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Disciplining the Duchess | [Annabel Joseph]

Disciplining the Duchess

Over five seasons, Miss Harmony Barrett has managed to repel every gentleman of consequence and engineer a debacle at Almack's so horrifying that her waltzing privileges are revoked. If she's not in the library reading about Mongol hordes, she's embarrassing her family or getting involved in impulsive scrapes. Enter the Duke of Courtland, a man known for his love of duty and decorum. Through a vexing series of events, he finds himself shackled to Miss Barrett in matrimony. But all is not lost.
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Over five seasons, Miss Harmony Barrett has managed to repel every gentleman of consequence and engineer a debacle at Almack's so horrifying that her waltzing privileges are revoked. If she's not in the library reading about Mongol hordes, she's embarrassing her family or getting involved in impulsive scrapes.

Enter the Duke of Courtland, a man known for his love of duty and decorum. Through a vexing series of events, he finds himself shackled to Miss Barrett in matrimony. But all is not lost. The duke harbors a not-so-secret affinity for spanking and discipline…and his new wife is ever in need of it.

Will the mismatched couple find their way to marital happiness? Or will the duke be forever Disciplining the Duchess?

©2013 Annabel Joseph (P)2013 Annabel Joseph

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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 01-07-14
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 01-07-14 Member Since 2010

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    "SADLY, YOU REALLY CAN'T TELL A BOOK BY IT'S COVER"

    I had such high hopes for this listen as I love a good Duke story but unfortunately both the narrator and the plot were just plain awful - not touching or tender but abusive and twisted.

    Harmony, a naive, impulsive bluestocking was at a house party and she became bored so, being interested in history, decided to go to Hadrian's Wall - an overnight trip but she took no overnight bag, little money, no idea how she was going to get there and she was totally alone (UNBELIEVABLE). She was spotted by Courtland (the Duke) who told her that he would personally take her however, she gave him the slip (A STUPID MOVE) and hired an unscrupulous stranger (WHY?) with a wagon who just dumped her off at the side of the road in the middle of nowhere (AGAIN, STUPID). Courtland felt he needed to find her and went in search for her then, when he found her, he promised to take her there (despite knowing the laws of the ton when it comes to 'compromising' a woman) and decides to marry her as well.

    Unfortunately I didn't like the Heroine who came across as a childish airhead who did stupid things throughout the story which was annoying and I didn't like the Hero because he came across as a cold, unfeeling, stuck-up bully for most of the story and punished her by severely taking a cane to her. There were times of sexual gratification during 'slapping' her but there were two instances of disciplining her by thrashing her with the cane whilst she was screaming and crying which I really didn't like. IMHO, the narrator had a horrible voice and it was difficult to distinguish between all the characters. Yes it contain sex scenes but a lot of these weren't very romantic at all.

    Worth a credit? If this had been read by a more skilful narrator, it may have gained a point but alas it wasn't and nothing can take away a bad storyline. So, again IMHO, NO not worth a credit.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    J. Duncan Sunshine Coast, Qld Australia 01-09-14
    J. Duncan Sunshine Coast, Qld Australia 01-09-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Painful narration!"
    What would have made Disciplining the Duchess better?

    A narrator worth listening to!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Anything at all!


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Emma Kent?

    Anyone not "acting" out the narrative!


    What character would you cut from Disciplining the Duchess?

    Didn't get far enough into the book to decide


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia W 06-28-14
    Patricia W 06-28-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Terrible"
    What would have made Disciplining the Duchess better?

    Narrator was unbearable.


    What was most disappointing about Annabel Joseph’s story?

    Was a sorry of abuse that was couched as "romance".


    How could the performance have been better?

    Narrator was whiny. The fake British accent was obvious.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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