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Cate F.

Richmond, VA USA
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  • Again, My Lord

  • Twist Series, Book 2
  • By: Katharine Ashe
  • Narrated by: Mary Sarah
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

The one that got away... Six years ago, Tacitus Everard, the Marquess of Dare, made the worst mistake of his life: courting vibrant, sparklingly beautiful Lady Calista Chance - until she broke his heart. Is the only one she wants. Six years ago, Calista Holland made the biggest misstep of her life: begging handsome, wealthy Lord Dare to help her run away from home - then marrying someone else.    

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Marvelous narrator of a somewhat quirky story

  • By Cate F. on 03-17-19

Marvelous narrator of a somewhat quirky story

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

Reviewed: 03-17-19

I found this book by Katharine Ashe to be mostly enjoyable and amusing. Dare and Calista were both intelligent. Dare was a great relief from the usual rake in need of reforming. Calista was a woman who had gotten through a terrible ordeal with her loving heart intact. Ashe very nearly managed to bring me through the Ground Hog Day repetitious days without putting me to sleep. I gave the story 4 stars due to this, although I can understand the appeal of rewriting the same day with variations.
My advice to readers is to stick with the book because, in the end, it is sweetly and satisfactorily resolved.

  • Lady Derring Takes a Lover

  • The Palace of Rogues
  • By: Julie Anne Long
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Delilah Swanpoole, countess of Derring, learns the hard way that her husband, “Dear Dull Derring”, is a lot more interesting - and perfidious - dead than alive. It’s a devil of an inheritance, but in the grand ruins of the one building Derring left her are the seeds of her liberation. And she vows never again to place herself at the mercy of a man. But battle-hardened Captain Tristan Hardy is nothing if not merciless. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Kindle Customer on 02-28-19

Funny and no Dukes!

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

Reviewed: 03-09-19

Such an enjoyable change from spunky virgins and rakish dukes. A widow and her husband’s former mistress pool their resources to open a genteel boarding house after they are both left without support. An amusing and somewhat eccentric group of boarders end up living at the Grand Palace on the Thames. Of course there is a dashing hero with a secret motive for moving in, a pair of villains, a pair of silly young lovers, a clumsy maid, and more, all making their way to a satisfying conclusion. Justine Eyre does her usual excellent job. Looking forward to more books by Julie Anne Long becoming available in audio.

  • Mask of Duplicity

  • The Jacobite Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Julia Brannan
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor, Will M. Watt
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16

Following the death of their father, Beth's brother, Richard, returns from the army to claim his share of the family estate. However, Beth's hopes of a quiet life are dashed when Richard, dissatisfied with his meager inheritance and desperate for promotion, decides to force her into a marriage for his military gain. He will stop at nothing to get his way.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I WISH THERE WERE MORE STARS TO RATE THIS BOOK

  • By MM on 03-12-19

Marvelous Surprise

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

Reviewed: 03-05-19

Because Rosalyn Landor was the narrator of Mask of Duplicity I took a chance on this book by an author I did not know. So glad I did because I enjoyed it greatly, especially the character of Sir Anthony and his story. The heroine, Beth, was suitably strong minded and outspoken yet compassionate.
Be prepared for the ending to be a happy cliffhanger. If you enjoy books by Joanna Bourne, Lucinda Brandt, or Stella Riley, you will very likely enjoy this author as well.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Cadenza

  • Rockliffe, Book 6
  • By: Stella Riley
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Julian Langham was poised on the brink of a dazzling career when the lawyers lured him into making a catastrophic mistake. Now, instead of the concert platform, he has a title he doesn’t want, an estate verging on bankruptcy...and bewildering responsibilities for which he is totally unfitted. And yet the wreckage of Julian’s life is not a completely ill wind. For Tom, Rob, and Ellie it brings something that is almost a miracle...if they dare believe in it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful listening experience!

  • By noagnes on 03-07-19

An endearing hero from Stella Riley & Alec Wyndham

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

Reviewed: 02-25-19

Once again the evocative writing of Stella Riley, interpreted by Alec Wyndham, pulled me into a story filled with love and humor. I always appreciate the way Riley’s characters are distinct individuals without anachronistic names or behaviors. Their journey is always deepened by their emotional growth as they encounter obstacles and make mistakes. The double love story was a splendid extra brought about because two cousins switched places on the way to their HEAs.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • White Fragility

  • Why It's so Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
  • By: Robin DiAngelo, Michael Eric Dyson - foreword
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,340
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,181
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,167

In this “vital, necessary, and beautiful book” (Michael Eric Dyson), antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and “allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to "bad people" (Claudia Rankine). Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent meaningful cross-racial dialogue.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book but...

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-06-18

So relevant to this fragile “white” person

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

Reviewed: 02-21-19

As the author admits, recognizing your own racism and changing is a lifelong task. I grew up in a family that supported and worked on behalf of Civil Rights. It took me quite a while to recognize the pervasiveness of racism down to the smallest detail of our society. This book is a level headed means to help me along the way towards relinquishing the racist undercurrents of my own words and behavior.

  • The Alabaster Hip

  • Regency Romp Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Maggie Fenton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Holmes
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

After the Viscount Marlowe's latest misadventure gets Miss Minerva Jones sacked from her teaching post, he hires her as a governess for his twins. Marlowe finds himself falling for the feisty bookworm - an alarming development for a man who was nearly broken by his disastrous marriage. Can he risk his heart without falling apart again? Minerva would rather be employed by anyone other than the walking disaster that is the Viscount Marlowe, but she finds a home in Lord Marlowe's eccentric household, and loses her heart to not only the twins but also their impossible father. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Joy Buffington on 02-18-19

Marvelous recording of a very funny book.

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

Reviewed: 12-25-18

Oh, Maggie Fenton! The Alabaster Hip is just as funny and romantic as the first two Regency Romps. The criminals have the perfect balance of evil and incompetence. I did read this book when it first came out as an ebook, however I really do not enjoy that format. Listening allows me to slow down and savor the language and the details.
The secondary characters enrich the story and help to complicate the plot. Several deserve their own books and I hope they are part of a forthcoming series.

  • Third Son's a Charm

  • Survivors, Book 1
  • By: Shana Galen
  • Narrated by: Victoria Aston
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 47

Fiercely loyal to his friends and comrades, Ewan Mostyn is the toughest in a group of younger sons of nobility who met as soldiers and are now trying desperately to settle back into peaceful Society. Ewan trusts his brawn more than his brains, but when he's offered a job watching the Duke of Ridlington's stubbornly independent daughter, he finds both are challenged. Lady Lorraine wants none of her father's high-handed ways, and she'll do everything in her power to avoid her distressingly attractive bodyguard - until she lands herself in real trouble.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good book!

  • By Tracy T on 11-27-17

Too long but still enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 10-21-18

I yearned to put on my editor’s hat and edit about 20 minutes from this book. It felt as though scenes were repeating and making points that had already been established. I did not need to be told and shown multiple times that the h talked a lot and the H could not read. Just show it as a natural part of the story.

  • Of Valor & Vice: A Revelry's Tempest Novel

  • By: K.J. Jackson
  • Narrated by: Anais Inara Chase
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Near destitute after the sudden death of her wastrel husband, Lady Pipworth must find a way to support herself and her young nieces until her brother returns home to assume his role as head of the family. Thanks to her three brothers who raised her, Adalia's one outstanding skill in life is gambling, and with a dower house now at her disposal, plans to fill the coffers - scandal begetting or not - begin to take shape. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written & excellent narration

  • By Cate F. on 10-16-18

Well written & excellent narration

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

Within the conventions of historical romance, a story that is full of truth about the struggles of love, attraction, and marriage.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • An Unsuitable Duchess

  • By: Kathleen Buckley
  • Narrated by: Fiona Honan-Bowes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

After her guardian’s death, Anne Sinclair comes to town seeking a man with broad interests rather than broad estates. She possesses a competence and a pretty face, so why did her late guardian think it might be difficult for her to make a match? The question becomes urgent when she discovers that London can be perilous for a young lady of inquiring mind - especially when she has a hidden enemy.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific Book

  • By Cate F. on 09-17-18

Terrific Book

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

So glad I read the reviews and spent a credit on this book. Intelligent, well written without the glaring anachronisms infecting too many historical romances. Beautiful interpretation by narrator Fiona Honan-Bowes. Looking forward to more books from Kathleen Buckley.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Where Dreams Begin

  • By: Lisa Kleypas
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 718
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 648
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 645

Zachary Bronson has built an empire of wealth and power, but all London knows he is not a gentleman. He needs a wife to secure his position in society – and to warm his bed in private. But one alluring, unexpected kiss from Lady Holly Taylor awakens a powerful need within him beyond respectability. An exceptional beauty whose fierce passions match Zachary’s own, Holly always intended to play by society’s rules, even when they clashed with her bolder instincts. But now a dashing stranger has made her a scandalous offer that does not include matrimony....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favorite LK Book Thus Far

  • By Martha on 01-23-12

Too creepy and too long

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

Maybe it was my mood but I found Zachary to be too controlling and domineering. For much of the book he seemed more like a villain and I found myself rooting for his honorable, nice guy competition. I was a bit surprised that when they finally got around to having sex that he didn’t immediately tie her to the bed. I will say I was very happy she wasn’t a virgin and the reader wasn’t forced to endure a deflowering.
The book could have used some severe editing to shorten it by about an hour, perhaps cutting the number of reminiscences about her first husband. I usually enjoy books by this author but this one didn’t hit the mark. Rosalyn Landor did her usual stellar job of reading.