In the first novel of Maya Rodale's stunning new series, an American heiress must learn to navigate London society and an infuriatingly irresistible rake....
Lord Darcy is the quintessential Englishman: wealthy, titled, impossibly proper, and horrified that a pack of Americans has inherited one of England's most respected dukedoms. But his manners, his infamous self-restraint, and his better judgment fly out the window when he finds himself with the maddening American girl next door.
Lady Bridget Cavendish has grand - but thwarted - plans to become a perfect lady and take the haute ton by storm. In her diary, Bridget records her disastrous attempts to assimilate into London high society, her adoration of the handsome rogue next door, her disdain for the dreadful Lord Darcy, and some truly scandalous secrets that could ruin them all.
It was loathing at first sight for Lady Bridget and Lord Darcy. But their paths keep crossing...and somehow involve kissing. When Lady Bridget's diary goes missing, both Darcy and Bridget must decide what matters most of all - a sterling reputation or a perfectly imperfect love.
©2016 Maya Rodale (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
I was so looking forward to this book to the point that I'd had it on preorder for months. Rodale is usually a very fun writer, with clever plots and fleshed-out characters. This time...not so much. The story felt flat and contrived. Even though this wasn't her best effort, I would have liked it a great deal more if it had a different narrator.
Maarleveld needs to learn how to pronounce words that are common to regency romance. Words like Almack's (ALL-max), Viscount (VIE-count), Marchioness (MARSH-ee-on-ESS), valet (val-ETT) and about a dozen others. Her narration was lifeless and dull, and the constant mispronounced words yank you out of the story. It's her job to understand these words and how they are pronounced. (And seriously, Audible, aren't there editors or directors listening to these things?)
The sub-par narration really ruined this one for me, and Maarleveld is now on my lousy narrator watch list.
I thoroughly enjoyed the wallflower stories from Ms. Rodale so I was very anxious to read this one. This story is a Pride and Prejudice retell. I think that some of the situations were a bit unrealistic and I didn't really get to like the heroine. It was an enjoyable enough story, 3.5 stars.
This was a really fun story. I really enjoyed it a lot. Loved the hero, Lord Darcy, he was pretty awesome. And the heroine, Lady Bridget was just wonderful. She was very funny, strong, smart and witty. The two had some great chemistry together. It grew and wasn't insta love. There is a very nicely written sex scene.
The story line and plot was good. The dialogue was fantastic. I am a huge fan of Maya Rodale and if you haven't listened or read any of her books I highly recommend them all. I have enjoyed every book she has written. Just a good enjoyable time in her world.
As for the narration, It was great. I really liked Saskia Maaleveld narration. She did a great job with the american voices and the British voices. She read with emotion and has a nice reading voice.
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