Once Olympia Wingfield had been free to devote all her time to her true passion: the study of ancient legends and long-lost treasure. But now, with three hellion nephews to raise, the absentminded beauty has very little time for research. Which makes it seem all the more serendipitous when a handsome stranger strides into Olympia’s library unannounced and proceeds to set her world to rights....
Tall and dark, with long, windswept black hair, Jared Chillhurst is the embodiment of Olympia’s most exotic dreams…a daring pirate, masquerading in teacher’s garb, whose plundering kisses and traveler’s tales quickly win her heart. Yet all too soon innocent Olympia will discover the enigmatic and wickedly sensual Mr. Chillhurst is no lowly tutor but a future earl with a wealth of secrets – the kind that will lead them both on a perilous quest for a hidden fortune and a love worth more than gold.
©2009 Amanda Quick (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"A featherlight, warmhearted fantasy with lots besides bedroom frolics going on, and it's all in a modern idiom (only one "mayhap'"). Fans will welcome this perfect little popover of a romance." (Kirkus Reviews)
I can't say for certain that the story itself is bad. I had so much difficulty getting past the annoying narrator that I could barely concentrate on the story. Normally I enjoy Amanda Quick/Jayne Ann Krentz, so it is possible that the story was entertaining. Unfortunately, the narrator thought it was necessary to whisper-growl most of the voices and most statements were made in an exclamation with the last word of sentences being drawn out. It is sad but true that a narrator can make or break a good book. Perhaps this particular book should be read in paperback form rather than listening to the audio version. So, I will not comment on the storyline itself, just be aware that the narrator will pull you out of the story almost continually. I found myself dwelling on her pronuciations and excited whispers.
I think I should have read the paperback book rather than listening to the story. The narrator just made it impossible to get fully into the story. The dragging voice, ridiculous tone inflections on certain words was almost comical at times. The narrator is really doing a dis-service to the book...
The story was light. It's an easy book to read (again insisting on reading it and NOT listening to it due to the terrible narration). I enjoyed the story.
Anyone but her!!
The story is definitely light and easy to read.
This is not the Great American Novel, but it is HUGE FUN!!!! Definitely worth the credit, especially if you are already a fan of Amanda Quick (Jayne Ann Krentz).
(Note on date-published: This new recording may be 2009 & 2010, but the actual storey's original copyright date is 1993.)
Best of the new Quick books IMO. I like Regency though tire of oft repeated plots. This takes a different slant and not always predictable. It's fascinating to hear the developing relationships of all the characters especially the interchanges between the two leads, starting from the introduction of the "tutor" into a madcap household. Both main characters are quite unique and balance each other very well as does the storyline. Definitely fun for summer read ...or anytime.
Avid reader and now listener . . .
The hero "fixed" things too much, private meetings after the fact . . . Overall, it was a quirky story, likeable enough and easy to listen to, but I had no desire to listen to it again. Have already removed it from my Droid.
This was the first time reading or hearing an Amanda Quick novel, so I have no point of reference.
Too affected, even for a Brit :-) Sorry, but it was just a bit too "gaspy" or would "breathy" be a better word? Reminded me a bit of the Eloisa James narrator who did the Fairy Tale series.
No. Unless I can find a review identifying the "best" of Amanda Quick, this book will probably be the only Amanda Quick story I'll listen/read. Again, it wasn't awful, just not worth listening to again.
I did like the aspect of the two "aunts" - provocative point tying in with the denoument.
It simply wasn't my type of book. There was too much romance/passion/sex in the book that were not written very well. Reminded me of Barbara Cartland romance novels I read as a girl. I've moved on from that phase in life! The description didn't lead me to believe it was this type of book. It was much more about the relationship between the 2 principals and their "passion" then the mystery.
Way too much drama and attempt to depict the "passion" of the novel. Did not depict the characters voices well at all.
This is my favortite Quick book. I grabbed it the day it became avaiable. love the story, the wit, the danger, and gotta love the In-Laws!! i have worn out several paperback versions and a hard back...now i listen in the car and on my MP3 palyer!!! Her older books are my favorite. I also like that she doesn't feel the need to give the reader(listener) a history lesson when telling her tale! Just plain FUN. I hope some of the older ones like Mistress, With this Ring, I Thee Wed and a few others will come out with unabridges versions. I have the tape versions......./sob...i would love a unabridged verson not the horriable abridged ones they have avaiable.
I enjoy & relisten to all AQ books. Yes, I would definitely recommend this book to my friends. Anne F is one of my favorite narrators, along with Barbara Rosenblat.
Feisty heroine & a take-charge hero.
Yes. Excellent, as always.
This book was a bit of a disappointment. Typically, I love Amanda Quick books. They're full of intrigue and plot twists and simmering sexual tension. This one seemed flat and bland and I knew the big secrets from nearly the beginning. The characters seemed silly, especially Jared's refusal to discuss the main subject - if he'd just talked to Olympia the mystery would have been solved before they went to London. It was contrived and made the book feel interminably long because I was just waiting for them to figure out what I already knew. Not to mention the "bad guy" pre-London did almost exactly the same thing as the London "bad guy". Two people using the same tactics for the same reason strains credulity.
The narration was horrible. The narrator was over dramatic and gave the characters ridiculous cadences. Every time she said the word "her" it sounded like she was trying to draw it out for thirty seconds. Almost every last word of a sentence or paragraph was laughably drawn out.
Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this book.
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