After years of wild adventures overseas, Miss Sophie Everton is in no hurry to return home to the boring strictures of the ton. But she's determined to reclaim her family's fortune - even if she has to become a spy for the Prince Regent to do it. Before she can get her first assignment, she lands right in the lap of the dark and dashing Duke of Rockeforte. She's faced hungry tigers that didn't look nearly as predatory. Somehow the blasted man manages to foil her at every turn - and make her pulse thrum with something more than just the thrill of danger. Both are caught in a daring dance of espionage and desire. But to make a true love match, they'll have to learn to trust in each other...and, of course, a little bit of luck.
©2008 Alissa Johnson (P)2017 Tantor
This was a fun book. After the first 14% struggle I pushed on an am glad I did.
I really liked Sophie and Alex together. Sophie especially, she was strong, smart, witty, and didn't take any crap. Alex was handsome and strong. They made a good match.
The story line and plot was good. I liked the spy plot and the little bit of mystery going on. There was a lot of dialogue throughout the entire book. I really liked a lot of the secondary characters like Evie and Mirabelle.
As for the narration, it was good. Carmen Rose is growing on me. She does a decent job with the men's voices and the cockney accents of the servants. She could work on the emotion part and her reading voice is a bit flat. She is much better than some narrators.
To start with, I love books about spies in historical novels and when there are two of them and they don’t know about the other it makes it twice as much fun. I was just hoping when the book started that it wouldn’t drag out until the end of the story before they found out about each other. And it didn’t but it was so surprising when the final story came out about the spying that it was too funny for words.
Alex and Sophie were simply awesome together but she sure had some strange ideas near the end of the book. Sophie loved Alex but when he told her he loved her she ran to their room and locked him out. When she tried to explain to him why that was wrong it didn’t make a bit of sense. I mean it all worked out but I could have done without the author writing something so silly and nonsensical.
There was quite a bit of sexual tension in this book, which was nice, and one sex scene at about 75% of the story. And no swearing.
As to the narration: Carmen Rose is usually a miss with me but I keep trying. Her men’s voices could be better and when she does do a decent job it’s like she forgets when she’s doing a man’s voice, and there he goes sounding like a woman. She does have a nice reading voice and she does read with emotions sometimes but she still needs to practice and listen to some of the better narrators to learn a few things, like Amy McFadden, Ashford McNab, Kate Rudd, Mary Jane Wells, Sophie Eastlake, just to name a few. Ms. Rose could be excellent but she’s not yet.
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