I was looking for something light and quick to listen to and this was entertaining, to say the least. While the base story was actually pretty good, I found the romance part to be laugh out loud funny and the narration to be in an odd panicky monotone. Entertaining? Yes - but for all of the wrong reasons.
This is by far my favorite audiobook, and one I've listened to over and over again. I love all the books in this series, but this one is the best. (Mostly because of Ian!)
Hands down, Ian is the best character in this, and the other MacKenzie books.
I love romantic historical novels.
On of the best. It kept me awake all night until i was finished.
That must be Ian. He is loyal to his family and frinds, even when everyone think the worst of him. He is a very sensual man, but he is also starving for someone to love and belive in him. Even when he don't belive, that he; him self is capable of loving or other feelings.
She gave the characters a life of there one in the book.
Who can love the mad Lord
Beth and Ian a cupel whit a lot of hurdles in front of them. Ian are questioning himself and his sanity. Beth is struggling wgit her feelings to Ian. Does she stay whit him or not. Is her love strong enough.
I love this book. Worth a credit.
I absolutely love romance stories and this one had an odd twist that made it a nice listen! I would recommend this as a book to listen to.
I love Audible! Being a full time wife, mother, and career leaves no time to actually read. Audio books give me my fix anytime and anywhere.
More focus on the romance developing between Ian and Beth.
Better use of language for the era.
Slow down the narration.
I found there was way to much time wasted on less important subjects; from Mrs. Berrington's opinions finding its way into everything Beth does to antique ming bowls to solving the murder mystery sub-plot. A lot of thorough scenes have Beth galavanting off to distract herself in Ian's absence, but the author kind of just breezes over the times they were in each other's company but not in bed.
I could totally see why these two fall so madly in love, it is definitely clear, but I would have preferred to better know the details. We all read these novels KNOWING how it'll end, but we love the "what" that brings us to the predictable ending.
On the language...
I just don't feel this novel was a good example of a well researched period novel.
Using a lot of flowery words does not make it Victorian.
The flow just felt mimicked from better authors that are authorities on this time period.
She read way to fast and was much to matter of fact.Period.
Otherwise this was a really good book. All the other raving reviews can tell you why. I wrote this one because I always read reviews and I like to know the good + the bad. This is one just to warn futures listeners of this novels considerable flaws.
I feel that if you are interested in listening to a period romance with a serious twist and separates from the normal obstacles our hero and heroine must face in order to be with one another this particular novel definitely offers exactly what you have been searching for.
This book was such a pleasant surprise. Lord Ian is an Aspie and the authors insight's into his thoughts and challenges were wonderful. I listened to this one twice (something I never do) because it was so good. Great story telling, I can't wait to read about the rest of this charming and complicated family.
Yes. If you like regency romance, you will like this series. Strong main characters. Easy to follow storyline with just enough info to lead you into the next book.
She did an excellent job in bringing the characters to life.
Most definitely. Finished the series in a week.
I enjoyed the development of this story a great deal. Since Mackenzie is not your archetypal hero, I truly enjoyed him. Yes, this is a nice romance. Yes, Ashley wrote a pleasant story. But her hero is the best part.
I just did not "buy" this story from the very beginning... I'm all about suspending belief but this was a bit much for me... it seemed like the story was secondary to the sex scenes.. and it's not my personal preference. The narration was fine. However, the last two hours or so of the book were great. I really enjoyed the ending. It was very satisfying. I won't be downloading the other books in this series though. Not my thang.
An avid listener of audio books.
It took me a while to get into this book because I didn't enjoy the narrator. I stuck with it and finally got into the storyline and got used to the narrator's style. I find the narrator got better in subsequent books. Either she improved or she grew on me. Its a great series and I'm intrigiued by the characters.