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Never Kiss a Rake | [Anne Stuart]

Never Kiss a Rake

Bryony Russell and her two sisters are left destitute by the disgrace and unexpected death of their father, a wealthy shipping magnate. He left a cryptic note, and Bryony is determined to find the real villain and clear her father’s name. In disguise as a servant, Bryony infiltrates the home her of father’s business partner to find proof of his guilt...or innocence. It’s not just clues that Bryony finds, but temptation too.... Adrian Bruton, Earl of Kilmartyn, immediately suspects there is something not quite right about his new housekeeper.
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Publisher's Summary

Anguished by death. Driven by revenge. Bryony Russell and her two sisters are left destitute by the disgrace and unexpected death of their father, a wealthy shipping magnate. He left a cryptic note, and Bryony is determined to find the real villain and clear her father’s name. In disguise as a servant, Bryony infiltrates the home her of father’s business partner to find proof of his guilt...or innocence. It’s not just clues that Bryony finds, but temptation too.... Adrian Bruton, Earl of Kilmartyn, immediately suspects there is something not quite right about his new housekeeper. The brooding, irresistible rake plays along because he has his own guilty secrets, and his venal, scheming wife holds the key to them, trapping him in a hate-filled marriage. But against his will he’s fascinated by Bryony, seeing past the scars on her face to show her the beauty she never knew she had. Bryony must uncover the truth and attempt to preserve her father’s legacy before things go too far and she falls in love with a man who might very well be her worst enemy.

©2013 Anne Stuart (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Marcheta 08-26-13
    Marcheta 08-26-13 Member Since 2006

    love audio books - Anglophile

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    "Liked story, didn't like American reading"

    The story was fine. Don't get me wrong, Xe Sands is a fine narrator. However, I much prefer to hear a British accent when listening to an English romance. The American accent sounded very annoying to me.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Samantha CONROE, TX, United States 05-30-14
    Samantha CONROE, TX, United States 05-30-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Not my cup of tea"
    What did you like best about Never Kiss a Rake? What did you like least?

    I liked the whole who-done-it mystery feel of the book, it kept me intrigued and interested for the first few chapters. What ruined it for me was the whole steamy sex crap. I'm sorry but if half the conflict of the book is the main two character's desire to bang each other, I lose interest pretty quickly. I should have known better than to listen to an 'adult fiction' book. But the story seemed interesting so I totally fell for it. This is why I stick to YA books, because the author can't rely on sex scenes and ridiculous wanton desires to keep the book interesting. In YA books you need a good story and great, compelling characters.


    What was most disappointing about Anne Stuart’s story?

    I never felt invested in any of the characters, I couldn't care less what happened to them, and eventually I stopped listening.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I had no issues with the performance.


    Do you think Never Kiss a Rake needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Well, since I didn't really get to the end of the book, I have no idea. But even if there was, I wouldn't read it. I am sure there are plenty of listeners out there who love this stuff, but it's not my cup of tea.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Harry_ATL 09-15-13
    Harry_ATL 09-15-13
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    "Excellent performance!"

    4.5 Xe Sands is outstanding. This is my first listen to one of her performances, and her soft, seductive delivery is mesmerizing. She handles male voices as well as female and is simply impressive. I am eagerly looking forward to the next Anne Stuart / Xe Sands combo due to be released in early Dec.

    This is also my first Anne Stuart romance, and I chose well in my opinion. She has a lyrical, softly humorous turn of phrase that appeals to me. No talking down to the reader. I loved the hero and the heroine equally. I read somewhere that there is no bad boy hero like an Anne Stuart bad boy...which is why I decided to give this a try. And this bad boy was quite appealing.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Cam Las Vegas, NV, United States 08-25-13
    Cam Las Vegas, NV, United States 08-25-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Not much of a rake but loved him regardless"
    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book. The book is about three sisters who lose their father in a carriage accident after he supposedly runs away with money he had stolen from the investors in his company. His eldest is certain her father is framed and sets out to clear his name. Her first stop is at her father's partner house where she accepts a job as a housekeeper. He immediately shows interest in her and tries to pursue her. His marriage is based on hatred but she will not divorce him. She also feels the strong attraction but tries not to fall for his charm. However, she gets drunk one night and they have what I’d call the book’s hottest short intimacy scenes.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly ANN ARBOR, MI, United States 12-21-13
    Kimberly ANN ARBOR, MI, United States 12-21-13 Listener Since 2008
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    "Compelling characters, refreshing plot & narration"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would, but it's a little edgy so I would keep that in mind. A young friend, I think.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The male lead was the best. The female lead was quite frustratingly naive. The male lead was a little disturbing!…but in a compelling way.


    What does Xe Sands bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Voices are superb!…but I would like her slow down just a bit. Felt a little rushed.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The warehouse scene.


    Any additional comments?

    More XE please, just need her to slow down a bit. More from this author as well!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    leonie Australia 09-27-13
    leonie Australia 09-27-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Why?"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narration of this book was horrible. I bought the Kindle book and the Audio one together and had already read the first few chapters before listening to the narration. I was enjoying the book when I read it but when I listened to it I had to stop and check it was the same novel as I couldn't stand another minute of it.
    I've listened to this narrator before and enjoyed the experience, but every voice she used grated with this tale. And why give an English lord a American accent?
    I hate to give bad reviews but felt I had to warn other readers of this accident. The book is great, but stick to the written word on this one.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I'm only a third or the way through thebook, but found it interesting.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Xe Sands?

    Anyone.


    Was Never Kiss a Rake worth the listening time?

    No. The ten minute bus wait was torture with this in my ears. I won't listen to the rest of it. When I recover I might finish read the book, but not until I can get that narrator's voice out of my memory.


    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy T Jacksonville, FL USA 10-04-14
    Tracy T Jacksonville, FL USA 10-04-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Creepy Hero, bad narration."

    Well I tried to finish this book. I got all the way to 50% and just couldn't listen any further.
    The hero was just to creepy, and the narration made him even more creepy. The character development was lacking, the chemistry between the two was forced and just not good. The story line was blah. And the fact that he was married and she was the "pretend housekeeper" ridiculous and why did she have to have a pockmarked face? well only half her face was marked, hmmm....... do people only get the pox on once side of their face?? I think not. That was stupid.

    I am glad I got this book free on my kindle unlimited along with the narration, and didn't waste my money, but it sure was a waste of my time.

    The narrator was terrible, awful, and just grating on my last nerve.

    I do not recommend this book with or without the narration, but especially with the narration. Sorry.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ann 08-15-14
    Ann 08-15-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Better than I thought it would be"
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    I got this one on sale and I figured it would fair at best (as most of the sale books are). But it was pretty good, especially the ending. Usually everything ends all wrapped up as neat as can be. I like that this seemed more realistic. Very hot sex scenes and the chemistry between the 2 main characters was excellent.
    On the negative side--the narrator was little too sexy, she almost growled every line. I like her voice but she overdid it a bit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    AV 08-05-14
    AV 08-05-14 Member Since 2011

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    "What a waste of an interesting premise"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    More complex character development, plot twists, and believability. After reading the storyline, I thought this could be an interesting plot. It was not; not remotely. I kept thinking that surely this story was going to progress and deepen. It did not. It's what I call a straight line. Almost the entire book happens in a matter of days with little development of what brought us to this point, we are simply told of past events. No complexity at all.The performance was a little fast, but I rather appreciate that. I did have trouble understanding the male lead.


    What was most disappointing about Anne Stuart’s story?

    It was silly, protracted foreplay and little else. I felt like I was in the head of a 16 year old. The villain was so inconsequential and underdeveloped that he might have had 100 lines devoted to him. I kept asking "Why?" "Why would these characters be behaving in this manner?" The answers were not clear.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Never Kiss a Rake?

    There is a violent murder in the house and no one hears it. The heroine cleans it up and never says a word, and everyone acts like it's life as usual. I found much of this story difficult to believe.


    Any additional comments?

    I had just read two intense, epic sy-fy books and thought I would read a quick, historical mystery, as I do periodically. I may never again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    signe randers nv, Denmark 01-01-14
    signe randers nv, Denmark 01-01-14 Member Since 2011

    I love romantic historical novels.

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    "Sweet and a true lovestory"

    When i read, it was a story between a unmarried lady and a married man, i was very keen to read the book.
    You don't offen hear about this romantic historical books whit a unmarried woman and a married man. So i was excited to see, in what way the story would go.
    I was not disappointed. Love the story.
    Well written. Xe Sands makes the character alive in there one way.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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