The Forbidden Duke by Darcy Burke Narrated by Marian Hussey
Second chances at a happy ever after don’t come around every day. For spinster Miss Eleanor Lockhart, suddenly homeless and in need of a situation, it is like a fairy tale come true when her new employer decides to re-launch her into society. Eleanor lost her chance for happiness as a young girl when a rogue ruined her and left her to take the brunt of society’s punishment. Ten years later, the leader of the gang of rakes and rogues, now reformed, has been commissioned by his stepmother to assist Eleanor in becoming the angel of the ton.
Titus St. John, Duke of Kendal, is the Forbidden Duke. After years of debauchery, he changed to become the man his father would be proud of, unfortunately, it was too late for Miss Eleanor’s reputation. What started out as a favor for his beloved stepmother quickly turns to something more. Who is saving whom in this lovely Cinderella story of second chances?
Darcy Burke does an excellent job of showing weakness without making her characters weak. We all have our flaws, but we do not have to be defined by them. This was definitely a story I would listen to over and over again, and a series I want to read in its entirety.
mystery is the first in the Blackmore Sisters Series. The setting is the small,
oceanside town of Noquitt, Maine. A huge family home the sisters are trying to
save and a legacy of tall tales, family lore and antiques still to uncover. Their
home, family history and even their cat are somewhat mysterious. What is even
more of a mystery is how the sisters are going to raise the money to pay the
taxes on the huge family property.
is accused of killing local shrew Prudence Littlefield, the local Police Chief
isn’t interested in looking for the real killer. Only the new police officer, Jake
Cooper is willing to believe in Morgan’s innocence. Her sister, Fiona doesn’t
want to like or trust the new officer, but she soon realizes he might be their
best hope of discovering the truth. Who killed Prudence? Why? And what else is
going on in Noquitt?
attraction to the handsome police officer colors her view of the man and his
ability to help them. She does not want to be attracted to him. As their
relationship develops the reader can see the possibilities for a developing
romance in future stories.
Hollis McCarthy adds another layer of enjoyment to this story by bringing these
characters to life.
Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes by Karin Slaughter, Read by Kathleen
I liked and
hated this book. It felt unfinished at the end but then again, it made me think
and isn’t that what a good book does?
thriller brings us into the life of a sweet and beautiful young college girl,
Julia Carroll, who struggles to find her voice amid the male-dominated world of
journalism. She has an idea for a story based on a missing student and a
missing homeless woman, both, like her, were young and beautiful.
afraid but the fear is unnamed and a bit unreasonable. She worries she might be
the next victim but has no reason, really to believe it, other than she is
young and beautiful, just like the others.
by Victoria Alexander, Read by Marian Hussey (Chirp by Bookbub)
had no desire to travel. She never dreamed of anything more than what she had.
Content or at least she accepts her life just as it is, that is until her
cousin goes missing. India cannot imagine any place better than England, anyone
smarter than herself and anyway but her own. Before believing you would not
like a character so narrow minded, wait, India’s beliefs are limited by the
narrowness of her experience and the fact that she has been thrust into managing
her cousin’s household since she was a young girl and forced to go to work.
is ordered by his uncle to shape up and start taking his responsibilities seriously.
He is tasked by his mother to take care of his elderly aunt. The two responsibilities
threaten to derail each other when he learns his aunt and her friends have been
taking money for a Lady’s Travelers Society with no knowledge of how to plan a
trip and having never traveled themselves. The threat of fraud is bad enough,
but Derek believes he can keep the little old ladies out of prison, or he could
have if one of their members hadn’t gone missing. The woman’s cousin blames the
Lady Travelers Society and threatens to bring charges against them if they don’t
do something to find the missing woman.
India team up, unwillingly, to search for her cousin. They head to Paris that
last place she was known to have visited. Using the letters India received,
they search all of the places mentioned. Her cousin’s dream of adventure soon
envelopes her and opens India’s heart and mind to new possibilities, among them
friendship and love.
This was a
great adventure and had a lot of twists and turns. I love the strength and
growth of the characters.
When a Scot Ties The Knot by Tessa Dare, Read by Carmen Rose
Another Chirp audiobook.
I forgot how
good a story-teller Tessa Dare is, but When
a Scot Ties The Knot reminded me of why I love her books. Madeline
Gracechurch and Logan McKenzie step out of the pages and into our hearts as
their story is brought to life through Carmen Rose’s gentle voice. The story is
powerful enough on its own but add in Carmen Rose’s dramatic reading and it becomes
shy and facing her first London season, Madeline Gracechurch invents a love
interest, highland Captain Logan McKenzie to spare her from being a dismal
failure on the London marriage mart.
To keep her
family at bay, she writes letters telling Captain McKenzie of her folly, her
family and her deepest thoughts and desires. In these letters she pours out her
heart but after ten years of the charade, she decides it is time to kill off
her imaginary lover.
out as a little white lie grew into something real and ten years later, Captain
Logan McKenzie shows up on her doorstep ready to claim his bride.
McKenzie was just looking for a way to take care of his men. He promised them
if they would fight Napoleon, he’d see they came home to their families and
Scotland. Upon returning home, the men discovered they had no home and no
family waiting. Doing his best to keep his promise, Logan turns to the only
other option he can think of, blackmailing the girl who’d wrote him all those
letters. All he wants is a place to call home, for his men, because he has
never had a home of his own.
love grow out of a lie?
to lose sleep because this is one of those books you won’t want to stop reading
or listening to. I think I’ll listen to it again.
McCallum abducts the woman he believes to be his betrothed, Catriona Duff. A
marriage contract between the two clans is the only way to ensure peace and
prosperity. Hugh will do whatever it takes to ensure his clan is taken care of,
but will he give up the woman he loves when he discovers she has been telling
him the truth all along and she is not the only Catriona Duff?
to prove he isn’t his father’s son. He is a man of honor and compassion. He
must live down his childish follies and secure his clans future. Kidnapping his
promised bride when her father refuses to honor the contract is the only thing
he can think to do to prove his is the rightful laird and savior of his people.
doesn’t want to care about her captor nor his people. Realizing her uncle has
sacrificed her to keep his own daughter safe and force McCallum to break the
contract forfeiting the land they’ve shared for years, her sympathies and
desires become tangled with her own honor.
sacrifice their own happiness for the sake of others, can Hugh and Riona find a
way to have it all, or will they be doomed by their own honor?
Gayle Callen is a new author for me but I will be seeking out more of her books. Ms. Callen has given her readers a rich taste of the highlands, its lore and its delectable lairds. If you love brawny highland warriors and strong, independent lasses, you will enjoy this tale of mistaken identity. Read The Wrong Bride or enjoy the reading of Ruth Urquhart in the audio version of this book, either way, be prepared to stay up late because you won’t want to put it down.
Face Off by Brenda Novak, Read by Therese
Alaska is a
long way from Boston but not far enough to keep Dr. Evelyn Talbot and those she
loves safe from the mad man who tortured her at sixteen and left her for dead.
come a long way since her attack. She has opened herself up to love, something
she never believed possible and channeled her nightmare into her life’s
work—studying the sociopaths and psychopaths at her Hanover House facility.
murdered girls turn up, Hanover House once more comes under scrutiny. Evelyn
knows it is her former boyfriend and attacker who has come to town and he won’t
stop until one of them is dead.
endings aren’t easy to come by when a serial killer has you in his sights. If
you love suspense thrillers with delicious romance, you’ll not want to miss
Brenda Novak’s Face Off.
Goddess of Spring by P C Cast, Read by Caitlin Davies (chirp)
This romantic fantasy, paranormal romance is a beautiful
depiction of what love should be, without prejudices.
When Lina asks the Goddess Demeter for help saving her
bakery, she has no clue that Demeter has her own agenda. Transported to
Olympus, Lina is tasked with the job of visiting Hades in the Underworld and
bringing peace to the newly departed.
Lina, in the body of the Goddess of Spring, Persephone, journeys
to the Underworld and with her own powers, establishes herself as their
champion. Lina’s affinity for animals, allows her to sooth the savage beasts
that guard the land of the dead, and her wisdom and kindness sooth a trouble
Hades has kept himself away from the other gods and
goddesses, preferring dead mortals to their self-absorbed antics. He cannot
believe how different Persephone is.
Lina, falling in love with Hades wishes to tell him the
truth but her pledge to Demeter doesn’t allow her to do so.
She, a mortal cannot live in the Underworld without dying
and her responsibilities in the real world keep her tied to her past. How can a
couple from two different worlds find a way to be together? Soul mates find
each other no matter how far away they might travel.
One goddess nearly destroys them both, while another seeks
to bring them together. Can true love win over even the greatest obstacles?
This delightful story will make you believe in the
possibility of magic and happy ever after.
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