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Julia

Kingsford, Australia | Member Since 2012

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  • Beyond Seduction: A Bastion Club Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (126)

    In a moment of recklessness, Gervase Tregarth, sixth Earl of Crowhurst, swears he’ll marry the next eligible lady to cross his path. Cloistered at his ancestral castle in Cornwall, with nary a suitable woman for miles, he never expects he’ll have to fulfill his pledge, at least not until the London season begins. But then he meets his neighbor, the very appealing Madeline Gascoigne.

    Years of secret service to the Crown have taught Gervase the value of always having a loophole - there will be no wedding if he and Madeline are not compatible in every way.

    Toni says: "Great addition to the Bastion Club series"
    "Love the characters"
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    Madeline is my favourite Bastion club heroine. She actually IS a strong, independent woman and a lot of authors could learn how to write one from Stephanie Laurens!

    Madeline runs the Gascoigne estate in lieu of her much younger brothers. She spends her days out riding, gives advice to local farmers and gentry alike, keeps up on their mining and investments, is a mother to her younger borthers and still finds time to be seduced by the hero Earl on the neighbouring estate when he returns from war. She comes off as intelligent and capable without being arrogant - a really likable leading lady.

    Their love story is slow but passionate, and it was incredibly enjoyable to listen to Gervase decide Madeline was going to be his Countess then pursue her until she agreed.

    The story is well-woven and the surrounding cast make the story even more enjoyable, the only let down is the characterisation of the female voices. The women all sound as though the narrator is mocking them, which I don't think he is.

    That's not insurmountable - the story is so good I went back for a second listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chasin' Eight: Rough Riders, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Lorelei James
    • Narrated By Vanessa Caine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (180)

    Suspended until he gets his act together, bull rider Chase McKay has sworn off women. Forever. Or at least a month. Whichever comes first. Actress Ava Cooper became a tabloid target when her boyfriend was outed as gay. When she goes into hiding in an abandoned trailer, though, she finds it occupied by the kind of red-blooded cowboy she needs to prove she’s got the goods between the sheets.

    chris falcone says: "Great story from Lorelei James. Blah narrator."
    "Hot cowboy + sexy actress = steaming story!"
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    Ever had Audible suggest something for you, where you stop, blink, and wonder if there's a glitch? The computer must have a virus or something? Because that suggestion is *nothing* like what you normally listen to? Well that's what I thought when "Chasin' Eight" came up as something I would like. I mean - cowboys? Bullriders? I like Earls and Dukes and sometimes Demons or Vampires. Not Cowboys.

    It turns out Audible was very very right. After half an hour I was not only hooked but utterly converted - full on Western lover. "Hoooooo yeah. Bullriders!" Chase McKay is one HOT professional bullrider who is used to getting everything he wants. The story opens with him in an explicit threesome that doesn't exactly go his way. Suddenly he doesn't get sex all day everyday with the always willing "buckle bunnies" on the rodeo circuit, now he has to lie low and keep scandal free.

    Ava Cooper is an LA actress whose series has been dropped, who is being stalked by the paparazzi, and who lost her confidence the moment she discovered her boyfriend came out to the world before he did to her.

    Chase organises to hide out in his ranching cousin's old trailer to avoid the temptation of sex. Ava escapes to her lawyer friend's cabin hoping she can have a holiday fling with a cowboy, any cowboy, to get some of her mojo back.

    It's at that trailer where they meet. In the middle of the night. Naked.

    The story goes from strength to strength from there on out. The pair form a tentative friendship, change up their looks and go on the road, hoping to rebuild Chase's bullriding career and Ava's filmmaking eye. On the way there's some serious UST, then lust, then genuine love.

    The characters are hyper-real and hyper-hot. Chase and Ava both grow as people as they fall in love but they're still sparky firecrackers the pair of them and it's engrossing. Not to mention erotic! I couldn't bring myself to even pause this story.

    Props to the narrator - I thought she did a terrific job with both Chase and Ava. Some of those steamy scenes in the middle were almost melting my earbuds!

    If you haven't met the Rough Riders series yet, then know that Chase is just one among a slew of hunky McKay brothers and cousins, each and every one of them ready to be fallen in love with. Don't let the fact that this is book 8 put you off. This is a self-contained story and a great place to start. It does a great job of introducing you to a Wyoming family filled with plenty more rough and ready characters to capture your heart.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Love in the Afternoon

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Alison Packard
    • Narrated By Gia St. Claire
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    Kayla Maxwell is eager to shed her slasher-flick bimbo image - and she plans to do just that in her new role on daytime's most popular soap. With a chance to showcase her dramatic range, Kayla will be able to wash away the lingering betrayal and public humiliation left by her controlling, philandering ex-boyfriend. Sean Barrett, the son of an influential, award-winning actor, is the hottest soap star in the country. Paired on-screen with the talented and beautiful Kayla Maxwell, Sean is determined to keep her at arm's length, burned before by fame-seeking actresses who had no qualms about using him to get to his famous father.

    Kristin says: "Another fun read."
    "Listened nonstop and loved every minute"
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    I usually listen to regency romances but picked this on a whim (the cover was pretty - that's my entire rationale).

    It was surprisingly enjoyable! Both the main characters are down to earth and lovable, the plots are easy to follow, and the narration was terrific. The surrounding characters of their friends and family provide a nice backdrop as Kayla and Sean become friends and then fall in love on the set of their daytime soap. Sounds corny but it's really well done.

    I definitely recommend this one as a highly enjoyable holiday read!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Two for the Dough

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lori Petty
    Overall
    (488)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (107)

    Stephanie Plum once again takes to the mean streets of Trenton, NJ, armed with attitude (not to mention stun guns, defense sprays, killer flashlights, and her untrustworthy .38) to find Kenny Mancuso, who recently left the army, inadvertently shot his best friend, and is on the run in violation of a bond.

    Susan says: "Fun Fun Fun"
    "Love the story, hate the abridged version"
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    Great story, made utterly confusing in this abridged version. Characters are cut out and the plot gets hard to follow. I love Janet Evanovich but get an unabridged version if you can, this one really let me down after previously listening to C. J. Critt's fantastic unabridged reading of "One for the Money".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Perfectly Proper

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Bailey Griffin
    • Narrated By Kendra Morgan, Max Turner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    High-spirited Morgan Westfall leaves the family estate to search for her brother, Jack, Earl of Rathbourne and agent for the Crown. She is accompanied by rugged Highlander rogue Tristan McTavish. Danger dogs their trail, as well as the smoldering sexual tension between them. Adventure, romance, plots against the Crown and treachery lead beautiful Morgan Westfall on a journey that may not be…Perfectly Proper.

    Marcheta says: "Couldn't get past the dull narration"
    "Good summary, terrible performance"
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    The summary drew me in and the plot sounded good in theory but the first forty-five minutes were consumed with explaining unengaging back-story.

    Aside from that, the narration was such a hurdle that I had to give up before the end. In fact the awful performance is all that sticks with me - reminded me of listening to the class all take turns reading aloud in high school.

    This book was a real let down as I otherwise enjoy having a narrator of each sex do the performance. When we met the Scottish love interest who sounded just the same as the English one, it grated so much I had to turn it off. Unfortunately the American accents just didn't gel with the English Regency setting of the novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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