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How steamy is it? Simmering

Publisher's Summary

After inheriting his title from his brother, the margrave has two weeks to find a noble bride. What will happen when he learns he has fallen for a lovely servant girl in disguise?

The Margrave of Thornbeck has to find a bride - fast. He invites 10 noble-born ladies who meet the king's approval to be his guests at Thornbeck Castle for two weeks - a time to test these ladies and reveal their true characters.

Avelina has only two instructions: keep her true identity a secret and make sure the margrave doesn't select her as his bride. Since the latter seems unlikely, she concentrates on not getting caught. No one must know she is merely a maidservant sent by the Earl of Plimmwald to stand in for his daughter, Dorothea.

Despite Avelina's best attempts at diverting attention from herself, the margrave has taken notice. And try as she might, she can't deny her own growing feelings. But something else is afoot in the castle. Something sinister that could have far worse - far deadlier - consequences.

©2016 Melanie Dickerson (P)2016 Thomas Nelson Publishers

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Very entertaining and pleasant story

This is a light ckean romance. It was funny and even suspenseful in part. Good read.

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Avid reader and book listener!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It had a good storyline and characters that kept my attention.

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Great Book

Great story. Clean, suspenseful and very well done. It is a classic love story.

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Perfect Fairy Tale!

I loved this story. It was a great story with catching twists and turns. Great ending! Definitely will listen to this author again!! 👍🏼

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  • Aunti M
  • Newport News, VA
  • 07-12-18

Seemed like a young adult novel...

This medieval tale was almost like the TV show The Bachelor. However, we don't get to know very many contestants. Just three of them, the heroine, the insta-friend, and a very cliched nemesis. A little bit of creativity was shown with the sidekick, but overall It was a very simplistic story. Some of the plot points were just abandoned along the way. And for the ones that couldn't be... a character was added to the end so all the problems could be solved within a page or two. A bit like a deus ex machina... one of my pet peeves.... The dialog was stilted and formal, but the narrator handled it pretty well. So overall, if your looking for a light hearted story where the good guys win in the end just because they are supposed to... suspend your inner logical thoughts, don't expect too much, and you maybe can enjoy this one.

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Love as always

Another lovely Melanie Dickerson! What a wonderful author! And Jude Mason amazing as well; could not have a better narrator. :)

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Enjoyable

I enjoyed the story and the narrator was good. It did feel like it was intended for a teenage audience but I enjoyed it still.

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  • craig
  • Sioux falls, Sd, United States
  • 07-06-17

wonderful

always an adventure and always someone to be saved whether it is the damsel or Prince charming!!

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  • Jolene
  • Brownsville, PA, US
  • 09-19-18

Romantic historical fiction

I love historical fiction and this book was lovely! It had a good story line and the reading of the book really brought the settings to life. It being a romantic under theme was a plus.this was not your typical romance either.

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Wonderful story

This story is exciting and thoroughly enjoyable. Jude Mason does expressive narration. I look forward to listening to the next story in the series.

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  • Medieval Lady
  • 07-31-16

One of her better books

Would you listen to The Beautiful Pretender again? Why?

Those familiar with this author will know she has written several Fairy-Tale retellings. This was one of the better ones. I have the paperback and I would consider reading again.

Have you listened to any of Jude Mason’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have heard one or two other books by this narrator, and she is usually good.