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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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    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!

    22 of 23 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 2010
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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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lady M Peoria, AZ, United States 06-19-12
    Lady M Peoria, AZ, United States 06-19-12 Member Since 2012
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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.


    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Marcheta Suffolk, VA, United States 06-23-12
    Marcheta Suffolk, VA, United States 06-23-12 Member Since 2006

    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 15 people found this review helpful
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    Rita Tampa, FL, United States 07-20-12
    Rita Tampa, FL, United States 07-20-12 Member Since 2012

    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 7 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 11 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.

    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

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Lia Sutton, Australia 07-30-12
    Lia Sutton, Australia 07-30-12 Member Since 2009

    I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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    "Really Good Listen"

    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.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Ren Southfield, MI, United States 12-28-13
    Ren Southfield, MI, United States 12-28-13 Member Since 2007
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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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