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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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    Summer 07-31-15
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    "Not as good as house of Rohan"

    I always enjoy Anne Stuarts books and after reading the House of Rohan series I had high expectations. This one wasn't as good though.

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    Margie Books 06-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good Not Great"

    The book is good but there are many things that make no sense. The voice over performance is good except I found the male character voices creepy. This book is a series. I think it would be best if read or listened to in series.

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    Ann 08-15-14
    Ann 08-15-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Better than I thought it would be"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 2 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 2014

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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.

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    Amazon Customer 10-02-14
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    "Didn't realize it was a nasty romance"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Didn't get past page 24. F word twice, nipples, whatever. Wanted a good period romance, not a harlequin. Super sad cause it sounded like it would be a good story.


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    Catherine 08-05-14
    Catherine 08-05-14
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    "Tantalizing story, frustrating performance"

    I like the story. Bruton is the kind of rogue that I am immediately attracted to. What is unusual is that his appeal springs from his disarming way with words rather than any heroic action. Briney is the perfect foil because her innocent upbringing means that she honestly does not understand the meaning of his banter. Had she responded to his innuendo with customary retorts he would have been bored after their first encounter, but her baffled responses entertain and intrigue him.

    The performance made following the story frustrating. The way Xe Sands drops her voice to affect Bruton's seductive Irish accent makes it very hard to hear what he says....and many words get lost altogether between her whispers and indistinct accent. I will not rush to listen to more of the books she reads.

    The mystery is never fully solved...there is no tidy package and bow explaining every little detail of the plot. If I had read the book in print I would have been jumping back to the beginning to get a few names straight...but in the end it does not matter.

    If you like Victorian era erotic romances -- I can recommend this one.

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    L. Stapleton Los Angeles 03-29-14
    L. Stapleton Los Angeles 03-29-14 Member Since 2010
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    "More erotica than historical romance"

    The author has a relatively good story-line but it gets lost in tedious seduction scenes. I tried to fast forward through these since after the first one or two they were just interminable but, well, they are interminable.

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    M. Byerly 02-09-14
    M. Byerly 02-09-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Wow!"

    I listen to LOTS of audio books, many of them in the historical romance genre. Many are quite good and I have some favorite authors and narrators. But, I was new to Anne Stuart's work and Xe Sands' narration. It has been a LONG time since I came across one I just couldn't stop listening to. The story line was great, a mystery to solve and a romance. The characters were likable and I loved Bryony and the Earl of Kilmartyn, the lead characters. Banter that bounced back and forth between humorous and erotic. Xe Sands' narration was incredible, what talent! I'm already searching for more books she has lent her beautiful voice to. Highly recommend. JB

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    Aimee 12-02-13
    Aimee 12-02-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Another story butchered by bad narration"
    What would have made Never Kiss a Rake better?

    A different narrator! Preferably one that is english or can actually pull off different accents seamlessly, and definitely one with a less grating tone of voice.


    If you’ve listened to books by Anne Stuart before, how does this one compare?

    It's just plain torture. Butchered accents for every character. I honestly cannot tell you whether the story is good or how it compares to her others because I could not stand another moment of listening to the train wreck happening within my ears. I will have to revisit it again sometime in the future.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Like another reviewer said, an english narrator should be used for an english romance. Unless the person is fully capable of pulling off ANY accent, don't get an american to try to perform english, irish, or anything european.The english accent was very poorly done and wavered back and forth between a butchered english accent and an american accent. The irish accent wound up sounding VERY southern. The voice and tone of the narrator was also very grating.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm having the same problem as a previous reviewer. I was not able to finish this story because I couldn't stand the voice of the narrator, let alone her butchering of all the accents for the characters. Because the narration is now stuck in my head, I cannot finish reading this book until I give it some time to allow my mind to forget THE VOICE. Otherwise, there is no hope of me giving the story a fair chance without the taint of bad narration lingering in my brain.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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