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  • The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo

  • Victorian Rebels Series, Book 6
  • By: Kerrigan Byrne
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119

Lorelai will never forget the night she rescued the broken dark angel in the woods, a devilishly handsome man who haunts her dreams to this day. Crippled as a child, she devoted herself to healing the poor tortured man. And when he left, he took a piece of her heart with him. Now, after all these years, The Rook has returned. Like a phantom, he sweeps back into her life and avenges those who wronged her. But can she trust a man who's been branded a rebel, a thief, and a killer? And can she trust herself to resist him when he takes her in his arms?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tough Love

  • By Linda E on 09-02-18

What a series; what a story!

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

Reviewed: 01-05-19

Let me preface this review by saying this is one the most interesting, out of the box series I have every read or listened to. There is violence, love and mystery. I have to admit that the Highwayman (the first book in this series) was good but it took me a year to get back to listening to it after shutting it off about one hour into the audiobook. It was just something about the brutality in the beginning of the book I had a hard time getting past. However, I am so glad re-visited it and pushed through because is it worth it! I was sold on this series once I finished it and listened to all six books over a week.
Now to the actual review. The last books ties the loose ends left from book one. Books 2-5 are, in my opinion, not as connected as the first book and this one. The identity of the Rook will surprise you and the brutality he faced in his past will tug at your emotions. The book has some steamy sex scenes but I would say they were not overdone. I liked Lorilei, she was a woman of grace and strength who also suffered brutalities inflicted by a family member. The Rook, tall, big, scarred and brutal was easy to like surprisingly. He is such a contradiction of roughness and compassion. An oxymoron if I ever read one. He does not remember his past as a prisoner in Newgate prison but knows he has had violence touch him in the past. When Dorian Blackwell comes face to face with him the emotions from the two men was palpable (thanks to an excellent narration)

Derek Perkins narration was excellent! Nothing more needs to be said about it.

This book is about a thug to put in bluntly (as my sisters puts it) who loves a woman and changes his life. I loved this book as well as book 1 and 2 of the series. The other three were not bad and are certainly worth listening to. I also liked that this book was not too wordy. Books 2-5 are just too long. I would recommend this series but if you cannot abide violence and some thuggish behavior in books you might want to pass. However, if you are open to something different give this series a try.

You can listen to this one as a stand alone but I believe it will be more enjoyable if you listen to book 1 (free on the romance package) first then this one.

  • The Dreamer

  • Highland Treasure Trilogy Series, Book 1
  • By: May McGoldrick
  • Narrated by: Ruth Urquhart
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

When her late father was branded a traitor to the king, Catherine Percy found sanctuary in Scotland. But a case of mistaken identity put her in a compromising position with the Highland earl sworn to protect her. Marriage to him saved her reputation, but nothing could save her from the stormy passion that bent her innocent body to his will - and shattered his last defense. The acclaimed author of The Thistle and the Rose presents an exciting new trilogy. Three sisters each hold a clue to their family's treasure - and the key to the hearts of three Highland warriors....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story; ok narration

  • By CHW on 01-05-19

Good story; ok narration

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

Reviewed: 01-05-19

As always I enjoy stories by this couple under the pseudonym of May McGoldrick. The banter between the hero and the heroine was very entertaining. The plot was intriguing from the very beginning and I could not wait to get to the end. What I particularly enjoy about McGoldrick's stories is that there are no wasted words. There is just enough inner thoughts to let the reader/listener know what the characters are thinking but it does not go on and on becoming boring and insufferable. This book is not too wordy and is just long enough. I am waiting with great anticipation for the stories of Catherine's other two sisters in the next installments of the series.

There were several interesting secondary characters that gave the story interest without adding too many details that can make the plot hard to follow. The ending was just right and nicely set the stage for the next book.

I would have given this audiobook 5 stars had someone other than Ruth Urqhart had narrated it or if she had not read as if she was trying to teach a child to read. Her reading was somewhat halting enunciating each word like she was reading to elementary school kids. She did not bring the characters to life for me. The male characters did not sound like warriors. I have listened to her narrate other books; she did a better job with those narrations. To be honest I bought the book when I purchased the audiobook and read about 60 percent of the story. She is narrating the book coming out next week and I hope the reading of it is better than this one. I would like to hear more emotion, and smoother reading. I will buy the next audiobook. I hope it does not disappoint. I know I will enjoy the story and am looking forward to it.

  • The Pursuit of Lady Harriett

  • Tanglewood, Book 3
  • By: Rachael Anderson
  • Narrated by: Helen Taylor
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253

When wills clash and hearts collide, who will reign victorious? Termed an Incomparable during her first London season, Lady Harriett Cavendish is beautiful, spirited, and confident, capturing the attention of a great many suitors. Unfortunately, they all failed to capture her attention, and she concluded the season as unattached as she'd begun it. Only weeks prior to her second season, Harriett encounters Lieutenant Christopher Jamison while visiting Tanglewood Manor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intoxicating love story

  • By Cam on 11-10-17

Funny

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

I enjoyed this story a lot. There were many LOL moments in the book. I can say that Chris, the hero, was my favorite. He has a dry humor that was very appealing. Harriett was an ok heroine.. she was a bit stuffy at times and failed to see the humor of her own behavior. I find people who are unable to laugh at themselves tedious and at times that is just was Harriett was, tedious.

The funniest part of this book for me was when Harriett refused to accept Christopher's apology and he read passages from the bible on forgiveness. He was witty and fun. However, he had a hard time sharing his feelings. I believe many of us can relate to that.

Overall this was my favorite of the three part series. I enjoyed it. The performance was better in this book than the last. I felt the narrator brought the right feelings to these characters, I though she was somewhat dry in book two.

  • An Arranged Marriage

  • By: Jo Beverley
  • Narrated by: Jill Tanner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 177

When her vile brother's wicked scheming ruins her reputation, Eleanor Chivenham is forced into a marriage of convenience. Yet there is much more to her new husband than meets the eye, and soon her heart is filled with unexpected desires.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It was okay

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-18-09

Intriguing but off putting at the same time.

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

Reviewed: 11-30-18

In a word by response to this book was visceral.. I read several reviews before adding this book from the Romance Package collection. I was not sure I would like the book given that it was about the rape of her woman who marries her rapist twin brother but thought I would give it a try.
First let me say that Lord Stanhope (the rapist) can only be described as a weak-willed narcissist . First he rapes the woman, then he blames his brother and asks him to marry the women. WTH. Who does that?? Even worse he never gets it. Never acknowledges his behavior. Just ridiculous.

Now to the Hero and Heroine. Nicholas.. I liked him to be honest.. What I liked was that he clarified right away he was not the rapist. Had he not, I would have stopped listening. Second, he liked Elenor from the start. However, I think it took too long for him to tell her what he was up to. There was really no reason for him to keep it from her. That was stupid. He was also manipulative.. he was a flawed man with redeemable qualities

Elenor just got on my nerves. She was basically a doormat until the very last few chapters where I thought it was completely unnecessary for her to be so. She accepted his behavior without much complaint. But I guess her behavior was consistent with the time period.

The story was too long and I did not appreciate having no insight into Nicholas' feelings. Most of the story was about Elenor. I would have enjoyed the story more had we been able to get more from Nicholas. Additionally, the story was not wrapped up neatly. The ending was abrupt. He refused to explain what happed during the rape when asked. Why?? I would have like for her to know and I would have liked to have understood that devil (Lord Stanhope) better.

Anyway over all I think it was a decent listen. The plot was interesting The character development was lacking on the part of the hero. The heroine was weak until the very end. I would not buy it; however, if you have the RP it is not a bad choice.

  • Ransom

  • Highlands' Lairds, Book 2
  • By: Julie Garwood
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 15 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,316
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,086
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,085

In the dark days after the death of Richard the Lionhearted, lives and lands would fall into upheaval at the hands of a power-hungry British ruler and his violent minions. One victim of the scourge is innocent Gillian, who is a mere child when the cruel and ambitious Baron Alford slaughters her father and tears her family apart. Alford, determined to recover a jeweled box for the despotic King John, is furious when the precious treasure slips through his fingers - only to be lost for more than a decade.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love the Highlands' Lairds

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 05-06-13

I enjoy it every time I listen

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

This book NEVER gets old to me. I can’t think of anything I don’t like about. Brodrick is gruff but good to the core and Gillian is sweet, strong and courageous.
I think Susan Duerdan does a magnificent job. My only Wish is that Ms. Garwood would have written a separate story for Ramsey and Bridgid.

  • Born to Be Wilde

  • The Wildes of Lindow Castle
  • By: Eloisa James
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143

For beautiful, witty Lavinia Gray, there’s only one thing worse than having to ask the appalling Parth Sterling to marry her: being turned down by him. Now the richest bachelor in England, Parth is not about to marry a woman as reckless and fashion-obsessed as Lavinia; he’s chosen a far more suitable bride. But when he learns of Lavinia's desperate circumstances, he offers to find her a husband. Even better, he’ll find her a prince. As usual, there’s no problem Parth can’t fix. But the more time he spends with the beguiling Lavinia, the more he finds himself wondering…

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great read

  • By tmariec on 08-21-18

This is more like it

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

This book totally made up for the last one. I really enjoyed Lavinia and Parth. She was an intelligent woman and although beautiful her self esteem took a huge blow after learning her mother was a thief and an addict to opiates. I liked the way her character was developed. She found a way to solve her problems by doing what she lived. Parth is the type of man I like fiercely loyal and protective yet he had flaws he was able to reconcile in the end. The one criticism I have is that Lavinia spent too much time in believing Parth did not respect her. I would have liked more of them as a married couple and less on the other. Nevertheless I enjoyed it.
Susan Duerden’s narration was great as usual.

  • The Highlander's Promise

  • Highland Brides
  • By: Lynsay Sands
  • Narrated by: Joel Froomkin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213

Aulay Buchanan has retreated to his clan’s hunting lodge for a few days of relaxation. But the raven-haired beauty he pulls from the ocean puts an end to any chance of rest. Though he christens her Jetta, she knows nothing of her real identity, save that someone is trying to kill her. As she recovers, it will not be easy for Aulay to protect her and keep her honor intact when she mistakenly believes they are man and wife…Jetta sees beyond Aulay’s scars to the brave, loyal warrior she’s proud to call her own. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet, Fun Highlander Addition

  • By My Audio Romance Blog on 09-03-18

Why change narrator in the series

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

This was one of the worst listens I've endured in quite a while. The narrator made the characters seem like they were brainless Airheads. It was an extremely tough listen this time. I'm a big fan of Lynsay Sands and I look forward to reading or listening to her next books. However, if this narrator will narrate the next book I will not purchase. It's not anything personal against the narrator. He just was not right for this particular book.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Too Wilde to Wed

  • By: Eloisa James
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 161

The handsome, rakish heir to a dukedom, Lord Roland Northbridge Wilde - known to his friends as North - left England two years ago, after being jilted by Miss Diana Belgrave. He returns from war to find that he’s notorious: polite society has ruled him “too wild to wed”. Diana never meant to tarnish North’s reputation or his heart, but in her rush to save a helpless child, there was no time to consider the consequences of working as a governess in Lindow Castle. Now everyone has drawn the worst conclusions about the child’s father, and Diana is left with bittersweet regret.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The story I realized I didn’t want

  • By Kindle Customer on 05-30-18

This book was just tedious

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

Reviewed: 05-31-18

I really like Eloisa James but I did not like Diana. She was just silly. In my opinion it would have been better had North chosen another woman. She just did not make any sense to me. She let him take her virginity but did not want to marry him because he would be a duke. I found myself fast-forwarding to the end and the point.
I am hopeful that Lavina's story will be better than this one.

As usual Susan Duerden was easy to listen to.

  • Borrowed Dreams

  • Scottish Dream Series, Book 1
  • By: May McGoldrick
  • Narrated by: Sienna Frances
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

Driven to undo the evil wrought by her dead husband, Millicent Wentworth must find a way to save her estate and free the innocent people he enslaves. Her only hope is a marriage - in name only - to the notorious widower the Earl of Aytoun. Devastated by the tragic accident that killed his wife and left him gravely wounded, Lyon Pennington, fourth Earl of Aytoun, is tormented by the accusations that blame him for the catastrophe. Filled with despair, he lets his mother lure him into a marriage of convenience - for the sake of a good-hearted woman on the verge of financial ruin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A pleasure to read

  • By CHW on 02-09-18

A pleasure to read

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

Reviewed: 02-09-18

This book was really fantastic. I really like this author. The characters are well developed. The story was delightful and frankly I cannot wait until the next book is available to listen to. I have not read this authors work but listed to the Scottish Relic series just based on the reviews and have been hooked since.
Lyon and Millicent were the perfect imperfect couple with scars and baggage that added depth to their characters.
The narrator was good and did not detract from the story. She was no Rosalind Landor or Davina Porter (two of my favorite narrators for Highlander stories) but she did a good job and kept the story engaging.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • 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 226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204

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

Expected so much more

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

Reviewed: 02-02-18

I'm a Sands fan and I eagerly anticipated this book. I wanted to some thing a little more comical with a fantastic story line. This just wasn't it. Too many deaths for one book. I would not recommend it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful