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  • The Duke's Wager

  • Defiant Brides, Book 1
  • By: Jennifer Monroe
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

Closet romantic Miss Sarah Crombly has always believed in romance - though her dreams of a happily ever after are dashed with the news her father has gambled away her hand in marriage to none other than James Foxworth, the duke of Pillberton, her old childhood friend and now sworn enemy. Though he may be sinfully handsome, and a duke to boot, Sarah vows to make sure she will never fall in love with him and devises a plan to escape.  

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing and a bit silly

  • By Gail on 13-03-2019

Disappointing and a bit silly

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

Reviewed: 13-03-2019

Not much else to say really. Narration by Zimmerman is OK but the heroin just a bit ridiculous.

  • Say You Love Me

  • By: Johanna Lindsey
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Her parents' death has left Kelsey Langton penniless - and responsible for the well-being of her younger sister, Jean. Kelsey knows that the only way to avert their doom is to allow herself to be sold at auction. Resigned to becoming the plaything of a well-heeled gentleman, she gets more than she bargained for.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed the story

  • By Gail on 05-12-2018

Enjoyed the story

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

Reviewed: 05-12-2018

I enjoyed this story but struggled with the narrator. This will deter me from listening to the others in the series, unfortunately.

  • How to Forget a Duke

  • Misadventures in Matchmaking Series, Book 1
  • By: Vivienne Lorret
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

All Jacinda wants is to find a bride for a duke. How hard could that be? He’s handsome, enigmatic...and hiding something. She’s sure of it. Determined to discover what it is, she travels to his crumbling cliffside estate. Yet by the time she washes up on his beach, she can no longer remember who she is or why the duke is so familiar to her. All she knows is that his kisses are unforgettable - and she intends to use every skill she can to discover what’s in his heart.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Looking forward to next book

  • By Gail on 24-07-2018

Looking forward to next book

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

Reviewed: 24-07-2018

This was my first experience with a Vivienne Lorret book. I was looking for a ‘witty regency romance’ and was not disappointed. I’m looking forward to hearing more of her stories when they are available.

  • My Lady of Deception

  • Brethren of the Lords, Book 1
  • By: Christi Caldwell
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

For Georgina Wilcox, the only child of the notorious traitor known as "The Fox", there are too many secrets to count. However, after her interference results in great tragedy, she resolves to never help another...until she meets Adam Markham.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Gail on 04-05-2018

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 04-05-2018

Enjoyed this book thoroughly. It has a bit of everything. Excellent combination of writer and narrator. I can’t wait for the rest of the series.

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  • Mastered by Love

  • A Bastion Club Novel
  • By: Stephanie Laurens
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 15 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

As the mysterious leader of the Bastion Club, known as “Dalziel,” Royce Varisey, tenth Duke of Wolverstone, served his country for decades, facing dangers untold. But as the holder of one of England’s most august noble titles, he must now take on the gravest duty of all: marriage. Yet the young ladies the grande dames would have him consider are predictably boring. Far more tempting is his castle’s willful and determinedly aloof chatelaine, Minerva Chesterton. Beneath her serene façade lies a woman of smoldering sensuality, one who will fill his days with comfort....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The end of a fantastic series

  • By Gail on 12-03-2018

The end of a fantastic series

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

Reviewed: 12-03-2018

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

Yes, if it was their style.

What three words best describe Steven Crossley’s performance?

I struggle a bit with this narrator but the stories are so good I worked my way past the few things that annoy me.

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

Yes, although 11 hours would be a stretch in a normal day.

Any additional comments?

This whole series was just fabulous. Such a good author of this type of book.

  • Along Came a Duke

  • Rhymes with Love
  • By: Elizabeth Boyle
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Her Aunt Allegra said, "A young lady with a fortune is subject to all sorts of untoward attentions by the worst sort of vagrants." It is a lesson Tabitha Timmons, a penniless spinster, has never needed to heed. That is, until she is left a vast fortune payable only upon her marriage to the very respectable Mr. Barkworth - a match that offers little chance of discovering exactly what her aunt means by "untoward attentions." But the same can't be said when the Duke of Preston happens along Tabitha's path....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nice story

  • By Gail on 04-02-2018

Nice story

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

Reviewed: 04-02-2018

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Only with a warning regarding the narrator

What didn’t you like about Susan Duerden’s performance?

Susan has quite a good reading voice. Her young female characters are OK however her older females tend to be screechy. Her male characters are awful and are somewhat exaggerated, almost aggressive and overdone. I’m not sure if I grew used to her or if perhaps she softened somewhat as the story rolled on. I wonder if she would be better to not try so hard.
I hate to criticise as I appreciate how difficult it must be to do this. 😜

Did Along Came a Duke inspire you to do anything?

I’m reluctant to listen to the remaining books in the series because of the narrator.

  • A Week to Be Wicked

  • Spindle Cove, Book 2
  • By: Tessa Dare
  • Narrated by: Carolyn Morris
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Minerva Highwood, one of Spindle Cove's confirmed spinsters, needs to be in Scotland. Colin Sandhurst, Lord Payne, a rake of the first order, needs to be...anywhere but Spindle Cove. These unlikely partners have one week: to fake an elopement to convince family and friends they're in love to outrun armed robbers to survive their worst nightmares to travel four hundred miles without killing each other. All while sharing a very small carriage by day and an even smaller bed by night.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • another hugely enjoyable read

  • By Anonymous User on 07-04-2018

Very funny...

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

Reviewed: 22-11-2017

This is my second time around on this book. I love the series and I found this book even funnier than the first. Can't wait to 'reread' the other books again. It's a pity that not all of the series is available on audio yet. I look forward to that day.

  • Wicked Wallflower

  • By: Maya Rodale
  • Narrated by: Carolyn Morris
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Lady Emma Avery has accidentally announced her engagement - to the most eligible man in England. As soon as it's discovered that Emma has never actually met the infamously attractive Duke of Ashbrooke, she'll no longer be a wallflower; she'll be a laughingstock. And then Ashbrooke does something Emma never expected. He plays along with her charade. A temporary betrothal to the irreproachable Lady Avery could be just the thing to repair Ashbrooke's tattered reputation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this novel and the whole series

  • By Gail on 10-10-2017

Loved this novel and the whole series

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

Reviewed: 10-10-2017

This series is my first encounter with Maya Rodale. I thoroughly enjoyed her style, very funny and easy to listen to. I will seek out others she has written.

  • Love in the Afternoon

  • Hathaways, Book 5
  • By: Lisa Kleypas
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Captain Christopher Phelan has been corresponding with the beautiful golden-haired Prudence Mercer while he was away fighting in the Crimean War. What he doesn't know, however, is that the woman who wrote to him is actually Prudence's best friend, Beatrix Hathaway.
Upon his return home to Hampshire, it becomes clear that Christopher's experiences in war have changed him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous!

  • By Gail on 10-09-2017

Fabulous!

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

Reviewed: 10-09-2017

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

Yes I would if this genre is your thing. I've listened to Book 4 and 5 of this series now and loved them both. I can't wait till the others are available.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Beatrix has to be the favourite of course, such a laugh. Having said that there are many other wonderful characters of which I can't wait to learn more about in the other Hathaway books.

What does Rosalyn Landor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Rosalyn Landor is a magician! She brings anything she reads to life...almost makes these books into movies.

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

Just brilliant...I'm off to find something else written by Lisa and read by Roslyn.

  • A Secret Love

  • A Cynster Novel
  • By: Stephanie Laurens
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

A mysterious and sensual woman, shrouded in a heavy black veil, begs Gabriel Cynster to help protect her family's home from the unscrupulous man trying to steal it. Unable to resist a challenge, he agrees - but protection comes with a price. From one searing kiss to the next, the truth of her identity could be revealed, which could cost both of them everything -including their passion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this!!

  • By Gail on 30-06-2017

Loved this!!

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

Reviewed: 30-06-2017

I liked everything about this book. I have read all of previous books in this series and was a little worried that it just couldn't be as good or better than the others...I was wrong. I laughed throughout and almost teared up in a couple of spots. Just loved it.

The narrator is excellent, one of my favourites alongside Roslyn Landor.

I would thoroughly recommend this to anyone who is into this style of publication and to anyone wanting to try this kind of story for the first time.