His powers could save her from ruin, or guide her swiftly to it. Lennox Taskill is a dissolute rogue, a powerful witch who some say even trades his enchantments for profit when it pleases him. His only loyalty is to his coven, his disdain for humanity sealed by the searing memory of his mother burning at the stake. So when the wife of a wealthy landlord comes seeking his help, the beguiling Chloris Keavey unwittingly presents Lennox with his greatest opportunity for distraction and retribution.
By failing to produce an heir, Chloris faces a terrible threat: being turned out by her heartless husband. Now, she vows to get with child, even if it means surrendering her body and soul to Lennox's seductive magic. But with a witch hunt brewing, Lennox and Chloris are soon risking everything for their forbidden nights of ecstasy and to protect the secret that could cost them their lives.
I thoroughly enjoyed this second hot instalment of the Taskill Witches (book 1 was The Harlot) as it tells of a plot filled with magic and secret meetings, stolen kisses, yearnings and impossible dreams during a time of Scottish witch trials.
Chloris believes herself barren and, in desperation, prepares to make a bargain with a witch but she isn't prepared for a powerful male witch like Lennox - a handsome, charismatic rogue and he's dangerous not only to her, her family but her heart too. She's scarred both physically and mentally but finds hope in his arms and desire soon turns into passion and lust (explicit) and his revenge soon turned into much more but greed and hatred soon splits the two lovers.
Please remember this is just a fantasy historical hot book and not a true historical reference book so, if you keep this in mind, you will get the most out of this listen.
Worth a credit? A very enjoyable listen which satisfied both the historical and paranormal lover in me and I will happily carry on spending my credits on this magical mythical series, so that folks is a YES. Could at a push, and only because of the last few chapters involving his sister from book 1, be a stand alone listen but why oh why deprive yourselves, download book 1 too.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I recommend this book to anyone who has already read Saskia's The Harlot (1st in the trilogy) or those who have already rad the 3rd in the trilogy The Jezebel.
If you’ve listened to books by Saskia Walker before, how does this one compare?
As a standalone book it would not have been nearly as good...it is truly more enjoyable knowing the background of the whole trilogy. It is not as good as The Harlot and although I haven't listened to The Jezebel (up next on my playlist) I have a feeling I will like it better than The Libertine as well.
Which character – as performed by Helen Stern – was your favorite?
She does a great "real ladylike" voice. Her voice for Cloris was very good. But all in all I like her as a narrator.....she isn't the best I have ever heard.....but I find that she immediately immerses me in the story and I don't spend time worrying about how some character's voices are done (like with some lesser narrators).
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Sadly NO! The beginning was very slow. That being said I didn't want to stop listening to the last 1/3 of the book. Halfway I began to get into to it much more and by the last 1/3 I couldn't stop listening.
Any additional comments?
I am glad I listened to this book but..........I had trouble immediately getting on board with these characters. I didn't root for their love and I was getting a bit bored. Part of the problem was that the main character's relationship to her husband was not laid out clearly. I think I had a moral conflict until halfway through the book when everything was very clear. I don't want to give anything away, but if the author had laid these things out more clearly...or at least brought ALL the issues Cloris was faced with with her husband much earlier I might have been quicker to get into enjoying the book.