Everything Melissa writes I love!!
Any other Mayhue book.
I first bought this book in September 2011 and even though I loved it I never reviewed it..Just to lazy, I guess. So, I decided to read it again and review it this time. Matter of fact, I've read all Ms. Mayhue's book, one right after the other and never reviewed any of them but I intend to read them all again and take care of that. That's how much I love the book.
I love the magic in them and I loved Connor and Cate. Loved Rosalyn and just didn't like Richard at all. He had some really strange ideas.
This book had some mild sex and I liked that. I don't read books without sex (they're just to boring for me.) I would recommend this book to all time travel fans.
I didn't review this when I reviewed the book on Amazon. So here it is.
OK, I'm at 40% and I'm not sure I'm going to finish. I read Material Girl a while back and only gave it 2 stars because it was soooo long and boring and the heroine was TSTL but I decided to give the author another chance. This book and the audio was free with my KindleUnlimited so I got them.
And again the story just goes on and on and on saying the same thing using different words. The only people I really like are Luke, his Dad and Leo. I love Leo. He has a disease that's killing him but he still hangs on to his sense of humor. Also, I know there's going to be sex in this book but there's nothing that leads up to it. Luke has spent quite a bit of time with Maddy but there's never any thoughts or feelings of passion or desire. Personally, I'd rather have sexual tension all through the book than to have the sex.
I gave this book 3 stars because I'm not finishing it. I can't give 1 or 2 stars to a book that might have gotten better but I didn't stick around to find out.
As to the narrator: With Ms. Eby narrating I can usually finish a book but not this one. She does a great job with the voices and emotions and I could listen to her again and again.
I had a hard time finishing this. Books with 350 pages or more just seem to amble on and on, saying nothing or the same thing over and over again. You could have taken 150 pages from this book, or any other book with this many pages, and it would have been a good book. The filler in these books is getting ridiculous.
Sooo, Sophie wants revenge. She gets hired as the Chief Magistrate’s assistant and the revenge begins. Unfortunately, she falls in love with him and he with her. He proposes and she says no to marriage but she’ll be his mistress. Really? The author made Sophia’s thought process kinda’ stupid. I really did liked Ross, the hero. He was kind and patient and an all-around wonderful guy. And as bad as Nick Gentry was supposed to be you could see a little niceness underneath.
As much as I like sex in my books that’s where most of the filler came from. Page after page after page of sex. I wish I would have counted the number of pages because it was kind of crazy. IMO it would have been much better with a mention of sexual tension most of the time instead of all that sex. Anyway, this is my 3rd book by this author and the last one. Too much filler for me and not enough meat of the story.
As to the narrator: I always enjoy Susan Duerden. She's just a really good narrator, whether she's laughing, crying, whispering, yelling, whatever, she does it all.
Loved this book. You couldn’t help but love that rake Daniel and the ever happy Rebecca, their meeting, their run to Scotland to marry, to save her from that murderous, insane, creep the Grover. OMG, how I loved to HATE him. Topperly wasn’t as sickening as Grover but they were both over 50 older than Rebecca. It’s no wonder she was trying to find her own husband. And, good grief, I wish her aunt and uncle, the Grifton’s had both had a heart attack at the same time and dropped dead. They were horrible (again, loved to hate them.)
I did like Laura, Molly, Hawkins and Madame Renarde. I really didn’t like Lord and Lady Wolvington at first, especially him, but they came around and were likable at the end of the book and I liked The Duke of Landborough, too.
The sex was very well written and I would definitely read more from this author.
As to the narrator: Love, love, love Susan Duerden. She laughs, she cries, she whispers, everything a narrator is supposed to do.
Loved this book! The only problem I had with it was the description of Byron, "white-blond hair and black eyebrows." I like to imagine my heroes but I just couldn't see that.
However, I loved all the characters: Taran, too, too funny. Marilla, flighty, goofy, silly and a kinda crazy. Cecily, sweet and determined. She knew who she wanted and went after him. Byron, the very staid earl who had Fiona to open his eyes to his true self. Fiona, awesome and bespeckled. Bret, the Duke, enough said. Catriona, I loved her character, she and the duke had some fun moments. Robin, who tried to hide away but failed miserably. A really fun and funny read. There was one sex scene in this book but some great sexual tension.
As to the narrator. It was Susan Duerden, what more can I say? She laughs and cries and yells and whispers, everything a narrator is supposed to do. I love, love, love her narration.
Love, love, loved this book. The story was simply fabulous, as were the characters. Drake and Elle were such a dynamic couple. Not once were either of them wishy-washy or weak or wimpy. One of the best power couples I’ve ever read about. And, wow, they met at a masquerade party and fell in love immediately. It was just awesome.
Loved her family: Reid, Bree, Allegra, and Mom. Absolutely loved Shirley, that woman was sure lovable and crazy. Loved Jessica (great secretary) and Mary (after a while.)
I loved how she took over Titan. That was sooo funny. Those asinine old men.
And, finally, the bad guys found out that weren’t much when they went up against Drake and Elle. They got their butts kicked, that’s for sure.
As for the narrator. Amy McFadden is always great. Her men all sound pretty much the same but at least they sound like men, sexy men, too. And she reads with emotion: whispering, crying, laughing, whatever is called for, she does. Love her.
OK, so the description says that Grant’s brother and sister-in-law are murdered and he has to come home. What it didn’t say was that it gave you a few minutes to get to know them and hear about their problems before they were murdered! As far as I’m concerned that helped to ruin the whole book. You can’t un-read that. You can stop un-liking Lee and Kate. I was tempted to stop reading it right then and there but I wanted to know who hired Donnie/Hoodie Man to kill them.
Also, I’m at 56% and Ellie has had 4 or 5 talks, inner dialogue, with herself about how she doesn’t know if she should trust Grant. Um, no I can’t. Then another talk to herself: What if he tells the police? Um, no I can’t. On and on she went until she says something like “I can’t tell you or my family will be killed.” Really? And she thinks Grant's going to just let it go after she says something like that? Geez..
I finished this book and I have to admit it’s not my favorite Melinda Leigh book. However, it did hold my interest inasmuch as trying to figure out who hired the hit man. Needless to say, I would never have guessed.
I really did like Grant and Ellie, other than her hemming and hawing about telling him. And I liked the secondary characters, too: Hannah, Mac, Detective McNamara, Nan, Julia, Carson and Faith. And I have to say that Donnie/Hoodie Man was one guy you loved to hate, as well as Regan, Autumn and their fathers. It really was too bad about Lindsay Hamilton.
This book definitely has sex in it so don’t buy it if you don’t like sex in your books. And the sex was wonderfully done.
As to the narrator: She was just ok for me. She doesn't sound too manly when it comes to the men's voices and she has absolutely no emotions in her reading. She kind of robotic. I wouldn't NOT listen to her but I wouldn't go out of my way to listen to her again. Sorry..
I just love Mason and Ava. And this was another terrific read. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. The secondary characters, Ray, Zander, Euzent, Troy, Aaron, Carson, Joe and Rick were fascinating, even if some were the bad guys. And I just hate Ava’s sister, Jayne. Good grief, what a freakin’ mess she is. I really wouldn’t mind if she died. I do look forward to Spiraled, which comes out in June. AND for those of you who are concerned about there being sex in these book you can stop worrying. There's NO sex, which is a bummer as far as I'm concerned, but the murder and mayhem helps to make up for it.
As for the narrators: Absolutely, positively, unbelievably, without a doubt, AWESOME!
How could this narrator get 4 and 5 star reviews? Every voice sounds just like a girl, just like Ms. Down. How is that a great narrator? AND she sounds like a robot. Not an ounce of emotion in her voice.
I would also like to say that the description tells us what the book is about or we can zip over to Amazon and look at reviews. This is AUDIBLE! What we need to review is the narrator. Does he or she suck? Why? Is he or she too nasal-y, too sweet for the kind of book he or she is reading, to gruff, too bland, too robotic, lacks emotion. Is he or she doing nothing but reading the book? Not changing his or her voice for the male and female voices? Is the narrator sounding the same whether she or he is reading a whisper spoken?
Most of us on AUDIBLE don't really care what the book is about. We want to know about the narrator! Just sayin..
This was a great book, mystery, murder, family drama, sex, everything you could ask for. It was really two stories in one. Mason’s story and Ava’s story about her and her goof-ball twin, Jayne. There were some good secondary characters, Lucas, Lilian, Robin, Ray, Wells, Jake, and Schefte, who was a great guy one minute and a real jerk the next. Another reviewer on Amazon said she felt like the sex was just thrown in and I felt like that too for a while but when I looked at the overall story there was really no place in it for thoughts of sexual desire, not with all their energy focused on finding Henley, the missing 11 year old girl. When Ava and Mason left the hospital, after seeing Jayne, there was only anger and frustration being felt at that self-centered biotch Jayne, so the kiss in the parking lot and their desire for one another fit there perfectly. The sex scene was nicely written and they had their time together before it was back to the business of finding the missing girl. Over-all a really great read.
As to the narrators: They were just fabulous! I've listened to Ms. McFadden before and just love her but this was my first time listening to Mr. Podehl and he was awesome. I've never heard a man to a woman's voice so well while reading. I will definitely listen to him again.
Love, love, loved this book. A little bit of angst and a little bit of misunderstandings and it was all good. So, let me suggest you ignore the 3 one and two star reviews and read the 50 higher reviews.
Loved Nicholas and Emmaline, their sexual tension and the remarkable sex. Loved the storyline and, really, there's not enough lady pirate books.
Loved the secondary characters: Phin, Shamus, Sebastian and Clair. Really hated Peter and Alphonse. Really, really hated Blackwell.
It was an entertaining book and I will definitely be reading this author again.
As to the narrator: Since she has a rather low voice to begin with she does alright with most of the men's voices. She did sound kinda' girly when it came to Peter but that was ok because he was a creep anyway and the priest was girly too but he wasn't in it that much so it was alright.
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