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Publisher's Summary

This delightful romp through Regency England features three full-length novels:

  1. The Duke of Ruin
  2. The Lord of Heartbreak
  3. The Marquess of Temptation

Lose yourself in tales of runaway brides, determined bluestockings, and the men who love them.

©2017 Claudia Stone (P)2019 Claudia Stone

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Reluctant Regency

If you want clean historical romance with a little mystery, intrigue, suspense and humour then this book is for you. I loved it! It's the type of audiobook I could listen to again and again.
Would highly recommend it.

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Fantastic clean romance

I've written individual reviews for each book in this series. Reluctant Regency Brides has become one of my favorite historical romance series. I loved the three books in this collection. Each one had me smiling and hungry for more. The Duke and Duchess DeFoix were an excellent choice for the stories and they made every character feel alive and real. I would definitely recommend anyone interested in the stories to listen to them in order. All the books are standalones, but some events overlap and listening to the book without complete knowledge of a particular event can be a bit confusing at times. Overall a fantastic romance series with sweet, wholesome moments and great characters.

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would prefer someone else reading it

im sure it was a good story but the woman reading it doesnt do it justice. im assuming shes trying to sound elegant but she sounds like an old gossiping aunt talking down her nose at everyone. which would be fine if that was how the narrator meant it but her tone doesnt seem to match the character she describes. i didnt get past the 5th chapter so no idea how good the story was but i could keep listening when the discrepancy was so grating. again, no offense to the speaker, it just wasnt the right one for the part.

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yes and no

Great story, with humor, suspense, wonderful characters. The male narrator has a deep, resonant voice. I could listen to him all day. The female either got better, or I got used to shrillness and overly dramatic emoting. I found her extremely annoying in the first book, so much that I have passed up purchasing books narrated by this duo who have pretentiously adopted the titles duke and duchess.

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A good set of entertaining romances...

It's a set of first three books in the series, and it definitely makes me want to read/listen on...:)

All three books can be read/listened to as stand-alones though all are set in the same circle of friends and acquaintances, so we meet them over and over again and can follow the development of their relationships as the time passes by, which is a treat in itself. All three stories are quite fast paced, with characters that are likeable and plots that contain either a secret that has to be uncovered or an obstacle that has to be overcome on the way to the happily ever after.
Although the storylines are quite similar and predictable - she is at first unwilling to marry him and then he turns out to be the most amiable of men and a knight in shining armour who finally conquers her heart:) - it does not take away any pleasure from reading/listening, and the "mystery" parts are quite well done and even surprising at times:) Overall, it's a set that is definitely entertainig and relaxing, a great choice for cold winter nights.

Narration by Duke and Duchess DeFoix is very good. I liked them switching roles as the main narators as it followed exactly the narration pattern of the books - the male/female points of view alternating between chapters. I also liked most of the voices they did, with one or two exceptions when a female character sounded a bit too male (but it's only because the other ones were so well done that these felt a bit out of league...:)) Anyway, it's a great couple of narrators:)

DISCLAIMER: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Great Escape

This collection was very enjoyable and I loved the way they all connected together. The audiobook version was a very enjoyable and quick listen.

I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

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  • 06-12-20

Absolutely dreadful narration!

I'm afraid I didn't get more than a minute in to this book. Dreadful. Truly Dreadful. My recommendation is to buy the paperback version and read it yourself! I apologise to the author as I was interested in the story from the description, but I should have thought to listen to the excerpt. I don't bother normally as in all my years of being with audible I have generally accepted all the books I have bought, even though some of the narrators have irritated me, but this was just intolerable. What a shame.

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  • 05-11-20

Oh that voice

I don’t know if I will last to the end as this woman’s voice is awful! Sorry but there it is.

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  • 03-04-20

loved it

I love the dual narration in this series. It's brilliantly done and adds another level of enjoyment of the stories.
Each book has a lovely romantic storyline with some comedic elements. I laughed out loud on a few occasions. They are a charming read and I loved listening to this collection.

I voluntarily reviewed a gifted copy.

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  • A D.
  • 01-24-20

3 Stories - All different but Satisfyingly Regency

These audiobooks definitely exceeded my expectations. I had expected them to be very similar and I was not entirely wrong because all of them are set in the Regency period and reflect all that the Regency entails. However each story is different because the protagonists have remarkably different back stories and personalities. And yet the stories are connected through friendship and a quaint boarding house for blue stocking, thinking women. There is enough "meat" in each story to give the plot weight without being repetitive, considering the three stories are bunched together.

For me, Regency romances work as wonderful, glamorous stories I can escape into. And this book more than met my escapism needs! I enjoyed them!


This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.