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  • Breathless: House of Rohan Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Anne Stuart
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    Overall
    (272)
    Performance
    (183)
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    (183)

    Ruined beyond repair and shunned by London society, lovely Miranda Rohan rebelliously embraces the freedom that comes from having nothing left to lose. However, this dangerous course throws her under the power of the darkly enigmatic Lucien de Malheur - known to many as the Scorpion. Seeking to destroy the Rohans, Lucien traps Miranda in a marriage she thinks is based on friendship but instead is rooted in vengeance.

    Judy says: "Not Your Ordinary Love Story"
    "Horrible plot!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anne Stuart is a skillful author, but the plot was horrible.


    What was most disappointing about Anne Stuart’s story?

    SPOILER ALERT: The story was unbelievable. The villain/protagonist coerces Miranda Rohan into remaining with him by threatening to kill Miranda's brother and states that he is motivated by vengeance. The basis of this vengeance? Lucien's insane half sister kills herself because of a slight from one of Miranda's brothers. Lucien commissions another man to destroy Miranda's reputation by abducting and raping her and then proceeds to rape her himself at a later point in the book. Disappointingly, Stuart describes the rape as "not rape" since Miranda didn't resist since she knew she would not be able to win and would be overpowered. After another betrayal, Lucien shows scars to Miranda, and Miranda cries and forgives everything. Lucien never earned trust or respect... never works to earn love.


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

    Ericksen sounds like a very mature narrator... maybe in her mid to late 40s or 50s... not that of a woman in her 20s.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood: Outlander, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2856)
    Performance
    (2678)
    Story
    (2668)

    Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

    G. House Sr. says: "Eloquent Fabulous Historical - Grand Continuation"
    "Ugh! Too much, and to little."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    First let me say that I generally am a huge fan of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. I've read all the books, and I have my calendar marked for the Starz premiere of the series. I've waited on baited breath for a long time!!! And, yet, I was not fulfilled by this story. There were too many story lines and not enough emotional development of Jaime and Claire. In stories with various story lines, you often see the link back ... {SPOILERS} For instance, when Briana goes back in time to meet Brian Fraser, what if she met Jack Randall, and what if she pissed him off, and he in turn took it out on Jamie and his sister? I wanted to see more causal connections, and I was left wanting. To me, there were a lot of fillers in the story. Yes, Ms. Gabaldon is very intelligent and the detail is amazing, however, the plot fell below the standard established by this series. The ending was ... blah.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Breaks: Kate Daniels, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    Overall
    (579)
    Performance
    (550)
    Story
    (551)

    No matter how much the paranormal politics of Atlanta change, one thing always remains the same: If there' s trouble, Kate Daniels will be in the middle of it. As the mate of the Beast Lord, Curran, former mercenary Kate Daniels has more responsibilities than it seems possible to juggle. Not only is she still struggling to keep her investigative business afloat, she must now deal with the affairs of the pack, including preparing her people for attack from Roland, a cruel ancient being with god-like powers.

    RabidReads says: "Characters die, power shifts, a new path is forged"
    "Bravo - Kate Daniels does not disappoint!"
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    Would you listen to Magic Breaks again? Why?

    Yes. I have not preferred Renee Raudman in the past because of her heavy (almost too heavy) southern accent. I didn't hear that so much in this book. Her performance worked.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Magic Breaks?

    I tend to like stories that reach all realms of the emotional spectrum, and a story like this one has the plot to bring out the full spectrum. Bravery, fear, love, arrogance, vulnerability, loyalty, the conflict of protective instincts vs keeping your word and being honest thereby placing in danger.... just to name a few. I like to root for the underdog protagonist. Kate is not without power, but she's outmatched against her father. We've seen this build up from all the previous books, but she finally gets to meet Roland. As a reader, I was filled with anxiety and expectation about this meeting. I won't spoil it for you. Ilona Andrews crafted this very well. I was not disappointed. Curran earns a lot of respect in this book. He is loyal to Kate. Kate's actions have earned his loyalty time and time again. On the other hand, it's disappointing that she never seems to quite measure up for the inhabitants of the Keep, but at the same time, this casts Kate in her underdog and under appreciated role showing that despite her power and protection, she is not an egomaniac.Although I rated this book a 5 star, a loose end was left unresolved for me. How did Kate manage to have a break through in building blood armor.... after she'd been starved, and with little to no rest? The beginning of the book shows that Kate is struggling with learning this skill. I would have like this dot connected --- did she get infused and re-energized by her grandmother?? No because she felt like passing out afterwards.... Keep it up Ilona Andrews. This is one of my top favorites -- along with Patricia Brigg's Mercy Thompson series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whispering Rock

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    Overall
    (1014)
    Performance
    (678)
    Story
    (685)

    In Robyn Carr's Whispering Rock, wounded LAPD Sergeant Mike Valenzuela finds the help and healing he needs in Virgin River. Now he longs for the marital bliss his Marine Corps buddies enjoy. And he thinks he's found the right woman. But after she's brutally attacked, Mike must show her how to trust again.

    Julie says: "Special stories"
    "Thoughtful romance..."
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    What did you love best about Whispering Rock?

    Another great romance from Robyn Carr. I love a good romance, but I like for there to be a mystery for the reader to decipher or some sort of drama from which the characters grow. This book has all of that... It shows characters with rich character development, and also those with very immature character development -- unethical characters. This book addresses the impact of rape, date rape, adultery and betrayal, and life after those devastating events. The tone and tenor of the book is solemn and respectful. As a character... you are either in the respectful good guy/gal camp -- or not. The tone and tenor is very different from the Kresley Cole series -- paranormal with flippant sarcasm. I like both types of tones even though they are so different. I'll definitely download the next Robyn Carr book. I'm a fan.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Whispering Rock?

    When Preacher declares that it's ovulation day.


    What about Therese Plummer’s performance did you like?

    She's an excellent narrator and I liked her for MOST of the book. I don't like it when she speaks in Spanish because the accent is all wrong. In the future, she should get a latino actor to come in and then mimic the phrase for the audio version. Otherwise, she's one of my favorites.


    If you could take any character from Whispering Rock out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Maybe Mel. She's very likable and seems like she could carry a great conversation. She respects your privacy but will be open and honest. When Jack had concerns about Mike dating his sister Bree and stated something to the effect that Mike was a dog and probably wanted to get laid, Mel responded saying that that was irrelevant. She noted that it shouldn't count against Mike if he wants to get closer to the woman he loves.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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