Morning Glory by LaVryle Spencer

Morning GloryEditor’s Note: Morning Glory in unabridged format is a hard-to-find and a real treasure. We’re starting an official hunt for this 2002 recording. Recorded Books – we’re reaching out to you!

Narrated by Kate Forbes

When I started reading romance books several years back, everything was new. I even had to learn a new vocabulary to talk about the books. I frequented forums and found romance review websites to get recommendations. Before long I noticed that when romance readers talked about their favorite books, Morning Glory was sure to show up in the conversation. Once I started reading the book, I quickly understood why this story is so universally loved.

Morning Glory is about people we might be tempted to call ‘broken” in modern terms. But Will and Ellie aren’t so much broken as closed off due to the hard knocks life has given them. Throughout the book it becomes clear that both Ellie and Will have incredible heart and spirit, and a great will to live. They both find joy and satisfaction in their work and take pride in their accomplishments. Read the rest of this entry »

Splendor by Brenda Joyce

splendorNarrated by Marian Hussey

Originally published in 2004, Splendor is a richly detailed and captivating story which moves from London to St. Petersburg over the course of a few months in the fateful year of 1812. With Napoleon’s army sweeping across Europe, Russia is under threat of invasion and Tsar Alexander has sent his cousin, Prince Nicholas Sverayov, to England in order to make peace with their former enemy and negotiate an alliance against Bonaparte.

The prince is highly intelligent, liberal in his views, well-read and honourable, with a dry wit he doesn’t display often to those who don’t know him well. He’s also very handsome and charming, and is certainly Read the rest of this entry »

To Marry An English Lord by Gail MacColl and Carol McD. Wallace

to marry an english lordNarrated by Kate Reading

To Marry an English Lord is a non-fiction account of American heiresses going to England from about 1860 to 1914 to nab a peer on the marriage mart. The nouveau rich were not accepted by staid New York society, and Bertie, the Prince of Wales, was far more receptive. American girls were vaunted by the Marlborough set and their money propped up Bertie’s excesses. I was hoping for more of a series of real life mini romances, with more information about the matches and what the marriages were like from an emotional perspective, but it was, alas, much drier than that. Maybe my expectations were unrealistic. Read the rest of this entry »

Burying Water by K.A. Tucker

Burying WaterNarrated by Elizabeth Louise and Josh Goodman

I was captivated by Burying Water pretty much as soon as I started listening. I’d heard great things about the writing of author K. A. Tucker, but had never experienced it for myself. Now that I have, I’m eager for more. The skilled narration of both Elizabeth Louise and Josh Goodman drew me into the multi-layered plot, making it virtually impossible for me to step away from my iPod.

We see things from the point of view of a young woman who calls herself Water, and twenty-four-year-old Jesse Welles, the man who knows the secrets to Water’s true identity. Water’s chapters are told in the present while Jesse’s go back to the beginning of the story, making it difficult to sum up for the purposes of a review. Trust me when I say it works wonderfully. Read the rest of this entry »

Stormy Persuasion by Johanna Lindsey

Stormy PersuasionNarrated by Laural Merlington

When I first started reading romances, Johanna Lindsey was one of my “go to” authors. It had been quite a while, however, since I had experienced a Lindsey romance, so I jumped at the chance to review this one. Unfortunately, Stormy Persuasion did not do my memory justice. Although it definitely fits the mold of the old style historical romance, with a long drawn out chase between a reluctant heroine and never tiring hero, I felt unfulfilled with the actual love story. Unfortunately, the plot seemed to focus on so many other Malory/Anderson family members, that given that I hadn’t read or listened to all ten prior books, I felt a little lost. In particular, it seemed like there were too many unnecessary details which did Read the rest of this entry »

Reviews You’ll Soon Be Seeing: November 2014 Edition

We have over 150 audiobook reviews in process at this time. Here are just a few of the titles our reviewers have signed on to review over the next 4-8 weeks:

 

Only EnchantingOnly Enchanting - Mary Balogh

Narrated by Rosalyn Landor

Flavian, Viscount Ponsonby, was devastated by his fiancée’s desertion after his return home. Now the woman who broke his heart is back—and everyone is eager to revive their engagement. Except Flavian, who, in a panic, runs straight into the arms of a most sensible yet enchanting young woman. Agnes Keeping has never been in love—and never wishes to be. But then she meets the charismatic Flavian, and suddenly Agnes falls so foolishly and so deeply that she agrees to his impetuous proposal of marriage. When Agnes discovers that the proposal is only to avenge his former love, she’s determined to flee. But Flavian has no intention of letting his new bride go… Read the rest of this entry »

Festive in Death by J.D. Robb

Festive in DeathNarrated by Susan Ericksen

Festive in Death is book 39 in the In Death series and I’m not sick of it yet. That’s saying something because I am easily distracted by the shiny. Yes, there are some aspects of the series that feel a little tired – Eve’s misunderstanding of common idiom and her dreams when she talks to dead people are a couple that spring to mind, but I am invested in not only the main characters but the secondary ones too. I’ve known them so long they feel like friends. Sort of.

It’s nearly Christmas and someone has murdered Trey Zeigler by bashing his head in and then sticking a knife in his chest with a Christmas-y note attached. Charming. Trey, it turns out, was an asshole. But Eve Read the rest of this entry »

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