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.
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Two main problems: The narrator couldn't be bothered to learn how to pronounce English words. Despite its alternate spelling, 'gaol' is pronounced as if it were spelled 'jail' NOT 'gow-ell'. Threw me out of the story each time she mangled the word, and she said it a lot.Second, for the heroine, the narrator used a voice that sounded alternately like a quavering little old lady and a quivering little girl. Really awkward during a physically romantic scene.
During an intensely romantic scene, the heroine told the hero, quaveringly, "I want you" and I couldn't decide whether to laugh or gag. Horrible job.
Not a chance.
Apart from the narrator? None.
Buy the book instead.
Very highly indeed. However, one should not drive while listening to that little scene right at the end of the opera (fans self vigorously).
Any Courtney Milan book, I expect--I have come to look forward to her intensity and excellent writing, and occasional thunderbolts of humor. I also compare her work to that of Lois McMaster Bujold, who can make you laugh and break your heart in the same chapter.
The different voices were especially good, though Ash's (the Duke's) voice and Dalrymple's voice were fairly close if they were in the same conversation.
Too intense for that, and also, I have this horrible thing called a day job that would keep me from doing it, alas.
Now I will have to spend money on all the other books in the series. My poor Visa!
Smite Turner is cold and seemingly straight-laced. He serves as a magistrate and is duty bound to a fault. He carries a lot of baggage from the past and is unlikely to relinquish the memories to any one aside from his brother Mark who knows all.
Miranda Darling has stepped one too many times out of line and has caught the eye of Lord Justice. Try as she might to stay away from him and stay on the right side of the law, events around her force her to seek his help.
I wanted so much more from this book. I really wanted to like it because Smite was so intriguing in the last two books, but I didn't connect with the characters as well as the previous books. There was nothing more to Smite than what was glimpsed in the last two books and Miranda was not as likable nor did she have anything interesting about her like the other two females in the series. There were very little to no clever dialogues between the two main characters and the chemistry between them seemed not enough to sustain the romance they eventually had. Also, the main plot was flat and not well constructed.
Overall it was an okay read and if you've gotten through the first two books then this book would be a nice finish to the series.
Narrator: Nicole Quinn
Quinn was terrible and I probably didn't like the book as much as I should've in part to her narration. She made the characters sound old and screechy. It was difficult to tell which were the male characters and which were the female characters because of the high pitched voices she used. She also read Richard Dullwimple's(sp?) voice as if her were daft and I get that some of the things he did were not honorable, but I believe Milan was trying to redeem him in the book in which case Quinn didn't help his cause.
My advice would be to stick with the same narrators in a series and even in a spin-off series because it helps with continuity. Unless, of course, your first narrator was awful, in which case you want to switch immediately because a narrator can make or break a book
The others in this series were outstanding. I'm sure the story is great but I'm 10 minutes in and I can't listen to another word. It sounds like the voice has been mechanically altered. I'm returning this.
love audio books - Anglophile
The narrator annoyed me the first time I started to listen to this audio - she sounded a little over the top for some of the lower class voices.
But a few weeks later I started over because the story was interesting - and the author sounded fine once I got used to all the different voices. Actually, I thought she sounded great half-way through the story. I would definitely listen to another book read by Nicole Quinn.
I am a singer and Celtic harper specializing in the music of Scotland, where I go often to study and perform. I love romance books because I like a light hearted story with a happy ending!
I really liked the first two books in this series but it was really hard to like this one since the narrator was so incredibly irritating. I felt like I was listening to a Munchkin from the Wizard of Oz. Or maybe she just spends too much time sucking on helium balloons! Anyway, she is so bad that it's hard to get through the whole book. I kept looking to see how much time was left hoping that it was almost over! It's really hard to evaluate the story itself since my enjoyment of an Audible book depends heavily on the narration. If I didn't care about that, I would just read the book myself! So I recommend that you do that with this particular book. If, like me, you want to see how the trilogy ends, listen to the first two in the series and then read this one in print instead of listening.
The narration was so beautifully acted that it makes me want to start book all over again. I can’t speak to why the other reviews were so negative… I was rather shocked at that. I read / listened to the book via Immersion Reading and found the pace to be perfect. The author drew the characters gradually, sculpting their oddities and strengths, while the narrator brought the characters to life with her colorful voices (one always made me grin) and the velvet tones of Smite. I found this to be one of the best reads / listens in all the (many) historical romances I have discovered via immersion reading. Don’t be put off by reviewers… decide for yourself.
Like Unraveled, Courtney Milan draws wonderfully flawed yet thoroughly likable characters in her book The Governess Affair (The Brothers Sinister). I enjoyed that narration as well, but this narrator is my favorite.
Some of the scenes with Dalrymple made me laugh out loud because the voice and acting was so spot on! But my favorite scenes surrounded Miranda drawing Smite out of his usual serious self. The repartee was very witty at times.
I laughed at Miranda’s brazen style with Smite… she is a lovely free spirit. And some of the scenes with Dalrymple were hilarious… but that has much to do with the skill of the narrator.
I am befuddled by the negative reviewers. Courtney creates such interesting and well-developed characters and they were brought to life by the artful narration… it makes me wonder whether people just want to be read to at a good clip, or if they take pleasure in timing, acting, and the color the narration brings to the story. I suppose we are all different!
I read so I can write
It was a real struggle but I forced my way through it. I feel like I need a medal. How sad for this author to have such a horrible narrator ruin her work. This needs a do over and I need a refund.
The audiobook I downloaded plays well on cd, on itunes (computer), on kindle. But it plays abnormally slowly on my ipod. For those of you have heard a VERY SLOW reading, you may be hearing it at the wrong speed. I have alerted audible and acx to this variance in quality from platform to platform.
I have enjoyed the stories in this series, but this narrator is too weak compared to the others. It's distracting from the story overall. They need to rerecord it to make this book as good as the others in the series.
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