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.
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...
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.
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 loved this book. It was hard to enjoy the story with such a bad narrator! His voices made beloved characters like Tony and James sound like idiots. It ruined the book! Read it on your own because it is worth a read just don't listen to it!
I love all the Mallory family stories! Their family dynamic is so fun and upbeat. The narrator was male so it was kind of interesting listening to this kind of romance novel read in a man's voice! But he did an excellent job!
The Ashford character really put a different spin on this story - in addition to learning about Molly! I loved it!! The narration by Michael Page was good but I truly wished this particular story had been narrated by Laurel Merlington.
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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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