rest of the series because this is too good to miss.
I think the editor sleep through the book. It was waaaaaaay toooooo long! I actually looked at the publishing date of the book to find out if it was an old romance novel published in the days that were not PC. Nope I was wrong, it's a recent publish date. The sex scenes made me cringe; I had to fast forward over those. The narration was breathy and falsely dramatic. I did feel bad for Ms. Kinsolving, the book was so long it almost sounded like she was losing her voice at some points.
I want to say something good about it too. The story might not of been too bad if the editor had done his/her job and cut some scenes and asked Ms. Busbee not to describe everything in such finite detail, like describing the food the butler brought in.
Worth a credit? If you like long, tortuous romance books, hey give it go.
This is a really enjoyable listen. The story is heartfelt and warm. The narration is perfect and Eva Kaminsky's Australian accent is totally believable. This is not a complex romance that has you wondering how the hero/heroine get together. It is sweet and filled with loving romance. Highly recommended.
This is an unforgettable book with unforgettable narration. What was painful for me was the struggle of the characters to achieve peace. Their struggle goes right to the bitter end. Laura Kinsale will be an automatic download for me but when I want a nice, sweet romance, I won't look here. As far as narration goes, Nicholas Boulton is in the top three narrators for romance at Audible if not the top. I hope you won't hesitate listening to this book, especially if you are looking for depth of characters and strength and talent of narration.
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