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  • The Elusive Earl

  • Saints & Scoundrels Series, Book 2
  • By: Maddison Michaels
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

Brianna Penderley has a knack for getting into precarious situations, especially when it comes to her love for archaeology. In the heart of Naples, her terrible Italian has her accidentally becoming engaged to two men at the same time. Of course, Daniel Wolcott - the Earl of Thornton and the only man ever able to vex her - shows up to rescue her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • just ok

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-01-19

Dora the Explorer for adults.

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

Reviewed: 05-15-19

At first I was pumped to read this book because the first one was well written. Half way through, I began to loose my steam.
It seemed like the author plugged in a wacky happening every 30 pages or so, overall the pace of the beats were off. Don’t get me wrong, I liked the heroine and hero, just not together. It struck me as a brother and sister being pushed to marriage, not cool.
Unfortunately I won’t be reading any more books by this author. When I read romance I need to feel that guttural, burning desire for one another, not a PG-13 slap stick version of Indian Jones.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Beyond Scandal and Desire

  • A Sins for All Seasons Novel
  • By: Lorraine Heath
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187

At birth, Mick Trewlove, the illegitimate son of a duke, was handed over to a commoner. Despite his lowly upbringing, Mick has become a successful businessman, but all his wealth hasn’t satisfied his need for revenge against the man who still won’t acknowledge him. What else can Mick do but destroy the duke’s legitimate son - and woo the heir’s betrothed into his own unloving arms.... Orphaned and sheltered, Lady Aslyn Hastings longs for a bit of adventure. With her intended often preoccupied, Aslyn finds herself drawn to a handsome man who seems to understand her so well.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By karen on 08-27-18

This novel with touch your heart.

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

Reviewed: 01-25-19

The plot was so well developed, every stone fell into place with a twist near the end. If you love historical romance, this book will “scratch the itch” ;)

  • My Wild Highlander

  • By: Vonda Sinclair
  • Narrated by: Andrew Bryan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 308
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 285
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 284

Lady Angelique Drummagan, a half-Scottish, half-French countess, has suffered much pain and betrayal in her past. She wants nothing to do with the sensual Scottish warrior the king has ordered her to marry because the rogue could never be a faithful husband, but she has little choice in the matter. Dangerous, greedy enemies threaten her from all sides, and she's in dire need of his protection.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Voice is annoying and story is weak.

  • By Too Happy on 01-08-16

Unfortunate...

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

It would have been so great to find an author I haven’t read before, and then gleefully gobble up this series. BUT!

Echoing thoughts? Hahahahaha no.
Weird narration inflections that make the characters actually sound stupid.
Foolish, distrustful heroine.
Secret children of hero (pet peeve, this is supposed to be a fantasy, not a historical version of Maury, you ARE the father!)

and... ECHOING THOUGHTS?!!!!!??!?!!?!!

Wow, I’m shocked that people are actually rating these books 5/5 stars. I got the first one, was annoyed by some things, but gave this author another go. Never again. These books are cringe worthy, the narrator inflicts up at the end of every sentence, the plot is milk toast, the hero seems weak because he marries the heroine for money and position (basically) and the heroine makes irrational decisions based off of silly assumptions.

I’m going to try and get my credit back for this one, listen at your own risk.

  • Wild Wicked Scot

  • The Highland Grooms, #1
  • By: Julia London
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139

Born into riches and groomed in English luxury, Margot Armstrong didn't belong in a Scottish chieftain's devil-may-care world. Three years ago she fled their marriage of convenience and hasn't looked back - except to relive the moments spent in wild, rugged Arran McKenzie's passionate embrace. But as their respective countries' fragile unity threatens to unravel, Margot must return to her husband to uncover his role in the treachery before her family can be accused of it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Scottish Romance I've Read in Years!

  • By LilMissMolly on 06-25-17

First book I haven’t finished in a long time.

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

Unfortunately, the author beat the point of Margo needing forgiveness to death. There never really was a reason that Aaron could fall in love with her, it seemed that everything she did was simply “the worst” and “unforgivable.” I really do hate a groveling heroine, it seemed that she could never catch a break.

If Aaron loved her so much when they were first married, why did he never go after her? In my opinion the true hero of a book would have gone after the woman that he loved, even if she left him after four months of marriage. I honestly couldn’t take the strange back-and-forth a minute longer, I had about three hours left and I marked it as finished.

I really don’t understand anyone who could give this book a five star review. You can literally read any other Scottish historical romance and get so much more satisfaction from another books characters and plot. It’s like the author had no other ideas except for, “I think the heroine needs to gravel on the floor the entire time, and the hero thumbs his nose down at her, but secretly loves her.”

Derik Perkins is a gem, and I have heard him in far better works than this.

In the end, I would try a different book, I’m still in shock that it was so insufferably bad.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Beast of Aros Castle

  • Highland Isles Series, Book 1
  • By: Heather McCollum
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233

On the run from a dangerous man, Ava Sutton flees to the Isle of Mull off the coast of Scotland. Masquerading as a titled, English lady, Ava must convince the cynical and darkly handsome chief of the Macleans of Aros to wed her before the devil tracks her down. Tor Maclean, the new chief of Aros Castle, has sworn off marriage after his first wife tricked him into it. Despite his efforts to scare away the Englishwoman, his father arranged for him to wed, Tor is drawn to her fire, courage, and beauty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Beast of Aros

  • By Kathy Goff on 07-03-18

Very Good Read

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

This was a fast paced, beautifully crafted Highlander romance. My only qualm is that it was not longer. The plot was very strong, I’m sure the author could’ve doubled its length if she wished. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series!

  • Highland Conquest

  • By: Alyson McLayne
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197

Laird Lachlan MacKay never planned on leading his clan, but when his older brother was murdered, he was left with no choice. His vow to avenge his brother has led him to the MacPherson clan - and their bewitching healer, Amber. Amber MacPherson is desperate. Dressed as a boy to escape her clan's treacherous leader, she runs right into Lachlan - who orders her detained. At first she causes him nothing but frustration, especially when she blackmails him into helping her clan. But when she's threatened by the same man who murdered his brother, Lachlan will do whatever it takes to keep her safe - and by his side.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVED THIS STORY...

  • By MM on 02-11-18

A great highland read!

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

Reviewed: 06-21-18

This was a great Highland romance!
When you finish this book, you’ll want to read more from this author.
The hero was strong and loving, our heroine could take care of herself, but would also soften to the touch and protection that her laird so willingly offered.
At times it seemed like the villain popped up and disappeared like a prairie dog, only to scamper off into a convenient hiding spot. But whatever, these books aren’t meant to be totally plausible.
I really liked the heroines sense of independence, The fact that she lived in a cottage separate from the main keep added an element of danger, because she could only rely on herself, then had to accept the Hero’s aid.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a fast paced good old Highland romance. The action goes right up until the end of the book, which I love! I have found some other books make their crescendo 3/4 of the way through, and then they fall flat after, making it a challenge to trudge through until the end.
Happy Reading!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Day of the Duchess

  • Scandal & Scoundrel, Book III
  • By: Sarah MacLean
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324

Malcolm Bevingstoke, Duke of Haven, has lived the last three years in self-imposed solitude, paying the price for a mistake he can never reverse and a love he lost forever. The dukedom does not wait, however, and Haven requires an heir, which means he must find himself a wife by summer's end. There is only one problem - he already has one.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator just ruined the book for me

  • By Linda on 07-05-17

Another wonderful story by Sarah MacLean

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

Reviewed: 04-17-18

The heroine of this story had been trampled upon a bit in a prior book of the Soiled S’s. In her own book we see Seraphina grow into a new woman, more free and resolute to undo her past with Malcolm.

I enjoyed the story, though it was a odd to me that in one of the prior books, Malcolm was actually caught in the act of cheating with another woman. Usually in Historical Romance we never come across that type of happening, to me that is against the untold “rules” of the genre; no cheating, no talk of certain sexual acts, no one goes to the bathroom ever. (Of course there are exceptions but generally I’ve noticed there is a certain formula)

The problem with Malcolm is, well... I’m not sure a reader can forgive him for cheating on our heroine. He finds out that Seraphina is carrying his baby and he immediately goes off behind a bush and angrily takes a random willing woman? I don’t know, sounds like a petulant Scott Disick move if you ask me.

In any case, Sarah MacLean is a fabulous story teller, it doesn’t matter that I personally didn’t like the choice that Malcolm made because that was ultimately a thread in the larger framework of the novel. Forgiveness, self-discovery, freedom, and undying love won the day.
I would recommend this to anyone who has a passion for Historical Romance!

  • In Bed with the Devil

  • By: Lorraine Heath
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen, Antony Ferguson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,437
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,281
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,285

They call him the Devil Earl - a scoundrel and accused murderer who grew up on the violent London streets. A proper young lady risks more than her reputation when consorting with the roguishly handsome Lucian Langdon, but Lady Catherine Mabry believes she has no choice. To protect those she loves, she would do anything-even strike a bargain with the devil himself. Lucian desires respectability and a wife above all else, but the woman of his choosing lacks the social graces to be accepted by the aristocracy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceeded my expectations...

  • By SIMARA on 10-21-12

Good story, Questionable Narrating

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

Reviewed: 11-04-17

The plot itself was good, I wish Luke didn’t focus so much on Frannie though. The female narrator took some getting used to, not a very natural cadence. The male narrator was horrible, it was a good thing he was only in it for 5 minutes collectively. I’ll probably buy the second in this series because of the writing. I would listen to it again in the future!

  • The Highwayman

  • To Tempt a Highlander Series # 1
  • By: Kerrigan Byrne
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,007
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 940
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 938

Audie Award, Romance, 2016. Dorian Blackwell, the Blackheart of Ben More, is a ruthless villain. Scarred and hard-hearted, Dorian is one of Victorian London's wealthiest, most influential men who will stop at nothing to wreak vengeance on those who've wronged him... and will fight to the death to seize what he wants. The lovely, still innocent widow Farah Leigh Mackenzie is no exception-and soon Dorian whisks the beautiful lass away to his sanctuary in the wild Highlands....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favourite yet

  • By Morticia on 09-08-15

Stellar on all levels

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

Reviewed: 06-21-17

Every aspect of this book was exhilarating, romantic, charming, and wicked. I have never read a book by Kerrigan Byrne, yet I can already see myself going down a rabbit hole of the next books by this author. I would DEFINITELY recommend to anyone who loves romance!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Fearless Highlander

  • Highland Defender, Book 1
  • By: Amy Jarecki
  • Narrated by: Joel Froomkin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 242
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 221
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 221

Heir to the most notorious clan in the Highlands, Hugh MacIain hides his identity while imprisoned in the bowels of Fort William's hell. Aye, this braw warrior has endured horrors that should have seen him dead, though now it appears it's the bloody flux that will send him to Satan's fire. Optimistic, competent, and captivating, Charlotte Hill takes pity on the fevered prisoner sprawled atop a cot in the fort's surgery. When finally the Highlander opens his eyes, he seizes her heart with a pained stare.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding.

  • By Starlet M. on 05-16-16

A good read!

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

Reviewed: 06-05-17

I enjoyed this book very much! However, at times I didn't love it when a man voiced the thoughts and points of view of a woman, it seemed a tad off to me (just my opinion.) I also wish that the two romantic leads had more time to "fall in love" with each other form a personal perspective. It seems like they met each other, thought the other one was attractive, and then BOOM, they were "in love." But anyway, I do recommend this book to be a nice pallet cleanser if you've been consuming too many historical romances from the regency era in London back to back. It sure does give you a nice kick of Highland muscle!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful