Julianne MacLean's thrilling Pembroke Palace Series begins when a young and innocent aristocratic lady is rescued from a runaway coach by a heroic stranger on a horse-who appears like a phantom out of the mist in a fog-shrouded forest.
Lady Rebecca Newland cannot forget the captivating nobleman who saved her life, and she sets out to meet him again when she is of an age to be courted. Unbeknownst to her, her timing is impeccable, for Devon Sinclair, the future Duke of Pembroke, has just been informed by his mad father that he must take a wife before Christmas in order to thwart a family curse and preserve his inheritance.
Lady Rebecca is everything Devon could want in a wife - she is beautiful, charming, and she desires him openly. But can a marriage built on fantasy succeed, or will the lovers be forever entangled in the seductive web of their mutual passion for what occurs each night the marriage bed?
©2007 Julianne MacLean (P)2014 Julianne MacLean
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
First off Rosalyn Landor is AMAZING. She acts out the book...not just reads it....If the character is breathless...she reads it that way! SUPERB!
Rebecca and Devon are a great match. I didn't want this book to end but when it did...I immediately downloaded the second book in the series and started it the same night.
This book is definitely not for the listener who wants PG love scenes. These aren't over the top...but they are super steamy!
I highly recommend this book and am already enjoying the second book.
The story had a great hero and heroine, both were strong, smart and honest. They communicated, especially the heroine. Every time I thought she would fall into the standard romance heroine cliche "smart women stupid choices", she did the smart thing and talked to her husband. Wow, what a novel concept in a historical romance, instead of the usual run away and misinterpret.
Rebecca -the heroine. She communicated and was very honest. She did not hide herself away and was truly brave enough to speak her thoughts and concerns regardless of the risk. She was a mature person with a great deal of wisdom.
I have been critical of Rosalyn Landor in the past and have even avoided books where she is the narrator. I thought she did a fantastic performance . All of the voices had a subtle difference. I will have to re-think my previous issues regarding her narration. In the past I thought she made the male hero sound too stuffy and much older than the heroine. This time she was wonderful and made the story come alive. I just loved the voices of all the servants and the heroine's father. I could not believe it was only one person performing this audio book.
Yes. Toward the end of the book. ** spoiler** The hero tels the heroine not to leave the house to deal with the villan's blackmail. In the morning the hero can't find her in her room and thinks she has run away ( I too had a sinking feeling in my stomach that this would follow a standard pattern of mistrust/misunderstanding and was ready to be disappointed). He sees a servant takinga coffee pot to the breakfast room and follows ..only to find the heroine. She did not act as most of the historical romance heroine act. This was so refreshing I found myself smiling.
I liked this story as it follows a newly married couple having to get to know each other and trust. Today, in the age of living together for years before marriage, it is hard to understand that it was part of the newlywed process to build a relationship. This is a complex time for any two people. Most historical romance writers think they have to put every obsticle in a couple's way to creat romantic tension, but not this author. She seemed to understand that just developing a married relationship is problem enough. The story then flows and is more authentique.
I think the writing was tight and the action fast-moving. I did not feel as there was a lot of fillers in the plot.. Also the characters were very well developed. Even the villan is easy to understand. His motivation for the blackmail is explained as revenge, so there is a little sympathy for his actions and I did not end up hating him. It was a mature characterization of the characters.
I never read the print version.
When Devon and Rebecca comes face to face or mask to mask at the ball. The sparks started flying then. Also, when Lady Latisha realized that she was not the chosen one. I didn't like the way Devon allowed her to smack him, not just once, but twice.
Devon's voice, but all the male voices pretty much sound the same. However, I do love her as a narrator.
It made me sad because of the relationship that was lost between Devon and Vincent. Vincent's attitude was understandable due to the circumstances. However, it clearly showed that we have no control over whom we fall in love with, or who falls in love with us. Family division has to be worked out through forgiveness.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
In My Wildest Dreams was a delightful story full of sympathetic and interesting characters and sweet and unexpected surprises. For example Rebecca,the heroine, manages to be both curious innocent and sultry wanton at the same time thanks to an ingenious plot device I've never seen used before. Both she and the slightly flawed hero carry some emotional baggage and have to deal with somewhat dysfunctional families but Ms MacLean draws her characters with such skill and compassion that it's impossible not to care for and root for them. Though their appearances are brief, Devon's parents and his brother Vincent are vividly drawn characters, memorable for their strengths as well as their weakness, and each intriguing and mysterious in a way that tugged at my imagination. I'd really like to know more about these people. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and devoured it in one sitting. Without giving too much away, I'd have to say that there's a BIG surprise on the last page that left me eager for book two. There's just something about Vincent... Anyway...highly enjoyable...highly recommended.
Rosalyn Landor is the best narrator of historical books. She is my favourite narrator and was outstanding with the delivery of this stoy.
A fun quick movining novel. Narrator Rosalyn Landor is one of my all time favorite. She can capitor the men as well as the women's voices and this adds another element to the story.
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Loved the characters and the storyline. Can't wait for the next book. Strong narration with OK character voice changes.
Overall I’d have to say I really enjoyed this book. Liked how the heroin (with the help of her aunt) planned out and captured the future duke of Pembroke’s heart. However the scene that takes the cake was the initial tryst at the gallery on his estate. I felt myself feel embarrassed for her. Wish the book was a bit longer but it still covered a lot at the current length. Will be interested to read about his brother Vincent in the next book.
I really enjoyed this one very much because I loved the book so much!
The sexual intensity that keeps you reading!
Liked her voice!
I enjoyed every minute of this breath taking romance.
I love Julianne MacLean, books and enjoyed this audio very much!
This was an okay book. The narration was great but it's Roslyn Landor and she's always fantastic. The chemistry between the two main characters was not strong in my opinion. It was okay but nothing that jumped out at me. That's how I felt about the whole book. There's nothing really bad with it but it didn't grab me. I look forward to reading the next one in the series. This ending teased the subsequent book and it could be quite interesting.
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