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Recent Release- In Bed With The Earl by Christi Caldwell

In bed with the Earl

Title: In Bed With The Earl (Lost Lords of London, book #1)

Genre: Historical Romance/ Regency

Author: Christi Caldwell

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Publisher: Montlake, March 2020

Pages: 383

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Violence Rating: 4

Description from Amazon:

To solve a mystery that’s become the talk of the ton, no clues run too deep for willful reporter Verity Lovelace. Not even in the sewers of London. That’s precisely where she finds happily self-sufficient scavenger Malcolm North, lost heir to the Earl of Maxwell. Now that Verity’s made him front-page news, what will he make of her?
Kidnapped as a child, with no memories of his well-heeled past, Malcom prefers the grimy spoils of the culverts to the gilded riches of society. Damn the feisty beauty who exposed the contented tosher to a parade of fortune-hunting matchmakers. How to keep them at bay? Verity must pretend to be his wife. She owes him.
The intimacy of this necessary arrangement—Verity and Malcom thrust together in close quarters—soon sparks an irresistible heat. But when the charade ends, the danger begins. Will love be enough to protect them from a treacherous plot devised to ruin them?

**
Christi Caldwell never gives us a “bad” book. This enemies to lovers trope doesn’t disappoint. Although Ms. Caldwell has done the seedy side of London in past books, this time we really find the deep dark and very dirty sewers of London and the criminals that inhabit them for profit and power.

Verity is not a typical woman of her time. She is desperately trying to become a news reporter and meeting all kinds of male imposed obstacles. But she needs the job to support her teen sister and her childhood nursemaid. Finding the Lost Heir would be her door to a job at the newspaper.

Malcolm has no memory of his early childhood when he was kidnapped. He has fought his way to become the king of the sewers attaining a fortune in the process. He has no desire to enter polite society as the Earl, but it is being forced upon him. He doesn’t want to be found by any reporter including Verity.

I enjoyed the way the author brings to life the grittier side of London in the Regency time period. As usual with Ms. Caldwell we get superbly nuanced characters that leap off the page. Although not one of my favorites of this author it certainly was a unique, entertaining read.

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Limited Time DEAL- Mimi Matthews’ The Matrimonial Advertisement

The Matrimonial Advertisement

ON AMAZON: This e-book is on sale for $.99 and if you purchase it you can add the wonderful audio book for $1.99.  So for a pay-out of $2.98 you will have a terrific audio and a terrific e-book.  Such a deal!!

THE MATRIMONIAL ADVERTISEMENT is the first book in the PARISH ORPHANS OF DEVON series by Mimi Matthews.  The audio book is narrated by the talented Justine Eyre.  When I read and reviewed this book I gave it  4.5-stars.  Mimi Matthews is an auto buy author for me.  Everything she writes is filled with Victorian sensibility true to the time period, is superbly constructed and is splendly entertaining.

If you would like to see all 4 of my Orphans of Devon reviews please go to the left column on my blog site and type in “Mimi Matthews” in the search box.

NOTE: If you have a Audible Escape account this audio is included for free.

 

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Terrific Amazon/Audible Deal on 5-star HR

The work of Art

Yesterday I included this book in my “Best” of for 2019.  I just discovered that it is on sale on Amazon for Kindle for $.99. But that’s not the best part, it is available from Audible for $1.99 if you also purchase the Kindle book.   So for a total of $2.98 you get not only a terrific book, you get the narration by Alex Wyndham, who (IMHO) is the best narrator in the business.  I don’t do promos often because I’m doing this blog for the reader not the business but when something is truly a bargain I’ll be sure to let you know.

This is truly a Bargain!!!!! You’re gonna thank me.

(I receive no $ for promos.)

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Audio Book Review- A Wicked Kind of Husband by Mia Vancy

A wicked Kind of Husband

Title: A Wicked Kind of Husband

Genre: Historical Romance/Marriage of Convenience

Author: Mia Vancy

Narrator: Kate Reading

Source: Purchase, Audible ($1.99) also available in print($3.99)

Publisher: Inner Ballad Press, Oct. 2018

Pages: 386

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Violence Rating: 0

Description from Amazon:

It was the ideal marriage of convenience…until they met

Cassandra DeWitt has seen her husband only once—on their wedding day two years earlier—and this arrangement suits her perfectly. She has no interest in the rude, badly behaved man she married only to secure her inheritance. She certainly has no interest in his ban on her going to London. Why, he’ll never even know she is there.

Until he shows up in London too, and Cassandra finds herself sharing a house with the most infuriating man in England.

Joshua DeWitt has his life exactly how he wants it. He has no need of a wife disrupting everything, especially a wife intent on reforming his behavior. He certainly has no need of a wife who is intolerably amiable, insufferably reasonable … and irresistibly kissable.

As the unlikely couple team up to battle a malicious lawsuit and launch Cassandra’s wayward sister, passion flares between them. Soon the day must come for them to part … but what if one of them wants their marriage to become real?

**
This would have been 5-stars if only Joshua had not come across as such a bully. Yes, he was redeemed by the love of a good woman but still he was rather annoyingly obstinate. Cassandra was a strong take-charge type because the tending of her late father’s estate fell to her and she also had to deal with her wild sister and a recalcitrant sister because her mother was a depressive and a drug addict. She was used to dealing with difficult people and situations so a husband who was also difficult was just one more problem. That Mia Vancy was deftly able to get these two opposite personalities to fall in love was sheer brilliance.
I listened to this audiobook narrated by the very capable Kate Reading. She is very good at changing voices for each character and does a wonderful job of the male voices. I can highly recommend this audio book for content and narration. At this writing the audiobook is priced at a very affordable $1.99.

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Audiobook Review- Her Every Wish by Courtney Milan (Novella)

her every wish

Title: Her Every Wish (The Worth Saga 1.5)

Genre: Historical Romance, Novella

Author: Courtney Milan

Narrator: Rosalyn Landor

Publisher: Courtney Milan, May 2016

Source: Purchase

Length: 4 hours, 11 minutes

Rating: Story=5, Narration=5

Sexy Rating: 5

Violence Rating: 4

Description from Audible.com:

Crash has never let the circumstances of his birth, or his lack of a last name, bother him. His associations may be unsavory, but money, friends, and infamy open far more interesting doors than respect ever could. His sole regret? Once lovely, sweet Daisy Whitlaw learned the truth about how he made his fortune, she cut him off.
Daisy’s father is dead, her mother is in ill health, and her available funds have dwindled to a memory. When the local parish announces a charity bequest to help young people start a trade, it’s her last chance. So what if the grants are intended for men? If she’s good enough, she might bluff her way into a future.
When Crash offers to show her how to swagger with confidence, she knows he is up to no good. But with her life in the balance, she’s desperate enough to risk the one thing she hasn’t yet lost: her heart.
**
There is never a problem when Courtney Milan writes a novella. Characterization and plot development is spot on. This is a lovely story of one woman’s struggle with the male dominated society of Victorian England and her struggle for confidence in the face of overwhelming odds. The romance is subtle, with Crash wooing her and Daisy being reluctant. Can they both overcome their misunderstandings? Rosalyn Landor does a wonderful job with both male and female voices. She is not my most favorite of narrators but I must admit that here she shines.

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Audiobook Review- The Proposition by Judith Ivory

the proposition

Title: The Proposition

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Judith Ivory

Narrator: Steven Crossley

Publisher: Recorded Books, March 2009

Source: Purchase

Pages: Audiobook, 13 hours, 29 minutes

Rating: Story= 5, Narration= 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Violence Rating: 4

Description from Amazon.com:

Lady Edwina Bollash is a woman of importance and distinction who has never been the object of any man’s affection. However, when she meets Mick Tremore, a tall, handsome young man from the bottommost rung of society, she instantly attracts his attention. As Mick wants desperately to become a gentleman, Edwina decides to transform him into a man with class. From the start, she notices the way he looks at her. But what she doesn’t yet realize is that as much as she is preparing him, he is preparing her for a place in his heart–and in his bed. Narrator Steven Crossley elevates the mounting passion of Ivory’s prose, building tension with every breath and every sensuous word.

***

I have been enjoying my recent subscription to Audible’s Romance Package. This is by a classic author in the Historical Romance genre, Judith Ivory. It is a reversal on the old story of Pygmalion also better known to many as MY FAIR LADY. We meet Mick, a rat catcher in London. Edwina, a linguist and teacher, is charged with turning Mick into a gentleman in time for a Ton ball. Emile and Jeremy Laponte are wagering againist each other as to if Mick can pull off the deception. Edwina has 6 weeks to accomplish the goal.

This is a delightful tale of a spinster who is being wooed by a man from the wrong side of the tracks and how they are so wrong for each other that they can’t envision a way to be together. Steven Crossley does a wonderful job of performing both male and female voices along with various accents. But Judith Ivory’s ability to tell the story and bring to a satisfying conclusion is superb. I can highly recommend this Audiobook.

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Some Thoughts and Some Suggestions: Audiobooks

I have been listening to Audiobooks lately. They are not new to me but during the last few weeks I’ve become quite addicted to them. I tend to like the male narrators much better than the females. That said, Julia Whelan is just astonishing, she is the author and narrator (performer) of the book My Oxford Year. It is truly a terrific book and performance. I have had discussions with audio-listener friends who really love the good female narrators like Rosalyn Landor and Kate Reading but for me they just can’t perform the male voices to my liking.

Now when it comes to the male narrators (performers), Alex Wyndham is the one who gets A+ for his narration of the Lucinda Brandt and Stella Riley books. I also give high marks to Tim Campbell narrating Christi Caldwell books and Nicholas Boulton narrating Laura Kinsale’s Flowers From the Storm. They all do justice to the female voices and can do different voices for all the book’s characters, it is like listening to a play or movie without the visual, of course.

Becoming a member of Audible online is not cheap. It costs $14.95/month and for that you get one free? book and some shorter “Audible Originals”. I have been picking up books at reduced rates by watching for deals bundled with a Kindle book purchase. If you keep your eyes out you can score an audiobook for as little as $1.99, but more often $7.49. That is much less expensive than the $20-$25 cost of many audiobooks.

I recently took advantage of an Audible offer that gives me a 3 month membership for $6.95/month with the option to cancel any time. I’m taking advantage by getting some of my pricey-ist books during this member period.

Here are some of the Historical Romance (and one Contemporary) audiobooks that rate 5-stars with me:

 

 

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Audio Book Review- To Tempt A Scoundrel by Christi Caldwell

To Tempt A Scoundrel

Title: To Tempt A Scoundrel (The Heart of A Duke, Book #15)
Genre: Historical Romance/Regency
Author: Christi Caldwell
Narrator: Tim Campbell
Source: Purchase Kindle/Audible
Publisher: Christi Caldwell
Pages: 211
Rating Book: 5
Rating Narration: 5
Sexy rating: 5
Violence rating:0
Description from Amazon:

Never trust a gentleman…
Once before, Lady Alice Winterbourne trusted her heart to an honorable, respectable man… only to be jilted in the scandal of the Season. Longing for an escape from all the whispers and humiliation, Alice eagerly accepts an invitation to her friend’s house party. In the country, she hopes to find some peace from the embarrassment left in London… Unfortunately, she finds her former betrothed and his new bride in attendance.

Never love a lady…
Lord Rhys Brookfield has no interest in marriage. Ever. He’s worked quite hard at building both his fortune and his reputation as a rogue—and intends to enjoy all that they can offer him. That is if his match-making mother will stop pairing him with prospective brides. When Rhys and Alice meet, sparks flare. But with every new encounter, their first impressions of one another are challenged and an unlikely friendship is forged.

Desperate, Rhys proposes a pretend courtship, one meant to spite Alice’s former betrothed and prevent any matchmaking attempts toward Rhys. What neither expects is that a pretense can become so much more. Or that a burning passion can heal… and hurt.

**

If you have never listened to romance on audio books then have I got a treat for you. All of Christi Caldwell’s books in this series are swoon worthy when read but when narrator/performer, Tim Campbell reads them in his molasses and honey baritone you are transported. Each book is a standalone in the series with some cameos from characters in previous books. These are also some of the most affordable audio books. (At this writing I bought the Kindle e-book for $2.99 and the audio book was offered for $7.49 .)

In this elegantly written and superbly sensual story, Rhys is being nagged to marry by his mother who has already picked out his bride. Rhys has no intention of marrying anyone, but especially his mother’s pick, Aria Cunning.  Alice was jilted by her betrothed just a year ago and finds herself at a Christmas house party surprised that her former betrothed is attending with his new wife. She and Rhys go from bickering to friends to trying to help each other through the party. Well on the way to an HEA.

I very highly recommend this book and audio book, and also this entire series.

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Audiobook Review- The Matchmaker’s Playbook by Rachel Van Dyken

The Matchmaker's Playbook

Title: The Matchmaker’s Playbook
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Narration: Jeremy York (rating-4)
Source: Audible purchase
Publisher: Skyscape, Apr. 2016
Pages: 306
Rating: 2
Sexy rating: 5
Violence rating: 4
Description from Amazon:

Wingman rule number one: don’t fall for a client.
After a career-ending accident, former NFL recruit Ian Hunter is back on campus—and he’s ready to get his new game on. As one of the masterminds behind Wingmen, Inc., a successful and secretive word-of-mouth dating service, he’s putting his extensive skills with women to work for the lovelorn. But when Blake Olson requests the services of Wingmen, Inc., Ian may have landed his most hopeless client yet.
From her frumpy athletic gear to her unfortunate choice of footwear, Blake is going to need a miracle if she wants to land her crush. At least with a professional matchmaker by her side she has a fighting chance. Ian knows that his advice and a makeover can turn Blake into another successful match. But as Blake begins the transformation from hot mess to smokin’ hot, Ian realizes he’s in danger of breaking his cardinal rule…

**
This book has over 750 reviews on Amazon and 63% of them are 5 stars. This disturbs me because I wonder where I missed the whole “wonderful” of this book. As I see it this is a book about a dirtbag (Ian) and his sidekick dirtbag (Lex) running a matchmaking service between quickies. Ah, but the quickies are only with “stupid” girls, the matchmaking service is for the “sad” girls. There is a girl who is a long time friend to the hero but cooks for him and his sidekick (Lex). She and Lex have a violent relationship with frequent verbal altercations. You gotta know that this will be the romance in the next book. Now as to Blake, the girl who Ian falls in love with, well she would have been better off running for the hills.

Yes, I did finish listening to this entire book. Why? It was like a car accident along the highway where you can’t help but look and rubberneck. I kept longing for some kind of redemption for these poor excuses for men.

Since I am an Amazon Prime member I got to borrow this book for my Kindle with an option to get the audiobook for $1.99. I listened and did not read. The narration, by Jeremy York was well done especially considering the material he was working with.

 

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Heads Up- Audible limited time sale

Deal Audible

Go to http://audible.com  for a year’s worth of audio books on sale now and ending on the 28th of January.

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