This is the first book I have read since I became interested in reading about a year and a half ago that I have read a book where characters are all so real and flawed. Truly refreshing to see that. I LOVED this book because of it.
The plot is about miss Maria Kendall who is sent to a special school to learn to behave properly for the polite society. The people who truly should be there though are her vulgar parents. They are very rich indeed but have such terrible manners that they repel anyone from the society who meets them therefore reducing their daughter’s chances of making a good connection. On her way to London, she meets the Duke of Berham in an Inn but their interaction is very poor. Later when in London his mother places an announcement in the paper regarding his engagement to the beautiful Maria in the hopes of seeing her son married. Though both are shocked about the announcement they decide on an agreement that is beneficial to both and resolve to go along with it. But that is the case until the Duke meets her parents and all bets are off after that.
The book is very good but the narration is poor. Try and overlook that or you can miss out on the book.
This is the story of lady Aurora who loves to write stories in her journal about the men in her life. After hearing about a reckless acting rake Quin, she decides to write about him without ever having met him. Quin’s grandfather insists he finds a suitable wife and settle down to produce heirs or risk being disinherited. He finds Aurora’s journal and after reading it decides she will do nicely as his wife. Quin attends a ball she is planning on going to and asks her to dance. During the dance he kisses her senseless and she does nothing to discourage him with the Ton watching. Since thoroughly compromised, they get married but another scandal begins that gets them running away to their country estate until the talks settle down.
I found the heroine too selfish and self-serving and the story ridiculous. Initially, she took her journal to the park so that her friend could read it while not only Aurora but also her friend were showing up with their gentlemen friends. I guess she assumed they would have plenty of “private” time for her friend to perusal her journal??? Then lost the journal? Really? My intelligence was insulted. Either she was not playing with a full deck or the author assumes us gullible especially since she did not even bother to change names in her journal.
After she got married, her husband asked her to make sure no one saw her stories and what does she do after that? She left it in a room with someone she did not even know to get a servant to bring in tea. I guess they did not have the rope to pull that alarmed a servant to see to their needs. UNLIKELY!!!!
After the second scandal her husband asked her not to write any more scandalous stories and yet she did and surprisingly again, (not really), took no care to hide it where no one including servants would run into it. The premise of the story seemed stupid and none of it rang true. They run away to the country to get away from scandal and yet decided to have a house party where everyone they invited attended. This would have never happened at that time.
The villain is also not properly dealt with and the story ended without their names ever being cleared, but somehow it all seemed to end ok. Do not waist your credit on this one.
I really wanted to give this 3.5 stars but unfortunately that is not possible with Audible. I enjoyed the first book okay and found the second not satisfying but this book, though it had a few good scenes, it was not very gripping. There is much too much “He said” “she said” in the book. After a while it gets very irritating. The only reason I decided to purchase this book was because of great Amazon as well as Audible reviews. I thought perhaps this book will be more engaging, but I was wrong. There really was no pull to draw you in as a listener/reader. The suspense added was weak and short lived. Overall if you just like to read HR and do not mind a weak story, then this can be an ok read, but when there are books like Lessons in French, why spend your credit on this one?
I saw the reviews but since the book was on sale I decided to take a chance. I admit there are some steamy sex scenes but the story is a bit flat. The hero falls for a girl he does not even initially find attractive but then sees how beautiful she is within the first chapter. The lovesick behavior takes place shortly after that. It is very unbelievable since she does nothing to strike this heat within him especially since he is made out to be super attractive and desirable and has women supposedly throwing themselves at him. I just did not see personality or physical attributes that made her that irresistible for the hero. Beyond this point though the Columbian Cartel is taken over and first and second men in command are taken over in their own property AND country by a handful of seals. Yes. You heard me correctly. If it were that easy, the US can wipe out the drug lords all over South America with just a handful of seals. Unbelievable story, unrealistic scenes and poorly developed characters. Stay away is all I can recommend.
I got this book on sale and am glad I did. In any case, this book is well worth the point even if not on sale. What you see in this book is good character and story development . The story is heartwarming especially when everyone in the hero’s town began accepting him into their lives when they have every reason not to. The bullet in the head gets solved much too simply for my taste and without much effort at all but the rest of the story ties neatly into each other creating a very nice and easy listen. The narrator does a very good job in this western historical as well.
Just finished reading this book earlier today and have to say after reading it, I did not spend any time thinking about it at all. What that tells me is that even though the story was good, it lacked the necessary appeal to make me think about the book once I was done. The story lacked what is needed to have it standout amongst all other books in its category. So yes. I was somewhat entertained when I read it but will never read it over again.
I really enjoyed that the heroine was not made out to be a super smart person disguised as a beauty queen. Even her success in politics was not made super special but believable. Had JL done otherwise, it would have ruined it for me. But this book made both the hero and heroine real with real issues and shortcomings. A very well written book and a definite must read.
I felt the characters were in love with each other so quickly, but then not only neither one of them hinted or verbalized liking the other person, their actions drove each other away even further. Can’t explain these two characters any other way but to say their love expressions were inhibited. They did not say what they felt and then to fix her errors quickly, the heroine acted a bit crazy trying to track the hero to tell him in person how she truly felt. I have mixed feelings about this book. I enjoyed reading it at the same time I saw so many faults with it. I know, I know. I sound retarded now, but I liked many moments especially some of her reader’s dating stories which made me laugh out loud. But then either of the main characters acted stupid or said something stupid that turned me off. If you purchase this book just expect it not to be a great read.
Based on how the last book ended I imagined the hero to be pursuing the heroine in this book. Not so. She goes as far as getting naked in front of him while changing into her gown. Can’t get any more obvious than that. If I were the Earl, I would have wondered much more than he did about her innocence. The story, however, was still very engaging and her being forward did not detract too much. I can not give this book a 5 star but a gentle 4 suites it well.
I loved the mixture. Very passionate love scenes, even when it was just a kiss. The hero is a typical man, ruled by desire and can’t stay away from the heroine knowing he can’t stay with this clan. The heroine is very willing to take what she can from the hero even if it means he will take her innocence and leave. That was the only part I had a hard time believing since times were not so easy on those who lost their virginity outside of marriage. I absolutely enjoyed listening to this book, even though I don’t believe in supernatural powers. So keep an open mind because this book will not disappoint.
Two characters are noblemen and the third is a half brother to one. Very well written book but the characters, even supporting ones, are ALL superbly written and they make up some of my most favorite characters of all times. This book is a must read for anyone who loves a great written historical romance. Do not see any other books by Laura London on Audible but would love to see an entire story written about the “Cat” character (very intriguing).
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