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
"Tantalizingly sexy, heartwarming, and oh-so funny, this romance is unforgettable; a stunning debut." (Library Journal)
In search of the next great Cindarella story
no it was not what I expect in a romance it seemed that the writer was more interested in the daily lives of the poor then the connection of the main characters
no for the above reason
yes it did in that the story was slow so it made sense that the narration was slow also I lessoned to it on my iPhone at the speed of 1.25
I do not think so
I purchased this book on the recommendation of someone I follow, it did not live up to her five stars. The author was more passionate about the tragedy and suffering of the everyday poor then the connection of the two main characters. I probably would not have mined the intrusion so much it the other was just as passionate. If I want to read doom and gloom I would read the newspaper.
I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.
I think this is probably the most overrated book on audible. Even though I could agree that Grant's writing is good, and there are some very nice pieces of character development that unfold, she leaves much in wanting in this novel.
Martha Russell, widower makes arrangements with Theophilus Mirkwood (exiled to the country by his father) to engage in illicit trysts for the purpose of helping her to conceive to keep her late husband's estates within her ownership. She needs and heir and only has 1 month to create one. She's normally not this deceiving, but there are strong reasons behind her actions, in this respect.
The heroine is probably the main problem in this book. Martha is wound up so tightly, and frigid that she made it hard for the hero to follow through with his end of the bargain. Her participation was like a dead fish out of water. And yes, there are many sex scenes, but they are horrible. Usually, some of the best aspects of a story encompass the chemistry between the leads…well, so sad to say the chemistry between the two felt so stilted and one-sided throughout the book. The hero had to work very hard to win over his heroine, and I was left wondering why he even tried.
Now, the Hero, Theo is just adorable. He is good-looking (of course), fun, personable, and happy. In fact, he's so happy that he could be a tall, cup of Sunny Delight…LOL. And, I really felt for his challenge in wooing Martha. OMG, the woman took SOOOOOO darn long to open up to him emotionally, and even in the end she admits that she's just not an affectionate person. Theo is sweet and reaches out to Martha and who really knows why? Seriously, it's a mystery, just as the stellar reviews for this book is a mystery.
I don't know if I will venture to take another risk in reading the books that follow….
People who want detailed information about agriculture and dairy farming in their historical romance novels. People who like judgmental, prudish, unlikeable heroines.
She was the only reason I stuck with it. I love Susan Ericksen's narration of historical romances.
The heroine-at least I would make her a lot less pious and priggish.
When was she going to awaken, it never happened. I didnt finish the book.
Someone waking up! Celcilia Grant maybe?
Disappointment for sure, I hoped for more and didnt get it.
I though that this book would be better but I really didn't like it. The story was lame and I could not really get into the story. I had hoped that it would be better then it was.
It was historical that I liked.
Good but slow.
Theo. He so so patient, smart, kind, loving, funny and persistent.
Everything. She did a good job with the different characters and voices
The reluctant lover
This book is slow but it is good. Unpredictable and different. The ending is sort of abrupt but it does not take away from the story. The plot is weird, but so is Martha. Our heroine is emotionally perturbed/damaged. The healing process is sloooww. The love scenes (eventually) are pretty good. It is worth a credit.
I am the definition of a contradiction. I am a tomboy but just can't seem to get enough of romance books!
I took a risk to listen to this book as I just started getting entertained by Susan's narration...however... I did not read this book past the first 30 minutes.... It was slow.... I may try it later but I really doubt I will get to the end.
Addicted to listening, Loves a good story and a good narration!
a different narrator
no reaction- this book was not very good
hard to think of.
the story may have been bearable if the narrator was better. but she was slow, too 'harsh', didn't do voices well-she should read documentaries or biographies. This book may have been an o.k listen if Rosalyn Landor read it, she is much better with this type of book, maybe then it could have been a two or three stars, but this was truly agonizing.
I read the other reviews and thought I will find something different, so I ordered this book- Do not do it!!! it is a waste of the credit!
She was too detailed on the subject of farming and agriculture and it became soooo boring!
Maybe, but not anytime soon.
Only the other one I have already purchased
Performance wasn't bad.
This book was so boring it was a challenge to finish it
Report Inappropriate Content