Glad I got this on sale, because I didn't care for it at all. I did not like the Arab story line, the veils or the turbans. The story was confusing an..Show More »d not engaging. The heroine was to wimpy and I did not finish this book. Peacocks, elephants and tulips?? Really?....... The narration was good, no complaints there, it was the story. Credit worthy? No not in my opinion.
I have not listened to this author before but this book tempted me - it's book 3 in the Masqueraders series book 1 is Caprice, book 2 is Mischief but ..Show More »I think they are all stand-alone listens.
Set in 1875 Chicago homeless Philadelphia finds herself struggling debtors and coming to terms with the loss of her beloved Father who had just killed himself.... but why? He gripped a gun in one hand and a few letters in the other hand that could give her the much needed clues that could tell her who and why he had pulled the trigger. What was she going to do now with no money, home or reputation and no hope - that is until she unexpectedly meets charismatic Jewel Mine owner Eduardo. He makes her an offer too good to refuse but behind his handsome Brazilian features he's hiding some devastating secrets about murder, torture, theft and revenge and Philadelphia is, unwittingly, about to blow it all apart with her quest to uncover the truth..... no matter the cost.
This is a well-written action-packed story then, as Philadelphia's work for Eduardo, together with her thirst for answers, thrusts her deeper into an unsavoury world, strong emotions form between her an Eduardo and their passions cannot be denied (not explicit). But her relentless drive for answers will tear the lovers apart and nearly destroy her too. As the plot slowly unfolds from Chicago through NYC and New Orleans their journey involves disguises, lies, betrayals, tender touching scenes, old friends and new enemies, death threats, kidnapping and so much more.
Worth a credit? Yes it certainly packed a lot in and she's an author I'll look out for in the future.
"Emerald and Sapphire" is a strange story. Kudos to Ms Parker for writing something quite different than the norm in the Historical Romance genre, but..Show More » perhaps it was a little TOO different. I listened to it all the way through, hoping for something exciting to happen, but found it lacking in substance. The characters were well defined, but not very likable, other than the Heroine, Cassandra (Cassie), whom I felt sorry for.
It is a story of survival, of a naive innocent, and an unscrupulous, yet kindhearted thief, gambler, actor who helps others in need....about a con man who falls in love.
One thing that bothered me was the author's unrealistic creation of a character with an eye-patch who masqueraded as different personalities, and got away with it. Whether he wore it on his right or left eye it would be noticeably, and the Hero, Merlin, and his other personas, discovered.
The ending was unsatisfactory...one can only assume a HEA,