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.
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.
Designer. Aviation Enthusiast. Fitness Instructor. Love books. Prefer long series with happy endings in mystery, comedy, fantasy, & romance.
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.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
Pretty interesting story. He needs money because of his wastrel father and she needs to marry because her step brother wants to put her in an institution to take it all.
The most interesting part, is that the heroine, Jessica, is deaf. I've never seen a romance novel with that element in it. I would actually have loved to have seen a little more of her backstory about this element of her life, I think it would have enriched the threat of the villain as well.
As it is, aside from that, it is a pretty standard story. We need each other, we don't know each other, oh! we love each other.
I liked reading it, the characters were pretty well drawn, the ambiance of the story was well created and I'd be interested in reading more from this author.
Audio-fiction ADDICT !
I enjoyed this book. I think what ever Rosalyn Landor narrates I'll enjoy, with her performances she improves the book.
This is my first book for this author. I liked her style of writing, simple yet a bit sparkLESS.
I miss the the spark quality that makes your heart ache that I find in Lisa Kleypas's historical romances :( I think this is the problem, that I end up comparing all the historical romances to LK.
Having said this, it's a solid book with nice story and phenomenal performance.
Enjoy it :)
The repetitiveness had me skipping pages and sometimes even entire chapters. The main couple came across at best as naive and at worse, borderline moronic. The villain perpetrated violent and sadistic acts against women and innocent young girls. I bought this book because of the narrator, but I couldn't finish it. I'm glad Audible has a good return policy in place .
You will enjoy this book if you've never read a well-writtn, well-researched period romance and you don't care about historical or linguistic accuracy.
If they're all this poorly researched and full of this many cliches, no.
The whole book was so aweful that I didn't even finish it. However, this narrator is one of my favorites, and her performance here is as good as always. Too bad she didn't have much to work with.
First of all, this author needs to do some research into the language used during the time period when the story was set. I swear the main characters said "bloody hell!" at least 5 times a chapter. Variety is the spice of life, and she could have put just a tiny bit of effort into looking up some other othes and explatives of the time.
Also, there is no way, NONE! that a completely deaf woman who had been deaf since childhood could converse with perfect diction 100% of the time. The lip reading...fine. She could have taught herself that. But--and this is not meant in any way to be dirogatory toward the fully deaf--it is simply not possible for Jessica to have had perfect diction without the intervention of any kind of teacher or language therapist.
Finally, waltzing. Based on the clothing styles referenced in the book and a comment one character made about "the American colonies", it is safe to assume that this book was set in the late 1700's. Fine. However, waltzing was not widely accepted in English high society until the early 1800's. Again, a little research would have gone a long way.
Laura Landon needs to read a Heyer. The story itself wasn't badly written, just incredibly poorly researched and lacking in credibility.
There's no plot here. The story--or lack thereof--drags on and on only because no one says what they mean to say or do what they mean to do. Reading this was a complete waste of time. The only good thing is the narrator. And not even her voice could do anything to help to improve the storyline.
When Lady Jessica Stanton learns that her stepbrother is alive, it is not the joyous news one would expect it to be. Under the provisions of her father's will, Jessica will inherit a vast fortune when she turns 25 in just six days. Without the protection of a husband, Jessica fears her stepbrother will use her deafness to have her declared incompetent and lock her away to languish in some horrible mental institution so he can control her money. Her attorney can suggest only one course of action: she must marry to gain the protection of her husband's name. She fears no member of the ton would be willing to marry a woman with a disability--and in fewer than six days, no less--but Simon Westland, Earl of Northcote, is a man desperately in need of funds to save his family's holdings after his late father decimated their fortune gambling. Newly returned from India under a cloud of suspicion surrounding the circumstances of his father's death, Simon needs to marry rich, but holds little hope of doing so in the near term because he is barely tolerated by polite society and he is broke. When Jessica suggests they marry in a sort of business arrangement, it seems an answer to all of his problems, but what really drives him to accept the offer is he feels it affords him the perfect opportunity to exact revenge from her stepbrother. What happened in India between Jessica's stepbrother and Simon? Will this marriage work as a business transaction, or will Jessica and Simon find themselves engaged on a different level? Will the price for Simon's revenge be Jessica, and if so, will he be willing to pay? Can he have both? Will Jessica's stepbrother seek to destroy Simon first? Would he use his own sister as a pawn in his schemes against Simon?
This book had a unique and enthralling storyline. While some of the actions the heroine takes, particularly at the end seem a little silly in that "horror-film-don't-invite-the-boogie-man-inside" kind of way, the characters are still drawn with care and consideration for the time in which the novel is set. While our society is generally tolerant of disabilities such as blindness and deafness, Regency England would not have been. Simon and Jessica's relationship was somewhat puzzling, however. There were a number of scenes that seemed disjointed or did not seem to advance the plot in a readily appreciable manner. For example, Simon's bout with malaria and Jessica's secretly nursing him through it seemed unresolved since they never discussed it and it never returned. Also, Jessica's dressmaking activity seemed to be left at a loose end since society never learns whose gowns they are. Overall, this is a light, entertaining story. I listened to it on audiobook, and the performance quality apwas quite good. The performer had a smooth, elegant voice that seemed suitable and congruent with the upper class characters that dominated the narrative.
Love to read and when i'm busy I'll take an audiobook.
This was my first book by the author and I wasn't disappointed. From the very beginning the story captures your attention and never lets you go. I had so many emotions flowing I couldn't stop listening!! The narrator brought the story to life and delivered a flawless performance.
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