The last thing wounded veteran Major Thomas Marshal wanted was a title. It wasn't supposed to happen. But duty has a way of pulling a man into things he doesn't want and away from the things he needs.
The only thing Miss Guinevere Harding needs is a safe place to hide. A job as the downstairs maid at Brookshire is the perfect refuge from a frightening past. Or, at least it was until the arrival of the new duke.
Heat and passion pull Thomas and Gwen together, even as society and duty fight to keep them apart. She won't become his mistress and can't become his wife.
Thomas is determined otherwise, even if it costs him everything.
©2015 G.L. Snodgrass (P)2015 G.L. Snodgrass
This has to be one of the worst novels I've had the misfortune encountering. Bad enough to compel me to write my second book review ever, and my first negative one.
Idiotic, stilted, and hokey plot, supremely shallow character development, and lukewarm narrating make this a torture device worthy of Gitmo. To be fair, the narrator may have been just as bored desperate to be done with it as I, so I will not hold it against her too much. Unlike the narrator, and to my relief, I was not obligated to endure the tedium.
First of all, the story wasn't horrid. Unfortunately, the narration was.
The story was passable. Some of the dialogue was choppy. And the terrible narration didn't help. The reader was inconsistent with her accents (where did the Americans come from?) and not very good at "acting" out the parts. And in the long run, that's what the good narrators do.
I finished this but it was far from one of my favorites.
How the heck did this narrator get any more than 1 star from everyone who listened to this book? Every single voice sounds the same, and there's nothing worse than a duke that sounds just like a girl. I listened to 3% and I'm done listening. I can see this happening in a narration from 3 or more years ago but not today. I would NEVER listen to Ms. Snodgrass again if this is the best she can do. I'll finish this book by reading it. I left 3 stars to be fair to the author but you can see my real review on Amazon in a day or so.
I would like to say that the description tells us what the book is about or we can zip over to Amazon and look at reviews. This is AUDIBLE! What we need to review is the narrator. Does he or she suck? Why? Is he or she too nasal-y, too sweet for the kind of book he or she is reading, to gruff, too bland, too robotic, lacks emotion. Is he or she doing nothing but reading the book? Not changing his or her voice for the male and female voices? Is the narrator sounding the same whether she or he is reading a whisper spoken?
Most of us on AUDIBLE don't really care what the book is about. We want to know about the narrator!
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