A Marriage of Convenience: Such is the agreement forged between Lady Jessica Stanton and Simon Warland, Earl of Northcote....
A very practical marriage makes Alexander Westcott question his heart in the latest Regency romance from the New York Times best-selling author of Someone to Hold....
Tormented by the deaths of his wife and child, Griffin Blackmoor spends his days drowning his grief in whiskey....
With her husband's dying words, "My marchioness has it," the Marchioness of Huntingdon is thrown into a nightmare of intrigue and danger....
Gideon Waverley had everything a young man could need, a promising future, a title, charming good looks, great friends, and a family who adored him....
Lord Robert Dennington, the Marquess of Westfield, has long reveled in the freedom afforded him as the ducal heir. He knows he must someday do right by the Somerset line....
When Elizabeth Hotchkiss stumbles upon a copy of How to Marry a Marquis in her employer's library, she's convinced someone is playing a cruel joke....
The cold, precise Duke of Montford demands things his way: neatly ordered, in place, and adhering closely to the rules....
The wild and charismatic Duke of Abernathe is the kind of friend anyone would wish to have. But he has full-throatedly declared he will never marry and no one understands why....
Titus St. John, Duke of Kendal, is known as the Forbidden Duke, a mysterious, intimidating figure who enters society just once each year at his stepmother's ball....
After years of playing the rake to hide a dark family secret, the Duke of Aversley feels tainted beyond redemption and cynical beyond repair....
For too long Miss Emily Parr has been subject to the whims of her indebted uncle and the lecherous advances of his repulsive business partner....
Raised by a tyrannical father, Marion de Lacy yearns for the comfort of belonging to a loving family. So when her father announces her betrothal to an evil knight in exchange for his help....
Rosamund prides herself on her matchmaking skills....
Widow Rosalinde Wilde is on her way to her beloved sister's wedding when an unexpected storm waylays her at an overcrowded inn. There she meets a tempting stranger....
In England's Regency era, manners and elegance reign in public life - but behind closed doors treason and deception thrive. Nicholas Langdon is no stranger to reserved civility or bloody barbarity....
Henry Collins, Viscount Blackwell, is far too intrigued by Mary to let her go so easily. He's drawn to her sharp mind, her indomitable spirit, and the fiery way in which she dismisses him....
Simon Basset, the irresistible Duke of Hastings, has hatched a plan to keep himself free from the town's marriage-minded society mothers. He pretends to be engaged....
A High-Stakes Courtship
When Jonah Armstrong, the Earl of Haywood, returns to London after a three year absence, his plan is simple: reenter society, find a wealthy bride, and save the Haywood name from ruin. He has no time for distractions. Yet when he encounters Lady Cecelia Randolph, Jonah can’t resist a flirtation. After all, his feud with her brother, the Duke of Hadleigh, necessitated Jonah’s recent exile; he’s entitled to his revenge. But within seconds Jonah realizes he’s underestimated Cecelia. The gangly girl he once knew has blossomed into a beauty of rare intellect and character. He can’t possibly marry the Duke of Hadleigh’s sister...can he?
A Gamble of the Heart
Cecelia has loved Jonah forever, but she’s no fool. His attentions are motivated not by passion but by her generous dowry - and his thirst for vengeance against her brother. Yet when Jonah risks everything to protect her from her brother’s crazed fury, Cecelia dares to hope true love is within her reach at last.
My first venture with this author and it was all nice. A nice plot, a nice romance but not earthshattering and some nice characters - all just 'nice'! Penniless hero must marry rich heroine, she has always loved him but he hadn't noticed her - that is until his return from the war - but her brother hates him and wants revenge (but you know what they say about revenge - 2 graves).
I felt it lacked passion, especially between the two lovers, right up until near the end which could have been due to the narrator's voice. Her female voices were terrible they all sounded rich spoilt and arrogant and her male voices weren't much better. I think this book would've been so much better if it had been read by more talented narrators like Anne Flosnik or Rosalyn Landor so a star, sadly, was dropped off for this. I'm glad to see another of her books has been narrated by R.L.
Worth a credit? Mmmmmm because of the price, it's one of those debatable ones, but I'd put it in your Wish List and wait for a sale. But with a different narrator then I would have said it was worth buying.
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This is a story about how terrible revenge can be and how true love conquers all obstacles. This love story will appeal to people who enjoys a romance that takes time to develop and is not full of descriptive sex scenes. The story per se is pretty good and the ending is very satisfying. The secondary character (Celia's brother the duke) is despicable and is so full of grief and blinded by vengeance that uses his sister as pawn for revenge against his ex best friend and Celia's love interest. For those of you who like this story I did some research to see if there was a second book because the dynamic between Celia's brother and best friend is so explosive that I knew the author wouldn't leave it unresolved and I found that there is a second book: The Dark Duke that is the love story between them. That book is not currently available in audiobook format but hopefully it will be added since I'm curious and would like to know their story.
Narration: Terrible. I don't know what happened to Ms. Coomes but she did not do her best work. I've listened to other books narrated by her and this is not her level of work. Her male voices were winny. Amanda's voice sounded just like the men and sometimes it was difficult to know which character was speaking because they sounded the same. The narrator emphasized the drama and bitterness and not the tender moments between the main couple which really took away from the story.
This is love story for people who like their books rated PG-13 and that can stand barely passable narration. If you get it via Whispersync it will be quite inexpensive so you don't have to wait for a sale. I listened to the whole book and found it ok. My rating most likely would have been higher with a better narrator so you may want to try it.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Enjoyed the story but loved the main female's character and attitude. So refreshing to have a positive happy female character. Enjoyed all of the characters in the book, not bad.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Great characters in an interesting times and situations.
Will get more from this author soon.
What disappointed you about The Most to Lose?
Horrible narration. The women either sound unbearably snobbish or like they are 12 or both. Men are not much better, they pretty much all sound the same. <br/>Story was so-so, but the narrator made it much worse
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sarah Coomes?
Rosalyn Landor does a great job on Historical romances
Would you try another book from Laura Landon and/or Sarah Coomes?
Anothoer book by Laura Landon - Yes.<br/>Another book by Sarah Coomes - No
Would you be willing to try another book from Laura Landon? Why or why not?
Would you be willing to try another one of Sarah Coomes’s performances?
No, Sarah over dramatizes to the point that I just couldn't listen any longer. She has a pleasant voice and her accent is a plus. She needs to believe the story can carry itself and she doesn't need to over dramatize. No one enjoys listening to a drama queen. Her male voice is poor also.
Was The Most to Lose worth the listening time?
The story, yes. But I just couldn't finish the book due to the narrator.
Any additional comments?
Glad I bought this book through Kindle Unlimited and paid just a few dollars. Wait, the book was free and I PAID only for the narration! How ironic!
This is a good story...not exceptional...but I truly enjoyed it.
I especially enjoyed the back and forth between Amanda and Hadliegh. They weren't the main couple...but were actually extremely entertaining. I would have enjoyed a story of their own...but not to be! The characters dialogue was entertainng and we'll written.
I'm glad I listened to this story...but it didn't make me think of it for days after I finished it...so it's just a good story.
It was an easy listen and I looked forward to listening to it everytime I could....but I didnt lose sleep or work time to listen.
Get it on sale...it's worth that!
I tried, I really did. I made it through those awful first 10 minutes. It took more than 3 times that long because I kept turning it off. Then I'd try again. Because I forced myself through the screeching voice in that first 10 minutes of the audiobook, I thought it was clear sailing. I was wrong. What was wrong with this book? I checked back through my history. Nope, I'd heard the reader before and while her voice is not one of my favorites, it has never stood out as one of worst I have ever heard. She did an adequate job on the previous books I'd listened to, one of them written by Laura Landon. So what was it about this book that made her voice so annoying that it set my teeth on edge.
Halfway through this torture, I figured it out. The book wasn't very good! And while sometimes a great reader can carry a bad book forward, an inferior reader cannot.
The plot was implausible, the characters not only uninteresting, but for the most part, downright unpleasant. The hero and heroine might have been ok if they had been given some kind of story to work with, but this just wasn't it.
Please, don't disregard Laura Landon because of this book! Try one of her others. But don't waste your credit or your money on this one.
That's 4 hours and 26 minutes I'm never going to get back. I'll leave the other 3 hours till sometime in the future when the awful memory of that first 10 minutes has faded from view.
If you could sum up The Most to Lose in three words, what would they be?
What other book might you compare The Most to Lose to and why?
Every book is its own entity! Perhaps 'the most to lose' or .... its too hatd to compare...
Which scene was your favorite?
Swimming lessons in the pond... very touching and comical and heartstopping!
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
I will probably listen again at some point... that's a good recommendation!