In order to save the man she loves from the enemy bent on destroying her, Lady Whitney Rutherford sheds her identity and escapes her past, making a new life for herself as Mr. Roger Wentworth, missing person locator extraordinaire. But when Whitney's best friend from her old life comes up missing and there is every indication the girl was taken by the debauched members of a secret club, Whitney dons a new disguise and infiltrates the club, determined to unravel the mystery and save her friend. She never expects to encounter Drake Sutherland, the man who still has her heart. In the dark world of pleasure and sin, Whitney must play a dangerous game and one wrong move could mean the death of her friend or the destruction of the man she loves.
©2013 Julie Johnstone (P)2014 Julie Johnstone
I started this audiobook so many times. Finally I got to the point where I had 4 hours left and couldn't take it any more. I did something I never do - I skipped to the end. This was dreadful. I gave it an extra credit for the narration alone.
Whitney was stupid. She drove me nuts. I hate TSTL characters.
I have to say this is my least favorite Julie Johnstone book.
This was the best narration I have heard in a while. Tim Campbell is becoming my favorite. His voices were clear and he did not sound like a wheezing old man.
I gave a review on Amazon about the book.
My favorite scene was when the hero realized he needed to retrieve his heroine.
Geez that was a tough book to get through.. The hero, Drake was so love sick he was annoying to say the least. The heroine, Whitney was just TSTL most of the time.
The story had potential but was ruined by making the hero so freaking love sick, oh and so extremely prideful. Geez... You wanted to scream! Always saying "Whitney", "Whitney" ,"Whitney". "I won't ask for help", "I won't ask for help", "I won't ask for help",
Whitney was way to meek and mild to be pretending to be an investigator and made some really stupid decisions. And her constant whining about not wanting to be a burden grated on the nerves as well.
Seriously, I did a word count on the name "Whitney" in my Kindle and I got 1,090 hits. I also did a search in Drake's name and got 1,013 hits. I do believe that over half the hits I got on Drake's name was him whining about Whitney!
And of course, the misunderstanding and angst lasted all the way to the end! No resolutions or truths between the two until the last 10 pages. What an annoying book. At one point I wanted to throw my iphone, and another time I literally slapped my hand against my forehead in an "Are you kidding me? You people are so stupid" gesture.
There is a lot of dialogue, and I do like a lot of dialogue in my books, except most of this dialogue was Drake whining to everyone one and anyone about Whitney! Strong hero's do not whine to everyone they come in contact with they are brokenhearted. Really!!??
There are a couple of sex scenes, nothing remarkable, and somewhat annoying, Since you get so much of Drake's thoughts on "I can't believe I am with Whitney, Oh Whitney, Is this real or am I dreaming of Whitney" Wanted to barf it was so nauseating.
It is really to bad too, I read the first book Bargaining with a Rake and it was great. This one was a total disappointment. This is by far the worst Julia Johnstone book I have read or listened to.
As for the narrator he did a great job, He did a good job on the female voices and read with emotion. So it was not that narrator that ruined this book it was the writing and the story.
I think I am at odds with so many of the reviews. This was lighthearted yes, but deep too. It was implausible but sort of 'real' anyway. And altho' I did laugh it with with the character not at her.
Not a soft subject!
NARRATOR: One of the BEST ever! (👍)
HEAT FACTOR: ouch! (♨)
Anyone with attention deficet disorder. IT was just too much to care about
She needed to focus and edit out about 3 hours. There was a major misunderstanding "why the heroine left the hero". Nothing was discussed and only solutions seemed to be manipulation. If this author thinks this is how to solve problems, then I have nothing to offer.
I liked his performance. In the past I have found a few times , his narration was annoying, but in this he does a great job.
Sally and Audrey ( but she is required for book 3). Sally was a distraction to any situation that was occuring. She was the least straightforward and kep confusing me with her behaviour. The story’s central issue of a kidnapped girl. I found Sally taking precious time away from finding a girl that could be in serious trouble to be confusing. I don't think anything really effected Sally .
This author decided to use every trop/cliché that she could think of:
Heroine as martyr
Boy loses girl, then boy finds girl and then boy loses girl
Heroine impersonating a man
Heroine impersonating a courtesan
Hooker with a heart of “gold”
Girl being sold into white slavery
Hero saving heroine from “ravishing”
Pirates sinking ships
Rags to riches
Hero on the verge of disaster/bankruptcy
Sex club/secret organization
And of course a visit to a brothel
If that was not enough, the next door neighbour as a homosexual artist, befriending the heroine…because if you can’t squeeze in one more clicke, why write the novel!
This story was a mess. For all of that it was slow and dragged to the point where I stopped caring what would happen in the last 2 hours of the story.
This read like a badly written erotica. Week characters & storyline. Enjoyed the first book; however, this one will disappoint. Skip
Yes,Such a heart rendering story.
The twists and turns that kept my interest.
He did a great job and he has done the voices great!
When Whitney sacrificed her happiness for her love Drake.
Great Audio book!
Edwina "I Love Books'
The narrator Tim Campbell really brought this story alive. He was marvelous!!
I really liked all of the characters, but I am going to same Lord Davenport "Trent" Whitney's cousin. His book is next so I hope his story doesn't disappoint.
When Drake Sutherland was introduced to Mr Roger Wentworth/Whitney posing as a man. It was so funny.
Yes I could hardly stop listening it was that good.
I so wanted to give Conspiring with A Rogue 5 stars because I love all the characters in this series. They are very entertaining and well written characters. But the storyline come up Short. Its one of those story were the disagreements could have been settled with the heroine Whitney trusting betroth Drake Sutherland with the truth. That she was being blackmailed. The story is good but it could have been written better, maybe have them working together sooner with the truth out in the open. The other problem is the villain Lady Westernburt now Mrs. Blightson a bankers wife. She was the villain in bk 1 Bargaining With A Rake and now she is back. I like to see a villain get there comeuppance instead of a light slap on the hand. So 4 stars instead of 5.
The romance between Drake Sutherland the American Shipping Tycoon and Lady Whitney Rutherford was very sensuous, sexy and hot. The banter was sometimes funny between all of the characters. This story had so much potential but its seems Ms. Johnstone the author didn't know how to scale back the angst making the heroin look foolish. Her reasoning wasn't good enough to keep this wonderful romantic couple apart for so long.
The story does mover fast so that helped and the scenes in the book with Mr. Wentworth/Whitney and Drake Sutherland was just down right hilarious. So I do Recommend Conspiring With A Rogue. I off to read bk 3 Dancing With A Devil!!
"Slightly bizarre but good lol"
Ok the plot in this book was slightly bizarre and went a little to far to believe at times! That said it was enjoyable and certainly unique!! I preferred the narrator on book one, but this narrator is still pretty good.
Not as good as book one, but still enjoyable and worth a credit
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