I was so looking forward to this book to the point that I'd had it on preorder for months. Rodale is usually a very fun writer, with clever plots and..Show More » fleshed-out characters. This time...not so much. The story felt flat and contrived. Even though this wasn't her best effort, I would have liked it a great deal more if it had a different narrator.
Maarleveld needs to learn how to pronounce words that are common to regency romance. Words like Almack's (ALL-max), Viscount (VIE-count), Marchioness (MARSH-ee-on-ESS), valet (val-ETT) and about a dozen others. Her narration was lifeless and dull, and the constant mispronounced words yank you out of the story. It's her job to understand these words and how they are pronounced. (And seriously, Audible, aren't there editors or directors listening to these things?)
The sub-par narration really ruined this one for me, and Maarleveld is now on my lousy narrator watch list.
This was a decent story, not my favorite Maya Rodale book. I am a big Maya Rodale fan too.
I liked Amelia and Alistair together. They made a ..Show More »good couple and there was some good witty banter between the two on their excursions together. They did have some good chemistry together. There was a couple nicely written sex scenes.
The story line and plot was okay. There was no mystery, not too much angst, no villains. It was more about the scandal they caused. Like I said it was a decent story but not a favorite by no means. The dialogue was great, there was lots of it!
As for the narration, Saskia Maarleveld did a great job. I really like her. All the men sound like men, everyone gets a voice and she has a very nice reading voice to listen to.