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  • Any Duchess Will Do

  • Spindle Cove, Book 4
  • By: Tessa Dare
  • Narrated by: Eva Kaminsky
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

Griffin York, the Duke of Halford, has no desire to wed this season - or any season - but his diabolical mother abducts him to "Spinster Cove" and insists he select a bride from the ladies in residence. Griff decides to teach her a lesson that will end the marriage debate forever. He chooses the serving girl. Overworked and struggling, Pauline Simms doesn't dream about dukes. All she wants is to hang up her barmaid apron and open a bookshop.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ruined by Narrator

  • By JED on 30-12-18

Ruined by Narrator

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

Reviewed: 30-12-18

Its a real shame that a very good story line is ruined by the horrible narration. Reading other reviews, some people have no problem with an American narrator trying to do a "stiff upper lip" english accent. If she thinks this is what people talked like she has a problem. The upper class may have thought they were superior but they could not have talked in this "plum in the mouth way". She also got so many words and pronunciations wrong that it really gets to you over the 10 hour journey. The story is good. Tess Dare has even worked out a happy ending in a realistic way, rather than suppose that "society" will accept a serving girl into their elite ranks. Such a shame about the narration.

  • The Governess Game

  • By: Tessa Dare
  • Narrated by: Mary Jane Wells
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

The accidental governess...After her livelihood slips through her fingers, Alexandra Mountbatten takes on an impossible post: transforming a pair of wild orphans into proper young ladies. However, the girls don’t need discipline. They need a loving home. Try telling that to their guardian, Chase Reynaud. The ladies of London have tried - and failed - to make him settle down. Somehow, Alexandra must reach his heart...without risking her own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect

  • By J. T. on 11-01-19

Endearing story with the necessary happy ending

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

Reviewed: 17-12-18

Another endearing story by Tessa Dare. Her stories do start to appear very similar, but they are worth a credit for the variation on the story. I also like the way Mary Jane Wells narrates these books. Its not too serious and there are some very lighthearted moments in it. This story is a bit too far fetched in too many places to rate five stars, but when its all pulled together it makes a happy Girl meets fate story, with the added charm of the two young girls,( who are wards to the hero), having a funeral for their doll every morning to attract their guardians attention. Nice little side story. Enjoyable listen.

  • The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

  • By: Jonas Jonasson
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,668
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,133

Sitting quietly in his room in an old people's home, Allan Karlsson is waiting for a party he doesn't want to begin: his one-hundredth birthday party. Escaping through his bedroom window, into the flowerbed, Allan makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several deaths, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent but very human police.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastically Odd

  • By Oliver Dayman on 29-05-13

Story excellent, narration got a bit boring

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

Reviewed: 17-12-18

You just have to love Alan!! I can imagine someone being this laid back in his old age and just letting the world go by at its own pace and " what will be...will be". So many funny moments. Wonderfully written. I loved reading the book, and I first read it from cover to cover twice over a long weekend. I purchased the audio so I could listen to it in the car on long journeys. Its still an excellent listen. My problem was I found the narration started to drone on and on a bit!! The way he almost thumps out the name ALAN every time its mentioned is very good to identify him in the beginning, but really gets on my nerves after a while. However, this is a really good book, very tongue in cheek for most of it but so so funny. Laugh out loud content! well worth a credit.

  • Romancing the Duke

  • Castles Ever After
  • By: Tessa Dare
  • Narrated by: Carmen Rose
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

As the daughter of a famed author, Isolde Ophelia Goodnight grew up on tales of brave knights and fair maidens. She never doubted romance would be in her future, too. The storybooks offered endless possibilities. And as she grew older, Izzy crossed them off. One by one by one....Now Izzy's given up yearning for romance. She'll settle for a roof over her head. What fairy tales are left over for an impoverished 26-year-old woman who's never even been kissed?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great

  • By Jo baker on 02-04-18

A solid Tessa Dare book

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-11-18

Another solid book by Tessa Dare. Unfortunately, the more I read the more alike they all become. The love scenes are all very similar, the hero's all need rescuing and the heroines are all short of love and looking for warmth and affection. Oh to have a "normal" man have to fight for the love of a maybe unsuitable, but at least unscarred heroine.

  • A Lady by Midnight

  • Spindle Cove, Book 3
  • By: Tessa Dare
  • Narrated by: Carolyn Morris
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

After years of fending for herself, Kate Taylor found friendship and acceptance in Spindle Cove - but she never stopped yearning for love. The very last place she'd look for it is in the arms of Corporal Thorne. The militia commander is as stone cold as he is brutally handsome. But when mysterious strangers come searching for Kate, Thorne steps forward as her fiancé. He claims to have only Kate's safety in mind. So why is there smoldering passion in his kiss?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not one for me

  • By JED on 11-11-18

Not one for me

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

The first half of the book was in the usual style for Tessa Dare, and if it had stopped there, I would have rated it around 4.
However, the book went on for too long and suddenly something changed in its style. I found it disturbing. I cannot tell you why, but it did not sit comfortably with me. I had to finish it to see how it ended, but will not read it again. I like a simple light story with a nice happy ending and this one felt all wrong!. I think its a personal thing as others appear to have liked it.

  • 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 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fabulously funny

  • By Amazon Customer on 14-12-16

Happy easy listen

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-18

You know what you are getting with a book from Tessa Dare. Once again a happy, easy to listen to book. Nothing too heavy, although the story is splattered with complications and sad memories. Enjoyable listening.

  • A Night to Surrender

  • Spindle Cove, Book 1
  • By: Tessa Dare
  • Narrated by: Carolyn Morris
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Welcome to Spindle Cove, where the ladies with delicate constitutions come for the sea air, and men in their prime are..nowhere to be found. Or are they? Spindle Cove is the destination of choice for certain types of well-bred young ladies: The painfully shy, young wives disenchanted with matrimony, and young girls too enchanted with the wrong men; it is a haven for those who live there. Victor Bramwell, the new Earl of Rycliff, knows he doesn't belong here.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Almost 4 stars

  • By JED on 07-09-18

Almost 4 stars

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-09-18

Many parts of this book are worth 4 stars, but a couple of points brought it down. 1) I don't like really sad parts, especially involving youngsters and found the explosion episode upsetting. Especially as the outcome cannot be reversed. 2) The book is too long. The last third could easily be condensed - I started getting bored and wanted it to finish.
On the positive side: 1) I loved the start 2) the episode where the boys (and men) were instructed in how to charm a lady had me laughing out loud, and 3) the idea of there being a spindle cove "sanctuary" is rather pleasing .
Overall, it's a another easy listen. Having read three of Tessa Dares novels now I think I prefer Mary Jane Wells as narrator, she has more humour in her voice reading the funny bits.

  • The Bride Says No

  • The Brides of Wishmore
  • By: Cathy Maxwell
  • Narrated by: Mary Jane Wells
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

What happens when a bride says no? He is the bastard son of a duke, arrogant, handsome, a little bit dangerous, and, of course, one of the most sought-after bachelors in London. He is also about to be publically jilted by some chit of a girl! Blake Stephens' pride isn't about to let him be humiliated, so he charges after his bride to the wilds of Scotland, determined to bring her to the altar. What happens when the heart says yes? He is promised to one woman, but discovers his soul stirred by…the chit's sister!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Easy read but improbable story

  • By JED on 17-08-18

Easy read but improbable story

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-08-18

I almost rated this a four until I started writing the review. If you like Jeremy Kyle you will like this. The sister jumps into bed with the bridegroom to be and the bride offers herself first to a former flame then to the previously jilted groom. Silly really. Having said that, this is another easy listen from Cathy Maxwell and Mary Jane Wells. However, the staid character initially painted of Eileen (a paragon) does not fit with the woman who throws herself at her brother-in-law to be, and starts a passionate affair under the same roof as her sister and her father! And then she becomes all saintly saying her lover MUST marry her sister so as not to hurt her - please!!!!

  • The Bride Says Maybe

  • The Brides of Wishmore, Book 2
  • By: Cathy Maxwell
  • Narrated by: Mary Jane Wells
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

She'd once been the toast of London, but now scandal has brought her down. Still, pretty, petted Lady Tara Davidson can't believe her new fate. She had wanted to marry for love…but her profligate father has promised her hand to none other than Breccan Campbell, the "Beast of Aberfeldy" and laird of the valley's most despised clan! Well, Tara may have to marry him, but Breccan can't make her love him…can he?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another easy read

  • By JED on 17-08-18

Another easy read

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-08-18

Cathy Maxwell and narrator Mary Jane Wells go together well. This is a feisty tale of a spoilt darling of London society and an "old style" Laird of a Scottish clan. Some of the storyline is a bit false (to make it fit the plot - poor old Rory - apparently it only took him a month to become disenchanted with his previously wholehearted love for Jane). There are some amusing episode amongst the more serious romance but overall the narrator keeps the whole thing light and very easy to listen to. Laird gets his woman without becoming a whimp and heroine realises she did not want what she craved for a month before! All rather implausible, but it makes for a good lighthearted read.

  • A Date at the Altar

  • Marrying the Duke
  • By: Cathy Maxwell
  • Narrated by: Mary Jane Wells
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Twice he has been close to the altar and still no duchess. Will the third time be the charm? A duke can't marry just anyone. His wife must be of good family, be fertile, and be young. Struggling playwright Sarah Pettijohn is absolutely the last woman Gavin Whitridge, Duke of Baynton, would ever fall in love with. However, there is something about her that stirs his blood, which makes her perfect for a bargain he has in mind: In exchange for backing her play, he wants Sarah to teach him about love.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Happy, easy listen romance

  • By JED on 17-06-18

Happy, easy listen romance

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-06-18

The second book I have listened too by this author and narrator. Once again I found it a nice, easy listen romance, with the all important happy ending. The Duke goes against convention, the tarnished heroine wins her man - a good armchair listen on a wet day. I listened to it almost in one hearing as I wanted to hear the happy ending. I have not rated it a 5 as it's lightweight in comparison to others.