“Lady Hawksworth, your husband is not dead.” With those words, Lara’s life turned upside down. Hunter, Earl of Hawksworth, had been lost at sea. Or so she’d been told. Their unhappy marriage - with its cold caresses and passionless kisses – was over. But now a powerful, virile man stood before her, telling secrets only a husband could know, and vowing she would once again be his wife in every way. While Lara couldn’t deny that this man with the smoldering dark eyes resembled Hunter, he was attentive and loving in ways he never was before. Soon she desperately wanted to believe, with every beat of her heart, that this stranger was truly her husband. But had this rake reformed – or was Lara being seduced by a cunning stranger?
©2008 Lisa Kleypas (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
As I listened to the book, I hoped Lara's cold, self-righteous character would soften as she got reacquainted with her returned-from-the-dead husband. Unfortunately, she never does soften. The author attempts to make her more acceptable to the reader by extolling all Lara's charitable works, but it was all too perfect, and too boring! And while Lara has time to sympathize with the orphaned children, she can't find any time to be charitable to her own husband. Instead she makes everything "all about Lara."
Hunter is a great character, and I longed to love the book simply because he was in it! Unfortunately even Hunter couldn't save this book from being a trial.
The narrator was fine, except her voice for Hunter made him sound gruff and old.
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This story was very good. I read several reviews saying that the heroine is unlikeable but you have to understand that a victim of repeated spousal rape would be completely negative and afraid of any intimate encounter in the future. The way Larissa acts just makes the story believable. Hunter was a very interesting character with many layers and up until almost the very end I kept wondering whether he was a stranger or not. This story has lots and lots of sexual tension, many twists and turns and a very satisfying ending. I highly recommend it.
Lisa Kleypas always has well developed characters but this story slowed down about half way through the story line.
If you like Lisa Kleypas, you may like this book. If you've never read a Lisa Kleypas story, don't start with this book...it's not a good representation of her work.
Rosalyn Landor is a very talented performer. That is part of the reason I purchased this audible book. Ms. Landor is able to give a variety of "voices" to the characters that make them come alive. However, although Ms. Landor's performance was good, it couldn't totally make up for the slow moving story line in the middle of the book.
I really can't see this particular book being made into a movie.
I'll keep reading Lisa Kleypas and purchasing books read by Rosalyn Landor.
Terrific plot - surprising - good character development and Roslyn Lador is always such an incredible reader - she brings the story alive. Could not put it down.
Maybe. The story more than the narrator was weak.
The suspense of not knowing who the man was who claimed to be Lord Hawksworth was the most interesting. The least interesting was that three-fourths of the book was a not-that-great cat and mouse game of him declaring she would go to bed with him and she vowing she would not. After the first hour on the book it was old, contrived, and boring. Lara wasn't a warm character.
My favorite was Lord Hawksworth's mother - she came to life.
Lara was not a likable character - stiff, dull, consumed with herself and marinating in her misery. Lord Hawksworth was a man who lived on the edge and is the kind of action hero every other woman in the world would love to have groveling at their feet. They just didn't seem to go together. And the hours spent back and forth, forth and back about going to bed together was about 3 times too much. And then she was willing to let him hang for being an imposter. Lara was just too everything-I-don't-want-to-be.
I enjoy historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Also steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, and fiction. I'm open to about anything
I enjoyed this one. My sister had recommended this author, so I got this on sale. I'll definitely give Lisa Kleypas more listening time.
The story was good, I liked the characters, and the mystery of it all kept me going. Plus, there was the question of whether or not she was going to give him another chance in the bed, when she hated it so much before he went off to India. I'll listen to it again in the future, despite my preference for contemporary romance. Though I have been reading a lot of Amanda Quick in print.... (another recommendation from my lovely sister).
I like period books and the fact it was a period book and future story line made it a plus.
The way to travel for time.
She read and acted out beautifully.
yes. but i did not.
Lisa Kleypas never let's me down! I enjoyed the narrator as always. Storyline took many twists and turns leaving you wondering what the outcome could possible be?!
I have to agree with Carrie from NC. the main character is annoying and after a while I just wanted to her to be nice to ol' Hunter and randy up like all the other romance herione's do. Poor ol' Hunter!!! But the "romance" scenes made me laugh out loud and on the whole I thought the book was fine given what it is. Not the best, but good and a fun listen for a long car ride.
I would have liked poor ol henpecked Hunter to have had a better voice too. He just couldn't get a break in this novel. Maybe she'll do a sequel and poor ol' Hunter can find a better wife and a stronger voice.
I disagree with the person who said the heroine wasn’t likeable. I actually thought she was one of the most likeable parts of the story. Lisa Kleypas delivers what you want and expect from a romance novel. Yes, its ending is predictable. But, I think still managed to throw a couple of curve balls at you. And Rosalyn Landor did a wonderful job narrating. She managed to convey a certain amount of depth for each character. I bought this book when it was on sale, and felt I got my money’s worth, plus some.
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