Christina Bennett had taken London society by storm. The ravishing beauty guarded the secret of her mysterious past until the night Lyon, Marquis of Lyonwood, stole a searching, sensuous kiss. An arrogant nobleman with a pirate's passions, he tasted the wildfire smoldering beneath Christina's cool charm and swore to possess her....
But the feisty and defiant Christina would not be so easily conquered. Mistress of her heart and of her fortune, she resisted Lyon's sensuous caresses. She dared not surrender to his love...for then, she must also forsake her precious secret...and her promised destiny!
©2013 Julie Garwood (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
this book has no positive attributes. A copy cat story. The narrator can make or break a book. Susan Duerden should me muzzled, that hushed whispery, voice ruined the whole listening experience. Her voice was beyond annoying. I was hoping, praying it would get better, alas not to be.. I have never been so aggravated. About 5 chapters in, I was out . thank goodness for audibles refund policy. a negative review well deserved. this is the worst purchase I have made.. keep your credit in your pocket.....
Romance, Intrigue, passionate
It sets itself apart due to the story-line.
When Christina finally confides in Lyon the truth of her past.
Love this author!! Please continue writing and I'll continue reading. Thank you.
I have yet to find a Julie Garwood historical novel that isn't great. The Secret and Lion's Lady are two of my favorites. Both books are funny and interesting right up until the last word.
Unfortunately, the narrator ruined both books for me. Her rushed, sing song reading of the narrative is so irritating that your mind shuts out the book and your temper takes over, which is the last thing anyone needs when driving! I find I have to listen to both book in spurts of about 15 minutes, which is a real bother if I am listening to it while doing housework or driving on a long trip.
I'm hoping that the publisher will have a do over, as another reader suggested, on both of these books. I don't know if it was the director who "directed" Ms. Duerden to hurry through the narrative and get it out of the way, or if Ms. Duerden has ruined every book she has narrated by this irritating style. Which ever it is, I hope the audio producer will correct this mistake and prevent it from ruining any more of Julie Garwood's books. I have waited a long time for someone to publish these great books in audio form and hope to purchase every single one. But if Ms. Duerden is the narrator on anymore of Ms. Garwood's books, or any other audio book for that matter, I will skip the purchase!
Day dreaming book lover!
This is a book that I have read multiple times I love it so much. When I saw it had been made into an audio book, I just had to get it. I realize that this is not a new book as it was published in 1991 and maybe it is dated to some people but to me it is timeless. When the book opens, it takes place in the American West and it may leave you wondering how it gets to England. Just hang on a little longer, it gets there is a really fun way. I know if you're a sucker for historical romance like I am, you'll love this one.
Also, I think Susan Duerden does a great job narrating and I have loved her voices in multiple books I have purchased. She even captures the male voices really well and is very convincing. Very credit worthy book but remember it is a book that was first published 20 years ago.
The story keeps you riveted, although Susan Duerden's whispering was a little disconcerting at times, yet not enough to keep me from enjoying the book. She's a very talented narrator, for the most part.
This well written book had me laughing out loud on several occasions, while feeling like shedding a tear at others.
I recommend it for all romance lovers -- there's humor, intrigue, romance, what more can you ask for?
I'm a prolific reader of books...all kinds of books. This has translated into audiobooks as I'm able to actually get stuff done this way. My children think my earbuds are an appendage, I wear them so much!
I must admit I am a (not so closeted) historical romantic fiction fan! But I am leary of simpering females, fluffy dialog and Disney characters masquerading as the leading man. So, to my surprise, I found Christina (the heroin) to be one of the best leading women I have read in some time. Without giving away too much of the story Christina was raised by Native Americans in the 1800's and then shipped off to London when she reached adulthood. It was almost like reading a time travel story where the heroin is from the future and travels back 100's of years into the past, only to find herself stifled by society.
Anyway, I'm not going to go into the details but she really was a breath of fresh air. Especially when so many women characters of this genre sit around and wait to be rescued by the dashing duke or what-not. Definitely worth your credit if your an historical romance enthuse.
I love to read! With kids, that hobby is impossible...enter Audible...problem solved. Chores that I dread are now quiet time for this Mommy!!!
Julie Garwood is an automatic download for me and this novel did not disappoint. The couple is sweet and funny. There is plenty of sexual tension, and the love scenes are beautifully written and moving. I love the fact that the hero did not struggle for long with his feelings and that he was not ashamed to admit them to the heroine. The villian of the piece is ROTTEN and pure evil. You sympathize with these characters and want the best for them. Worth a credit! Susan Duerden is much more suited to this title than to the Highland titles. I would suggest you always listen to the sample for the narrator, but I found that I liked her style in this novel. Happy Listening!
Yes. Just the book not the audible.
Absolutely NOT!! She made the hero whisper everything he said and made the heroine sound like a five-year-old. I quit listening at about 50% and finished reading the rest.
I'm not really sure.
I liked Lyon but Christina was subservient one minute and yelling the next. She was supposed to be so good with a knife but we were shown no real evidence of that and was supposed to be a great horsewoman but that was only mentioned for about a page. I like Rhone almost as much as I did Lyon and I thought Jessica's journal was quite good. Aunt Patricia was just evil, as was the Baron (Christina's father.) This book was just to wordy for me. I know a lot of you want to read all abut the clothes, furniture, scenery outside, trees, flowers, etc, etc. But I don't. I like the clothes but I don't care about the rest. FILLER, I think the call it. But sometimes there's just too much filler.
I found myself skimming a lot and I do hate that. If I have to skim, then something is boring! Ms. Garwood has a lot of books and they seem to all have a lot of pages so I doubt I'll read anymore from this author. Sorry...
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