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  • Proud Mary: A Georgian Historical Romance

  • By: Lucinda Brant
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183

Falling in love with her handsome and enigmatic neighbor is out of the question. As always, Mary will do her duty and ignore her heart. Then into their lives steps a ghost from Mary's past, whose outrageous behavior has Mary questioning her worldview and Christopher acting upon his feelings, and for all to see. The mismatched couple begin to wonder if in fact love can prevail - that a happily ever after might just be possible if only they dare to follow their hearts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lucinda Brant & Alex Wyndham never disappoint

  • By Lady Wesley on 09-09-17

Another Roxton Masterpiece

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-16-19


Roxton Family Saga Book 4. I have fallen in love with The Georgian Era. It is so rich with history, clothing, the manners, and idiosyncrasies of the Aristocrats and Quality who inhabited the time period. Lucinda's books are historically correct and her books are character driven. If you have read the other books in this series you will love this one too and if you haven't this lovely book can be read as a stand-alone story.

Christopher Bryce is a local landowner who has been put in the difficult position of overseeing his late neighbors estate and co-guardian of his daughter. Lady Mary resents the intrusion into her life and her beloved daughter Teddy. Her marriage to Sir Gerald was not a happy one. Now she has another arrogant male to deal with. She is not allowed to leave the estate with her daughter. She can visit her family but cannot take Teddy with her.

Mary is furious with her late husband's will. She is not allowed to make any decisions that affect her household or worse her daughter. She presents a haughty prim, proud mask that hides the vulnerable, lovely woman who deserves to be happy. The only one who sees the real Mary is her daughter Teddy. The only saving grace is the way he and Teddy get along. Teddy calls him Uncle Bryce. Mary knows that Christopher loves Teddy too and she tolerates him because he will protect Teddy with his life.

Christopher is also keeping his true feelings for Mary behind a mask of politeness. He knows how her stupid unfeeling husband treated her. He is secretly in love with Mary and has been for years. He knows that she doesn't feel the same way. What he doesn't realize is that members of Mary's family are on his side. Roxton, Antonia, and Debra just want Mary to be happy and fall in love, and they will do anything to make Mary realize it's ok to let down her guard.

This story has many layers like a sweet and tart dessert that will have you craving more. Lucinda's stories are always centered around her characters and the Roxton family are simply Marvelous. Mary, Christopher, and Teddy are so lifelike they jump right off the pages and into your heart.

I cannot wait to listen to the next book in the Series. The Satyr's Son.
The remarkable writing by Lucinda only adds to the riveting performance of the narrator Alex Wyndham.

  • A Splendid Defiance

  • By: Stella Riley
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154

For two years, England has been in the grip of Civil War. In Banbury, Oxfordshire, the Cavaliers hold the castle, the Roundheads want it back and the town is full of zealous Puritans. Consequently, the gulf between Captain Justin Ambrose and Abigail Radford, the sister of a fanatically religious shopkeeper, ought to be unbridgeable. The key to both the fate of the castle and that of Justin and Abigail lies in defiance...but will it be enough?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A rare reader's gift

  • By Felicia J on 01-08-17

Amazing!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-14-19

First I have to say that I never knew much about the English Civil War. Which is understandable, I am from the US and in the US school system, we studied American History. I have read other Historical Romance novels that mention historical figures like Cromwell, but it was brief. I am happy to say thanks to Stella Riley I now understand the causes and effects of the war and how it affected The United Kingdom's history. As I was reading/listening to this history of what transpired and the characters that made up both sides of the story, I not only got caught up on the history but there was actually a love story that transcended out of a bloody war and how two people from different sides found their happily ever after in a time of violence and death.

Captain Justin Ambrose, a Cavalier is a soldier with a strong sense of honor, integrity and is dangerous to anyone who opposed the Cavaliers and their cause. Justin has no time or patience for the Puritans that live in the town that the Cavaliers hold for the king. Especially a particular zealot name Jonas Radford a shop owner who demeans his family, particularly a young lady named Abigail who he had rescued from a perilous situation. Justin is a gentleman to his core and like any gentleman, he believes that woman should be protected from harm and only feels contempt for Jonas and the way he treats his younger sister, Abigail.

Abigail Radford is a young lady who has no life but what her older brother will allow her. She is allowed to work the counter in her family's shop, other than that she has chores and prayers. Then one day when she is running an errand that if her brother found out she would be punished severely, is accosted by two drunk soldiers, a Cavalier Captain arrives in the nick of time to save her. She is stunned and speechless. She has never seen a man like him and even though she knows it is forbidden she cannot help herself, she allows him to escort her home.

What follows is a secret relationship that is forbidden but neither Justin or Abigail can resist. Usually, in a Historical Romance, there is sex between the main protagonists before you are halfway through the book. Not so in this book, Justin sense of honor will not let him seduce Abigail, though both desire each other. The awakening that Abigail goes through is glorious. Stella is a master at bringing her characters to life.

There is one scene in the book that is truly terrifying. Justin drops his mask of civility when he has to interrogate a traitor. What makes this scene intense is that the traitor is a woman and the pain that he inflicts is intense. Besides being a traitor she tried to kill Abigail and that cannot be tolerated by anyone, be it woman or man. Alex's performance in this scene is so riveting you feel like you are in the room with Justin.

This love story is filled with a plethora of emotions, beliefs, and heart-stopping danger that will have you on the edge of your seat.

Stella's writing is historically addicting to me. I love learning history of all kinds. With Splendid Defiance, I get a love story for all time and I learn at the same time.

I can't wait to dig into the next book, The Marigold Chain.

  • Dair Devil: A Georgian Historical Romance

  • By: Lucinda Brant
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260

Opposites attract. Appearances can deceive. A dashing and rugged façade hides the vulnerable man within. He will gamble with his life, but never his heart. Always the observer, never the observed, her fragility hides conviction. She will risk everything for love. One fateful night they collide. The attraction is immediate, the consequences profound.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Lucinda Brant winner

  • By Cam on 10-26-15

Marvelous!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-07-18

A wonderful addition to the Roxton Series. What I love about Lucinda's books, besides the characters, the historical accuracy, and her exceptional writing skill is that all the characters from the previous books in the series contribute to the overall continuation of the family saga in each succeeding book.

When you meet Dair in The Autumn Duchess you think he is just another womanizing rake and scoundrel. Nothing could be farther from the truth. I won't give away his secrets, you will have to read them for yourself.

Rory is a young lady born with a handicap that prevents her from participating in the Marriage Mart. What she lacks in grace she makes up for in courage, kindness and a heart of gold.

No one who knows could ever imagine that they would fall in love. Even the people close to them do not know all their secrets. Always remember the age-old adage;" Never judge a book by its cover" A story full of surprises that will make you smile. So prepare for surprises revealed by both Rory and Dair.

I can't forget how Alex Wyndham's performance adds to the story and it is amazing how he remembers all the other character voices from the previous books. He is awesome!!

I highly recommend this book and all of the other books in The Roxton Saga!!

  • Hazard

  • Rockliffe Series, Book 5
  • By: Stella Riley
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

Hazard: A game of Chance and Luck, made riskier when Fate is rolling the dice. For Aristide Delacroix, the first throw summons shades from his past. A man he had met, just once, over a card-table... and the lovely girl indirectly responsible for plunging his life into catastrophe. For Lord Nicholas Wynstanton, tired of waiting for Madeleine Delacroix to make up her mind, it slyly suggests he begin a whole new game with loaded dice; while for Madeleine, it devises a terrifying lesson in missed opportunities and the uncertainty of second chances. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent continuation to a delightful series

  • By noagnes on 05-17-18

Stella has done it again!! Marvelous!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-05-18

Another wonderful book in the Rockliffe Series by Stella. In this book, you have two love stories for the price of one. If you have read the previous books in the series, this is Aristide's, Madeleine's and Nicholas's stories.

Aristide Delacroix owner of a Sinclair's and his sister Madeleine will finally have their HAE's, along with Nicholas Wynstanton, Rockliffe's younger brother.

Before Aristide came to England to open his club he had a respectable position and was supporting his ill mother and his younger sister Madeleine. A young man who's only mistake was agreeing to help a distraught young lady deliver a message that her maid would give him. Which resulted in Aristide being beaten so badly by her brother's that he lost his position and was not present to comfort his young sister when their mother passed away. It took him weeks to recover and forced his younger sister to find ways to support them until he was well enough to work again.

Now he is a successful businessman with a wealth of good friends and the respect of those who matter to him. Attending a social function with his friends he cannot believe who is there. It's Genevieve, the woman who almost got him killed in Paris. He is introduced to her and there is no recognition in her eyes, she doesn't remember him! She has grown into a beautifully seductive temptress that he wants to bed. He has never felt this kind of immediate attraction before but knows he has to have her. She is a widow who may be open to having a love affair. Or so he thinks.

Genevieve is in deep trouble. Her perverted cruel husband is dead and he left her destitute with no hope of ever receiving any money anytime in the near future. Her older brother, a wastrel and a bully wants her to marry a man of his choice who will help him become more respectable. She knows that if she doesn't find a solution she will be forced into another miserable marriage.

When she meets Aristide again after so many years she doesn't recognize him at first, he reminds her that he used to work for her stepfather in Paris. She remembers him but doesn't know what happened to him. She liked him when they were younger and now he is a handsome man who she is drawn to him as a woman, which has never happened to her before. He is a gentleman who is being kind to her. She sees him at other social event and comes up with a plan. She knows it is mercenary, but if she can get him to marry her that will solve her immediate problem of staying out of the clutches of her brother. She vows to herself that she will do anything to make Aristide content and hopefully have an amiable marriage.

Aristide is surprised when she asks him to marry her. He knows he wants her but she must be told what her brothers did to him before he can decide if they have a future. He believes her when she says that she didn't know. Can they put the past behind them and have a mutually respectful marriage that will fulfill their desires and maybe turn into something that neither ever dreamed of?

Nicholas has been fascinated with Madeleine for a long time. She refuses to have anything to do with him because he is a nobleman and the heir to a Dukedom. She is the sister of a gaming club owner. Madeleine is adamant that she will not be his mistress, she knows she can't be his wife and wishes he would just leave her alone. She doesn't know how much longer she can hide her feelings for him. Nicholas is insulted that she assumes he is offering her Carte Blanche and she refuses to consider any other option. She is driving him crazy and his friends and brother are watching him make a cake of himself and laughing themselves silly.

When an enemy of Aristide's almost costs Nicholas his life, will they finally admit their feelings for each other or go on being miserable?

The title Hazard describes this book to a T. Taking chances and risking everything is scary and fraught with dangerous possibilities, but you can't know until you risk all for love and hopefully win the ultimate reward.

Another extraordinary addition to the Rockliffe Series. I love catching up with the characters in the previous books, it's like meeting up with old friends. I so adore Stella's love stories. Intrigue, witty repartee, historically accurate with handsome honorable men and strong lovely woman make her books a joy to read or listen to. Her heroes are larger than life and her villains are truly evil. Let's not forget that Alex Wyndham brings her characters to life and you lose yourself in his performance and forget that it is just one actor playing all the parts.

I highly recommend this book and all of the others in this series. Absolutely must reads.

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  • Autumn Duchess: A Georgian Historical Romance

  • By: Lucinda Brant
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 299
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296

Hampshire, England, 1777: Antonia, Dowager Duchess of Roxton, has been mourning the loss of her soul mate for three long years. Her despair is all-consuming until into her life steps a devilishly handsome younger man. Unconventional and self-assured, wealthy merchant Jonathon Strang will stop at nothing to convince Antonia she can love again, and deeply.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superbly written

  • By Cam on 10-22-15

I loved this love story!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-25-18

Every time I listen to a Lucinda Brant book performed by Alex Wyndham I am certain that it was my favorite until I read a new one and I am proven wrong. This is the second book in The Roxton Family Saga and it features Antonia Roxton, Dowager Duchess of Roxton. She lost her beloved husband Renard three years ago. Renard was 20 years older than her when they married, she was 18. Their love for each other was a once in a lifetime love and she misses him desperately. She is still mourning him, wearing blacks and spending hours talking to him each day at the mausoleum where he buried. Julian, the current Duke of Roxton is at his wit's end trying to get his mother to rejoin the living and get on her with her life. The only time she seems happy is when she is with her grandchildren. Roxton decides to deny her their visits until she gives up her blacks and rejoins Society.

Jonathan Strang Leven is a very wealthy merchant who has returned to England from India with his daughter. He is unexpectedly inheriting a Scottish Dukedom and a bankrupt estate in Scotland. While he waits for the ancient Duke in Scotland to die he has decided to launch his daughter in Society. He also plans to get back the estate that was stolen from his family by the 4th Duke of Roxton a century ago. He is a self-made man who has no care for what people think of him. He is handsome, witty, kind, and honest to a fault. When he spots Antonia at a party he is spellbound. She is the most beautiful woman he has ever seen and desperately wants to meet her.

Antonia is only at the party because her son insisted. When a tall handsome man walks up to her and asks her to dance she is shocked. She is still wearing her blacks and they have not been introduced. When Julian steps in front of her and tells the stranger that his mother is not dancing, Jonathan steps around the Duke and holds out his hand. To everyone's surprise, Antonia accepts and dances with him. Jonathan is enthralled with Antonia and is determined to see her again. He invites himself to her home to have tea and the campaign to win her heart begins.

Antonia doesn't know what to make of Jonathan and his pursuit of her. She will never marry again. He is also younger than her and doesn't understand what he wants from her. Jonathan can make her laugh like no one has in a long time. Some of the conversations that they have are laugh out loud funny. I also loved the conversations that Jonathan had with himself. He knows that he has to take it slow with Antonia, but his brain, heart and vital organ disagree on the timeline and the arguments he has with them are hysterical. Jonathan knows that he loves Antonia and will do whatever he has to make her his wife. They are both strong-minded people who will test the boundaries of their relationship with each other and with their families. Jonathan is a patient man and will wait as long as he has to to make Antonia his.

I laughed and cried while listening to Alex Wyndham performing all the different characters, I especially loved the children and hope they all get their own stories. When he is performing you forget that the voices you are hearing are all his.

The lesson in this story is that even though you have had the love of your life and will never love anyone like you loved him there is still a chance to have another love in your life. Antonia thought her life was over until a completely different kind of man entered her life and showed her that she could have love again and that Jonathan would never take the place of Renard and the love they had. Their love is new and their life together was going to be wonderful in a completely different way.

Jonathan was an amazing character who knew that he could make Antonia happy. He was gentle while being relentless and he used humor to make her laugh and steal his way into her heart. There are perilous moments in this story that will make you gasp and moments of courage that will make you cheer. This was a beautiful story with heartbreaking despair and life-affirming love.

Do not miss one book in this wonderful series. I have a copy of Renard's and Antonia's story, Noble Satyr and I can't wait to read their love story. Thank You, Lucinda, for an amazing love story.

  • The Wicked Cousin

  • Rockliffe, Book 4
  • By: Stella Riley
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173

Sebastian Audley has spent years setting every city in Europe by the ears and keeping the scandal-sheets in profit. Word that he is finally returning to London becomes the hottest topic of the Season and casts numerous young ladies - many of whom have never seen him - into a fever of anticipation. Cassandra Delahaye is not one of them. In her opinion, love affairs and duels, coupled with a reputation for never refusing even the most death-defying wager, suggest that Mr. Audley is short of a brain cell or two.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 4.5/5 Unlikely Dare Devil Match Stars!

  • By BJ's Reviews on 01-07-18

Amazing!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-18

Rockliffe #4 The Wicked Cousin starts with a Prologue that affected me deeply. I felt the sadness and terror that Sebastian Audley felt as his twin brother was taken from him by an illness. Sebastian literally lost the other half of himself. What shaped the rest of his youth was not only the loss of his twin brother but the complete elimination of his childhood. He was now the only male heir and he was not to go away to school, play with other children, not risk his safety in any way. When he finally reached the age to defy his father he left England and traveled the world. He indulged in all the vices that all young men did, woman, drink, duels, gambling and accepting outrageous wagers. Now he is returning to England and the rumors start to fly. All the young ladies are all agog wanting to meet him and find out for themselves if he is as dangerous and beautiful as the scandal sheets have made him out to be. His friends think it is hysterically funny and tease him. If one more young lady waxes poetic about his red hair he is going to be sick.

Cassandra Delahaye is a practical young lady who loves her family and has great friends that make her happy. She is not a great beauty, in fact, she considers herself quite plain. She is intelligent, witty and enjoys her life just the way it is. She is not interested in a grand passion, emotional angst, and doesn't want anything to do with scandalous Gentleman like Sebastian Audley, that is until she actually meets him. A chance meeting in a darkened room at a ball begins the journey of a friendship and a romance that will have you enthralled till the last chapter.

Sebastian knew that his reputation would make it difficult to return to London Society, but even he could not predict that the young debutantes would actually chase him from room to room at a ball. Looking for a place to hide he finds an empty room that will suit him just fine, Brandy and no marriage minded ladies. Then his worst nightmare walks in the door. Miranda was his mistress while he was in Lisbon. A married woman with a mostly absent husband is usually Sebastian's cup of tea, but Miranda got too clingy and he broke it off and moved on to another country. Now her husband is dead and she has returned to England to marry Sebastian, and she has no plans to take no for an answer.

Sebastian and Cassandra are made for each other. They are both kind, honorable and want the same things out of life, which surprises both of them. Cassandra never thought she would love someone as much as she loves Sebastian. He never thought to find love and Cassandra is his soulmate.

The only thing that will destroy their love is a truly demented female that will do anything she can to make Sebastian hers. Stella has the best female villains. Miranda is unstable and doesn't care who gets hurt as long as she gets her way. Can Sebastian and Cassandra survive whatever lay ahead in their journey? Stella writes a tale with heart-breaking moments of sadness and euphoric moments of pure joy mixed in with mind-blowing peril and acts of unfaltering bravery. You also get to catch up with all your favorite characters from the first three books in the series. They say that rakes make the best husbands and in this series that is definitely true. I cried at the beginning of this book because of sadness and cried again in the last chapter from happiness. Stella is truly an amazing author and I loved this book.

Now about Alex Wyndham's performance. He brought all the characters to life like only he can. Whether it is a female, child or anyone of the amazing characters in this book only Alex will do for Stella's audiobooks. I cannot tell how much I have come to enjoy Stella's audiobooks because of his lovely voice. Now on to the next one in the Series "Hazard".

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  • The Player

  • Rockliffe, Volume 3
  • By: Stella Riley
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267

Tragedy drove him into unwilling exile. Death demands his reluctant return. In the decade between, he has answered to many names and amassed a variety of secrets. Now the actor known to Paris as L'Inconnu must resume his real identity and become Francis Adrian Sinclair Devereux, Earl of Sarre...a man he no longer knows how to be and whose name, thanks to the malice of a friend turned enemy, remains tarnished by an old scandal. Revenge, so long avoided, slithers temptingly from the shadows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 4.5 Story & 5+ Narration Stars!

  • By BJ's Reviews on 06-23-16

Stella Riley's Rockliffe Series just keeps getting

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-18

Stella Riley's Rockliffe Series just keeps getting better. This book for me was riveting, exciting, and Brilliant! I absolutely loved Adrian. Adrian is a man who has adopted many faces to hide the pain and betrayal of the last ten years. Banished from England by his father who chose to believe that his son was a murderer. He travels the world unconsciously looking for a place he can be at peace and banish the nightmares of the night that changed his life. He is compelled to go back to England after the death of his younger brother. His father is dead and now he must take the title and sire an heir. He has no illusions that he will be welcomed back, but he has no choice. He must brave Society to find a bride. He knows that he the old scandal will resurrect itself and everyone will be talking behind his back. So he keeps himself safely hidden behind the facade of his title Lord Sarre while he stalks the man responsible for the nightmare that his life became. He still has friends who will stand with him, you have met them in the previous two Rockliffe books.

Caroline Maitland is the granddaughter of a rich merchant who has been thrust into Society by her mother to make a good match, preferably a title. She has two younger sisters that will need a lot of help if they are going to be launched also. Caroline has one problem, her dowry is 100,000 pounds and all the fortune hunters are all competing for her hand. One persistent suitor Marcus Sheringham is desperate to capture Caroline and get his hands on her dowry. He is just weeks away from either debtor prison or fleeing England to escape his debtors. There is something about Marcus that scares Caroline and she wants nothing to do with him.

One night returning from a society party the coach that Caroline and her chaperone are in is stopped by a Highwayman intent on robbing them of their money and jewelry. The highwayman is a charming, well built, handsome (he is wearing a mask) and very charming. He insists that Caroline disembark from the carriage. She is shocked when he insists that she dance with him and he kisses her before he disappears into the night. She thinks about him all the time and he manages to show up at the strangest places. Now the enigmatic Lord Sarre is another suitor, but she just isn't interested.

Will Caroline and her Highwayman fall in love? Will Lord Sarre get his revenge? You will have to read the book or listen to the luscious Alex Wyndham's performance. Alex makes the audiobook worth the price. I will be listening to all of Stella's books from now on because Alex brings them alive. Stella is an amazing author with a remarkable talent for creating the most compelling characters and original stories. Her dedication to getting all the historical details right is second to none. I highly recommend her books to anyone who is a fan of Historical Romance.

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  • A Gentleman Never Surrenders

  • By: Lauren Smith
  • Narrated by: Ashford McNab
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Owen Hadley needs a wife. Preferably a wealthy one. Alas, there aren't a great number of heiresses willing to marry a rogue of no particular fortune - luckily, if there is ever a gentleman capable of melting a lady's chilly heart, it's Owen. Milly has had enough of the marriage mart. If matrimony means giving up her freedom for a foppish husband, then society can take their idea of marital bliss and toss it. But when the ton's most notorious rogue mistakenly makes his way into her bedchambers, Milly finds herself unexpectedly and unwillingly at the altar....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love Lauren's Books

  • By Jaci on 06-06-18

Love Lauren's Books

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-06-18

Sins and Scandals Book 2

A Gentleman who inherits a bankrupt estate has only one choice, he must marry an heiress. A young lady with a large dowry knows that she is only being pursued by fortune hunters. This is the story of a man who has tried to court young ladies honorably, but his reputation precedes him and no heiress will have anything to do with him. Owen Hadley doesn't have a choice anymore, he will have to compromise an heiress and get caught to save his beloved home.

The lady he chooses happens to be the younger sister of Mildred Pepperwirth. Milly is an heiress who has perfected the art of being cold and unapproachable. She doesn't flirt, dance or do anything that would cause a fortune hunter to pursue her. The result is that men don't bother trying to court her, which is fine with her. She has big plans and they don't include marrying a man who just wants her money.

When she finds out that Owen Hadley is going to be at the house party where her younger sister Rowena will make her debut in Society, she is on alert. She knows that Owen is a rake and fortune hunter and will protect her little sister and do anything she has to to keep Owen away from Rowena.

Owen has a plan, he will find out what room Rowena is staying in, crawl into her bed and wait to be discovered. He knows that is the only way he can achieve his goal of restoring his home to its former glory. Only he picks the wrong room and winds up in Milly's bed. They have to marry and the adventure begins.

Milly is enraged that she has to marry Owen and will fight him all the way. Owen wants to have a happy marriage and will do all he can to make Milly not regret their marriage.

I absolutely loved this book. I actually listened to the Audiobook and then read the Kindle edition, just to make sure I didn't miss any of Lauren's wonderful story. She is an amazing talent who makes her characters marvelously lovable, complex and lifelike. A truly lovely story that will pull you into Owen's and Milly's journey through the ups and downs of a marriage that will test their hearts and hopefully bring them the joy of a HAE.

I recommend this book, Lauren is an author not to be missed.

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  • Midnight Marriage: A Georgian Historical Romance

  • By: Lucinda Brant
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363

Two noble teenagers are married against their will. Drugged, Deb has no recollection of events. Disgraced, Julian is banished to the continent. Years later, Deb falls in love with a wounded duelist, only to discover it is her husband, returned incognito! Can Deb forgive his calculated deception? Will their marriage survive beyond seduction?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brant & Wyndham: A Winning Combination

  • By Lady Wesley on 09-09-15

A lovely start to the Roxton Series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-06-18

The first book in the Roxton Series was lovely. Alex Wyndham brings the characters to life making listening to Lucinda's words feel like you are part of the journey that Deborah and Julian experience.

I might be getting addicted to Georgian Historical Romance. The time period has grandeur and pomp in the lush landscape of extravagant fashion, intricate and magnificent architecture, and the proper English language.

Finding a Gentleman bleeding in the forest starts the beginning of a relationship that will take Deborah and Julian to the heights of happiness and the depths of despair. Julian cannot believe his senses, who is this beautiful young lady in breeches tending to his wound and where did she come from? There is a palatable attraction between them from the minute their eyes met. Neither one of them can guess that they are actually man and wife, a furtive marriage ceremony in the middle of the night nine years ago, Deborah doesn't remember, she had been drugged and she was only 12 years old at the time. She thought it was a strange dream.

Julian is enchanted and ecstatic to find out Deborah is his bride. He has returned from France to meet his bride and begin to work on an heir so his beloved elderly father can stop worrying about the succession. Julian doesn't want Deborah to know who he is until he courts her and makes sure that she loves him. Julian has cultivated a reputation as a womanizer and rogue is to keep his private life private. He wants no one in Society to know the real man, only the people who love him.

Deborah cannot believe she is marrying this man, they haven't known each other long. He is perfect, handsome, kind, funny and romantic. They have ten weeks of marital bliss until it all blows up in Julian's face. When Deborah finds out that Julian is actually the Marquis of Alston the rake renown for his ill-treatment of woman, she is horrified and wants nothing more to do with him. Julian leaves for Paris to straighten out a false accusation against him. She refuses to go to him and demands an annulment, which she knows will be hard because she is keeping something from Julian that could change her life forever.

Julian and Deborah will have to face their demons, look into their hearts and defeat the enemy who is trying to tear them apart. Julian has a secret that he has made him the man of principle he has become. A good son and brother. Deborah doesn't know his secret, and she doesn't know if he can trust him even though she loves him with all her heart.

I absolutely loved Julian and Deborah. Both are strong, stubborn and whether they know it or not, are meant to be together with a love for a lifetime. This book has everything you would want in a romance novel. Mystery, Scandal, a really nasty villain, and a beautiful love story. I highly recommend Lucinda's books.

  • A Devil in Scotland

  • By: Suzanne Enoch
  • Narrated by: Flora MacDonald
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

Wild, reckless Callum MacCreath is in no hurry to become someone's husband. But when his responsible, steady older brother Ian announces his engagement to their childhood friend Rebecca, Callum makes a startling discovery: he wants the lovely young lass for himself. But it's too late, and when Ian banishes him for his duplicity, Callum is only too happy to leave Scotland forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fully developed characters and rich details

  • By Sportochick's Musings on 02-23-18

My Favorite of The Series

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-15-18

Book Three of No Ordinary Hero Series is now one of my favorites, right up there with "London's Perfect Scoundrel" which is my all-time favorite of her books.

Callum MacCreath is simply amazing, he has everything you would want in a Highlander. He is handsome, sexy, honorable, loyal and has a heart of gold. He has returned to Scotland after ten years after he learns that his brother is dead. They say Ian drowned, but he knows that can't be what happened and he will not stop until he finds out who killed his brother and bring true highland justice knowing that to get his vengeance that he will probably lose his own life in the process. When he arrives at his brother's home he discovers that he has a niece and he knows that he will have to stay alive to protect her and his brother's widow, so he will have to get his vengeance without dying.

Becca MacCreath cannot believe that Callum is back. They were childhood friends who were inseparable until she agreed to marry Ian, Callum left and was presumed dead, since he never answered any of Ian's letters or the lawyers after Ian died. Becca doesn't know what to make of the Callum who is back. When she saw him last, 10 years ago, he was an irresponsible young man who drank and whored. She can't believe that Ian was killed and when Callum tells her the truth, she will do anything to protect her daughter and help Callum bring the murderers to justice.

What I really loved about Callum was as soon as he met little 6-year-old Margaret he immediately became her protector and she wrapped him around her little finger. He was so loving and tender with her that you couldn't help smile as he realized all the ways that "bug" as he called her changed his life, and opened his heart to her and Becca. Callum and Becca are perfect for each other and as their feelings for each other grow stronger and stronger they realize that until they make the murderers to justice their lives are on hold.

Becca and Callum are wonderful characters that deserve their happiness and Suzanne writes a truly wonderful love story that will leave you aching for more. I really loved this book and I think that you will too. I highly recommend this book