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I love Lisa Kleypas. This one was a nice Listen. The hero is enchanting . And Rosalyn Landor's narration is the best I have ever heard. Her voice and performance makes you feel and live the story. Well done Rosalyn !
I made it to within an hour of the end, but when the arrogant insensitive hero continues to try to have sex with the weak willed heroine even though she says no (which to me is rape) I had to give up. None of the characters were appealing or likable and the story frustrating. The heroine was ahead of her time and I kept hoping that the hero and story would turn around, but instead, he starts to win her with forced sex and I gave up.
"Somewhere I'll Find You" is a well written story about an arranged marriage between a Duke's heir and an extremely wealthy family's daughter. Julia's father wants a titled husband for her, and the Duke needs money to cover his gambling debts, and restore the family finances. The catch--Damon is 7 years old and Julia is 4 years old when the marriage takes place.
Lord Damon and Lady Julia know they are married, but have never met since they were children. The arranged marriage ruined both their lives. Neither are free to marry another, have children, nor lead a normal life. Julia rebels and runs away to become an actress and Lord Damon searches for her for years without success, wanting to right the wrong committed by their parents when they were children. Having taken over the finances of the Dukedom, using the money received from Julia's father, Lord Damon makes wise investments and becomes one of the foremost wealthiest men. He wants to get an annulment, see that the "bride" money is returned to Julia, so they can get on with their lives.
Busy taking care of the family Damon has not had time for fun in his life, but one night he walks down to the village during May Day; an ancient public spring festival with dancing, singing. He sees a pretty girl and on impulse asks her to dance learning she is a actress in a little known theatre, but names are not exchanged. He kisses her and leaves, but doesn't forget her. Years later he meets her again, without recognition. She has changed her name and is a well known actress. The attraction is still there. At a party to raise funds for the theatre she meets Lord Damon, and recognizes the name as her husband, but he has no idea who she is.
It's a moving story that any lover of Historical Romance should find entertaining, I certainly did.
Rosalyn Landor gave a perfect performance. Kleypas and Landor are an unbeatable combination for our listening pleasure. Well worth a credit.
I am a LK fan, having read almost everything she has written. I hated this story. I didn't like the characters and there was NO chemistry b/w Julia and Damon. I did like Because You're Mine, the next book. Rosalyn Landor does a pretty good job. I do not like her male voices b/c they sound really old.
I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.
The story between Damon Savage and Jessica Wentworth (Julia--which is her true name) starts out great! Immediately, the reader's attention is captured. Lisa Kleypas does a wonderful job in creating these interesting worlds, societies and people who reside in them. There is an excitement that builds up as Damon finds out that Julia is the bride he was married to as a child and she happens to be the woman who has captured his attraction above all others.
As an accomplished actress and independent woman, Julia has much more to loose in this romance, and although she resists the romance for the duration of the book, she just can't seem to evade the strong love she feels for Damon. Damon, of course, is passionately in love with Julia and is an assertive and aggressive suitor. He knows what he wants (which is Julia) and is determined to win her love. And, although the chemistry is strong between the hero and heroine, there isn't complete relief when they are together. During love scenes and romantic encounters between the pair, there is still lingering tension that cannot allow the reader complete enjoyment.
However, there is a very satisfying ending knowing that Damon and Julia were able to reconcile their differences, compromise and meet each other half way to create a balanced and what seems like a fulfilling marriage.
It's definitely worth the listen, even though not one of Kleypas' most stellar novels.