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  • Vampire's Faith

  • Dark Protectors Series, Book 8
  • By: Rebecca Zanetti
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Vampire King Ronan Kayrs wasn't supposed to survive the savage sacrifice he willingly endured to rid the world of the ultimate evil. He wasn't supposed to emerge in this time and place, and he sure as hell wasn't supposed to finally touch the woman who's haunted his dreams for centuries. Yet here he is, in an era where vampires are hidden, the enemy has grown stronger, and his mate has no idea of the power she holds.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely an adjustment

  • By V from Kansas on 06-25-18

NO REAL FOCAL POINT TO THE STORY!!

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

Reviewed: 07-16-18

I Am so Sorry but I did not like this new arch to the Dark Protector series. Marked bk.7 was suppose to be the end of the Dark Protector series published in 2014 and it was a Excellent ending to a great series. RZ should have left it there, because with Vampire Faith it is obvious she has knowing new to add to the series.

Ronan and Faith are always running under constant attack. Faith is a very unlikable heroine. The Good Guys are getting there butts kicked and all they do is run. The storyline has no Focal Point its sort of all over the place. We have new childhood friends that meet in the Dream World just like Janie and Zane but now its there daughter Hope. Faith is always fighting and arguing with Ronan . Instead of being supportive. She is just unlikable.

The Dark Protector series use to be one of my favorites and books 1-7 will stay on my favorite list but I won't be wasting my time or money on the newer books in the Dark Protector series.

  • Awaken the Darkness

  • Immortal Guardians Series, Book 8
  • By: Dianne Duvall
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249

He awakens encapsulated in dirt with no knowledge of how he came to be there. Riddled with injuries, he can remember neither his past nor who he is. Nor can he remember what he is. But surely no mortal man could survive being buried deep beneath the earth. All he knows with certainty is that the soothing voice and presence of the woman moving around above enables him to endure the agony of his wounds. And he will do whatever it takes to be with her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By GSKM in sc on 07-12-18

HAPPY STANISLAV IS ALIVE!!

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

Audible book review of Awaken the Darkness. The Narrator Kristin Potter was Outstanding as usual. The storyline not so much. I am so Happy that Stanislav is alive and has found love with Susan both of this characters have strong resemblances to the other Immortal Guardians and Gifted One in the prior books. Its like the names were changed but its the same character descriptions of prior IG and GO's. The story itself reminded me a bit of the 2nd book "Dark Desire" in the Dark Series by Christine Feehan, but that story was written a whole lot better then this one.

I missed the interactions of the other Immortal Guardians they don't find out Stanislav is alive until the very end of the story. Then its brief greetings. I love Dianne Duvall's Immortal Guardian and Gifted Ones series. But Awaken the Darkness is the weakest story in the series. So the story was just ok even though it didn't move the storyline along. Gershom is still out there waiting to attack the IG but he was silent in this story.


I trust Dianne Duvall so I am still giving the story 3 stars because I love having Stanislav back and I loved the little surprise at the end.

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  • The Duke of Ice

  • The Untouchables, Book 7
  • By: Darcy Burke
  • Narrated by: Marian Hussey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

Everyone Nicholas Bateman ever loved has died. Except Violet Caulfield, which must mean he never loved her. Nine years after she threw him over to marry a viscount, Nick is a widowed duke who prefers isolation. When a friend convinces him to leave his lair of self-imposed solitude, he considers taking another wife, provided she agrees to his terms: no emotional attachment of any kind. Now widowed, Lady Violet Pendleton hopes for a second chance with the man she’s always loved. But she isn’t prepared for the desolation in his soul or the animosity he still bears toward her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Least favorite of the series

  • By J. Byerly on 05-25-18

NARRATOR WAS VERY GOOD BUT STORY WAS LACKING!!

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

Reviewed: 05-24-18

The Duke of Ice is my least favorite Untouchable story. I almost gave it 2 stars but the ending help elevate it to 3 stars.

After a series of deaths in his family and much lost Nicholas Bateman becomes the 10th Duke of Kilve. Losing his wife and son was the final straw for Nick so he builds a walls of Ice around his heart and lives a solidary life not attending the normal functions of a Duke. He has only one friend and that is Simon The Duke of Romsey. Simon convinced Nick to attend a House Party where he encounters his long lost love Violet. Who eight years ago dumped him to marry a Viscount Pendleton. Nick was only a Mr. then. But it was Violet's parents who made her marry the Viscount. Nick can't forgive her for this.

Nick realizes he is and always will be in love with Violet. Violet never stopped loving Nick and was force to marry Viscount Pendleton 8 years ago.

OK my problem with the story is I am sick of The Spinister Widow characterization who thinks she is barren. I also, didn't like the fact that once Violet and Nick had reconnected sexually and what seemed to be lovingly that he goes off and Proposes marriage to Dianna Kingman. A young lady Nick and Violet met at the Linford House Party. This was really ridiclous. The reason is he won't marry Violet because he loves her and everyone he loves dies. So He Propose Marriage to someone he barely know and doesn't love to protect his feelings. What a waste of story. Dissappointing story since I loved so many other stories in The Untouchable series. I hope bk 9 "The Duke of Ruin" Simon and Dianna stories is much better.



  • The Duke of Danger

  • The Untouchables, Book 6
  • By: Darcy Burke
  • Narrated by: Marian Hussey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

After killing his opponent in a duel, Lionel Maitland, Marquess of Axbridge, is known as the Duke of Danger. Tortured by guilt, he shields himself with a devil-may-care attitude. However, when he kills another man in another duel, he's beyond redemption, even though it wasn't his fault. He refuses to smear a dead man's name, especially when he's left behind a blameless widow who doesn't deserve an even bigger scandal.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Barely okay book. Fabulous narration..

  • By Trish R. on 06-04-18

I LOVED LIONEL THE MARQUESS!!

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

Reviewed: 05-23-18

Another great story by Darcy Burke!! WOW this series is Amazing and I Highly Recommend you read the books and read them in order as the H/H is always characters from previous stories.

Lionel Maitland Marquess of Axbridge is know as The Duke of Danger because he has fought 3 Duels, which resulted in 2 dead's of the men he dueled. This has caused Ax/Lionel to be very self loathing and he believes he should suffer any unkind or mean spirited thing people do to him as punishment for killing these men. The 2nd man he killed is Lord Townsand a hot head ill temper man who we met in bk4 The Duke of Desire. Emmaline Fourth-Hodges is the Miss he eloped with in The Duke of Desire.

After Townsand dies from his gunshot wound Lionel goes to Emmaline and promises her that he will do anything she request of him if she needs him. Emmaline at the time didn't know all the debts her husband had incurred and the debtors are coming after her and her parents for settlement. Emmaline's parents find a new husband for her and old man Sir Duncan who is quite smelly and she doesn't want to marry him. He has promised her parent he will pay off all of Townsends debts. Emmaline isn't having it so she tells Lionel he must marry her and he does to help her out.

Lionel is an amazing, kind, generous and loyal friend and husband to Emmaline. He is also a very compassionate and honorable men. I didn't like Emmaline at first. It took awhile for me to like her. She was punishing Lionel for killing her husband until she finds out what a reprobate cur he really was. Her and Townsend had been married less then a year and he had only shared a bed with her for the first few months of there marriage before he starts having affairs. Emmaline began to realize she made a mistake in marrying Lord Townsend before he died and she felt guilty because he is dead and now she is falling in love with her wonderful and kind new husband Lionel. Lionel feels guilty because he has take what he thinks is Emmaline's loving husband away from her He doesn't realize that Emmaline is happy in her life without Townsend. So there hard fought road to love was romantic, sensual and very real. I loved the way Emmaline was ready to duel for her husband Lionel at the end of the story and made the old Sir Duncan look like a fool.




  • The Duke of Defiance

  • The Untouchables, Book 5
  • By: Darcy Burke
  • Narrated by: Marian Hussey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

Difficult and defiant as a child, Bran Crowther, Earl of Knighton left England as a young man to pursue independence and adventure. He never expected to inherit the title and when duty calls him home, he still finds Society's codes constricting and others' expectations oppressive. Nevertheless, he needs a wife to be a mother to his young daughter, preferably a woman of intelligence and warmth who is, above all, immune to his idiosyncrasies - and to falling in love. Widow Joanna Shaw isn't interested in a second marriage, not after the loveless, passionless union she endured.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book and awesome narration..

  • By Trish R. on 02-02-18

AMAZING LOVED THIS STORY!!

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

I absolutely Love The Duke of Defiance. It was the story of the Bran the New Earl of Knighton and Joanna Shaw widow of a reprobate Vicar and sister to The Duchess of Kendal.

Bran and his 5 year old daughter Evie have left there home in Barbados to come and live in England because his two eldest brothers have died in a boating accident and his father has also died. Living on a island is nothing like living as a Titled Lord In England. Bran and Evie must learn to live by the strict standards of the Aristocracy.

Joanna Shaw is now free after a horrid marriage of 8 years her reprobate husband has been dead for a year and now she can come out of morning. She meets Evie through her 5 year old niece Becky. The two little girls are just marvelous to read through out the story and the best of friends. It seems to me that children make a story more real. Joanna is the sister of Nora The Duchess of Kendal who we met a few books back in her and the Duke of Kendal's story The Forbidden Duke.

The growing romance and family between Bran and Joanna was just beautifully written and the love both of them have for Evie is just frosting on the cake. At times what the couple endured in there past lives was sad there coming together and building a family was just great storytelling. The Duke of the Defiance is one of the best books in The Untouchable series although all of the books have been really great. I am really Happy I decided to continue reading this series.




  • The Duke of Desire

  • The Untouchables, Book 5
  • By: Darcy Burke
  • Narrated by: Marian Hussey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

Ten years ago, Ivy Breckenridge's life was ruined. She had to reinvent herself, and now, after painstakingly making her own way in the world, she's nearly forgotten the dreams of home and family she'd once nurtured. Until one man peers into her soul and awakens every one of her hidden desires. But no matter how good he makes her feel, she can't trust him - alone by choice is better than alone by necessity.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • OK book with great narration..

  • By Trish R. on 10-03-17

MIXED FEELINGS

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

Reviewed: 05-21-18

I really have mixed feelings about The Duke of Desire. Dukes just didn't act like this in public and didn't freely talk about having intercourse with married lady's of the Ton. My feelings are mixed because there is another side to Sebastian Westgate Duke of Clare. He is gentle, kind and considerate. He does not judge and doesn't seem to be proud of anything other then talking about his sexual prose with married women.

Ivy Breckendridge employed as an Ladies Companion, would not have so freely talk about the sexual congress with a Duke. Women just didn't do this. Ivy is no virgin but still she is hiding from a scandalous past, so I couldn't figure out why she would act so scandalously. One minute Ivy would be very likeable and then she would be Ice cold. I guess this was the way the author showed how walled in she was. Ivy had given her virginity to a reprobate Peter a decade ago. She was young when this happen but when she became pregnant the scoundrel dumped her and her parent kicked her out of there home.

I loved the ending of the story and I was happy to see Ivy and West get there HEA!!
This is another Erotic story!!

  • The Duke of Deception

  • The Untouchables, Book 3
  • By: Darcy Burke
  • Narrated by: Marian Hussey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

After five years on the Marriage Mart, Miss Aquilla Knox is ready for spinsterhood until a benefactress steps in to help her secure a husband. Only Aquilla doesn't actually want to marry - her failure is entirely on purpose. When the earl she's nicknamed the Duke of Deception sets his sights on her, she refuses to be drawn in by her attraction to him. If there's one thing she knows, it's that a gentleman is never what he seems.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great read and listen..

  • By Trish R. on 08-18-17

I LOVED NED AND AQUILLA!!

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

Reviewed: 05-19-18

I really enjoyed reading this light hearted. funny and engaging story. Edward Bishop the 9th Earl of Sutton know as Ned, is keeping a secret and it is not the secret the Ton thinks it is. Ned has been wife hunting and these young ladies he is considering must pass a few test he and his Aunt Susannah has conjured up. So far only one has made it to the final stage all the other young ladies have failed his test. Therefore it appears to the Ton that Ned leads the ladies on and drops them without proposing. Until he meets a young Miss Aquilla Knox who has been locked outside in the pouring rain on a patio at a dinner party they bought are attending.

The sparks fly between Ned and Aquilla and they are a lovely couple. Both of then are kind, compassionate and loving. They were fun to read. They had pretty sensual relationship. The sex scene were well and tastefully done. The secondary characters were lovely too.

I like the way Darcy Burke handle the mental illness of Ned's brother George. It was sad but nicely written.

I just wish that Aquilla's father and brother had gotten some kind of punishment for there cruel treatment of there wives. They were abusive men and this should have been handled in some manner in the storyline.
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  • The Hellion

  • Wicked Wallflowers, Book 1
  • By: Christi Caldwell
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 129

Adair Thorne has just watched his gaming-hell dream disappear into a blaze of fire and ash, and he’s certain that his competitors, the Killorans, are behind it. His fury and passion burn even hotter when he meets Cleopatra Killoran, a tart-mouthed vixen who mocks him at every turn. If she were anyone else but the enemy, she’d ignite a desire in him that would be impossible to control. No one can make Cleopatra do anything. That said, she’ll do whatever it takes to protect her siblings - even if that means being sponsored by their rivals for a season in order to land a noble husband.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A BIT SLOW!!

  • By Edwina "I Love books" on 04-05-18

A BIT SLOW!!

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

Reviewed: 04-05-18

The Hellion is the uniting of the Black family owners of the Hell an Sin Gaming Hell and the Killoran family of the Devils Den Gaming Hell. Two rival gangs that hate each other are untied in a cause to make the Killoran's expectable in the eyes of the Ton. The Black family has already made this transition so to make a peaceful truce they will help the Killoran's. They will bring out Cleopatra Killoran and help her find a proper Lord to marry. Oh but not so fast Adair Thorn who is brother to Ryker Black and runs the Hell and Sin club might have a different opinion.

The story moves very slow. The hatred of Cleo and Adair have toward each other goes on far to long. There love story is not believable!! It just takes too long for the couple to become a loving couple. Sorry this is not one of Christi Caldwell's best works. It needs more sexual spice and more companionship or love adventures between Adair and Cleo.

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  • Satyr's Son: A Georgian Historical Romance

  • Roxton Family Saga, Book 5
  • By: Lucinda Brant
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157

London, 1786. Lord Henri-Antoine has returned from the Grand Tour to a life of privilege and excess. A vast inheritance allows him every indulgence, free from responsibility. Yet, Henri-Antoine maintains a well-ordered existence, going to great lengths to conceal an affliction few understand and many fear. Miss Lisa Crisp is a penniless orphan who relies on the charity of relatives to keep her from the poorhouse. Intelligent and unflappable, Lisa will not allow poverty to define her. She leads a useful life working among the sick poor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lucinda Brant + Alex Wyndham = Truly Marvelous

  • By Cate F. on 12-10-17

CLEAN HISTORICAL ROMANCE!!

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

Reviewed: 03-31-18

Satyr's Son IS A "CLEAN ROMANCE NOVEL" for those readers who do not like to read sex and lovemaking scene's this is the book for you!!

The story is set in the Georgian Era and Lucinda Brant is a master storyteller. I felt like I was there in every scene and in every conversation with the many lovely and delightful characters of this story.

I love Lisa the heroine, she has had a tough life but refuses to give into to despair. Her relatives are horrible to her. But one faithful day she helps one of the most powerful and riches peers in the land Henri Antoine. Son of a Duke and brother of the current Duke. Henri Antoine/Harry's mother is a 2 times Duchess, she had a Duchy in her own right. The Roxton's are the wealthiest and powerful family outside of the King and Royal Family in the land.

There is little romance in the story between Henri and Lisa and they do become sexually involved until near the end of the story. It is mentioned After the Fact that they have made love. But the story is still just delightful to read. It does drag a bit at times and I wish that the H/H had more time together in the story. Other than that this is a exceptional story very well written. Great Characters overall. I couldn't put it down!!


  • Highland Wolf Pact Boxed Set

  • Scottish Wolf Shifter Romance Bundle
  • By: Selena Kitt
  • Narrated by: Dave Gillies
  • Length: 21 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293

Sibyl Blackthorne isn't afraid of anything - except maybe being sold into marriage to a man she doesn't love. A man she's never even met. A man who, by reputation, is one of Scotland's cruelest lairds in over a century. But what choice does she have, with her father dead and her uncle now married to his brother's widow, putting him in charge of not only the Blackthorne fortune, but Sibyl's future as well?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Blah,blah,blah Couldn't hold my attention.

  • By Catherine on 11-25-16

Beautiful Romances

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

Reviewed: 03-24-18


Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb" Allen's review
Mar 24, 2018 · edit


really liked it






Very Enjoyable well written continuations of the Highland Wolf Pact seres. I loved both Kirstin a Wulver female and Donal MacFalon. The two lead characters are well written and have the type of love and romance every couple wishes for. I like that Kirstin is smart and doesn't fall in the trap of the dumb heroine. Her and Donal who is now Laird of the MacFalon Clan have a very hot and sexy romance. Compromising Positions is a very sensual story. You know who the villains will be pretty quickly but you don't know what he is up to until almost the end of the story. I like the element of the witch in the story and I am very sure we will see more of her in the next book.

What I didn't like was Kirstin becoming human and not a wolf shifter anymore. I didn't like her taking Sibyls cure that would keep her from turning into a wolf during her moon cycle. Now she is just a human. But I still Highly Recommend Compromising Positions!!

The listen to Compromising Positions on Audible. The Narrator Dave Geillis is very good!!