A Marriage of Convenience: Such is the agreement forged between Lady Jessica Stanton and Simon Warland, Earl of Northcote....
Tormented by the deaths of his wife and child, Griffin Blackmoor spends his days drowning his grief in whiskey....
When Jonah Armstrong, the Earl of Haywood, returns to London after a three year absence, his plan is simple: reenter society, find a wealthy bride, and save the Haywood name from ruin....
Defiant Highland beauty Fiona Sinclair is shocked by her brothers’ treachery. To seal a fragile truce, they have traded her hand in marriage to their sworn enemy....
With her husband's dying words, "My marchioness has it," the Marchioness of Huntingdon is thrown into a nightmare of intrigue and danger....
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....
The cold, precise Duke of Montford demands things his way: neatly ordered, in place, and adhering closely to the rules....
Gideon Waverley had everything a young man could need, a promising future, a title, charming good looks, great friends, and a family who adored him....
Raised by a tyrannical father, Marion de Lacy yearns for the comfort of belonging to a loving family. So when her father announces her betrothal to an evil knight in exchange for his help....
Turned out by his father after a tragic scandal, Lord Michael Knightly has grown into a powerful, but self-made man. With the whispers and stares that still follow him....
After years of playing the rake to hide a dark family secret, the Duke of Aversley feels tainted beyond redemption and cynical beyond repair....
Titus St. John, Duke of Kendal, is known as the Forbidden Duke, a mysterious, intimidating figure who enters society just once each year at his stepmother's ball....
A disgraced son with a dark reputation, William Ferguson Avenel is content to live in exile in Scotland - until his father dies in the scandal of the Season, making him the new Duke of Rothwell....
With no other means for an income, the impoverished Andrew Black, earl of Townson, makes an agreement that will put a definite end to his eight-year poverty streak....
Infamous for his wild, sensual needs, Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire, is searching for a savage killer in St. Giles, London's most notorious slum....
The wild and charismatic Duke of Abernathe is the kind of friend anyone would wish to have. But he has full-throatedly declared he will never marry and no one understands why....
Rosamund prides herself on her matchmaking skills....
Lady Emmaline Radcliffe always knew she never wanted to marry a man who embraced the rules of society....
A Desperate Choice
Lady Grace Warren will do anything to protect her sisters, even betroth herself to a man so depraved that all of London fears him. Faced with a lifetime of misery, Grace has only one chance for escape: to relinquish her virtue before her wedding. Such abandon will destroy her reputation - and ensure her freedom. But when she disguises herself as courtesan to lure a handsome nobleman, she cannot anticipate the tender surprise destiny has in store….
A Twist of Fate
Vincent Germaine, Duke of Raeborn, has lost two wives in childbirth and still has no heir. Racked by guilt and grief, he seeks comfort in the arms of an enchanting stranger. But when he realizes their night of passion may have resulted in another dangerous pregnancy, he sets out to track down the innocent female - only to find his heart captured by a woman of incomparable courage and beauty.
If you are like me and you just love a good Historical/Romances then this one doesn't disappoint.
This book is made up of great characters who have you sympathising over their dilemmas, a good plot that's not your usual 'Rake sees Virgin over ballroom' type, lovely building romance and throw in a couple of baddies, a twist or two and you've got yourself a good listen.
Worth a credit? It is definite YES - but at $9.79 I would just buy it and save your credits for a more expensive book.
17 of 20 people found this review helpful
It started off good, then it became apparent it was one of THOSE cheap cookie-cutter romance novels where the same lines are repeated over and over and over. The lead characters assuming the worst, constantly whining. Same story, different names & locations, nothing original. Ugh! What a waste of a good credit.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
I enjoyed listening to "Intimate Deception", although there were details that seemed unimportant to the story that I felt would have been better without. It being a little different from your average Historical Romance held my interest.
Sarah Coomes gave a good performance, adding to the listening enjoyment. In my opinion the narrator can make make or break a story.
I would recommend this audio to any Historical Romance lover.
9 of 12 people found this review helpful
Oh my, I would love to know the word count on Deceive and Deceived. I do believe those words would total over 200 if not more. And I don't believe I am exaggerating. Also, I like a whole lot more dialog, this book had very little dialog in my opinion. The repetitive description of the feelings between the two main characters was just too much. The same thing over and over. I feel like the author couldn't think of anything to write so she would just repeat their feelings and thoughts. I did finish the book, even though I did predict the ending long before the ending. I am not saying the book was bad just annoying with very little dialog. It could have been much better, the plot and story line had so much potential. The narrator I thought did an excellent job and I think that's what kept me listening to the end.
11 of 15 people found this review helpful
I listened to this on my way home from vacation. The only thing worse that reading the same thoughts over and over is listening to them.
Woman escapes marriage to a pedophile by seducing man to loose her virginity so above pedophile does not want her. Man she looses her virginity to is of course a duke who has lost two wives to childbirth. (One of the babies if born perfect...but dies anyway).
Duke finds out his prostitute is a lady and searches for her and finds out she is pregnant. They enter into a supposedly fake marriage, which isn't of course...and man freaks out because he thinks wife is going to loose baby. Mans cousin (heir) tries to kill them both but of course in the end gets shot by man. Woman has two perfect twins...which I never saw coming btw. ((Rolls eyes)). In between all this is a man worrying...and a woman guilty saying so twenty times in every chapter.
Listening to her scream "love me, love me" would have been embarrassing if I had not been alone...geesh!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
What really did it for my in this book was the narration. Ms. Sarah Coomes made me feel the story. I felt Grace's (our heroine) desperation and her griping fears. I felt the deep connection between Vincent and Grace and fell in love with them. This was a great example of how a narration makes a good book come alive and makes you a part of the story. I was very surprised by the twists and turns towards the end of the story. Very unexpected! All in all I highly recommend this book to all historical romance junkies like me :)
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Definitely! When Grace's secret is uncovered I couldn't help but laugh! To me, that type of situation, while not funny if it was happening to me, HILARIOUS to hear about! The relationship was so cute and there where unexpected twists!
5 of 7 people found this review helpful
This is one of my favorite narrators. The book was enjoyable. It was a bit cheesy at time, but overall a good listen.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful
The best selling romance novels will leave you warm and fuzzy. Take us into a world of love and passion, where the characters play out our dreams and fantasies for our delight and satisfaction, which in turn provides us with a longing for more. Intimate Deception had the right recipe for a successful novel, the heroine and hook the author defined was fresh and new. Where Laura Landon left me wanting was the lack of depths and or intimacy she could have brought to her characters. She did not evolve all the potential in Lady Grace and build on the sexual tension or romantic suspense that could have absolutely been there between Lady Grace and Vincent.
8 of 13 people found this review helpful
Intimate Deception is the first book in a duet by Laura Landon set during Victorian England where the hero is a tortured soul who's lost two wives while trying to give birth to his heirs. He's sworn off getting married again and visits a brothel once a week to escape getting another woman pregnant. Turns out one of the prostitutes he visits one night is a virgin who asked a friend to help her lose her virginity so she won't have to marry a deviant bible thumper. While it works out for the young lady, our hero won't let bygones be bygones and he goes searching for her to ensure he didn't get her pregnant. When they realize she did conceive, he marries her in haste and without affection to keep the child legitimate. The rest of the story is how he tries to resist his growing attraction and feelings for the lady, despite the fact that she deceived him initially. There is an additional mystery subplot where someone is trying to kill our hero and heroine -- and it's not who you assume it is! Simply put, if you like your historical romance packed with emotional punch, Intimate Deception does not disappoint!
Compelling, amazing and wonderful piece of drama, that is both irresistible and remarkable. The narrator was completely superb! 10 out of 10, without a doubt!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Would you consider the audio edition of Intimate Deception to be better than the print version?
Yes this was more enjoyable as the characters really came to life for me.
What did you like best about this story?
Strong heroine who was also gentle and so caring of her family.
Which character – as performed by Sarah Coomes – was your favourite?
Grace really shone for me. The narrator has one of those voices I could listen to all day.
Any additional comments?
Sarah Coomes and Laura Landon - a match made in heaven.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
This is a must for lovers of historical romances. It has everything, suspense, strong women, handsome men, great dialogue and love, love and more love. I will be looking for more books from this author. The narrator was excellent and did a great job.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I was totally swept away with this story, colourful characters, my favourite being Grace a soft, strong and subtle heroine. Laura Landon captured the period well, I was pleasantly surprised because I thought historical fiction was not for me. It definitely is now.