Lady Amelia has only known the comfort of life in mid-18th-century English aristocracy. But when her father dies, she finds herself alone, grief stricken and not of age. Her appointed guardian, an American uncle, has ordered her to relocate to America where she must remain until she comes of age.
With the help of Grace and Sarah, Amelia gets her uncle to agree to give her four weeks to settle her affairs and unbeknownst to him...find an English lord to marry. Despite her mourning period she endeavors to trap one of London's eligible bachelors in matrimony so she can remain in her beloved England.
The Duke of Goldstone is devilishly handsome, but a Scottish duke is entirely unacceptable as a possible husband. After all, Scotland is not her beloved England. He has a nasty habit of showing up at all the wrong moments and thwarting her carefully laid plans to ensnare a suitable husband. Sparks fly as the pair find themselves at odds with each other and drawn to each other at the same time. Can they find a way to stop arguing long enough to explore their growing passion?
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Frankly, I'm surprised by all the 5 star reviews. I had to force myself to finish it. (A book has to be really really bad for me to give up on it completely.) The writing was not very polished. The dialogue was tremendously stilted. The story itself was just odd. I didn't care for this at all.
The narrator did a decent job given the material she had to work with.
I won this is a contest from the author.
This was a cute story, I enjoyed it. I liked all the characters. The heroine was strong, witty and smart. The hero was handsome and smart, the two had some good chemistry together.
The story line and plot were good. Nothing mysterious or any villains. Just a cute regency romance story. It wasn't full of angst, which I liked. She needed a husband to stay in England and was on a mission. There was lots of dialogue throughout the book.
As for the narration, it was good. Stevie Zimmerman is getting better and better. The men sound like men and she does give everyone their own voice. She has a nice reading voice too.
I so love Lady Grace. She has this wonderful spunk and plotting ability! I think she deserves her own book!
I had previously read the book. And her voice was just perfect for this story, I really loved how she brought the book to life.
The book ending is my favorite part of the story.
This is a fantastic series. I cant wait for more from this series and to Listen to more audios by Amanda Meriel. Historical romance is one of my favorites and Amanda does a wonderful job bringing that time period to life.
This was a really cute story. Amelia was so obsessed with finding a husband so she could stay in London then fell in love with a Scottish lord. Her plans and schemes that were talked about her, Sarah and the Duchess were pretty interesting, and all for nothing. She did try to hate Richard, while wanting him. That was fun.
There was a small amount of sexual attraction was throughout the story, which made the book a little better. And there wasn’t a lot of angst, which was wonderful, as I do hate a book full of angst.
All that being said, it was still ONLY a love story, which have become all alike lately. BUT, at least, it wasn’t 300 or 400 pages of a love story. It was 145 pages and that made it good reading. I’ve gotten to where I can only stand 150 pages, or less, of a story with no mystery or suspense or a stalker or a murder, anything to give the reader something they can sink their teeth into.
I liked Amelia, Richard, Sarah, Grace and Uncle Lewis, and I might move on to the next one, since it’s a little love story, too.
There wasn’t one swearword in this story and the sex was a little vanilla, but that seemed to go along with the story itself.
As to the narrator: Yeah, Ms. Zimmerman was just ok. She did a decent job on the male voices, which is always good, but she read without a bit of emotion, sometimes even sounding robotic. She really needs to listen to some of the great female narrators. She has a nice voice but she needs some lessons. When someone says something in a book and it says that person “laughed” and the narrator doesn’t laugh then she needs to learn a thing or two.
The Audible version of Scandalous Endeavors by Amanda Mariel is a wonderful Regency romance that was both entertaining and very enjoyable. It's what I call "brain candy" - one can sit back, relax, and enjoy it without having to think too much about the plot or world issues.
The story centers around 19-year old Amelia whose father just died leaving her with only one surviving relative - an uncle who lives in America. Under the ruse of getting her affairs in order before departing to leave on a boat to her uncle's plantation, Amelia's best friend and an older family friend/chaperon devise a scheme for Amelia to trap a husband so she can stay in England. Their best laid plans are thwarted by Richard, the Scottish nephew of Amelia's chaperon. Having just narrowly escaped a similar trap, Richard quickly uncovers the scheme and he does everything within his power to save Amelia from herself.
I just love the relationship between Amelia and Richard as it is written beautifully and feels very genuine. They have a natural banter between them, much like I have with my husband of 25 years. Simply put, I can't wait for the next audiobook by Amanda Mariel!
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