Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Bride by Julie Garwood (Audio Edition)

Narrated By Rosalyn Landor

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ I have read and reread this book MANY times over the years. I always remember parts of the story and think they must be in separate books, because there couldn't be that many good parts in one book! Alec Kincaid is a stern, unrelenting man, but deep down he's just a big sweetie when it comes to Jamie. Jamie has a lot of gumption, and stands up for herself and what she believes it right. Which gets her into lots of binds, but also makes for a great match for Alec. 

I love their conversations, their bickering and their shared moments are wonderful. I Love how Alec always tries to get a rise out of Jamie!  This is one of my favourite Garwoods and I totally recommend it. 

Rosalyn read the book splendidly. She has a satchel full of voices, which allows the story to play out easily, drawing you right in! 

Here's the blurb:

By the king's edict, Alec Kincaid, mightiest of the Scottish lairds, must take an English bride. And Jamie the youngest daughter of Baron Jamison, is his choice. From his first glimpse of the proud and beautiful English lady, Alec felt a burning hunger stir within him. This was a woman worthy of his fearless warrior's spirit. And he aches to touch her, tame her, possess her...forever.
But with the wedding vows, Jamie pledges her own secret oath: She will never surrender her love to this Highland barbarian. He was everything her heart warned her against -- an arrogant, brooding scoundrel whose rough good looks and seductive embrace fire her blood. But when strange accidents begin to threaten Jamie's life and an old rumor that Alec killed his first wife spreads anew, something far more dangerous than desire threatens to conquer her senses.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Immortal Highlander by Karen Marie Moning (Audio Edition)

Narrated by Phil Gigante
(Highlander series #6)

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 1/2  The first time I read this book I remember thinking there was a lot of  summaries of what Adam did throughout all the other highlander books. I found that a bit tedious and it made me want to skim some, because I had just read those books right before. This time however, I listened to it out of order and not while the other stories were fresh in my mind which made me enjoy it more I think.

Adam Black is a confident -to the point of cocky- Fae who thinks he's God's gift to women. So it's fun to watch him suffer a bit when Gabi won't  give it up! Gabi is a woman who's at wits end and just wants something to go right… but it's all just going wrong. She was a fun character and this story had some funny parts that made me laugh out loud. Like any Moning book… you can't go wrong. They are all good.

The narration was done well as always. Gigante is great with his different voices.. however, the lazy, drawling voice he used for Adam, while I agree, it is probably exactly how Adam would sound.. wasn't my favourite.  If you have not read this series. I highly recommend it -on audio or book form- both are fantastic! 


Here's the blurb:

BEWARE:
LETHALLY SEDUCTIVE ALPHA MALE OF IMMENSE STRENGTH AND DARK EROTICISM. DO NOT LOOK AT HIM. DO NOT TOUCH HIM. DO NOT BE TEMPTED. DO NOT BE SEDUCED....


With his long, black hair and dark, mesmerising eyes, Adam Black is Trouble with a capital T. Immortal, arrogant, and intensely sensual, he is free to roam across time and continents in pursuit of his insatiable desires. That is, until a curse strips him of his immortality and makes him invisible, a cruel fate for so irresistible a man. Now Adam's only hope for survival is in the hands of the one woman who can actually see him.

Enter law student Gabrielle O'Callaghan. For Gabrielle, cursed with the ability to see both worlds, Mortal and Faery, it is the beginning of a long, dangerous seduction. But as Adam's quest to regain his immortality plunges them into a world of timeless magic, the price of surrender could be their very lives. Unless they can thwart the conspiracy that threatens both Mortal and Faery realms...and give them a shot at a destiny few mortals ever know: glorious, wondrous, endless love...
 


Sunday, January 24, 2016

Spell of the Highlander by Karen Marie Moning (Audio Edition)

Narrated by Phil Gigante
(Highlander series #7)
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ This has to be one of my favourite books in the highlander series. Cian is a great lead. He has a straightforward sense of humour, he walks a fine line between good and evil due to the fact that he’s used to getting what he wants and doesn't let anything stand in his way of that. 

 Jessica makes me laugh with some of her inner monologue. She's a strong woman and a great mate for Cian. The two together make a steamy combination.  I have reread this book a few times, and the audio edition didn't change my opinion one bit.  The narrating was done well and this audiobook will go on my favourites shelf.

Here's the blurb:

It's taken him eleven centuries to find the right woman. He's not about to lose her now.

Jessi St. James has GOT to get a life. Too many hours studying ancient artifacts has given the archaeology student a bad case of sex on the brain. So she figures she must be dreaming when she spies a gorgeous half-naked man staring out at her from inside the glass of an ancient mirror. But when a split-second decision saves her from a terrifying attempt on her life, Jessi suddenly finds herself confronting six and a half feet of smoldering INSATIABLE alpha male.

Heir to the arcane magic of his Druid ancestors, Cian MacKeltar was trapped inside the Dark Glass eleven centuries ago. And when the Dark Glass is stolen, an ancient enemy will stop at nothing to reclaim it. For Jessi, the sex god in the mirror is not only tantalisingly real, he's offering his protection—from exactly what, Jessi doesn't know. And all he wants in exchange is the exquisite pleasure of sharing her bed....

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning (Audio Edition)

Narrated by: Joyce Bean, Natalie Ross and Phil Gigante

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ I had planned on writing a review after I finished each book, but let's face it.. I got sucked into the vortex that is the Fever series and didn't surface till I was done!  I listened to books 1-5 back to back and loved every word of it. I have read the series once before and found it amazing. I remember reading so fast I was sure I probably missed bits but couldn’t stop myself! I was unsure (to the point of almost feeling nervous that I would ruin it’s memory) if I could reread this series and enjoy it as much as I did the first time. The second time around, I realized there was a lot of details I didn't remember. .. huh, wonder why?  Whether due to the fact I was listening this time instead of reading, which made reading too fast, impossible.. or perhaps it was just that it's been a few years since I read it. Either way,  I wasn't disappointed. It stood up to what I remember as being a fantastic series.  I am not a fan of cliffhangers, and I was happy I had access to all the books when I had started this series the first time and this time as well in audio. (I would recommend this.. having to wait for the next book from the library or worse - to be published..would have totally killed me!)  


MacKayla Lane was a good character. I loved her spunk, sarcasm and creativeness. I love how she irritates Barrons, often going out of her way to do so. Jericho Barrons was awesome. To this day, he stands as one of my all time favourite leading men. I love his sarcasm, snarky attitude, and his promise to MacKayla. I LOVED their wordless conversations, their bickering and the feeling you get when reading their scenes. These two have fantastic chemistry together and I could hardly wait each time, till they were on the same page together again.   Dani O’Malley is a favourite of mine as well. She was full of spirit, funny and I really can't wait to read her story!

Moning weaves such a good tale. Creates a world that I find hard to leave behind. - Major book hangover here!-  At times I found that MacKayla would analyze things a bit too much.. and it would seem a wee bit tedious (especially in the last book) but I think it's more because the the 5 books are all one storyline so the last book has to “wrap up” more instead of continuing the crazy action roller coaster.. 

 Funny enough...I remember thinking the very first time that I was hesitant to read this series… that all paranormal stories had to have vampires (I am not a fan of vampires as the hero/heroine) I am very glad I took the chance and read it as my worries were just silly! This series has one vampire..a sub character who has a very brief part in the story. The paranormal aspect of this is mostly about the Fae.  So if you haven't read this series and you like action, romance, humour and suspense this is a great series for you to read!  

As this is the audio edition I am reviewing, here’s my thoughts on the Narrators.  The first 3 books were performed by Joyce Bean. She did a fantastic job. Her Dani was perfect! Just how I imagined her to be. The last two books were read by Natalie Ross and Phil Gigante - they both did a wonderful job. I liked having both a man and woman read for their respective roles. My only negative was with the Dream fever audible file recording. Natalie's voice sounded as though there was to much bass. When listening in headphones it sounded muffled due to that.  All 3 performers got into their roles well, acting out scenes with emotion and passion. It made the for a wonderful listening experience!

Here's the order of the books:
  1. Darkfever
  2. Bloodfever
  3. Faefever
  4. Dreamfever
  5. Shadowfever.

Dani’s series is next “Iced”. I have waited along time to read these.. as I didn't want to read it with cliffhangers. I waited till they were all out. At least I hope they are all out now. It was said to be a trilogy... and the third book is released today. So unless Moning decided to extend the series, I will be fine! ... Perhaps I shall go check before I start! ... Nope.. Not all out .. Guess my wait continues! 

The next part of the series is:
6. Iced
7. Burned
8. Feverborn
9. Feversong (not released yet.. just saw on Moning's site that she was talking about this..) 

Here is a link to her site if you would like to read more about this series: The Fever Series

Here's the blurbs for the books:

Darkfever:

My philosophy is pretty simple-any day nobody’s

trying to kill me is a good day in my book.
I haven’t had many good days lately.

MacKayla Lane’s life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that breaks down only every other week or so. In other words, she’s your perfectly ordinary twenty-first-century woman.
Or so she thinks... until something extraordinary happens.
When her sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death–a cryptic message on Mac’s cell phone–Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers. The quest to find her sister’s killer draws her into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems, where good and evil wear the same treacherously seductive mask. She is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn how to handle a power she had no idea she possessed–a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae...
As Mac delves deeper into the mystery of her sister’s death, her every move is shadowed by the dark, mysterious Jericho, a man with no past and only mockery for a future. As she begins to close in on the truth, the ruthless V'lane–an alpha Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women–closes in on her. And as the boundary between worlds begins to crumble, Mac’s true mission becomes clear: find the elusive Sinsar Dubh before someone else claims the all-powerful Dark Book–because whoever gets to it first holds nothing less than complete control of the very fabric of both worlds in their hands...
BloodFever:
I used to be your everyday, average girl but all that changed
one night in Dublin, when I saw my first Fae, and got dragged
into a world of deadly immortals and ancient secrets...
In her fight to stay alive, Mac must find the Sinsar Dubh—a million year old book of deadly black magic, which holds the key to power over both the worlds of Fae and Man. Pursued by assassins, surrounded by people she knows she can’t trust, Mac finds herself torn between two dangerous and powerful men, V’lane, a lethal Fae prince and the mysterious Jericho Barrons.
For millennia the shadowy realm of the Fae court has coexisted with that of humans. Now the walls between the two are coming down and Mac is the only thing that stands between them.
Faefever:
He calls me his Queen of the Night. I'ddie for him. I'd kill for him, too.
When MacKayla Lane receives a page torn from her dead sister’s journal, she is stunned by Alina’s desperate words. And now MacKayla knows that her sister’s killer is close. But evil is closer. And suddenly the sidhe-seer is on the hunt: For answers. For revenge. And for an ancient book of dark magic so evil that it corrupts anyone who touches it.
Mac’s quest for the Sinsar Dubh takes her into the mean, shapeshifting streets of Dublin, with a suspicious cop on her tail. Forced into a dangerous triangle of alliance with V’lane, a lethal Fae prince, and Jericho Barrons, a man of deadly secrets, Mac is soon locked in a battle for her body, mind, and soul.
Dreamfever:
They may have stolen my past but I willnever let them take my future.
When the walls between Man and Fae come crashing down, freeing the immortal Unseelie from their icy prison, Mac is caught in a deadly trap. Trapped and tortured by the Fae Lord Master, Mac has no memory of who or what she is: the onlysidhe-seer alive that can track the Sinsar Dubh, a book of black magic that holds the key to controlling both worlds.
Clawing her way back from oblivion is only the first step Mac must take down a perilous path, from the battle filled streets of Dublin to the treacherous politics of an ancient, secret sect, through the tangled lies of men who claim to be her allies into the illusory world of the Fae themselves where nothing is as it seems—and Mac is forced to face a soul-shattering truth.
Who do you trust when you can’t even trust yourself?
Shadowfever:
Evil is a completely different creature, Mac.
Evil is bad that believes it's good.
MacKayla Lane was just a child when she and her sister, Alina were given up for adoption and banished from Ireland forever.
Twenty years later, Alina is dead and Mac has returned to the country that expelled them to hunt her sister's murderer. But after discovering that she descends from a bloodline both gifted and cursed, Mac is plunged into a secret history: an ancient conflict between humans and immortals that have lived concealed among us for thousands of years.
What follows is a shocking chain of events with devastating consequences, and now Mac struggles to cope with grief, while continuing her mission to acquire and control the Sinsar Dubh--a book of dark, forbidden magic scribed by the mythical Unseelie King that contains the power to create and destroy worlds.
In an epic battle between humans and Fae, the hunter becomes the hunted when the Sinsar Dubh turns on Mac, and begins mowing a deadly path through those she loves.
Who can she turn to? Who can she trust? Who is the woman that haunts her dreams? More importantly, who is Mac and what is the destiny she glimpses in the black and crimson designs of an ancient tarot card?
From the luxury of the Lord Master's penthouse, to the sordid depths of an Unseelie nightclub, from the erotic bed of her lover, to the terrifying bed of the Unseelie King, Mac's journey will force her to face the truth of her exile, and make a choice that will either save the world...or destroy it.



Friday, January 08, 2016

Saving Grace by Julie Garwood (Audio Edition)

Narrated by:
Rosalyn Landor
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥  This is another old favourite of mine. Then again most of Julie Garwood's historicals are.  Johanna is a strong woman, considering what she's been through. Gabriel is a good man.  I like his silent smiles when she is getting all worked up and how he always made sure she succeeded. Keith and Callum made me chuckle more than once during this book. 

The narration was done well, and I am quite happy I bought the audio book, as I have quite worn out my paperback copy! 


The Blurb:

When Lady Johanna learned that she was a widow, she vowed she would never marry again. Only sixteen, already she possessed a strength of will that impressed all who looked past her golden-haired beauty. Yet when King John demanded that she remarry and selected a bridegroom for her—it seemed she must acquiesce, until her beloved foster brother suggested she wed his friend, the handsome Scottish warrior Gabriel MacBain.

At first Johanna was shy, but as Gabriel tenderly revealed the splendid pleasures they would share, she came to suspect that she was falling in love with her gruff new husband. And it was soon apparent to the entire Highlands clan that their brusque, gallant laird had surrendered his heart completely. But now a desperate royal intrigue threatened to tear her from his side—and to destroy the man whose love meant more to her than she had ever dreamed!

Monday, January 04, 2016

The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacLean

Scandal & Scoundrel #1

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Plus as many more as I could give it!!!! Wow! I didn't want to put this book down.. even when I could see what was going to happen... still it held me entranced and turned out way better than I expected!  


Sophie was a strong woman who doesn't take crap from anyone. Which I loved about her. Kingscote, was a fantastic lead.  Ms. MacLean can sure write a wonderful hero!  The characters banter was witty and fast. The situations were interesting and the chemistry was sizzling!  I had pre-ordered this book, waiting, not so patiently for it to arrive and I wasn't disappointed!  

I can't wait to read the second book in the series!


To purchase:
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The Blurb:

LADY SOPHIE'S SOCIETY SPLASH

The youngest of the infamous Talbot sisters scandalized society at the Liverpool Summer Soiree, striking her sister’s notoriously philandering husband and landing him backside-first in a goldfish pond. And we thought Sophie was the quiet one…

When she finds herself the target of very public aristocratic scorn, Sophie Talbot does what she must to escape the city and its judgment—she flees on the back of a carriage, vowing never to return to London…or to society. But the carriage isn’t saving her from ruin. It’s filled with it.


ROYAL ROGUE'S REIGN OF RAVISHMENT!

The Marquess of Eversley was espied descending a rose trellis—escaping an irate Earl and his once-future countess. No lady is safe from Eversley’s Engagement Ending Escapades!

Kingscote, the Marquess of Eversley, has never met a woman he couldn’t charm, a quality that results in a reputation far worse than the truth, a furious summons home, and a long, boring trip to the Scottish border. When King discovers stowaway Sophie, however, the trip becomes anything but boring.

WAR? OR MORE?

He thinks she’s trying to trick him into marriage. She wouldn’t have him if he were the last man on earth. But carriages bring close quarters, dark secrets, and unbearable temptation, and suddenly opposites are altogether too attractive…


Friday, January 01, 2016

A Kiss at Midnight by Eloisa James (Audio Edition)

Performed by: 
Susan Duerden

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ What a great fairy tale! When I first met Gabriel, I was unsure if I would like him… turns out I loved him. He was a very passionate man and I got all the good bubbly tingles when he and Kate were in a scene together. I felt his frustration when he was left longing for “his Kate”.  Kate, in turn was a great lead. Fiery, witty and just a bit devilish. In essence a great match for his highness. The secondary characters were well developed and Henrietta and her husband Leo were hilarious!

This book had me laughing, sighing and just longing to know what would happen next.  As this was the audio book, I was listening to some praise also needs to be directed to the reader. Susan Duerden is becoming a favourite reader of mine. She did a fantastic job!  Lots of voices and lots of expression in them.  So glad I picked this story up!

Here's the blurb:

Miss Kate Daltry doesn't believe in fairy tales . . . or happily ever after.

Forced by her stepmother to attend a ball, Kate meets a prince... and decides he's anything but charming. A clash of wits and wills ensues, but they both know their irresistible attraction will lead nowhere. For Gabriel is promised to another woman—a princess whose hand in marriage will fulfill his ruthless ambitions.

Gabriel likes his fiancee, which is a welcome turn of events, but he doesn't love her. Obviously, he should be wooing his bride-to-be, not the witty, impoverished beauty who refuses to fawn over him. 

Godmothers and glass slippers notwithstanding, this is one fairy tale in which destiny conspires to destroy any chance that Kate and Gabriel might have a happily ever after.

Unless a prince throws away everything that makes him noble... 

Unless a dowry of an unruly heart trumps a fortune... 

Unless one kiss at the stroke of midnight changes everything.