Dennis Kleinman and Victoria J. Mayers bring to life this unique audiobook version of the historical romance, Caversham's Bride. Together they seamlessly integrate an entire cast of characters and create the ambiance of Morocco, Italy and England, making this a wonderful and exciting listening experience.
Sold into slavery by the men who were supposed to kill her, Angelia Gualtiero must now convince the man who purchased her to help her. Lia would do anything to save her little brother from her murderous aunt - even marry a man she knows wants nothing more than to use of her body.
Marcus Renfield Halden, Ninth Duke of Caversham, needs an heir to secure his legacy and the futures of his young sisters from a desperate cousin whom he suspects of targeting him in pursuit of his title and fortune. When he sees a woman running from her guard in a market in Tangier, he is at first captivated by her beauty. After Ren learns her story, he's in awe of her bravery. He then makes Lia an offer she cannot refuse: Her brother for an heir.
What neither expected was to fall in love.
©2012 Sandy Raven (P)2013 Sandy Raven
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
This is not your usual Regency romance of the ton balls, debutantes, and titled gentlemen. Caversham's Bride is extremely well written in an epic adventurous fashion that is reminiscent of a Bertrice Small novel. The settings vary from Morocco to Italy to England.
The hero, Ren, is not your run-of-the-Regency-mill nobleman. He actually works for a living, owns his own shipping company. His father was a duke, but mom was a rich middle class woman who taught him the value of time. Plus he likes his family, with one exception the one family member who wants him dead. His solution to end the murder plots is to marry and produce an heir. When that doesn't work, he flees England to regroup and strategize and catch his killer.
After her parents' deaths, Lia, the heroine, and her baby brother are kidnapped from their family home in Naples by an aunt and uncle interested only in their inheritances. After the random is cashed, her abductors decide to sell her to make even more money. Lia's intelligent and a courageous heroine, only unselfishly thinking of saving her little brother from what is certain doom no matter the circumstance she finds herself in.
With a fantastic not technically first meeting, Ren and Lia reach a "deal" of she gives him an heir and he saves her brother. There are some sizzling sex scenes in their romantic journey. After a satisfactory dealing with each other's families, they must of course realize that they're in love.
I loved this book and the family involvement on all sides. This book had it all and I highly recommend. Can't wait for the next book!!!
This was a sweeping tale that transports you from Italy to Morocco, back to Italy and then finally to England and it follows a relationship that slowly builds as distrust eventually leads to trust, then friendship and that happily leads to love.
Marcus (Ren) buys and saves Angelia (Lia) from the slave market but there are lots of hurdles to overcome before he can get his hands on her but when he does he just can't keep them off her. Plenty of passion, sex and romance as Lia involves Ren in her quest to get her brother and nursemaid back and he discovers some important secrets she failed to share. Likeable characters, good action packed storyline and some twists all this and with a few dislikable evil villains too.
This is actually a dual-narration by DK and Victoria Myers (the jury is still out as to whether I like or dislike a dual narrated listen) anyway...... WHY O WHY did VM give the heroine (who is Italian) an English accent??? everyone else in Italy had an accent - including her maid and brother, but Lia didn't - she had a posh English one which (sorry) but this annoyed the hell out of me.
Worth a credit? Absolutely YES and I'm eagerly looking forward to the next book.
What really set this book apart from the others was the way that it was read. I really enjoyed listening the women parts were read by the women and the man read the mans part. Not like other books where the women reads whole chapters and the man reads whole chapters. It really brought something special to the book. Would like to see other books read the same.
I've always had an extreme enjoyment of audio books and radio stories. This experience with the intriguing plot and perfectly vibrant voices was truly an enjoyable journey. I look forward to Book Two.
I loved this story for its uniqueness. The story had just enough intrigue and was not just another "fluff Regency".
The minor characters were just as strong as the main characters.
I cannot say enough good things about this narration. It was as if I were listening to a stage performance of the story. Definitely not just someone reading a book to me.
I did listen to this book in one sitting. I had to run to the store, and just took it with me.
I cannot wait for further collaborations between this author and these two fantastic narrators. Thank you for taking me into the world of Ren and Lia!
The two readers of this story bring a depth and richness to the story.
Highly recommend this audio book to any lover of historical romance it grabs your attention early and keeps it for the duration look forward to the next installment
I can say that my recent addiction to audiobooks has opened up new vistas of enjoyment of 'reading'. As anxious as I am to continue the series, for comparisons with other audiobooks, I pass. My reading selections are very varied as my choices are eclectic to say the least. Suffice it to say, this book was totally entertaining enough to encourage the foray into the rest of the series.
The story tripped along very nicely. Lots of descriptive prose and historical background. The romance between Ren and Lia was stormy at times but it added to the excitement of the storyline. The sex scenes were graphic with way too much information but, to each his own. I did enjoy Ria's feisty nature and strong reactions to her tormenting relatives.
They spelled each other to tackle the male and female voices. That made great sense and enhanced the enjoyment of their performance. I also appreciated the the way they imitated the accents of the characters. Victoria was particularly adept at Lia's language and intonation of her various moods.
This first book in The Caversham Chronicles series by Sandy Raven is a marvelous beginning to this series. It is rife with strong feelings, lots of drama and thrilling moments. I was so captivated by the storyline that I had great difficulty in taking time off to do other necessary things, like sleep. However, I did skip some of the steamy sex, but I was still so engrossed in the tale. The main characters, Ren and Lia were well developed, genuine and pleasurable to relate to. The book held my attention to the very end.
Sandy, I like your writing style and listening to Victoria and Dennis make your main and supporting characters come alive was an absolute joy.
I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.
I was so pleased to come across "Caversham's Bride" because it was a riveting, emotionally evocative book that touched me on many levels. I adore books that show substantial, emotional growth among the leads and I loved to see the personal growth that occurs within the Hero, Marcus Renfield Halden ("Ren"), Ninth Duke of Caversham, especially.
First of all, the chemistry between Angelia ("Lia") Gualtiero & Ren is hot, hot, hot! Their love story is steamy, romantic, and full of sweet and very HOT moments, alike. As passionate lovers, they love hard and fight hard as well. The relationship between Ren and Lia develops into a lasting, committed, and very passionate, unbreakable love (my favorite).
This novel is beautifully written and both leads are complex, interesting and very worthy of love. I especially admired the Heroine, Lia--She is one amazing woman! This woman had survived a kidnapping, being sold into slavery, being drugged by opium, living in a harem, forced marriage and much more. Yet, despite these very damaging experiences, she arises with her spirit, in tact. She's just fierce, beautiful and adaptive.
I won't take time to discuss the background of the leads or the plot because there are just too many masterful details, but I wanted to note the main reasons I was touched or evoked by this compelling novel.
I. Quality of Life for Women in this Era:
I was so pissed during the part of the novel that took place in Morocco. I felt sick to my stomach in seeing how the men, in that society, benefited from absolute power over women. Without restraint, men were able to subjugate and oppress woman with no consequences. Poor Lia got caught up in this society, due to no fault of her own, since she was sold into slavery. Even though she was a virgin, she received extensive training in the 'arts' of pleasure for the purpose of pleasing her eventual master. I was glad that the hero, Ren, witnessed her near escape in the market and fell helplessly in love with her (even though he didn't quite know it yet). Lia was able to escape this bastion of male chauvinism and superiority due to Ren's persistence. Yet, what of the other woman who had to resign themselves to life within a polygamous relationship where they are just another number among many for 1 man (prince). I felt sick thinking about how woman had to survive such experiences.
II. The Relationship:
I was fascinated with the balance of power that teetered between both leads. I think that the Hero experienced the most personal growth in this book, and reasonably so. He entered this unconventional relationship with Lia, first as her master, then her betrothed and then her husband. In all stages of the relationship, Ren obviously carried the most power. Yet, Lia is a powerful force within herself. Her own power resided in her intelligence, vivacity, beauty and Ren’s insatiable need for her.
One of the issues in the relationship is that Ren’s idea of marriage was inconsistent with the idea of love and trust. I liked how Lia challenged and debated Ren throughout the process of trust between the two. As far as Ren is concerned, let’s just say he came to Lia with “emotional baggage” from his previous relationship where he was burned by his betrothed. Lia had to “unpack” his emotional luggage…lol
One of the parts that I thought was ironic was how Ren was constantly processing what Lia meant to him, and in one instance he tells his uncle and cousins that Lia is merely a vessel to produce his heir and he plans to set her aside after she provides him with an heir and a spare. That was actually laughable because, it was evident, that Ren would never be able to let her go. The man was hopelessly, devastatingly, in love with Lia, he was simply in denial, at this point. Unfortunately, Lia over hears this conversation and this initiates a huge fight between the pair. I was always rooting for Lia during this fight. Ofcourse, the make-up sex was ON FIRE and both gained in relational depth. ☺
Eventually, Ren, who struggles to communicate his emotions, conveys to Lia how much he loves her and needs her. That part in the relationship was really satisfying. Overall, Ren and Lia are separable. I love how Ren adored Lia and never let her go (even when she tried to escape from him). I loved how he made himself vulnerable and apologized to Lia (especially after he acted like an ass).
Overall, the love scenes were plentiful, very steamy & combustible. I will definitely re-read this book from time to time.
Narration: The audiobook was just masterful! It was probably the best listening experience because it was like audio theater for the senses. I am so addicted to audiobooks for this reason. Dennis Kleinman and Victria J. Mayers performed with excellence. This is probably the best audiobook I’ve listened to. It was such a treat to listen to!
Not only was this boring, I didn't like the concept. I couldn't get past the heroine being kidnapped into a harem and then being amenable. It was just to much for me. She had no spark or fight in her, not head strong at all. Just a wimpy heroine, and the chemistry was just not there.
I don't recommend this book.
Save your credit for something else.
The narration was just ok.
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