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Jonna

I have a PhD in American Literature but my love affair with romance novels on audible is going strong.

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  • The Tattooed Duke: Writing Girls, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Maya Rodale
    • Narrated By Carolyn Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    Breaking news, scandal fans! You thought you knew the dangerous Duke of Wycliff, London's globe-trotting adventure addict. Here's what you don't know: he's penniless. Sebastian Digby's dukely lifestyle is over forever, unless he finds a rich bride. But thanks to the London Weekly, everyone knows better than to tangle with this lothario. Besides (as one writer can testify), it seems that Sebastian has been unable to keep his hands off his own lowly housemaid... And that's a problem.

    Jonna says: "Another writing girl creates scandal and love"
    "Another writing girl creates scandal and love"
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    Sebastian, Duke of Wycliffe is another bad boy hero. In this case, he has travelled the world and bathed nude in the waters of the Islands. Though he's come home to take over his Dukedom, he's penniless and could use a rich heiress to marry and pay his bills. Unfortunately, his reputation is such that the only candidate is a woman he cannot tolerate. Enter Eliza Fielding, another of the writing girls who is trying to make her reputation through uncovering scandals in high society. She becomes a maid in the Duke's home, and a romance develops between her and Sebastian, despite the fact that she is also writing scandalous tidbits about "the tatooed Duke" that simultaneously drive his social desirability into the ground. How these two manage to come together with such a conflict of interests makes for the interesting twists and turns that characterize the stories of the writing girls, intelligent and independent women who also are interested in hot sex with the men they write about. Love it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Seducing Mr. Knightly: Writing Girls, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Maya Rodale
    • Narrated By Carolyn Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    For ages, it seems, advice columnist Annabelle Swift has loved Derek Knightly, editor-owner of the London Weekly, from a distance. Determined to finally attract her boss's attention, she seeks advice from her loyal readers, who offer Annabelle myriad suggestions, from lower-cut bodices (success!) and sultry gazes (disaster!) to a surprise midnight rendezvous (wicked!). Derek never really took note of his shy, wallflower lady writer. But suddenly she's exquisite, and he can't get Annabelle out of his mind!

    Gayle says: "Rodale Saved the Best for Last!"
    "Maybe the most amusing "working girls" story"
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    Throughout the series, we have known Annabelle as the shy little spinster who sighs every time that her boss Derek Knightly walks into the room. But mousy little Annabelle seems the least likely candidate to win the hard-driving editor who loves nothing but the paper he owns, until...she comes upon the idea to ask her readers for advice in how to win the love of her dreams. As she practices the increasingly daring suggestions sent in by her readers on how to win the "nodcock" (a name given to her lover by her readers) who overlooks her, "old Annabelle" begins to become "New Annabelle," with lowered necklines and suitors vying for her affections, and new Annabelle is daring, funny and charming. And all of England loves "Dear Annabelle." Inevitably, Mr. Knightly begins to "see" Annabelle, and he likes what he sees. Meanwhile, an unhappy member of Parliament has begun a war on newspapers to clean up the way that they research their stories and stir up gossip. The war on newspapers and Annabelle's campaign to win over the nodcock become intertwined as Mr. Knightly fights to protect his newspaper, and all newspapers, and to win Annabelle at the same time. sigh.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Bartered Bride

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Mary Jo Putney
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (32)

    Gavin Elliott is sailing for London, where he intends to establish himself in the society that forced his family to leave in disgrace. But fate intervenes on an infamous island in the East Indies when he tries to save a European woman being sold at a slave auction. By the sultan's decree, the woman can only be freed if Gavin wins her by enduring an ancient tribal challenge that may cost him his life. Yet Gavin cannot refuse to help a woman who touches his heart and soul with her indomitable courage.

    Jonna says: "WOW. Powerful and moving story"
    "WOW. Powerful and moving story"
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    I was extremely moved by this story because unlike many other romances, it eloquently portrays the true difficulties of finding love for people who have been deeply wounded by painful experiences. Putney is known for not shying away from difficult topics, and female slavery-both in the East Indies, and the U.S. is a significant issue in this story. which is quite unique in that it begins at the end. As one of the main characters Alexandra says to Gavin , "We did things backwards, starting with disaster, marriage and then love." How they work their way back from events they could not control makes their story less a fairy tale and more a story of real human love with all its difficulties.

    Sea Captain and international merchant Gavin Elliot has made his fortune in America and Asia, and he is heading back to London to set up a new office as well as to face his difficult family history. When he discovers British citizen Jeannette Warren in a slave market on his visit to a tropical Island, he tries to buy her, but the ruler decrees he must win her through a series of difficult physical challenges. Gavin frees Jeannette and marries her shortly after in an effort to preserve her reputation in London society.

    Meeting Alexandra's relatives brings Gavin into contact with Dukes and Duchesses, members of the landed gentry, an institution he has learned to despise in America. Gavin suffers to find his place among them but is even more baffled when his own history brings him into society in surprising ways. However, the overriding issue for the love between Gavin and Alexandra is her fragility due to the way she was treated as a slave. And just when the two are finding their way to towards love and romance, catastrophe enters their lives again with potentially disastrous results. Through it all Alexandra demonstrates courage and determination to fight for herself and for their happiness. While some readers have labelled the story "predictable," it doesn't seem possible to use that adjective in a tale about human bondage that works backwards through pain and brokenness to create love. Even though the author uses every plot device available to create what seems like melodrama, the story itself is compelling and lovely in the way it shows real human striving, using their compassion found through pain to create a life full of love and dedication to the betterment of society.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Week to Be Wicked: Spindle Cove, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Tessa Dare
    • Narrated By Carolyn Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (70)

    Minerva Highwood, one of Spindle Cove's confirmed spinsters, needs to be in Scotland. Colin Sandhurst, Lord Payne, a rake of the first order, needs to be...anywhere but Spindle Cove. These unlikely partners have one week: to fake an elopement to convince family and friends they're in love to outrun armed robbers to survive their worst nightmares to travel four hundred miles without killing each other. All while sharing a very small carriage by day and an even smaller bed by night.

    MM says: "I AM ABSOLUTELY IN LOVE WITH COLIN PAYNE!!"
    "Humorous, Romantic, Delightful"
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    I admit that I too fell in love with Lord Colin Payne and the story of his escapades with the bookish Minerva Highwood, who seems likely to become one of Spindle Cove's future spinsters. Minerva talks Lord Payne into escorting her in a fake elopement to Scotland, where she hopes to present her paper on fossils at the Geological Society in Edinburgh. Before he agrees, Colin sets several conditions on his participation, all of which Minerva knows are certain "ruin" her socially. But she is willing to sacrifice all to further her academic career. The journey becomes a comedy of errors of sorts where Colin's knack for storytelling creates unexpected surprises and brings Minerva out of her shell in astonishing ways. Minerva learns about his tragic past and brings Colin out of his "shell" as she comes to understand his secrets and what he needs to get beyond them. Lots of laughs as well as a sexy and touching romance.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Come Home to Me: Second Chances Time Travel Romance Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Peggy L Henderson
    • Narrated By Cody Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    Jake Owens is tired of life on his parents' Montana ranch, catering to city folk who want a taste of old-fashioned country living. He enjoys life in the fast lane, with fast cars and even faster women. When he falls in with the wrong crowd and is accused of murder, a stranger's bizarre offer at a second chance might be his only hope to clear his name. Rachel Parker is highly devoted to her family. A tragedy prompts a daring move to the Oregon Territory for a fresh start in a new land.

    Shirl says: "Come Home To Me Brought To Life"
    "Sweet story of second chance; poor narration"
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    I really think most reviewers were way off on this one with high ratings. The narration was almost a monotone with not much energy. The only reason I gave the story a higher rating was because the time travel angle made a basically ordinary story of the good girl getting the rake more interesting. The characters are lovable, and the romance basically sweet, and in that I agree with the reviewers who gave this listen high marks. Jake Owens is about to be convicted of a first degree murder that he did not commit. He is given the opportunity to have his reputation salvaged if he agrees to lead a party of travelers from Iowa to Oregon, but when he agrees, he does not realize that he is going back in time 2 centuries. Part of his assignment was to provide special care for a woman named Rachel Parker, and of course he ends up falling hard for her. The story of how they manage the problems created by time travel and Rachel's apparently married status makes this otherwise predictable cowboy love story more interesting than it might have bee. But the dialogue is stilted and made worse by the poor narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Never Less Than a Lady

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Mary Jo Putney
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (183)

    RITA Award-winning, New York Times best-selling author Mary Jo Putney is justly celebrated as a master of the Regency romance. Here Alexander Randall is the last heir to the Earl of Daventry and he must find himself a bride. His prayers are answered in the form of distressed midwife Julia Bancroft. But though their union would benefit both parties, Julia is reluctant to surrender her heart.

    Joki says: "Avoids the Cliches of the Genre"
    "Sweet, Lovely and totally predictable"
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    This story was brain candy for me. I found it a bit slow at the beginning, with a bit too much detailed conversation as if they were discussing the grocery lists. But I figured it was part of the development of a love relationship that starts out as non-existent - despite their marriage - and builds throughout. Alexander Randall who is suddenly to become the Earl of Daventry needs a bride, and he picks the only woman he's ever found attractive, the widowed midwife Julia Bancroft. Since the marriage proposal comes at a time when they are basically strangers and is offered only as a solution to Julia's life being threatened, they negotiate a marriage that leaves all kinds of doors open for later divorce. Julia's previous marriage has left her afraid of marrying again. Needless to say the plan to allow easy exit grows problematic as they become more involved with each other. Since we know there will be a happy ending, the story's biggest flaw is an inability to create much suspense. The characters are thoroughly lovable, though there are plenty of villains to keep things interesting, and the problem resolutions thoroughly satisfying. Pleasant and not too challenging read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thunder and Roses: Fallen Angels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Mary Jo Putney
    • Narrated By Peter Bishop
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (137)

    They called him the Demon Earl. They said he could do anything. Son of a rogue and a gypsy, Nicolas Davies was a notorious rake until a shattering betrayal left him alone and embittered in the Welsh countryside. Desperation drives quiet schoolmistress Clare Morgan to ask the Demon Earl to help save her village. Unwilling to involve himself in the problems of others, Nicholas sets an impossible price on his aid-only if Clare will live with him for three months, letting the world think the worst, will he intervene.

    bookworm2bookworm says: "Great start to a series!"
    "Excellent love story with great characters"
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    I really enjoyed this listen and am currently desperately searching for the rest of the "Fallen Angels" Series. I so appreciate an author who is able to provide the expected thrill of sexual romance within a plot structure that remains interesting beginning to end. Putney's characters are also interesting individual creations and not stock characters from the Romance genre's dusty closets. This story of the half-gypsy lord, Nicholas the "Demon Earl," who is embittered by a terrible betrayal and who lures schoolteacher Clare into his romantic trap in return for helping her village does not disappoint. I enjoyed the story's sexual thrills while watching the dynamic duo conspire together to overcome the evil mine overlord and change the village according to the vision that first led Clare to accept the Nicholas's odd proposal. Clare is such a flexible character that she fully participates in the rituals of Nicholas's romantic gypsy heritage and at the same time oversees his large house with the easy grace of one born to the task. One of the best!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Rock Arrangement: The Lonely Kings, #1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ava Lore
    • Narrated By Crystal Sershen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (300)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (288)

    Chronic loser Rebecca Alton is penniless, homeless, and sleeping on her sister’s couch. She needs a job, fast, but in this economy finding one is easier said than done. When she accidentally walks into the wrong office and finds herself auditioning for the role of fake girlfriend and very real babysitter to Carter Hudson, the out-of-control lead guitarist of an up and coming rock band, can she pull it off? And considering who her boss would be - Carter's brother and the band’s bassist, manager, and undisputed king of bad attitudes Kent Hudson - would she even want the job?

    Avid listener says: "Shocking narration!"
    "Lots of humor, Hot sex,and a touching story,"
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    I was captivated right from the beginning with this heroine and her story. It starts with an interesting character and an energy that I have found missing from so many of these modern "bad boy" romances. There's plenty of the hot and graphic sex that one comes to expect from these modern stories, but Carter Husdon and Rebecca Alton are interesting individuals who who engage in humorous and witty dialogue. The story begins with a classic misunderstanding as Rebecca goes to the wrong room to apply for what she thinks is a maid's job but which really is the PA tor Carter, lead guitarist to an up and coming rock band. As Rebecca looks around the room and compares her tube top and shabby jacket with the dark suits of other candidates, she realizes she's in trouble, and thus the humor begins. Carter's interview with these candidates is a riot. The two are immediately drawn to each other, and Rebecca proves herself to be an important source of help and inspiration to the whole band. When trouble arises for Rebecca, she finds out how the band and Carter really feel about her. Look for the song that Carter writes for Rebecca...gorgeous.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • London's Last True Scoundrel: The Westruthers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Christina Brooke
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Wiley
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Physically reckless, irrepressibly roguish, and poised on the brink of ruin, Jonathon Westruther, Earl of Davenport, returns from the dead only to throw himself into dissipation. Until he meets his worst nightmare: a straitlaced former schoolteacher he can't get out of his head. He resolves to seduce the delightful Miss Hilary deVere by fair means or foul. But when his past returns to endanger Hilary, he must protect her at all costs.

    Kimberly says: "Interesting plot and characters"
    "Humor, Sexy Romance, Great Story"
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    What a delightful listen this was. Jonathan, Earl of Davenport, is a gorgeous man but determined to destroy his reputation after returning from his feigned death. His cousins decide he needs some time in the country and dump him in the middle of nowhere, with nothing but his clothes, which is where he runs into Hilary DeVere who is a disheveled waif waking away from the job she just lost. Jonathan decides she must be "saved" because she's heading into a storm, and so begins their humorous and delightful courtship. Hilary is also running away from her scandalous brothers, and a comedy of errors ensues whereby rakish Jonathan manages to ruin her one chance to gain entrance to the "Season" of the Ton's courtship rituals. The humorous banter and irritation with each other lead, of course, to great sex and love, but not before a mystery plot develops out of Jonathan's strange history. How these spicy lovers come together is a delicious read that does not disappoint.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Luckiest Lady in London

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Sherry Thomas
    • Narrated By Corrie James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (80)

    Felix Rivendale, the Marquess of Wrenworth, is The Ideal Gentleman, a man all men want to be and all women want to possess. Even Felix himself almost believes this golden image. But underneath is a damaged soul soothed only by public adulation.Louisa Cantwell needs to marry well to support her sisters. She does not, however, want Lord Wrenworth-though he seems inexplicably interested in her. She mistrusts his outward perfection, and the praise he garners everywhere he goes.

    Jonna says: "Lovely story, extremely well-written"
    "Lovely story, extremely well-written"
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    This is my first Sherry Thomas story, and it sent me to the web searching for more, It is so well-written with interesting dialogue, fully fleshed-out characters and a plot that has twists and turns that are psychologically motivated and completely believable. Felix Rivendell is the perfect gentleman, but his difficult upbringing leads to dark motives in his otherwise perfect demeanor. Rebecca Cantwell needs to marry, and she seems to be the last person a suitor like Felix would seek. But he sees in her the complement to his own dark personality, and because she distrusts him, he mistakenly believes she understands his dark side. Despite incredible and incandescent sexual chemistry, it turns out his motivations are not clear to her, and he must prove his love in a way that makes her trust him. How he does that makes him a thoroughly lovable hero and the story a delightful listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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