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A Lady Awakened Audiobook

A Lady Awakened: Blackshear Family Series # 1

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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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    T. Oliver 09-04-14
    T. Oliver 09-04-14 Member Since 2002
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    "Delightful"
    If you could sum up A Lady Awakened in three words, what would they be?

    Hard to put down.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved both characters and how they developed together throughout the book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kd CLINTON, MS, United States 07-13-14
    Kd CLINTON, MS, United States 07-13-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Wonderful tale of developing love & changing"

    What a wonderful tale of widowed, prudish Mrs. Russell being loosened by the rake-ish Mr. Mirkwood as their “business arrangement” takes an unexpected turn, including the endearing development of a friendship. As a result, both of them were changed in surprising and, at times, unwanted ways.

    The story had a strong h. It was paced well. It had engaging characters, including but not limited to the h and H. And everything was plausible, including all of the dialogue and how people engaged with another. There was little internal dialogue, so the focus was on seeing not telling the story, which was great.

    The story does not have any explicit sex scenes though it’s full of sex scenes due to the story’s basis. But they are not explicit. They are, however, sensual and revealing without any rawness or, what I would consider, detail. The only possible concerning term for some listeners—though not me—was cock. And for some people, it might not have enough heat. The heat level is barely a simmer. And I, a person who enjoys heat in a book, still find the book so enjoyable. The level of heat worked appropriately in this telling.

    And there’s an undercurrent of mild humor; not in a “ha ha” way but constantly smile-worthy. Sorta cute. It was so delightful to watch them push each other’s buttons. Mrs. Russell’s buttons were generally related to sex and bedroom action, and Mr. Mirkwood’s buttons were generally related to his moral development and business astuteness.

    And supplementary pleasure was watching their neighborhood, their tenants and farmers also change, improve as they were given opportunities for a fairer more just life. The story flowed. I looked forward to listening to it and didn’t want it to end. The narrator doesn’t have a big repertoire of voices, but the differences were adequate enough to keep up with who was talking and when. Though, this was due, in large part, to the author’s story structure. I can’t speak to the author’s ability historical accuracy, and that type of detail matters little to me overall. So I will look for more from this author.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Christina Nebraska 05-06-14
    Christina Nebraska 05-06-14 Member Since 2014
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    "One of my favorite new authors"
    What did you love best about A Lady Awakened?

    I loved that her story was so tender and intelligent. She took 2 characters with obvious short comings and created a story where they strove to become better people, far different people than they thought they could be, inspired by each other.
    I thought so much of this book that I bought it for friends.


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

    The book made me cry in several places, not sad tears, but for the tenderness portrayed so uniquely.


    Any additional comments?

    Just get it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie 03-02-14
    Stephanie 03-02-14
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    "Cecilia Grant is a fantastic writer"
    What made the experience of listening to A Lady Awakened the most enjoyable?

    The story is so well written.


    What about Susan Ericksen’s performance did you like?

    She has an interesting voice that is easy yo listen to and no annoying accents.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is even better after being read several times. The main character is a little off-putting at first, but she will really grow on you as you experience the whole story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cathy PORT MACQUARIE, Australia 02-10-13
    Cathy PORT MACQUARIE, Australia 02-10-13
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    "WELL WRITTEN AND NARRATED"

    A well written story with believable characters. Susan Ericksen has a pleasant voice and narrates well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    D. WARD Midlothian, Virginia United States 09-08-12
    D. WARD Midlothian, Virginia United States 09-08-12 Member Since 2009

    Diana bookworm

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    "great listen"

    After I read "fifty shades" I was reading the reviews. Someone suggested this book was a much more interesting read, better story development and much more sexy.

    It is totally different than Fifty Shades, more grown up, less in your face but completely tantalizing and riveting. The writing is wonderful, perfect narrating from Susan Ericksen and wonderful old style language that is so entertaining and clever. I highly recommend it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Noirbear Rochester, NH, United States 09-05-12
    Noirbear Rochester, NH, United States 09-05-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Wake up Lady"

    Actually the story is a good one but a long one. I think Ms Grant could have shorten the book in some areas especially the beginning.So that by the time you get to the meat of the story, you are not yelling for them to get on with it.There seems to be a lot that goes on towards the end of the book is timed better than the slow beginning. I am sure we are to take into account the youth of woman in question and her inexperience. But where she shows hints of intelligence in some areas, you'd think she carry them through to others. I personally am a huge Susan Ericksen fan so it is the narration that got me through the slower parts. I tend to like the paranormal romance stories, which include vamps,werewolves,fairies,fey,druids and even the highlanders. So this was a bit of different. It is a romantic historical based period love story. Best I can say for this type of book was it was okay.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bitten Sydney, Australia 07-21-12
    Bitten Sydney, Australia 07-21-12

    Book lover

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    "Who knew regency undressing could sound sexy?"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because it is a satisfying story the characters are not your usual hero and heroine.


    What other book might you compare A Lady Awakened to and why?

    Nothing I've ever read.


    Which character – as performed by Susan Ericksen – was your favorite?

    Theo Mirkwood - such a loveable rogue


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

    Parts were sad and parts were funny. Parts were very very hot!


    Any additional comments?

    Do yourself a favour and buy it

    7 of 10 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 14 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.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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