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  • Casa Rodrigo

  • By: Johnny Miles
  • Narrated by: Kevin Bruce
  • Length: 4 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

On a lush, tropical island inhabited by rogues, thieves, and villains, where men take the law into their own hands, a father and son are thrust into tumultuous events that will change their lives forever. Bernardo de Rodrigo is proud of his son. Alonso is handsome and winning, and everyone he meets is instantly drawn to the tall, warm Spaniard. But how could either of them have known that a forbidden love is about to claim Alonso's heart?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely incredible

  • By Queue on 12-16-15

Forbidden Passions and Dastardly Deeds

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

Reviewed: 09-09-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

In 16th Century Spain, a naked African slave woman flees through the night clutching her infant son as a cruel nobleman, intent on their destruction, gains ground. The baby is soon rescued by a kindly senora and her less-than-admirable husband, who, it turns out, is very good buddies with the murderous pursuer, Raoul. After debating on what to do with the baby, and worried about jeopardizing the future of their own twin sons, Don Bernardo and Mrs.di Rodrigo agree to ship him off to their sugar plantation in Puerto Rico in order to save his life.

Cut to many years later when a grown-up Alonzo (one of the twins) accompanies his father back to Puerto Rico to learn how to run the family business. He also learns a few other things when he discovers that (a) the evil Raoul owns a neighboring plantation on the island, and (b) Arvil, the young slave he remembers from his childhood, has grown into a rather splendid specimen of young manhood, causing no small amount of stirring in Alonzo's loins. This leads to a very difficult situation with only Don Bernardo initially realizing the extent to which the young loveres are endangering themselves. But Don Bernardo has his own secrets, and it's a toss-up to see whether or not he can disengage himself from his own addictions and do the right thing before the carnage begins

"Casa Rodrigo", by Johnny Miles, is a fine, fun, thrilling bodice ripper/erotic romance that keeps you engrossed from the opening chapter until the very end. It's explicit and highly entertaining, and you really find yourself cheering and booing various charcters throughout the book. I'd recommend this to anyone interested in a highly charged, exciting escape from mundane reality.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Casa Rodrigo?

Since this is an audiobook, I obviously couldn't actually turn the pages but the finale of the book is exactly that: a page turner that keeps you on edge as the author ratchets up the tension and the action turns dark.

Which character – as performed by Kevin Bruce – was your favorite?

I'm not sure which characters were performed by Kevin Bruce but I thought he was a fine narrator, very polished and professional, moving the book along at a brisk pace while bringing the action alive with his engrossing reading of Johnny Miles' expertly crafted tale.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The story certainly brings out strong emotions, particularly in reaction to Raoul, the chief villain of the tale. I also found myself drawn to the story of the young lovers, which is tender and sweet, and to the S&M-tinged secondary "romance", which is actually the catalyst for much of the book's action.

Any additional comments?

I really liked the use of sound effects--waves crashing, boards creaking, clothes dropping--and the actors all delivered excellent voice portrayals of the various characters populating "Casa Rodrigo". I was especially impressed with the actor voicing Raoul, who really brought a high degree of gusto and authenticity to his role as a sadistic, amoral monster.

Additionally, both the suspenseful plotting and writing, courtesy of author Johnny Miles, are excellent, and kept me, figuratively speaking, glued to the page.