Miss Juliet Marshville is spitting mad. With one guardian missing, and the other singularly uninterested in her fate, she is at the mercy of her wastrel brother who loses her beloved childhood home to a man known as Sin. Determined to reclaim control of Rosecliff Cottage and her own fate, Juliet arranges a meeting with the notorious rogue and demands the return of her property.
Jonathan Tidemore, 5th Earl of Sinclair, known to the ton as Sin, is exceptionally lucky in life and at the gaming tables. He has just one problem. Well...four, really. His incorrigible sisters have driven off yet another governess. This time, however, his mother demands he find an appropriate replacement.
When Miss Juliet Marshville boldly demands the return of her precious cottage, he takes advantage of his sudden good fortune and puts an offer to her; turn his sisters into proper English ladies, and he'll return Rosecliff Cottage to Juliet's possession.
Jonathan comes to appreciate Juliet's spirit, courage, and clever wit, and decides to claim the fiery beauty as his mistress. Juliet, however, will be mistress for no man. Nor could she ever love a man who callously stole her home in a game of cards. As Jonathan begins to see Juliet as more than a spirited beauty to warm his bed, he realizes she could be a lady he could love the rest of his life, if only he can convince the proud Juliet that he's worthy of her hand and heart.
©2014 Christi Caldwell (P)2015 Christi Caldwell
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"5 shiny stars."
I enjoyed this tale. Even though it is simple and predictable. And yes, Tim Campbell makes everything he reads fabulous so that is a huge bonus! But it was a sweet experience that had enough chemistry to make it sexy and the HEA that leaves a smile.
Well-written. I loved the characters. Good character development and nice, if predictable, story line. I enjoyed listening to this story and I like this narrator as well; he does a nice job with all the voices. I will listen to more from this author.
"Gives Romance novels a bad name"
The story is weak and the characters are weak. The premiums could have been entertaining but the author took this book in a very trite and simplistic direction.
"Love Sin & Love Tim!"
I've love Sin. He was charming in each of his other appearances in this series and I found him charming now. A shorter story than the rest in this series, but certainly worth a listen.
And yes, it's a little bit predictable at times. Overall, though, it follows the formula just fine and, like always, Christi Caldwell does a lovely job of it. My only complaint is that it felt a little rushed while the rest of the books in this series follow along at an even pace.
I must say, though, that if I had read this story rather than listening to it, I don't think I'd have enjoyed it quite so much. Tim Campbell makes every story he narrates come alive. I absolutely love his voice and the way he breathes life into the characters. He's just brilliant!
Another beautifully sweet story by Christi Caldwell and a wonderful narration performance by Tim Campbell!
"An entertaining story"
I liked Jonathan. We've run into him in the previous books so it's good to read his story. I loved the sisters. The Dowager Countess was a bit annoying but I guess that's what unmarried Earls' mothers should be like. She certainly didn't like Juliet though.
This is part of a series but could definitely be read as a stand-alone.
An entertaining story. It's not safe to be a porcelain shepherdess in a Caldwell book however.
"Not very interesting"
As an Amazon reviewer wrote, Sin "didn't seem like a rogue to me. More like a nice guy who still lives at home with his overbearing mother and bratty sisters". And the story was very flat, no exciting turns or twists. I found myself not running to the book every moment I had. Storyline was not gripping and I found the entire premiss for some of the actions in the book super silly. "A sister for a sister"??? And that's the best CC could come up with for the heroine's brother to demand for his sister??? I cannot recommend this book at all.
I really hate this question in the structured review. I can never think of anyone that would like a bad book. Every regency romance cliché is alive and well in this book. Dumb heroine/china shepardess/ a lot of lip biting & lip licking ( instead of well written dialogue)/nagging & eccentric female relatives/ a fortune or estate lost in a card game.. the only thing missing is a duel, but since I could not finish I can’t be sure!
She could have taken the time to develop the characters and not rushed to sex without the reader understanding the characters. The heroine is so dumb and slutty that I can’t even care what happens to her. On the second day she is aquainted with the hero they are kissing. On day 3 they are manually pleasuring each other to climax. For a virgin, that is really advanced. There is no build up to the idea that they even like each other and I doubt that 3 days are enough. The heroine realized that she is in love after her orgasm ( yes, day 3). All the hero has done is 1) hired her as a governess and 2) given her her first orgasam. If that equals true love, then I must be missing something , both in this book and my personal life.
I think that tim campbell was a little too dramatic when reading the female roles, which seemed to make the bad story even worse. I could not feel anything for the main female characters because they behaved so stupidly. The over the top voices made me fast forward through their dialogue.
There was also too much internal dialogue and that kept getting me confused as to what was actually being said. This may not be a good idea if there will be an audio version.
The scenes with the heroine always seemed to be just too dramatic and unrealistic. I can't imagine anyone liking her and the hero loving her after sucha short aquaintance. But, you can't cut the heroine out of a book , so maybe nothing could help this .
This is just so dredful that I started writing this review after the 5th chapter, or approx on day 3 of the book when the h/h had their first sexual interaction! There was no nuances in this book. You were either really good or really bad. Human beings are rarely that black and white.
There was very little romance, good dialogue and too much internal dialogues. Several time during the book the h/h are lookin into space, trapped in their thoughts. People around them have to keep asking if they "are okay". The only internal dialogue I liked was why the heroine called herself a "fool" and I had to agree!
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