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Charming Her Rogue

Enduring Legacy, Book 10
Narrated by: Price Waldman
Series: Enduring Legacy Series, Book 10
Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
Categories: Romance, Historical
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Lady Catherine Langdon is special, and not because she's the daughter of a duke. She comes from a long line of individuals born with extraordinary gifts, and she is one of the few who has a variation of all three. On the brink of war, she makes a decision that will irrevocably alter the course of her life - love or duty.

Asher Rossington, the marquess of Seabrook, decided at a very early age he would not live an idle life. His father forbade him from being a spy for the crown, but he chose to ignore it. Ash never regretted his choice but wished he could have repaired his relationship with his father before he died. Now, with the fate of the world in turmoil, he has to make another hard decision - remain a spy for king and country or go home and honor his father's title.

The Great War brings Catherine and Asher into each other's lives. Only time will tell if their destiny is to be together or if they will ultimately serve a higher purpose.

©2018 Dawn Brower (P)2018 Dawn Brower

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Intriguing!

I read this as a standalone, so don't know to what extent the characters overlap with other talebooks in the series. Characters and plot were fully developed within the bounds of the novel and the premise provided a different slant on a rather messy and difficult time in history, the Great War (WWI). Trench and biological warfare came into fierce and bitter play, devastating lives and bodies and inflicting a generation with what we now know as PTSD but was then called, when recognized at all, shell shock. Woven into the intrigue and generous dollops of history (caution, actual actions taken by characters were purely fictional albeit possibly based on reality) is a love story. Pragmatic and romantic by turns, I fully enjoyed listening to narrator Price Waldman's clipped tones and lovely rolling voice as the tale surrounded me.

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Charming Historical Romance

I received a free copy of this book. I voluntarily left this review. All opinions expressed herein are my own.

This is the 10th book in the series Enduring Legacy. I have not read any of the prior books in the series. In my opinion, this is a standalone book and can be read without reading any of the prior books in the series. Some of the reviewers mentioned that there are character crossovers within the series and it is good to know how everyone fits into the series. I don't feel like a missed anything not knowing the background of every character in the book, however, other readers may find this important and want to start with the first book in the series. Having said that [or written it], I am certainly interested after reading this book to go back and read the previous books.

The book starts just prior to WWI. Lady Catherine attends a dinner where she meets Asher Rossington, a marquee. As they slowly begin to get to know one another and form a bond, they are separated by the War. Catherine decides to become a nurse for the wounded soldiers and Asher becomes a spy. The action picks up during the War, as each character deals with their own trials and with the hope of seeing each other again. I really liked the character Lady Catherine -- especially for the time period, she is a very strong and forthright woman who asserts her opnions when she feels it necessary. Lady Catherine also has a gift for foretelling the future - which was used effectively several times throughout the book to foreshadow coming events.

The narrator, Price Waldman, has the perfect voice for this book. He sounds somewhat aristocratic and utterly charming as he narrates the story.

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  • Zarah
  • St. louis, Mo
  • 11-08-19

The title and the book description are inaccurate.

Both the title and the book description are inaccurate. Wildly so. I kind of even question it's classification as a romance. At least in the sense that the romance genre is one in which a a love story is central, where the "main plot centers around individuals falling in love and struggling to make the relationship work." That's present yes, but it's barely central.

I'm not actually claiming this isn't a romance, just that it doesn't feel as if the romance is central to the plot. The characters fall in love within a chapter of meeting and the whole rest of the book is the war. They pass each other on occasion and tell each other how much they love each other. But the love is established early and there is NO TENSION OR CHALLENGE TO IT. Only the inconveniences of war. And honestly Asher seems to have free movement around France. So, it hardly even feels like that much of an impediment.

Even the hard decision referred to doesn't exist. The two are firm in their non-decision to stay in France (as in they never even discuss anything else) until a singular event makes them both decide to return to England. (And that isn't honoring Asher's father's title. That is never a consideration in the narrative.) Since they both have the freedom and funds to make leaving happen in a day there is no difficulty in it.

Also, it's war and they can leave in a day. That tells you how much tension the war is really creating in the narrative. Not much.

Then there are Catherine's abilities. They are mentioned. But if you took them out of the book the plot wouldn't change at all. The single vision she tries to act on doesn't come to pass and the one that you'd expect her to act on (based on past behavior) she doesn't. The 'gifts' are a pointless plot device.

And as to the title? Asher is in no way a rogue. There is nothing even remotely roguish about him. In the last chapter he thinks to himself that he had been a rogue before meeting Catherine. But that's it. He's kind and gentle and loyal and respectful throughout the book, and there is no reference to him chasing other women in the past. HE'S NOT A ROGUE at all.

The writing here is perfectly competent, as is the narration. But I felt like the book was just a random series of events with very little tying it all together. Even characters appear and disappear with no point. Why did we meet James, have him disappear and be replaced with Julian? Plus, (as I said above) the description totally is inaccurate. This wasn't a total flop for me, but I didn't finish it particularly thrilled.

Note: I received a free copy of this audio book. I chose to read and review it.

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Great

I love this whole series and this book was just as good as the rest

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loved

`omg so this audio was so good. loved it so much
couldnt stop listening to it
five star audio book

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Another winner by Brower!

A wonderful love story with the Great War providing a tumultuous backdrop of intrigue and romance.Lady Catherine Langdon is a strong and likable heroine. She wants to be more than a duke's a daughter. She wants to do something meaningful with her life. When the Great War begins, she finds her calling in a nurse's uniform. I enjoyed the magical threads of Catherine's special gift that were woven into the story.
Asher Rossington, the marquess of Seabrook, also wants to do more than run an estate and assume the title. Against his father's will, he spies for the government. And then when his father dies, he is never able to make peace with him. Asher is a hero in the truest sense and fell for him right away.
The secondary character are interesting and well developed. Oh, and I personally loved the cat. Price did another spot-on job bringing this story life.

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Historical romance with some paranormal

I really liked this book except for the sex scene which really surprised me because the story has a sweet feel to it since it is based on romance and not sexual tension so when that happened I was shocked. I felt that it was put in for the sake of it. The book was doing fine without it, I didn't feel it needed it.
I did like some of the secondary characters and the relationship between the cousins, they made me laugh.
There is some violence.

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  • Jan M
  • Southwest
  • 01-08-19

I loved it!

Charming her Rogue by Dawn Brower is a wonderful listen. It takes place during WWI, which I am not as familiar with the time period. I thought the narration by Price Waldman was fantastic. He brought the characters to life. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I found this book to be a great standalone listen and part of a series. I will definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator.

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Less captivating than expected...

It's a difficult book for me to rate... On the one hand, it has all the elements that should make it a wonderful listen: likeable main characters that you really keep your fingers crossed for and the background of the Great War that should give the story the depth I like in books, but... somehow the story lacks tension. The potential of the historical background is lost in all the mumblings and ramblings of "she/he's the one, I should tell her/him I love her/him"... I know it's supposed to be a romance, but still, I'd like more action and less talking... I kind of felt like I was listening to Grandma Cat and Grandpa Ash telling their grandchildren of how they had fallen in love during the Great War while censoring all the harsher parts of what that time was like.

Catherine possesses some unusual gifts - visions, premonitions, empathy - but besides the two visions and a mention or two of the fact that she uses empathy to help the wounded soldiers we do not really feel that she is special... Ash is supposedly the rogue mentioned in the title of the book - but there's nothing roguish about him at all; throughout the book he stays the same warm, loyal and determined man we meet at the beginning. But the biggest fault of the book for me? The Great War was a horrible time of unimaginable sufferings, a war the kind of which had never been experienced by humanity before - and yet it doesn't show at all in the book. Yes, there are wounded soldiers Catherine attends to, yes, there are two bombings mentioned with ONE death casualty that slightly matters for the story, yes, Cat and Ash are caught and imprisoned by the enemy - but not one of these things feels terrible, horrible, mind-shattering...They feel like minor obstacles on the path of love, as if the author needed just some historical events (whatever they might have been) to almost artificially keep the main characters apart to allow them to "suffer" from unfulfilled love, about which they ramble on and on and on in exaltation typical of a fifteen-year-old...

I'm sorry to be so harsh, but I really wanted to like the book more as I did like both Cat and Ash and their love-story. I just feel the book would be a lot better if we had more of what happened to Ash and Cat and the people around them and how the war really affected their minds and psyche and less of "oh, how much I love him/her, I wish I was with him/her now"...The book definitely needs a shift from focusing on feelings to focusing on the great though tragic period in history - the rule of "say too little rather than too much" should definitely be applied here...

As for the interpretation by Mr Waldman, I generally liked it, but again I felt there's a bit too much exaltation in his reading. However, with the text he had been given to read what he did with the book is a great job. He does some of the voices perfectly, both male and female, but he's a bit overemotional in some narrative parts.

DISCLAIMER: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Something Different

I enjoyed the story and couple very much! Initially I was worried about Catherine's character, but love the storyline. I am very thankful that I was provided the opportunity to read this copy, and provide an honest review. I personally feel I liked the change in pace.