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  • Rusty Nailed

  • Cocktail, Book 2
  • By: Alice Clayton
  • Narrated by: Heather Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 535
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 505
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 502

Playing house was never so much fun - or so confusing. With her boss on an extended honeymoon, Caroline’s working crazy-long hours to keep the interior design company running - especially since she’s also the lead designer for the renovation of a gorgeous old hotel. And with Simon, her hotshot photographer boyfriend, gallivanting all over the world for his job, the couple is heavy-duty into "absence makes the heart grow fonder" mode. No complaints about the great reunion sex, though!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • first walled now nailed?!?!?

  • By Troublez4u on 06-25-14

Downhill After Wallbanger

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

Reviewed: 01-20-15

Wallbanger was such a great book that I suppose any follow-up was bound to disappoint, but none of the books which come after are even close in entertainment value. I doubt I will be reading any more Alice Clayton but am grateful for what will surely become a classic with Wallbanger.

  • Darling Beast

  • By: Elizabeth Hoyt
  • Narrated by: Ashford McNab
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273

Falsely accused of murder and mute from a near-fatal beating, Apollo Greaves, Viscount Kilbourne has escaped from Bedlam. With the Crown's soldiers at his heels, he finds refuge in the ruins of a pleasure garden, toiling as a simple gardener. But when a vivacious young woman moves in, he's quickly driven to distraction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable Listen

  • By Moriah on 10-21-14

One of My Favorite Authors

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

Reviewed: 10-28-14

Elizabeth Hoyt is one of my favorite authors--her stories always involve unusual, complex characters, not your typical heros and damsels in distress. Strongly recommend.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Lessons in French

  • By: Laura Kinsale
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 789
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 740
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 744

Trevelyan d'Augustin and Lady Callista Talliafaire were secret sweethearts, until the day her father dismissed him with a whip across the face. Ten years and three jiltings later, shy Callie is resigned to a quiet village life as the late earl's spinster daughter. But now Trev has returned from his estates in France, upending everything, dragging her into adventures, stealing Hubert the prize-winning bull, and flinging Callie's heart into mayhem again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Holy Cow!! What A Lovely Romance!! ;-)

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 07-24-14

Each Audio Book is a Gem

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

Reviewed: 08-15-14

It is difficult to compare Laura Kinsale's audio books narrated by Nicholas Boulton--they are all awesome. Lessons in French is no different--I loved it. My only complaint is that there are too few Kinsale books on audible.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Shadowheart

  • Medieval Hearts, Book 2
  • By: Laura Kinsale
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton
  • Length: 17 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 390
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388

A fatally dangerous man...and the woman who stands in the way of all he's ever desired. Beautiful and ruthless, the elegant assassin Allegreto will stop at nothing to regain his rightful place. And the perfect instrument has just fallen into his hands, in the lovely form of Lady Elena - the long-lost princess of the land he intends to wrest back from his enemies. But she is no mere maiden to be possessed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Kinsale Winner!

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 01-12-14

Another Great Book From One of My Favorite Authors

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

Reviewed: 06-16-14

Laura Kinsale never fails to deliver stories that keep the reader/listener riveted until the end. Her novels have powerful sensual chemistry, magic, tender romance, and amazing character development. Wonderful. Nicholas Boulton is a delicious narrator.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Lady's Tutor

  • By: Robin Schone
  • Narrated by: Lulu Russell
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

Married young to a man hand-picked by her father, Elizabeth Petre is an ideal Victorian lady. She has borne two sons and endured sixteen years of selfless duty in a passionless marriage. Craving a man's loving touch yet loyal to her wedding vows, Elizabeth is determined to seduce her coldly indifferent husband. She knows of only one man who can teach her the erotic secrets of love. The bastard son of an English countess and an Arab sheik, Ramiel Devington was reared to embrace both Western culture and Eastern pleasure.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nice, sexy, not memorable

  • By Kd on 02-14-14

Unique and Captivating Storyline

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

Reviewed: 04-13-14

This is the first time I have read this author and I am very impressed. She surpasses most other writers of erotica in her ability to demonstrate the provocative power of words and images. This book is what erotica should be in IMHO--sensual and arousing in the context of an evolving love story.

  • Tangled

  • The Tangled Series, Book 1
  • By: Emma Chase
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,808
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,811

Drew Evans is handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed? He’ll tell you he has the flu. But we all know that’s not really true. Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful and ambitious. When Kate is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • And Now For Something Completely Different

  • By Kathy on 02-17-14

Witty, Sexy, Informative

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

Reviewed: 01-08-14

Hard to believe this book was written by a woman in some places--the male point of view seems so right on. The narrator was terrific and had great pacing in delivering punch/surprise lines. Type of humor reminds me of the book Wallbanger, although the resemblance ends there. Male recounting process of falling in love from first person perspective was an entertaining approach. I liked this book a lot...good read

























  • My Sweet Folly

  • By: Laura Kinsale
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 506
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 477
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 481

Through their innocent correspondence, a lonely young wife grows to love an imaginary man thousands of miles away. But when he returns to England from India, her idea of reality is turned upside down. Drawn from a safe world of tea and parlor chat into madness and mystery, she cannot find her own cherished Robert in the frightening stranger who claims her love. Laura Kinsale personally chose the exceptional talent of Nicholas Boulton to voice her favorite heroine, sweet, witty Folie with her ferret, Toot.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kinsale's Best Heroine

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-04-15

Another Wonderful Adventure!

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

Reviewed: 11-23-13

Laura Kinsale and Nicholas Boulton are a magical duo--blending romance and intrigue seamlessly. I hope he performs all of her books for the benefit of audible listeners. I encourage you to read the ones currently available to see if you don't join me in my plea for more.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • A Lady of the West

  • By: Linda Howard
  • Narrated by: Natalie Ross
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 193
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93

Victoria Waverly is sold in marriage to a ruthless rancher. Honor and pride help her endure life as a wife in name only but nothing can quench her forbidden desire for gunman Jake Roper. Jake wants nothing but to reclaim Sarratt's Kingdom - the ranch that is his legacy and obsession. But ancient wrongs and blazing passions will bind together the aristocratic beauty and the powerful cowboy. In a bloody land war, they will fight for Jake's birthright, and seize at all costs the love that is their destiny.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book

  • By Angela on 04-20-09

Bad Book-Very Few Redeeming Qualities

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

Reviewed: 10-05-13

This book has to be one of the worst Linda Howard has ever written. The hero is a complete jerk who yells at his wife, slaps her, and forces her to have sex on several occasions. The heroine is a mainly spineless "proper" lady who doesn't demonstrate an ounce of character until something happens to her younger sister--who is the only bright
spot in the entire book. The narrator is less than competent with this book. When she portrays the evil maniacal first husband, one can't help but laugh out loud. Save your credits or money. This one is a waste of either.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Once Upon a Tower

  • By: Eloisa James
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 183

As an extremely wealthy laird, Gowan Stoughton, Duke of Kinross, can have any of the maidens at the ball he attends. The only problem is they are all English and Gowan is not so certain they are suitable. He is accustomed to the hard-working lasses from his Highlands, not these dainty noblewomen who spend their days drinking tea or some other such nonsense. But then he makes the acquaintance of Lady Edith Gilchrist. Utterly bewitched by the emerald-eyed beauty with lush golden locks, he knows he must have her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Virginal Love

  • By anne on 11-10-14

Eloisa James Takes a Dive With This One!

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

Reviewed: 08-04-13

This has to be the worst book Eloisa James has ever written. Susan Duerden gave her usual stellar performance, but even she could not rescue the two superficial main characters
who were stuck in a plot line that revolved around a wife faking orgasms and a husband's ego being hurt when he finds out. One of the things that bothered me the most about this story was that while the husband was off on his angry tirade, he has sex with a bar maid--ostensibly to learn more about what pleases a woman sexually. Nothing else was ever said about this infidelity in the book. I thought it was a huge deal because both the husband and wife had discussed the importance of fidelity before their marriage and he had told his wife that he hated liars above all else (referring to her faked orgasm). This book was a big disappointment and am going to ask for a refund. Don't waste your credit or $.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Autumn Lover

  • By: Elizabeth Lowell
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

Returning to her Wyoming ranch at the Civil War's end, Elyssa Sutton finds it picked bare by scavengers and coveted by determined men. Yet the proud young woman vows never again to abandon her Ruby Mountain home, though it means enlisting the aid of a dark and dangerous stranger who lives for revenge alone.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Another Poorly Narrated Mediocre Book

  • By reasonable critic on 08-03-13

Another Poorly Narrated Mediocre Book

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

Reviewed: 08-03-13

I seem to be on a self-imposed bad streak of selecting mediocre books with inappropriate/incompetent narrators that destroy what little merit the books had
to begin with. Such is the case with Autumn Lover. The female narrator trying to
do the main male character's voice in this book is plain terrible. I can't even
think of a way to describe how his voice sounds--it is not pleasant to listen to.
The romance storyline is almost funny; and would be if it weren't intended as
serious. In sum, I wouldn't give this audiobook as a gift , even to someone
I disliked.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful