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Lust: The Sins and the Virtues, Book 1 | [Charlotte Featherstone]

Lust: The Sins and the Virtues, Book 1

The righteous Fae of the Seelie Court cherish an ancient quarrel with their Dark counterparts: a curse born of anger and deceit. The Unseelie Court will perish unless one of its princes can win a woman's love - honestly, without coercion. And love her wholly in return.
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Publisher's Summary

Of old, humans and Faeries have dwelt side by side in parallel realms. Only the canniest mortals recognize the alluring creatures that often walk - and lie - among them.

The righteous Fae of the Seelie Court cherish an ancient quarrel with their Dark counterparts: a curse born of anger and deceit. The Unseelie Court will perish unless one of its princes can win a woman's love - honestly, without coercion. And love her wholly in return.

To halt the slow demise of his people, Prince Thane - the embodiment of Lust - infiltrates the Georgian court to seduce his mortal inverse. Noblewoman Chastity Lennox is purity incarnate - a sensual prize well worth winning. But Thane's carnal quest proves more challenging than he ever dreamed.

No other has ever been able - or willing - to resist his erotic charms. Chastity's resolve is maddening.and intriguing. It makes him want her all the more. But how best to seduce one who truly seems above temptation? Discover her greatest weakness and become the intoxicating essence of her deepest, most forbidden desires....

©2011 Charlotte Featherstone (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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    Kim-Marie Colorado Springs, CO, United States 03-11-11
    Kim-Marie Colorado Springs, CO, United States 03-11-11 Member Since 2008
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    "So, Miss Lennox, Do You Have Any Other Hobbies?"

    This book is not for the faint of heart among you. There is a LOT of sex -- having it, dreaming it, or reliving it.

    That being said, I love Charlotte Featherstone's writing. She weaves such rich detail into her work and in spite of some repetitive plot action (i.e., sex), she manages to not become trite with the words she uses. I have read other books where overused words make the book difficult to finish (you know the words I mean), but Ms. Featherstone's vocabulary is extensive without being laughable.

    The plot is interesting enough to carry a nine hour book. The Unseelie Fey must bring the personification of the the seven Virtues to their court willingly to break a curse set by an angry Seelie queen. Chastity Lennox and her sisters are Virtues being seduced by the Unseelie to save their court and by the Seelie out of revenge. It is a nice twist on the "good versus evil" theme. It is easy to root for the bad guys.

    Helen Stern is an excellent narrator for this book. She manages the many accents well and keeps the characters straight. I look forward to the continuation of the series and I hope that Helen Stern narrates them all.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Candyce Utah 02-06-11
    Candyce Utah 02-06-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Kept me guessing..."

    I really liked this book, it kept me guessing and there are a lot of twists that just sneak up on you. I am surprised this didn't fall into the erotic section as well as romance, I am not complaining but if you don't like sex scenes in your book this is not for you. There are quit a few sex scenes but they don't detract from the overall book, they are the dark Fae after all, the sex just pulls you further into the story.

    I can't wait until April for the next one!!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Calhoun, KY, United States 11-17-11
    Rebecca Calhoun, KY, United States 11-17-11 Member Since 2008

    I'm a PhD theatre student who loves not proofreading my reviews (sorry) because I have to do enough of that in school. :)

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    "Simple and Sexy: Romp with Fae"

    A girl is pursued by a sexy Faery possessed by the sin of LUST.

    The End.

    No really. It's that simple. There's lots of steamy pursuing and having of the ways with the girl but really, other than that, there's not much to say. Had fun with this fluff, but it's pure romantic fluff.

    Now if the rest of the series were out it could become an intriguing set of books...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Selin Greenwood, MO, United States 03-29-11
    Selin Greenwood, MO, United States 03-29-11
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    "WOW and WOW"

    I am so very impressed with the narrator - Helen Stern. I could listen to her all day long.
    This book was Harlequin and then it wasn't. Yes, hot&steamy all the way but well written and such an extensive vocabulary one doesn't see even in literary books. I am not knocking the author down but truly didn't expect such a well written romance novel.
    I enjoyed the plot and could listen to Thane...well, forever. :) Absolutely fantastic narration.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Virginia 08-13-12
    Amazon Customer Virginia 08-13-12 Listener Since 2010

    Pamlvsromance

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    "Awful....no storyline"
    What disappointed you about Lust?

    The story is about sisters that are virtuous and the men who are the exact opposite of that virtue. I thought that sounded like an interesting concept but, it was written like a horny high schooler and that should say a lot.


    What was most disappointing about Charlotte Featherstone’s story?

    It was written in such an over exaggerated way that it became silly and I was embarrassed for the writer. I enjoy erotica with any good romance but, there needs to be a stroryline. Not just I am going to defile her for the fun of it and going over and over in his mind what he would do to her meanwhile, the heroine is ridiculous along with all her sisters.


    How could the performance have been better?

    For awhile i wondered if the author was going for a pride and prejudice type of action with 5 very different sisters. Unfortunately, that was as not the case.


    What character would you cut from Lust?

    All of them.


    Any additional comments?

    Honestly, this book was so bad I didn't even finish listening to it. Three quarters through and I just couldn't take it anymore.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Kansas City, KS, United States 02-12-11
    Jessica Kansas City, KS, United States 02-12-11
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    "Ok so..."

    This was my first time reading a romance novel, and I must say at first I laughed a lot over some of the verbiage used in the book. I eventually got over it and was able to enjoy the story. It is a bit raunchy, but fun to listen to!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    NEW NAME Georgia, United States 03-11-13
    NEW NAME Georgia, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2012

    Like the romance, but love the action involved to get there!

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    "I'm returning it!"

    Let me say first, I didn't finish it...so you may want to stop reading now, but I just couldn't! I was 2 hours into it...and realized I knew nothing! I couldn't figure out which person was which sin, and there was a lot of talk about steamy things...and more talk, and MORE talk, and nothing ever happened! The main female role was a twit...oh dear I have never felt this way...oh now I feel this way...it's wrong to feel that way...I have never felt that way...huh? I have never in my life felt like screaming at a narrator to just SHUT UP! I had to end it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Martha Virginia Beach, VA, United States 03-11-12
    Martha Virginia Beach, VA, United States 03-11-12 Member Since 2011

    Avid reader and audiobook listener; I love paranormal lit, mysteries, historical fiction, romance, Brit-crime novels and thrillers.

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    "Is There A Storyline....?"

    This is one of the worst purchases I've made from Audible since I've been a member. There is very little plot and the characters are just confusing. I know there must be a storyline, even if it's just to give the narrator something to read between sex scenes, but darned if I can figure out what it is. And for erotica, this story is just....well it's just plain nasty. I can do without knowing some of the "gory details", thanks. The narration is not good either. Ms. Stern seems to have a difficult time doing an Irish accent and each time a male character speaks she uses a horrible, whispery monotone that really grates on my nerves. She speaks so quickly that the name Chastity often sounds like "Chasty" and if I have to listen to her "sniffle" anymore I think I'll go crazy. I could not finish this one, folks. Don't waste your time.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kate TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 03-30-13
    Kate TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 03-30-13
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    "Non-stop graphic sex and an incomplete storyline"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Only if you are reading "romance" books for the sex. But then, with a title like Lust, I guess it isn't surprising. There really isn't much of value here.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Charlotte Featherstone again?

    I have tried one other of her books and found it even less engaging because of a horribly garbled storyline, no character development, and the endlessly repetitive suffering over mutual attraction by the two main characters. It was ultimately annoying.


    What aspect of Helen Stern’s performance would you have changed?

    She was ok. Certainly not the best, but not the worst of narrators.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dorothy Bastrop, TX, United States 02-17-11
    Dorothy Bastrop, TX, United States 02-17-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Boring and long"

    The heroine was stupid. The story line was repetitive. Not worth the cost.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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