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  • Her Perfect Match

  • Mistress Matchmaker, Book 3
  • By: Jess Michaels
  • Narrated by: Carmen Rose
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

Vivien Manning, the notorious Mistress Matchmaker, is tired. Tired of the parties, tired of the lovers, tired of being her. So she decides to leave London behind once and for all and start a whole new life. But before she goes, she must tie up some loose ends, and makes a list that includes a man she's never been fully able to let go - Benedict Greystone. Benedict was broken when Vivien broke off their affair years ago. When she comes back into his life - and his bed - he isn't certain of anything except the power of their desire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent conclusion to the series

  • By Lia on 09-15-14

Could’ve been better

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

Reviewed: 01-15-19

I thought this book fell short of my expectations. There were quite a bit of sex scenes however they felt repetitive because the author didn’t add more to the scenes and they felt a little rushed. The book did start out with what could’ve been mind blowing. I got frustrated with the characters. So many times I wanted him to say screw it and move on to better things. The first book of the series was so hot I had high expectations for the two following books.

  • For Desire Alone

  • Mistress Matchmaker Series, Book 2
  • By: Jess Michaels
  • Narrated by: Carmen Rose
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 85

A mistress should never be foolish enough to fall in love with her protector, nor trust him with her financial future. Mariah Desmond did both, and now her dearly departed protector has left her with nothing.Forced to seek another protector, she's determined that this time, she'll lead with her survival instinct-not her heart. But when she attends one of Vivien Manning's infamous parties, the familiar face of her late lover's best friend throws her for a loop.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Steamy Historical Romance

  • By Lia on 05-19-14

Good just not great

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

The first book was a lot better than this one. This book had lots of sex scenes but some of it felt repetitive and I had hoped the author would have mixed it up or made it more interesting. This felt a little slow at times and there was quite a bit of angst. I felt John could’ve showed more grief for losing his best friend and there wasn’t much reason why he couldn’t accept his feelings for Mariah.

  • An Introduction to Pleasure

  • Mistress Matchmaker Series, Book 1
  • By: Jess Michaels
  • Narrated by: Carmen Rose
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 201

Lysandra Keates is running out of options. Her father is dead, her mother is ill, and her efforts to find respectable employment have ended in failure. With her small savings bleeding away, she swallows her pride - and her terror - and turns to Vivien Manning, an infamous courtesan, to match her with a wealthy protector. For years, Viscount Andrew Callis has lived a monastic existence at his country estate, hardening his body against the snobbish, lazy young man he once was...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Last Half Lost it a 5 Star rating

  • By KatieV on 05-12-14

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

This book was great. I was torn between giving it 4 or 5 stars but leaned more toward 5. Although there is no funny wit it’s nearly perfect. There were many steamy sex scenes and I loved how the author incorporated a lot of aspects of love making. It wasn’t boring or repetitive. I actually liked both characters and only called one of them an idiot once or twice. I will definitely be listening to the second book in the series and hope it’s as steamy as this one! Narration was pretty good as well.

  • Seduction of a Proper Lady

  • A Regency Ménage Tale
  • By: Kristabel Reed
  • Narrated by: Shiloh Grey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13

Lady Laurel Westfield was brought up to be the most proper of ladies. But when Major Braedon Sinclair sets his sights on the young debutante, propriety is the last thing he wants from her! What's a proper lady to do when she has two gentlemen who want her attentions - at the same time?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Better than Covet

  • By xmom on 01-06-19

Better than Covet

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

Reviewed: 01-06-19

I was so disappointed with Covet that I almost didn’t listen to this book. I don’t know which book is first. I decided to give this author another try and listened to this book. The book was pretty hot but felt like the author threw in a lot of unnecessary stuff to fill the pages or to give some suspense but I would have rather she used that time to build a relationship with the main characters. The sex scenes could’ve used more details. Laurel annoyed me toward the end and I found myself thinking over and over again how she can be so stupid. The end was unexpected and seemed the author didn’t know where to go with it and tried ending it with some action (not the steamy kind) but felt out of place.

  • Covet

  • A Regency Ménage Tale
  • By: Kristabel Reed
  • Narrated by: Pasha Macready
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

The truest torment is wanting something you know you can never have. Charlotte Tremaine knew this feeling all too well. She covets the freedom to do as she pleases but has never let herself dream of being with the man she loves. The problem is,she loves two men.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story but you have to tolerate narrator.

  • By Laura Brown on 02-11-17

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

I was thrilled to listen to this book but was disappointed. The author could’ve done so much with the book but it felt sooooooo slow. There also seemed to be so much repetitive conversations from this character to that one to another. The love scenes were rushed and could’ve used more details to make you feel in the moment. The love scenes were confusing. The narrator made the voice of William sound like a little boy! I had already downloaded other books by this author glad to find a regency author who can write some erotic novels but now I’m not sure if I’ll listen to them.

  • Dominating Mr. Darling

  • Scandalous Ballroom Encounters, Book 5
  • By: Victoria Vale
  • Narrated by: Simon Philips
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Lady Amelia Fitzwilliam is approaching her 30th year, and her umpteenth season without selecting a husband. Her elder brother is so concerned over this state of affairs that he's tripled her already obscene dowry in hopes that the coming season will finally see her leg-shackled. Opposed to the establishment of marriage to begin with, Amelia has no intention of giving up her freedom - or the taboo predilections she engages in behind closed doors. After all, what lord of the town would submit himself to a woman who enjoys subjecting her bed-mates to pain and domination for life?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scottish burr

  • By Tina Berry on 03-05-18

Hot

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

Reviewed: 12-21-18

Just like the other books from the series this book was very steamy. Narration wasn’t the best and I didn’t care much for the bdsm but that’s a personal preference.

  • Tempting Two

  • Scandalous Ballroom Encounters, Book 3
  • By: Victoria Vale
  • Narrated by: Beatrice Pendergast
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

Penelope Hunt is well on her way to becoming a spinster. When Colin Worthing courted her secretly for an entire season before making off with her virginity, he ensured that she could never make a good match ...or put the pieces of her broken heart back together again. His duplicity has her convinced that men are not to be trusted, and that she would be foolish to bind herself in marriage to one for the rest of her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, tempting and delicious

  • By Sophia on 03-28-18

Could’ve been better

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

Reviewed: 12-17-18

The narration could use some work and the story could’ve been better. I felt sorry for Colin and thought Ed was a horrible friend. Penelope was stupid. The very end of the book finally brought them together in the way I had been anticipating throughout the whole book but felt so rushed. The author could’ve given more to this scene. I listened to this for the steam and there was a good amount of it.

  • A Marriage Most Scandalous

  • Scandalous Ballroom Encounters, Book 2
  • By: Victoria Vale
  • Narrated by: Beatrice Pendergast
  • Length: 4 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

After being turned down by the woman he loves at the end of the season, the wife hunt continues for Sheridan Cranfield. When Cecily Montgomery catches his eye, he knows that his feelings for her are far deeper than they could have ever been for the woman who broke his heart. Winning her heart will not present a problem...conquering her body, however, will prove another challenge altogether.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as it could’ve been

  • By xmom on 12-14-18

Not as good as it could’ve been

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

Reviewed: 12-14-18

It was nice to have an extra person in the sex scenes but thought there could’ve been more the author could’ve done to make the scenes more steamy. They could’ve picked a better narrator.

  • Masquerade

  • Scandalous Ballroom Encounters, Book 1
  • By: Victoria Vale
  • Narrated by: Beatrice Pendergast
  • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 70

Margaret Seymour is bored by the stifling constraints of society dictating her behavior as a debutante in search of a husband. Her prospects are promising by the standards of London society, yet, not one of them causes her heart to flutter, or her head to fill with scintillating, forbidden fantasies. Those feelings are reserved for Camden Rycroft, Duke of Avonleah - a man who isn't even aware of her existence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So freaking HOT!!

  • By Ariadna B. on 04-17-18

Hot

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

Love how steamy this regency book was. Narration could’ve been better but the hot sex scenes made up for it. On to book 2!

  • Submitting to the Marquis: A BDSM Erotic Regency Romance

  • Scandalous Ballroom Encounters, Book 4
  • By: Victoria Vale
  • Narrated by: Simon Philips
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 81

Lady Sophie Baxter must wed a wealthy lord by the end of the season, or risk the ruin of her family. However, her father does not have just any lord in mind. He's set his sights on the Marquis of Ashton - a man known amongst the ton for being as cold and aloof as he is rich and powerful. Curiosity leads her to accept the marquis' suit, and before long she learns that his secrets are far darker than she could have ever imagined. Darkest of all being the hidden chamber behind a locked door, filled with ropes, restraints, and implements of torture....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • WELL WRITTEN ROMANCE

  • By sheryl beauchemin on 11-14-17

Wow!

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

You don’t normally see regency books this hot! I will definitely be looking into the authors other books. I love my marquises but also love a lot of steam and this book gives you both! I personally could’ve gone without some of the bdsm but there were lots of sex scenes that were very nice. There was a pretty dark part of the book that made me wonder if the author really had to go there but I guess she needed a strong reason for why he was the way he was, who knows. The narration immensely bothered me in the beginning and I thought about stopping but I eventually got used to him. Better narration would’ve made the book that much better.