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He can guard her

Lady Phoebe Batten is pretty, vivacious, and yearning for a social life befitting the sister of a powerful duke. But because she is almost completely blind, her overprotective brother insists that she have an armed bodyguard by her side at all times - the very irritating Captain Trevillion.

From every danger

Captain James Trevillion is proud, brooding, and cursed with a leg injury from his service in the king's dragoons. Yet he can still shoot and ride like the devil, so watching over the distracting Lady Phoebe should be no problem at all - until she's targeted by kidnappers.

But passion itself

Caught in a deadly web of deceit, James must risk life and limb to save his charge from the lowest of cads - one who would force Lady Phoebe into a loveless marriage. But while they're confined to close quarters for her safekeeping, Phoebe begins to see the tender man beneath the soldier's hard exterior...and the possibility of a life - and love - she never imagined possible.

©2015 Elizabeth Hoyt (P)2015 Hachette Audio

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Wonderful, one of the better ones in the series!

Very enjoyable. Phoebe has NO lisp! Yea! Super writing and super narration. Dont miss it.

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Good Story Good Narration!

This was a very good story. I have to say 100% better than than the last Maiden Lane book, Darling Beast.

The story line was more in sync with the series, albeit there was no Ghost of St. Giles. There were characters from the previous books as well as the Ladies Syndicate for the Benefit of the Home for Unfortunate Infants and Foundling Children. So there is that.

Lady Phoebe was just wonderful. Loved her! She was so funny. Loved her honesty. I really liked Captain Trevillion too. I liked how he was so matter of fact. (the narrator did a good job with his character for sure!)

I really enjoyed the these two characters together a lot. They were just sort of perfect for each other. They had some great chemistry, it was not a forced or fake chemistry, It was very believable. There was a couple of really good sex scenes too!

The story line and plot were good, a little danger and mystery. There was lots of dialogue throughout the entire book. (I love lots of dialogue)

I am looking forward to the next book Asa Makepeace (Temperance and Winter's brother) and Ms. Eve Dinwoody.

The narration was very good. Everyone had their own distinct voice, she especially did a fantastic job on Trevillion's voice which really brought his character to life.

THANK YOU ASHFORD MCNAB FOR NOT GIVING PHOEBE THAT HORRIBLE LISP YOU GAVE HER IN DARLING BEAST!

My favorite of the series is still Scandalous Desires, Book 3 with Silence and Charming Mickey! I would love to see him show back up in a book.

This is still one of my favorite series (despite my disappointment with Darling Beast).

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Inspiring Romance Perfectly Imperfect Characters

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This book was so very good. It is not often you get a romance with handicapped characters playing the hero and not the victim. Ms Hoyt is a go to for me when selecting historical romance. This book was one of my favorites.....Loved both the characters and romance was believable.

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Finally, Phoebe

This book is well written, and satisfying. I love how Elizabeth Hoyt writes characters that are so straight-laced, but are secretly passionate. Trevilian's integrity makes me love him even more.
Her approach to Phoebe's situation is also refreshing. Though you feel for her, you never pity her. She is as strong as every other heroine.

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I'm so happy Ashford McNabb is back! Honestly, I had to grit my teeth through that first book without her. If it weren't for my love of Elizabeth Hoyt's writing, I would have had to miss Megs' story. Fortunately, the AudioGods heard my prayers!

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I LOVED IT!

I absolutely loved this book. Elizabeth Hoyt kept Phoebe to the character she had developed in all previous books - sweet, accepting of her blindness and just wanting to live an independent life and be treated like everyone else. I see Phoebe as the person that EVERYONE likes and in turn she likes everyone.

Captain Trevillian is a perfect hero and the fact that he fell so hopelessly in love with Phoebe was fantastic. He's so charming and he deeply cares for his family although he hasn't seen them in some time and I like the fact that he stands up to Maximus.

The love scene are always fabulous in Elizabeth's books.

Ashford McNab is the voice of the Maiden Lane Series. She is fabulous, but (you knew the "but" was coming) I only wish she wouldn't give all of the children lisps. In all of the books I've listened to by her, she always gives the children a lisp.

(SMALL SPOILER: I really enjoyed the story and I think Elizabeth Hoyt puts into words what everyone is surely thinking when Phoebe is kidnapped the second time by having Phoebe's thoughts concentrate on the word "again". I liked it!)

I liked the development of the Eva Dunwoody and I can't wait to listen to her Asa's and her story in the next book.

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"Oh Beloved, Take me, Liberate my soul'...Rumi

The book started out good. I liked all the characters but then the story became more and more unbelievable starting with whisking away the Duke's sister to safety without his knowing where. Also not making sure all propriety was maintained during her travels? Sharing the same room and bed? Ummm.....no again. He should have known that would have meant a slow death set upon him by the Duke. This then leading to an end with a VERY unlikely match. A retired, poor, disabled soldier and a Duke's sister? Not believable. Maybe nowadays we can believe in "Pretty Woman" type Cinderella stories, even had the poor disabled character been a woman, I still could have seen the match going through. The roll reversal just does not work. All the exciting moments are also too quickly and simply solved but well.... still an okay book.

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Love Elizabeth Hoyt

I really enjoyed how Phoebe's character gave us insight into the thoughts and actions of the visually impaired. The descriptions used for her purposes really enabled the readers to better visualize as well. I also loved Captain James' character and how he has so evolved from prior books in this series. Great story!

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My Favourite of the Series

This has very quickly become my favourite of the whole Maiden Lane series. The chemistry between Phoebe and Trevillion is fantastic and their romance is simply beautiful.

Phoebe's eyesight has been worsening since she was twelve and she's now completely blind, hence her need for someone to escort her everywhere.

Captain Trevillion is a man of honour, whose devotion to his duty has led him into conflict with some of the heroes of the previous books, but he's never been a villain. In "Duke of Midnight", he suffered a serious accident when he was crushed by his horse, and was lamed as a result. Having left the army, he is now Lady Phoebe's bodyguard, something against which she chafes continually, not at all liking the restrictions imposed upon her by her powerful and imperious brother, the Duke of Wakefield. But the threats against her - of kidnap, forced marriage or worse - are very real, hence the need for a permanent guard.

The action starts right from the first page - the first chapter is exhilarating and sets up the entire story quite brilliantly, showing how Phoebe longs to live a normal life, and revealing the the dour, emotionless ex-cavalry officer is harbouring feelings for his young charge that he knows can never amount to anything.

When Trevillion is forced to take drastic action to secure Phoebe's safety, the pair is forced into even closer proximity with one another, and he has to come to terms with events in his past he'd sooner forget.

Ashford MacNab returns as narrator once again and does a good job all round - although there is a chunk in the middle of the book where she sounds as though she has a cold! She has - fortunately - dropped the simpering lisp she adopted for Phoebe in the previous book (Darling Beast) and does a good job in showing Trevillion's very gradual opening up over the course of the story. At the beginning, almost everything he says is monotonous and impassive, but as things progress, she infuses him with more emotion and inflection, eventually showing us the man beneath the controlled exterior. The various regional accents she employs are good and consistent, and she differentiates well between the characters. I had a couple of reservations about her interpretations of Montgomery and Trevillion's father, but there was nothing to spoil my overall enjoyment.

All in all, this is a terrific addition to the Maiden Lane series, and one I'd recommend highly to lovers of historical romance in audio.

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Very good as usual

Very good as usual The explanation of a Phoebe being blind and her experiences are very good

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Great story and characters..terrific!

I love the Maiden Lane series and this book didn't disappoint. I honestly was worried about this book because of who the hero & heroine were. From previous books we got to know Phoebe & Trevillion and I just had a hard time believing I would enjoy a love story between them. Well I shouldn't have questioned Hoyt's brilliant writing abilities. This was a fabulous book that I did not want to put down. The dialogue between the H&H was just as expected - terrific!
McNab is Maiden Lane for me....she is great as always.

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