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How steamy is it? Simmering

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As heir to a title and great wealth, Will Masterson should have stayed home and tended his responsibilities. Instead he went to war. Now, after perilous years fighting the French, he intends his current mission to be his last. But all his plans are forgotten when he arrives in the small mountain stronghold of San Gabriel and meets her.

Knowing herself to be too tall, strong, and unconventional to appeal to a man, Athena Markham has always gloried in her independence. But for the first time in her life, she finds a man who might be her match. Two of a kind, too brave for their own good, Athena and Will vow to do whatever it takes to vanquish San Gabriel's enemies. For neither will back down from death, and only together can they find happiness and a love deeper than any they'd dared imagine.

©2016 Mary Jo Putney, Inc. (P)2016 Recorded Books

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Adventure and Romance

A good yarn. Likeable characters, the story moves along at a good pace, interesting location and time period. What's not to like?
The narrator was very good at distinguishing the characters. She is also good at accents and male and female roles. My one very small complaint is her pronunciation of "Joaquin" as "Jo-a-kween." It's not necessary to have read the previous books in the series, but it adds to the fun.

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Not your typical regency

I liked this. It's certainly not your average Regency romance. It's set in a mythical small kingdom between Spain and Portugal following the abdication of Napoleon. I liked the way the book started. It sets up the characters for this series, I believe.

The characters are great. Will and Athena aren't two young kids and they approach their relationship in an adult manner - thought out and practical. The upcoming threat of attack adds to the tension. Maybe too much but it's what sets this book apart. I like the dialogue very much.

I love the narration. Great job by Beverly Crick. I like that characters from the previous series, like Will himself, make appearances. I'm looking forward to the subsequent books in this new series.

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. . . Always a Soldier

Well written, well defined characters, interesting plot. Strong females, intelligent dialog, and vivid insight into the issues arising from aftermath of war. Romances develop naturally within the story, rather than being the sole excuse for throwing couples into sexual encounters. For the most part it was a believable tale, though occasionally dialogue was somewhat pedantic, and the villain seemed the least developed character. The ending seemed rushed in the attempt to create everyone's HEA. It is refreshing to have more mature, equally matched lovers. I would read more by Mary Jo Putney and the narrator, Beverly Crick, was extremely versatile in presenting a variety of European voices.

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Love in the Midst of War

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I highly recommend this book. One of the characteristics I most admire about Mary Jo Putney is her social conscience and how she works compassionate and humanitarian views into all her books without lecturing. In this book, she examines the destructive after-effects of war and social stigma on both society and individuals and the role of hope, friendship and love in overcoming these evils. Beverley A. Crick's interpretation and performance of the story was excellent. I particularly loved her range of tone and accent to define the different characters.

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A little slow...

The storyline sounded good, but it just seemed to drag. The characters were either really good or really bad. No nuances.

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A review

I liked story very much. I am glad that everything turned out liked I hoped it would

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