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Jennifer L. Smith

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  • Duke of Pleasure

  • Maiden Lane, Book 11
  • By: Elizabeth Hoyt
  • Narrated by: Ashford McNab
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292

Bold. Brave. Brutally handsome. Hugh Fitzroy, the Duke of Kyle, is the king's secret weapon. Sent to defeat the notorious Lords of Chaos, he is ambushed in a London alley - and rescued by an unlikely ally: a masked stranger with the unmistakable curves of a woman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it, classic Hoyt ❤️👍👍😊

  • By Ashley on 11-30-16

Maiden Lane Masterpiece

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

Reviewed: 12-05-16

Where does Duke of Pleasure rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

By far, one of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to! I think the combination of the story and the talents of Ashford McNab made this a true masterpiece and an instant classic for romance lovers.

What other book might you compare Duke of Pleasure to and why?

I think it most compares to an earlier book in the Maiden Lane series, Thief of Shadows. But honestly, it's such a unique story that's it's hard to compare. Alf had been a growing presence throughout the series, so by the time we finally got around to her story, it felt like an apex. Perhaps that's what made it so good; her other protagonists tended to be introduced much quicker so we didn't feel as intimately connected like we did with Alf.

What about Ashford McNab’s performance did you like?

What didn't I like? Her narration is such perfection it's hard to describe without getting all fangirl. Ashford McNab knows how to delve into the minds of each character and deliver his or her feelings with understated honesty. She performs with such sensuality that we have no choice but to believe that the words she's saying are the character's truth.

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

Some ghosts are meant to be seen.

Any additional comments?

There are a few things I wish I could have changed about the story. For one, I kept waiting for Alf's real name to be brought up somewhere... I mean, I highly doubt that she was born with that name. Secondly, it felt like an abrupt ending. I wish we could have learned a little more about Alf's struggle to accept a life outside of the streets of St. Giles and perhaps her reticence to give up her life as the ghost. Third, I wish the closing chapter and epilogue hadn't been so blatant about the next book in the series. Calm down, editors... I'm gonna read it. Let's wrap up the current story we're on before we start trying to sell the next one, shall we?

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  • Do You Want to Start a Scandal

  • By: Tessa Dare
  • Narrated by: Carmen Rose
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224

On the night of the Parkhurst ball, someone had a scandalous tryst in the library. Was it Lord Canby, with the maid, on the divan? Or Miss Fairchild, with a rake, against the wall? Perhaps the butler did it. All Charlotte Highwood knows is this: It wasn't her. But rumors to the contrary are buzzing. Unless she can discover the lovers' true identity, she'll be forced to marry Piers Brandon, Lord Granville - the coldest, most arrogantly handsome gentleman she's ever had the misfortune to embrace.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, awful awful narration

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-07-16

Story wrapped up well, narration was poor

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

Reviewed: 10-06-16

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

Only if he or she had read the previous Spindle Cove novels. I had been anticipating this book, as it crossed over to her Castles Ever After series as well. However, it felt contrived in the beginning (especially the little boy's weird obsession with murder). Once the story got going, it was a little better. The romance was nice and steamy and ended on a high, though the book felt a little short to me.

What other book might you compare Do You Want to Start a Scandal to and why?

It's hard to say. My first inclination would be to compare it to the other Spindle Cove books, but this one felt different because the characters didn't actually have a history with each other like the other couples did. I guess the novella with Diana is the closest comparison.

What three words best describe Carmen Rose’s voice?

Not my favorite. Where did Carolyn Morris go? She did such a lovely job as Charlotte in the other books-- warm, optimistic, conversational. Carmen Rose didn't embody any of those traits. I felt confused listening to her during emotional scenes because of her matter-of-fact delivery. I'm going to have to buy the book now so I can experience the emotions as the author intended.

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

"The only thing he can't keep a secret is his heart."

Any additional comments?

As weird as it sounds, I wish the author would re-read Minerva and Colin's story. It was the perfect blend of sweetness, sex, action, and comedy. Go back to your roots and stop trying to put so many puzzle pieces together at one time. Write what feels natural!

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