A Devilish Duke on a Quest for Pleasure...
Frannie Darling was once a child of London's roughest streets, surrounded by petty thieves, pickpockets, and worse. But though she survived this harsh upbringing to become a woman of incomparable beauty, Frannie wants nothing to do with the men who lust for her, the rogues who frequent the gaming hall where she works. She can take care of herself and feels perfectly safe on her own-safe, that is, until he strides into her world, and once again it becomes a very dangerous place indeed.
To bed her but not wed her. That's what Sterling Mabry, the eighth Duke of Greystone, wants. But Frannie abhors arrogant aristocrats interested only in their own pleasure. So why then does the thought of an illicit tryst with the devilish duke leave her trembling with desire? Her willing body begs for release . . . and a wicked, wonderful surrender.
©2009, 2011 Jan Nowasky (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers
I don't know why I downloaded all of the books in this series at one time. I usually try the first book of a series to see if I want to continue. But not this time - maybe I had them confused with another series. The books were OK. They even had some good ideas, but the stories never did much with them. Spoiler alert: The female characters are supposed to be strong and intelligent, but in a crisis, they are totally useless - to the point of doing damage to the heroes. I hate when a book goes into stupid woman mode. The heroes don't do much in a fight either. There was one passage about a hanging that I didn't like at all. And I could have done without the extra added for the ending. OK, but nothing more.
I liked the plot of this story especially because it was about the shy often thought of by the English nobility as worthless, Frannie Darling. The story unfolds beautifully and again, the narration by Susan Ericksen is memorable. I found this book because of her narration. I liked the first one in this series and plan to download the third.
If you enjoy a good plot, believable characters that are entertaining, you'll like this audio book.
I love audible to listen to my books while commuting in the SF Bay Area. It makes the time go by so fast and keeps me engrossed.
Great period piece of intrique and love. Good dialogue and story in Dickens era London.
This is book 3 in the Scoundrels series, and it was my least favorite in the series, but still, good. I was not sure if I would like Sterling in this book, as he was a jerk in book 2. Sterling started off pompous in this book as well, but once you understood his issue (he was going blind - not a spoiler), I begin to warm up to him. I did get frustrated that Sterling was so hung up on title and social standing - it took something away for the book. Frannie is great - really too good for Sterling, even thought her social standing was lower. The ending of this book is excellent and the epilogue was wonderful. It really ended the book on a high note. The narrator is excellent. I'm really looking forward to book 4, as the hero Swinder seems great in the prior books!
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Frannie or Franny however she is spelled is a character outlined in the first two novels as a woman who raped, beaten and while not fearful of men completely and utterly disinterested and dressing drab to not catch attention.
Lorraine Heath seemed to forget her own story and had this four book series take a turn for the worst in book 3. While I love Frannie as a character, I found it absolutely unbelievable she would end up with who she does because A) he is snobby and would never show interested regardless of lush as was outlined in book 2 and B) she would never cross a room to talk to a man just plain and simple.
So the motivation behind the characters during the first few chapters is not only not believable but it doesn't match the first two books in the least.
Thumbs down on this one. Not terrible - you'll like it but if you like a good story and you get annoyed when authors forget the characteristics of their own characters...well then you'll be very annoyed until you get happy 3/4 of the way through because you get drawn in anyway.
An interesting diversion.
Easy to follow.
Yes! She is remarkably talented and my favorite narrator. Ms. Erickson's british accent was spot on and smoothly delivered.
I wasn't sure I'd like this but, I was looking for a light read. It was a light read but was full bodied so to speak. The characters were fleshed out and the story was full and complete. The author took something that could have been pure fluff and really created a full and entertaining story. I liked the characters. And the reader did an excellent job. She's done other books I've read and she never disappoints.
Well spent? I can't yes but it wasn't awful just SLOW literally and figuratively. I had to increase the narration speed and found myself trying to ”encourage development” lol (Imagine someone yelling at the television set during a football game!) Frustrating but keeps you listening WITH increased speed, unless my app is defective.
Speech was so slow I increased narraron x2 (w/o any distortion) just to sound normal. I just removed a book from my cart because it had the same narrator.
The whole series has the SAME problem with sluggish narration.
depends on the listener. It had likeable characters, though irritating and predictable there's ”fun” along the way. I put up with the narration so that says a lot for the story.
I actually enjoyed this series very much. The reader was simply excellent, and added to the enjoyment. Nice light listen, but very much enjoyed!!
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