I have listened to over 100 books... and I think this one is one of my favorites...
I always fall for the underdog or tortured soul... Alex. Alex just spoke to me in a odd sort of way. His story was half of this tale with the most to overcome... and my heart ached for him. Yet I kind of fell in love with him too...
Hard to choose. The last is perfect... sooo many on the way there were too. I think the rescue in the hell... but you don't get any spoilers out of me!!!
Both. I also got angry, disgusted, forlorn, heartbroken, elated and a good case of the giggles. I truly enjoyed this book.
The narration is perfect for the story... the story itself is a roller coaster of emotions ending in enchantment. You'll see.
I throughly enjoyed this book! The title and summary somehow put me off for a time. Eventually I gave in to curiosity and got it and am glad of it.
I thought the idiot premise sounded....well.... idiotic! But it totally worked. I could 'see' all the colorful characters and heard them as well. The mystery was a good one and the telling of it very well done.
I usually prefer a story taking place much earlier in history. I'm very partial to a time before phones and railways and even electricity and telegraphs. Yet I can safely say that the historical dates of this romance did not hinder my enjoyment at all, which is saying something!
NARRATOR : Wonderful! I enjoy Kate Reading and wish she did more. Her voices are distinct and the subtleties contained in each are expert! Phrasing, cadence, speed, all perfect. I heard the story and people in it and not her, which is how it should be! Her delivery is realistic. There are no mouthy sounds, pronounciation errors, or distracting facets to her performance. She has become one of my favorites.
CREDITWORTHY? : YES!
HEAT FACTOR?: Steamy, but very appropriately to the story without drawing it out or being vulgar.
In typical Stephanie Laurens fashion a tale of Cynsters, love, family.... and in this case a wicked twisted plot (and of course long sex scenes) is a perfect historical romance...
NARRATOR : Matthew Brenher is perfect. I think he may be my favorite male narrator. Characters are distinct, voices hold perfect tone, the women sound like women.... he's very good!!
CREDITWORTHY? : Yes!
HEAT FACTOR?: High.... very high without reaching erotica.
It's funny that I just wrote a review earlier stating that that book had been fairly tame... and it seemed surprising considering that the entire story revolved around mature themes, and sex was the main topic... it was still very tame. But very good! I had put off this last Duchess of Love novel for some reason. I'm glad I finally listened... it was well worth it.
NARRATOR : Abby Craden did a good job. She's not one of my favorites and her style and this particular novel were well matched since the majority of the story is told as each characters thoughts. Her intonation... which otherwise is grating at times, worked perfectly with the inner musings driving this story. Her slightly whispering rather staid delivery suited.
CREDITWORTHY? : I wouldn't rush to use my last credit on it... but yes, I think it is.
HEAT FACTOR : As I said... sex in many forms is the main topic here. But it's not steamy at all...
So I would say LOW.... but mature.
This is one of Stephanie Laurens books that is clearly driven by something other than sex scenes.
Well done, enchanting even. With a sub-plot as enjoyable as the main. Characters you can visualize and get to know... it's a Happy Ever After Romance to fall in love with.
I've listened to all of the Cynster books and numerous other's as well.... As one of the more tame stories I found it to still be nearly perfect.
NARRATOR : Elizabeth Jasicki is becoming one of my favorites. Her performance, with the exception of a couple mispronounciations, was flawless. From cadence and tempo to the individuality of each character she delivered masterfully.
CREDITWORTHY? : YES!
HEAT FACTOR: Very low, non-existent even. But that in no way detracts from this book!
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE This book!!!
Loved the performance by Ashford McNab.
Loved the characters.
Loved all the story lines.
Loved the endings!
If you like Stephanie Laurens, if you like historical romance and happily ever afters... Then you will love it too!
CREDITWORTHY : YES!
HEAT FACTOR: Surprisingly low... not much sex to speak of but a good deal of prelude. Nothing explicit. But still verrrrry good!
I believe that a review should be a person's opinion about the story, performer... etc... Not a short version of the actual story.
That said... This is one of those HEA romances that has a way of eating up the time and being done before you know it! Tortured souls heal one another and all of that good stuff. I can't put my finger on it but it seems it's remarkably like another book... but not. Since I've listened to almost a thousand books I just can't think of which one it could be. It doesn't really matter, I out and out enjoyed this one.... it goes onto my replay someday list!
NARRATOR : Excellent! I generally can't
stand a male narrator's female voices... but Tim Campbell did a great job. When you hear the story and the characters and not the narrator then you know it was well done. One of my biggest pet peeves, besides obvious mispronounciation and totally lack of comfortable cadence, is the mouthy sounds of some performers. I don't want to hear wet or tongue gushy or tooth whistle kind of sounds... nor a voice that stands out as being all wrong such as a exaggerated female in a males voice. Point being that there were none of those things that bring a performance into the story... or detract from it. Two enthusiastic thumbs up!
CREDITWORTHY? : In my opinion most definitely!
HEAT FACTOR?: There were defiantly moments.... and since the story was driven by the whole 'how to seduce' lessons it is obvious what direction it took. It was not , however, steaming with sexual tension or overly explicit in the sex scenes. Definitely warm!!!
I realllly liked this book! It was a joy to listen to.... I laughed, and smiled, and shed a tear tear and there.... Amelia Grey has written a most enjoyable story full of rich characters, beautiful visuals and true emotion. This was a great happy-ever-after romance which will go onto my "Listen again, someday" list.
NARRATOR : Barrie Kreinek deliverd a excellent performance with all of the good qualities and none of the bad! Two enthusiastic thumbs up!
CREDITWORTHY? : Heavens yes! If you love a good historical romance then you can't go wrong!
HEAT FACTOR? : Very little... Some chemistry... a clear visual, a little steam but no real heat.
If I had been promised a good book then by far that promise was kept! I have no complaints whatsoever. It's easy to know an Ava Stone book will be good but I have to say for a short one this was a goooood one!!!! I may have fallen in love a little bit myself.
NARRATOR : Stevie Zimmerman delivered as usual I always hear the characters and not her, which is the way it should be! 5 stars!!!
CREDITWORTHY? : I think it cost less than a credit did, but yes yes yesssss!
HEAT FACTOR : low, warm I suppose..... sexual tension... language to make it obvious.... no real heat.
Not a bad story beneath it all... just not executed. What a waste.... it is all wrong when women expect to stand in a corner and get their backsides blistered as punishment perceived by their husbands. Perhaps it's me but I find it entirely unacceptable! I got over the idea of a little spanking during love play used in a lot of books. (ok for some i suppose) But this is corporal punishment! It seems to be the point of the story rather than what is actually a good plot line. It wasn't even presented in any format that had meaning, it was supposed to be a general way of life. Could that be right in the way of the new west as our country grew...and I never heard of it before? Doubtful. The authors notes included that in her books "there are no explicit sex scenes but plenty of spanking" Maybe she doesn't realize that what that sounds like and what she presented are two vastly different things.
NARRATOR : Excellent! I would gladly listen to her again. She had a total lack of accents (chicago, western drawl, etc...) so I wouldn't expect her to excel where that was supposed to matter. But I never heard HER, but rather the story, as it should be. No pronunciation errors, stumbles, mouthy (wet, toothy, toungue, lips or swallow) sounds, etc... she was very good!
CREDITWORTHY? : No. Either buy it on sale or skip it is my recommendation.
HEAT FACTOR: None! zero.
And that's the truth. Eloisa James does it spectacularly well.... I loved the characters, the plot.... I remember looking and seeing almost two hours left and wondering what would fill them... and almost magically it was done. That's a good book! The ending was just a little odd... I didn't get the locale but that's ok. I understood it, it was even a good scene, but why put them there? I guess it doesn't matter.
NARRATOR : Susan Duerden is Fantastic here. I never heard HER but rather the characters. That's the way it should be!
CREDITWORTHY? : YES! 100%... that is IF you like a good romantic HEA story with a little political intrigue and a good cry.
HEAT FACTOR? : High. Not steamy heart throbing sexual tension high... but high all the same.
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