Reviews by Lea Hensley

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It's In His Kiss

To celebrate the arrival of Netflix's Bridgerton, AAR is running, in reading order, our reviews of the original nine books in the series. (originally published on July 3, 2005)If you are looking for some lighthearted, laugh-out-loud summer reading that will also fill your need for a tender roma ...

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The Rosie Project

Hearing the hype surrounding this Australian comedy (that just happens to be a romance way off the beaten track), I quickly decided to give the audio version a try despite the fact that it’s the author’s debut novel and the narrator’s first audiobook performance. Told in first person by the he ...

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Deadline

Narrated by Stephen LangI’m a big Sandra Brown fan who eagerly anticipates each of her new releases while relistening to my Brown favorites to keep my bouts of Brown fever at bay. Not only can I rely on another entertaining romantic suspense each year, but I rest in the knowledge that her new ...

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Defiant

Narrated by Kaleo GriffithThe third in the Mackinnon’s Rangers series, Defiant delivers an above average American Historical tale set during the French and Indian War. To better visualize this time frame, think Daniel Day Lewis in The Last of the Mohicans. Although I see Lewis as Iain (the her ...

B
Beauty Queen

Narrated by Natalie RossOver the years I have delighted in both Julia London’s historical and contemporary titles. When it comes to her historical titles, I prefer her earlier books – they seem meatier than her later formulaic tales. But when Ms. London turns to her contemporary voice, I’m ...

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The Prince of Midnight

Narrated by Nicholas BoultonIt’s finally here. Romance listeners have eagerly awaited The Prince of Midnight, the first audio release from Laura Kinsale’s fascinating backlist. Earlier this year, Ms. Kinsale announced that her entire backlist (twelve titles) would be released in audio during ...

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Extreme Exposure

Narrated by Kaleo GriffithHearing that Tantor Audio had picked up Pamela Clare’s I-Team series caused a good deal of excitement in the romance audio community. After all, she was chosen in both the 2011 and 2012 Favorite Romance Audiobooks Poll as one of the top three Romance Author’s Backli ...

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Fifty Shames of Earl Grey

Narrated by Allyson RyanAny review of Fifty Shames of Earl Grey (Fifty Shames) should start with the fact that it is a parody of Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty) by E.L. James. That runaway best seller in print has sharply divided romance readers – those who love it and those who don’t. Further, ...

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The Secret Mistress

Narrated by Anne FlosnikWhen Edward Ailsbury, Earl of Heyward, rescues Lady Angeline Dudley from the consequences of her impetuous actions, he sees an improper young woman who is far from any lady he could ever consider marrying. Angeline sees Edward as the man she will someday marry.Edward ...

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Death Angel

Narrated by Joyce BeanBack in 2008, I hesitantly picked up the print version of Death Angel wondering if I could enjoy a romance featuring a cold-blooded assassin and a mistress to a drug lord. My curiosity combined with faith in Linda Howard and an appreciation for edgy heroes rewarded me after ...