Olivia Blakesley, self-proclaimed spinster extraordinaire, is quite happy with her life. She has her studies and her duties, what need does she have of a husband? With five sisters married she knows the reality does not live up to the promise, and does not need to personally experiment with the state to know she would be ill-suited to it. However, she finds herself envious of at least one aspect of marriage. But to experience the physical side of marriage, one doesn't need a husband, all one needs is the right man....
Nathaniel Jenkins knows his duty. Marry a young girl from a respectable family and father an heir, no matter how cold the endless parade of suitable girls leaves him. But a shocking proposal from a scholarly spinster leaves him wondering if unsuitable is just what he's looking for. Can he convince his spinster that marriage is the greatest experiment of all?
©2012 Megan Bryce (P)2014 Megan Bryce
It's a very different storyline then a lot of the
HEA Historical Romance novels out there. Yet although it's a simple, errrr..... not so simple?, dilemma for the Heroine that drives this book it easily keeps you entertained. Its funny and sexy, just a little sad and very romantically happy.... yes, I enjoyed it!
NARRATOR : She did a wonderful job! I knew every character, every mood.... and not once did I 'hear' the narrator. Just as it should be!!! There were no distractions that sometimes exist like mispronounced words, bad timing, fluctuating speed or volume, and none of the mouthy sounds that ruin a good book. All in all I enjoyed this book and Maureen Cavanaugh greatly contributed to that.
CREDITWORTHY? : I would give it a definite YES but for the fact that it costs less than a credit does. For me it was definitely dollarworthy!
HEAT FACTOR: Steammmmy!!!!
Not an original sentence.
Could have been tolerable but the narrator was ghastly . I will for her to avoid in future.insipid
This. Was. Fun! I've always read books where the 'gentleman' is out looking for a good time, while the women of the times were always trying to snag themselves a husband. But Olivia's experiment was a great read....er....listen haha. I didn't read the synopsis, as I was in the middle of things when I came across this audio book. It was a free day, I liked the cover and the title, and decided to go for it. SO glad I did! However, I had to kick the kids out of the room a few times, so, be on the lookout for that! Those scenes were enough to let you know what exactly was going on, but tastefully done, and not enough to curl your toenails. I loved it. The characters are well defined, and the story flowed wonderfully. Story gets 5 Platypires from me.
The narrator! She was brilliant! She didn't change her voice to a great degree, but you could differentiate the separate characters quite easily. She spoke clearly, with perfect emotion and emphasis where it needed, and I am planning to look for more books narrated by her. Narration also gets 5 Platypires.
So, overall, Bob says: 5 Platypires and 2016 favorite of mine!
Absolutely! Maureen Cavanaugh captures the sheer fun of the characters and adds so much more depth. I was perfectly happy having enjoyed the print version...short, sweet and fun. Then I got the audiobook and found myself amused even more!
Nathaniel, natch! From boredom with the same old routine to being shocked by Olivia, then becoming amused with her, then falling in love with her and putting so much into actually courting her from the heart, to disappointment to becoming resolved then back to happy and amused...poor guy went through the ringer and kept his sense of humor throughout!
Nathaniel and Olivia's first dance after she was confronted by his sister. It was like a hurricane versus a tornado!
"A woman ahead of her time. A man determined to catch up."
I would pay top dollar to see this story play out on stage!!
this book was on sale and I didn't have too much faith that it would be good. I can honestly say that it was amazing, & I will be getting the rest of the series. I will also be looking for this author for other books.
Love mysteries, romance & urban fantasy
The story was fun. The narrator was good and could carry an accent very well. The characters were well turned out and the scenes were easy to imagine.
The most memorable moments was, of course, the ending, but the next in line has to be when Olivia propositioned Nathaniel. That took some bravery for sure!
She did a pretty good job. I believe did most of the differentiating, though. I would have liked to hear more variance in her voice, but she did do a a good job.
This was a very fun book. I enjoyed it immensely. I didn't need to sort out a plot line and it was a simple and fun read.
The premise of the book is cute but in reality, it is too silly. Olivia is a bit annoying......
Well, this was cute. The narration spoiled it a bit for me.
I'm a sucker for a bluestocking. Olivia was a bit too stubborn. Nathaniel was a sweetheart. Together there were sparks. I really enjoyed this. I just wish it had been longer.
Narrator:Maureen Cavanaugh did a pretty good job. She has a nice smooth voice.
Nathaniel & Olivia's story... loved the banter going on between them. And how he finally got her to marry him. Lots of smiling and a couple of lol moments.Did feel bad and sad for him when she refuses him.
Though very short it was very captivating.
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