People magazine named Eloisa James' novel Midnight Pleasures "Page Turner of the Week" and raved, "Romance writing does not get much better than this." Now the acclaimed author returns with another sumptuous tale of passion and misadventure in Regency England.
Gabrielle Jerningham cherishes the portrait of her betrothed, the perfect Peter Dewland... until she meets his commanding older brother Quill. But it is Peter to whom she has been promised. And how can she possibly transform her voluptuous, outspoken self into the poised gentlewoman Peter requires?
When Gabby's shocking décolletage plunges to her waist at her first ball, Peter is humiliated. But Quill comes to the rescue, to the peril of his heart. An accident years before has left Quill plagued by headaches - the kind that grow more excruciating with strenuous exercise. Needless to say, this hardly bodes well for siring progeny. But the very sight of Gabby leaves Quill breathless. One forbidden kiss and Quill vows to have her, headaches and Peter be damned! But it will take a clever man - and a cleverer woman - to turn the tables on propriety and find their way to true love.
©2001 Eloisa James (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
One of the BEST books by Eloisa James. LOVE the characters. So real. I was never bored throughout this almost 14 hour book. Couldn't wait to find out what happened next and then couldn't stand that the book ended. Great storyline. Trust me when I say you will not be disappointed.
It's an Eloisa James book. What more needs be said? This was a non-stop read ( listen) for me. I liked it a lot. The characters were all flawed so it wasn't all sunshine and flowers. I really liked Quill. He's one of my new favorite characters. And I loved Phoebe. I'm sorry she sort of fell out of the picture. I found the story of her "new mother" and her suitor (his name escapes me) a bit odd. It was nice but seemed an unnecessary distraction.
Susan Duerden does another stellar job with the narration. I had just one tiny issue and that was with Gabby's voice. I think it was described as "husky" or something like that but it was not. Not a big deal though.
This is an early book by James and I'm glad it was finally produced in audiobook format. A good addition to the Pleasures series.
It's all about romance in my library! I have a wonderful husband, children and my grandchildren they are my rock.
What I liked about this story was entertaining and funny.
The author did an excellent job on explaining or extending the lil girl (forgot her name) story with her new mother.
The ending was cute - that's all I'm going to say about the end.
But it left you wondering about Peter - I think he is guy. I wondered what happened to guy man during the 1800's.
I love the narrator, you can never go wrong in listening to Susan Duerden - she does an excellent job on all voices.
I love reading but don't have time. The audiobooks allow me to hear the books I want to read. I love audible!
I didn't like the brother Patrick I thought of him as whinny. I liked him in other books so I believed it was to billed up to another story line. I wish that the story of Emily and the Marquees was more in depth. I believe they desire their own book. But back to Gabbe and Quil they were funny but not over the top. They fought like a real married couple. The other books before this one they could be very harsh. Overall this was great book with many mini books within.
And that's the truth. Eloisa James does it spectacularly well.... I loved the characters, the plot.... I remember looking and seeing almost two hours left and wondering what would fill them... and almost magically it was done. That's a good book! The ending was just a little odd... I didn't get the locale but that's ok. I understood it, it was even a good scene, but why put them there? I guess it doesn't matter.
NARRATOR : Susan Duerden is Fantastic here. I never heard HER but rather the characters. That's the way it should be!
CREDITWORTHY? : YES! 100%... that is IF you like a good romantic HEA story with a little political intrigue and a good cry.
HEAT FACTOR? : High. Not steamy heart throbing sexual tension high... but high all the same.
it had a good story line but I was not always able to keep my attention on it. I ended up listening to three or for chapters twice to ensure that I had the events etc. correctly in my thoughts. Overall the book is a good read.
I wish James would use different readers after a while all books sound alike, and Susan due den voice is irritating story was stretched and felt contrived
I didn't read the print version.
Codswallop is a word in British slang meaning "rubbish" or "nonsense". It is also the name of the butler in this regency romance.
I was enjoying this story very much until the end. The ending was a load of codswallop. There is no way these events could have happened. Disappointing that the author would choose this way out, when there were so many other good outcomes.
Overdone, too "breathless"
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