Mellie Smithson is trapped in the country with no suitors and no prospects on the horizon except, perhaps, the exasperating - although admittedly handsome - guest of her father. Unwilling to settle, Mellie will do anything to escape to London.
Trevor Anaedsley's grandfather has cut off his funds until he gets engaged. Beset by creditors, Trevor escapes to the country - ostensibly to visit his old tutor, Mr. Smithson - where he meets Smithson's lovely daughter, Mellie. The obvious solution is suddenly before him. But will this fake engagement go as Trevor and Mellie plan? Or will they find that even the best laid plans often go awry?
Contains mature themes.
©2015 Jade Lee (P)2015 Tantor
"Lee creates a wonderful read full of madness and mayhem." (RT Book Reviews)
1 way to ruin a book? Give it to a BAD narrator!
I gave the story itself 5 Stars since without hearing it I can assume nothing and have nothing to give an opinion on.
NARRATOR : She is the reason I Cannot listen to this book! I know I have listened to her in the past .... for whatever its worth. However THIS performance was SO stilted and choppy with each word individually clipped to the extent that it sounds like a list of words instead of sentences! Twice I got to 20 minutes before yanking out my ear buds in DISGUST. A few more times I didn't get to 2 minutes . Needless to say I WANTED to hear this book. But I couldn't concentrate long enough on putting the words together in my mind...
CREDITWORTHY ? NO ! Not in my opinion.!!
HEAT FACTOR? N/A
No. Both were not worth the time to listen to this book.
This was my first book , but there was no chemistry and there were several scenes that did not make sense or fit into the plot. It just seemed like a series of vignettes that were cobbled into a plot, as if there was a checklist of things that had to go into the book.I also don't like the idea that some authors use that if a woman is smart, she is looking at having sexual experiences as part of her "education". The hero becomes an instructor for sex ed 101. There is nothing romantic about this approach. The innocent country girl to passionate & curious temptress occurs over approx 2 weeks..wow, that's fast!!
I really don't think even the best narrator could move through this disaster of confused silliness, to make it enjoyable. No chemistry and poor dialogue can't be made better by a better narrator. Maybe it is for the best that narrating talents weren't wasted here.
Anyone that used the term " cricket princess"... just stupid.
Why this title. there is a "way to ruin a rake" that starts every chapter, but there are only 27 chapters. This is a shameless rip-off of 50 shades of gray. Even the title is silly and confusing, so you get a sense of the entire book just from that.
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