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  • The King's Man

  • Welsh Blades, Book 1
  • By: Elizabeth Kingston
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Ranulf Ombrier is notorious throughout England for his skill at swordplay and murderous reputation. But after years of doing his king's bidding, he follows his conscience away from Edward, all the way to the wilds of Wales. Gwenllian of Ruardean, Welsh daughter of a powerful Marcher lord, has every reason to leave Ranulf for dead when one of her men nearly kills him. As a girl she was married by proxy to a man Ranulf murdered, only to become a widow before she ever met her groom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW! Please give me more!

  • By Kristin Honor on 15-01-16

brilliant

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

Reviewed: 13-04-19

On so many levels, this is an excellent book, Ruardean however is not 20 miles from Gloucester through - at he time savage country - but not the depths of Wales.

  • The Duchess Deal

  • By: Tessa Dare
  • Narrated by: Mary Jane Wells
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

When the Duke of Ashbury returns from war scarred, he realises he needs an heir - which means he needs a wife! When Emma Gladstone, a vicar's daughter turned seamstress visits wearing a wedding dress, he decides on the spot that she'll do. His terms are simple: They will be husband and wife by night only. No lights, no kissing. No questions about his battle scars. Last, and most importantly...Once she's pregnant with his heir, they need never share a bed again. But Emma is no pushover. She has secrets and some rules of her own....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By D. Mark on 31-03-18

very funny

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

Reviewed: 06-04-19

I laughed out loud this was excellent, narration made it so much better her voice, tones and verbal sparing really put across sarcasm and wit in the book.

  • Satyr's Son: A Georgian Historical Romance

  • Roxton Family Saga, Book 5
  • By: Lucinda Brant
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 38

London, 1786. Lord Henri-Antoine has returned from the Grand Tour to a life of privilege and excess. A vast inheritance allows him every indulgence, free from responsibility. Yet, Henri-Antoine maintains a well-ordered existence, going to great lengths to conceal an affliction few understand and many fear. Miss Lisa Crisp is a penniless orphan who relies on the charity of relatives to keep her from the poorhouse. Intelligent and unflappable, Lisa will not allow poverty to define her. She leads a useful life working among the sick poor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best audiobook yet in the Roxton family saga!

  • By Mr on 05-01-18

gorgeous

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

Reviewed: 06-03-19

As as with all of Lucinda's books very evocative and engaging.
Loved, loved this story, wonderful series.

  • Sex, Not Love

  • By: Vi Keeland
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York, Andi Arndt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

My relationship with Hunter Delucia started backwards. We met at a wedding. Stealing glances at each other throughout the night, there was no denying an intense, mutual attraction. I caught the bouquet; he caught the garter. Hunter held me tightly while we danced and suggested we explore the chemistry sparking between us. His blunt, dirty mouth should’ve turned me off. But for some crazy reason, it had the opposite effect on me. We ended up back in my hotel room. The next morning, I headed home to New York leaving him behind in California with the wrong number.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great Book by Vi Keeland

  • By Lo on 01-02-18

Better than the title suggests

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

Reviewed: 01-03-19

Touched on some very sensitive topics, very well written and narrated.
Loved it, definitely worth it.

  • Damnable Grace

  • Hades Hangmen Series, Book 5
  • By: Tillie Cole
  • Narrated by: Patrick Garrett, Emily Cauldwell, Douglas Berger, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14

Secrets never stay hidden. The burden of guilt never lifts from the heart. Born and raised in The Order of David, Sister Phebe knows nothing but cult life. Head of the Sacred Sisters of New Zion, Phebe was groomed from childhood for one purpose: to seduce. Prized as a harlot, Phebe is taken from the doomed cult by Meister, the notorious leader of the Aryan Brotherhood. Taken as his possession. Taken to be the woman who will obey his every sexual demand. Under his heavy hand, Phebe finds herself in a place much worse than she could ever have imagined... with absolutely no one to help.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This series keeps getting better and better

  • By Lo on 17-07-18

This series just gets better

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

I love how these books revert to previous stories and the voices stay true to character, first series I've read and listened to that does this.
Exceptional

  • The Best Man

  • Alpha Men, Book 2
  • By: Natasha Anders
  • Narrated by: Ingeborg Riedmaier
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Hulking ex-rugby player Spencer Carlisle has crushed on Daffodil McGregor since high school. On the field he knew the moves. Off, he was a clueless clod who never gained an advantage. Rejected and rebuffed, his infatuation finally cooled - like ice. Now, it’s impossible not to feel the chill - since he’s the best man and she’s the maid of honor at their siblings’ wedding. For the sake of harmony, they’re calling a truce. Daff has her reasons for being a cynic when it comes to romance. And twice as many for not letting on that she finds Spencer attractive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great sequel

  • By Rachel Leven on 25-09-18

great sequel

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

Reviewed: 25-09-18

Loved this book, a great complement to the first and the bar was high from that. fab story.
Great gentle, tolerant lead man, suited Daff's prickly persona really well
Fab narration.

  • The Wingman

  • By: Natasha Anders
  • Narrated by: Ingeborg Riedmaier
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Introverted Daisy McGregor is used to being a wallflower, but what she lacks in style, she makes up for with an acerbic wit, a passion for life, and a deep devotion to her family. So she'll suffer through her sister Dahlia's bachelorette party and accept the cloud of pity for going stag to the wedding. Out at the pub, sexy bad boy Mason Carlisle is a reluctant wingman tasked with entertaining Daisy while his brother flirts with her oldest sister, Daffodil. When the plan fails and Mason's true intent is revealed, he feels intense guilt - and a sensual spark of desire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refreshing

  • By Rachel Leven on 22-09-18

Refreshing

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

Reviewed: 22-09-18

Loved this, much sexier than some books that get to the gritty stuff much sooner. Loved the build up, great that the double standards were highlighted by both her siblings and romantic interest.

  • Tormentor Mine

  • By: Anna Zaires
  • Narrated by: Tracy Marks, Sebastian York
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

A new dark romance from New York Times best-seller Anna Zaires. He came to me in the night, a cruel, darkly handsome stranger from the most dangerous corners of Russia. He tormented me and destroyed me, ripping apart my world in his quest for vengeance. Now he's back, but he's no longer after my secrets. The man who stars in my nightmares wants me.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Obsessively Addictive

  • By LilleyLoohLah on 16-11-17

tedious drama

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

Reviewed: 20-09-18

Yeah yeah I get it she's conflicted, but the story keeps rehashing the same history and feelings. Seriously it was the first 3 chapters on repeat, however, well written.
I love Sebastian's narration, Tracey less so, just same phrasing which didn't help with the repetitive pattern of the book.
Cliffhanger yes but don't want to go through the female drama in another book. some say it's dark, but it played at dark, nothing challenging more, sinister Cinderella. This had great reviews but not for me.

  • The Heartbreaker

  • The Hunter Brothers, Book 3
  • By: Lili Valente
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Sebastian York
  • Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

I've waited years for my drop-dead sexy boss, Tristan Hunter, to notice me as something other than his right-hand gal. But though his dog is deeply in love with me, Tristan and I seem doomed to the friend zone. Until the night we kiss... It's all a ruse, of course - our make-out session is for the benefit of the two heartbreakers who dumped us - but very real sparks fly when his lips meet mine. At least...they're real for me.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun and flirty

  • By LilleyLoohLah on 11-10-18

rescue centre and true love

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

Reviewed: 15-09-18

this was great because although there was drama, the lead characters were mature and on the same page.
I often wonder at love stories where the couple are so at odds they don't trust their partner.
this is a refreshing change.

  • Lead Me Home

  • Fight For Me Series, Book 3
  • By: A.L. Jackson
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Joe Arden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Fourteen years ago, my life changed forever. My sister disappeared. That day I was selfish. That day I chose myself over her. And that day, I lost everything. Including Nikki Walters. She's the girl I've loved my whole life. She's gorgeous. Caring. Every single thing I've ever wanted but denied myself. She was my sister's best friend, and I destroyed any chance of keeping her. When her safety is threatened, I have a second chance to do the right thing. But as soon as she moves in, I want her in all the wrong ways. All it takes is a brush of her hand, and I'm losing all control.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book

  • By laura on 06-11-18

Same story plan as previous in series

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

Great story. Only 4 stars as it followed a similar theme to previous books in the series. Very well written though, touching on some delicate topics in the forms of emotional, domestic and child abuse.