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She's taking charge

Prim, proper, and thrifty, Eve Dinwoody is all business when it comes to protecting her brother's investment. But when she agrees to control the purse strings of London's premier pleasure garden, Harte's Folly, she finds herself butting heads with an infuriating scoundrel who can't be controlled.

He's running the show

Bawdy and bold, Asa Makepeace doesn't have time for a penny-pinching prude like Eve. As the garden's larger-than-life owner, he's already dealing with self-centered sopranos and temperamental tenors. He's not about to let an aristocratic woman boss him around...no matter how enticing she is.

But love conquers all

In spite of her lack of theatrical experience - and her fiery clashes with Asa - Eve is determined to turn Harte's Folly into a smashing success. But the harder she tries to manage the stubborn rake, the harder it is to ignore his seductive charm and raw magnetism. There's no denying the smoldering fire between them - and trying to put it out would be the greatest folly of all....

©2015 Elizabeth Hoyt (P)2015 Hachette Audio

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"One of the Best Non-Sex Sex Scenes Ever"

Ashford McNab's narration was very good but the accent changed for Asa Makepeace from a cockney accent to a refined one in a matter of ten minutes.
Liked the storyline a lot, characters were very well developed and the draw of the hero to heroine was so perfectly designed by Miss Hoyt that it left no room for doubts. Sometimes I read a story and I wonder why I waisted my time at the end because except outward appearances, title or money, there is nothing else to hint at love, but not so here. As you get further along the story, the love builds and blossoms and the sex scenes add an entire other level. The initial two sex scenes were literally two of the best I have read to date and it was especially amazing because it was done without any physical contact. I enjoyed this book fully and recommend it without a doubt.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • J-9
  • Cary, NC, United States
  • 11-30-15

GIVE ME MORE ASA!!!!! DELICIOUS!

The most erotic Maiden Lane yet!!! And the story is pretty good too. This is definitely one of my favorite in the series. There are several I listen to over and over again and this one will be added to the list!

Ashford MacNab is the voice of the series! (I wish the few books read by someone else would be re-recorded by Ashford - I'd by them again without question!)

You cannot miss this book in this fabulous series.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Good read, great narration, gets a bit long

Ashford McNab does a great job making the characters come alive! Definitely a sensual adventure. Gets a bit long and boring but the narrator keeps the fun alive. I enjoyed it.

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  • Cate F.
  • Richmond, VA USA
  • 11-26-15

Wonderful book. Sweet love story with some very dark details.

Sweetest Scoundrel can easily stand alone for a reader who has not yet read any of the many other Maiden Lane books. Elizabeth Hoyt writes both men and women of complexity and depth, individuals, not clichés. Her writing is excellent and does not have the sloppiness of many prolific authors. Her descriptions of the erotic relationship between Asa and Eva are explicit but never tacky.
I highly recommend this audio book.

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Almost perfect.

Where does Sweetest Scoundrel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It ranks in the top 5.

What other book might you compare Sweetest Scoundrel to and why?

I read about 50 romances a year of all sorts genres and authors, Elizabeth Hoyt has a very distinctive style that shouldn't be compared to the rest. The plot and characters are strong, and realistic. She has a way of making the sexual scenes sizzle. Even though often quite explicit, they don't come across as lewd, prolonged, or gratuitously added.

What about Ashford McNab’s performance did you like?

The diversity and range of this narrator is amazing. I think she captured the essence of each character flawlessly.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did. It is freezing here so no point in going anywhere I didn't have to. I started it late afternoon, paused it only to put a simple dinner on the table and then curled up and finished it in the wee hours of the morning.

Any additional comments?

I rarely give a book a 5 star. I'm sure it wasn't perfect, but I couldn't come up with anything I'd change. I loved her approach to Eve, the heroine being a very psychologically and emotionally damaged women being haunted by her past. In spite of his gruffness, Asa, the hero, is very patient and loving as he helps her heal, while she helps him work through his own demons. The passionate scenes are sizzling, but not what you''d expect.

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  • Tracy T
  • Jacksonville, FL USA
  • 01-07-16

Good Story More standalone than Maiden Lane Series

This was a pretty good story. I liked it. However, I will say the last 3 books are more standalone books rather than part of Maiden Lane Series. Seems after the 6 book Duke of Midnight, the rest just don't seem to belong in the series. And maybe a new series should have been started. Just my opinion.

I liked Asa Makepeace after the first couple of chapters. He started out a bit mean. I understand that Elizabeth Hoyt likes to write imperfect hero's and heroines' but honestly does she have to describe them as ugly for the most part. Really, Asa wasn't tall but very broad shouldered, and not handsome. Eve Dinwoody was plain, and drab with a big hook nose. Why? Why can't they be attractive sometimes?
I literally had to disregard every description of the characters and use my own. They did have some chemistry together and some really well written sex scenes. Kudo's for those sex scenes.

The story line and plot were okay. Nothing real exciting no real mysteries. It was more about these two getting to know each other and getting Hartes Folley open. And I am hear to tell you. I am so glad it is open, I was getting tired of that story line. Between Darling Beast's hero Apollo working in Hartes Folley to get the garden open and this book building it. I am ready to move on.

Again, I hope the next book falls more into the Maiden Lane Series than these last 3 books.

There is a lot of dialogue and I love lots of dialogue so that was great. And of course the story of the Lion and the Dove at the beginning of each chapter was great.

As for the narration, Ashford McNab did a great job. I really enjoy her narrations. The men sound like men, the women sound like women, she does a great cockney accent, and she reads with emotion.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Warning!!! Series is addictive!

I love the narrator of this series. She dosen't disappoint. I admit I am addicted to this series and even after reading this book I got from my library I also bought it to read it again which I just finished again. Yeah, it's that good of a series! If you like historical romance then don't miss this series.

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Hoyt does it again! Another wonderful romance

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I am familiar with Eve's child abuse already having read Duke of Sin so it wasn't shocking for me. I love Ace's crude personality and his love for Eve makes sense. This addition has the most and the hottest non-sex sexual scenes. Although If you're seeking a book for the hot scenes I'd skip this one. Best in the series is Thief of Shadows, followed closely by Duke of pleasure, Duke of Sin, Scandalous Desires, and I thought Apollo's story was the funniest.

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  • GLR
  • Faribault, MN
  • 01-30-17

Another great story by Hoyt

I really enjoyed this book. I like that Hoyt writes about characters that are not always beautiful and perfect, but they definitely are unique, interesting and easy to care about! She also incorporates many characters from other books in the series and it is fun to se how the relationships develop and overlap amongst people and couples. One note about this story if you have had a traumatic issue in childhood, this may not be the book for you. But for the rest of us, it's a great listen!

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A great addition to the series.

I love this series, the books can't come fast enough for me and I listen over and over. Asa was the most sexual hero of the series.