A Marriage of Convenience
Such is the agreement forged between Lady Jessica Stanton and Simon Warland, Earl of Northcote. Jessica needs a husband strong enough to protect her inheritance from her avaricious stepbrother. Simon needs money to restore the family legacy his father squandered. United by necessity, emotional attachment isn’t part of the deal.
An Unexpected Passion
Yet once the reluctant newlyweds are living under the same roof, Simon can’t ignore the startling intellect, gentle strength, and graceful beauty Jessica keeps so carefully hidden from the world. And Jessica is intrigued to discover Simon’s formidable temper masks a kind, noble heart. But when Simon’s true motive for their marriage is revealed, Jessica is devastated by his betrayal. Because, despite her best intentions, she is falling in love with her husband. And love is the last thing either of them wants - though it may be exactly what they need.
©2012 Laura Landon (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I think when we listen to these FICTIONAL, historical romances there are 2 categories of listeners - 1. the listener that want's everything researched, researched, researched and then verified (absolutely nothing wrong with that if that's what you like), and 2. the listener who just want's a fanciful romance that's pure escapism and who wants just a bit of enjoyable fun to pass the time whilst doing a particularly dull chore or task. I think this is why this book is getting such varied reviews and I sadly, fall into the 2nd category - so I will give my review based on my own personal tastes.
I found this to be thoroughly enjoyable, touching, funny, sweet and romantic and it has some great characters too that you can't help but empathise with - handsome penniless Rake and a deaf rich but modest heiress. There is an evil villain who had 'allegedly' raped a servant of 13/14 and done some 'unmentionable' acts but, as with all these types of books, he gets 'dealt with'. Great narration by Ms. Landor too.
Worth a credit? If you fall in category 2 then - YES absolutely - but for $9.79 for nearly 11hrs I would just buy it, save your credit and spend it on a more expensive listen.
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My sister and I listened to the audible version during a long car trip. It is romance as I like it - a plot that moves along and lots of laugh-out-loud humour. I liked the audio so much that I bought it for my Kindle, and I bought the other two of her books that audible has available. I read/listen to a lot of romance books, but this one really stood out for me. I suppose it really comes down to personal preference.
Liked the idea of the storyline if written with more depth, not angry & suspect attitude from main male character, got a bit over the top at times, it's like yep got his issue's let's get on with story. More research necessary on the time period, some aspects in story were not of the time period, being correct in time period does add depth to the overall story, your there in it, so you wish to experience it correctly. Overall, ok, liked some aspects of story but wouldn't re-listen to it.
I would because it it a great story, well worth my time.
In the basement at the asylum.
The carriage ride in the park.
Almost both, it had sad and funny moments.
Wanted to listen to the whole thing in one sitting but couldn't due to the long length.
Yes , its very romantic and passionate. Just loved it.
I Just love Rosalyn Landor's nothing compares to her.. All the voices she makes are really good.
The story itself. The characters. This one stretched the mind further then most in its genre.
The depth of the tale. A story that reaches into the very worst of humanity but still romps joyously thru regency era London. A gritty mystery and a nice love story. This one twists your heartstrings in a different way than most of the historical romances... There are no gritty erotic scenes... There are bone chilling suspense scenarios... I can't help but recommend this book. Three 5's from me!
As always she delivers distinct characters with the right cadence, expression and emotion! I often wonder how she does it, delivering male and female character specific voices with perfection and ease...
The name itself says it! Hmmm... Stories of love, and of suspense, and of hidden secrets and bitter revenge... all rolled up in one.
I highly recommend. But if you like your romance with some erotica then this one's not for you. If you like your romances to be light hearted "chick flick" style then this ones not for you. However if you like a great many faceted story with fabulous narration then this IS for you!
I'm a very simple person who love to read or listen to books. My favorite genre is Historical Romance but am willing to spread my wings and fly temporarily over to sample a little young adult adventure or suspense, but I will without fail, return to romance..
This is the first book I've listened to by Laura Landon. I enjoyed Silent Revenge in its entirety. Once you come to the end, you realize, sometimes, it is best not to hold a grudge or get revenge upon people. It comes with a price that you might not want to pay.
It is worth the credit. I love listening to Rosalyn Landor narrations...
Audio-fiction ADDICT !
I enjoyed this book. I think what ever Rosalyn Landor narrates I'll enjoy, with her performances she improves the book.
This is my first book for this author. I liked her style of writing, simple yet a bit sparkLESS.
I miss the the spark quality that makes your heart ache that I find in Lisa Kleypas's historical romances :( I think this is the problem, that I end up comparing all the historical romances to LK.
Having said this, it's a solid book with nice story and phenomenal performance.
Enjoy it :)
“I love all genres of books, however when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
Pretty interesting story. He needs money because of his wastrel father and she needs to marry because her step brother wants to put her in an institution to take it all.
The most interesting part, is that the heroine, Jessica, is deaf. I've never seen a romance novel with that element in it. I would actually have loved to have seen a little more of her backstory about this element of her life, I think it would have enriched the threat of the villain as well.
As it is, aside from that, it is a pretty standard story. We need each other, we don't know each other, oh! we love each other.
I liked reading it, the characters were pretty well drawn, the ambiance of the story was well created and I'd be interested in reading more from this author.
Great story idea
The characters were brought to life and it was an enjoyable story.
Loved the narrator. Landor manages to capture each character and gives them a quality of their own. You can differentiate between each character easily.
No it was just an enjoyable book to listen to.
I agree with one of the reviews when they mention deaf people and the inability of the main character to converse as she did. However overlooking this the story line was good and a bit different to the norm in some ways.
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