Since his return from war, the Duke of Ashbury's to-do list has been short and anything but sweet: brooding, glowering, menacing London ne'er-do-wells by night. Now there's a new item on the list. He needs an heir - which means he needs a wife. When Emma Gladstone, a vicar's daughter turned seamstress, appears in his library wearing a wedding gown, he decides on the spot that she'll do.
"Stupendous! Well I tell you I know about stupendousness and this book is the very definition."
Romantic Comedy in book form. Along the lines of Bridget Jones Diary (the way they talk to themselves)...but way better! "My precious Angel muffin"......just wait til the badminton scene!
This is without a doubt the most fun, hilarious romantic comedy I have ever listened to. Most romantic books have maybe one or two parts in them that are funny and might make you laugh or at least smile... but this book... it is constant laughter I absolutely love it. It is such a departure from the standard tone and pace of many regency romances. It has the same elements as most romantic historical romance books - the strong young heroin - damaged Duke - but the entire thing is just absolutely hilarious and makes you feel so good!! I did not want this book to end.
The book is mostly dialogue between Emma and Ash....their interactions. The plot doesn't have villains and danger at every turn - it is a story about a damaged man - learning to love himself and learning to receive love and then eventually give love in return.
Any book that within the first 15 minutes I've laughed out loud at least 5 times is a great start to a book. I really enjoy the chemistry between Emma and Ash. Mary Jane Wells is an absolute star. She brings this book to life with comedic charm and then tenderness and then powerful moments. I really don't think many other people could have done even close to as good a job as she does narrating this book.
Here's the problem - the next book you listen too will probably be a let down until you recondition yourself to normal romance novels (even those that are GOOD books).
Seriously I haven't five starred a book since I listened to Lord Perfect and the Outlander series - this is WORTH all 5 stars (and more)
By day, she is Lady Georgiana, sister to a duke, ruined before her first season in the worst kind of scandal. But the truth is far more shocking - in London's darkest corners, she is Chase, the mysterious, unknown founder of the city's most legendary gaming hell. For years, her double identity has gone undiscovered - until now.
I like the twist and the fact that you've basically got three people in one character. But that being said..... I really expected to heroin to be a little less sappy. I just felt like her and West we're both pretty sappy compared to the other characters in the series. Of course this could in part be because of the change in narrators.
I enjoyed the story and it definitely had some mystery which made you want to know what was going to happen.
All in all it was great revisiting all the previous book's characters and I enjoyed the story. It was a good finale to this wonderful series.
He is the Killer Duke, accused of murdering Mara Lowe on the eve of her wedding. With no memory of that fateful night, Temple has reigned over the darkest of London's corners for twelve years, wealthy and powerful, but beyond redemption. Until one night, Mara resurfaces, offering the one thing he's dreamed of . . . absolution.
I was enthralled from the very beginning. Mara & Temple have AMAZING chemistry...ELECTRIFYING sexual chemistry. Mara is one of the best female characters I have listened to in a long time. I really didn't expect to enjoy Temple's story as much as I did....but I did!
The boys at the orphanage were a such a fun addition to the story. I actually wished they were in it a little more. I laughed out loud a few times. Great supporting characters.
For the first time in a long time - I wasn't positive where the story was heading. That's a great thing because it kept me guessing and trying to figure out all the possible outcomes.
This book was finally a book (in a long string of books) that held my attention throughout and I didn't want to hit pause on.
Great series - but this one is the best!
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Dr. Garrett Gibson, the only female physician in England, is as daring and independent as any man - why not take her pleasures like one? Yet she has never been tempted to embark on an affair - until now. Ethan Ransom, a former detective for Scotland Yard, is as gallant as he is secretive, a rumored assassin whose true loyalties are a mystery. For one exhilarating night, they give in to their potent attraction before becoming strangers again. But she is soon drawn into his most dangerous assignment yet.
Garret and Ethan are amazing together. Lisa Kleypas is just absolutely AMAZING! I wish there were 20 more Ravenel family members! It was sexy, interesting, and funny. West Ravenel almost stole the show. Highly recommend the entire series but read the Wallflower series first then the Ravenel Series you will not regret it.
Known as the despair of the Davenports, Reginald is a disinherited, disgraced alcoholic who is headed for a bad end - that is until the new Earl of Wargrave gives him one last chance at redemption by letting him take his place as the heir of Strickland, his lost ancestral estate. Masquerading as a man in order to obtain a position as estate manager of Strickland, Lady Alys Weston came to Strickland after having fled her home, her wealth, and her title due to betrayal and despair.
This was a nice romance, but I had trouble getting into it. I just didn't feel the chemistry. It was good...glad I listened, but I didn't think much about it when it was over. PG rated.
Suzette is not like other heiresses; she wants a poor husband, a gentleman who will be so grateful for her dowry that he will allow her access to it so that she can pay off her father's gambling debts. When this alluring beauty encounters Daniel Woodrow - handsome, titled, single, and even more impoverished than she could have hoped for - it seems Suzette's wildest dreams have come true. But Daniel has not been truthful.
5 hours and 30 minutes of exactly what happened in book 1 (The Countess) I am shocked! This has seriously put me off of Lyndsay Sands books. After looking back in my library I see that I had another of her books that I had read a few years ago... I gave that book only two stars. Then after listening to the countess and only giving it two and a half to three stars I realized Lynsay Sands books might not be my taste. After going through 5 hours and 30 minutes of the same material dialogue and all it seemed I have confirmed I won't go on to the third book and probably won't get a Lynsay Sands book for many many many years to come. In fact this is one of those rare occasions when I'm going to return the book to Audible. There was literally maybe 45 minutes to an hour and that's being generous of new dialogue in this book but it wasn't compelling enough for me to even want to listen to it. I'm just extremely disappointed in Ms Sands.
The last 2 1/2 hours are pretty good. I was glad to have a little good but unfortunately it couldn't save to book.
The fairy tale courtship did not turn into a happily-ever-after. Not until her husband dropped dead, that is. He had been horrible enough to Christiana during their short marriage, and she was not going to allow the traditional period of mourning to ruin her sisters' debuts as well. So she decides to put him on ice and go on as if nothing's happened.... Until the real earl appears.
I did get this book on sale - 2 for 1 - so with that in mind - I am fine with the fact it wasn't great.
Well.....Christiana is a total nit wit. The narrator doesn't help that either - she really makes her much worse. The narrator isn't bad all the time....just not great in all the love scenes. She seems to get louder and makes the love scenes very distracting - rather than sensual. And since we are on the topic.....there are some steamy parts, but nothing over the top IMO. Although...Sands says "latched on" so much it got really annoying. I mean one latched on might be fine, but too many and it is just gross.
It is an interesting premise for a storyline, pretty far fetched - but aren't they all? ;o) There seems to be a lot of redundant thoughts. That got a little old......I kept saying yeah yeah...I know...get on with it. As the story progressed it really did seem to get more ridiculous. I just don't seem grown people acting like this. I hate talking about a writer's work negatively, but really seemed like Sands was all over the page (no pun intended) and was writing without an overall plan. Most of the things that took seemed like time fillers - and then - it was over.
Richard and Daniel are great characters. Daniel and Suzette seem like they will have a fun story. (although I thought this book was only okay - I have a hard time not finishing a series)
So .... if its on sale - get it...if you have credits to burn...get it. If you want to really get into and enjoy a good story and good writing....DON'T get it!
Sebastian Grey is a devilishly handsome rogue with a secret. Annabel Winslow's family voted her The Winslow Most Likely to Speak Her Mind and The Winslow Most Likely to Fall Asleep in Church. Sebastian's uncle is the Earl of Newbury, and if he dies without siring an heir, Sebastian inherits everything. Lord Newbury detests Sebastian and will stop at nothing to prevent this from happening....
I just never got hooked into this one. I liked Sebastian and Anna alright, but I just didn't think the chemistry was developed. I liked seeing characters from the last book, and those may have been my favorite parts. Just okay - not spectacular, but I was glad to see what happened to Seb.
This one was pretty tame in the heat department. There was little steam and what was there was really only luke warm.
Over all - I'm glad I listened (Landor is always a treat)
Captain Maximus Harcourt, the unconventional tenth Duke of Alderidge, can deal with tropical storms, raging seas, and the fiercest of pirates. But he's returned home from his latest voyage to find a naked earl - quite inconveniently deceased - tied to his missing sister's bed. And he has only one place to turn. Now he's at the mercy of the captivating Miss Ivory Moore of Chegarre & Associates, known throughout London for smoothing over the most dire of scandals.
This is not just a puppies and rainbows romance. There is a lot of dirty deeds going on here and Ivory Moore is right in the middle! Ivory is a wonderful character. She is very well written and not you everyday romance novel heroine - but also not a loud and boisterous "man hating feminist" - shes a female in a man's world and time - doing what she does - and doing it good. She isn't looking for credit - she is under the radar.
Max is not quite as well developed IMO, but he is still a fine leading man.
Some of the stars of the book are the supporting characters - whether they be villains or the good guys....and sometimes it is hard to tell!
There is romance, but it is not as much as I personally would have liked. It is steamy - but not scorching. Lots of intrigue and mystery - worth a credit for sure.
Nicolas, Lord Hatherly, never intended to marry-nor add to the "mad" Hatherly line - but now he must honor his father's debt to a social-climbing merchant or lose the family estate. A notoriously wild marquess, won by her father at a game of cards, is the very last thing Miss Alice Tombs wants. She's spent the last three seasons repelling suitors in spectacular fashion so she'd be at liberty to explore the world. She'll just have to drive this one away as well.
I was surprised that THIS was the BEST of the trilogy! I never thought I would like Nick after the first 2 books and didn't think it was possible to like Alice! I was WRONG! This was so good! I laughed and teared up - I was on the edge of my seat.
The supporting characters are WONDERFUL! I think they put this book over the top for me.
I felt like the romance grew at a more natural pace and seemed to be more real. It was sweet, funny, sexy and leaves you feeling warm inside!
Lenora Bell saved the best for last!