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  • The Heart of a Scoundrel

  • By: Christi Caldwell
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114

Ruthless, wicked, and dark, the Marquess of Rutland rouses terror in the breasts of ladies and noblemen alike. All Edmund wants in life is power. After he was publically humiliated by his one love, Lady Margaret, he vowed vengeance, using Margaret's niece as his pawn. Except he's thwarted by another more enticing target: Miss Phoebe Barrett.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this Scoundrel

  • By Joyce Reece on 03-08-17

Edmund is back..but this time..💕💕

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

The Duke (Marquess) Of Rutland seems to show his evil ugly face once again. As you know, if you’ve read the previous parts in this series, he’s full of anger and hate, mostly because of his mother & father, which you’ll see why. He’s here to get Lady Margaret’s humiliation out of his system, so he plans on ‘bedding’ her niece who isn’t attractive but Edmund doesn’t care, its out of revenge once again..but this time he comes across Phoebe who honestly accidentally gets in the way, but is also the daughter of one of Edmunds ‘letch who owes him money’. To get back at Phoebes father and her HORRIBLE father throwing her at Edmund is their disgusting plan!

But Edmund has met his match in Phoebe and she refuses to be afraid of him..I don’t give out spoilers‼️
This part of the series was excellent because we know Edmund through previous books, we learn more about his need to be in power, and I love how Christi Caldwell writes about Phoebes character too! In command...

Tim Campbell is the best narrator for ALL books..every time I listen to him, the ‘sensual scenes’ (and mind you there are A LOT in this one) are read perfectly...👏👏👏

So once again recommended for ALL Christi Caldwell historical fiction fans of this & any of her series of Dukes and Lords..and love the family’s of each book 5 stars ⭐️

  • To Enchant a Wicked Duke

  • The Heart of a Duke, Book 13
  • By: Christi Caldwell
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

Years ago, when Nick Tallings, the recent Duke of Huntly, watched his family destroyed at the hands of a merciless nobleman, he vowed revenge. But his efforts had been futile, as his enemy, Lord Rutland is without weakness. With his rival finally happily married, Nick is able to set his ruthless scheme into motion. His plot hinges upon Lord Rutland's innocent, empty-headed sister-in-law, Justina Barrett. Nick will ruin her, marry her, and then leave her brokenhearted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVE this series, especially this one👏👏

  • By Donna Smith McG on 01-11-19

LOVE this series, especially this one👏👏

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

I got not stop listening or rather I couldn’t put this book down...I love all of Christi Caldwell books especially ‘Heart of a Duke Series’ but ‘To Enchant a Wicked Duke’ was like listening to family and a former meanie.

First thing is..The Duke of Rutland, who was so nasty in the other parts, yet turned a new leaf, if you had listened to Book 6 with Phoebe. Well he appears, one more time in this book for a great reason..now his sister-in-Law is in another spiders web!

The two main characters, another Duke (Nick Or Dominic) Of Huntly is just like the way The Duke of Rutland, full of hate. But Nick believes Rutland caused his father to commit suicide when he was 14..so ‘Nick’ is exactly like ‘Edmund’ was..REVENGE..and this time he goes after Edmunds sisters-in-law Justina who knows nothing about Nicks revenge..

As usual the love story is how Christi Caldwell writes but every time I listen I just feel I’m attached to these characters and as usual I DO NOT give out SPOILERS..but I wanted these characters to go on and on..
I adore Tim Campbell narration, out of every book I’ve listened, he’s NEVER disappointed me..I love the ‘Historical fiction sex’ scenes..they’re so well written yet never smut‼️ So again..recommend anything written by Christi Caldwell & spoken by Tim Campbell 👏👏👏👏

  • Where the Road Takes Me

  • By: Jay McLean
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl, Laura Hamilton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186

Chloe has one plan for the future, and one plan only: the road. She's made a promise to herself: don't let anyone in, and don't let anyone love her. She's learned the hard way what happens if she breaks her rules. So she's focused on being invisible and waiting until she can set out on the road--her dream of freedom, at least for a little while.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartfelt, emotional story with the best voice actors I've heard yet!

  • By Becky G on 08-31-16

Didn’t like for various reasons...

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

Reviewed: 01-05-19

First—when I started reading & listening, obviously, I thought I was a good story. Boy meets girl falls in love. That would be Blake & Chloe. Blake has the most obnoxious, mean, cheater that even though he falls for Chloe, she doesn’t break up with his nasty girlfriend for a while, which I didn’t understand—but that’s no big deal here. Chloe is in a foster home due to problems but will NOT allow her to be a REAL part of her family, nor will she allow herself to get seriously close to Blake due to her ‘issue’ *NO SPOILERS*

Here’s why I just wasn’t happy—If we the Reader were not told by the characters that they were ONLY in High School I’d swear you’d be thinking these were adults with their every other word! Either “MF F***head, S***Face, F BOMBS in EVERY chapter. It was COMPLETELY unnecessary for a book actually released thru “Amazon’s Children’s Publishing” this is NOT a children’s book and I have 5 adult kids who I know would say the same thing! Believe me I’m no prude, I may not say the F Bomb out loud, but unfortunately we probably think it and say it under our breathe, but I’m also an ADULT—these are supposed to be 17 or 18 yr old teenagers not 20 or 30 something year olds? I just didn’t see the reason behind this? I think when I heard Chloe’s “foster” brother who really isn’t, (long story) and I know he is under 16 or even younger say to her in one chapter “Get the F out of my room, you don’t F love anybody..” And I promise he says it in one sentence after another over and over to her out of anger—WAS IT NECESSARY? Nope

Some reviewers will say “Well you’re being picky & petty! It was a great young love story!” And that it was but—I don’t like those words, I don’t like hearing them over & over nor do I like seeing them in print!!

Yes it’s a sweet love story but it was too fairytale ending, a weird uneventful road trip, and too predictable at a lot of parts.

The only excellent part was Nick Podehl as ‘Blake’ he is a fabulous narrator, I’ve listened to his character of ‘Billy Cunningham’ and I think he’s great..as far as Laura Hamilton she was good as Chloe but as a boys voice it just sounded weird...

I’m sorry if all the ones who laughed and cried hate this review then you don’t mind hearing kids cursing—rather listening or reading those words—but I did and that’s why not all reviews are identical. I can only recommend this book for the parts of the love story that were not laden with cursing.

  • Silent Victim

  • By: Caroline Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden, Steve West
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 587
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 512
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 513

Emma is a loving wife, a devoted mother…and an involuntary killer. For years she’s been hiding the dead body of the teacher who seduced her as a teen. It’s a secret that might have stayed buried if only her life had been less perfect. A promotion for Emma’s husband, Alex, means they can finally move to a bigger home with their young son. But with a buyer lined up for their old house, Emma can’t leave without destroying every last trace of her final revenge.... Returning to the shallow grave in the garden, she finds it empty. The body is gone.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Would have rated four stars if narrator was better

  • By Loves2Read on 03-24-18

Listened to entire book in one day!

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

Reviewed: 12-27-18

I was completely enthralled at the begging of ‘Silent Victim’ I really loved narration from Brits Elizabeth Knowelden and sexy Steve West!

Basically (*PROMISE NO SPOILERS*) we have a couple Emma & Alex, Emma’s sister Theresa & a completely over whelming sex pervert, who is teaching teenagers. The biggest thing I saw out of this was a man who did and said whatever he wanted with girls under the age of 16. They basically fell in love with him, and when he didn’t stop their advances, or rather, their wanting him, he turned on them. He pretended to REALLY love them, when he “supposedly” tried to break their hearts gently, he would just do it to them once, twice, etc. until they were addicted and then..”You have to leave me alone! I’m going to lose my job!” Just another way to make the girls feel unwanted, suicidal tendencies. A real...piece of work‼️

Without giving too much away, which right now is difficult!! Emma was one of those girls and she did many incredible things to herself to keep him. From the beginning though, you didn’t know who was the mouse and who was the cat! Was Emma a stalker or was “Ken?” This was the best part of the whole book though!! There was Theresa, her sister who always seemed to be giving Emma’s husband reason to disbelieve Emma, while saying “she just needs help”. At this point I honestly didn’t know what we had here? Was Emma’s sister trying to make Emma mad? or was it Ken, playing innocent one minute and telling everyone HE was being stalked!! I even wrote notes saying “SEE she’s STALKING HIM”...or was it Alex! Who was afraid Emma would hurt their son..What a who is it?! Book!!

Until the last 2 chapters consisting of 3 minutes..was I angry! I’m getting so TIRED of these Writer’s who write great books and right when they can elaborate on details about “certain people”..main..supporting..whys..how comes..you get Emma 2017 and everything is just GREAT along with a secret I will not tell and no repercussions about it!! Sorry Ms Mitchell..as the readers we need YOU to give us background info on them. I know what happened but I don’t know WHY..Okay that’s my review. Good book, couldn’t put it down, but I wanted MORE, and you know what I mean..It definitely had a potential of a 5 star novel.. 3.8 out of 5 stars

  • The Vixen

  • Wicked Wallflowers Series
  • By: Christi Caldwell
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

Set apart by her ethereal beauty and fearless demeanor, Ophelia Killoran has always been a mystery to those around her - and a woman they underestimated. No one would guess that she spends her nights protecting the street urchins of St. Giles. Ophelia knows what horrors these children face. As a young girl, she faced those horrors herself, and she would have died…if not for the orphan boy who saved her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can’t wait for Wicked WallFlowers Series Book 3 comes out in Feb 2019👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  • By Donna Smith McG on 12-26-18

Can’t wait for Wicked WallFlowers Series Book 3 comes out in Feb 2019👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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

Reviewed: 12-26-18

I think I’ve now read nearly every series of Christi Caldwell books, and Wicked Wallflowers Book 3 is coming out in February 2019, and I can’t WAIT...I’ve left so many reviews either on here or Audible. The love scenes are brilliant, sometimes the stories can be very much intertwining—but—there’s just something about the way she writes that I can’t put them down. Book 1 and 2 are basically attracted to the other side—the boys, basically their “hatred” ones on the street...yet, they are falling in love and nothing in their background will stop them anymore. I have no clue HOW Ms Caldwell will be setting up the next 2 books in this series, but I have NO WORRIES

If you read & listen you’ll also love my ‘bestest’ Narrator in the world...Tim Campbell—I’ve written about 10 reviews on the ones I’ve read and listened, maybe more, and all I can say is—she is my favorite Romantic British History Fiction writer—by far...

  • Dancing with the Sun

  • By: Kay Bratt
  • Narrated by: Christine Williams
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

When Sadie Harlan visits her daughter, Lauren, at her summer internship in Yosemite National Park, it seems like the perfect way to forget about her empty nest and failing marriage back home. But when the two women get lost on what’s meant to be a short hike, they suddenly find themselves fighting for their lives. As they search for food, water, and civilization, they battle injury, exhaustion, and natural predators. Sadie, however, is assaulted by more than just the unforgiving elements. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wasn't what I expected

  • By Robert on 01-04-19

Dancing with the Sun was just okay

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

I read the description on ‘Dancing with the Sun’ and I was really excited to read it. When you’re a mom and don’t have the greatest relationship with your child, the best thing that can happen is being forced to be together..all alone. That happened in this story...*I don’t want to give away any spoilers* so let’s just say Sadie is the mom, Lauren the daughter who doesn’t have a great relationship with Sadie...and Sadie decides to visit with her. While at the same time Tom is Dad & hubby which Sadie believes is not going well.

So yes mom & daughter get together, but not all goes well..but it’s not what you think. It was a nice read but it wasn’t what I really expected..also a son is mentioned but not enough..and it had the usual ending as most books like this do..

Narrator was ok. She only had 2 voices to do..wasn’t bad, but okay. I would recommend it but it didn’t have the WOW factor I expected.

  • Always a Rogue, Forever Her Love

  • Scandalous Seasons Book 4
  • By: Christi Caldwell
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195

Miss Juliet Marshville is spitting mad. With one guardian missing, and the other singularly uninterested in her fate, she is at the mercy of her wastrel brother who loses her beloved childhood home to a man known as Sin. Determined to reclaim control of Rosecliff Cottage and her own fate, Juliet arranges a meeting with the notorious rogue and demands the return of her property.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Adorable, hilarious family, & beautiful love story

  • By Donna Smith McG on 12-06-18

Adorable, hilarious family, & beautiful love story

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

This Book 4 was probably my favorite. The sisters of the “big brother” were hilarious & Christi Caldwell has a sense of humor that as writers we all want to have. The love story is precious...meaningful and only wish we all had...

If anyone reads my reviews you know my love for Narrator Tim Campbell...love, love, love! Please READ & don’t put it down until you’re in love too....

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  • Once a Wallflower, at Last His Love

  • Scandalous Seasons, Book 6
  • By: Christi Caldwell
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204

Responsible, practical Miss Hermione Rogers, has been crafting stories as the notorious Mr. Michael Michaelmas and selling them for a meager wage to support her siblings. The only real way to ensure her family's ruinous debts are paid, however, is to marry. Tall, thin, and plain, she has no expectation of success. In London for her first Season she seizes the chance to write the tale of a brooding duke. In her research, she finds Sebastian Fitzhugh, the Fifth Duke of Mallen.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • GREAT NARRATION DISAPPOTINTING STORY!!

  • By Edwina "I Love books" on 10-03-15

Once a WallFlower is adorable & sneaky

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

*I listened to the ‘Scandalous Seasons’ thru my Romance package..I was THRILLED..until Book 6..alas I paid for it since I had no credits..bummer. I’m sorry but either Audible or the authors give you a huge amount of books to listen to with the ‘packages’ they offer & then low & behold, the very last book or ones in between are NEVER included? I know it’s a marketing tactic to get you in, and it’s a pain in the butt!..But..okay pet peeve venting over* On to review...

Yes I loved ‘Once a Wallflower’ The usual damsel who meets a Duke..but..doesn’t fall in love with him for reasons I really thought were terrible 🤣🤣Its quite funny. Yet our delicious Duke, Sebastian, who is Drakes brother-in-law..his sister is married to Drake..sorry too many relationships here.
Basically with her “reasons” to hook him i.e. poor family, no money, etc. And an aunt who is despicable! But...Sebastian doesn’t see this coming and falls in love with the “wallflower”....*NO SPOILERS* What happens next only happens in great books from Christi Caldwell 💖💖

As far as Tim Campbell, my narrator who is the only one for these books, I’ve reviewed him at least 10X, is the BEST..there’s not one male/female/Brit or American character he cannot handle! Alone Tim deserves 10 stars!!

Definitely recommended for adults over 18..cuz you know why 😋

  • The Secrets of the Tea Garden

  • (India Tea, Book 4)
  • By: Janet MacLeod Trotter
  • Narrated by: Sarah Coomes
  • Length: 20 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11

After the Second World War, Libby Robson leaves chilly England for India, and the childhood home where she left her heart - and her beloved father, James - fourteen years ago. At first Libby is intoxicated by India’s vibrant beauty: the bustle of Calcutta, the lush tea gardens of Assam. But beneath the surface a rebellion is simmering: India is on the brink of Partition, and the days of British rule are numbered. As the owner of a tea plantation, James embodies the hated colonial regime, and Libby finds herself questioning her idealised memories.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love all of this series! Book 4 was a bit too long

  • By Donna Smith McG on 12-01-18

Love all of this series! Book 4 was a bit too long

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

Reviewed: 12-01-18

I truly have read each and every book from Janet MacLeod Trotter..and 💕 LOVED each one..but ‘The Secrets of the Tea Garden (India Tea Book 4) was just a little difficult in explaining the past characters to where we were now.

It took me about 45 minutes to try and connect the characters here to the last Book. Book 3 was released in 2016 and this novel was released Nov 2018...that’s a long time when we were not really introduced to new characters, but ones that were barely mentioned in the other 3 books. Those installments were literally generational, as was this one briefly, but we were close to those characters and knew about their stories and the children they sired. It was just a tad different here. Once I started reading/listening then the other family’s began to emerge into the story and I couldn’t put it down!

Book 4 basically starts after WWII when India was becoming a nation by itself and turmoil was all around. India hated every Brit, whether born in India or not. Between the turmoil, you have Libby, who is Tilly & James Robson’s daughter..for the life of me I couldn’t remember any of them in any of the other books. James was the cousin of Wesley Robson, who was married to Clarissa & died in the last book. James is going through a terrible time in India due to something that happened with Logen in 1899. Libby is still living in the U.K. & decides to move back to India to be with her father, and the country she was born in. Yet the country she remembered no longer exists...*sorry NO SPOILERS*...You’ll have to read to remember the past and put everything together! Yes Clarissa comes in the middle as well as Adela and the end *hint* is ALMOST identical to Book 1 *hint finished 😁*

There is love found and love lost..sadness, (definitely tissues will be used towards the end) death and a new life. I 🥰 Sarah Coomes narration from all of the series..and I truly, truly hope..Ms. Trotter, please don’t stop at Book 4..you have new generations to build on, and I’ll wait another 2 years if necessary, because “Tea Garden Series” will always be remembered by everyone as one of their best, authentic, fiction/non fiction (due to real events) that we the readers will always read and re read over and over and over...
Thank you ❤️

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  • Never Courted, Suddenly Wed

  • Scandalous Seasons, Book 2
  • By: Christi Caldwell
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231

Christopher Ansley, Earl of Waxham, has constructed a perfect image for the ton - the ladies love him and his company is desired by all. Only two people know the truth about Waxham's secret. Unfortunately, one of them is Miss Sophie Winters. Sophie Winters has known Christopher since she was in leading strings. As children, they delighted in tormenting each other. Now at one-and-twenty, she still has a tendency to find herself in scrapes, and her marital prospects are slim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ENCHANTING!!

  • By Edwina "I Love books" on 09-27-15

Absolutely adored ‘Never Courted, Suddenly Wed’❤️❤️

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

Reviewed: 11-25-18

I don’t think I can say in words what a beautiful love story this was! I adore Christi Caldwell! I remember first reading and listening to her books on my unlimited Kindle..but when I signed up for the Romance package on Audible I can listen to everyone of her books and series.

This is Book 2 of the scandalous series and I’m listening to each one..I’ll be so unhappy when they’re done 😏..no worries. Her beautiful writing of the love making is exactly how every sexually frustrated reader should read & fantasize? 💕 FABULOUS & yummy 😋

The book summary is all you really need to know about the story, but it’s the “love” between Sophie & Christopher that’s all you need. They get along, they don’t, to their frustration with each other, to Christopher’s horrible father who will make anyone cry, to the plan that brings them together and then...*SORRY NO SPOILERS*

As far as the narration from Tim Campbell..well I have 3 words..There’s none other. He’s the only narrator I will search out, he’s got the perfect British accent who’s American and narrates lawyer books in his own voice..I mean he’s PERFECT ❤️❤️ I adore him & his voice 🥰

Please listen to this series..5 +stars 💕💕💕wonderful!!