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  • An Infamous Betrayal: A Regency Cozy

  • Beatrice Hyde-Clare Mysteries, Book 3
  • By: Lynn Messina
  • Narrated by: Jill Smith
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134

Having solved the two murders that somehow fell in her path, Beatrice Hyde-Clare is on the lookout for a third. Through a absurd quirk of stupid fate, the shy spinster has fallen in love with the thoroughly unattainable Duke of Kesgrave and is desperate for something, anything, to occupy her mind. A dead body would do nicely.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite one yet!

  • By D. B. Levy on 05-16-19

Thoroughly enjoyable.

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

Reviewed: 05-01-19

Poor Beatrice needs a dead body as a distraction from the handsome Duke of Kesgrave and her plea is heard by some god or other. Do you think that will stop the Duke from interfering? Fat chance! And so murderers are sussed out and slow burn romance burns a bit faster. Just you wait for chapter 13! My favorite. Go give this book a shot :)

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you, Lynn!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Scandalous Deception: A Regency Cozy

  • Beatrice Hyde-Clare Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: Lynn Messina
  • Narrated by: Jill Smith
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176

As much as Beatrice Hyde-Clare relished the challenge of figuring out who murdered a fellow guest during a house party in the Lake District, she certainly does not consider herself an amateur investigator. So when a London dandy falls dead at her feet in the entryway of a London Daily Gazette, she feels no compulsion to investigate. It was a newspaper office, after all, and reporters are already on the case as are the authorities.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another winner

  • By D. B. Levy on 04-01-19

Simply fun. Great slow-burn romance too!

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

Reviewed: 05-01-19

The first Beatrice Hyde-Clare mystery delighted me, so I jumped onto the opportunity to listen to this one immediately. It didn't disappoint in the least!

This time a lord collapses dead right in front of Beatrice, and she of course can't help trying to figure out whodunnit. The duke of Kesgrave can't stay away from a good mystery either, and so a fun investigation ensues. Loved Beatrice's cousin Flora in this one, she turns out to be pretty great. And, most of all, I loved the romance that just may be growing between the two investigators...

Jill Smith is constantly wonderful as the narrator. Great job!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you, Lynn!

  • To Madden a Marquess

  • Lords of London Series, Book 2
  • By: Tamara Gill
  • Narrated by: Duchess DeFoix, Duke DeFoix
  • Length: 3 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

She saved his life, but can she save him from himself? Hunter, Marquess of Aaron, has the town fooled. Outwardly he’s a gentleman of position, with good contacts, wealth, and charm. Inwardly, he’s a mess. His vice - drinking himself into a stupor most days - almost kills him when he steps in front of a hackney cab. His saviour, a most unlikely person, is an angel to gaze at, but with a tongue sharper than his sword cane. Cecilia Smith dislikes idleness and waste. Had she been born male, she would already be working for her father’s law firm. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprising!

  • By korinka on 02-22-19

Surprising!

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

Reviewed: 02-22-19

I liked Tamara Gill's first Lords of London story, but this one is even better. I have read quite a few romances and none had ventured into the waters of excess drink, games and idleness quite so profoundly. Cecilia truly has her work cut out for her.

Their Graces Duke and Duchess DeFoix are doing a great job bringing all the characters to life. Big kudos!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you, Duchess!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • To Bedevil a Duke

  • Lords of London, Book 1
  • By: Tamara Gill
  • Narrated by: Duchess DeFoix, Duke Defoix
  • Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Since her cheating husband created a scandal by dying beneath his whore, Darcy de Merle is determined to enjoy widowhood and refuses to mourn a man she grew to loathe. Setting the ton ablaze, Darcy holds a ball to relaunch herself into society on the anniversary of his death. Cameron, the duke of Athelby, sees Darcy de Merle skirting the boundaries of respectability and reminds her of the proper etiquette to which she should adhere. Darcy refuses to allow another man to tell her what to do and decides to seduce the duke to show him there is more to life than proper conventions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really Enjoyable!

  • By HeatherY on 02-09-19

So enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 02-22-19

What caught my eye first about this book was the "Narrated by:" field. How can I not listen to a story read by narrators calling themselves Duke and Duchess DeFoix? And boy, are they good!

I liked Tamara's story, because it defied the usual romance novel premise. Too often have I encountered the male lead as the one who wants to remain single, but, you know, milk the cow without buying it. Here, it is Darcy who wants to remain free.

It's an artfully narrated steamy book. I was very pleased with it and totally recommend it.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thanks, Your Grace!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Of Paupers and Peers

  • By: Sheri Cobb South
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 70

Margaret Darrington is no stranger to genteel poverty herself, since the death of her father has left her in charge of her two younger siblings and feather-brained aunt. But Margaret has a plan: To salvage the family's finances, she has only to put her beautiful younger sister, Amanda, in the way of marrying a wealthy man - perhaps the new Duke of Montford, who is expected to arrive any day. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightfully sweet

  • By Shilo on 01-26-19

Fun and clean

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

Reviewed: 02-22-19

I love Sheri Cobb Souths regency mysteries, so I definitely wasn't going to pass on one of her romances. It was a story that can't happen anymore in this day and age, what with our IDs and all-mighty search engines. When you can't google who the Duke should be, and he doesn't remember himself, all kinds of aspirations rise up. It's probably not best to make self-assured statements of how things will pan out, dear Margaret :) Poor gal had to go through several mental adjustments to get to the happy ending. It was a very pleasurable listen. Kudos, Stevie Zimmerman.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • Open Season

  • The Caeteran Tales, Book 1
  • By: Susan Stradiotto
  • Narrated by: David Swanson
  • Length: 2 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Running from her past, Elle developed a strong drive. Her mantra: executive by 30. She landed the job and celebrated her long-awaited success. Until she left the office late one night. When she stepped from the elevator, her life changed. Three cloaked figures waited.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a great first book in series

  • By Rebecca Azizov on 01-29-19

A nice intro into the series

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

Reviewed: 02-22-19

There is a world in some sort of other dimension. This world uses the talents of Earth humans... but the way Terrinae folks get the humans there is... well... fishy. Elle has a great talent she isn't aware of, and she has no idea what's in store for her...

This is a neat Book 1 in a series. There isn't that much happening, but the authoress sets the stage for a very interesting plot, does a lot of world-building and uses the whole book to get you to care about Elle and Yster. Well, it worked on me! I now want to read the next book.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Brazen Curiosity: A Regency Cozy

  • Beatrice Hyde-Clare Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Lynn Messina
  • Narrated by: Jill Smith
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329

Twenty-six-year-old Beatrice Hyde-Clare is far too shy to investigate the suspicious death of a fellow guest in the Lake District. A spinster who lives on the sufferance of her relatives, she would certainly not presume to search the rooms of her host's son and his friend looking for evidence. Reared in the twin virtues of deference and docility, she would absolutely never think to question the imperious Duke of Kesgrave about anything, let alone how he chose to represent the incident to the local constable. And yet that's exactly what she does.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jane Austen meets Agatha Christie

  • By D. B. Levy on 11-28-18

It left me with a smile

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

This story is absolutely delightful. The mystery isn't too complicated, the regency setting is well researched (I appreciate nice historic details) and characters are distinctive and funny. I especially like how the investigation changed Beatrice.

Jill Smith was a wonderful choice to read this book. Her narration is flawless. Great listen.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you, Lynn!

27 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • The Port Fee: A Storm Ketchum Adventure

  • By: Garrett Dennis
  • Narrated by: Ward Paxton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Underwater, everybody can hear you scream, but they can't tell where you are.... Ketch is at it again in the magical Outer Banks of North Carolina, in this new adventure from the author of Port Starbird and Port of Refuge. It's a picture-perfect summer afternoon on a pristine beach near a ghost seaport on an uninhabited island. What could go wrong? But things do, when two bodies wash ashore and Ketch stumbles upon clues that lead to the sunken treasure of an old-time buccaneer off Portsmouth Island.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Combines mystery, history, and action

  • By Kayceen on 02-12-17

Nice mystery with a dash of the supernatural

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

I listened to The Port Fee out of order, and it would have definitely helped to listen to the previous books before. It was an enjoyable mystery anyway. I especially liked the mysterious lady talking with the kids. Ketch is a likeable character and Ward Paxton is a great narrator, so I can see myself getting hold of the other books too. Gotta Google Earth Outer Banks now. It seems like a lovely place.

My heartfelt thanks to the author, narrator, or publisher for providing me this audiobook via Audiobook Boom at no cost in exchange for my unbiased review.

  • Wanderlust

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage, Grace Grant
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,015
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,012

They say Paris is always a good idea.... You know what I say? Paris would be a much better idea if I spoke the dang language. I can't even board the metro to visit the Louvre without ending up at the Moulin Rouge, and let's not even mention how I'll ever make it through a day at my new office. Fortunately my company hooks me up with my own personal translator. Ooh la la. Or should I say bloody hell? Because he's charming, witty, and British, and he brings the city to life for me.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫ 5 Stars ✫✫ Romantic with great narration!

  • By Cyndi Marie on 02-06-18

Didn't believe in the characters

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

I will listen to anything Richard Armitage narrates, even if it was the English to Chinese dictionary, not because he is my favourite actor, but because he is a crazy good narrator. But this story just didn't work for me. I love romances, but I couldn't finish this one - despite Richard narrating a half of it. I just couldn't for the life of me get invested in the characters. Also, I find the idea of two narrators great, only they need to be on a similar skill level :)

  • The Magic Shop

  • By: Justin Swapp
  • Narrated by: Steve Barnes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61

Marcus and his twin sister, Ellie, live in the loft above their grandparents' magic shop - the one all the rumors are about. Soon the children are thrown into a world that they never knew existed. Not only is the family business a front, but Marcus learns that he has been marked as a dead man from the time he was born.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An interesting story with some rough edges.

  • By Dingo 883 on 01-11-18

More intense than I expected.

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

Aaaargh, Marcus is so hot-headed I want to poke him sometimes! He blunders into things willy-nilly...but it does move the plot and raises the stakes a lot. This book surprised me by how thrilling the action was. Almost made me worried :) Also, Steve Barnes is incredible. He's basically a full cast by himself.

My heartfelt thanks to the author, narrator, or publisher for providing me this audiobook via Audiobook Boom at no cost in exchange for my unbiased review.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful