Victoria has a secret....
Reclusive designer Victoria Andrews hasn't gone outside in five years, though she yearns to escape the prison of her house. She designs sensual lingerie for the most exclusive dressmaker in London, although she has never known a man's touch.
A Duke in disguise....Wounded and stranded in Scotland, Jonathan Nottoway, the Duke of Worthingstone, is avoiding the murderous scandal that darkened his family name. As his wounds heal, he spends several sensual nights with the beautiful seamstress who knows nothing of his true identity.
A passionate awakening....Can a woman trapped by her emotional scars be able to love a duke, when it means abandoning her safe world to embrace the life of a duchess?
©2013 Michelle Willingham (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved
"Heart-wrenching . . . [Secrets in Silk] quartet shows great promise." (RT Book Reviews)
The story had many repetitious thoughts that went through the main character's heads over and over and o v e r. The narrator also had one tone throughout the story. She almost sounded like she was so sad she was about to burst into a good cry at any point. The story would have been better about four hours shorter with the necessary cuts and a different narrator. I cannot recommend this book in good conscience. Buy it at your own risk.
I could not finish this book it was so dull and boring, not to mention I was reading this via whispersync and the narrator Sue Pitkin or rather "Spitkin" since she sounds like she is spitting when she is reading was awful. Sorry, but a boring story, boring heroine, and terrible narration makes for a terrible book.
Luckily this book was a free listen and read with my KU subscription.
Wonderful story, great characters. Perfect chemistry, and good timing make the heated scenes even better! It didn't feel like Victoria was weak, but that she had a real ailment. She showed bravery in many situations, as well as intelligence and composure, while Jonathan was respectful, yet battling with his own heavy issues. Oh and fantastic ending. I was confused as to where it could go and then it got both thrilling and satisfying. Had a fun time listening to this.
As for the performance: sue pitkin does a nice job, she does men well and doesn't overact young woman by doing high voices, which can be terribly annoying. She does a great job on her inflections, and doesn't over enunciate, the way I might read it in my head. People have given the reader harsh criticism in the reviews, however I think these are unwarranted. The performance was solid.
If your life is just TOO happy and you need a come down try this book. It is too dark for a romance. The only uplifting part was in the epilogue.
I gave Undone by the Duke 4 out of 5 stars on my book list, four is a really good rating it means I really liked it. I would listen again sometime.
What I liked best about this story was that it grabbed me from the very begging. Two people with issues that need to be over come. I also liked that it wasn't overly predictable like many other romance novels.
My favorite scene in the book is Christmas and Jonathan wraps gift for them to open.
He thought he was saving her but really she was saving him.
Home is where my books are.
Sue Pitkin reads as if she has a mouthful of spit she can't swallow. I imagine the microphone she's reading into has . . . well, you get the idea. I don't know if this is a good book or not. I've tried to listen to it three times, and have given up every time.
I will not buy anything read by Sue Pitkin again, but plan on trying to read this book on my Kindle.
Take one Englishman wanting to make a fortune in wool, an English Duke shot by mistake, a woman afraid to leave her house, add a mother trying to take care of her four daughters while her husband fights the french, put them all in a bag and shake well and you get a delightful story that really keeps your interest. This is the first in a series of four books and each one leaves you wanting to read the next one. This is really another winner for Michelle Willingham.
I really liked how the Duke kept working to help Victoria overcome her fear of leaving the house while falling in love.
By hearing the book instead of just reading the words, I felt more of the emotions of the characters. There were a lot of small things that I didn't pick up on while reading that I caught from hearing it read.
I admired the four daughters starting their own business, to help their mother financially, in an era that did not approve of the aristocracy being in commerce.
I'm not really good at reviews, but I really did enjoy this book (and the two following it). I look forward to reading the last one and finding out how Margaret and Cain are doing.
I love losing myself in books of any kind
Weak women annoy me... I would think strength in the heroines would have been better. I understand the main character has Agoraphobia but really she was scared of everything. Her husband, sex, outdoors, having attention on her. Really that is a little too much timidity.
Perhaps, her books are cheap so when I don't want to spend more than $5 on a book. Really this book should have been free. Hopefuly the other books in the series will be better
not a bad narrator, just she should just pick up the pace. I put the speed on 1.25x
The Abduction... that was a little too predictable. So your are so much of an agoraphobic that you will sit in a closet while the house around you is on fire but you walk outside by yourself when a man supposedly kidnaps you sister. REALLY
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