When a powerful, decisive aristocrat undertakes to protect an absent-minded young inventress from England's enemies, he finds his orderly world turned into chaos. Merlin Lambourne's stubborn dream of flight puts her at risk, not to mention driving Ransom crazy. In spite of himself, he's oddly enchanted by this muddled miss and her eccentric ways... but can he overcome his own fears and realize her invention may be the answer to saving both their lives?
A whimsical Regency-era tale of flying machines, fancy, and love among the hedgehogs.
Laura Kinsale personally chose the exceptional talent of Nicholas Boulton to narrate Midsummer Moon as a fully voiced audiobook, creating a unique work that brings all the life and color of the original to audio.
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“…personalities and wit expertly delivered, further adding to the charm of this delightful performance.” (Audiofile Magazine)
Brains. Velvet. Strength. (actually I WANTED to say "Smithsonian" but who would get that?
She is so smart and clueless that you can't help but love her. He has controlled and protected so much of his life that he needs someone brilliant and clueless to shake up his color-inside-the-lines life.
Well, if this is your first, you fell in love a little. Listen to Flowers In the Storm and fall in love A LOT. I am tempted to buy a ticket to see him in Wolf Hall in 2014 in London. So I guess that is an answer of sorts.
If you can fly, I can love.
Bolton does a great job performing overbearing male characters, distracted females, blustery "Hale Fellow, Well Met" characters, and stuttering children in his narration of a favorite Kinsale book.
Written in the late 1980's, the book has many standard characters from Regency Romances, but Kinsale shifts them ever so slightly to make them more relatable. The blustering Duke carries out a delightful conversation with an errant hedgehog who has taken up residence in his stationary box when he thinks he is alone in his study, and then returns to his commanding personal when he realizes his secretary is standing in the door. It's little touches like these that make the novel so charming.
Although I've read this book many times, I think I actually enjoyed listening to it more.
Absolutely beautiful writing. This heroine is so smart and so socially awkward. Borderline Aspergers. And I loved"Mr. Duke" also.
I love Epic Fantasy....have become a Historical Romance fan because I am a sucker for a good Happily Ever After. Good characters are a must
Kinsale is a WONDERFUL writer. Her books seem to be just a bit better written than most.(not to take away from any other writers) Her romances are DEEP and usually way off from the norm. This is one of those books. So not what you expect. But you'll find yourself wrapped up in a story with many players - not just a H&H. This is a book about ALL relationships.
Try not to take too many reviews to heart - listen for yourself. If you like Kinsale - you will like and appreciate this one. The love scenes are pretty hot, but it is NOT about that at all. If you want a simple to listen to - run of the mill romance - this is NOT it. If you want a really well written story of life and love and relationships - this is a good one.
Worth a credit if you have already listened and like Kinsale. I would NOT use this as my first Kinsale book though. Try another first because this is good - but not as good as some of her other books. IMO
I have listened to all but one of Ms Kinsale's books. For me, this is in the top 3.
With this author, you will find consistently good writing. Her perfected style, creative descriptions, extensive vocabulary, lovable characters, and unusual storylines, draw me in wrap around me, and warm my heart.
And, of course, with Nicholas Boulton's velvet and silk voice I return to her books again and again. I now seek out this narrator who has led me to some very good books/genres that were not even on my radar. Thanks Nick!
Nicholas Boulton is the best romance narrator out there so the fact that the hero was an overbearing blowhard and the heroine let him get away with it didn't ruin this story. the sub-characters and plot were really quite entertaining but the hero's bullying and the heroines lack of spine drove me nuts. i think some will find many of the scenes quite funny. i probably would have enjoyed them more but i found myself angry at the powerlessness the female characters were subject to. such a domineering hero needed a more formidable heroine to balance the power struggle so the reader wasn't weighed down with outrage on behalf of the meeker character. fortunately, there were several steamy and passionate love scenes that made up for the stressful conflict.
This book romantsizes date rape. The main character is so controlling, and doesn't get that "no, means no."
Elderly, bookish person, omnivorous reader, only bothers to review books she considered worth reading.
Richly plotted romance with appealing characters. A fun read.
Richly plotted romance with appealing characters
This was my first book by Ms Kinsale, not knowing what to expect I must say I was happily surprised. I found the characters realistic and totally charming. Nicholas Boulton was great! I never listened to this type of book with a man narrating but I'll tell you I could listen to him all day long! His performance really brought all the characters to life and he brought out the subtle humor throughout the story which was really fun.
Thanks for a fab read. I really recommend this story and I look forward to another of Ms Kinsale's books.
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