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Inishowen Cailin

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  • Love Torn

  • The Twisted Love Series, Book 2
  • By: Stacy Eaton
  • Narrated by: Juliana Solo
  • Length: 2 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

Detective Kali Mann lives by her nickname: The Mann-Eater. She’s a true love them and leave them with no attachments - ever. She’s hard-core, to the point, intense and she doesn’t always play nice with others. When her partner, Keith Harvard, finally gets her to take notice of him, the case they are working goes awry, and suddenly Kali is having emotions she’s not sure she wants. A major part of her past will come back to haunt her and just as she beings to open herself up, her life will be torn apart.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Book 2

  • By JEYCEE on 21-11-18

An exciting series

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

Normally I wouldn't read a story where I know a favourite character and love interest is going to die but this series is so well written and exciting. I couldn't put it down. I can't wait to read the final book where the threads from the first two books tie together.

I voluntarily reviewed an advance reading copy.

  • A Brazen Curiosity: A Regency Cozy

  • Beatrice Hyde-Clare Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Lynn Messina
  • Narrated by: Jill Smith
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Twenty-six-year-old Beatrice Hyde-Clare is far too shy to investigate the suspicious death of a fellow guest in the Lake District. A spinster who lives on the sufferance of her relatives, she would certainly not presume to search the rooms of her host's son and his friend looking for evidence. Reared in the twin virtues of deference and docility, she would absolutely never think to question the imperious Duke of Kesgrave about anything, let alone how he chose to represent the incident to the local constable. And yet that's exactly what she does.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent.

  • By Inishowen Cailin on 09-12-18

Excellent.

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

I am thrilled to have found a new regency mystery romance series.
A Brazen Curiosity is choc full of humour as well as having a great 'who dunnit' to solve. The banter between Beatrice and the Duke, especially after having found the body and suspecting each other of the murder, was incredibly drole and entertaining. I enjoyed watching their friendship develop and seeing Beatrice grow in confidence as the story progressed. I can't wait to read more in this series.

I voluntarily reviewed an advance reading audio copy.

  • State of the Art Heist

  • Booker Brothers Detective Agency, Book 1
  • By: Maisie Dean
  • Narrated by: Marie Hoffman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Kacey Chance is an aspiring actress with a cute face and a plucky attitude. She's trying to break into Hollywood, but it isn't easy. She was the prettiest girl in her hometown, but in LA she's a dime a dozen. When a friend offers Kacey a job working at a detective agency, the young actress jumps at the opportunity. The detective agency is unlike any she's ever seen in the movies. It's run by three handsome, single brothers and their sassy grandmother. Her first day at the agency is anything but boring.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Shenanigans galore

  • By Inishowen Cailin on 09-12-18

Shenanigans galore

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

A fun and zippy mystery with quirky characters and a good case to solve.
I listened to this book in one sitting and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Kacey is a really lively character and uses her acting skills to great advantage to get the job done. Plenty of humour and drama to keep me listening. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

I voluntarily reviewed an advance reading audio copy.

  • Snug in a Snowstorm

  • By: Cynthia Moore
  • Narrated by: Megan Green
  • Length: 1 hr and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

Lady Isabella Porter and Lord Gerard Malden have known each other since they were children. Isabella thinks of Gerard as someone who teased her unmercifully and made her feel inadequate as a young girl. But Gerard has loved Isabella for many years. A sudden, fierce snowstorm and misplaced notes informing both of a change of plan mean Isabella and Gerard are forced to spend the Christmas holidays together. Gerard realizes he must use the time he's been given with Isabella to change the opinions she formed as a girl so she may look upon him with favor and lasting affection.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice short, sweet, festive listen!

  • By Tasha Barefield on 12-12-18

A nice, gentle romance for Christmas listening.

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

This was a nice little story to listen to over the Christmas period.
I love it when friends fall in love and what better way to move things along than to be left alone together in a big old house during a Christmas snowstorm.
Short and sweet.

I voluntarily reviewed an advance reading audio copy.

  • Learn Beginner Italian Bundle: Lessons 1 to 30 Learning Italian Like Crazy

  • The Ultimate Italian for Beginners Bundle
  • By: Patrick Jackson
  • Narrated by: Giovanna Carriero, Tony Russo, Sophia Colombo
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

The learn-Italian-for-beginners bundle audiobook covers Italian for beginners and consists of lessons one to 30 from Learning Italian Like Crazy. This learn-beginner-Italian bundle program will teach you how to speak authentic Italian. I have only used native Italian speakers in this program to make sure you develop an authentic Italian accent.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent resource.

  • By Inishowen Cailin on 29-11-18

An excellent resource.

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

Reviewed: 29-11-18

There is a lot of learning in these 30 lessons. It is well planned out and easy to follow and understand.
The pdf copy of the transcript was a welcome bonus as I need to read the content as well as listen in order to learn. Very few people are aural learners so having the transcript on hand as I listened reinforced my understanding of the lessons.
The Italian speakers in the book were excellent.
This is a very good set of lessons for beginner learners and I know that I will be dipping in and out of them a lot.

I voluntarily reviewed a review copy.

  • Love Lorn

  • The Twisted Love Series, Book 1
  • By: Amy Manemann, Stacy Eaton
  • Narrated by: Tracey Rooney
  • Length: 2 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Determined to prove she’s more than just a pretty face, Detective Evie Harper works hard and trains even harder to be the very best. Her first homicide case will put her skills to the test as she and her partner Detective Stephen Harris track a ruthless serial killer terrorizing the west end of town. The Lovelorn killer may be one step ahead of them, but they’re closing in fast - until an immoral decision is made that leaves their partnership hanging in the balance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love Lorn

  • By JEYCEE on 21-11-18

Great!

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

Reviewed: 14-11-18

This was a great introduction to the series and the characters. It was a short listen but very enjoyable and nicely narrated.
I would have liked more suspense in relation to catching the killer as his arrest was very civilised and quiet.
I loved the story and the bit of romance between Evie and Harris. I look for ward to listening to book 2 which tells the story of Kali Mann and then book 3 when it releases bringing Evie and Kali together as partners.


I voluntarily reviewed an advance reading audio copy.

  • A Cruise to Murder

  • Rachel Prince Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Dawn Brookes
  • Narrated by: Alex Lee
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Meet Rachel Prince, a newly qualified police constable trying to hold it together after being ditched by her fiancé. Rachel's best friend, Sarah, suggests that she needs a break and what better way to relax than a Mediterranean cruise? Sarah works as a nurse on the cruise ship and they plan to enjoy all the luxuries of cruising. At least they would do if Sarah ever got any time away from the medical centre. Rachel makes friends with a bereaved, elderly woman and an attractive Italian but it's not long before she is convinced that something sinister is going on.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous

  • By Amazon Customer on 24-11-18

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

What a great start to the series.
Rachel is a lovely, kind character who also happens to be a police officer with a keen sixth sense for trouble.
I loved the old lady, Marjorie, and I was hoping that everything would turn out OK for her. I'd love to see her help Rachel solve a crime in a future book.
The mystery was very good. There were a couple of red herrings and it really kept me guessing to the end.
I can't wait to read more of this series.

I voluntarily reviewed an advance reading audio copy.

  • How to Self-Publish Romance with Friends

  • Have Fun, Make Money, & Create Something
  • By: AJ Tipton
  • Narrated by: Debbie Andreen
  • Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Are you ready to have fun and make money self-publishing with friends? Writing can be difficult, lonely work when done alone. But it doesn't have to be that way. We offer a method of self-publishing that is collaborative and fun. If you're breaking into the self-publishing world or just starting out, this is the guide for you! How to Self-Publish Romance with Friends is an indispensable blueprint for evolving your story ideas into published works. We want to save you from the frustration and loneliness of trying to do everything yourself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great insight into writing with a partner.

  • By Inishowen Cailin on 07-10-18

A great insight into writing with a partner.

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

As someone who has never published a book I found the advice here to be sensible and easy to follow.
The authors gives a lot of insight into what it entails to write with a partner and some of the pitfalls to avoid along the way.
The advice is sensible and realistic.
I enjoyed the narration. It sounded like a friend telling me about their experiences and it left me with a very positive feeling about publishing in general and how accessible it can be to anyone with a good idea and determination.
I found the advice on translations and audio books to be very interesting as well.

I voluntarily reviewed a review copy provided at my own request.

  • A Lady Like No Other: A Regency Romance

  • Regency Black Hearts, Book 3
  • By: Claudia Stone
  • Narrated by: Virginia Ferguson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Beautiful, titled, and wealthy to boot, Lady Lydia Beaufort was expected to have a spectacular London Season. There was just one problem; the eccentric daughter of the Earl of Galway had no intention of becoming the ton’s darling. Especially if it involved humoring the awful herds of fortune hunters and greedy second sons, intent on making her their bride. All Lydia wanted was to be left alone in peace, to read her beloved Lord Byron. That is, until an incorrigible rogue of a Marquess burst into her life and turned all her ideas about love upside down.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A pleasant, lighthearted story

  • By Inishowen Cailin on 29-09-18

A pleasant, lighthearted story

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

Reviewed: 29-09-18

This was a pleasant and lighthearted story.
The characters had a very cute 'friends' relationship before they realized they were in love with each other. It was a lot of fun especially as unexpected competition from an Italian Count complicated the matter further.
I found it refreshing that Lady Lydia grew up in Ireland and she was well versed in Irish myths and legends.
This was a good and very enjoyable story. I will be buying more books by the author.

The narration was very good although I was disappointed that more care wasn't taken with finding the correct pronunciation for the Irish words used in the story. 'Fianna' and 'mac tíre' can be easily found using Google or YouTube.
There were a few strange pronunciations of English words as well which I found distracting e.g. 'valiantly,' 'Gallic' (as in Gallic shrug) and imbecile.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy provided free of charge at my own request.




  • The Foundling Lady

  • The Foundling Series, Volume 2
  • By: Audrey Harrison
  • Narrated by: Melanie Fraser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Fact and fiction come together to create a compelling historical romance. Miss Emily Wallis is a bluestocking whose parents have caused enough scandal for her to retreat from society. Mrs. Agnes Jones is living a lie which she is desperately trying to keep hidden. Viscount Robert Wilding is suffering from his injuries gained at Salamanca and the loss of his brothers. They are three damaged individuals who are on life-changing journeys in ways they could never have foreseen.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Inishowen Cailin on 26-09-18

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 26-09-18

An excellent follow up to the Foundling Duke. Audrey Harrison has become one of my favourite authors in the genre.
In this story we see the twins who were separated at birth finally be reunited as adults and with their birth mother as well.
Their story is sad, bittersweet and full of surprises.
The romance was well written and entertaining. The narrator, Melanie Fraser, gives a wonderful performance. I wanted to listen to this book all in one go as I couldn't put it down.


I voluntarily reviewed a gifted copy.