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  • Velvet Promise

  • By: Jude Deveraux
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307

At the flower-bedecked altar, the first touch of their hands ignited an all-consuming passion. Gavin Montgomery looked deep into her golden eyes and burned with desire for her...but his heart had been pledged to another. Humiliated and alone in a strange castle, Judith resolved to hate this husband who took her body but rejected her love...never admitting her fear of losing him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect performance for a good story.

  • By Heather on 03-29-16

A hard book to read

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-14-18

Starts out with cruel physical abuse by a Father to a hero that hits his wife and rapes her on their wedding night. There are shallow side love stories thru out and a book filled with cruel men. I listened to the end in hopes the hero's brothers would eventually whip his butt and heroine would end up with one of them! This will be a return. Narration did not help the nasal voiced hero and simpering Alice was almost more than I could bare! I'm shocked that someone in Goodreads compared Judes writing style to Garwood....well certainly NOT this book!!!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Born to Be Wilde

  • The Wildes of Lindow Castle
  • By: Eloisa James
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133

For beautiful, witty Lavinia Gray, there’s only one thing worse than having to ask the appalling Parth Sterling to marry her: being turned down by him. Now the richest bachelor in England, Parth is not about to marry a woman as reckless and fashion-obsessed as Lavinia; he’s chosen a far more suitable bride. But when he learns of Lavinia's desperate circumstances, he offers to find her a husband. Even better, he’ll find her a prince. As usual, there’s no problem Parth can’t fix. But the more time he spends with the beguiling Lavinia, the more he finds himself wondering…

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great read

  • By tmariec on 08-21-18

Perfect, had everything I love in a period romance novel!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-18

This was a GREAT series and I encourage you to give it a try. I am looking forward to Betsy and Jeremy story. A big beautiful family with imperfections, had some sizzle, sauce, and flaws and a lot of love. It will join my other favorite author Julie Garwoods books on my shelf to read re-read many times. Well done Eloise James and my all time favorite narrator Susan Duerdon. I actually found the series & Eloise James by looking for books Susan narrates.

  • Too Wilde to Wed

  • By: Eloisa James
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 157

The handsome, rakish heir to a dukedom, Lord Roland Northbridge Wilde - known to his friends as North - left England two years ago, after being jilted by Miss Diana Belgrave. He returns from war to find that he’s notorious: polite society has ruled him “too wild to wed”. Diana never meant to tarnish North’s reputation or his heart, but in her rush to save a helpless child, there was no time to consider the consequences of working as a governess in Lindow Castle. Now everyone has drawn the worst conclusions about the child’s father, and Diana is left with bittersweet regret.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The story I realized I didn’t want

  • By Kindle Customer on 05-30-18

Kept me guessing & interested!

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

Reviewed: 06-17-18

Really enjoying the Wildes series and you can never go wrong when Susan Duerden narrates! Really enjoyed the twists & turns if this novel. Well done Ms. James!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • When the Duke Returns

  • By: Eloisa James
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 240

Married by proxy as a child, Lady Isidore has spent years fending off lecherous men in every European court while waiting to meet her husband. She's determined to accept him, no matter how unattractive the duke turns out to be. When she finally lures Simeon Jermyn back to London, his dark handsomeness puts Isidore's worst fears to rest - until disaster strikes. The duke demands an annulment. Forsaking his adventuresome past, Simeon has returned to London.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Duke vs. a Duchess....... an entertaining match

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 09-22-12

Hard to get into

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

I liked most of the characters but it took 3/4 of the book to get moving "felt like a car that kept trying to start". Seemed to repeat the situations several times . I had to make myself finish. Susan Duerden was wonderful as usual. If the beginning had been as strong as the end woukd have been a keeper.

  • Wilde in Love

  • The Wildes of Lindow Castle
  • By: Eloisa James
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 266

Lord Alaric Wilde, son of the Duke of Lindow, is the most celebrated man in England, revered for his dangerous adventures and rakish good looks. Arriving home from years abroad, he has no idea of his own celebrity until his boat is met by mobs of screaming ladies. Alaric escapes to his father's castle, but just as he grasps that he's not only famous but notorious, he encounters the very private, very witty Miss Willa Fynche.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Light entertainment.

  • By Ms. Terry Lunney on 11-02-17

Enjoyed this one!

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

Reviewed: 05-26-18

Loved the characters Aleric and Willa both strongand passionate. Loved the tease of Parth and Levinia as possibly the next story. Left me wondering what happened between North & Diana though?

  • The Forbidden Duke

  • The Untouchables, Book 1
  • By: Darcy Burke
  • Narrated by: Marian Hussey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 232

Spinster Miss Eleanor Lockhart is suddenly homeless and employment is her only option. Ruined after succumbing to a scoundrel's excessive charm nearly a decade ago, she's lucky to obtain a position as a paid companion and committed to behaving with the utmost propriety. She definitely shouldn't be in the arms of a man capable of utterly destroying what little remains of her reputation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome read and Awesome narration..

  • By Trish R. on 04-21-17

Wasn't impressed

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

She loses her virginity with ease and no big deal attitude! Unrealistic
Narration was keyed on pronunciation and came across clipped & precise, neither of which was warm or enticing - extremely understandable but not inviting.

  • Much Ado About Highlanders

  • By: May McGoldrick
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 527
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 492
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491

Highland warrior Alexander Macpherson has lost his wife. When he agrees to take Kenna Mackay as his bride to advance his clan's power in the north, he expects a bit of an adjustment. He doesn't expect the sharp-tongued beauty to run away on their wedding night. Still, Alexander wants his runaway bride...and he has the sneaking suspicion that she wants him, too.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Samantha Taylor on 02-23-17

Couldn't finish

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

Reviewed: 02-13-18

Found the change from character to character disconcerting always took me a moment to figure out if I had missed something if the book skipped or what was going on. I think its a good basic story just hard to follow. and some parts really made me roll my eyes. A seasoned warrior in that time period would have known he had been poisoned and not gone outside alone. Emily breaking the latch in the dungeon....that was my point of being done.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 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 1,410
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,294

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

Light & kinda silly

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

Reviewed: 10-09-17

Seemed it was a bit of a spoof! Not a keeper for me I wouldn't read it again. I can't tell if the narrators voice for the male role was part of my problem or if it was the character in general. I liked the fact he was imperfect and she saw past his injuries and loved him anyhow. ..a. beauty & the beast scenario; however, it came off as more if a comedy.

  • Any Duchess Will Do

  • Spindle Cove, Book 4
  • By: Tessa Dare
  • Narrated by: Eva Kaminsky
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370

Griffin York, the Duke of Halford, has no desire to wed this season - or any season - but his diabolical mother abducts him to "Spinster Cove" and insists he select a bride from the ladies in residence. Griff decides to teach her a lesson that will end the marriage debate forever. He chooses the serving girl. Overworked and struggling, Pauline Simms doesn't dream about dukes. All she wants is to hang up her barmaid apron and open a bookshop.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tessa Dare Writes a Dang Good Story!

  • By AmazonCustomer on 05-24-14

Enjoyed it immensely!

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

Reviewed: 10-02-17

Loved it! Great story, great narration, loved the characters! H&h imperfectly PERFECT! Just my style I like the leading men handsome sexy and strong the heroines beautiful smart and clever and both a bit flawed.

  • Gentle Warrior

  • By: Julie Garwood
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 853
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 626
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 627

In feudal England, Elizabeth Montwright barely escaped the massacre that destroyed her family and exiled her from her ancestral castle. Bent on revenge, she rode again through the fortress gates, disguised as a healer...to seek aid from Geoffrey Berkley, the powerful baron who had routed the murderers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Liked It!

  • By Lady M on 09-06-12

Annoying narration couldn't finish!

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

Reviewed: 09-16-17

Narration drove me crazy didn't get past 3 rd chapter. Ruined this Garwood novel for me. Spent all my time rolling my eyes!