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Desiree Matlock

CLEARWATER, FL, United States
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Moonspun Magic audiobook cover art

Serious consent and rape issues

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

Reviewed: 08-26-19

First, no two people could be so stupid and still breath. The conflict here defied logic repeatedly. Secondly, the vast majority of the sex in this book was without consent. Coersion does not stimulate, it's cringy. I only stuck this out in order to warn you.

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Enjoyable Plot, but Sublime Writing

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

Reviewed: 08-10-19

It's not the story in this one that stands out, although that never lags or gets repetitive, no, it's the constant state of immersion the author leaves you in. With only a few rare moments of overarching narrative, this plot moves forward almost entirely on the quality of its brilliant dialogue and details. You're so immersed that the already very steamy sex is made to have deeper meaning as does much of the character development... I wasn't once drawn from the story by strange English usage. All of the above and a touching story makes this one of the ones I'll remember forever.

I am surprised too find I now have a third writer on my favorite romance authors list. And I've read scores of romance authors.

The quality of the narration was virtually flawless, making the positively perfect book even better.

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Too much brogue too fast

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

Reviewed: 07-05-19

The narrator used much to fast a voice when doing dialogue. And all his women sounded like whiny caricatures.

Also, near the end a twist occurs that, if an ally did to me, I'd never forgive. Ever. And it's only a moment in passing. A friend causes something unforgivable to happen to his woman. It was glossed over as though barely a problem in merely a few conversations. Utterly unbelievable. And it ruined the ending. For me, the remainder of the story would have been a vendetta against my former laird.

Other than that, I really liked the characters of both the hero and heroine.

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Frustrating heroine in a beautifully researched and written book

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

Reviewed: 06-30-19

There seems to be nearly no connection between the great heroine of the first act and the idiot heroine of the later acts. She behaves so badly with such unfathomable reasoning that I hardly can see why the hero tries at all to win her. I don't enjoy it when heroines are their own worst enemy.

In spite of that, I found this book was gorgeously evocative of Arabian life at the time and sumptuously written. I adored the hero.

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Finally not a virginal conquest

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

Reviewed: 06-22-19

So lovely to read a well fleshed out regency love story without a blushing virgin. It dealt well with the concept of an independent flawed woman. Lovely read.

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Helps to know the series are all nods to plays hence “PLAYful brides”

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

Reviewed: 05-26-19

I THINK the play it’s an adaptation of is Cyrano de Bergerac - possibly others. In any case it helps you survive the urge to yell at the heroine through this book and the next two to bear in mind that wildly ridiculous ploys and schemes are part and parcel of old plays.

I really did end up liking Lucy by the end of the book despite myself, and enjoyed the ending payoff quite a bit... then disliked her character during book two, and have waffled a bit from there on. The hero is deliciously smart though, and a good match for her.

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Helps to know it’s a nod to “all’s well that ends well”

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

Reviewed: 05-26-19

I found this series much easier to not scream at the antics of Lucy and Cass if I kept in mind that it’s an adaptation of Shakespeare’s “All’s Well That Ends Well”. Bear that in mind and it is much easier to not yell at Lucy while driving (or wherever you listen).

And it does end well. I really like some of these characters. This second book in the series is the weakest of the three I read but I still really enjoyed the payoff. Plus the fact that we don’t instantly fade out once things start going well. I enjoyed getting to stick with the characters long enough to be happy for them for a bit.

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It helps to realize it’s a Shakespeare nod

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

Reviewed: 05-26-19

I liked all three books in this series better after realizing halfway through the second book that each was a nod to the bard. Which explains much of the extremes where otherwise I wanted to yell at Cassandra or Lucy or Jane about their antics. They’re simply following the frustrating plot of the original play. I liked this third book in the series best, the adaptation of “much ado about nothing”. Partially because Jane is a blue stocking and partially because Garret is the most likable of the heroes imo. Also the conflicts were more realistic. The romance between H and h is lovely and realistic and unfolds over the other two books as well so you need to listen to them first to get the most out of this one.

The narrator did a great job on this book.

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Lovely read

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

Reviewed: 05-23-19

This book was brilliant, and is the second in a series. There were a few places I laughed until tears came up. The story isn’t anything particularly new to us regency romance readers, but the writing makes it feel new. And I adored the MCs. I plan to listen to all her books.

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Great plot but not using the language of the time.

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

Reviewed: 03-21-19

I liked the plot a lot but was consistently drawn out of the story by use of modern words and phrases not in keeping with the time period. There were scores of such, such as chic to mean a la mode, the word nice to mean kind, or the word issue to mean matter. In the case of the latter, I was unsure whether the plot referred to the mentioned character’s children or activities as a result. Also a lot of phrases that were invented by early 20th century psychologists were used when describing emotion, processing, adjustment, etc. they were used all throughout the book. References to pregnancy were made with modern phrases as well. Also the Italian MC F was not voiced with an Italian accent nor was the Scottish grandmother with her brogue except possibly once I believe.