Mini Reviews ~ Historical Romance

June 4, 2020 Audiobook Reviews, Book Reviews 1

Mini Reviews ~ Historical Romance

I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Mesmerized by Candace Camp
Length: 9 hours and 12 minutes
Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Harlequin Books on December 26, 2017
Pages: 360
Format: Audiobook
Source: Tantor Audio

Narrator: Will Thorne
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The only way to fight a powerful darkness is with a powerful love
Olivia Moreland prides herself on discrediting charlatans, particularly the false mediums that flock to London. But when Lord Stephen St. Leger requests her help in investigating an alleged psychic’s claims, she can’t deny the ominous feeling she has within the walls of his ancient estate—or the intimately familiar connection she has with Stephen himself.
The last time he’d called Blackhope Hall home, Stephen had watched as his elder brother claimed both the family title and the woman he loved. Now, in the wake of his brother’s murder, Stephen has reluctantly returned to find his family ensconced in scandal. Who is responsible for his brother’s untimely death? And what is it about investigator Olivia Moreland that so thoroughly draws him in, reigniting a passion he hasn’t felt in years?

Time is not on my side but I am still enjoying reading/listening to a lot of great books so I opted to do some mini reviews so that I can get them finished and done so I am not stressing. 🙂

Mesmerized is about a young lady who makes her business to oust charlatans who pose as psychics, etc and one night when she was about to catch one in the act she is caught by Lord Stephen St. Leger who thinks she is part of the act and that he is catching her.

Once he finds out who Olivia is he decides to hire her to go with him to his home because his mother has invited some psychics to come to the house and he is afraid they are taking advantage of her because she wants to contact her dead son. Olivia agrees to go and is frustrated half the time by Lord Stephan and attracted to him at the same time.

Olivia knows something is going on and she is ready to catch them in the act, but there are somethings happening that are not as explainable as wires and mechanisms. Both her and Lord Stephan are having identical dreams about the house and those that use to live there, they see a ghost they can’t discount, etc.

This was a decent read with fun characters. I really liked both Olivia and Stephen and thought they worked well together and their romance was believable. There was just something about this book that kept it from being a great book and to be honest it’s not very memorable and I can’t even remember what it was I didn’t like…lol.

I wasn’t a real big fan of the narrator Will Thorne, not that he was horrible he just wasn’t for me.

 

Mini Reviews ~ Historical Romance

I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

A Dangerous Love by Sabrina Jeffries
Length: 12 hours and 19 minutes
Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Avon on March 28, 2006
Pages: 384
Format: Audiobook
Source: Tantor Audio

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Griff Knighton's found the perfect way to avoid being trapped into marriage with one of the Earl of Swanlea's daughters: he'll swap identities with his man of affairs during their next visit to Swan Park, and be free to pursue his own desires.
But Griff didn't reckon on the brazen, voluptuous Rosalind, who could tempt even a saint into sinning, and Griff is no saint. She was determined to unmask him..

Also by this author: If the Viscount Falls, How the Scoundrel Seduces, The Art of Sinning (Sinful Suitors, #1), Project Duchess , The Bachelor

In a Dangerous Love we have Griff who has always been thought of as illegitimate and had hard life but has made something of himself in trade.  He knows he is the rightful Lord of Swanlea but he can’t prove it because his parents marriage certificate conveniently disappeared not long after they were married. He has been contacted by his uncle with an ultimatum that he will give him the certificate if he agrees to marry one of his daughters. He wants to make sure that they are secure before turning over the fact he isn’t really the rightful Earl of Swanlea.

Griff decides that in order to be able to look for the certificate on his own and try and find it so he can out his uncle he will have his assistant and friend Daniel pretend to be him and he will take on the role of Daniel. Daniel is not really fond of this but does it anyway.

Rosalind can’t believe what her father is doing and is prepared to do anything she can to make sure none of them have to marry a man they do not want too. She catches Griff snooping around in her fathers office and is suspicious of him and so she keeps making sure she is around to keep an eye of him or having someone like a footman around. This deeply frustrates Griff and he thinks that if he tries to be forward with her that she will be scared off but she isn’t and instead of scaring her off he starts to like her. Problem is he is pretending to be someone else!

I really liked Rosalind as she is spunky, dedicated to her family and a lot of fun. Griff is handsome and brooding but I am not a fan of the trope where people trade places and lie about themselves so that makes him not so likeable. Because I am not a huge fan of this trope it lessened my enjoyment of this but overall it’s not a bad read. I am a huge fan of Sabrina Jeffries though so will probably continue this series as you never enjoy all of your favorite authors books. 🙂

I enjoyed the narrator for this one, not listened to Rachael Beresford narration before but she did a pretty decent job.

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