Some scandals are meant to be...
When Aurora Hyatt loses her journal in Hyde Park, her ruin is a foregone conclusion. After all, if anyone discovers her writings, they'll find scandalous fantasies involving the newest rake in town alongside entirely-too-candid thoughts about her typical dreary suitors. Aurora will either be forced into a loveless marriage with the first nodcock to make an offer, or she'll be assigned a permanent position on the shelf. Oh, dear good Lord. What catastrophe will God smite down upon her next?
If Niles Thornton, Baron Quinton, desires to maintain any semblance of his current lifestyle, he must fulfill the requirements his grandfather, Lord Rotheby, has set for him. First and foremost: he must marry and begin filling his nursery within the year.
When he is nearly barreled over by a racing curricle and a journal flies out to land at his feet, his troubles are over. Inside the journals pages, Quin discovers a scandal waiting to happen. Surely a young lady who would write such brazen things in a journal (and then dare to lose it) must recognize the necessity of a hasty marriage, even if the gentleman making the offer is rather less than honorable.
In a drunken haze, Quin kisses Aurora on a crowded ballroom floor, necessitating their immediate marriage. Quin's troubles are only beginning, however, as Aurora's writings are soon the focus of both gossip rags and drawing room conversation. When word arrives of an even greater scandal following in his wife's wake, will he prove himself a drunken abuser like his father, or will he become the loving husband of Aurora's fantasies?
©2011 Catherine Gayle (P)2013 Catherine Gayle
While the narrator has a lovely English accent, she uses different voices for the characters that are so obnoxious, I find it hard to like the characters. The story was good enough that I'll order the next in the serious, but the main characters didn't have me snagged. Their plights and the conflict didn't grab me.
Pick a main conflict theme - there are too many and it detracts from character development
English, nasaly, irritating
I loved the story. Loved Quin and Aurora. Lots of excellent secondary characters, with the exception of Lord Griffen, of course. Oh, and it had some really good sex, too.I was a little creeped out by Aurora trying to constantly trying to fix-up Jonas and Nia. I mean, he was 30 and she was 17. That's why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5.
However, the narrator absolutely killed the book (I finally had to give up listening and just read the rest.) ALL the older men had awful nasal-y sounds and ALL the younger were either just a nasal-y as the old ones or they simply sounded like the narrators voice. The hero sounded just like the heroine. UGH.. Lord Norcutt was the worst I've ever heard..Well, maybe it's a toss-up between Norcutt and Lord Rothbury.
If a narrator can't even try to do a man's voice she shouldn't be a narrator!!
I would never listen to Pearl Hewitt again. Sorry..
This is the story of lady Aurora who loves to write stories in her journal about the men in her life. After hearing about a reckless acting rake Quin, she decides to write about him without ever having met him. Quin’s grandfather insists he finds a suitable wife and settle down to produce heirs or risk being disinherited. He finds Aurora’s journal and after reading it decides she will do nicely as his wife. Quin attends a ball she is planning on going to and asks her to dance. During the dance he kisses her senseless and she does nothing to discourage him with the Ton watching. Since thoroughly compromised, they get married but another scandal begins that gets them running away to their country estate until the talks settle down.
I found the heroine too selfish and self-serving and the story ridiculous. Initially, she took her journal to the park so that her friend could read it while not only Aurora but also her friend were showing up with their gentlemen friends. I guess she assumed they would have plenty of “private” time for her friend to perusal her journal??? Then lost the journal? Really? My intelligence was insulted. Either she was not playing with a full deck or the author assumes us gullible especially since she did not even bother to change names in her journal.
After she got married, her husband asked her to make sure no one saw her stories and what does she do after that? She left it in a room with someone she did not even know to get a servant to bring in tea. I guess they did not have the rope to pull that alarmed a servant to see to their needs. UNLIKELY!!!!
After the second scandal her husband asked her not to write any more scandalous stories and yet she did and surprisingly again, (not really), took no care to hide it where no one including servants would run into it. The premise of the story seemed stupid and none of it rang true. They run away to the country to get away from scandal and yet decided to have a house party where everyone they invited attended. This would have never happened at that time.
The villain is also not properly dealt with and the story ended without their names ever being cleared, but somehow it all seemed to end ok. Do not waist your credit on this one.
In an audiobook, the narrator is just as important as the story itself. If the narrator has some bad talking habits or just a bad sounding voice, the audiobook is hard to like. The narrator spoke well, but she unfortunately has a high pitched girly voice. Even though she did very well giving each character their own sound so it was half way easy to identify the character speaking, she gave most, if not all, a very annoying accent that started to give me a headache.
Say something about yourself!
Twice a Rake was twice the fun! Engaging story, well written and easy to loose yourself in. The vocal talent here is what makes these stories so successful. Pearl Hewitt is one of the best narrators I've ever heard! I wouldn't want to hear anyone else read these books for me! She's captivating!
It was a bit annoying that the heroine, Aurora was sometimes strong and willful and sometimes constantly crying. And the hero, Quin most of the time a jerk to her which was causing her to cry. I think the story would have been better if he wasn't such a jerk most of the time and she stood up to him more.
Oh and the fact that for most of the book (90%) they didn't even speak to each other or get to know each other. The only time they spoke was when they were in in bed and not enough to even get to know each other.
Otherwise it was an okay story.
The narration I thought was pretty good. I would have liked the men's voices to be a bit deeper. It was not the best or the worst narration I have listened to.
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