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For 11 years, Gillian Rutherford has dreamed of escaping her family's dark secret and living a normal life. Now, faced with an unwelcome marriage that will chain her to London and the secret slowly killing her, she's desperate to save herself and the sister she adores. Salvation comes in the form of an American shipping tycoon, and all she must do is seduce him into marrying her. But Gillian's scheme hits a snag when she makes a bargain with a notorious rake Alexander Trevelle, Lord Lionhurst. He'll help her win the hand of his American friend, if she'll assist him with exacting revenge against her unwanted fiancé. But the price of the pact may just be their hearts.

©2012 Julie Johnstone (P)2014 Julie Johnstone

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A WONDERFUL HISTORICAL ROMANCE!!!

What did you love best about Bargaining with a Rake?

The Relationship building between the H/H Lady Gillian Rutherford and the Alexander the Marquess of Lionhurst. All of the secondary characters were a delight to read and listen too.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I can't name one. There were a lot of characters but all of them were written well and developed.

What does Tristan Hunt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The different Characterizations. I just wished he had used a higher recording volume. Even on Highest volume I could only listen in a room with no other noise. A quite room in order to hear it.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, because of the story not so much the narrator!!

Any additional comments?

Bargaining With A Rake book 1 of A Whisper Of Scandal series, was a absolutely wonderful Historical Romance. It had the right amount of romance with a little bit of sensual sexy heat. I usually like a more sensual erotic romance story but Bargaining With A Rake's storyline and characters made up for the lack of sex. There is plenty of suspense, mystery and secrets with a touch of sadness. The villain get his just deserts. The H/H Lady Gillian Rutherford daughter of the Duke of Kingley and Lord Alexander Trevelle the Marquess of Lionhurst were written with intelligence, witty banter between the two. Deep layers of character development. Great Storytelling. Enough of a backdrop to transport you back into the year 1817. I hope the next book Conspiring With A Rogue is as good. I Highly Recommend BWAR!! Very Well Done.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Similar to My Fair Duchess

Yes the characters are similar in that the hero is wounded by a woman, heroine imagines being married to someone other than the hero, hero wishes to become a rake because of a family experience, the hero is honorable and also dances with wallflowers other men don't in order to help them, all friends know about the secret plot characters are involved in so really not much of a secret, and of course a bad guy. Even though I knew all of that I still could not stop myself from seeking a moment free to go and listen to the book. Still enjoyable and now I am going to get another book by Julie Johnstone. You should too.

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  • A.
  • Merritt Island, FL, United States
  • 10-15-14

Good one

I enjoyed this book. It was interesting to see how dedicated some people can be to family. The entire story was centered around family secrets and the lengths people will go to, to keep their family secrets. I'd recommend the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Entertaining

This book was okay. This is the second book I've read by this author. This was better than the first one but still has some issues. The language is stilted and a bit out of the time period but the story was entertaining and I liked the characters. The narrator did a fine job.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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My first audiobook

If you could sum up Bargaining with a Rake in three words, what would they be?

Well worded and executed.

What about Tristan Hunt’s performance did you like?

The American

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

I was surprised they use the same voice for the women too.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Why did I waste a credit on this.....?

Why did I waste a credit on this.....?
Ugh.
Apparently, there's no more well written Regencies out there.
This author thought research was for ....what? Nonfiction?

One star is far too generous...

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Leila
  • Sacramento, Ca, United States
  • 01-13-15

Great Listen

I enjoyed this story very much. The
flirtation and attraction between the characters was fun. It Kept me smiling. The Narrators voice was wonderful.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Loved it!

I loved this book. Especially since it was narrated by Tristan Hunt. He could make the phone book sound sexy and interesting! The flirty banter between the main characters was fun and I was smiling through most of the book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Charlotte
  • 09-16-16

Couldn't stop listening

You know those books that have romance, drama, passion and a good baddie! That are so good you keep sneaking off every spare moment you get to listen! Well this is one of those books!!

Sexy narrators voice and well worth every penny!