I am very pleased that I did not let some of the reviews put me off buying and listening to this story by Robyn Carr. One of the things I often look for (once I have used all my credits for the month) is value for money. Yes, this story may have dragged just a little at times, however, it still held my attention during many hours of housework.
I laughed, I cried and occasionally grew bored, but over all, it was still an enjoyable story. It was well worth the money spent when compared to other audio books I have listened to in this price bracket that offer a nice long listen.
I have listened to nine other audio books by this author and I agree that the writing style and story does not compare to the Virgin River series, it is blatantly different. But hey, if I wanted to listen to another VR story I would have. (Which is exactly what I am about to do right now as I am addicted to the series) My point is - I purchased this knowing it was not part of the VR series, I read the synopsis and knew what I was getting and then enjoyed it for the Historical styled Romance it is.
There were many characters to get to know yet they all had well developed and believable personalities, even though some of their names were a little difficult to differentiate at times. The female protagonist's strength of character was admirable, although annoying, as she stayed true to her beliefs. Thankfully she eventually adapted to the predicament she was forced into and the love story slowly blossomed. Although it is very cliche, I enjoy when the lure of an admirable woman slowly eats away at the cold, stubborn heart of a strong masculine protagonist and Robyn Carr did this well. It would have been unbelievable and untrue to his nature if he had simply rolled over one day, turned sappy, and proclaimed his endearments of love the moment he began to realise the depth of his feelings. I enjoyed the pace of the love story and the fact that there was much more to this tale than two - country of birth - rivals unwillingly and of course predictably, falling in love.
Nicolas Barber narrated the story well.
Once I get a little more of my VR fix, I will happily purchase another of these well valued, earlier works, by Robyn Carr. They may not go to the top of my list of 'superb' and 'must read', Historical Romance novels, but I will enjoy them all the same. Having said that though, I must admit, I am certainly not the fussiest reader/listener, put the word 'romance' in a synopsis and I will eagerly listen to it :)
I have just finished listening to this novel and am now waiting for the 'Gentle Rogue' to download.
At first look, I was uncertain if I would enjoy this series, so I started with this second book 'Tender Rebel' as the synopsis appealed to me the most.
At one point Roslynn began to annoy me, simply because she believed the worse in Anthony with very little evidence to feed her distrust. Personally, I found this frustrating and a little unbelievable that she could be that dim-witted. It distracted me for a while but I've listened to far worse plots with far more annoying female protagonists so I got over it in the end and continued enjoying the story. Apart from this, it was any easy listen and held my interest with everything you look for in a fun, delightful romance story.
I must say, it was very clever of the author to introduce the next novel's plot during this story. I think I may now be hooked on the Malory series.
I was over the moon when I saw this pop up on the audio list and even more so once I started listening to it. I have the entire series and often listen to my favourites again and again. I would recommend you start this series from the first Novel, although, having said that, I didn't. For some reason I listened to them out of order, and instead in the order of my interest. I soon discovered I love them all so I should have started from the first, this way you get to know the loveable characters and Argeneau family as you go.
So... if you like Romance with a dash of fantasy, if you enjoy a good laugh more often than not, if you appreciate a steamy love scene that gets you a little heated, if you crave a wee bit of drama and suspense... Gee I could keep going but why read this when you could be listening to this entertaining, addictive series?
Do yourself a favour and use your credit to purchase 'A Quick Bite' the first novel and before you know it you will be through the series listening to this last one on audio, hanging for the next.
Being a die hard Romance reader - now and then I enjoy taking a break from serious, arduous romance novels to take pleasure in something lighter. Molly Harper never disappoints. Driving Mr Dead will steep your interest and amuse, to say the least.
I enjoyed this story so much that I have since gifted it to many friends, as well as 'The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires'.
Do yourself a favour and take a delightful trip with Miranda's quick-witted dry humour and Colin's contemptuous dry personality. And journey down this mismatched, entertaining road of charming courtship.
P.S. Amanda Ronconi's narration is faultless in bringing the story and protagonist's to life.
P.P.S. Listening warning - not recommended on morning commutes to work, many LOL moments are sure to beget your embarrassment in public areas.
P.P.S. You will appreciate Post Scripts by chapter four.
This eighteenth century story offers a nice change to the strong male characters we love in mainstream romance. Instead of demanding or expecting this lady to obey, this dominant male trusts and helps this self proclaimed spinster. Together they head out on an adventure and soon discover something in which both are a little reluctant to admit to... love. Stephanie Laurens' has created a sweet, refreshing twist, bringing to life two main characters that not only keep you enthralled throughout this novel, but also initiates an interest in the entire series.
This story is often a little in-depth and descriptive, filled with many paragraphs of protagonist's deciphering through inner emotions. Albeit, this caused the story to slow at times, the pace sat well with Breckenridge and Heather on their revelational exploits to true love. I found the depth this gave the characters enjoyable and all the more rewarding when the liaison and romance fuse together in the end. This may not be a fast paced story line but it still has many amusing, as well as captivating, moments throughout.
Matthew Brenher's deep raspy voice was deliciously lovely to listen to. Although there was something lacking from the narrator during sex scenes that I cannot put my finger on. Maybe a little more emotion would have made for far more exciting listening.
This story leaves you wanting for nothing bar the next novel in the series where you can happily follow the adventures of Heather's sisters. As well as discover the riveting truth behind the abduction.
Finding herself abducted for no apparent reason and being taken to who knows who, Heather's life acquires a little more excitement than she had hoped for. Then when a strapping, handsome man - Breckenridge - comes to her rescue, Heather is determined to get to the bottom of her abduction.The unsuspecting pair are soon traversing down a path of adventure cloaked in danger, self discovery and lust.
Breckenridge - a well known rake - finds the tables turned when he comes to Heather's rescue. His feelings for this bold, strong-minded lady swiftly grows, and this 'rake' is soon considering offering far more then he has ever bestowed any lady.
However, Heather has given up on ever finding her hero, her true love, and has resigned herself to a future overshadowed by spinsterhood. This decision is fueled by her reputation being ruined by the confusing kidnapping. No longer seeking or wanting a favorable marriage, Heather craves a little excitement in her life before she settles into a celibate future.
Breckenridge is happy to fulfill Heather's curious, sexual fantasies, using all his worldly experience to prove himself a worthy lover. While the possessively protective Viscount attempts to keep Heather from the kidnappers grasp, he yearns to build a deeper relationship with this fascinating female he is willing to give everything up for, and marry.
With a pleasant future together taking shape in his mind, Breckenridge has a far harrowing task ahead of him then keeping her safe from her abductors... he has to face his own fears and admit his feelings in order to convince Heather that she should marry him.
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