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How steamy is it? Simmering

Publisher's Summary

The widowed Elise is a perfect English lady living within the confines of society for the sake of her impressionable young son. Her quiet world is shattered when she meets the impulsive and scandalous Jared Amesbury. His roguish charm awakens her yearning for adventure. But his irrepressible grin and sea-green eyes hide a secret.

A gentleman by day, a pirate by night, Jared must complete one last assignment from the Secret Service before he can be truly free. Elise gives him hope that he, too, can find love and belonging. His hopes are crushed when his best laid plans go awry, and Elise is dragged into his world of violence and deceit. She may not survive the revelation of Jared's past or still love him when the truth is revealed.

©2010 Donna Hatch (P)2016 Donna Hatch

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GOOD STORY--NOT SO GOOD NARRATOR

Donna Hatch writes a good story but it is marred by the narrator in this book. The narrator could not assign different voices to different characters, and read fast--diff not pause between characters speaking. So, at times it was hard to tell who was saying what.

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  • Sarah
  • Denver, CO
  • 12-25-17

Best Book Ever!!!!!

This is the best historical romance novel I have ever read. Adventure, love, romance, and just the right amount of passion. Highly recommend!

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excellent series

Love this author and series, can't wait to listen to the next two books in the series!

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Love this book!

My favorite Donna Hatch book! Their banter is hilarious, but love the swashbuckling adventure, too!

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Great story, hard to listen to

Great story, can really recommend it, but it's hard for me to listen to. The narrator's voice annoyed me (sorry, Narrator), the modulation of her voice sounded forced. She also kept mispronouncing words like valet- the t is silent (val-ay), not a problem if it only occurs once in the story, but it was in it a few times, and each time made me cringe and pulled me out of the story.

As for the story, I thought the story was great. Jared and Elise were lovable characters, and the plot line kept me guessing throughout.

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Totally sigh worthy

WHAT IT'S ABOUT
Though her heart longs for adventure, Elise strives to be a perfect English lady living within the stifling confines of society for the sake of her impressionable young son. Her quiet world is shattered when she meets the impulsive and scandalous Jared Amesbury. His roguish charm awakens her yearning for adventure. But his irrepressible grin and sea-green eyes hide a secret. A gentleman by day, a pirate by night, Jared must complete one last assignment from the Secret Service before he can be truly free. Elise gives him hope that he, too, can find love and belonging. His hopes are crushed when his best laid plans go awry and Elise is dragged into his world of violence and deceit. She may not survive the revelation of Jared's past...or still love him when the truth is revealed.

MY TAKE
Oh, my heck! I loved this book! We got to see Jared in the first book in the series (The Stranger I Married--which I really enjoyed). But did I mention that I LOVED this book. Oh, the feels!

Getting to see things through both Jared and Elise's points of view really drew me into what they were each feeling and struggling with. What they were willing to sacrifice. It was a delight to see Jared's brothers again and see the little set ups for future books for Christian and Grant.

I'll be reading this one again for sure. I listened to the audiobook and really enjoyed the narrator.

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  • wife
  • 08-30-16

Lovely romance yet still clean. Great, thank you

Good story & relationship build up of characters. Liked that she still kept story clean. Good read