When Elizabeth Hotchkiss stumbles upon a copy of How to Marry a Marquis in her employer's library, she's convinced someone is playing a cruel joke....
The Duke of Ashbury's to-do list is short and anything but sweet: brooding, glowering, menacing London ne'er-do-wells by night. Now there's a new item on the list. He needs an heir....
Alaric has never met a woman he wanted for his own...until he meets Willa. He's never lost a battle....
Everyone expects Billie Bridgerton to marry one of the Rokesby brothers. The two families have been neighbors for centuries....
Hugh Philemon Ancaster, seventh Duke of Ripley, will never win prizes for virtue. But even he draws the line at running off with his best friend's bride....
They are England's most eligible bachelors, with the most scandalous reputations....
Simon Basset, the irresistible Duke of Hastings, has hatched a plan to keep himself free from the town's marriage-minded society mothers. He pretends to be engaged....
Widowed Anna Wren is having a wretched day. After an arrogant man on horseback nearly crushes her, she arrives home to learn that she is in dire financial straits....
Welcome to Spindle Cove, where the ladies with delicate constitutions come for the sea air, and men in their prime are...nowhere to be found....
A decade ago, the Marquess of Bourne was cast from society with nothing but his title. Now a partner in London's most exclusive gaming hell, the cold, ruthless Bourne will do whatever it takes to regain his inheritance....
When Sophie lands her philandering brother-in-law backside first in a goldfish pond in front of all society, she becomes the target of very public aristocratic scorn....
The Douglas sisters, beauties all, are valuable pawns in their family's bitter struggle to control the Scottish Crown....
Even the most refined lady craves an untamed man to release her passion....
Shopgirl Poppy Fairchurch knows it's pointless fantasizing about the Duke of Autenberry. Still, dreams can't hurt anyone, unlike the carriage Poppy spies bearing down upon the duke....
War hero Alistair Carsington really really loves women, and his romantic impulses have landed him in nearly as much danger as the Battle of Waterloo....
As the daughter of a famed author, Isolde Ophelia Goodnight grew up on tales of brave knights and fair maidens....
They call him the Devil Earl - a scoundrel and accused murderer who grew up on the violent London streets....
Lady Roberta St. Giles falls in love with a man she glimpses across a crowded ballroom: a duke, a game player of consummate skill, a notorious rakehell....
Destined for spinsterhood, Isadora "Izzy" Temple can only dream of finding a husband - of feeling his touch in the dark, his lips on her neck, his passion building with each kiss. Imagine her surprise when she awakens to find she's not dreaming at all! Lord Julien Blackworth, has mistaken Izzy's room for his - and he's fallen into her bed and into her wildest dreams.... When the household discovers a man in her boudoir, Izzy pretends that Julien is her fiancé. Once he spends time playing the part, Julien finds himself falling for the fiesty beauty. But how can Izzy trust that this notorious rake's feelings are for real - and that she won't end up being branded a "fallen" woman?
Started off great...the last 3 hours I wanted to put my hair out omg why make them so dumb they can't talk to each other they have to suffer and suffer and suffer just too much. 3hr of that and you 30 min of happy ending for me all the miscommunication between couples and the down right mean people took away from book. I want to hear about suffering for 5 hr I would watch tv or the news can we get some unrealistic book about happy people who actually talk to each lol wow, that's just my opinion I got this book because I like Susan erickson,if you like a lot of drama where it seem like it will never end this book is for you and part one for me was semi great.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful
Fallen is one the best books I've heard in quite some time. It has it all: great cast of well defined characters, story-line beautifully written as to be believable, and read with such feeling by a very accomplished narrator. I always enjoy Susan Ericksen, but "Fallen" seems to be written for her.
Fallen is not the light read, as it appears to be in the beginning, but a story with depth. The collection of secondary characters play a big role in the story's development. It is a well-rounded historical romance story depicting life in England 1831.
I don't want to be spoiler, so will not expound further.
I highly recommend Fallen, I don't think you'll be disappointed.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
It started off great.Fantastic plot, characters, witty dialogue with a touch intrigue.
Julien Blackworth is caught in bed with the wrong woman, a spinsterish woman named Izzy. He was drunk, he went to the wrong bedroom, he got caught... Voila ! He has to marry Izzy. But Izzy, doesn't want get married, she wants to move out of her wicked cousin house, collect her inheritance left to her by her late mother, and go to America...
So Izzy convinces Julien to agree to a mock engagement (or so she thinks), and then in 4 months they can break it off. She will be of age to get her money and sail to America.
While Julien "agrees" to the plan, he has a plan of his own... He will marry Izzy, inherit the Dukedom, and set her up in the country all while continuing the way he is (a man-whore) with no thought for his wife.
But as he spends more time with Izzy, he begins to see her in a different light. He wants to spend time with her, he thinks about her when he is with other women, blah,blah, blah.
When his best friend Eric begins to show interest.... What a shock! Julien doesn't like it.
In fact while at a garden party with Izzy, Julien is in the library making his way up another woman's skirt. all the while Eric is escorting Izzy around the park. Julian happens to look out the window, while with this other woman ( that's nice). He is so furious he runs out of the library, runs into the garden and grabs Izzy away from Eric.
(Oh Please!!, What an ass!!)
Eric is a little shocked by his behavior because, he knows of Julien's plan for Izzy.
This is when it started to fizzle for me.
He loves her, but doesn't want to.... she loves him but she doesn't think he loves her.....
He thinks she is in love with his best friend Eric... she thinks he's in love with her best friend Celia...this went on for about 3 hours, with a few other things happening in between.
Ugggh, seriously! These people are supposed be be intelligent???
I really would have loved to see Izzy's maid Bette, take a brick upside both their heads....LOL
Susan Ericksen's narration saved this book for me, as did the authors writing style.
I just think that maybe another editor should have been given the original manuscript, and cut out about 3 chapters.
If your not sure whether to download it, if your local library has it, read it first, it may not bother you.
I would recommend downloading it when it goes on sale.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
Is there anything you would change about this book?
the begining was very good but then the she rambles on page after page about what is happening in the two main character's mind with fierce repetition. Page filler is what I call it. It could have been a much better book without.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful
This was a great love story on how 2 people came together in a special circumstance. I love how Izzy is a strong willed character that doesn't mind sticking up for herself when it comes to her family. However, when it comes sticking up to her lover/husband, she really doesn't get around to it until the end. When listening to this story, I wish the characters would just stop and sit down to talk about their situations instead of avoiding each other and secretly wishing they could explain their point of views. Instead, they're longing for each other from a distance, stewing over their situations, and then regretting the actions they take. Arrrh, I just want to scream..."get to the point already and explain yourself to each other!" So if you have patience (like I don't), then you'll enjoy the listen. Just take time out of your day to do it.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
Any additional comments?
But it did seem to go on forever. So many misunderstandings that went on and on. I loved Julian and he was a great hero considering all that he went through with his horrible father and grandfather. Izzy had some really funny lines and was a wonderful character. Loved Eric and Celia, such great friends. What I didn't like so much was that the greater part of the sex was between Betty (the maid) and Timothy (the stableman.) Julian and Izzy made love once at about 50% and again at about 90%. <br/>Too much time was spent on Betty and Timothy, IMO.. <br/>I really liked the second part of the book best, after they went to Dearington. Everything came to a head there and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. <br/><br/>SPOILER BELOW!!!<br/><br/>What I really didn't like was the epilogue. I'm sure it's just me but I just hate reading about the hero and heroine growing old, reading about their hair going grey. I just like to remember them how I pictured them throughout the book. <br/><br/>As to the narrator: She did a really terrific job. She has a voice that's just made for narrating. I wouldn't hesitate to listen to her again and again.
What did you love best about Fallen?
I loved that in the end the man falls in with the woman's dream and his life is the better for it. I also like the female's sense of humor
What did you like best about this story?
That both the man and the woman got what they wanted and more. The sense of humor lessens as you get into the book, but I enjoyed that a lot too.
What does Susan Ericksen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I've decided that Susan Ericksen is my current favorite narrator. She does a really professional narration - clear voice, emotional coloring without overdoing it, consistency from one book to the next. And basic stuff like breath control. (Some narrators sound like their sucking wind constantly.) I didn't know the author, but when I saw the narrator's name I was willing to use my points for this book.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Sometimes life and love give you so much more than you bargained for.
Fun to listen to the dialogue in this book at times between the two main characters. It does show the precarious positions that women hold in life.
I enjoy Susan Ericksen's narration of J D Robb's In Death series and she was good with this author's work too.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful
Sometimes lighthearted,funny, even tugs on your heart strings a lot. The story of Izzy's love for Ephingham is all of the above. I'm not going to ruin the mystery of lessons learned and the loving ending for you but many of the learned lessons were mine. The only negative I have about the story is, I cannot find a sequel. I hope Celeste Bradley is busy working on her series of books. Perfect historical fiction romance novel but, I am seriously needing another fix.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful
I don't know what to say Bout this book except that take into consideration all the reviews before you purchase. I didn't but I certainly realized it part way through the first half. I agree with one of the other review when it was mentioned as "filling space". My goodness I don't have a problem with the help but in this book, they were more entertaining than the the hero/heroine! What a waste!! They had more action and passion going on than the actual couple. Why did the story drag on so long?? Why all the repetition?? Not sure if I would read or listen to another book from this author. Than god for the narrator otherwise I would have stopped listening and never finished. So VERY disappointing!
0 of 2 people found this review helpful