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A Lady Awakened: Blackshear Family Series # 1 | [Cecilia Grant]

A Lady Awakened: Blackshear Family Series # 1

Newly widowed and desperate to protect her estate and beloved servants from her malevolent brother-in-law, Martha Russell conceives a daring plan. Or rather, a daring plan to conceive. After all, if she has an heir on the way, her future will be secured. Forsaking all she knows of propriety, Martha approaches her neighbor, a London exile with a wicked reputation, and offers a strictly business proposition: a month of illicit interludes... for a fee.
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Publisher's Summary

Newly widowed and desperate to protect her estate and beloved servants from her malevolent brother-in-law, Martha Russell conceives a daring plan. Or rather, a daring plan to conceive. After all, if she has an heir on the way, her future will be secured. Forsaking all she knows of propriety, Martha approaches her neighbor, a London exile with a wicked reputation, and offers a strictly business proposition: a month of illicit interludes... for a fee.

Theophilus Mirkwood ought to be insulted. Should be appalled. But how can he resist this siren in widow's weeds, whose offer is simply too outrageously tempting to decline? Determined she'll get her money's worth, Theo endeavors to awaken this shamefully neglected beauty to the pleasures of the flesh-only to find her dead set against taking any enjoyment in the scandalous bargain. Surely she can't resist him forever. But could a lady's sweet surrender open their hearts to the most unexpected arrival of all... love?

©2011 Cecilia Grant (P)2012 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Tantalizingly sexy, heartwarming, and oh-so funny, this romance is unforgettable; a stunning debut." (Library Journal)

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    Lady M 06-19-12
    Lady M 06-19-12
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    "Unpredictable Story"

    Susan Erickson's performance was perfect for this "adult only" story.
    "A Lady Awakened" is not your usual Historical Romance, and inspires all the emotions you expect in a good book.
    Cecilia Grant was unknown to me, but I look forward to hearing/reading more from this author...I like her style of writing, and Susan Erickson is a wonderful narrator.


    18 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Benoibe New Orleans, LA, United States 06-16-12
    Benoibe New Orleans, LA, United States 06-16-12 Member Since 2010

    Audio-addict!!

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    "Excellent Debut Novel. Perfect Narration."

    What a stroke of luck! I gave this book a chance because of Susan Ericksen, and what a shockingly wicked treat I received!

    This is such a funny, meaningful, passionate, and unique story. I think it's much better as an audiobook, as Susan Ericksen is flawless in her performance. I stongly recommend this book. I have already purchased the next one and will keep my eye out for Cecilia Grant. She is an amazing new author with a new perspective. I listened to this in one sitting, stayed up till 5am.

    This is probably my favorite historical this year!

    25 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Marcheta 06-23-12
    Marcheta 06-23-12 Member Since 2007

    love audio books - Anglophile

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    "Great story telling and narration"

    I bought this audio after listening to the second in the series, A Gentleman Undone. The author has that rare talent for showing the progression of a relationship between a worldly happy-go-lucky young man and his opposite, a prim widow; the sexy bits are part of their characters' development and didn't feel gratuitous. I loved the story, the characters, and the narrator. The second book didn't let me down and continued to show a lot of insight into what brings people together and makes them want to stick around. I can always tell when I've read a good story - it raises the bar for the next audio I listen to, and I've had trouble starting another one since these two are so good.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Another Romance Reader Maryland 07-20-12
    Another Romance Reader Maryland 07-20-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Book - just buy it now!"

    This was a 6 out of 5 stars for me which means I want to remind myself that it's worth listening to again, a different storyline then the usual romance so that made it interesting, and it was steamy in the way that you feel and experience the attraction growing between the two main characters throught the book and just can't put it down until it runs its course.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Elaine Albemarle, NC, United States 06-15-12
    Elaine Albemarle, NC, United States 06-15-12 Member Since 2010

    Totally addicted to Audible.

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    "I liked it!!"

    No one reads historical romances for the plot. So this author turned the tables and made the basis of the storyline sex. I liked the characters and I adore Susan Ericksen so this was a great choice for me.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Rita 07-20-12
    Rita 07-20-12

    Audible addicted love mystery,lately stuck on love story. Mother of 1 Labrador and 1 perfect man. Work way too hard, and so ready to be retired

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    "Very hot"

    Thought it would be boring... But turn out very sexy enjoy the story and how they developed Susan Ericksen is very good at that one of the reason I purchased it, would not haven't gotten book 2 if I knew it would start off with other characters

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Ren 12-28-13
    Ren 12-28-13
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    "What a Chore!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narrator was mediocre and the story line had (unfulfilled) potential, but OMG it was hard to get through this one. I kept hoping that something great was going to happen or that one of the characters would compel me to feel something besides irritation....but noooo. It was dry and very forgettable. Giving the characters a little depth would help to add a star.


    Has A Lady Awakened turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I am a fan of historical romance. One bad book didn't spoil the whole genre for me.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    SE's performance was unremarkable.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Pride. I was proud of myself for actually listening to the end.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. Rondeau West Springfield, MA United States 08-20-13
    M. Rondeau West Springfield, MA United States 08-20-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Good - Hard to like Heroine"

    Widowed after only ten months of marriage, Martha Russell was hearing from the lawyer that unless she had some reason (pregnancy) she would have to vacate her estate and leave her beloved servants to the mercy at the hands of her malevolent brother-in-law. Only if an heir were on the way could she forestall him from taking over the estate and thrusting all the female servants into his despicable hands. Gathering all her strength and determination to not let that happen, Martha approaches her neighbor, the rakish exiled son of a baron from London. The strictly business proposition; one month of sexual attention to which she would pay him a hefty fee!

    *** Theophilus Mirkwood couldn’t decide if he should have been insulted or flattered by Martha’s proposition. Knowing he should be on his best behavior if he ever wanted to return to London, Theo thought long and hard but seeing as how she was so very lovely decided to succumb. However, when push came to shove so to speak when Theo arrived to do the “deed” he was the one that felt quite outraged. Martha really was going to treat this as a total ‘business’ pursuit and there was no such thing as making ‘love’ to a woman who simply submitted while she most probably thought of other things than what was happening to her body.

    The author created Martha as a woman who never experienced any type of loving relationship from her deceased husband; she knew no better and expected all men to behave the same. However, cold she acted towards Theo, she was caring and loving towards the people she felt were her responsibility, otherwise she never would have considered faking a pregnancy simply to feather her own nest, so to speak. Martha convinced herself she was truly doing this to save her female staff from a man whose despicable behavior simply could not and should not be brought down on the female staff she now cared for.

    What was really very well done though was the change that came over both leads. Martha learned to feel for the man who did his best to befriend her and Theo was taught crucial points of not just land management from his land steward, but to realize that the people whose lives he ultimately controlled were under his care as well. In fact, Theo came to enjoy the challenge of what he could accomplish once he put his mind to it; as well as having Martha’s good opinion.

    Bottom line: I found it hard to like Martha because of her rigidity in how she was going about getting herself pregnant, even though, I always knew she was doing this for the greater good. I loved the slow build-up of the love that developed between the two. This was definitely an interesting read and as I listened to this as an audio, the performance by Susan Erickson was well done. Martha was a tough heroine to like but in the end - I was very happy in how all turned out!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Cee SAINT PAUL, MN, United States 02-05-13
    Cee SAINT PAUL, MN, United States 02-05-13

    Just like everyone else here to find a great read!!

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    "Story was dragging on and on"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    ......Hmmm I wouldn't know who would like it really because I felt it was dragging on too slow and there wasn't anything that kept my interested. It took me a week to finish and usually I finish a book in a day or two. The characters I felt were not developed enough and did not suit one another.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    In search of it!


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes it did in some way.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    not really..


    Any additional comments?

    I wish there was more romance and thrill to it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cathie Linton, IN, United States 10-18-12
    Cathie Linton, IN, United States 10-18-12 Member Since 2015
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    "This is a fantastic book, so different than most"
    Where does A Lady Awakened rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    this rates at at least a 10


    What did you like best about this story?

    the strong female character "in charge" of her life and knows what she wants, but equally strong male character, don't get me wrong, but he falls first. Most of these regency romances are always the other way. This one is so unique, at least that I have read.


    Have you listened to any of Susan Ericksen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, she is Eve Dallas in JD Robbs In Death Series. She is super, I have heard her in others besides the In Death, by far the BEST out there. I have about 5 that I look for when I listen and Susan is one of the best.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    nothing extreme, nothing any other typical regency book gets from me, anyway.


    Any additional comments?

    super book, worth the money or credit, and super narration. Im already getting book 2, with the same narrator, so I know it will be good. LOL

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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