I've just discovered Courtney Milan, and I think she's one of the best. This story has everything, wallflower and handsome Duke, mysteries discovered..Show More » and revealed, a social conscience exposed, hilarious dialogues, and 2 amazing admirable and lovable and unusual heroes. Why the handsome Duke even struggles with his wedding night, and the way they solve it is so real-human-like. It's about 2 people finding love, and even surprising who is in need of it the most. I admire writers who don't copy the Romance genre's lists of behaviors but ones who create unique stories and characters and write well, without that sense of needing the cuts of a good editor to make the story tight. If you miss part of this story you need to go back and rewind, and the writing is so fluid and intelligent you forget about the writer and just get engrossed in the story. A definite credit-worthy selection. I'll be looking for more in the Brothers Sinister series.
I loved this book!!! The characters are complex, the conflicts are real and it's written in a way that you get to care for the different characters. T..Show More »his is a rich story that handles intense subjects such as political influence, human rights, mental illness and epilepsy. And the thread that binds all of those subjects are two great love stories. By the end you feel satisfied and happy because you see that love conquers all. Narration: Rosalyn Landor is one of the most experienced and amazing narrators I've ever listened to. She adds intensity and passion to the story and has an uncanny ability to make very different voices to all characters (and this story had lost of characters). She nails every characterization (men, older men, young women, old women). If you enjoy historical romances then you must add this title to your collection.
I am a fan of Milan's writing and have enjoyed many of her stories. Perhaps my biggest complaint about this story is that Violet does not appear to be..Show More » the same woman I had encountered in the 2 previous stories. This one is cold and so filled with angst that the majority of the book was tedious having to continually read about her inner torment. I found so little of the humor that I generally like about Milan's stories. Sebastian is such a likable character and although his enduring love for Violet is heart warming, I found that to become tiresome as well as it took quite some time into the story to get an explanation for Violet's inner turmoil.
I was so looking forward to this book as I had read the 2 previous stories and had enjoyed them but could only recommend this one if you really want to read the final book in the trilogy.
Rosalyn Landor's performance was the main reason I finished the book. she was as always outstanding in the delivery of the story.
Loved every letter (including punctuation!), word, phrase, clause, sentence, paragraph, page, chapter .... You get the idea! The characters were mult..Show More »idimensional and I fell in love with them all! I have been avidly reading this genre for 30 *cough* years and can honestly say this book has a place in my top 10!
The audio reading was magnificent and I really felt immersed in the story and the thoughts and emotions.
The Hero was someone I could not only fall in love with but have a true life happily ever after. I absolutely related to the Heroine who had the spunk and wit to take on her times. HUZZAH!!!!! I can't recommend this more !!!
I will definitely be listening again - I just wish I could go back in time and re listen fresh but alas! I will just have to glom all of Courtney Milans next series!!!