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Whirlpool

By: Elizabeth Lowell
Narrated by: Carrington MacDuffie
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Publisher's Summary

When an exquisitely crafted, authentic imperial Faberge egg mysteriously shows up at Laurel Swann's home studio, she knows it can only be from one person - her father, who has drifted in and out of her life for as long as she can remember. But this time Jamie Swann leaves her something too many people will kill for. Out of her league and desperate, Laurel is forced to accept help from the very man who is trying to ensnare her father in his own web of double crosses. Cruz Rowan can help her stay alive, but will he do the same for her father?

©2006 Elizabeth Lowell (P)2018 Blackstone Publishing
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Romance

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Old Book

After getting into the audio book, I realized I had read it years ago. It's a good story but just recently recorded for audible. Way too much attention to sex and manipulation with sex.

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I liked the plot and the narrator but...

It came across strongly that women are either weak or are strong only because they use sex to manipulate. It's too bad because I would've really liked the both the female protagonist and antagonist had they just been strong women and the story would not have suffered at all.

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  • 11-18-21

80s trash

Wow. I couldn't get past the homophobic, male stereotype at the beginning. The female character had promise, but I couldn't stand the male.
Kudos to the narrator!

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20% MYSTERY 80% GRATUATOUS SEX

Would have made a good half hour mystery short story. The rest was just hopelessly boring even at 2.5 speed.
Fine narrator couldn't save this drivel. Supposedly steamy scenes were like jumping into a cool hot tub. YUCK!

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Not worth the time

There really was no storyline. No point. The author left nothing to the reader's imagination. Story was trite and phrases cringeworthy throughout. Narrator was good even with delivering cringing phrases ... she did the best she could. I only stuck with it because it was free and I thought, it has to get better. But unfortunately it did not. Characters are one-dimensional. And the majority of male characters treat and think of women like trash. The author doesn't give the reader any credit for brains as she feels she has to explain even the simplest things.

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Did not age well

I read this when it came out as The Ruby by Ann Maxwell in the mid-90s and liked the fast-paced action and intrigue. I still like those things but now cringe at the less-than-progressive language and characterization of minorities and marginalized people.

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Too much sex.

I couldn't even finish it. The story line is not enhanced by the sex, it detracts from it.

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Predictably

I found the story predictable and corny sometimes. I forced myself to listen to the whole story hoping it would get better. The narrator made it tolerable, but all in all I wasn’t a fan

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OK Story from the late 80s /early 90s!

"3 Stars for me!

My rating range of this story... 2.5 - 3.5 Stars
If significant, why?

Main Character Ratings...
H = 7/10
h = 5/10

Narrator Rating(s)
M = n/a
F = 7/10
If below 5/10,why?

Was cheating involved? No
Any major triggers to be aware of? No

If Comedy... Type? n/a
Genuinely Funny
Cringe Inducing
Just No!

Angst Level? Light to Moderate
Light, Moderate, Heavy or Please Stop


Scenes with heat... Yes
What point does it start? 25%
How much of the story? 5%
Anything beyond M/F? No
If yes, explained

Heat Rating... 7/10
Clean or Fade to Black - 1 or 2
Normal to Descriptive 3-5
Detailed Descriptive Sex - 6-7
Um, Wow, Beyond Descriptive Sex - 8 or above

Was there so much sex or unrealistic sex that you rolled your eyes and/or skipped forward? No

The back story... Too much to list but the blurb is good.

The Romance... The MCs start with instant attraction and then fall in love over the next week or so.

The drama explosion... The bad guys zero in on what they are looking for.
Did it feel Real, OK or contrived? A bit contrived
Was it OTT? Yes
Separation involved? No
Was it resolved properly or rushed? Ok

Final Notes... I think that this book must have been written in the late 1980s or early 1990s based the character styling, Soviets and lots of newspapers.

Nipples is the most common word in the story.
There is a bit of gay-bashing (one character who is a bad guy of whom is a pedophile). I don't think it was meant to insult the Gay Community and believe that it was to paint the bad guy as a horrible person.

The h is TSTL most of the time.


HEA or HFN? Who knows! "

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Pleasantly surprised.

I don't usually listen to one book novels. I usually listen to series. I was very pleasantly surprised to see how the author developed the characters and the story line and got it all right in 1 book.