The most dangerous and desirable man in all of England, Nikolas burns to possess Emma Stokehurst, but the proud, headstrong beauty is promised to another. Still, there are no limits to how far the wealthy, bitter exile will go to win her exquisite hand - though owning Emma’s body, but not her love, will do nothing to fill the empty spaces in his heart.
But Nikolas’s destiny awaits him elsewhere, as passion’s magic transports him to a different place - a land of splendor and romantic dreams. For only there can he experience true ecstasy in one remarkable woman’s tender touch - achingly familiar yet gloriously new - and learn, at last, to love.
©1995 Lisa Kleypas (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I love Lisa Kleypas's historical fiction, but Susan Duerden should never try doing a Russian accent again. I almost quite listening to the audio story because of Ms. Duerden's poor Russian. However the overall story I enjoyed.
Get rid of Duerden Russian Accent
Yuk, yuk, yuk!!!!
I'll purchase other books and audio books by Lisa Kleypas, but not if Ms. Durden is narrating them.
I love to read! With kids, that hobby is impossible...enter Audible...problem solved. Chores that I dread are now quiet time for this Mommy!!!
I could not stop listening to this book!!! It took me a few chapters to get used to the narrator and in some places I wished she had more inflection in her voice... but she nailed the male lead....dark and brooding. This had more of a gothic flare than other Kleypass novels and I LOVED IT!! You have to love tortured hero's and the women who change them to love this book. Beautiful love scenes, intricate plot, and loveable characters. WORTH A CREDIT!!!
I admit I was liking the story a lot up until it backtracked to 170 years before that point in time and the hero began to live as his great, great, grandfather. It was too much time devoted to reliving the past for my taste. However, once it was done, I realized why it was so important to have that section in the book. It ended up being such a sweet story that I almost felt my heart skip a beat. S Duerden was also as amazing as always. A definite must buy.
This is not one of my favorites by LK but it is really hard to pick a bad one. It was confusing in parts but ended well. I am glad I started with one of her other books.
I love Lisa's books and this is no exception but with so many to choose from I have to say it was not my favorite. I vaguely remember reading it years ago, but it was not a sharp memory. However, Lisa is always worth a second read or listen.
Classic romance set in 1800's, yet with modern themes, such as vegetarianism and animal rights. Didn't seem to fit well together. The actual romance story is OK with a love triangle and lots of conflict surrounding it.
The story line was great and I was really excited about it, but it just didn't keep my interest like other Lisa Kleypas books do.
No, I still love romance and Lisa Kleypas, but this book was just not interesting to me.
Susan's performance was great.
Disappointment...I was really wanting there to be a better love story between Emma and Nicholas.
I have a PhD in American Literature but my love affair with romance novels on audible is going strong.
The story is the second of a series, and I would recommend reading the first one, Midnight Angel,before this one, though as with all Kleypas's books, it can stand alone. I found this story incredibly touching, in spite of the length of part 3, which is very important to the story but a bit hard to listen to since it presents historical background that interrupts a suspenseful part of the contemporary narrative and the reader is dying to find out what's happened.
While the narrator is great with many voices, I found her male voices a bit hard to listen to. When I first heard the sound of the hero of this book, Nicholas, I thought he sounded more like a thug with a sore throat than a leading man, and the necessity of Russian accents makes it even worse. Nonetheless, I did adjust to her sound, and it definitely did not ruin the book.
Despite these flaws I would definitely recommend the book, especially if you are a Kleypas fan.
Love love Lisa Kleypas ! This is even better than some of her newer books . Loved the Russian angle .Nicholas is one sexy hero/villian :)
Descriptions of Russia and Russian nobility
She is one of my favorite authors for my walking! I won't let myself listen unless I walk for exercise. I walk just so I can listen to the book - a win-win!
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