A Desperate Choice
Lady Grace Warren will do anything to protect her sisters, even betroth herself to a man so depraved that all of London fears him. Faced with a lifetime of misery, Grace has only one chance for escape: to relinquish her virtue before her wedding. Such abandon will destroy her reputation - and ensure her freedom. But when she disguises herself as courtesan to lure a handsome nobleman, she cannot anticipate the tender surprise destiny has in store….
A Twist of Fate
Vincent Germaine, Duke of Raeborn, has lost two wives in childbirth and still has no heir. Racked by guilt and grief, he seeks comfort in the arms of an enchanting stranger. But when he realizes their night of passion may have resulted in another dangerous pregnancy, he sets out to track down the innocent female - only to find his heart captured by a woman of incomparable courage and beauty.
©2012 Laura Landon (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I enjoy historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Also steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, and fiction. I'm open to about anything
Setting: 1858 London
Lady Grace has seen her 6 younger sisters wed to the men of their choosing. Now she wants to avoid marriage to a hypocritical, sanctimonious, perverted man by being able to tell him she's not a virgin. She hopes to return to the country and just run her father's household (but who do you suppose set her up to marry the perv?) Vincent has already lost 2 wives in childbirth and has vowed to never marry and condemn another woman to a similar, agonizing death. Grace goes to a brothel run by a childhood friend to get hooked up with a stranger to take her virginity, Vincent get's conned into doing the job, but then realizes Grace is no prostitute. He also realizes, the next morning, that he failed to take his usual method of birth control (damn that passion!). So the story is about the couple getting beyond the anger, fear, guilt, and despair, to love and their HEA. There are a couple of villains involved.
I wasn't able to get through the entire book. I skipped chapters at a time and didn't lose anything by it. You know how, back in the day, you could watch a soap opera for a while, leave it for a couple of years, and when you watch again not much has changed? Yeah, like that. The author was so heavy handed with the foreshadowing, there wasn't much tension. The characters were one-dimensional. This was a great premise poorly executed.
The narration probably made the whole experience much worse. Vincent sounded constipated, and Grace sounded insipid. Secondary characters, other than male/female pitch, sounded the same. And all of it was overwrought and melodramatic.
This was on sale and it was STILL overpriced.
Melodramatic, thy name is Laura Landon. This book was that from the first, not just in characters' backgrounds but also in style and narration. Not always bad, but I found it tiring at times. I had read one other book by Landon before, Silent Revenge - which I returned in great disappointment, unable to handle the outrageous melodrama and overly evil antagonist. I already had this title in my library, so I thought I'd give the author another chance. This one was better, but not by much. It was nearly as melodramatic, and almost more predictable.
She was really redundant about the problems and fears of the main characters. The hero has demons and is terrified of his wife dying. I get it. No need to hammer that in every other chapter -with the same language no less- over and over. And I saw the final "twist" and danger coming miles and miles away, from the first ball attended. Ah well, I did at least like that Grace always held her head high and had the courage to do anything needed, from protecting her sisters and herself, and getting through to Vincent. I can't stand helpless heroines, so this novel beat 'Silent Revenge' on that count. The intimate scenes weren't the best I've heard, some of the lead ups were good, but I just didn't always care much for the authors word choice in the language describing their desire -these phrases were also used again and again with little variation.
Overall, I didn't dislike it outright, but wouldn't listen again. The narrator was inconsistent more often than not, both when switching between narrative and dialogue as well as between characters' voices in dialogue. Even between Grace and Vincent, who you ought to be able to keep straight by gender alone, but that certainly wasn't the case several times. Additionally, when Vincent had his own voice it was always angry and strained (and while his character was often those things, sometimes it was just godawful and inappropriately emoted), so that he talked like he was constantly constipated and in pain. The other incidental male voices of the butler and brothers in law were fine, so I cannot account for the terrible voicing of the hero.
Considering returning the title. I felt like wading through the melodrama and gritting my teeth through the narration wasn't worth it to get to the inevitable and very predictable happily ever after. I will not likely read Landon again. I don't have high hopes for other narrations by Coomes, but I won't write her off without another chance.
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
I absolutely LOVED this book! It was a perfect...."I don't want to think, just want to hear a good sweet romance" kinda book. I was THRILLED that the main characters actually started the real romance in the first to middle part of the book instead of the last 20 minutes like so many other books seem to do. You get to enjoy Vincent and Grace's relationship as it blossoms. The plot is a little different than most of these historical romances and I was interested in the plot aside from the romance as well.
There were moments I got teary eyed, moments when I burst out laughing, and moments of frustration (but thankfully very few of those). This book was better than Silent Revenge but I also loved Silent Revenge.
Sarah Coomes does a fine job. She is a good narrator...maybe not great, but I don't think she takes away from the book at all.
I would listen to this book again.
CREDIT WORTHY ---- YES!!!!! BUT it is so inexpensive I would buy it and as CAROLYN says "save your credits for a more expensive book"
the voices of the men in this book were ridiculous... I actually cant work out if the story was terrible or the reading.. but it was practically embarrassing
I possibly would have read this book to the end, the premise of the story was as expected.. nothing amazing, but as expected..
The gruffness of the male parts was stupid, unbelievable and inappropriate. Just nauseating and lame
I didnt waste my time finishing..glad I didnt pay full price for this
Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!
Fairly typical historical romance listen but the narration made up for it. If I figure out the ending by half way through the story that pretty much says it all.
A selfless virgin, a couple of villans, and a broken man who is handsome, rich, titled and in need of rescuing, gives this tale all the ingredients for a great book for romance junkies. Interestingly my grandfather lost two wives in childbirth before his third wife finally made him a father (lucky for me hey!!) so to the sceptics it did happen in the past ..... a lot!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to more books by Laura.
Yes, however there were a few instances where the narrator erred with characters
Sounds like the plot in Devil's Bride
Strong and Weak
the Duke's emotion took some of the thrill away -- I would like to have seen a little more manly strength
None at this time
Love audio books. Hate bad narrators.
The story was very good. I liked the characters and the story line. However, the narrator was horrible. It took everything I had to continue to listen. The only reason I continued to listen was because I liked the story-line & characters. I can't understand why someone would invest so much into a book simply to ruin the entire thing by using a horrible narrator.
Horrid voice and the voice she used for the hero was unbelievably rediculous.
find another book but with a different narrator.
If you can stand the narrator, the book is definitely good. However the narrator takes so much of a good story and makes it almost bad.
Yes, it was enjoyable. I loved a strong herione who does what she needs to. It was lite on the sex scenes which was ok with me!
The fact that a lady -virgin- would pose as a prostitute is outrageous! ok so the fact that she even KNEW a whore ...
She did a fine job!
Half of the book is angst. I've heard it already, again, again, again. Seems like the author didn't have enough story & so repeated the insecurities over & over. I had to fast forward a lot . It does get better toward the end. The only reason I could listen to the whole thing is because I was doing a boring task at the same time.
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