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  • Mistress

  • By: Amanda Quick
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 821
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 733
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 740

When a blackmailer threatens her Aunt Zoe, Iphiginia knows she can ferret out the villain. A 26-year-old vixen with the intellect to match her beauty, Iphiginia descends on London society as the dazzling mistress of the missing Earl of Masters—another supposed victim of the blackmailer. But when the missing earl suddenly reappears at a ball, Iphiginia is caught in her own clever lie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Friends kept liberating paper copies

  • By Jan on 07-05-16

Lost me half way through

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

Reviewed: 03-25-19

I really liked the first half of this book. I thought the premise was great...she thinks he's dead so she presents herself as his mistress, his mistress who dumped him no less, as part of a ruse to help her uncover who is blackmailing her aunt. Then she finds out he isn't dead and that is really what drives the story.

I found the hero a bit unlikable mostly because he agrees to her ruse just so he can get her into bed. I adored her though. Iphigenia is smart, independent, and blunt. I also really liked how they started working together to try to figure out who is blackmailing her aunt and his friend too. But then half way through it felt like the author decided she didn't care about the blackmailer and all the fun intrigue and danger stopped! I felt like falling off a cliff. Then when it did pick up at the very end I was disappointed. The villain is bland, boring, and almost not on the reader's radar. His reasons were stupid and he was the most milk soppy villain ever.

I finished the book but only by ramping up my listening speed to 1.5x and skipping forward often. I was bummed because I started off the book feeling like it was going to be a favorite but then ultimately fell flat.

  • 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 951
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 889
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 887

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

So many emotions!

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

Reviewed: 03-25-19

This book is a roller coaster of emotions! The story begins with Farrah and Dueggan meeting as children. They love each other in a sweet, pure, all consuming way that lasts beyond the years they are separated. I hadn't even made it to chapter 1 and I was already choked up.

And that is just the beginning. Farrah spends her early adult years as a widow, learning that Dueggan died in prison. She forges a life for herself until Dorian Blackwell, a notorious criminal and friend of Dueggan's from prison, kidnaps her one evening saying that he needs to protect her, that he gave his vow to Dueggan before he died that he would care for her. I don't want to give much away since that is part of the ride this book.

Some people may not like Dorian. He is exceedingly cold, brutal at times, and his past pains make him unable to stand human touch. He simmers with rage and Farrah finds herself going between fear and love for him. She is compelled to be with him and yet he pushes her away. However there is so much action in this book that I didn't feel the familiar angst that turns me off in so many romance novels that contain secrets and feelings that aren't be said. Dorian is so broken inside that you can't help but feel for him. And Farrah is a strong heroine without being snarky and rude as so often is the case. These two are made for each other and she never waivers in her steadfast love for Dueggan and then Dorian.

I think it is important to note that the love scenes are not tender until the very wee end. In fact, the second is pretty rapey. I found all the sex scenes very erotic though and very powerful. She never feels violated but he does tie her hands without her consent and then hooks her to a window, throws her skirts up, and just goes for it. Regardless that she loves him and craves him sexually, this just feels a little too close to rape for me. But worse than that...both times he LEAVES her there, tied to either his bed or the window, for his friend to find her. I mean, the least he could do after is untie her. But still, I liked him! I don't know why...any other book and I would have decided that was it for me and stopped reading. I couldn't. I was compelled to go on, their story touched me that much.

There are lots of interesting secondary characters and I can't wait to get to know them better in the next books. Morely, Farrah's brief love interest, Dorian's band of merry men, and others make the story even better!

I'm very excited to start the next in the series. I hope it is as good as Dorian and Farrah's story!

  • The Trouble with True Love

  • Dear Lady Truelove
  • By: Laura Lee Guhrke
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

For Clara Deverill, standing in for the real Lady Truelove means dispensing advice on problems she herself has never managed to overcome. There’s nothing for it but to retreat to a tearoom and hope inspiration strikes between scones. It doesn’t - until Clara overhears a rake waxing eloquent on the art of “honorable” jilting. The cad may look like an Adonis, but he’s about to find himself on the wrong side of Lady Truelove. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome!!

  • By Jenny Roma on 02-18-19

Awesome!!

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

Reviewed: 02-18-19

This may be my favorite in the Lady Truelove series! I listened to this book in one sitting. I never took my earbuds out that's how good it was.

Clara is quick, sweet, smart, funny, and has a subtle beauty that Rex notices almost right away. I loved that he sees her when no one else does. He doesn't know it at the time but she is already acquainted with him because she overheard a conversation he had with his friend. During this conversation, he advises his friend how to keep his bed partner in his bed but not expecting him to marry her. Clara is appalled and I was as well. I wondered how I was going to like Rex after hearing his manipulating advice. He further angered me when he blamed her for his advice backfiring on his friend who is now angry at Rex. He took very little ownership for his part in the debacle which irritated me further.

But the reader slowly finds out that Rex has a big heart and he loves people completely, with faults and all. His devotion to his mother is an example. Clara and Rex develop a true friendship and their attraction grows as their friendship and mutual understanding of each other grows.

As for the narration, I know Justine Eyre can be a little controversial because people find her accents poorly done. She doesn't bother me at all and she doesn't bother me in this book either. I like the feeling and emotion she reads with and all the characters have distinct voices. If her accent isn't as clean or as perfect an English born reader, I'm ok with it.

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  • Claimed by the Warrior

  • Conquered Bride Series, Book 3
  • By: Eliza Knight
  • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93

A widower, Laird Torsten Mackenzie has worked long and hard to regain the respect his clan deserved after his older brother turned traitorous. Even in death Cathal's crimes remain a mar on Torsten's conscience. Setting aside his grief, Torsten devotes his life to his people and to his young, motherless daughter. When a rival clan attacks his lands unprovoked, he's determined to put them in their place once and for all. Marching on their gates, he's taken by surprise when Lady MacDonell steps through the opening instead of her wayward husband.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very worth reading

  • By A Johnson on 12-20-16

So romantic!

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

Reviewed: 02-18-19

I was hesitant to read this because I don't always enjoy the kidnapping trope but I'm so glad I took the chance. This is a sweet, romantic book that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Yes, he kidnaps her but she is always free to leave. He literally leaves the doors open for her. But she is compelled to stay as their friendship and love grows.

Narration is perfect but Antony Ferguson is a real professional and it always shows. He has a broad range of voices and accents and it colors the story beautifully.

  • In Want of a Wife

  • By: Jo Goodman
  • Narrated by: Talmadge Ragan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 236
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213

Jane Middlebourne needs a way out. In 1891, life in New York is unforgiving for a young woman with no prospects, especially when her family wants nothing to do with her. So when Jane discovers an ad for a mail-order bride needed in Bitter Springs, Wyoming, she responds with a hopeful heart. Rancher Morgan Longstreet is in want of a wife who will be his partner at Morning Star, someone who will work beside him and stand by him. His first impression of the fair and fragile Jane is that she is not that woman.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An enjoyable listen.

  • By Marydior on 05-25-14

Good story, poor narration

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

Reviewed: 02-18-19

I liked the story line but I always do enjoy a good mail-order bride story. Morgan is the sexy but broken hero to Jane who is trying to find a life away from her oppressive extended family. I liked Jane's determination to be the kind of wife Morgan needs and I liked that he saw and appreciated her efforts. I also liked how easily forgiveness came to these two despite them both having secrets in their pasts they were hesitant to share.

I didn't love the writing, however. Every single detail was described. Every.single.one. I fast forwarded a lot, I will admit. It got tedious to hear about every movement Jane made when making breakfast or when Morgan handed her a picture or whatever. Sentence structure was basic and simple.

Compounding that was the boring narration. The narrator droned with little change in voices for characters. It was even hard to tell Morgan from Jane sometimes. There was almost no feeling in any of the reading and I got through 11 hours of it and threw in the towel. I felt like I was being punished with water torture between the stilted writing and monotone narration.

I don't know if I will try another Goodman novel. If I do, I will try to find one read by a different narrator.

  • If He's Wicked

  • By: Hannah Howell
  • Narrated by: Ashford MacNab
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 486
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 452
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 455

For Chloe Wherlocke, it all begins with a vision - a glimpse into the future that foretells a terrible plot against Lord Julian Kenwood and his newborn son. Chloe's psychic gift allows her to save the child from certain death, but the earl remains in grave peril. . .

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Historical Romance with a twist!

  • By Leyla on 05-19-15

Narration ruined it for me.

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

Reviewed: 02-18-19

I love Hannah Howell so I was excited to read If He's Wicked.Since I really like her books I'll start with what I liked:

The story line was original and something I haven't come across in historical fiction.

I didn't know I would like the paranormal aspect but I did!

Chloe was smart, sweet, and easy to like. I liked her confidence a lot. Julian I liked less but I still liked him. He was open minded about Chloe's "gift" even when he was entirely sure he believed in it. He accepted Leo and the whole troop with a willingness I was surprised by.

I loved Leo. He was sarcastic and mysterious and I want more of him! In fact, I loved all the secondary characters, including Modrid, Lady Evelyn, and Lady Marstan

The villains were truly villainous. I wish we had spent more time with them to find more of their crimes or had seen them commit them rather than just hear about them. They were wicked and evil!

What I didn't like:
The narration was horrible. The men were monotone and droned on like robots. The only time the narrator had any inflection at all was when she read as a child or as one of the older women. She couldn't even muster up inflections for the villains who should be the most fun! I want to listen to the other books but I really don't know if I can put myself through another 10 hours of the droning, even at 1.25 or 1.50 rate. It's seriously that bad. I'm not sure who makes the narration decisions but this was a complete miss for me.

I didn't appreciate Chloe and Julian living like a married couple while he was still married to Beatrice. Yes, she was awful, yes he didn't consider himself married anymore but that's kind of too bad because he was still married. I thought that was handled in poor taste.

Like I said earlier, I wish we had actually witnessed more of the evilness of the villains rather than hearing about it all second hand.

I will probably read the next one rather than listen to it though.

  • Surrender to the Highlander

  • By: Lynsay Sands
  • Narrated by: Sean William Doyle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220

Edith Drummond owes her life to Niels Buchanan and his brothers. Waking after an illness to a castle overrun by rugged Highlanders is disconcerting, but so is learning that she's slowly being poisoned. Niels insists on staying by her side, and Edith soon discovers that even more dangerous is her wild attraction to the fierce warrior.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Average story...

  • By Jonella A. Moore on 02-03-18

Good!

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

I want to start off by saying I’m a huge Lynsay Sands fan. I love her Highlander books in general but this wasn’t my favorite one.

The main characters are fine. I didn’t fall in love with either of them but they didn’t annoy me either. I really enjoy the play between the brothers though, especially with Rory. He’s an interesting character!

The mystery was good and I didn’t catch on until the end which kept me listening. However, there is some serious victim shaming that upset me and may upset other readers too. This disappointed me greatly.

I adored the narrator and hope to hear more from him!! His voice is like silk and his Scottish accent is great! He didn’t overdo it. Perfect!

All in all it was an enjoyable listen. Just not my favorite.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lord of Winter

  • Lords of de Royans, Book 2
  • By: Kathryn Le Veque
  • Narrated by: Brad Wills
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

They call him the Great Defender. As Richard the Lionheart's most powerful general, Sir Juston de Royans is as moody as he is skilled. Reminiscent of the ancient warrior Achilles, Juston fights when it is necessary, instead choosing to command the powerful men beneath him. Never wrong in action or command, he has never lost a battle, and when he finds himself in the midst of a terrible siege at Bowes Castle, he predictably emerges the victor, with the lady of the keep as his prize.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • superb story! Edge of my seat excitement at times.

  • By Jayashree gopal on 05-03-17

Good but....

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

I had the hardest time writing this review. I wasn't exactly sure how I felt about the book as I was listening and I wasn't any more sure after I was finished.

I found this book to be fairly historically accurate in both the politics and the social norms. I loved that since it had me running to the web and researching the whole Richard-Henry-Eleanor-Alyc-etc. I learned so much! Anyway, Men are used to getting their way and Juston is especially used to it. I found his attitude toward women, sex, and his illegitimate child hard to swallow. Yes, I'm sure that his attitudes are appropriate to the time and his station but as a modern reader (listener) it was not easy to like him. However, when he opened his heart he opened it way up...no holds, no fighting with himself. He enjoys the feeling of falling in love and goes with it. I liked that a lot. I get weary of the hero fighting his feelings up until the last page.

I found Emera incredibly annoying. Juston asks for her patience but at every turn she is hounding him to confess feelings he isn't even sure about. He's had this horrible tragedy and she can't seem to show him any patience or real understanding. She sounded youthful and spoiled.

The cast of secondary characters is intriguing. I am looking forward to listening to Christopher's story!

This is my first listen by narrator Brad Wills and I found him fine. His deep Juston-being-sexy voice is toe curling for sure. Otherwise I wouldn't say he's my favorite but I'd happily listen to him again.

So as you can see, I really don't know how I feel about the book but I finished it and I'm going to continue the series so I liked it well enough! It is more historical than other historical romances so that may or may not appeal to you.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Thirty Nights with a Highland Husband

  • The Daughters of Glen, Book 1
  • By: Melissa Mayhue
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Wiley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 286
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 260
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259

Connor MacKiernan, a descendant of the Fae Prince, is a warrior who lives only for honor and duty. Though he's vowed never to marry, that's exactly what he must do to save his sister. Enter a little Faerie magic, and the search for a bride is on. Caitlyn Coryell is having a really bad day - she just discovered her fiance with another woman! Imagine her surprise when she puts on some sexy lingerie and an antique pendant and Connor appears in her bedroom, begging for her help. He offers a simple yet outrageous adventure: travel to his time, marry him, and return home.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pleasantly Surprised!

  • By 🌸DARA on 07-22-13

Charming story

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

This is my first book by Melissa Mayhue and I do plan on listening/reading more of her books. I fell in love with Connor but never really cared about Kate. She seemed sort of brash to me but that could have been the way the narrator portrayed her. I liked the secondary characters but there were a lot of them to keep track of. But overall, I thought this book is a fun read. However, I do not need my historical romances to be overly accurate to the time period but if you do this may not be the book for you. But if you're like me and can enjoy the inaccuracies along with the story you will like this book!

  • The Daring Duke

  • The 1797 Club, Book 1
  • By: Jess Michaels
  • Narrated by: Danielle O'Farrell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 257
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 233
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 234

The wild and charismatic Duke of Abernathe is the kind of friend anyone would wish to have. He even formed the 1797 Club, consisting of 10 men who would all be dukes. But he has full-throatedly declared he will never marry and no one understands why. But Miss Emma Liston doesn't care why. A longtime wallflower with an absentee father who is a scandal waiting to happen, she needs to marry. Now. She decides to take a wild chance and ask the help of her friend Meg's brother James.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice story ...but

  • By J. Byerly on 12-29-17

Love this narrator!

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

Reviewed: 03-28-18

The story is sweet and romantic. But I think it was Danielle O’Farral’s narration that made it even better for me. She gave the characters great inflections and brought them to life. After Carolyn Morris, she may be my favorite narrator.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful