In the beginning, I had a hard time keeping my interest in the book. It started okay but something was missing. I continued to listen and then the s..Show More »tory took off and I had a hard time putting down my iPod so I could do things I needed to. Once the story got going, it definitely kept my interest. The plot was interesting, the romance sweet, and there are enough subplots and twists to keep you on your toes. The two characters were actually quite refreshing. I enjoyed their interactions and the thoughtfulness of each. I also enjoyed that the female character had a backbone. In sum, I'd say this book is worth your credit.
I couldn't listen to the 'heroine' a second longer
I have listened to hundreds and hundreds of audio books the majority being historical romance. In all that time I have NEVER had a extreme reaction t..Show More »o a specific character and I have NEVER been so disgusted that I HAD to turn it off. I am very tolerant actually, listening to awful narrators just to hear the story, or tolerating a story just for the sake of getting to the ending. I have more trouble finding faults with the experience overall then anything else, since I consider a book to be just a book, meaning one authors idea for a story and to be appreciated for what it is on it's own, not in comparison with any other. BUT my reaction to this was extreme! I don't doubt that to read this story it may be perfectly enjoyable. And I don't doubt that the narrator delivering any other book would be fantastic as she is quite good. But Polly Lee must have decided that Verity is even a more selfishly awful creature then she is in order for her portrayal of her to be so exactingly extreme. She may have hit the nail on the head since I don't like her, Verity that is. She is such a dislikeable bitch that I couldn't 'listen' a minute more!!! Her personality became offensive to me, which is how she is written and obviously meant to be I am sure, but she sounds like such a hatefully selfish bitch that I couldn't stand to HEAR her! So is my extreme hateful reaction due to how well she is written or how she is delivered? I enjoyed every other word that the narrator spoke... but my enjoyment of the book was totally driven to hatred by Verity. Perhaps it was both. Since she is the goal post of this book it's hard to differentiate. In other words... maybe the author did this one charactar so well and the narrator delivered her so exacting that it spoiled any hope the book had of being good.. and perhaps wading thru it would have lead to something enjoyable, but after hours of nothing but Verity I couldn't bear it any longer. Perhaps part of the tale is her transformation... which would make it a great book. But I had wasted enough time and run out of patience long before any hint of it.
Will I try another by this author? I don't dare!
Will I buy another with Polly Lee? I have heard her before and never had a bad thing to say, she is an exceptional narrator!
CREDIT worthy, not in my humble opinion. It felt like self inflicted punishment since I wanted to shut it off longggggg before I did.
HEAT factor... just my contempt for Verity. If things got steamy later I couldn't say.
Generally... leave this one alone, read it maybe.... but only listen if you are totally unaffected by a specific unlikeable character.
This is the first book, I listened to in this series not realising it was the 3rd,
however it stood on it's own, I didn't feel like I was missin..Show More »g anything by not starting with book 1.
I have to disagree with one review that hated the narrator. I thought she was amazing, her performance was perfect. I felt that she "got" the characters and their insecurities and misunderstandings.
I agree with another listener, who said that she can't wait for book 4 - the Duke's story, I loved his character.
Like Molly Harper's "And One Last Thing...," I enjoyed this book much better as an audio book. The Duke always stood out in the first three audios in..Show More » this series as a libertine and drunkard who only stayed sober and conducted business on Tuesdays. He was the comedic relief, and I was looking forward to his story in this fourth audio.
The narrator perfectly captures the nuances of the Duke of Castleford's very droll humor - I just didn't get that from reading the book last year. The comedic interplay with the characters from the preceding books also came more clearly into focus. If you enjoyed the previous audios in this series, I think you'll enjoy this one.