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Publisher's Summary

A wickedly wonderful new romance from the New York Times best-selling author of His Wicked Reputation.

Most women will give him anything he wants. She is not most women....

As a well-known barrister and the son of a duke, Ives confines his passionate impulses to discreet affairs with worldly mistresses. A twist of fate, however, has him looking for a new lover right when a fascinating woman shows up in his chambers, asking him to help save her father from the gallows. Unfortunately, he has already been asked to serve as the prosecutor in the case, but that only ensures close encounters with the rarity named Padua Belvoir. And every encounter increases his desire to tutor her in pleasure's wicked ways.

Having always been too tall, too willful, and too smart to appeal to men, Padua Belvoir is shocked when Ives shows interest in her. Knowing his penchant for helping the wrongly accused, she had initially thought he might be her father's best hope for salvation. Instead, he is her worst adversary - not least because every time he looks at her, she is tempted to give him anything he wants.

©2015 Madeline Hunter (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Didn't care for the narrator

This would have been better, I think, if I had read it instead of listening to the audiobook. I didn't care for the narrator. Her voices were not quite right to me. For example, Eva is a strong character and showed it in the previous book but, in this one, she sounds like a giggling school girl. I didn't particularly care for Ives' voice either. I hate that this taints the book for me. It's not the author's direct fault. Her work is good and I appreciate it

The story was interesting. I like that both main characters are out of the norm. I enjoy the way the brothers interact.

I look forward to the Duke's story.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Wrong Narrator

I really enjoyed the first book of this series as narrated by Mary Jane Wells. She set a great "tone" for the characters. Lulu Russell may be okay for other books, but the thread from the first book is lost on her. Ive's was a favorite in the first book; in this episode he sounds like a jackass.

Very disappointed.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Dreadful narrator

I had to struggle to get through this book - not because of the story, which was very good on the whole, but with this different narrator. Her voice isn't pleasant to begin with. But what is far worse is her terrible character differentiation and her actual character interpretations. Eva is the heroine but the vocalization makes her come across as a vacuous, insipid, silly, and rather stupid woman. Ms. Russell's men are terrible, not just the pitch, but the timbre of each voice. First, you can't tell them apart, which makes understanding the characters almost impossible. Second, they aren't the least appealing. She desperately needs to listen to other female narrators, who do the job brilliantly, e.g. Rosalyn Landor and Kate Reading.

However, I question the use of a female narrator in books that are centered around the men. Voices like Alex Wyndham, Nicholas Boulton, and others, who do women, especially strong, passionate women, superbly, might provide much better narration for books such as these.

Since this may be her first book, I will try the third in the series (I DO like the stories) in the hopes that it is inexperience and that she will get better.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Smouldering passion, heart-warming love

I love this series and can't wait to read the final instalment. Padua and Ives are a delightful couple. Ives is lawyerly even in his wickedness. Padua is warm hearted and loyal even in her stubbornness. I love that she is a mathematician. As is the case with all good historical romance, I learnt something new - but no spoilers here. And, along with the love story and the adventure, Madeline Hunter created a sexy smouldering passion that will stand re-reading and re-listening Tina and time again.

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Story was ok

I had two problems with this book, the story was very much like a favorite of mine by another author and the reading seemed singsong. I was so aware of the tempo that I had to go back and replay parts of the story. I will say that quality seemed to even out in the last part of the novel. I'm going to go read/listen to the last volume in this trilogy because that's just the way I am :)

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Good

Story was very entertaining and funny. Eva sounded like an annoying school girl with a creepy laugh. I enjoyed the book overall.

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Exceptional!

Between Madeleine's brilliant characters and complex plots and complex moral aspects, and Lulu's brilliant reading I get completely lost in these books!

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Such a memorable and enjoyable book and audio.

What a surprisingly different book. I absolutely loved it! The plot and characters were unique yet very engaging. Actually, I listened to the audio version first due to time constraints. I listened from beginning to end in one sitting while I was occupied with housework. Lulu Russell is a very gifted narrator, storyteller. She manages to make you feel like the characters have come alive! Kudos to both Madeline Hunter and Lulu Russell on this amazing project! There was humor, sex, an interesting plot and creative characters. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

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Great story and performance. Loved it !

This is exactly what I expected from this author. Can hardly wait to read the next in this series.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful