I can't reveal too much without being a spoiler, but I can say that I ended up hating Cameron, the main male character. I am sure I will be in the minority, but I disliked the way that the main female character, Johanna, ended up settling for someone who proved to be as capable of emotional abuse as her father had been of physical abuse. Johanna admits that she has hasn't been without a boyfriend since she was 16 because she needed a man to affirm her value--which usually backfired and caused her to have no self-esteem. That being the case, she should have kicked Cameron and all former lovers to the curb, gone to work with her uncle, and spent time building herself into a strong, independent woman.
The narration was very irritating. Am not an expert on Scottish accents, but Elle Newlands voice was not convincing--especially for the males. One final item that is just a personal pique--I could not help feeling sorry for the mother. She did not seem to be the demon everyone thought her to be. No excuses for hitting her son, but no excuses for letting her lie unattended for weeks on end alone in her bedroom either. Alcoholism is a disease, not a character flaw, yet no one raised the issue of getting treatment for the mother. I guess Johanna's excuse would be that she was afraid her younger brother would be taken away from her. Very unrealistic in today's world where adult siblings gain custody all the time.
In sum, I wouldn't recommend this book.
Wallbanger was such a great book that I suppose any follow-up was bound to disappoint, but none of the books which come after are even close in entertainment value. I doubt I will be reading any more Alice Clayton but am grateful for what will surely become a classic with Wallbanger.
Elizabeth Hoyt is one of my favorite authors--her stories always involve unusual, complex characters, not your typical heros and damsels in distress. Strongly recommend.
It is difficult to compare Laura Kinsale's audio books narrated by Nicholas Boulton--they are all awesome. Lessons in French is no different--I loved it. My only complaint is that there are too few Kinsale books on audible.
Laura Kinsale never fails to deliver stories that keep the reader/listener riveted until the end. Her novels have powerful sensual chemistry, magic, tender romance, and amazing character development. Wonderful. Nicholas Boulton is a delicious narrator.
This is the first time I have read this author and I am very impressed. She surpasses most other writers of erotica in her ability to demonstrate the provocative power of words and images. This book is what erotica should be in IMHO--sensual and arousing in the context of an evolving love story.
Hard to believe this book was written by a woman in some places--the male point of view seems so right on. The narrator was terrific and had great pacing in delivering punch/surprise lines. Type of humor reminds me of the book Wallbanger, although the resemblance ends there. Male recounting process of falling in love from first person perspective was an entertaining approach. I liked this book a lot...good read
Laura Kinsale and Nicholas Boulton are a magical duo--blending romance and intrigue seamlessly. I hope he performs all of her books for the benefit of audible listeners. I encourage you to read the ones currently available to see if you don't join me in my plea for more.
This book has to be one of the worst Linda Howard has ever written. The hero is a complete jerk who yells at his wife, slaps her, and forces her to have sex on several occasions. The heroine is a mainly spineless "proper" lady who doesn't demonstrate an ounce of character until something happens to her younger sister--who is the only bright
spot in the entire book. The narrator is less than competent with this book. When she portrays the evil maniacal first husband, one can't help but laugh out loud. Save your credits or money. This one is a waste of either.
This has to be the worst book Eloisa James has ever written. Susan Duerden gave her usual stellar performance, but even she could not rescue the two superficial main characters
who were stuck in a plot line that revolved around a wife faking orgasms and a husband's ego being hurt when he finds out. One of the things that bothered me the most about this story was that while the husband was off on his angry tirade, he has sex with a bar maid--ostensibly to learn more about what pleases a woman sexually. Nothing else was ever said about this infidelity in the book. I thought it was a huge deal because both the husband and wife had discussed the importance of fidelity before their marriage and he had told his wife that he hated liars above all else (referring to her faked orgasm). This book was a big disappointment and am going to ask for a refund. Don't waste your credit or $.
I seem to be on a self-imposed bad streak of selecting mediocre books with inappropriate/incompetent narrators that destroy what little merit the books had
to begin with. Such is the case with Autumn Lover. The female narrator trying to
do the main male character's voice in this book is plain terrible. I can't even
think of a way to describe how his voice sounds--it is not pleasant to listen to.
The romance storyline is almost funny; and would be if it weren't intended as
serious. In sum, I wouldn't give this audiobook as a gift , even to someone
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