If I had to name the theme of this book it would be "lust".
The story was about Charlotte, a Duke's daughter, who at 17 years of..Show More » age had no interest in getting married. She was more interested in art than men.
Charlotte was a good girl, always doing what was right, but one night her friend, smitten with a man that wants her to meet him at a ball, convinces Charlotte into going with her. Unknown to Charlotte and her friend the Ball was a Cyprian's Masquerade Ball, where gentlemen go to meet light-skirts. Her friend goes off with her love-interest and leaves Charlotte alone. Charlotte is led into an indiscretion by a man dressed as a coachman, and they fall in lust. This incident lays the foundation for the story that follows. Seven years later, when Charlotte has grown up and developed into a beautiful woman, they meet again.
Susan Duerden draws step by step mental pictures all the way. Susan is a good performer, but her male voices whisper, which was a little distracting for me. She does children's voices extremely well.
I listened to it from beginning to end, but will not listen to it again. If it was one-half the length, I would have liked it better, and would not feel I missed anything.
While this book didn't change my auto-buy-author standing for Eloisa James, I don't think it was one of her best. Sophie and Patrick were likable cha..Show More »racters, but the miscommunication and erroneous conclusions they would draw became tedious. Their repetitive misunderstandings thinned out and "dumbed down" both the plot and characters. The book had the potential for more depth and intrigue within the "Ottoman(Turkish)/French(Napoleonic)/spy/sabotage" subplot, but it seemed as though the author lost her aim or simply didn't want to dig that deep and it ended up falling flat.
One of the BEST books by Eloisa James. LOVE the characters. So real. I was never bored throughout this almost 14 hour book. Couldn't wait to find out ..Show More »what happened next and then couldn't stand that the book ended. Great storyline. Trust me when I say you will not be disappointed.