Three nights of danger...
When her brother was arrested for murder, the ton shut its doors to Marietta Winters. No one would help her save him from the gallows - no one but Gabriel Noble. In exchange for taking the case, Gabriel requests three favors from the desperate young beauty, and Marietta has no other choice but to make a deal with the sinfully handsome devil.
Three nights of pleasure...
Searching for clues in the rough underbelly of London, Marietta must masquerade as a shamelessly wanton wench - much to Gabriel's delight. But Marietta swears to herself that her passionate moans are just for show. She could never fall in love with such a maddening, arrogant, seductive stranger...could she?
Three nights of sin...
Night after night, she satisfies his wicked cravings. But soon Gabriel wants more from Marietta than just three nights of sin - and even a sordid secret in his past won't prevent him from trying to possess her forever.
©2008, 2012 Anne Hearn (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers
Our hero is not a duke or an earl.
Gabriel is a butler's son that ran away from home at an early age. What he became was a man with money who helps people....for a price. We never know exactly what his limits are in what he will do for clients--which is interesting. He charges some people, but others will owe him 3 favors.
Gabriel is approached by the sister of an innocent man that's about to be convicted for a series of murders. The story, and romance, takes off from there. With lot's of twists (some leading back to Gabriel's past) and a heroine that is involved in the investigation *and* believable, this is an excellent book.
The narration was well done with one exception: There was more than one scene in which a character is supposed to whisper, and didn't. It seems like a small thing, but because of that error, there was no intensity where there should have been. Some scenes could have been much more emotional and memorable. This won't stop me from enjoying this story a second time. Overall, it was very well done.
I read so I can write
This book has all the elements of a good historical romance. Great story with just the right balance of mystery and romance is combined with strong, interesting characters who are well developed. The narration contributes, making the listening enjoyable.
Good addition to my library.
I love to read! With kids, that hobby is impossible...enter Audible...problem solved. Chores that I dread are now quiet time for this Mommy!!!
This story was great if you want a little romance mixed in with a mystery. I enjoyed listening, but I like romance for Romance's sake. I am not sure why the books is titled Three Nights of Sin??? The heroine basically lives with the hero for most of the book. There are some sweet moments and like I said the underlying mystery was good. Just not what I was expecting.
Maybe I am wrong, but I would have liked for them to spend a bit more time gettting to know each other through exchanging words and not just through internal dialogue. Not the worst book and I would read it again, but when I am in the mood for a good mystery. Plus I was not crazy about the hero being Molested...at 16...by a group of attractive women...What???? The author addresses this in the book, but it was just...wierd!
I think the heroine is likeable and it is very admirable that she wants to save her brothers from ruination, and false murder charges. On the other hand, the heroine's brothers are pathetic! They are selfish and immature, squandering their fortune and expecting their sister to take care of them! You can see why she falls in love with the hero.
I would say, give it this a try IF it is on sale. I
Historical romance junkie. Who doesn't love romance?
I read the reviews on this one and thought, oh boy a good romance book. So....not a romance. Half way through I looked back at audible to see if I had accidentally downloaded a mystery instead of a romance. I would label this a mystery, and lets throw in some limp sex scenes to make it a "romance". I think as a mystery this story could have stood on it own. its a semi good mystery but as a romance it falls way short.
The lead character is a self made man and that's admirable, the female character is a down and out aristocrat in serious need of help. The plot become twisted and tangled leading the reader down several wrong paths that become confusing as fingers get pointed in every which way but the right one. The love scenes are awkward and disconnected and I did not feel any chemistry between the two characters. While Anne Mallory had a good concept, I think trying to mix the mystery with the romance didn't quite come off and made the story weak it the romance part. The characters themselves are quite human and afflicted, but together they are just dysfunctional and disjointed.
Needless to say, I wasn't a fan. I think if you really like mystery/romance you will probably enjoy. I would have liked this story better had it been a romance/mystery.
Definitively! This is such a compelling story. You think you know what is coming but that is false. The story is goes deep into the human soul, at some times.
The way the characters are unravelled. Layer after layer is exposed, and all new turns take you by surprise.
The different voices to the different characters. It makes it easier to follow the plot line.
Before redemption comes sin.
Historical - Romance - Mystery
I have not read it yet...
Angele Masters did a great job performing both the multiple male roles and the female ones. From high class to working class.
Agatha Christie and Mr. GQ meets Jack the Ripper.
I have read thousands of books. What I liked so much about this book was that Anne Malllory broke the mold or rather broke out of the mold with Three Nights of Sin. There isn't a book out there that I can compare this one to, it is one of my all time favorites.Congratulations to Ms. Mallory for her first audiobook. She really raised the bar with this one! Thank goodness a great narrator was chosen to record it.
The plot is great and twisting nicely - no expected endings
The narrator was great
the book flew by and never dragged plus it keeps you in suspense all the time
Why can't real life be like books?
The story begins as a family of disgraced members of the Ton, a sister and two brothers are dealt a blow. The youngest brother ends up in prison for a notorious serial crime of murder -- crimes he did not commit. But how to prove it?
The older brother is a spendthrift and a drunkard, so he's no help, which leaves it to the sister to find a way to free her younger brother. She is given a name of someone who might be willing to help her, a mysterious Mr. Noble, but when she meets him she's told she can either pay 10,000 pounds for his services, or agree to do three favors in return, no questions asked, at a future date. Well, she has no money, so favors it is.
There is a very good (and sexy) romance in this book, as well as an equally good mystery to be solved. It's a detailed and well written plot with many twists and turns to keep you guessing. The way that Mr. Noble calls in his many favors from those in interesting positions in the government to solve the mystery was clever. He would be an interesting character in a series on PBS, so I was very disappointed to learn this was not a series. Too bad!
The narration was very good. Also, the resolution of the mystery was very well done. I can't remember the last time I had this much fun reading an historical romance, and actually, this one belongs in it's own category. P. B. Ryan writes some very good victorian mysteries with romance available on Kindle. "Still Life With Murder (Nell Sweeney Mystery Series, Book 1)," is the first of her series. Highly recommended if you like this sort of thing.
I looked for other books by this author but was disappointed to learn that this is considered her best book. I would have loved to read more by her in this vein.
Definitely not your average historical romance. This book deals with a far grittier reality than that of ton balls and vouchers to Almacks. The protagonists are barely part of society (him) or clinging to the fringe of society (her). The book opens with Marietta going to Gabriel in desperation to ask his help in proving her 18-year-old brother innocent of a series of Jack the Ripper-like murders. Their relationship develops as she collaborates with him to search for evidence that could free her brother.
There are many things to like about this book, and the novelty of the characters and plot is a major one. Unfortunately, I was never able to warm up to Marietta enough for the romance aspect to completely work for me. Part of that may have been the audiobook narration. It was actually pretty good but it's possible that the portrayal of M wasn't as sympathetic as it could have been and that influenced my perception of her. I would also be interested to see what their life would look like a few years down the road, because their HEA seems a little fragile. It's great that they recognize that they love each other, but how are they going to make a life together?
The climax of the book was heartbreaking and will stick with me for a long time. I don't want to say much else about it in order to avoid spoilers.
Finally, the cover and title seem to promise one kind of book, while what we get is far different and, in my opinion, better. I can see someone being disappointed if they were expecting a very hot historical and got this complex, psychologically gripping murder mystery instead.
That it was exciting to the very end, it was hard to figure out who the killer was.
Gabriell, how he wrestled with his feelings, and what direction it took him in.
I really liket her.
I cried when it was time to make a break.
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