Lady Madeline Matthews would rather shame herself than sacrifice her freedom - which is why, to avoid a marriage to an aging, lecherous lord, she seeks out the company of Logan Scott. A torrid affair with the notorious womanizer would surely condemn her in the eyes of good society. Though a legend in the bedchamber, Logan is, in truth, an intensely private man tormented by past betrayals. Now a forward little minx is disrupting his life with her vibrant charm and unspoiled beauty, a high-spirited enchantress completely at sea in London’s sophisticated whirl. But when what begins with a kiss threatens to blossom into something more rapturous and real, will Logan and Madeline have the courage to drop the masks they hide behind in the name of love?
©2005 Lisa Kleypas (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
The characters are typical Kleypas: likeable, enagaging, well-developed. However, the conflict between the hero and heroine picks up too strongly in the second half of the book and goes on for too long. I kept waiting for the negative tension to be addressed and resolved but it kept going and going. The nature of the conflict is also pretty cringe-worthy and a little heartbreaking.
Despite this, I don't regret spending my credit on this book. The rich characters and unpredictable plot is (eventually) rewarding.
When I clean, drive or exercise I listen to romance. The steamier the better but it must have a great story as well!
This is one of the worst books I have listened to in a long time! Although I ordinarily love Rosalyn Landor, I was not very impressed with the narration even from the beginning. By the time I had heard Lady Madeline go on and on about her insecurities for the 10th time I was ready to jump out of a window! I don't ordinarily like to write negative reviews because doubtless someone out there will or probably does love this book, and I totally respect that. However, I found this book to be terribly boring, predictable and repetitive, I could not even finish listening to it. I listened about 3/4 of the way and gave up for hopes of something better.
Madeline is very young, 18 fresh out of the schoolroom and promised to be married to an old man (sound familiar). She decides the best way to solve her problem is to have an affair with the most popular current stage performer, Logan Scott. Logan won't allow himself to fall in love but ultimately gives in to the beautiful Maddie (again, familiar). I like several of Lisa Kleypas' books and think she is amazingly talented. She has a strong ability to create detailed characters with true heartfelt problems, not to mention her ability to write a steamy love scene. Although, she must have been having a rough month (I highly doubt it took her longer than that) when writing this book because it comes nowhere close to the talents displayed in books such as "Stranger in my arms" or the "Wallflower" series. If you want to take the chance and like the book, great and I'm very happy for you. Those of you with histories like mine, skip it and go onto something better.
What a romantic story. I lost myself in it. Once I finished the book my hand accidentally pressed a button and "here without you" began playing on my iPhone. It was a great ending to a completely fulfilling listening experience. Another winner! Thank you Lisa for adding color to my life.
English major, Attorney then CEO of 5000 employee company (in that order). I have over 1200 books in my Audible library.
This is the second book in the Capitol Theatre Series and it is better than the first. I liked the characters better. They were more fleshed out than the characters in the first book and the heroine, "Maddy", is more likable than Julia, the heroine in the first book. This book is a good stand alone book even though it is a part of a series. I recommend it to anyone who likes a good romance story that causes laughter and tears - and a huge sigh of contentment at the end of the book.
It probably ranks like 3rd. I love her stories and how she keeps them going with her series. The reader she chose does the voices incredibly well!
That it was a continuation of her characters.
The voices she does and how she can use the grammar so well!
It made me laugh and feel anxiety.
I only had the audio version
The reader was fantastic! Her voice inflection was captivating and entertaining.
Audio-fiction ADDICT !
It was an entertaining listen from Lisa but not her best . Was a bit bored at times . But as usual Rosalyn Landor's narration is the best !
If the hero didn't rape the heroine. If the hero didn't tell the heroine, in complete seriousness, that he was going to marry her against her will, 'own her body and soul', that he would have sex with her whenever he wanted and that she wouldn't enjoy it as much as she did the first (consentual) time, that he despised her and would make sure she wouldn't enjoy the marriage, that he would absolutely control her and their child. But they're in love, so it's romantic.
Nothing from this writer. She came highly recommended, but this was absolutely enough to put her on my Do Not Read list.
The hero. I'd gladly read about the heroine's adventures in the theater world. a
I'd have said the 90s weren't long enough ago for this. Apparently I'd have been wrong.
Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!
Logan softens and it was fun to watch, yes this narrator is so good at reading this author's work I can clearly paint a picture with her words. I enjoyed!
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