The arrival of Elliott Wallace, the irresistibly eligible Viscount Lyngate, has thrown the country village of Throckbridge into a tizzy. Desperate to rescue her eldest sister from a loveless union, Vanessa Huxtable Dew offers herself instead. In need of a wife, Elliott takes the audacious widow up on her unconventional proposal while he pursues an urgent mission of his own. But a strange thing happens on the way to the wedding night. Two strangers with absolutely nothing in common can't keep their hands off each other. Now, as intrigue swirls around a past secret - one with a stunning connection to the Huxtables - Elliott and Vanessa are uncovering the glorious pleasures of the marriage bed...and discovering that when it comes to wedded bliss, love can't be far behind.
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I love Epic Fantasy....have become a Historical Romance fan because I am a sucker for a good Happily Ever After. Good characters are a must
All I kept thinking through this whole book was "how can Vanessa be so hideous" I mean the author goes overboard reminding us that she is not at all attractive. I got tired of it. That's really the premise...Vanessa constantly telling everyone she isn't the least bit pretty.
It really is the main underlying theme. I expected Elliot to start realizing features about Vanessa that were beautiful in their own way and then we see her as a "different kind" of beauty. But he just likes her eyes. I don't like stories where I can't picture the character. The picture I kept coming up with for Vanessa wasn't good.
There was no real depth to the plot. I LIKED all the characters. I just didn't like the story they were in. I kept listening because I expected some twist to show up....but just never did.
I liked it well enough...I think the other books may be better. Because I see the character potential I will keep listening.
I can not get past the first chapter, I don't know if it is the narrator or the story but not good and far from interesting. I got the book based on the reviews but once again I can get even get into it.
Doing the right thing is the hardest thing you will ever do" but one must try.. everyday. I thank my parents and heavenly father for the faundation of my life. I continue to build on it every day with the help of all my great friends and family. Love is a great faundation for life and Books are like a great meal that one must enjoy slowly ;)
Great wonderful book, the narration is absolutely marvelous such a great performance of the narrator! Wow it made me enjoy the book endlessly and place me with in the story. Thank you !
I hate it when I keep hearing the narrator repeat the same exact phrase over and over again throughout a book. It seems to me that this is easy enough to avoid, the English language is filled with multiple words that can mean the same thing, it's also why we have Thesauruses, perhaps this author should try employing one. The story would have been okay except that it is fleshed out with boring, pedantic mewling dialogue. The heroine this time is NOT the most beautiful woman our hero has ever seen, in fact, she's quite plain. Well, she certainly is written that way and in case you missed it the first or second or third time, it's repeatedly drubbed into the reader throughout the book. Okay, we get it. The thing is that this could've been an interesting perspective but she is also a scold and somewhat delusional because she keeps repeating how she can "make" people like her because she just can, it's what she does. Nowadays we'd put someone like her on meds. This one is just ridiculous. Most romances are somewhat unbelievable, but at least they can be fun so that we want to suspend our disbelief. This one makes me feel like I just spent 2 hours in detention for being naughty in catechism class.
I normally like Mary Balogh, but this book disappointed me. I found the hero to be self-centered and dull, but kept hoping he would improve as the book went forward. Unfortunately, that did not happen. The heroine, while somewhat more likable, was tedious. I was unable to see what these two saw in each other beyond convenience.
Anne Flosnik's narration seemed unusually formal and stiff, but perhaps she was taking her cue from the humorless tone of the book. I normally don't have a problem with her performance.
I was so pleasantly surprised! I chose all 4 in the series.
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This is my 1st Mary Balogh's books, but not my last.
You renewed my pleasure in romance novels, Mary. Also, Anne Flosnik did a great job of narrating.
I have listened to over 250 audiobooks and this was the first one I couldn't even finish. It just didn't hold my interest, I wont purchase any more of this authors books.
QUESTION : DOES LISTENING TO AUDIO BOOKS MAKE YOU SMARTER? If so, I'm. Freakin Genius!
I bought this book a LONG time ago. So long, that I almost forgot about it. Now, I am really glad that I found this book, turns out I really liked it. (makes me wonder how many other books in my library I have overlooked......)
OK, back to my review:
One of the reasons that I found this book so interesting is that the heroine isn't you typical "the most beautiful woman in the world" that we find in so many of the other books in the romantic genre. No, she is plain, but because of her outlook on life, and her personality, she becomes one of the most beautiful characters that I have ever had the pleasure to discover through my "reading" of a book.
I would really recommend this book. It was like a breath of fresh air.
Oh my this book was a waste of time. I only made it thru half it's completely confusing. I still can't figure out who the main character was.
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