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Never Trust a Pirate: Scandal at the House of Russell, Book 2 | [Anne Stuart]

Never Trust a Pirate: Scandal at the House of Russell, Book 2

Madeleine Russell counted on making a splendid match. Instead, a devastating family scandal left her orphaned and penniless...and determined to uncover the villain who disgraced and killed her father. The beautiful, quick-witted Maddy disguises herself as a household servant, vowing to work in her prime suspect’s house and learn the truth. But the closer she gets to the man who may have ruined her family, the more she feels drawn in by his wicked reputation.
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Publisher's Summary

Disgraced, destitute, and determined to find out the truth....

Madeleine Russell counted on making a splendid match. Instead, a devastating family scandal left her orphaned and penniless...and determined to uncover the villain who disgraced and killed her father. The beautiful, quick-witted Maddy disguises herself as a household servant, vowing to work in her prime suspect’s house and learn the truth. But the closer she gets to the man who may have ruined her family, the more she feels drawn in by his wicked reputation.

Captain Thomas Morgan rose from lowly beginnings on London’s streets to attain wealth, influence, and a highborn fiancée. Yet his gaze keeps returning to his feisty new housemaid, a stunning brunette who clearly harbors a secret agenda. A desire rooted in deception could lead Maddy and the captain to explosive passion . . . or shattered hearts.

©2013 Anne Kristine Stuart Ohlrogge (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Rosemary 12-05-13
    Rosemary 12-05-13
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    "The 2nd book in the series as good as the 1st!"

    Anne Stuart is such a wonderful writer. Like Stephanie Laurens, she writes characters that are three dimensional and have more than a bit of attitude. I'm a bit ambivalent about the earlier series Ice but really enjoyed the House of Rohan.

    I was delighted when I saw that there would be a new series: "Scandal at the House of Russell". Basically three daughters are trying to find the person behind their father's death and public ruin. The first book in the series, Never Kiss a Rake, was excellent and I'm happy to say that the second in the series is too.

    The Scandal series is a bit racier than the Rohan series but it's nicely balanced with some humor and really fine writing. As with the first book in the series, the male lead is nuanced -- not a completely nice guy but he comes around to the right behavior. The female progatonist, like her sister in the early book, takes a position in service for the person she's investigating. She has issues with her position as a maid -- working long days, backbreaking labor, and having to put up with difficult people is far outside her previous experience as a daughter of a rich man.

    I enjoyed both books in the series and look forward to the third. The books should be read in order as there are themes that run across the series.

    I would also like to highly recommend Xe Sands for the excellent job she's done on this series. I think of all of the female narrators, she consistently does an excellent job. With many female narrators, I find their male voices lacking. Xe Sands is able to comfortably carry different accents (Irish, ...) but also can convey a gravely nature to a male voice. I admit to a bias for books read by Jim Frangione and Simon Prebble -- but I am delighted when I see that Xe Sands will be providing the narration for a book.

    Is this my all-time favorite series? No -- but it's definitely toward the top of the list.

    And I'm _really_ looking forward to more books by Anne Stuart.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Indianapolis, IN, United States 01-09-14
    Kimberly Indianapolis, IN, United States 01-09-14 Member Since 2015

    I enjoy historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Also steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, and fiction. I'm open to about anything

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    "An intriguing story"

    Setting: Devenport, England 1867
    Genre: Romance, with a bit of intrigue
    Narration: First time I've listened Xe Sands. She reads the non-speaking parts with an American accent, a practice that used to bother me with books set in England, but her accent for dialog is appropriate for the characters. She does a good job.
    This is the 2nd book in The Scandal at the House of Russell trilogy. Overall, it is an enjoyable listen. The plot is sort of in first person singular, with sections from the POV of both main characters and some bits from the villain. It is mostly believable, and the characters are interesting.
    The beauty and sexiness of these characters could make them seem sort of plastic, but they have flaws that humanize them. I like that Maddie is strong and intelligent and Luca (Captain Morgan's real name) has a bit of gentleness revealed over the course of the story. Neither of the main characters do really stupid things as a plot device. The villain is appropriately creepy, and probably because I didn't read the first book in the trilogy, I didn't recognize him until about half way through.
    In my opinion, this is worth the time and credit.

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    M. Byerly 02-23-14
    M. Byerly 02-23-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Another fun listen!"

    Was surprised that this book followed such a similar plot line as the first, but never the less, I recommend it as an entertaining audible book. I absolutely love Xe Sands' narration. No, she doesn't have a British accent. But, what she does have is one of the sexiest voices I've heard, a great ability to do female AND male voices very well and smoothly shift back and forth. The characters are fun and sexy and there's adventures at sea. As before, there's mystery and romance (pretty steamy) and humor. Eagerly awaiting the next book! JB

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cam Las Vegas, NV, United States 12-27-13
    Cam Las Vegas, NV, United States 12-27-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved the story, hated the repetitious “thoughts”"

    The storyline is great and plot turns wonderful but few and far in between. Those who have read my reviews before know how I dislike the hero or heroin’s thoughts repeated over and over. There is also a great deal of time spent on them sorting through their thoughts where she should have had more character interactions. Had Anne Stuart spent more time actually having the story advance by adding scenes in as well as deleting all the time writing about thought processes, this book would have been wonderful and not just good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bracy Kissimmee, FL United States 07-05-15
    Bracy Kissimmee, FL United States 07-05-15
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    "Very good series"

    The story is well-written, good banter, and supporting characters. The fluffy bits are a little too anatomical.

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    Margie Books 06-30-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fun Second Book of Series"

    I prefer this book to the first book in the series. I do think it could stand alone but many references would be lost if the first one is not read or listened to first. I preferred the hero in this book he is strong but not a rake.

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    Teri 07-19-14
    Teri 07-19-14
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    "Old storyline, but still a good read"

    Yes, this plot was the same as the first book, but it's still a pleasant read. No "damsel is distress" or idiotic logic that a lot of regency romances portray the main female character as. And this narrator, in my opinion, is one of the best.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly ANN ARBOR, MI, United States 12-23-13
    Kimberly ANN ARBOR, MI, United States 12-23-13 Listener Since 2008
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    "Returning it. Deja Vu! Recycled plot!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    NOT if they read the first book. It's a recycled plot!! Daughter poses as a maid, to find the "truth" about her father, Home is equipped with a (soon to be) laughably shallow Lady of the House…who hates the daughter/maid. Conflicted daughter seduced. Seduced daughter near-victim of murder. Everything is the same, except for the sodomy references, which I could have done without!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Never Trust a Pirate?

    I appreciated the demise of the villain NOT coming at the hands of the male lead…same as the first book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Already did…when I listened to the first book.


    Any additional comments?

    XE is great, but I am annoyed at having, essentially, purchased the same book twice. Stuart is good….but it's time to come up with something fresh. One daughter to go. PLEASE make book 3 something refreshing. Please.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    beth LEAGUE CITY, TX, United States 04-25-14
    beth LEAGUE CITY, TX, United States 04-25-14 Member Since 2011

    I am easily amused!

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    "Read it, don't listen to it!"


    This is a fun little romance with excellent protagonists. While the story is a little predictable and cliche it was a pleasure to read. I am eagerly waiting for the next in the series.

    DO NOT listen to the book because it was possibly some of the worst narration and horrific accents I have heard. It says something about the quality of book that I was still able to enjoy the story even when it was being butchered.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Aimee 12-14-13
    Aimee 12-14-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Not impressed."

    I'm not sure why I wasted my time and money on this one since I didn't care for the narration in the last one. But this one was just as much a disappointment. I usually LOVE Anne Stuart books. But this series, so far, has not worked for me in the least. I want to blame it solely on the narration, but with this story I am just not sure anymore. I'm thinking both the story and the narration is a failure this time.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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