As the black sheep second son of an Earl, Stephen Lyons has gained a reputation in the art of seduction, but when his wicked ways result in scandal, he joins the army to redeem himself. On the battlefield, he proves courageous... until he is seriously wounded. Returning home to recover, he discovers he can't remember the angelic beauty who arrives at his doorstep, his babe nestled in her arms.
Mercy Dawson will risk everything to protect the son of the dashing soldier she once knew and admired. When Stephen offers to do the honorable thing, she is determined that London's most notorious gentleman will desire her and no other. But Mercy fears that what began as an innocent deception could destroy her dreams and their blossoming love if Stephen ever learns the scandalous truth...
They are masters of seduction, London's greatest lovers. Living for pleasure, they will give their hearts to no one... until love takes them by surprise.
©2011 Jan Nowasky (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers
It was a wonderful love story of how the reality of war changes people, and to what depths some people will go for love.. A wonderful, emotional love story, read with feeling.
All players had strong characters, even the butler is memorable. They all had different personalities and strengths, but if I had to choose just one, it would be Mercy. Mercy lived up to her name, giving so much of herself for others. She made mistakes, but for the right reasons.
Her ability to change her voice, and put such feeling into the parts is truly commendable, certainly creating word pictures better than most readers could do for themselves. She is a true artist. I now look for audiobooks read by her.
An emotional, passionate love story in the aftermath of war.
I enjoy historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Also steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, and fiction. I'm open to about anything
The reason I say that this is an odd title is that it really doesn't have that much to do with the story. Sure, the hero was a rake before going to the Crimean War, but it really doesn't enter into the plot. The meat of the story is how he deals with his injuries and the effect they have on the plot line. It was kind of gut-wrenching for me because I knew I was going to cry at some point. The setting was nice in that it was in the 1850s and I have been reading or listening to many Regency romances ( reviews soonish), so the change was good. There was character growth, especially in the male protagonist. There really was no antagonist except for the situations in which the characters find themselves. Okay, as for the narration, I have to say that I didn't find Anne Flosnik to be as irritating as I have in the past.
This book has a lot of romance with a meaningful, serious--but not too serious--story that leads the listener down a path with hope but not certainty about how things will unfold. I loved it. The sex in the story is often enough without being overwhelming. Though I generally like overwhelming too. And the sex was not explicit but still detailed enough, not glossed over. Everything fit and worked perfectly. I didn't know what to expect from this author, but I will be looking for more of her stories now. I look for books by Lisa Kleypas, Charlotte Featherstone and Stephanie Laurens in the historical romance genre. I'll now add Lorraine Heath to that esteemed but short list.
The narrator, dear heavens, the narrator.
Select a different reader.
She sounds like Jane Carr. This name might mean nothing to you unless you look her up and then you will recognize her as a famous character actress, often with brilliant comedic timing, Unfortunately, male leads that should be charismatic are unintentionally lampooned by a reading that makes it seem like a comedy sketch. Female parts are adequate. Not fantastic, but adequate. Male parts are uncomfortably pompous and affected, sounding like, well, Jane Carr (remember the British Airways travel agent in Friends when Rachel has to buy a ticket to London? That was Jane Carr. Great actress, "veddy" funny, but "veddy" bad for a sound-alike for a serious male lead).
It inspired me to write a review. I've only done a couple reviews at this point and I had to warn people off this narrator. I think she is fine in her job, but for other genres. Not this genre. She should not read male parts unless it is childrens books that call for a great pomposity and exaggeration of voice.It also is inspiring me to never buy a book with her as narrator again. Alas, I bought a batch with her as the reader (from the same author) since they were part of an overarching story line. I cannot take that back, but I can warn others.
The problem is not the story but the narrator. This is not to scare anyone off from the subject or author, just books narrated in fiction by this woman that have significant male roles to be read. It is never fun to be so distracted by a reading you cannot overlook (overlisten?) a poorly done reading.
French reading/listening in English! From the bi-nation island of Saint Martin/Sint Maarten (French/Dutch) in the Caribbean. enjoy audible!
Trying to figure out if Mercy was the mother of that child. When the real mother reappeared.
What will be the outcome of this tale.
When he chased Mercy from the house after finding out her hidding secrets and how she walked away proudly.
The narration was very good. The different characters voices and emotion.
I am quiet and love being comfortable. I love curling up in a corner either reading or listening to a nice romantic book.
This is the perfect little fairytale with some mishap and plenty romance. Loved it and narrator Anne did a great job!
I like Lorraine Heath but Anne Flosnik brings the book down.
The story is good but the reader sounds horrible. She sounds as if she is straining for and English accent. Her attempt at reading for the men in the story makes them all sound as if they are about to die. Im almost waiting for the smokers cough.
I'll listen to more by Lorraine Heath in the future, though I try to avoid books narrated by Anne Flosnik. I find her reading style irritating. She tends to over-emote in the form of drawing out vowel sounds for emphasis in a way that comes across as overly dramatic. Other than that, her diction is so painfully precise, with the hard consonants VERY hard, that her delivery seems almost staccato. I doubt I'd have bought this if I'd realized she was the narrator. Luckily I at least got it at a good price due to the Whisper-Sync discount.
On the spectrum of Lorraine Heath's work, I found this one to be middle of the road: not her best and not her worst. I might have rated it higher with a different reader as I find that an overly dramatic reader can color my impression of the story, leaving me feeling that it was a bit mawkish. Also, I don't particularly care for the trope of starting a relationship with a major lie, no matter how good the reason behind it seems. I did enjoy the development of Stephen's character.
Love to read!
Perhaps, but I doubt it. I think the story of the toll war takes on those involved is interesting, and an unusual topic for a romance. But, I like the more amusing romances better, and am more likely to re-listen to one of those.
I was fascinated by the H's mother. She'd had...is still having...a fascinating life. She was bold and direct and unapologetic for the choices she's made in her life. Her relationships to each of her adult sons is a bit humorous, but she lets them know exactly where they stand with her, and why.
Toward the end where the baby is crying for his mother.
I liked this story a lot, and it was a rather dark story for a historical romance. Both the H and the h had served in the Crimean War, and they both had PTSD in one form or another. The H had been badly injured and suffered from amnesia, and the h was traumatised by being a nurse. She saw men in all stages of injury and disease, and it haunted her. She suffers a more personal trauma, as well. While I normally prefer romances to be more lighthearted, this was a nice change of pace. Something a little more realistic and meatier than the usual fare, it makes you think about the horrors of war. And why humanity keeps having wars, as well. There's a nice nod to Florence Nightingale in this story, also, citing her work ethic and dedication to the idea that cleanliness is vital in medical practice. And her determination to lift nursing into a respected profession rather than accepting its reputation as one rung up from prostitution. I recommend this story for those who want a grittier romance, with a more accurate picture of life in the mid-1800s than most historicals offer.
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