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A Lady Awakened Audiobook

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 21 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! Usually listening to History these days. Love Will Durant most of all authors!

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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!

    26 of 31 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.

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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.

    6 of 7 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

    I am audio book addicted. Lets me do two things at once, multi-tasking to the inth degree. Love series, and hot and spicy books best.

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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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Liatris Salem, OR, United States 09-11-12
    Liatris Salem, OR, United States 09-11-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Give it a few minutes"

    Enjoyable listen. The narrator was a little stiff sounding at first, but as I got to know the protagonist, it became the perfect tone and rate. A good listen for historical romance fans. Not one of those ballroom books, though, so a little less predictable and a little more interesting. The changes the leads go through happen slowly enough that they are less unbelievable than some historics.

    2 of 2 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

    6 of 8 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

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    Cindy Baytown, TX, United States 04-28-15
    Cindy Baytown, TX, United States 04-28-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Susan Erickson is always a good listen"

    Love this narrator! She brings the story to life! It's refreshing to read a good romance that is not cramed full of villains. it was a beleavable story.

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    Barry Steven 09-04-14

    On audible since 2001

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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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