i>They call him many names, but angelic isn't one of them.
Sebastian Ballister, the notorious Marquess of Dain, is big, bad, and dangerous to know. No respectable woman would have anything to do with the "Bane and Blight of the Ballisters", and he wants nothing to do with respectable women. He's determined to continue doing what he does best - sin and sin again - and all's going swimmingly…until the day a shop door opens and she walks in.
She's too intelligent to fall for the worst man in the world.
Jessica Trent is a determined young woman, and she's going to drag her imbecile brother off the road to ruin, no matter what it takes. If saving him - and with him her family and future - means taking on the devil himself, she won't back down. The trouble is, the devil in question is so shockingly irresistible that the person who needs saving most is Jessica herself.
©1995 Loretta Chekani (P)2014 Blackstone Audio
I love this book as much now as when I discovered Loretta Chase a few years ago. I kept asking myself "why is it that no one has recorded any of her books?". Well they finally have, and it was worth waiting for. Kate Reading is the perfect reader for this book, and I hope that she can be convinced to record more of Loretta Chase's books in the future. I suspect that I will listen to this again and again in the future. It is FABULOUS!
This is erotic fiction that is quite entertaining and funny though the historical/cultural parts are so far off I found it annoyingly unrealistic at times. I gave up trying to stay in time with the writing and imagined a time traveling hero and heroine with 20th century minds and morals. This is not in the same realm as Georgette Heyer writing in anyway and may be offensive to some who are expecting a softer romance in her style. I don't know what the other reviewer who compared this work to Ms. Heyer was thinking of in that regard except perhaps use of Myths which are used very specifically in this novel and the dialogue. Ms. Heyer embedded reference through story lines and with a much more subtle hand.
That said, this is a good story in its own right though I have to caution other potential listener/readers that this content being very, very racy. For example, can you imagine even in France that a lady would be able to wander into a store off a street in the fashionable part of Paris and find an erotic watch as a gift for her grandmother in the 1800's? If that does not make your head hurt or turn you off then this novel will be a treat to listen too because Kate Reading the narrator does amazing job.
This is the first and only book I have read from Loretta Chase. I am quite impressed with her writing ability as well as story telling. A very well done storyline added to great narration made it for a very pleasant listening experience. I love historical romances and am very picky with the authors I read. Similar to all other readers, if I commit my limited time to read or listen to a book I don’t want it to be a time or financial disappointment but unfortunately that is not something we can predict prior to. That is why it is always pleasant to find a book I truly enjoy that includes great pull between the hero and heroin but also the push of pride and stubborn arguments and disagreements pushing them apart. It truly makes for enough excitement to the reader to keep them interested and eager. A very well done book. Bravo!!!
This is hands down the funniest historical romance I have read that was not written by Georgette Heyer. This brilliant book is my favorite re-read. I listened to this with my husband, who was laughing out loud with me! BRILLIANTLY narrated by probably the best narrator in the business, I can not recommend this book enough!
It has no comparison, unless it be to the patter comedy movies like Cary Grant and Rosalind Russel in His Girl Friday.
I adored her rendition of the Jessica and Dain, but hands down I laughed until I choked when Kate read Bertie Trent (he brother of Jessica): Beyond masterful - hats off to Kate Reading for all the characters in this book!
I didn't sleep the night I bought it. I just had to listen to the whole thing! I was squealing with delight when I found out it was available at last! My husband came running when he heard me : ) I have been waiting for this for so long! I have re-listened to it 3 times since it came out a week ago and adore it even more.
The best book by by one of the all time best romance authors Loretta Chase. I can not WAIT for the rest of her amazing and hilarious books to come out!! I will buy all of them as soon as they hit Audible. I already own all of them in paperback and Kindle formats.
I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.
Well, I found it really hard to click the pause button on this one!!!
WOW! This book is true to the raving reviews. Loretta Chase has created two leads, Sebastian Ballister (the notorious Marquess of Dain) and Jessica Trent (the woman who caught his eye) with psychological and developmental backgrounds that compliment and interlock their love and need for one another in such a deeper level than most romances.
Sabastian's background was definitely the most hurtful and psychologically damaging. His ability to deal with the rejection of his father, the abandonment of his mother, bullies at his school, and the difficulty connecting with women demonstrated his powerful coping skills and resiliency. OMG!!--This man is the epitome of resiliency!!! Nonetheless, he still needed healing for the things that were not right in his life.---Enter the beautiful, intelligent, witty and big-hearted Jessica to come and scramble up Sabastian's life of debauchery and pull him in like a magnet to her. When both meet for the first time in a shop in Paris, their chemistry was so tangible it felt like a humming buzz that only got stronger as the story progressed!
This book is full of great scenes and dialogues between the two leads throughout their relationship development. There are also very interesting relationships between Jessica and her grandmother, Genevieve, her nit-wit of a brother Bertrie and her ability to connect with little Dominic. It was also interesting to see how Sabastian dealt with his greedy, inner circle of friends when their own lives began to unravel.
In reading/listening to this book, I laughed, I teared up, I felt excited and there were also some interesting "putting the puzzle pieces" together moments. Overall, this book was powerful because it showcased the healing power of love and how the cycle of mistakes made by a previous generation does not have to be carried over to the next. I loved how Sabastian (or Dain as he is referred to throughout the book) and Jessica's love story created a new legacy for their family. Jessica was the conduit for the healing...she was exactly what Dain needed, and Dain fulfilled her every fantasy. That's my kind of romance and HEA!!!
Narrator: Kate Reading is excellent! She did a superb job! This is one wonderful audiobook experience!
I am the definition of a contradiction. I am a tomboy but just can't seem to get enough of romance books!
I was highly entertained by this book. Few authors get to captivate viewers when writing romance books mostly because of the predictability of the ending. The storyline always determines whether I keep reading or pass on a book. This book kept me captivated from start to finish. I mean a woman who shots a man and then marries him! is definately worth a read.
Professional female with little time for the fun things (cooking, reading and traveling)!
No pouting, simpering, swooning heroines here! Hallelujah! I will read/listen to more by this author.
I'm an avid reader of Romance and a true romantic at heart. I also read and review in other sub-genres as well. Happy reading!
I can't believe that I have not read/listened to this wonderful book. I loved everything about this fantastic book. I now understand why it is tooted as a classic among historical romances of the day! This is a book that I will keep in my TBR again shelves.
32 years old and still addicted to happy endings!
It was hard to read about Sebastian's (Dain's pronounced like the dog Great Dane) childhood. He really had it bad. Once I dropped a tear over his childhood though, I was overwhelmed with what he had choosen to do with his adulthood. Amassing wealth in any way possible, Orgeys, Drinking, Gambling, but NEVER seducing. He always paid for his services. Some were descriptive and most were not. Everything he did with Jessica (Jess) however was in full detail not excluding the emotional baggage and intelligent banter. I applaud the writer on all the dialogue. Witty and effusive!
I am not a listener of sex scenes, so I fast forward to the next dialogue.....I did a lot of fast forwarding.
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