Screwdrivered by Alice Clayton

Screwdrivered

Narrated by Heather Smith

Screwdrivered is Book 3 in the Cocktail series, which started with Wallbanger then moved on to Rusty Nailed (both featuring the same hero/heroine, Simon and Caroline). Simon’s high school friend Viv is living a rather mundane life (if you can call being a 29-year-old owner of a software company mundane) in Philadelphia, getting her kicks vicariously through the romance novels she reads, with titles like “Loins of Endearance”. While she’s out on the many blind dates her friends and mother set her up with, she’s likely to be imagining herself as the heroine of a lusty historical. So when she receives a mysterious call in the middle of the night to let her know she is the sole heir to property in northern California, she decides Read the rest of this entry »

The Boleyn King by Laura Andersen

the boleyn kingNarrated by Simon Vance

The Boleyn King is the first book in a trilogy set in an “alternative” Tudor time-line, and having thoroughly enjoyed the books in print, I was really pleased to see that they’ve been made into audiobooks with the extremely talented Simon Vance on board as narrator.

The trilogy is founded upon an intriguing premise – what if Anne Boleyn had given Henry VIII a son who had lived to succeed his father?

In The Boleyn King, William Tudor (who will be crowned as Henry IX) is in the final year of his minority. Since the death of his father, Henry VIII, Read the rest of this entry »

A Beautiful Wedding by Jamie McGuire

A Beautiful WeddingNarrated by Emma Galvin and Zachary Webber

A Beautiful Wedding is listed as Book 2.5 in Jamie McGuire’s Disaster series. Usually, I avoid novellas, but I was intrigued by the synopsis so decided to give this a shot.

Since the book is just over three hours long, it’s pretty hard to summarize without giving too much away. Basically, the point is to answer questions readers might have about Abby and Travis’s marriage. For example, what prompted Abby to propose to Travis? Did anyone else know of their elopement?

As usual, Ms. McGuire tells a good story. However, in the case of A Beautiful Wedding, I felt it was a Read the rest of this entry »

The Pride of Jared MacKade by Nora Roberts

the pride of jared mackadeNarrated by Luke Daniels

The Pride of Jared MacKade was published in 1995 but has only just been released in audio format. I was thinking that the story was a little dated but then I remembered that in 1995 I was about the same age as the heroine, Savannah Morningstar, and I don’t recall the times being quite as conservative as the book suggests. Perhaps my South Australian life was just more liberal?

Jared MacKade is the eldest of the MacKade brothers, a lawyer who was relatively recently divorced. He wasn’t terribly cut up over it – his relationship with his wife was more practical than passionate. He’s sold his house in Hagerstown and moved back to live with Read the rest of this entry »

Rusty Nailed by Alice Clayton

Rusty NailedNarrated by Heather Smith

Having been a huge fan of Wallbanger, the hilarious, romantic tale of the very unusual path towards the coupling of Caroline and Simon, I just knew that I had to listen to this sequel, Rusty Nailed. There is just something familiar about a sequel involving a loved couple that now must navigate the treacherous, potentially monotonous waters of everyday life coupledom. Bearing a resemblance to a cross between the 1990s/2000s Friends and Sex in the City TV shows, Rusty Nailed is an interesting study of how Caroline and Simon negotiate the intricacies of life together while at the same time pursuing their own careers. It also delves deeply into affairs of their friends’ relationships and the delicate nature of these Read the rest of this entry »

Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare

Any Duchess Will DoNarrated by Eva Kaminsky

If you’re looking for a sweet, feel-good, historical romance, with a Cinderella like plot, then I highly recommend Any Duchess Will Do. This was my first book by Tessa Dare, and I guarantee it will not be my last. Not only did I love the writing, and attention to character development, but this story even managed to deliver on a number of fronts that I wasn’t expecting. For example, I really enjoyed Ms. Dare’s unique twist to explain the Duke’s reluctance to marry and the unconventional nature of this memorable heroine (including – GASP – that she is not a virgin). I was also highly amused by a number of the humorous scenes that Ms. Dare interspersed throughout. It takes great courage to deviate from the typical historical Read the rest of this entry »

Sterling by Dannika Dark

SterlingNarrated by Nicole Poole

Sterling is the first book in Dannika Dark’s fast-paced, action-packed Urban Fantasy Mageri series about an ordinary woman who undergoes a transformation, and loses a bit of her humanity in exchange for some very special abilities.

Zoe Merrick isn’t the kind of person exciting things happen to. She has a job that just manages to pay the bills, her looks are average, and she can’t manage to find a man she wants to stick with. So, when she agrees to accompany her friend Sunny to a local club, she has no way of knowing just how irrevocably her life will change. Read the rest of this entry »

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