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Publisher's Summary

In every life there is a turning point....

A moment so tremendous, so sharp and breathtaking, that one knows one's life will never be the same. For Michael Stirling, London's most infamous rake, that moment came the first time he laid eyes on Francesca Bridgerton. 

After a lifetime of chasing women, of smiling slyly as they chased him, of allowing himself to be caught but never permitting his heart to become engaged, he took one look at Francesca Bridgerton and fell so fast and hard into love it was a wonder he managed to remain standing. Unfortunately for Michael, however, Francesca's surname was to remain Bridgerton for only a mere 36 hours longer - the occasion of their meeting was, lamentably, a supper celebrating her imminent wedding to his cousin. 

But that was then...Now Michael is the earl and Francesca is free, but still she thinks of him as nothing other than her dear friend and confidant. Michael dares not speak to her of his love...until one dangerous night, when she steps innocently into his arms and passion proves stronger than even the most wicked of secrets....

©2017 Julia Quinn (P)2020 Recorded Books

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Confused Leading Lady

This was, so far, my least favorite book in the series. Francesca was so confused for most of the book that I found myself just getting bored by her dithering. The lead male, Michael, was also surly and mean for most of the book as well.

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Not Author's best work.

Not the beat of the series. My least favorite. Franchesca got on my nerves. Michael was great.

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I am hard if hearing and usually need to turn the volume up to hear audiobooks adequately. I was unable to get the volume I needed to listen to this book comfortably. I couldn't do anything like wash dishes while listening because the noise from the faucet would drown out the audiobook in my earbuds. Three different sets of buds, it wasnt my equipment. I found it inordinately frustrating to listen to because of this.

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Raunchy

I didn’t enjoy the character of Franny and Michael. They just liked using each other for selfish pleasures, not really a love story.

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  • 09-30-20

Boring.

The hero is uninteresting, so can't empathise with him. The story is so slow that I can't waste more brain cells waiting for the end I'm just over halfway through. At least with audio I was multitasking so time wasn't completely wasted. Just boring.

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  • sammie
  • 04-07-20

I thought this book would be a good one!!

I was surprised that I really didn't enjoy this book as I did the others... I am not sure why maybe because I had to wait so long for it and the others had become a distant memory!!!... I do love Rosalyn Landor she is a great narrator.xx

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  • Gail
  • 03-26-20

More Gold from the combination of Quinn and Landor

At long last, Francesa’s story. For those of you that have followed the Bridgertons, you won’t be disappointed. 💓