I prefer the audio version to the print version because of the narrator - Susan Ericksen is wonderful. I have enjoyed the whole series, read by her.
Yes I would listen again.
The story was very seductive/
When Rohan killed the fat man that took his loves flower.
Bought this book when it was on sale, and so glad that I took a chance on it. It's an absolutely spellbinding story, that I couldn't put it down once I got started. The characters are captivating, and the narrator brings every character to life, that I found myself imagining more of a movie, rather than just listening to a book. I'm going on to the next in the series.
Bottom line: RUTHLESS was a beautifully structured romance both sensual and powerful showing both the glamour of 1760???s Paris as well as the wretchedness. I loved it all!
Both Elinor and Rohan
See history come alive!
In this initial offering of a new trilogy by Ann Stuart, you are introduced to Viscount Rohan, a mysterious libertine known as the King of Hell. It is at times dark, intense and unsettling - a somewhat new sort of historical for me, but purely believable. Set in 1760???s Paris, a penniless British noblewoman, Elinor Harriman is struggling to keep her family from utter ruin and starvation; a feat that at times seems almost impossible with the constant vigilance of caring for a mother who is both drifting into insanity while dying a little each day from the Spanish disease. When Elinor???s mother escapes taking with her the very last scrap of money the family had to gambleaway, it forced Elinor to venture into a world of vice and depravity, and the attention of the King of Hell himself Lord Rohan.??????*** This was without a doubt one of the most intensely satisfying and powerful historical romances I???ve read in a very long time. Ms. Stuart???s voice was both eloquent and powerful and her fleshing out of her characters motivations was totally intoxicating. They both had very turbulent backgrounds to support their behavior during the setting of this novel, and not to give anything away - the reader will recognize those motivations as they are revealed. ??????Both Rohan and Elinor were equally paired in terms of holding up their ends of the attraction that sizzled between them, yet wounded enough to deny feelings that everyone around them could see. One thing for sure, the foreplay in RUTHLESS was definitely a turn-on, with their extremely titillating dialogs. Suffice it to say, that the pace never slowed in this story. As far as the villain in RUTHLESS goes; he turned out to be quite nasty! However, he got his just desserts in the end, as well as another who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time [I actually cheered at that one!]. There is also a smaller secondary romance going on that tied up quite nicely in the end, though not as delicious as Elinor and Rohan. ???
This is the first time I have read/listened to a Anne Stuart book, I found it spellbinding, I couldn't wait to see how everything played out. The only thing I would have changed about the book was to have an epilogue or give a little more detail to the ending.
I am easily amused!
A historical romance in the finest fashion. Intriguing characters that draw you in and an unpredictable story that makes you sorry when you finish. I was instantly a fan of Anne Stuart after my first twenty minutes of listening. Makes me wish time would fly so I can get next months credits to finish the series.
It dragged at parts.
Make the characters more interesting.
Boring slow and unchanging
The story was just ok.
The House of Rohan is an adult book. Very graphic. The story is very crude and filled with detailed descriptions of depravity. The narratives are too long. The author could have presented the exact story in a less time consuming manner. These long periods of BLAH BLAH BLAH are somewhat boring. It makes it difficult to finish the book. Maybe the unabridge version would have been a better buy.
Based on reviews I was hoping for something much better - but the story was predictable -- the writing was trite - and the reader was too strident. Definitely a D.