He is notorious. Lord Simon Roxbury is a godsend to gossip columnists everywhere. This notorious rake has recently been caught in an extremely compromising position by none other than the London Weekly's Lady of Distinction. Rumor also has it that Lord R. received an ultimatum: be wed or be penniless. She is scandalous.
As a Lady of Distinction, Lady Julianna Somerset typically reports on other people's scandals, but soon she finds herself embroiled in a very public battle with an irate Lord Roxbury - one that leaves her reputation in tatters and her position at the Weekly on the line. Together they're...respectable? With no other choice available, these two enemies unite in a marriage of convenience to rescue both their reputations and secure his fortune. With their rivals intent on revealing the charade, Lady Julianna and Lord Simon inevitably surrender to temptation. It may just be a love match after all...
©2011 Maya Rodale (P)2014 Tantor
"With one delicious plot twist upon another, Rodale's latest will keep readers guessing until the last bud is plucked." (Publishers Weekly Starred Review )
I enjoy historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Also steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, and fiction. I'm open to about anything
Setting: London 1823
Performance was better than average. Emotions were well-expressed, though the range wasn't great. When the dialogue involved 3 or 4 women, it got a little difficult to differentiate, but I don't think many could have done it better, and many, many could do worse.
This novel is third person singular from the POV of both protagonists. Is it still third person *singular* if it comes from two points of view? I don't remember as school was a long time ago.
Lady Julianna Somerset is A Lady of Distinction, the London Weekly's gossip columnist. She is also the young widow of an unmitigated rake. At 17, she ran away to Gretna Green, wildly in love, only to have her dreams dashed almost immediately by her husband's drinking, gambling, and womanizing. To make it even worse, her late husband left the bulk of his estate to his mistresses and bastards, leaving Julianna a house and very small annuity, so she must work to survive. Can you say bitter and suspicious? Then there's Simon, Lord Roxbury, another unmitigated rake. Julianna, as the Lady of Distinction, saw Roxbury backstage removing men's clothes from someone. In her column, she wrote that though it was possibly an actress who had been dressed as a boy in the play, or could it be that, as he has gone through the ladies of London, perhaps he has now started on the men? This, of course, ruins his reputation, and no one will receive him. He goes to the newspaper office where he sees Julianna and figures out who The Lady of Distinction is. He knows he can ride out the scandal eventually (provided the gossips leave him alone), but his father has issued an ultimatum: marry within a month or lose everything. Angry with his father and perhaps more with Julianna, while drunk, he decides to serenade her all night with a bawdy song, and she shoots him, therefore having to bring him inside to treat his wound. She is ruined and no longer welcome in Society, so she loses her job.
The plot revolves around these two wary individuals: Simon, whose late brother told to "be your own man", and Julianna, who has lost the ability to trust and love. How can they get beyond their personal obstacles? The story is an interesting exploration of these two, and it is well done.
I believe it is worth the credit.
This was my second listen to this book and it is just as enjoyable as it was the first time.
With characters that sizzle and a storyline that delights I have not a single complaint.
NARRATOR : I find that Carolyn Morris delivers in style. She has a comfortable and singularly smooth way of narrating that is not distracting.
HEAT FACTOR: steamy approaching a slow starting boil.....
I have thoroughly enjoyed the Writing Girls series by Maya Rodale, narrarated by Carolyn Morris! This book features all the things you'll love about the series: whitty writing, clever, intelligent and independant women; rogues and rakes; the unlikliest of loves and a big, red bow at the end!
The taming of Lord Roxbury was a treat indeed!
As with most audio books, narration can make or break a book and in this case, Carolyn brings the vibrant, funny and creative story to life with her seemless transition to characters, her ability to capture at least 10 different characters without skipping a beat and each having their own sense of identity. She really is a gem.
I highly recommend this book and this series, and this author....and this narrarator! Worth the credits all day long!
This book is my favorite of the very entertaining series. Carolyn Morris, the talented narrator, really brought the characters to life. She grasps the personality of each and with emotion gives the listener the idea that we are almost there -- in the story, on the page. Bravo!
These books are all about "the story." They are not historically accurate as the incomparable Georgette Heyer's are, but rather they are pure entertainment and by gosh we want to find out what happens all the way to the last page! Lots of fun: funny, clever and good entertainment.
This was another enjoyable listen in the Writing Girls series. The hero and heroine both strong characters and very likable. Some good dialogue and plenty of sexual tension with a mild nicely written sex scene.
The narrator did a great job. The male voices sounded male, and she read with some emotion.
I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again
Once married to a Rake but now widowed Gossip Columnist Lady Julianna has two problems - 1. the oh so handsome womanising Rake Lord Simon Roxbury and 2. her rival Columnist called The Man About Town - both of whom are about to change her well ordered happy life forever. Roxbury was scandalised by Julianna's untrue column about him and sets about to scandalise her too with hilarious, devastating and passionate consequences for them both and the mysterious Man About Town is right there to catch, spy and speculate about it in his Column.
This fast paced, entertaining, funny, love story seamlessly sees two sworn enemies verbally spar, sizzle with their mutual sexual attraction, reluctantly become friends and eventually give in to lust, passion and love. But they were both desperate to discover who The Man About Town was as he was writing Column after Column about them and they had already been shunned by all of the ton. So they become every bit as sneaky as him in order to find out the truth about him.
Worth a credit? This well-written tale was a very enjoyable fast paced light Regency romance about a strong proud but slightly bitter H & H which had a lot of sexual tension, a mild sex scene, some mystery, a lot of angst and, for 9 hours their witty story, with it's quick dialogue, ruthless quips and banter amused and entertained me as their dislike and distrust of each other slowly but surely turned into a scandalous tale of two lovers. I just can't resist a satisfying reformed likeable alpha Rake tale that leaves me with a contented smile on my face.... so yes, a creditworthy addition to my bulging library of Regency Rakes.
Spoiler: Julianna is a very unappealing character and certainly not one for a romance "heroine". She is also an embarrassment to journalists. She refused to retract a story even after she found out there was an explanation. She was not making a stand for "the freedom of the press" but only wanted to keep her "column" and "independence" . She had no regard for her friends and co-workers who could be hurt or even killed. I stopped listening right after she made her selfish, self-centered choice.
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