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  • Winter's Flame

  • Seasons of Fortitude Series, Book 4
  • By: Elizabeth Rose
  • Narrated by: Brian J. Gill
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Passion ignites and the sparks fly when a border lord and a noblewoman skilled at the forge are brought together under unusual circumstances. Lady Winter has always been curious since childhood and even though she is a noblewoman, she has learned from the best blacksmith to be skilled at the forge. While at her sister's wedding in Ravenscar, she decides to stay and help the blacksmith who trained her. His eyesight is failing and although he was once the best blacksmith in all England, now he is doomed without Winter's help. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Winter Meets Her Match

  • By BOOKTALK WITH EILEEN on 11-12-18

Winter Meets Her Match

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

I’ve enjoyed this series, although I didn’t read any of Legendary Bastards of the Crown Series which the author suggests. I didn’t find the series lacking because I hadn’t. Each sister is very different and with great entertainment I followed their difficulties in life while finding their true loves.

Winter is very stubborn and high-spirited. She is also very protective of people she loves, as we discover when she does something unthinkable for a noble lady—works in the forge to help the blacksmith. She also discovers she has a passionate streak when she meets Sir Martin de Grey.

The story is quite comical, even though the stakes are high. As Winter is helping the blacksmith who no longer has good enough eyesight to do his work, Sir Martin de Grey comes to the forge demanding his sword. Of course, the sword hadn’t been worked on because Sir Martin had taken his son as a hostage, who most recently did the blacksmith’s work.

Now Sir Martin enjoys women, pure and simple — but never touches a virgin. He sees Winter, thinking her the blacksmith’s daughter, and is immediately interested in the wench. Lady Winter has to pretend to be the daughter and eventually they must both go to Sir Martin’s own forge to work on the sword.

I liked Lady Winter’s curious manner and her desire to learn more about what happens between a man and woman. Her demeanor has Sir Martin thinking she has done this before–which she hasn’t! Her curiosity could just kill the cat! Her no-nonsense approach to life, even at nineteen gives her a maturity other girls don’t have at her age.

When Sir Martin de Grey approaches her, taking her to his chamber, she goes. That chamber has painted scenes on the ceiling which should make any maiden swoon. Not Lady Winter. Like I said it’s all very comical and you will get some laughs from it. Sir Martin almost forgets why he needs the sword to be forged and doesn’t learn of Lady Winter’s true identity until he has done the deed. All this just complicates the situation further.

Another character I find humorous is the nanny. In fact, the narrator does the personification of this woman to perfection. Nanny is a seer, but doesn’t see all. Just glimpses. She’s been Lady Winter’s nurse since she was a bairn and follows her to Sir Martin’s castle. She tries to talk reason into Lady Winter, but Winter is just too curious!

On the whole, his narration was good. It’s pacing and tone was one of levity. It is with some regret I felt the narrator portrayed little emotion from Lady Winter as she is in Sir Martin’s bed or close to. The tone of the dialogue rang false, feeling too dry and methodical, rather than playful.

Bottom Line: 5 for story , 4 for performance

  • Scared to Death

  • Detective Kay Hunter, Book 1
  • By: Rachel Amphlett
  • Narrated by: Alison Campbell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

"If you want to see your daughter alive again, listen carefully." When the body of a snatched schoolgirl is found in an abandoned biosciences building, the case is first treated as a kidnapping gone wrong. But Detective Kay Hunter isn't convinced, especially when a man is found dead with the ransom money still in his possession. When a second schoolgirl is taken, Kay's worst fears are realized.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid Police Procedural Makes the Mark

  • By MarisaReads on 10-18-17

Thriller Deathly Scary!

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

Enjoyed this suspenseful thriller about the repercussions of bullying, with an excellent explanation what goes on with the police behind the scene in a crime.  This topic is very much in the news when kids who are bullied strike back, killing many as they do.  So it is appropriate to read/listen and a wonderful beginning to a series about Detective Kate Hunter, a skillful detective with boss issues and personal life complications.

The plot is well thought out, keeping me guessing with all its twists, but, at the same time, making sense as it unfolds.  I like Kate, with her great rapport with her colleagues, and her astute thoughts on where the investigation might lead. She's a great role model.

I am also struck on how Kate Hunter's boss doesn't cut her any slack and even though she has been found to not be at fault in a particular previous debacle, her boss rides her. How many of us have had such bosses? Another subplot runs its course, giving us some insight to Kate's personal life, as well as her relationship with her working colleagues.

I very much relate to this story, knowing how people with troubles in their own lives, may have jobs which also take chunks out of who they are.  They pull through by being strong, doing what is right.

The narrator told the tale and sparked fear in the listener through the killer's dialog.  She did a great job! Her voice pacing was a bit slow for me so I found the story more engaging by listening at 1.25X instead of 1.00X.  On the whole, she adds timbre to the character personalities and the telling, making it quite the thriller.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Rachel Amphlett. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

  • Will to Live

  • Detective Kay Hunter, Book 2
  • By: Rachel Amphlett
  • Narrated by: Alison Campbell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

When a packed commuter train runs over a body on a stretch of track known to locals as "Suicide Mile", it soon transpires that the man was a victim of a calculated murder. As the investigation evolves and a pattern of murders is uncovered, Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter realizes the railway's recent reputation may be the work of a brutal serial killer. With a backlog of cold cases to investigate and attempting to uncover who is behind a professional vendetta against her, Kay must keep one step ahead of both the killer and her own adversaries.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Truth Will Out!

  • By MarisaReads on 11-08-17

Great Series -- a thriller and then some

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

This series has been very enjoyable to follow.  Book two deals with mental illness and suicide, along with people who hold grudges and act on them.

We become more acquainted with Detective Kay's work environment, and the people who have it in for her and those, as well, who believe in her. We also learn more about the procedures within the police force in obtaining evidence for a crime committed. I'm impressed with the thoroughness of an investigation and not jumping to conclusions.

Kay Hunter doesn't let her personal woes at work interfere with the caliber of her work in trying to break a case, even when it looks like she can't unravel it. She is driven to solve a case, meticulously working through the evidence.

It's enjoyable watching her interact with people who surround a crime scene, whether in the periphery or up close.  Kate is an admirable character with gut instincts she acts on, yet she's very thorough with her investigations.

The author creates a believable story, with mystery and suspense, building a slow-coil of dread as Kate gets closer to solving the crime.  She doesn't show her hand, in the slightest, as who is responsible for the crime/crimes.

I've enjoyed listening to the narrator, also either English or very familiar with the local dialog.  Between the author and the narrator, I feel like I'm watching a BBC film. They are very well in tune and create the perfect environment for me to envision the scenes.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Rachel Amphlett. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

  • A Witch's Journey

  • The Lobster Cove Series
  • By: Tena Stetler
  • Narrated by: Kate Tyler
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

Pepper McKay comes from a long line of powerful witches. Unfortunately, magic brings her nothing but trouble. She learned the love of wildlife rescue and rehab from her Aunt Ashling. After graduating from college, Pepper works for Salem Wildlife Sanctuary and lives from paycheck to paycheck, until she inherits the McKay property in Lobster Cove. With the family land and resources, she dares to dream of starting her own wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very enjoyable listen. Great Narrator

  • By Jason on 03-31-18

A Fun and Entertaining Read

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

There are some stories which are close to your heart simply because of the setting.  Pepper wants to rescue wildlife.  That, in itself, brings me closer to the story.  I loved the detail the author surely researched to make Pepper's journey real to the listener--with a plot most believable. Equally lovely, was the support her parents gave her.

I like the fact that Pepper learns to rely on the love her family.  I also enjoy the fact that Lathen, a simple handyman (don't you believe it!) is there for Pepper.

This is a fun story with suspense and the joy of meeting the person that zings your heart, witch or no!

The narrator used certain tone and accents that jarred my sensibilities.  Of course, this is all subjective, but I feel the tone was a harsher than it should be.  Perhaps, she was interested in providing the listener a voice different from the others.  Of course, every listener will react to different voice portrayals. This is not to say she took away from the story, she just didn't bring the story to full bloom.

Bottom line:  I think this is a worthy listen and if you enjoy paranormal and romance, this one is certainly up your ally.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Kate Tyler. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

  • Hazard

  • Rockliffe Series, Book 5
  • By: Stella Riley
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

Hazard: A game of Chance and Luck, made riskier when Fate is rolling the dice. For Aristide Delacroix, the first throw summons shades from his past. A man he had met, just once, over a card-table... and the lovely girl indirectly responsible for plunging his life into catastrophe. For Lord Nicholas Wynstanton, tired of waiting for Madeleine Delacroix to make up her mind, it slyly suggests he begin a whole new game with loaded dice; while for Madeleine, it devises a terrifying lesson in missed opportunities and the uncertainty of second chances. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent continuation to a delightful series

  • By noagnes on 05-17-18

Author's Writing Style & Production is Awesome!

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

The publisher's summary of this story just didn't do the story justice. I see the symbolism, but it doesn't hit the mark for me.  Now the story is another matter...!

Author Stella Riley’s writing is as elegant and rich as the time period  she writes in. Her characters flow off the page, with a wide-range of personalities the narrator does an absolutely superb job showing the reader.

The setting, and plotline produces a delightful cast of characters with multi-layered challenges. 

This series has been a wonderful one to following and I look forward to book six which comes out quite soon.

The Duke of Rockcliffe has a presence in each of her stories, some more than others. In this story, the brother of the Duke takes a front seat, Lord Nicholas Wynstanton, as well as a very good friend of his, Aristide Delacroix. Both gentlemen have the same problem, with a twist with a woman they are attracted to.

As with most families, personalities between siblings can be vast.  Nothing is more true than the personality of the Duke of Rockcliffe and his brother Lord Nicholas.  The Duke is quite cold-blooded with a warm heart, and with ennui dripping from every sentence.  While Nicholas is so completely opposite.  One thing is certain.  The two brothers love each other with a fierceness you will discover as the story progresses.

Lord Nicholas knows what he wants – he wants Madeleine Delacroix, Aristide’s sister, but she is definitely not an easy catch! She has a problem with the huge gulf of society between them and knows he could so much better than her.
Nicholas is entirely lovable. I absolutely love his joie de vivre, his bubbly personality keeping family and friends laughing.  All but Madeleine... Narrator Wyndham does a marvelous job portraying his gaiety and seemingly not a serious thought in his head, not until later, that is, and that’s the beauty of how Riley fleshes-out her characters which Wyndham is right in step.

As Lord Nicholas becomes more frustrated with the woman he is attracted to, we really get to know the man, the man who eventually Madeleine cannot help falling in love in love with. Her prickly, acerbic tongue covers her true feelings, helping to keep as far distance as she can from Aristide.

Aristide, Madeleine's brother is attracted to Genevieve, a woman he should avoid, and frankly doesn’t want to remember. She was the catalyst to the pivotal moment in his life, where virtually he hit rock bottom. When they re-meet, she doesn’t remember him at all – another nail to keep Pandora’s box closed. He struggles... She seems so innocent and doesn’t appear to be lying. And yet...?

It takes two to tango. Genevieve Westin hasn’t had an easy life. So when the two part earlier in their lives, her desperate decision to marry to save herself from her brother Rafe, comes to haunt her. Now, after the death of her first husband, she finds herself with little choice. If she is to marry the one of her choice, she must do it quickly. Rafe will make the decision for her, if not.

But love challenges aren’t all that this story is about. It’s about how men and women brought low struggle to gain a place in society. It’s about how men of ill ilk stopping at nothing to get what they want. Madeleine is caught up in a scenario where she not only defends herself, she defends Nicolas. Love that scene -- an eye-opener for stubborn Madeleine!

  • Abducted at the Altar: A St. Briac Family Novel

  • Brides of Skye, Book 1
  • By: Cynthia Wright
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Fiona MacLeod has never left the Isle of Skye, except in the pages of books. However, everything changes when her mother makes a deathbed request that Fi travel to Falkland Palace and experience the royal court. Across the ocean in Europe, architect Christophe de St. Briac, a rising star among the artistic builders of the Renaissance, has his pick of women to warm his bed - until King François I pressures him to accept a project at Scotland’s Falkland Palace. Although Fiona and Christophe are from different worlds, they soon find their passionate souls have everything in common.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and Great Production!

  • By BOOKTALK WITH EILEEN on 11-05-18

Entertaining and Great Production!

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

I’ve read or listened to author Cynthia Wright’s books for a long time.  I always start a read knowing I’ll be entertained with fully-developed gentle, honorable characters who end up taking part of my heart when the tale is complete. Her diabolical antagonists are wily and devious -- a pleasure to see them fail with their schemes.

This tale is not the exception.  Narrator Tim Campbell makes the listen a page-turner with his fantastic flexibility between French accented English and the Scottish brogue.  He positively takes the characters Wright creates to a higher level!

Fiona MacLeod is a dutiful child, particularly to her family. She loves her mother and father very much.  When her mother dies, she has only her father, who is devastated by her mother’s death. He is a man who can’t seem to let go of his daughter and plays right into the hands of the antagonist. He seems to be a weak man, but with a good heart.

Fiona has her dreams, perhaps more than the average highland lass, thanks to her mother teaching her how to read and write and the hours of reading together.  When she meets St. Briac she is intrigued with him, spending time questioning him about the places he's lived.

The antagonist whom we find has reasons to do what he does, is misguided with some mistruths. He is quite the unsavory sort, but Fiona's father doesn't see his bad character for he hides it with smiles and a lordly demeanor. Her father betrothes her to him without her consent. Should she do as her father wishes?  Afterall, many highland marriages are made for alliances and not love.  But Fiona wishes for more.  She wants to be loved and to love her husband.

Christophe St. Briac is every bit the rogue – women in his bed, but leave them before morning.  His passion is to create beautiful buildings.  As an architect, he had grand plans for Le Louvre and had been given a promise to work on that dream when he’d done a little favor for the King. I enjoyed getting to know the man behind the work-driven one. He is attracted to wee Fiona, and she to him.  But Christophe doesn't consider himself a marrying man.  Will his love to her be strong enough to keep him from returning to France?

Wright's tales leave a smile on my face and a light heart. She entertains with conflicted  characters, humor, and passionate, determined heroes and heroines who struggle to reach their happy ever after--all the while cheered on by the reader/listener!

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  • Dragonblade

  • The Dragonblade Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Kathryn Le Veque
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229

A. D. 1326 - Tate Crewys de Lara is the son of kings. The illegitimate son of Edward Longshanks, Tate has the qualities of a magnificent king. But fate is cruel, leaving him a mere knight protecting young Edward III during the uncertain days following the horrific murder of Edward II. While gathering allies for the young heir in Northumberland, he meets the Lady Elizabetha "Toby" Cartingdon. Daughter of the Lord Mayor of Cartingdon Parrish, Toby is a gorgeous woman with a mind for business. It is she who runs the parrish, not her father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written developed story, characters, plot.

  • By Kat5 on 10-08-14

A Gutsy Woman, an Admiring Knght

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

Reviewed: 10-30-18

This tale will keep you riveted to the events. As in all Kathryn Le Veque’s Medieval romances, they include so much more. They are set in a historical setting where factions are divided, gritty with battles, sometimes gore, and completely saturated with emotion–not to mention they have very satisfying and passionate love scenes.

Edward III has two problems. He’s 14, which is just about the time a boy wants to be a man. However, being the King makes it a precarious existence—not yet having the skill set to govern or make wise decisions. It’s hard to be a King in hiding, fearing your enemies will find you and destroy you before you attain your rightful place on the throne. Luckily, he has his uncle to protect him, Tate Crewys de Lara, who has the best of qualities within himself. As the illegitimate son of King Edward II, he steps up to the challenge.

When Tate does his duty by the King, hoping to raise an army and possibly find a way to finance it, he comes upon a parrish and a town meeting of sorts. Toby, Lady Elizabetha, has spoken contradicting the head of the parrish, who happens to be her father. Unbeknownst to the village folk, Tate and several large knights are at the back of the crowd. Tate dislikes the beautiful, but disrespectful, assertive approach Toby has. But this dislike slowly changes as he discovers and understands what Toby endures. This part of the story shows what Tate and Toby are made of—hero and heroine material!
Toby is an intelligent woman and through several events and the terrible destruction of her home she discovers all that Tate has not told her. This is where Le Veque puts the reader on edge, as it were.

Where Tate is all good intention, he falls flat on his face with Toby. Toby, not only surprises Tate, she will surprise the reader with the powerful, determined will she possesses. She’s a gutsy woman I came to respect and admire.

I look forward to the rest of the Dragonblade series.

A note about the narrator – Tim Campbell. I have listened to many of his narrations and he has become one of my favorites. He takes a talented writer’s story and makes it all the more pleasurable. I hear the emotion of the characters within dialogue—even in their thoughts. His deep bass voice is melodious, at times dramatic, with a pace capturing the mood of the scene. He’s also very flexible with character personification, using tone, dialect, and various accents when called to do so. Check out the sample of his narration on Audible.com.

  • Walls of Babylon: De Wolfe Pack/Great Lords of le Bec

  • de Wolfe Pack, Book 5
  • By: Kathryn Le Veque
  • Narrated by: Sean Patrick Hopkins
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142

Lady Nicola Aubrey-Thorne is the widow of a great Edwardian supporter. When Kenton conquers her home of Babylon Castle, she offers him nothing but resistance and hatred. Kenton sees a beautiful, spoiled woman who fights him on every turn, yet the spark of attraction is there. As Kenton comes to learn the darker secrets of Babylon, he comes to understand Lady Thorne and her sorrows. And his attraction toward her grows beyond his control.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing!

  • By Biglumux on 08-01-16

Love and Scorned Love

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

In this wonderfully emotional story we find what a woman scorned is capable of. She is indeed a force to be reckoned with. But what if her scorn is built on a falsehood? Ah, the skies fall, the torrent of hurt is overpowering, and once again, with this turn, Le Veque will take you on a journey which in the end, will leave its mark on you.

This particular story is narrated by Sean Patrick Hopkins. His narration doesn’t really enhance or detract from the story. The story, in and of itself, is very satisfying and he delivers dialogue well enough.

Sir Kenton le Bec is a giant of a man. He, being so good at what he does, is the attack dog for Sir Warwick who aligns himself with King Henry.

Equally fierce and determined is Nicola, the widow of a brutal and undeserving man, recently passed from an infected wound. Her fierceness in protecting her children and her eldest’s title and Babylon, for now he carries the title of Baron, will be the turning point of this tragedy. Her fierceness becomes vindictive and paralyzingly anguishing before all is done.
Nicola fights Sir Kenton, tooth and nail, as it were, who has now taken siege of Babylon castle. But the animosity changes.

Sir Kenton begins to admire the spirit of the woman, and she equally gains respect for the knight, for not only is Sir Kenton a great warrior, he is a kind soul and a man of his word. (here I wish Nicola would remember this when she overhears something about her, not directed to her) He sees her children need guidance and with expecting nothing more, he gives them the guidance they have never had in their lives. A spark of attraction is lit between Sir Kenton and Lady Nicola, but love is not linear, it takes its twists and turns, becoming ultimately richer through the journey.

Le Veque always writes a tale where emotion keeps me in the grips of a good story. As a author, her books are page-turners. If you are one who loves the medieval era, honorable knights who will eventually having you sigh with ultimate satisfaction of their deeds well done, don’t miss this author’s work. She has written so many novels, you would think she would run out of plotlines, but they are all fresh and entertaining.

  • Spectre of the Sword

  • By: Kathryn Le Veque
  • Narrated by: Daniel Dorse
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135

The Lady Elizabeau Treveighan is the illegitimate daughter of Geoffrey, Duke of Brittany. Elizabeau was sent to foster at a very young age, her identity known only to herself and the earl who fostered her. When her half-brother Prince Arthur is murdered and rumors begin to fly that the opposition to King John intends to marry her to a Teutonic prince and supplant her and her new husband as the rulers of England, she suddenly becomes a very hot, and very dangerous, commodity.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story! Hated the Narrator

  • By Liv45 on 06-11-14

Never Tire of Le Veque's Writing

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

The reader will be caught between Elizabeau and Rhys–two individuals whose hearts are squeezed and tortured weighing which is most important – honor as a Knight who must comply what his liege demands, duty to country as a noble woman, or the searing intense love connection they find. I was easily thrown into this quagmire of emotional turmoil which author Le Veque is so good at developing.
Not only do Elizabeau and Rhys deal with this emotional dilemma, they find themselves hunted down. Elizabeau is to wed a prince she has never met for political gain for her country, she is also being hunted by her enemies to rid themselves of what she may attain. Rhys must save the woman at any cost to himself. A true knight of honor.
This quick-paced, page-turner with its dangerous setting and emotional intensity, kept me listening well into the night.
Elizabeau is quite a character, with spunk and a desire to live her life as she wants to. She wants Rhys, not some Teutonic prince to placate her country. Her quick wit and spontaneity of action saves the day, but at the same time very nearly gets Rhys killed—there were some rather breathless moments laced with humor.
Rhys has always been a warrior and knight. He lives and breathes their code. He struggles mightily to avoid having his heart entangled with a woman who will bring them both down. He is quite the warrior mathematician, which does him in good stead when faced with losing Elizabeau forever. However much he fights the lure of Elizabeau he cannot remain untouched. She is a sweet, loyal and loving woman.
This is a stunning, emotionally engulfing story. The narrator has an unusual style and is not one of my favorites. However, he did a terrific job in portraying the intimate emotion between the two of them. Scenes tête-à-tête, were singularly impactful and held me in rapt attention. I was the proverbial fly on the wall.

  • Dragon Knight's Ring

  • Order of the Dragon Knights, Book 5
  • By: Mary Morgan
  • Narrated by: Jamie Dione
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Crusader Adam MacFhearguis is on one last quest to the standing stones in Scotland, where he seeks to bury the past. However, a silent prayer sends him to an unknown future and to his beloved Meggie. When he uncovers a shocking revelation, Adam questions everything about the woman he thought he knew and loved. He may have traveled the veil of ages, but time is now his enemy. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Time Travel Romance At Its Best!

  • By Just My Opinion on 07-22-18

A wonderful ending to an exciting series

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

My Thoughts: Adam MacFhearguis is a man torn. Torn in so many ways and the perfect hero. He wants to do the right thing because of love. Founded in the magic of the highlands and the old ways, he searches for answers in the new religion, for the old religion didn’t save him from losing his Meggie. He seeks a God who could forgive him for letting Meggie, his true love die, for he can’t forgive himself.
For three long years he searched and only found more devastation at the hands of religion while battling in the Crusades. His soul reaches out to Meggie, even in her death he seeks her. Returning home from the Crusades, he goes to the standing stones and remembers all of that awful day and wishes for the impossible. The Fae deem to give him that chance.
At the day of Meggie’s death, her blood spilt on sacred soil, the Fae transported her to the future, 2016, where she was given life with no memories of her past. At the same time, Adam became the 5th Dragon Knight, appointed so by the Fae. He knows nothing of this until he has a conversation with Meggie’s brothers. In frustrating desperation, he goes to the standing stones and remembers all of that awful day and wishes for the impossible. The Fae deem to give him that chance.
He knew it was a foolish request, since he no longer believed in them, but in his heart, Meggie did, so he said the words for her. “Can ye not bring her back, Fae? If only to see her face one more time, he uttered softly.
Bringing the ring to his lips, Adam placed a kiss on the red stone before tucking it away in this pouch, belted at his waist.
As the tortured knight knelt at the foot of the standing stones, Adam’s quiet, broken prayer whispered across the Highlands to another realm. And in that moment, when she heard his sorrowful plea, the Guardian granted him his request.
But now there are greater issues, two realms of beings are at stake. Lachlan, the evil one, plots with The Dark One to take over the world. Will Adam help her remember in time for Meggie holds the key. She must trust Adam, remember who he is and regain the key to destroy Lachlan in time!
The race to have her remember, her frustration, the changing of all time if she doesn’t remember, is the propelling energy in this exciting tale, where evil will change all that is known if the calculations of the Dragon Knights and three rogue Fenian Warriors are not correct. The Fenian Warriors are willing to forfeit their lives to save both the realm of the Fae and humans -- a true and noble quest of their own. Will they be powerful enough?
I enjoyed listening to the last book of the having read an ARC copy. The narrator, Jamie Dione, is new to me. In the most part, he did the story justice. I particularly enjoyed Adam's character portrayal with his emotion ready to explode while he gains control of his new power.
Ms. Morgan’s stories torture the heart, gouge the soul, then uplift the spirit soothing and healing what she’s destroyed. But you say, it’s make-believe! It’s just a fantasy of the mind! Dear reader, I was there, I saw it all. I’m a believer.

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