Lord Derek Malory is the highest bidder - a dashing rakehell from a family of charming London rogues. Enthralled by the lovely young woman with shining eyes and dark hair, he purchases her to be his mistress, unaware of the true worth of his prize. He never imagined that this woman he so frivolously acquired would be blessed with all the attributes he was looking for in a wife - grace, wit, intelligence, as well as beauty. He certainly never expected to fall in love.
©2008 Johanna Lindsey; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I read/listened to all of the Mallory books. I have to say that this one is a bit darker than the others. Unlike the other stories where the heroine is rescued, this time she is taken by a truly sick and demented person. If it weren't a Lindsey novel, I would wonder if she was going to make it out alive.
The reader is also different which takes some getting used to. He is not bad, just different.
I read the Malory novels out of order so I read this book last. I love the series and this one was definitely not a disappointment! Derek is as loveable as all of her other male characters. I loved listening to the way he obviously adored Kelsey. The narrator really bothered me though. He made all the men sound ridiculous, especially Anthony and James, and he made Rosilyn sound like Mother Goose. Still loved the book though.
An unbelievable regency romp. If you're a romance writer you should stick to that genre. The "crime' was unbelievable and the evil caricatures of the bad guys were ludicrous.
As described by others, the narrator has a pleasant speaking voice but when it came to his characters, it was abysmal. The men all sounded like buffoons and as for the women, I kept hearing the Little Britain boys saying "I'm a lady! That's what I am, a lady!"
I've listened to most of the Mallory books and while the regular narrator has annoying habits that had begun to grate on my nerves, I'm very disappointed in the narrator of this book. His voice in regular reading mode is pleasant, but his voices are horrible. All of the men sound so haughty and dispassionate I can't seem to even like Derek. The other Mallory family voices are just as snooty sounding...I don't even like James and Anthony in this book and they are my favorite Mallorys. Pity I think I would have liked the book with Laural Merlington as the narrator and I had just written a review about how annoying I was beginning to find Merlington and wished for a different narrator. Be careful what you wish for...
Regency romantic mystery at its finest.
I loved this tale. I found the strength of the heroine respectable, the kind intent of the hero eventually heartwarming, and the twisting turning and weaving of the plot quite compelling. Yes, verrrry good book.
Well worth a credit!!!
My favorite books are 'Historical Romance'. A good book takes you away from your everyday life & puts you in the middle of an adventure.
This book is in my top 3 category.
The Present, also by Johanna Lindsey. The Mallory series is exciting, inviting, gloriously amusing & yes satisfies the romantic in us.
My only quirk with some audio books is the narrator. I do wish they would record it more in the style of the book. For example: instead of having 1 woman trying to disguise her voice as 4 different male characters & 4 to 6 female characters, why don't they have a man and woman record the book. This narrator makes the men come across scruffy & undignified when the men are actually "Lords" who would speak with a proper English accent, not a lower class accent.
Love see's through barriers.
Johanna Lindsey is extremely detailed in her writing & never makes you wonder or leaves you figuring out the backstory of each character yourself because she provides you with such marvelous and often humorous descriptions herself.
Enjoyable audible. Story has many different aspects to it from start to finish. I love the aunt, she comes through great in the end. Another light romance with some dangerous perils entwined.
Michael Page is a good narrator just not the appropriate narrator for this story. The other reviews are correct. All the male characters sound like a bad British comedy. Overly exaggerated snooty tones and none of them sound age appropriate.
However, the story itself is good if somewhat formulaic. .
The story is fine - and actually the narrator's voice is quite pleasant when in Narrator mode - but when speaking in any of the male characters' voices, he sounds much too old - and privileged - and snotty. Makes it hard to like the males.
This book really didn't do anything for me. The characters are kind of bland, and the idle lifestyle and snobbery portrayed by the Mallory family in this story was a bit annoying. I've read other books in this series (such as Jeremy's story in "A Loving Scoundrel") that were much more enjoyable.
Beautifully read and well worth the price paid. A story of intimacy and trust, only received on the path to ruin for a young woman who tries to do the best for her family and younger sister through selling herself in a house of Eros. The passion and love that flare through a series of her (well meant) lies, and a jealous lord that is determined to have her for himself in any twisted way he can, show through the story in passion, lust and friendships that determine where and with who Kelsie finally ends up. Brilliant.
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