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Publisher's Summary

Best-selling author Madeline Hunter stokes the fires with this sinfully delicious tale of an unjustly imprisoned woman and her savior.

When publisher Phaedra Blair is released from confinement, she has Lord Elliot Rothwell to thank. But she soon learns Rothwell's ulterior motive - to prevent her from publishing a manuscript that would scandalize his family. Yet Phaedra doesn't mind playing Rothwell's erotic games - and she is every bit his match.

©2007 Madeline Hunter (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

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  • Kimberly
  • ANN ARBOR, MI, United States
  • 04-17-13

Struggling to get through the first half!

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narration is cold and haughty. It's difficult to distinguish the characters from the aloofness and unemotional tone of the narration. Mostly I feel like the characters are unlikable.

Would you recommend Lessons of Desire to your friends? Why or why not?

No. I will finish it because I paid for it, but I mostly use the book to fall asleep. Sounds rude, but it is absolutely true.

What didn’t you like about Jill Tanner’s performance?

She is emotionless. Her narration causes the characters to come off as emotionless and unlikable. I cannot cheer for them or even like them. They seem to have no pathos.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No. I don't care about the objectives of the characters. The seduction scenes are so cold that I cannot believe that anything meaningful exists between the characters other than calculated manipulation.

Any additional comments?

I will not take another chance on this author or narrator because I cannot tell if the problem is with one, the other, or both.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Not Worth the Credit

Would you try another book from Madeline Hunter and/or Jill Tanner?

I really like Madeline Hunter, but this book isn't up to her usual writing standard. The story is boring.

Any additional comments?

Not sure why this book was rated so highly.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Terrible Narrator

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I am not sure what would make it better..but for starters a good narrator. I keep forgetting how awful Jill Tanner is. The men sound like women, so it's like girlfriends talking to each other and there is no difference, so everyone sounds like the same person. Just terrible and not in the least sexy. Especially in this book where there is a "battle of the sexes" , but it sounds so strange when the male dialogue discussing "men" sounds like a girl...very disturbing and does not convey any male/female chemistry.

Has Lessons of Desire turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes

What didn’t you like about Jill Tanner’s performance?

She is just a reader with no thought for the speech patterns or accents for dialogue. She is better at reading a catalogue or user guide. her voice is so devoid of expression it puts you to sleep. that's not good for a romance. It's like she has never had a real emotion in her life.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

good luck, as it was part of the Romance package, so it's like I got it for free, as I just replaced it with a better book. I would only recommend trying it if you have the package.

Any additional comments?

Authors should really be careful about their narrators. A bad narrator like Jill Tanner can destroy the possibility of customers wanting to continue with a series. I would not want to purchase another book if the series if she is reading it. From other reviews I am not saying anything new, but still needs noting. There are other series that I refuse to purchase if Jill Tanner is reading.

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Great

The story was well done. I love the characters and their complicated lives and ideals. The romance was unusual and intriguing. Meredith writes engaging love scenes that are sensuous and romantic. It was a different type of love story with a satisfying end.

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Boring

This book was the essence of boring - stimulating no interest or enthusiasm

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Angela
  • East Rochester, NH, USA
  • 07-27-09

Not what you may think, but still very good.

A story that has and old time way breaking away the barriers of the Man vs. Women. Both characters are very strong, and sometimes down right erritating to the point that you want to yell at them to "wake up". If you like the 1800's, a lesson in compromise and a great desire for romance - than this one is for you!

3 of 6 people found this review helpful