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
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.
The narrator. I couldn't get past her voice to like or not like the book. And each book in this series has a different narrator. I prefer consistency.
If the last two books I've read are an indication, no. But I know her other books are good. The Turner series just isn't her best.
I'm not sure this narrator's voice can be improved.
Not that I could tell. I'll try reading instead of listening to it.
Story is good, book has been utterly ruined by the narrator. Please do not ever engage her again!!!!!! Do not waste a credit. I could not finish, I read the book by myself.
This book had a great story and followed up on the previous books.
Her raspy deep smokers voice was grating to listen to. Why ever change narrators for the last book I don't know. It was very off putting.
No. I listened to it over 4 days.
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 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.
"Fantastic story, terrible narration!"
I am returning this book less than halfway through, and buying the paperback instead. Courtney Milan is a fantastic writer and I am enjoying this story so far. I have a particular fondness for Milan's books that involve real (poor) people, rather than the aristocracy and their satellites. I lived in Bristol for a few years, and I am delighted to find that she has set this book there, and is not just another historical set in London (I am a Londoner but really, even I get bored with the same old clichés).
Milan's attention to detail is impeccable, and I am always surprised that for an American, she somehow manages to convey the tone and irony of English humour, as well as the understated grit and resilience. Milan's books are intelligent, and a cut above the average of this genre.As to this book, I am in love with Smite and Miranda already. They both have difficult backgrounds, Smite's particularly traumatic, but are very straightforward, non-manipulative people who really say what they mean.
I am switching over to reading rather than listening to the rest of this book, as I cannot bear for such a lovely piece of writing to be wrecked any further. I'm even going to leave it for a few weeks so that I can hopefully forget the awful narration. Nicole Quinn is an American who can do a passable English accent. One English accent. She has clearly never heard a gentle west country accent, because these characters sound nothing like Bristolian. The main two characters are ok (generic English accent), but everyone else sounds the same, with a bizarre harsh voice that sounds like they've been smoking ten packs a day for the last 40 years! There are some mispronunciations too, which wouldn't be so bad if one of those words wasn't GAOL. Instead of "jail" she reads this phonetically, and considering the storyline is a legal one involving the disappearance of a prisoner from the gaol, the word comes up ALL THE TIME! After the first 30 or 40 times, I just couldn't do it anymore. I am a huge audiobook listener, with somewhere between 400 and 500 books under my belt. I sometimes even listen to terrible books or terribly-read books all the way through because I don't like abandoning a book unfinished. I feel this book, however, is just too special to be ruined for me like this!
I have a particular dislike of books not being read by native readers. It seems to me a real waste of a book, especially one by somebody like Courtney Milan, who goes to so much effort to make her books accurate and authentic. I also think that when you have an intriguing well developed male lead, it is wonderful to use a male reader. Most writers of this genre really focus on the character development of the female character, and the male can end up a bit wooden. Off the top of my head, authors who write great males include Grace Burrowes, Lisa Kleypas and Elizabeth Hoyt. Fantastic male readers such as Alex Wyndham and James Langton bring such a wonderful depth to male leads, and they are a real pleasure to listen to. Smite is such an interesting creation, I can only imagine how amazing this audiobook could have been.
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