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  • The Devilish Duke

  • Saints & Scoundrels Series, Book 1
  • By: Maddison Michaels
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

Devlin Markham, the notorious "Devil Duke" of Huntington, needs a woman. And not just any woman. If he can't woo one of the most eccentric bluestockings of the Ton within the month, he can kiss his hard-earned fortune good-bye. But he's always thought love a wasted emotion and marriage an inconvenience at best. And oddly enough, Lady Sophie Wolcott seems unmoved by his charm. When Sophie learns her beloved orphanage is in imminent danger, she will do anything to save it. Even marry a ruthless rake who takes what he wants in business and pleasure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • INTERESTING TWISTS AND TURNS

  • By 🔵🔷🔹Del-VALLE🔹🔷🔵 on 01-03-19

Enjoyable story, enjoyable characters

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

Reviewed: 02-20-19

Satisfying growth of affection between the hero and heroine, with what we all love: fun banter and reparte. I had avoided the book based on a review that claimed Devlin was too harsh, giving orders, or something to that effect. I’m glad I took a chance because I personally didn’t have at all the same reaction. He did order her sometimes: to stay safe, etc. and Sophie was in no way a meek heroine, only obliging when he added a please. I would have liked to have had the murder mystery a little more explained towards the end, tying up the loose ends and explaining the point of murdering serving girls, etc. The bad guy is definitely a surprise, if nothing else.

  • Arabella

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,104

When Arabella first arrives in London, she has only one mission: to snare a rich husband. With a mind to beat the competition, she pretends to be a rich heiress and soon finds herself the talk of the town, pursued by the most eligible bachelors in the city. But she has her sights on one man only: the much-hunted Mr Beaumaris. Our feisty heroine puts up a fight and deals the worldly-wise Beaumaris a deft hand in the game of love; at first grudgingly charmed, he soon becomes smitten.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't Believe the Synopsis

  • By Carol on 10-05-14

One of my favorite Georgette Heyer

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

Reviewed: 02-18-19

I love this one, and actually have listened to it more than once. The ending is a little convoluted but the whole story is just not to be missed. Definitely one of Heyer’s best.

  • I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You

  • Gallagher Girls, Book 1
  • By: Ally Carter
  • Narrated by: Renée Raudman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 417
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 355
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 357

The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women is a fairly typical all-girls school - that is, it would be if every school taught advanced martial arts in PE and the latest in chemical warfare in science, and students received extra credit for breaking CIA codes in computer class. The Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses, but it's really a school for spies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AWESOME!

  • By Autumn on 04-09-09

Great book for tweens, even fun for me, 3x older

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

Inventive storyline, giving heroine and friends secret lives training as secret agents. Yet it’s more about a teen girl exploring a different world, the regular one, and the ups and downs of a first crush. Also about the trials of friendship and loyalty and learning what it means to grow up.

  • Nevermore

  • Crossbreed Series, Book 6
  • By: Dannika Dark
  • Narrated by: Nicole Poole
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 714
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 670
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 668

Raven returns to her childhood home to rebuild her severed relationship with her father. After a long year of capturing violent criminals and thwarting assassination plots, she could use a vacation. But trouble is brewing on the home front. When Raven discovers her father is in financial peril, she's determined to set things right even if it means sacrificing her heart in the process. Meanwhile, her relationship with Christian is on shaky ground when a skeleton falls out of his closet. Will they be able to leave the past behind, or is the trust between them dead and buried?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great addition to the series

  • By Lindsey on 01-22-19

I missed Christian!

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

Reviewed: 01-31-19

This appears to be the final installment of the crossbreed series, though I could be wrong. What are you most loved about the series was the banter between Christian and Raven as well as the exciting scenes where they save each other or their team.
Without giving too much away, I felt disappointed in the fact that Christian was rarely to be seen or heard or even talked about. I totally was not interested in the main subject matter of the first 2/3 of the book or in descriptions of food and food orders. But I did love the series and the characters very much and I love the different voices given to the different characters. It takes a talent to make men sound like men and women sound like women.

  • Last Night's Scandal

  • Carsington Brothers Series
  • By: Loretta Chase
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 458
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 425
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 419

Peregrine Dalmay, Earl of Lisle, may have survived the deadly perils of Egypt, but back in Regency London, he faces the most dire threat yet: his irrational, emotional family...and the completely uncontrollable Miss Olivia Wingate-Carsington! Descended from a line of notorious - but very aristocratic - adventurers, Olivia has a long history of driving Peregrine to distraction, and her debut into polite society hasn't lessened her flair for drama, or her ability to drag him into her scandalous schemes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, Quirky, Sweet....lots of LOL

  • By Elizabeth on 02-23-16

One of the better of the later Carsington series

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

Reviewed: 01-24-19

We were introduced to young Olivia and Lyle (Lisle?) early in the series. Now they are grown up and it’s fun to have their childhood relationship already in place and adding humor to their budding romance.

  • Seduced by Shadows

  • A Novel of the Marked Souls
  • By: Jessa Slade
  • Narrated by: Renée Raudman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 74

After an accident left her near death, Sera Littlejohn is struggling to piece together her life. But when a violet-eyed stranger reveals a supernatural battle veiled in the shadows, Sera is tempted to the edge of madness by a dangerous desire.

Ferris Archer takes Sera Littlejohn under his wing now that she is talyan, possessed by a repentant demon with hellish powers. Archer and his league of warriors have long risked their demon-shattered souls to stop darker spirits from wreaking havoc, but they’ve never fought beside a female talya before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • DEMON SLAYERS

  • By Anna-Marie on 03-29-10

More intriguing than it appears

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

Reviewed: 01-23-19

I expected a light read, but the story has some unique twists that are interesting. St times, I got lost on what was happening, perhaps because getting used to rules of a b new “world.” But I just wasn’t getting the details of the veil no matter how many times it was mentioned or exactly what happened at the end. Still I liked it.

  • Playboy Pilot

  • By: Penelope Ward, Vi Keeland
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Sebastian York
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,867
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,771
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,765

Money or love? Which would you choose? You probably just answered the question in your head, thinking it's an easy decision. For me, it's not. Did I mention it's a lot of money? A hell of a lot. I needed to go far away to think it through. As I embarked on an impulsive trip, I hit a detour when I met sexy Carter in the airport lounge. We struck up a heated conversation. Then, he left. I thought I'd never see him again. But fate had other plans. Surprise! He was the pilot of my flight.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing Female Character

  • By Paula on 09-07-17

Great idea....

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

Reviewed: 01-13-19

Not sure if it’s the story or the female narrator or what. I’ve been surfing the Ward/Keeland stories after reading Hate Notes, which I liked. So this is as much a review of the duo’s group of books as much as this one story. I liked the concept and it carried me a little of the way.
Maybe I slipped into a genre I’m not familiar with. Sassy heroines are great but these heroines sound more snotty and self-centered. I don’t get their attraction. Bored female of the world 20 something (some poor, some poor rich girl) who just nonchalantly give halfway free physical access with no caution. So it’s hot to know latest sex key words? Since it’s usually not in most readers’ heads, they then turn, what?, innocent? ish?
The wonderful hero is somehow smitten by .. the heroine’s hot bod. Initially anyway this what makes snarky into adorable.
Then there’s usually some fun interchanges that are great and I’ve had enough good laughs to flip through the free rentals and skim til I hit something.
In this one, I just couldn’t see how Kendall was so cool. Certainly didn’t want to BE her viewpoint. But the heroines of Ward/Keeland are apparently the odd kryptonite combo these heroes have been waiting for. Then the guys just dream of taking care of the consistently not-sure-what they-think ladies. So, is it the words or the delivery? No idea. Two books of this female narrator though (Kendall sounds exactly like Bridget of British Bedmate though diametrically different characters.). So maybe it’s not fair I wanted to slap Kendall before half way. Taking a break when she decided she didn’t want to have sex, after days of acting like no biggieI, and delivered the speech as she stripped naked to get in bath tub with the hero. Of course he’s already a goner and everything is in her court. I prefer buildup and I most love entertaining reparte in teasing situations. It’s just. Aargh.
I’m currently flipping through the first couple chapters of these books to find the couple or so fun exchanges.
The male narrator has a very nice voice. I could even float through the long conversations of the—newly mature and wanting redemption with a loving female- heroes just to listen to the voice.

  • A Rogue's Proposal

  • By: Stephanie Laurens
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 668
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 518
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 520

Wealthy and roguish, Demon Cynster is perfectly content without love. Having witnessed his Cynster brethren driven to their knees by women, he knows all too well what the power of love can do to a man. But he never banked on meeting Felicity Parteger, a luscious, curvy beauty in desperate need of help. Could this tempting woman be the one?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A real Demon

  • By N. Brooks on 02-14-10

So far, it’s my new favorite Cynster story

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

Reviewed: 01-05-19

I’ve enjoyed most of the Cynster stories so far. I keep searching for a good story with perhaps more sensuality that the strictly rated G of the original Georgette Heyer novels and those similar, while avoiding the more modern bend towards too much graphic detail, whether about sex or the uglier sides of the prevalent social conditions, personal depravities, or whatever other ugliness there was or is.
I have settled on Stephanie Laurens for awhile because I’m uncomfortable with some of the other writers in the area. I’m not looking to feel despair and disgust in my entertainment. Laurens so far has given me a good balance. Enjoying and protecting the beauty of innocence was at the heart of this story. It touched more of a chord for me than the previous stories, though there is a common theme among them all to some degree. Yes, the men have been rakes but the right woman brings out the white knight. And an secondary mystery of some sort to solve. This one explored how lovely and potent and powerful innocence in love can be, and that it is something worth nourishing and protecting. Good job.

  • The Last Hellion

  • Scoundrels, Book 4
  • By: Loretta Chase
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 589
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 556
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 554

The Duke of Ainswood, Vere Mallory - the last of the infamous Mallory hellions - lives a charmed life: he's rich, titled, and exceedingly handsome. And he's seemingly bent on throwing it all away in his reckless race toward self-destruction, until a devastatingly beautiful blonde amazon literally knocks him off his feet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More scoundrels

  • By Lola McCrary on 09-04-15

One of the better Loretta Chase stories

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

The Last Hellion is one of the better stories by Chase. Two very interesting main characters. Not sure if it was the performance or writing but towards the end the conversation went from fun and teasing to a little more sentimental. Also good but a little surprising since the MCs were such hard hardcases in beginning.

  • Silk Is for Seduction

  • The Dressmakers, Book 1
  • By: Loretta Chase
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,088
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,004
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,002

Brilliant and ambitious dressmaker Marcelline Noirotis London's rising star. And who better to benefit from her talent than the worst-dressed lady in the ton, the Duke of Clevedon's intended bride? Winning the future duchess' patronage means prestige and fortune for Marcelline and her sisters. To get to the lady, though, Marcelline must win over Clevedon, whose standards are as high as his morals are...not. The prize seems well worth the risk-but this time Marcelline's met her match.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth the Credit....Fantastic

  • By Chantelle on 04-15-14

Delicious romance

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

This book is one of the best. Magnetic main characters, realistically frustrating barriers, a real sense of their attraction and witty repartee. Obviously MCs have to be kept apart until end, but it is done so badly in some stories. One or other comes off as stupid or a jerk. Loretta Chase is rising close to the top of my favorite regency period writers.
The performance and recording is good too. The men sound like attractive men, which is important for me while listening to an audio book.
I had avoided this series a bit, couldn’t see how milliners could be interesting. But they are!