The traditional Regency classic from New York Times best-seller Loretta Chase is back.…
A comedy of manners…
Her father’s prodigal ways have forced the extremely lovely Alexandra Ashmore into an engagement with a strange man in a strange land: a man blind to the effect her unearthly beauty has on other men, and which has earned her the title "the English Witch"! So when she’s kidnapped by another love-struck suitor, Alexandra assumes she’s truly doomed to a loveless marriage with her captor.
A villain redeemed…
But her troubles have only begun - for although she's quickly rescued, her brave "hero" is the notoriously irresistible, unrepentant scoundrel Basil Trevelyan, who finds himself quite taken with the tart, spirited Alexandra. So taken, in fact, that he’s determined to make her his own. Now, if he can only charm her into agreeing with his plan!
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I like reading early books by successful authors. The stories have bright nuggets of things that make us enjoy the later books.
This story is comfortably predictable, and good for relaxing with a cup of very English tea.
I especially enjoy historical mysteries. I don't like to know how things end before I begin.
After reading Isabella I looked forward to reading this second entry in the series. Starting in Armenia with a vague archeologist and his bewitching daughter we travel with them back to England accompanied by a handsome rake . Multiple engagements, one kidnapping, a couple of elopements and lots of lords and ladies keep the tangled plot moving. The dialogue is great fun and kept a smile on my face all the way through.
Older Chase books which I hadn't read have less complex plots than her later books but are very enjoyable in the audio format. Perfect performances.
Correlation does not imply causation
The story started off okay, but once the main characters returned to England it all started to go down quickly. I wasn't even able to finish the book.
Sometimes I can deal with one stupid character, but having both romantic interests being totally without sense ruins a story.
It was even more disappointing due to the fact that the previous book, Isabella, was rather good and I had high hopes for Basil.
The narrator was acceptable, but there always seems like the recording is too sharp or metallic sounding.
I have liked almost all of Loretta Chase's books especially the ones read by Kate Reading, but this one was not up to par with the others.
"A delightful, witty, humorous story"
Very enjoyable, sympathetic, humorous, in the best tradition of the picaresque novel; it winks to many of the English classics of the eighteen and nineteen century.
"bad echo in the recording"
Good performance, good book but the echo and background noise of the recording drove me nuts !! I wish they fixed it, it spoils a good book!!
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