What a scoundrel wants, a scoundrel gets...
A decade ago, the Marquess of Bourne was cast from society with nothing but his title. Now a partner in London's most exclusive gaming hell, the cold, ruthless Bourne will do whatever it takes to regain his inheritance - including marrying perfect, proper Lady Penelope Marbury.
A broken engagement and years of disappointing courtships have left Penelope with little interest in a quiet, comfortable marriage, and a longing for something more. How lucky that her new husband has access to an unexplored world of pleasures.
Bourne may be a prince of London's illicit underworld, but he vows to keep Penelope untouched by its wickedness - a challenge indeed as the lady discovers her own desires, and her willingness to wager anything for them... even her heart.
©2012 Sarah Trabucci (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers
I like Fantasy & Science Fiction but not into Zombie. Due to Health issues, listen to Audiobooks/read ebooks where I can enlarge the print
Rosalyn Landor did an excellent job as usual but she was let down by this novel.
Bourne is a infantile jerk who abuses his past friend Penelope by forcing her to marry him just to get back the land he lost at cards 10 years earlier.
He blames everyone but himself for loosing it and goes into part ownership of a gambling Hell, ruining anyone he can without remorse.
When he learns "his" land is now own by another neighbour who has offered it as part of Penelope's dowry so he abducts and compromises her just to get the land back.
By the end of the book we are to believe he has grown up, grown a conscience and now loves his wife and that she forgives his jerk ways and everyone lives happy ever after
Sorry i know this is fiction but this novel does not need to be taken with a pinch of salt but a whole massive block of it
I purchased this because i love listening to Rosalyn Landor narrations but even she cannot save this book
I take it by the other reviews others appear to love this book . . . each to their own.
I love Sarah MacLean. This book was the first of hers I listened to and now I am hooked. Thank you Sarah and Audible!
I love to read! With kids, that hobby is impossible...enter Audible...problem solved. Chores that I dread are now quiet time for this Mommy!!!
I loved this story! I really thought this would be another "bad boy gets tamed" but it was much more. The characters relationship has a sweet history that brings forth the fact they have actually been in love for years! Great love scenes and supporting characters. I am looking forward to the next novel and hope to see more Sarah MacLean on Audible!
French reading/listening in English! From the bi-nation island of Saint Martin/Sint Maarten (French/Dutch) in the Caribbean. enjoy audible!
Yes! Because I like the way this story was narrated!
Bravo Penelope! For outsmarting the wicked man!!!!
When Penelope beat the vilain in a game of 21 (ahahah)!!!!
When Penelope was left in the front room of a new house sitting alone on a trunk for her wedding night. That was crude!
I haven't read a lot of romance novels, but Sarah MacLean came highly recommended and I decided to stretch out of my comfort zone. I read the print version and really enjoyed the story and the characters. The book had steamy moments, but it wasn't over-the-top or raunchy. I also saw all the great reviews about Rosalyn Landor's performance and thought I'd give the audiobook version a shot. I didn't listen to the sample - BIG mistake. The various voices she uses are utterly ridiculous and painful to listen to. I couldn't finish the audiobook.
The first of the series was a bit tedious, but I'm happy I stuck it out for the rest of the series. Each book improved, mainly because the characters became more interesting and developed. Decent historical romance albeit predictable, but then 98% of historical romances are utterly predictable. Fun series.
Roslyn Landor uses her voice to give distinction and personality to each character. There is no screeching or grunting to the dialogue, the sign of a true professional. She is my favorite.
Loving my life and hanging out with my four grandchildren!
I loved the start of this series. well written and the performance was excellent! After listening to this book I got the others without reading any reviews. They are just that good! You really can't go wrong with this series. All well worth the credit!
In search of the next great Cindarella story
the concept of the story
no because it could not fulfill its promise
the last scene.... oh how I wish the whole book could have been just as romantic
no not as it is
Please believe the negative reviews on this one. I wish I did... I really wanted to like this author she came highly recommended but now being shot in the foot twice ( I read One Good Duke deserve a lover also.... ) I will not go back The writer has some skills but not enough to pull her stories together... she over writes the female characters in one hand and disables them in the other... I wonder do she like men... because in both book they fell extremely short... I love to see an empowered woman but she must be paired with an even stronger man. Skipped through this towards the end and eventually skipped to the end.
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