Sunday, October 16, 2016

Three Weeks with Lady X by Eloisa James (Audio Edition)

Narrated by Susan Duerden

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ½  As I have mentioned before, I love it when there are letters between the hero and heroine. Thorn and Xenobia had wonderful banter in theirs, and I laughed aloud often.  The couple’s chemistry together was good and they had many a heated argument which was truly amplified by the narrator's wonderful performance.  I felt the epilogue was perfect. I am hoping Rose has a story as I would love to read her happily ever after.

My only negative was that I really disliked the nickname of Lala.. drove me bonkers throughout the whole story.  Other than that I enjoyed this book quite a bit!

Susan Duerden did a fantastic job as narrator. She remains high on my list of favourite narrators!

Here's the blurb:

Having made a fortune, Thorn Dautry, the powerful bastard son of a duke, decides that he needs a wife. But to marry a lady, Thorn must acquire a gleaming, civilized fa├žade, the specialty of Lady Xenobia India.

Exquisite, headstrong, and independent, India vows to make Thorn marriageable in just three weeks.

But neither Thorn nor India anticipate the forbidden passion that explodes between them.

Thorn will stop at nothing to make India his. Failure is not an option.

But there is only one thing that will make India his . . . the one thing Thorn can't afford to lose . . . his fierce and lawless heart.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Catch of the Day by Kristan Higgins (Audio Edition)

Narrated by Xe Sands

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Why-oh-why did I wait so long to read this book! I let a few negative reviews hold me back.. so silly of me! Kristan Higgins always delivers! And pairing that with the excellent narration of Xe Sands!!! It's a big win in my book!  

This story is written in first person and therefore you don't get to see much of Malone’s point of view..  but as much as I love hearing the hero’s side of it, this doesn't detract from the sparks factor. The minute Malone is in the scene goosebumps breakout down my arms.. ooh yeah!

Now Maggie did do a couple of odd things in this story.. which personally, I would never do.. but hey, each to their own right?? She has a twin sister and I love, Love, LOVE it when their “mate” is the only person that can tell them apart!! Malone was a man of very few words but he still made his presence known.  I am just left sighing here while I write this.

On a side note…  Xe Sands has one of the sexiest male voices ever, and considering she's a woman.. I just gotta say well done!  I love her narrations.

Here's the blurb:

Maggie Beaumont's luck is about to change. Sure, she's known for her bad romantic choices—her former boyfriend broke up with her by bringing his new girlfriend home for a visit. And then there was the crush she had on a gorgeous young Irishman, who turned out to be Father Tim, the parish's new priest.

But romantic salvation has arrived in the form of handsome, if surly, fisherman Malone. It turns out there's a heart of gold underneath his barnacle-clad exterior. Will this catch of the day turn into the dish of a lifetime?

Friday, October 07, 2016

What Happens Under the Mistletoe by Sabrina Jeffries, Karen Hawkins and Candace Camp

Overall Rating: 5 Stars -This book was a surprise for me, I was hesitant to pick it up.. mostly because I had other books in line from my favourite authors and this book has 3 out 4 authors that I don't know that well. I am sure glad I read this though! What a fantastic compilation of stories!

The Heiress and the Hothead by Sabrina Jeffries

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ½  Well first off this story takes place on my birthday -  a century and a half earlier.. but still great choice in days!  I like the little feeling I get from Warren toward his ward Clarissa… Could they have a story?  Stephen and Amanda had good chemistry… I only felt it seemed rushed at one tiny spot. The writing was well done, and I quite enjoyed the family dynamics. I got a few chuckles as well which is always a bonus!

Twelve Kisses to Midnight by Karen Hawkins

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ I can feel the chemistry right away between Marcus and Kenna. These characters had a lot of internal monologues, more than usual from Hawkins I thought - not bad at all, just different. Even though it's a short story. The writing is so well done it doesn't feel rushed or lacking at all.

By Any Other Name by Candace Camp

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Right away I am intrigued by this story. Has a bit of the Cinderella feel in part where she is mysterious and he wants to find her.  I loved the pace of this book. It didn't feel rushed and I felt the chemistry between the Rylla and Gregory throughout the entire story.  I don't believe I have read this author before, but I will be sure to check out her back list!

Sweetest Regret by Meredith Duran

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ I am generally not a fan of political plots so when this started off as a party full of politicians, I was a bit disappointed, however when the two lead got together on the page.. some crazy magic happened. Lucas.. his words, his feelings.. wow! What a great lead! The writing was wonderful, and did not feel like a short story at all. I am definitely going to check out more from this author!

* I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review *

In Bed With a Highlander by Maya Banks (Audio Edition)

Narrated by Kirsten Potter
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ½  Right from the beginning of this book I saw lots of similarities between it and two of Julie Garwood’s books: Ransom and The Bride. Both of which are favourites of mine.  This is not a negative point against the book just an observation. Once the major plot of the story gets going the similarities lessen a bit.  I enjoyed the lead characters and the other two McCabe brothers. I am looking forward to their stories!  
The Narrator did a wonderful job. I loved listening to her accents and she had a variety of voices to keep it easy to distinguish between characters.

The Blurb:

Maya Banks' beguiling new trilogy features three unforgettable brothers risking everything to save their clan and their legacy—and to surrender their hearts to love.

Ewan McCabe, the eldest, is a warrior determined to vanquish his enemy. Now, with the time ripe for battle, his men are ready and Ewan is poised to take back what is his—until a blue-eyed, raven-haired temptress is thrust upon him. Mairin may be the salvation of Ewan's clan, but for a man who dreams only of revenge, matters of the heart are strange territory to conquer.

The illegitimate daughter of the king, Mairin possesses prized property that has made her a pawn—and wary of love. Her worst fears are realized when she is rescued from peril only to be forced into marriage by her charismatic and commanding savior, Ewan McCabe. But her attraction to her ruggedly powerful new husband makes her crave his surprisingly tender touch; her body comes alive under his sensual mastery. And as war draws near, Mairin's strength, spirit, and passion challenge Ewan to conquer his demons—and embrace a love that means more than revenge and land.

Monday, October 03, 2016

Rescue Me by Rachel Gibson (Audio Edition)

Narrated by Kathleen Early
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ This is the first book I have read by Rachel Gibson and it won't be the last! I laughed, and sighed and was intrigued enough to keep listening till it was over.  Vince and Sadie were a great match together, both looking for nothing and found something. Their banter was terrific right from the start and I loved how Sadie kept adding more Texas slang to her vocabulary the longer she stayed.  

The narrator was easy to listen to and had enough voices that I could differentiate between the characters, I would gladly listen to her again.

The Blurb: 

She’s 33, unmarried, and stuffed into a Bubble Yum pink bridesmaid dress. And the whole town wants to fix her up with anyone with a dental plan... 

Who’s going to rescue Sadie Hollowell now? Everyone in Lovett, Texas knows Sadie has always been a ‘notional’ kind of gal. She got a notion to leave town ASAP and never visit her daddy (bless his heart). Now, she’s back and got the notion to invite a good-looking, hard-muscled, total stranger to her cousin’s wedding. Better a stranger than some of the losers she’s dated. 

Vince Haven got his muscles the hard way -- as a Navy SEAL in Afghanistan. He’s staying in Lovett to visit his crazy aunt -- the proprietor of the local Gas N Go. Before he can get the heck back out of the small town, his aunt makes him an offer he can’t refuse. Maybe he’ll stick around Lovett for a while. Maybe he’ll make a ‘go’ of the Gas N Go. Maybe he’ll rescue Sadie out of that pink dress!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Secrets on the Sand by Roxanne St.Claire (Audio Edition)

Narrated by Kaleo Griffiths
The Billionaires of Barefoot Bay #1

♥ ♥ ♥ ½ This was a super quick read as it was a novella. The story was a feel good romance and I loved the plot of the hero getting his high school crush in the end. Mandy had a couple flighty moments which didn't make sense to me, and I sorta wished she’d secretly crushed on Zeke back in the day - but that's just me.  

Zeke knew what he wanted and had the money to use that to his advantage.  He seemed like a caring man and I felt he truly wanted Mandy, I just wish I had felt a bit more chemistry between them.

This is the first time I have heard a Kaleo Griffiths narration and while I like the tone of his voice and his clarity, I found he was quite breathy as if every conversation whispered - though perhaps that was the story as well.. it was very “hush hush” in parts. I would listen to another of his narrations.

The Blurb:

Zeke Nicholas has turned his mathematical genius skills into a mountain of money. But Zeke sits on that mountain all alone, longing for the one thing money cannot buy: the true love of a lifelong partner. Zeke grew up near Barefoot Bay and is staying at the resort for a week while he’s in town for a family event. Enter Mandy Mitchell...the maid. Except to Zeke, Mandy is much more than that—she was the object of his every teenage fantasy back in the days when she was known as “Mandy the Magnificent” and he had the unflattering high school nickname of “Ezekiel the Geekiel.”

Zeke is no longer a geek—he’s gorgeous. And Mandy doesn’t feel so magnificent since her marriage fell apart and left her up to her eyeballs in debt and despair. One look at Zeke, and she knows he’s exactly the kind of trouble she should avoid. One look at Mandy, and Zeke turns his relentless ability to get what he wants into a full-on seduction. But can Mandy face down the secrets of her past to find a fairy-tale future with Zeke?

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Lord of Darkness by Elizabeth Hoyt (Audio Edition)

Narrated by Emma Taylor
Maiden Lane #5

♥ ♥ ♥ ½ This story while good enough to listen to, seems to almost be a repeat of the last book. Another Ghost of St.Giles who is still on the hunt for the Lassie Snatchers, etc. Which I think made me become a bit bored. Godric and Margaret had good chemistry, but when the last quarter of the book seemed to be just them having sex over and over, I found they lost some of it.  However, I also think the narrator had a part in this too. Her voice was ok to listen too but I didn't seem to get the emotions out of her as I did with McNab who had narrated the previous books.
Now while I felt Emma Taylor wasn’t as good as Ashford McNab.. I don't think she's as bad as other reviewers make her sound…I for one, have listened to worse.  She does pause in odd spots during the sentence and pronounces words differently (ie Sin-Jun she says Saint John) but I got used to her and was able to finish the book.

I am hesitant to read the next book as it, yet again, has another Ghost of St.Giles. If I am being honest here, the first man was the best ghost so far. And now that SO many people know about Godric being the ghost, I find it hard to believe that he is still a mystery.  I will have to read up some reviews and see what people have to say about the next book.

Here's the blurb:

When Strangers In The Night

He lives in the shadows. As the mysterious masked avenger known as the Ghost of St. Giles, Godric St. John's only goal is to protect the innocent of London. Until the night he confronts a fearless young lady pointing a pistol at his head—and realizes she is his wife.

Become Lovers...

Lady Margaret Reading has vowed to kill the Ghost of St. Giles—the man who murdered her one true love. Returning to London, and to the man she hasn't seen since their wedding day, Margaret does not recognize the man behind the mask. Fierce, commanding, and dangerous, the notorious Ghost of St. Giles is everything she feared he would be—and so much more.

Desire Is The Ultimate Danger

When passion flares, these two intimate strangers can't keep from revealing more of themselves than they had ever planned. But when Margaret learns the truth—that the Ghost is her husband—the game is up and the players must the temptation that could destroy them both.