Spellbinder by Thea Harrison

Spellbinder by Thea HarrisonNarrated by Sophie Eastlake

Ever since I listened to Moonshadow, I have been looking forward to Spellbinder. Sophie Eastlake is one of my favourite narrators so I knew it would be a great listening experience and I have enjoyed all of the previous Elder Races books by Thea Harrison, either in print or on audio.

In Moonshadow, Morgan Le Fay was clearly a bad guy. He is the captain of Isabeau’s hounds and a powerful sorcerer. Isabeau is the queen of the European Light Fae. The Light and Dark Fae have been at war for centuries and Morgan is Isabeau’s most powerful weapon. Read the rest of this entry »

Captive Prince by C.S. Pascat

Captive Prince by C.S. PacatNarrated by Stephen Bel Davies

The Captive Prince Trilogy caught my eye when the previously released e-book version gained quite a popular following on Goodreads as can be evidenced by its over 29K ratings at just under a 4-star rating. This is a large number of ratings for any romance, but when you factor in that this book is an M/M dark romance, I was instantly intrigued. After having finished the first book, Captive Prince, I am definitely beginning to see what the buzz is about as this story is chock-full of entertainment with politics and leadership lessons and societal dynamics among classes being largely in play. The fact that it is also set in a medieval like fantasy world Read the rest of this entry »

Currently Playing for the Gals, 15th September 2017

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It’s that time of the week when the Gals get together to natter about what we’re listening to, and get ideas from each other as to what we might want to pick up next! Being nosey, we like to know what you’re all listening to as well, so stop by and tell us in the comments :)

BJ

King's Rising by C.S. Pacat

Narrated by Stephen Bel Davies

Caz

Narrated by Kirsten Potter

Kaetrin

Falling from the Sky by Sarina Bowen

Narrated by Tanya Eby and Aiden Snow

Melinda

Spellbinder by Thea Harrison

Narrated by Sophie Eastlake

Shannon

Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

Narrated by Jennifer Ikeda

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Tell us in the comments what’s in YOUR ears this week!

The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

The Duchess Deal by Tessa DareNarrated by Mary Jane Wells

Tessa Dare’s The Duchess Deal is the first book in her new Girl Meets Duke series, and – oh, joy! – it’s narrated by Mary Jane Wells. Her ability to bring out the humour in the texts she narrates combines very well with Ms. Dare’s ability to put the humour there in the first place, and – if you can get past the somewhat implausible premise of a duke marrying a seamstress – the combination makes for a very entertaining listen.

Emma Gladstone is a seamstress in dire financial straits who had relied on the fact the wedding dress she made for the future Duchess of Ashbury would be seen by the entire ton, thus garnering her a hefty fee Read the rest of this entry »

Mister Moneybags by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward

Mister Moneybags by Vi Keeland and Penelope WardNarrated by Andi Arndt and Sebastian York

The writing combination of Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward have long been at the top of my New Adult, sexy romantic listen list. So when I saw they were releasing another collaboration, I jumped on board to review. While once again this writing duo has produced a romantic comedy and heat-filled romance that held my attention, I have to admit Mister Moneybags is not one of my top-favorites by these authors.

I think the main factor for this was the constant parade of horribles that occur as potential landmines to the budding romantic relationship between the hero and heroine. Read the rest of this entry »

The Rogue and I by Eva Devon

The Rogue and I by Eva DevonNarrated by Tim Campbell

Eva Devon (who has also written as Maire Claremont) opens her Must Love Rogues series with The Rogue and I, a story she says in her author’s note is an homage to her favourite Shakespeare play, Much Ado About Nothing (which is one of my favourites, too). Many, many romances feature couples who bicker à la Beatrice and Benedick, but Ms. Devon has taken that one step further and the first part of her story follows the plotline of the play fairly closely, mirroring some scenes and adapting dialogue to fit characters of the nineteenth rather than the sixteenth century. I enjoyed spotting those similarities Read the rest of this entry »

Our September 2017 Picks

Heading into Autumn as we call it in my part of the world, and it’s time to look at what’s new for September in the audio part of Romancelandia. This is usually a big time for new releases, and we’ve got our usual, eclectic selection of contemporaries, historicals and mysteries to – we hope – whet your appetites and help find your next listen. We use a thoroughly tried-and-tested, scientific method to choose our monthly picks… okay, we don’t really; we base our choices on who the author is, who the narrator is and, sometimes, just what sounds good to us!

Here’s what we’re looking forward to in September. How about you? Drop by and tell us your thoughts in the comments.


A Conspiracy in Belgravia by Sherry ThomasA Conspiracy in Belgravia by Sherry Thomas

Narrated by Kate Reading

I read and loved A Study in Scarlet Women, book one in Sherry Thomas’ Lady Sherlock series, and with Kate Reading narrating once again, A Conspiracy in Belgravia is a book I’d be willing to bet will be a hit in audiobook format. – BJ

Having read (and reviewed) an advance copy of the book a while back, I can say with certainty that it’s a terrific story, and with Kate Reading narrating, A Conspiracy in Belgravia is sure to be a fabulous listening experience. – Caz

The Time In Between by Kristen Ashley

Narrated by Erin Mallon

I had a bad experience with this narrator before but I listened to the sample and it seems she may have cleaned up the breathiness that drove me up the wall last time. So I’m thinking I’ll give her another go. Because I really want to get to the latest KA stat! – Kaetrin

 

 

Most Valuable Playboy by Lauren Blakely

Narrated by Zachary Webber

Lauren Blakely books are reliably good and the narrator is too – sexy, fun and low angst – sounds perfect. – Kaetrin

 

 

 

When the Dead Come a Knockin’ by B.L. BrunnemerWhen the Dead Come a Knockin’ by B. L. Brunnemer

Narrated by Carla Mercer-Meyer and Kris Koscheski

This is one of those books I discovered on a whim. It looks like a great paranormal romance about a young necromancer trying to unseal the veil between the living and the dead. At a little over twenty-one hours in length, this second installment in the Veil Diaries series seems right up my alley. I’ve enjoyed Mr. Koscheski’s narrations in the past, and sound clips of Ms. Mercer-Meyer seem promising, so I’m hoping for a great listening experience. – Shannon

 

The Woman Who Couldn't Scream by Christina DoddThe Woman Who Couldn’t Scream by Christina Dodd

Narrated by Andi Arndt

I haven’t read or listened to a book by Christina Dodd in quite some time, but the synopsis of her latest release intrigues me quite a bit. The stellar narration skills of Andie Arndt are a definite plus, making this a title I can’t wait to pick up. – Shannon

 

 

A Strange Scottish Shore by Juliana GrayA Strange Scottish Shore by Juliana Gray

Narrated by Gemma Massot

Juliana Gray’s latest series of historical mysteries (that began in A Most Extraordinary Pursuit) really is something a bit different.  Set in the early 1900s, these books are a blend of mystery, mythology, time-travel and romance with a teeny bit of the crazy thrown in for good measure, and it works brilliantly.  This is the second book in the series, and although the narrator is new-to-me (and I haven’t had a lot of success with unknown/new-to-me narrators lately), I’m keeping my fingers crossed she can do justice to this extremely entertaining story. – Caz

Caught by the Scot by Karen Hawkins

Narrated by Gary Furlong

At time of writing, Audible isn’t listing a narrator for this title, but I’ve seen elsewhere that it’s Gary Furlong, which makes me want to listen as he’s fast becoming a bit of a favourite.  Plus it’s the story of a scoundrel who decides his childhood friend, a mousy spinster would make him the perfect respectable wife.  I’m a sucker for these sorts of stories! – Caz

 

Autoboyography by Christina LaurenAutoboyography by Christina Lauren

Narrated by Deacon Lee and Kyle Mason

The writing duo of Christina Lauren is branching out and releasing an M/M romance this September and I for one am standing in line to listen, especially since I’m also a fan of Deacon Lee’s narrations (though I have yet to listen to one of Kyle Mason’s). – BJ

 

 

Broken Course by Aly MartinezBroken Course by Aly Martinez

Narrated by Christian Fox and Lucy Rivers

I’m a huge fan of Aly Martinez’s emotional romances, so this September I’m looking forward to listening to Broken Course the third book in the Wrecked and Ruined series.- BJ

 

 

Awaken by B.T NarroAwaken by B.T. Narro

Narrated by Simon Vance

I freely admit to choosing this title mainly because I saw Simon Vance listed as its narrator. His performances are always masterful, and I’ll take pretty much any chance I can get to listen to him. This first installment in a new series promises to blend romance and magic, and I’m really excited to listen to it. – Shannon

 

 

Secrets in Death by JD Robb

Narrated by Susan Ericksen

I adore this series. Even though I’m up to book 45 I’m still not sick of it. Susan Ericksen owns the narration so audio is usually my preferred consumption method. – Kaetrin

 

 

On the Chase by Katie RuggleOn the Chase by Katie Ruggle

Narrated by Callie Beaulieu

I was lucky enough to read an early copy of this book in print, and it was an enjoyable mix of romance and mystery that featured some pretty incredible police dogs. I’m not familiar with Callie Beaulieu’s narrations, but I’m hoping she does this title credit. – Shannon

 

 

The Ruin of a Rake by Cat SebastianThe Ruin of a Rake by Cat Sebastian

Narrated by Gary Furlong

This terrific story of “starchy-very-proper-gentlemen-meets-laid-back-rake” is the third book in Cat Sebastian’s loosely linked set of historical romances and was another winner in print.  The writing is excellent, the central characters are superbly drawn and the romance is wonderful – I loved the book, and am eager to experience it again in audio.  Gary Furlong has done excellent work on this author’s other titles, and I’m sure he’ll deliver another enjoyable performance. – Caz

Shade’s Lady by Joanna Wylde

Narrated by Tatiana Sokolov & Sean Crisden

I read this one recently and *loved* it. The narrators here are great so I bought the audio as well. – Kaetrin

 

 

 


So those are our picks for September.  What are YOU looking forward to listening to?  Tell us if you think we’re missing out on something good!

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