When kidnapped English heiress Zoe Lexham daringly escapes from captivity, her problems have only begun. After 12 years in a harem, she knows far more about erotic practices than how to conduct a proper conversation in civilized parlors.
Her reception from London society's ladies is arctic; the proposals from their husbands and brothers exceedingly warm; and her loving, but overwhelmed, aristocratic family fear she'll be an outcast forever - unless someone can launch her to success (and a good marriage)!
Enter Lucien de Grey, the Duke of Marchmont. Lucien is no knight in shining armor; he's cynical, easily bored, dangerous to women, and utterly indifferent to popular opinion. But good looks, combined with money and title, make him welcome everywhere. The most popular bachelor in the Beau Monde can easily save Zoe's risqué reputation, if he can prevent the chemistry between them from getting so out of hand...so often...and so deliciously!
©2009 Loretta Chekani (P)2016 Loretta Chekani
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This book was dull. I usually love Loretta chase but they must've bothered her to pump out a book asap for this one.
Her sisters didn't care about her in the slightest. Oh you know missing for 12 years but oh heavens if you're ok or not. You should be sent off.
There was no real plot. He is broody, she is sweet but sinful blah blah.
Save yourself a credit and get lord of scoundrels instead (if you haven't already)
"Made me chuckle while getting my nails done."
The couple made this book thoroughly enjoyable. A Duke and a "Duchess-that-is-to-be" both with great sense of humor made the chemistry between this couple well-developed and believable. The conversations were easy to follow and very natural. It's so refreshing to find a couple with really bad pasts (one was kidnapped and sold/lived in a harem and the other abandoned by deaths in his family), who weren't traumatized to the point of being overly dramatic or angsty. Both of them have "glass half full" personalities. The book wasn't a tear-jerker per se but this likable couple made this book engrossing. I was glued to this book and slowed down the listening pace to 1x - because I didn't want to miss anything - especially the dialogues. It was that good!
Kate Reading is always superb. Her male voice (especially of Lucien) is very appropriate to the protagonist's character. Kate's characterization of Zoe is a bit mature for her age (24 I believe), but believable nonetheless. It's been a while since I've had to press my rewind icon so many times because I just didn't want to miss a dialogue or a description. Perfect historical romance audio listen, in my opinion. Well-executed by Ms. Chase and Ms. Reading.
This book comes highly recommended by someone who has amassed over 2K audio books, rated 515 and written only 26 full reviews and made it a point to write her 27th audible review for this one.
"Hooked from beginning to end!!!"
Again Chase hits it out of the park! I loved this story and the characters were wonderful. The banter between Marchmont and Zoe is just great. So it is a bit predictable - that's why I listen to these books! I want to be transported to a Happily Ever After place! There was just enough drama and turmoil to make it interesting. I laughed out loud all the time! Didn't want to put this on pause! Kate Reading is well - she IS THE BEST! She makes any story that much more delightful!
Totally worth a credit.
As unusual as this tale is... it is still a very enjoyable regency romance 'read'. It offers a thought provoking yet lightweight look into a darker subject. Just.....Unusual!
NARRATOR : Excellent!
HEAT FACTOR: Scorching!
""The words are English but the thinking must be Arabic bcs I can't make heads or tails of it""
The story was fantastic to about 2 hours prior to ending when the marriage happened and then after that what the book was based on was no more and the story took an entire different direction. I was hoping the bantering would continue but sadly the fun ended at the two hour mark as well and the story became grim and much to serious for my taste. I would still recommend this book just be forewarned about the ending.
Pretty good book. Loretta Chase always writes witty dialog between H/H, but some of her books are very predictable and follow the same plot. This is one of the old tired plots. However, I will alway love Loretta Chase for writing Lord of Scoundrels, which ranks in the top 4 of all romance novels, in my opinion. Kate Reading did a good job reading Don't Tempt Me - not an amazing performance, but a good solid one.
"She cracks his shell of indifference..."
She was a childhood friend who disappeared for 12 years.
He instantly knew it was her (not an imposter) when she returned.
He did not seem to care about anything. But she evoked emotions.
Their journey to love was unstoppable.
"No such thing as a bad loretta chase nook"
loved the story well written and perfection for the narrator. I laughed out loud and was not dissapointed
Interesting, Romantic, Mature
I liked that there were no misunderstandings between the two characters. Their own flaws and the 12 years they grew up apart served to create tension.
I really love Loretta Chase. She writes books that grab the reader with excitement, humour and sexual tension. The love between the two characters jumps off the page.
I really laughed when there were scenes with Zoe's sisters. They were the opposite of her and this juxtaposition made for some very funny moments.
Also the dinner party when Lucien was getting drunk and jealous. His inner monologue was delightful.
I really laughed. Especially when Shakespeare was being quoted. Only the wonderful LC could accomplish this feat.
This was a great balance of all the elements that make a great book. I highly recommend it. i
"great from beginning to end"
I loved it. I could not put it down. I was hoping it would last the weekend but it did not make it through one and a half days.
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