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  • Royal Seduction

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jennifer Blake
    • Narrated By Melissa Reizian Frank
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (54)

    Poised, calculating, and ruthlessly charming, Prince Rolfe of Ruthenia takes beautiful Angeline Fortin captive, mistaking her for her cousin and compromising her beyond redemption. Escape from the prince is impossible, and Rolfe begins to torment her senses at every turn. At last, captured and captivated, Angeline can't resist Rolfe's masterful seduction, and the prince discovers the only woman he's ever encountered who can meet him passion for passion. But Rolfe is on a mission to find his brother's killer, and in a critical moment of mortal danger, it's Angeline herself who holds his life - and heart - in her delicate hands.

    Tina says: "Wonderful story and great narration."
    "Classic Bodice Ripper"
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    Originally published in 1983, Royal Seduction is an authentic bodice ripper. Until I read one of these old school historical romances, I mistakenly believed the term bodice ripper was just a derogatory term for any romance. Bodice Rippers are typically historical romances published during the 70's 80's or early 90's and almost always include themes like rape, kidnap, abuse and/or forced seduction.

    Having said all that, let me now reiterate Royal Seduction is an authentic Bodice Ripper. The hero, at least at first, is not at all nice to the heroine. The heroine is raped and suffers appalling treatment throughout the book. Personally, I find the whole 'days of our lives' atmosphere in these books hilarious. They're so over the top, so packed with eye rolling cliches and corny euphemisms, it becomes really hard to take even the more disturbing scenes seriously. To judge this book badly because of its themes of rape and violence is a little like judging an erotic novel poorly because of its explicit sex scenes. If you enjoy a good bodice ripper, you'll love this book. However, if your unfamiliar with old school historical romances you might not enjoy this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dream Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Andrea Kane
    • Narrated By Gemma Dawson
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    The dream is always the same. The terrifying stalker. The gaping abyss. She can see herself running, desperate to escape the huge black beast waiting to devour her. For Kassandra Grey, there is only one refuge from her nightmare - and a horrifying secret hidden in the swirling mists. Braden Sheffield first spies her on a deserted beach - a lone figure who emerges from the fog like a stunning apparition. Betrayed by the woman who was to be his bride, the world-weary duke of Sherburgh is captivated by Kassie’s youth and beauty.

    Amazon Customer says: "Gag!"
    "Gag!"
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    I really really don't understand all the wonderful reviews for this book! First of all I've never read a worse case of insta love and to make matters worse it occurs after the h/h have like a five minute conversation while the heroine is still a child. The first two chapters are basically spent listening to the hero express his disenchantment at the entire human race except for this one child (the heroine), whom he reminisces about with nauseating sentimentality even though he has only spent one fairly unremarkable hour with her three years ago. The third chapter sees our love birds reunited which means we now not only get to hear the hero's vomit inducing contemplations of the heroines attractiveness but we also get to hear the heroine rhapsodise about her deep emotional connection to the hero every two sentences. Chapter three finally concludes with the heroine declaring to herself that she is in love with the hero... whom she has spoken approximately ten sentences to over the entire hour and a half of their acquaintance. I didn't bother torturing myself any further with this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Unashamed Night

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Sophia James
    • Narrated By Simone Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (70)

    Multiple award-winning author Sophia James pens scorching hot romances her eager fans devour. In One Unashamed Night, reclusive Lord Taris Wellingham shuns the possibility of intimate relationships. His traveling companion, 28-year-old Beatrice Maude Bassingstoke, on the other hand, doesn’t expect to attract a man as handsome as Taris. But when they are forced to spend the night together during a snowstorm, passion erupts between them as they lay in each other’s arms. And when the night ends, a new day of love dawns before them.

    Leyla says: "Wonderful!!! A++"
    "3.5 stars"
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    I'll admit to being a fairly pragmatic person and, because of this, I expect to have to suspend reality quite a lot when reading romance. However, I usually anticipate the fairy tale sort of unreality that leaves you with that tiny glimmer of possibility. So I found myself pretty switched off to this particular romance as it pushed the boundary into ridiculously unlikely. In particular I found it very hard to swallow a heroine who is in one breath portrayed as an enlightened intellectual and in the next shown to be too ignorant to know the difference between someone who is visually impaired and someone who is drunk. The whole idea that Bea would not discern the heroes' visual impairment was just way too far fetched for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Hidden Fire: Elemental Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Hunter
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (209)

    No secret stays hidden forever. A phone call from an old friend sets mysterious book researcher Giovanni Vecchio back on the path of a mystery that has eluded him for centuries. Little does he suspect a young librarian holds the key to an ancient secret, nor could he expect the danger Beatrice De Novo would attract. Now both will follow a twisted maze leading from the archives of a university library, through the fires of Renaissance Florence, and toward a passion that could destroy them both.

    Robin in Vermont says: "What's happened to Dina Pearlman?"
    "Enjoyable"
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    First of all, I have to say hats off to Diana Pearlman. I tend to be overly picky about narrators but even I was impressed when this naturally American accented narrator managed to pull off impersonating someone with an Italian accent doing a bad impression of an American accent... That takes some skill. It's clear by all the negative reviews this narrator receives that everyone has their own pet peeves but personally I was impressed with the narration of this book.

    The story was a little slow for my tastes but I did really enjoy it. All in all, I thought it was well worth the $1.99 I payed for the book with professional narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hot Blooded

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Amanda Carlson
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (74)

    It hasn't been the best week for Jessica McClain. Her newly found mate has been kidnapped by a Goddess hell-bent on revenge, and Jessica is positive she can save him. But being the only female werewolf in town comes with its own set of rules and powers...if only she understood them. Aided by two vamps, two loyal Pack members, and one very reluctant human, Jessica must rescue her man while coming to terms with what being a wolf really means.

    Angela says: "A good story, but not as good as the 1st"
    "Just OK."
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    Maybe I went in to this book with too high expectations but I couldn't help but feel it kinda mostly just sucked.

    In my mind the story can be summed up as hiking, fighting, "omg Jessica can do what now?", hiking while pining annoyingly over kidnapped mate whom Jessica has only known for like five seconds, more fighting, Jessica shoots rainbows out her rear and then hikes some more. It felt like the whole plot was taken up in clarifying the extent of Jessica's powers and it just didn't work for me at all.

    Having said all that, I did manage to finish the book and it did have just enough plot development to keep me listening. I do kind of feel like the proverbial horse chasing after a carrot on a string and I'm not entirely convinced the author is actually going to deliver said carrot but I'm willing to read the third book to find out.

    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
    (180)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (160)

    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!!!"
    "2.5 stars"
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    Generally speaking I don't have any issues with explicit sex scenes in my reading and given the title, I was expecting this book to include sex at some level. However, I do think erotica walks a fine line between good erotic fiction and trashy porn and this book unfortunately falls into the latter catergory. I would have said the same if this had been set as a contemporary romance but the fact that its set in Victorian england made it seem even more ridiculous. I'm glad I only paid 1.99 for this because really it was just bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • True to the Highlander: Loch Moigh, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Barbara Longley
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (215)

    A life hangs in the balance… A king held for ransom, a country under thumb, clans at one another’s throats. Malcolm of clan MacKintosh has enough to worry about without finding a mysterious lass sleeping on the side of his road. He tries to help her — in his overbearing, arrogant way — and winds up flat on his back. God’s blood, who is this woman…and why does she captivate him so?

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "You're not the "Bossame"!!"
    "The. Worst. Narrator. Ever"
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    Oh my goodness, I can't even begin to express how irritating this narrator was. I felt like stuffing forks in my ears after about the first 10 minutes.Spare yourself the agony and stick to the ebook.

    11 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Fae Hunter: The Soulstealer Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Nicolette Reed
    • Narrated By S. A. Archer
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    Valora Delos is a hunter, charged with tracking the treacherous Soulstealers and bringing them to justice. She descends to Earth and finds herself trapped in suburban Seattle after the portal to her world closes. With the help of a sexy half-fae named Dooley, Valora must find her way back in order to save Dell'Aria. Dooley uses his own brand of magic to help Valora discover memories buried deep within her, which only produces more questions than answers - questions about her growing attraction to Dooley and her devotion to her King.

    Annie says: "Surprise Story"
    "Narration is just aweful"
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    The story was great but the narrators inflections and pauses are almost unbearable. For example "Damn it! Get down everyone" is read like "Damn it get down (pause) everyone". As much as I enjoyed the story, the narrator really ruined it. Not worth the credit, buy the $1.99 kindle instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angels' Blood: Guild Hunter, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Nalini Singh
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1605)
    Performance
    (1227)
    Story
    (1227)

    Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux knows she is the best - but she does not know if even she is good enough for this job. Hired by the dangerously beautiful archangel Raphael, a being so lethal that no mortal wants his attention, Elena knows failure is not an option---even if the task is impossible. Because this time, it's not a wayward vamp she has to track. It's an archangel gone bad.

    Meghan says: "Hot, very hot."
    "Only one issue"
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    I love this series. I love this series in audio. I only have one request, American narrators PLEASE DO NOT attempt to do an Australian accent!! As a native Aussie, I can say 99% of attempted Australian accents by non Australian narrators sound TERRIBLE! Luckily this audiobook only contains about a minute of this painful performance and was otherwise brilliant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Ever After: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3017)
    Performance
    (2744)
    Story
    (2759)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won numerous awards for her Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series, which has been adapted into the hit HBO show True Blood. In this 13th and final book, a murder rocks the town of Bon Temps and Sookie is arrested for the crime. After making bail, she sets out to clear her name - but her investigation only leads to more deaths.

    k says: "Bitter ending? Cleanse your palate."
    "Profoundly disappointed"
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    What did you like best about Dead Ever After? What did you like least?

    I was prepared for Sookie to find her HEA with one of her two principal heroes. Regardless of my personal wishes for one or the other ending, I would have respected Ms Harris's desire to stay true to the story. Unfortunately, I feel Ms Harris has sold out the integrity of the story line in an attempt to keep all her fans happy. I feel very disillusioned that such a wonderful author would show such little respect for her own work as is evidenced in Dead Ever After


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

    Ms Harris would have remained true to her story and not caved under the pressure of public opinion


    Which character – as performed by Johanna Parker – was your favorite?

    Sookie, is a wonderful character and one if my all time favorites


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I have to admit I'm a little heart broken over this book. This was a great series but I feel like this end places the whole series in the same categorie as L.K. Hamiltons Anita Blake series, great up to a point.

    19 of 27 people found this review helpful

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