I enjoyed this book so much I listened to it twice. I found the primary male character, Mick, more engaging and likable than almost any other leading male character in "historical romance" - he has a bit of Tom Jones about him. And Steven Crossley does a great job of speaking for such a sexy fun-loving character. I enjoyed the gender reversal of roles in the traditional pygmalion story, and the book offers affectionate nods to both the pygmalion myth and the Shaw play.
As with most romantic fiction that takes place in the nineteenth century, it has quite a few modern ideas and attitudes especially about sex, but this is a charming fairy tale from start to finish so who cares.
Kate Reading is back so listening is a pleasure! Both story lines (modern and historical) veer off in new directions. I actually like India as a location, however Penelope is a difficult character to like - Willig makes her accomplished enough to be admirable - but she is so manipulative and short-sighted throughout most of the book that it is difficult to care about what happens to her. It isn't till the last third or fourth of the novel that she becomes at all sympathetic and likable, so it gets rather annoying about half way through.
The series veers onto a different tangent, which is disconcerting enough without changing readers, but losing Kate Reading is a serious loss.
Not the usual romantic leads - a couple of tough-minded, self-centered, unsentimental characters in over their heads. I enjoyed it. Kate Reading's reading was stellar as usual.
Another fun story of spies and romance. Light and entertaining and ultimately made best by the very deft performance of Kate Reading.
I am enjoying this series. Absolutely wonderful reader brings both modern and past romances to life with excellent comic timing and character differentiation. Skulduggery... mysteries... period detail... It is just plain fun.
This is the first in an entertaining series. Two romantic stories (modern and past) with spies, action, and humor. Light fun with engaging characters (though these are a bit silly) and an excellent reader with remarkable comic timing. Kate Reading makes this book I think - my guess is it's better heard than read. Lots of yearning and lusting but the sex is playful and not graphic, so it would probably be fun for teens.
This is the first book in the Maiden Lane series. It has reasonably good period detail, a romance, and a mystery. I like the entire Maiden Lane series because it deals with more than aristocratic routs and drawing rooms. This is not Austen - no comedy of manners here - so be prepared for the darker side of life and graphic sex scenes.
The book is light and entertaining. It combines some period detail, an engaging set of characters, and a fun storyline. I'll continue listening to the series.
Garbled storyline that can't decide if it is action/mystery/gothic thriller/or romance with a little bit of Gollem's "my precious" thrown in for good measure. It is a mess. The primary and secondary characters are more or less undeveloped and two dimensional and actually become less engaging and attractive as the story unfolds.
I tried one other and it wasn't much better. Returned a third title unread.
It needed a complete overhaul.
Only if you are reading "romance" books for the sex. But then, with a title like Lust, I guess it isn't surprising. There really isn't much of value here.
I have tried one other of her books and found it even less engaging because of a horribly garbled storyline, no character development, and the endlessly repetitive suffering over mutual attraction by the two main characters. It was ultimately annoying.
She was ok. Certainly not the best, but not the worst of narrators.
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