Only desperation could bring Duncan Pennethorne, the infamous Earl of Sheringford, back home after the spectacular scandal that had shocked even the jaded ton. Forced to wed in 15 days or be cut off without a penny, Duncan chooses the one woman in London in frantic need of a husband. A lie to an old flame forces Margaret Huxtable to accept the irresistible stranger's offer. But once she discovers who he really is, it's too late - she's already betrothed to the wickedly sensual rakehell. Quickly she issues an ultimatum: If Duncan wants her, he must woo her. And as passion slowly ignites, two people marrying for all the wrong reasons are discovering the joys of seduction - and awaiting the exquisite pleasure of what comes after...
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The first 2 books of the series dealt with the stories of the 2 Huxtable sisters: Katherine and Vanessa. We've also been introduced to the eldest sister Margaret (Meg) who sacrificed her happiness to fulfill a promise she made on her father's deathbed when she was only 17 years old to raise her brother and sisters until they reached maturity. As a result, she tells her sweetheart at the time, Crispin Dew, that she will wait for him to return to her when he finishes his military service, only to find out accidentally that he married someone else and did not even bother to inform her himself. Book 3 is Meg's story and I am delighted to say (after giving 3 stars to the last book) that it has been the best one in the series so far. Duncan was a great match for the self sacrificing, compassionate, honorable and level headed Meg. He was also a cynic who no longer believed in love but was seeking to marry out of necessity. Their first exchange is one of the highlights of the book and carries Mrs Balogh's traditional signature humor and sarcasm. The main theme of their story was trust and being faithful to one's conscience in my opinion. This book featured what I have always expected of Mrs Balogh: humor, exquisite dialogue, sarcasm and lots of heart. The 2 villains were somewhat one dimensional, but the secondary characters (grandfather, Duncan's mom, Sir Ingraham and Tobby) were very likeable and had a lot of depth to them. Stephen has also matured in this book and we are obviously being prepped for his upcoming story. Yet, I cannot wait for Constantine's book because he is the most complex character in the series. If you are reading Mrs Balogh, please give us Con's story. To audible listeners, download this book and enjoy. You won't be disappointed.
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I am a big Mary Balough fan and love this series! I purchased this book first and have gone back and downloaded the others. The Huxtable's are worth hearing about in any order, and i enjoyed Anne Flosnik's narration a great deal. A lovely way to spend a rainy day!
Was a good read even though I have not read the first two books in the series. Cute and entertaining. Good narroration.
The book is really entertaining but made more so by the narrator. I always enjoy listening to Anne Flosnik.
Loved this book and the whole Huxtable series very entertaining and the narrator is excellent
I really enjoyed reading the first 2 books of this series, so I ventured to listen to this one. It is worth the listen, but I wonder if it is as good as the first 2 or if I was simply disappointed because I listened to it instead. I will still read or listen to the next and would still recommend this one.
I love history and romance. I read several books a month and I enjoy listening to books when I am doing other things. A good book can whisk you away to another time and place while a bad book is like a stomach ache.
I love audio books, especially historical romances but this series is as dull as it gets. The narrator is boring and the story drags on so long that you lose interest before it finishes, *yawn*.
Love Mary Balogh, but Anne Flosnik's nasty accent just grates on my nerves! You are better off skipping the audiobook and reading it in hard copy! Couldn't even finish it.
The narration of this book is mind-numbingly dull, which only enhances what a wretched, cold character Meg is and makes the ridiculous plot twist seem even more far-fetched. Don't waste your credit. Or 11 hours of your life listening to this drivel.
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