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Once the Countess of Riverdale, Viola Kingsley throws all caution to the wind when adventure calls in the form of a handsome aristocrat....

Two years after the death of the Earl of Riverdale, his family has overcome the shame of being stripped of their titles and fortune - except for his onetime countess, Viola. With her children grown and herself no longer part of the social whirl of the ton, she is uncertain where to look for happiness - until quite by accident her path crosses once again with that of the Marquess of Dorchester, Marcel Lamarr.

Marcel Lamarr has been a notorious womanizer since the death of his wife nearly 20 years earlier. Viola caught his eye when she herself was a young mother, but she evaded his seduction at the time. A prize that eluded him before, she is all the more irresistible to him now although he is surprised to discover that she is as eager now for the excitement he offers as he is himself.

When the two defy convention and run away together, they discover that the ties of respectability are not so easily severed, and pleasure can ensnare you when you least expect it....

©2018 Mary Balogh (P)2018 Recorded Books

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  • Cate F.
  • Richmond, VA USA
  • 05-09-18

Marvelous story with mature H/h

Thank goodness for this book featuring two adults coming together after 20 years of being buffeted by life. I am fairly bored by 19 year old virgins these days since that time is a barely remembered 50 years in my past.
Mary Balogh creates complex characters with individual lives, products of both experiences and upbringing.
Rosalyn Landor is a gifted reader with the ability to express individual voices. I have never heard her mispronounce a word in the many, many books she has recorded that I have heard, some more than once.
Highly recommended with no reservations.

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Very tiresome.

The first 3/4 of the book were, "I love him, but he doesn't love me." And "I love her, but she doesn't love me." It was so repetitive that I got very annoyed. And I've liked every other book in this series.

The narration was OK, but nothing could save this book. It is a real miss for me.

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Another great listen

Really enjoyed this book, hope for more in the series.
I recommend it too all.

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Good addition

I really enjoyed the book and the narrator. May wait a few months and listen to it again.

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  • A.
  • Merritt Island, FL, United States
  • 05-12-18

Enjoyed it

Great story about people finding themselves and realizing their value and worth. Narration was excellent.

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Love, love ,loved it!

Beautiful story about the insecurities sometimes faced in mature relationships. The losses that mold us, our preconceptions that guide us and sometimes make love be held back or not acknowledged.

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Another Fantastic Story!

I love Mary Balogh, I love Rosalyn Landor, and I LOVE the Westcott Series, so I was so excited for this book to come out, especially the audio version! Well, I was not disappointed -- it was great! This is the story of Viola Kingsley, who we met in earlier novels when she was revealed to be bigamously married to the late Earl of Riverdale. Now, stripped of her title, so there of her children now beating the shame of illegitimacy, she struggles to find her way amongst the ton. Quite by happenstance, while at a country inn alone, she meets up with a former acquaintance, with whom she had had brief mild flirtation many years before. While talking with Marcel Lamarr, now the Marquess of Dorchester, it becomes clear that the attraction is still there for them both. What if they acted upon it...?
Read the story, listen to the narration -- I can't wait for the next in the series!

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  • JMay
  • Crystal, MN, United States
  • 05-04-18

Needed time to get to like the main characters.

The hero is shallow and hard to like when the story begins. It took about four chapters to warm to him. The poor heroin has been through enough from her first husband that you wonder what she sees in Marcel.

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well done

Another fascinating story from Mary Balogh read expertly by the fabulous Rosalyn Landor. Love this Wecott series.

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Great storyline

Mary Balogh knows how to make you feel good about the people she introduce you to. They are always believable.

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