I really enjoyed this first installment of the Writing Girls Series. The characters were strong and very likable. There was plenty dialogue. Sexual te..Show More »nsion and a well written sex scene, (not graphic, just nicely written)
I will definitely read the next book in this series.
The narrator did a very good job as well. I like that she did change her voice to sound like a man for the male dialogue and read with emotion.
Setting: London 1823 Genre: Romance Performance was better than average. Emotions were well-expressed, though the range wasn't great. When the..Show More » dialogue involved 3 or 4 women, it got a little difficult to differentiate, but I don't think many could have done it better, and many, many could do worse. This novel is third person singular from the POV of both protagonists. Is it still third person *singular* if it comes from two points of view? I don't remember as school was a long time ago. Lady Julianna Somerset is A Lady of Distinction, the London Weekly's gossip columnist. She is also the young widow of an unmitigated rake. At 17, she ran away to Gretna Green, wildly in love, only to have her dreams dashed almost immediately by her husband's drinking, gambling, and womanizing. To make it even worse, her late husband left the bulk of his estate to his mistresses and bastards, leaving Julianna a house and very small annuity, so she must work to survive. Can you say bitter and suspicious? Then there's Simon, Lord Roxbury, another unmitigated rake. Julianna, as the Lady of Distinction, saw Roxbury backstage removing men's clothes from someone. In her column, she wrote that though it was possibly an actress who had been dressed as a boy in the play, or could it be that, as he has gone through the ladies of London, perhaps he has now started on the men? This, of course, ruins his reputation, and no one will receive him. He goes to the newspaper office where he sees Julianna and figures out who The Lady of Distinction is. He knows he can ride out the scandal eventually (provided the gossips leave him alone), but his father has issued an ultimatum: marry within a month or lose everything. Angry with his father and perhaps more with Julianna, while drunk, he decides to serenade her all night with a bawdy song, and she shoots him, therefore having to bring him inside to treat his wound. She is ruined and no longer welcome in Society, so she loses her job. The plot revolves around these two wary individuals: Simon, whose late brother told to "be your own man", and Julianna, who has lost the ability to trust and love. How can they get beyond their personal obstacles? The story is an interesting exploration of these two, and it is well done. I believe it is worth the credit.
Sebastian, Duke of Wycliffe is another bad boy hero. In this case, he has travelled the world and bathed nude in the waters of the Islands. Though he..Show More »'s come home to take over his Dukedom, he's penniless and could use a rich heiress to marry and pay his bills. Unfortunately, his reputation is such that the only candidate is a woman he cannot tolerate. Enter Eliza Fielding, another of the writing girls who is trying to make her reputation through uncovering scandals in high society. She becomes a maid in the Duke's home, and a romance develops between her and Sebastian, despite the fact that she is also writing scandalous tidbits about "the tatooed Duke" that simultaneously drive his social desirability into the ground. How these two manage to come together with such a conflict of interests makes for the interesting twists and turns that characterize the stories of the writing girls, intelligent and independent women who also are interested in hot sex with the men they write about. Love it.
I liked the series. Nothing serious or stressful. Lighthearted stories with likable, engaging characters and men who actually fell in love versus fig..Show More »hting off the grand emotions. There was also an infusion of humor which I enjoy. New characters are developed in each book of the series and the old ones continue to be involved. Always a plus in my mind. This last book (which I didn't anticipate being too exciting based on what I knew of the characters) was a sweet, delightful story. The best of the four! I ended up listening twice just because I enjoyed it so much. I also really like this narrator, she can do both male and female voices as well as a range of emotions quite effortlessly. I was very happy with the purchase of this series!