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  • The Dark Fae: The World of Fae, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Terry Spear
    • Narrated By Jeanne Whitehouse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Alicia has planned a vacation at South Padre Island with her girlfriend Cassie in forever. But just as they're enjoying a day on the beach, here comes a dark fae to spoil their holiday, except only she can see what he truly is. Alicia has no idea how upside down her world can turn with a chance meeting with one of the dark fae from the royal house of the Denkar. Alicia's always known she's different - that she can recognize the mischievous fae when they show up to "play" with the humans.

    L. Townsend says: "I loved this! I was enthralled and enchanted!"
    "I loved this! I was enthralled and enchanted!"
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    Would you listen to The Dark Fae again? Why?

    Yes! Because I thoroughly enjoyed the fun and the fantasy!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Deveron - because I have a soft spot for delicious heroes who think they're going to dish out some retribution to our heroine - but they end up getting it back a hundred-fold! When Alicia douses him in cold liquid near the beginning of the book, I held my breath! I liked that he didn't hurt Alicia, but that he elected to go into the surf to rinse off. It gave me hope that he would turn into a real hero.


    What does Jeanne Whitehouse bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    If you listen to the audible version as I did, the narrator is very good. Her voice was clear and didn't distract me from the story. I like to listen to audibles while exercising. I can immerse myself so deeply in Terry's books, that I look forward to each session and I don't even feel the pain.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes! Yes! Yes! I laughed, I gasped, I shook my head and yelled "NO" more than I can count.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this! I was enthralled, enchanted and enamored by this lively fae story that moved fast and kept me riveted from beginning to the end. There just weren't any dull moments. The characters were fun and each was on a trip of self-discovery. This is a story that would be perfect for tweens and teens . But... it's not just for the young. I really enjoyed it, too, and I'm in my 60s.

    The characters shined! Alicia was raised as a human who could see the fae. All she knew about the fae royal kingdoms, she had learned from her father's journal. As she and her friend, Cassie, were vacationing on South Padre Island, Deveron, a dark fae. made a move on Cassie. Alicia literally pours cold water on him to put a halt to his shenanigans. Deveron decides that he will enjoy paying her back. He might be surprised, though, to find the tables turned on him.

    Within these pages, Alicia evolves from a wanna-be beach bunny to a feisty, resourceful, and strong heroine. Deveron begins as a cocky, egotistical fae who gets his kicks by playing games with innocent humans. I didn't like him at all at first. But... he executed a complete turn-around in the story to a caring, yummylicious hero. Ritasia was witty and I admired how she supported her brother and protected Alicia. The descriptions of scenes drew me right into the story. OMG! I wish I could travel like they do! The bantering and dialogue between Deveron, Alicia and Ritasia was humorous at times and always engaging. The romance between Deveron and Alicia gave me a warm and fuzzy glow. If I were Alicia, I'd never let go of him!

    Bottom-line: If you like to escape to magical fantasy worlds with fun romances, captivating characters and non-stop. entertaining adventure, rush to whatever bookstore you use, and buy this book now!

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  • The Highlander (The Highlanders)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Terry Spear
    • Narrated By Rosalind Ashford
    Overall
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    Anora, the shepherdess, finds a half-naked man in her bed, so what's a woman living alone in a cottage in the Lowlands of Scotland supposed to do? Prod him with her pitchfork to chase him off! Only the man is not just a traveler seeking her bed for a rest-but a wounded Highlander, who fights back, swinging his sword!

    Eileen says: "ENJOYABLE STORY, CAPTIVATING NARRATION"
    "A MUST-LISTEN AUDIO FOR FANS OF HIGHLAND ROMANCES"
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    What did you love best about The Highlander (The Highlanders)?

    THE STORYLINE! I will confess that I LOVE highlander romances. I have wanted to read this book since I read the synopsis: A shepherdess who finds a half-naked man in her bed and prods him with a pitchfork to chase him away? Oh my! I was NOT disappointed! This book is everything I thought it would be and more!


    What did you like best about this story?

    With non-stop action, thrilling suspense, danger, beautiful Scottish settings, animals that will steal your heart and well-drawn characters, this story will keep readers guessing right up to a very satisfying ending. The romance is enchantingly sweet and passionate and their conversations often left me smiling, sighing, oohing and awing. Terry's writing, as always, is first rate. There's not a dull moment in this book and I looked forward to each opportunity I could finagle to listen to it. I highly recommend THE HIGHLANDER to anyone who loves historical Scottish romances.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were so many! I loved the scene near the beginning when Anora found Niall in her bed and poked him with her pitchfork. Then... I would laugh out loud every time the pitchfork was mentioned later... Here's some quotes illustrating some of the mentions:

    “I wondered what it would be like to kiss the woman who poked me with a pitchfork earlier this day." He loosened her hair from the ribbon that barely confined it and gently pulled her closer. "You intrigue me more than any other woman I have ever known."

    "Mayhap, then," Anora said, as she tried to wriggle free from him with a subdued air this time, unlike the energy she'd expended in the effort earlier in the day, "you will have to arm your ladies with pitchforks when you return to your castle."

    "They would not know how to use them as well as you do, lass....”

    Another favorite scene was when Niall was trying to get Anora to safety while he was still recovering from his injury... Here's a quote that illustrates the sweetness of that scene:

    “May I rest with you, lass?"
    "Are you feverish again?" She sat up at once as if she had neglected to ascertain his health first before she tried to rest.
    "Nay, lass. I am well, but you appear to be shivering."
    She glanced at Gunnolf, who quickly hid his grin and closed his eyes.
    "Aye, you may," she said, and Niall tried not to show how eager he was to hold her close again.
    Before she snuggled against his chest, she felt his forehead, just in case, and he took her hand and kissed it.
    "No fever, aye?"
    "You are fine, thank the Lord." And then she cuddled against his chest, and he believed, despite their circumstances, he had found a bit of heaven.”


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The scene where Niall and Anora spent the night in the cave after escaping from their pursuers up a cliff was incredible. I don't want to post a spoiler... but this scene was the epitome of swoon heaven.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator, Rosalind Ashford, was incredible. I was so impressed with her performance that I looked up her resume and she's a New York-based, classically-trained British actress with a long and varied listing of stage, film, voiceover and radio experience. Her accents in THE HIGHLANDER were awesome to listen to. I especially loved hearing her execution of the Scottish burr. I actually went back and listened to some of the characters' dialogue multiple times as I was so enamored of her enunciation of it. She differentiated between the characters to where I could tell who was talking by her pronunciation. I would definitely look for other books she has narrated in the future.

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  • Wild Montana Sky: Montana Sky Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Debra Holland
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Stepping off the train in Sweetwater Springs, Montana, Elizabeth Hamilton is filled with relief, nerves, and the thrill of hope. Life on her dear friend’s ranch will be very different than Gilded Age Boston’s high society. But at least here, Elizabeth is far from her spiteful sister-in-law and the bittersweet memories of her late fiancé.

    Nick Sanders has loved Elizabeth since he first glimpsed her portrait - not that he dare admit it. A ranch hand has no call to woo a well-born lady, especially when she’s being courted by the town’s finest gentleman. Yet there’s something in her mix of courage and compassion that won’t let Nick quit.

    Angela Fitzgerald says: "A very enjoyable and relaxing audio"
    "A Very Sweet, Chaste Montana Romance"
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    Where does Wild Montana Sky rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very highly! The tale was sweet, enchanting and engrossing!

    The tale held my attention through-out. The author's word-building and writing are of the highest quality. Her descriptions of Montana life were, at times, wondrous, perilous, heart-rending and romantic. Debra's descriptions of Montana's beauty and overwhelming grandeur transported me there. If you love clean-cut western romances with utterly satisfying, happy-ever-after endings, you will love WILD MONTANA SKY.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved both of these characters - but Nick was my favorite. They were each well-drawn and genuine and I connected to them easily. I hugely enjoyed watching Elizabeth relax her straight-laced eastern ways though it took her long enough! I wanted to shake her more than once the way she dreamily honed in on a shallow man when swoon-worthy Nick was right there under her nose! OMG... Nick was a honey. He was handsome, shy, smart, strong, loyal and a true gentleman. One of my very favorite quotes EVER occurred when he complimented Elizabeth's eyes.

    "The sky is the most glorious blue I've ever seen." Nick must have heard her quiet words. "I used to think there couldn't be a more beautiful blue in all the world." The sound of his voice pulled Elizabeth into his presence. She said with a curious glance. "What changed your mind?" He flushed though his green gaze remained steady on her, "I saw your eyes."


    What about Natalie Ross’s performance did you like?

    The narrator, Natalie Ross, did a very good job. Her voice was clear and easily understood. She portrayed and differentiated between the characters exceptionally well. She inserted emotion, pauses, etc. as was called for and did a great job with accents. I especially loved how she portrayed Nick. His cowboy drawl made me melt. I would certainly look for other books Natalie has narrated in the future.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I alternately laughed and cried and swooned at parts.

    Following are a few other favorite quotes illustrating the tender humor and the glorious scenery to be found within this book that made me go WOW!:
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    "I didn't mean to upset you, Ms. Hamilton," his gaze shifted back to her. "It's a beautiful sight and I thought you'd like to see it." She gasped in delight at the vista before her. Distant purple mountains framed lush green meadows speckled with brown dots of cattle. A silver river threaded through clumps of trees. In the middle of the valley, ranch buildings clustered around a large white house. Elizabeth inhaled crisp air into her lungs...
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    "We'll ride along the river. It's a mighty pretty sight..." Puffy white clouds floated across the azure blue sky. Pine-covered mountains crowned with snowcaps folded down into foothills that ringed the valley. Beneath the clouds the play of sun and shadow cast hazy blue-green patches on the mountainsides. A distant large-winged bird rode on air currents before diving into a clump of trees.
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    "What do you men wear (to swim)?" Laughter glinted in his green eyes and he slanted her a mischievous grin. "Since Mrs. Carter came here to live, we swim in old pants cut off at the knees." Warmth crept up her cheeks. Bad enough to think of a bare-chested Nick swimming in the pool without thinking of him naked.


    Any additional comments?

    WILD MONTANA SKY by Debra Holland is a very sweet, chaste Montana romance set in the late 1800s that will leave you smiling. The first few chapters are set in Victorian Boston, Massachusetts. The balance of the story takes place in wild and beautiful Sweetwater Springs, Montana. Both settings lure the reader right away.

    WILD MONTANA SKY is the 1st book in Debra's Montana Sky Series. It can be easily read as a standalone and that is how I enjoyed it. Recently, BENEATH MONTANA'S SKY was published. It is a 125-page prequel novella to this book and is the story of Pamela and John who are the ranch owners in WILD MONTANA SKY. I hope to read it soon. The ensuing books in this series AND her Mail-Order Brides of the West series all have interconnected characters but each can be enjoyed as standalones also.

    WILD MONTANA SKY is the story of Elizabeth Hamilton and Nick Sanders. When Elizabeth received the missive declaring "Laurence married!", her ordered life was upended. She had managed her brother's home since their parents' deaths but with those two words, their home had a new mistress. Elizabeth wished that his bride, Genia, would be the sister she'd never known, but that yearning was for naught. As the two women were introduced, Genia commented "You're so pretty, Elizabeth,... Why, I'd never have taken you for a spinster." Things only got worse after that. With no real friends in Boston, Elizabeth wrote her childhood friend, Pamela, who had married and moved to Montana. In response, Elizabeth received an invitation to visit her there. Hence begins Elizabeth's mesmerizing journey from a sheltered, uptight Boston blueblood to a strong, capable Montana woman.

    When Nick Sanders, a cowboy in Sweetwater Springs, Montana, picked up the mail for the ranch, he immediately recognized the handwriting on an envelope as being that of Pamela's dear friend from Boston. He also noticed that the writing was tear-splotched and wondered what had upset Ms. Hamilton so. He had never met her but that didn't keep Nick from worrying about her.

    Supporting characters, human and non, were captivating. Pamela's children were darling. I enjoyed reading about the horses, the two dogs, Champ and Sally, and the hen, Mrs. Pooch.

    My full review has been posted at Reading Between the Wines Book Club. Check it out there!

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  • His Captive Bride: Stolen Brides Series (Volume 3)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Shelly Thacker
    • Narrated By Julia Motyka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Kidnapped by a mysterious warrior, she's swept away to a hidden island paradise filled with pleasures…and secrets. Abducted from a trade fair, Lady Avril de Varennes awakens on Asgard Island, an enchanted paradise cloaked in mists and mystery, kept secret from the world for centuries. Against her will, Avril weds her arrogant captor, Hauk Valbrand - even as she vows to escape. Hauk believes himself beyond the reach of love, until his fiery captive bride begins to melt his heart of ice.

    Starlet says: "True love has no boundaries"
    "ENGROSSING, PASSIONATE & INCREDIBLY EXQUISITE READ"
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    What did you love best about His Captive Bride?

    HIS CAPTIVE BRIDE by Shelly Thacker is a wonderfully erotic historical novel featuring SEXY Vikings. an idyllic island, heartbreaking romance, danger, intrigue, adventure and action. It's the third book in Shelly's Stolen Brides series, but each one is a standalone with no interconnected characters so they do not need to be read in order.
    The story and the characters drew me in from the beginning. Our heroine, Lady Avril de Varennes, is a widow with a three year old daughter, Gisele. Years after her husband's untimely death, Avril is still mourning his death. She is preparing to attend another friend's wedding being held a few days' journey away in Antwerp.
    Leaving her daughter in the care of her brother-in-law and his wife and, promising to be back soon, Avril sets out on her trip. Arriving early, she and her companion enjoy a full day of shopping until her friend is stolen right in front of Avril. As Avril defends her friend, she finds that her own life is in danger.
    We are introduced to Hauk Valbrand, our hero, a handsome Viking warrior, at the helm of his ship heading to Antwerp. Every thirty years, as is their established tradition, the unattached men of his isle who desire a bride, embark on a six-day journey to capture a bride. Hawk, himself, is not seeking a bride. He is making the journey only to supervise the wife-seekers and to ensure that all goes well. His gallantry, though, interferes and in saving a woman from certain death, he saddles himself with a bride. Poor Hauk. Now he not only has a very reluctant wife, but she is also stubbornly adamant that she must return home to her daughter. What Avril doesn't know is that Asgard is an uncharted island like no other, sheltering untold mysteries, shrouded in mist and hidden from the world.
    The chemistry between Avril and Hauk is erotic and electric. I appreciate that Shelly's characters in this whole series do not find instant love, but they all experience a slow romantic progression that I absolutely inhaled.


    What other book might you compare His Captive Bride to and why?

    Any of the books in this fantastic series, of course. Going back in time, I would compare three books by Kathleen Woodiwiss to this series: The Flame and The Flower, Shanna AND The Wolf and the Dove. Each of the Woodiwiss books I mentioned, involve a captive of sorts and a doomed love.


    What does Julia Motyka bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I have become a huge fan of Julia Motyka's narration. After hearing her narration in HIS FORBIDDEN TOUCH, the second book in this series, I was excited to listen to her again and she did not disappoint. IF you like to be sedately read to, you should find a different audible. Julia is a performer, not just a reader, and I find myself hanging on to her every word. She inserts pauses and changes her voice exactly as is needed. I can't imagine any other narrator with these books. I plan to seek out other audios that Julia has narrated as I enjoy her style of narration so much.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I thought the following was a novel and brilliant idea that any parent would appreciate to help their child cope with a parent being gone for short periods. Avril has baked ten sweet rolls for Gisele and instructed her to eat one each day. When Gisele has finished the last treat, she will know that her mother should be back home with her.


    Any additional comments?

    As a teaser, here are just a couple of my favorite quotes from this book.

    “At least reindeer kisses do not cause me to take leave of my senses.”

    “Would a dead man touch you like this?”

    Shelly's writing, as always, is exceptional. Her words flow effortlessly and her plots are well defined. Her characters are well-drawn and realistic even when combined with the fantasy elements within this book.

    HIS CAPTIVE BRIDE combines historical romance with Viking lore and elements of fantasy to render a story that I didn't want to ever end. The ending, while highly satisfying, came too soon. I highly recommend every one of the books in this series as PERFECT escape reads.
    Now, I must find Asgard and these Vikings that need women... I want a HAUK for my own! Take me to Asgard please!

    My full review has been posted to Reading Between the Wines Book Club. Check it out there!

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  • Reaper of Dreams: Gods' Dream Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Debra Holland
    • Narrated By Noah Michael Levine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Can the couple unite the slaves to escape the evil one? "The second book in Holland's The Gods Dream Trilogy lives up to the excellent first volume in the trilogy. A captured prince tortured by an evil god finds his soul mate in an Earth woman badly wounded in body and spirit." (Jacqueline Diamond)

    Edward Millner says: "A Must Read Sequel"
    "AN ENCHANTING AND EXOTIC SCI-FI!"
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    What did you love best about Reaper of Dreams?

    REAPER OF DREAMS, indeed this whole series, is much more than a romance. It's a captivating tale of complex cultures, good versus evil warring gods, and incredibly breathtaking worlds. It's a bold good versus evil mythological tale of heroism, as timeless as the sand in an hourglass and an illustration of the impending consequences of the ever-present.


    What other book might you compare Reaper of Dreams to and why?

    Any of the classics that involve epic journeys. Lord of the Rings comes to mind... though it didn't include a romance as Reaper does. It is very similar to the first book in this series, SOWER OF DREAMS, which I also greatly enjoyed and highly recommend.


    What about Noah Michael Levine’s performance did you like?

    I am very happy that Noah Michael Levine returned as the narrator. I had begun listening to audio books in March of this year and the first book in this trilogy was actually my first audio with a male narrator. At first, it was disconcerting, but, after a few chapters in that book, I developed a true appreciation of his voice. As was true for SOWER OF DREAMS, Noah doesn't read the story, he performs it. His voice was very clear and he raised and lowered his tone and inserted pauses and needed emotions at the appropriate times. He continued to do a great job capturing the essence of the characters and differentiating between them. I could feel the tension, fear, relief, and longings in his voice. I'm very glad that he will continue narrating this trilogy; he is working on the third book, HARVEST OF DREAMS, now. I would definitely pick up other books that he has narrated in the future.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The story kept me biting my nails with baited breath for what was coming next! It was a rush to have favorite characters from the first book, Khan Laenser, and Princess Daria of Seagem, figure prominently in this tale. One of my favorite scenes was the re-uniting of brother and sister in the evil god's temple culminating a long journey that began in the first book. I almost cried when they finally embraced. Supporting characters are well-drawn. I especially look forward to reading more of the Chetowah Indians.


    Any additional comments?

    DEBRA HOLLAND'S WONDERUL GODS' DREAM TRILOGY CONTINUES...

    ***This review is for the audible version of REAPER OF DREAMS***

    REAPER OF DREAMS by Debra Holland is a fascinating addition to her Gods' Dream Trilogy. A magically original romantic sci-fi, it picks up where the first book in the series, SOWER OF DREAMS, left off. However, the author fills in background information via flashbacks so the second book could be enjoyed as a standalone if that's your preference. Even though I had listened to the preceding book, I actually picked up additional tidbits in the flashbacks so the flashes-from-the-past weren't boring in the least. I highly recommend reading SOWER OF DREAMS first just because it's a fantastic story on its own, but even though there are interconnected characters, it's truly not absolutely necessary to read the series in order to thoroughly enjoy REAPER OF DREAMS.

    REAPER OF DREAMS is the story of Crown Prince Indaran and Jasmine Karzai. We are introduced to both thusly:
    "Indaran, crown prince of Seagem, lay immobilized on a vast alter-like slab in the center of Ontarem's temple, the Evil God's mental tentacles enmeshed with his mind. Ontarem fed on Indaran's memories, greedily gnawing off chunks of emotion. Then He cracked them apart like a bone, sucking out the marrow of the prince's life essence."
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    "Jasmine Karzai emerged from the dark tunnel leading away from her shattered life, walking into the gray land of her vision. In front of her, stubby trees with thick trunks the color of new cement laced tangled branches overhead, dangling leaves like pewter coins that tinkled as they fluttered in the breeze."
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    They were star crossed lovers from different worlds, mesmerizing characters that pulled at my heartstrings. Each had experienced terrible traumas and suffered horribly. Yet they were each charismatic and so inspirational. Induran was phenomenal; His exploration dream was shattered when he was captured by Ontarem, but he never gave up, holding on to his fighting spirit for an unbelievably long time all while being dreadfully tortured. Both Indaran and Jasmine were strong of character and in "other sense" powers and their compassion for others motivated them to rise above their ordeals. Would fate allow them a future together? Would there even be a future for any of them?

    Bottomline: With a solidly crafted plot, well-defined, genuine characters and crisp storytelling, this series continues to excite and excel. REAPER OF DREAMS is a very enjoyable combination of sci-fi and romance. As in the previous book, there's a very satisfying ending combined with a cliffhanger that leads into the next book. I look forward to listening to the final epic installment, HARVEST OF DREAMS, which will decide the fate of all!

    My full review has been posted at Reading Between the Wines Book Club. Please check it out there!

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  • Sower of Dreams: The Gods' Dream Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Debra Holland
    • Narrated By Noah Michael Levine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (95)
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    A kingdom invaded. A warrior princess on the run for her life. A hero from another world. An evil god who wants their souls. Can they join forces to defeat the evil one and win freedom for their people?

    Brandy DM LovesBooks says: "First Audio Book - Not dissapointed at all"
    "A Mesmerizing Excursion to Mythological Kingdoms!"
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    If you could sum up Sower of Dreams in three words, what would they be?

    Emotional Sci-Fi Fantasy

    It's very difficult to sum SOWER OF DREAMS in 3 words.
    It's an emotionally riveting science fiction fantasy with wonderful characters, incredibly original worlds and a plot replete with romance, magic, danger, intrigue and explosive action sequences.


    What other book might you compare Sower of Dreams to and why?

    Actually, I've never read a book I would compare to SOWER OF DREAMS.

    The Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings series are probably the closest I can think of .


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were so many! I laughed when a frustrated Khan said: “Women! Whether human or divine, what man can ever truly understand them?” Obviously, some things don't change whatever world we reside in. :-)))

    The showdown between Khan, Daria and Thadis was momentous. I was holding my breath and alternately cheering and screaming during that scene.





    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending before the cliffhanger was wondrous. My big smile couldn't begin to express how happy I was. It was the perfect culmination.


    Any additional comments?

    In the beginning, the story was a little confusing as there was so much to absorb and it was such a change from the genres I have been listening to. I actually listened to the first couple of chapters twice as I wanted to make sure I had absorbed it all. As I quickly became acquainted with the narrator, the initial settings and the characters, the pace picked up rapidly and I totally forgot the prior slowness I had experienced getting into the story.

    Noah Michael Levine is the narrator for SOWER OF DREAMS. I began listening to audio books in March of this year and SOWER OF DREAMS was actually my first audio with a male narrator. At first, it was disconcerting, but, again, after a few chapters, I developed a true appreciation of his voice. He doesn't read the story, he performs it. His voice was very clear and he raised and lowered his tone and inserted pauses and needed emotions at the appropriate times. He did a great job differentiating between the characters. I'm very glad that he will be narrating the next two books in this series. I would definitely pick up other books that he has narrated in the future.

    I would recommend this book to new adults and older as Daria's and Khan's relationship was yearningly sensual. There are no hot sex scenes in this book. There was violence in this tale that a younger reader may find disturbing.

    SOWER OF DREAMS is a great start to Debra's Gods' Dream Trilogy. Debra's writing is top-notch. Her word building and character development are both first rate. The story was riveting as I listened with bated breath for what was happening next! It held my attention all the way through to the last words uttered. I was a happy camper, blissfully happy with the ending, until an "Oh My" cliffhanger occurred that I never saw coming. Luckily, the next book in this trilogy is available. REAPER OF DREAMS is already loaded on my phone and ready to go. I can't wait to find out what happens next!

    My full review has been posted at Reading Between the Wines Book Club.

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  • Forbidden Love

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Terry Spear
    • Narrated By Maria Hunter Welles
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    Ephraim MacNeill, aka Sutton Bastrop, knows Alena is his Elizabeth MacLeod from an earlier time, and he’s determined to return to the past and right all the wrongs to end the curse placed on the love of his life before it’s too late - again. Huntress Alena MacLeod is given a mission: work undercover to discover a rogue vampire’s secretive work, then terminate him.

    L. Townsend says: "Highlanders! Vampires! Huntresses! Love over Time!"
    "Highlanders! Vampires! Huntresses! Love over Time!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Forbidden Love the most enjoyable?

    The combination of the captivating story and the narrator! Together the story came alive and kept my attention from the beginning to the end!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Forbidden Love will have you laughing one minute and swooning the next. It is a fractured re-telling of Romeo and Juliet, lovers cursed never to be united.

    I always look forward to Terry's happy- ever-after endings. In Forbidden Lover she has a doozy of an ending in store that will leave a big smile on your face. Just be prepared for some huge surprises along the way!

    “It is real, Lass.... You are mine as I am yours.”


    What about Maria Hunter Welles’s performance did you like?

    The narrator was very good. I could tell by her voice who was speaking and her inflection was right on. She voiced the Scottish brogue very well.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I especially loved their scenes in the hot tub. SO romantic and funny too! The chemistry between the two when Alena wasn't fighting him (and herself) was sizzling hot!! Their discourse was beautiful and funny and their interactions were passionately erotic. Just imagine a love held in check and unquenched for eons! I laughed out loud again when they were rushing to make love and Ephraim said: “You need to wear less clothing, lass” before they got down to some serious ooh la la lovemaking.


    Any additional comments?

    Ephraim was awesome. He spoke in brogue and I loved hearing him voiced by the narrator. He had suffered so over the centuries chasing Elizabeth's reincarnations and watching her die over and over. Even though his heart had gone through the wringer over and over, Ephraim kept his sense of humor. When Alena asked him if he had remained faithful to Elizabeth over the centuries, Ephaim replied: “You can't fault me for ensuring it's in working order... what if I hadn't used it and from this use it had fallen off?” LOL! I know those around me at the gym wondered why I was laughing out loud! I had to re-play that scene a few times... it was hilarious. Ephraim was loyal, strong and totally driven by his love of Elizabeth, which had never wavered.

    Alena was strong also... she had to be to kill vampires. She was resigned to her life as a huntress without a love interest. Her family dynamics were unique. The women in her family named every female born with red hair Elizabeth as a tribute to the first Elizabeth who had died in the name of true love. The men of her clan were the problem vowing to hunt down and kill any of their people who dared to fall in love with a vamp. I was frustrated by and wanted to shake Alena at times feeling that she should have been more open to Ephraim and seen her family for what they were. She was stubborn to a fault and feisty beyond measure and she fought her attraction to Ephraim with everything she had until... she didn't.





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  • Mail-Order Brides of the West: Evie: McCutcheon Family Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Caroline Fyffe
    • Narrated By Lara Asmundson
    Overall
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    The well-educated daughter of a lawyer, Trudy Bauer, arrives at the St. Louis based Mail-Order Brides of the West agency full of excitement for an adventure of a lifetime. She befriends the agency's maid, Evie Davenport, and the two form a strong and lasting friendship. They vow to stay in contact through letters when Evie takes hold of her destiny and arranges a marriage on the sly. Each brave young woman is ready to face whatever an unknown groom and life in Montana can throw her way.

    Diana Gable says: "Mail Order Brides Gets Luck in Love!"
    "A Pure & Sweet Western Romance!"
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    Where does Mail-Order Brides of the West: Evie (McCutcheon Family Series - Book 3) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was the sweetest romance I've listened to so far and the 1st book I've ever read that featured mail order brides. The setting of the book in Y Knot, Montana was epic.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a pleasure to witness the couple overcoming their insecurities, exposing their secrets and maturing into two young adults in a real, loving and trusting relationship.

    One of my favorite scenes occurs during a cooking lesson that one of the town's residents gives to Evie. Their discussion had me laughing out loud. I picked up an astute cooking tip too: “Cooking isn't hard. It just takes a little bit of imagination and determination.”

    Y Knot, Montana is the perfect backdrop and secondary characters such as the other brides, the new saloon girl, and other unique town residents, the couple's dog, horses and cattle really made the story special. I grew attached to all the characters and hope we get to read their stories too.


    Which character – as performed by Lara Asmundson – was your favorite?

    That's a tough question! It's like asking someone which is their favorite child! I loved all the characters from Will, the young cowboy seeking a bride to share his life, to Evie,to the secondary characters and the animals too!

    I had a soft spot for the character who gave Evie her cooking lessons. One of my favorite scenes occurs during one of their cooking sessions. Their discussion had me laughing out loud. I picked up an astute cooking tip too: “Cooking isn't hard. It just takes a little bit of imagination and determination.”

    Lara Asmundson, the narrator, was excellent with the proper pauses and inflection. Her voice changed for each character making it easy to follow who was speaking.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    In my prior answer, I mentioned a particular cooking lesson that had me laughing. I laughed quite a bit while listening.

    I also swooned and sighed too many times to count. This is the story of two young people with secrets but also with high aspirations of fostering a loving relationship. They really do care for each other. A few of my favorite quotes that gave me the warm fuzzies are following:
    “Evie," he whispered next to her ear, "I want to make love to you, hold you in my arms, until the moon crosses the sky and the morning comes.”

    “She'd known from the moment she said "I do" that she really truly did.”

    It was a pleasure to witness the couple overcoming their insecurities, exposing their secrets and maturing into two young adults in a real, loving and trusting relationship.


    Any additional comments?

    With genuine characters, a well-defined plot and crisp storytelling, I found this to be a very enjoyable read. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys classical historical romances.

    My full review has been posted at Reading Between the Wines Book Club.



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  • His Forbidden Touch: Stolen Brides Series, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Shelly Thacker
    • Narrated By Julia Motyka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (75)

    She may never reach her royal wedding if she can't resist the rugged mercenary assigned to protect her. Disgraced ex-knight Royce Saint-Michel was banished from his homeland because of an impulsive act that cost him all he held dear. Now, he has the chance to reclaim his birthright - if he agrees to protect a princess on a journey that may prove deadly to them both.

    Zeee @ I Heart Romance says: "Simply Amazing!"
    "Enchanted, Enthralled, and Entranced!"
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    What did you love best about His Forbidden Touch?

    “I would be anyone if only I could be with you.”

    This is the best medieval romance I've ever listened to. The author expertly evoked a multitude of emotions seamlessly: love, humor, longing, passion, grief, and fear. It was a multi-layered read interlaced with history, steamy romance, and gripping intrigue. The writing was first-rate. The narrator, Julia Motyka, was excellent. She paused for emphasis in all the right places and exuded the appropriate emotions into every word. I will definitely look for more books narrated by her. She was awesome!


    What other book might you compare His Forbidden Touch to and why?

    I love historical romances and this one delivered with a love fated to fail, beautiful vistas, heart-wrenching danger and thrilling suspense. If you loved The Princess Bride, you will love this story as it is of a similar ilk. I felt that I could hear Wesley's "As you wish..." as I listened to this fractured re-framing of that famous classic.


    Which character – as performed by Julia Motyka – was your favorite?

    That's a tough question! If I can only pick one, I'd have to go with Royce. Royce was a classic tortured hero. He began as a brooding , dark character but evolved into a wonderful, honorable, swoonworthy hero. I dare anyone who loves romance novels to not fall in love with Royce. His feelings of desire, hunger and fear for Ciara were heart wrenching and raw and left me oftentimes gasping for breath. I would literally have to hit pause just to allow my heart rate to return to a normal pace.

    “What have I done?" he asked, his voice raw. "You used to be such a sane, sensible lady." Ciara replied "You took me on a journey into my own heart.”


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Besides the ending which I'm still awe-struck over, I absolutely loved the scene when Royce visited Princess Ciara in her tower bedroom.


    Any additional comments?

    Shelly Thacker's loves scenes were realistic, stunningly beautiful and sensually erotic. The romance was paramount, but there was plenty of lust to relish. If you crave steamy sex scenes, there is a plethora of well-written ones here! I appreciated that the heroine was not portrayed as a simpering damsel in distress but a willing partner, eager to learn how to protect herself and to explore new sensations.

    This was an incredible historical "doomed love" romance with a happy ever after ending you will not see coming. Read it or listen to it, as you wish. You should definitely rush to whatever bookstore you use and buy it now!!!!!!

    My full review has been published at Reading Between the Wines Book Club.

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  • The Deadly Fae: The World of Fae, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Terry Spear
    • Narrated By Jeanne Whitehouse
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Lady Sessily is a dark fae, an assassin, and she intends to retire and take up some other occupation so she can lead a normal life. Get a boyfriend. Visit the human world to hassle humans like many of her kind do. Attend fae kingdom parties, not as the mystery woman who is scoping out her next intended victim, but just to have fun. Until tall, dark, handsome, and deadly interrupts her plans. She is on a mission to assassinate a fae lord who is the most evil kind of fae. But when she is thwarted, not once but twice by another fae lord, she is ready to strangle him.

    L. Townsend says: "It's just as magical a tale as Book 1!"
    "It's just as magical a tale as Book 1!"
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    What did you love best about The Deadly Fae?

    The world of fae and the characters are incredible! Terry's imagination is beyond awesome! There's evil queens, sorcerers, kidnappings, non-stop adventure, escapades in the hay and more!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lady Sessily!!!!! Lady Sessily, an ultra-talented dark fae hunter assassin, is on an assignment when she encounters an obstacle to her plan. That obstacle is a tall, dark and handsome cobra fae who believes that he is gallantly protecting a young boy when he interferes with Lady Sessily's mark. Lady Sessily has to devise a new plan and the same cobra fae is an obstacle again! Then their path cross yet a third time! She can't seem to stay off his radar! By this time, she doesn't know whether she wants to kiss him, slap him or kill him! I loved her feisty, independent, caring and resourceful attitude! She was a survivor!


    Which character – as performed by Jeanne Whitehouse – was your favorite?

    I loved hos Jeanne voiced Prince Creshion.

    The narrator is very good. Her voice was clear and didn't distract me from the story. I like to listen to audibles while exercising. I can immerse myself so deeply in Terry's books, that I look forward to each session and I don't even feel the pain


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Definitely! I laughed, and cried and gasped and shouted NO, NO! I held my breath during the suspenseful parts and held my breath during the hay loft scene!


    Any additional comments?

    I loved it! This is the 2nd book I've enjoyed from Terry's World of Fae series and it's just as magical a tale as the 1st one! As with the 1st story, this tale would also be perfect for tweens and teens . BUT... it's not just for the young. I really enjoyed it, too, and I'm in my 60s.

    The plot was an enchanting and original treasure.

    Bottomline: This book is a perfect blend of YA romance, fantasy and unending excitement! It left me amazed, dazed and with a warm fuzzy feeling! Terry's World of Fae ROCKS!

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