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Karen

Historical romance junkie. Who doesn't love romance?

Edinburgh, Scotland | Member Since 2007

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  • 556 titles in library
  • 31 purchased in 2014
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  • An Unsuitable Bride: Blackwater Brides, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jane Feather
    • Narrated By Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (22)

    With more than 10 million copies of her books in print, New York Times best-selling author Jane Feather is one of the biggest names in historical romance. The third novel in the Blackwater Brides trilogy finds comely Alexandra Douglas in London, reeling from news of her father’s death - and of her disinheritance. Posing as a librarian, Alex infiltrates her former home, where love awaits in the form of her stepbrother’s friend, the Honorable Peregrine Sullivan.

    Karen says: "Great book! Not so great listen."
    "Great book! Not so great listen."
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    I love Jane Feather's books, I think she writes a great romance filled with intrigue and deep human emotions. I looked forward to this third book after reading the first two and it was as good as the first two but I'm sorry Jill Tanner is not my favorite narrator. I don't want to be mean as she has excellent skills as a narrator but as a romance narrator she comes off as sterile and cold, very unromantic. I can think of many other genres she could read for an be incredible but in this one area I just can't connect with the story when she reads. This is the 4th book I have had to abandon because her sterile reading just causes me to lose interest. I end up buying the book and picking it up where I left off because I just can't finish listening. It might just be me, but I would recommend future listeners to take advantage of the preview button before purchasing to see if you can stand 6 hours of the droning Jill Tanner delivers. Sorry Jill.

    2 of 2 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"
    "Great story, great performance"
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    I love Sherry Hill's writing, she makes her characters complete with real human conditions. This story is filled with romance and anguish. Boy wants girl, gets girl and then decides he doesn't want her. The obstacles they both overcome to understand each other is touching and heart warming. Corrie James does an excellent job narrating this story.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Unexpected Duchess: Playful Brides, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Valerie Bowman
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    Lady Upton's tongue may be too sharp to attract suitors, but her heart is good, and when her painfully shy friend Cassandra needs help, she devises a brilliant scheme to help her discourage an unwanted suitor, the Duke of Claringdon. Lucy will hide behind the hedgerow and tell Cass just what to say...but it turns out that he's made of sterner stuff than either of them anticipated. And Lucy is shocked to discover that tangling with the tenacious man is the most fun she's had in ages.

    Karen says: "Didn't enjoy the narrator"
    "Didn't enjoy the narrator"
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    I'm a huge fan of Valerie Bowman and have read or listened to all of her books. This is a great story but for me personally it was ruined by the narrator. While she is charming and well spoken her cadence was to fast and her voice made the characters sound very young and child like. I couldn't get into the story and had to stop half way through and get the book to read. I enjoyed the plot and story very much, just didn't enjoy the narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Once and Future Duchess: Royal Entourage, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Sophia Nash
    • Narrated By Barrie Kreinik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    In theory, the Duke of Candover is the most eligible peer in the realm. But in truth, he has a deep aversion to the merest hint of marriage, not to mention two botched engagements which have marked his jaded soul. Now, after a debauched bachelor party that causes public outcry, the Prince Regent is demanding that it's Candover's turn to be brought to heel. And Prinny secretly believes that Isabelle Tremont, the Duchess of March, is precisely the lady up to the challenge.

    Karen says: "More please!!!"
    "More please!!!"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this story by Sophie Nash. I wasn't familiar with her writing and took a gamble buying this book but it was good fun and a great read. I'm looking forward to more books by this author. The narrator was very good, she spoke very clearly and had many different voices. The plot twist and turns were great and I really want to listen to the other books in this series. Very credit worthy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ravishing the Heiress

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Sherry Thomas
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (50)

    Millicent understands the terms of her arranged marriage all too well. She gets to be a Countess by marrying an impoverished Earl. And in return, the Earl Fitzhugh receives the benefit of her vast wealth, saving his family from bankruptcy. Because of her youth, they have agreed to wait eight years before consummating the marriage--and then, only to beget an heir. After which, they will lead separate lives. It is a most sensible arrangement. Except for one little thing.

    Mary says: "An enjoyable listen."
    "Heartbreakingly tender"
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    I loved the fragility of the hero and heroine in this tender story of a forced marriage that turns into friendship and eventually love. The main characters felt very human and their story was told with such tender loving care you couldn't help but root for them. Every character was well fleshed out and given respect and dignity. This was an excellent read and very credit worthy. Jenny Sterlin will whisk you away to another time and place with her soothing voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beguiling the Beauty

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Sherry Thomas
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (44)

    When the Duke of Lexington meets the mysterious Baroness von Seidlitz-Hardenberg on a transatlantic liner, he is fascinated. She’s exactly what he’s been searching for - a beautiful woman who interests and entices him. He falls hard and fast - and soon proposes marriage. And then she disappears without a trace.… For in reality, the "baroness" is Venetia Easterbrook - a proper young widow who had her own vengeful reasons for instigating an affair with the duke. But the plan has backfired. Venetia has fallen in love with the man she despised - and there’s no telling what might happen when she is finally unmasked….

    Diane M. Vergowven says: "Sherry Thomas is the best!"
    "Well done Ms. Thomas, you have a new fan"
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    I enjoyed the story line in this book very much. The author Sherry Thomas takes us on an unexpected journey. How two people could dislike each other more and still end up together is a writing feat worthy of being shared. I thoroughly enjoyed the narrator too. Her ability to do different characters and not read to fast should be applauded. It's difficult in historical romance to change up the boy meets girl and falls in love plot line but Ms. Thomas did it wonderfully.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tempting the Bride

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Sherry Thomas
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Helena Fitzhugh understands perfectly well that she would be ruined should her secret love affair be discovered. So when a rendezvous goes wrong and she is about to be caught in the act, it is with the greatest reluctance that she accepts help from David Hillsborough, Viscount Hastings, and elopes with him to save her reputation. Helena has despised David since they were children - the notorious rake has tormented her all her life. David, on the other hand, has always loved Helena, but his pride will never let him admit the secrets of his heart.

    Karen says: "I couldn't stop listening"
    "I couldn't stop listening"
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    I couldn't pull the headphones out of my ears. It was funny, charming, sad and exhilarating. The hero and heroine are so human they could exist today. I liked that the heroine was a strong self sufficent woman and the hero was equal measure of proud and vain. Together they struggle to find happiness together. Can't wait to read another book by Ms. Thomas, I was thoroughly pleased.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Secrets of a Scandalous Marriage: Secret Brides Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Valerie Bowman
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    A duchess awaiting trial for her vile husband's murder is the most delicious gossip the ton has heard in years. But for Kate Townsende, the woman in question, it could be a matter of life and death. And when a shrewd and handsome nobleman offers to publish her side of the story while arranging for a barrister to take her case, she's tempted by much more than the chance to defend herself. James Bancroft, Viscount Medford, tells himself he's only interested in a best-selling pamphlet, but Kate's stubborn determination is captivating. Could the accused widow be telling the truth?

    CAROLYN says: "Just hit the 'Add To Cart' button it's DELICIOUS"
    "Third times a charm?"
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    In this third book by Valerie Bowman we get to see Lord Perfect's story as he finds romance, pursues and then discards it only to eventually make peace with his perfection and throw off his perfect mantle to become human like the rest of us and truly fall in love. It's a nice story but not as much fun as her first two books.

    The book starts out as the story of a Duchess accused of murdering her husband and half way through the book when we find out who the real murderer is I felt like the whole thing was swept under the carpet and thrown away leaving me feeling a little let down and abandoned as I wondered where the story would go with so much time left. Then I felt like the story floundered from one step to the next making it feel disjointed and broken. It's eventual outcome came back around but it did feel very choppy.

    Overall it's a nice story and I gave it four stars because I enjoyed the first two books so much and this one had many returning characters. I highly recommend reading the first two books before taking this one on. This was not my favorite but I do hope she continues to write more books as I have enjoyed Ms. Bowman's other stories very much. It wasn't a bad book by any means but for me it was just OK.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Highlander Taken

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Juliette Miller
    • Narrated By Gemma Johansson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (117)

    To secure her family's alliance with the powerful Clan Mackenzie, Stella Morrison has no choice but to wed the notorious Kade Mackenzie. Unable to ignore the whispers that surround him, she resigns herself to a marriage in name only. Yet as the fierce warrior strips away Stella's doubt one seductive touch at a time, burgeoning desire forces her to question all she holds as truth. Leading a rebellious army should have been Kade's greatest challenge... but conquering the heart of his reluctant bride becomes an all-consuming need.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Wow! I wasn't expecting this much sensuality!"
    "I want my own Cade"
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    I don't read many books written in the first person so when it first started I was disappointed but that quickly gave way to interest which gave way to heart palpitations. When Stella finds herself engaged and married the Cade MacKennzie she fears he will be like every other man in her life, awful. She dreads being married to someone known as a "brute". Having only known Pain and betrayal at the hands of her father and his men, she fears her new husband and his reputation. The journey the author takes us on is one of a young girl learning that everyone has there faults and virtues as she explores her new marriage and life in the midst of turmoil and upheaval. Very well narrated and so touching you will fall in love with both characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Once Upon a Kiss

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tanya Anne Crosby
    • Narrated By Braden Wright
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (133)

    To settle a feud, Dominique Beauchamp was resigned to wed in order to heal their injured lands. Offered in marriage by her brother to the lord of Drakewich, she came to take the d'Lucy name... but never counted on losing her heart to the brother of her betrothed - the Black Dragon. Blaec d'Lucy mistrusted her from the beginning, believing her to be part of her brother's endless perfidy, but he was powerless to resist the fiery-haired vixen that rode so proudly into their midst. Their love was sealed... once upon a kiss.

    Lynn says: "The "Kiss" delivered"
    "Glad I stumbled on this"
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    I enjoyed this story. There were a lot of twists and turns that made it a bit unpredictable. A nice change from the usual love story. It's not as steamy as some love stories so if your not into that you will really enjoy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Temptation in a Kilt: Bad Boys of the Highlands, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Victoria Roberts
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Wiley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    It's a sign of Lady Rosalia Armstrong's desperation that she's seeking refuge in a place as rugged and challenging as the Scottish Highlands. She doesn't care about hardship and discomfort, if only she can become master of her own life. Laird Ciaran MacGregor, however, is completely beyond her control.... Ciaran MacGregor knows it's perilous to get embroiled with a fiery Lowland lass, especially one as headstrong as Rosalia. Having made a rash promise to escort her all the way to Glengarry, now he's stuck with her, even though she challenges his legendary prowess at every opportunity.

    CAROLYN says: "OK I WAS TEMPTED...BUT YOU HAD ME AT THE WORD KILT"
    "More twists and turns than a Highland road"
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    Nice story line filled with several plot twists that take the reader out of the expected and into a genuine story. I wanted a light read that was simple and uncomplicated since my life of late has been very complicated. I thought this might be the book for that and while I was wrong I wasn't disappointed.

    All the characters are well flushed out and very human. The storyline flows very nicely and is filled with romance and drama. Even though there were no big sex scenes it was still a good solid story. Definitely worth a credit.

    Elizabeth Wiley is an excellent narrator. Her cadence and speech patterns are spot on and her voices are rich and varied making each character identifiable. I wish she could narrate more romances.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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