Vanessa Fitzwilliam is in dire straits. Her father's death a year ago left her with a crumbling manor and a handful of old retainers relying on her for support. When the Duke of Northbridge sweeps into her life with a surprise proposal, Vanessa is tempted - but the arrogant duke believes her to be something she's not.
Hardened by the ravages of war, Northbridge seeks a wife who will provide him with an heir but make no demands on his emotions. The scandalously experienced Vanessa, neither clinging nor innocent, seems the perfect choice. But Northbridge isn't prepared for her reluctance to accept him, or his own fierce reaction to her beauty.
To fulfill his desires, Northbridge is prepared to be ruthless, but can he bend Vanessa to his will? Or has the Duke met his match?
©2011 Leigh D'Ansey (P)2012 Leigh D'Ansey
I tend to get into grooves where everything I read is historical romance, mystery, light romantic comedy, thrillers, or whatever. I used to read (in print) 2 or 3 books at the same time, switching one to the other, depending on mood. But there are medications for that now, LOL.
First off, this is like a play with an act missing. Everything is too compressed. The premise isn't too bad, but the characters need to have some redeeming qualities, and the plot needs development. This was more like an outline for a book.
The narration doesn't give life to the characters, and the very WORST thing about this waste of time is the production values. It sounds like it was recorded in a bathroom through a tin can. Ugh! Audible must have been paid to take this on, but didn't give it a listen before putting it out there for us.
I like the story and the author's story, but the narrator needs to find better recording equipment or a better room to record from.
The audio recording is horrible this narrator's voice is not the problem, wherever or whatever she's recording from the Acoustics is terrible, sounds like an echo in the background, like she's talking on a speaker phone. Would have enjoyed better if the recording was clearer.
I would not know, it certainly was not for me!
I do not think so. The story was so simple and short, it was over before it really started!
No, I did not like her voice and her accent.
I would for the story itself.
The kitchen scene at the beginning of the story.
Her harsh voice that lacked grabbing the moods of the characters.
Then ending and the scene at the log.
I wish the story was longer.
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Narrator had a rich, beautiful voice, but it only seemed to fit with the servants or other working class characters. Not sophisticated enough for members of the aristocracy.
Also, recording quality was TERRIBLE!!! Sounded like she was in an echoing room but worse. Made a sound engineer I know listen to it and he said the narrator was, "off mic". I'm very surprised it was published that way.
No one I can think of... Very disappointing
The narration was terrible, poorly spoken with a very odd accent and inflection in the voice. The characters did not feel real.
None, story and narration were terrible.
Do not waste your time and money there are a lot better books out there.
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