the begining was very good but then the she rambles on page after page about what is happening in the two main character's mind with fierce repetition. Page filler is what I call it. It could have been a much better book without.
The heroine, Rosalie, gets dropped off at her stepbrother's, Declan the Duke of Banbury's, house when no one collects her from her boarding school even two years after her graduation. Rosalie has always loved her step-brother and now sees what power and a title has done to change him to a cold and unkind man. Declan on the other hand is not at all happy with having the daughter of his hated step-mother under his roof but sees no other way out of this situation but to marry her off as quickly as possible. Trying to get ride of his Rosalie as quickly as possible, the Duke settles a very large dowry on her. In order to keep propriety, Declan asks his aunt and cousin to move in with them. This ignites a great friendship between the two ladies that later aids her in exploring fun in a manner she would have never dared to undertake had it not been for Declan's cousin and that is where the love story begins...
This was a wonderful lovely story but the suspense just added so much more to this historical romance. Truly enjoyable read if you can get beyond the mind ramblings of the main characters in the book, especially at the beginning. That always exhausts me about any book and this one had it's fair share. However, that being said I still very much enjoyed the story and thanks to S Jordan, I was able to really feel Sophie's pain and anguish as well as her joy. This book develops Declan's character as well but Rosalie's was much more in depth. Can't wait for the next book in the series on Audible.
This story held romance, passion, mystery, excitement and most of all my attention. I was glued to my phone looking to steal every moment out of my day to run and listen to the book. The narrator was FABULOUS and his deep voice is mesmerizing. He has distinct voices for all the different characters and puts the right inflictions at the right time. This is my second book by this author and based on this book and my last one, I will certainly continue to read her books. Captivating storyline and very well developed characters. Purchase with confidence.
This book was supposed to be written as a four stars but the storyline was terrible. Don't get me wrong. It started good and then became soooooo predictable sooooo quickly. The only excitement I found in the book was her friend's fight with her husband and the scandal due to her leaving him.
Not very well developed characters, and the love seemed to be based on his 7 dry years than any true passion for a woman. He never even had a chance to look at anyone else before he settled on the heroine. Okay for those of you who say it might have been love at first sight, well, NO it was not and you'll know what I mean if you read this book. My rec though is don't waist your time. Truly....
Emma Smallwood helps her father run his school for boys called The Smallwood Academy. Emma lost her mother two years prior to the start of this story and as a result finds her father unmotivated and melancholy. Since they have no more students, Emma, worried not only about their financial situation but also her father's depressed state of mind, comes up with the idea of sending a letter to Mr. Weston who had his oldest two sons attend their academy in the past. The letter invited him to consider their academy for his younger twin boys as well. Mr Weston responds by inviting Emma and her father to go to their home Cornwall to privately tutor the two youngest sons. Emma is surprised to find her father not only receptive to the idea but also looking forward to taking up that offer. Emma herself is not too excited about meeting the older son Henry again since he played a lot of pranks on her when he lived with them. Once they arrive at the manor, they find their welcome less than warm and completely unexpected by all except Lord Weston who had forgotten about their arrival and had not informed anyone else of it either. The strange screams in the night and the sense of having someone in her room in the middle of the night in addition to the residents of the manor's strange behavior and start of unpleasant pranks again has Emma puzzled. Everyone keeps telling her that there is a resident ghost in the manor but she realizes that nothing in that house is as it seems. Most seem to be hiding something.
I truly enjoyed reading this book. I personally am not a religious person and was surprised by the turn of the story into one that was much more strongly religious. I respect those that do believe in God and am sure that most if not all of you believers will enjoy that part and find it most gratifying.
It was extremely difficult for me to guess who was behind all the pranks but the love story which blossomed was easy to see from the start. I loved Henry's character and his solid personality and the strength and kindness of Emma. All characters were very well developed and the story had well developed facets. A very well done book.
Love the tenderness and the understanding the heroine shows to the hero and his daughter. Her character actually seems to mature quickly through the story and her kind nature draws readers in. After reading the first book in the series I thought I would stay away from this series but then I saw the reviews and thought to give this book a shot. Again as with MW’s writing, she tends to repeat the same thoughts a few times, yes completely irritating. For instance I believe she repeated the fact that the hero wore black seven years after his wife died about three times within the first 1/3 of the book. You just want to yell out and say, I GET IT. He needs new cloths. Move on. But then the story gets much better and you tended not to mind as much her mind babbling. The narrator’s performance is not great since all men sound the same and all women have the exact same voice but she did better with this book than with the first book in the series.
Great vampire story and pleasantly unexpected. The story is about a vampire who has not allowed himself to love in over six centuries only to fall in love with someone who is not only very sick but dying. Tormented by the thought of the “beast” he has become he cannot imagine turning her in order to save her. The story shows his inner struggles and her family’s constant and unwavering support and hope for a miracle to save her life. The twist at the end leaves the book open for the future adventures to come in the next books of the series. I liked this book very much and am sure you will too. It will thrill you and romance you and leave you wanting and asking for more.
What can I say about this book that is different from Blackmoore. I also LOVED this book. It’s hard not to completely fall in love with the main characters. As with Blackmore, the heroine is the one being pursued but in this story, the love is not based on years of familiarity. This is a deep and instant connection ignited not by simple physical attractions but also personality traits that make the attraction and love long lasting and not fleeting. This book also takes you through a roller coaster of emotions. I cried during one scene when she felt unwanted and I never really cry with books. This should tell you how wonderfully her despair was depicted. I feel like I am not doing this book justice by my inadequate review but I promise you will not be disappointed by this book. It WILL touch your heart.
This was my first book by Julianne Donaldson and I will buy any other books offered after this by audible. Her characters are very well developed and every scene has a relevance to the storyline. I always like to have romance mixed with passion in a book and although this book did not have physically passionate scenes, the emotional ones were enough to set me on fire. The hero’s personality is firm and strong and commanding and ... yet so soft and gentle. The way he expresses his feelings with each proposal when the heroine does not suspect herself to be the truly intended made my heart break for him a little each time. As a reader you will truly feel all the wonderful emotions in this story. This will be a great purchase and a memorable book, one you will re-listen to over and over. A+++++
I truly enjoyed this book even though I found the heroine exasperating at times. The book tried to depict her as a strong character and a hero who actually fell in love with her regardless of what the times demanded of an obedient woman and wife. She was never able to hold her tongue and was very opinionated and headstrong. I don’t mind opinionated and headstrong but when it is combined with thoughtfulness. I found her to be very spoiled and without much diplomacy in handling tough situations. The spoiled part of her personality is what allowed her to push every situation to the max without worries about consequences. She was then shocked when she discovered an unsuitable match was made for her and without her consent in order to remove her from her clan. She did not seem to address issues maturely and with thought which is what got her in trouble so frequently. She eventually shows flickers of maturity toward the end of the book though.
I found the hero to be self assured and confident and sweet. His character was very likable and as that of the heroine well developed. I was pleasantly surprised.
I normally do not read books about shape shifters but am not against reading them. I saw that this book was being offered on sale, as well as a few others, and so I purchased it. After having read it, I agree with the other Audible reviewers that a 4 rating is perfect for this book, though just ever so slightly generous.
I did not find the narrator to be the best or even one of the better ones I have heard before. Her breathing/gasping and the strong intake of air at the end of each pause throughout the book was somewhat distracting.
The story itself was very good but the main characters were not very well developed. There is much that is not explained in this book but at least I found the hero and heroine to be very likable characters. The hero seemed to be ruthless at times, especially at the very end thinking he would kill a woman if she did not accept money to give up her parental rights, so that he and the heroine could keep the child. The secondary characters were not developed at all.
Although this book was much better than I expected, after reading this story I find that I gave no thoughts to this book at all once I was done. The appeal necessary to make a book unforgettable or memorable were definitely lacking but it was still entertaining.
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