She Saves His Life. . .
For Chloe Wherlocke, it all begins with a vision - a glimpse into the future that foretells a terrible plot against Lord Julian Kenwood and his newborn son. Chloe's psychic gift allows her to save the child from certain death, but the earl remains in grave peril. . .
But When He Steals Her Heart. . .
Julian Kenwood knows someone is trying to kill him and he suspects his scheming wife and her lover are behind the plot. But Julian is shocked when Chloe, a captivating, dark-haired stranger, warns him that sinister forces are indeed at hand - and exposes a devastating secret that changes his life forever. . .
Will She Resist--Or Surrender?
As Chloe reveals her plan to save Julian, neither can deny the attraction that grows each moment they're together. Chloe knows the highborn earl could never love her as she loves him. But when danger strikes closer than ever, Chloe must risk everything - or lose Julian forever. . .
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This was a pretty good story. I really liked the heroine, she was funny, witty and smart, not the whimpering, simpering chew on bottom lip heroine. The hero was okay too, I would have liked him a bit more sexy and arrogant, but not a bad arrogant. The H and H did have some good chemistry and there are some nicely written sex scenes, not to graphic, just the right amount.
The story line and plot were very good. The villains were definitely villains! Oh my... they were bad. LOL
There as so much dialogue throughout the entire book which was fantastic. (I like lots of dialogue)
I really liked some of the secondary characters as well. Looking forward to Leopold's book for sure.
As for the narration. It was just okay. The narrator seemed so monotone and a bit robotic throughout the entire book. She really needs to put some emotion in her voice. The men sound like men which is good but still some emotion would be great.
Books are better than TV -- Except for Outlander. That rocks!
There were a few things about this book that affected my enjoyment of it. The first was the reader, Ashford MacNab. She gives us the plummy baby-talk females, and the monotone male voices that are typical for her, but usually I can overlook it if the story engages me enough. Not so in this one. Here, the voices assigned to the various male characters change back an forth until you don't know who's talking.
Hannah Howell is a new author for me, and I'm going to assume that this book is an early one for her. The constant changes in POV from the H to h, back and forth, with digressions describing exactly what the other character is thinking or has just experienced of the same event, kept bringing the action to a grinding halt. Why would she do that? What is the point? It was repetitious and ruined what was otherwise a good story, with a great villain, and plenty of sex appeal. Bummer.
The digressions got so bad that I just went ahead and skipped the last three chapters to the really poorly written epilogue. (Why write an epilogue, and then make it so boring?)
I didn't miss anything -- I already knew what was going to happen because one of the characters has the "sight." Besides, I just couldn't take the long winded descriptions of why the cook didn't take the dog down to the safe room and why no one was watching the five year old who got out of the safe room to save the dog when the whole house was under attack. Really? No one saw the little heir running off into danger? No one? It was described as a small room, and his grandmother, aunt and five female relatives were all there with him. Yeah, that's where it lost me. Also, our TSTL h didn't have the sense to go with all the women to the safe room, but decided to look around the house for anyone who hadn't heard the gun fight outside the front door, even though the whole house was under alert. Really?
I will say on a positive note that I had already purchased the next book in the series and I'm enjoying that one much more. The digressions and changing POV's are gone.
MacNab is still the reader, sigh, but you can't have everything.
It rank about 8... and Ashford Macnabb does such a great job you cant put the book down...
I would compare Hannah Howell books to Shirlee Busbee. I fine that book writers write with adventure and excitement.
Chloe and the little boy Anthony
I have listen to several books by Hannah Howell and she truly is a good listen and she is a great writer...
I'm a true fan of Hannah Howell and her writing talent is outstanding. So WHY Ashford MacNab??? There are so many others that would make this story so much more enjoyable. I'm sitting on the edge of a decision to-buy OR not-to-buy! Because it's a continuation and I enjoyed the story so much, I guess I'll suffer through one more and maybe...just maybe it'll be better. Ashford MacNab doesn't have the ability to successfully distinguish the voices of the characters. Many times, I had to carefully listen to the subject of conversation to be sure who was talking. I certainly don't mean this to be disrespectful, but Ashford MacNab is at the very bottom of my choice of narrators list. Tis a pity...it's truly a GREAT story!
I loved this book, it made me obsessed with both Hannah Howell and Ashford MacNab, I have put all their audiobooks on my wish list if I haven't already purchased them. I love this series in general but this book started it all. The narration is amazing and the story is well thought-out and keeps me interested.
I enjoy historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Also steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, and fiction. I'm open to about anything
Setting: England 1788
Genre: Romantic suspense/paranormal
The narration by Ashford MacNab was at the lower end of average. There wasn't enough differentiation between characters, so it was difficult to tell who was speaking without going further into the sentence/paragraph to the he said/she said.. This took me out of the action enough for me to notice that. Since this story was told from several points of view, it was problematic.
Although this book was set in the Georgian period, there wasn't much to indicate it. There is mention of the men wearing their hair in queues and eschewing powder, but not much else to put the plot in that particular era. But the main characters, Chloe and Ashton, were engaging, and the general plot is interesting. The suspense was not, however, well-developed. There really wasn't all that much use of the paranormal in the development of the plot, which disappointed me. The world-building shows promise, with several secondary characters who are sure to show up as leads further into the series.
I don't know what other stand-alone or series books this author has written with suspense in mind, but I hope she gets better, or changes genre in this series to romantic adventure. I have either read or heard some of her Murray series, and they were better than average.
I would say that this book is worth the credit if you don't mind the growing pains, and if you are used to Ashford MacNab's narration. I was engaged enough with the characters that I purchased the second in the series.
The narrator has a voice that takes you to a different time period so I definitely love the narrator. I didn't, however, like the story. It was slow for the first six chapters. Even as it began to pick up the pace, the story was still uninteresting because it mostly stayed centered around one house and the story was predictable. I do have to say that the intimacy between the two main characters was intoxicating, but I am a reader that needs more action during the parts that are not intimate.
I love all the Wearlock novels. There's romance, a little mystery, some paranormal elements, some very hot and sexy, Umm, Umm, Umm!!!
The story is good, though I have not been able to finish it, as the narrator is a bit like nails on the chalkboard for me. Hannah Howell is a good writer, not too formulaic for a romance novelist. The beginning of the story draws me in, but she looses me a bit towards the middle. TBD if it gets better towards the end. I think I might have to read it instead of trying to listen to it if I want to finish it.
Leo...just, seems yummy.
At first, I didn't think she would bother me, but she is monotone and her sentences are so clipped, she sounds like a robot. It is driving me up the wall! I figured she was no Anne Flosnic during the sample, so decided to give it a go, but how no one told her, "Hey, when you awkwardly pause after ever sentence, and give no tonality to the words you are saying, it makes me want to hit you in the face with a brick," I have no idea. Don't let the sample fool you, it gets worse.
Not really...not that it isn't good enough, but I am not sure how Chloe or her talents would transfer...
I wish I could recommend this, as it is an intelligent book, but the narrator is awful.
I first read this book in July 2012 and was just to lazy to review it, along with the first 300 books I read when I got my Kindle in 2011. Well, I read it again yesterday while I listened to it on the audible version. AND again I just loved it.
Loved Julian and Chloe. Loved Anthony, Edgar, Leo and Lady Evelyn. Absolutely hated Beatrice and Arthur.
Love, love, loved the sexual tension and the sex. Sex that happened four or five times but was not too graphic after the first time. It really was beautifully done. I love the Wherlockes and the Vaughns. I've already started If He's Sinful, which I also read in 2012, and listening to it on audible.
As to the narrator: Just great. Ashford MacNab is one of the best ones out there. The men sounded like men instead of girly. She could use a little more emotion but as long and the men sound like they are supposed to I'm good with that.
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