Miss Jane Deveraux is in a bind; her brother, Viscount Jarvis, has married and his new wife does not want her bookish sister-in-law encroaching on their wedded bliss. The Viscountess makes it very clear that Jane must find a husband, but the confirmed spinster doesn’t have many suitors lining up to claim her hand. What Jane needs is a large sum of money, so that she can buy the local boarding house, and live out her days holding intellectual saloons for the egalitarian set. Though where she’ll find this money is anyone’s guess…
After Jane Deveraux's brother marries, her new sister in law makes her dislike of Jane obvious and has no intention of sharing her home with a spinster bookworm. Jane is used to a lifetime of insults, but when her brother goes a step further and bribes a man to marry her, it's the last straw.
James Fairweather's father, the Duke of Hawkfield, is tired of his son's wasteful ways and threatens to disinherit him unless he shows he's matured. James has a scheme to prove to his father that he's matured, he and Jane will pretend to be engaged for the season. That way, James will prove to his father that he's matured, and James will save a building Jane loves. But James finds himself falling for the no nonsense Jane and wishes their pretend betrothal could be real.
I really enjoyed this sweet clean read! I didn't read the first book yet, but this one can be read as a standalone. I finished it in a day, although it took me longer than 4.5 hours because I re-listened to the sweet parts and funny bits so many times! There were so many laugh out loud moments, the banter between James and his father and sister got me every time. I liked Jane, not only because I love a bookworm heroine, but because she was such a sweet person despite the emotional abuse she's had to endure. And James, the romantic rake who valued Jane from the beginning, describing her as the softest of souls... Oh, my heart!
The dual narration, with the male and female narrator alternating chapters and narrating the male and female speaking parts, only took a few minutes to get used to and was seamless. Both narrators perform with vigor, which really matches the tone of the book, and made the whole thing enjoyable. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review. I'd recommend this sweet novel, and I'm going back to read the first book in the series!
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When teenage best friends, Callie and Avery are kidnapped from a tent in their front yard in a sleepy Midwestern town, the entire population of Newell is rocked to its core. But when one of the girls returns 24 hours later, her body covered in injuries and zero recollection of what happened, the search is on for the girl who didn’t get away. Callie is still missing. As Avery attempts to piece together an impossible puzzle, she stumbles upon the terrifying realization that her best friend was harboring a dark secret, and she may have paid the ultimate price for it.
During a sleepover in their front yard, fourteen year old girls Avery and Callie are kidnapped. A day later, Avery is found naked in a totaled car by the side of the road. Henry, the man who found her, is lauded as a hero, but he's keeping secrets of his own. As she recovers in the hospital, Avery tries to piece together her memories of the night leading up to the kidnapping, hoping to remember in time to save Callie.
This book kept me on the edge of my seat, it was suspenseful and engrossing. It was written in a Dan Brown style with each chapter ending in a cliffhanger before switching to the other person's point of view. It kept me hooked and reading late into the night. When it comes to mysteries, I like clever revelations that make me rethink the entire story, rather than being bamboozled by an unreliable narrator. While I did feel a bit cheated by that, I think this one was well worth the read and I'll be checking out more of the author's books.
I liked the dual narration style, each narrator brought their own flavor to the performance. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.
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Daniel Thorpe has made a point of avoiding Daphne Chambers ever since she refused his proposal of marriage. But three years have passed, and as experienced enquiry agents solving crimes against the aristocracy, their paths were destined to cross. Chasing criminals is no job for a lady. But the woman is too stubborn to take his advice. Is it any wonder she finds herself the victim of a silent stalker, one happy to hide and wait in the shadows?
When Daniel Thorpe proposed to widowed Daphne Chambers, she rejected him believing that his offer was made out of duty and not love. Despite this, Daniel secretly watched out for Daphne and longed to protect her. Three years after the proposal, Daniel and Daphne are thrown together when they're forced to work as investigators on the same case. Daphne has been living in fear since her husband's death, pursued by a stalker she can't identify. Desperate to rid herself of the threat, she asks Daniel for help and he jumps at the chance to help the woman he loves.
I really enjoyed this one, it had a great mix of action and romance. Daniel and Daphne were introduced in The Secret To Your Surrender, which I haven't read yet, and I didn't have to read the previous book to understand their backstory. It was a steamy read with a few descriptive scenes.
I liked both main characters, they had great chemistry and a fun way of bantering with each other. For two crack detectives, they're pretty blind when it comes to detecting each other's feelings! Their jobs took them to some interesting places I hadn't seen explored in other historical novels. The twists and turns in the story definitely kept me hooked!
Liisa Ivary did a great job with the narration, I've listened to her before and she's wonderful with the accents and voices for each character. She read with intensity in the dramatic parts and it kept me on the edge of my seat. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review. I always enjoy this author's books, and I can't wait for the next one!
To make room for her fancy new doll house, Tidy Castle, Cynthia banishes her old shabby dollhouse to the corner of the nursery, along with its shabby doll family, Meg, Peg, Kilmanskeg, Ridiklis, Gustibus, and Peter Piper. From there behind the door they dance and sing and have a grand time watching their fancy, snobby Tidy Castle neighbors in their fancy, snobby clothes. But one day Ridiklis learns a princess will be visiting the nursery....
This is the story of two doll houses, Racketty Packetty House and Tidy Castle. When Cynthia receives a brand new dollhouse, Racketty Packetty House and its shabby dolls are pushed aside and forgotten. But no matter how neglected and rundown the dollhouse becomes, the dolls inside stay cheerful and have fun in their own charming way.
I remember reading this little story when I was younger, when I loved reading books about toys that came to life. It's just as delightful and funny as it was back then, with a moral at its heart that has stood the test of time. It would be perfect for a bedtime story for little ones, or to read yourself to bring back a simpler time.
I really enjoyed the performance. The narrator did a great job with the dolls' voices and brought a lot of personality to the story. This story, with its playful prose and rhyming names, should really be read out loud, and the narrator brought it to life.
I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.
Jane Austen's masterpieces are littered with unsuitable gentlemen - Willoughby, Wickham, Churchill, Crawford, Tilney, Elliot, et al. - adding color and depth to her plots but often barely sketched. Have you never wondered about the pasts of her rakes, rattles, and gentlemen rogues? How did they become the men Jane Austen created? In this romance anthology, 11 Austenesque authors expose the histories of Austen's anti-heroes. Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen's Rakes & Gentlemen Rogues is a titillating collection of Georgian era short stories.
This is an anthology of stories about Jane Austen's rakes and rogues told by some very talented JAFF authors. Some of the stories are about events that occur before Austen's novels and lead seamlessly into canon, some stories are set in the future, and some tell the original story from an alternate point of view. Unlike the first anthology (which I LOVED as well), all of these stories are set in the Regency era and feature anti heroes from George Wickham, to Frank Churchill, to Sir Walter Elliot. My personal favorite would have to be Col Fitzwilliam's story, solely because he's my favorite of these rogues, but they're all wonderfully told.
I loved reading each author's special insight into their main character. Whether the author imagined ruin, reform, regret, or the exact end I always imagined myself (I'm looking at you, Frank Churchill), each story was original. The stories stayed faithful to language of the period and the personality of the original characters. I especially loved when characters from different novels bumped into each other. The bite-sized length of each story was perfect, and I listened to a few stories a day. It was such a treat.
The narration was well done, with distinct voices for each character. The narrator has a voice that was easy to listen to and pulled me into the story. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review. This anthology is the perfect companion to The Darcy Monologues, and I highly recommend them both!
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This book grew out of a series of letters to my daughter concerning various things - mostly about money and investing - she was not yet quite ready to hear. Since money is the single most powerful tool we have for navigating this complex world we've created, understanding it is critical.
I am a true investing noob. A week ago I couldn't tell you the first thing about stocks, and I decided to rectify that with some reading. I stumbled across JL Collins' blog and stock series, and eventually picked up the audio version of his book. The information is clearly laid out and easy to understand. He makes investing sound so easy, something that can be started at any phase of life. He's obviously passionate about it and made me passionate about it too.
I can't tell you whether this knowledge is for beginner, intermediate or advanced investors, but for me it was enlightening. I know I'll be reading the chapters about the psychology of investing and dollar cost averaging again. Collins is obviously a huge proponent of index funds and passively managed portfolios, to the exclusion of all other methods of investing. I'm planning on reading a book that shows the other side of that next.
The narration was really well done. He kept my attention focused, and I hardly needed the reference guide. I'd recommend it for those looking for a good place to start.
Austin Zane leaves behind his CEO position with RB Corp to play Dave, a half-dwarf in the virtual reality game Emerilia, trying to escape his life. What Dave doesn't know is that Earth as he knows it is really a virtual reality simulation and Emerilia is a world imbued with futuristic technologies to mimic early MMORPGs.
This is a crunchy LitRPG with lots of stats and a cool premise. In most LitRPG I've read, the main character gets sucked into a game or they're playing a virtual reality game and bouncing between real life and the game. In Emerilia, Dave learns that Earth is a simulation, and the game is real life. It's a pretty cool idea.
As for the actual LitRPG aspects, Dave does have an easy go of it. He stumbles into a huge cache of items, a primo location that had already been staked out by the dwarves and elves and is given charge of it anyway, and a hack that enables him to continue leveling somewhat quickly. But we wouldn't want to listen to 18+ hours of level grinding, so I don't mind if Dave is a bit overpowered. He shows how driven he is throughout the story, and ends up earning it all. While I still don't understand the game mechanics, that may just be my own ignorance, as I'm used to games with a more linear leveling system.
The narration was really well done, with different voices for each character and a smooth easy tone. I flipped back and forth between the ebook and the audio and I actually preferred the audio version. It just immersed me in the story.
This LitRPG is definitely geared towards gamers because of the focus on how to maximize character stats and the repetition of the reasoning behind it. If it weren't for that, I'd recommend it for general fantasy fans as well. It's a good choice for anyone new to the genre.
Elizabeth Bennet longs to see the view from the famous Black Rocks in Derbyshire, but her aunt and uncle refuse to allow her to climb to the highest rock outcroppings alone. Elizabeth's distress is only worsened by a chance encounter with Mr. Darcy - at least until he offers to escort her to the top. But unbeknownst to her, the Black Rocks have a very special meaning for him.
Lizzy and the Gardiners are visiting the Black Rocks near Mr. Darcy's home in Derbyshire. Lizzy hasn't seen Darcy since he pressed his letter into her hand after his proposal at Hunsford, and she's stunned to see the proud man descending from the rocks. After introducing himself to the Gardiners, Darcy invites Lizzy to climb to the top with him. As they climb, Darcy relates the story of his parents and how James Darcy, a penniless second son, earned the love of Anne Fitzwilliam, an Earl's daughter.
This was such a sweet variation, a story within a story. I appreciate a variation that paints such a loving picture of Darcy's parents. The characters felt true to canon, and the interactions between Lizzy and Darcy were delightful. Elizabeth Klett's narration was wonderful, as always, and highly recommended. It was such a unique novella, I didn't want it to end. As I write this, I already want to listen to it again.
Social butterfly and closet bookworm Julia Carter is smart enough to trick her parents into sending her to Germany for the semester, but she would never let those smarts show. It wouldn’t be good for her bubbly reputation. With its antique houses and castle atop the hill, Marburg looks like it stepped straight out of a Grimm brothers’ fairy tale. Yet, life in this little German town is no fairy tale at all - starting with the girls at school. When Julia’s offered an internship she can’t pass up, she begins the treacherous game.
Julia's a social butterfly, a bubbly and popular senior whose only concern seems to be her appearance. In reality, she's a bookworm who longs for her parents' love and acceptance. She orchestrates a plan to be sent to live with her aunt in Marburg, Germany. Julia is determined to have everything she wants, a family, a popular group of friends, and the perfect boyfriend. But she learns, among other things, that appearances are far less important than true friendships.
This is book two in the series, but it's a standalone story with no cliffhanger. It's a clean Christian YA book that deals with teen issues like peer pressure and bullying. I absolutely loved the setting of the story, it was so original and described so well! The way the fairy tales were used was really interesting.
I love bookworm heroines and I connected with Julia instantly. She is two distinct people, the reality and the glittery fake shell, and the author did a really good job showing that. For Julia, image is everything, and her every word and action is so calculated. She spends all of her time seeking acceptance from the very people who will never give it to her. It made me want to grab the poor girl by her shoulders and shake some sense into her, then give her a hug.
I enjoyed the narration, the narrator had the perfect voice for Julia. She performed the various accents and voices well and pulled me right into the story. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review. I really enjoyed this book, and I'd recommend it to teen readers and up!
In this swashbuckling romance, a sinister plot has just been uncovered, and its up to a former patriot and a young nurse to discover who is behind it. Caroline is engaged to the future mayor of Laketown, a man of influence and greatly respected. But all that changes when she overhears a conspiracy behind closed doors. After being discovered, she runs for her life. Caroline needs to report her findings, but whom can she trust? When she asks Jesse Conover for help, the adventure begins.
This is the third book in the Cordovia series, set a few years after the rebels overthrow the king. The citizens of Cordovia are working to set up a system of government. In the city of Laketown, a mayoral race is on. Caroline, an educated nurse who worked with the rebellion, is engaged to one of the candidates. When she overhears her fiance plotting to tamper with the election, she calls on the Fox, the hero of Laketown, for help.
This was a sweet clean read with plenty of intrigue and excitement to keep things interesting. It can be read as a standalone but is best enjoyed after reading books one and two. I really liked both Caroline and Jesse. Caroline is a strong feisty woman and not afraid to defend herself. I loved their various disguises and how much fun they had together!
The narration was great, the narrator performed accents and voices and immersed me in the story. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.
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