When Morganna Ashworth's father died, leaving her his debts, Sloan Montgomery realized he could finally achieve his two lifelong ambitions: the acquisition of a socially acceptable wife, and revenge on the Ashworth family!
In return for him paying off the debts, Morganna became Mrs. Sloan Montgomery. But once they were wed, Sloan didn't bargain on falling deeply in love with his trophy wife! Especially considering all the secrets and lies between them....
©2001 Leigh Michaels (P)2016 Leigh Michaels
Love all things romance but willing to take the chance on something else.
There were times that I wished I were more than a spectator watching the scenes go by. The author was great in creating them so that the reader can feel as if they are included in the world she has created.
Morganna has to be my favorite character. You think she is a compliant wife but then she surprises you. I loved when she gets frustrated with a gentleman that seems to expect (implied) them to do some of his work for him - especially when a mystery is afoot.
I don't know that it's one particular scene but my favorite part is when Morganna is creating her miniatures. We hear that people are enamored by what she has done and I find myself wanting to see what makes them so special.
There came a point when the mystery is solved that you have to get angry at the character that put our two main characters through a lot of pain. But then if it weren't for him, they probably wouldn't realize that they belong together.
Ms. Slade does a great job at narrating this story but I found it hard to picture her voice as Morganna. It felt more like my aunt was reading me the story than a beautiful sexy woman. She didn't try to change her voice too much in order to sound like Sloan which was a good thing. Her voice was great for Morganna's mother and would have actually loved to hear more of her. The only downside to the story was that I had a hard time picturing these two as a couple. I had no trouble seeing them as totally opposite from the other but to think of them as a couple was just not happening. This may be one of those stories where I need to use Whispersync. In the end, for me, the audio didn't live up to the blurb. I was expecting more.
I voluntarily reviewed an audio version of this book.
The reader was very good. She didn't over dramatize the voices which I really liked. I like to visualize the characters without the interference of the reader. The story was okay for chic lit. It made for a nice listen.
At first I wondered if I was going to listen to a dark drama like Wuthering Heights. But soon I was invested in the best scenario of drama, mystery & a complicated romance. What I liked about the story was the lack of predictability.
Paula Slade's narration of multiple voices were consistently true for each character. Her transitions were so smooth between narrator & voices that I felt I was listening to a full cast.
The only thing that I'm not sure was needed in the story was the number of thought bubbles before dialogue. it sometimes seemed unnecessary.
The ending was rewarding. All in all, bravo to author, Leigh Michaels and actress, Paula Slade.
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