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  • Never Kiss a Rake

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Anne Stuart
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (296)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (269)

    Bryony Russell and her two sisters are left destitute by the disgrace and unexpected death of their father, a wealthy shipping magnate. He left a cryptic note, and Bryony is determined to find the real villain and clear her father’s name. In disguise as a servant, Bryony infiltrates the home her of father’s business partner to find proof of his guilt...or innocence. It’s not just clues that Bryony finds, but temptation too.... Adrian Bruton, Earl of Kilmartyn, immediately suspects there is something not quite right about his new housekeeper.

    Marcheta says: "Liked story, didn't like American reading"
    "What a waste of an interesting premise"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    More complex character development, plot twists, and believability. After reading the storyline, I thought this could be an interesting plot. It was not; not remotely. I kept thinking that surely this story was going to progress and deepen. It did not. It's what I call a straight line. Almost the entire book happens in a matter of days with little development of what brought us to this point, we are simply told of past events. No complexity at all.The performance was a little fast, but I rather appreciate that. I did have trouble understanding the male lead.


    What was most disappointing about Anne Stuart’s story?

    It was silly, protracted foreplay and little else. I felt like I was in the head of a 16 year old. The villain was so inconsequential and underdeveloped that he might have had 100 lines devoted to him. I kept asking "Why?" "Why would these characters be behaving in this manner?" The answers were not clear.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Never Kiss a Rake?

    There is a violent murder in the house and no one hears it. The heroine cleans it up and never says a word, and everyone acts like it's life as usual. I found much of this story difficult to believe.


    Any additional comments?

    I had just read two intense, epic sy-fy books and thought I would read a quick, historical mystery, as I do periodically. I may never again.

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