In 1820s England, Sarah Eckersley, the daughter of the late rector in Bedsforshire, has lost her father, been forced to move from her home, and is doggedly pursued by the loathsome Lord Dunbridge. Her only course of action is to become a renowned courtesan. And Jarrod Shepherdston is just the man to become Sarah's first lover. For Jarrod, who's taken great pains to avoid marriage his entire life, the offer is quite tempting. But Sarah's plot works so well that Jarrod begins to wonder just what he could be missing.
©2004 Rebecca Hagan Lee; (P)2006 Recorded Books, LLC
"Another superbly sexy treat that is perfect for readers who like their love stories leavened with a lavish dash of wit and a discreet hint of intrigue." (Booklist)
I loved all 3 books in this series. All 3 men were a handful but really romantic with the right lady to bring out their true character. The narrator is a little weird constantly making sucking noises but you get used to it (beleive it or not) and it shouldn't sway you from the listen. The voices are great and identifiable threw out the novels. The cover and excert about the book are not enticing as they should be. I am hoping that there are more coming from the Free Fellows League (in audio) since more men joined the league through-out the series and the 3rd was a kind of cliff hanger. The men in the league (formed when they were children) are all very different but have stuck together as friends over the years and are always there for one another. Ms. Lee did a great job with the keeping of the times and you will enjoy a "More Grandious but somehow simpilar" time in our history. The steamy scences are very nice.
Edwina "I Love Books'
I don't know I haven't read the print version yet
Aunt Etta Lady Dunbridge, she never gave up on love an got it after waiting 20 years.
She a good narrator
Hardly a Husband is a sweet Historical Romance between the last Unwed Original Member of The Free Fellows League. Jarrod the 5th Marquis of Sherpherdston and the leader of the Free Fellows has vowed never to marry and if by chance he has too marry he has vowed never to love his wife. This is one of the rules of The Free Fellows League. The original 3 memebers Griffin, Colin and Jarrod were 9 and 10 yrs old when they formed there League and sign the charter in there blood. Now they are all grown up and Jarrod is the last to wed of the original 3 remembers. Jarrod parents are dead an die in a horrible murder/suicide that he witness. As a young boy he was followed around by the rectors daughter Sarah Eckersley age 5. Sarah has vowed to one day marry Jays as she calls him.
When Sarah's father suddenly dies she is left alone with her Aunt Etta and they are literally and physically thrown out of there parish home by the new rector.
Sarah and her aunt move to London were she appeals to Jarrod to seduce her and teach her to be a courtesan. Jarrod/Jays does all he can to keep Sarah from going through with her threat short of taken her virginity. As they relationship continues to grow Jarrod does realize that he love her and does the right thing and marries her. But there is a lot that happens before this. I really loved the part of Sarah's Aunt Etta after 20 years marring the love of her life Lord Rob Mayhew who is also, Jarrod's uncle and Godfather. This was a lovely secondary side story.
I Highly Recommend Hardly a Husband!!
I couldn't finish. I suspect the story would have been good, but I couldn't tolerate the sucking sounds the narrator makes while reading. She has a good voice. I don't know if there was poor editing or what. I strongly suggest you don't waste your credit.
Totally enjoyable, thoroughly sexy, completely entertaining and hardly a book you'll want to miss. Especially if a regency romance in all it's glorious facets is your kind of tale.
Narrator: Very well performed!!!! But PLEASE listen to the snippet before committing. I found her quite good indeed in this performance yet two books back in this series I couldn't make it to the 4 minute mark before having to turn it off. That first book, Barely a Bride, was one of the worst recordings ever made. And on top of the bad quality was the horrible mouthy sounds, swallowing, sucking, rolling and wet smacking sounds. As if the narrator had something in her mouth making it water and clack against her teeth. Well thankfully THIS recording is well done and the performance borders on the excellent. She seems to have improved with experience.
Heat Factor: HOT stuff indeed, yet only when the story supports it.
Creditworthy? Yes, in my opinion definitely.
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