She's taking charge
Prim, proper, and thrifty, Eve Dinwoody is all business when it comes to protecting her brother's investment. But when she agrees to control the purse strings of London's premier pleasure garden, Harte's Folly, she finds herself butting heads with an infuriating scoundrel who can't be controlled.
He's running the show
Bawdy and bold, Asa Makepeace doesn't have time for a penny-pinching prude like Eve. As the garden's larger-than-life owner, he's already dealing with self-centered sopranos and temperamental tenors. He's not about to let an aristocratic woman boss him around...no matter how enticing she is.
But love conquers all
In spite of her lack of theatrical experience - and her fiery clashes with Asa - Eve is determined to turn Harte's Folly into a smashing success. But the harder she tries to manage the stubborn rake, the harder it is to ignore his seductive charm and raw magnetism. There's no denying the smoldering fire between them - and trying to put it out would be the greatest folly of all....
©2015 Elizabeth Hoyt (P)2015 Hachette Audio
Ashford McNab's narration was very good but the accent changed for Asa Makepeace from a cockney accent to a refined one in a matter of ten minutes.
Liked the storyline a lot, characters were very well developed and the draw of the hero to heroine was so perfectly designed by Miss Hoyt that it left no room for doubts. Sometimes I read a story and I wonder why I waisted my time at the end because except outward appearances, title or money, there is nothing else to hint at love, but not so here. As you get further along the story, the love builds and blossoms and the sex scenes add an entire other level. The initial two sex scenes were literally two of the best I have read to date and it was especially amazing because it was done without any physical contact. I enjoyed this book fully and recommend it without a doubt.
The most erotic Maiden Lane yet!!! And the story is pretty good too. This is definitely one of my favorite in the series. There are several I listen to over and over again and this one will be added to the list!
Ashford MacNab is the voice of the series! (I wish the few books read by someone else would be re-recorded by Ashford - I'd by them again without question!)
You cannot miss this book in this fabulous series.
Ashford McNab does a great job making the characters come alive! Definitely a sensual adventure. Gets a bit long and boring but the narrator keeps the fun alive. I enjoyed it.
Sweetest Scoundrel can easily stand alone for a reader who has not yet read any of the many other Maiden Lane books. Elizabeth Hoyt writes both men and women of complexity and depth, individuals, not clichés. Her writing is excellent and does not have the sloppiness of many prolific authors. Her descriptions of the erotic relationship between Asa and Eva are explicit but never tacky.
I highly recommend this audio book.
It ranks in the top 5.
I read about 50 romances a year of all sorts genres and authors, Elizabeth Hoyt has a very distinctive style that shouldn't be compared to the rest. The plot and characters are strong, and realistic. She has a way of making the sexual scenes sizzle. Even though often quite explicit, they don't come across as lewd, prolonged, or gratuitously added.
The diversity and range of this narrator is amazing. I think she captured the essence of each character flawlessly.
I did. It is freezing here so no point in going anywhere I didn't have to. I started it late afternoon, paused it only to put a simple dinner on the table and then curled up and finished it in the wee hours of the morning.
I rarely give a book a 5 star. I'm sure it wasn't perfect, but I couldn't come up with anything I'd change. I loved her approach to Eve, the heroine being a very psychologically and emotionally damaged women being haunted by her past. In spite of his gruffness, Asa, the hero, is very patient and loving as he helps her heal, while she helps him work through his own demons. The passionate scenes are sizzling, but not what you''d expect.
I love this series, the books can't come fast enough for me and I listen over and over. Asa was the most sexual hero of the series.
This was a pretty good story. I liked it. However, I will say the last 3 books are more standalone books rather than part of Maiden Lane Series. Seems after the 6 book Duke of Midnight, the rest just don't seem to belong in the series. And maybe a new series should have been started. Just my opinion.
I liked Asa Makepeace after the first couple of chapters. He started out a bit mean. I understand that Elizabeth Hoyt likes to write imperfect hero's and heroines' but honestly does she have to describe them as ugly for the most part. Really, Asa wasn't tall but very broad shouldered, and not handsome. Eve Dinwoody was plain, and drab with a big hook nose. Why? Why can't they be attractive sometimes?
I literally had to disregard every description of the characters and use my own. They did have some chemistry together and some really well written sex scenes. Kudo's for those sex scenes.
The story line and plot were okay. Nothing real exciting no real mysteries. It was more about these two getting to know each other and getting Hartes Folley open. And I am hear to tell you. I am so glad it is open, I was getting tired of that story line. Between Darling Beast's hero Apollo working in Hartes Folley to get the garden open and this book building it. I am ready to move on.
Again, I hope the next book falls more into the Maiden Lane Series than these last 3 books.
There is a lot of dialogue and I love lots of dialogue so that was great. And of course the story of the Lion and the Dove at the beginning of each chapter was great.
As for the narration, Ashford McNab did a great job. I really enjoy her narrations. The men sound like men, the women sound like women, she does a great cockney accent, and she reads with emotion.
Never judge a book by its movie
This is my 2nd favorite book in this series. Scandalous Desire still #1.
I loved the characters, they were so developed and flawed. I loved the aristocrat Eve and the common Asa , she was perfect for him. I was a little disturbed by Eve's past, and why she was so afraid, but I loved how Asa helped her come to terms with it.
Another hit Elizabeth.
I read. A lot. Audiobooks are my guilty pleasure--especially romance! Bring on the HEAs, please :)
Sweetest Scoundrel was an excellent example of the enemies to lovers troupe--so well done! Their initial meeting--and the next few--are nothing but antagonism, but since they have no choice but to work together, they're forced to try and get along. Their attraction is a slow buildup, but once it's there, it turns explosive. And absolutely delicious.
Eve and Asa were a fabulous couple. At the outset, he's so focused on his theater--it's his entire life, and he doesn't see a problem with that. He's willing to try and work with Eve for the sake of Harte's Folly...everything is for Harte's Folly...but oh so slowly concern for Eve starts to work its way into his priorities, until finally, finally she becomes number one. It seemed like it would never happen, though, for a while there.
Eve's resigned herself to living a half life--the bastard daughter of a Duke, she's not only used to not being first to anyone ever, but she also dealt with some pretty horrific events in her childhood. Big brother Val came to her rescue in a big way, and he's still looking out for her now. Or is he just keeping her perpetually in the same place? Asa helps to bring her out of herself, and gives her the push she needs to overcome her biggest fears.
Well, Asa and Henry the mangy mastiff help her to overcome her fears. With some extra help from Dove. :)
I just love this series--book nine, and it's still going strong! We've been waiting forever for Asa Makepeace's story, it seems like...and yay! it was totally worth the wait. We also get a glimpse into the current lives of the rest of the Makepeace family, which is great if you've been reading the series from the beginning (but if you haven't, don't worry, you won't feel left out. The family dynamic is still enjoyable to read, even if you have no clue who those people are.) I think I might have missed book 8, however (
)--or maybe I just read too many books between now and then? Is that even possible? Surely not...but either way, I have zero memory of the heinous thing that Eve's brother did in that book that was referenced several times in this one...it wasn't a huge deal, but it was troubling (for my confidence in my memory--not at all a reflection on the book itself, I assure you). I do have my fingers crossed that Val will be a future hero--surely he's hero worthy, deep down, despite his apparent despicableness toward everyone but his sister?
Narrator Ashford McNab does another stellar job at narration--she's done more than half of the series so far, and I've really enjoyed her reading style.
Bring on book 10--I'm ready! (Though I'll take a quick look at number 8, either a full-read or a refresher read in the meantime.)
Rating: 4 stars / A-
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