All of London is abuzz with the return of the utterly alluring, recently widowed Diane Benchley. Will she remarry? What will she do with her late husband's fortune? Society is shocked by her announcement - at the Grand Ball, of all places! - that she plans to open an exclusive gentleman's gaming club in the family mansion. But no one is more stunned than the Marquis of Haybury, Oliver Warren.
Years ago, Oliver and Diane shared a private indiscretion. Now Diane threatens to reveal Oliver's most ungentlemanly secrets…unless he agrees to help her. A notorious gambler - and rake - Oliver is overqualified to educate Diane in the ways and means of running her establishment. But striking a deal with Diane might just be the biggest risk Oliver has ever taken. This time, the only thing he has to lose is his heart....
©2011 Suzanne Enoch (P)2012 Tantor
"Enoch will have [fans] tittering behind their fans at this hilarious Regency." (Publishers Weekly)
An interesting plot would have been great. Also, it would have helped to find some redeeming value in the characters. Two jerks grudgingly decide to get together. Who cares??
I'm not sure. I really hate to feel that I've wasted a credit. My audible membership is quite an indulgence. When it turns out to be a waste, it really bothers me.
Anne Flosnik is consistently excellent. She was not to blame for this book's failure.
It's not a scene problem, it's a character and plot problem, pervasive and unrelenting. The whole concept should have been scrapped. Where was the agent/publisher on this one????
I want a refund!!! I spent extra money on this credit!!
If the lead female had not been so bitter and transparent. I found nothing to help me understand why the hero found her so compelling. I can understand a woman being strong and no nonsense, and even their shared history would make her caution understandable. But in the end, she only came off as bitter and unpleasant. She wasn't someone I wanted to root for. She was mostly a bitch pretending to be strong.
I would've liked more chemistry between the main characters, more heat. I didn't make it to the sex so I have no idea how that turned out for them.
The narration seemed to only frustrate me more. I normally enjoy Anne Flosnik, but I just hated it. I'm not sure the story was meant to be read imbued with so much angst. Maybe if it sounded lighter I would've found her shooting him funny rather than stupid?
I liked the concept. It was a great idea and original as far as historical romances go.
Ugh. I'll try and get through the rest, but honestly it's not looking good.
I am quiet and love being comfortable. I love curling up in a corner either reading or listening to a nice romantic book.
What have historical romance come to? Females shooting men and opening gaming hells??? I saw a really delicious twist to the everyday romance and mayhem. He won't behave, shoot him that will keep him in check and yes you do what you have to do to survive so if that means a gaming hell (all be it) a tasteful one, I say go ahead. Suzanne you have outdone yourself with this series, now just keep them coming. We have enough scandalous ladies in this club behind nice titles to make interesting stories-bring them all to life! I can't wait for the next book!
This book had no substance to it. It was one of the most difficult book for me to get through. But, then we do, since we pay for the listen. I wouldn't waste my money.
Suzanne Enoch is a talented writer. This is the first book in the Scandalous Brides series. It makes you want to read the next one in line. Finding out what happens next is exciting. The next book in line is Taming The notorious Rake.
It was a little too wordy for me. You could have taken about 75 pages of Diane's being a biotch to Haybury and it would have been better but it was still a great story because she was such a strong woman and I liked that about her. And I loved the mysterious Jenny too.
This is my first listen to Ms. Flosnik and she did a wonderful job.
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