Lady Amelia Plume has many admirers – it’s too bad they’re all fortune hunters and fops who can’t provide the exotic adventures she seeks....
With this captivatingly witty debut, Vicky Dreiling immediately established herself as an author of note in the world of Regency romance....
Devon Ravenel, London's most wickedly charming rake, has just inherited an earldom. But his powerful new rank in society comes with unwanted responsibilities....
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....
Harry Norcliffe never wanted to inherit his beloved uncle's title....
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....
James, the scandalously uncivilized Duke of Harland, requires a bride with a spotless reputation for a strictly business arrangement. Lust is prohibited, and love is out of the question....
Lady Aline Marsden was brought up for one reason: to make an advantageous marriage to a member of her own class....
“Lady Hawksworth, your husband is not dead....”
A lady does not smoke cheroot. She does not ride astride. She does not fence or attend duels. She does not fire a pistol, and she never gambles at a gentlemen's club....
Lord Robert Dennington, the Marquess of Westfield, has long reveled in the freedom afforded him as the ducal heir. He knows he must someday do right by the Somerset line....
Everyone expects Billie Bridgerton to marry one of the Rokesby brothers. The two families have been neighbors for centuries....
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....
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....
Rosamund prides herself on her matchmaking skills....
Infamous for his wild, sensual needs, Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire, is searching for a savage killer in St. Giles, London's most notorious slum....
They are England's most eligible bachelors, with the most scandalous reputations....
In Vicky Dreiling’s enchanting Regency romance debut, Tristan - the rakish duke of Shelbourne - wants to marry and sire an heir. To help him choose among the dizzying array of wealthy but witless candidates, he secures the services of prim and proper matchmaker Miss Tessa Mansfield. But as Tessa seeks the perfect mate, the duke finds himself distracted by Tessa’s considerable charms.
Is there anything you would change about this book?
The narrator needs to be more animated and needs to bring the characters moreto life
What did you like best about this story?
I loved the story most! And the dialogue , witty, humorous, and sensual <br/>I loved the characters , main and secondary
What about Elizabeth Jasicki’s performance did you like?
Her voice tone was good. But needs more animation an life
What would have made this romance irresistible?
The story was really new !
Any additional comments?
Would recommend this book for sure ! I'll go on and listen to the second book in this series
13 of 15 people found this review helpful
I have been a member of audible.com for well over a year now and have downloaded several books over this time. I have developed a fondness for historical romances and for the most part, have thoroughly enjoyed the genre. However, to make an audible book work, it is essential to have an excellent narrator who can bring the story to life. The best narrators are really voice actors with an extensive repertoire of acting ability -- altering inflection, accents and subtle nuances which help to create in partnership with the listener, a theater of the mind. Early on I had the pleasure of discovering one of the best voice actors in this genre-- Rosalyn Landor. She is superior -- the timbre of her rich voice is reminiscent of fine cognac or warm honey. In addition, she has honed her craft to such an art form that few can come close to her vocal performance.
Unfortunately, Ms.Elizabeth Jasicki doesn't even come close. She plows through dragging every line with little emotion, such that I'm finding it difficult to even finish listening. Unfortunately I suppose I didn't listen closely enough to the sample or I would have skipped this one altogether. It's really terrible to listen to a story when the person sounds like they're reading it line by line as if by rote. There is no passion in her work at all.
Sorry to say my advice is to actually read the book -- you'll enjoy it more.
13 of 16 people found this review helpful
How to Marry a Duke
Author: Vicky Dreiling Narrator: Elizabeth Jasicki
File Size: 530 KB Print Length: 436 pages Audio Length: 12 hrs 48min
Publisher: Forever; (January 1, 2011) Recorded Books
Tristan, the Duke of Shelbourne is a man with a mission: find a wife he can tolerate as long as they both shall live. Love is not necessary--nor desired. But how to choose among a dizzying array of wealthy-yet-witless candidates? Hire London's infamously prim and proper matchmaker. Then pretend she's not the most captivating woman he's ever met...
Helping a devilish Duke create a contest to pick his perfect mate is the kind of challenge Tessa Mansfield relishes. Her methods may be scandalous, but she's determined to find the notorious bachelor more than a wife--she'll bring him true love. Yet when Tessa watches the women vie for the Duke's affections, she longs to win his heart herself. And after a stolen kiss confirms Tristan's desire, Tessa knows she has broken a matchmaker's number one rule: never fall in love with the groom.
This is not my typical read. I usually avoid these types of books because they have the tendency to be very flowery and although they may be realistic to the times they aren’t very real to me. To my surprise I found this book for sale on audible and said…how bad it can be. Usually when I say this to myself I find myself very surprised and very much enjoying the story, this was not an exception. I enjoyed the story and laughed through all humorous parts and sighed through all the romantic ones. Typical also is the lack of SEX. I like sex, enjoy it very much, my three kids are proof and they still shout a resounding “Ewww” every time my husband takes two steps towards me. Anyway, Sex in these types of books can be very tricky; the author can end up making readers wanting much more or make the heroine look slutty for the times. Although, there were heated moments, the story did fall prey to the times it was written in and there is a lack of sex but the sexual tension between The Duke & Tessa is there in Spades. I love the characters. Tessa is not the typical swooning chit, for the times she is very smart, worldly and independent. The Duke, well I did want to shake him a few times, but he comes through in the end and turns out to be the perfect counterpart for Tessa.
Elizabeth Jasicki does an excellent job as narrator. Her accent is not forced and is not only British in nature but fits the aristocratic tones of the characters and the times. I hope she narrates the books that follow; she made it very enjoyable for me.
This story should serve as an example that we should never stick to the typical even when we read. We might miss something we will find remarkably enjoyable even though its not our typical taste.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
What did you like about this audiobook?
The setting and the independence of the main female character.
How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?
It was fiction - no real "subject matter"
Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?
It is a fun novel
What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?
She did not have much change in timber or pitch between characters. Not the best narrator I've listened to.
Do you have any additional comments?
It was a fun, easy listen. Could have done without the details of sexual engagements. Less graphic always better.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
This is Book 1 in this series, Book 2 is " How to Seduce a Scoundrel".
It is no big deal to read them out of order. This was my 2nd book from the Author and have to say that I did enjoy both of Vickeys historical Romances. Elizabeth does a good job narrating.
6 of 9 people found this review helpful
I really liked this book. It was fun, the characters were likeable, the speed courting and "The Bachelor" like comparisons offered just the right amount of cheezy fun. And of course the romance was just super enjoyable. The attraction between the main characters was layered and for that reason interesting.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
I was very apprenhensive about listening to this book but ended absolutely loving it. Very nice storyline and ending. I have never heard of this author but she did a great job, the book was so captivating I couldn't stop listening. Looking forward to more from her. The narrator also did a good job with the narration and voices. Very, very pleased!
5 of 8 people found this review helpful
Unfortunately I listened to the second book in this series first and had high expectations of this one. This book was a bit laggy and laborious compared to it's follow up.
5 of 8 people found this review helpful
This book mimics the TV show "The Bachelor" which means that it lost it's appeal for me. I thought the book was just okay. The narrator was okay, but doesn't really develop the characters with significantly distinguished voices. I thought this book was just okay.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful
This book has a good story line if you like books about Dukes and Ladies. So of course I recommend this book. Gotta love stories with happy endings.
4 of 7 people found this review helpful