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Newly widowed and desperate to protect her estate and beloved servants from her malevolent brother-in-law, Martha Russell conceives a daring plan. Or rather, a daring plan to conceive. After all, if she has an heir on the way, her future will be secured. Forsaking all she knows of propriety, Martha approaches her neighbor, a London exile with a wicked reputation, and offers a strictly business proposition: a month of illicit interludes... for a fee.

Theophilus Mirkwood ought to be insulted. Should be appalled. But how can he resist this siren in widow's weeds, whose offer is simply too outrageously tempting to decline? Determined she'll get her money's worth, Theo endeavors to awaken this shamefully neglected beauty to the pleasures of the flesh-only to find her dead set against taking any enjoyment in the scandalous bargain. Surely she can't resist him forever. But could a lady's sweet surrender open their hearts to the most unexpected arrival of all... love?

©2011 Cecilia Grant (P)2012 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Tantalizingly sexy, heartwarming, and oh-so funny, this romance is unforgettable; a stunning debut." (Library Journal)

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  • Michelle
  • San Antonio, TX, United States
  • 07-02-12

The best romance novel I've read in AGES!!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed out loud!

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Smart, funny, and so worth the money! Can't wait to listen to it again!

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Cate F.
  • Richmond, VA USA
  • 01-28-17

Not the same old, same old & very good!

A woman of conscience embarks on an affair to protect the future of the women and children of her estate. She refuses to take any pleasure in the sex, to the frustration of the hero. The novel depicts the inner workings of her mind and heart with clarity and humor. Her lover, accustomed to only being valued for his ability to please in bed, comes to respect her and to become involved with the place her has been forced to live by his father. Be warned, this book is a long and well written seduction, conveyed without cliches or coyness. Highly recommended.

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Absolutely fantastic story and terrific narration.

what an easy listen. I have to admit I did not want this one to end. I love stories where the characters are allowed to evolve. As I watched them grow together with love and admiration, I could only wonder how in the world they were going to get out of the situation they had made. But never fear, this story came together and ended in a very wonderful happily ever after. I enjoyed this story and the narration was spot-on. I will definitely read more from this author and listen to more stories by this narrator.

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Nothing special

I have mixed emotions about this book. I found my mind wandering a bit while listening to it. I think the story dragged a bit in places. One of the potential steps Martha was contemplating bothered me and I didn't want to see her go down that road. I enjoyed Martha and Theo getting to know each other and both developing into stronger characters. A good first book. I'll read the next one.

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  • SIMARA
  • Bayamon, Puerto Rico
  • 10-09-14

Boring and dreadfully long...

I seem to be a minority here but I didn't like this book. The author wrote scene after scene of the most boring and bland sex scenes ever. Literally this couple spent a month trying to get pregnant and basically 28 of those days our heroine was looking at the ceiling and the hero gave her "his seed" in about thirty seconds. Those thirty seconds were followed by deep conversations about cows and country living...

The narration was very good and it's the only reason why I actually finished the book. The last hour or so of the story was very sweet and I liked the ending but I wish I could get those 12 hours of my life back...

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • DK
  • 05-03-14

Awaken Me After This BORING Book Is Over-Bland

Would you try another book from Cecilia Grant and/or Susan Ericksen?

Cecilia Grant did not impress me with this first listen. I will probably pass on anything else she has written. <br/><br/>There are a lot of great historical authors out there that I would listen to first. Try Julie Garwood or Wendy Lindstrom - if you like Highland romances go for Hannah Howell or Jennifer Ashley.<br/><br/>Susan Ericksen's performance was appropriate for the material...blah.<br/><br/>

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Newly widowed and desperate to protect her estate and beloved servants from her malevolent brother-in-law, Martha Russell conceives a daring plan. Or rather, a daring plan to conceive. After all, if she has an heir on the way, her future will be secured. Forsaking all she knows of propriety, Martha approaches her neighbor, a London exile with a wicked reputation, and offers a strictly business proposition: a month of illicit interludes... for a fee.<br/><br/>Theophilus Mirkwood ought to be insulted. Should be appalled. But how can he resist this siren in widow's weeds, whose offer is simply too outrageously tempting to decline? Determined she'll get her money's worth, Theo endeavors to awaken this shamefully neglected beauty to the pleasures of the flesh-only to find her dead set against taking any enjoyment in the scandalous bargain. Surely she can't resist him forever. But could a lady's sweet surrender open their hearts to the most unexpected arrival of all... love?<br/><br/>This was a recount of 30 nights of a snooze fest of 'passion' as Mrs. Russell tries to get pregnant by Theo. The days are mundane and tedious. The author tries to provide a bit of dimension with Martha's interest in starting a school and getting to know her neighbors (after having lived in the town for several years).<br/><br/>Save your $ and credit for the many, many deserving titles out there...this is not even worth the under $5 sale price for which I got it.

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  • Lorraine
  • Christies Beach, Australia
  • 11-22-13

I was a nice story BUT

Would you consider the audio edition of A Lady Awakened to be better than the print version?

The whole story dragged out. It would have been a nice easy read/listen if it was not 12.5hrs long

What did you like best about this story?

The hero and the maid

What about Susan Ericksen’s performance did you like?

Yes I thought she fitted the era very well

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I feel to sleep so many times, I had to keep going back

Any additional comments?

As I said I think the story was different and nice. Martha was very hard to like and it was all too long

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  • Mscvang
  • SAINT PAUL, MN, United States
  • 02-05-13

Story was dragging on and on

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

......Hmmm I wouldn't know who would like it really because I felt it was dragging on too slow and there wasn't anything that kept my interested. It took me a week to finish and usually I finish a book in a day or two. The characters I felt were not developed enough and did not suit one another.

What do you think your next listen will be?

In search of it!

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes it did in some way.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

not really..

Any additional comments?

I wish there was more romance and thrill to it!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Claire
  • Roleystone, Australia
  • 01-10-13

Beautiful

What did you love best about A Lady Awakened?

The language was so beautiful, English as it should be spoken. Though the language was old fashioned and quaint, it did not at all detract from the sizzle in the sex scenes

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene when she finally enjoys the sexual encounter was stunning, I loved it. I would recommend this book to my friends without any hesitation.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Trish R.
  • JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States
  • 01-04-14

Good story but bad narration..

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This really was a terrific story. Loved Martha and Mirkwood but I didn't see it as a romance novel until about 67%. It was a screwing book. They screwed like minks trying to get her pregnant because of an inheritance and that was ok except it took her waaaaay to long to come around and even kiss him. <br/>As to the narrator? I kept losing track of who was saying what because all the males and females sounded alike. All she did was read the book. No deepening the voices of males, no emotions. Read the book, don't listen.

3 of 8 people found this review helpful