In the night, all rules are forgotten...
Eloisa James, the acclaimed author of Potent Pleasures, returns to Regency England with an unforgettable new heroine - a genteel but naughty innocent who gets more than she bargains for when she finally says yes to love.
To her legions of adoring suitors, it comes as quite a shock when Lady Sophie York rejects an offer of marriage from the dashing, rakish Patrick Foakes in favor of amiable but dull Braddon Chatwin. He may be an earl, but it is Patrick's stolen kisses that sear her lips.
When Patrick, in disguise, scales a ladder to retrieve his friend's fiancée, he never expects the elopement to be his own. Neither does Sophie, Braddon, or the rest of the tattling ton. One hasty wedding later, the passionate innocent and the sophisticated rogue play out their own intricate dance as Sophie masters what it takes to keep a man where he belongs. And Patrick learns the ultimate lesson in love.
©2000 Eloisa James (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
While this book didn't change my auto-buy-author standing for Eloisa James, I don't think it was one of her best. Sophie and Patrick were likable characters, but the miscommunication and erroneous conclusions they would draw became tedious. Their repetitive misunderstandings thinned out and "dumbed down" both the plot and characters. The book had the potential for more depth and intrigue within the "Ottoman(Turkish)/French(Napoleonic)/spy/sabotage" subplot, but it seemed as though the author lost her aim or simply didn't want to dig that deep and it ended up falling flat.
there were two storylines they didn't finish and the ending. didn't build up that they would continue in the future books
kidnapping, gift for king.
overall a good read.
It comes a time when you have to choose between listening to audible or going to bed.
I was excited to read this book after loving the first book in the series. Well this started out good but it dragged on. The charters got on my nerves after a while. I found myself fast forwarding parts of the book. That's how I know this book was too long.
Live, love, laugh...
This story is good but it felt too long for me. After a while this couple's miscommunication got annoying. Half of the book is a big miss understanding. The end is very satisfying though. The narrator did an average job.
I love reading but don't have time. The audiobooks allow me to hear the books I want to read. I love audible!
The whole book was of them misunderstanding! I had to say a few times like come on you both have told your horrible stories about you past but you still don't get each other. I will still give this other another chance.
I was disappointed that the story was the same "formula" as the first in the series. I also found the resolutions along the way to be a bit too neat and quick. I was however impressed with Eloisa James' presentation and exploration of real life and the heartache and loss that is ever present. I'm glad Susan Duerden narrated - I believe it is her presentation that kept my interest over the actual storyline.
I did like this book but it's Eloisa James so of course I liked it. It was a fun read and the characters were interesting. I couldn't give it 5 stars for a couple of reasons. The first one is not the author's fault. Susan Duerden's reading of Sophie's voice was just too breathless- too childish. Secondly, the entire subplot of the trip to Turkey and the "gift" Patrick was being asked to bring just didn't fit and it was resolved so quickly that I had to go back and listen to that part again. Quite a throw-away ending after all the time spent on that part of the story. Also, so many romance stories involve keeping secrets and lack of communication. I guess that makes the conflict but it's quite ubiquitous in this genre. That being said, I liked this and I'm anxious for the third book in this series to be available in audiobook format.
The first half was great. Romance, humor, personalities that were alive and quirky. Then the main characins marry and it's one misunderstanding on top of each other. I began to roll my eyes and say "wow, really?" Then everything was talked out and resolved (and there were a lot of misunderstandings) in the last scene of the book!
There were 2 villains but nothing ever happened with them in the story. We didn't get to live out their capture and humiliation. The hero explains to his wife (in the last scene) what the villain's plot was and that they were caught. That's it. It's over. Usually the villains actually have a part in the story. They kidnap someone close to the hero or almost kill them, etc. But in this story they're whole plot to start a war and use the hero to do it is literally wrapped up in a couple sentences in the last scene. So.....
I LOVE Eloisa James' writing, but this one story seemed like the first half was her but the last half just got emotionally dramatic for no good reason. Yikes! I feel kind of guilty writing my first bad review for this author. I listened to the end though.
No spoilers from me! Sexy, romantic stories, thrillers, mystery, relationship stories.. my library is a crazy mix.
While Eloisa James fills her books with details that I love, sometimes the communication issues she develops do not make a book more engaging. I understand that the era she is trying to develop stories to fit within was stifling, but geez...
I had to turn up the speed to make it through parts of this book.
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