I enjoyed this book however I liked A kiss before midnight a little better. The main character (male) is pretty mean. I am looking forward to the next book in the series!!
I loved every word of this book. Loved Piers and Linnet and hated to see the story end. Loved Prufrock, best butler ever. Loved Doctors Kibbles and Bitts, that was too funny. Loved Sebastien. Loved the story reguarding his parents and how that all worked out. I simply loved the entire story. It was sad, happy, intense, everything you'd want in a fairy tale. AND the sex was just beautiful and didn't overwhelm the storyline. I would recommend this book to all romance readers.
As to the narrator: Ms. Duerden did a perfect job! I couldn't have asked for a better narrator for this book. Every voice was perfect and individual. You always knew who was talking and THAT makes for great narration. IMO..
I would also like to say that the description tells us what the book is about or we can zip over to Amazon and look at reviews. This is AUDIBLE! What we need to review is the narrator. Does he or she suck? Why? Is he or she too nasal-y, too sweet for the kind of book he or she is reading, to gruff, too bland, too robotic, lacks emotion. Is he or she doing nothing but reading the book? Not changing his or her voice for the male and female voices? Is the narrator sounding the same whether she or he is reading a whisper spoken?
Most of us on AUDIBLE don't really care what the book is about. We want to know about the narrator! This is AUDIBLE, after all.
I really love this version of 'Beauty and the Beast'. Elosia gives it her own quick by adding a 'Dr. House-like' hero for us to root for. The narrator did a wonderful job and it was a pleasure to listen to.
In the top 10, I'd say. It was such a great listen!
I really liked the characters. Even though he was supposed to be gruff, I never disliked him. I found them both quite likable and I rooted for them from the start.
Yes. She's always great. One of my favorite narrators. She does different voices so well and it feels like you're listening to a movie.
The heart often sees more than the eyes ever can...
This was just a wonderful feel-good book. A great romantic listen. Definitely a keeper!
Love historical and paranormal romances with smart, imperfect people who against the odds find love when they are not looking for it.
An old romance with a new new twist at every turn. Great characters to love and to irritate you. Well written dialogue. Steamy love scenes. Modern feel but true to the historical theme. Wonderful narrator. Total enjoyment.
I love the books with the brooding and snarky heroes with lots of witty repartee...and this book fits that description perfectly :)
When Piers finds LInnet half dead of scarlet fever and fights the fight of his life to save her....absolutely wonderful :)
My first by the author. Very entertaining and a bit on the light side, although it was very witty. There were a few angsty parts and quite a bit about facing the fact that parents are flawed humans like everyone else and you either have to live your life angry and bitter or accept them and let it go.
My assumption about the hero being inspired by Dr. House was fair. The author actually mentioned at the end that the TV show was her primary inspiration even more so than the fairytale. Piers was a doctor who definitely had the snarky, living in pain, and inappropriately funny part of it down. He was his own character, however. For one thing he fought desperately NOT to depend on drugs or alcohol for his pain, but feared due to family history and the unrelenting pain that he may end up becoming an opiate addict at some point anyway. He was very afraid to marry and have children because of the nightmare his father, the Duke, put he and his mother through due to his opium addiction. I don't think this is a spoiler, because it seemed obvious to me -- but I'll put it behind a tag anyway. (view spoiler)
The Earl/Doctor can be a real ass, which shouldn't be a surprise. Linnet mostly puts him in his place and gives as good as she gets. She's no doormat by any stretch of the imagination.
If you're very bothered by anachronisms, there are certainly some here. Some of the phrases used, in particular, seemed very out of place in a Regency. i.e. "What happens in Wales, stays in Wales." Also, and this is very YMMV, I like the hero to have to convince the heroine he loves her even though he's acted like a complete jackass. Linett has his number, so his revelation is not surprising to her. Although his actions in the end do show his unconditional, deep love for her. I definitely won't spoil that part.
Re: the audio, Susan Duerden was excellent as always.
Remind me again, where did I leave my ipod?
I really enjoyed my 2nd listen to this one. Beauty is a lovely young lady who finds herself suddenly ruined because of a poorly designed ball gown. The beast, well he has to be experienced. Unlike many other books of this type, both of the characters in this one have no difficulty speaking their minds, but the conversations between them never become strident or cliche.
Very enjoyable, and Susan Duerden does a great job.