Threatened by French spies, assassins, and calculating suitors, can Lady Henrietta Harcourt trust the infamous rake, Lord Cordelier Rathbourne, with her carefully guarded family secrets?In his new, undisclosed position as Director of English Intelligence, Cord faces more peril keeping the brilliant Harcourt family of code breakers safe than he did as undercover spy in Napoleonic France.
Cord's passionate attraction for the indomitable Henrietta hasn't diminished in his four years abroad, but neither has Henrietta's memory of his libertine past.
In pursuit of the missing brother, Henrietta and Cord become entangled in a web of international intrigue, danger, and white hot passion.
Men and Women from the class of privilege risk their lives to defend England against the treacherous designs of Napoleon. They confront disaster, scandal, and passion as they pursue their code of honor and love.
©2014 Jacki Delecki (P)2014 Jacki Delecki
I am at that half a century mark in years. I enjoy audiobooks,cats,rats and most days my family,not necessarily in that order!lol
This semi historical work of fiction is a great pleasure to listen to.There is much intrigue afoot,romance a plenty and a hint of the next book in the series.Pearl Hewitt does a fantastic job of narrating.Her voices for characters are very believable.
"I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot com."
Code Breakers Book One
Lady Henrietta Harcourt has been covering for her uncle's mental lapses with English Intelligence for years when her brother is sent to France to utilize their family's infamous code breaking skills. She has attracted the attentions of two intelligence agents from the English and French agencies with her skills. Cordelier Rathbourne, the new Director of English Intelligence, has always had a certain affection for the lady, but her mother's illness pulled her away from the season too early. Will Henrietta's code breaking skills come to light, or will she be able to protect her uncle's reputation while under Cord's scrutiny?
If you're looking for a dashing historical mystery, this book is the one for you!
Pearl Hewitt narrates the story with the accent necessary for such a story. She doesn't over-act, but her narration isn't just a straight reading. She gives enough punch to keep readers engaged.
Romance, adventure, characters
The complex characters that I got to know as the story unfolded. Ms. Delecki provided each character's background clearly so that you could easily understand their motives and their attitudes.
No, this was the first audible book that I have listened to narrated by Pearl Hewitt.
It made me smile often when Henrietta and Cord were verbally dueling and sigh when they finally understood each other.
The story is a sweet romance around English spies during the time of Napoleon. A fun book to listen to. I enjoyed the story immensely and Pearl Hewitt's narration brought it beautifully to life. I have enjoyed many of her other narrations for Abigail Reynolds, P O Dixon, and Maria Grace. She keeps her character's voices consistent throughout the story and her French accents are perfect. Each character's voice is distinct and there is no uncertainty as to who is speaking.
I received this book from the narrator in exchange for my honest review.
This is the first book in The Code Breaker Series by Jacki Delecki and narrated by Pearl Hewitt. If you love a great historical romance with mystery and wonderful characters then you need to listen/read this book. Lady Henrietta Harcourt is England’s most intelligence code breaker. Lord Cordelier (Cord) Rathbourne is England’s new Director of Intelligence and is willing to do anything to protect the Harcourt family. When Henrietta’s brother ends up missing, they must work together to find him.
The narrator Pearl Hewitt, did a wonderful job, and was very easy to listen too. The narrator did a fantastic job with the different characters and it was easy to get lost in the story while listening. This is the first time I have listened to this narrator, and I am looking forward to listening to more books by her.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.
Yes but as a romance rather than an action or spy book.
Although this book does contain spies, intrigue and a super smart heroine, the major focus is the romance that develops between the two main characters, Henrietta and Cord. Set well over a century ago, both characters are fiercely independent and protective of their families. They have experienced loss but are yet to experience love. I enjoyed the discussions that occurred about why each character was the way that they were. Learning the background and personal history.
I enjoyed the expression that Pearl uses. I find that her voice is lovely to listen to and that she is able to create a vision of how the author intended the book should be heard.
I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
Henrietta is a strong, solid character burdened by the norms for females of her time. Most of the women in this novel are quite well done. It's the men who could be better portrayed. Lord Rathbourne is certainly no Dalziel, and the Comte is just plain sleazy. Plot is sound.
PH gives much depth to the characters with what she has to work with.
This was a fun spunky story set during the Napoliantic Wars. Like in true historical romance fashion, the hero and heroine do not like each other at the beginning and there is a lot of mistrust between them. But they have a physical attraction that can't be denied.
Pearl Hewitt did a great job narrating. She had differing voices for characters young and old, as well as male and female. She also has a way of expressing urgency that many narrators do not accurately portray. Bravo!
"Regency Bletchley Park meets a Regency James Bond!"
Probably somewhere in the top third of books in my library.
Please can I have two? I really enjoyed both Lady Henriette and Lord Cordelier Rathbourne. Both have their preconceived ideas about the other but through intrigue and danger they both discover and grow accustomed to the other's finer qualities.
I've listened to a lot of Pearl's audiobooks and she's one of my favourite narrators. Her voice seems particularly suited to Regency era fiction. She never disappoints.
Spies, intrigue and code breakers but not as we usually know them!
This is the first audiobook by Jacki Delecki that I've listened to. On the whole, I enjoyed it but it's obvious that Ms. Delecki is from the USA as evidenced by a number of Americanisms present in the book. Provided you can ignore or set these aside, I can recommend it as a good listen. If it hadn't been for these quibbles, I would have awarded 4 stars for the story.
I would say that it should be for a Mature Adult audience only as there are a number of fairly explicit sex scenes in it but they're well written and not at all gratuitous.
DISCLAIMER: I received my copy of this audiobook as a gift from the narrator.
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