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When Lady Esme Byron happens upon a gorgeous naked man sleeping beside a secluded country lake, she can't resist the impulse to sketch him. But when her highly improper drawing is mistakenly revealed at a party, she finds her once-pristine reputation in tatters.

Gabriel, Lord Northcote, may be a notorious rakehell, but he is still stunned to find himself accused of despoiling a duke's sister - especially since he's never set eyes on her. When Esme's six irate brothers demand a hurried trip down the aisle, he has no choice but to comply. He thinks that he can forget about his inconvenient bride, but Esme Byron is no ordinary woman, and Gabriel is about to learn just how unforgettable she can be.

©2016 Tracy Anne Warren (P)2016 Tantor

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  • CINDY
  • CARY, NC, United States
  • 03-30-16

STORY WAS ENJOYABLE...NARRATION WAS TERRIBLE

Where does Happily Bedded Bliss rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The story ranks probably in the middle. No real heavy subject matter, no real mysteries, no real difficult situations. It did have some funny parts and did deal with a bad family relationship. The problem with this bvook was the narrator. She was just not what a good narrator should be.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Happily Bedded Bliss?

To me, the part where Esme tells Gaberial about expecting their baby.

How could the performance have been better?

This narrator did a poor job on this book. This hero is supposed to be strong, good looking, powerful and his voice sounds whiney, like he was talking out his nose. The story was read word by word. Word...then word...then word...no emotion, no excitement just word by word. It was just wrong! Everythng sounded the same.

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

There were some funny parts. Esme was always just this side of trouble. She was quite a feisty young lady.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Susynne
  • hartland, VT, United States
  • 03-07-16

stilted expressionless reading.

This book was not so much narrated as read. Read like a child's recitation of words without sentences or intention. A stilted stiff uncomfortable delivery with long pauses where there should be none. Often pauses so long that I checked to be sure it was still playing.

Well written, passionate. Everything you expect in a Tracy Anne Warren romance.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Terrible narrator

The story line was a bit incipid, not as good as the first book. But the narrator was wooden and mispronounced so many words it was incredible. She read it in a monotone and like she was reading it for the first time, putting stops and starts and pauses in the wrong places. I liked the first book so well, but am nottsure I will continue the series if more come out. And I will definitely avoid this narrator.

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My Musings!

I have been a fan of Tracy Anne Warren since I read the Husband Trap years ago. Her romances are light-hearted, yet have an underlying compelling story. Happily Bedded Bliss is the second book in her Cavendish Square series, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The story is fast-paced and grabbed my interest from the first scene and kept me vastly entertained until the happy ending. Me. Warren’s turn of phrase gives this book and very authentic setting. Her vivid descriptions dropped me into the country world and also took me to the balls of the ton. This is a true delight to read.

Lady Esme is a wonderful heroine. I fell in love with her from the start. While Esme is the youngest of the Byron family and has been pampered and coddled by her brother, she quickly adapts to the situation her scandalous drawing causes. When things do not go smooth, she digs her heels in and does not give up. I loved her determination to win Gabriel’s heart against all odds.

Gabriel is my kind of hero. While a rake, he is still honorable to the core. Although he has every reason to distrust love, he finds himself drawn to Esme. His fear of giving his heart pulled at my heart-strings. It’s obvious that he has fallen head over ears in love with her, but he fights his feelings. He wants to trust her and admit his love, but his past holds him back. I loved the part where he accepts his love for her.

I want to say, it has been a while since I have read a romance where the couple are so right for each other. The chemistry between Esme and Gabriel is so strong, and not just in the physical way. They not only become lovers, more importantly, they become friends along the way.

I listened to the audio version performed by Charlotte Ann Dore. I struggled with her narrative because she articulates to such a degree that at times it came across as quite stiff. She reads word for word, more concerned with her pronunciation than what is going on with the characters. Fortunately, the dialogue is so sparkling and well-written, I was able to still enjoy the story immensely.

If you enjoy a light-hearted, yet emotionally-charged romance with enchanting characters, then you will love Happily Wedded Bliss as much as I did. I highly recommend this excellent example of a Regency love story. Happy reading!

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  • Tonya
  • Santee, CA, United States
  • 04-04-16

The narrator almost killed the story for me!

If you are the narrator in a series, PLEASE, review the first story and pronounce the names of the characters correctly. The narrator was too stilted and proper for the characters in this story. Esme' rescues animals and is a little unconventional. It was a bad fit. I had to go to print to finish the story.

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Narrator destroys a classic Regency

I've read and listened to books by T. A. Warren before, and expected to enjoy yet another. What seemed at first a slight affection in the overly deliberate way Ms. Dore reads became a contest between Dore and myself:
Could I ignore the odd emphases and peculiarly placed pauses and simply enjoy the story?
No, I could not. Rarely do I note a narrator's name in order to avoid rather than seek out their work. Sadly, this is a book to return unfinished.

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narration was horrible...wooden tones.

narration was horrible..wooden tones..mispronounced words..characters voices not consistent.. story line mediocre. I was hoping for better but didn't get it with this one

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Reader was So Choppy it almost wrecked story for m

Would you listen to Happily Bedded Bliss again? Why?

No.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Charlotte Anne Dore?

Bianca Amato

Any additional comments?

I love this author. Sadly the Narrator was very broken up and choppy, at times like listening to elementary student learning to read - other times she did better, but mostly it was like she was having to work so hard on the accent, she was choppy on the reading. Some of the Men sounded almost like Slow-minded idiots.

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Couldn’t get past the terrible narration.

I don’t know if this was a good story or not but I do know I will be avoiding anything narrated by this person in the future.

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Book is good narrator not so much

So I liked the book and so far the series but the reader- ahhh - too slow, everything sounds stiff and unnatural. I sped it up and it helped a bit but it was still so bad. I even downloaded the ebook to read on my own. Part of me wants to exchange the book but I have the whole set. This just left me disappointed. Wish Tracy made sure they used the first narrator used in the first book. Especially if it’s a series book.