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Not the Duke's Darling

By: Elizabeth Hoyt
Narrated by: Ashford McNab
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New York Times best-selling author Elizabeth Hoyt brings us the first audiobook in her sexy and sensual Greycourt Series!

Freya de Moray is many things: A member of the secret order of Wise Women, the daughter of disgraced nobility, and a chaperone living under an assumed name. What she is not is forgiving. So when the duke of Harlowe, the man who destroyed her brother and led to the downfall of her family, appears at the country house party she's attending, she does what any Wise Woman would do: She starts planning her revenge.

Christopher Renshaw, the duke of Harlowe, is being blackmailed. Intent on keeping his secrets safe, he agrees to attend a house party where he will put an end to this coercion once and for all. Until he recognizes Freya, masquerading among the party revelers, and realizes his troubles have just begun. Freya knows all about his sins—sins he'd much rather forget. But she's also fiery, bold, and sensuous—a temptation he can't resist.

When it becomes clear Freya is in grave danger, he'll risk everything to keep her safe. But first, he will have to earn Freya's trust...by whatever means necessary.

©2018 Elizabeth Hoyt (P)2018 Hachette Audio

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What????

I have always been Elizabeth Hoyt’s biggest fan. But I must say this story I’ve waited forever for was not very good. The hero was a big wimp and the heroine was “I am woman hear me roar”. I’m really sad. I’ve listed the maiden lane stories as the best I’ve ever read. This story has big question marks as to the whole back ground. I gave it higher marks than it should have gotten because I love Elizabeth Hoyt. Who wrote this story??? Not her trust me. The sex scenes were “huh” and left me feeling really????? The only reason I continued was Ashford Mcnab was awesome as always. I’m going to return this one and I’m broken hearted about that !!!!!

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This one was rough

I really wanted to love it as I have all of the other Maiden Lane books, and I especially wanted to hear Freya's story. But this book was all over the place. It's as though someone took Ms. Hoyt's random mental notes for the story as it was building in her head, and wrote a book in the random way in which they were written. There was no consistency, multiple weird plot lines, and a random character appears for seemingly no reason other than the probably lead in to the next book. Freya's character even began to annoy me with the whole perpetual waffling in what she wanted. That went on too long, in my opinion. I was very disappointed.

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Not her best work

I loved the Maiden Lane Books and have just listened to them for the second time. This one was a big disappointment. The "wise women" arc was just lame to me and the heroine's extreme reluctance to lose her autonomy was too much. She didn't deserve the hero. Two many plotlines were unresolved, obviously to set up future books, but that was frustrating. I hate to leave negative reviews but this was just not that good.

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Good story and excellent narration!

This was a good story. I enjoyed it. I liked Freya, she was smart, witty and a strong female lead. I liked Harlowe too, Him and Freya made a good match.

The story line was fun and enjoyable. I liked that it wasn't full of angst and misunderstanding's like some HR books are. That was a relief. There was a lot of great dialogue throughout the entire book.

I enjoyed some of the secondary characters, especially Arabella. LOL she was always scheming some sort of plan.

As for the narration, it was fantastic. I am a big Ashford McNab fan and she always does a great job on the male voices and gives everyone their own distinct voice, She has a great reading voice too.

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I liked it!

I like most of Elizabeth Hoyt's stories and this is no exceptions. I like how she weaves fairy tales into the beginning of chapters, kinda giving you two stories for the price of one. I like how the male love interest is really a pretty nice guy, not so sure how much of a Wise Woman the female love interest is, she often does pretty stupid things and constantly gets herself into hot water. She is smart enough to solve the major mysteries in the story though so that was fun.

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Absolutely awful

Narration was annoying-over acted and overly dramatic reactions especially during the steamier scenes.

Characters were poorly developed. Lead female character was utterly unlikable. I actually hoped the Duke would walk away and find someone better.

Plot was disjointed, not developed, and not believable. It's rare that I find myself not even wanting to finish a book.

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Not my favorite but a nice enough read

I didn't love this book but I definitely enjoyed it. There was just a weird tone of misguided strength in Freya and I felt like it was overdone. Also, the whole Wise Woman/witch thing was kind of weird and there was a lot not addressed. Speaking of not addressed.... There was this whole thing of Christopher and the history with Freya's brother that pretty deeply affected the entire family. That was never addressed in the form of closure. They talked about it in the context of their relationship, but then that was it. This huge event that happened (that we don't even understand. Maybe it was in a previous book? Was this a continuation of Maiden Lane? Can't tell and if it is it doesn't do well as a standalone with no explanation.) that had affected everyone so deeply, even so that Freya's brother had basically stopped living and was a recluse because he was so hurt... Just... never heard about it again.
I can't say I didn't enjoy the story because I did. But I do wish there was more substances to it. I would read the next one in the series but only if it was in a 2/1 sale or extremely discounted,

Narration was what's to be expected of Ashford McNabb. I don't get excited to see her as narrator, but nor do I shy away.

I got this on sale for $5 and I wouldn't pay that much for the next one. Definitely would not have been worth a full credit.

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Perfect

When I read the negative reviews I said “Not Hoyt”. I was right. As always she delivers 1 A mystery with plenty of intrigue 2. Her hot bits are so compelling that you, as the reader, feels the heat 3 Turns and twists never count her out there is always a little surprise 4. A love story with HEA 5. Also there is a hint of modern woman by The Wise Women And no one does a narration as well as Ashford McNab. She has done one of Kathleen Woodiwiss and I will buy it first because I always enjoy her narrations. Trust me you need this book. I will now listen to the next one. Happy Reading to all

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Bad, bad, bad narration

Narration was so bad it distracted from the story. Not sure there was a story line. Not a repeat listen for me

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Not the Dukes Darling

Always love Elizabeth Hoyt. Her stories are very creative and incredibly interesting from start to finish.

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