Lady Emmaline Radcliffe always knew she never wanted to marry a man who embraced the rules of society. But when her mother threatens to secure a suitable match for Emma if she cannot make one on her own, Emma sets out to determine if her girlhood infatuation is the love she's been looking for. Nathaniel did save her life once, after all. But when she finds herself in the arms of the gentleman's brother - the serious and proper Duke of Blackbourne - she begins to question all she ever thought she desired.
Lucian, the Duke of Blackbourne, is tired of playing keeper to his irresponsible brother. He vows to quit, but when his brother resolves to seduce the impetuous Lady Emmaline, Lucian knows he must save his foolish brother and the innocent debutante from themselves. Yet his plan to intercede goes awry when he finds himself drawn to the woman who is everything he was positive he didn't want in a wife.
But his brother won't give up so easily, and soon Lucian's well-intentioned plans are revealed. Now to keep Lady Emmaline's heart, he must prove that he's truly not the stuffy, sneaky duke he seems to be.
©2016 Julie Johnstone (P)2016 Julie Johnstone
A Duke's quandary.
The lessons to b learned in this short story. When the Duke of Blackbourne became Duke at a young age he became his brother's keeper. Trying to be a father figure he indulged his younger brother by always bailing him out of his indiscretions. The results was a selfish hedonist. When the Duke finally saw his mistakes and tried to make his brother grow up it caused a rift between them. The Duke's mistaken kindness toward his brother actually caused him to become selfish and irresponsible.
Lady Emma flaunted the rules of society and suffered the consequences. When skating with the man of her dreams (the Duke's reckless brother) they skated too close to thin ice and she fell in, nearly drowning. If the Duke had not started a rumor to save her reputation, she would have been ruined. You can't flaunt the rules without eventually paying the price.
The old adage "all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" means that without time off from work, a person becomes both bored and boring, which proved to be true in the Duke's case. His obsession with trying to be the perfect Duke made him unhappy and uncomfortable to be around.
His ability to change his voice to make the characters come to life.
True love can find you when you least expect it.
It was a well executed story for such a short one.
The story was a bit predictable,
but the narrator nailed the voices. Males sounded male and the female characters sounded girly.
Great pick for the speaker
I absolutely adored this novella. Loved Lucian and Emma. He was so stuffy and was totally proper, while Emma was so fun and lively. Totally opposite but perfect together. I wish this had been a full length book, it was that good. And when it ended at 77% I was really bummed.
There wasn’t an iota of sex in this story or desire, just 2 kisses, that’s it. No swearing either.
I disliked Nathan, Lucian’s brother, throughout the entire novella, and that never changed, even after the brother’s made up. I did like Mary, Emma’s sister but I didn’t like her social climbing mother and I felt sorry for her sweet and loving father.
As to the narrator: Tim Campbell did a pretty good job on the women’s voices BUT, good grief, what a voice he gave to Lucian! His voice was so low and sexy I just wanted a whole book with Lucian doing all the talking. Whew!!! TC made the novella 10 times better than it would have been if I’d simply read it.
There is never any doubt that this duo will score 5 stars in a perfect combination of romance and performance. It's an auto buy with absolute confidence!
Heat factor: none.
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