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Audiobook Review- A Marquess For Christmas by Christi Caldwell

Title: A Marquess For Christmas (Scandalous Seasons book #5)

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Genre: Historical Romance/Novella

Author: Christi Caldwell

Publisher: Christi Caldwell, Nov. 2014

Source: purchase, Audible $1.99, Kindle $3.99

Pages: 149

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 4

Violence Rating:0

Description from Amazon.com:         

Lady Patrina Tidemore gave up on the ridiculous notion of true love after having her heart shattered and her trust destroyed by a black-hearted cad. Used as a pawn in a game of revenge against her brother, Patrina returns to London from a failed elopement with a tattered reputation and little hope for a respectable match. The only peace she finds is in her solitude on the cold winter days at Hyde Park. And even that is yanked from her by two little hellions who just happen to have a devastatingly handsome, but coldly aloof father, the Marquess of Beaufort. Something about the lord stirs the dreams she’d once carried for an honorable gentleman’s love. Weston Aldridge, the 4th Marquess of Beaufort was deceived and betrayed by his late wife. In her faithlessness, he’s come to view women as self-serving, indulgent creatures. Except, after a series of chance encounters with Patrina, he comes to appreciate how uniquely different she is than all women he’s ever known. At the Christmastide season, a time of hope and new beginnings, Patrina and Weston, unexpectedly learn true love in one another. However, as Patrina’s scandalous past threatens their future and the happiness of his children, they are both left to determine if love is enough.

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This is a standalone novel with characters appearing from the previous book in the series. Although it can be followed quite easily I believe the readier will realize more enjoyment if they have read AWAYS A ROGUE, FOREVER HER LOVE book #4 in the series.

Because of Patrina’s scandalous recent past she is convinced that she will never wed.  She is also extremely contrite over the effect of her scandal on her sisters’ future.  Weston is a widower who also thinks he will never remarry because his marriage was unhappy.  Christi Caldwell tugs at our emotions in this wonderful story of two lost souls finding each other.  This is only incidentally related to the holiday season. It could have been placed in any winter setting.

Note: this book is also found in the box set of SCANDALOUS SEASONS BKs 4, 5 &6 on Kindle for $5.99 and individually on Audible for $1.99.

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Audiobook review-Always A Rogue, Forever Her Love by Christi Caldwell

Title: Always A Rogue, Forever Her Love ( Scandalous Seasons, book #4)

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Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Christi Caldwell

Publisher: Christi Caldwell, Sept. 2014

Source: purchase , Audible $1.99, Kindle $3.99

Pages: 253

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Violence Rating: 3

Description from Amazon.com:

Miss Juliet Marshville is spitting mad. With one guardian missing, and the other singularly uninterested in her fate, she is at the mercy of her wastrel brother who loses her beloved childhood home to a man known as Sin. Determined to reclaim control of Rosecliff Cottage and her own fate, Juliet arranges a meeting with the notorious rogue and demands the return of her property. Jonathan Tidemore, 5th Earl of Sinclair, known to the ton as Sin, is exceptionally lucky in life and at the gaming tables. He has just one problem. Well…four, really. His incorrigible sisters have driven off yet another governess. This time, however, his mother demands he find an appropriate replacement. When Miss Juliet Marshville boldly demands the return of her precious cottage, he takes advantage of his sudden good fortune and puts an offer to her; turn his sisters into proper English ladies, and he’ll return Rosecliff Cottage to Juliet’s possession. Jonathan comes to appreciate Juliet’s spirit, courage, and clever wit, and decides to claim the fiery beauty as his mistress. Juliet, however, will be mistress for no man. Nor could she ever love a man who callously stole her home in a game of cards. As Jonathan begins to see Juliet as more than a spirited beauty to warm his bed, he realizes she could be a lady he could love the rest of his life, if only he can convince the proud Juliet that he’s worthy of her hand and heart.

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This is another yummy romance from Christi Caldwell’s Scandelous Seasons series.  I am personally delighted that the entire series is available for me to read and I don’t have to wait for any of the books.  I listened to this on audio from Audible, it was inexpensive, and narrated by Tim Campbell who is excellent at delivering the many male and female voices.

The author is adept at bringing these characters to life with delightfully differing personalities.  The side characters are as interesting and involving as the main characters. The entire story and premise is original and if I had been actually reading instead of listening I’d call it a page turner.  As it was, it kept me up late into the night listening. Now I’m off to read book #5 in the series. I’m nearing the end of the series but lucky for me there is another series already with a few books.

Note: This book (#4) can be found along with books # 5 & 6 in a boxed set for $5.99 on Kindle. The Audio books are $1.99 each.

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Audiobook Review- The Player by Stella Riley

Title: The Player ( Rockliffe, book #3) (Audiobook)

The Player

Also available as E-Book and Paperback

Genre: Historical Romance/Georgian

Author: Stella Riley

Narrator: Alex Wyndham

Publisher: Stella Palmer, April 2016

Pages/ Listening Time: 323/10 hours 13 minutes

Source: Free from the Author

Rating: 5+

Sexy Rating: 5 not explicit

Description from Audible.com:

Tragedy drove him into unwilling exile. Death demands his reluctant return. In the decade between, he has answered to many names and amassed a variety of secrets. Now the actor known to Paris as L’Inconnu must resume his real identity and become Francis Adrian Sinclair Devereux, Earl of Sarre…a man he no longer knows how to be and whose name, thanks to the malice of a friend turned enemy, remains tarnished by an old scandal. Revenge, so long avoided, slithers temptingly from the shadows.

Granddaughter of a wealthy wool-merchant, Caroline Maitland is not finding her society debut either easy of enjoyable…but, to Marcus Sheringham, she is the perfect solution to his crushing mountain of debt. Knowing she will be married for her money, Caroline never believed she would find love; but neither did she bargain for a certain charming French highwayman…and a surprising turn of events. The stage is set, the cast assembled, and the Duke of Rockliffe waits for the curtain to rise. In the wings, Lord Sarre prepares to make his entrance. He doesn’t expect to be greeted with applause.

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I’m such a fangirl of Stella Riley’s Rockliffe series that it is difficult for me not to jump up and down at my computer and beg you all to read/listen to this series.  I wasn’t even sure I liked the Georgian period (being totally enamored with the Regency Era) but Ms. Riley has not only made me a fan but keeps me hoping for more of this series. You know a book or series is good when you never want it to end. She has the ability to give us description of the era so that we can actually visualize the time period.  Her characters are fleshed out so that we can picture there features and personality. The book is well plotted and the pace is never too slow or too rushed.

In The Player we get to know Adrian Devereux, The recent Earl of Sarre.  Because of a tragedy he was exiled by his father to France for ten years. In an earlier book he was mentioned by the Duke of Rockliffe who thought he recognized Adrian acting on the stage in Paris. Now Adrian has returned to England to take charge of his title and estates and is hell-bent on seeking revenge on the man who caused his father to exile him so many years before.

Caroline Maitland is young, not aristocratic but holds a huge dowry that is making her the target of fortune hunter Marcus Sheringham, Adrian’s nemesis. Adrian uses his acting skills to woo Caroline and tricks her into an elopement.  But his well prepared plan starts to unravel when Caroline discovers the hoax.

I hope that much information is not a spoiler because there is so much more to this story and like me I’m sure you will hang on to every word out of the mouth of the sexy voiced narrator, Alex Wyndham.  He is my audiobook boyfriend, he can speak English with a French accent in several different character voices in a conversation.  He not only brings the characters and the book to life he infuses it with drama and heartfelt emotion. He can speak female voices as well as the male characters.

Well by now you know that I’m not just encouraging you to get this audiobook, I’m practically insisting that you do because I know you will love it.  There is nothing on TV anyway so sit back and listen to this wonderful story told by a superb narrator.

(FYI: I listen on my Kindle Fire HDX. Amazon also has Whispersync where you can get the print book and audio and read along as you are listening. I personally get so caught up in Wyndham’s narration that I don’t read along.)

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Audiobook Review- The Mesalliance by Stella Riley

Title: The Mesalliance

The Mesalliance

Genre: Historical Romance/Georgian

Author: Stella Riley

Narrator: Alex Wyndham

Publisher: Stella Riley for Audible, March 2016

Pages: 310 Kindle/ 9 hours 59 min. audiobook

Source: Free for review from the author

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

Reluctantly, the Duke of Rockliffe is in the market for a wife. His requirements are simple; a lady who will occupy her position with well-bred grace and chaperone his sister, Nell – but who will not bore him to distraction. Whilst accompanying Nell to what he speedily comes to regard as the house-party from hell, he meets Adeline Kendrick – acid-tongued and by no means beautiful, yet somehow alluring. Worse still, her relatives are quite deplorable – from Cousin Diana, a spoiled and ill-natured beauty, to manipulative and sadistic Uncle Richard. As a prospective bride, therefore, Adeline is out of the question. Until, that is, a bizarre turn of events cause the Duke to do the unthinkable and make what the Polite World will call a mésalliance.

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Stella Riley has made me a huge fan of Georgian Historical romance.  I “read” this book on digital audio with the seductive, baritone voice of Alex Wyndham narrating the story of our favorite duke from THE PARFIT KNIGHT, Tracy Winstanton, The Duke of Rockliffe.  This starts as a marriage of convenience, convenient for Adeline since it helps her escape from the home of relatives who take advantage of her and convenient for Tracy since he needs a wife and he is drawn to Adeline.

This is a recent release of this wonderful book on digital audio.  Alex Wyndham does not just read the words of Ms Riley, he performs this story.  He gives each character their unique voice until the listener is seduced into the story as if it was a movie playing before the eyes and ears.

Stella Riley is the author behind the lusciously romantic and sublimely sensual love story.  Adeline falls in love with her husband but there are secrets she is keeping. Secrets that she believes will threaten her marriage.  Tracy is trying to give his new wife time to get to know him, but he becomes frustrated with her inability to trust him.  Adeline is on the road to ruining her marriage with her secrets.

This reader loved Rockliffe in THE PARFIT KNIGHT and since he is the familiar one to me I naturally took his side in the rift between him and Adeline.  Adeline and her subterfuge was at times annoying but I longed for her to confess all to her loyal, loving husband before it was too late.  Rockliffe’s sister Nell also had her own romance although she nearly destroyed her own chances at happiness.  There are Adeline’s infuriating, evil relatives, cousin Diane and an Uncle, whose interference causes even more disruption. There are surprises and the secrets revealed, some that nearly destroy our hero and heroine.

I highly recommend this enthralling audiobook.

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Audiobook Review- The Parfit Knight by Stella Riley

Title:  The Parfit Knight (Rockliffe Book #1)

The Parfit Knight

Genre: Historical Romance / Georgian

Author: Stella Riley

Publisher: Riley

Pages: Audio available from Audible.com (Also available as a paperback and for e-reader)

Source: Free For review from the author

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 2

Description from Amazon.com:

When the Marquis of Amberley’s coach is waylaid by highwaymen and his coachman shot, he is forced to take shelter at the first house he finds and is subsequently trapped there for a week by a severe snow storm. Oakleigh Manor is the home of Rosalind Vernon who lives alone but for her devoted servants and an ill-natured parrot, cut off from the outside world by the tragic result of a childhood accident. But Rosalind is brave and bright and totally devoid of self-pity – and it is these qualities which, as the days pass and the snow continues to fall, touch Amberley’s heart. On his return to London, the Marquis persuades Rosalind’s brother, Philip, to bring her to town for a taste of society, despite her handicap. But the course of Amberley’s courtship is far from smooth. Philip Vernon actively dislikes him; Rosalind appears to be falling under the spell of the suavely elegant Duke of Rockliffe; and worse still, Amberley is haunted by a dark and terrible secret that, if revealed, may cause him to lose Rosalind forever.

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This is only the second or third time I’ve listened to an audio book and I was blown away by the narrator/reader, Alex Wyndham.  He read the book with all the various characters with different voices, I’m not sure if he voiced the Parrot but if he did I’ll give him additional Kudos. There were several male characters and several female characters and they all had distinct voices which certainly added to the enjoyment of the audio book.

This is such a lovely romantic story about a blind young woman and a slightly older gentleman who falls in love with her.  The description truly gives all the details that I won’t repeat here.  The characters were superbly developed and this gave an absolute feeling of reality to the story. The description of the fashions of the time also helped to place the story in the Georgian period. The varied characters and their personalities also brought the book to life; the bully, Robert; The Duke, Rockliffe; Phillip, Rosalind’s brother & Isabel his fiancée, just to name a few of the interesting side characters.  The parrot ads a dose of comic relief. It was such a pleasure to read/listen about a hero who sought out his mother for advice and then followed it.  I highly recommend this audio book and I look forward to the release of Rockliffe’s book on audio, THE MESALLIANCE.

P.S.- I just bought The Mesalliance on e-book because I can’t wait for Rockliffe’s story. Yes, I am impatient and in need of instant gratification.

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