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The Last Wicked Rogue

The League of Rogues, Book 9
Narrated by: Heather Wilds
Series: The League of Rogues, Book 9
Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
Categories: Romance, Historical
4.5 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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Charles Humphrey, the Earl of Lonsdale, is infamous for his seductions. With laughing, gray eyes and a halo of blond hair, he's every woman's wicked dream. Beneath that devil-may-care grin he has a painful past that has made him sure love was not for him, even as the rest of his friends, the members of the League of Rogues, settle down in wedded bliss. When he accidentally rescues a mysterious beauty with eyes as haunted as his own and shares one life-changing kiss with her, she vanishes in the night. Charles vows to find this angel who might yet save his soul, but he knows anyone he cares about is in grave danger when an old enemy resurfaces a final time for revenge....

Lily has secrets, too many secrets. When she's abducted and taken into the London underworld by a gang of nefarious brutes, she's rescued by Charles, the one man who can never know her past. She can't let him discover her feelings or her secrets, but she can't resist sharing one kiss with him before escaping his passionate embrace. That taste of the last bachelor of the League of Rogues leaves her desiring a future she cannot have - especially when her master demands she prove her loyalty in a most deadly way....

©2018 Lauren Smith (P)2019 Tantor

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Dreadful narrator, mediocrely writing

The story, at least the concept, seems potentially quite good. However, The narrator is so awful that the caliber of the writing is shown for what it is: desperately in need of a good copy editor! Using the word “fear” three times in one sentence is not only weak exposition but simply lazy. If a writer,sadly, has a limited vocabulary, a thesaurus should be kept near at hand. Even the narrow scope of an online version can prevent such silly redundancies.

The handling of dreams and flashbacks is muddled in the text but is made much worse by the narration. Sentences are broken such as to lose meaning and all emotional impact. The exact same vocal inflection is used consistently throughout. There is no character differentiation.

I’ve given the story four stars. However, that is only a guess and I’m giving credit for what the plot line appears to be. The reason for this is that, after only 2 1/2 hours of listening, I am so bored and frustrated with the abominable narration and the lack of skill in the text, that I can go no further. Maybe at sometime in the future I will try to struggle through another two hours or so in order to find out what happens. As I said, the ideas are good; it is the execrable execution by both author and narrator that are at fault.