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Set in Regency England, Stephanie Laurens' New York Times best-selling Bastion Club series evokes a bygone era where romantic entanglements rule the day - and inflamed desires rule the night. In A Fine Passion, Jack, Baron Warnefleet, narrowly avoids marriage when he flees London for the refuge of his estate. But there waits Lady Clarice Altwood, whose beauty is impossible to ignore.
©2005 Stephanie Laurens (P)2008 Recorded Books

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  • Phara Blair
  • 01-11-2016

Pretty good

Story is good but narrator needs to learn how to say "grimaced" since the author uses it way too often. Listen at 1.5 speed and it's so much better.

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  • Joe Anna O'Brien
  • 16-01-2009

I love all Stephnie Laurens books

I really enjoyed this book. She gave us a better understanding of Jack and who he is. I found it easy listening and set at a comfortable pace. Clarice was a wonderful character and hope to see more of her in the next few books.

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  • Susanne
  • 09-01-2009

Gentle Rogue

I enjoyed reading this novel but listening to it was not nearly as enjoyable. The narrators voice ruined "James'" character for me. I would recommend this book as a "read only".

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  • Valerie
  • 28-10-2020

This book tries too hard

Full disclosure, I listened to this after the horrendous “Her Husband’s Harlot” narrated by Erin Mallon which had my ears bleeding!

That being said, this book was a major improvement for me for both the story and narration. I’m not sure if I’m more annoyed at SL for using the word “grimaced” as many times as she did or at the narrator for mispronouncing it the 120 times she read it!! 😫 While grating the over use of “grimace” didn’t completely ruin it for me. I appreciated Jill Tanner’s English accent and proper pronunciation of common words like ton (see Erin Mallon comment above).
“Anyhoo” the story is ok, though I don’t think there was nearly enough passion to match the title. It was lukewarm at best and not particularly believable. Her “rescue” of her uncle and then her brothers and how easily the past was forgiven had me rolling my eyes.

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  • Rich
  • 19-09-2020

Boud - I - KA

loved it but the mispronunciation of Boudica's name drove me nuts. Boud I Ka. love a strong woman.

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  • IreneMBBT
  • 23-06-2020

Running away into destiny

Date: 1816 April - May
Chronology: set after A LADY OF HIS OWN, before TO DISTRACTION.
Two days after Charles’ wedding Jack goes home to Avening and helps Lady Clarice Altwood rescue a stranger run off the road. When they overcome their misunderstandings about each other the attraction is heated and intense.
Then the stranger wakes up with a warning that Clarice’s cousin James Altwood is being framed for treason, and Jack braves going back in the Ton to help her rally support and find proof to protect James. When Dalziel helps with the investigation it quickly becomes obvious this is an attempted coverup by the last traitor to deflect blame on a scapegoat.
Boy do I wish for a different narrator who doesn’t mispronounce so many words and names. Why didn’t the producer or editor catch this earlier?

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 23-05-2020

A warrior finds his warrior queen

One of my favorite Laurens' romances. Jack returns home from war and finds Lady Clarice ensconced as doyenne of the village, filling the shoes he left empty while fighting Bonaparte. When scandal threatens her family, Jack and Lady Clarice go to London where Jack assists Clarice in defeating those threatening her family, and defeat a harpy while at it. Of course they fall in love, leading to the most romantically perfect proposal ever.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-05-2019

learn!

always enjoy SL.
but. .. have to say this .if I hear 'he grimACED' one more time I'll throw a knife (maybe I'll miss the cat).
please make sure the reader knows how to pronounce your favourite word. and ... another episode, poor Jervis was pronounced phonetically. any grade 7 kid knows the name is pronounced Jarvis. please ... get it right ... some of us enjoy a seamless listen.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-09-2018

horrible narration ruins great book

SL uses the word grimace umpteen dozen times in her books. the only reason I know this is because this narrator mispronounced it every single time. She also mispronounced Dalziel's name as well . she said it as Deal emphasizing the second syllable.
her voice was so pedantic, I had to listen at 1.55 speed just to get through it.
Other than that, I enjoyed the story.

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  • Maria
  • 06-04-2018

Grimace, grimaced

Why, oh why do these words appear so often?
The narrator butchered them in a way it became too irritating. It almost killed the book.

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  • Thor
  • 13-04-2017

Worth listening to.

The hero and heroine are both strong characters and know what they want. Both know how to use the power they have, from the positions of their birth.
They meet over an accident and get off on the wrong foot. However, this misunderstanding is overcome and they start to work together. The heroine doesn't turn into a wimp and the hero doesn't become a bully.
Unlike the author's many other books. The sex was more believable, not excerpts from the "Kama Sutra".

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