I have read a number of Ms. Garwood's books and really enjoyed them. This one was not very good in my opinion.
The heroine was said to be strong but her behaviour seemed weak and needy. The hero was a harsh bully. I cringed through many of the exchanges. I will not read this again; it insults my sensitivities as a woman.
I really like the story, but for me, getting around Anne Flosnik's voice and accent were tough. I love a good English accent, but something about her's made it difficult for me to really immerse myself in the story and get a good visual of the characters. I may be interested to hear it read by someone else.
I am a retired Court Reporter and I LOVE books. All kinds of books but my favorites are mysteries and period books. I like civil war books and some biographies.
Loved the story but did not like the reader at all. She gave me a headache. I wanted her to cough or clear her throat the whole time.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
I liked this book and the fact that it wasn't predictable as most of these types of books are. However the intimate scenes between to main characters could have been a bit more erotic or at the very least a bit more descriptive. I'm fond of some of Anne Flosnok narrations but in this book she she did a good job of the reading.
12 step program please. I am addicted to Audible! I love trashy sexy books, award winning novels and everything between. Bring it!
This book was ok, there was nothing special about it. I like Julie Garwood and this wasn't my favorite. The male character is a narcissistic macho man without many endearing qualities. When the story finally reveals why he is the way he is (self absorbed & emotionally unavailable) all i could think of was, COME ON! The female lead is likeable enough but had she really been the independent, strong willed female her character is sold to be, she would have left the Duke of Bradford about 1/2 through the book. So in between all this, there is chemistry & mystery and the story moves along. I believe I would have enjoyed this book more if it weren't for Anna Flosnik's voice. I've listened to Little Bee and a number of other books narrated by her and her enunciation of what sounds like every single syllable, well perhaps just the last syllabel is grating. I know my opinion is not in majority with audible listeners. I would have enjoyed this book with a little less Flosnik.
First of all I LIKE very much Anne Flosnik's narration. I really don't know what all the fuss and complaining is about with the other reviews. I have listened to her a lot on Amanda Quick and Mary Balogh novels on tape and CD
I thought this was a great book. It was written in 1991 which, in my opinion better written,
before the historical novels became too modern day. In other words they put 21st century
characters back two centuries and expect it to be believable.
I liked Lady Carolyn and Lord Bradford. Of course, being a Duke, he was arrogrant and controlling, but in the end she brought him around.
I LOVE Julie Garwood and wish more of her books were available. But this one did not live up to standards. Story was slow and characters were not as compelling. Not crazy about the narrator either.
"Rebellious Desire" is the first book in a very long time I enjoyed so much I didn't want it to end. It's intriguing, funny, mysterious, filled with sexual tension, has great dialogue, and amazing scenes.
It begins in England in 1788, when Caroline is only 4 years old, immediately capturing your attention with the events that take place. Later in 1802, 18 year old Caroline, returns to England at her fathers request, after living in Boston for the last 14 years with her Aunt, Uncle and Cousins. On the road to see her father, Caroline, her cousin Charity, and a BIG black man named Benjamin hear gun shots and Caroline thwarts an attempted robbery/murder. As she ministers to the gun-shot victim, she hears someone ride up; none other than Jered Marcus Benton, the Duke of Bradford, who holds a gun on her, as she holds a gun on him, and they argue about who will put their gun away first. The events that follow are hilarious.
The characters are likable, although I would have liked to slap some sense into the arrogant, stubborn Duke of Bradford, at times...but with Julie Garwood's superb writing and Anne Flosnik's excellent narration, you can imagine how infuriating it would be for a Duke, the most powerful title in England, just under a Prince, to be opposed by a strong-willed girl from the colonies. Even though the Duke is overbearing, you can understand it, because of his Title and what it means to be a Duke in England...it just doesn't mean that much to Caroline. As you are drawn into the story, you can understand, due to back-grounds of the characters, how misunderstandings abound.
Although this is one of Ms Garwood's older books I enjoyed it more than her later ones, and would like to see a follow-up of their family...the Duke and Caroline with children: girls with her feisty personality, and his heir and a spare...more about Charity and Paul and the other cousins from Boston.
It's well worth a credit, but I'm overjoyed to get it for $4.95. I highly recommend it.
It's hard to believe that I've found a Julie Garwood HR that I didn't abso-freaking-lutely love. I liked it okay, but...it all boils down to Bradford. He was a giant douche. The end.
I am not a one to avoid dark topics and understand that different times have had different standards but I could not finish this book. The hero's obsession with control and manipulation of the heroine was extremely disturbing because it was written as if it were love. I don't care what excuse he used, he was an accomplished abuser.