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Her parents' death has left Kelsey Langton penniless - and responsible for the well-being of her younger sister, Jean. Kelsey knows that the only way to avert their doom is to allow herself to be sold at auction. Resigned to becoming the plaything of a well-heeled gentleman, she gets more than she bargained for.

Lord Derek Malory is the highest bidder - a dashing rakehell from a family of charming London rogues. Enthralled by the lovely young woman with shining eyes and dark hair, he purchases her to be his mistress, unaware of the true worth of his prize. He never imagined that this woman he so frivolously acquired would be blessed with all the attributes he was looking for in a wife - grace, wit, intelligence, as well as beauty. He certainly never expected to fall in love.

©2008 Johanna Lindsey (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Something Different

I read/listened to all of the Mallory books. I have to say that this one is a bit darker than the others. Unlike the other stories where the heroine is rescued, this time she is taken by a truly sick and demented person. If it weren't a Lindsey novel, I would wonder if she was going to make it out alive.

The reader is also different which takes some getting used to. He is not bad, just different.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Jamie
  • West Valley City, UT, USA
  • 02-10-09

Excellent book

I read the Malory novels out of order so I read this book last. I love the series and this one was definitely not a disappointment! Derek is as loveable as all of her other male characters. I loved listening to the way he obviously adored Kelsey. The narrator really bothered me though. He made all the men sound ridiculous, especially Anthony and James, and he made Rosilyn sound like Mother Goose. Still loved the book though.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Denise
  • Maple Grove, MN, United States
  • 06-27-10

Horrible Narrator...ruined the book for me

I've listened to most of the Mallory books and while the regular narrator has annoying habits that had begun to grate on my nerves, I'm very disappointed in the narrator of this book. His voice in regular reading mode is pleasant, but his voices are horrible. All of the men sound so haughty and dispassionate I can't seem to even like Derek. The other Mallory family voices are just as snooty sounding...I don't even like James and Anthony in this book and they are my favorite Mallorys. Pity I think I would have liked the book with Laural Merlington as the narrator and I had just written a review about how annoying I was beginning to find Merlington and wished for a different narrator. Be careful what you wish for...

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Judy
  • Champaign, IL, United States
  • 04-08-09

Just OK

This book really didn't do anything for me. The characters are kind of bland, and the idle lifestyle and snobbery portrayed by the Mallory family in this story was a bit annoying. I've read other books in this series (such as Jeremy's story in "A Loving Scoundrel") that were much more enjoyable.

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Good story, distracting narrator

I will have to agree with other reviewers. Though this was a good story overall, the narrator was distracting. He made the characters sound so annoying. At one point I did want to just skip this book all together.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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So-so

Did not like the narrator's style. Derek Mallory sounded older and boring. Would have been better with a female narrator.

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Great story

Love the story, like how the suspenseful part wasn't thgthge e nd of thgthge story after she was saved. I did not enjoy the narrator though, not good what so ever. Please don't use him again!

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a farce

An unbelievable regency romp. If you're a romance writer you should stick to that genre. The "crime' was unbelievable and the evil caricatures of the bad guys were ludicrous.

As described by others, the narrator has a pleasant speaking voice but when it came to his characters, it was abysmal. The men all sounded like buffoons and as for the women, I kept hearing the Little Britain boys saying "I'm a lady! That's what I am, a lady!"

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Beautiful story terrible narrator

Another slam dunk for Miss Lindsey in the Mallory Anderson series. It was a pleasure reading this book again a decade later. Note for the new reader: I suggest you read the actual book as I hate to say that the narrator for this particular title is terrible. It's most unfortunate that the narrator assumed that pretentiousness and snobbery should be conveyed in his dialect when speaking for not only the main hero but also former main Heroes. I don't believe he did his work in reading Miss Lindsay's previous books as oddly enough he managed to give Percy a rather charming and charismatic voice given what we know about his character. This narration really and truly detracts from the beautiful romance and storyline within which includes a captivating and daring rescue from a depraved sexual deviant so beware - trigger warning. But please note there is a satisfying twist for the reader. I still strongly recommend this series including this book which has been a favorite for years.

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The reason I love to read is all bcuz of this book

I love this book so much I have read it at least 50 times. I also bought the audible so I can listen to it while I drive. I have never loved a story more than Kelsey and Derek's.

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  • 08-28-18

A Great Story and Briliantly Read

Another really enjoyable story in the Mallory Family Series and briliantly read, making it more enjoyable. Loved the humour too.

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  • warden
  • 04-13-13

Wonderfully written

Beautifully read and well worth the price paid. A story of intimacy and trust, only received on the path to ruin for a young woman who tries to do the best for her family and younger sister through selling herself in a house of Eros. The passion and love that flare through a series of her (well meant) lies, and a jealous lord that is determined to have her for himself in any twisted way he can, show through the story in passion, lust and friendships that determine where and with who Kelsie finally ends up. Brilliant.

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