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How steamy is it? Simmering

Publisher's Summary

Gabrielle's shy twin sister is betrothed to a heathen prince from the far north. A Viking! Francesca would not survive the journey north much less the frozen wilderness of her new home. The only way Gabrielle can save her delicate sister is to take her place. Together the twins create a web of deceit that quickly spins out of control leaving a trail of death in its wake.

Gabrielle is the elder twin and heir to the throne. Francesca was second born by a matter of minutes, but those critical minutes were enough to label her the spare heir and she felt it every day.

Gabrielle is a free spirit. Francesca, a shy shadow hiding behind her sister's skirts. As the eldest, Gabrielle did everything in her power to avoid overshadowing Francesca. So when the day came and Francesca whispered she'd fallen in love, Gabrielle gladly agrees to be the one hiding in the shadows until Francesca was wed. But the King has other plans. Francesca is to be wed to the savage heathen from the north. A Viking!

The only way Gabrielle can save her delicate sister is to take her place. Together the twins create a web of deceit that quickly spins out of control leaving a trail of death in its wake.

©2017 Alaina Stanford (P)2017 Alaina Stanford

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Give this Book to a Child you love.

A sweet entertaining story with well crafted characters.

Most enjoyable is listening to a talented Narrator that has a command over the material.

The accents were done well and were realistic.


This is a story in my view more suitable for children but adults who enjoy this genre will be entertained as well.



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

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Royal Duty Book 2

This is my first book from this series and it was pretty good. The story was unique and kept me hooked all the way to the conclusion. There were some twists and turns and I was quite shocked with some of the developments.

Narration was pretty good and brought the story to life. There were some male voices that were pretty creepy!

The story wraps up and there are no cliffhangers. I was really surprised with how the story concluded though. There are some sad moments but the story is well written and moves along at a good pace.

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

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Interesting story dynamically read

I found myself wanting to know what happens next. Dynamic narrator, good expression. Interesting Scottish accent for the Norwegian, though. still, the accent and voice intonation for each character was distinct.

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Great!

I really enjoyed this unique story. It's the first book I've listened to by this author and I really enjoyed the writing. The narration was perfect - she really did a great job with the various voices!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. The fact that I was gifted this book had no influence over my opinion of it.

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Fantastic

Loved this story! Great characters and a high action storyline made for a very entertaining listen. Fantastic narrator as well, different accents and voices for each character. I received a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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Not what I expected.

I found the book slow to begin with, but it picks up as the story progresses. One reviewer said that the story was predictable and it is in some places but their are one or two twist that I did not see coming.

The narrator was OK when she was voicing the females characters, but I thought she did not do the male characters well.

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

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Entertaining and Clean Romance

I'm not sure what I expected when I read the blurb on this book. It sounded like a fun read and I am glad I read this one! It was very entertaining! I didn't want to stop listening! Its a very short read but that does not take away from how amazing it is. I wish I could follow this story more as it progresses!

Gabrielle is the eldest of her twin sister Franscesca by a few minutes. But those few minutes made Gabrielle the heir to the throne. Gabrielle is a free outgoing spirit. She doesn't hold her tongue, she loves to ride her horse and hunt. Franscesca is shy, well mannered and the polar opposite of Franscesca. One night Franscesca comes home in love and excitedly tells her older twin that they will be wed. Shortly afterwards both sisters are pledged to marry. Outgoing Gabrielle to a Duke, fragile Franscesca to a Viking Prince. Oh but the twins hatch a plan of deciet to trick their father to save Franscesca from certain death in the icy lands of the north. The twists and turns and tragedy that follow this decision will keep you on your toes! I very much enjoyed this story.
Narrator Kimberly Hobscheid did a wonderful job narrating this! The different voices for each character was amazing and I felt like she really made the story flow.

I requested and was given this audiobook complimentary at my request and have voluntarily left this review with my honest opinion.

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Fun and Clean Listen!

I enjoyed this book very much. It is a clean romance with no dull moments and full of action! I’d like to listen to more books by Alaina Standford!

The narrator Kimberly Hobscheid did a great job and has lots of potential, so I look forward to listen to other clean romances narrated by her. As far as production, there were a few sentence repeats here and there, as well as some too long pauses between paragraphs.

I received this audio-book free for an honest review by the author, narrator, or publisher. Thank you!!!

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Sweet Story with a empowered heroine

If you could sum up Virtuous Trickery in three words, what would they be?

Two twins, completely different characters and destiny. While Gabrielle is a free spirit, Francesca is the serious one.
Gabrielle is destined to marry the man that Francesca loves... in her duty to her sister, they agree to change places. Little did they know that it would change their destiny as well.
Surprisingly, the personalities are not what you would expect and the outcome neither.

this is my first audiobook, it was a bit funny to hear the story with the different voices in the beginning, but having said that... it was really nice.

Totally recommend it!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Virtuous Trickery?

Can not tell you.... it would be a spoiler !!!! but I can say... it gets intriguing at the mid-story.

Which character – as performed by Kimberly S Hobscheid – was your favorite?

The prince of Norway of course...

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Good vs Evil

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A royal pain

Great story, I've never read/listened to Alaina Stanford before but I'll definitely read more.
The narrator gives a Viking a lite Scottish brogh, it put me off a little. Otherwise she was great.
This Audio book was given to me for free at my request from the publisher, author or narrator and I provided this unbiased voluntary review.
Reasons I enjoyed this book:
Twisted, Whimsical Tragic, Great world building, Easy-to-read, Original, Page-turner, Witty, Action-packed, Entertaining, Unpredictable, Wonderful characters, Happily Ever After, Romantic.

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