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  • The Wagered Bride

  • The Clearbrooks, Book 2
  • By: Teresa McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 44

When Lord Stephen Clearbrook loses at cards to a rich city merchant, he finds himself trapped into an engagement with the man's daughter. But Miss Elizabeth Shelby already has plans to elope with Stephen's arch-enemy! As the couple battle each other, they soon discover that nothing is safe from the outlandish wager...nothing, including their hearts.... This sweet historical romance series, about a duke's family, includes delightful, heartwarming love stories that bring the Regency period to life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nice second book in the series

  • By K. April Holgate on 09-21-14

Another fun historical from Teresa McCarthy

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

Reviewed: 06-23-15

GAH! I love this family! Don’t get me wrong, many of the characters in the Clearbrook family (and their new and/or soon-to-be extended families) can be absolutely infuriating sometimes. But the story is so funny, and so much fun!

This time, it’s Stephen’s turn in the hot seat, along with one Miss Elizabeth Shelby. Their story is one of mis- (or total lack of) communication. And a lack of trust between each other. But since they’re total and complete strangers at the beginning of the story, this is kind of understandable.
The villain from the first Clearbrook story is back, and more ridiculous and gross than ever.

However, Elizabeth doesn’t know his true nature, and believes he loves her. Which made me want to slap her and tell her to wake up and smell the roses. :)

I think my favorite secondary character in this story is Elizabeth’s little sister, Millie. She is a riot! And I am secretly hoping that a few years down the line, she will be marrying another of the Clearbrook brothers. (But who knows!) Elizabeth’s aunt Polly, as well as the mother of the Clearbrook clan come in a close second behind Millie. They had surprising reactions to these two characters’ situation, and they had me laughing out loud multiple times.

I found myself constantly yelling at my phone while listening to this story, like I do when I yell at the television during a football game. I enjoyed telling the characters when they were being stupid, and cheering and clapping when they were being brilliant.

All in all, this was another fun historical, and I can’t wait to read (listen) to the next one!

  • Curing Doctor Vincent

  • The Good Doctor Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Renea Mason
  • Narrated by: Noah Michael Levine, Erin Deward
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 646
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 605
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 608

Audie Award, Erotica, 2016. Elaine Watkins, Public Relations Advisor, is surprised when she receives a summons from the very attractive and enigmatic Dr. Xavier Vincent. She worships the talented physician and company icon responsible for developing the cure that saved her sister's life and isn't immune to his charm. Even though puzzled by his request, she is excited and eager to get started on his latest project. But Dr. Vincent has other ideas.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This is a MEGA HOT listen... Perfect Narrators

  • By Jacqueline's Reads on 06-11-15

Best Audiobook Narration EVER!

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

Reviewed: 06-09-15

What made the experience of listening to Curing Doctor Vincent the most enjoyable?

The voice actors. Period. End of story. I LOVE audiobooks. But I have NEVER heard one narrated as well as Curing Doctor Vincent.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ugh, this is so tough! I loved them all, but I think I'm going to have to go with Doctor Vincent on this one. He has such breakthroughs in his own personal journey. And he helps Elaine to grow and change as well.

Plus, he sure knows his way around a woman! ;-)

Which character – as performed by Noah Michael Levine and Erin Deward – was your favorite?

I think my favorite 'voice' of a character was Noah as Marco, although Erin was AMAZING as Elaine. :)

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Absolutely! I laughed out loud many times, I cried once, and let's just say...this was HOT!

Any additional comments?

I never want to listen to an audiobook narrated by anyone else ever again! So, SO good!

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Rejected Suitor

  • The Clearbrooks, Book 1
  • By: Teresa McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 172

Lady Emily Clearbrook secretly loved the Earl of Stonebridge, but one day, he left her without a word. Now, years later, the man mysteriously reappears and battles Emily's four brawny brothers to woo her again. But the bigger battle seems to be with Emily! This sweet historical romance series, about a duke's family, includes delightful, heartwarming love stories that bring the Regency period to life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Rejected Suitor wins my hand!

  • By Lisa on 04-21-14

Very fun historical!

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

Reviewed: 01-21-15

What made the experience of listening to The Rejected Suitor the most enjoyable?

It's been wonderful reading such a fantastic historical. :) It was so much fun! There was mystery and intrigue, infuriating moments, as well as moments of absolute hilarity! I even had to pause the audiobook a couple of times while I laughed out loud so I didn’t miss anything!

Although there are times you want to twist both their ears and tell them to stop acting like 12 year olds, it is easy to see that Emily and Jared are perfect for each other. Neither of them ever really stopped loving one another, despite the very different roads their lives had taken them on. I love them both. And if I had lived during this time, Jared is exactly the type of man I would want to be with. (And I would hope that I had half of the gumption that Emily did!)

There are many secrets lying between them, from both Emily and Jared’s lives. It was hard to watch them trying to keep their secrets to themselves, wondering if they would bring them together, or tear them apart. But you’ll have to read it yourself to find out!

I was extremely sad when I finished reading this. I want more! I can't wait to see what else this series has in store.

Have you listened to any of Pearl Hewitt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, I have not, but will be soon!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes!