A Marriage of Convenience
Such is the agreement forged between Lady Jessica Stanton and Simon Warland, Earl of Northcote. Jessica needs a husband strong enough to protect her inheritance from her avaricious stepbrother. Simon needs money to restore the family legacy his father squandered. United by necessity, emotional attachment isn’t part of the deal.
An Unexpected Passion
Yet once the reluctant newlyweds are living under the same roof, Simon can’t ignore the startling intellect, gentle strength, and graceful beauty Jessica keeps so carefully hidden from the world. And Jessica is intrigued to discover Simon’s formidable temper masks a kind, noble heart. But when Simon’s true motive for their marriage is revealed, Jessica is devastated by his betrayal. Because, despite her best intentions, she is falling in love with her husband. And love is the last thing either of them wants - though it may be exactly what they need.
©2012 Laura Landon (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
This was a great story. Without spoiling the ending I want to say it ended slightly different than the normal historical romance.
Jessica - Her secret passion was unique (or it was to me since I have only recenlty started this genera)
All of them - Rosalyn is a great narrator.
Nothing too extreme - I am sensative to suspensful moments and started getting scared/excited during a critical point. Couple times I wanted to yell at one of the main characters!
Wish the romance was hotter - I almost missed the 1st love scene...
Great story!! Light on the sex scenes but the story is very interesting.
All. Rosalyn Landor is my favorite narrator...
In search of the next great Cindarella story
the plot was good/ that although the hero was a strong figure throughout the book at the end he missed the mark and all that build up of intelligence that was accredited to him he miss major signs in the end of the book
I enjoy Rosalyn, I have since looked up other books that she has read to see if I might be interested in them
I really disliked the first Laura Landon book I listened to but thought perhaps it was the narration. Thought I'd give her another try with the great Rosalyn Landor and while it was palatable I wouldn't get another one by this author. She tends to use superlatives too often ("he NEVER felt like that" or "no other woman EVER made him feel like this") and focuses on stating the obvious over and over again. I find the author to be very formulaic in her story telling and while this is not uncommon in the genre, this author fails to add witty and engaging dialogue and/or characters that I can really like. This just isn't for me.
If I hear Simon declaring that she is his wife one more time...that's what was going on in my mind on several occasions in the story. Jessica does not feel loveable, but it takes a while until we hear the reality of her past and why she is so insecure. The storyline did have a unique twist to it, (which I obviously can't reveal) - wish the author would've delved a little deeper into how that affected their interactions as a couple. Also, I've discovered I'm not a fan of the figurative language in love scenes..."soaring to the heights...". I prefer a more literal description - you won't get that here. Nor, am I a fan of gruesome crimes mixing with flowery romance. I get that the villain has to be painted evil, but it is a turn off for me to read about sex crimes. Rosalyn Landor made it enjoyable for a listen despite all the little quirks I mentioned - she has a good range of accents/dialects and her voice is deep enough to pull off male voices well.
I love Epic Fantasy....have become a Historical Romance fan because I am a sucker for a good Happily Ever After. Good characters are a must
First off narration is excellent....Rosalyn Landor is one of the best.
This book had me hooked from the first....once Jessica met Simon...I wanted to call in sick for work so I could just listen! Well developed characters and an interesting twist makes this a completely enjoyable romance. While there are love scenes...they are PG-13 so no one should be offended.
My biggest complaint for this book is that it could have been longer...it just ended too soon!
It is highly credit worthy...BUT at $9.79 ...just buy it and save a credit....just get it! Its sweet, heartwarming, romantic, touching, ....LOVED IT!!!
I really enjoyed this audiobook. Rosalyn Landor just knows how to enhance and transform a historical romance. She was golden as the narrator of this one
Lady Jessica Stanton had a secret that would ruin her family if the ton found out and she did everything to maintain the secrecy. But her step brother Colin, the Baron of Tanhill, is threatening to expose her secret because he wants her fortune/dowry. In order to protect herself, Jessica looks for someone who wasn't afraid of Colin and could protect her. She proposed marriage to her Simon Westland, Earl of Northcote who was on the verge of ruination. His father squandered his inheritance and Simon was in desperate need for money.
Jessica figured that her fortune was a good trade for Simon's protection.
But Simon has a bunch of secrets of his own, and what is Colin willing to do to get his hands on Jessica's inheritance? This one was full of suspense and anticipation.
This is my first book by Laura London and she wrote a book that was a little different but still full of the snobbery of the ton and the romance that I have come to appreciate about this regency period. I loved Jessica's inner strength and even though she had a disability, she found a way to overcome it. She is a strong heroine. Simon started off as an angry man, but he was good and it overcame his obsession with revenge. Love does overcome all after all.
I am addicted!!! When I am not listening to a book on my iPod I am reading books not available on Audible.
I bought this book because of the description and reviews. It was overall a very good book, I prefer romance with more intimate moments/detail. While there were moments in this book they were very light in my opinion. I will most likely purchase another Laura Landon romance because the story was well written and very enjoyable. I enjoyed the characters and found myself looking online to read more about the author and if this book was part of a series, so yes I am interested in reading more.
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The book goes from one mystery to another, always leaving you on the edge of your seat waiting for the next issue to resolve itself (in a good way). From the big secret, to where Jessie will end up, to the antithesis of the story you will love the book and have strong emotions throughout. You will love the main characters, sometimes hate their decisions, feel sorry for everyone involved, and writhe in horror at the villain(s).
Overall this is a happy story. The ending leaves you wanting more of the characters but unlike many books in this genre, it does not leave you hanging with loose threads. You will be contented with the ended and just hoping for the follow up.
I love not only the story, but the description of the scenery, love, and ball gowns!
I finished this book in two days. It's that good. It is one of those books you just can't stop.
This is one of my new favorites on Audible. The author and narrator pair exceptionally well together. I will be looking up more of their books as soon as I am done writing this review.
If you enjoyed this book, I have a few similar recommendations: The countess, The Husband Hunt, The Selection, The Elite, The False Princess, The Amelia Peabody Series, and How to Dance with a Duke. I think these stories all have wonderful narrators, excellent story lines and a similar feeling to them. So if you like this book you should like those books. They are all mystery/love stories that evoke deep emotion and love for the characters. I prefer stories that I can't entirely guess the ending, falling in love with the characters, and especially books with a witty repertoire.
Liked the idea of the storyline if written with more depth, not angry & suspect attitude from main male character, got a bit over the top at times, it's like yep got his issue's let's get on with story. More research necessary on the time period, some aspects in story were not of the time period, being correct in time period does add depth to the overall story, your there in it, so you wish to experience it correctly. Overall, ok, liked some aspects of story but wouldn't re-listen to it.
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