Welcome to a world of reckless sensuality and glittering sophistication, of dangerously handsome gentlemen and young ladies longing to gain a title, of games played for high stakes, including - on occasion - a lady's virtue.
A marquess's sheltered only daughter, Lady Roberta St. Giles, falls in love with a man she glimpses across a crowded ballroom: a duke, a game player of consummate skill, a notorious rakehell who shows no interest in marriage, until he lays eyes on Roberta.
Yet the Earl of Gryffyn knows too well that the price required to gain a coronet is often too high. Damon Reeve, the earl, is determined to protect the exquisite Roberta from chasing after the wrong destiny. Can Damon entice her into a high-stakes game of his own, even if his heart is likely to be lost in the venture?
©2007 Eloisa James (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers
"The first in a sparkling new series set in the scandalously fun Georgian era by best-selling and award-winning James, this is a gracefully written, lusciously sensual, delectably witty, and exquisitely romantic historical romance." (Booklist)
"If Shakespeare had written an 18th-century romantic comedy, it might look something like this novel." (Publishers Weekly)
I like romance novels with a great story. A little racy is OK but no fowl language.
I really did try to listen to this book but after a couple of hours I couldn't take it any more. The story went into too many unrelated directions. The characters were absurdly disgusting. Don't waste your time.
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The first few chapters of this book are slow and include many references to chess play and marital problems between Jemma and her husband. I was actually even confused about who were the main characters of the story because they are barely mentioned in the first few chapters. I started getting impatient and considered stopping the story but I am so glad I stuck with it. About a third of the book in it starts to pick up wonderfully. It's a beautiful love story and very enjoyable. Damon was a great hero and the supporting characters such as Roberta's dad, Damon's son and Jemma make the story even better because it's not simply based on the main romance. Defenitely worth a credit.
Narration: Rosalyn Landor is my favorite historical romance narrator. She is consistently good in all her performance. She makes perfect male voices and adds emotion and depth to the stories she narrates.
The affected voices used by this narrator irritated me to the point of stopping after the fifth chapter. The intonation she used is normally used for pompous elderly dowagers and dukes, but she used them for the main characters. I just could not imagine romance between people who talk like that. I'm going to try to get my money back. Buyer beware.
Attorney - love to listen to audio books
I could not finish this book. I tried for two days to listen and just could not stand it - went to sleep each time, after 5 minutes. I did not like the characters and never really found a plot. I was interested in later books in the series, but was convinced by the reviews that I needed to start at the beginning. I wish I had not!!!. I did listen to one of the later books (I think it was the last one) and it was good. I should have left it at that.
It is difficult to rate this book because it is not serious literature - but rather an imaginary and long party with semi-royals of the 17th century. Compare it to putting down a book written by John Grisham and picking up People magazine - a change of pace just for the pure fun of it.
Gemma - because she is so worldly, hopeless addicted to chess games and inventive in her choice of partners - not withstanding the fact that she is married to a man who spends his life either with his mistress or in the House of Lords. Loved her !!
As usual, her narration brings a different voice to each character - even the small boy - making the story more entertaining. I don't believe anyone would find that experience in the printed version of this book.
Not especially, but it is not an emotional story so I didn't expect any reaction of that sort.
Try it - you'll enjoy !!!
I had a hard time with the narrator tone. It was mushy and slurpy making it very difficult to listen to. It is the only one of Eloisa James books that I have experienced this.
Good story. and great performance by the reader. I didn't really need the sex scenes but they were very well done.
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I usually like Eloisa James and Rosalyn Landor is one of my favorite narrators, but Ms. James seemed to phone this one in. The main characters, Roberta and Damon were very cute together, but the plot was minimal and the author chose to fill the holes with descriptions of chess moves. Since I personally have no knowledge of chess, nor interest in acquiring any, it was a waste of time listening to them. It seemed to me that the author's editor needed a book and Ms. James accommodated him/her with this bit of drivel.
confusing from the beginning til almost the end I couldnt quite grasp what was going on at all until Villiers propose. I felt like I was asleep til he actually told Roberta father he was courting her.
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