The story was very good and well written but the narration slip ups starting half way into the book was distracting for me. It somehow kept me away from immersing into the book.
As far as the book goes, I liked how Princess Emily was able to look beyond the disfiguration of the Duke of Ashland and actually find him attractive. Merits that made him look so appealing and irresistible to the princess. There are also some very funny moments in the story that actually had me laughing out loud. I still recommend this book for its content and not narration.
After reading this book, I’m glad I read it out of order. It would have been depressing to read a love story only to have it end with an affliction bestowed upon the hero. Well no worries here since it all ends as it should. I love Maggie’s personality in this book. She is kind and giving but most importantly I adore that she takes risks in order to save those she loves. A good lesson for us all.
I do find the passion scenes very blah and unmoving. A bit more passion would have been better than just getting the deed done and then saying I can’t believe it was supposed to feel this good. Huh? I was confused as to what part of wham bam thank you ma’am was so extraordinary. Anyway, if you can overlook that as well as anything to do with the reality of a curse, then you are in luck with this book.
I love the MacKenzie men. They are scrumptious. Their only weakness is that when they fall for their women…. they fall hard. I guess it is true that people are drawn to others by beauty first and then kept there by that person’s innate qualities. What a great story of forgiveness, love, sacrifice, and passion all rolled up in one book. If there were no misunderstandings, mistrust and suspicions, all these romance novels would be short-lived and not quite as entertaining. This book has its share of that as well as limb tingling passion. All together worth the credit.
Can one truly let bygones be bygones? It wont be as easy for me but somehow the hero in this book can. So even though the heroin destroys his life and for 12 years he is shunned not only by his family but by aristocracy, he manages to let love conquer all. The hero also had to chase the heroin continuously to have her give in to the love. That is the only part of the book I wish Sarah MacLean had addressed. It is too unlikely so instead she should have had the chasing reversed. Regardless, I truly enjoyed the book and this minor issue correction would have just been the icing on the cake. But yes! I still recommend this book.
I have purchased books in series that were marked two hours or three and after listening to them was glad to see that Audible had made a mistake in listing the length of the book correctly. I was hoping they had made a mistake on this book as well when I purchased it but was surprised to actually see that the book was as long as long as Audible had listed it for. I liked the story and felt that it should have and could have been longer but the love story seemed so rushed. I don't think the book was worth my credit at all even though I liked it. It just needed a lot more.
A story of love, passion and misunderstandings. The hero’s character seemed to be aligned with the times but the heroin’s character seemed a bit weak when it came to sex but strong and fearless in all other aspects. I have to say though that it was strange to read about orgies the stepmother held. These openly held and viewed and participated orgies were not at all something I thought matching that time period. Overall I give this book a 4. Entertaining but not exceptional.
A good read but the heroin was certainly eccentric. Perhaps in books it’s easy to find a man with the hero’s qualities to fall for someone this different from himself but in real life I find it hard to believe this can stand true. This is the one aspect I did not like about the book because I found it hard to relate to. Aside from that I liked the way the two love stories got presented and their timing. I would have liked to give this book a 3.5 but again since I can not, I gave it a four star rating.
An absolute MUST read. While I was reading this book I had an amazing feeling of being detached from this life. The story kept playing in my head when I was actually not reading the book. The story truly took me back into this time period more so than any other historical romance I have read to date and I’ll have to say I owe it greatly to Nicholas Boulton’s superb reading performance. I absolutely LOVE this man’s gift. It is also extremely well written. What a wonderful combination of talents.
The wonderful combination of Lisa Kelypas and Rosalyn Landor kept me hooked on the book. I admit I used to not like R. Landor very much but the more books I have listened to with her narration, the more I have grown to like her. For someone with such a masculine voice she certainly does a wonderful female voice. This is one of my favorite Kleypas books because I can truly see something like this happening in real life. Someone who risks her standing in society and bares the snubbing’s from the Ton to keep the love she desires with a man of lower standing. A definite must read!!!
The book was not as great as I had hoped. The heroin seemed simple minded and naive. She had a good heart and beauty but that's it. A bit disappointing so I can not recommend this book unless if you are willing to listen through this for the few funny moments here and there.
I admit I was liking the story a lot up until it backtracked to 170 years before that point in time and the hero began to live as his great, great, grandfather. It was too much time devoted to reliving the past for my taste. However, once it was done, I realized why it was so important to have that section in the book. It ended up being such a sweet story that I almost felt my heart skip a beat. S Duerden was also as amazing as always. A definite must buy.
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