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With her reputation forever tarnished by a youthful indiscretion, lovely Emily Faringdon is resigned to a life of spinsterhood, until she embarks on an unusual correspondence and finds herself falling head over heels in love. Sensitive, intelligent, and high-minded, her noble pen pal seems to embody everything Emily has ever dreamed of in a man. But Simon Augustus Traherne, the mysterious Earl of Blade, is not at all what he seems.

Driven by dark, smoldering passions and a tragic secret buried deep within his soul, Blade has all of London cowering at his feet, but not Emily...never Emily. For even as she surrenders to his seductive charms, she knows the real reason for his amorous suit. And she knows that she must reach the heart of this golden-eyed dragon before the avenging demons of their entwined pasts destroy the only love she has ever known...

©1991 Amanda Quick (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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A few campy chuckling moments due to naive heroine

but plot was weak. My mind kept wandering.

This author has written many books under the names Jayne Ann Krentz, Amanda Quick, and Jayne Castle. She has a wonderful writing style and can make almost anything entertaining. But I feel like she ran out of ideas - as if she pulled the words charming eccentric naive romantic female out of a hat and tried to do something with it, again. Then she added brilliant business financial mind. The positive was that I chuckled several times. But the plot took away from enjoyment. It consisted of two main ideas. Simon takes action to cover up Emily’s scandal from the past, and Simon plans vengeance on some men. The vengeance idea petered out. It was not intriguing.

Examples of things that made me chuckle. Frequently Emily says that she and Simon communicate on a metaphysical or transcendental plane/level/realm. She says sex will be a wondrous transcendental experience for people like them. She believed that. Simon did not. He just said what he thought she wanted to hear.

Another: Emily tells the footman to find a person from the criminal class to kidnap someone for her. When she meets with that person, she says “are you a professional villain for hire?”

The relationship between Simon and Emily happened too quickly - not enough story about that. He pretends to be interested in the same poetry and literature as she. That is why she thinks they communicate on a higher plane. But they meet and quickly marry. There is no interesting push-pull between them.

One odd thing about Emily. She was a financial genius in the stock and commodities markets, making money for others - think Warren Buffett. To do that she needed knowledge about the competence of managers in companies and projects. A little hard to believe she could have that knowledge, when she lived in the country and her only social interaction was a lady’s discussion group about romantic literature. I don’t mind suspending disbelief for a good story. But this didn’t work. A better story would be seeing how Emily learned things in the markets and how she outsmarted other investors. But that was not here.

The narrator Anne Flosnik was pretty good, but her voices for men sounded weird. I prefer Susan Duerden who is good with male voices.

Genre: regency romance

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Substandard, to say the least.

Normally, I LOVE Amanda Quick, but I can't decide which is worse - the book or the narration.
Every single non-main, male character seems to say "ain't" in every other sentence (what's THAT about?) and the storyline is just plain absurd.
The reader is excruciating to listen to - the accents are appalling and the pace is agonizing. I don't understand why "ain't" is in this story so much, but the reader just makes it WORSE with the way she says it.
This book and its reader are just plain PAINFUL.

The only reason I even gave it a 2 is because it IS Amanda Quick, after all...........

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Wonderful scandal

This was beautifully read and a captivating story. Amanda Quick showed true talent in bringing together the multiple parts to a wonderful conclusion.

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Hot Garbage

Romance novels are usually an easy fun listen, but this one kept becoming super annoying. The female lead was whiny and annoying as well as childish. I ended up not being able to finish the book. Definitely do not recommend

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Great story, great narration

I would say Amanda Quick/Jayne Ann Krentz is one of my favorite if not my very favorite romance /mystery author. I love Anne Flosnik’s narration and am astounded anyone dislikes her performance. I purposefully search for the books narrated by her. Quick has such great wit in her dialogue and Flosnik captures it so well. Highly recommend.

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unbelievablely tedious

this book was so ridiculous on every level. I don't even know what we lose to say as bout it. the heroine was a complete idiot and the hero seemed like a master manipulator trying to kidnap a toddler.

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esta bien

** spoiler alert ** This book was ok. I didn't care too much for the hero. I didn't understand why he was trying to get revenge. His father gambled away the house and family fortune then committed suicide. The only person he should have been angry with is his father.

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One of my favorite Amanda Quick books

I love the relationship between the reluctant hero and the heroine who whips him into shape with the strength of her love for him. Very nice narration!

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Silly and annoying

If I never hear the words transcend, transcendence, and metaphysical plane again, I will live a happy life. The hero in this story is the villain, truly unlikable, and the heroine is intelligent, but idiotic in her actions.

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Least favorite Amanda Quick book

I enjoy Amanda Quick books but if this had been my first I would never have read any others. My main objection was probably that there was little to like in the hero. He was very rich and a good fighter. Other than that he was mean to the heroine and nearly everyone else. Also very closed minded and manipulative. The heroine was not bad but not very interesting either. There was also little plot, in my opinion, and it did not really flow well at all. Two people marry for strange and possibly bad reasons, then they deal with difficult family members and others in society.