This was waaaay better than I thought it was going to be. I could not stop listening.
Adrian, the Duke. She captured a British peer's subtle humor and sometimes obtuse mannerisms in her portrayal.
The duke and his mama. Sounds like fun and I'm dying to see what this guy would look like in person. His description is fab. The twins-- not so much.
The writing is very good and draws the listener into the plot. It's written in a very tight style where the action takes place in but a few places, not overly weighed down with descriptions of clothing and residences and other characters. The focus is really on the perspectives of the main characters and I loved how you were inside of their heads; listening to their thoughts, fears and concerns. Well done. I gave it five stars because it was truly enjoyable.
I like this as a good romance.
I can't really think of what it compares to but is just a good romance like many others.
She was well spoken and used great accents
I thought the story was silly; however I understand Violet's attempt to prevent embarressment among her family, his family and the ton. But she might have had the ilk to stand up to her twin sister or find a better solution to the problem. I got a little tired of the childish games they played.
It would've been greatly improved had there been any evidence of a sense of humor. Any book that is this full of cliche desperately needs to at least wear those cliches lightly. This plays an astonishing number of them in a stunningly unoriginal, perfectly serious way. The heroine is a prim pretty pink princess who literally rescues drowned kittens and puppies, reads Greek, Shakespeare, Descartes (in the original French, of course), studies art, architecture, flower arranging, reads novels, has a way with animals, is brilliant, sweet, humble, demur, and is generally unerringly perfect in nearly every way while simultaneously being the unappreciated ugly duckling to her IDENTICAL TWIN. (I'm not sure how one goes about being the ugly duckling to one's own identical twin, but the perfectly perfect heroine manages to do so). The hero is the standard allotment of romance hero cliches (A perfectly condescending gentleman of impeccable breeding and deportment with a sexually domineering presence) without the individuality or personality to become anything more than the sum of his generic parts.
I like romance novels. I just like ones that attempt to do develop individual characters and expand beyond cliches. This one is basically a 1980s Barbara Cartland novel with ephemism-ridden love scenes.
No clue. I'll probably go back to a re-listen of GRRMartin's "A Storm of Swords." Although Martin, like the author of this book, spends entirely too much time telling me what the characters are having for dinner.
The narrator did a pretty good job. If she were reading Austen (or even just a Courtney Milan romance novel) I would've had no complaints.
I would've begged the author to update her playbook. Give the hero traits beyond the cliche. Give the heroine some self-esteem. Give them both a sense of humor. Give them enough verbal interaction that they have a relationship that clicks and isn't just about physical connection. And it's really okay to stay within the genre and yet break a romance novel trope every now and then.
I enjoyed Bianca Amato as narrator so much that I immediately started searching for other books she has narrated. Her voice is perfect for regency romances, and I'm sure she's wonderful in every other genre as well. I generally don't read or listen to romance novels, but I was intrigued when book 2 was offered as a daily deal a few months ago. I bought it on a whim and immediately got hooked on the series. Perhaps the fact that it was a regency piece made it a more compelling listen than I would imagine other romances to be. I enjoyed the characters, and even though the plot was very predictable in many instances, I was still hooked throughout the book's entirety. If you're like me and mostly stick to literary fiction and creative nonfiction, you may want to give this series as try. I found it to be a refreshing change of pace, and a great listen!
I don't usually read romances and this is a most improbable plot. But I really enjoyed it... the characters are likeable, the sex is steamy without being vulgar, and while the plot is both improbable and predicable it is very engaging. I will probably get the rest when I have extra credits... it there such a thing?
Of the 50 books I've listened to this one is in my top 10. You will enjoy this story.
The storyline was completely different then anything I've read. I literally felt so connected with Violet I could feel what she was going through, the anxiety all the way to the love.
I don't have a favorite scene because the entire book is that good. I wanted to listened to it in one day.
I would take Violet just so I could listen to her recount the entire story again. I want to hear all over how she felt when she discovered the truth.
I think anyone would enjoy this book no matter the genre they prefer.
Can't hear you....I'm reading!!
I loved the story and how everything transpired. I liked that it didn't prolong the obvious ending.
I love her accent and there was a difference between people.
Good start to a trilogy
More historical references and some other story line besides one self absorbed girl
One boring predictable thread of story
Very disappointed..I feel a high school child could have written a better story. So surface in the storyline and one long boring read. I actually couldn't finish as it was so insipid and could have been written n 3 pgs.
I have 3 kids that occupy all the TV's in the house...enough said...addicted to audiobook ....shhhh don't tell my husband ;-)
There wasn't a boring part in this book, I stayed up to the wee hours in the morning to finish the book in one listen. I love romance books with great plots! Its early 1800's at the wedding of Duke Raeburn and Jeanette Rose, but Jeanette convinces her younger shy book-worm twin sister to take her place at the alter. Janette Violet finds herself having to keep up the pretense of being the life of the party, boisterous Jeanette Rose the new Dutchess of Raeburn. Violets sweet reserved nature starts to show through and people start catching on her true identity. Very scandalous and hard to put down!
Very Credit worthy and get it while its on sale!