In Tessa Dare's dazzling new trilogy, the men of the Stud Club live and play by their own rules - until passion changes the game.
The bastard son of a nobleman, Julian Bellamy is now polished to perfection, enthralling the town with wit and charm while clandestinely plotting to ruin the lords, ravish the ladies, and have the last laugh on a society that once spurned him. But after meeting Leo Chatwick, a decent man and founder of an elite gentlemen's club, and Lily, Leo's enchanting sister, Julian reconsiders his wild ways. And when Leo's tragic murder demands that Julian hunt for justice, he vows to see the woman he secretly loves married to a man of her own class.
Lily, however, has a very different husband in mind. She's loved Julian forever, adores the man beneath the rakish façade, and wants to savor the delicious attraction they share - as his wife. His insistence on marrying her off only reinforces her intent to prove that he is the only man for her. Obsessed with catching a killer, Julian sinks back to the gutters of his youth, forcing Lily to reach out with a sweet, reckless passion Julian can't resist. Can her desire for a scoundrel save them both - or will dangerous secrets threaten more than their tender love?
©2010 Eve Ortega (P)2015 Eve Ortega
More action would have been nice. Too much description and repetition. The big mystery was hinted at so much, the reader has it figured out early on. Plus the Leo side-story theme has been done over and over in this genre.
Definitely. I love most all of the books by her that I have read.
The scenes with the bird were good.
Would like to see more of the issues covered that most people dealt with back in the 18th and 19th centuries as opposed to filtering in the issues of the 20th and 21st centuries (our issues). After all, my whole point in reading/listening to historical fiction is to learn about life and people and their experiences back then. I deal with everything else the rest of the time.
I am writing this review at the 30% mark, but I can't go on much further. I stopped at a scene where the hero gives the heroine a talking parrot. The heroine is unable to hear (deaf), so she can't hear what the parrot is saying. She even has trouble lip-reading if people talk too fast. I just can't figure out how Tessa Dare wrote this book. This scene is a mockery of people that are hearing impaired and it's just cruel. I am so disgusted with it that I stopped reading and will not continue.
I think what would have made this better would be an author that truly understands persons with disabilities, instead of using it as a plot vehicle. If the author was a little more sensitive, the story would have been better.
Nothing from Tessa Dare. I loved her books, but after this experience I will not listen to another of her one.
I really don't like Rosalyn Landor. She makes the male voices seem older and very stuffy. I took a chance on this book, as I have stopped purchasing books narrated by Rosalyn landor. I should have stuck with my previous philosophy. She has narrated some series I would love to listen to, but have to avoid them. I jjust made a mistake purchasing this book.
My 3 favorites are Susan duerdan, Carolyn Morris and Ashford McNabb. Any of those narrators would have been better, but nothing could really save this novel.
I thought some of the lines were funny, but Rosalyn Landor's stiff / serious delivery undermines the humour. She does not have the voice to express irony, or sarcasim, so a lot of that was lost.
I kept debating whether to buy this or not. I read the first book and wanted to continue, even against my better judgement. I hate to give up on a series, but I have stopped here...1/3 of the way through the second book. That's enough of the "Stud Club".
"Another absolute winner from Tessa Dare"
Compelling and empathetic storyline, interesting and meaty. I would never have guessed the outcome.
The delivery of this audio version by Rosalyn Landor was faultless and superb! Highly recommended.
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