After a devastating flood orphaned Noelle Brown, she thought her handsome and charming benefactor, Andrew Paige, could be the man of her dreams. So why did his steely-eyed older stepbrother, Jared Dunn, make her heart race and her breath catch in her throat?
Desperado turned lawman, Jared had come home to Fort Worth, Texas, ready to leave his dangerous past behind. The green-eyed, feisty young woman his stepbrother had taken in wasn’t the gold digger Jared had expected. Far from it - the unconventional, innocent beauty needed his guidance to learn the ways of high society, a task he found surprisingly enjoyable.
When scandal threatened them all, Noelle would be forced to marry to save the family’s honor. But which brother had truly captured her heart? With rivalry pitting brother against brother, one thing was for certain: this wouldn’t be a marriage of convenience!
©2009 Diana Palmer (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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Noelle is a charming 19 year old who last lost her entire family in a tragic flood. Jared is a handsome although 17 years old man with a gun slinging past. Noelle and Jarred will have you cheering for them to finally get it together. Of course Noelle is an innocent. Jared had developed a hard shell and has lots of life experience. I have to admit that I became a bit frustrated with Jared because it took him so long to finally believe in Noelle even after he discovered the truth about her. This story has a bit of everything, even including historical references that seem to add a bit of relevance to the story and made the characters somewhat more believable. And I don’t want to leave out the character that every will love to hate, Jared step-brother Andrew. Andrew seems to be the dashing, handsome one that Noelle thinks she is falling for, but you will soon realize that Andrew is an imposter. This story also has a very interesting side story; Jared fights for the freedom of an honest man who is being framed. These are just some of the very redeemable qualities of Jared. The attraction between Noelle and Jared develops at a believable pace and this is what makes this such a sweet little love story for me. And of course there is a HEA (Happy Ever After).
? It was an ok read.
Remove a heap of the unnecessary historical event references added! I understand that its the norm for an author to research the period in which the story is set to make it more authentic, but I think tthe author decided to add everything they found. Almost every single american historical event was mentioned and it just felt completely unnecessary and became annoying. It felt like the author felt they had to mention anything that happened in that time in order for the audience to believe it was set then? blah!
already feels very like "sabrina" set in historical america. and that had already been made twice.
Noelle is one of those books that starts out slowly, and you wonder if you're going to like it. Then the characters come to life, and you find yourself doing anything you can, just to keep the ear-buds in, so you can listen. It's the typical kind of love story, where they both love each other, but neither one of them is aware of the others feelings. It grows exasperating, waiting for the predictable outcome. But, nonetheless it's an enjoyable read, for those that like Chic Flicks.
I never read the print so I have nothing to compare it to. I enjoyed the audio.
It was a cross between My Fair Lady and A Time To Kill
Jared, I thought of him as a complex person with so many facets
I did not find anything wrong with the performance
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
If you are a Diana Palmer fan, this is a must. It has it all, tender and tears.
When Noelle stomps on our hero's hat.
I love all of Ms Ross's performances. I buy books based on her recordings.
This is a tear maker all around
Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books
Noelle Brown was away from home, caring for her sick uncle, when Galveston was destroyed by a hurricane. Her entire family had been killed, leaving her with the tragic memories of identifying them, and still living in the city, fearing the next storm. When a distant cousin appears and invites her to leave and live with him and his grandmother, she works hard to fit in.
Andrew might be a dashing man, but he lacks true character. He is more than willing to have Noelle in his home, but she tends to be an embarrassment to him with her unsocial graces. But, she is pretty enough, he believes he can convince her to become his mistress.
Andrew's stepbrother, Jared Dunn is more than just cityfied lawyer he presents. Having a long history involving gunfights, the Rangers, and military service, Jared provides for his grandmother and frivolous stepbrother, Andrew. Finding the fiesty newcomer, Noelle in his home, sets in motion the fulfillment of his dreams, even before he knows he has them.
A very enjoyable story. A little thrown off by the time frame with the going back and forth between gunfights and horseback riding to the typewriter and telephone. It all seemed just a little weird but this book was a nice change from my usual reads :)
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