They are masters of seduction, London's greatest lovers....
Renowned for his bedchamber prowess, Ransom Seymour, the Duke of Ainsley, owes a debt to a friend. But the payment expected is most shocking, even to an unrepentant rake - for he's being asked to provide his friend's exquisite wife with what she most dearly covets: a child. Living for pleasure, they will give their hearts to no one. Lady Jayne Seymour, Marchioness of Walfort, is furious that such a scandalous agreement would be made. If she acquiesces, there must be rules: No kissing - and, certainly, no pleasure.
Until love takes them by surprise....
But unexpected things occur with the surprisingly tender duke - especially once Lady Jayne discovers the rogue can make her dream again - and Ransom realizes he's found the one woman he truly cannot live without.
©2011 Jan Nowasky (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers
Waking Up With The Duke is a unique story. The storyline calls for love-making throughout the book, but unlike many stories with immoderate sexual content the theme of "Waking Up With The Duke" is about begetting a babe. I did not find it objectionable as I do with stories that simply throw in page after page of sexual activity to increase the length of their books, or ones that depict erotic behavior intended to cause sexual excitement. Most of the aforementioned books have little to no actual story.
"Waking Up With The Duke" is an emotional story about dysfunctional families of the aristocracy, friendships, guilt, regrets, and love. The guilt ridden Duke of Ainsley feels he owes his friend and cousin Walfort a debt, but the payment requested even shocked the rake.
The hero and heroine of the story is the Duke of Ainsley and the Lady Jane Walfort, but the secondary characters play important roles. There is: Lord Walfort, his jewels, the scandalous Duchess of Ainsley and her artist lover with no known last name, his brothers and their ever-growing families. I love his brother's young heir, who, when speaking to the Duke addresses him as "Uncle", and the Duke replies "Nephew".
The story encompasses a variety of emotions. It has some inventive verbal humor, but for the most part is emotionally heart-rendering. It is not a story to be easily forgotten.
It is very well written, and Anne Flosnik gave a flawless performance--she is quite an actress. Her ability to portray the emotions of the characters brings them to life. The listener feels their love, pain, and happiness.
"Good Story But Worst Narration I've Heard"
The awful voice ruined this story. Listened on half speed but really ruined the book.
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