In an unforgettable debut, Lisa Berne introduces you to the Penhallow Dynasty - men destined to marry, but hesitant to love.
Wealthy and arrogant, Gabriel Penhallow knows it's time to fulfill his dynastic duty. All he must do is follow "The Penhallow way" - find a biddable bride, produce an heir and a spare, and then live separate lives. It's worked so well for generations, certainly one kiss with the delectable Livia Stuart isn't going to change things. Society dictates he marry her, and one chit is as good as another as long as she's from a decent family.
But Livia's transformation from an original to a mundane diamond of the first water makes Gabriel realize he desperately wants the woman who somehow provoked him into that kiss. And for all the ladies who've thrown themselves at him, it's the one who wants to flee whom he now wants. But how will he keep this independent miss from flying away?
©2017 Lisa Berne (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers
This was a very long slow story. Sigh... I felt so sorry for Livia all the time. She just got dumped on constantly. I waited and waited for her backbone to show up tell some of these people to go hang. She got close a couple times but never really did. Gabriel Penhallow was sort of a jerk to be honest and had his head up his grandmama's butt. "The Penhallow way" Whatever, I was so over them and their propriety all the time, every second of the book.
There was a lot of inner dialogue going on throughout the whole book started to become annoying, and sometimes repetitive. There was also a lot of descriptions of everything too. These two things could have been minimized quite a bit.
The story line and plot was not that great, it had potential for sure. But the way the author wrote these characters it was hard to like them. At one point I was hoping Livia would meet someone else and the story would get better. I didn't hate this story, but I didn't like a lot of it either. Sorry Lisa Berne, this story and characters need work.
As for the narration, well that is the only thing that kept me listening. I am a huge fan of Carolyn Morris, she has one of the best voices ever. I love listening to her. She can make a book 10 times better. And she did make this book better. I can't say I recommend this book but I do highly recommend the narrator!
Enjoyable story full of smiles, giggles and strife. There were all the elements needed in a regency romance. As simple as portions of this tale are -the under developed bits, its told in such an enjoyable way that it doesn't really matter that much.
Carolyn Morris gives a stellar performance.
There isn't much heat, brief sex a couple times, tasteful.
I don't regret the credit!
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