Another amazing performance by Nicholas Boulton. This man is incredible in this book. His superiority in narration is shown by creating characters all different from one another and not by simply changing his voice infliction but by bringing them each alive. He really makes the book so much better.
The story is about a woman who’s family gets destroyed one at a time by a man of God who manages to gain control over the people of her town using his version of the book. He allows the people of his town do his dirty work after he simply makes suggestions and then sits back and encourages them to carry the ideas out. She leaves town looking for a highwayman who had robbed people in the past and become well known as the Prince of Night. Knowing about his abilities with the sword she sets off to find him in France to ask for his help in killing the man responsible for her family’s murders and deaths. In the process they have to deal with his hearing and balance loss, which led him to quit his way of life to begin with.
I found the female character very weak all the way almost to the end again. She was very strong to leave England in search of her Prince but when she finds her all bets all off and she becomes this cold stone. The story does not explain how from one page to the next she finds herself in love. I would have liked that developed a bit more. The male character is weak in a different way. He fell in love almost as soon as he saw her. For us women you know how dangerous that kind of love can be in the long run, but let’s not get bogged down with that part. I loved that he continues to flirt with women even after throughout the book he continues to declare his love to Leigh. That is actually very realistic.
A few of the scenes were extremely intense but I love good endings so no harm done. The sex scenes are very soft but again the emotions involved with the later sex (earlier sex is not as good since it is not mutual) makes it so much better than the erotic sex seen in other books. Overall a strong B+ to an A- for this book. Well 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.
This was my first Julia Quinn book and I did enjoy it though she used terms that did not fit the time properly. If you are willing to overlook that then the book was very entertaining. I would have given the book a 4.5 if it was available but well including it here is just as well. The only thing I did not like about this book was the ten things JQ kept listing in the book. A bit silly especially since they were not all meaningful points. Nevertheless, If you like historical romance then this book is a good one to listen to.
This was a very good book and I enjoyed it thoroughly especially since Susan Duerden with her great male raspy voice imitation makes the stories that much more interesting. EJ’s books always have a strong heroin and men that not only appreciate but love women like that. It is also nice to read about the heroin in this book especially since she transforms herself for the better. Overall a solid 4.
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.