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Gabrielle's shy twin sister is betrothed to a heathen prince from the far north. A Viking! Francesca would not survive the journey north much less the frozen wilderness of her new home. The only way Gabrielle can save her delicate sister is to take her place. Together the twins create a web of deceit that quickly spins out of control leaving a trail of death in its wake.

Gabrielle is the elder twin and heir to the throne. Francesca was second born by a matter of minutes, but those critical minutes were enough to label her the spare heir and she felt it every day.

Gabrielle is a free spirit. Francesca, a shy shadow hiding behind her sister's skirts. As the eldest, Gabrielle did everything in her power to avoid overshadowing Francesca. So when the day came and Francesca whispered she'd fallen in love, Gabrielle gladly agrees to be the one hiding in the shadows until Francesca was wed. But the King has other plans. Francesca is to be wed to the savage heathen from the north. A Viking!

The only way Gabrielle can save her delicate sister is to take her place. Together the twins create a web of deceit that quickly spins out of control leaving a trail of death in its wake.

©2017 Alaina Stanford (P)2017 Alaina Stanford

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Royal Duty Book 2

This is my first book from this series and it was pretty good. The story was unique and kept me hooked all the way to the conclusion. There were some twists and turns and I was quite shocked with some of the developments.

Narration was pretty good and brought the story to life. There were some male voices that were pretty creepy!

The story wraps up and there are no cliffhangers. I was really surprised with how the story concluded though. There are some sad moments but the story is well written and moves along at a good pace.

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Fantastic

Loved this story! Great characters and a high action storyline made for a very entertaining listen. Fantastic narrator as well, different accents and voices for each character. I received a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • DK
  • 11-29-17

Would Be Great for a Young Adult Audience


Like others, I felt the story was pretty predictable. I think that this would be better suited for Young Adult/Teen genre. As a contemporary and historical romance fan, I feel strongly about that. The writing was very good and I appreciated the narration as well.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Not what I expected.

I found the book slow to begin with, but it picks up as the story progresses. One reviewer said that the story was predictable and it is in some places but their are one or two twist that I did not see coming.

The narrator was OK when she was voicing the females characters, but I thought she did not do the male characters well.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Interesting story dynamically read

I found myself wanting to know what happens next. Dynamic narrator, good expression. Interesting Scottish accent for the Norwegian, though. still, the accent and voice intonation for each character was distinct.

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A royal pain

Great story, I've never read/listened to Alaina Stanford before but I'll definitely read more.
The narrator gives a Viking a lite Scottish brogh, it put me off a little. Otherwise she was great.
This Audio book was given to me for free at my request from the publisher, author or narrator and I provided this unbiased voluntary review.
Reasons I enjoyed this book:
Twisted, Whimsical Tragic, Great world building, Easy-to-read, Original, Page-turner, Witty, Action-packed, Entertaining, Unpredictable, Wonderful characters, Happily Ever After, Romantic.

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Great!

I really enjoyed this unique story. It's the first book I've listened to by this author and I really enjoyed the writing. The narration was perfect - she really did a great job with the various voices!

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  • Dee
  • LA
  • 11-13-17

Predicable but enjoyable nonetheless

Despite the rather pedestrian cover treatment, this book was better than anticipated. Twins swapping places is a tried-and-true concept so the ending basically wrote itself. Everything leading up to the ending though, was pretty good.

The narration was okay (I mean, I didn't hate it.) I didn't like how Hobscheid vocalized men (kinda creepy actually), but the twins were the center focus so the lack of male voice was minor.

I didn't love this story (there were a few head scratchers) but I did like it. I felt reasonably comfortable with where the story was going and to that end, it did not disappoint.