He put her on a pedestal.
When Celeste Gray arrives in the sleepy village of Brixcombe-on-the-Bay, she thinks she's one step closer to leaving her notorious past behind. She even suspects the deliciously handsome - if somewhat stuffy - viscount next door is developing a tendre for her. That is, until the day Ashlin Lancester learns she's not the unassuming spinster she's pretending to be.
Now she has farther to fall.
After a decade of proving he is nothing like his profligate father, Ash is horrified to have given his heart to a Cyprian. He launches a campaign to prove his attraction is nothing more than a sordid reaction he can't control. But he soon learns that, unlike his father, he can't find comfort in the arms of just any woman. He needs Celeste. When he takes her as his mistress, he's still not satisfied, and the many late nights in her arms only make him want more....
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I would definitely recommend this audiobook to friends. I love the story (although the hero is a bit of an idiot -- just makes you love him) and the narration is done wonderfully.
While it was a highly unlikely occurrence for that time period -- especially as it involved a whole aristocratic family -- I loved that the story was about love -- even outside your societal class.
She had, of course, the perfect accent for the delivery -- ENGLISH!!! However, she paced the delivery excellently and portrayed the different characters very well.
Actually -- I did listen to this book all in one sitting. Can you believe it!!! God bless those little listening devices that you can just stick in a pocket and listen while you walk on the treadmill, clean house, etc.
I'd like to thank Emma Locke for an advanced review copy.
This story is a great opportunity to watch a truly uptight and judgmental jerk be transformed through the power of love and truth. Ash has spent his whole life laboring under incorrect assumptions about his parents' murder-suicide. He judged his actions and those of his sisters and assumed the worst about their prospects for a good life in proper society. Celeste has tired of being London's most successful demimonde and seeks a quiet and private life in the country, using her fortune to help others and do good on her own terms. Falling in love (with an entirely "inappropriate" woman) isn't enough to break down Ash's defenses and make him a better man. Only when he learns and accepts the truth does he find a way to accept the choices of those near and dear to him and gain the courage to choose kindness and become the person he wants to be.
Where to start? I am not a big fan of a heroine being a courtesan and that is what she was. This book would have been a better story had Celeste not been one and her past was something different. It's hard to like a book with the heroine is basically a hooker. She was a great character and the author sort of ruined it. Sorry.
The hero, Ash was a bit too stuffy and indecisive. His character needed something, he was sort of dull to be honest. His best friend Montborne was a better character for sure.
The chemistry was good to a point but felt a bit forced from the beginning. There were a couple of hot and steamy sex scenes that were very well written though, so there is that.
Oh, I did love his sisters though, they were great.
As for the narration, it was absolutely fantastic! I am a huge fan of Marian Hussey! Love her. All the men sound like men, sexy men at that. The women have lovely voices and everyone gets their own distinct voice. She reads with emotion and at a perfect speed. She has a very nice reading voice.
Got tired of male protagonist's disapproval. Narrator also had a disapproving tone throughout her reading.
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