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Desperately seeking a fiance...

Miss Sarah Battersby is in dire need of a man, preferably one skilled at deception. Upon her father's death, she will be left with no home and nary a penny. With time running out, she must either accept the proposal of a man she loathes or stall long enough to secure a teaching position by telling one teensy, trifling lie - that she is promised to someone else...who doesn't technically exist. 

But Sarah refuses to be defeated by insignificant details. The answer lies in finding the right man for the job. As luck would have it, she has stumbled on just the candidate...though he could use a little patching up.  

Desperately seeking a refuge...

Where Lord Colin Lacey goes, trouble follows - even when he attempts to do right. Tortured and hunted by a brutal criminal, he is rescued from death's door by the stubborn, oddly fetching Miss Battersby. In return, she asks one small favor: pretend to be her fiance. Temporarily, of course. 

With danger nipping his heels, he knows it is wrong to want her, wrong to agree to her terms. But when has Colin Lacey ever done the sensible thing?  

Desperately seeking a love to conquer all...

As lies turn to longing, and longing to something deeper, they realize it will take more than passion to see them through the danger to come. They will need a plan. They will need family. Above all, they will need a love strong enough to steel a lady's resolve and transform a scoundrel's heart.  

Contains mature themes.

©2015 Elisa Braden (P)2018 Tantor

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Half Good/Half Bad

This story was good, although not as good as the first 2 Books. Because it was a continuation of the series I brought it. It was not until the half-way point did it really get good. Colin and Sarah are good charters, it is interesting how they met, come to care for one another very deeply, and wanting to protect each other. There is still a mystery tied to the story maybe - will we find out who is the girl that the villain had locked away, but left her all his money - I'm hoping it will come out in one of the other books. Let's hope so. As usual, this Author can write some sensual and detail sex scenes. Even tho it took some time to get to them, it was worth the wait. The sex scenes are different from book to book, in a very good way, that is why I really enjoy this Author. All in all I - enjoyed this book.

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Colin Redeemed! Another Great Story in The Series

Colin Lacey, you bad, bad man. The younger brother we hated in the other books is found near death by our heroine, school marm Miss Sarah Battersby. All the rest of the Clyde Lacey house family and friends are here. Sexy hot but it's Mary Sarah Agliotta that brings these characters to life. I love her! I've listened and/or read all of Elisa Braden's books and am so glad when Mary Sarah Agliotta is her narrator. And Sophie Darling's. I seek out MS for her Regency reads. Love this team!

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  • 02-29-20

Call it whatever you want. It is rape.

He saves her from a brutal attack and turns right around and assaults her himself. God I hated that man. He forces her to marry him. He promises not to touch her then the SOB does it again. This man is a bully who knows he is entitled to do whatever he wants. I can't listen to any more of this.

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VOLUME WAS TO LOW WHEN RECORDING

WARNING!! Don't buy this book!! If you don't like hearing about torture of the hero Colin of the story and then vague references to a 12 year old girl being raped and molested by the heroine Sarah Battersley stalker Felix Foote. Then don't bother with this story. I will admit I enjoyed the middle of the story but To Cut The Heroine's Throat toward the end of the story was a Bridge to Far for me. Yes Sarah lives but why so much gruesome scenes at the beginning and the end of the story? This Ruined the whole story for me. I hate stories with children and women being abused!! So 1 star and I will be returning this kindle ebook.

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I was excited to get back into this author’s Rescued from Ruin world. I've enjoyed her writing and the characters she's created. So far, all of the stories are interconnected, but this one continued soon after the previous book (The Truth About Cads and Dukes) ended. The main characters of that book got their happy ending, but the fate of the hero's brother was in question. There began Colin's story. While Colin had committed some reprehensible acts in the previous books, the author still managed to evoke empathy for his character. It was apparent he was emotionally scarred and seeking solace in alcohol, gambling and debauchery. His downfall was desperate and sad, which made his redemption story gratifying. Colin's romance with Sarah wasn't as appealing as the previous books, but I still enjoyed it and their story arc. Sarah's relationship with her family, but especially her father was sweet and emotional. Along with the romance, Colin's troubles and a ruthless suitor of Sarah's also added an exciting dose of suspense. I enjoyed seeing Colin get his happy ending, as well as some reconciliation within his family.

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Exciting End To an excellent series

I had no idea how Elisa Braden was going to redeem Colin Lacey but done how she did and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. Edge of your seat moments, extremely steamy moments balanced by humour made this book one I highly recommend.

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I really can't evaluate the story properly as the audio recording is so consistent in the volume controls that I gave up on it. The volume varies from almost too soft to hear to such loud bursts of sound that it hurts my ears.. The book may be a better choice for this one.

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Really like this series

New to me author and narrator and I'm really enjoying both. Sex scenes are explicit but the language is not vulgar.

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Enjoyable

This is the third in the series. I didn’t think I would like Colin but it was pretty good. Author could have developed why Hero fell in love with Heroine. Wasn’t quite as clear once they were in London. Slightly thin on development of the relationship. I liked the first one the best and the second better than this one. I might go for the fourth but I don’t think they have it on escape and not sure I want to use a credit. I might though. If you have escape, this third one is worth a listen. Not sure I would use a credit for it.

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Very enjoyable.

I liked this book enough that I listened in the car, at home while I cooked and cleaned, and before bedtime.

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  • 10-20-19

Seriously dreadful narrator, book quite good

I've now listened to a several books read by Mary Sarah, I'm sure she's lovely, but she's American, quite obviously and painfully. The weirdest of pronunciations, as mentioned by many reviewers, tries hard to spoil the story, but if you try hard, you can just about withstand it. I think the biggest problem is with the letter A, it's always a letter that causes issues, but seriously, if you are going to cut costs by getting an American narrator, PLEASE get one that researches the nuances of English enough to know that even "well to do" people NEVER pronounce FATHER with BOTHER! Then you have POLM for palm... etc etc uuuuuuughghghghgh! All that aside, the story is good if the usually preposterous and unlikely that Historical Romance usually is, but nice character development, a little twist here and there. Worth trying to ignore the narration for.

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  • 02-11-19

Excellent storyline

The entertaining storyline was slightly let down by the monotonal narrator’s delivery when reading other than character quotes, a shame as it was slightly irritating at times.