He was her bitterest enemy….
Ash Turner has waited a lifetime to seek revenge on the man who ruined his family—and now the time for justice has arrived. At Parford Manor, he intends to take his place as the rightful heir to the dukedom and settle an old score with the current duke once and for all. But instead he finds himself drawn to a tempting beauty who has the power to undo all his dreams of vengeance….
And her dearest love
Lady Margaret knows she should despise the man who’s stolen her fortune and her father’s legacy—the man she’s been ordered to spy on in the guise of a nurse. Yet the more she learns about the new duke, the less she can resist his smoldering appeal. Soon Margaret and Ash find themselves torn between old loyalties—and the tantalizing promise of passion.
©2011 Courtney Milan (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
The story in this audiobook brings a breath of fresh air to the genre. What might appear at first glance to be a "been there done that" storyline for a historical romance (an upper-class woman who is unappreciated by her family but whose loyalty to them comes before her own happiness and a hero who is determined to have revenge upon that family but finds himself conflicted when he falls for the heroine) is turned into something unexpected by above average writing and atypical characterizations. Although I found the hero to be a bit idealized (he has surprisingly modern-seeming sensibilities) that was offset by the fact that he certainly had flaws and was a very well-developed character. The interactions between the protagonists was fun to read and the external forces at play in keeping them apart were unique.
The narration was above average and I was surprised (and vastly disappointed) to find only two other audiobooks narrated by Rebecca De Leeuw on Audible. Her character differentiation was excellent, her voice is very pleasant, and her ability to traverse the entire emotional spectrum in both male and female character voices without over-dramatizing was stellar.
I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again
Excellent Victorian family saga of revenge vs. love with brilliant characters, a few twists to a great storyline and touching verbal interactions between the two lovers Ash and Margaret.
This is 'technically' book 1, followed by Unlocked - Margaret's friend Elaine's story, Unclaimed - Ash's brother Mark's story and Unraveled - Ash's brother Smite's story but they could each be a stand alone book.
Worth a credit? C.M.'s books never disappoint me so it's a big YUMMY YES.
This is Chelsea, not Brandon. I'm not sure how to change that. Voracious romance reader, addicted audio listener.
I love Courtney Milan but this wasn't my favorite. It felt stiff in the way old romance novels do. Even though it was written in 2011 it felt like it was from the 90s. There was no wit in the dialog and the passion was minimal. I liked the spin on it with him being unable to read and being the cause of her family's downfall. The premise was interesting, but it was missing this author's characteristic zing.
First the narration was really good, wish this narrator had more books recorded. Enjoyed the story but got frustrated with Margaret, and what she tolerated from her family. I suppose for that time period it would have been difficult to do anything else. Still it was harder for me to like her than Ash. I did get tired of hearing 'Ash, Ash, Ash' over and over again either in her thoughts or in dialog! There were some interesting twists in this. Not a 'deep' book by any means. But that is not what I wanted. I've only listened to one other book by this author, enjoyed that one more. I will look for others by her. This was worth a credit.
I have not read the print, but the narrator was OUTSTANDING...added so much to the experience. I was surprised to see other narrators used by Milan.
Margaret's realization that Ash deserved her loyalty.
Excellent characterisations, passion, emotion, thoughtful pauses and intonations.
Absolutely fantastic character development. I couldn't wait to listen!
Sweet and firm love.
Both Heroine and Hero, the support described by the Author that the Heroe gives the Heroine is a work of art.
As the Heroine belives in herself.
I did listen to it in one sitting, and cant wait for Unraveled and Unlocked.
ACX we are waiting for some more of Courtney Milan's books.
Audio-fiction ADDICT !
I loved the story ! Coutney's style in writing is most artistic in describing the setting, environment, feelings and emotions. I really admire her writing style , an intriguing combination of elegance, sensuality, and humor.
The main hero character
It's first book for this narration. She was really good. She needs to work more on making the characters more alive. But not ad at all. She performed Ash Turner best
Interesting question !!!!!! Hmmmm ... It has to be the title !!! I love the titles of the who,e series
I love books. My work is serious so I am looking for fun! Audible has changed my morning commute.
I do not usually get so invested in the books I listen to that I laugh and cry out loud. The characters and the story touched me so deeply. I loved this book. I love a brave hero and heroine. This had both.
Ash and Margaret both for different reasons.
She is wonderful. You can just get lost in the story with her reading.
I cried and laughed. The best of both worlds.
I cannot wait to listen to the next books in this series.
Audible addicted love mystery,lately stuck on love story. Mother of 1 Labrador and 1 perfect man. Work way too hard, and so ready to be retired
I did so love this story and Ash's commitment and loyalty to Margarent Ann. Absolutely perfectly done away from the Norm, I would like to here a second book about the other too handsome brothers Mark and the other one who name fails me with his extremely cool self. I loved the ending and must admit I was in favor of Ash just giving up on Margarent.
Write another soon.
Loving my life and hanging out with my four grandchildren!
Just how many times can one person be betrayed and misused by one's own family until they just stop trusting in them? For me a lot fewer times than this lady. Again we have strong women being stupid because of trust and daddy issues. This lady goes from watching her mother die from a broken heart, being misused by her brothers over and over again, to having a father who tells her to her face that he,"Thinks you are worthless". This even though you are the only one caring for him while he is sick! Enough! I don't know if I've become a little jaded in my life, but I'm beginning to feel let down by all my favorite writers. Oh, and I forgot that she gave up her virginity to a man that told her he would, "Do the right thing", after taking what he wanted. On top of that...he didn't do it very well at all, lol.
All that said, along comes the hero and he's the man responsible for the ruin your family is facing. He's doing this out of revenge, but he's really not a cold hearted man in his core. He tells you over, and over, with deed and words that you mean the world to him, and you turn your back on him for the father and brothers that have made your world hell? Come On!
Courtney Milan is one of the best writers I know when it comes to historical romance, so this book left me feeling down. I listen to forget my own troubles for a little while and expect to feel happiness at the end of the book. Just didn't get me there with this one. The narrator did a fair job with expressing emotion, but I just never really connected with her. I gave two stars because the listen was not a bad one, it was just not a good one for me either. I'm on the fence about saying it was worth a credit.
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