To Sir Phillip with Love by Julia Quinn

To Sir Phillip With Love by Julia QuinnNarrated by Rosalyn Landor

This fifth instalment in Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series is one of the books I have somehow not got around to reading, and which, for some reason I can’t remember, I had thought to be one of the weaker books in the series. This new audio version has laid that misconception firmly to rest however, and is, I think, now one of my favourites of the set. To Sir Phillip With Love is perhaps not as light-hearted as many of the author’s other titles, but it clearly shows that she has the ability to tackle difficult themes and write deeply flawed characters that listeners can root for even as we’re wanting to smack some sense into them or questioning the wisdom – of lack thereof – of their actions. Read the rest of this entry »

Currently Playing for the Gals, 18th August 2017

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BJ

An Offer from a Gentleman by Julia Quinn

Narrated by Rosalyn Landor

 

Caz

Narrated by James Langton

 

Kaetrin

Narrated by Alex Wyndham

 

Melinda

It Had to Be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Narrated by Anna Fields

 

Shannon

The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz

Narrated by Elizabeth Rogers

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Endurance by Amy Daws

Endurance by Amy DawsNarration by Will M. Watt and Charlotte Cole

Endurance is perfect for fans of sports romances with smart heroines and the jock heroes who capture their hearts. This being the second book in the Harris Series (see the AudioGals review for Book 1, Challenge), I already knew that I enjoyed Ms. Daws’ witty writing and moreover, I had become invested in the personable characters that comprise the Harris family. My listening to this title confirmed my expectations. While I must admit that I was slightly more riveted by Challenge, which I simply could not put down, this book nonetheless soothed my desire for a light-hearted, romantic comfort listen that left me a with a warm and happy feeling in the end. Read the rest of this entry »

Suddenly Engaged by Julia London

Suddenly Engaged by Julia LondonNarrated by Cristina Panfilio

I’m a big fan of marriage of convenience books, even in a modern setting (as long as the author can give me a halfway believable reason for it). When I read the blurb for Suddenly Engaged, I thought that’s what I was getting. As it happened, I was wrong. BUT what I did get I LOVED. Also, I’ve found a new favourite narrator.

Kyra Kokinos is a single mother to six-year-old daughter, Ruby. The blurb tells the listener that when Ruby needs life-saving surgery, the grumpy next-door neighbour, Dax Bishop, offers to marry Kyra. And that does happen but it doesn’t happen until very late Read the rest of this entry »

The Wedding Officer by Anthony Capella

The Wedding Officer by Anthony CapellaNarrated by Daniel Philpott

Anthony Capella’s The Wedding Officer is an enjoyable and engrossing tale set in wartime Italy, which is told through the eyes of a fish-out-of-water young British officer and the fiery Italian widow with whom he falls in love.

Naples in 1944 is now occupied by the allies, and things aren’t all that much better than they were under the Germans. Food is scarce and people are struggling to survive; there’s a thriving black market on which one can obtain just about anything, and most of the women in the town are forced to prostitute themselves in order to keep body and soul together. Read the rest of this entry »

Our August 2017 Picks

If you’re an AudioGals regular, then you’ll already know that our tastes are fairly diverse. But every so often an audiobook comes along that has us all sitting up and taking notice, and that’s the case in August, with the release of the sixth book in Joanna Bourne’s Spymasters series, Beauty Like the Night. Both author and narrator Kirsten Potter are big Gal favourites and we are chomping at the bit! Coming in a close second is the first book in Tessa Dare’s new series, The Duchess Deal, and once again, author and narrator (Mary Jane Wells) are big draws. As always, we’re basing our choices on liking the author, the narrator… or just gut instinct, and while some of these titles are already available, others will appear later in the month. Whatever your choices, here’s hoping you’re finding some great summer listens!


Beauty Like the Night by Joanna BourneBeauty Like the Night by Joanna Bourne

Narrated by Kirsten Potter

Lovers of historical romance with suspense plots are surely familiar with Ms. Bourne’s Spymasters Series.  Though I’m not familiar with Kirsten Potter’s narrations, she has received a B+ or higher rating for her narrations of this series, so audio format should be a good choice for this title. – BJ

Book six in Joanna Bourne’s acclaimed Spymasters series is set after the end of the Napoleonic wars, but that doesn’t mean our friends of the British Service can just pack up and go home!  I have already read the book and loved it, so I am eager to experience it again in audio. – Caz

Anything by Joanna Bourne has me making the grabby hands and her books are always a delight on audio. – Kaetrin

Joanna Bourne and Kirsten Potter are perfect together. I can’t wait to get my hands on this latest installment in the Spymasters series. – Shannon

The Duchess Deal by Tessa DareThe Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

Narrated by Mary Jane Wells

Being a fan of both Tessa Dare’s writing and Mary Jane Wells’ narrations, I look forward to listening to this first book in the new Girl Meets Duke series. – BJ

Tessa Dare is the queen of the historical Rom-Com but the draw for me here is the narrator.  It’s possible I may have squealed with delight when I saw Ms. Wells’ name on the cover :) – Caz

I was lucky enough to read an early copy of Tessa Dare’s latest novel in print, and it was wonderful. Mary Jane Wells is a stellar narrator, making this a natural choice for audiobook fans. – Shannon

Daniel's True Desire by Grace BurrowesDaniel’s True Desire  by Grace Burrowes

Narrated by James Langton

I thought this was the strongest of Ms. Burrowes’ True Gentlemen series when I read it a couple of years back.  It’s the story of a country clergyman in the midst of a crisis of faith and struggling to deal with a poor decision made early in life.  It’s a tender, but bittersweet romance, and I’m sure that James Langton will more than do it justice. – Caz

 

Seeing Red by Sandra BrownSeeing Red by Sandra Brown

Narrated by Victor Slezak

Seeing Red is the latest romantic suspense title from Sandra Brown, and it promises to be just as sexy and thrilling as her previous novels. I’ve listened to Victor Slezak a time or two in the past and have enjoyed his narrations, so I’m confident Seeing Red will be fabulous all the way around. – Shannon

 

Royally EndowedRoyally Endowed by Emma Chase by Emma Chase

Narrated by Andi Arndt and Shane East

I’ve enjoyed Emma Chase’s Royals trilogy so far, including the narration by Andi Arndt and Shane East and am looking forward to another fabulous listen. – BJ

 

 

 

Spellbinder by Thea HarrisonSpellbinder by Thea Harrison

Narrated by Sophie Eastlake

Technically this came out at the end of July but I’m counting it as August. I adore this series – the author/narrator pairing is always a win for me. – Kaetrin

 

 

 

Single Malt by Layla ReyneAgents Irish and Whiskey series by Layla Reyne (Single Malt: Cask Strength: Barrel Proof)

Narrated by Tristan James

All three books in this terrific romantic suspense trilogy by début author Layla Reyne come out on the same day, so I’m listing them en masse.  I’ve read the first two books, which are inventive, sexy and tightly plotted, with an overarching plotline that runs through all three, so I’m on the edge of my seat awaiting the resolution.  I’m not familiar with narrator Tristan James, but fingers crossed he can pull off Jamie’s charming southern drawl and Aidan’s Irish brogue. – Caz

 

Wild Ride Cowboy by Maisey YatesWild Ride Cowboy by Maisey Yates

Narrated by Summer Morton

Some of my friends have been very enthusiastic about this series and the sample I listened to of the narrator convinced me to give this book a try. – Kaetrin

 

 

 

Devil's Cut by J.R. WardDevil’s Cut by J.R. Ward

Narrated by Alexander Cendese

J.R. Ward’s Bourbon Kings trilogy is utterly scandalous and a total guilty pleasure of mine. Devil’s Cut is the final installment, and one of the high points of my summer reading. Alexander Cendese did a fabulous job with the two previous novels, so an enjoyable listen is pretty much guaranteed. – Shannon

 

 


So – that’s what we’re looking forward to listening to in August.  What about you?  Are you eagerly awaiting any of these?  Or are you making grabby hands for something we’ve missed that we really should know about?  Drop by and tell us in the comments.

 

Currently Playing for the Gals, 11th August 2017

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The Gals once again share what we’ve been listening to during the week – and we’re open to your suggestions and listens too. We enjoy our cozy little chats (over long distances!) about what we’re loving and what isn’t working for us and ask for suggestions and ideas for future listens and anything else that takes our fancy! Here’s what we’re listening to this week.

BJ

Wildfire by Ilona Andrews

Narrated by Renee Raudman

 

Caz

Narrated by Matthew Lloyd Davies

 

Kaetrin

Buns by Alice Clayton

Narrated by Elizabeth Louise with Jason Carpenter

 

Melinda

Catch of the Day by Kristan Higgins

Narrated by Xe Sands

 

Shannon

Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber

Narrated by Rebecca Ross

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