While Laura Kinsale does come up with unique premises to her stories - she seems to have a pattern of making her female leads self centered, difficult, and generally unlikable. The male leads in her stories change and evolve and are likable though. I don't think I'll be purchasing another book by Laura since this seems to be her writing style with female leads.
everything, he made the characters really come alive, will look for more by him.
I like to listen to my books because I am too lazy to read.
I didn't realize how easy it was to listen to Nicholas Boulton narrate The Prince of Midnight. Laura Kinsale delivers another great story, although this one is not my favorite, and I find that I liked her other book Flowers from the Storm much more so than this. Perhaps it's the fact that I just want reach across the pages and shake Lee to death because I really couldn't understand her hot and cold-ness with T.S. But honestly, I can listen to Boulton read law books and I'll still probably enjoy it. The quality and the performance of this audio book is so much better than anything else I've ever listened to in audiobook format, it is the gold standard of voice performance. The story was very entertaining, but nothing ruins a good story like an annoying, obtuse heroine.
Least interesting had to be anything to do with Lee. If it wasn't for how fantastic T.S. is in this book, I would have not been able to finish the story.
When T.S. saves Dove and meets up with Lee.
Nicholas Boulton, I love you.
I would give this closer to 3 1/2 stars. Kinsale has a beautiful prose that is inviting, imminently descriptive and flowing. And the narrator is sublime. Mr. Boulton's voice is pure silk and truly makes the story come alive.
The sparring between the hero and heroine starts out sweetly, moves toward wickedness and continues throughout the book. Unfortunately the author just overdoes it. Too much of a good thing is still too much. It gets silly and I felt myself rolling my eyes wishing they would "get on with it." This is a beautiful story about two very flawed human beings who don't know how desperately they need to heal. If they would get over their preconceived assumptions and prejudices, they could help one another find peace, resolution and love. Their story is of that difficult and painful journey. Intrigue, murder, and the dark debauchery of some 18th century noblemen are peppered artfully throughout, tantalizing the reader toward the elusive conclusion Leigh and the Prince of Midnight seek.
Well worth a credit. I am definitely a fan of Laura Kinsale and shall eagerly look for any book read by Nicholas Boulton.
Overall good story that could have been 3 hours shorter if it weren't so dramatic with characters who act like angsty teens. But still an entertaining listen.
Say something about yourself!
Of all the Kinsale's books that I have read (so far), this is my favorite. The story is exciting, the characters are memorable, and the narrator is terrific. The hero of the story, S. T., is a charming, good natured rogue with a physical affliction (deaf in one ear) that leaves him with balance issues. The heroine, Leigh, is a beautiful strong-willed woman bent on revenge against the evil man who ruined her life and destroyed her family. She is as intense as he is easy-going. Theirs is a case of opposites attracting, but the differences in their natures also threaten to tear them apart. Although I loved S. T. and wanted to slap Leigh up the side of the head and tell her to "wake up" at times, I liked both characters and wanted them to be together.
Its not an erotic novel, but its so well written you find yourself blushing and intoxicated with every romantic pass in this book. There is humor and real life emotions and the story doesn't use the standard mile markers for a romance, which makes you fall in love with the characters even more. The narrator is also a knock out! I love how he adds more life to the story and sets a perfect pace. Warning, though, his voice is low and rumbly so if you have been on the road all night don't listen to it you might be lulled into sleep.
Remind me again, where did I leave my ipod?
I LOVE the combination of this author and reader. So much so that when I saw that Nicholas Boulton reads all of Laura Kinsales' books, I bought them all. Love, love, love this story, particularly the end. So gorgeous, sexy and romantic.
Do not miss this book, or any of the others!
ps I had to have a photo of Boulton, who is an actor. I've never been a fan girl before, but I am one now!
(For another awesome male reader, look for Tristan Hunt. Wow!)
I have a PhD in American Literature but my love affair with romance novels on audible is going strong.
I have read all that I can of Laura Kinsale/Nicholas Boulton, but this is one of my favorites. Right from the beginning it is entertaining, and the story of the fantastic prince of midnight and his reluctant lover is full of fresh and enchanting dialogue right up until the last delightful episode. The story is extremely well-written: a real story, with real people who you both love and find exasperating, and the writing style is poetic, beautiful and laugh-out-loud funny. Especially if you love animals and horses, you'll fall in love with S.T.'s wolf companion and marvel at the seigneur's skill with horses, which is amply explicated at the same time it reveals his kind and patient nature. Lee is the appropriate and often difficult foil to the Seigneur's charming man of mystery, seeing through his poses at the same time that she knows his heart. She has experienced great tragedy, and the story reveals how love and tragedy are linked. Nicholas Boulton is a fabulous narrator who makes these strong male characters come alive with his gorgeous voice.
This romance is one to listen to more that once. Loved the characters, the story. First time reading Laura Kinsale and now I want to hear them all. The narrator Nicholas Boulton has fabulous.