William, the sixth Duke of Pelham, enjoys his punctual, securely structured life. Orderly and predictable-that's the way he likes it. But he's in the public eye, and the scandal sheets will make up anything to sell papers. When the gossips link him to Juliette, one of the most beautiful and celebrated courtesans in London, chaos doesn't begin to describe what happens next....
Juliette is nicknamed the Duchess of Dalliance, and has the cream of the nobility at her beck and call. It's seriously disruptive to have the duke who's the biggest catch on the Marriage Mart scaring her other suitors away. Then she discovers William's darkest secret and decides what he needs in his life is the kind of excitement only she can provide....
I'm sorry to say this but the Performance was so Bad I had to turn off!! Save your time get the book and read it!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
This is a personal pet peeve of mine, but as soon as I heard the narrator's American accent for a an English romance, I stopped listening. Since this was a pre-order and I was not familiar with this narrator, I took a chance. I won't make that mistake again. I also cancelled my pre-order of the second book in the audio series as it's read by the same narrator.
16 of 18 people found this review helpful
I was also annoyed with hearing the audiobook narrator’s breaths.
The premise of Juliette being a courtesan, the why, and her actions were ridiculous. Her actions did not fit her motivations – a violation of writing rules. I describe it in Spoilers below.
There were some plot events that could have been interesting, but they were not developed. Instead most of the story is internal angst and pondering. She tells him something false and then is angsty and hurt because he believes it. He is angsty and hurt because he believes it.
There is child abuse and a disturbing scene killing a puppy. I don’t mind bad parents being the bad guys, but this was too troubling for me.
Juliette is married to abusive man Oliver. She pretends to have affairs with other men so Oliver will divorce her. He does. That’s the only part that made sense to me. The rest does not. Now Juliette’s dream is to fall in love, get married, and have children. But her actions don’t fit her motivations. She tells the world that she is a courtesan so that she can be free to attend parties and have fun. Then she falls in love with Wil. She wants to marry him, but she won’t be honest with him. She knows he is troubled about her being a courtesan, so why does she continue lying and telling him she is a courtesan? Then when he does not propose marriage, she is furious, angry, and angsty and runs away so he can’t find her.
Frequently during the book he is cold and distant and calls her a whore or courtesan. And then she has all this hurt because of it, but she never corrects him.
A man attacks Juliette. The gardener hears her screams and comes to save her. The attacker runs away. Now there is a big mystery about who the attacker was. Juliette could not describe him because he was behind her. So why didn’t they ask the gardener to describe the attacker? Soon after that, Juliette goes somewhere alone and is attacked again. I’m willing to accept occasional stupidity, but not on top of all this other stuff.
AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR - Lucy Rivers:
I didn’t notice them at first, but later in the book I could hear the narrator’s BREATHS. They were annoying and distracting. She needs to use a different microphone, or do something in the editing process to remove the breaths. Other than that she was good.
Narrative mode: 3rd person.
Genre: regency romance.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
This was a unique story, for a historical romance, with intriguing plot twists and good depth of characters. Naturally the love scenes were fun. But there were many more aspects of society brought into this story, such as the few choices women had, the expectations of the peerage, the expected roles of parents. All that made it quite an interesting listen. As for the narration, personally it was nice to be able to distinguish the dialog from the rest of the text. If you prefer all English accent for the entire book, don't get this one. But for me, this narrator seemed to capture various accents quite well. I readily knew which character was speaking. It was a nice change in narration, as I have many other audible books read by Prebble, Landor, Eyre, Flosnik, and I like those narrators as well. The variety keeps them from becoming routine. Can't wait to listen to the next in this series and find out more about 'Lucifer' and the other heroines.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
This is such a fun series! I wish they had more of Shana Galen's books on audio! Can't wait to listen to If You Give a Rake A Ruby!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Juliette is the talk of the ton on a regular basis. From what Juliette is wearing to who she is sleeping with gossip about her is served up daily in the scandal sheets. You would think a girl would hate having her business spread all over the ton paper but Juliette wouldn't have it any other way.
William is set to be married with a suitable bride when the Duchess of Dalliance strolls into his life. When this diamond meets this Duke the two embark on a romance loaded with action and mystery making this story impossible to put down and addicting to read.
Let me start off by saying I listened to this book in one day. I literally would silence anyone who interrupted my listening with a death glare. I was hooked from the start of this story. I really enjoy how the story just keeps unfolding and nothing is what it seems and no one is who they claim to be, and it is brilliant.
When You Give a Duke a Diamond stars my favourite type of lovers, hate lovers. In the beginning they can't stop fighting and bickering but after a series of unfortunate events the two reluctantly become stuck together and that is where the fun kicks off.
I loved the story so much and I won't give-away all the details that had me clutching the pages learning about these characters, but you will be surprised. Each character is so cleverly written I fell in love with all of them. I can't wait until the next book in the Jewels of the Ton series is release because I am dying to jump back into the world Shana Galen has created.
I recommend this book to adult readers and lovers of historical romance as there are sex scenes.
I like Lucy Rivers as a narrator and thought she did a good job with the delivery of the story.
9 of 14 people found this review helpful
I thought this book had an unique plot. I was intrigued and glad I bought this story. The writing was excellent. I will look for the next book in the series. The main characters were described so vividly this provided extra depth to the book. Although I listened to the sample I think the Britspeak disappeared except when there was dialogue. This did not bother me overmuch as I was so enthralled by the story. This will not win any awards for narration but to me well worth the listen. Check out an audio sample if you are on the fence. The narrator's voice quality is very nice.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful
Shana Galen has written a fabulous HEA Historical Romance. It's mystery unfolds splendidly! There is sadness, betrayal and deep emotional pain. There are also some compelling, colorful and exquisitely written characters. Neither hero or heroine are perfect... no typical perfection and romance for our story. Instead they are flawed, tortured, emotionally broken (more or less) yet perfect.
I was listening to this for my 2nd or third time when I realized what a true jewel it is!
NARRATOR : Far less than perfect! Lucy Rivers performance was often stilted with clipped emphasis where it did not belong. She speaks in a typical English (American NOT British ) accent that is very out of place, especially when we are hearing a characters thoughts. However she does deliver each characters personality and voice with clear and distinct individuality.
I have to say that altho the narrative has many flaws, sometimes even distracting or pulling you from the story, I did listen to it multiple times and love the book. That speaks for itself.
HEAT FACTOR: Scorching!
If you could sum up When You Give a Duke a Diamond in three words, what would they be?
Secretive, Witty, Sly
Who was your favorite character and why?
I enjoyed the heroine Juliette a lot. She took command of her life and set out to make it the way she wanted it.
What about Lucy Rivers’s performance did you like?
I was amazed at the different female British voices she conveyed. I had no trouble distinguishing between them, even when I let the story carry me away.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
This book blew me away! I was expecting a tame and uneventful story, and instead got a story that kept me engrossed. It had a little intrigue, original characters, and a romance that I not only liked but believed in.
Any additional comments?
I just found a new narrator to add to my favorites list!
Rather than "historical romance," I'd call this historical chick lit. But if you are looking for a simple light hearted story, then this may fit the bill. It isn't at all intellectual. And it isn't one of those books that gives you goose bumps as the romance develops.
I didn't care for the narrator at all. Her voices & accents are terrible - particularly the men.