"You and No Other positively sparkles with historical details, real-life characters, and an utterly unforgettable hero!" (Past Romance historical romance blog)
Thomas Mardouet, seigneur de St. Briac, is a man with a perfect life - bold, witty, and splendid to behold, he is the King of France's trusted knight.
But the day that captivating Aimée de Fleurance appears in the woods to interrupt a hunt, St. Briac's life is turned on end. When she takes her sister's place and joins the royal court to avoid an arranged marriage, St. Briac is drawn unwillingly into her impetuous scheme.
To save Aimée from the king's bed, St. Briac shocks them both by declaring that they are betrothed. After all, marriage is the last thing he wants, especially to this infuriating maiden....
Journey back to the magical world of 16th-century France and join Aimée and St. Briac for an adventure filled with enchantment, laughter, and sensuous passion!
©1984, 2011 Wrighter Inc., Cynthia Challed (P)2017 Cynthia Challed
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This is a lovely historical romance with an adventurous plot and delightful characters. Because this is a longer book, the writer was allowed to delve into more French history and develop characters that are delightful and written with dimension. I enjoyed the romance between Thomas and Aimee a lot. From the beginning, the push and pull of their relationship made for a fun adventure and a beautiful ending.
I always enjoy anything that Tim Campbell narrates. He is exceptional with accents and his male/female voices are superb. 👏
Note: This book contains sex scenes so 18+ recommended!
I definitely recommend this book to all the historical romance enthusiasts who enjoy a longer story. 😋
Absolutely because it is an exciting story narrated perfectly.
I loved that I was kept captivated from beginning to end. The story was exciting and from beginning to end there was never a dull moment.
Hearing the voices of the characters narrated so well helped to make them seem even more real than the author's excellent writing of them. Listening to a book makes you feel closer to the story, and when a scene is particularly emotional, just hearing the catch in the character's voice adds so much to the scene. Tim's voice oozed each and every emotion perfectly, be it anger, lust, joy, sorrow or sass.
Can Love Overcome All.
The joy of an audio book is that if you are lucky, not only do you get to listen to a fabulous book, but it is also narrated by a talented person. Cynthia Wright has written an amazing story. Aimee de Fleurence is being forced into a marriage to a horrid man, and she will do anything to escape that fate. That escape comes in the form of joining the King's court using her sister's invitation, and keeping herself well hidden to evade discovery. Her sister was to become one of the King's 'women' and although Aimee admired her King, she hoped he wouldn't discover that she had taken her sister's place. He would either be furious at the deception and force her to return home, or he would expect her to take her sister's place in his bed. Neither option was acceptable to her. She just hoped she could get far enough away from home to be able to slip away from the travellers before that happened.
Unfortunately for her she is discovered before that, not by the king, but by his good friend Thomas St. Briac. He is infuriated with her for putting herself at risk, and despite her being a thorn in his side, he does his best to keep her hidden from the King. His plans go awry though, and in order to keep her from the King's bed St.Briac tells him of Aimee's plight and then does the unthinkable, tells the King he wants to marry her. That keeps the King happy, but he is shocked to discover that Aimee is less than pleased. Even though she won't go through with a wedding, she knows that now she must find a way to break off the engagement without damage to either of their reputations.
She wouldn't be adverse to marrying him, IF he loved her. But knowing he barely tolerated her made her determined to get away from him as soon as possible. Circumstances occur that turns the situation around, and St.Briac is the one needing her help by remaining betrothed to her.
Their relationship is a fabulous one to discover, either they absolutely despise each other, or they are in the throws of passion with each other instead. St.Briac is a fabulous character whose wit and cheekiness had me smiling many times throughout the book, especially when he was teasing Aimee.
Not only was their the romance aspect of the story to keep me intrigued but also there was some skullduggery, possible treason, and deception afoot that could lead to an innocent man being hanged. There was never a dull moment in this story and the only thing that could make it better, and indeed did, was the superb narration by Tim Campbell. He portrayed each character fabulously, from the deep, sexy, sometimes cheeky and playful timbre of St.Briac's voice, to the gentle sweet voice of Aimee. The voices of the King, children, the villains, and even an old crone were superbly done as well.
As I said at the start of my review, the joy of an audio book comes from an equally good story and it's narration, and I am happy to say that this book definitely had both. I can't recommend it enough. There are only a handful of narrators that I feel are worthy of a 5 star rating, and Tim Campbell is definitely one of them. A 5 star novel with a 5 star narration.
By far this is the best audio book I've ever listened to. The narration is spot on. Tim Campbell is awesome!!! But even the best narration doesn't work with out a great story. This book was one that had me thinking about the characters and story when I wasn't listening. I couldn't wait to get back to it. That to me is the best kind of story. Thank you Cynthia Wright for bring Aimee and her amazingly manly Thomas to life!!
This is a fantastic book. I read in 1984 when it came out and I must have read it 10 times since then. I love the banter between Aimee & St. Briac and how she drives him to distraction with her crazy schemes. I like to think of this book as a historical romance with a comedy of errors on the side. St. Briac is one of my favorite romantic heroes. I even copied their wedding bands for my wedding. "Tu et nul autre, pour jamais". I just can't say enough good things about this book! Can't wait to re-read it again next year
I still have my well-read/well-loved paperback copy of YOU AND NO OTHER. It has long been one of my favorites, but I confess to not having reread it in awhile. This time, instead of my paperback, I switched between my ebook copy and the audiobook. After reading and listening to this book, I recalled how much I really loved reading romances set during medieval times. YOU AND NO OTHER provides the back story to Cynthia Wright's Beauvisage books. She also recently updated it a bit to drop hint about the famous DaVinci painting of François I that is a major plot point in THE SECRET OF LOVE.
Aimée de Fleurance inadvertently insults King François I upon meeting him, but his good friend, Thomas St. Briac, is able to smooth things over. Soon after this meeting, to escape an unwanted marriage, Aimée disguises herself and joins the king's court, but realizes that as soon as the king recognizes her, all will be lost. St. Briac reluctantly agrees to help her, but she can only hide for so long. They both become more embroiled in schemes and intrigue than they imagined, while desperately fighting their attraction to one another.
I thoroughly enjoyed the story, including the historical details of François I and his court. Wright's descriptions of the clothing and food of the time give the reader a strong sense of time and place. Aimée is a spunky heroine, always ready to try a new scheme to escape a tangled situation. St. Briac is an alpha-hero with out being too overbearing or dominating. I enjoyed his humor, sensitivity, and friendship with François.
Fans of Cynthia Wrigtht's other books, will enjoy reading about the Beauvisage ancestors, not only for the connection, but for the story itself. Those unfamiliar with her work, will want to read more!
As mentioned, on this reread, I read my ebook and listened to the audiobook. Sometimes at the same time and sometime not. Tim Campbell is the narrator and as expected, he did a fabulous job. While the story is set in France, Campbell limits his French accent to the French words in the text and the narration is more of a British English. I am grateful for this, because if the entire book was read in a French accent, I think it would be harder to understand. In his narration, there is enough French to get a strong feel for the setting. Despite the fact that I finished reading the ebook before I finished listening, I continued to listen to the book, well, just because. I look forward to listening to more Wright-Campbell audiobooks!
I was given a free copy of the audiobook in exchange for an honest review. I was also given a free version of the updated ebook, that included minor text edits as well as an additional scene with the DaVinci painting of François I. (Before receiving this ebook, I did already own the original paperback and an older edition of the ebook.)
This is my absolute favorite book that Cynthia Wright has written and I didn't think it could get any better until I listened to Tim Camball narrate it. I couldn't stop listening.
Two strong willed people refusing to give into love, it's simply prefect!
Once again Cynthia Wright has proved that her Renaissance Romantic Books are the very best. She has even mad them more memorable with the talented Tim Campbell's narration. Her book "You And No Other" is one of my favorite because of the handsome Thomas St. Briac who is determined never to marry but than he's never met the impulsive and bewitching Aimee de Fleurance who pretends to be her sister and finds herself in the court of the King of France where St. Briac unwillingly aids her in keeping the King fooled as to her identity. This book has plenty of twists and turns and finds St Briac falling hopelessly in love with Aimee who constantly needs saving from the romantic advances of the King who thinks she is her sister.
With the fantastic Tim Campbell's narrative and his wonderful voice that captures each and ever character's personalities. This is an Audiobook that you must have to listen to and read long with Cynthia Wright's great book. So set back and let You And No Other take you on an amazing journey with Thomas and Aimee. You won't be sorry!
Cynthia Wright writes such wonderful books. Whether I read one of her stories with a setting in the United States, London or French, each are extremely entertaining with intense detail to the historical moment, encouraging the reader to do some internet research themselves.
Historically, I learn much of the events of history—the machinations behind historical happenings is always intriguing. The setting is in France, and one I enjoyed very much. Narrator Tim Campbell is a favored narrator. His accents add sparkle to the dialogue. There are some French word pronunciations not quite right. Tim, if you happen to be reading this review, contact me. It’s just a few words, but it is worth mentioning. 😊
Aimée de Fleurance is a delightful character, although one character of the story calls her a head-strong little vixen. At 17, she has zest of life, humor, a quick-wit and determination to succeed and outwit those who determine a woman’s future. Her approach to her problems create more and as a reader I laughed most the time! However much she wants control of her future, events wrap their tentacles neatly around her wrists and she must make the most of it.
Honorine, Aimée’s sister, is the prim and proper young lady, however, her flaw rests in her determination to be part of the royal entourage almost landing in the king’s bed. Aimée saves her sister, but can she save herself from a king who has long been imprisoned and just wants to cavort with desirable young women?
Thomas’s sarcastic remarks to his man-servant, Gaspire, are entertaining and vastly enlightening as to Thomas’s character and frame of mind.
Thomas and Aimee share one common trait, stubbornness. Each speak freely what is on their minds in a caustic, sharp-tongued manner making the dialogue absolutely great fun! Aimée plays with fire as events get out of hand.
There are many supporting characters who add a lot to this read and help develop the main characters further. All in all, this is one author I highly recommend for her historical romances. I look forward to continuing the series. It is one not to be missed!
It doesn't get much better than the entertaining storylines of Cynthia Wright with her charming characters and the uber-talented (~sigh~ French) Tim Campbell. Mr. Campbell brings the characters to life. Buy the book AND the Audible narration for a truly entertaining experience.
I enjoyed the story after a somewhat slow start. The reader had a good French accent which added to the story. It is somewhat difficult following the French names until you get used to them. Good 3-4 star though not great.
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