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  • When Beauty Tamed the Beast

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Eloisa James
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (520)
    Performance
    (474)
    Story
    (473)

    Miss Linnet Berry Thrynne is a Beauty... Naturally, she's betrothed to a Beast. Piers Yelverton, Earl of Marchant, lives in a castle in Wales where, it is rumored, his bad temper flays everyone he crosses. And rumor also has it that a wound has left the earl immune to the charms of any woman. Linnet is not just any woman. She is more than merely lovely: her wit and charm brought a prince to his knees. She estimates the earl will fall madly in love - in just two weeks. She is more than merely lovely: her wit and charm brought a prince to his knees.

    Elizabeth says: "Witty banter, sexy story, good fun"
    "Dr. House Does the Regency Period"
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    My first by the author. Very entertaining and a bit on the light side, although it was very witty. There were a few angsty parts and quite a bit about facing the fact that parents are flawed humans like everyone else and you either have to live your life angry and bitter or accept them and let it go.

    My assumption about the hero being inspired by Dr. House was fair. The author actually mentioned at the end that the TV show was her primary inspiration even more so than the fairytale. Piers was a doctor who definitely had the snarky, living in pain, and inappropriately funny part of it down. He was his own character, however. For one thing he fought desperately NOT to depend on drugs or alcohol for his pain, but feared due to family history and the unrelenting pain that he may end up becoming an opiate addict at some point anyway. He was very afraid to marry and have children because of the nightmare his father, the Duke, put he and his mother through due to his opium addiction. I don't think this is a spoiler, because it seemed obvious to me -- but I'll put it behind a tag anyway. (view spoiler)

    The Earl/Doctor can be a real ass, which shouldn't be a surprise. Linnet mostly puts him in his place and gives as good as she gets. She's no doormat by any stretch of the imagination.

    If you're very bothered by anachronisms, there are certainly some here. Some of the phrases used, in particular, seemed very out of place in a Regency. i.e. "What happens in Wales, stays in Wales." Also, and this is very YMMV, I like the hero to have to convince the heroine he loves her even though he's acted like a complete jackass. Linett has his number, so his revelation is not surprising to her. Although his actions in the end do show his unconditional, deep love for her. I definitely won't spoil that part.

    Re: the audio, Susan Duerden was excellent as always.

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  • Claimed by the Highlander: Highlander Series #2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Julianne MacLean
    • Narrated By Antony Ferguson
    Overall
    (213)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (195)

    With his tawny mane, battle-hewn brawn, and ferocious roar, Angus “The Lion” MacDonald is the most fearsome warrior Lady Gwendolen has ever seen - and she is his most glorious conquest. Captured in a surprise attack on her father's castle, Gwendolen is now forced to share her bed with the man who defeated her clan. But, in spite of Angus's overpowering charms, she refuses to surrender her innocence without a fight. With her stunning beauty, bold defiance, and brazen smile, Gwendolen is the most infuriating woman Angus has ever known - and the most intoxicating.

    Colleen says: "Love this series!"
    "My Last in the Series"
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    2.5 stars really

    The author did do a good job with making the hero a ruthless bad ass with redeeming qualities and I liked the heroine much better in this installment. But something about MacLean's choice of words frequently takes me out of the story. For example when I hear someone talking about being 'kicked in the nuggets', it reminds me more of a 12-year-old American middle school kid than a historical Highland warrior. Maybe I'm wrong and that was an olden time saying of yore... but it didn't feel right. And that's just one example.

    Also, I personally do not like to be spoon fed what I should feel or told what conclusions to draw. The hero was someone who had betrayed someone close to him. He therefore had trust issues and self esteem issues. I think the average reader is certainly smart enough to put two and two together and realize that a lot of his trust issues comes from the fact that he feels guilty about his mistakes and thinks basically that he can't trust anyone since he can't even trust himself. Yet, there is constant unnecessary navel gazing and self-analysis going on. That threw me out of the time period and made me feel more like I was reading a 'costume drama' rather than being transported to another time/place.

    MacLean obviously has a legion of fans and I can understand it, but I suppose I look for something a bit different in my historicals. I won't be finishing the trilogy.

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  • Fires of Innocence

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jane Bonander
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    When Scotty MacDowell rescues a wounded stranger from a fierce blizzard, she is thinking only of saving a lost traveler. She never expects to find a passionate lover in Alex Golovin through nursing him back to health. Seven months later, Alex returns to Scotty's tiny cabin in the wilderness, but not to take her back into his arms. Instead of the man she loved, Alex returns as an angry lawyer, determined to run Scotty off of her beloved land.

    KatieV says: "Enjoyable if cheesy at times"
    "Enjoyable if cheesy at times"
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    3.5 stars actually, but rounding up since I did enjoy this even though it was far from perfect.

    I tend to be a fan of angst and this was much more fluffy than my usual fair. The heroine had a pet raccoon and a Indian friend who spoke like Tonto (cringe). However, it was engaging. The beginning drags a bit with the two being stuck inside her isolated cabin, but after that it definitely picked up. What I liked was that my predictions were either dead wrong or not exactly what I'd expected and that kept me interested.

    Basic storyline: the heroine is living alone in her isolated cabin located on what is now Yosemite Nat'l Park. Her father had recently died and that left her and her assortment of animals alone. She knew the government was trying to evict all settlers in the area to make it a national park, but she thought she had the winter since the passes close due to snow.

    The hero makes it through just before the big freeze, however. He shows up at her door bleeding from a gunshot wound inflicted by an angry evictee and she nurses him back to health. She is very young, naive, and sheltered. She has no idea how a young lady is supposed to act so she just says and does whatever she feels like. The hero, who's in his 30's is obviously attracted to her but feels he should leave her alone due to her age, inexperience, and the basic situation. However, it doesn't happen that way. And that's about all I'm going to say. I won't spoil the rest. However, I will say that the h was a virgin and there were no multiple partners. I know those are a biggie for some.

    A few weird things: There was one sex scene that was lol worthy. If you read it, you'll know exactly which one I was speaking of. Another odd thing was the story takes place shortly after the end of the Civil War and the hero was in the war. He mentions at one point being 'with Jackson'. I really didn't get that, since I automatically think of the Confederate General 'Stonewall' Jackson and don't see why the hero (a native Californian with no ties to the South) would have been in the Confederate army to begin with. If he was, why/how was he being employed by the U.S. government to be their legal representative in evicting the settlers so soon after the war? It just doesn't make sense on several different levels. Possibly I heard wrong, but I could have sworn he mentioned 'Jackson'. *shrugs* Also, the heroine had all these cutesy little folksy sayings and it was WAY overdone. I think she should have just spoken plainly in many places to avoid overkill.

    On a side note: the cover is a gigantic fail. The heroine is quite definitely described as someone with very dark hair, not a a blond. Also, she is only 18 and that figures heavily into her personality, actions, etc. The lady on the cover is lovely, but too mature and too blonde. Seriously, couldn't the publishers at least look at the old covers and take a clue from that before picking the characters from their revolving stash of stock photos used these days? Is that too much to ask?

    Re: the audio: The narrator should not try to do accents. Enuf said.

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  • The Secrets She Carried

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Lynne Graham
    • Narrated By Antonia Beamish
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Erin Turner and Cristophe Donakis set the bed sheets alight during their scorching affair. But Erin's hopes of a diamond ring turned to ash when he unceremoniously kicked her out of his bed and onto the cold London streets. Years later, Erin's world is rocked again when she meets her newest business client. She knows it's him the moment his designer aftershave hits her senses....

    Cristophe is going to make Erin pay back what he believes she stole - in whatever way he demands.... But little does he know that Erin's about to drop two very important bombshells!

    KatieV says: "Anticlimactic and forgettable."
    "Anticlimactic and forgettable."
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    Anticlimactic and forgettable. Not one of Grahams better works. I usually like her and this plot, but honestly I've already forgotten most of the content here. Nothing stood out.

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  • Take This Regret

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By A. L. Jackson
    • Narrated By Andi Arndt
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (125)

    Christian Davison has a plan for his life. He is determined to become an attorney and to one day take his place as partner in his father's law firm. Nothing will stand in his way, not even Elizabeth Ayers and their unborn child. After Christian cuts her from his life, Elizabeth spends the next five years struggling to provide for her daughter and willing to sacrifice anything to give her child a safe, comfortable life. For five years, Christian has regretted the day he walked away from his family and will do anything to win them back just as Elizabeth will do anything to protect her daughter from the certain heartache she believes Christian will bring upon them.

    KatieV says: "Manufactured melodrama overload/pathetic hero"
    "Manufactured melodrama overload/pathetic hero"
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    I am truly not one of those people who gets a kick out of not liking what everyone else likes. If it's something I enjoy, I don't care how popular it is. I'll jump on the bandwagon and wave my flag like the village idiot. Heck, I love the most crazy, wth-just-happened Harlequins I can find. Literary snob, I am not.

    That being said. I hated this. And, oh the reasons why...

    1) It was ALL about the kid. Not what I call a romance. Don't get me wrong, the kid was cute. The kid was the most likeable character in the book, in fact.

    2) Manufactured melodrama overload and a hero that is pathetic.

    3) Not only first person, but rotating first person. We'd see things through the h's eyes in first person and then see the exact same things through the H's eyes in first person. Double wammy! Obviously that's YMMV. I've seen first person done well, but it rarely works for me.

    My take

    Christian kicks Elizabeth out when he finds out she's pregnant and doesn't see her or the kid until the child is almost 5-years-old.

    Wouldn't it have been just as dramatic and more forgivable to make the time period shorter. 2 years maybe? IMHO, the author wrote things to be as melodramatic as possible without having a way out that made sense for the characters (or anyone on this planet).

    Why so long? Does that even make sense if he misses them so badly? Is that even forgivable? This lady needed to read more Harlequins. If you're going to go this far over the top, go all the way. Make it practically campy in it's OTT drama. Dude should have been a giant dick THEN just as he was going to find his love and newborn infant, he gets hit by a car and spends 5 years with amnesia all while having mysterious dreams of a blond woman and child that would cause him to wake in a sweat and make mysterious sketches. Meanwhile the blow to the head made him a finance genius and he becomes the most powerful tycoon on the planet. Then when he finds the heroine and his child, he goes all megalomaniac alpha and takes over with fake threats of taking the child, etc etc.

    This hero was such a weenie. He had no good excuse. His dad was a pushy, arrogant bastard - cry me a friggin river.

    Basically the H/h could have been together earlier (per the "H") if Elizabeth had made the first move. Because that makes sense after someone kicks you to the curb while pregnant. Just go chase him down, girl!

    :-/ I feel like I need a gif here.

    Apparently Christian was emo-boy sleep-with-anything-in-a-skirt-because-I-FEEL-so-much for almost six years while waiting for her to sue him for child support, or call, or something to open the lines of communication. He only finds them by a fluke.

    I know some of the alpha heroes we read about would drive us INSANE in real life, but jeez this dude was so far down the Greek alphabet we may have to invent a new letter.

    The author wrote herself into a hole then used Elizabeth's breakdown as a way out. A way for Christian to look like the better person (didn't work for me) and put them on more even footing I suppose, before the HEA. Because, no matter how nice Christian was to the little girl, it was damn impossible to explain those 5+ years, so she had to make Elizabeth look like a head case who made bad decisions too.

    Puke. Need another gif here...

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  • The Prince's Chambermaid

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Sharon Kendrick
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Acclaimed author Sharon Kendrick has penned more than 70 passionate romance tales that have topped best-seller lists on both sides of the Atlantic. In The Prince’s Chambermaid, Prince Xaviero engages in a steamy affair with chambermaid Cathy. And after he’s taught her everything he knows, their romance is to end. But when the King of Zaffirinthos falls ill, Xaviero is forced to step in and assume the role of Prince Regent. Now with thoughts of Cathy’s voluptuous form haunting his dreams, Xaviero makes a fateful decision to make her his princess.

    KatieV says: "I'll never get that time back."
    "I'll never get that time back."
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    Good merciful heavens this was stupid and I have no one to blame but myself. The title sounds like a cheesy porn and the content wasn't much more substantial. I am embarrassed for myself.

    Quick synopsis: The hero thinks he's better than the heroine and spends the book saying the most snobbish offensive things ever. The heroine takes it. Inside she's angry, but she NEVER defends herself. He's a prince, that's just how he is...

    PUKE.

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  • Once a Ferrara Wife...

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Sarah Morgan
    • Narrated By Julia Franklin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    A sexy, fast-paced tale of modern romance set on the sultry island of Sicily. Laurel Ferrara wouldn't know a happy ending if she fell over it; of course her whirlwind wedding was always going to end in disaster. But she can't just walk away. From the moment she is summoned back to Sicily the shivers of unease set in. The command comes from legendary billionaire Cristiano Ferrara, the husband she can't forget - but it might as well have come from the devil himself....

    KatieV says: "Not my favorite flavor of angst"
    "Not my favorite flavor of angst"
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    This was well written and angst ridden, but was only a "like" for me. I think it's simply a matter of taste. Just wasn't my favorite flavor of angst. The subject matter isn't what I typically seek in an HP. I prefer more crazy.

    This was all about a marriage that fell apart due to faults on both sides and much of the angst is centered around miscarriage and fertility.

    I felt the heroine contributed the most to the demise by refusing to communicate. Her past explained it, but I still found her frustrating and didn't identify with her. I admit I get a kick out of the Hero being the one with the most to answer for. In his one, he made mistakes, but she never gave him a chance to answer for them and I believe that if she had he would have stepped up.

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  • Highland Warrior: Clan Campbell, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Monica McCarty
    • Narrated By Roger Hampton
    Overall
    (392)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (353)

    The ruthless enforcer of Scotland's most powerful clan, Jamie Campbell will use any means necessary to vanquish lawlessness and unrest among the feuding Highland clans. Seduction is a game as easily played as subterfuge, but when Jamie poses as a suitor to a rival clan's daughter in order to expose treason, the line between duty and pleasure is suddenly blurred.

    NEW NAME says: "I am so torn, I loved it, I hated it"
    "Liked it, but Book 2 was my favorite"
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    3.5 stars rounded up.

    This is my first read by this author and I'll definitely give her another go.

    I loved the hero. He was besotted from day one and not above rather ruthlessly manipulating events to force the heroine's hand in marriage, something I always fall for. Especially since he truly wanted her to be happy and was a very honorable man.

    The heroine was sometimes difficult, but I didn't dislike her. I tried to put myself in her shoes. She'd been pampered and deliberately shielded from the world by her father and older brothers. This wasn't her fault and her personality and views were to be expected. Still she was someone who fiercely loved those close to her down to the average servant and was not a mean or heartless person.

    I always found it ironic that men of those times liked to think of women as shallow and frivolous, but they deliberately kept them ignorant of the real world and encouraged them to remain nearly childlike. It was a self fulfilling prophecy when they behaved in such a way. I don't believe this heroine had ever been more than a few miles from her home in her life. This led to someone with a very limited world view who saw things as black or white, good or evil and no one aside from the hero ever challenged that view.

    When she was disillusioned it came as a huge blow and adjusting to it was hard for her and painful for the reader as well. McCarty didn't flinch from the brutality of the times and I respect that. I hate whitewashing history to make everything sweet and fluffy.

    When it comes to the heroine's sometimes stubborn and difficult behavior, I tried to remember how much clan loyalty and feuds meant to Scottish highlanders of the time. Her distrust for the hero was very understandable given the circumstances and the fact that all of her clansmen hated her new husband. She was in a difficult situation and obviously very torn and confused in this new world of complexity and split loyalties.

    However, I think the author let it drag a bit toward the end with the heroine's constant flip-flopping between trusting and not trusting the hero. It's easy to sit back and judge after the fact, but IMHO McCarty pushed the h's distrust (no matter the justification) to a point that could have turned some readers against her and lost this book a 1/2 star on my part.

    I do want to check out the rest of the series. There was one person in this novel (the H's brother) who deserved a serious comeuppance and that didn't happen here. I'm hoping he'll get it in book 2 or 3. Of course, historically, men did get away with such actions in those times and McCarty may choose to let that happen in his case. If so, I'll respect the decision because I'd rather have a villain go unpunished than have a brutal time in history turned into a fluffy-bunny dreamland.

    ETA: Audio Review - Roger Hampton is one of the few male narrators in romance that I can tolerate. Most men make the heroine sound like a linebacker in drag (YMMV). I think he does an exceptionally good job of doing the female voices. It has to be be hard to voice another sex. Not sure of the accuracy of the accents, but sounds good to me. The heroes sound bone-meltingly sexy.

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  • Highland Outlaw: Clan Campbell, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Monica McCarty
    • Narrated By Roger Hampton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (195)

    Handsome and dangerous, Patrick MacGregor is a wanted man, possessing the tough, tenacious spirit of his outlawed clan. He will stop at nothing to save his people from destruction, even if it means marrying Elizabeth Campbell, the daughter of his worst enemy. Yet the flaxen-haired beauty disarms him from the start. Her sweet, unspoiled softness touches the cold depths of his ravaged soul-and makes him want much more than revenge.

    CAROLYN says: "Download the whole series, you won't be disappoint"
    "Loved it!"
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    No, it wasn't perfect (few things are), but I did enjoy it 5 stars worth. Definitely preferred this to the predecessor although I did enjoy that one as well. IMHO, the heroine in the first novel was nothing compared to this heroine.

    The odd thing is that this had a few elements that I'm not particularly fond of in a romance and McCarty completely made it work for me.

    *** SOME SPOILERS BELOW ***



    I like the virgin heroine trope. It's not a moral judgement at all. I think it's mostly because I enjoy the wakening of sexuality part and because there's a certain implied vulnerability factor. For someone who loves vengeful heroes and/or heroes with ulterior motives the virginity factor fits in perfectly. However, McCarty was able to make the heroine even MORE vulnerable due to her experience without using a previous rape/sexual trauma, as is often done in these cases.

    The heroine (who I loved) was seduced and lost her virginity to a man who wanted her for her dowry and she finds this out in a heartbreaking scene.

    The heroine was someone who struggled with a stutter and was shy because of it. By all accounts she was pretty, but not the kind of flashy traffic-stopping beauty that some heroine's are. Combine that with a stutter, shyness and a very powerful and over-protective family and you get someone with a limited amount of suitors and little self-esteem where men/relationships are concerned. After what happened with her POS of a former fiance, she is terrified of relationships and also afraid no one will want her once they find out she has been "ruined" - sadly a real possibility in those days/times.

    The hero (who was just yummy) instantly found her beautiful, however. There was so much chemistry between the two. Even though he had ulterior motives in seeking her hand it was clear from the prologue that he was drawn to her in a way that he'd never been drawn to a woman before.

    I knew the big reveal where the heroine realizes she has been deceived had the potential for a great scene if you like those sorts of story lines and I was not disappointed. I could feel her pain and the hero's remorse.

    Also, again, as in the previous book I give kudos to McCarty for addressing the gritty, sometimes downright brutal reality of those times. The actions of the heroine's cousin and older brother (mentioned in the first book) are hard to swallow and I'm not sure the cousin will ever get a comeuppance. There do seem to be shades of gray with him though. I still have hope for the brother, Colin's reckoning. He has no redeeming qualities that I can see. But, I think he does love the heroine in his own way and she loves him. So, still dealing with shades of gray and a time where men did horrible things and not only got away with it, but they were often considered heroes because of it.

    Looking forward to book 3.

    ETA: Audio Review - Roger Hampton is one of the few male narrators in romance that I can tolerate. Most men make the heroine sound like a linebacker in drag (YMMV). I think he does an exceptionally good job of doing the female voices. It has to be be hard to voice another sex. Not sure of the accuracy of the accents, but sounds good to me. The heroes sound bone-meltingly sexy.

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  • The Knight's Prisoner

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Renee Rose
    • Narrated By Katherine Littrell
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Danewyn is nothing more than a tavern wench, or so she pretends. She hides her ability to see into the unknown for fear she'll be condemned by the village priests. But when she makes a prediction about the Red Fox--the lost prince and rightful heir to Britain's throne--she's overheard by one of his knights, putting her in grave danger as a suspected spy.

    Mark SR Sterling says: "An Exciting Ride"
    "Torn - Very different from my usual listen."
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    Narrator did a good job I thought. Her male voices were masculine enough. I'm not an expert on British accents, but it sounded okay to me.

    2.5 stars rounded up.

    I'm very conflicted on this one. It's very far out of my usual comfort zone. However, there were elements I liked. And, for erotica, it had a pretty good back story. Actually it's rare that there actually IS a back story.

    The heroine being an actual prostitute thing was different for me. When I read the audible blurb, I assumed she was a "tavern wench" in the sense that she worked in the tavern but refused to service customers and was actually somehow miraculously still a virgin. I've seen that one done before, multiple times... seriously.

    But, nope, she was the real thing. A prostitute who willingly serviced multiple men a night and by all accounts made the best of it. There were things said that made you believe she probably had little choice in her lifestyle, but she didn't come off as a victim, which I kind of appreciated actually. She was a survivor and did what she had to do. To her, sex was a job and not something she had an emotional connection to (until the hero). However, her ideas about sex and fidelity caused problems between her and the H.

    This was Arthurian England. Arthur was dead and his lost son was trying to take the throne. It had the feel of a medieval. London was mentioned a lot. I'm not even sure there was a London back then?? I'm not an expert on that time period, but I guarantee you there were zillions of liberties taken.

    Fine.

    I generally give erotica a pass on historical accuracy.

    However, since Rose wasn't all into authenticity, why couldn't she have given a nod to cleanliness? Even if it wasn't a big thing at that time. There are several scenes where I'm thinking 'my God, please take a bath first!'. Of course, people have various kinks when it comes to erotica and this may be one. I'm not judging. As long as you leave kids and animals out of it, have fun. Doesn't mean I enjoy it, but I'm not here to censure anyone else's enjoyment. Keeping that in mind, here's just one example of the "ick factor" for me. Make your own judgement.

    The night the hero abducts the heroine she voluntarily gives him oral sex. He's thinking while she's doing it that even though he had a whore a couple of hours before she made him feel incredibly horny (paraphrase). Ummm... I'm pretty sure there was no washing off of his privates between the "whore" and the oral several hours later. Who knows when the woman he was with last bathed or how many other men she'd been with that night? Or when was the last time he or the heroine last bathed? I don't think I'm a germ freak, but I honestly had a bad smell in my nose the entire time :(

    I tried to pretend they had a shower out back that was conveniently never mentioned ;)

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • In Want of a Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jo Goodman
    • Narrated By Talmadge Ragan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (98)

    Jane Middlebourne needs a way out. In 1891, life in New York is unforgiving for a young woman with no prospects, especially when her family wants nothing to do with her. So when Jane discovers an ad for a mail-order bride needed in Bitter Springs, Wyoming, she responds with a hopeful heart. Rancher Morgan Longstreet is in want of a wife who will be his partner at Morning Star, someone who will work beside him and stand by him. His first impression of the fair and fragile Jane is that she is not that woman.

    Mary says: "An enjoyable listen."
    "Enjoyable Opposites Attract Story"
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    Re: the narrator and the negative comments. I think she did a good job with what she had to work with. See my comment below about the lack of contractions in the book. That makes for some wooden dialogue and I imagine it's very hard for a narrator to get past that.

    ***Review

    This was enjoyable, particularly the last quarter or so. The hero is very likeable. The kind of badass cowboy you'd want in real life versus the kind of alph-hole that's only fun to read about. The heroine was likeable as well. It's a nice opposites attract, mail-order-bride type of scenario.

    Both have had a traumatic family life (especially the H).

    At times I think it was a little too slow. Most of the story took place in dialogue/narrative with little to no action until the very end.

    Also, I thought the lack of contractions was odd. I suppose possibly it was the heroine's strict, rigid upbringing. But, I also noticed that the cowboy hero used precious few as well. I know not everyone is from the South where we make up new contractions every day, but I think the near lack of them made for dialogue that sounded a bit wooden at times

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