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At birth, Mick Trewlove, the illegitimate son of a duke, was handed over to a commoner. Despite his lowly upbringing, Mick has become a successful businessman, but all his wealth hasn’t satisfied his need for revenge against the man who still won’t acknowledge him. What else can Mick do but destroy the duke’s legitimate son - and woo the heir’s betrothed into his own unloving arms....

Orphaned and sheltered, Lady Aslyn Hastings longs for a bit of adventure. With her intended often preoccupied, Aslyn finds herself drawn to a darkly handsome entrepreneur who seems to understand her so well. Surely a lady of her station should avoid Mick Trewlove. If only he weren’t so irresistible....

As secrets are about to be exposed, Mick must decide if his plan for vengeance is worth risking what his heart truly desires.

©2018 Jan Nowasky (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Excellent

I love this author and narrator. Both are just wonderful. The story has some great dialogue , so that the character development is believable.
The reason for the hero's "revenge" is understandable. The eventual resolution is so great that no one ends up being a villan, which took some really great writing. All of the characters are strong and have human flaws. The complexity is what attracts you to them and makes me want to read further books in this series...I can't wait!
I am on to the second book in the series right now....

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Heart Warming 💕

The ending is going to rock you to the core! I was following pretty closely when the author dropped it on me. What a great book.
pardon me while I find her next book. 🖖

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Mick Truelove is a great character

This is a very good book. I genuinely liked the male lead, Mick Truelove , who was the bastard son of the Duke. He grew up very hard along with his family, a group of bastards raised by Ms. Truelove who took in children unwanted by the person who sired them. Mick was smart, handsome and ambitious. He became rich but all he wanted in life was to be acknowledged by his father so that Mick could be accepted into society. He devised a plan to force the Duke into acknowledging him, which included seduction of the Duke's guardian, a beautiful young girl named Aislynn. As to Aislynn, at first I liked her, but later she did something I did not like. All ended well and I was totally engrossed in the story from the beginning to the very end.

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Presumptions and Misunderstanding

What a mess we weave.A tragic beginning,lost opportunity,time wasted,heartache and hate,bring Mic Trewlove and his biological family into their future to deceive,lie and cheat.Only innocent Asling is put in the middle to act as the pawn for Mic to get his revenge on being given away at birth to grow up poor,hungry and hard.He has determination and builds an empire,becomes wealthy and formidable,uses his contacts and knowledge to become a self made man.Only he doesn’t expect to fall in love with Asling,finding out she is not what he expected,she’s good,understanding and loyal.He learns that with more information,things aren’t always what you believe.

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Very sweet story, kept my attention

3.5 stars. This was a well written and character driven story. It kept me entertained from the get-go. The only thing missing for me was the chemistry b/w the h and H. It was mediocre. Kate Reading is a great narrator, but perhaps not great for reading young voices. It's hard to connect to characters and feel chemistry when their age is 20 but they sound 65.

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Too proper. 4 stars for technicality

The writing in this book is smooth and flows well. The story is interesting the characters are fleshed out, personalities are clear and their physicality is highly accessible. The narration was professional, clearly an old school trained narrator. It was all so....proper.

I wouldn't call it boring but it was most defiantly not exciting, very little angst. My emotions stayed on an even keel throughout the entire book. I like more drama. A hero you dislike at times and a heroine who starts out naive or none-the-wiser to a bigger picture. A heroine who overcomes obstacles; gets strong, gets mad, gets even at times and gets her man.
This story had a lot of these aspects but it came across so mild.

If you like low drama romance, this book is for you. I don't think I will listen to more books in this series.

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I found a new series!! 💘

I found a new series!! Put everything else aside..

Soon after starting this story it showed potential of being a new favorite. It continued to get better and better even when a part of me expected to be disappointed at any point halfway through then on.

“She’d never seen anyone look so marvelously masculine... He looked up and pierced her with his blue gaze. It was like the one time she dared to climb a tree, fallen from her perch, and hit the ground HARD. She struggled to draw in breath; thought it would be forever denied to her, and then it swooshed back in with a sweet delicious ache.”

Such a fun story that was brilliantly performed by a personal favorite Kate Reading in audio. Absolutely adore the chemistry of this couple.. just enough sweet & with a whole lotta hawt hawt and hawter!! Enjoy the fireworks!

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Surprisingly good

Really fun characters and I didn't predict the ending. It was actually a really good book, which I guess I don't expect as much from these kinds of books.

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wonderful

wonderful this took me on a journey of love passion and adventure and what will a man do to protect the woman he loves

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Not my favorite, but not awful.. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Midway through I was ready to just quit, but because I had read all the reviews about the “surprise ending” I just sped the story up and kept on going. Once I did get to that part, I had pretty much figured it out but it was enjoyable to see how it would play out. That was about the only part of the story that I enjoyed. Like I said, it wasn't a bad story, I just didn't love it, or Kare Readings narration. It really could be because I had just finished a book in a fantastic series, with an absolutely fantastic narrator (House of Rohan series by Anne Stuart, Narrated by Susan Ericksin) so maybe that influenced my experience in this book.

Worth a whole credit? Not sure. 2 for 1 certainly.

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lovely

This is a lovely story. It had all that one likes in a romance. Twists, excitement, subtle passion and morality. I very much enjoyed it and will be purchasing the rest of the series. As for Kate Reading? ... This is the first time I've listened to a ready by her and I've got to say she is now by far my favourite narrator. I have purchased over a 100 audio books and could not pay her a better compliment. well done Lorraine not only for the superb book but for your choice in narrator so many authors get it wrong. Thank you and on to the next

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