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The Best-Loved Listens of 2019

The Best-Loved Listens of 2019

Somehow, despite the relentless intrusion upon my listening time by the real world, I listened to over 100 audiobooks this year, amounting to almost 1000 hours of audio. The full list is available on Goodreads, but here I have handpicked my top twenty audiobooks and top ten narrators from this yea…
Blog: Your Own Harshest Critic

Blog: Your Own Harshest Critic

Having spent this past year reviewing, promoting, critiquing, and consulting here in my somewhat-tea-stained corner of the internet, I've spent many hours sharing my opinion of the audiobooks I've encountered in 2019.
There have been some I've loved, and others that I've struggled …
Review: Elis & John Present the Holy Vible

Review: Elis & John Present the Holy Vible

Elis and John Present the Holy Vible: The Book The Bible Could Have Been by Elis James.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Duration: 11 hrs 43 mins.
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited.

Elis and John Present The Holy Vible by Elis James and John Robins is a jovially rambling, warm, open, and very fu…
Review: Betrothed to the Dragon

Review: Betrothed to the Dragon

Betrothed to the Dragon by Kara Lockharte.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐
Duration: 3 hrs 46 mins.
Publisher: Smartia Publishing.
๐Ÿ”ฅSteamy scenes!๐Ÿ”ฅ

Betrothed to the Dragon, Dragon Lovers, Book 1 by Kara Lockharte is an action-packed, steamy paranormal romance that turns its heroine's world upsid…
Review: Christmas in the Duke's Embrace

Review: Christmas in the Duke's Embrace

Christmas in the Duke's Embrace by Amanda Mariel.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐
Duration: 2 hrs 6 mins.
#BennetSistersScale: Jane - ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน Though rather too melodramatic to be a Jane, it is mostly defined by its overwhelming sweetness and neat, perfect ending.

Christmas in the Duke's Embrace…
Review: Never Doubt a Duke

Review: Never Doubt a Duke

Never Doubt a Duke by Regina Scott.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Duration: 8 hrs 31 mins.
#BennetSistersScale: Lizzy - ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน Sweet and tender enough to be a Jane, but with far more chutzpah and spirited independence.

Never Doubt a Duke, Fortune's Brides, Book 1 by Regina Scott is a charming…
Short & Sweet Review: A Bride for Bode

Short & Sweet Review: A Bride for Bode

A Bride for Bode by Marisa Masterson.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐
Duration: 2 hrs 48 mins.

A Bride for Bode, The Proxy Brides, Book 21 by Marisa Masterson is a nice, faith-led love story about a couple who do not meet until after their wedding.
Audible Summary: "Bode needs this opportunity to p…
Review: The White Light of Tomorrow

Review: The White Light of Tomorrow

The White Light of Tomorrow by D. Pierce Williams.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐
Duration: 10 hrs 4 mins.

The White Light of Tomorrow, First Earth Series, Book 1 by D. Pierce Williams is a galactic adventure which borrows much of its imagery from the knights and villains of the past, and resurrects th…
Review: Snow Angel

Review: Snow Angel

Snow Angel by Davalynn Spencer.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Duration: 3 hrs 1 min.

Snow Angel by Davalynn Spencer is a sweet, American historical romance with a sprinkling of Christmas magic.
Lena's story begins in Colorado, 1864, when she suffers an accident as a four-year-old which impacts h…
Review: Find Me Love

Review: Find Me Love

Find Me Love by Dawn Brower.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐
Duration: 2 hrs 34 mins.
#BennetSistersScale: Lydia - ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน Very sweet and idealistic, but hurtles headlong toward its HEA without taking quite enough care over how this is accomplished.

Find Me Love, Scandal Meets Love Book 2, by Dawn Brower is…
The Bennet Sisters Scale: Rating Regency Romances

The Bennet Sisters Scale: Rating Regency Romances

Throughout the course of this year I have been delighted to review plenty of Regency era novels, novellas, and short stories. I have discovered new favourite authors and deepened my appreciation for the period, but the quality of the audiobooks has varied rather dramatically. As Regencies are such …
Review: Demon Moon

Review: Demon Moon

Demon Moon, Prof. Croft Book 1, by Brad Magnarella.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐
Duration: 8 hrs 19 mins.

Demon Moon by Brad Magnarella is the first book in a slick urban fantasy series featuring a pretty ordinary hero with some decidedly extraordinary problems.
Audible Summary: "Everson Croft h…
Short & Sweet Review: Tempting the Bluestocking

Short & Sweet Review: Tempting the Bluestocking

Tempting the Bluestocking by Victoria Vale.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Duration: 4 hrs 14 mins.
๐Ÿ”ฅSteamy Content!๐Ÿ”ฅ

Tempting the Bluestocking, Gentleman Courtesans Book 0.5, by Victoria Vale is a sultry prequel novella to a devilishly decadent Regency romance series.
Audible Summary: "After …
Review: All That Remains: A Life in Death

Review: All That Remains: A Life in Death

All That Remains: A Life in Death by Sue Black.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Duration: 11 hrs 20 mins.

All that Remains: A Life in Death by Sue Black is an introduction to forensic anthropology like no other. In this memoir Professor Black lays out her own journey to becoming one of the most respec…
Review: Drake Restrained

Review: Drake Restrained

Drake Restrained, Book 1 by S.E. Lund.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐
Duration: 15 hrs.
๐Ÿ”ฅSteamy Content!๐Ÿ”ฅ

Drake Restrained, Book 1 by S. E. Lund is a dark, passionate story, perfect for fans of Fifty Shades of Grey. This audiobook is a retelling of  the author's previous novel, The Agreement, fro…
Competition: Win an Audible ยฃ3k Listening Bundle!

Competition: Win an Audible £3k Listening Bundle!

Audible's Ultimate Listening Bundle competition is back again and better than ever! 
Open to UK members only, two lucky winners will grab an iPhone 11 Pro 5.8-inch display in space grey (256GB); an iPad Pro with 12.9-inch display in Space Grey (512GB, Wi-Fi + Cellular); a pair of Bose QuietComf…
Review: The Clockwork Magician

Review: The Clockwork Magician

The Clockwork Magician by Eldritch Black.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐
Duration: 8 hrs 38 mins.

The Clockwork Magician by Eldritch Black is a Young Adult steampunk adventure following a madcap professor, his irascible assistant, and a bespectacled cat.
Audible Summary: "A street urchin with a my…
Review: Submission

Review: Submission

Submission, Doms of Club Eden Book 01, by L.K. Shaw.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐
Duration: 4 hrs 42 mins.
๐Ÿ”ฅSteamy content!๐Ÿ”ฅ

Submission by LK Shaw is a short and steamy contemporary romantic thriller, which grabs the listener by the unmentionables. 
Audible Summary: "The moment I laid eyes on …
Review: Delighted by the Duke

Review: Delighted by the Duke

Delighted by the Duke by Amanda Mariel.
My rating: 2 of 5 stars ⭐⭐
Duration: 1 hr 39 mins.
#BennetSistersScale: Jane - ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน Such a sweet tale has to be a Jane, but it lacks her grace.

Delighted by the Duke, Fabled Love Book 4 by Amanda Mariel is a very short but ever-so sweet romance inspired by …
Series Review: Rotherweird Trilogy, Books 1-3

Series Review: Rotherweird Trilogy, Books 1-3

Now that the trilogy is complete in print and audio, here is my review for all three books in this extraordinary fantasy series: Rotherweird, Wyntertide, and Lost Acre. I have attempted to avoid spoilers in my reviews but if you are yet to listen to the series then you may wish to skip the synopsi…
Review: The Tell Tale Heart and Other Creepy Classics

Review: The Tell Tale Heart and Other Creepy Classics

The Tell Tale Heart and Other Creepy Classics by Edgar Allan Poe.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐.
Duration: 5 hrs 32 mins.

The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Creepy Classics featuring stories by Edgar Allan Poe, Washington Irving, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Guy de Maupassant, H.G Wells, and Jack London.
Aud…
Review: The Wizard and The Frog

Review: The Wizard and The Frog

The Wizard and The Frog by Richard Fierce.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐
Duration: 2 hrs 17 mins.

The Wizard and the Frog by Richard Fierce is a short fantasy adventure following a rather hapless hero and an equally inept elf as they pursue their quest to return the heroine to human form. The biggest …
Review: Bless Thine Inheritance

Review: Bless Thine Inheritance

Bless Thine Inheritance by Sophia Holloway.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Duration: 9 hrs 46 mins.
Publisher: Soundings for Isis Audiobooks.
#BennetSistersScale: Lizzy - ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน Filled with lively, engaging characters and an unconventional heroine, this story could only ever have been a Lizzy.
Bless…
Giveaway: The Freedman - Black History Month special

Giveaway: The Freedman - Black History Month special

To mark Black History Month, which runs throughout October in the UK, author Lars D.H. Hedbor is giving away 10 copies of The Freedman; a fascinating audiobook in his excellent Tales From a Revolution series.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book earlier in the year and urge anyone with an interest in th…
Freebie and Review: The Sisters

Freebie and Review: The Sisters

The Sisters by Dervla McTiernan.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐
Duration: 3 hrs 8 mins.

Special offer: this audiobook is free until 10am, 3rd October 2019, for Audible UK members with an active subscription.
The Sisters, Cormac Reilly Series, Book 0.5 by Dervla McTiernan is a prequel novella to the acc…
Review: A Nefarious Engagement: A Regency Cozy

Review: A Nefarious Engagement: A Regency Cozy

A Nefarious Engagement: A Regency Cozy by Lynn Messina.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Duration: 7 hrs 56 mins.
#BennetSistersScale: Lizzy - ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน No less unconventional or opinionated this time around, the latest installment is as sprightly a sparring match as all the others.

A Nefarious Engageme…
Review: Their Lost Daughters

Review: Their Lost Daughters

Their Lost Daughters by Joy Ellis.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Duration: 9 hrs 46 mins.

Their Lost Daughters, Jackman and Evans Book 1 (Recommended Reading Order) by Joy Ellis is a haunting crime thriller set in the wild Lincolnshire fens, and following investigative duo DI Rowan Jackman and DS Ma…
Review: Portrait of a Lady

Review: Portrait of a Lady

Portrait of a Lady by Victoria Vale.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Duration: 8 hrs 38 mins.
๐Ÿ”ฅSteamy scenes!๐Ÿ”ฅ
#BennetSistersScale: Lizzy - ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน Brimming with warmth from more than just the more heated scenes.

Portrait of a Lady, The Gentleman Courtesans, Book 1 by Victoria Vale is a character-d…
Review: Rewriting the Rules

Review: Rewriting the Rules

Rewriting the Rules by Morganna Williams.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐
Duration: 3 hrs 14 mins.
๐Ÿ”ฅSteamy content! ๐Ÿ”ฅ

Rewriting the Rules by Morganna Williams is an erotic novella about a reclusive, submissive, writer who is taken to task by her Dominant editor.
Audible summary: "Ever since her …
Review: ROSALIND: A Regency Romance

Review: ROSALIND: A Regency Romance

ROSALIND: A Regency Romance by Jenny Hambly.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐
Duration: 6 hrs 43 mins.
#BennetSistersScale: Lydia - ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน Endearing and enjoyable but lacking a little self-awareness.

Rosalind: A Regency Romance, Bachelor Brides, Book 1 by Jenny Hambly is an entertaining Regency romance with…
Review: To Be Taught If Fortunate

Review: To Be Taught If Fortunate

To Be Taught If Fortunate by Becky Chambers.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Duration: 4 hrs 47 mins.
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton.

To Be Taught If Fortunate by Becky Chambers is a thoughtful, intelligent exploration of humanity and the universe.
Review: The Spider in the Laurel

Review: The Spider in the Laurel

The Spider in the Laurel by Michael Pogach.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐
Duration: 10 hrs 6 mins.

The Spider in the Laurel, Rafael Ward series, Book 1 by Michael Pogach blends elements of urban fantasy with Orwellian dystopia to bring us a fast-paced debut.

Blog Tour: Rational Creatures - Bumper Review & Tour Extras!

Blog Tour: Rational Creatures - Bumper Review & Tour Extras!

Today it is my privilege to help launch the latest anthology from The Quill Collective. Rational Creatures: Stirrings of Feminism in the Hearts of Jane Austen's Fine Ladies is a collection of short stories featuring some of our most familiar Regency heroines. Keep reading for a full synopsis, …
Competition: Win an Angela Pepper Audiobook Library!

Competition: Win an Angela Pepper Audiobook Library!

Renowned for her cozy mysteries, detective stories, and supernatural mysteries, author Angela Pepper has lots of audiobooks to give away! All you need to do is submit your details in the form below for a chance to win. Whilst the competition is open internationally, there are far more UK codes sti…
Absent Without Leave...

Absent Without Leave...

Whilst all my reviews are written propped up on a nest of pillows in a comfy bed, on this occasion it is not my own! Far from being the beginning of a salacious anecdote it is instead an explanation for my recent absence. Due to an unfortunate (but not uncommon) complication of previous surgery, I…
Introducing 'Short and Sweet' Reviews

Introducing 'Short and Sweet' Reviews

Having spent rather a lot of energy earlier this year, attempting first to launch and then refurbish this blog, I have been in a rather steep decline ever since. As a result, I have been unable to post thorough critiques of each book I listen to, as was my initial intention. So that you do not mis…
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