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M. Rondeau

West Springfield, MA United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Lions of Lucerne

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1596)
    Performance
    (1422)
    Story
    (1421)

    On the snow-covered slopes of Utah, the unthinkable has just become a nightmarish reality: thirty Secret Service agents have been viciously executed and the vacationing president of the United States kidnapped by one of the most lethal terrorist organizations in the Middle East - the Fatah Revolutionary Council. But surviving agent and ex-Navy SEAL Scot Harvath doesn't believe the Fatah Revolutionary Council is responsible for the attack.

    Carol says: "Great Scott Harvath"
    "Awesome - Even If read out of Sequence"
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    When the President of the United States is kidnapped while on a skiing trip with his daughter Amanda one agent survived the massacre – ex-Navy SEAL Scott Harvath who had been the Team Leader and managed to save the first daughter’s life. By the time Scott and Amanda were rescued having also survived an arranged avalanche Scott was burdened with the knowledge that he had ‘failed’ to keep the President safe. Guilt threatened to engulf Scott not only being the only one to survive but for losing so many good men, including his best friend. Later, Scott was not buying the premise that this was the work of Middle Eastern terrorists and found himself ‘persona non grata’ when he attempted to start investigating on his own including the cause of the avalanche. What Scott was finding were clues that soon caused him to be a target of people trying to frame him for murder and people trying to assassinate him.

    *** First of all this was not my first Scott Harvath book - my first book by Brad Thor was FULL BLACK and I was completely mesmerized by the action, research and the pure adrenaline rush of the story that felt ripped from the newspaper front pages. The story was so real - I could truly expect to pick up a newspaper to discover that it wasn’t fiction.

    Since then I have read/listened to several of Thor’s books and never been disappointed. Thor’s writing and plotting are dynamite especially in his very first Scott Harvath book. THE LIONS OF LUCERNE showed Thor’s extensive knowledge of armaments, their use, and where and how they lent importance in the THE LIONS OF LUCERNE which led to one of the first clues Scott put together that didn’t make sense.

    I loved the way Thor brought the story together, with believable clues scattered throughout and giving Harvath the pieces he needed to discover the truth all while running for his life. The entire premise seemed so real to me and believable that elected officials would do anything to attain more and more power. The entire kidnapping was thought out with amazing and horrifying detail by evil and manipulative intelligence on the part of the bad guys, but thank goodness - Agent Scott Harvath never gives up!

    Bottom Line: I love this author, his pacing of the action and impeccable research to come up with such believable scenarios. The performance of Arnold Schulz who narrated this audio was extremely well done making me think I was there watching action as if in a movie. THE LIONS OF LUCERNE was Brad Thor’s debut novel and though this was not my first listen of the this author, THE LIONS OF LUCERNE was awesome and Thor has been elevated to reside with all of my other auto-buy authors.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mirror Image

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (549)
    Performance
    (381)
    Story
    (377)

    The crash of a Dallas-bound jet wasn't just a tragedy to TV reporter Avery Daniels; it was an act of fate that handed her a golden opportunity to further her career. Mistaken for a glamorous, selfish woman named Carole Rutledge, the badly injured Avery would find that plastic surgery had given her Carole's face, a famous senatorial candidate for a husband, and a powerful Texas dynasty for in-laws.

    San I Am says: "A light read"
    "Sandra Brown - AMAZING"
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    The crash of a Dallas-bound jet not only changed the existence of TV reporter Avery Daniels; but altered her entire life giving her a chance to make a comeback in her career. At first it wasn’t something Avery had planned but as the days of recuperation and surgery continued where she could not speak to correct her mistaken identity, she learned of a plan to assassinate her supposed husband, a famous senatorial candidate Tate Rutledge. Following her surgeries and recuperation in the hospital, Carole as she was now being called, was torn between telling Tate the truth or trying to identify the killer. One thing for sure - she knew the killer had to be a part of his immediate family.

    One might wonder, why Avery didn’t come clean as soon as she could speak but as the story evolved there were many reasons, why she couldn’t. One, she was beginning to care for Tate, in spite of his private disgust of ‘Carole’; two, she was worried about Carole’s fragile child Amanda; and three she didn’t know who was plotting against Tate. If she confessed, the killer would have to eliminate her.

    What more can be said of Sandra Brown that hasn’t already been said? Her plotting, twists and turns, red herrings, deep characterizations and non-stop action rate this author at the top of the plateau of amazing suspense/thrillers. To start a novel by Ms. Brown is to settle in for the long-haul to finish because she writes heart-stopping thrillers that keep a reader totally engrossed with her fast action stories.

    MIRROR IMAGE was one of those non-stop reads and seeing as how I listened to this on audio narrated by the always great Dick Hill, one can understand why I always took the long routes to listen longer in my car. If I were to nit-pick just a bit it would be that his interpretation of one of the female characters tended to grate on my nerves – otherwise, I will state that Dick Hill is one of my favorite narrators and I will always gravitate to the audio books he records.

    Bottom line: Sandra Brown’s MIRROR IMAGE may be one of her older titles but her mastery of story-telling is exceptional. Highly Recommended!!

    Marilyn Rondeau

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Viper Game

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (263)

    GhostWalker Wyatt Fontenot knows the price he paid for the secret military experiments that gave him his special catlike abilities. After all, he left his bayou home a healer and came back a killer. While Wyatt and his GhostWalker brother Gator may have known exactly the sort of game they were getting into, Wyatt never anticipated where it would lead - or to whom.

    Traveling4life says: "50 shades of viper, most disappointing"
    "FABULOUS !!!! Hope This Series NEVER Ends!!!"
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    The only thing I can say about this latest volume in Christine Feehan’s Ghostwalker Series is that she dazzled me again, and I hope she never stops writing these stories! Her story plotting of what a crazy, immoral and mad scientist puts human children through to create the ultimate soldier are simply amazing! With VIPER GAME - not only has Feehan developed a new strain of DNA experimental children and their mother, but she has also introduced new characters from the Fontenot family, i.e. the eldest brother Wyatt and his team of Ghostwalkers who have presented to my mind, a whole new slew of stories for the amazing talent of Ms. Feehan to develop.

    With VIPER GAME we are introduced to Pepper, who was programed and experimented on to be an assassin, albeit as it turned out a very reluctant assassin; so she was listed as a failure and scheduled to be disposed of. However, before that happened she escaped along with Ginger, a small child, who as it turned out was actually her child, born from her egg and - yup - Wyatt Fontenot’s sperm. Just another planned experiment by the madman Dr. Whitley.

    Not only did Pepper have the ability to kill with venom secreted in her saliva, but the baby toddler Ginger, could kill with a bite from the venom secreted in her tiny fangs. It was one thing to keep Pepper and Ginger safe from the soldiers searching for them, but then Pepper let Wyatt know that Ginger had two other sisters [triplet little vipers] - and naturally Wyatt and his team had to storm the prison they were kept to rescue them all!

    Bottom line: Classic Ghostwalker adventure, hot and sizzling sex, and the most amazing characterizations that come from the creative mind of Christine Feehan! Fabulous as always!

    Marilyn Rondeau

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Envy: A Novel of the Fallen Angels

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Eric G Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1103)
    Performance
    (977)
    Story
    (992)

    As the son of a serial killer, homicide detective Thomas “Veck” DelVecchio, Jr., grew up in the shadow of evil. Now, on the knife-edge between civic duty and blind retribution, he atones for the sins of his father - while fighting his inner demons. Assigned to monitor Veck is Internal Affairs officer Sophia Reilly, whose interest in him is both professional and arousingly personal. And Veck and Sophia have another link: Jim Heron, a mysterious stranger with too many answers. When Veck and Sophia are drawn into the ultimate battle, their fallen angel savior is the only one standing between them and eternal damnation....

    Patricia Kapperman says: "Best so far"
    "Another Marvelous Entry to Series"
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    He was the son of one of the most notorious serial killers, and whether that had decided his career choice, homicide detective Thomas “Veck” DelVecchio, Jr. had grown up in the shadow of evil. Today, he balances between good and evil as he tracks another vicious serial killer, and battles his subconscious to arrest, saving the state the bother of a long trial, or just kill the slime himself. After tracking him down, Veck seemed to blackout then found his quarry mangled beneath his feet. Veck was totally confused but did the right thing and called 911 – not sure whether he had ripped the man apart or not.

    Assigned to monitor Veck is Internal Affairs officer Sophia Reilly, who is fighting her professionalism with the fact that she finds Veck blindingly sensual. While both fight a damaging professional attraction, another complication enters into the mix; Jim Heron, a mysterious stranger with another agenda that has Veck teetering on the edge of eternal damnation unless Heron can help him make the right decision.

    Once again, Ms. Ward has penned another delicious entry into her Fallen Angels series as angel Jim Heron fights for souls in a contest of good vs. evil. So much is at stake and the action and story is fast and palatable keeping the reader/listener on the edge of their seat. The good people, angels and humans are wonderful, and the evil forces are chilling and very sinister. Ward is a master at this game and the plotting, writing, characterizations, and the twists and turns were as always amazingly good.

    Having a vast library of Audible tomes, I must also congratulate the narrator Eric Dove on a fabulous job of mastering all the voices involved and the pacing of the telling of this story. This was again a most fantastic listening experience to the fabulous writing of Ms. J.R. Ward. Outstanding!

    Marilyn Rondeau

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Escape: Survivor's Club, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Mary Balogh
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (240)

    After surviving the Napoleonic Wars, Sir Benedict Harper is struggling to move on, his body and spirit in need of a healing touch. Never does Ben imagine that hope will come in the form of a beautiful woman who has seen her own share of suffering. After the lingering death of her husband, Samantha McKay is at the mercy of her oppressive in-laws - until she plots an escape to distant Wales to claim a house she has inherited. Being a gentleman, Ben insists that he escort her on the fateful journey.

    Kimberly says: "A lovely escape"
    "Simply - FABULOUS"
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    Surviving the Napoleonic Wars, Sir Benedict Harper for the last six years has struggled mightily to heal both body and soul. Benedict retained his legs despite the doctors never expecting him to walk again, but he has struggled and in pain and perseverance has managed to surprise everyone. After the yearly reunion of the Survivor’s Club the men and woman have left to return to their lives. Benedict choose to visit his sister who was recuperating in the country, never realizing that in doing so, he would meet a beautiful woman who would give him purpose.

    Samantha McKay has dutifully cared years for her ailing husband, another mishap from the wars, until his lingering death. For months she has been bound to her house by the oppressive presence of her prudish and spinster sister-in-law whose outlandish ideas of proper mourning are suffocating Samantha.

    Meeting Benedict who made a horrendous first impression actually turned out to be very fortuitous for Samantha, once he apologized and introduced his sister, Samantha’s neighbor to help bring some sunshine into Samantha’s closed off world. While both Samantha and Benedict gave each other the benefit of doubt to one another, they formed an easy alliance and when Samantha was ordered to return to her miserable in-laws, she remembered a property that was left to her in the wilds of Scotland.

    What follows is the memorable journey Samantha and Benjamin took to her new home, and a journey of discovery for both Ben and Samantha as only Mary Balogh could have depicted with the most sensual and exquisitely sumptuous writing that offered an almost surreal quality to it. Couple that with the amazing performance by esteemed narrator, Rosalyn Landor and you will find yourself totally suspended in time as the story unfolds in a most exquisite way.

    THE ESCAPE is totally worth the credit and the time to listen to this wonderful tale.

    Marilyn Rondeau

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Her Last Whisper: Dr. Charlotte Stone, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Karen Robards
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (68)

    An expert in the psychology of serial killers, she's faced down more than her share of human monsters. But Charlie can also communicate with the spirits of those who die violently, an extrasensory skill that has helped the FBI bring lethal predators to justice. Now, after narrowly escaping death a second time, Charlie's ready to step away from the edge - before her luck runs out.

    COlvera says: "once again good"
    "LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this Series"
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    Dr. Charlotte Stone was no stranger to murder and madness. As a young girl she witnessed the horror of seeing her best friend and friend’s family slaughtered by a madman. Today as an expert in the psychology of serial killers, she faces some of the worst of examples of human monsters. The one thing that makes her unique, be it a gift or curse, she has the ability to communicate with the spirits of those who die violently – a skill that has helped the FBI bring such monsters to justice.

    Anyone who has read the first two books of Ms. Robards Dr. Charlotte Stone series will thoroughly enjoy HER LAST WHISPER, Book #3. Once again, Charlotte “Charlie” is so dedicated she is ready to put her life on the line when a call comes in from one of her FBI pals, Lena Kaminsky when Lena’s sister disappears and it looks like another serial killer is operating in Las Vegas.

    Add to that the issues Charlie has with her resident ghost Michael who is having issues staying on this earthly plane. As much as Charlie tries to convince herself that she is not in love with a ghost, Michael is not easy to forget, or ignore. Charlie knows that FBI special agent Tony Bartoli is real, handsome, and longs for a relationship, and a perfect match for her, he doesn’t light up her life the way Michael does.

    Robards doesn’t slow the action down and from the first page to the last, the action is non-stop with danger, humor, and adventure. Going from the demons from down under who are trying to drag Michael to ‘ghoul city’ to the real human monsters amidst the lights of Las Vegas who are snatching young women never to be seen again. The action is fast, and the villain is hiding well in plain sight. And of course, Charlie ends up in the cross hairs, with only Michael who in his uncorporeal form is of no real help. Will this be the end, for Charlie, or for Michael.

    Bottom Line: Wonderful narration on another fabulous entry in the Dr. Charlotte Stone series. I will never tire of this series and hope (PLEASE) that author Karen Robards continues this series forever! Obviously, I HIGHLY, HIGHLY, recommend HER LAST WHISPER and this entire series!

    Marilyn Rondeau

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Magick: The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (816)
    Performance
    (738)
    Story
    (737)

    Branna’s strength and selflessness hold together a close circle of friends and family - along with their horses and hawks and her beloved hound. But there’s a single missing link in the chain of her life: love…

    Persis says: "Want Katherine Kellgren"
    "Great Ending to Powerful trilogy!"
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    Branna O'Dwyer fully embraces in her life and her work as the proprietor of The Dark Witch shop, in County Mayo which carries soaps, lotions, and candles for tourists, made with Branna's special touch.
    It is Branna's strength that holds together her close circle of friends and family - along with their horses and hawks and her beloved hound. However, there's a single missing link in the chain of her life: love… Once she had it all. Her love for her childhood friend Finbar Burke was all she had hoped for until the day their murderous foe Cabhan, marked Fin with his brand. Branna and Fin's relationship had been strained ever since. Now all they had was the knowledge of love that offered them both comfort and torment. And as they succumb to the heat between them, there can be no promises for tomorrow. A storm of shadows threatens everything that their circle holds dear. It will be Fin's power, loyalty, and heart that makes all the difference in an age-old battle between the bonds that hold their friends together and the evil that has haunted their families for centuries.

    This third and final book in The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy comes to a fabulous conclusion for Ms. Roberts marvelous series combining witches, romance and fantasy while tying up all the loose ends. The romance between Branna and Finbar was so magical one has to read it or listen to it to get the full enjoyment and magic of one very hot and sensual romance and love affair. Finally Branna was able to let loose and take what was offered without guilt but with pure pleasure for good or ill, knowing that the upcoming battle with Cabhan would be the last.

    Written with Ms. Roberts trademark excitement and action, sensualness and emotion, the whole story culminates with everyone from books one and two, coming into play to support Branna and Fin. All knowing how dangerous and life-altering the battle would be. The only thing missing I could see AND would have liked to see was the three weddings that would ultimately take place between the cousins and their loves.

    Bottom line: I haven’t read a series or a book by Nora Roberts yet that didn’t deliver pure pleasure and excitement. God Bless this author for giving her fans such enjoyment over the years.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lover at Last: Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1744)
    Performance
    (1599)
    Story
    (1611)

    Qhuinn, son of no one, is used to being on his own. Disavowed from his bloodline, shunned by the aristocracy, he has finally found an identity as one of the most brutal fighters in the war against the Lessening Society. But his life is not complete. Even as the prospect of having a family of his own seems to be within reach, he is empty on the inside, his heart given to another....

    C. Mendez says: "When it was good, it was very, very good..."
    "Fabulous as Always - Terrific Series"
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    Audiobook review:   For those following this series in order, we have seen a lot of interaction between Qhuinn and Blay, from the very beginning before their transition with them being the very best of friends. While LOVER AT LAST does focus on the relationship between Blay and Qhuinn anyone familiar with this series realizes that Ward will never just touch on one story but will engage the reader in the lives of the other brothers and introduce new characters into this magnificent series.  

    After reading other reviews, I understand that some readers want to just see the progression of B & Q’s relationship, I personally like the way Ward engages and teases the reader with other secondary stories by picking up with the newer character’s i.e. Assail; building a more significant background with Trez and his brother; and a little bit more depth on Xcor, the leader of the Band of Bastards.  In my opinion the cut-aways are a break and just build more interest on the main story of B & Q’s story.  AND, I really love learning more background and depth of interest on the side story characters.  Naturally, Ward does not hold back on the sex, and it is hot and steamy (both the actual, and the dreams of the leads!).  

    LOVER AT LAST also gave a new and interesting level of what will be one very BIG star-crossed lover relationship involving Layla who is carrying Qhuinn's young. One can see the writing on the wall for this and I can’t wait for Ward to give the reader more on this storyline because it seems almost impossible for a happy ending.  We’ll have to see.

    Add to that, Trez and Assail’s issues with women they have become attracted to, along with the impossibilities of happily ever afters, these two storylines seem like 'mission impossible' and Ward is going to be very busy building stories around these unimaginable pairings.   On the flip side - I was brought to tears at the wonderfully descriptive scenario’s where B & Q came to discover truths about themselves, especially Qhuinn’s revelations of who he truly was. 

    Bottom line:  This series just gets better and better and the fabulous performance by Jim Frangione’s interpretation, and voice over’s make these books and the characters come to life!   Anyone who has not read the Black Dagger Brotherhood series is totally missing out on such a wonderful experience! 

    Marilyn Rondeau, for www.ck2skwipsandkritiques.com

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emily and Einstein: A Novel of Second Chances

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Linda Francis Lee
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller, Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (572)
    Performance
    (488)
    Story
    (489)

    He was a man who didn’t deserve a second chance... but he needed one. Emily and her husband, Sandy Portman, seemed to live a gracious if busy life in an old-world, Upper West Side apartment in the famous Dakota building. But one night on the way to meet Emily, Sandy dies in a tragic accident. The funeral isn't even over before Emily learns she is on the verge of being evicted from their apartment. But worse than the possibility of losing her home, Emily is stunned when she discovers that her marriage was made up of lies.

    Allison says: "Well-written, kept my attention"
    "Fun and Entertaining"
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    Emily is a sweetheart, happy and waiting for her husband, Sandy Portman to arrive after work. He made a point to tell her he would be home after work so she happily prepared his favorite meal in anticipation. Unfortunately, on his way home to meet Emily, Sandy was struck and killed in a tragic accident. Before the funeral was even over she received the shocking news that her in-laws were making plans to evict her from her Upper West Side apartment in the famous Dakota building. But nothing was more devastating than slowly uncovering the truth that she never knew Sandy at all, that her entire marriage with him was made up of lies.

    *** I originally picked up this audiobook at the suggestion and praise of a friend, who being a dog person like myself, thought I would find it a wonderful audiobook. Naturally, the dog on the cover also helped me to make the selection.

    I didn’t know quite what I was expecting, but it was quite a journey that Emily took in discovering a lot about herself and the man she had been in love with. Suffice it to say that I found myself not liking Sandy Portman very much at first, although he did begin to grow on me after he began to understand himself after he was given a second chance at life.

    During her grieving, Emily found some comfort in the adoption of Einstein, a rather scruffy looking dog at the pound which Emily had been volunteering at. Through the caring of Einstein, Emily could sob all her heartache out, and it almost seemed as if Einstein understood all that she was going through. As it turned out, by taking Einstein out to the doggy park Emily meets a very handsome and gorgeous young man. A young man Emily tried her best to smother her budding interest in only to find that they were actually neighbors in the Dakota.

    Bottom line: EMILY & EINSTEIN was a delightful story both emotional and touching, with several laugh out loud moments coming from Einstein. Fun and very entertaining.

    Marilyn Rondeau, for www.ck2skwipsandkritiques.com

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Night

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jayne Castle
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (226)

    With the ability to detect the auras of dangerous psychic criminals, Rachel Bonner has found peace and quiet on Rainshadow Island with her dust bunny companion. Then Harry Sebastian, the descendant of a notorious pirate, arrives to investigate strange developments in the privately owned woods known as the Preserve. Rachel can sense the heart of darkness within him – and the stirrings of desire within her own soul....

    margarita says: "Nice edition to the Harmony series"
    "An Okay Listen - Performance was Great"
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    Rachel Blake is somewhat of a misfit, yet has found peace and quiet on Rainshadow Island with her dust bunny companion. That peace would be shaken when Harry Sebastian, the descendant of a notorious pirate, arrives to investigate strange developments in the privately owned woods known as the Preserve. Rachel has the ability to see ‘aura’s’ and senses a darkness in him, but more importantly she feels a desire within herself.

    Before finding sanctuary on Rainshadow Island, Rachel knew monsters existed, where before she came to the island she encountered one daily, namely Marcus Lancaster at the Chapman Clinic where she had previously worked. Unfortunately, the administration at the hospital didn’t agree with her prognosis that he was a psychopath, hence her return to Rainshadow. Unfortunately, Marcus was not the only monster in Rachel’s life as she had nightmares of the bizarre creatures she had encountered the night she was lost in the mysterious preserve on the island. One thing she does know is that Harry Sebastian, a self-proclaimed monster hunter may be the only one who can both vanquish the monsters and save her from her lonely existence.

    *** Being a fan of Jayne Castle aka Jayne Krentz aka Amanda Quick one has the ability to read many different genres and of course, be totally enthralled with whatever this amazing author dreams up. One can always expect dry humor, action, romance, and unusual twists and turns whenever you are fortunate enough to settle in with one of Ms. Castle’s novels.

    As with most of her books, in THE LOST NIGHT, she has paired a couple of misfit lonely protagonists who ultimately fall in love after a series of starts and stops. Her characters generally have a fleshed out background in the type of worlds she creates which are filled with people with unusual psychic type gifts and backgrounds. Castle’s gift is the fact that she can not only imagine all these characters, but make the reader believe and dream of having some of these special gifts for them selfs. Imagine how cool it might be to be able to weed out your acquaintances by reading their aura’s and knowing whether they were truly nice – or not!

    The addition of the mysterious - funny - unbelievable - dust bunnies was a bit far-fetched and it did take me a little bit of time to wrap my head around just what they were, but in the end they were okay - however I might have related better with a cat or dog. All in all, the romance was a little rushed, but as far as the mystery and the plotting went it was quite good - not the best but enjoyable all the same.

    Marilyn Rondeau, for www.ck2skwipsandkritiques.com

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Born in Ice: Born in Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Fiacre Douglas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (920)
    Performance
    (626)
    Story
    (630)

    In winter, Brianna Concannon's bed-and-breakfast is a cold and empty place. And that's fine with Brianna. She enjoys the peace and quiet, even when icy winds howl at her window. This year, though, she's expecting an unusual guest: mystery writer Grayson Thane, from America. And sometimes a fire can be born in ice.

    Sara says: "Great book! The narrator is amazing...."
    "This Series ROCKS! LOVE IT!!!"
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    In Roberts’ second book of the Born In series we are back in Ireland at the home of the younger Concannon sister Brianna, who is happily enjoying the winter and peace and quiet of isolation in her B&B on the west coast of Ireland. Brianna enjoyed people but also her quiet time before her winter guest would be arriving – a renowned mystery writer, Grayson Thane, from America. A nomad by nature, Grayson seeks the isolation to write alone, but from the very first, a fire is ignited as he gets to know his beautiful inn keeper.

    *** Lord, but I am just loving this series and these irrepressible Concannon sisters, their significant others, neighbors, workers, and even one very self-absorbed momma! Roberts’ characterizations of all her people are just so real - non-perfect people in a non-perfect but very real world. Although, to my mind of thinking Brianna is probably one of the more perfect people who is portrayed as really quite happy with her life, B&B, and meeting all her tenants at the B&B. Brie is truly a happy person with her life the way it is, but of course, like most humans she does have dreams. Those dreams of making a truly loving home – one that was filled with happiness, lots of children and above all laughter. However, that would need a husband to affect that dream.

    Enter Grayson Thane, Brianna’s newest boarder who had booked and paid the first month of his stay planning to stay through the winter. After the first few days of Brianna’s cooking - Grayson felt he’d died and went to heaven. A very wealthy and famous author, he’d never settled down and wandered the earth keeping only an apartment in NYC close to his publisher. Partly because he’d never had roots or any kind of stable childhood, Gray had never been close to anyone or let himself grow close - too many memories of abandonment.

    With a remarkably deft hand Roberts lets the reader enjoy the romance between Brie and Gray as they both quietly discover in their own hearts the way each others hearts were bruised and needed healing. It was such a pleasure to experience the care and thoughtfulness of two genuinely wonderful people learning to love and trust. And the bigger bonus was seeing the ‘thoughtless momma’ bend just a wee little bit and smile - I think it happened at least once in this book.

    Bottom Line: Another remarkable listen to a lovely Irish lilting performance by Fiacre Douglas, who is fast becoming one of my favorite narrators of Irish themed stories. Add to that the excellence of Nora Roberts’ brilliant story telling and bang - you are in for one very big treat!

    Marilyn Rondeau, for www.ck2skwipsandkritiques.com

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