Is he a half-mad court jester or a brilliant spy for the king?
Lady Julianna knows this much for certain: He is no fool when it comes to the art of seduction.
Nicholas Strangefellow is a scoundrel prized by King Henry himself - a court jester. Now sent to the wedding of the Earl of Fordham to entertain, but secretly under orders from the King to bring back a legendary chalice, Nicholas is a man on a mission that could easily be bollixed. Suddenly the chances of bollixing increase merrily when he meets irresistible Julianna, the widowed daughter of the bride-to-be.
After a loveless arranged marriage, Julianna plans to join a convent. Yet she finds herself in wickedly provocative conversation with, of all men, the king's mocking, ribald "wedding present" to the Earl. Nicholas - the jester, the fool, and a mere commoner who immediately decides to seduce her while procuring the chalice for King Henry.
What follows is a rollicking comedy, an intrigue spiced with villains and danger, but most of all, a tender and sexy romance. Nicholas is hardly the husband a noblewoman should choose, and when he's faced with a choice between desire and betrayal, or loyalty to King and a comfortable life, he'll have to confront the shocking truth that he's become a fool for love.
©2000 Anne Stuart (P)2015 Bell Bridge Books
I probably would, but only because i love the story. I listened to the sample before i bought it and it took me a few weeks to finally relent and purchase it...i mean its Anne Stuart. I was also hoping that the narration would improve further in the book...it didnt. I dont regret it though...Anne's stories are addictive and her audiobooks are like a new fix ; )
Dont have one memorable moment, but have memorable characters instead. I love Nicholas...i mean who wouldnt even if he is not the typical medieval knight or a sorcerer, but the king's fool. That was unexpected and fun. Julianna is also a great character and their love story delightful. The secondary romance involving Julianna's mother was also interesting.
By changing the narrator. Susan Ericksen would be perfect (Rohan series was her absolute masterpiece). I am not trying to be unkind but, actually anyone would be better then this lady. Her style of reading just dont go together with Anne's stories.
Waiting for Lord of Danger audiobook with bated breath ; )
Christine Rogerson is the perfect voice for this novel, and she does an excellent job bringing the characters to life, even minor ones. She brings the male characters and female characters to life equally, so the story itself feels equally weighed between the two protagonists as they dance away and toward each other.
While the novel itself has a fairly predictable plot, I found myself looking forward to the times when I could go back to this audiobook and let myself be drawn in to the inner world of the characters.
I thought this was a very interesting book. I found myself swept back in history and engaged in what was happening. I found the Julianna naive with her thinking but still wanted to know what happened to her in the story. I also found alot of humor in this story.
I thought the story was overall wel written and the twists and turns were interesting. I found myself listening to hear how everything would turn out.
I felt the narrator was very thorough. Her speech was precise with clear diction. Christine did a good job of making each of the characters recognizable with their own distinct voices.
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