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Starlet

My favorite books are 'Historical Romance'. A good book takes you away from your everyday life & puts you in the middle of an adventure.

Member Since 2013

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  • Tender Rebel: A Malory Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Johanna Lindsey
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (333)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (165)

    Scottish beauty Roslynn Chadwick needs the safety of marriage to protect her from an unscrupulous cousin and the fortune-hunting scoundrels who covet her wealth. And Anthony Malory is precisely the sort of handsome rogue she's been warned against.

    Victoria says: "Great story"
    "The Kind Of Man We Dream Of."
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    What made the experience of listening to Tender Rebel the most enjoyable?

    Narrator Laural Merlington definitely delivers her best performance thus far. She has gotten much better at the male character voices & has even begun adding soft, tenderness in her delivery of the words we women crave to hear from our leading man. It made my listening experience as real as reading the book & being carried away to England. Johanna Lindsey knocked this book out of the park. Tender Rebel is primarily Anthony & Roslynn's story, but we get to enjoy more of James Mallory's rebellious & quite humorous personality. As Jeremy Mallory (James' 17 year old son) would say..... "Hell's Bell's" this was a great book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tender Rebel?

    In this book Anthony & his brother James are reunited and seem to pick up right where the left off before James took to the seas 10 years earlier. The brothers amuse themselves with hilarious banter every chance they get. Don't let that fool you though, cause when it comes to family the Mallory men are tender yet very protective & always have each other's back.


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

    I think I had a constant smile on my face throughout the entire story & yes I most definitely laughed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Highland Seer: Highland Talents, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Willa Blair
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Donal MacNabb is loyal to his adopted Lathan clan, yet he resents being a pawn in their treaty negotiations with the struggling MacKyries. The MacKyrie clan needs his skills as an arms master, but its Laird is bartering for more than Donal is prepared to give. Ellie MacKyrie knows the Lathan treaty will help protect her clan from the neighbor determined to seize her holdings any way he can - including forcing her into marriage. But she has another reason to want the Lathan alliance.

    Starlet says: "Nice story"
    "Nice story"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I did enjoy listening to this book. The narrator is excellent. The author spends the majority of the story in character internal dialogue. That often frustrates me. It is a nice story but most of the construction of the story is what two main characters are thinking.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    More action in the characters instead of sharing their every thought, put those thoughts into action and the story would have been more enjoyable.


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

    I have listened to Derek Perkins narration before. I think he is an excellent narrator. He does a great Scottish brogue.


    Was Highland Seer worth the listening time?

    It was alright.


    Any additional comments?

    a bit dull.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • His Captive Bride: Stolen Brides Series (Volume 3)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Shelly Thacker
    • Narrated By Julia Motyka
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    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"
    "True love has no boundaries"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I highly recommend this book. This is truly one of the most beautiful love stories I've ever read (via audible).


    What was one of the most memorable moments of His Captive Bride?

    I don't give spoilers to story's. I believe the love, tenderness and sensuality is beautiful in this story.


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

    This story will make you smile and bring tears to your eyes. I listened to the audio version and could not take the ear buds from my ears. I didn't want anyone to interrupt the enjoyment of this book.


    Any additional comments?

    A must read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her Husband's Harlot: Mayhem in Mayfair, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Grace Callaway
    • Narrated By Erin Mallon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (133)

    After a disastrous wedding night, proper Lady Helena Harteford fears for the fate of her new marriage. Disguised as a doxy, she tracks her husband down at a bawdy house to reason with him...and instead discovers the thrill of forbidden passion. An innocent ruse turns into a risky deception; how far will this once-wallflower go to win her husband's love?

    Bettina says: "Love, love, love this hot romance!!!"
    "Filthy language. Not worth the money!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    There is the basis of a great love story here, but the filthy language and non-stop sex makes this a horrible book. I realize that sex is a part of romance but there are different ways to describe the sexual encounters. One is loving, tempting and gives a tingle and the other way is this book, filthy, raunchy and disgusting. If the author had chosen the first path and not filled the first half of the book up with stupid sex talk this book could have been a beautiful love story, but the author truly did ruin the entire story.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I will continue going through the Murray Family series.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Erin Mallon?

    Yes


    What character would you cut from Her Husband's Harlot?

    In this book "sex" is a character. It is so poorly written in that area it ruins the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Very disappointing!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Highland Bride: Murray Family Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Hannah Howell
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (101)

    Though she has yet to be courted by any man, spirited Gillyanne Murray decides the time has come to visit the dower lands gifted to her by her father's kinsmen. She arrives to find the small keep surrounded by three lairds, each one vying for her hand... and property. Though resolved to refuse them all, the threat of battle on her threshold forces her to boldly choose a suitor: Sir Connor MacEnroy, a handsome, daring knight of few words.

    DARA says: "Clever Lass and lots of fun"
    "The spunky little Gillyanne picks a groom."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Highland Bride to be better than the print version?

    I am currently listening to the entire Murray Family Series on audio book. I am enjoying the narrators wit, sensitivity, love and passion in her delivery of each characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gillyanne is my favorite character. She's spunky, clever, sweet and loving. This story will make you smile at the sweet moments and outright laugh at the creative ways of Gillyanne.


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

    Angela Dawe does an excellent job narrating this story. I can't imagine the characters with other voices than what she created for them.


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

    Falling Highlander


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of my favorite books. It is refreshing and definitely worth reading or listening to.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Highland Angel: Murray Family Series, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Hannah Howell
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (82)

    Sir Payton Murray's reputation as a lover is rivalled only by his prowess with the sword, yet it is the latter gift that has captured the interest of Kirstie MacLye. Fleeing a murderous husband who left her for dead, she vows to expose the man for the vile scoundrel that he is. She also knows it will take planning, cunning, and the help of a brave, arrogant, and willing champion. Kirstie only prays that Sir Payton will accept her challenge.

    DARA says: "Highlander To The Rescue!"
    "Disturbing story line"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I love Hannah Howell's book and am currently enjoying the Murray Family Series. However I didn't enjoy the subject matter of this book. It is based on very young boys being molested and Payton & Kirstie rescuing the boys. If you can get beyond the subject matter there is the beautiful part of a strong highland man honoring these children and falling in love with Kirstie.


    If you’ve listened to books by Hannah Howell before, how does this one compare?

    It's simply a comes down to a strong subject matter I did not enjoy. It is still well written and still demonstrates the power of love.


    Any additional comments?

    It isn't about cutting scenes or making any changes. It's based on a man molesting little boys and a woman seeking Payton Murray to help her save the children.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Behind the Plaid: Highland Bound, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eliza Knight
    • Narrated By Antony Ferguson, Arika Rapson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Emma Gordon escapes from a troubling marriage in which she has completely lost sight of who she is. Desperate for independence, she leaves her husband while on a trip in the Scottish Highlands. The only thing is, she ends up hurled back in time to the sixteenth-century Castle Gealach. Laird Logan Grant is tormented by a dark past and harbors a secret that could tear his country apart. Unable to resist Emma's beauty and the calm that she invokes, Logan confesses he desires her.

    Lia says: "3.5 Bugger Another Trilogy"
    "Pure sex."
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    What did you like best about Behind the Plaid? What did you like least?

    This book should be listed in erotica not romance. It's a story about sex and foreplay.


    What was most disappointing about Eliza Knight’s story?

    Very little story, just sex.


    What three words best describe Antony Ferguson and Arika Rapson ’s voice?

    Anthony Ferguson did a great job narrating. Ariika Rapson's voice is hard to listen to. You may think you're listening to your mother narrate a sex story. A bit creepy.


    Do you think Behind the Plaid needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. The story is truly lacking. If there is a follow up please don't list it as a romance story.


    Any additional comments?

    If you and your husband are bored in the bedroom then read this. Otherwise be prepared to listen or read nothing but sexual "how to's"

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Beloved One: The De Montforte Brothers, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Danelle Harmon
    • Narrated By David Stifel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    In this second installment of her breathtaking De Montforte Brothers series, critically acclaimed author Danelle Harmon introduces us to Englishman Lord Charles de Montforte, who awakens in the tender care of an American beauty after being wounded in battle. Amy Leighton has long wished for someone special to enter her life and take her away from a cruel, unloving step-family, but the handsome stranger is from an enemy land...and he's sworn to love another. A 1775-era Cinderella story sure to enthrall!

    Starlet says: "Excellent story line."
    "Excellent story line."
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    Would you listen to The Beloved One again? Why?

    I will not listen to the book again, but will purchase it in paperback and read it. The story line is well written, but David Stifel is ruining the entire series. If you enjoy reading as much as an audio book, I would read this series. The story is a tender love story of two people who both have a sense of innocence when it comes to physical activities. I actually found myself with tears in my eyes during some parts of the story and cracking up at other parts. This book takes you on a journey of self discovery, true love and is a journey. I enjoyed the plot, I do apologies in saying this but the narrator destroys this beautiful story.


    What didn’t you like about David Stifel’s performance?

    Good God. The director is as much to blame if not more than the narrator, unless there isn't a director than it's simply a horrible narrator. I can not put this delicately; Mr. Stifel makes these characters sound thick tongued and simple minded. Why anyone thinks he does this series justice is beyond me.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoy Danielle Harmon's writing and she has created an excellent series. I pray she never uses Mr. Stifel to narrate another one of her books. He needs guidance and training or turn to narrating college texts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Marry a Scottish Laird

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Lynsay Sands
    • Narrated By Keiran Elliott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (70)

    Highlander Campbell Sinclair is no stranger to battle, so when he sees a lad attacked by bandits, he jumps into the fray. He didn't count on being stabbed. Grateful to the boy for nursing him back to health, Cam offers to accompany Jo safely to his destination. But when he accidentally comes across the lad bathing in the river, Cam discovers that Jo is actually Joan...with the most sinful of curves.

    DARA says: "Adventure, Mystery and Romance. Its got it all."
    "Excellent, well written story"
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    What did you love best about To Marry a Scottish Laird?

    The plot is very well written. The characters are developed well. This story has romance, mystery and suspense. I actually found myself avoiding talking to people because I didn't want to spend one minute away from this book. I was that involved.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of To Marry a Scottish Laird?

    I am not one who writes a review giving away details of the story. People who do so give away too much information or spoil a critical point in the story. It is an excellent, romantic, sensual story with mystery and intrigue. What can get better than that.


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

    Kieran Elliott is a breath of fresh air when it comes to a male narrator. I literally shuttered and got goosebumps when I heard him speaking in a sensual Scottish brogue. He did not make his female characters sound weak or simple minded while adding a softer side to his voice. The male characters were strong, kind and tender. Mr. Elliot is the first male narrator I truly feel encompassed all of the characters personality extremely well and created each character's voice in an appealing manner. I will listen to Mr. Elliot read anything.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book. Excellent narrator. Highly recommend it.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Nowhere Near Respectable

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Jo Putney
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynols
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (55)

    New York Times best-selling author Mary Jo Putney has claimed two RITAs and four Golden Leaf Awards. Her mastery of the historical romance is evident in every word of Nowhere Near Respectable. Damian Mackenzie is an incorrigible gambler just honorable enough to save Lady Kiri Lawford from dangerous smugglers. That does not, however, mean he has any desire to return her romantic interest - until he learns Kiri’s not exactly the prim and proper lady society expects her to be.

    Starlet says: "Disappointing"
    "Disappointing"
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    What would have made Nowhere Near Respectable better?

    A different narrator


    What could Mary Jo Putney have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I love Mary Jo Putney's books. However I will never listen to any of her books again if she uses Tim Gerard Reynols to perform them. Come on Ms. Putney you've been in the business long enough to know what your fans want.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Tim Gerard Reynols’s performances?

    Horrible. I will never listen to him narrate another book. He has a beautiful, deep voice yet he doesn't use that talent to make the main male character sexy or appealing. In fact, he gives the men a higher vocal range than the women. Plus, Ms. Putney wrote this book with a witty banter between the two main character but Mr. Reynols ruined it. He narrates to slow and doesn't bring fun banter into his tones or any emotion. The men sound like feminine characters and the women sound like they're all men. On top of that Mr. Reynols gets his accents so mixed up, one has no clue these characters are from England. Mr. Reynols does a good Scottish accent for the men but once again any women sound like bull frogs.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope this is forwarded to Ms. Putney & Mr. Reynols. This could have been a fun, enticing story, but the narration truly ruined it. And who directed this. Seriously!! Mr. Reynols has potential, but he has work to do and the director of the narration should be fired.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil Wears Kilts: Scandalous Highlanders Series, #1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Suzanne Enoch
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (32)

    On a mission to rescue his runaway sister from the lure of flowery compliments and a useless lot of satin-clad scalawags disguised by their snooty titles, Ranulf MacLawry, Marquis of Glengask, has roared into British society like a storm across the Highlands. But he's about to find out that satin has its appeal, especially when it covers the curves of Miss Lady Charlotte Hanover-whose tongue is as sharp as her skin is soft.

    Kimberly says: "Enjoyable use of time"
    "God get me through this book."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    If I finish this book I will amaze my own abilities of tolerance. I am a huge fan of Suzanne Enoch. However the narrator is so horrible that it's disturbing me to the point that I can't find the greatness of Ms. Enoch"s writing. I've never had a problem with any of Suzanne's books when I read them. It's the narrator ruining it for me.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Suzanne Enoch? Why or why not?

    I will always recommend Suzanne's books. I just don't recommend this narrator. She's destroying Suzanne's writing.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Oh where do I begin. There are a few sentences that state "in his deep Scottish brogue"
    Please help me. This narrator doesn't know what a mild Scottish brogue is. Every single character sounds like a monotone, elderly person. I can't tell who's speaking. I'm so sorry to say but I beg Suzanne to never use Anne Flosnik again. I'm begging you.


    Could you see The Devil Wears Kilts being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I reserve my comment until I make it through the narrator's bumbling of every single character's voice.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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