After the death of her father, Georgiana Hartley returns home to England - only to be confronted with the boorish advances of her cousin. Knowing no one, she flees to Dominic Ridgely's estate, hoping the nobleman will bestow a neighborly kindness upon her. The viscount hears Georgiana's plea to find her a position as a lady's companion with barely concealed ill humor. A lovely innocent such as Miss Hartley subjected to that wretched existence?
Not a bit realistic. I loved it! Great way to escape! I hope this makes 15 words.
Renowned beauty Lady Linnet is torn between two desires: revenge on those who destroyed her family or marriage to her childhood sweetheart Sir James Rayburn. One fateful night, she makes a misguided choice: she sacrifices Jamie's love for a chance at vengeance.
Love that phrase "smutty book." Now I love a sexy story with sexy characters, but I totally agree with Jan's review. Lynette was a pain raising her skirts as if it were merely a way to pass the time bored me to tears. This is a smutty book, I thought. Didn't bother to finish it. I too thought Jamie should have been looking for a woman with more sense. I like Mallory's writing and thought this would be just the thing. Very disappointed. Wait til another Mallory book comes out. In the meantime try a Tessa Dare story.
Elise deVries is not what she seems. By night the actress captivates London theatergoers with her chameleonlike ability to slip inside her characters. By day she uses her mastery of disguise to work undercover for Chegarre & Associates, an elite agency known for its discreet handling of indelicate scandals. But when Elise is tasked to find the missing Duke of Ashland, she finds herself center stage in a real-life romance as tumultuous as any drama.
After all the reviews, I really tried to like this. Didn't like the first book either. In the first book, I tried twice to get out of the first scene with the dead body in it and just got too annoyed both times. Got further with this book, made it to about chapter 5. The sum of the story seemed to me to be a contest between hero and heroine to see which one suffered the most. I almost always enjoy an Ashford MacNab performance but her male voices this time around sound like wicked witches or guys with severely stuffed up noses. Kinda tired of heroines who want to ditch their gowns and put on a pair of trousers, like they're going to throw on a pair of Levi's. Then, throw in the political digs where Americans are bad (this time during French/Indian wars, and I quit trying. Not all books have to be as good as "Flowers from the Storm" to suit me. I enjoy the average historical romance, but I don't have to settle for boring. This one is going back.
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After her estate is entailed away, Jessamine Foster has no choice but to live with relatives who detest her. When her aunt gives her an ultimatum to leave, Jessamine accepts a position as companion to Lord Kirkendale's sister - even though she's been warned her predecessors can't seem to resist the earl's exceptional good looks. Can Jessamine manage to hold on to her job without losing her heart?
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. The theme wasn't all that new, which is fine with me because a good story can be told in so many different ways, but the depth of feeling from all of the characters was very good - in the villans as well as the heros. Love the twists here and there. I hope audible brings more Suanne G Rogers books to its store!
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One final cry - "God almighty, help us!" - and suddenly Hannah's world shifted violently, and a blinding collision scattered her mind and shook her bones. Then came the pain, the freezing water, and a hand reached for hers before all faded into darkness
Loved this story! This was my second story by this author. While I enjoyed my first listen, the Pembroke Park one, it came no where near the caliber of Lady Maybe. It reminds me a bit of Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale in its drama and seriousness; but it was not quite as deep or emotional. It's really difficult for me to go into the plot without giving anything away, so I won't.
I suppose this book could be called a mystery but it's different in that as soon as the twist and turns and questions come up, they are answered fairly soon. And then a new one pops up. The whole story isn't spent trying to solve one mystery. Also, potential romances abound (the most important part!) and they have their own twists and turns.
The heroine had a good intuition (didn't do stupid things most of us would never do). This heroine's interests were not about women's rights and she did not balk at the conventions of the day in every chapter. She actually had a moral compass as well as some faults. She even tried to overcome these weaknesses.
If you happen to be looking for the hot and heavy steamy scenes, you won't find them here. I think the author prefers that the characters have their privacy. I like steamy scenes, but they are not a deal breaker for me. And the depths of emotions of the main characters are such that I don't think you'll miss them.
With most historical romance novels, one can usually tell how the book will end. Of course, we realize that the fun is in the journey. However, Lady Maybe kept me guessing. I was delighted to realize that I had no idea how it was going to turn out until the end! I highly recommend this story.
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A blue-eyed innocent on the outside and a shark on the inside, dressmaker Sophy Noirot could sell sand to Bedouins. Selling Maison Noirot's beautiful designs to aristocratic ladies is a little harder, especially since a recent family scandal has made an enemy of one of society's fashion leaders. Turning scandal to the shop's advantage requires every iota of Sophy's skills, leaving her little patience for a big, reckless rake like the Earl of Longmore.
I listened to this series when it first came out; except I skipped this book. It seemed to get low ratings in the beginning, and though I had it in my wish list, I just didn't want to buy it. Then, it went on sale, and I thought I'd go ahead and get it. I'm so glad I did! Loved the characters - how can you not when Kate Reading is narrating. But best of all, I loved the dialogue. The hero/heroine had that chemistry where they could really banter back and forth. Very clever banter! Don't know how Ms. Chase comes up with it all - great plot, great characters, and great writing. My favorite of the series!
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>The sole survivor of a train accident, young Larken Burke is dubbed the Miracle Orphan. Four years later, however, her life is far from fortunate. Because of her emotional and physical scars, she believes she's not marriageable. With little hope for the future, she agrees to wed a gentleman she's never met. Unfortunately, his aloof manner proves difficult to bear.
Sounded like a good plot and though there were only 4 ratings, I thought I'd give it a shot - and was burned. I know I should wait until there are more ratings, so it's my own fault.
I'm just too spoiled by the likes of authors Laura Kinsale, Lisa Kleypas, Loretta Chase and others. The plot for Larken did keep me interested enough to see how everything turned out, but when the hero says or thinks stuff like (and this is not a spoiler): even though my brother ran off with my fiancee and got her pregnant, I shouldn't have been so hard on him. Now, when he means hard on him - it's all verbal. Didn't even punch him out. The heroine also had a bunch of eye rolling statements. Felt like I was listening to a pre-teen book. I finished it, but more than once, I just wanted it to end. Even Stevie Zimmerman couldn't help this book.
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Captain Sir Sheridan Drake is no knight in shining armor, even if he happens to be famous for his heroism. An exiled princess with revolutionary ideas is just a convenient opportunity to get himself out of debt. Princess Olympia isn't precisely fairy-tale royalty herself; she's plump and a little shy, and desperate to do something of importance in the world. But though their meeting begins with her hopeless hero worship, a harrowing journey to the bleak edge of the world will transform them both.
I agree with all of the other reviewers. Nicholas Bolton gave an extraordinary performance as always. This story had constant intrigue and action. And the characters, especially the hero Captain Drake, were extremely well developed and portrayed so that each emotion was felt and understood. Wonderful love story! However . . .
Without giving anything away, I felt the ending was a bit abrupt - as if so much had happened between man and woman and then the dialogue just ended in the middle of a conversation. I wanted the characters to have a bit more dialogue to round it out..
Most annoyingly, I sensed undertones of a political message throughout the book. I generally dislike specific modern day events, problems, issues being raised in the historical romance genre; unless they are timeless issues that most generations face and how the characters of yesteryear dealt with them as in Kinsale's Flowers from the Storm, my favorite book. Perhaps Laura Kinsale did mean Seize the Fire to be the timeless theme that some really bad things happen to good people due to the powers that be in this world and love conquers all. If she was trying to convey anything more than that, I missed it and glad to have done.
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Tall, dark, and handsome Benedict Carsington, Viscount Rathbourne is the perfect aristocrat. As the heir to the Earl of Hargate, he is renowned for his perfect manners, perfect breeding, and perfect wardrobe. Unlike his scandalous brothers, Benedict is in no danger of ending up in the scandal sheets - until he meets her. Bathsheba Wingate, is a member of the DeLucey family - the rotten side - notorious for being cheats, frauds, and swindlers.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Absolutely. I'll listen to this book, I thought, but I bet it won't be as good as Mr. Impossible, but still it should be close. I loved this one even more! All of the characters become so very real, emotions, thoughts, everything.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Love them all, even the children, and I usually don't like rebellious children. Their storyline was done so well that they weren't irritating. My favorite would have to be Benedict. Love his stability and dry wit. But also love Bathsheba and her care for propriety. Would love to get to know Lord Hargate better; the father of all these gorgeous men.
What does Kate Reading bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
She becomes each character. I quickly forget that one person is doing all the voices; and that's the way it should be. Plus, she really puts the sarcasm and humor into her characters as needed - very realistic. I can't do as well in my own head when reading rather than listening.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Just a tad slow in the beginning; but once the story is on the road, I could have easily listened to it in one siting.
Rupert Carsington, fourth son of the Earl of Hargate, is his aristocratic family's favorite disaster. He's irresistibly handsome and unapologetically irresponsible, & trouble follows wherever he goes. Still, Rupert somehow manages to escape entanglement - emotional or other - with maddening grace! But now he's a prisoner in Cairo's most infamous jail and his only chance out is accepting a beautiful widow's dangerous proposal.
Would you listen to Mr. Impossible again? Why?
Yes! So many things happen to the hero and heroine that I couldn't possibly remember them all. But what was memorable were the main characters, the supporting characters, and the witty repartee. Just a note - however much I enjoyed the wit and chuckled often, what made me love the story is the depth of emotion that came from the central characters.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Mr. Impossible?
Rupert (hero) and Mile's (heroine's brother) discussion of heroine - Daphne. And any scene with Marigold.
What about Kate Reading’s performance did you like?
Her full development of each character's voice so that it was easy to identify and recall each one.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Intriguing historical romance with a generous dose of wit in exotic Egypt.
Any additional comments?
I've listened to most of Loretta Chase's novels on audible. Most I loved; a few not so much. This one is definitely among my favorites ! Now, I'm ready to listen to Lord Perfect.
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