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London's Wicked Affair

Midnight Secrets, Book 1
Narrated by: Victoria Aston
Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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In Anabelle Bryant's wickedly romantic new series, secrets and seduction go hand in hand....

Lunden Beckford, duke of Scarsdale, has chosen to exile himself far from London, with its painful memories and cruel gossip. Forced back to town on business, he's eager to make his stay as brief as possible. But first, he must honor his promise to find a suitable husband for his friend's little sister. 

On one hand, Amelia Strathmore has grown into a stunning, statuesque beauty. On the other, the willful chit is more likely to scandalize a drawing room with her outspoken opinions than blush prettily. At least she agrees to accept his help - if he fulfills certain conditions.... 

Though duty-bound to marry, Amelia longs to secretly enjoy some of life's freedoms first. In this, as in many things, Lunden proves an excellent guide. In fact, Amelia's girlhood admiration for her brother's friend is fast becoming something far less innocent. 

Lunden believes he's known too much darkness to offer any woman happiness. Yet Amelia is starting to see how much pleasure can lie within the right partnership - especially if one is willing to be a little wicked....

Contains mature themes.

©2018 Anabelle Bryant (P)2018 Tantor

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Interesting story

This story was interesting though it seemed a bit vague at times. I struggled to follow the motivation of the hero. However, what really pulled me out of the story, time and again, was the language. I am not certain of the author's intent when she says thing such as "her eyes mesmerized his face" as she gazes at the hero while he sleeps. I think she meant memorized.

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Excellent beginning to a new series by the talented Anabelle Bryant!

Loved this story, the twists and turns, and the well written characters. Lunden and Amelia's love story is to die for. They're drawn to each other like a moth to a flame, but Lunden believes he's wrong for Amelia. Plus, he promised her brother he would help him find her a suitable husband! The attraction between them is powerful and the sexual tension is off the charts. Along with the romance there is plenty of intrigue and you'll probably forego sleep (as I did) to find out what happens. Enjoy!

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One moment changes everything....

One reviewer had nothing but complaints, she obviously doesn’t pay much attention when listening to a book because each of her complaints were actually effectively dealt with as part of the story line! That’s how it’s done.... creating the plot, filling it out, making reason for action and choice... that’s called writing. But you have to actually read or listen before you state opinions on only a small perception of what the story was....

This was a good book. Not a very good book or a great book or an ok book, but a good book. There was room for more... I kind of missed that more. It made me mad at one point, I mean quite angry!.... I wanted that nasty man to get his comeuppance! but it all works out in the end, the HEA that makes a romance a romance.

Touchy subject for the time, handled well.

Not much heat, plenty of angst.

Definitely don’t regret it, neither will you I hope.

Good narration too.

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Ridiculous & unbelievable

I could not understand this plot. The hero has been away from London for 10 years. The minute he arrives, his friend asks him to help find a husband for his sister ( how, as he has been out of touch for a decade). The sister /heroine meets him the first day and gives him a list of all the things she wants to do before getting married ( a rip off of 9 rules to break when romancing a rake). How does she think he will be okay with this request, but of course the hero does what ever the heroine wants. She is a bit spoilt for thinking she will always get her way.
Then the brother lets the hero stay in the same house as the sister/heroine with no chaperone. This is just out of character for the regency era. The h/h keep going out alone to do the items on the heroine's list, but no one seems to care about reputations.
If these things are not annoying enough , the hero keeps having internal lustful dialogue about how beautiful the heroine is and that he should not be alone with her. Of course that doesn't stop the couple and they end up in bed. The brother finds them ( because the heroine has no control and jumps out of her hiding spot to "get caught"). It's all too stupid and I gave up 3 hours in....just can't care enough about these characters to continue. I would have been better off to re-read a Garwood, Hoyt or Kleypas. A terrible waste of a credit. Don't bother with this book.

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