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  • The Courtesan Duchess

  • Wicked Deceptions, Book 1
  • By: Joanna Shupe
  • Narrated by: Carmen Rose
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254

How to seduce an estranged husband - and banish debt! - in four wickedly improper, shockingly pleasurable steps.... 1. Learn the most intimate secrets of London's leading courtesan. 2. Pretend to be a courtesan yourself, using the name Juliet Leighton. 3. Travel to Venice and locate said husband. 4. Seduce husband, conceive an heir, and voila, your future is secure! For Julia, the Duchess of Colton, such a ruse promises to be foolproof. After all, her husband has not bothered to lay eyes on her in eight years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wickedly Delightful !

  • By 🌿🌸Susynne🌸🌿 on 07-29-15

A love/hate review

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-18

I really enjoyed several elements about this book. The friendships were well done, the sexy times were hot, and the locales were very interesting. I really hate a hero that is tstl, though. There is much about him that had me almost NF this audiobook. I mean, his hesitancy to be with his wife was thoroughly explained, but I just had a hard time with the way he acted for the 8 years he left her on her own. He acted completely single and had not one single thought for the fact that he was married. I was just dumbfounded by how often both main characters let the other slip through their fingers. So frustrating! The narrator was good. I thought she did a fine job. B-

  • A Bachelor Establishment

  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,614
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,491
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,488

High adventure and dark mystery combine in a sparkling historical romance, by Jodi Taylor writing as Isabella Barclay from The Chronicles of St. Mary's. Bascombe, widowed and tied to an impoverished estate, has learned to ask little of life. With no hope of leaving, the years have passed her by. Lord Ryde, exiled abroad after a scandal, has returned to strip his estate and make a new start in America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A clever and well-plotted Regency Romance

  • By Hope on 09-17-15

A surprisingly good listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-14-18

I had never heard of the author or her nom de plume, so had little e,expectation for the book. I was very happy to find myself swept away in this later in life romance/mystery.

The romance is well done and the characters are very good together. I love a couple with witty banter very much. The setting is wonderful and I found myself smiling while listening to the idilic bachelor establishment fill up with strong women. The story was both funny and thoughtful; I enjoyed the balance of emotions and how two grown, experienced people navigated their pasts to find happiness.

The narrator was excellent and had a wonderful array of voices made it easy to discern one character from another. Sadly, I do not see any other books that are similar to this one by either author name in Audible. I give this a B +.

  • The Devious Dr. Jekyll

  • Electric Empire Series #2
  • By: Viola Carr
  • Narrated by: Beverley A. Crick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

Solving the infamous Chopper case has helped crime scene physician Dr. Eliza Jekyll establish her fledgling career in the chauvinistic world of Victorian law enforcement. But the scrutiny that comes with her newfound fame is unwelcome for a woman with a diabolical secret. And there is the mercurial Royal Society agent and wolf man Remy Lafayette. Does he want to marry her, eat her, or burn her at the stake?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not my cuppa

  • By Kimberly on 01-22-18

Not my cuppa

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-22-18

This is the second book in a series, but it was not the fact that I had not read the first one that made this audio book difficult to finish. I felt that the plot dragged on and on. I love a good mystery, but this was not it for me. About 3/4 of the way in I almost abandoned ship, but I was marginally interested in the hero of the story so I stuck it out. I enjoyed the ending, but it took forever to get there! And I prefer my romance to not be G-rated, so a tad disappointed about that. I am not a fan of the third wheel trop, so that was a huge negative for me (this was a carry over romance from book 1). It was not the worst book I have ever read, nor the worst I have listened to. I did manage to finish in about 3 weeks when I can usually finish an audio recording in two days.

That being said, I enjoyed the narrator quite a lot.

  • The Secrets of Wishtide

  • By: Kate Saunders
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,935
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,697
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,686

Mrs. Laetitia Rodd, aged 52, is the widow of an archdeacon who makes her living as a highly discreet private investigator. Her brother, Frederick Tyson, is a criminal barrister living in nearby Highgate with his wife and 10 children. Frederick finds the cases, and Laetitia solves them using her arch intelligence and her immaculate cover as an unsuspecting widow. When a case arises involving the son of the highly connected Sir James Calderstone, Laetitia sets off for Lincolnshire undercover as the family's new governess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Historical intrigue-

  • By Meema on 04-16-17

Great surprise!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-16-17

I was on a bit of a reading rut and this wonderful story was the cure! Interesting mystery, intriguing characters and so much emotional depth are awaiting the readers or listeners of this book. I loved it!

  • A Curious Beginning

  • By: Deanna Raybourn
  • Narrated by: Angele Masters
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,297
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,946
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,936

As the city prepares to celebrate Queen Victoria's golden jubilee, Veronica Speedwell is marking a milestone of her own. After burying her spinster aunt, the orphaned Veronica is free to resume her world travels in pursuit of scientific inquiry - and the occasional romantic dalliance. As familiar with hunting butterflies as she is fending off admirers, Veronica wields her butterfly net and a hatpin with equal aplomb, and with her last connection to England gone, she intends to embark upon the journey of a lifetime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For fans of Elizabeth Peters and Gail Carriger

  • By L. Williams on 06-29-16

Fabulous Historical Mystery

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-23-17

This new to me author and narrator hit this one out of the park!

I loved everything about this audio book. The main characters were fascinating and the chemistry was wonderful. I found myself laughing aloud at their barbed insults and snide comments. The sexual tension is delicious. My only hope is that it doesn't go on forever and they actually become a couple, and soon. Please don't make the relationship go on forever as it is, Ms. Raybourn. I promise to still read this series if they are an actual couple!

The writing is positively riveting, the narrator is brilliant, and I highly recommend this book to folks that like Amanda Quick. I might even like this one better! A

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Warlock Holmes

  • A Study in Brimstone
  • By: G. S. Denning
  • Narrated by: Robert Garson
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,705
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,601
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,600

Sherlock Holmes is an unparalleled genius who uses the gift of deduction and reason to solve the most vexing of crimes. Warlock Holmes, however, is an idiot. A good man, perhaps; a font of arcane power, certainly. But he's brilliantly dim. Frankly, he couldn't deduce his way out of a paper bag. The only thing he has really got going for him are the might of a thousand demons and his stalwart flatmate. Thankfully, Dr. Watson is always there to aid him through the treacherous shoals of Victorian propriety.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Short on Clues--Heavy on Delightful Twists

  • By Gillian on 01-10-17

Hard to characterize, but fun

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-22-17

I picked this up because season 4 of Sherlock ended and I was in the mood for more of one of my favorite detection teams. I thought this sounded interesting, and boy, was I right!

I enjoy a good paranormal book occasionally and I was pleasantly surprised to find that is a prevalent element to this book. If you're a fan of more than just the series and have read Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's books, you will recognize many familiar stories with an odd slant and a paranormal twist. I really enjoyed when I remembered details of the original and then a fanciful twist was written.

I will confess that I was on the fence about this book for about an hour. As a fan of "normal Sherlock" it was great hard to grapple with this clueless Warlock. I tried to not hold my love for Sherlock against Warlock and I am glad I did. This is an entertainin, for me anyway, take on one of my favorite classics.

The narrator was new to me, but did he an excellent job. Great voices for different characters and wondered pacing. B.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Immortal Nights

  • An Argeneau Novel
  • By: Lynsay Sands
  • Narrated by: Lisa Larsen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 743
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 664
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 657

Abigail Forsythe's life hasn't been easy lately. Still, if there's one thing guaranteed to take her mind off an empty bank account and abandoned dreams, it's a naked man locked in a plane's cargo hold. A very big, incredibly gorgeous naked man. And when instinct prompts her to free him, Abigail must rely on this stranger for survival - a stranger who leaves her thrumming with need every time they touch.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Gonna return the v audio and read the actual book

  • By LeQuita on 10-07-16

Good Solid Book for the Series

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-08-17

I enjoyed this installment in Lyndsay Sands' Immortals series. I thought there was humor and the story moved along nicely. As always, there are a couple of cringe worthy spots, but I don't mind with this author. I enjoy the escape and don't sweat the small stuff.

The narrator is new to me, but I likes her very much. She did a great job of differentiating each character and I also enjoyed her tone, inflection, and pacing. B.

  • Wild Things

  • By: Jennifer Ashley
  • Narrated by: David Brenin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292

Wolf Shifter Mason McNaughton is tired of the crazy feral living in his house, endangering him, his brothers, and his sweet auntie Cora. Ferals are Shifters who've reverted to the wild stage, forgetting all about the joys of pizza and satellite TV. Not to mention, Mason is sick of waking up to the feral's rampages in the bedroom next to his. The feral has been given sanctuary, so Mason can't throw him out - the only thing to do is to find a way to cure him. The problem is, Shifter healers - elusive, Goddess-touched Shifters who have the healing gift - are few and far between.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Won't be disappointed

  • By H. Meador on 05-09-16

New to me narrator

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-15-16

As with all of Jennifer Ashley's shifter series, this is a solid book. I love her novellas as much as I do her full length novels.

I enjoyed the supernatural/spiritual element that was incorporated into this story about Jasmine and Mason. This is also where we meet Alec, the shifter healer from Guardian's Mate, the most recent book in the series.

I have never listened to a book narrated by David Brenin and I thought he did a very good job of bringing the characters to life. He had wonderful pacing and the story really flowed when he narrated. I think he is a great addition to this series and hope he is used again. A.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Duke of Sin

  • By: Elizabeth Hoyt
  • Narrated by: Ashford McNab
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 405
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371

Devastatingly handsome. Vain. Unscrupulous. Valentine Napier, the Duke of Montgomery, is the man London whispers about in boudoirs and back alleys. A notorious rake and blackmailer, Montgomery has returned from exile intent on seeking revenge on those who have wronged him. But what he finds in his own bedroom may lay waste to all his plans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sinfully Delicious

  • By 1CheekyLass on 06-06-16

Rebel without a conscious

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-16

I went into this novel with full knowledge of the hero Valentine Napier, Duke of Montgomery, from other books in the Maiden Lane series. He was really an odd character, and could be ,at times, pretty despicable. I was extremely curious about how he was going to be the "hero" of this book. After finishing the audiobook, I am happy to say that Val is now one of my favorite heroes, ever. He is warped, to be sure. But he knows it and realizes he needs Bridget. Some part of him that is buried under his horrific childhood wants to be better. The relationship between Val and Bridget is a wonderful give and take. It's wonderful to see them both help the other see their own worth. Just as an FYI, there are some really big trigger elements in this book such as reference to a secret society that engage in pedophelia and a pretty graphic kidnapping scene. This book is graphically violent in ways that I don't remember any of the previous books being, but Val is a very visceral guy. It's shocking, but it's not because violence is part of him because of his past. I was ok with the intensity and the fact that it has so much to do with the plot. Val's past weighs in heavily and his strength of character to live through it brings so much to the table to make him lovable. The romance is intense and wonderful. I do highly recommend this next installment in the series. A.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • When a Scot Ties the Knot

  • Castles Ever After
  • By: Tessa Dare
  • Narrated by: Carmen Rose
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 582
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 533
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 534

On the cusp of her first London season, Miss Madeline Gracechurch was shy, pretty, and talented with a drawing pencil but hopelessly awkward with gentlemen. She was certain to be a dismal failure on the London marriage mart. So Maddie did what generations of shy, awkward young ladies have done: She invented a sweetheart.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Cute Story, But......

  • By Lady M on 11-02-16

I do love Tessa Dare

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-23-15

Another wonderful book by Tessa Dare. I love the unusual hero and the beautiful mind of the heroine. The witty banter in this book had me giggling pretty often!
Won

2 of 5 people found this review helpful