Lady Bernadette Marie Burton may be the richest widow in England, but like her dreams of finding true passion, her reputation is deteriorating. Cruel gossip, loneliness, and hordes of opportunistic suitors have her believing society couldn't be more vile…or dangerous. So when an attacker threatens her life, she finds safety in the most unseemly of places: the arms of a mysterious, Irish-American gang leader.
His fortune stolen, young Matthew Milton is done playing the respectable gentleman. In the slums of New York, only ruffians thrive. But from the moment he arrives in London and encounters the voluptuous Lady Bernadette, he can't help but wonder about the finer pleasures he's missing. Or just how much he's willing to risk - not only to bed her, but to prove his worth….
©2012 Delilah Marvelle (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
Firstly, I'd never heard of Delilah Marvelle so this was a total gamble that paid off and I will now look for other books by her.
Matthew, an Irish sexy selfless New York gang leader meets, saves and then seduces Bernadette a wealthy widow who enjoys her independence and one night stands but once is enough for Matthew to know he wants far more than sex from Bernadette and tries to woo and win her despite their very different lives and backgrounds.
This listen was a lovely change from the 'Rake and the Virgin' type books - she's older than him and he has an eye patch and she thinks of him as a Pirate whereas he's actually more of a Robin Hood type character but she's yet to see this side of him. As you get drawn into their delicious love story you will find it's full of adventure, intrigue, passion and fun.
This is book 2 in The Rumor series but you'd never notice and makes a brilliant standalone story.
Worth the credit? Oh yeah.
The narrator for one. I think she did a pretty good job with the narration for Matthew, but I didn't not like her voice for Bernadette. I think she did a better Irish accent than British accent.
I also didn't really care for the story of Bernadette. It was kind of boring. The last few chapters of the book were rather boring.
I thought that Bernadette's recovery after 4 tankards of gin was extremely unbelievable. The morning after being almost gang raped and forced to drink all of the gin, it was as if she was not affected in the least.
I did not like the proposal scene or accompanying sex scene. I just was not crazy about much of this book although I did like Matthew's character and his story. Seems a little odd, but Matthew's story was very good, it's just that the rest of the book didn't stand up to his story.
I tend to get into grooves where everything I read is historical romance, mystery, light romantic comedy, thrillers, or whatever. I used to read (in print) 2 or 3 books at the same time, switching one to the other, depending on mood. But there are medications for that now, LOL.
It's difficult to describe this. The story was interesting, not boring to the point of my not being able to finish it. The best way to describe it is that it was loose. It could have been tightened up and sent in a more concise direction. The characterizations of the protagonists were muddy. Can a man, at the age of 20, abandon so easily the values of upper working class to become a thief and vigilante? How could he have so easily slid into that without trying to work his way out of the slum? Even in 1840s NY, an educated man wouldn't be content with that. And a Lady who wanted to escape the strictures of London Society doesn't really change that much just by sliding into upper class NY society because there really aren't that many differences. She could have just as easily have been sexually liberated in England as in NY. The characters don't really show much depth, and the changes in circumstance for each aren't really believable. The narration wasn't too bad. The accents were relatively well done, though I would think a second-generation American of Irish descent would have less of an Irish accent. The secondary character of Edward Coleman, who was supposed to be transplanted from England in adulthood, had more of an American accent. There were also few variations in the American accents, though there are many in NYC and environs. So, overall, I'd say go ahead and give this a listen if you don't care that the actioin is somewhat slow, and only if you can get it in a BOGO sale.
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