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Set in lush 17th-century Ireland, this passionate tale is part of Jo Beverley's wildly popular Company of Rogues series. Beverley is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of over 20 historical romances and the winner of five RITA Awards. In this sizzling tale, young Miles Cavanagh becomes the improbable guardian to Felicity Monahan, a wealthy, headstrong heiress who seems set on marrying an unscrupulous cad who clearly only wants to wed Felicity for one reason - and that reason is not love.
©1995 Jo Beverley Pub.Inc. (P)2005 Recorded Books,LLC

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  • Julie
  • JUSTIN, TX, United States
  • 02-05-13

Loved the story but the reader drove me nuts

I loved the plot line for this Rogue but I just couldn't get over the narrators voice whenever she was Felicity. I was hoping that as the story continued I would be able to get lost in the words but I would still occasionally find myself irked.

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Ltd by weak character development; poor narration

Would you try another book from Jo Beverley and/or Emily Gray?

Will try another book from Beverley, but not from Gray if it contains strong accents and high-pitched womens'/girls' voices for more than a brief appearance.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Emily Gray?

Someone who doesn't think a young woman needs to sound this obnoxiously shrill and intellectually obtuse.

Did Dangerous Joy inspire you to do anything?

Screen narration more carefully.

Any additional comments?

Nobody falls in love in a matter of days. Lust, yes, but love takes more time and, thus, greater character development.
Don't write that a young woman is smart and courageous when she acts and speaks as a slightly stupid and always shrill girl.

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  • Jennifer
  • FIshersville, VA, USA
  • 05-31-10

Characters lacked usual depth for a Beverly novel

In this book, the characters I have loved in the Company of Rogues were written with very superficial dialogue and the entire love story was boring, sappy, and never developed beyond a sexual interest. I never understood why Miles loved Felicity as she behaved a spoiled brat the entire novel (though I could not make it through the last 2 hours) and Miles only thoughts were of her body, because there was nothing developed about the rest of her except she is very stubborn and causes trouble like a child. I did not care what happened with them, and even the Rogues I loved spoke in silly and syrupy dialogue. It is the lack of this silliness as the core of a romance novel that sets Jo Beverly apart. It is my opinion that she usually puts character development and a real love story, with a plot that is unique, as the primary drive for her work. The men of the Company of Rogues are delightful, funny, very intelligent and their friendships are satisfying, but not in this one. The whole plot was drivel for me. But I recommend Jo Beverly and if this was your first read, try An Arranged Marriage. The Story of Eleanor and Nicholas is one that still makes me smile.

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bad narrator

the narrator killed this book for me. It was like someone running nails on a chalk board.....She was just trying to hard and her "voices" were flat out fake sounding or almost comical. It made it hard to focus on the story.....also cats as murders, please that is just too far out there...

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