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The Lady's Command

The Adventurers Quartet, Book 1
Narrated by: Steve West
Series: The Adventurers Quartet, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (161 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

How does marriage work? If convention is set aside and is no longer there to guide...what then?

The instant Captain Declan Frobisher lays eyes on Lady Edwina Delbraith, he knows she's the woman he wants as his wife. The scion of a seafaring dynasty accustomed to success, he discovers that wooing Edwina is surprisingly straightforward - not least because she makes it plain that she wants him as much as he wants her.

Declan's vision of marriage is of a gently reared wife to grace his arm, manage his household, and bear his children. He assumes that the household, children, and wife will remain safely in England while he continues his life as an explorer sailing the high seas, and he gets his wish - up to a point. He and Edwina are wed, but the rest of his vision doesn't turn out the way he expected.

Even before the knot is tied, Edwina shatters the illusion that her character is as delicate, ethereal, and fragile as her appearance suggests. Far from adhering to orthodox mores, she and her ducal family are even more unconventional than the Frobishers. Beneath her fairy-princess exterior, Edwina possesses a spine of steel - one that might bend but will never break. So mere weeks into their honeymoon, when Declan is required to sail to West Africa, Edwina knows she must accompany him.

A secret mission with unknown villains flings unexpected dangers into their path as Declan and Edwina discover that making an unconventional marriage work requires something they both possess: bold and adventurous hearts.

©2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc. (P)2015 Blackstone Audiobooks

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Good story and great narration, heat level= 0

The story was more well- crafted and less....formulaic?... than the usual. The narration was excellent. Stephanie Laurens fans looking for her usual heat factor will eventually realize it's 100% missing, but it is an engaging story.

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Love Stephanie Laurens. The story was great/

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I always recommend Stephanie Laurens book, this one included.

What did you like best about this story?

I love how Stephanie incorporated the Black Cobra ( a favorite series) into the story line.

What three words best describe Steve West’s voice?

Steve West was an excellent narrator. Very easy to listen to and the variety of changes to his voice was just right.

Any additional comments?

I found the editing of the audio the least favorite of this book. There were several incidents where the previous line was repeated.

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Boring

I hate to not like a book I've been anxiously awaiting. SL is a fabulous writer and I've truly loved most of her books (I mean Devil Cynster! How awesome is he!) but, I'm sorry, this was just boring. It never caught my full attention at all. Very possibly it was because of the narrator. It always bothers me when there's a bad narrator - he or she can ruin the author's work. This is the case here to some extent. Also, the ending was horrible! Yes, I can appreciate that this is the first book in a series and I like series but this ended poorly.

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Disappointing

Stephanie Laurens has always been one of my favorite authors therefore it was extremely disappointing. This is not her general style. It was slow going from the beginning to the end, very anti-climatic. Some stories keep you involved at least shortly after the beginning but that was not the case in this story. I never could get engaged in the story or the characters.

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I think Steve West is a robot

Worst narration of a romance I have ever heard. I couldn't get past the 2nd chapter. This unfortunately makes a full review impossible

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A wonderful start to a great series

I did not realize that I had not read book 1 in the Adventurers Quartet series so I was excited that this was available in Audible Escapes. The narrator, Steve West, was really great and the storyline kept my interest, especially since I already knew the outcome of the mystery involved.

The premise to The Lady’s Command was actually an interesting one. The main characters, Declan and Edwina, had just gotten married and are already pretty much in love with each other. I actually did not have too much of a problem with that, but I do normally look forward to the chase and conflict. We do see a bit of a disturbance to their happily ever after when Declan is called away to assist regarding some missing men in Freetown in West Africa and pretty much forbids Edwina from coming along. Edwina, who is determined to share their whole lives, good and bad, decides to stow away onto the ship. Once they arrive in Freetown, Declan realizes what a help Edwina can be with his mission.

Since this is the first book of four so you really will not find out who and why the men, women and children are missing but you do get to see how well both Declan and Edwina work together and see what a wonderful match they truly are.

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Enjoyable book.

This was an enjoyable book. I found the narrator to be okay. I have heard better as well as so much worse. I am glad that I have listened to Ms. Laurens’ other series first, as this is sort of a continuation from the others.

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I enjoyed listening to Steve West narrate "The Lady's Command". Nicely done. Edwina is a strong female who knows what she wants in her marriage to Declan. On to the next audiobook in this series.

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Romantic Entrigue

This is a great series revolving around a seafaring family; the way this author wrapped the story around 4 brothers was brilliant. After I finished the first book I couldn't wait until the next book was released this is the genius of a good writer.

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  • Rushemp
  • 08-02-16

Unusual

This is a great read. Each of the four books in the series deals with one of four sea faring brothers. While each book is complete in itself, the plot is ongoing throughout all the books. Luckily this is Staphanie Laurens at her best. Otherwise it would be quite annoying having to read all four books in order to reach a satisfactory conclusion. Great way for an author to ensure all the books in a series are read.