However, Simon accepts that he must find a wife to achieve true contentment. Someone who will spend her days as a member of one of England's most influential families...and her nights pursuing duties of a more private nature.
So he discreetly begins his search at a house party at Glossup Hall and is astonished that the lady who immediately captures his interest in Portia Ashford. Simon has never considered Portia as a potential wife, but a heated kiss abruptly alters the rules of their decade-long interaction. As Simon and Portia begin to explore the depths of their mutual passion, a shocking murder is committed, and it appears that the next victim will be Portia herself.
©2003 Stephanie Laurens; (P)2003 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
"Elegant writing flavored with wit, memorable characters, some superbly sensual and exquisitely detailed love scenes, and a plot laced with danger all come together beautifully in this wickedly fun, wonderfully sexy romance." (Booklist)
This book is read very fast, no voice inflections, hard to follow and distinguish one character from another. very rushed, i am an hour into it and already regretting the purchase
I enjoy all SL novels, especially the Cynster stories. This story would have been as fabulous as the others if not for the poor narration. It is quite obvious that the narrator is no Simon Prebble. While her voice is very pleasant, Ms. Carr left a lot to be desired with the lack of inflection. The love scenes, the drawing room conversations and even the action parts were read with the same, monotonous voice. The hero and heroine along with the supporting characters all shared the same voice. Unless you listened carefully to each and every word, it was difficult to tell when something of import was happening and when the "filler" parts of the story were taking place.
Listening to this novel was incredibly boring. Not quite painful, but a very tedious listen. Unfortunate, as the story itself is very good.
There seemed to be a lot missing from the story, I thought I could get over but in the end I was not able to.
Stephanie Laurens is a great story teller but the narration is TERRIBLE! I was expecting someone that spoke with an American accent but this was English from England. It was annoying and not what I imagined. Wish someone else would have told the story!
I love Stephanie Laurens and she writes great books
NO! She was terrible. If I see her name I will not listen to that book!!
Character... Katie Carr!!!
Katie Carr DOES NOT NEED TO NARRATE. PERIOD!
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I love the story but I wish the same narrator that did the 9 books before, would have done this one. His character's voices make me believe I am in the story. Katie Carr's voice is nice but all the characters sound the same.
"Worth a listen"
Quite a good story, well worth a listen. Their romantic encounters are steamy & well written.
The abridging removes most of the humour and all the subtle nuances of the evolving relationships and the reasons for a lot of the decisions made by the characters. If you have not read the original book it might be quite good but for me it had lost everything interesting.
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