Okay, I didn't notice the "Don Quicks-Oat" mispronunciation. I did notice a fun story.
Most of the book is completely unbelievable, but I'm fine with suspending belief for 10 hours.
I have not read any of Rohan series so I can't really compare it to the other books. I did think Shameless was fine as a stand-alone novel.
I will warn you that the sex scenes are explicit. The heroine is totally sexually repressed and learners the ways of love through the hero. It's pretty much a sexin 101 class, but with the occult. Good times!
I like urban fantasy. I like paranormal romance. I did not like this book. The lengthy descriptions of the main character in her beast form bored me. I found myself mentally drifting off. I know there were other reviewers who said the book got good after the beast parts, but I never made it that far. It sucks, because I really wanted to get into a new series.
I've listened to the first three books and found them fun and fascinating. For some reason this book could not hold my interest. In this book, Merry is trying to solve the murder or a reporter and Beatrice, a lesser fae. The entire book takes place in one day and seemed to drag. Not worth a credit.
First of all, I don't care for male readers.I can overlook a poor reader if the story is exciting. This story was not. I listened to the book for four hours. After that, I simply could not continued. The characters the stereotypical hot tough girl and nerdy guy. An unlikely pair who get thrown together etc...blah blah blah.
It felt like I was listening to a Scooby Doo mystery.
The romance was believable. She clearly defined the character's personalities. Yes, the heroine made several uber predictable mistakes, but HELLO this is a historical romance. You're not getting Shakespeare. If you like historical romance with good sex scenes you will like this book. It is NOT like a Georgette Hyer book. Yes, the cover looks all sweet, but she goes into some decently descriptive scenes. Personally, I like my romances hot and my heroes dashing. This book fulfills.
I would compare a lot of the romance scenes to Lisa Kleypass.
She did a nice job with the voices. I like a reader to be non-distracting. She doesn't have to act out the whole book.
The title fits. If you've seen the parent trap etc..you get the jest of the book.
The entire story consists of the heroine complaining about how fat she is. "I'm so fat blah blah blah. No one could love me. My breasts are too big" etc....Not only was she a fatty, but she had a terrible personality. She's rude, insensitive, and has no thought for her family.
Her twin sister is kind, funny, generous, and pretty, but no...the hero wants the mean fat chick.
The entire romance made NO sense. They had nothing in common and no mutual interests. She actually mocks the hero's interest in mathematics. The only attraction between the hero and heroine is that he gets randy looking at her fat rolls. The hero came across as some creeper browsing a fetish magazine.
Also, I didn't find it entertaining, hot or exciting to hear the heroine rattle on about her body issues. Yes, we all have them, but I don't want to have to listen to someone else complain for 10 hours. If I wanted to hear chicks complain about their low self esteem I would call my girlfriends, not spend an audible credit.
Yes. I listened to Beauty and the Beast story by Eloisa James and absolutely loved it. I thought it was sweet, funny and completely entertaining. The Duke is Mine was nothing like the Beauty and the Beast. I know it was supposed to be a "princess and the pea" type story, but I think Ms. James was trying to compare her fat heroine (the princess) and her twin sister (the pea). It simply didn't work.
She does a great job. Always.
I was angry I spent money on the book. Disappointed that the book wasn't as good as the other books I've read from her and sad that I wasted my time.
Kate Reading yes, Lauren Willig, probably not for a while. I read The Mischief of the Mistletoe about a year ago and loved it. I thought this would have a similar feel. I like light humor and tongue and cheek banter between characters. This didn't have much of it.
I also seriously disliked the whole contemporary story line thrown in. It seemed totally out of place and I fast forwarded through most of it. Granted, I've not read/listned to any other of the Pink Carnation series. I would imagine the contemporary story line makes more sense to those who have read other books in the series.
I'm not sure yet. I usually go for the sale items.
I'm not too picky about readers, but in a romance novel I much prefer a female reader. Kate Reading does an excellent job reading both male and female parts. I know some reviewers complained that they could not distinguish between the male voices, I didn't have that problem.
I would cut out the contemporary store line. It seemed more of an interruption rather than an addition to the tale.
There wasn't a lot of repetitive dialogue between characters. Many historical romance characters rehash the same complaints about each other in a million different ways over and over again. This book had witty banter, clever characters, and was simply a fun read. The main male character was just arrogant enough that you liked him, but didn't feel like he was a complete ass. The female protagonist was sweet/innocent enough, but not so much you would want to vomit. Overall, It was a fun read.
I didn't have a favorite. I thought they were all well written.
I thought Ms. Duerden did a great job with the voices. Then again, I almost never write negative reviews of the readers. I could listen to a frog read a book.
I did listen to it in once sitting. I spent the day cleaning my house and doing chores. Nine hours later the book was done.
I will be checking out several more of Eloisa James books.
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