Smite Turner is renowned for his single-minded devotion to his duty as a magistrate. But behind his relentless focus lies not only a determination to do what is right, but the haunting secrets of his past - secrets that he is determined to hide, even if it means keeping everyone else at arm's length. Until the day an irresistible woman shows up as a witness in his courtroom.
Miranda Darling isn't in trouble - yet. But she's close enough that when Turner threatens her with imprisonment if she puts one foot wrong, she knows she should run in the other direction. And yet no matter how forbidding the man seems on the outside, she can't bring herself to leave. Instead, when he tries to push her away, she pushes right back - straight through his famous self-control, and into the heart of the passion that he has long hidden away.
©2011 Courtney Milan (P)2012 Courtney Milan
I love well-written books in virtually every genre. Quirky characters delight me, and it breaks my heart when a good plot is badly done.
No one; the narrator is terrible. She croaks, she mispronounces words; her accents are all wrong. Courtney Milan writes fun and interesting romances, but this one is impossible to get through as a recording. I've seen all of the other negative Audible reviews about the narrator; I wish I'd seen them before I bought this audiobook, but it's too late to return it. I am adding my own very negative review not to dump on Courtney Milan but to try to get other people to boycott this particular production and maybe help to force publishing houses to take the readers/actors of their audiobooks more seriously. It is really an issue for those of us dependent on audio versions to miss out on good books because of the narration. We put up with some mediocre narrators when we really want to read something, but this one is too, too awful. I wish there was some more direct way to say to publishers how very much it matters who the reader is. I know there are books which get worse audible reviews than they otherwise would because of the narrator. I think that often the listener is put off by narration that just isn't good enough and end up panning a book they would otherwise like.
My pet peeves are readers who can't do a full range of voices (male/female/child/old), narrators who are young and ignorant and have no idea what they're reading, so they mistake words as they read them. "Burying the lead; and old newspaper term that is read burying the leed, as in the lead paragraph of a newspaper story, mispronounced 'burying the led" which is meaningless. I could go on, but other listeners will know what I mean. And this reader does pronounce the British version of jail (gaol) which should be pronounced just like jail as 'gah-ol'. (This was mentioned before, but it is particulalry egregious in a reader who is pretending to be British.)
Smite Turner, but I'm going to have to read his story rather than listen to it.
Never, ever, ever. I went and listened to the samples of the 9 books she's read available on Audible, and she is terrible in every single one.
Audible; please pay attention to the actors/readers that are being complained about. I know there must be some issues about how much the publishing houses are willing to put into a book they're not sure will sell on Audible, but the books will certainly get ignored or panned if the narrator is no good. I do wish there was some more direct way to black ball certain readers, and to communicate more directly with Audible and with the publishers. We all do have our own taste in what we like; there are some books that have been read by one or more readers and it's very interesting to see how different a book can affect one when the reader is different, but there are too many readers who should never be hired again.
Yes! was so touched by Unraveled, the way the author dealt with the moral dilemma and compassion, she is a genius. I was all ready impressed with Unveiled in regards to personal pride and the subtlety of Jessica coming into her own, but Smite and Amanda's inner strength plus the difference between Justice and vengeance, wow!! thank you, thank you.
The last two chapters! But the whole book was necessary for such a delight
The narrator was excellent on all of them.
Cried in the final scene. The wedding present.
Sweet and beautiful with great passion.
I greatly disliked the narrator. I have listened to the previous books in this series and enjoyed them, and got this one without looking at the reviews and listening to a sample. Bad, bad decision. The narrator made everyone sound like whiny old ladies, even the male characters.
Many times I have listened to a book that wasn't that great a story just because the narration would so good. In this case, I didn't get beyond the first chapter before I stopped. I'll have to get this in ebook form and read it now. A waste of a good credit.
I thought that the level of story telling-both the writing and performance was particularly engaging. The characters were full, the love story was compelling and the sub-plot was actually intriguing and ultimately satisfying.
Nicole Quinn gave life to these characters. She told the story without getting in the way of it. She was able to heighten the impact of a very dramatic plot, while keeping it very simple and real. I thoroughly enjoyed her reading and think she is a very gifted narrator.
The narrators voice is a bit unique with a nice raspy tone that worked very well with the setting of this story. Since the story is set in the working class area of London, I really appreciated hearing a narration that fit. She did a wonderful job with all the different characters--I could always tell when Miranda or Smite was speaking and that is always important to me as I get distracted by my work sometimes and miss parts of the audio. At times, some characters were harder to understand, especially the ones in the courtroom, but that dialect can be hard for me to read sometimes as well. I will admit at first I was not sure if I was going to enjoy the narration, but after I settled in, I grew to enjoy the performance. I thought her accents, both male and female, worked well with the setting of this story. Overall, I thought this was a good fit for a favorite book of mine. The dialects, romance and action all were captured in a way that I found enjoyable.
I simply loved the story but the narration wasn't very good. I have listened to a lot of books by a variety of narrators and this is the first time I just had to stop listening bc the narrators voice was highly annoying and plodding. I ended up reading the book instead. I hate to be negative but wanted to share. Perhaps you can listen to a sample before you buy to see if the voice irritates you. The story and characters were well written and a delight. Glad I had a written version as well!
Omnivorous reader since childhood with a love of intelligent, well written books, whether fiction or nonfiction.
Another well written story that doesn't hide the grim prospects for a young woman on her own in 19th Century Bristol. Her hero has been damaged by a childhood filled with trauma. They manage to come together in a tale filled with surprising humor and tense moments.
While I mostly enjoyed the narrator's gravelly voice, her mispronunciation of gaol (not gowel, it should be jail), grated on my nerves.
Vince Flynn is my favorite author. I enjoy CIA or FBI thrillers, and sometimes light reading like Judith McNaught or Cathrine Coulter. Personal information, I became a grandma last year and love it!
At times, with certain characters Nicole Quinn was trying to portray, I couldn't even understand what she was saying. Very disappointing since I look forward to Courtney Milan stories.
Yes the narrator sounded like she should've been Gollum from The Lord of the Rings but the story itself was so engrossing that the poor narration can be overcome. At least she read the main characters with feeling. This story was by far my favorite in the series. Smite is so damaged that you can hardly fathom how Miranda will get through to him. Watching their story unfold was very emotional. If you like damaged and tortured heroes then this one's for you.
What a fabulous story. Unfortunately the narrator was really bad. if she just had to read in one person, female, she was very good. As soon as she began with other characters, especially male, it was painful. I persevered however because the story was that intriguing.
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