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Publisher's Summary

The Dashing Duke...

Lenore Lester was perfectly content with her quiet country life, caring for her father, and having no desire for marriage. She took steps to remain inconspicuous and tried her best to show indifference - but to no avail! The irresistible Duke of Eversleigh had found her out and was quite persistent in his affections....

The Shy Miss!

Notoriously charming Jason, Duke of Eversleigh, could easily see behind Miss Lenore's brilliant disguise. Though the awkward lady hid behind glasses and pulled-back hair, she couldn't cover her beauty. And Jason was ever determined to loosen the hold she had on her heart.

©2004 Stephanie Lauren (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

What listeners say about The Reasons for Marriage

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Speed Reader

Helen, slow down! It's work following you through this book. Love all SL's books but this one was stop and go. You need to keep backing up to catch up, it's read so fast. The story is a keeper, not the narrator's style.

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  • 12-09-09

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Coma inducing. The reader is clear and concise but she is reading far to fast or someone has upped the speed on the audio because it reads so fast you end up feeling stressed out and uninterested. Not good for a story that is mundane to begin with. Thankfully Stephanie Laurens has written far better things. Try her Cynster novels, they are much more interesting.

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Painfully bland

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

It didn't sound like a bad story line, but I didn't listen to it for very long. The low voice of non-animated woman's voice was too frustrating, and it was hard to tell which character was speaking.

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Enjoyable

This story was somewhat predictable, but kept my interest most of the time. I like the fact that the author created a strong female character, yet she was vulnerable enough to be believable. My biggest problem with this audiobook was the narrator. Her British accents seemed stereotyped and the male lead character was made to sound so obnoxious that it was hard to become sympathetic to him. I will definitely read more of this author, but will avoid this narrator in the future.

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it seems like a good book

it seems like a good book it would have been better if Simon pebble narrated it

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Early Laurens - not up to her later books

Sometimes I find myself talking back to these books saying for heaven’s sake, just have a face-to-face conversation and talk it out! The plot dragged on too long, I had to speed it up towards the end because I lost patience with these two. This was written in 1995, nowhere near the interest, complexity, or detail of her later books. Unfortunately, I haven’t heard a female narrator yet who can do a convincing male voice. When I think about the voices of Simon Prebble and Matthew Brehner , with their deep gravelly, sexy men’s voices, that’s just not something a woman can achieve.

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The Reasons for Hating a Book

1) Dragging plot
2) Awful performance
3) Boring
4) No spark between the characters
Couldn’t even finish this

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sweet story

I totally enjoyed this story. narratation was absolutely wonderful. I can't wait to hear more.

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Narrator makes or breaks an audio book

I read the paperback version of this book many years ago and loved the story and the characters. Unfortunately the audiobook was not as enjoyable. The book drag, drag dragged. There was no ooomph in the narration. So glad I didn't pay for the audio

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I do like this book

this is a lovely story. I'm listening to it again after having finished the series a few months ago . I started thinking about it and came to listen to it again. the only thing I don't like about it is the narrators male voice sounds to me very like a woman playing at being a man... and not just masculine. it distracts from the story sometimes.