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How steamy is it? Sizzling

Publisher's Summary

One magical summer, Megan Hallberg met - and loved - Prince Stefano Barrali. But his royal duties took him home, and when she discovered she carried his child, she also discovered he was engaged...to a beautiful, worldly aristocrat.

Ten years later, Stefano runs into Megan at the grand opening of a Barcelona hotel, and it's his every sensual fantasy come to life. His memory of the stunning blonde and their passionate summer has haunted his dreams, and a night under the stars gives him the perfect opportunity to reclaim the woman he thought lost to him.

Megan finds herself torn between passion with a prince and a fierce need to protect her daughter. Can the man who captured her heart so many years ago be her destiny...or her downfall?

©2013 Nicole Burnham (P)2015 Nicole Burnham

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Love this series.

What made the experience of listening to Scandal With a Prince the most enjoyable?

Ms. McCarthy's versatility. Her ability to morph from one character to the next is so flawless that you forget you are reading a book and not watching a movie.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved Anna. A spirited little girl with a mind of her own and a heart full of love and mischief.

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

Ms. McCarthy also narrated the anthology A Royal Scandals Christmas. She brings the story to the reader with her upbeat narrative and her powerful voice, it's easy to fall for her presentation.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Love finds a way.

Any additional comments?

I used the Audible and Kindle listen and read feature. Although I enjoyed the story, the sync between Audible and Kindle left a lot to be desired. There were times the audio left the book in the dust. It was hard to follow the narrator because the page didn't catch up until the next chapter. That's a no, no when trying to read along.

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A beautifully written and performed story.

What made the experience of listening to Scandal With a Prince the most enjoyable?

I love the soothing voice of Hollis McCarthy. But if a book is not well written with a great storyline, a voice won't be able to make it better. These two together have produced an unforgettable book.

What did you like best about this story?

Nicole Burnham has written a beautiful storyline of second chances. I was drawn in and emotionally invested in the characters lives. I really hope there will be more about them in the sequels of this series!

What about Hollis McCarthy’s performance did you like?

I had read this book previously. So many times the "voice" doesn't line up with how I had it in my head while reading myself. Hollis McCarthy did not disappoint! She "felt" the words as I had, the emotion spilling through as she read aloud. I enjoyed listening to the book as much as reading it myself.

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

Absolutely, but I wasn't able to do so. What I love about listening through Audible's app is that I was able to rewind a minute or two...just to get back to where I was in the story...then enjoy the rest. Easy to continue when not on a long distance trip where I can listen in one sitting.

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Beautiful modern day fairytale. A must read

The title leads you to believe it may be a modern day fairy tale. There are many twist and turns along the way. I hated to finish the book. I was so caught up in the story I had to stop reading for fear of what would happen next. You will want to read for yourself, to see where it leads. Throughly enjoyed the Audio version with the various accents. Great performance as I'm sure the book is an enjoyable read as well.

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Great start to a series!

If you could sum up Scandal With a Prince in three words, what would they be?

Intriguing, touching story.

What did you like best about this story?

I love the idea of second chances and Nicole Burnham has written a wonderful story line that gets you invested in the characters.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Love endures all.

Any additional comments?

This is a great start to the series and I can't wait to listen to the next book. The narrator did a wonderful job switching between characters and didn't draw your attention away from the story line.

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Fun Romance

Would you consider the audio edition of Scandal With a Prince to be better than the print version?

This is a fun romance! The story line is of course unrealistic, and yet somehow believable.....The narration is excellent and I hope they keep the same narrator for the entire series.

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Great Beginning to Series

Scandal with a Prince: Royal Scandals Book 1 by Nicole Burnham. Megan Hallberg met and fell in love with Prince Stefano Barrali, when they were both volunteering as aid works in Venezuela. After a steamy romance, they both headed their separate ways. She to graduate school in the United States, and he back home to his country to fulfill his military and family commitments. After Megan returns to the United States, she discovers that she is pregnant with Prince Stefano’s child. She attempts to contact him, but in doing so, discovers that he is engaged. Fast forward ten years, Prince Stefano meets Megan again, at the hotel she is working at in Spain. He wants to pick up where they left off that summer, but Megan has a secret – their daughter Anna. Megan needs to do what is best for Anna, even if that means she denies what her heart wants. There are pitfalls, misunderstandings and paparazzi along the way. Now that fate stepped in and Megan and Stefano have met once again, will they fulfill their destiny to be together? Can they make a relationship in the spotlight work, all the while shielding their daughter Anna from public scrutiny?

Hollis McCarthy did a good job with the narration of this book. She did a great job with the accents and characters. I would listen to more books narrated by Ms. McCarthy.

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Warning. Won't be able to put the book down!!

Couple meets attraction but they part ways only to be thrown together years later but with a major change a child.
This is a great start of a new series by Nicole Burnham that pulls you right into the storyline her writing is exceptional I felt like I was right there watching everything enfold. Can't wait for the next one

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It's OK

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It was OK. I listened to it while I was doing other things, so I didn't really waste my time.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The narrator seemed pretentious and self-aware. It bothered me that she added chuckles and breaths for emphasis that just seemed annoying. I've had a lot of experience working with voice talent and audio editing, so I am probably way more critical than the usual listener, but she really rubbed me the wrong way. I also wished she had picked a pronunciation for Stefano's name and stuck with it. She constantly wavered between STEFano and SteFAno. I will probably avoid her books in the future. Her little girl voice is grating, and her foreign accents are over the top. All in all, not my favorite.

Was Scandal With a Prince worth the listening time?

It was just so-so. I couldn't find anything better to listen to at the time, so I stuck with it, but the story got pretty annoying in the middle, and I about gave up.

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Warm and predictable

Historical romance is my favorite audiobook genre. This book caught my eye because the synopsis hinted at it having all of the elements I love in historical romance but taking place within a present day setting.

Megan and Prince Stefano Barrali met ten years previous to the start of the story while doing humanitarian work in Brazil when they were both just twenty-two years old. Their short whirlwind love affair ended when their project did and Stefano went home to take care of family obligations while Megan continued on with college. Soon after they resumed their normal lives, Megan found out she was pregnant at the same time Stefano publically announced his engagement to a beautiful social-lite.

Now, ten years later Megan is a single mother to Anna and a successful manager of a renowned hotel in Barcelona. It's here that she is met face to face again with Stefano. There is still a strong connection between the two despite the decade that that has gone by. Megan does not wait to tell Stefano that he has a daughter; the bulk of the book is him developing a relationship with Anna as well as reconnecting and forming a new one with Megan.

The main obstacles to Megan and Stefano's relationship are the media and how his family will react once they learn about Megan and Anna. Then there is Megan's professional career and the life she would have to give up if she were to be with a prince. Somehow, these never felt like true threats and should not have deterred them from each other or publically becoming a family. In fact, the media and Stefano's family are basically left in the dark about his relationship with them.

The formula of this book- a present day prince falling in love with a "commoner" is no different than any other contemporary book where a main character (usually a male) is some kind of celebrity and falls in love with a non celebrity or someone of different background or social class. All in all this is a rather unoriginal love story that will give its audience something warm and predictable. I prefer more tension, angst and wit- not sweet and mundane.

What I did like about it was the fact the Megan never took advantage of Stefano's status; she built a successful life for her and her daughter (however I do feel that she gave up to easily on reaching out to Stefano). I also found a few quotes to be particularly simple yet effective and memorable: "Love the child; the rest will fall into place" and "embracing life as it is."

I thought the narrator, Hollis McCarthy, read fluidly and had a pleasing voice. This is the first book that I have listened to where there was an Italian-like accent and (especially in the beginning), I could not help likening it to the standard vampire drawl of " I vant to suck your blood!" I am no judge of a good Italian accent but there were times that I questioned its authenticity. Overall, she was a very neutral narrator-one that simply let you listen without distraction.

***A copy of this audiobook was given to me in exchange for an honest review***

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Just Okay

Really enjoyed the narrator, she was excellent. Other than that, the book was slow and boring at times. Decent story.