Intimate Deception

Narrated by: Sarah Coomes
Series: Intimate, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
4.2 out of 5 stars (851 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A Desperate Choice

Lady Grace Warren will do anything to protect her sisters, even betroth herself to a man so depraved that all of London fears him. Faced with a lifetime of misery, Grace has only one chance for escape: to relinquish her virtue before her wedding. Such abandon will destroy her reputation - and ensure her freedom. But when she disguises herself as courtesan to lure a handsome nobleman, she cannot anticipate the tender surprise destiny has in store….

A Twist of Fate

Vincent Germaine, Duke of Raeborn, has lost two wives in childbirth and still has no heir. Racked by guilt and grief, he seeks comfort in the arms of an enchanting stranger. But when he realizes their night of passion may have resulted in another dangerous pregnancy, he sets out to track down the innocent female - only to find his heart captured by a woman of incomparable courage and beauty.

©2012 Laura Landon (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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10 HRS OF LISTENING PLEASURE

If you are like me and you just love a good Historical/Romances then this one doesn't disappoint.

This book is made up of great characters who have you sympathising over their dilemmas, a good plot that's not your usual 'Rake sees Virgin over ballroom' type, lovely building romance and throw in a couple of baddies, a twist or two and you've got yourself a good listen.

Worth a credit? It is definite YES - but at $9.79 I would just buy it and save your credits for a more expensive book.

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Deceive, Deceived, REPETITIVE...

Oh my, I would love to know the word count on Deceive and Deceived. I do believe those words would total over 200 if not more. And I don't believe I am exaggerating. Also, I like a whole lot more dialog, this book had very little dialog in my opinion. The repetitive description of the feelings between the two main characters was just too much. The same thing over and over. I feel like the author couldn't think of anything to write so she would just repeat their feelings and thoughts. I did finish the book, even though I did predict the ending long before the ending. I am not saying the book was bad just annoying with very little dialog. It could have been much better, the plot and story line had so much potential. The narrator I thought did an excellent job and I think that's what kept me listening to the end.

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Will tortured hero finally find solace?

Intimate Deception is the first book in a duet by Laura Landon set during Victorian England where the hero is a tortured soul who's lost two wives while trying to give birth to his heirs. He's sworn off getting married again and visits a brothel once a week to escape getting another woman pregnant. Turns out one of the prostitutes he visits one night is a virgin who asked a friend to help her lose her virginity so she won't have to marry a deviant bible thumper. While it works out for the young lady, our hero won't let bygones be bygones and he goes searching for her to ensure he didn't get her pregnant. When they realize she did conceive, he marries her in haste and without affection to keep the child legitimate. The rest of the story is how he tries to resist his growing attraction and feelings for the lady, despite the fact that she deceived him initially. There is an additional mystery subplot where someone is trying to kill our hero and heroine -- and it's not who you assume it is! Simply put, if you like your historical romance packed with emotional punch, Intimate Deception does not disappoint!

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Enjoyable

I enjoyed listening to "Intimate Deception", although there were details that seemed unimportant to the story that I felt would have been better without. It being a little different from your average Historical Romance held my interest.

Sarah Coomes gave a good performance, adding to the listening enjoyment. In my opinion the narrator can make make or break a story.

I would recommend this audio to any Historical Romance lover.

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  • DD
  • 08-16-16

Over and over, Spoilers (sort of)

I listened to this on my way home from vacation. The only thing worse that reading the same thoughts over and over is listening to them.

Woman escapes marriage to a pedophile by seducing man to loose her virginity so above pedophile does not want her. Man she looses her virginity to is of course a duke who has lost two wives to childbirth. (One of the babies if born perfect...but dies anyway).

Duke finds out his prostitute is a lady and searches for her and finds out she is pregnant. They enter into a supposedly fake marriage, which isn't of course...and man freaks out because he thinks wife is going to loose baby. Mans cousin (heir) tries to kill them both but of course in the end gets shot by man. Woman has two perfect twins...which I never saw coming btw. ((Rolls eyes)). In between all this is a man worrying...and a woman guilty saying so twenty times in every chapter.

Listening to her scream "love me, love me" would have been embarrassing if I had not been alone...geesh!

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A mile wide & an inch deep

It started off good, then it became apparent it was one of THOSE cheap cookie-cutter romance novels where the same lines are repeated over and over and over. The lead characters assuming the worst, constantly whining. Same story, different names & locations, nothing original. Ugh! What a waste of a good credit.

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Loved! Very funny and sweet!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Definitely! When Grace's secret is uncovered I couldn't help but laugh! To me, that type of situation, while not funny if it was happening to me, HILARIOUS to hear about! The relationship was so cute and there where unexpected twists!

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Premice was decent but FAR TOO REPETATIVE

After listening to the prologue, I realized I had physically read, & somewhat enjoyed the book! I think reading the book was way better than listening to it because of the selection of the Narrator & her performance of the various characters. Her British accent was Not of the TON, and more a shopgirl..even when imitated a DUKE!! I almost stopped listening because of how irritating and inaccurate her portrayal was. Additionally she did not carry off the male vocal emotion at all.
As far as the story line, usually love Laura London, but this book was SO REPETITIVE, and most of the rehashing was totally unnecessary regardless, because most issues were not resolved.
Take care, hope u I helped!

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Poor listening experience

Setting: 1858 London
Genre: Romance
Lady Grace has seen her 6 younger sisters wed to the men of their choosing. Now she wants to avoid marriage to a hypocritical, sanctimonious, perverted man by being able to tell him she's not a virgin. She hopes to return to the country and just run her father's household (but who do you suppose set her up to marry the perv?) Vincent has already lost 2 wives in childbirth and has vowed to never marry and condemn another woman to a similar, agonizing death. Grace goes to a brothel run by a childhood friend to get hooked up with a stranger to take her virginity, Vincent get's conned into doing the job, but then realizes Grace is no prostitute. He also realizes, the next morning, that he failed to take his usual method of birth control (damn that passion!). So the story is about the couple getting beyond the anger, fear, guilt, and despair, to love and their HEA. There are a couple of villains involved.
I wasn't able to get through the entire book. I skipped chapters at a time and didn't lose anything by it. You know how, back in the day, you could watch a soap opera for a while, leave it for a couple of years, and when you watch again not much has changed? Yeah, like that. The author was so heavy handed with the foreshadowing, there wasn't much tension. The characters were one-dimensional. This was a great premise poorly executed.
The narration probably made the whole experience much worse. Vincent sounded constipated, and Grace sounded insipid. Secondary characters, other than male/female pitch, sounded the same. And all of it was overwrought and melodramatic.
This was on sale and it was STILL overpriced.

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Liked the book, loved the narration..

What really did it for my in this book was the narration. Ms. Sarah Coomes made me feel the story. I felt Grace's (our heroine) desperation and her griping fears. I felt the deep connection between Vincent and Grace and fell in love with them. This was a great example of how a narration makes a good book come alive and makes you a part of the story. I was very surprised by the twists and turns towards the end of the story. Very unexpected! All in all I highly recommend this book to all historical romance junkies like me :)

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  • Reginald pelle
  • 05-08-15

Excellent!

Compelling, amazing and wonderful piece of drama, that is both irresistible and remarkable. The narrator was completely superb! 10 out of 10, without a doubt!

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  • Linda
  • 10-02-15

Have read the book but this was even better.

Would you consider the audio edition of Intimate Deception to be better than the print version?

Yes this was more enjoyable as the characters really came to life for me.

What did you like best about this story?

Strong heroine who was also gentle and so caring of her family.

Which character – as performed by Sarah Coomes – was your favourite?

Grace really shone for me. The narrator has one of those voices I could listen to all day.

Any additional comments?

Sarah Coomes and Laura Landon - a match made in heaven.

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  • Angela
  • 07-30-13

Super Super

This is a must for lovers of historical romances. It has everything, suspense, strong women, handsome men, great dialogue and love, love and more love. I will be looking for more books from this author. The narrator was excellent and did a great job.

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  • Jaye22
  • 12-01-16

Superb fiction at its best

I was totally swept away with this story, colourful characters, my favourite being Grace a soft, strong and subtle heroine. Laura Landon captured the period well, I was pleasantly surprised because I thought historical fiction was not for me. It definitely is now.

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  • Charlotte
  • 05-02-16

Thoroughly enjoyable

Every thing you want in a great romance! Intrigue, passion, danger and drama! Great story, great narration, making a perfect combination!