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Publisher's Summary

She was a sensible woman, he was a man who could drive a woman senseless with desire...

Gareth Fitzallen is celebrated for four things: his handsome face, his notable charm, his aristocratic connections, and an ability to give the kind of pleasure that has women begging for more. Normally he bestows his talents on experienced, worldly women. But when he heads to Langdon's End to restore a property he inherited - and to investigate a massive art theft - he lays plans to seduce a most unlikely lady.

Eva Russell lives a spinster's life of precarious finances and limited dreams while clinging to her family's old gentry status. She supports herself by copying paintings while she plots to marry her lovely sister to a well-established man. Everyone warns her of Gareth's reputation, advising her to lock her sister away. Only it is not her sister Gareth desires. One look and she knows he is trouble. One kiss, however, proves she is no match for this master of seduction.

©2015 Madeline Hunter (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Masterfully Written

Reading Madeline Hunter's newest novel reminded me of why I love historical romance--rich historical detail, smart heroine, killer hero, great mystery, and a page turning love story. Highly recommended!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Surprisingly good!

I expected very little from this title given the reported story line and cover picture, but one reviewer's comments caught my eye, and I decided to go for it. As it happens - I loved it! I loved the narration - particularly the hero's rather deadpan-ish voice - as well as the heroine's sassy one, both contributing to my enjoyment of the story. Really the book is carried by the narration (for me anyway) and the characters. Eva, the heroine, is strong, intelligent and delightfully wicked, and I found myself laughing out loud at the interactions between the characters. The story is interesting enough, given the rather limited options for this genre (which I happen to love anyway), and I especially appreciated that when the plot line ran out, the author let it go and concentrated on the relationship between the lovers - which is the main interest anyway. It's a fairy tale to be sure but one with more humor and self-awareness than most romances, which is why I gave it such a high rating.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Love

Yes! Yes! Yes! Refreshingly great read, full story development, realistic characters. I have been looking for such stories... THANK-YOU!

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Narrator makes all the difference

This narrators voice remained mostly the same tone whether reading sensual parts or just normal conversation. I didn’t like it. Not sure if I can finish

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Charming...and Sexy!

This is my first Madeline Hunter book and I was impressed by what a good storyteller she is. It was a breath of fresh air to have an historical romance set in England, but not set around “The Ton, ballrooms, and all the tiresome restrictions that go with those type of stories. This takes place in a small country town where our heroine, Eva, lives in gentile poverty with her younger sister, Rebecca, on what’s left of their family estate. She runs in our hero, Garrett, while out walking, he’s visiting his inherited property he hasn’t seen in years. I don’t want to say anything else because it’s all clues from here on out. I really liked the characters, the story, and the narrator was perfect. I liked that the this was a sweet, funny, sexy love story and a complicated (stolen paintings) mystery story also. Never a boring minute and I was sorry when it ended.

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wonderful!

Loved it! It was a bit of a slow start but was intriguing and I had to find out more. The characters were inviting and made me laugh out loud.

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Not a cookie cutter romance

I enjoyed the fact that the storyline wasn’t the typical one for a historical romance. The storyline was entertaining, the narrator was perfect- overall fun listen!

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Great Acting

I usually love Madeline Hunters stories set in the 19th century but I haven't been very fond of this series until a broken hip started me on an Audible binge. I have to say that Mary Jane Wells rendition of this story was better than almost any of the 15 or 20 books I've read/listened to recently. Some books seem to be more interesting when read and some are better when you listen to them and this title is the later.
I spent many enjoyable hour with these characters and I hope you will too.

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  • Liv
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  • 06-15-16

HWR was decidedly well-earned!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, unequivocally! Mary Wells had great voices for both female and male characters as well as excellent delivery. I'm a little bummed that she isn't narrating the next 2 novels in this trilogy.

What did you like best about this story?

I love when MCs get to spend a decent amount of time interacting and Eva and Gareth do despite the societal restrictions placed on them.

Which scene was your favorite?

She took several minutes to collect herself, then held his head and looked into his eyes. “That may be the most unusual proposal a woman has ever received.
“Thank you. I thought it inventive.”
“It will be hard to describe when friends ask for the particulars, however. Did he kneel, Eva? Did he wait for a glorious sunset? Actually, no, Sarah. He proposed while his tongue was making shocking explorations of my private parts.”
He pecked a kiss on her check. “At least you will never forget it.”

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I liked the moment of reflection Gareth had after he'd insisted Eva stay the night for her safety.

Any additional comments?

The art mystery was a nice added element that played an important role in bonding these two delightful characters.

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wonderfully done book

I accidentally read the books in the wrong order, but it really didn't matter at all. I listened to the audio version as well as read the book. The book was amazing in that it held my interest and made me a true fan. I can't wait for the third installment. Also, I must give kudos to Mary Jane Wells for her fabulous narration of the story. She did an amazing job of making the variety of characters all sound so believable with great accents. Through the writing and the narration, you almost feel you're actually in the story. Well worth the time and money to enjoy it. I'm eagerly awaiting the third book.