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  • All a Woman Wants

  • By: Patricia Rice
  • Narrated by: Caroline Kinsolving
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

"Mac" MacTavish impulsively steals his late sister's neglected children, only to discover it's easier to handle a clipper in a hurricane than steer two ornery brats. What he needs is a nanny until he can take the children back to his parents in America. Bea Cavendish has settled for a quiet life of feathering her father's nest - until he dies, and she's left with an estate she doesn't know how to manage. Alone and terrified, she doesn't know what to make of the very big, very angry man appearing at her door with two adorable hooligans in tow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good stand alone Patricia Rice novel

  • By PamO on 09-07-18

Good stand alone Patricia Rice novel

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

There are several themes going on with this historical romance set in Victorian England.
First there is the hero “Mac” who is American. He’s here on a business trip ( shipping ) and decides to check on his sister who married a Vicount. He discovered she’s dead ,her children sorely neglected and injured, and their father a drunken sot. Mac promptly “rescues” the children and goes in the hunt for a nursemaid whose willing to sail back to Virginia with him.
Caught in a storm with the children, he stops at Bea’s estate for shelter. Bea is in mourning for her father. She is 28, has never left home, is incredibly shy and ignorant of the most basic things. But she has raw intelligence.
Here are our themes.
Mac is a huge man and has always considered himself awkward and unfashionably large. Bea is a very tall big woman with big breasts that are mentioned often. She considered herself ugly.
As an American in England Mac is a fish out of water... and stuck on a farm instead of on his ship, he’s LITERALLY a fish out of water.
Then we have the kidnapping, and how that’s going to be resolved.
Then we have the education of Bea... in all things.
And of course the romance.
There’s also subplots involving mysterious relatives, another kidnapping and falling in love with 2 adorable children.
So this book is very entertaining!
I just wish the narrator differentiated between male, female and children’s voices better. But her voice was pleasant.

  • On a Wild Night

  • By: Stephanie Laurens
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 660
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 465
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 476

It's 1825 in London, and the two curvaceous and blonde 23-year-old Cynster twins, Amanda and Ameliaare, are desperate to get married. All they need are two fine, strapping gentlemen - preferably with large purses.

So what do these two lusty young ladies do?They make a visit to the local gaming halls, of course!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent

  • By Maisie Rubinstein on 07-26-08

Narration saves it

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

Reviewed: 08-27-18

Simon Prebble as the narrator is utterly fantastic. His voice is the only thing that kept me hanging in there on a 15 HOUR book! Truly,
I love the wild Amanda Cynster and her twin Amelia. This story focuses on Amanda and her search for a man just like her cousins. In other words, a rake waiting to be reformed. It’s a cute story, but it drags on WAAAAY too long.

  • The Promise in a Kiss

  • A Cynster Novel
  • By: Stephanie Laurens
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371

In a quiet moonlit courtyard, Helena encounters a handsome and mysterious Englishman. Before parting, he rewards her with a special kiss - a delicious, enticing, unforgettable kiss that makes her whole body shiver with desire. Helena doesn't yet know that she has met her destiny - and he is Sebastian Cynster, Duke of St. Ives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Where it all begins, written so many years later..

  • By Amy Ardon on 12-15-10

A Perfect Prequel

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

This is the love story of Helena and Sebastian, Devil Cynster’s parents. It’s full of all the good stuff... stolen kisses in a French convent, an evil guardian, a Duke as a hero, a strong ( but naive ) heroine, and rescues of damsels in distress. It’s a great story of two very strong people and how they come together in the cultural context of 1784 England.
If you love the Cynster’s, this is a must read. If you haven’t started the series yet... Start here! And the narration is perfection!

  • A Rogue's Proposal

  • By: Stephanie Laurens
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 648
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 498
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 500

Wealthy and roguish, Demon Cynster is perfectly content without love. Having witnessed his Cynster brethren driven to their knees by women, he knows all too well what the power of love can do to a man. But he never banked on meeting Felicity Parteger, a luscious, curvy beauty in desperate need of help. Could this tempting woman be the one?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A real Demon

  • By N. Brooks on 02-14-10

Love the hero, but not the heroine

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

The heroine is pretty manipulating in this book. That’s the only thing I didn’t like about it. Otherwise it was great. But that always turns me off.

  • Highland Guard

  • Murray Family, Book 20
  • By: Hannah Howell
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145

Lady Annys MacQueen has no other choice. The deception that enabled her to keep her lands safe is on the verge of being revealed by a cruel kinsman. To shield her young son from the sword and her people from devastation, she must turn to the one man she could never forget.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVE MY MURRAY MEN!!!

  • By MM on 03-18-15

Another great Scottish Medieval!

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

Reviewed: 08-15-18

Hannah Howell has a formula to her books and they work. This book is #20 in the Murray clan series. It can be read as a stand alone, but much of the subtle sub context will be lost if the reader has not read the the other books in the series.
This story is one of the more outrageous, while at the same time relies less on the mystical ‘gifts’ of the Murrays.
The heroine is a widow with a child, who’s husband was first gelded, then killed by the neighboring Laird in order to steal her keep and lands.
The Hero is the father of the heir—-by the request of the husband. He of course leaves the keep and goes to work with brother Brett.
Now he’s back because the husband ( David) is dead and the neighbor is attacking them.
So... much romance in rekindled.
Betrayers are routed.
Battles are fought.
And then... there is a surprise guest appearance!
I always crack up laughing because Ms Howell seems to enjoy having her couples get forcibly married, just when the H was getting ready to expose all his ‘unmanly’ feelings of love. This leads to much emotional confusion of course, which always must get wrapped up in the next to last chapter. Like I said, it’s a formula, but why mess with success? It’s a fun read.

  • Finding My Way

  • Beaumont Series, Book 4
  • By: Heidi McLaughlin
  • Narrated by: Nelson Hobbs
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

In this prequel to Forever My Girl, be there when Liam Westbury becomes Liam Page and follow the highs and lows of the quarterback turned rockstar as he finds a way back to Beaumont. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The first three books were much better

  • By ThunderMom on 09-20-18

Not my favorite in the series

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

How can I say this kindly? This book puts us inside the mind of a hormone driven, narcissistic, entitled teenage boy who is positive the whole world is against him. It’s exhausting. It takes FOREVER for Liam to grow up. Truly, I couldn’t figure out why Josie loved the teenage Liam.
I actually wish I hadn’t read this book. I liked Liam a lot better before I read it... but it did fill in some gaps in his history.
And the narration is perfection.

  • Someone to Care

  • By: Mary Balogh
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213

Two years after the death of the Earl of Riverdale, his family has overcome the shame of being stripped of their titles and fortune - except for his onetime countess, Viola. With her children grown and herself no longer part of the social whirl of the ton, she is uncertain where to look for happiness - until quite by accident her path crosses once again with that of the Marquess of Dorchester, Marcel Lamarr. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marvelous story with mature H/h

  • By Cate F. on 05-09-18

Mary Balogh has another winner!

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

Someone To Care is part of a series, and though the story would be entertaining on its own, some parts just won’t have the same significance without reading the previous 3 books.
The winning combination of Mary Balogh’s writing coupled with Rosalyn Landor’s narration makes the audio version of this book a treat for the ears.

If you’re unfamiliar with this author, this is Regency romance written by a true Brit!

In this book we have the former Countess of Riverdale , Viola, running away to escape how crazy her life has become since finding out her marriage was invalid. I like to call it a mini mental health break.
By chance she stays at the same inn as the Marquess of Dorchester, Marcel Lamarr, whom she knew and was attracted to when she was a young neglected wife.
Marcel is a widower of 20 years, and feels tremendous guilt over how his young bride died. He remembers Viola and his attraction to her becomes renewed.
Though Marcel is supposed to be going to his estate to tend to his children and estate responsibilities, he too wants to run away, so they decide to do it together!
So what happens when two grown adults decide to take a little time out for themselves?
The whole world goes crazy!!

There are a lot of themes running through this book, some shallow, many deep, and I don’t want to write a 10 page review to explain them all. But suffice it to say that all types of readers will enjoy this book.

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  • Miss Tonks Turns to Crime

  • The Poor Relation, Book 2
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 969
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 867
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 865

The poor relations, those genteel paupers of society who live on little more than their dignity, have banded together and started The Poor Relation hotel, hoping to be bought out by their embarrassed relations - but as the hotel prospered, they began to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Now once more they are in need of funds. To stoop to crime in their days of poverty was one thing, but to turn to it again when they have enjoyed a certain amount of success is quite another. But they all agree: the hotel must go on.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More Regency Fun! Miss Tonks Saves the Day!

  • By Clare on 05-13-12

Regency at its finest w/ DAVINA PORTER!!

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

If you like Georgette Heyer, then you’ll also enjoy MC Beaton. These are pure Regency, very clean, no swearing, all correct grammar.
The plots are hysterically funny, with our group of Poor Relation aristocrats getting themselves into all kinds of sticky situations. So far in every book there’s also been a sweet romance. And Davina Porter!!! All hail the Queen of Narration.
If you love historical romance, you’ll love these books!

  • Friday Night Brides

  • By: Samantha Chase
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

Hailey's all about things being perfect and believes she's found it with Logan Baxter III. While failing to gain Logan's attention, she can't seem to get rid of the less-than-perfect Jackson Carr. And yet there's something about Jackson that has Hailey questioning her definition of perfect. Becca's got a knack for dating the wrong kind of guys. When her current boyfriend publicly dumps and humiliates her, she's devastated. Max Abrams - the new photographer on the scene - is right there offering encouragement.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cute Young Adult Fiction (No Sexual Violence)

  • By Rusty on 07-28-16

Great storyl!

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

Humor, pathos, and wit makes this contemporary romance writer distinctively different from the herd. 4 best friends since 1st grade, are now young women, struggling with relationships, career missteps, and self esteem issues. Through it all, the constant in their lives is the Wedding Shop and the Fashion Shows that they have modeled in weekly since early childhood. These women , and their men, seem real, and by the end of the book, I want to have Saturday breakfast with them too! Ms Chase’s writing style, coupled with the great narration of Carly Robins makes Friday Night Brides an audiobook not to be missed.

  • An Echo in the Darkness

  • The Mark of the Lion, Book 2
  • By: Francine Rivers
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 18 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,825
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,338
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,354

As a Roman trader grieves over a lost slave woman, he begins to learn about the faith that gave her enough strength to face death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very well done!

  • By Susan on 09-17-08

Inspiration and Romance done to Perfection

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

This series is a winner. The narrator is a total pro, making both male and female voices believable. A true voice actor. This book is 2nd in the series and picks up where the first book ends, with our female lead lying torn apart by lions in the arena in Ephesus around 85A.D. and her love watching from the stands, horrified.
I can’t really say anything about the book without giving away major spoilers, but just know that it’s very twisty and you won’t be disappointed! But definitely read/listen to the first book in the series, A Voice In The Wind prior to this book. Otherwise the book will lose all emotional impact and probably not make any sense.