It is whispered behind the fans of London's dowagers and in the corners of fashionable ballrooms that scandal follows willfully wild Lady Beatrix Lennox wherever she goes.
Three years before, the debutante created a sensation by being found in a distinctly compromising position. Now, the town has branded her as unmarriageable, her family has called her a vixen, and Beatrix sees no reason not to go after what - and who - she wishes.
And she wants Stephen Fairfax-Lacy, the handsome Earl of Spade. Beatrix, with her brazen suggestions and irresistibly sensuous allure, couldn't be more different from the earl's ideal future bride. Yet Beatrix brings out a wildness in the earl he has tried to deny far too long. Still, he's not about to play love's game by Lady Beatrix's rules. She may be used to being on top in affairs of the heart, but that will soon change.
©2004 Eloisa James (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers
I have a PhD in American Literature but my love affair with romance novels on audible is going strong.
I love this "Duchess Quarter" series, and this book did not disappoint. As with the other books, the stories are about 3 friends and their romances where the story lines get intertwined and then resolved. In this book one character ends up involved with all 3 women romancing one, pretending to romance another to make her husband jealous and pretending to be engaged to another. The book is much richer if the reader is familiar with the story of Esme and Sebastian from the previous book, even though the book stands alone just fine. I love the way that Eloisa James uses classical literature, particularly Shakespeare, to weave into the romances she writes. Here "Romeo and Juliet* plays a role, though it is not necessary to know the classics to enjoy these references. Though some readers were put off by the catty attitudes of some of the women in this book, James is clearly mocking these prudish and even vicious social attitudes just as Shakespeare does, By this technique James enriches her stories with the beauty of classical literature at the same time she shows that love and romance are an important part of all good literature.
1. A better reader who wouldn't make all the females sound like snobs or prostitutes.2. The story got bogged down right at the beginning with 5 chapters devoted to conversations between snobbish women at parties talking about how to seduce men or cheat on their husbands.3. A smaller age difference between the protagonists (23 years is way too much to take seriously let alone get invested in the outcome of the romance).
I still love Eloisa James' books and this is the first one which disappointed me. I bought it strictly going by the amount of people who thought it was a wonderful story.
Better reader who didn't exaggerate the accents.
Not that I could hear. In fact, I stopped listening after Chapter 6.
I learned a lesson - don't trust the reviews. Also, I will not get any more books narrated by Justine Eyre.
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
Enjoyed it Justine did a great job. Very humorous and passionate well worth the credit.love happy endings
I enjoyed the development and interactions of the characters. I did not find it believable that the moral issues of today repeatedly appeared in this story.
This was an excellent performance.
I enjoyed the performance and the flow of the reader, however I became so exasperated when the story became too farfetched and had to turn it off for a while.
Dewy eyed hopeless romantic
Beatrice, Esme and the other characters
I really also enjoy Dance Upon the Air and the 3 Sisters Island Trilogy by Nora Roberts and Nora Roberts Bride Quartet, Eloisa James' A Kiss at Midnight, books about friendship and women's lives.
throaty, husky, deep
Fun Romp in Regency England, better than Jane Austen!
I like this book, it is the 3rd in Eloisa's Duchess Quartet and she has another Duchess series after this series, her other series Fairy Tale, I really enjoyed A Kiss at Midnight and the Ugly Duckling and I have preordered Once Upon a Tower.
Eloisa's writing is witty and in real life she is a Shakespearean professor so there is some poetry and her books are very well written.
My only critique is I wish the love scenes were more like Stephanie Laurens, those will get you hot and bothered and Stephanie Laurens doesn't make them crude with certain vulgar body parts. James' sex scenes aren't hot enough for me but I really enjoy the stories and in the case of this book, I have read it 3x in print and bought the audiobook and I purchased A Kiss at Midnight the other day and really enjoyed it after reading A Kiss at Midnight two years ago.
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