Desperate to help her widowed sister and baby escape a deadly pursuer, Lady Chastity Ware dresses as a highwayman and captures the first coach to travel down the road. Coming face-to-face with its occupant, the arrogant aristocrat Cyn Malloren, she orders him to drive her to a remote cottage.
Little does Chastity realize that after long months of recovering from his war wounds, the handsome Cyn is looking for adventure, and being abducted by a cocky highwayman - obviously a lovely woman in disguise - is even more than he had hoped for. Willingly he is drawn into her devilishly reckless plan...and helplessly he is seduced by her wonderfully wicked ways.
©1993 Jo Beverley (P)2014 Tantor
"A fast paced, rip-roaring and most 'delicious' read. This one is a keeper!" (RT Book Reviews)
Finally! we can listen to the Georgian (Malleron) books in audible form. This was the first book I read by Jo Beverley and I have been hooked ever since. She is a wonderful storyteller who brings to life the glittering, but dangerous world of Georgian England. Her tales are delightfully spicy, skillfully plotted, fast paced adventures. To protect her sister and her newborn, the notorious Chastity Ware must disguise herself as a boy in order to hold up a coach. Fortunately, they encounter the mischievously charming Cynric Malleron who, to relieve his boredom, comes to their rescue and helps them to flee across England. As they evade and escape capture a sensual, powerful love grows between the ill-fated lovers.
Cyn loves to seduce "Charles" (Chastity) with food and you can almost taste it.
The choice of narrator can profoundly effect even the best written book. I was a bit hesitant because Alison Larkin's voice is rather high-pitched and very female. However, she managed to pull off the male voices. As always, Cyn is my favorite because he is so charming.
I hope this is only the first of this series and that the other four books will also be available in audible form. As this is one of my favorite authors, I would certainly buy all of them. However, may I suggest a narrator with a lower voice range to capture the male voices?
Let me begin with a disclaimer. In my opinion contemporary historical romance is basically the adult version of children's fairy tales and adventure stories - enjoyable fantasies that include sex and desire. As such the unsavory elements in the good vs evil struggle have to be carefully manged for me to enjoy the book. I prefer a mystery and some danger surrounding the romance, because it creates the crucible in which the characters develop and react to each other. But I don't want to read about genuine violence against women within this context.
This book skirts the edge of my comfort zone with the situations and experiences that threaten the primary female character. And although she is resilient and determined, she is too often victimized and rescued by outside forces for my comfort. I prefer books where the female character uses intelligence and wit to save herself. That said, if you prefer the darker tales from the brothers Grimm to the lighter ones of Hans Christian Andersen, then by all means try this book.
I read the series when it first came out. It is Frustrating not to have the entire series available.
Good character development in all, and excellent set up for The Entire Series!
It's well done.
The entire book was well paced and kept me kept me involved.
GET THE COMPLETE SERIES!!!
I LOVED the story. It had a nice balance of love, passion, and action. The only part I found disturbing was the abuse delivered to the heroine by her father, and in a much much much smaller scale the brother. I realize this is something that happened at the time and even nowadays and I do NOT fault the author for including it in her book since it was necessary to the plot. I however was so completely disturbed by her abuse that I had nightmares after reading the book. So this is just my way of warning anyone who has issues with abuse to know what to expect going in it. Otherwise I have to say this was an absolutely lovely book with a great hero and a daring strong headed heroine.
Loved Cyn (and all his strange family's names) loved Chastity, too. Really like the secondary characters, Rothgar, Elf, Verity but Fort was not one of my favorites, he seemed to think it was alright for Chastity's father to beat her. And her father was just insane and a sadistic a-hole. It was, over all, a really great story, though a little wordy.
As to the narrator? I don't think she would ever be one of my favorites. Too many men sounded nasal-y and the hero sounded like a creepy stuffed-shirt one munute and too nasal-y the next and sometimes the narrator sounded like she forgot that Chastity was no longer dressed as a man and gave her back her deeper voice. I would set the speed at 1.25 because she reads really slow and, really, the narrator herself has kind of a nasal-y voice. LOL..maybe that's why the men sounded so nasal-y.
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