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The Harlow Hoyden

A Regency Romance (Love Takes Root, Book 1)
Narrated by: Lucy Rayner
Series: Love Takes Root Series, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
4 out of 5 stars (43 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Miss Emma Harlow hasn't earned the reputation as a hoyden for nothing, so when the duke of Trent discovers her in his conservatory stealing one of his orchids, he isn't surprised - charmed, delighted and puzzled, yes, but not surprised. It is Emma who is amazed. She has naturally concluded that the man reading in the conservatory must be the country cousin (who else in London would actually read?) and is quite vexed to discover that he is the duke of Trent himself - imagine, stealing the duke's prize Rhyncholaelia digbyana under his very nose!   

But her vexation doesn't last long. For Emma is a practical young lady with a mission: to end her dear sister Lavinia's engagement to the villainous (and dreadfully dull!) Sir Waldo Windbourne, and she thinks that the famous libertine is just the man for the job. If he would only seduce her sister away from Sir Waldo...well, not seduce exactly, but flirt mercilessly and engage her interest. Perhaps then Lavinia would jilt the baron. 

The duke of Trent is resistant, of course. Despite his reputation, he does not toy with the affections of innocents. And besides, it's not her sister he longs to seduce.

©2014 Lynn Messina (P)2019 Tantor

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  • Dee
  • LA
  • 04-07-19

Loved it!!!!

This book was special from start to finish! I loved the Harlow girls!!! "Hoyden" is now a word in my vocabulary. The romance between the sister and the Duke was a treat to hear. The overall story was unique and creative and suspenseful. I loved it!!

I loved the narration too! This is a Regency romance and narration is key. The gentility and savoir-faire (or the lack thereof in Emma's case) were expertly delivered.

This is a series so I hope the next book picks up right where this one leaves off.

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Romantic, Entertaining, and Engaging

What a super story! The narrator was simply terrific! The characters were interesting, intelligent, and charming. I loved it!

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Okay, but

Too many "modern" cliches and innuendo. Good story would be even better without sexual content.

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Decent, if predictable story, but unable to finish

I was looking for something cute and easy to listen to and thought I'd found it. Unfortunately, the narrator felt it necessary to use a very high pitched squeaky voice for the female protagonist which was incredibly grating. I lasted a little over an hour and have had to stop.

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  • Cate F.
  • Richmond, VA USA
  • 06-03-19

Classic Regency with plenty of laughs

An enjoyable book with a marvelous reader. It had many of the elements of a classic Heyer romance with some extra spice added. I have a fondness for chase scenes and The Harlow Hoyden had obstacles and a horrid villain that were definitely satisfying. I also enjoyed how, at the moment an HEA appears about to close, another obstacle appears.