Oliver Sharpe, the Marquess of Stoneville, has been London's most notorious rake for years. Fed up with his behavior, his grandmother threatens to disinherit him if he doesn't tame his wild ways and wed within the year. Outraged, Oliver decides to hire a woman from a brothel to pose as his fiancée to prove that he can't be forced into marriage.
When he meets Maria Butterfield, a beautiful American woman who is searching for her fiancé in the most unlikely of places, he knows she's perfect for his ruse. But before long, Oliver finds himself willing to risk anything to make Maria his - even his heart, and the dark secret he hides inside it.
©2010 Sabrina Jeffries; (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Filled with larger-than-life characters and lively dialogue, this sizzling romance proves once again that Sabrina Jeffries is a "grand mistress of storytelling.'" (Romantic Times)
Oh my. If cheap, formulaic romance fiction is your preferred genre, then help yourself to this one. Maybe you can stand it. This one is definitely not for me. I tried. After all, I had spent a credit on it! I made it about halfway through but by that point, I was laughing out loud at situations and lines that were not meant to be funny. It was just so over the top. So ridiculous. The situations, the language, the salacious and totally unbelievable sex scenes - I just could not take any more. Be warned!
I absolutely loved the book can not wait till the she writes about the brothers and sisters will definitly buy those books as soon as I can
I have been married to my wonderful husband for almost 30 years. I love reading - romance, adventure... Captain Blood is really great!
vulnerable, manly, gentleman
I love the end of the book when they realize all the mistakes they were making
When they meet for the first time in the brothel
Ummmmmmmm Certainly turned up the heat, let's put it that way....
The storyline is just so formulaic and boring. A very weak story created as an excuse to get from one seduction/sex scene to another. I'm all for light entertainment and I wasn't expecting some deep story - but this is just bad.
Terrible audio quality on this recording - sounded like someone was reading in a closet. Narrator was terrible! Wrong English accent for the aristocracy - and little or no differentiation in character voices. I had a long drive with only this book available to listen and decided silence was better.
It was a good story, but it was wierd to listen to the guy's voice when he was trying to do the female character. Specially during certain scenes when they were kissing, etc.
Scheming, Romantic, Sweet
The story was fast paced. It kept my interest throughout and I found the story of Oliver and Maria very sweet. I love stories with happy endings.
I usually prefer to have male narrators for romance novels. Not all female narrators can pull off reading the lines of male characters. With that said, I liked that a man with an actual English accent read this story. It was a pleasant voice with a pleasant cadence.
Grandma knows best.
This is my first book with this author. I will definitely read all the other stories in this series. I like Hattie, the grandma, and I want to see how the rest of her grandkids manage to make love happen.
Popular reviewer of more than 400 historical romance titles on Goodreads. Georgian/Regency/Victorian/Edwardian.
The audiobook is nicely done by James Clamp. He has a lovely voice, and I assume he's British, because his effort to speak as a young lady from Gloucester, Massachusetts is not very successful. Rather than attempting a Boston accent, he would have done better to go for just a generic American sound.
The story itself was okay, but nothing especially stood out. The writing, pacing, and characterization are competent. I will listen to the next installment, as I got the two audiobooks in a special deal from audible.com. I'm not sure that I will be interested enough to spring for the rest, though.
I'm a bit mystified by the extraordinarily high ratings for this series. So far, I don't see it.
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