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  • Face Off: Emile

  • Nashville Sound, Book 1
  • By: Alicia Hunter Pace
  • Narrated by: Andrew Eiden
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

Emile Giroux has vowed he will be everything his stepfather is not: cultured, charming, sophisticated, and - above all else - a rich, successful NHL star. One of the top goalies in the league, the French Canadian strives for more, still haunted by his troubled childhood. Amy Callahan was a freelance professional organizer until an ambitious, domineering boyfriend took over her life and cleaned out her bank account. When Emile finds Amy literally kicked to the curb, he seizes his latest chance to rescue a damsel in distress - only Amy doesnโ€™t want to play that game.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Adorable!

  • By kestergayle on 08-24-18

Adorable!

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

Reviewed: 08-24-18

This is a warm and delightful story of a Prince Charming in a goalie mask and a Cinderella with a purse full of multi-colored pens. There's even a somewhat grizzled fairy godmother, with mystical powers of intuition and empathy. Cinderella's suddenly penniless, deserted by the man she hoped to marry, alone with no one to turn to. The prince, complete with a delicious French-Canadian accent, takes her in and helps her start to get back on her feet.

Naturally, romance ensues!

I adored this story; the characters were charming, the hockey environment was realistic, and the plot was sweet without being cloying. And if you don't fall in love with Emile you're made of much tougher stuff than I am! The conflict was a bit contrived, imo, but it worked fine.

I've read quite a few sports romances over the last year or so, and this is one of my favorites so far. I am very much looking forward to more books in this series, as there were many members of the hockey team that deserve stories of their own. The narration by Andrew Eiden (aka Teddy Hamilton) was wonderful, it's the best I've heard from him so far. I do not speak French, but the French passages were very smooth and authentic sounding, and Eiden's English language passages were heartfelt and very conversational. This is not a traditional dual POV book, nothing is in first person. The entire book is written in third person with a great deal of inner dialogue from our two main characters. This is my preferred reading format, so it worked beautifully for me.

If you're looking for a lovely, sexy romance, with a heroine who does some growing up, a hero who learns to listen, complete with an HEA, here's your next listen!

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  • Unbreak My Heart

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Joe Arden, Erin Mallon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143

Experience all the feels in this unforgettable second-chance standalone romance from number-one New York Times best-seller Lauren Blakely! I didn't break her heart, and she didn't break mine - we broke each other's.ย I never stopped loving her, but time and distance played its cruel role in ripping us apart three years ago when she moved halfway around the world. Now after all those endless miles away, she's returned...but I'm not the guy I was before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ 5 STARS ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

  • By Cyndi on 08-13-18

Beautiful and heartrending.

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

Reviewed: 08-13-18

Other reviewers have described the story better than I can. It's profound, it's real, it's gut-wrenching. It made me cry, more than once, and I NEVER cry. It's not a lighthearted romance by any means, but it's very worthwhile imo. A gorgeous elegy to surviving great loss and coming through it stronger and more resilient than ever.

The reason, though, that I was moved to write this review is to urge others to listen to Joe Arden's performance. You can hear the tears in this man's voice, you feel his pain, you share his grief, and that is all thanks to Joe's magnificent vocal talents. As far as pure emotion goes, this is the best Audible vocal acting job I've ever heard. Truly. I'm not too crazy about Erin Mallon, but even she does a very good job here. But Joe carries the majority of the story, and I prefer the male POV in my contemporary romances anyway. I think doing that allows the author to tell "women's stories" in new and interesting ways.

Anyway, if you're in the mood for something a little more gritty, a story with some meat, take a listen. I think you'll be glad that you did. Strongly recommended.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Brooklynaire

  • By: Sarina Bowen
  • Narrated by: Zachary Webber, Virginia Rose, Joe Hempel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363

You'd think a billion dollars, a professional hockey team and a six-bedroom mansion on the Promenade would satisfy a guy. You'd be wrong. For seven years Rebecca has brightened my office with her wit and her smile. She manages both my hockey team and my sanity. I don't know when I started waking in the night, craving her. All I know is that one whiff of her perfume ruins my concentration. And her laugh makes me hard.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging.

  • By ReadingMad100 on 08-04-18

Perfect score!

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

Reviewed: 08-13-18

I've now listened to this book twice, and love it even more the second time. Nate is a genius IQ nerd with awkward social skills. He is also a tech billionaire who owns a hockey team, the Brooklyn Bruisers. Becca is a smart, capable woman who has been his office manager for several years. The story opens when Becca suffers a head injury that quite literally throws her off balance. She has a crush on Nate, as he does on her, but each hesitates to make an overture due to the boss/employee conflict.

Becca had to leave college because of her father's death, but was hired by Nate just when he was starting his company. So she's seen his success first hand, witnesses his few, but crucial, failures, and through all of that he's just Nate to her, quirky and obsessive, but funny and caring too. She also has a sister living with her in her Brooklyn apartment, and the sister has just had a baby. The baby daddy, who is a good-hearted dope, lives there too. So living conditions are crowded and noisy. With her head trauma, Becca needs quiet and rest.

Her injury has left her feeling a bit desperate about money, since she's unable to work for several weeks. At this point, Nate steps into her personal life in a much more active way in order to help her through this health crisis.

Both of these characters are loving, sensitive, loyal people, who genuinely try be the best, most ethical people they can be. You can't help but admire them both, and the long friendship they share is truly lovely to witness. For those of us who have not read the rest of the series, as I have not, there are chapters here and there that fill you in on the backstory. These are beautifully read by Joe Hempel, and frame the story as a quasi fairy tale. I loved those chapters, and was frankly sorry there weren't more of them. Another delightful 'character' is Bingley, the AI 'butler' in Nate's home. I found Nate and Becca's interactions with him to be quite amusing.

Zachary Webber voices Nate, and he gives us yet another outstanding performance. He captures the intelligence, awkwardness, compassion, and the complete adoration Nate has for Becca in his portrayal of this character. If there are awards given for narration, somebody needs to nominate ZW, because he ROCKS. Every time!!

Virginia Rose portrays Becca, and her performance is also excellent. I heard the intelligence, the insecurity, the worries over her own health, and the growing love she feels for Nate in Ms. Rose's portrayal of Becca. I look forward to listening to more of her work.

As for the writing, it's just perfect. The story unfolds in a lovely, natural way: the editing and word choices are spot-on; the character development is realistic; and the world building is immersive. Sarina Bowen couldn't have done a better job of she tried. I was charmed and delighted by this lovely romance. The love scenes are hot but not overly graphic imo, which is generally true of Bowen's love stories in my experience of her work.

So, if you're looking for a pleasing romance with just enough angst to make it worthwhile, this one might be right up your alley. It's definitely worth a credit, imo, and I highly recommend it.

  • Magical Curves

  • Magical Trilogy Book 1
  • By: Virginia Nelson
  • Narrated by: Hollie Jackson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Emily Flowers dreams of something more. Living a humble, if solitary, life as the local librarian, she looks forward to laying her head on her pillow each night to travel to a magical place where she has adventures with a wizard prince.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Slow and silly

  • By kestergayle on 05-10-18

Slow and silly

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

I found this to be formulaic and predictable. The characters are flat and uninteresting, there's not enough world building, and the story is boring. It's not even hot. It's a wonderful idea....dream lover comes to life and all....it's just really badly done. The narration isn't too bad, however.

  • Fat

  • Labels, Book 1
  • By: Sara Wylde
  • Narrated by: Hollie Jackson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

"You're pretty, for a fat girl." That's nothing Claire Howard hasn't heard before, and there's part of her that doesn't care, that thinks it's okay to love herself just the way she is. Then there's that other voice in her head, the one that plays on a constant loop that gets louder whenever people scrutinize her dinner order, snicker when she needs a belt extender on a plane, and outright laugh when they see her with her the kind of man they don't think fat girls deserve.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice new adult romance

  • By kestergayle on 05-09-18

Nice new adult romance

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

There are a lot of things about this book to like: the narration is well executed, the story is interesting, and the characters are sympathetic and interesting. It's also sexy and fun, which doesn't hurt.

Claire is a beautiful young woman who is fat, which I loved. Unlike many 'plus size' heroines who are a size 14, she's truly fat at a size 26. That right there was enough to catch my attention! I've been a very large plus size woman all of my life, and finding a really big heroine is nearly impossible. So, I liked this aspect of the book. I also like the use of the word 'fat'. (Words are just words, and they only hurt if you let them hurt. I AM fat, it describes me, and I don't take it personally unless it's intended as a slur. I have learned to own it, and Claire seems to have as well.) There are many positive messages about female body types in this story, and that's nice, too.

Claire stays healthy, but her weight is what it is, so she's decided to create a line of clothing for plus size women. She has a male roommate who is a stripper, and through him has become acquainted with several others. She's in love with her roomie, but he encourages her to date another of his dancer friends who has been asking her out for a long time. She decides to accept a date with him, and ends up liking the other guy quite a bit. But, the roomie gets jealous and thereby hangs the tale!

The three of them get caught up in some drama, but while all of that is happening Claire begins to seriously question what she really wants out of life. Does her identity need to be defined through the man in her life, or can she just love herself and be fulfilled? She reevaluates some childhood issues, looks hard at current friendships and relationships, thinks about her future, and makes some hard choices.

There's a lot of inner dialogue in this book, but I didn't find it boring. Claire is remarkably intelligent, and not histrionic at all. She examines the developments in her life with a clear focus, and she won't let herself be railroaded. I found myself liking her a great deal, and I wish I'd had her fortitude 35 years ago!

This was a very enjoyable story, and I especially recommend it to women with body image issues. While it's not in the least preachy, there are some valuable lessons to be learned from Claire's journey, and there's lots of sexy fun for the reader along the way.



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  • Perfectly Imperfect

  • By: Harper Sloan
  • Narrated by: Shirl Rae, Zachary Webber
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 368
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 342

Mirror, mirror, who's the fairest of them all? I still cringe when I hear that line. A fairy tale that had girls pretending they were the fairest, the most beautiful, and the most entitled. A fairy tale most couldn't grow out of turned my haunted childhood memories into a living nightmare. Girls who grew up believing that pile of garbage became the meanest of all mean girls. And those mean girls were right. It was a line meant for all the beautiful people in the world, and I knew the answer would never be me.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heartwarming romance with a great message....

  • By Laura on 02-16-16

Mixed bag, but overall a likeable story

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

Reviewed: 05-07-18

Where do I start with this one? I purchased the book because of Zachary Webber's name, he's by far my favorite male narrator and I generally purchase all of his books. As usual, however, since it's a romance title, the female narrator generally gets much more air time. Sadly, this female narrator (Shirl Rae) wasn't that great imo, especially her version of Kane's voice. So that limited my enjoyment of the story right there. Her voice was sharp and a bit staccato, although the character's voice is described as low and husky. So that just didn't work for me. Webber, as usual, was amazing as Kane. He caught the character's nuances and conflicts brilliantly, made him a sexy alpha without being a chest-beating jerk, and showed his tenderness with Willow to perfection. Bravo, Mr. Webber! ๐Ÿ‘. Your voice acting continues to shine and illuminate the work!

As for the story however...boy did this book need editing! There was way too much repetition of Willow's 'I am strong and resilient' inner dialogue, and not enough of the romance in the early days when the movie is being filmed in Atlanta. We jump from their first night together to a month later, and I really needed that foundation of falling in love in order for the rest of the story to be more believable. I've been married for 27 years to a wonderful man that I adore, and there's not a day in my life when I don't think back to our courtship and marvel on the growing love that we felt and the strong foundation that we built in those days. That foundation has sustained our love and our marriage for all of these years, through thick and thin, and the listener misses so much of that foundation-building in Willow and Kane's story. Big mistake, imo.

Willow is a plus size woman with abundant curves and a poor sense of self-worth. She's been verbally and emotionally abused her entire life, and we watch her come into her own as the story progresses. She loses some weight, down to a size 14, gets therapy, and begins to take some risks. When Kane, Mr. Hunky Movie Star, who loves an ample figure, shows an interest, she's very nervous at first. But after listening to him, she opts to take a chance. With his love and support, her confidence grows and she comes into her own. She's smart, funny, sexual, and incredibly strong in the end. As a plus sized woman myself, I loved that part of the story...all women are beautiful and we all deserve love and self-confidence. But the story is way too repetitive about Willow's emotional issues, and there's too much thinking and not enough doing. Telling and not showing, the downfall of many a wonderful story.

POSSIBLE SPOILER AHEAD!!!

There is a secret, of course, isn't there always? In this case it was an unusual one, and while, if I were writing this story, I would have wrapped up that conflict differently and more simply, it was emotionally satisfying if a bit over the top with the death of an important character. I would rather have seen the character begin to pull his life together, but maybe that's just me. I do like the fact that Willow was willing to leave Kane if he didn't come clean with her about his role in the secret because she knew she deserved the truth and was strong enough to demand it. That really showed the character's growth over the course of the story, and it was well-executed, too.

END OF SPOILER

I found the epilogue a little unbelievable. Kane's a private man, and his actions in those final moments just didn't fit his character, nor could I imagine ANY book boyfriend doing such a public and OTT gesture. PDAs are one thing, but this was too much even for a romance novel.

Overall, I'd say the book was about a 3 star listen. It was hugely helped by Webber's narration, although there isn't nearly enough of it in this book. I've recently listened to a few dual narration books where all of the female dialogue is spoken by the female narrator and all of the male dialogue is spoken by the male narrator, so each character only has one voice throughout the story. The effect is more natural, imo, and you don't have to suffer through narrators who can't do opposite-sex voices, as Ms. Rae apparently can't. I hope to see more of that in the future as these fun, sexy, contemporary romances grow in popularity.

As for this book, I liked parts of it, but it was loosely constructed and sloppily copy-edited. Some plot devices and characters are a bit too cliche, but I did like the protagonists. I always love when a BBW gets the hottest, nicest guy, so that worked big-time for me. And Kane was a wonderful man, with loads of integrity and a huge heart. But still, I say only 3 stars, maybe 3 and a half. This one's a roll of the dice!

  • The Beast of Bath

  • A Regency Fairytale
  • By: Chasity Bowlin
  • Narrated by: Lillian Yves
  • Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 106

Lord Victor Mayhew, Viscount Norcross, lives in the shadows, hiding his scarred face from those who would fear him...or worse, pity him. He's become accustomed to the dark, and to the aching loneliness that is his only and constant companion. But while traversing the city in the dark of night, he encounters a beautiful woman who is running for her life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A beast worth meeting

  • By Claire on 08-13-17

Narration is terrible

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

Reviewed: 04-06-18

The story is not too bad, but the narration is really bad. There are way too many mispronounced words, including the heroine's name. It's not Thezlee but THESS -a-lee.

Also the text is read way too fast, like one long run-on sentence. Where do they find these lousy narrators? Worst I've heard in a very long time.

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  • Getting Schooled

  • By: Emma Chase
  • Narrated by: Zachary Webber, Andi Arndt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,751
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,667
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,668

Garrett Daniels has this whole life thing figured out. The cocky, charismatic former high school star quarterback is an idolized football coach and "cool" teacher in the hometown where he's not just a golden boy - he's platinum. He has good friends, a great house on the lake, and the best damn sidekick a man could ask for: Snoopy, the albino beagle. Then...Callie Carpenter comes home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVED THIS BOOK

  • By earl on 02-28-18

Joyful and endearing

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

Reviewed: 03-13-18

This is my first book by Emma Chase, but it certainly won't be my last! What a delightful and poignant story this turned out to be.

First of all, the writing is sublime, and the narration is wonderful. Andi Arndt voices Callie, and Zachary Webber (who also narrates under the name Jacob Morgan) is Garrett. They bring maturity, humor, empathy, and heartache to these characters, as well as to all of the other characters in the book. Bravo to them both for such outstanding voice acting!

All of the characters, the town, the high school, jump to life immediately as you listen; all are distinct and carefully created with nuance and compassion. Everyone has quirks and flaws and strengths that make them so real, so human, you'll feel like you know them all personally. The story unfolds with humor and heart, layers are gently peeled away, finally revealing the heartbreaking truth of these two lovers who clearly still are in love, even after nearly 20 years apart.

I loved Callie and Garrett, I wanted them to make it, and I desperately wanted to know why it didn't work the first time. There are hints, you might figure out the mechanics of it all (I did), but when you find out the underlying why....well, it's devastating. This is an elegy to the power of love to not only bring people together, but to keep them apart as well.

This is a story of high school sweethearts, the couple that seems to live in a halo of love and happiness, that somehow fail to make it past those high school years. Their second chance story is played out against the backdrop of the very high school where they first fell in love. The present day students and faculty create eddies and currents that force our protagonists to follow paths that lead them ever closer, that demand they search their souls, that bring them to a place of soul-searing honesty.

It is also a story that is truly, TRULY hilarious, thereby nicely balancing the wrenching emotional journey.

I can't recommend this story highly enough. The sex scenes are beautifully, tenderly written; the humor is off the charts; the H&h are charming and realistic; and the overall story is a dream. If you like contemporary romance I defy you not to like this one!

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  • Wanderlust

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage, Grace Grant
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,993
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,991

They say Paris is always a good idea.... You know what I say? Paris would be a much better idea if I spoke the dang language. I can't even board the metro to visit the Louvre without ending up at the Moulin Rouge, and let's not even mention how I'll ever make it through a day at my new office. Fortunately my company hooks me up with my own personal translator. Ooh la la. Or should I say bloody hell? Because he's charming, witty, and British, and he brings the city to life for me.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My new favorite narrator

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-09-18

Delicious!

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

Reviewed: 03-01-18

This is an utterly charming love story, set in the city of love, Paris. The characters are appealing and intelligent, with backstories that make them sympathetic to the listener.

Joy, who is newly transplanted from Texas to Paris, is just off of a bad relationship, and feeling a bit gunshy in the love department. Griffin, who is a Brit working as a French/English translator, is still recovering from the death of his beloved brother, and isn't ready for love either. But sparks fly when they meet, the chemistry is instantaneous, the flirting is off the charts, and they both recognize that right away. But it turns out they will be work colleagues, so romance is a no-fly zone. So, they opt for friendship instead.

I ADORED these two, I wanted them both to find their dreams, and Paris becomes like another major character in this story. I felt like I had been on vacation there once the book was over; Blakely did a magnificent job of describing the beauty and the character of the city.

I loved the slow burn of this romance, the heat was palpable by the time they finally locked lips, and the love scenes, while specific, were not overly graphic in my opinion. Richard Armitage, He Of The Sexiest Voice Ever, does a brilliant job of voicing Griffin, and he reads his love scenes very romantically even while describing certain very carnal activities. Many male narrators get growly and gritty when reading such scenes, but Armitage is pitch perfect. I sure hope he narrates more romance novels, he's stellar at it. Grace Grant is also excellent as Joy, she has an exuberance to her reading of the character that brings out Joy's American-ness while keeping her from being a caricature. She comes across as intelligent, caring, creative, and entirely feminine.

This is the best Blakely romance yet, in my opinion, and I love her books. It is by far the best narrated of her books, and I've enjoyed most of her narrators in the past. There are no huge surprises in the story, but the characters and Paris itself make this story so lovely, so completely charming and fun, that I think you will be hard-pressed to not like it. Griffin in particular is wonderful, a genuinely good guy trying to be the best person he knows how to be. If you're looking for a feel-good listen it won't get much better than this!

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  • The Silent Duke

  • The 1797 Club, Book 4
  • By: Jess Michaels
  • Narrated by: Danielle O'Farrell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

Recently widowed Charlotte may be the proper Countess of Portsmith to society, but when she is around Ewan, she still feels like the enraptured little girl who met him decades before when her brother was best friends with him and his cousin. A planned trip to spend Christmas with their families at Duke of Donburrow Ewanโ€™s estate reunites the old friends. But when a storm keeps the others from arriving on time, Charlotte decides to stop living in fear and pursue the man she has desired and loved her entire life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable and offbeat

  • By kestergayle on 01-13-18

Enjoyable and offbeat

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

Reviewed: 01-13-18

I liked the premise of a mute man finding his way in life, and the idea of a woman who has loved him since childhood.

Ewan, heir to a dukedom, is born mute. As such, he is reviled by his father and eventually given to a loving aunt and uncle to raise. But, the scars of his early childhood remain and inform his life and his choices on a daily basis. These experiences make him very reluctant to offer his heart to anyone.

Charlotte was his childhood friend, who developed a form a sign language with him in order to enable him to communicate more easily with the world. No one else has ever been able to learn it, but it is how Charlotte and Ewan communicate. She is now a young widow, and she and her late husband were never in love; it had been an arranged match. Determined to finally get the man she has always loved, she sets out on a ruthless plan of seduction (She seems pretty sexually enlightened for a young noblewoman of her era, even for a widow, but thereby hangs the tale, I suppose.), regardless of Ewan's efforts to hold her at bay.

He has no wish to subject her to the ridicule and derision he often faces, nor does he wish to pass along his affliction to any progeny. Add to this the fact that his younger brother is determined to usurp the title, it all makes for an interesting little drama.

The sex scenes are pretty hot, but very tender, and the h&H are interesting and sympathetic characters. You can't help but like them and want them to find that HEA. I also liked the extended family and friends of this couple. They (the h&H) have been lifelong friends, so they have many loved ones in common who all love them in return and want them to be happy.

The book is well written and the atmosphere and descriptions are well-executed. The narration is slow, so I sped up the listen to 1.25 and that made it much more 'listenable', if you will. I liked the reader's voice, she just speaks very slowly.

All in all, it was an enjoyable listen and I recommend it to fans of Regency/Victorian/historical romance, and readers who are simply looking for a fun few hours of escape.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful