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Susynne

hartland, VT, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Thirty Nights with a Highland Husband: The Daughters of Glen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Melissa Mayhue
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Wiley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (134)

    Connor MacKiernan, a descendant of the Fae Prince, is a warrior who lives only for honor and duty. Though he's vowed never to marry, that's exactly what he must do to save his sister. Enter a little Faerie magic, and the search for a bride is on. Caitlyn Coryell is having a really bad day - she just discovered her fiance with another woman! Imagine her surprise when she puts on some sexy lingerie and an antique pendant and Connor appears in her bedroom, begging for her help. He offers a simple yet outrageous adventure: travel to his time, marry him, and return home.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Pleasantly Surprised!"
    "I just love a good time travel highlander story"
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    There Is nothing l love more than a good story with a handsome highlander and a intelligent heroine, add some time travel And a few good plot twists and I am a happy lady! IF its well done of course. This one is quite enjoyable with an intriguing cast of Characters , excellent Narration and just the right Amount of heat. Credit worthy ? Yep!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • His at Night

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Sherry Thomas
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (57)

    Lord Vere is used to baiting irresistible traps. As a secret agent for the government, he's tracked down some of the most devious criminals in London, all the while maintaining his cover as one of society's most harmless - and idiotic - bachelors. But nothing can prepare him for the scandal of being ensnared by Elissande. Forced into a marriage of convenience, Elissande and Vere are each about to discover that they're not the only ones with a hidden agenda.

    Trish R. says: "I love this book.."
    "The title is SO random!!"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae: A Cynster Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated By Matthew Brenher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (287)

    Headstrong Angelica Cynster is certain she'll recognize her fated husband at first sight. And when her eyes meet those of a mysterious nobleman, she knows beyond a doubt that he's the one. But her heart is soon pounding for an entirely different reason - when her hero abducts her! The eighth Earl of Glencrae has no choice but to kidnap Angelica, the one Cynster sister with whom he hadn't wanted to tangle. But to save his castle and his clan, he must persuade her to assist him - and he's prepared to offer marriage to seal the deal!

    Amazon Customer says: "Absolutely love Stephanie Laurens & Cynster books"
    "Loved this one!!!"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Loving Lord Ash: Duchess of Love, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Sally MacKenzie
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Kit, the marquis of Ashton, is in a sticky wicket. He married young and for love - how naïve. He discovered his mistake the very day of his wedding, but he is saddled now with a wife he's reluctant to trust. And however much evidence he gathers against faithless Jess, he can't seem to prove her guilt to the final judge - his foolish heart.

    Susynne says: "Duchess of love indeed!"
    "Duchess of love indeed!"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Lady of Expectations

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Jasicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    Jack Lester has to find a bride...But where can he find the perfect woman? She has to be attractive, kind, a good conversationalist...and most important, she has to accept him as he is: devilishly handsome, charming and, as far as anyone knows, poor as a church mouse! If London society discovers his hidden wealth, he'll never find the right wife.

    Robin says: "Good story, but distracting narration!"
    "One of my favorites. "
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    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Four in Hand

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated By Ashford MacNab
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (98)

    Max Rotherbridge couldn't believe it. Along with the dukedom of Twyford, he - London's most notorious rogue - had inherited wardship of four devilishly attractive sisters! Including the irresistible Caroline Twinning. The eldest Twinning was everything he had ever wanted in a woman, but even Max couldn't seduce his own ward...or could he?

    Marian says: "A Lot Of Fun"
    "This is a easy review...."
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    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • More than a Duke: Heart of a Duke, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Christi Caldwell
    • Narrated By Tim Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (41)

    Polite Society doesn't take Lady Anne Adamson seriously. However, Anne isn't just another pretty young miss. When she discovers her father betrayed her mother's love and her family descended into poverty, Anne comes up with a plan to marry a respectable, powerful, and honorable gentleman - a man nothing like her philandering father.

    Tracy T says: "WOW that was tough to get through! Not Good!"
    "More than just good!"
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    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!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Duke in My Bed: Heirs' Club of Scoundrels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Amelia Grey
    • Narrated By Barrie Kreinik
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    As a notorious member of the Heirs' Club, Bray Drakestone can't resist a challenge from one of his well-heeled colleagues - especially when it involves money and horses. But the friendly wager takes an unexpected and deadly turn.

    Susynne says: "Wonderful!"
    "Wonderful!"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Promises Made: Scandalous Encounters, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Ava Stone
    • Narrated By Stevie Zimmerman
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Lady Elspeth MacLaren loves everything about London - the ballrooms, the entertainments, the handsome single lords in want of a wife. Unfortunately, she already has a betrothed... She just doesn't know it yet.

    Susynne says: "Promise kept!"
    "Promise kept!"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mail Order Switch

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Patty Devlin
    • Narrated By Hollie Jackson
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Liz will do anything to get away from her evil guardian, and she was prepared to disguise herself as a boy and look for work as a ranch hand. When Caroline, a stranger on the train next to her, sees through her "boy" disguise, and begs her to take her place as a mail-order bride, Liz doesn't hesitate long before saying yes. It's got to be easier than working on a ranch, and as a married woman with a new name, she'll be out of her guardian's clutches forever.

    Susynne says: "It's the word 'switch' that's the double entendre."
    "It's the word 'switch' that's the double entendre."
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Enchanting Pleasures: The Pleasures Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Eloisa James
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    Gabrielle Jerningham cherishes the portrait of her betrothed, the perfect Peter Dewland... until she meets his commanding older brother Quill. But it is Peter to whom she has been promised. And how can she possibly transform her voluptuous, outspoken self into the poised gentlewoman Peter requires?

    Michael says: "started strong then got tedious,"
    "Fabulous!"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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