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The Redemption of a Rogue

Dark Regency, Book 2
Narrated by: Lillian Yves
Series: Dark Regency, Book 2
Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
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Lord Michael Sutherland, Viscount Ellersleigh, is infamous among the ton for his powers of seduction and his prowess as a lover. 

Running from his own ennui and a lover who fancies herself his future wife, Michael retreats to the country and a crumbling, haunted castle won in a game of chance...a castle occupied by an innocent and oh-so-tempting young woman, Miss Abbigail Barrows.

But country life proves to be anything but quiet. At a debauched house party, Michael finds himself confronted with an unfortunate quandary: Marry Abbigail, an innocent, or hang for murder.

Residing at Blagdon Hall, Michael's faced with the dilemmas of seducing his new wife, who seems to be impervious to his charm, and unraveling the mystery of Blagdon Hall's resident ghost and the nefarious goings-on at the neighboring estate.

©2015 Chasity Bowlin (P)2018 Chasity Bowlin

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Michael and Abigail

This is the second book in the Dark Regency series by Chasity Bowlin, I enjoyed the first book so much I could not wait to listen to this one. This book brings Lord Michael Sutherland, Viscount Ellersleigh, and Abigail Barrows together, we met Michael in the first book, he is the best friend of Rhys who held the starring role in The Haunting of A Duke.

As our story starts Michael has won a country estate in a game of cards, on arrival at Blagdon Hall, he finds it to be very rundown, with only two elderly servants a resident ghost and Abigail Barrows in residence. The estate passed to her cousin on the death of her parents and now that it belongs to Michael Abigale has to leave her home and go and stay with her step-sister and her husband at the neighboring estate. Michael feels bad about this as the reputations of her relatives are nefarious.

The following evening he accepts an invitation to dinner at the neighbouring Hall and finds that Abigale is being pursued by her brother in law, Michael wants to help her but just by being alone with her, even though they are only talking, her reputation would be ruined. The person Michael won Blagdon from is also a guest at the house and whilst Michael is alone with Abigale he is murdered, Michael becomes the prime suspect his only way to avoid the hangman's noose is for Abigale to be his alibi which would mean the ruination of her reputation.

So follows a hasty marriage, encounters with the Hall's resident ghost, several murdered/missing girls together with several attempts on Michael's life. All these things are linked to Abigale's family, antique artifacts, and human sacrifices. As this is the second book in the series, all of the main characters from the first are included, so we get to catch up with Rhys and Emmy, Emmy's sister Larissa and Spencer. Spencer's character played an important part and I look forward to listening to his story, hopefully next or soon.

The historical accuracy/descriptions are very good, the characters become more developed but the book did rely a lot on the sexual side of Michael's relationship with Abigale so bear this in mind when thinking about buying this book. That said the storyline, is exciting and dramatic, if somewhat dark, the sex scenes sizzle and the chemistry is hot.

I particularly enjoyed the narration by Lillian Yves, she did an incredible job of bringing every character to life, all the voices were different but recognizable and for me she made this particular book a joy to listen to.

I was given a copy of this audiobook as a gift and am voluntarily writing my review.

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Disappointed

I struggled to finish. At times I slightly lost track of who was the character talking if it was female.

The story started of quite mysterious and wicked. I thought it would be revealed why things happened and whether there was any reasoning as to why it happened the way it did. Did this magic work or not. We shall never know.

I'm frankly disappointed.

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Belongs in Erotica Genre

Too much erotic sex, too little romance in this story that was difficult to follow & was depressing. I skipped lot of it.

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Exciting!

A little too dark for me - but I didn't stop reading!! Enjoyed reading / listening!

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Of Ghosts, Romance, and Steamy Encounters

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Romance at its steamiest is at the heart of this Regency book. The heroine is supposed to be an ingenue, but in fact she knows more about the erotic side of love that she dares to show. What she doesn't know, Lord Michael Sutherland is more than willing to teach her. The darkness of the period is represented not only by a willingness to murder at will in pursuit of dark magic powers, but also by the depravity of sexual practices performed by piers of society. The plot to uncover the secrets of a string of murders and attacks on the protagonists has some suspenseful moments and is interesting enough. The writing is pleasant and the interpretation by the narrator very well performed. A good Regency romance with all the twists and turns we expect in the mysteries genre.

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Very Well Written

This very well written mystery was hard to stop listening to. Kept going and going with no place to stop! The narrative was especially good.

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hot 🤩🤗

a very hot and steamy book the storyline as a storyline was good as well and the scenes we're interesting enough lovely story to listen to
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A historical 5 star

This is my first Chasity Bowen audio . She writes heart full historical stories and this was no different.

Hero is Michael a tittled gentleman . Michael is a Viscount. And because he thinks his title entitles him , he likes to gamble . On one game he gets lucky and wins an estate .
Lord Michael has no choice but to leave London . He decides to go to the estate. Once he reaches the estate , Michael has one unpleasant task of removing a former resident. Michael has to tell Abby to leave . It’s his property now. He has an idea of where Abby should go.
Grab it and find out how and where Abby goes and how she takes it

The narrator was good . Lilian had a strong clear voice. . All the characters were told perfectly

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Rituals, Ghosts Both Emotional and Actual That Haunt

A good book creates an emotional attachment to the characters...I felt a connection to Michael and Abigail. I wanted to cry for Abigail when she and Michael attended her half sister’s house party after she and Michael were married and Smack him on the back of the head. My heart warmed as their feelings, despite their fears grew for one another.
Also as the second book in the series enjoyed hearing from Rhys and Emmy, Larissa and Spencer. Also anxious for the three book in the series. The stories are romantic and with steamy scenes..plus mystery, a touch of paranormal and set in historical backdrop ... what could be better!
Absolutely loving this series and thrilled to find a new author..also the narrator is incredible...the voices both male and female, the emotion, the pacing..the delivery of the story is FANTASTIC!
Can’t wait for more!


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Enthralling

I originally read the ebooks as part of a box set of this series and reviewed these on 1st January 2018 on my usual platforms.
I was recently asked if I would like to listen to the audiobook of the second story and because I had enjoyed the books so much I agreed to do this.
This is what I now have to say about this story:
Chasity Bowlin knows just how to combine a regency romance with a bit of heat, mystery, murder, good guys, bad guys and a bit of the occult or witches or special abilities thrown in.
This particular story is a stand-alone but the people involved in all three of the books that I read are close friends and/or siblings and they really care for and look after each other. This is really made clear in each story.
Lillian Yves narrated in her usual splendid way which makes the story even more interesting and entertaining.
These two talented people make a great team and I am happy to recommend both the ebook and the audiobook which I thoroughly enjoyed.
I received an advance copy of the audio and this has been my voluntary and unbiased review of it.

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  • A D.
  • 11-26-18

Dark, Rich, Sultry, Suspenseful Regency Romance!

So far the Dark Regency series has achieved a near perfect score for providing sexy, passionate, suspenseful, romantic, Regency entertainment. All neatly tempered with a hint of the supernatural.

Abbie and Michael's meeting and subsequent marriage has plenty of potential to fail. Abbie is a virginal, country girl with a jaded impression of men. Michael is a rake, bored out of his mind with his usual pursuits. Having to choose between sending Michael to the gallows or getting married, the two opt for the latter. And, of course, the plot thickens, as does the chemistry between the two, and the story gets darker. Between disappearing girls, erotic artefacts, rituals in the night, a resident ghost, Abbie and Michael haven't a moment to get regret their union.

Chastity Bowlin has written and Lillian Yves has narrated a decadent and dark Regency romance. If this is your preferred genre, you aren't going to want to miss this series!

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.