I admit I enjoyed reading this book but the plot seemed weak and obvious. I actually read The Ideal Bride before purchasing this book and did not realize that the stories are connected since that book does not show up in the series. The plot for The Ideal Bride was much more complicated and neither the hero nor the heroine were trying to overpower the other as in this book. This book’s hero is very strong-minded and pushes for marriage all throughout the book. Hard to believe a sought after Duke would be so persistent but oh well. I understand that times were different those days but for someone so strong-minded as the heroine to agree to become a wife and mother and leave her long life dream of traveling to Africa was hard to accept. Made the story a bit bookish and unreal especially since the Duke did not offer to take her to Africa after their marriage. So if you have not read the Ideal Bride, read that book instead even if like myself you are a fan of Duke stories.
I started out with an optimistic view of this book. But, the more I got in to listening, the more tedious it became. The villain of the novel, is a no- brainer from the start, so there aren't any surprises where that is concerned. There is plenty of repetition in the dialog, with our heroine's regal chin and nose turned up to the air, I began to wonder how she could ever look at anything directly in front of herself. The love story is pretty typical, for romances: boy decides he wants the girl, she doesn't want the boy, then eventually changes her mind, into an all consuming passion. Speaking of which, the love scenes are never ending, like timewise, I found my mind drifting. It was like listening to a sportscaster, on a radio; play by play, by boring play. The book lost it's momentum in the second half, and finally picked up again toward the end, where it was interesting again.
I have read historical romances that I do enjoy, but this one just wasn't my cup of tea.
I started out really into this book. It is well written and there was a lot of dramatic tension in the first half. Of course, I knew it was a romance when I got it, but I guess I was expecting more mystery than romance. Right around the second half (not coincidentally, around the time the sex scenes started) the entire mystery element disappeared in favor of protracted sex scenes that were so long they became tedius. The first of them was well over an hour long! If you are into that sort of thing, then you may not have felt as I did that it really took away from the overall story, and I found myself fast-forwarding them to get to the actual storyline. The mystery element was set up well, but by 3/4 of the way, I was getting frustrated with the main character to figure out who did it, when I had figured it out several hours earlier. Overall, the story was enjoyable, but if all the books in the series feature the mind-numbing sex scenes this one does, I don't think I will want to listen to the rest of the series.
I would have dramatically cut the sex scenes, which I think would have made them more rewarding.
I LOVE Simon Prebble, everything he does is fantastic. His narration is half the reason I listened to this book all the way through.
Less description, more left to the imagination.
There was alot of back story, which helped the story line. Found the plot and time period interesting. I haven't read anything about that period as a fiction before so it was new to me. Better than the Elusive Bride which is the next in the series. The heroine was a little trying at times but towards the end she was better.
All of his performance I've heard are strong and he does a great job separating accents and voices so you can keep up easily with the dialogue.
Stephanie Laurens has been a favorite author of mine for years. I have never been disappointed and am not with this one. The narrator also does a fine job.
If you want to listen to a steamy story with an interesting adventure tucked in.
Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.
I just don't understand why this book (or the entire series) had so many good reviews. I found the story to be drawn-out and boring. At the start it was promising and the narrator was good but as the book went on it just bored me to death. I can't recommend this one and I will not continue on with the series despite the rave reviews. I guess it was just not my cup of tea.
Well, this was a real bodice ripper! Some interesting characters are in this standard romance novel plot; and listening to Mr. Prebble read the steamy parts was great -- at least for the first three or four scenes. The "mystery" wasn't; and I ended up skipping just to make sure of the ending. But it was a fun romp.
First let me say that I enjoyed the narrator. His portrayal of "Devil" made me think of Liam Neeson's voice everytime. Sadly, Devil and however you spell her name are boooorrrrinnnggg. The gist of the book goes like this: governess chick says no, no, no, and big Devil guy says yes, yes, yes. Sex scenes were just too long with typical yucky adjectives for peices and parts. Oh, and there is this murder of somebody's family member that they talk about between the noes and the yeses. Great book to daydream thru, especially with my faux Liam Neeson voice whispering yes, yes, yes in my ear. I would wait until this book is on sale or free...not worth a credit.
Unsure who'd enjoy this - I suspect reading the book I wouldn't have picked up so much on how often the same adjectives were used over and over again . . .
Used a thesaurus
Performance was fine . . .