A High-Stakes Courtship
When Jonah Armstrong, the Earl of Haywood, returns to London after a three year absence, his plan is simple: reenter society, find a wealthy bride, and save the Haywood name from ruin. He has no time for distractions. Yet when he encounters Lady Cecelia Randolph, Jonah can’t resist a flirtation. After all, his feud with her brother, the Duke of Hadleigh, necessitated Jonah’s recent exile; he’s entitled to his revenge. But within seconds Jonah realizes he’s underestimated Cecelia. The gangly girl he once knew has blossomed into a beauty of rare intellect and character. He can’t possibly marry the Duke of Hadleigh’s sister...can he?
A Gamble of the Heart
Cecelia has loved Jonah forever, but she’s no fool. His attentions are motivated not by passion but by her generous dowry - and his thirst for vengeance against her brother. Yet when Jonah risks everything to protect her from her brother’s crazed fury, Cecelia dares to hope true love is within her reach at last.
©2012 Laura Landon (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
My first venture with this author and it was all nice. A nice plot, a nice romance but not earthshattering and some nice characters - all just 'nice'! Penniless hero must marry rich heroine, she has always loved him but he hadn't noticed her - that is until his return from the war - but her brother hates him and wants revenge (but you know what they say about revenge - 2 graves).
I felt it lacked passion, especially between the two lovers, right up until near the end which could have been due to the narrator's voice. Her female voices were terrible they all sounded rich spoilt and arrogant and her male voices weren't much better. I think this book would've been so much better if it had been read by more talented narrators like Anne Flosnik or Rosalyn Landor so a star, sadly, was dropped off for this. I'm glad to see another of her books has been narrated by R.L.
Worth a credit? Mmmmmm because of the price, it's one of those debatable ones, but I'd put it in your Wish List and wait for a sale. But with a different narrator then I would have said it was worth buying.
Enjoyed the story but loved the main female's character and attitude. So refreshing to have a positive happy female character. Enjoyed all of the characters in the book, not bad.
I love to sew and read. Now I can do both at the same time!
I tried, I really did. I made it through those awful first 10 minutes. It took more than 3 times that long because I kept turning it off. Then I'd try again. Because I forced myself through the screeching voice in that first 10 minutes of the audiobook, I thought it was clear sailing. I was wrong. What was wrong with this book? I checked back through my history. Nope, I'd heard the reader before and while her voice is not one of my favorites, it has never stood out as one of worst I have ever heard. She did an adequate job on the previous books I'd listened to, one of them written by Laura Landon. So what was it about this book that made her voice so annoying that it set my teeth on edge.
Halfway through this torture, I figured it out. The book wasn't very good! And while sometimes a great reader can carry a bad book forward, an inferior reader cannot.
The plot was implausible, the characters not only uninteresting, but for the most part, downright unpleasant. The hero and heroine might have been ok if they had been given some kind of story to work with, but this just wasn't it.
Please, don't disregard Laura Landon because of this book! Try one of her others. But don't waste your credit or your money on this one.
That's 4 hours and 26 minutes I'm never going to get back. I'll leave the other 3 hours till sometime in the future when the awful memory of that first 10 minutes has faded from view.
Every book is its own entity! Perhaps 'the most to lose' or .... its too hatd to compare...
Swimming lessons in the pond... very touching and comical and heartstopping!
I will probably listen again at some point... that's a good recommendation!
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