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Proposing to a Duke

Regency Black Hearts, Book 1
Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
Length: 3 hrs and 37 mins
Categories: Romance, Regency
4 out of 5 stars (60 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

At the age of 25, confirmed spinster Isabella Peregrine is given an unexpected ultimatum by her new step-mother: find a husband or I'll find one for you.

Thoroughly in a tizz, Isabella proposes a marriage of convenience to the nearest male to her - who just so happens to be the brooding, intimidating Duke of Blackmore. When he rebuffs her clumsy advances, Isabella leaves for London, determined to find the man of her dreams and soothe her bruised ego.

Michael Linfield, Duke of Blackmore is a legendary, fearsome war hero; famous for reducing debutantes and their mothers to floods of tears with just one glance. The brooding giant of a man is hiding a secret however - a debilitating stammer that has haunted him since childhood. When the delightful Miss Peregrine proposes a marriage of convenience to him - with no benefits - Michael is so startled that his stammer reappears and all he can manage to reply is "N-n-no".

When news of Isabella's success in London soon reaches his ears, Michael is determined to go to town and win her as his own, if only she'll give him a second chance at love.

This sweet and clean regency romance is a standalone novel with a guaranteed HEA.

©2017 Claudia Stone (P)2017 Claudia Stone

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cute historical

Cute historical romance for a sweet time out. Nothing at all explicit involved.
Zimmerman does a good job with narration. Her voice suits the story.

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  • Trish R.
  • JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States
  • 02-25-19

Not a good story but great narration..


Sorry, but this was just silly.

Michael could not let himself get involved with Isabella because of his deep dark secret (when he got nervous or stressed he stuttered.) When Michael was a little boy he walked in on his father getting it on with a servant and the father dropped dead at that moment and the girl told him he'd killed his father? And the boy stopped talking then began to stutter then got better, except for occasionally he would fall back into stuttering.

I finally had to quit at 63%.

As to the narration: Stevie Zimmerman is a wonderful narrator but not even she could help this silly story.

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5 stars for performance and story!

Totally worth all five stars! This interestingly engaging romance was completely enjoyable. Even more importantly is the quality of the performance so expertly and exceptionally performed by one of the most talented narrators! Stevie Zimmerman is so good that just seeing her name as narrator makes a book a sure bet!

Totally creditworthy!!!!!

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Loved It!

I have found my new favourite Romance author and her name is Claudia Stone! I really enjoyed this book. The narration was lovely and the story was great. The author's sense of humour really shines through. I thought that the hero and heroine were both very endearing and that their Romance was very sweet. I'm looking forward to more audiobooks by this author!

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A Great Regency Read with a Twist!

Twenty five year old Isabella is given an ultimatum by her step-mother, find a husband by the end of the London season or marry her step-mother's odious nephew. If she doesn't, Isabella's father will cut her off. After she receives the news, Isabella meets the intimidating Duke of Blackmore, capable of bringing debutantes to tears with a look. Isabella sees through his gruff exterior and offers him a marriage of convenience, surprising him into refusing. When Isabella's London season goes even better than she had hoped, the Duke follows her to London to make her an offer of his own.

This was a sweet clean novella with a perfectly matched hero and heroine! The Duke was big and brooding, with a flaw that made him lovable. Isabella was sweet and brave, not intimidated by his glowers. I liked the bit of background given on the Duke, it explained his behavior perfectly. It didn't feel like a novella at all, both of the characters were fleshed out and interesting. I really enjoyed this one, and it's going on my reread list!

I loved the narration, Stevie Zimmerman was wonderful as always. She performed distinct voices for each character, and her male characters were as convincing as her female characters. It completely immersed me in the story. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.

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  • Layla
  • 07-23-19

Clean regency romance

Proposing to a Duke is not as funny as some the authors other books but it is still a great listen. I did at times feel like banging the two main charaters heads together but we get there in the end.
I liked the fact that Isabella saves herself and the hero came a little late to save her. I loved her character and I thought she is more braver then the Duke of Blackmore when it comes down to saying what they want.
Some reviewers have called this a bit silly well in that time people did act silly but then again they did not have t.v's, phones, any type of gadgets or cars. They had to make their own entertainment and society was a lot different to what it is now. There was a lot of drama then. I am not saying that it would have happened this way but it would not have surprised me if it did.
This is for those who enjoy clean regency romance.
I loved it and would highly recommend it.