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Publisher's Summary

People magazine named Eloisa James' novel Midnight Pleasures "Page Turner of the Week" and raved, "Romance writing does not get much better than this." Now the acclaimed author returns with another sumptuous tale of passion and misadventure in Regency England.

Gabrielle Jerningham cherishes the portrait of her betrothed, the perfect Peter Dewland... until she meets his commanding older brother Quill. But it is Peter to whom she has been promised. And how can she possibly transform her voluptuous, outspoken self into the poised gentlewoman Peter requires?

When Gabby's shocking décolletage plunges to her waist at her first ball, Peter is humiliated. But Quill comes to the rescue, to the peril of his heart. An accident years before has left Quill plagued by headaches - the kind that grow more excruciating with strenuous exercise. Needless to say, this hardly bodes well for siring progeny. But the very sight of Gabby leaves Quill breathless. One forbidden kiss and Quill vows to have her, headaches and Peter be damned! But it will take a clever man - and a cleverer woman - to turn the tables on propriety and find their way to true love.

©2001 Eloisa James (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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The best Duerden performance!

One of the BEST books by Eloisa James. LOVE the characters. So real. I was never bored throughout this almost 14 hour book. Couldn't wait to find out what happened next and then couldn't stand that the book ended. Great storyline. Trust me when I say you will not be disappointed.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Thankfully this is finally an audiobook

It's an Eloisa James book. What more needs be said? This was a non-stop read ( listen) for me. I liked it a lot. The characters were all flawed so it wasn't all sunshine and flowers. I really liked Quill. He's one of my new favorite characters. And I loved Phoebe. I'm sorry she sort of fell out of the picture. I found the story of her "new mother" and her suitor (his name escapes me) a bit odd. It was nice but seemed an unnecessary distraction.

Susan Duerden does another stellar job with the narration. I had just one tiny issue and that was with Gabby's voice. I think it was described as "husky" or something like that but it was not. Not a big deal though.

This is an early book by James and I'm glad it was finally produced in audiobook format. A good addition to the Pleasures series.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Enjoyable love story

What I liked about this story was entertaining and funny.
The author did an excellent job on explaining or extending the lil girl (forgot her name) story with her new mother.
The ending was cute - that's all I'm going to say about the end.
But it left you wondering about Peter - I think he is guy. I wondered what happened to guy man during the 1800's.
I love the narrator, you can never go wrong in listening to Susan Duerden - she does an excellent job on all voices.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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I love the story of Gabbe and Quil

I didn't like the brother Patrick I thought of him as whinny. I liked him in other books so I believed it was to billed up to another story line. I wish that the story of Emily and the Marquees was more in depth. I believe they desire their own book. But back to Gabbe and Quil they were funny but not over the top. They fought like a real married couple. The other books before this one they could be very harsh. Overall this was great book with many mini books within.

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  • Ann
  • Raleigh, NC
  • 09-24-15

my new favorite Eloisa James book!

the characters in this book are delightful and SO funny! love love love it!!

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  • Susynne
  • hartland, VT, United States
  • 04-24-15

Fabulous!

And that's the truth. Eloisa James does it spectacularly well.... I loved the characters, the plot.... I remember looking and seeing almost two hours left and wondering what would fill them... and almost magically it was done. That's a good book! The ending was just a little odd... I didn't get the locale but that's ok. I understood it, it was even a good scene, but why put them there? I guess it doesn't matter.

NARRATOR : Susan Duerden is Fantastic here. I never heard HER but rather the characters. That's the way it should be!

CREDITWORTHY? : YES! 100%... that is IF you like a good romantic HEA story with a little political intrigue and a good cry.

HEAT FACTOR? : High. Not steamy heart throbing sexual tension high... but high all the same.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Enchanting Pleasures

it had a good story line but I was not always able to keep my attention on it. I ended up listening to three or for chapters twice to ensure that I had the events etc. correctly in my thoughts. Overall the book is a good read.

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Nice

Good narrator and nice story. Not my absolute favourite by E.J but enjoyable just the same.

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started strong then got tedious,

I wish James would use different readers after a while all books sound alike, and Susan due den voice is irritating story was stretched and felt contrived

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  • Nadine
  • California, USA
  • 07-01-15

Codswallop

Would you consider the audio edition of Enchanting Pleasures to be better than the print version?

I didn't read the print version.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Codswallop is a word in British slang meaning "rubbish" or "nonsense". It is also the name of the butler in this regency romance.

I was enjoying this story very much until the end. The ending was a load of codswallop. There is no way these events could have happened. Disappointing that the author would choose this way out, when there were so many other good outcomes.

What three words best describe Susan Duerden’s performance?

Overdone, too "breathless"

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

No

3 of 7 people found this review helpful