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  • The Devil May Care

  • Rogues and Gentlemen, Book Four
  • By: Emma V Leech
  • Narrated by: Philip Battley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Dishonoured and ashamed, the ton's scandalous darling, "Beau" the Marquess of Beaumont, is forced to flee England to escape debtor's prison. After a chance encounter, it appears Miss Millicent Sparrow is his only remaining friend, however unlikely...when his father dies suddenly and Beau inherits the Dukedom...he finds a woman in despair and, moved by pity, he offers her the protection of his name by marriage. But Milly becomes impossible to overlook, and the more Beau needs his wife, the less interested she seems in her gorgeous husband.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story and narration

  • By karen on 04-11-19

Excellent story and narration

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

Reviewed: 04-11-19

I have to admit that I love EVL, and her books in this series are an automatic purchase. Having said that this is one of the best books I have read.
The story of how a quiet, abused, but strong heroine blossoms into a wonderful woman is just a delight. There are several books with an ugly duckling to swan trope. In this book it is done with such detail and through natural evolution that it is so believable. The important part is not that the heroine becomes suddenly beautiful, but gains the confidence that was suppressed by her earlier abuse/fear. She uses all her abilities to become a woman she is proud of and that makes her husband comes to respect, like and then love her. Every woman should have this opportunity to bloom into such an amazing person.
The hero is a little tarnished from the previous book ( you really have to read the previous book to get the full effect of his transformation). Where he was to where he ends up is an exercise in true growth and maturity. This is about how 2 people that ar good for each other and coming together makes them into better people. They help and support each other to gain a wonderful relationship.
Philip Battley is just one of the best narrators around, especially when the story has a lot of dialogue. He performs a book like very few narrators. He puts in every chuckle, laugh, sniff and "bark" of laughter. you can tell he has read the material and planned how to narrate it to it's best. I just love his voice and wish that he would read more books. luckily he seems to have this series nailed down...so more well crafted performances to come!!
I can't recommend this book enough. I have just finished and am going back to start it all over again. The h/h in this story makes me hope and believe that a HEA might just be real.

  • This Scot of Mine

  • The Rogue Files, Book 16
  • By: Sophie Jordan
  • Narrated by: Carmen Rose
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

 

Desperate to escape her vile fiancé, Lady Clara devises a bold lie - that she’s pregnant with another man’s child. With her reputation in tatters, Clara flees to Scotland to live out her days in disgrace, resigned to her fate as a spinster...until she claps eyes on the powerful and wickedly handsome Laird Hunt MacLarin.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Unappealing Liar

  • By karen on 03-13-19

Unappealing Liar

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

Reviewed: 03-13-19

I really wanted to like this book. I have 3 hours left and I just can't like the heroine. I can't cheer for her because she is just so dishonest that I find her unappealing. I can't understand how the hero likes her...nothing has happened more than 4 days together.
He is a good man and does not deserve a person who would lie about being pregnant , especially when she had a lot of time to tell him the truth. He finds out the truth and then she can't understand why he is mad...really??
I just have a hard time enjoying a book that starts this dishonest. it may be the current environment, but I really hate a person that lies to get their way and does not care about other people's beleifs. Since I started writing this review I hate the heroine even more. I don't know how I am going to feel after another hour!
Don't waste the time or money, if you want characters that you can care about. Only the hero in this story is worthwhile.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Scandal's Daughter

  • Rogues and Gentlemen, Book 3
  • By: Emma V. Leech
  • Narrated by: Philip Battley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Sebastian Grenville, the duke of Sindalton, known as Sin to the ton, has had his fair share of scandal. His father's involvement in what became referred to as "The Scandal of the Century" plunged him into the spotlight at the tender age of 12, and he's been there ever since. Egged on by his best friend, Beau - the marquis of Beaumont - his life is one of dissipation and ease. But every duke needs an heir, and everyone knows Sindalton is on the market for a wife. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By karen on 03-04-19

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 03-04-19

I can't say enough about this series. I think it's as good as the maiden Lane series, but with less love scenes. This just gives the author more time to develop an interesting plot.
The H/H are endearing and the secondary characters really round out the story. This novel sets up Beau and Percy for their own stories later in the series.
The reason I am starting to love Emma Leech, is that there is not the usual miscommunication between the H/H...or just a little to ensure there is tension . The miscommunication never goes on for long and is not the driver of the plot. There is a villan that gets his just desserts and enough drama to make the story a page turner.
The narrator is excellent and has fast become one of my favorites. He does the male voices in a way that makes me melt...why can't all men talk like this in real life?!? I am always looking for more books by this narrator, but he must be new, as there is only a few.
This team of author/narrator can't be beat. I can't waint for the next one in the series. Book 6 & 7 are already available, so hopefully 4 & 5 will be out soon.

  • The Duke of Kisses

  • The Untouchables, Book 11
  • By: Darcy Burke
  • Narrated by: Marian Hussey
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Frances Snowden can hardly believe her good fortune when she’s whisked away from her boring life by her sister who is now a duchess. Instead of becoming the third wife of her parents’ stuffy neighbor, she can be anything she wants: a doting aunt to her newborn niece, a debutante in London, or even an independent spinster. But when she meets and kisses a mysterious man on a walk in the countryside, she knows exactly what she desires - him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • adventurous

  • By Winona Crampton on 03-11-19

Needs an Editor

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

Reviewed: 02-27-19

I am starting to avoid books that are self-published, as they really require an editor's review to make them good. This book is published by the author, so I doubt anyone took a second review before it was launched. The heroine's best friend changed from being Prudence to Patience somewhere in the middle...really!
I think the author should start another series, as this one has gotten old and boring. The plot is simple, but there are some parts of the back story ( the family feud) is a little complex and difficult to understand. It does not help that the heroine's sister Ivy ( from an earlier book in the series) is called Mary by her parents. Some of the most interesting aspects are just referenced. The dialogue ( and usually I love a book with this much dialogue) is stif and dull. There is just no spark that makes you want to keep going. I have stopped it 8 times with no real desire to go back to it. I have even read 2 other books during those breaks. The h/h act out of character for the time and their situations. It is a series of unrelated events. Since there is always a HEA, the journey there should be exciting, as the ending is a given. This plot drones on and never comes to life.
I bought it because of the narrator. She is excellent as usual, but the dialogue is not good enough for her to really sparkle.
I should have stopped with this series a few books back, but at least I have learned my lesson. I would not recommend this book. I read 2 Amanda Quick novels in between the start/finish of this one.....and that was the best part of this novel, it bored me enough to go back to some much loved books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Anything but a Gentleman

  • Rescued from Ruin Series, Book 8
  • By: Elisa Braden
  • Narrated by: Mary Sarah
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23

Miss Augusta Widmore has no time for proprieties. She must force her sister's ne'er-do-well betrothed to the altar with all haste - or watch her sister bear the scandalous consequences. But with the blackguard resisting his duty, she needs leverage. And only one man can provide it. Sebastian Reaver has no time for presumptuous women. He has a club to run. So, when a perfect nuisance invades his office, demands a fortune in markers, and refuses to leave until he relinquishes them to her, he knows just the thing to send her scurrying back to Hampshire....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good story/ horrific narration

  • By karen on 02-23-19

Good story/ horrific narration

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

Reviewed: 02-23-19

I really like this author, but I can't stand the narrator. Unfortunately , she reads all the books. I try every third one, as the narration is so awful I can't usually finish the book. In this case I put the speed to 1.5 to get the story, but not the terrible accents.
This narrator always changes "a" to "o", and thinks that is enough to make it into an English accent. I have family members from England, and I let them listen to a little...they could not stop laughing. For them it was funny, but to someone that loves to listen to books, it is a nightmare.
I can recommend that anyone that likes this series to switch to the ebook, and don't bother with the audio....unless you too want a good laugh!
The audio is not worth the credit. I have not purchased other series that have this same narrator, and I am finished with this series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Infinitely My Marquess

  • Ever Beloved, Book 3
  • By: Dawn Brower
  • Narrated by: Verona Westbrook
  • Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

As the daughter of a duke, Lady Annalise Palmer should be living a charmed life. But appearances can be deceiving - her father's ensured that her entire life has been filled with heartache and hardship. Happiness is an elusive emotion, and love is nonexistent. She has no reason to believe she’ll find either. Ryan Simms, the marquess of Cinderbury, has been alone nearly his whole life. After his father died, he was abandoned by his grandfather and left in the care of his wicked stepmother. From a young age, he learned not to trust a lady and never to fall in love, especially.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Infinitely My Marquess

  • By Christy D on 03-08-19

No Dialogue or Character Development

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

Reviewed: 02-19-19

This is not my first Dawn Brower, but I don't know why I have more than one of her books in my library. She is not a good author. I finally realize why ...there is no connection to the characters. She does not write much dialogue, so there is a distance from the characters. I don't really care about them, because I don't understand them, or why they do what they do. Even in the most intense love scenes, there is little words between the characters. IT is just a description of what is goingon, so no feelings. It makes all the scenes seem cold. Her books are also short. No time to develop a character. In this one, 16 years go by and you don't have any understanding of what has happened to the hero. The reader just ends up on the other side of 16 years and he is of course handsome, rich, titled, broken...but how?? Then in a few days, or in this case when he sees the heroine, there is a drastic change in him.What..Did I miss something...yes, a plot.
I have to make a note to myself, no more Dawn Brower. The narrator is also not very good and the recording has a grainy sound, which could just be production issues. Listen to the sample to determine if you can stand it. It's a short book , so it might be over before it becomes annoying.
The cost is less than a credit, so I guess I should think of it as a bargain, but I am not that positive a thinker. I still think it's a waste of money and even more importantly ..time! I can't recommend anything about this book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Earl's Temptation

  • Rogues and Gentlemen, Book 2
  • By: Emma. V Leech
  • Narrated by: Philip Battley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Alexander Sinclair, Fourth Earl of Falmouth, has a reputation for rebelling in vice. Wine, women, and gambling are only one side of this dangerous man, for the earl has a second life, leading a criminal gang, smuggling contraband between France and Cornwall. Seeking ever more risk, Alexander often leads his men on their nighttime missions. One unlucky night the revenue men appear, and the smugglers sail into a violent storm in an effort to escape, but the ship and all aboard go down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book

  • By Sharon Ann Skasick on 04-17-19

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 02-19-19

I can't say enough about the Leech/Battley combination. Emma V Leech is a new favorite and Mr Battley is a gem. I love this series and can't wait for more....PLEASE let there be more. There are 15 books in the series and only 5 on audible. I can't wait for all of them to be available.
Emma V leech really knows how to grab a reader and never lets go. I wanted to re-start this book after it was finished. It may be a little overdramatic in some parts, but it makes up for it with the healing of a wounded character. In this story it's the hero. He has a lot of self-doubt , along with the heroine. I wish they could have gone to the HEA a little sooner, but all the threads were tied up in the end , which I appreciate.
The aunts are so loveable, and since I have a few of the same types, I could see them based on their attitudes. This book shows that regardless of what you have there are parts of us that are broken and requires love to make you heal.
The narrator is one of the best. The secondary characters have great voices/accents. He does all the smugglers/pirates so well, I want to find a ship and set sail!
I recommend this and all the others in the series. Can't wait for the next Emma V. Leech, and hopefully narrated by P. Battley. One of the best series I have read since Maiden Lane.

  • Only an Earl Will Do

  • To Marry a Rogue, Book 1
  • By: Tamara Gill
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

The reigning queen of London society, Lady Elizabeth Worthingham, has her future set out for her. Marry well, and marry without love. An easy promise to make and one she owed her family after her near ruinous past that threatened them all. And the rakish scoundrel Henry Andrews, earl of Muir, whose inability to act a gentleman when she needed one most, would one day pay for his treachery.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not worth the time/money

  • By karen on 02-19-19

Not worth the time/money

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

Reviewed: 02-19-19

This is a very one dimensional book. There is a good woman, a good man, a misunderstanding/secret and a villan. I have only read approx. 1 hour, but here is my guess...
The villan blackmails the heroine. She tries to push the hero away to be noble. There is no communication, just a lot of avoidance. In the end the villan is kicked to the curb. The hero and heroine have a HEA. No twists or turns, but everyone in their standard roles.
A waste of time with even less interesting dialogue. I have started to review books in a series, so that I can avoid making a mistake with additional books in the series. The next book has just come out, so will have to pass.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Wicked Wager

  • Avenging Lords, Book 2
  • By: Adele Clee
  • Narrated by: Liisa Ivary
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Devlin Drake is out for revenge. Since his brother’s mysterious death, the cruel and devious Miss Bromfield has taken to spouting vicious lies, spreading vile gossip - and he vows to make her pay. How better to punish the lady than to make her his wife? A lifetime of misery is what she deserves. Knowing the lady would never accept him, Devlin devises a plan to get her to the altar - he’ll win her hand in a bet. In choosing to marry the spiteful lady, Devlin must accept he will never know true love. But his fortunes turn when he’s offered another tempting option. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing!

  • By berlinerin on 04-18-19

Good book, bad narration

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

Reviewed: 02-10-19

This is much better than the first book in the series. This allowed the characters to develop and come to their HEA. It was still alittle fast, as they were in lust/love within a week. The problem with AC's book is so much is about how the heroine looks, but I guess it is like that in real life!
The narrator is too dramatic, and not in the good way. She even says the chapter number in such a heightened way I feel tired after the second chapter. It's like the description of a bad actor "eating the scenery". If she could calm down when nothing is going on, then you would appreciate when there is an exciting scene. The entire series uses this narrator, so I have to put up with it...but I don't have to like it!
Some parts towards the end of the book are too drawn out and slow, so this could really have been cut. After they find the letters, they keep reading them , and then rereading them and again a couple more times...not sure why?? Other than that there is a nice little twist to the mystery.
Overall it was better than I thought it would be and was worth a credit.

  • I Adored a Lord

  • The Prince Catchers, Book 2
  • By: Katharine Ashe
  • Narrated by: Rachael Beresford
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

All that clever, passionate Ravenna Caulfield wants is to stay far away from high society's mean girls. All that handsome, heroic Lord Vitor Courtenay wants is to dash from dangerous adventure to adventure. Now, snowbound in a castle with a bevy of the ton's scheming maidens all competing for a prince's hand in marriage, Ravenna's worst nightmare has come true. Now, playing babysitter to his spoiled prince of a half-brother and potential brides, Vitor is champing at the bit to be gone. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator not right for this

  • By G.G.Gael on 12-03-18

Horrible narration

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

A previous review indicated the narration was terrible..and of course I thought it could not be that bad. Was I ever wrong. This was a good story, but the narration ruined it to the point that I could not pay attention and the story's flow suffered.
It is at this point I wish all books could be narrated by Rosalyn Landor. There are so many people and accents..this would have been wonderful with a skilled narrator. The narrator of this story does not understand accents, so no one sounds as expected. The heroine has such a high and childish voice that it seems off when she is speaking to adults.
Editors/authors really have to start taking an interest in the performance of an audio book as sales will suffer. Can't continue with the series..what a disappointment!