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The Devil May Care

Rogues and Gentlemen, Book Four
Narrated by: Philip Battley
Series: Rogues & Gentlemen Series, Book 4
Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Dishonoured and ashamed, the ton's scandalous darling, "Beau" the Marquess of Beaumont, is forced to flee England to escape debtor's prison. 

After a chance encounter, it appears Miss Millicent Sparrow is his only remaining friend, however unlikely.

Miss Sparrow lives up to her name. Damaged and terrified by her cousin's violent abuse, Milly is used to being overlooked and prefers it that way, until the desperation of her bleak world is gilded by rakishly handsome Beau's extraordinary friendship.

Miss Sparrow’s lively letters help Beau through his banishment and when his father dies suddenly and Beau inherits the Dukedom, he seeks out his little bird. To his shock he finds a woman in despair and, moved by pity, he offers her the protection of his name by marriage.

But Milly becomes impossible to overlook, and the more Beau needs his wife, the less interested she seems in her gorgeous husband.

For this rake, getting a woman's attention has never been so complicated.

Warning: This book is liable to contain mild swearing and descriptive sex scenes!

©2017 Emma V Leech (P)2019 Emma V Leech

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Excellent story and narration

I have to admit that I love EVL, and her books in this series are an automatic purchase. Having said that this is one of the best books I have read.
The story of how a quiet, abused, but strong heroine blossoms into a wonderful woman is just a delight. There are several books with an ugly duckling to swan trope. In this book it is done with such detail and through natural evolution that it is so believable. The important part is not that the heroine becomes suddenly beautiful, but gains the confidence that was suppressed by her earlier abuse/fear. She uses all her abilities to become a woman she is proud of and that makes her husband comes to respect, like and then love her. Every woman should have this opportunity to bloom into such an amazing person.
The hero is a little tarnished from the previous book ( you really have to read the previous book to get the full effect of his transformation). Where he was to where he ends up is an exercise in true growth and maturity. This is about how 2 people that ar good for each other and coming together makes them into better people. They help and support each other to gain a wonderful relationship.
Philip Battley is just one of the best narrators around, especially when the story has a lot of dialogue. He performs a book like very few narrators. He puts in every chuckle, laugh, sniff and "bark" of laughter. you can tell he has read the material and planned how to narrate it to it's best. I just love his voice and wish that he would read more books. luckily he seems to have this series nailed down...so more well crafted performances to come!!
I can't recommend this book enough. I have just finished and am going back to start it all over again. The h/h in this story makes me hope and believe that a HEA might just be real.