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Maria

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  • Potent Pleasures: The Pleasures Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Eloisa James
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (152)

    Reckless desire sends Charlotte Daicheston into the garden with a dashing masked stranger. He's powerful and unforgettable, a devastatingly handsome footman who lures her - not against her will - into a grand indiscretion at a masquerade ball. Then he vanishes. Several years later, after Charlotte has made her dazzling debut in London society, they meet again. But the rogue is no footman. He's rich, titled, and he doesn't remember Charlotte. Worse, he's the subject of some scandalous gossip.

    Cynthia says: "A Mind "F" in the Best Possible Way"
    "Sultry read with captivating characters."
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    Eloisa James does it again. The pleasure of listening to her sultry story is indeed potent. The narrator is superb and delivers an outstanding theatrical reading. This story has twists, turns and tears.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Entice: Exquisite Series, #2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Ella Frank
    • Narrated By Mackenzie Cartwright
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (88)

    Dr. Shelly Monroe is a woman who doesn't shy away from going after what she wants, but lately good sex has been hard to find. Shelly's become increasingly frustrated with the men she's been dating and the men she believes are the right choice.Joshua Daniels is certainly not even close to the right choice. In fact, he is exactly the wrong choice. For one thing, he's Mason Langley's best friend and best man. Second, he's too much of a risky complication for Shelly to even consider.

    oldman11 says: "However again."
    "Enticingly Exquisite This Story is Not!"
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    Expected better character development. Oh well. Not certain if this is worthy of a credit. Fairly predictable but enjoyed strength of Joshua. Shelley was a drip and not appealing. Too many descriptions of her eyes, her hair, her...blah, blah. Drama queen with daddy issues. Yawn. Steam-scenes were sadly, the highlights. Narrator sounded bored too. The follow-up to Exquisite -- Entice is not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sweet Filthy Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Christina Lauren
    • Narrated By Shayna Thibodeaux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (780)
    Performance
    (732)
    Story
    (734)

    One-night stands are supposed to be with someone convenient, or wickedly persuasive, or regrettable. They aren’t supposed to be with someone like him. But after a crazy Vegas weekend celebrating her college graduation - and terrified of the future path she knows is a cop-out - Mia Holland makes the wildest decision of her life: follow Ansel Guillaume - her sweet, filthy fling - to France for the summer and just…play.

    Tina says: "LOVED this book!"
    "Sweetly Surrender to this Sexy Showpiece"
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    Surpassed expectations. Adoration for "Frenchie". Hope the series expands. Just the right amount of bringing sexy back to a storyline. BFF's rocked and were written realistically as supportive besty's should be. Pivotal point really came at end when ex-girlfriend emerged. M's. Lauren knows how to write an impactful villain with just a few strokes of the pen.

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  • The Husband Trap

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Tracy Anne Warren
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1122)
    Performance
    (881)
    Story
    (891)

    Winner of a RITA, a National Readers’ Choice Award, the HOLT Medallion, and the Golden Quill, New York Times best-selling author Tracy Anne Warren is among the most acclaimed and popular Regency romance storytellers. In The Husband Trap, the reserved Lady Violet Brantford agrees to swap identities with her vivacious sister. Before she knows it, she’s married to the Duke of Raeburn, who finds himself pleasantly surprised with his charming new wife.

    SIMARA says: "Passionate and emotional narration..."
    "Romantic Twisted Traps by Entertwining Twins"
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    Where does The Husband Trap rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top third.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This was waaaay better than I thought it was going to be. I could not stop listening.


    Which character – as performed by Bianca Amato – was your favorite?

    Adrian, the Duke. She captured a British peer's subtle humor and sometimes obtuse mannerisms in her portrayal.


    If you could take any character from The Husband Trap out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The duke and his mama. Sounds like fun and I'm dying to see what this guy would look like in person. His description is fab. The twins-- not so much.


    Any additional comments?

    The writing is very good and draws the listener into the plot. It's written in a very tight style where the action takes place in but a few places, not overly weighed down with descriptions of clothing and residences and other characters. The focus is really on the perspectives of the main characters and I loved how you were inside of their heads; listening to their thoughts, fears and concerns. Well done. I gave it five stars because it was truly enjoyable.

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  • Say You Love Me

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Johanna Lindsey
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (476)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (242)

    Her parents' death has left Kelsey Langton penniless - and responsible for the well-being of her younger sister, Jean. Kelsey knows that the only way to avert their doom is to allow herself to be sold at auction. Resigned to becoming the plaything of a well-heeled gentleman, she gets more than she bargained for.

    XYZPDQ says: "Something Different"
    ""You'll Love to Say You Love Me""
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Of course! I recommend audiobooks all of the time. I'm a relative newbie to the romance and erotic genre however, this book was fun because of all of the characters and the smart twist at the end.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I suppose I favor the male characters like Lord Malory. He's kind hearted and passionate and really is surprised when he falls in love.


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

    Audiobooks are so very entertaining. It's almost like watching a play but your imagination can still be active when it comes to the characters and what they would look like. Audiobooks are the best ever!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The highest bidder becomes the best lover.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Stranger

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Christina Lauren
    • Narrated By Grace Grant, Jonathan R. Cole
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1270)
    Performance
    (1168)
    Story
    (1164)

    Escaping a cheating ex, finance whiz Sara Dillon's moved to New York City and is looking for excitement and passion without a lot of strings attached. So meeting the irresistible, sexy Brit at a dance club should have meant nothing more than a night's fun. But the manner - and speed - with which he melts her inhibitions turns him from a one-time hookup into her Beautiful Stranger.

    Jordy says: "Delicious!!"
    "Bold Beautiful Brit Bares Body and Soul"
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    If you could sum up Beautiful Stranger in three words, what would they be?

    Exhibitionism Bares Love


    What did you like best about this story?

    Max Stella was so doggone lovable. Scandalous and witty a great friend and the consummate lover.


    Have you listened to any of Grace Grant and Jonathan R. Cole ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This story line was better than Beautiful Bastard, which got a little one dimensional.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A Beautiful Stranger is waiting for you to show your true self.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage: Highland Pleasures, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jennifer Ashley
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (727)
    Performance
    (679)
    Story
    (677)

    Lady Isabella Scranton scandalized London by leaving her husband, notorious artist Lord Mac Mackenzie, after only three turbulent years of marriage. But Mac has a few tricks to get the Lady back in his life, and more importantly, back into his bed.

    CAROLYN says: "REALLY GREAT LISTEN & VERY ENJOYABLE"
    "What in the World is Isabella Waiting For?"
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    Where does Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's in the top ten at least, although within the series, I'd be pressed to make it third or fourth. I grew a little tired of her resistance even though her Mack was a drunken brat at one time.


    What other book might you compare Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage to and why?

    Some of Sylvia Day's period pieces have a female protagonist who resists the charms of a scoundrel man she'll ultimately wind up in bed with and wedded to. The storyline is familiar but I adore the brothers in this series. Ian, Cameron and Hart are worth the read and listen to.


    Have you listened to any of Angela Dawe’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Superb. Excellent technique. She eases the listener through the maze of characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really but perhaps over a weekend, with some breaks. Worth the credit. Amen!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie: Highland Pleasures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jennifer Ashley
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1714)
    Performance
    (1551)
    Story
    (1552)

    It was whispered all through London society that he was a murderer, that he'd spent his youth in an asylum and was not to be trusted - especially with a lady. Any woman caught in his presence was immediately ruined. Yet Beth found herself inexorably drawn to the Scottish lord whose hint of a brogue wrapped around her like silk and whose touch could draw her into a world of ecstasy.

    Lupdilup says: "FANTASTIC BOOK, NICELLY PERFORMED."
    "His Madness is My Weakness"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie to be better than the print version?

    I have nothing to compare however, I'm "mad" about the audio. Best ever way to move through a romance novel.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ian of course! You'll fall in love with his eccentricities, passion, and love for his family. Ian is complex, probably in today's terminology he's in the spectrum disorder range but he manages as best he can with the support of Beth and his family and Curry his loyal valet. Smart beyond reason, Ian is direct and passionate about all that is important to him.


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

    She's a pro. Excellent narrator whose expertise controls the movement of the characters through the story. Bravo!


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

    To learn about Ian's abuse in the asylum was heart breaking and the cruelty of his father. Yet, he's a survivor who finds out what love is all about.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Many Sins of Lord Cameron: Highland Pleasures, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jennifer Ashley
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (697)
    Performance
    (648)
    Story
    (653)

    A renowned rake, Cameron Mackenzie doesn't care if Ainsley Douglas has a virtuous excuse for sneaking around his bedchamber. He only cares that she's at his mercy. One kiss at a time, he plans to seduce her. But what starts out as a lusty diversion may break Cam's own rules.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Oh what a Highland Pleasure"
    "You'll Listen over and over Again!"
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    Where does The Many Sins of Lord Cameron rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Absolutely in the tops. I'm a relative newcomer to the Romance genre however, this series is delightful, well written and compelling. You feel for the characters and become easily involved in the storyline.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cameron. He's rough around the edges but with good reason. A lost boy who finds his way to love.


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

    She captures the flavor of the time period and her vocal expertise helps you track the various characters. Listening to her is a dream. She's a true pro--accents and all. Superb.


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

    Probably when the true story of his demented wife comes to light. Cameron is proud but has sacrificed much to save his son. All of the Lords have had nightmare childhoods with a tyrant for a father, Cameron escaped much of that but was saddled with a cray-cray sex addicted suicidal wife. The truth about her misdeeds towards her child were shocking.


    Any additional comments?

    I seriously listen to this series over and over again. Simply enjoyed it immensely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Passion for the Game: Georgian, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (330)

    Infamous for satisfying his limitless wants and desires, Christopher is a free man again. And this time he’s on a mission to engage, deceive, and seduce the one woman as ruthless as he is when it comes to dangerous games of passion.… Far from innocent in the ways of men, Maria is one step ahead of Christopher’s every move. It doesn’t mean she isn’t enjoying every delicious look, every unbridled kiss, every moment of abandon. Neither of them could have imagined the moment when they would meet their match - or that they would surrender to each other again and again....

    CAROLYN says: "4 stars - 3 words: HOT GEORGIAN ROMANCE"
    "Love, Lust and a Luscious Adventure"
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    What did you love best about Passion for the Game?

    The narrator is superb, in fact astonishing in her ability to voice so many different parts. Her sultry voice is perfect for the setting and enhances the story as it moves along.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Passion for the Game?

    There are very tender moments between Maria and Simon that demonstrate their true care for each other while still being able to let go of each other. In particular, a bath tub scene but I will not divulge too much. Another moving part is when St. James finally professes his love for our heroine. This hardened popular pirate who never imagined that his feelings would ever involve loving a woman is brought to his knees (literally and figuratively) by his need and desire for Maria.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ball where St. James had escorted the "fake" Maria and unfortunately the real Maria was also in attendance unbeknownst to him. The scene had perfectly executed comedy as well as well timed tension.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Passion and Desire only a Scoundrel can Ignite. Love only two can reveal.


    Any additional comments?

    Very entertaining series. Ms. Day is truly royalty in the world of romantic/erotic/adventure literature.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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