At twenty-six, aspiring novelist Avis Copley intends to wear spinsterhood as a badge of honour. But when she discovers a volume of erotica that ignites a searing fire within her, Avis realizes just how much she doesn't know about the actual pleasures of the flesh. Determined to learn more, she devises a daring plan...Avis chooses Emory Billingsworth, a fellow novelist - not to mention a beautiful specimen of manhood - to instruct her in carnal pleasure.
But when the brash earl of Selby, Banning Talbot, a man she has known for years, unearths Avis' true intentions, he claims she's made a dangerously bad choice. Volunteering his services for one wicked night of reckless, abandoned passion, Banning promises he will satisfy all of her deepest longings. Yet, Banning cannot begin to imagine the effect his wilful, voluptuous, and very eager student will have on him - or how far an innocent lesson in desire can go.
©2008 Christie Kelley (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
This was an enjoyable read/listen. Strong hero and heroine, Banning and Avis made a great match. Lots of dialogue throughout the entire book. YAY for dialogue, I hate books with no dialogue. Some hot and steamy sex to boot. Good story and secondary characters.
The narration was okay, I feel like Ashford MacNab did a much better job on her narrations of the Maiden Lane series. I had to speed this up to 1.25 on my audible app and it was much better.
NOTE: There are 5 books in this Spinster Club series. Book 4 is not listed along with the others, but it is available on audible.
Book 1: Every Night I'm Yours
Book 2: Every Time We Kiss
Book 3: Something Scandalous
Book 4: Scandal of The Season
Book 5: One Night Scandal
I enjoy historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Also steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, and fiction. I'm open to about anything
Setting: 1816, London
Genre: Regency romance
Let me start with the narration. I have heard praise for Ashford MacNab, but I couldn't hear a lot of difference between characters. And her interpretation of Billingsly pegs him as slime from the beginning. I think he should have sounded smoother, like a used-car salesman or a politician. This character is someone who can charm his way into getting what he wants. Maybe I'm shallow, but hearing that voice would peg my creep-o-meter, and I'd go out of my way to avoid him. But at least you can tell him apart from the rest of the men.
I had a problem getting to know Avis. You learn the root of her problem in little flashes, but not really detailed enough to connect with her on an emotional level. I liked her ambition, but not her lack of insight when dealing with Billingsly or Banning. Even when she and Banning acknowledge their love, she's all angsty about it. Overall, I'd probably like to meet her socially, but I think her veneer of cool calm would keep us on the level of acquaintances. I don't think she laughs at all. I would say that I liked her outspokenness, but it borders on the bitchy when she's interacting with Banning. She just seems mean, because she just can't get over an event that happened 8 years previously. That's a little long to hold a grudge.
Banning is charming and the barbs he trades with Avis seem more like teasing, like he's trying to get a rise out of her. While he doesn't come across as a rake, he has certainly enjoyed himself. He has his own secret, but he hasn't allowed it to steer his life as Avis' secret runs hers. There's a sense that he likes Avis despite her meanness, though there's a lack of self-awareness about this on his part even as he is forcing her to choose him as a lover. I did say "choose", so you don't have to worry about any rape scenes. He's the kind of person I'd spend time with, and be able to know beneath the social mask.
There's a fair amount of sex, but it isn't really detailed. If you really like stories based on miscommunication and angst, this is the book for you. It's worth a listen if you can get it in a BOGO or 3 for 2 sale.
I thought her male voices fell way short of sounding male, especially Emory's - his voice better fit a rotund, balding wannabe aristocrat and yet he was described as being good-looking and well built.
I'm thinking that I probably would have liked the book much better if the narration were better. That said, I think her female voices were great and different for each female character.
When her late Father's erotica book gives her 'sweet dreams' beautiful 26 year old virgin, and budding romance writer Avis, feels her life is missing the experience of any carnal knowledge so sets about to swiftly rectify it. In walks the handsome, arrogant Earl of Selby - Banning Talbot - who blackmails and convinces Avis that he's more than 'up' for the challenge.
However, they've been enemies for years however it only takes one hot passionate kiss to ignite the embers of passion and so Spinster Avis agrees to a two week affair..... but she gets, and receives, much much more than she bargained for. So too does Banning, who needs a wife and thinks Avis would fit the job nicely but Avis, because of a tragic hurtful abusive past, never ever ever wants to marry even despite their sizzling chemistry. Then, as lust quickly turns into love, the eager Student captivates her Tutor, but the conflict begins when he tries to find out just why she keeps saying no to his marriage proposals.
This was a thoroughly entertaining listen that had a great plot, humor, twists, lots of likeable characters, a duel, one Mr. Nasty and one Miss Devious but there's conflicts along with the passion, desire, sex, and character building as Avis and Banning eventually learn to share their secrets in order to move on to the HEA ending that they both deserve and long for.
Worth a credit? It was a touching, tender tale that was descriptive and well-written - what more could you want from a Regency Romance. So YES, in my opinion, a very credit-worthy listen.
I have read the last two books in the series and once I came back to this one, I was so board that I began reading another book halfway into it. It seemed to basically echo the other books. Not a page-turner for sure. So to be honest I have not even gone back to listen to the rest.
I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.
Thank you, thank you to the person who chose the front cover of the book. In a world of bad book covers this one was a nice relief…LOL. Even though the female on the cover doesn't quite fit the description in the book, the guy fits Selby very well…whoa!
THINGS I LIKED ABOUT THE NOVEL:
1) I really enjoyed the first part of the love development between Avis Copley and the Earl of Selby, Banning Talbot which was filled with funny moments, as their love kindled to a fever pitch. I really liked how the two had a long history of antagonism because the teasing and heated debates that marked Avis & Selby's interactions was nothing more than signs of an underlying attraction. I thought it was funny how Avis kept calling Selby a "beast" & he's like, 'can you chill out with the "beast" comments'…haha
2) Even though the friendship between the ladies in the Spinster Club is not as powerful as the connection between Lisa Kleypas's Wallflowers, I enjoyed the close friendship and regard the ladies had for one another. OMG, I could not stop laughing about the "explode" talk Avis received from her fellow virgin friend in helping her prepare for her night of passion.---Classic!
3) I really enjoyed the talent of the narrator, Ashford MacNab. She narrated "Wicked Intentions" by Elizabeth Hoyt which is one of my fav novels & it was nice to revisit her voice for the males & females. I didn't have a problem with her rather flat voicing for Selby. I laughed when Avis's reaction was "dear Lord," when she was having prim and proper reactions to her new experiences in desire.
4) Every Hero/Heroine's struggles to attain their HEA, in this book, Avis is the one who is most opposed to marriage. Selby was so creative and trying to explore all of the possible options to get Avis to marry him & yet had to weather the storm in terms of Avis's fear of marriage. I liked how her fear was not predictable or common place.
THINGS THAT WERE NOT SO GREAT ABOUT THE BOOK:
1) I notice that I tend to be impatient when the problems between the leads centers around MISCOMMUNICATION or LACK OF COMMUNICATION. It just drives me nuts. And, in this case, it was more so Avis who withheld affection and information for most of the book. She used the cloak of modesty to shield the root of the problem which was her fear. I also could not stand how she doubted her hero when he opened up about imminent danger with the "other guy." Selby shared pretty serious stuff with Avis and I would have expected any intelligent, fair-minded woman to exert some caution.
2) The nights of passion were nice, but seemed to lack some emotional depth. Even though there were some nice, truly intimate moments where they read and edited Avis's work in bed, there were many other times when the loves scenes were recapped & the time spent between lovers was rushed.
3) I would have liked for the lovers to enjoy more moments enjoying the love development. I thought that the balance was off in terms of the couple's happy moments as compared to strained moments. The strained moments were frustrating & seemed excessively long.
Overall, good read, but I'm not in a hurry to read the rest of the series…not sure if I ever will.
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