Reckless, wild, and beautiful, Lily Lawson delights in shocking proper London society – and now she is determined to rescue her sister from an unwanted impending marriage to the notorious Alex, Lord Raiford, by fair means or foul. But while she succeeds outrageously, Alex is a master gamesman who is not to be undone.
Alex has lost one bride, yet he is enchanted by this remarkable lady who is willing to break any rule to flaunt her independence. When Lily offers him only scorn, he counters with kindness, and he parries her blistering barbs with gentle words and a soft, tender touch. The spirited miss will pay dearly for her interference – with her body, her soul, and her stubborn, unyielding heart. But will Alex's own heart be the prize to be won in this sensuous game of love?
©1993 Lisa Kleypas (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Got this book on a bit of a whim, sounded like it had more of an intriguing plot than your stereotypical regency romance novel. Boy did it. Practically a rollercoaster of ups and downs, arranged marriages, elopements, society scandals, gambling, kidnapping and blackmail... And that's all in the first half of the story! All the while rooting for strong willed characters who enter each others' lives at cross purposes but with sparks in the air. Though I wasn't very fond of the mid-thought flashback style that was used to illustrate the pasts of Lily and Alex, their characters were drawn well and in a coherent way so that as the plot progressed, their thoughts and actions were consistent with their experiences (a plus, compared to some flatter heroic noblemen and sometimes featherbrained damsels in distress who don't know a good thing when it's handed to them in some stories I've tried). While sometimes just lusty, I like that they had compassion and intelligence. There was real depth and danger involved, and for once it wasn't the mere threat of family disapproval. It gave the story a few different suspense build-ups and lulls, multiple climaxes (if you'll excuse the double meaning), with multiple resolutions to root for throughout, and then provided them satisfactorily. This girl lead a life so sensational it is unbelievable, but it made for an entertaining story that I didn't want to put down.
I thought this would be a keeper. I'm almost at the end of the book about the 11th chapter and I'm about the end of my patience! LILY IS AN IDIOT!!! She knows the hero loves her right in the middle of the book and yet she keeps her issue from him until this chapter!NO..... the author TRIES MY PATIENCE.!! I thought Derek Craven was suppose to be this underworld figure that should know whats going on in the ton and in the underworld slums.. so why can't he find the child's kidnapper? What's up with that?!! And after all that hype about Derek's supposed power in the underworld it took ALEX to find the child!Why did Ms. Kleypas make the kidnap issue last as long as TWO YEARS?! Why not three to six months and later meets with the Hero while trying to find her child, then the story goes from there...? Its such a stupid subplot that I want to throw my ipod across the room that's how stupid it was! BLECCCCH! I"m going to return this, what a waste of my time!
There was a pretty good story here, but endless, needless, sex scenes that didn't further the story. If I wanted to read porn, I would order it. I'm not bashful of sex scenes in books, but once they started (in the second half), it seems that was all there was! To the point where it really detracted from the story.
Unlikeable, self-centered heroine is annoying. And when she hooks up with hero she continually tells him "no" and he doesn't stop. "No" means 'No". I couldn't finish this one and I love her Wallflowers and her Hathaways series.
I need more ears!
If not for the fabulous reviews I might have missed out on these treasures! As a big Jane Austen fan, I've been working my way through the classics, but haven't found a modern equivalent -- until now! Lisa Kleypas does the era proud, and I can't help but think that Ms. Austen would have first been shocked and then highly entertained by her marvelous novels. Of course, Rosalyn Landor is the perfect reader for these books and her amazing voices and accents elevate the experience from highly entertaining to entrancing. A BIG Thank You to all of you who took the time to review these books! I never would have taken the plunge without you!
audio addict! Mostly interested in history and some historical fiction. Will Durant is my all time favorite. Loving the Great Courses too.
Lovely novel not to miss!!
I am not into Harlequin novels, and I only recently began reading anything romantic. I was reading paranormal authors like J. Ward, Karen Moning, and Jeaniene Frost.
I happened to finally give this a chance bc of it's great ratings.
I am surprised at what a wonderful, engaging, sweet and loving story this is.
The heroine and hero have lived with their own deep painful pasts. Alex is just plain amazing and Lilly is so easy to empathize with. He teaches her the best parts of life and protects her from the terrible debautry of the world she has had to live in. The gentle forward movement of the romance is just right. And I felt myself feeling tremendously for the characters.
This was a very good book. The heroine, Lily, was strong, funny, and witty. Just loved her character, no whinny wimpy simpering girl here which is so refreshing. I really love it when an author makes her characters strong. The Hero, he is was just as awesome, strong, and masculine. There was plenty of dialogue so they actually communicated with each other rather than just assume what the other is thinking. Again refreshing.. There was plenty of hot and steamy sex. The story line is really good too. All in all a great read for sure.
This is my first Rosalyn Landor listen. And I enjoyed it. I think she did a great job. She could have eased up on the Alex's voice a bit and not make him sound so hard all the time. Otherwise the narration was good.
Credit worthy? Yes, for sure.
The story got a little redundant, or maybe I just kept thinking the heroine was somewhat annoying. For all her "lawlessness" she tended to strike me as more of a pea wit with how she reacted to things. The hero was great, as most of Kleypas' male protagonists are, and great to listen to. The performance was good, even if the story dragged on a little. I wish they would do "Suddenly You" by L.K. On audible. I will keep looking to see if it's added :)
Love audio books. Hate bad narrators.
Got Chemestry? YES!!!!!!
Way too many to sum it down to just one. I did like the moment he proposed though. Cleverly done! "How about THIS house?" :)
She pretty good with the exception of the male voices. Not bad enough to make me dislike it, just not very masculine or sexy.
I love, love, love, loved this book! From almost the very beginning it was fantastic. Not very often do you find the chemistry between the hero and hereon this good. Its just hard to re-create in a book but the banter between these two and the comedy is outstanding. Not over-done sex scenes either! I've read several of LK's books (well had them read to me) and this one is by far my fave. I couldn't help but laugh out loud several times. The hereon is quite feisty and she gives the hero hell but he loves her anyway!
A waste of time and money. Muddy. Boring. Not worthy of purchase. Do you get that I did not care for this book?
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