Breaking news, scandal fans! You thought you knew the dangerous Duke of Wycliff, London's globe-trotting adventure addict. Here's what you don't know: He's penniless. Sebastian Digby's dukely lifestyle is over forever, unless he finds a rich bride. But thanks to the London Weekly, everyone knows better than to tangle with this lothario. Besides (as one writer can testify), it seems that Sebastian has been unable to keep his hands off his own lowly housemaid… And that's a problem. A big one. Because that housemaid just happens to be me. Eliza Fielding. The same undercover Writing Girl who's been exposing the Duke's most intimate secrets to the world. And now I've gone and complicated everything by falling love with him. Passion and deception have never been so delicious, but now the truth could destroy everything. This is more than a conflict of interest. It's a seduction where love itself hangs in the balance.
©2012 Maya Rodale (P)2014 Tantor
"Fans of historical romance will fall in love with our intrepid heroine and our ornately decorated hero." (Library Journal)
This was my 2nd time listening to this book & it seems it's just as good the second time around!
The characters are so real that you feel as if you've made friends with them. There is a definite understanding. Their personalities are strong, the plot line is a perfect mix of romance and decent. I have nothing negative to say.
NARRATOR : As usual Carolyn Morris delivered a stellar performance. Her portrayals are so spot on that I easily recognized characters from previous books in this series. Well done!
HEAT FACTOR: Tepid. The attraction is well written and there are a couple sexy scenes but no building heat.
I have a PhD in American Literature but my love affair with romance novels on audible is going strong.
Sebastian, Duke of Wycliffe is another bad boy hero. In this case, he has travelled the world and bathed nude in the waters of the Islands. Though he's come home to take over his Dukedom, he's penniless and could use a rich heiress to marry and pay his bills. Unfortunately, his reputation is such that the only candidate is a woman he cannot tolerate. Enter Eliza Fielding, another of the writing girls who is trying to make her reputation through uncovering scandals in high society. She becomes a maid in the Duke's home, and a romance develops between her and Sebastian, despite the fact that she is also writing scandalous tidbits about "the tatooed Duke" that simultaneously drive his social desirability into the ground. How these two manage to come together with such a conflict of interests makes for the interesting twists and turns that characterize the stories of the writing girls, intelligent and independent women who also are interested in hot sex with the men they write about. Love it.
I have really enjoyed all three of the writing girls books so far. The story, plot and characters are all very good. There is great chemistry between the hero and heroine. There is plenty of dialogue, sexual tension and one well written sex scene. I do believe this was my favorite of the 3 I have read/listened to so far.
I am hopeful that the 4th writing girl book will be available on audible soon.
The narrator did an excellent job. The men sounded like men and she gave all the characters their own voices. Very well done Carolyn Morris!
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