In this lush and seductive novel, exciting new author Tessa Dare takes desire to brazen heights.
Ever the bold adventuress, Lucy Waltham has decided to go hunting for a husband. But first she needs some target practice. So she turns to her brother's best friend, Jeremy Trescott, the Earl of Kendall, to hone her seductive wiles on him before setting her sights on another man. But her practice kisses spark a smoldering passion that could send all her plans up in smoke.
Jeremy has an influential title, a vast fortune, and a painful past full of long-buried secrets. He keeps a safe distance from his own emotions, but to distract Lucy from her reckless scheming, he must give his passions free rein. Their sensual battle of wills is as maddening as it is delicious, but the longer he succeeds in managing the headstrong temptress, the closer Jeremy comes to losing control. When scandal breaks, can he bring himself to abandon Lucy to her ruin? Or will he risk his heart and claim her for his own?
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"Ruined by poor narration"
Setting: Regency era England
I don't know if I can adequately review this audio book, since the narration and production were so bad. I guess the characters were interesting, and there were actually a couple of humorous moments. There was character growth as well. However, there were several places in the narrative where the story could have been wrapped up, but it just kept going on with almost willful misunderstanding and angst. I guess I'll have to read it in print. If only they had gotten someone like Roslyn Landor to do the reading! It was so distracting it was difficult to truly follow the story line - maybe this book is better than my experience, since I listened to and enjoyed the other Tessa Dare novel available at this site at this time.
I likely will NOT give this a repeat listen.
"Dreadful, slow, awful reading ruins great tale"
The reader. Poor Tessa Dare wrote a lively, witty and very entertaining romance, which the reader has utterly ruined in her prissy, ponderous, overly slow, oddly articulated reading. It's as if she were reading it for the simple minded or English-as-second-language students.
Both hero and heroine. He's a rake and friend of the heroine's older brother, she's in love with another of her brother's friends and trying to practice her 'wiles' on the rake.
See above. If this isn't her first job, let it please be her last.
Read the book, avoid this audiobook, it will detract from your enjoyment of the author's ready and very sly wit. Such a delightful story deserves an equally deft, and droll performance. This is a do-over for me. I regret I cannot get a refund, I'm that annoyed.
"Reviews were right, narration was terrible!"
The story was okay, although I don't think I could fairly judge it given that the horrible narration was so distracting. It was slow, and painful, and at several points I really thought I'd just give up on it.
I have listened to over 300 books... this one was the first that I made myself keep listening because of poor reading. She can't even read a full sentence with out some weird pause... don't think she is a native english speaker... or maybe she is just a poor reader.
Anyway I hope Tessa Dare never uses Helen Moore Gillon again, because she pretty much ruined a good story! This is a promising author... her other book One dance with a Duke was great! So don't let this narrator turn you away from her other book.
"Okay romance, BAD narrator!!!!"
I think the romance was very entertaining for most parts, but the narrator was so bad that I couldn't finish listening! So will have to do without the ending unless by some chance that it will be recorded with a more skilled narrator. The narrator was very droll, slow, pronounced every word as if she was dictating. Her male male voices were very nasal, and made every male sound the same and as an old snobbish aunt!!
"Hideous narrator ruins story"
I read the book a few years ago and liked it--Tessa Dare is always good. But I could not get through more than 20 minutes of this narrator's absolute massacre of this title. Sad waste of a credit. She has this odd galloping narration that drags out every 4th word--no kidding. Makes the sentences nonsensical. You have to really concentrate to get beyond the pacing to understand what's being said.
Almost anyone. I really like Angela Dawe, Ashford McNab, Rosalind Landor, Susan Deurdan, Rebecca deLoew.
No one--story is fine as I recall from reading it.. Couldn't listen to it.
Not a fair question for me as I totally love to be read to regardless... I LOVE AUDIO - I JUST WANT THE REST OF TESSA DARES ON AUDIO.....PLEASE.... her books really hold my interest... laugh, cry, enjoy! Her audios on her website are so funny/cute originally TD creations!
THE BEGINNING WAS REALLY FUN... ANTICIPATION THROUGH OUT! LOOKING forward to next two books ... AS SOON AS THEY ARE AVAILABLE ON AUDIO!
She was a little drawl/tone ... sorry, but I love an accent in my narrators so at least I enjoyed that part!
STRONG, STUBBORN FEMALE
BRING MORE TESSA DARE BOOKS IN AUDIO PLEASE... HER STUD SERIES TOO!
I was happy when I found another Tessa Dare novel available to me at Audible. I didn't notice that it was narrated by a different reader than the previous book I had enjoyed so much. That usually isn't a big deal. Just takes some getting used to, but I've always been able to overcome that situation.
But not this time. It wasn't even that the reader has an annoying voice or that it grated on one's nerves. She has a nice soft voice and a wonderful accent. I think if she had just read the darn book, I could have born it, but that was not to be.
Her acting skills are atrocious. I didn't realize you even needed acting skills to be a professional reader. But it's certainly plain when those skills are lacking. Is it possible that there are no standards when it comes to reading audiobooks? I can't even tell you whether the story is any good at all because I just obsessed on THAT VOICE.
I stopped listening an hour in. I've never done that before. I'll wait until the experience has faded from my memory and try to read the Kindle version of the book.
Bottom line? Don't make my mistake. I guarantee if I had listened to the audio sample before I rushed to purchase, I would have certainly not done so.
"Just a painfull listen"
Shortening the constant miscomunication between the characters,even thier epiphonies were not spoken between them.Also the reader made this an awfull listen, her enunciations felt as if she was working hard to dumb this story down . I do not believe this story needed to be dumbed down anymore than its original intention which seemed as it was written for the truley disfunctional relationship.
Perhaps the characters could have learned by thier mistakes and miss-comunications.The angst levels where crazy even for a bodest ripper.This appeared drawn out for the number of pages needed.
Her speaking voice was strained and her enunciation of the wording was painfull to listen to ,see the first question.
Very dissapointed.This was awfull to listen to.I bought it with the $4.99 sale and it was so bad I would love to get a refund even for the $ 4.99.
"Good story, painful narration"
One of those times where I wish I'd paid attention to other reviewers; Helen Moore-Gillon's stilted narration ruined the story for me, which is a shame because I had enjoyed Tessa Dares other book currently available here. Next time I see Helen Moore-Gillon as a narrator of something I want to have, I'm just going to buy the book and avoid the audio version.
"Enjoyable story but horrible male voices!"
It really does ruin a romance when the hero of the piece sounds like a moron most of the time...It just takes the pleasure out of listening to the story. Very frustrating!
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