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This is a Wilde series Book, I will return

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

Reviewed: 02-08-20

I think I tried to listen to the first Wilde series book and gave up on it and thought the second might be better and gave up on that one, so I made note to self not to try any further books of this series.

But accidentally bought this and thought I give it a go, but I is truly as awful as the others, nothing seems to be happening.
I am beginning to question how this can possibly the same author I used to always like and when will this series end and a new better one start????? All of them are better than this one, even the one where she accidentally resurrected a character that was dead in a previous book.

Nothing happens as far as I can tell and the heroine seem a very silly very young girl and the not so hero too old for her and did I mention that nothing seems to happen.

Maybe Eloisa James contracted a ghost writer.

This book dragged on terribly

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

Reviewed: 25-04-20

It took me ages to finish this one, it just did not capture my interest and was quite flat.

First Class performance, ok story

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

Reviewed: 29-02-20

I would have given for 4 stars for the story if the heroine would not have been so incredibly stupid at the end. Alex Wyndham is a great narrator! I actually choose this book while searching by narrator.

Absolutely loved it

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

Reviewed: 16-02-20

This is a real pleasure to listen to you if you have listened to all Georgette Heyer's twice or trice! I listen to two audiobooks a week, but a rarely loose sleep to finish one. I did with this one.

Witty dialog, characters that are not very very young but have done some living, there is not much not to like.

I will listen to this again, again something I rarely do.

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Ok, I am giving up on this series now

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

Reviewed: 12-01-20

I could not wait finishing this book to be able to review and complain about it.

So in a way I can join in with the characters that seem to have inner moaning monolog throughout the book.
Not much story, but an incredible amount of moaning.

And at points I though the book was a hidden advert for those monstrosities called Aga. The author seems to think one can not have a happy home life without one of these environmental disasters as the heart of the home that cost more than I think one should spend on the whole kitchen.

I am starting to think that maybe the first two books were saved by the great narration. Because the narrator changed with book three and now again I think.

Then there was the thing that the story revolves about characters that either earn a lot (GPs) or are rich. But still there is a lot of, we can not afford things. But then the main characters hires a full time nanny no problem. This combined with some of the consultation makes me think, that maybe the author do not know how people with that kind of income/responsibility really live. Certainly not in this sort of local bubble. The boyfriend does not work locally and both are working full time and are well paid, well they would fly to visit at least twice and month.

And all doctors live locally. That does not seem right either, a lot of GPs would rather not meet their patients when shopping. And this is UK and all the GPs are white and born in Britain? For political correctness you through in some Lesbians, but nobody with a migration background?

Then there are the problems that still niggle at me from the past books and are not resolved but new problems pilled on top of them.

The father of the first set of twins does not show up once and his mother, living localy if I recall correctly is completly out of the picture. Does a doctor with an approach to look at the whole person really think her boys will not have some questions why their father is not in the picture at all?

Then the rich old lady giving away houses to everybody or so it seems. She has children of her own, how can it be right to cheat them out of their inheritance, employ their mother as an unpaid granny and sponge of her while she was a rubbish mother to her own children. I am pretty sure in real life those children would try to get her declared incompetent and rightly so.

And I find myself sympathising with the big bad character, if someone sells me a fairtrade drink, I confess, I do expect the whole package to be fairtrade and not topped with sprinkles from unsure origin.

Somehow this whole book was out of balance, I did not cope well with characters protrayed as glowing examples of greatness who are doing things that in my opinion just plain wrong.

Ah and last but not least, loads and loads of booze and hang overs, not really compatible with the health in the community schemes!



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For military lovers who think it is ok to break in

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

Reviewed: 05-01-20

Ok, I know this book ist supposed to be super romantic, but I had several problems with it.

It is littered with ex-military personal and people who lost people while serving in the military and still there is not a single line about doubt, doubt about the missions or the decision to join or anything. Definitely not a book for pacifists.

Then simple human nature is ignored, say you have an aunt and she leaves her massive inheritance to your cousin, you would not be jealous at all right???

And if you hand somebody you car keys to hand to the mechanic and they drive to your house to check everything out, that is just the thing you would easily forgive?

And nine years of age difference is a big big thing in a couple right? Oh not the man older but gasp!!! the woman.

I got this one after enjoying The Magnificent Mrs. Mayhew by the same author. Go for that one if you must.

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Mediocre Christmas Listen, three short stories

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

Reviewed: 29-12-19

This is not really bad, but not good either. The Christmas Theme is mainly that the characters do not need to need much more prompting than a mistletoe to kiss.

The narration is not so bad that it turns one off, but not great either.

Then for me there was the problem that the first story started out cringeworthy and that was stressful. But I have a low threshold for cringeworthy.

The fairy tale themed story had a lot of sex with was a clash in my opinion. Christmas plus sex is questionable, but Christmas plus Fairy Tale plus sex was too much for me.


If in doubt go for the Sons collection

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

Reviewed: 09-11-19

This collection was not as good as the sons collection but still good value for one credit.

There are more books in the series, but not yet? available as audiobooks, I think I will finish the sons series but might not finish this one.

The first two books in the collection had a too similar plot.

Eagerly awaited, but not as good as first 2 parts

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

Reviewed: 09-11-19

The positive first, there is a third part, there is nothing worse than listening to two parts of a trilogy and then the third never materialises. So I am glad, that this was not the case.

And it was not totally bad, just not as good as the first two books had lead me to hope.

The story meanders and too many new characters are introduced, the story does not follow a strict timeline, but there is a lot of foreshadowing I found not gripping but annoying.

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Can not recommend, no story

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

Reviewed: 13-10-19

I just finished this book, I can not remember the name of the main characters and the story, was there a story? If there was a story I can assure you, it made no sense.

I suppose this is a "clean" romance. Unfortunately it is so clean that at least I failed to notice any attraction between the lovers.

There was also a lot of talk of doing god's will, which was annoying, since the story did not make any sense. It is all well and good to have characters with a faith, but that does not rescue the author from having a plot for the book.

The performance was ok I guess, but it was not so good that I would listen to a book just because I would like to hear the narrator once more. She had a problem with her as. For example she could not pronounce avoid. Maybe an American doing a British accent and failing?