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  • To Tame a Savage Heart

  • Rogues and Gentlemen, Book 7
  • By: Emma V. Leech
  • Narrated by: Philip Battley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Lucretia ‘Crecy’ Holbrook has a secret, a secret she has kept for many years. Even her dearest confidant and sister, Belle, would not understand what Crecy is prepared to do, the risks she is prepared to take, to get her heart’s desire. For Crecy is not like the other smiling débutantes; she despises poetry, thinks dancing a chore, and is quite prepared to throw something at the next fool to compare her to Aphrodite. Far more likely to return from a country walk with a badger’s skull and some bloody, injured creature than a posy of wildflowers, Crecy is drawn to the dark, the damaged, and the unlovable. Her heart longs for one man alone, one with a wounded soul, one so dreadfully damaged that even her tender care might not be enough to save him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5-star listen all-around. The Villain gets a second chance.

  • By Camille on 10-27-18

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

I can't say how amazed I was by the writing and plot of this novel. I could never imagine I would come to like Gabriel, but I actually ended up loving this "crazy" hero. I was worried when I read the previous book and Cressie was falling in love with Gabriel ( as ?I thought he was evil), but it's like the old saying "never judge a book by it's cover". His OCD is funny and sad. The author really captures this disorder and it's many quirks. I have never encountered such a change from villan into a hero, since Elizabeth Hoyt's Valentine Napier...which was really masterful and done just as well in this book. Comparisons to Elizabeth Hoyt is a great compliment, as she is one of the best.
Reading how someone so damaged and conflicted comes out of that closed world by finding love is a story of hope and sacrifice. You experience the change step-by-step, so that you become invested in the transformation and cheer for the hero to get better and find happiness. There may not be the typical HEA, but it's there in the hope you feel that it will happen.
I finished and wanted to start again. Excellent.

  • One Wicked Winter

  • Rogues and Gentlemen Series, Book 6
  • By: Emma V. Leech
  • Narrated by: Philip Battley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Blackmailed by his sister into giving a Christmas house party to celebrate her recent marriage, Edward Greyston, Marquess of Winterbourne, is quite certain the next few days will be an utter nightmare. Nightmares, however, are something Edward is all too familiar with. After the bloody battle of Waterloo, he has returned from the war a changed man, full of rage and guilt. Suspecting one of his house guests, the bluestocking Belinda Holbrook is about to trap unsuspecting and gullible Lord Nibley into marriage, he goes to warn him, only to get caught himself. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One Wicked Earle

  • By Kindle Customer on 11-01-18

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

I have found a new favorite author. I have never read anything from EVL, but have now read all of the books on audible and can't wait for the entire series to be available.
The writing is honest, clear and does not use misunderstandings or odd characters to fill out the plot. In this novel the problems of the human condition are enough to drive the plot. The author also gives an amazing understanding of PTSD and how two people work through this issue with intelligence and love. The character development is great and it takes the reader along for a wonderful ride.
The narration is okay and a male voice for such a strong heroine works well.
I can't say enough about this book. I just loved it and would compare it with Mary Balaug/Loraine heath /lisa kleypas . A complex relationship that makes readers appreciate how love can help and heal.

  • Wicked Wager

  • By: Mary Gillgannon
  • Narrated by: Rebecca McKernan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

When hardened gamester Marcus Revington wins Horngate Manor in a card game, he's delighted to finally own property, and undeterred when he learns he must marry the heiress of the estate to claim it. The heiress, Penny Montgomery, is happy with her life raising horses at Horngate and has no desire to wed anyone. When she discovers what her guardian has done, she comes up with a scheme to convince Marcus she's unsuitable as a wife so he'll give up his plan to marry her. Who will win in this battle of wits and wills? Or will they both discover the name of the game is love?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Too much instalove

  • By karen on 10-27-18

Too much instalove

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

Reviewed: 10-27-18

This is a very confusing story. I always have trouble with a couple that can have sex in under a week, but can't ask each other important questions...so they just go along with wrong assumptions that ruin their relationship.
This story is especially bad, as the couple are living together in the regency era and no one seems to have a problem. Also they have sex and no worry about the heroine getting pregnant. She was running a hourse breeding farm and was never concerned about this prospect.
In so many bad regency novels, the heroine shows one instance of strength and then acts like a doormat for the remainder of the book. This heroine keeps letting her cousin lie to her and manipulate her even though she is a smart woman.
The narrator is not very good. All the characters sound alike, so it's even more confusing. No emotion in the reading and the dialogue is not very good. She also mispronounces some words. She keeps using the word "settle", which should be "settee". Although a better narrator could not save this story. I can't finish this novel , as it's a waste of time.

  • At Last the Rogue Returns

  • Avenging Lords, Book 1
  • By: Adele Clee
  • Narrated by: Liisa Ivary
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4

Miss Lydia Lovell is on a quest for justice. For years, Lord Greystone’s tenants have suffered at his hands. While he abandoned his estate to rusticate abroad, poverty and illness crippled those who depend upon him. Now Greystone has come home, and Lydia is determined to make him pay. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Reading was way, way too dramatic.

  • By SlateBlue on 11-01-18

Insta-love with an idiot

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

Reviewed: 10-03-18

I read the reviews and thought this must be a great book, but it's not. It's another one of those "their eyes met in the first chapter and 7 days later they are in love and having sex. One of the reviewers indicated that the characters were well developed. I don't know what you can know about any character in so little time and when there is very little variety in their activities.
The heroine is a saint. She helps everyone, uses her money to support people,she's very smart, She is the "most beautiful woman ever" and remains unmarried...I guess a saint can't find anyone good enough . She's feisty ( how this happens , as there is no back story to indicate how this developed). There is no back story for anyone. The hero has made a fortunate ( not sure how or why), heroine's brother is married and his wife is a shrew ( and having an affair) and there is already a suitor for the heroine that is trying to compromise her and gain her inheritance.
The reader gets plunked down in the middle of all of this. And of course we get a foreign servant that spouts platitudes at every turn. I enjoyed Ms Clee's books when they involved a mystery, but I don't think she has the ability to really write a developed relationship. Insta-love/lust is just not enough to build the foundation of a book.
The over-the-top narration hurts a book that is not good to begin with. I just can't believe other people read this and thought this was a good book. If that is the case, I am really missing something, but I don't think so!
Not worth a credit.....even if it were free I don't think it is worth the time.

  • The Truth About Cads and Dukes

  • Rescued from Ruin Series, Book 2
  • By: Elisa Braden
  • Narrated by: Mary Sarah
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

Painfully shy Jane Huxley is the furthest thing from a diamond of the first water. Bookish, bespectacled, and, well, plain, she never expected to befriend a dissolute charmer like Colin Lacey, much less agree to help him retrieve a lost family heirloom. Fortunately, he is nothing like his cold, rigid older brother. Unfortunately, he is not above deception if it means winning a wager. And that puts Jane in a most precarious position. For Harrison Lacey, the Duke of Blackmore, protecting his family honor is not a choice, it is a necessity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome story!

  • By Kindle Customer on 01-03-18

Great Book/Horrible narrator

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

The story was wonderful. The development took some time and there are some great scenes ( with the French chef).
The hero was a little unapproachable in the beginning, but he comes around. The heroine was funny and I felft a lot of sympathy for her situation.
The narrator was a horror show. I can't get over the terrible accent. She thinks changing "a" to "o" makes it a British accent. That's just stupid. In future I would strongly recommend someone with the correct accent to read a regency England novel. Everytime She read the word "back" , but it came out as "bock", I could not figure out what she was saying. This is one narrator that should stick to novels set in America! The bad reading took a little away from the story and kept disrupting my enjoyment.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Madness of Viscount Atherbourne

  • Rescued from Ruin Series, Book 1
  • By: Elisa Braden
  • Narrated by: Mary Sarah
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90

Life for Victoria Lacey should be perfect. And it is - perfectly boring. Agree to marry a lord who has yet to inspire a single, solitary tingle? Why, of course. Smile as though this is not the thousandth time he's mentioned hounds and hunting? It's all in a day's work for the oh-so-proper sister of the Duke of Blackmore. Surely no one would suspect her secret longing for heart-racing, head-spinning passion. Except, perhaps, a dark stranger...on a terrace...at a ball where she should definitely not be kissing a man she has only just met.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful HR listen

  • By Minks on 12-27-17

Horrific FAKE British accent

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

I will never purchase another book with this narrator. I hate it when a great story is ruined by a terrible narrator. This fake british accent bothered me from the beginning and I could not recover. At one point I thought my ears would start bleeding. I think she was going for a Rosalyn Landor impression, but fell so far short it was laughable.
The words "possibility", "cottage" and "black" ( which comes out as "block"...whish would happen when you are faking it), were just a few of the problems.
On top of all of that she made the heroine seem overdramatic and shrill. I could not finish.
Another reviewer said the same thing and I should have believed, but I was silly and took a chance. A waste of a credit. I did like the sory, as much as I could stand. I can only hope this author writes more and uses a skilled narrator, as this series has the same narrator.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Duke's Wager

  • Defiant Brides, Book 1
  • By: Jennifer Monroe
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 5

Closet romantic Miss Sarah Crombly has always believed in romance - though her dreams of a happily ever after are dashed with the news her father has gambled away her hand in marriage to none other than James Foxworth, the duke of Pillberton, her old childhood friend and now sworn enemy. Though he may be sinfully handsome, and a duke to boot, Sarah vows to make sure she will never fall in love with him and devises a plan to escape.  

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible

  • By karen on 09-11-18

Terrible

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

This book had no chemistry between the h/h. They were in love as children and even though they must have changed in the time, there did not seem to be any development of the relationship to show why that love still existed.
I found the heroine very unlovable. She argued just to be in conflict. It was strange that she meets a woman while both were "running away" ( which seemed strange for the times), and they tell each other their reason for their new start. I found the 2 has more chemistry and the heroine was very nice to this strange woman.
The other thing I could not understand is why the heroine kept telling these crazy stories, which were untrue, but the hero did not mind. She just liked to tell lies, but for what reason, I could not figure it out.
All-in-all it was a waste of time and money. Not even if it was a free book! I can't even tell you the end as I fell asleep due to the extent of the boring story.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Illegitimate Duke

  • Diamonds in the Rough
  • By: Sophie Barnes
  • Narrated by: Carolyn Morris
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2

Lady Juliette Matthews longs to be much more than just another pretty ornament in society. But using her recently acquired fortune to do some good is more complicated than she anticipated. Young ladies are not expected to risk their safety in helping the less fortunate. And the one gentleman who could help in her mission is stubborn and infernally handsome - and far too honorable to act on their mutual attraction. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Entire backstory is missing

  • By karen on 09-05-18

Entire backstory is missing

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

This is the last in a 3 part series. I am not sure why the first 2 are not available. The story starts with so much already having occurred , it's like playing catch-up. Both the h & h have so much past baggage that it makes understanding them very difficult. Relationships are already established and the reader is unaware of how it happened. This is a book that really needs the previous novels to fleshout the characters and their motivations.
The heroine comes from the London slum of St. Giles, but is now the most desireable woman around. The hero seems to have a crime lord for a father ( that he has tried to have arrested/hanged...so there is a grudge between them), but how this happened is anyone's guess..hence the novel's title! All of these elements are key to the story, but how is unknown, so I am a little lost.
I am half way through and hopefully things will clear up, but the first half of this book is a little confusing. I will keep going but not with a great deal of pleasure,, only the need to answer some questions.
I wish Audible had either obtained the first 2 or provided some indication that it was the third in the series and not really a stand alone novel.
I really love C Morris. Her narration is wonderful and I bought the book for her. She does not let me down.

  • London's Wicked Affair

  • Midnight Secrets, Book 1
  • By: Anabelle Bryant
  • Narrated by: Victoria Aston
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10

Lunden Beckford, duke of Scarsdale, has chosen to exile himself far from London, with its painful memories and cruel gossip. Forced back to town on business, he's eager to make his stay as brief as possible. But first, he must honor his promise to find a suitable husband for his friend's little sister. Though duty-bound to marry, Amelia longs to secretly enjoy some of life's freedoms first. In this, as in many things, Lunden proves an excellent guide. In fact, Amelia's girlhood admiration for her brother's friend is fast becoming something far less innocent. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One moment changes everything....

  • By 🌿🌸Susynne🌸🌿 on 10-30-18

Ridiculous & unbelievable

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

I could not understand this plot. The hero has been away from London for 10 years. The minute he arrives, his friend asks him to help find a husband for his sister ( how, as he has been out of touch for a decade). The sister /heroine meets him the first day and gives him a list of all the things she wants to do before getting married ( a rip off of 9 rules to break when romancing a rake). How does she think he will be okay with this request, but of course the hero does what ever the heroine wants. She is a bit spoilt for thinking she will always get her way.
Then the brother lets the hero stay in the same house as the sister/heroine with no chaperone. This is just out of character for the regency era. The h/h keep going out alone to do the items on the heroine's list, but no one seems to care about reputations.
If these things are not annoying enough , the hero keeps having internal lustful dialogue about how beautiful the heroine is and that he should not be alone with her. Of course that doesn't stop the couple and they end up in bed. The brother finds them ( because the heroine has no control and jumps out of her hiding spot to "get caught"). It's all too stupid and I gave up 3 hours in....just can't care enough about these characters to continue. I would have been better off to re-read a Garwood, Hoyt or Kleypas. A terrible waste of a credit. Don't bother with this book.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • One for the Rogue

  • Studies in Scandal Series, Book 4
  • By: Manda Collins
  • Narrated by: Beverley A. Crick
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3

Geologist Gemma Hastings has no interest in pursuing romance - and no patience for Lord Cameron Lisle, an esteemed fossil hunter who has a way of always honing in on her territory, annoyingly handsome though he may be. But when a shocking attack puts Gemma in very real danger, she may have to accept Lisle's offers of protection. Even if that means entering into a dangerous flirtation.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • No Romance..very calculated

  • By karen on 09-02-18

No Romance..very calculated

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

I hate when the story starts with the h/h "never wanting to marry". They say this so often I was bored by chapter 3. Then they get caught in a kiss. Only one person ( a friend and the heroine's chaperone) see this, but instead of keeping it quiet, she starts telling people...why?? Can no one in the regency era see 2 people kiss and just keep their mouth shut? So we now have a "pretend betrothal", which then gives the couple an excuse to do more than kiss. Then they pretend to be married, because they get caught again. I guess this couple can't go anywhere where they don't know someone.
Of course now they have to marry for real, and of course the minute the innocent virgin has sex for the first time , she knows everything about intercourse. I liked the part where they talk about ways to avoid pregnancy, but then never practice any of these methods. This is how the book lost my interest, as it's just a lot of talk that does not fit together and the characters act opposite to what they are saying.
There was no real romance, just a lot of getting caught and being forced into situations. A waste of a credit, but at least it's the last in the series.