For as long as she can remember, Lydia Westland has dreamed of glittering London society. Finding herself at last in England, she is determined to make the most of this opportunity. Clutching her copy of Blunders in Behaviour Corrected she sets forth to find a suitably titled husband. But what she finds instead is Rhys Rhodes, a second son with a past that is anything but glittering. To Rhys, Lydia is everything he has lost - innocence, laughter, joy - and everything he cannot have.
©2003, 2012 Jan Nowasky (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers
The original story line about an uncomplicated, lively young American girl, determined to conquer the London Ton.
Most interesting: how Lydia conquers her Lord.
Least interesting: nothing.
I hadn't listened to Ms Rowan before, so I can't compare.
I frequently laughed and cried.
I am a big fan of Lorraine Heath, and have listened to many of her books, but honestly the narration was SO BAD that I didn't get past chapter 2. What a letdown. I may buy the paper copy and read the story, but I was disappointed in the audio version of her book.
Robin Rowan is more than a fair narrator, but the first half of the book was quite boring. The last half was more interesting, but not one I'd care to listen to again.
I doubt that I would recommend it, although it did have some redeeming qualities.
I did not like the narration. I understand that in the 1800s the upper class English, all those Lords, Dukes and Dutcheses were rich and probably bored. But the narrator who I believe attempted to express this boredom made the characters sound extremely dull and of course, bored. There was one character, a dutchess who rants and raves in the beginning of the book. She woke me up. But then everybody sounded bored again, even the Texans in the book had those dull, drab, whispery (there goes that word again) bored voices.
Oh Susan Erickson, you have spoiled me with great narration and dramatic flair in the scoundrels series.
Mother of 3, grandmother of 6, retired nurse and substance abuse counselor. Thrilled to have the time to read or listen to books again.
i loved this book! it was enjoyable and it kept me interested and entertained through out the entire book. the twist in it was a complete surprise to me and was a bit shocking as i did not see it coming. i will be sure to look for other books written by Lorraine Heath in the future.
the narrator was great as well
The ups, downs, wish it was, wish it wasn't and the....wish I could reach in there and shake them, fun! I cried, laughed, wanted to turn it off, never did turn it off ... just plain good!
Why would I purposely write a spoiler? You need to live it with them.... the very very best moments were the ones I won't tell you. ...
In the middle of the ballroom.... I won't tell you when. But I felt that moment in my heart!
YES YES YES YES YESSSSSSSSS! Actually..... I did!
The narrative was incredibly hard to get into... in the beginning I wondered a bit... but quickly enough the narrator was gone and the character's were in my head!
I enjoy Lorraine Heath's books. This one was nicely done. No annoying "I can't love yous".
It's a bit of a new story line for a historical romance and that's always nice to have.
I loved the narration on this because the British accent wasn't so heavily done that it grated on my nerves. It was quite pleasant to listen to. It's worth the money or the credit.
I doubt it, because the narration was pretty flat. Accents were terrible, and there was very little characterization happening.
It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either. It might appeal to others more than it did me, of course, but I wasn't particularly impressed.
I can't believe some people gave this four stars! After 2 1/2 hours I just couldn't stand it any more and had to stop listening. The heroine is SO unappealing! She is a completely empty headed, uninteresting person! And the narrator gave me whiplash switching back and forth from a British accent to her American accent. Some of Lorraine Heath's books are so good, I can hardly believe this is the same author who wrote "Between the Devil and Desire" for example. I definitely wouldn't recommend this one!
Perhaps those with a preference for western romances and who are fans of Robin Rowan. Those who can make it through the first half of the book will probably find the second half more enjoyable.
No, not at all. I have listened to many other books of this genre and several from Lorraine Heath and have loved them. This book seems like it may have been written before Ms. Heath reached her stride.
Her English voices were fine and her narration as well. The Texas voices came off a bit strained and kind of hick and corny as if she were trying too hard. I cringed frequently being a native, 7th generation Texan myself. The female lead character came off souding about 12 years old.
Most all of the heroine's family who accompanied her to England except for maybe the step-Dad.. References to the other would have been just fine.
I recommend trying another of Lorraine Heath's books such as the Scoundrels of St. James Series.
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