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  • How the Dukes Stole Christmas

  • A Holiday Romance Anthology
  • By: Tessa Dare, Sarah MacLean, Sophie Jordan, and others
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

Christmas magic is in the air.... From the ballrooms of London, to abandoned Scottish castles, to the snowy streets of Gilded Age New York, four best-selling authors whip up some unforgettable romance - with a little help from some enchanted shortbread. Included: "Meet Me in Mayfair" by Tessa Dare; "The Duke of Christmas Present" by Sarah MacLean; "Heiress Alone" by Sophie Jordan; and "Christmas in Central Park" by Joanna Shupe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Perfect Listen for Christmas Time!

  • By H Price on 12-06-18

Movie Adaptations as Historical Romances

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

I didn't realize when I bought this anthology that each story is loosely - very loosely - based on a Christmas movie. At least, each takes a premise from a classic Christmas movie and runs with it. The stories are also tied together by magical shortbread. Tessa Dare is one of my favorite authors, and she didn't disappoint with Meet Me in Mayfair. It had her usual humorous flair and translated "Meet Me in St. Louis" perfectly to a historical romance. Although Sarah MacLean is also one of my favorite authors, I was a little disappointed in her story, "The Duke of Christmas Present," which just seemed to drag. Maybe I'm just bored with remakes of "A Christmas Carol." However, MacLean's had an unusual twist (as her books so often do), giving the Scrooge character, Eben, a happily ever after while he was still a young man. I liked that. I loved Sophia Jordan's "Heiress Alone," which was a romance between an heiress and a reclusive duke in Scotland after her family left and forgot her, leaving her to be rescued by the duke. I also loved Joanna Shupe's "Christmas in Central Park," a twist on "Christmas in Connecticut" set in a newspaper office in New York in 1889. All four stories had creative twists that didn't follow the movies. It was a really fun listen that I was sorry to have end. Justine Eyre was the perfect narrator for all the stories. #ChristmasRomance #ChristmasAnthology

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  • Home in Time for Christmas

  • By: Heather Graham
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

Centuries ago, by a scaffold in Manhattan, rose petals drifted gently to the ground like snow on a wintry Massachusetts night. Melody Tarleton is driving home for Christmas when a man - clad in Revolutionary War-era costume - appears out of nowhere, right in the path of her car. Shaken, she takes the injured stranger in, listening with concern to Jake Mallory's fantastic claim that he's a Patriot soldier, sentenced to death by British authorities. The last thing he remembers is the tug of the noose.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth the download and listen.

  • By Ruth Spencer on 11-03-09

My Favorite Time Travel

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

I've recently become a huge Heather Graham fan, but I'm always nervous about time travel stories because they frequently end tragically and I prefer happy endings to my romances. I should have known Graham wouldn't let me down. This was an awesome story that took place mostly in the present with some scenes taking place during the American Revolution. All the characters were so likable, I felt like I was a part of their family. The hero, Jake Mallory, who traveled to the present to escape the noose in 1776, was such a wonderful hero. Everyone who met him loved him, including me. There were Christmas themes about faith, belief, and love. Angela Dawe did a great narration. She was good at the different voices and accents. Overall, it was just a wonderful Christmas listen that I highly recommend. #TimeTravel #ChristmasRomance #AmericanRevolution

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  • A Common Christmas

  • Haberdashers Tales, Volume 1
  • By: Sue London
  • Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
  • Length: 2 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Grace Ashman has lost everything: her mother five years ago, and now her father and her home just a week before Christmas. She lives on the streets until one kind man invites her inside for a meal before the holiday. What she couldn't know is that his kindness will change her life forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Uncommon Christmas Story

  • By KindleBabe on 12-30-18

An Uncommon Christmas Story

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

I've been meaning to read Sue London's Haberdasher series forever, so I jumped at the chance to listen to this Romance Package offering. It's a quick listen about a servant (butler) and a woman from the trade class, which made it different from most historical romances I've listened to. It had wonderful characters, and it really put me in the Christmas spirit. I will definitely listen to or read the other Haberdasher books. Matthew Lloyd Davies was the perfect narrator for this. He sounded like what I imagined the butler Dibbs would sound like. I usually don't favor male narrators because I don't like how men mimic women's voices. The screechiness they often affect for women's voices usually becomes grating after a while, but Davies did an admirable job with all the characters' voices. #ChristmasRomance #WorkingClassRomance

  • Christmas in Snowflake Canyon

  • By: RaeAnne Thayne
  • Narrated by: Emily Cauldwell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123

No one has ever felt sorry for Genevieve Beaumont. After all, she has everything money can buy. That is, until she discovers her fiance has been two-timing her and she's left with two choices: marry the philanderer to please her controlling father or be disinherited and find a means to support herself.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nice story, not so nice narration.

  • By Kandis on 01-13-14

Heartwarming Christmas Story

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

RaeAnne Thayne has been on my TBR list forever, and I'm so glad I finally gave one of her books a try. Although this can be read as a standalone, it was obviously not the first book in the series. It seemed like the heroine, Genevieve, was probably the villain, or at least a mean girl, in the previous books. Although I didn't read those earlier books, Thayne did a good redeeming her. This was an emotional book where both the hero and heroine had backstories that caused trust issues. There was a lot of character growth for both characters. It was a really nice, fulfilling Christmas story that I recommend. Emily Cauldwell did a nice job narrating. She has a soothing quality to her voice. #ChristmasRomance #RedeemedVillain #FormerBridezilla #DamagedHero

  • Primal Instinct

  • By: Janie Crouch
  • Narrated by: Barbara Creel-Benjamin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

On the crowded streets of San Francisco, a serial killer watches and waits. Known only as Simon Says, he lures his next victim while the FBI grasps for answers. Desperate, they turn to Adrienne Jeffries. Adrienne has an uncanny talent for getting inside the city's most dangerous minds. But first she'll have to get past FBI agent Conner Perigo. Skeptical of Adrienne's abilities, Conner begrudgingly enlists her help...unprepared for the powerful attraction that could jeopardize their focus.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed Feelings

  • By KindleBabe on 10-11-18

Mixed Feelings

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

I had mixed feelings about this audiobook. At first, I loved it and couldn't stop listening. I loved the psychic versus serial killer premise and the characters. It seemed really suspenseful and held my attention. However, about halfway through, it started to become predictable and unbelievable. The author made it pretty obvious who the killer was, and even the "surprise" twist at the end was somewhat predictable. I became frustrated when characters did things that were either unbelievable in order to further the plot or would make them the worst FBI agents in history. I don't want to give spoilers, so I'll just say they figured out something about the killer that should have made them not trust the person who turned out to be the killer, but who do they trust the most? The person who turns out to be the killer, of course! I don't know if this was an early book of hers. I really feel like she has a lot of potential, and I liked enough it to try some of her other romantic suspense books.

The narration was pretty good. It wasn't my favorite, but it wasn't bad, either.

  • Shadows in the Night and Never Sleep with Strangers

  • By: Heather Graham
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

Two books in one by New York Times best-selling author Heather Graham.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved these books

  • By Robyn on 01-10-19

Hitchcock Meets Agatha Christie

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

Reviewed: 09-28-18

I just recently discovered Heather Graham (I know, I know), and I've been listening to all her Finnegan books and really enjoying them, but this is by far my favorite. The first story has the Finnegans in it; the second story doesn't. Both reminded me of old-school mysteries where it was difficult to predict whodunnit. The second one reminded me of an Agatha Christie mystery. I loved, loved, loved this anthology, and I have a total book hangover. I don't want to move on to a different book.

Shadows in the Night stars Craig Frasier's cousin Harley and another FBI agent named Micah Fox investigating the murder of a leading Egyptologist and a series of attacks by someone dressed up as a mummy. It begins in Egypt and then moves to New York. Craig Frasier and Kieran Finnegan are secondary characters in this one. There was something a little Hitchcockian about it, but I don't want to give any spoilers.

Never Sleep with Strangers takes place in a remote Scottish castle which gets more remote when the guests get snowed in. The castle owner, Jon Stuart, is a mystery writer who hosts an annual mystery week for mystery and horror writers until his wife dies under suspicious circumstances at one. Convinced his wife was murdered by one of his guests, he holds another mystery house party a few years later, hoping to catch his wife's killer. Of course, the mystery game becomes frighteningly real, and they end up having to solve more real murders. There are many red herrings, and it kept me guessing - and a bit stressed since there were so many characters I loved and didn't want to see become a victim or be the murderer. It kept me guessing.

Saskia Maarleveld did an excellent job with the narration. I'm happy to have found a new narrator that I like.

  • The Duchess Deal

  • Girl Meets Duke
  • By: Tessa Dare
  • Narrated by: Mary Jane Wells
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,412
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,298
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,296

Since his return from war, the Duke of Ashbury's to-do list has been short and anything but sweet: brooding, glowering, menacing London ne'er-do-wells by night. Now there's a new item on the list. He needs an heir - which means he needs a wife. When Emma Gladstone, a vicar's daughter turned seamstress, appears in his library wearing a wedding gown, he decides on the spot that she'll do.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 100% perfect

  • By Eugenie on 09-29-17

Dare Gets Better and Better!

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

Wow! This is one of my favorite books ever! Tessa Dare has such a wonderful sense of humor, and I think this is her funniest book yet. I laughed so hard in so many places. I think her writing gets better with each book, if that's possible. Dare uses some common tropes and plot devices, but she knows where to draw the line to keep from going too far with them and making them be overdone in her stories.

I think her real talent is in her character development, though. She writes the best characters and puts so much quirkiness and detail into all her secondary characters. You can't help but love each and every one of them. Trevor was a hoot. But of course, the main characters made you fall in love with them and carried the story. I'm a sucker for a wounded hero.

The performance was excellent. I will definitely seek out other audiobooks narrated by Mary Jane Wells.

I can't recommend this audiobook enough. Now I'm off to listen to the sequel, The Governess Game.

  • Age of Night: Books One to Three

  • By: May Sage
  • Narrated by: Kai Kennicott, Wen Ross
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

This set includes the three first volume of the Age of Night series, Kitty Cat, Pretty Kitten, and CatnipKitty Cat - Aisling has every reason in the world to like her life as it is: away from the shifter community. Tucked in her little corner of the world, she sees no reason to gets involved in the drama of the ever warring packs, until trouble knocks at her door. Trouble wrapped in a delicious package her cat wants to claw. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cats, Cats, Cats

  • By KindleBabe on 06-23-18

Cats, Cats, Cats

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

Reviewed: 06-23-18

I've been curious about this author for a while, so I was excited to see her release an audiobook collection using my favorite two narrators. I wasn't sure what to expect since I hadn't read any of her books before. I fell in love with the characters and writing almost immediately. This is a collection of the first three books in the series, and it starts off very dramatically and holds your attention throughout. The world building is detailed and unique; it's different from other shifter stories I've read. It's very well written. My only complaint is that there was some character death. Even though they were minor characters, I still really liked them and was disappointed to lose them from the story.

Wen Ross and Kai Kennicott were their usual awesome selves. There is nothing like duet narration, and these two work really well together, playing off each other as they read and act out the different roles. They're the narrators that got me addicted to audiobooks.

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  • One More Kiss

  • By: Samantha Chase
  • Narrated by: Christopher Kipiniak, Julia Motyka
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

Matt Reed is hiding...from his fans...from his past...from a failure too painful to contemplate. Most of all, Matt is hiding from himself. Vivienne Forrester is a woman who gives her all...to her friends and family...to her online food blog...to the man she loves. Vivienne will try anything and everything to coax Matt out of his self-imposed exile. But for this to work, Matt is going to have to meet her halfway.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Far ABOVE Rockstar Romance

  • By Lelim0612 on 09-11-18

It Was Okay

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

Reviewed: 06-15-18

I was pleasantly surprised this turned out to be duet narration, my favorite narration style. I really liked the way it was scripted, but I didn't love Kipiniak's voice, especially when he did Matt's voice. I loved Motyka's voice, and I liked the way Kipiniak did some of the other male voices.

I love rockstar romances, but I felt this one wasn't very well researched. The author didn't seem to realize that in the music business, agents and managers are not the same thing. They have different jobs, especially in California where this band resided. Mick starts off as an agent but ends the story as a manager. No, his job didn't change. I think the author forgot he was the band's agent and didn't really know the difference between the two. At the beginning, he is really doing the job of the band's manager despite begin referred to as an agent, but he's not doing it very well. He treats the band members atrociously, as though they work for him, not the other way around. All I kept thinking was that they're a huge band who's been famous for ten years, and he treats them like that? Like they're children? They should fire him and hire someone who treats them with respect.

Then it jumps ahead two years to the present. I wanted more details from those two years. The story got better, and I really liked the ending, but it dragged in places and was pretty predictable.

  • Fused

  • Lost in Oblivion, Book 4.5
  • By: Cari Quinn, Taryn Elliott
  • Narrated by: Kai Kennicott, Wen Ross
  • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

From the pinnacle of success to the depths of despair, the band Oblivion has been through it all. Nick Crandall, the lead guitarist and the one most likely to cause a band breakup, is the only one who can begin to put the pieces back together after the most catastrophic night of his life. And that includes making a stand to win back the woman he needs. His only choice is to fight hard for what - and who - he loves. And oh so dirty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not the End

  • By KindleBabe on 05-07-18

Not the End

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

Reviewed: 05-07-18

The title is a little misleading since it doesn't really pertain to the band as much as the romance in the story. This book has a more fulfilling ending than the prior book, but there are still questions to be answered in the next and final book, Owned. However, a lot of loose ends are tied up in this book, which is the continuation of Nick and Lila's story from the previous book, Shattered. I really like the evolution of Nick's and his sister's relationship as well as Nick's and Lila's. I like the new characters that were introduced in Shattered (Michael and Ricki) and am glad to see more of them in this book. I really like where the story is heading and can't wait to listen to Owned.

Kennicott and Ross just nail each of the characters. They are true actors, not just narrators. They are so talented. I can't recommend them enough.