Lady Edwina Bollash is a woman of importance and distinction who has never been the object of any man's affection. However, when she meets Mick Tremore, a tall, handsome young man from the bottommost rung of society, she instantly attracts his attention. As Mick wants desperately to become a gentleman, Edwina decides to transform him into a man with class. From the start, she notices the way he looks at her. But what she doesn't yet realize is that as much as she is preparing him, he is preparing her for a place in his heart--and in his bed. Narrator Steven Crossley elevates the mounting passion of Ivory's prose, building tension with every breath and every sensuous word.
©1999 Judith Ivory, Inc.; (P)2001 Recorded Books, LLC
Unique Victorian romance. Loved it! Poignant, funny, smexy, with a secret suspense. Amazing narration by Steven Crossley. Just wow. However, he speaks a bit slowly, and the story itself includes few heart-thumping action scenes, so the pace feels a little slow.
It's My Fair Lady / Pygmalion -- but the hero's speech is transformed, by the heroine. Excerpt:
"I look like a bloody lord, don't I?"
Edwina cleared her throat. Well. Yes. And here stood another unwelcome bit of truth. The handsomest bloody lord she had ever seen was a ratcatcher wearing her father's outdated trousers, shirt, and vest, and wandering her house in the middle of the night.
Lady Edwina Bollash sees herself as a Plain Jane academic type, an unlovable linguist. Goodness knows why -- maybe it's the nose, or the spectacles. More likely, it's the fall-out from a cold, neglected childhood. At any rate, she's never garnered any interest in men and has stifled her dreams, become socially timid (the opposite of the hero).
She has accepted a challenge to transform the brawny, rough, irascible, devilishly handsome Mick Tremore into a gentleman. Mhaha! He's a ratcatcher! A shrewd lewd ratter, with a ferret named Freddie and a terrier named Magic, helping him support 14 siblings in Cornwall.
She must reduce Mickey's Cornish dialect, align his verbs and nouns, and teach him ton etiquette in just six weeks, so he can impersonate a Viscount and dupe a duke. (Deeper plot therein, with a twisty turn or two.)
But Mick's got something to teach his teacher. His lessons begin with a trade. He will shave off his mustache if she will raise her skirt. Just a little...
Loved this! Funny! Sexy. Sweet. Poignant, watching lonely Edwina blossom under Mickey's hot regard. Enjoyed the poignant scenes with his ferret, old Freddie.
Contents include a few smexy scenes and some swearing.
Very smooth story with wonderful characters.
So well brought to life by the narrator.
One of the most memorable scenes.......there were several.........was the one in which Mick and Winnie struck their bargain.
I laughed out loud more than once during this chapter.
I think the bargain scene.
This Author can really paint pictures with words, and can stir every emotion with her writing.
If you haven't read this one....you are missing out.
I realize this is the type of thing that a lot of women like, but for me it was just too cliche. Ugly Duckling meets Pygmalion meets Librarian Takes Off Her Glasses and every man in the room suddenly realizes she is hot. The table dancing scene in the bar would have had me flinging the book at the wall if I had a hardcopy edition to fling. I'd rather that we had an ending where the issues of class and money weren't resolved in way that forced no one to make a hard decision.
Saw it coming a mile away.
Everything worthwhile about my listen. I picked this book because he was the narrator. I'm never going to marry a duke, but I would love to marry Steven Crossley's voice and/or subscribe to its newsletter.
A heroine who wasn't scared of rats and mice and ferrets.
Meh. I enjoyed it on a certain level, but I'm going to look for more substantial fare read by Crossley.
Audio books are perfect for me. In impatience, I tend to skim through my reading, but with an audio book I get to enjoy the narrative as well as the story. Historical novels are my favorite genre but I try to read a bit of everything.
Nice setting and narration, but the story was very cliche. With very few twists, it took me a long time to finish it.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
"The Proposition" is the first book I have listened to by Ms. Ivory, but it will not be my last. The hero is a rat catcher and the heroine is a spinster Lady who is paid to teach the rat catcher to act like a Gentleman, a reversal of "My Fair Lady". The love story centres around the H/h falling in love without any hateful interference from old girl/boy friends, meddlesome family members, or major threats regarding their safety. Ms. Ivory also lets the reader see the story from both the Hero and Heroine's point of view. There was good chemistry and a few good sex scenes between the H/h and Mick and Winnie have LOTS of THAT!!! You can't miss on this one. Enjoy.
Story has been done to death, but often even knowing that...the narrator can draw you in and make it somewhat enjoyable. However, this misses on both levels. I could not go past 30 minutes.
One of the classics
Maybe it's because I have been listening to audio books by Amanda Quick and Jennifer Crusie who are arguably better writers than Judith Ivory but I listened to the first half hour of this audio book and had to stop. It was written poorly, the characters were not interesting, and the narrator's accent was all over the place. I wouldn't recommend reading or listening to this author again.
The first word that came to my mind at the end of this audio book was "choppy." The SLOWLY told story seemed to contain several so-so parts that were unsuccessfully forced together. Also, all throughout the book the author took simple situations that should have lasted mere minutes yet would stretch them out to the point of annoyance. I enjoy emotionally strong heroines. In this book, the first time the hero/heroine had a small intimate moment, the heroine started a MASSIVE crying fit that went on and on. She really put a sour note in what was supposed to be a romantic story. It went downhill from there for me. (Narrator did a fine job with all voices.)
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