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Publisher's Summary

Claire Banning fulfilled every debutante’s dream when she married the heir to a dukedom - only to discover he was a dissolute wastrel. Then a dark and dangerous nobleman abducts her on a journey home, and Claire’s life - and her heart - are changed forever.

Hugh Battancourt refuses to be swayed by his prisoner’s beauty. He must intercept a letter full of secrets she intends to turn over to the enemy. But soon their battle of wills sparks an irresistible attraction. Is it possible that Claire could discover the true meaning of love with this handsome stranger? One who will stop at nothing to protect her from someone who is intent on placing Claire in the path of danger?

©2002 Karen Robards (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“Exhilarating... Full of swashbuckling suspense and sexual sparks.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Grabs you from the first page.” (Romantic Times)

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Story pretty good, narration pretty disappointing

I enjoyed the first book in this series and so, purchased this one. I liked Scandalous much better. In this one Ms. Robards gets pretty redundant in the telling the story. e.g. yes, yes I know, even though Hugh just shaved Claire can see the beginnings of stubble - he is such a manly man. I got it the first couple of three times I heard it. I found myself telling my iPod "I know, I know already. Let's move on!" Unfortunately, I tended to do it out loud and my dear hubby kept laughing at me. As for the story itself, it is pretty far fetched even for this genre which I usually adore so that wasn't disappointing overly much.

However, the narration was incredibly disappointing! Ms. Flosnik sounded breathy, overly excited and dramatic through out which I found irritating and distracting. I very much enjoyed her narration of To Beguile a Beast so this was really a disappointment. I'm going to give her the benefit of the doubt and blame the producer/director of this recording for it's overly dramatic style.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Elizabeth
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 11-06-10

Loved the book

Here is a case when the narrator ruined the book. I would choose to read the book myself rather than purchase another narrated by this narrator. Anne Flosnik overacts, especially during love scenes, I found myself fastforwarding through each scene where things got a little bit exciting, and I found myself wishing there were an option to return the book by the first chapter.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Deanna
  • Costa Mesa, CA
  • 03-03-11

Loved the book, the narrator is horrible

I loved this book, however, Anne Flosnik's narration was so annoying it was almost difficult to listen to. I wish I would have just read an e-book version.

I cannot for the life of me understand why authors keep picking Anne Flosnik to narrate books. Most of her reviews are the same as mine. She ruins otherwise decent and good books.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Ruth
  • Cape Cod, MA
  • 01-01-11

Worst Narrator Ever

Karen Robards writes great books, but Anne Flosnik is the worst narrator ever. Her accent is awful and makes me want to turn off the book as soon as she starts. I have listened to other books narrated by her and had the same reaction. Much better to have it read with no accent at all rather than this one! From here on, I will buy ebooks when she is the narrator rather than listen to another one!

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Jay
  • TX, USA
  • 08-18-11

Excellent!!!

I did not read this trilogy in sequence but I am glad I left this one for last. It was exhilarating, sit on the edge of your seat, great!!!!!!! I was mesmerized from beginning to the end. I absolutely love the narrator Anne Flosnik, she is one of my favorite narrator and did a wonderful job with the different characters. Karen Robards is a very good authur also.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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:Bobby and Lynn house looking at the same thing

Very intertaining. Karen Robards always does a very good job with the intimate details. The plot and story is very good

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  • Ginger
  • Playa del Rey, CA, United States
  • 11-21-10

Grabs your attention from the beginning

This book grabbed and held onto my attention. Of course, like all of this genre, it is somewhat predictable, but so what? It is a very well told story, with a fiery protagonist. I disagree with another reviewer, Anne Flosnik does a wonderful job. She does have a melodramatic voice, this is a melodramatic genre! I love her accent, and the way she is able to give each character his or her own voice. I will choose books I may not have chosen if she is narrating.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Fast Paced, Edge of Seat

From the beginning it was very fast very intriguing you almost did not believe that it was the start of the story, it kept you drawn in. I wanted to know more and more on what was going on and how it was going to turn out. This is my second book that I have had from this author and I am looking forward to the third one in the series a very very very good book.

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I loved this story

I loved it! It was a refreshing tale with a great narrator and kept me on the edge of my seat.

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  • Susynne
  • hartland, VT, United States
  • 12-03-13

Yummy book, with great narration. yowsa!

I really enjoyed this book. It is outrageously fun, with slightly twisted plots that keep you interested and guessing,there are fantastic characters all well developed and alive, making this a most enjoyable work. and it's just plain wonderful to listen to.

Anne Flosnik as narrator... I think most people either love her or hate her. I find her work is comfortabe to listen to and I stop hearing someone reading a book and just hear the people of the book.. that is a remarkable sign of a talented narrator. However, one note, I do try not to listen to books with her narrations back to back as the characters do tend to blend together. Other than that I have no complaints what so ever! Her delivery is flawless, the cadence and pre

Credit worthy, oh yeah! I wouldn't want to miss it! When I have to listen to it straight thru then it gets both thumbs up and a A+ too!!