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Publisher's Summary

In the three years since her husband left her, Lady Kathleen Carhart has managed to forge a fulfilling life for herself. But when Ned Carhart unexpectedly returns, she finds her tranquility uprooted - and her deepest secrets threatened. Though she has no intention of falling for Ned's charms, Kate can no longer deny the desire that still burns in her heart.

Ned is determined to regain his wife's trust by using unbridled seduction. But just as Kate surrenders to Ned's passion, her carefully guarded past threatens to destroy her. Now Kate must place her faith in the only man she's ever loved, and the only one who has ever betrayed her....

©2010 Courtney Milan (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

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  • Kimberly
  • Indianapolis, IN, United States
  • 01-23-14

A nice listen

Setting: Barkshire & London, England 1841 (prologue is 1838)
Genre: Romance
Narration: While Elizabeth Jasicki doesn't have quite the vocal range as some other female narrators, she does a creditable job.
This book was a little unusual for a historical romance in that the woman is the one who is more sexually aggressive. I prefer strong female protagonists, and Kate definitely falls into that category. She has a secret project she won't share with Ned because she doesn't trust him. Ned doesn't share his secret because he believes that the fact of it makes him unworthy. So, the main plot is about Kate and Ned working through their issues and secrets. There is a sub-plot having to do with domestic violence. I would have liked more details about Kate in those years between 1838 and 1841 to give it a more rounded feel, but the absence didn't detract from the book. I liked the characters and how they dealt with their problems. I don't think this is a can't turn it off kind of book, but it is quite enjoyable.
It is worth the credit, and the time spent listening.

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Story held my interest.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes- Good balance of romance and suspense

Would you listen to another book narrated by Elizabeth Jasicki?

Yes

Any additional comments?

It's impossible to write too much about the story or it would give away too much information about the plot and ruin the book for others. But Kate was quite a lady and I loved what she did for other women who needed help.

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Plain Blah...

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I thought this book would be interesting just reading the synopsis...NOT.!! The main male lead leaves his wife not just for a few days or a month but a few years and the female lead character is ok with it?! She just accepts him back as if he was just gone but a week or so? The main plot line is also dumb and how they solve it after a series of boring days or weeks of him trying to get her back and of her just falling for him again is sooo....urgh!!! what was the point of this whole book?! Watching paint dry?!

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Great

If you could sum up Trial by Desire in three words, what would they be?

Compelling, intriguing, heartwarming

What does Elizabeth Jasicki bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I think she brings it to life. I recently read one of Milan's books and it was fine, but I liked this one better. Jasicki is one of my favorite narrators. <br/><br/><br/><br/><br/>

Any additional comments?

The plot centered among other things, on wife abuse and depression. Lady Kathleen tried to save abused women. Her husband who had bouts of depression tried to overcome it.<br/>He needed to prove to himself and his wife that he could overcome it and be there for her when she was in danger. Their story is very heartwarming.

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  • Maria
  • Patterson, CA, United States
  • 09-11-12

Okay at best

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend this book to a select few of my friends. I personally did not like the setting or the plot of the book, and I know its a romance novel but I still expect a good story.

What was most disappointing about Courtney Milan’s story?

The plot.

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Very Interesting premise

What did you love best about Trial by Desire?

All the different back stories, that are going on, around the main characters... It could be very confusing, but Milan made it work.

What other book might you compare Trial by Desire to and why?

I don't think there is one, it's pretty unique.

Which character – as performed by Elizabeth Jasicki – was your favorite?

Loved Lady Kathleen, she was quite the "kick ass" heroine.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Ned reveals why he had really left her for 3 years. Also a scene which I cannot reveal otherwise it would spoil the book. Sorry!!!

Any additional comments?

It seems slow at the beginning, but it REALLY is worth it!