I laughed out loud!
Smart, funny, and so worth the money! Can't wait to listen to it again!
I have mixed emotions about this book. I found my mind wandering a bit while listening to it. I think the story dragged a bit in places. One of the potential steps Martha was contemplating bothered me and I didn't want to see her go down that road. I enjoyed Martha and Theo getting to know each other and both developing into stronger characters. A good first book. I'll read the next one.
I love books! Audiobooks take stories to the next level. I'm obsessed with Audible and will try to rate all of my books. Happy Listening! ;)
I seem to be a minority here but I didn't like this book. The author wrote scene after scene of the most boring and bland sex scenes ever. Literally this couple spent a month trying to get pregnant and basically 28 of those days our heroine was looking at the ceiling and the hero gave her "his seed" in about thirty seconds. Those thirty seconds were followed by deep conversations about cows and country living...
The narration was very good and it's the only reason why I actually finished the book. The last hour or so of the story was very sweet and I liked the ending but I wish I could get those 12 hours of my life back...
No spoilers! Love HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. I also review in exchange for books-lots of fun surprises!
Cecilia Grant did not impress me with this first listen. I will probably pass on anything else she has written.
There are a lot of great historical authors out there that I would listen to first. Try Julie Garwood or Wendy Lindstrom - if you like Highland romances go for Hannah Howell or Jennifer Ashley.
Susan Ericksen's performance was appropriate for the material...blah.
Newly widowed and desperate to protect her estate and beloved servants from her malevolent brother-in-law, Martha Russell conceives a daring plan. Or rather, a daring plan to conceive. After all, if she has an heir on the way, her future will be secured. Forsaking all she knows of propriety, Martha approaches her neighbor, a London exile with a wicked reputation, and offers a strictly business proposition: a month of illicit interludes... for a fee.
Theophilus Mirkwood ought to be insulted. Should be appalled. But how can he resist this siren in widow's weeds, whose offer is simply too outrageously tempting to decline? Determined she'll get her money's worth, Theo endeavors to awaken this shamefully neglected beauty to the pleasures of the flesh-only to find her dead set against taking any enjoyment in the scandalous bargain. Surely she can't resist him forever. But could a lady's sweet surrender open their hearts to the most unexpected arrival of all... love?
This was a recount of 30 nights of a snooze fest of 'passion' as Mrs. Russell tries to get pregnant by Theo. The days are mundane and tedious. The author tries to provide a bit of dimension with Martha's interest in starting a school and getting to know her neighbors (after having lived in the town for several years).
Save your $ and credit for the many, many deserving titles out there...this is not even worth the under $5 sale price for which I got it.
The whole story dragged out. It would have been a nice easy read/listen if it was not 12.5hrs long
The hero and the maid
Yes I thought she fitted the era very well
I feel to sleep so many times, I had to keep going back
As I said I think the story was different and nice. Martha was very hard to like and it was all too long
Just like everyone else here to find a great read!!
......Hmmm I wouldn't know who would like it really because I felt it was dragging on too slow and there wasn't anything that kept my interested. It took me a week to finish and usually I finish a book in a day or two. The characters I felt were not developed enough and did not suit one another.
In search of it!
Yes it did in some way.
I wish there was more romance and thrill to it!
The language was so beautiful, English as it should be spoken. Though the language was old fashioned and quaint, it did not at all detract from the sizzle in the sex scenes
The scene when she finally enjoys the sexual encounter was stunning, I loved it. I would recommend this book to my friends without any hesitation.
This really was a terrific story. Loved Martha and Mirkwood but I didn't see it as a romance novel until about 67%. It was a screwing book. They screwed like minks trying to get her pregnant because of an inheritance and that was ok except it took her waaaaay to long to come around and even kiss him.
As to the narrator? I kept losing track of who was saying what because all the males and females sounded alike. All she did was read the book. No deepening the voices of males, no emotions. Read the book, don't listen.
In search of the next great Cindarella story
no it was not what I expect in a romance it seemed that the writer was more interested in the daily lives of the poor then the connection of the main characters
no for the above reason
yes it did in that the story was slow so it made sense that the narration was slow also I lessoned to it on my iPhone at the speed of 1.25
I do not think so
I purchased this book on the recommendation of someone I follow, it did not live up to her five stars. The author was more passionate about the tragedy and suffering of the everyday poor then the connection of the two main characters. I probably would not have mined the intrusion so much it the other was just as passionate. If I want to read doom and gloom I would read the newspaper.
I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.
I think this is probably the most overrated book on audible. Even though I could agree that Grant's writing is good, and there are some very nice pieces of character development that unfold, she leaves much in wanting in this novel.
Martha Russell, widower makes arrangements with Theophilus Mirkwood (exiled to the country by his father) to engage in illicit trysts for the purpose of helping her to conceive to keep her late husband's estates within her ownership. She needs and heir and only has 1 month to create one. She's normally not this deceiving, but there are strong reasons behind her actions, in this respect.
The heroine is probably the main problem in this book. Martha is wound up so tightly, and frigid that she made it hard for the hero to follow through with his end of the bargain. Her participation was like a dead fish out of water. And yes, there are many sex scenes, but they are horrible. Usually, some of the best aspects of a story encompass the chemistry between the leads…well, so sad to say the chemistry between the two felt so stilted and one-sided throughout the book. The hero had to work very hard to win over his heroine, and I was left wondering why he even tried.
Now, the Hero, Theo is just adorable. He is good-looking (of course), fun, personable, and happy. In fact, he's so happy that he could be a tall, cup of Sunny Delight…LOL. And, I really felt for his challenge in wooing Martha. OMG, the woman took SOOOOOO darn long to open up to him emotionally, and even in the end she admits that she's just not an affectionate person. Theo is sweet and reaches out to Martha and who really knows why? Seriously, it's a mystery, just as the stellar reviews for this book is a mystery.
I don't know if I will venture to take another risk in reading the books that follow….