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Gayle

Faribault, MN | Member Since 2012

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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"
    "The Series Keeps Getting Better"
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    Another good read by Garwood. I especially like this one because the heroine is not a simpering miss. She also has problems of her own and the hero has to do some sweet talking to win her over. Character development is also continuing to develop as we meet more people whose lives are intermingled.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Prince Charming (Ascension Trilogy)

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Gaelen Foley
    • Narrated By Nell Geisslinger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (254)

    Destiny casts its hand one perfect moonlit night when Ascencion's most elusive highwayman, the Masked Rider, chooses the wrong coach to rob. For inside is Rafael, the prince of the kingdom, renowned for his hot-blooded pursuits of women and other decadent pleasures. The failed raid leaves the equally notorious Masked Rider wounded and facing a hangman's noose.

    Benoibe says: "Excellent novel. Absolutely a must read!"
    "Sweet Ending"
    Overall
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    The story was a sweet ending to the trilogy. It had enough suspense, intrigue and drama to keep me interested. I also liked the that the focus wasn't so much on the hero/heroine torturing themselves with deprival for the greater good. Yes, there was some but not overkill that was more present in the earlier installments of this trilogy.
    Another plus about Foley's writing is that the male leads actually fall in love long before the story is over, which is not something we always see in these books. Usually they hold out till the bitter end or they are faced with death! lol!
    The intrigue kept me up at night listening. My only criticism of this one is that the narrator of the first two books in this trilogy did such awesome Italian accents, that this book was a let down in the performance. The narrator is good in her own right, but would have preferred the other one since she added a delightful accent that enriched the characters. Still worth some stars and your credit though!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Princess: Ascension Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Gaelen Foley
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Wiley
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Darius Santiago is the King's most trusted man, a master spy and assassin. He is handsome, charming, and ruthless, but he has one weakness - the stunning Princess Serafina. She is all he has ever wanted and everything he cannot have. Serafina has worshipped Darius from afar her whole life, knowing that deep in the reaches of her soul-where she is not royalty but a flesh-and-blood woman-she belongs to this dangerous, untouchable man.

    Nena says: "Very romantic"
    "Once again a winning team"
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    Once again I became engrossed in Foley's quality writing and Wiley's superb performance. I believe I enjoyed this story more than the first. I think there was less high mindedness and self suffering in the hero this time. Never one to be a spoiler I won't comment further on the actual events, but these two characters are my favorites so far. I actually listened twice. Again Wiley does an excellent job with both male and female voices and her Italian accents are top of the line! I am a little wary of the third story, I see there is a different narrator, but we will see. In the meantime, this one is definitely worth a credit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pirate Prince: Ascension Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Gaelen Foley
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Wiley
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    The pirate prince Lazar di Fiori returns with lethal grace to avenge what was stolen from him: his kingdom, his birthright, and his soul. Allegra Monteverdi, the daughter of Lazar's sworn enemy, proves an uncommonly powerful adversary. She throws herself on his mercy, her courage and beauty touching his cold, unforgiving heart. He agrees to spare the lives of her family - but only if Allegra sails away with him as his captive.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Tortured Prince"
    "Foley and Wiley make a great team"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I really like Foley's writing. She weaves a tale with characters one can get involved in and the stories have a fair mix of intrigue, drama, humor and steamy scenes. I especially enjoy how she gives you both the hero and heroines view. In this case her writing was strongly complimented by Wiley's narration. I do not believe the story would have been quite as good if it hadn't been performed so brilliantly. Wiley is one of the few narrators who can do both men and women's voices with perfection and her Italian accents were wonderful, hence the reason she got a higher rating than the actual story. I will look for more stories narrated by her, but I doubt any could be as endearing as the story of this group of Italians!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Driving Mr. Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3721)
    Performance
    (3384)
    Story
    (3377)

    Miranda Puckett has failed at every job she’s ever had. Her mother just wants her to come home, join the family law firm, and settle down with Jason, the perfect lawyer boyfriend. But when Jason turns out to be a lying cheater, Miranda seizes on a job that gets her out of town: long-distance vampire transportation. Her first assignment is to drive vampire Collin Sutherland from Washington to sleepy Half Moon Hollow without incident—no small feat for a woman whom trouble seems to follow like a faithful hound dog!

    Ducky says: "Molly Harper can't write fast enough for me!!!!"
    "Surprisingly fun"
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    Typically I am not into the vampire books, but I was looking for something different and grabbed this because it was on sale. I was quite pleasantly surprised by Harper's writing style. Her infusion of humor into her stories makes them a fun read and after reading this I am going to read the rest of the Sleepy Hollow series. For better or worse, I am one of those readers that must read/listen to all the characters stories once I get into a series. While vampire stories still don't rate high on my list overall, Harper's books and the equally fun narrator are the exception and will be part of my library.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Perfect Hope: Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1829)
    Performance
    (1612)
    Story
    (1626)

    Ryder is the hardest Montgomery brother to figure out - with a tough-as-nails outside and possibly nothing too soft underneath. He’s surly and unsociable, but when he straps on a tool belt, no woman can resist his sexy swagger. Except, apparently, Hope Beaumont, the innkeeper of his own Inn BoonsBoro.... As the former manager of a D.C. hotel, Hope is used to excitement and glamour, but that doesn’t mean she can’t appreciate the joys of small-town living. She’s where she wants to be - except for in her love life....

    Katheryne says: "Third times the charm"
    "Great Trilogy"
    Overall
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    I enjoyed this series alot! Fell in love with the brothers and enjoyed each of their stories. Roberts writing is infused with equal amounts of humor, sexy scenes, and interesting characters. It would be hard to pick a favorite character since as the series go one comes to love them all.
    It's a light series, not too deep, but interesting enough to keep me listening way too late at night.I would definitely recommend the three books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Devil's Lady

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Patricia Rice
    • Narrated By Mary Jane Wells
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Her pious father’s murder leaves Faith Montague orphaned and lost on the dangerous road to London , only to be rescued by a notorious highwayman. Morgan de Lacy, a lawless rake with the bearing of a nobleman, treats her finer than those who should have loved and protected her. Recognizing a fine gem when he sees one, de Lacy sets about seducing his orphaned companion. His caresses incite passion…his fiery kisses tantalize, and Faith is in peril of losing herself to temptation.

    Gayle says: "I enjoyed this one."
    "I enjoyed this one."
    Overall
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    I must say I am a fool for an Irish brogue and this narrator did a great job in that regard. The story kept my attention and I enjoyed it. There was a little too much self sacrifice going on for me to give it any more stars, but it was entertaining with a good supporting cast!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Way to a Duke's Heart: Truth About the Duke, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Caroline Linden
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    Destined to be a duke, Charles de Lacey, Lord Gresham, has led a life of decadent pleasure, free of any care for propriety or responsibility. It comes as a terrible shock to learn that he might be stripped of everything, thanks to his father's scandalous past. He has no choice but to find the blackmailer who would ruin him - and his only link to the villain is a woman who may be part of the plot. To save his fortune and title, Charles vows to stop at nothing - in fact, he's all too eager to unravel the beautiful, tart-tongued Tessa Neville.

    Gayle says: "Weakest book of the series, but OK"
    "Weakest book of the series, but OK"
    Overall
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    I am someone who needs to read a series to the conclusion. This book was OK, not the best, but far from the worst I have listened to. I am just saying that of the three books in this series, this is the weakest story line. It's redeeming qualities are that it tied up the loose ends of a story line that carried nicely through this series of three stories about three brothers. The characters were engaging, but their story was mediocre. However, I was glad to hear Charlie's story. If I had to do it again, I would read this series. Linden's stories entertain me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • One Night in London: The Truth About the Duke, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Caroline Linden
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    A bargain that was all business - and pure passion. Neither wealth nor beauty will help Lady Francesca Gordon win custody of her young niece Georgina, saving the girl from a cruel stepmother. She needs London's top solicitor for that. But when Edward de Lacey, son of the powerful Duke of Durham, hires away the one man who can do the job, Francesca decides Edward himself must champion her case - if only she can melt the dashing lord's stony heart. Edward has reason to be guarded, though. London's tabloids have just exposed a secret that could ruin his entire family.

    Gayle says: "Interesting Story!"
    "Interesting Story!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I liked the story and was pleased by the fact that it wasn't the typical earl chasing the virginal miss. The characters were interesting. I enjoyed watching the interplay between the main characters contrasting personalities and the way the heroine caused the hero to loosen up. Linden also writes steamy love scenes! Worth the read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blame It on Bath: The Truth About the Duke, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Caroline Linden
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    Katherine Howe's first marriage was one of dreary duty. Now that she's being pressured to marry her late husband's heir, she's desperate for a better option. Gerard de Lacey, with his sinful good looks, charming manner, and looming scandal, fits her needs perfectly. The fact that she's nursed a secret affection for him only makes it better - and worse. Because Gerard will likely marry her for her fortune - but can he love her for herself, as she loves him?

    Barbara says: "Great story, narration was painful."
    "Worth the credit"
    Overall
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    This is my favorite of the three books in this series. I just liked the way the relationship developed between these two. This one also had the steamiest love scenes!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Song for Sophia: Rougemont, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Moriah Densley
    • Narrated By Heather Wilds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (82)

    Desperation has led Anne-Sophia Duncombe to a life of exile. Still, she is always just one mistake away from capture and a marriage she would rather die than endure. As a last resort to remain hidden from her former life, Sophia attempts a radical scheme: a life of humility and disguise. Rumor has it that Wilhelm Montegue, the Earl of Devon, is insane. A tormented war hero haunted by scandal, he is only tolerated because of his brilliant mind and swarthy good looks.

    Cam says: "There were parts I enjoyed BUT…"
    "It's OK but there are better books to choose from"
    Overall
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    I liked the characters in this story; however, it dragged in some spots. Also, I got tired of all the unfulfilled longing, seriously? just get it over with. The saving grace for this book was the hero who was obviously on the spectrum. The author played to his strengths, which is as it should be. I appreciated him and the woman who could love him for what he was. There were good supporting characters, but not my favorite.
    Narrator was good which is why I gave it 'middle of the road' ratings.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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