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  • The Secret of Love

  • Rakes & Rebels, Book 3
  • By: Cynthia Wright
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

When Lady Isabella Trevarre first laid eyes on Gabriel St. Briac, she announced to her best friend: "That is the man I will marry!" Now a woman grown, Izzie has traded her girlish dreams for the independent life of an artist, but she never quite forgot the dazzling Frenchman who captivated her young heart. When he appears again in Cornwall, the seeds of desire grow between them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written story + Masterful narration = Magic

  • By Past Romance on 02-01-17

Well written story + Masterful narration = Magic

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

Reviewed: 02-01-17

If you could sum up The Secret of Love in three words, what would they be?

Oh my goodness!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secret of Love?

It is full of so many memorable, magic moments that it's hard to pick one! Every scene is so well-written and so masterfully narrated that it makes the entire book memorable. One scene that will stick with me forever, though, is one of the more comical ones, when a maid provides a distraction by falling and pretending to be injured. The narrator's vocalization of her "I be hurt!" declaration had me laughing for 10 minutes straight. I kept backing it up and listening to it over and over again because it was so unexpected and hilarious. How can one man make so many voices? I would love to have that as a ring tone for my phone...

Which scene was your favorite?

There are too many to pick just one! From the laughter-inducing scenes involving the hero's overly dramatic mother to the blissfully romantic ones between Gabriel and Isabella, every scene stands out head and shoulders above most stories in this genre. But if I have to pick one, it's probably when Isabella's long-lost and feared-dead brother first appears and doesn't recognize her because she has blossomed and changed so much from the awkward girl he knew. It was very touching because you could feel their shared emotions in the author's beautifully-woven words portraying a sister's pain of loss and then elation over the reunion. Just wonderful.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Towards the very end of the story, the hero glances up at his soon to be bride who is watching him from a window high above and tells her how much he looks forward to becoming man and wife. The writing is so well done that the words go straight to your heart. I nearly swooned.

Any additional comments?

I've written a complete review of the story that is attached to the kindle version. As I said in that review, this is a wonderful story that is well-written, carefully researched, masterfully narrated, and a treasure to readers. I have loved every one of Cynthia Wright's novels and go back and re-read then often because they are truly worth reading. Adding Tim Campbell's amazing narration to this already fantastic story makes it truly magical.

One warning: Don't listen to this narration while driving or operating heavy machinery because Tim Campbell's voice for Gabriel St. Briac is enough to make you completely lose control of all of your faculties. I listen to audiobooks in the car and missed several exits and nearly drove off the road once while under the mesmerizing effect of the sound of his voice! OH MY! :)

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Archangel

  • By: Kathryn Le Veque
  • Narrated by: Daniel Dorse
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125

Gabriel “Gart” Forbes is the most powerful knight in the arsenal of David de Lohr, Baron Thornden, brother to the mighty Earl of Hereford. When Julian de Moyon, Baron Buckland, summons Thornden for critical support, Gart travels to Dunster Castle to meet with Buckland. Upon arrival, he is set upon by three young boys who try to rob him, all sons of Baron Buckland. Gart discovers that their mother, the Lady Emberley de Moyon, is the sister of his long-dead best friend.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book but..................

  • By Jay on 06-02-15

Such Torture---Will the Ever Be Happy?

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

Reviewed: 08-12-14

What made the experience of listening to Archangel the most enjoyable?

The narrator. At first I struggled to hear and understand him because of his low, deep voice. But as the story progressed, I decided it truly could not have better been performed by any other. His portrayal of Gart was fantastic.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Gart. I loved his voice, I loved his loyalty and devotion, and I loved how he interacted with the young boys in the story.

Which character – as performed by Daniel Dorse – was your favorite?

Gart--again, because of the fantastic portrayal by Daniel Dorse.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I nearly chewed my fingernails off with worry about how they would ever escape the horrible situations they would find themselves in. I laughed at the antics of the little heathens. And oh my, the love that was between the hero and his lady nearly made me swoon.

Any additional comments?

Fantastic. As with any story by this author, at times it absolutely rips your heart out with the seemingly impossible situations the characters find themselves in. But, also as always, the triumph of love makes it all worth it in the end.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Defiant One

  • The De Montforte Brothers, Book 3
  • By: Danelle Harmon
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112

Blessed - or perhaps cursed - with a fiery temper, a strong will, and a blatant disregard for his brother's wishes, Lord Andrew de Montforte's only desire is to be left alone. But after being caught in a compromising position with tempting Lady Celsiana Blake, the brilliant and brooding scientist/inventor is forced into marriage in this fast-paced, jocular tale in which a supporting cast of beloved pets, the warm and eccentric de Montforte brothers, and the Machiavellian influence of the mighty duke of Blackheath once again play a role...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Historical Romance

  • By Country Preserved on 02-03-15

Defiant Until the Very Last

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

Reviewed: 08-12-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Most certainly. In fact, I've already loaned out my Kindle copy several times over.

What other book might you compare The Defiant One to and why?

The entire De Montforte series is so original that I can't really compare to any others. If I had to compare it, however, I'd say Jennifer Ashley's Mackenzie series would be slightly similar, as it features a family of strong, manly, and completely unforgetable brothers.

Which character – as performed by David Stifel – was your favorite?

Lucien, the dark and brooding Duke of Blackheath. That voice alone is worth downloading the entire series. I absolutely melted into a puddle.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed so hard at moments that I had to pause the book. Then I blushed so profusely at other times that I had to stop listening to it in public. It is just beautiful and you feel every emotion right along with the characters.

Any additional comments?

I love this entire series, both the books and the Audiobooks and recommend them to everyone!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Bride Wore Blue

  • Brides of Bath, Book 1
  • By: Cheryl Bolen
  • Narrated by: Rosalind Ashford
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 169

Now a widow, Felicity Harrison does not recognize the handsome nabob as the young man left for dead by highwayman years earlier. Though she wants nothing more than to snub the arrogant man who promises to rescue her family from financial ruin in exchange for presenting his sister to Society, she cannot snub him. She must force herself to bear his company. Why is it the humbly born Thomas Moreland possesses more nobility that any man of her class? And why is it she finds it harder and harder to mourn a dead man when Thomas's virility awakens her deepest desires?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • His love was lasting, could they save each other?

  • By Sandra R. Merrill on 11-17-14

Out of Mourning....Into True Love

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

Reviewed: 08-12-14

What did you love best about The Bride Wore Blue?

Everything. It's a fantastic tale of love a second time around. The characters are well-written, the historic details add to the story without bogging it down, and I just loved every minute of it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bride Wore Blue?

The heroine descending the stairs in her blue gown, out of her widows weeds for the first time, much to the admiration of the hero

Which scene was your favorite?

So many things---I loved all of the interactions between the characters and the glimpses of life in Bath (and at the pump room).

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me sigh dreamily. It made me run the gambit, for sure!

Any additional comments?

This is a wonderful series---I've read the entire thing and have now started listening to the Audiobooks now that they are available. Listening to them makes the stories that I loved all fresh and new and I have found myself falling in love with them (and their heroes) all over again.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Beloved One

  • The De Montforte Brothers, Book 2
  • By: Danelle Harmon
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123

In this second installment of her breathtaking De Montforte Brothers series, critically acclaimed author Danelle Harmon introduces us to Englishman Lord Charles de Montforte, who awakens in the tender care of an American beauty after being wounded in battle. Amy Leighton has long wished for someone special to enter her life and take her away from a cruel, unloving step-family, but the handsome stranger is from an enemy land...and he's sworn to love another. A 1775-era Cinderella story sure to enthrall!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic! My favorite de Montforte Brother!!

  • By plaidninja814 on 01-20-15

Beloved Brothers!

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

Reviewed: 08-12-14

Where does The Beloved One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Most certainly one of my favorites. The narrator is fantastic, giving depth to characters and making the story come alive.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Beloved One?

Lord Charles putting Amy's "sisters" in their place.

Which character – as performed by David Stifel – was your favorite?

The Wicked Lucien, Duke of Blackheath.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Most certainly---I nearly did. I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning trying to finish it!

Any additional comments?

I love this entire series and can't say enough good things about it. I've read the books several times through and now will likely listen to the Audiobooks over and over again as well. Fantastic!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Wild One

  • The De Montforte Brothers
  • By: Danelle Harmon
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 265
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 238
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 239

England, 1776: Lord Gareth de Montforte is known as an irresponsible rake with a heart of gold. When he takes a bullet for boldly thwarting a stagecoach robbery, he is stunned to discover that the beautiful young woman he has heroically rescued, Juliet Paige, is his deceased brother's American fiancée, accompanied by her infant daughter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Wild One First Book of a great Series

  • By Kindle Customer on 06-27-14

Can't Get Enough of The De Montforte Brothers!

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

Reviewed: 08-12-14

What did you love best about The Wild One?

This entire series is fantastic and The WIld One is an excellent introduction to the De Montforte Brothers. A close family, held together by the dangerous elder brother Lucien, the Duke of Blackheath, the De Montfortes are everything you dream the English Aristocracy should be. The brothers are handsome, fearless, and each have a distinct personality, reflected by the name the townspeople have given them. Garreth is "The Wild One" because of his untamed ways. Will he ever settle down? Only with the right woman.

What other book might you compare The Wild One to and why?

Jennifer Ashley's Mackenzie series, because it has a similar set of strong, courageous brothers at its center.

What does David Stifel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I've already read the entire series, three times in fact. David Stifel's narration made it all new again to me. His voices, at times a little silly (but probably what the people really sounded like), really make it real. His vocalization of the Duke of Blackheath alone make this series a must listen.

If you could take any character from The Wild One out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Lucien, because I would love to see inside that dark mind of his. :)

Any additional comments?

The entire series is fantastic and the narrator adds to it even more. I own them all and will listen to them many times, I am quite sure.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Salt Bride: A Georgian Historical Romance

  • Salt Hendon Series, Book 1
  • By: Lucinda Brant
  • Narrated by: Marian Hussey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215

England, 1763. The Earl of Salt Hendon and squire's daughter Jane Despard share a secret past of mistrust, heartache, and misery. Forced into a marriage neither wants, the patient and ever optimistic Jane believes love conquers all; the Earl will take some convincing. Enter Diana St. John, who will go to extreme lengths, even murder, to hold the Earl's attention. Can the newlyweds overcome past prejudices and sinister opposition to fall in love all over again?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful dark romance with lurking villain

  • By BOOKTALK WITH EILEEN on 11-05-15

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 08-12-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Most definitely. The story is wonderfully written and thoroughly captivating. The hero and heroine are truly people you find yourself rooting for. As they wade their way through misunderstandings and other obstacles to their love you feel every heartwrenching moment right along with them. I love it.

What other book might you compare Salt Bride: A Georgian Historical Romance to and why?

I have read all of Lucinda Brant's novels and find them to be in a class by themselves--rich in historical detail, full of well-drawn characters, and thoroughly entertaining clear to the very last page.

Which scene was your favorite?

TOO MANY TO LIST!!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, most certainly. I nearly did.

Any additional comments?

Wonderful book, excellent narration.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Kissed by a Rogue

  • By: Tanya Anne Crosby
  • Narrated by: Laurel Schroeder
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

Jessamine Stone vows to wed no man but her onetime fiance Christian Haukinge. She sets out to win back Christian's affections, unaware that her brother has already offered him a bribe to break her heart. Driven by something dark, Christian agrees to the devil's bargain, but soon finds Jessie's innocent passion, trust, and faith undermine his resolve for vengeance. Now only the woman he has betrayed can heal his deep and scarring wounds.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narration by Laurel Schroeder made this AudioBook

  • By Gaele on 06-06-14

Kiss Me, Christian!

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

Reviewed: 08-12-14

If you could sum up Kissed in three words, what would they be?

What a man.

What did you like best about this story?

The hero. He is dangerous, dastardly, and downright delicious.....but not beyond redemption through true love. He fights love every step of the way, unwilling to trust others and simply let himself feel emotion. I loved his tortured transformation. And of course, the love scenes were breathtaking as well.

Have you listened to any of Laurel Schroeder’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is the first of hers that I have listened to. I thought her narration was excellent. She was easy to understand and read at a comfortable pace---not too fast, not too slow. Her male voices didn't sound forced or contrived like some other female narrators. In fact, she produced a rather convincing voice for the dashing Lord Christian.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

In a world of changing loyalties, in a wild new land full of danger and intrigue, hearts come together in this explosive romance that will leave you wanting more.

Any additional comments?

I had already read the book and have left an 5-star Amazon review. I loved it so much that I also purchased the Audiobook. That should tell you how much I enjoy it. Even though I had read the story twice, listening to it brought a whole new level of enjoyment. Excellent book made even better by an outstanding narrator.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Smuggler's Moon

  • Rakes & Rebels: The Raveneau Family, Book 2
  • By: Cynthia Wright
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 164

Feisty Julia Faircloth is used to managing the lives of her eccentric relatives, so when darkly dangerous Lord Sebastian Trevarre arrives in Bath and proposes to her shy sister Sarah, she switches places with the bride to save her from a shockingly carnal wedding night. Against his better judgment, Sebastian consummates a marriage to the most provoking, appealing woman he's ever known, and then is forced to live with her in his neglected yet enchanting estate on the coast of Cornwall.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Good One!

  • By Lady M on 12-11-14

A New Hero to Love---and the Return of a Favorite

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

Reviewed: 05-18-14

Cynthia Wright is one of my most favorite historical romance writers, so when I saw she was writing a new series with a connection to the Raveneaus I was excited and have been eagerly anticipating its debut ever since. The main thing that sets this author's novels apart is her careful attention to historical detail and the enormous amount of research she does to be able to write in such a manner. Besides being an avid romance reader, I am also a history buff. I enjoy reading her novels that much more because of the meticulously crafted and vividly detailed settings, characters, and dialogue that she creates. It adds a whole other layer of realism and depth to her tales. Every time I read one I learn something new that fascinates me and I want to research further. These are most definately not your grandma's dime store novels.

But don't misunderstand me. Smuggler's Moon is not a dry history book like you had to read for your freshman world history class. It is a beautiful romance full of adventure, intrigue, humor, and a very healthy dose of steam.

The narrator of this story is fantastic. I don't know how one woman can slip so effortlessly between difference character's voices and dialects, but she does. Sometimes when a female attempts to affect a male tone it comes off sounding...well, rather odd. She does it with ease. And she doesn't just read the story, she PERFORMS it. Bravo to both author and narrator for weaving such an intricate tale.

The story opens in Bath as a retired bookseller's family is enjoying life on their newly inherited country estate. After years of pinching pennies and taking care of her eccentric family, Julia Faircloth is finally enjoying life. The only shadow over her days is her father's growing addiction to gambling. Stumbling upon his latest marker, Julia storms off to visit the odious man that would seem to be next in line to prey on her father's condition.

Instead of finding a slimy card sharp well past his prime, Julia stumbles in the front door of Sebastian Trevarre's home to be greeted by a dangerous yet devastatingly handsome young lord. She wants (and needs) to think of him as the revolting Lord Satan, the evil man who would take yet another slice of her father's quickly dwindling fortune, but to her dismay he brings about rather the opposite reaction from her traitorous body instead.

Lord Sebastian, recently an officer in the Royal Navy, returned home to find his brother had lost most of the family fortune at the gaming tables in Bath. In hopes of recovering some of the losses, he frequents the clubs to find those who took advantage of his brother. When the beautiful yet bossy Julia stormed into his house demanding release from the marker clutched in her delicate hand he refused because after all, no one had afforded his brother that courtesy. If he has any hope of recovering his property and retiring to the estate to breed horses, he needs every pound he can get--regardless of the cost to others.

As circumstances change, Julia's mother sees Lord Sebastian as the key to solving their financial problems and betroths the youngest Faircloth daughter to the rogue. More and more Julia is convinced that Sebastian is indeed very much Lord Satan, she is determined to save her naïve sister from a fate worse than death (having to consummate a marriage with that beast of a man). The only answer is to switches places and sacrifice herself to him instead.

As the story progresses and the deception is revealed, you can just imagine Sebastian's fury. They tricked him! But maybe marrying the fiesty, meddling Julia instead of her quiet, obedient sister is what he really longed for in the first place. If he can just keep the keen young woman that was now living with him at his Cornwall estate from figuring out his secret plans to recover his fortunate through reckless and illegal means, things just might be ok.

The secondary characters in this book are just as wonderful as the hero and heroine. You'll not come across many families more eccentric than Julia's and Sebastian has an estate full of useless servants that provide perpetual comic relief. I also fell in love with Sebastian's friend and neighbor, Tristan, a hero himself and likely to be featured later in the series.

Of course, the best part for me was the appearance of Andre and Devon Raveneau (the couple from SILVER STORM) in this novel. Andre Raveneau is dangerously delicious and my all-time favorite romance heros. This extra glimpse into his life as he is comfortably settled with his true love Devon is just icing on the cake. And to make things more interesting, there's a deep connection between Sebastian and his childhood idol Raveneau. Add in a mysterious eye ring and a dash of intrigue and you have another great read that will keep readers up late at night turning pages.

1798 Cornwall is almost a character itself given the depth of the author's descriptions. A reader feels completely immersed in the days where smuggling was a necessary means of survival for entire towns and finishes the book feeling as if they've traveled there without ever leaving the couch. I can't recommend this new novel---as well as all of the others written by Cynthia Wright--enough. It is definitely a 5-star read that will stay on the keeper shelf!

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Tempest

  • The Raveneau Novels, Book 4
  • By: Cynthia Wright
  • Narrated by: Emily Beresford
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

Newport heiress Catherine Beasley Parrish has been groomed all her life to marry an English duke. However, when she meets Adam Raveneau, the latest in a long line of Raveneau rakes and a newly created viscount, Cathy awakens to a destiny worth fighting for. Although Raveneau insists that he is not marriage material, he is in desperate need of funds to restore Tempest Hall, his crumbling family estate on Barbados. And when Cathy begs him to save her from the toad-like duke her mother intends her to marry, Adam realizes that they may be able help each other.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the ending great plot

  • By Cyn on 10-15-16

The Next Generation, Just as Wicked as the Last

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

Reviewed: 04-22-14

Emily Beresford's narration of Cynthia Wright's TEMPEST gave this favorite book new life for me. Although I have read it four times, I felt like I was listening to it for the very first time. Details previously lost in my haste to gulp down the story came into vivid focus as I sat and really listened to the author's beautiful, descriptive language. It was nearly as real as if I were watching a movie instead of just listening to an audio recording.

Of course, the book itself is part of a wonderfully romantic, adventure-packed series marked by their unforgettable heroes. A Raveneau man always has been and always will be swoon-worthy beyond compare. From the beginning of Cynthia Wright's Raveneau Novels, Privateer Captain Andre Raveneau set the tone of these books spanning many generations-- they are men so unfailingly brave, so dashingly handsome, so wickedly bad that they are irresistible. Adam Raveneau, a newly named English Viscount, is the latest tempting morsel in this delicious family.

Set in the Gilded Age, Cynthia Wright's novel is as always a beautiful glimpse into the lifestyle and mindset of people living in that time. Opening with a lavish masquarade ball set at the newly-built seaside estate of an American millionaire intent on seeing his daughter married to a Duke, the book shows a glimpse of what life was like for those who had wealth, but lacked the noble connections they so desired.

Catherine Parrish's mother, although from a wealthy Southern family, had not been thought "good enough" to marry Catherine's prestegious father. As a result, she raised Catherine carefully, grooming her to someday be the wife of a wealth English Duke. Regardless of what Catherine may or may not want, Mrs. Parrish finally has the coveted fish, a toad-like (in Catherine's opinion) English Duke, on the line. She expects that he will propose that very night.

But two strikingly handsome young men come to the door and turn everything upside down. Bryon Matthews (who readers will recognize from the author's books set in the American West) walks in, bringing his friend who is none other than Adam Raveneau. Dressed as a Barbadian pirate, Adam looks so handsome and dangerous that Catherine's breath is taken away.

A chance meeting in a Chinese teahouse in the gardens brings the two together for a few moments alone and they realize they are both people in need -- she needs away to escape the destiny planned by her mother, he needs a wealthy wife to help restore his destitute estate. That night, Catherine begins a plan in her mind that will help them both: a marriage of convenience.

A quick wedding, a delightfully romantic sea voyage, stories of pirate treasure, and the awakening of two wounded hearts follows. As always, Cynthia Wright weaves characters in from her past novels and that adds such a wonderful depth to the story. The author has done quite a bit of research on both the era and the places mentioned in the book, which adds a depth to the story that you won't often find in this genre. The accuracy makes the story seem even more real, if that's possible.

As with all of Cynthia Wright's novels, there are twists and turns, the magic of first love, tragic heartbreak, and love scenes that are absolutely unforgettable--beautiful, never raunchy, but immensely satisfying and glorious to read. Once you start this story, you'll not want to put it down until you've finished. If you haven't read any of this author's other novels you should click right over to Amazon's author page and download Silver Storm (The Raveneau Novels, Book 1) and then make your way through the rest. Each and every one is one to remember and to revisit over and over again! I have read hundreds of historical romances and can truthfully say that I enjoy hers above all others. You won't find a better way to spend an evening than curled up in a comfy chair listening to a book by Cynthia Wright!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful