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Publisher's Summary

Scottish beauty Roslynn Chadwick needs the safety of marriage to protect her from an unscrupulous cousin and the fortune-hunting scoundrels who covet her wealth. And Anthony Malory is precisely the sort of handsome rogue she's been warned against.

A cunning, ruthless, yet irresistible rake, Anthony's sensual blue eyes speak of pleasures beyond her imagining - and Roslynn, believing his passionate promises will surely lead to disaster, dearly wishes she dared to surrender to such a man. But denying her heart may cost the exquisite Highlands lady an unparalleled love hotter than flame and more precious than the rarest jewel.

The saga continues: listen to more romatic tales of the Malory family.
©2008 Johanna Lindsey; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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"[Johanna Lindsey] creates fairy tales that come true." (Romantic Times)

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Bad narrator

The story has some problems but the main issue is Laural Merlington. She absolutely can NOT do these accents. And please, please STOP voicing the laugh! It is VERY irritating, it not only pulls me out of the story, I cringe every time I hear "he/she chuckled/laughed" cause I know that horrible "heh, heh, heh" laugh sound will follow. I have managed to listen to Merlington before. She does the laugh on Kelley Armstrong's Otherworld series also. The *laugh* combined with the HORRIBLE accents make this a very unpleasant listen.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great story

The Malory Novels are wonderful. I only wish that Audible would get all of the Malory Novels.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Disappointing narration

Would you try another book from Johanna Lindsey and/or Laural Merlington?

Love Johanna Lindsey but Laural Merlington was not the right voice for her books. In Gentle Rogue she made James/Hawke sound like a troll instead of a sexy pirate.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator does not have the voice or range to play the many male roles in JL's books. I finally gave up and just read them.

Any additional comments?

When you have a series and the main characters are male, a male narrator or very versatile female should do the narration. It is hard for me to understand how the production staff can allow this quality to come to Audible.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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good story ruined by an awful narrator

My title says it all. This is one of my favorite stories and it was ruined. Who picks out these narrators? I don't think these people get how important the narrators are.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Heidi
  • CENTURION, South Africa
  • 07-26-09

LOVELY READ

Usually I only remove my ipod from my car when I am close to the end of a book, because then you HAVE to finish, but this one got the best of me - I removed it on Friday and it was done by Sunday.

The Malory family are a great bunch, I love hearing about their antics and the story line; although predictable; is wonderful!

Johanna, lovely writing - Thank you

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Another Fun Mallory Story!

Enjoyable to listen to.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Tender Rebel (Unabridged)

Very entertaining. I listened to this while traveling alone on a long trip. I was so into the story; I didn't mind the empty passenger seat! J.L. is an all time favorite of mine. Thank you Johanna Lindsey for coming along on a cross country trip that would have otherwise been very dreary!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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The Kind Of Man We Dream Of.

What made the experience of listening to Tender Rebel the most enjoyable?

Narrator Laural Merlington definitely delivers her best performance thus far. She has gotten much better at the male character voices & has even begun adding soft, tenderness in her delivery of the words we women crave to hear from our leading man. It made my listening experience as real as reading the book & being carried away to England. Johanna Lindsey knocked this book out of the park. Tender Rebel is primarily Anthony & Roslynn's story, but we get to enjoy more of James Mallory's rebellious & quite humorous personality. As Jeremy Mallory (James' 17 year old son) would say..... "Hell's Bell's" this was a great book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Tender Rebel?

In this book Anthony & his brother James are reunited and seem to pick up right where the left off before James took to the seas 10 years earlier. The brothers amuse themselves with hilarious banter every chance they get. Don't let that fool you though, cause when it comes to family the Mallory men are tender yet very protective & always have each other's back.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I think I had a constant smile on my face throughout the entire story & yes I most definitely laughed.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • K
  • Australia
  • 09-03-12

Enjoyable

I have just finished listening to this novel and am now waiting for the 'Gentle Rogue' to download.
At first look, I was uncertain if I would enjoy this series, so I started with this second book 'Tender Rebel' as the synopsis appealed to me the most.
At one point Roslynn began to annoy me, simply because she believed the worse in Anthony with very little evidence to feed her distrust. Personally, I found this frustrating and a little unbelievable that she could be that dim-witted. It distracted me for a while but I've listened to far worse plots with far more annoying female protagonists so I got over it in the end and continued enjoying the story. Apart from this, it was any easy listen and held my interest with everything you look for in a fun, delightful romance story.
I must say, it was very clever of the author to introduce the next novel's plot during this story. I think I may now be hooked on the Malory series.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Almost everyone sounds like an 80 year old man

What did you like best about this story?

I like the Malory family. Because the book is just one in a large series, you really get to know and like, even secondary characters.

Have you listened to any of Laural Merlington’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I don't really like how she portrays any characters. The men (and some women older than 30) sound like crotchety 80 year olds. And even when the book states that the main woman can speak without a Scottish accent, the narrator still gives her one all the time.

Any additional comments?

I wish Johanna Lindsey's books were narrated by another person, to give more options.

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  • Susan Roberts
  • 10-05-17

Narration Not the Best

I've listen to Ms Merlington read several of Johanna Lindsey's later books and really enjoyed them. Not so this one. Her accents seemed off and the fake laughter was terrible.

I'm planning on listening to the whole Maloy series, though as I know she gets better.

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  • K
  • 08-06-15

Enjoyable

At first look, I was uncertain if I would enjoy this series, so I started with this, the second book 'Tender Rebel' because the synopsis appealed to me the most. After finishing the listen I immediately headed to audible to download another book from the series, 'Gentle Rogue'.

I have to say that at one point Roslyn began to annoy me, simply because she believed the worse in Anthony with very little evidence to feed her distrust. Personally, I found this frustrating and a little unbelievable that she could be that dim-witted. It distracted me for a while but I've listened to far worse plots with far more annoying female protagonists so I got over it in the end and continued enjoying the story.
Having said that, this was any easy listen and held my interest with everything you look for in a fun, delightful romance story. With just over ten hours of listening, I felt it was worth the price.
I must say, it was very clever of the author to introduce the next novel's plot during this story. I think I may now be hooked on the Malory series.