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Love Only Once

A Malory Novel
Narrated by: Laural Merlington
Series: Malory-Anderson Family , Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)

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The exquisite niece of Lord Edward and Lady Charlotte Malory, Regina Ashton, is outraged over her abduction by the arrogant, devilishly handsome Nicholas Eden - and is determined to make the rogue pay...with his heart.

A golden-haired seducer, Nicholas has been hardened by a painful secret in his past. And now that he has besmirched Reggie's good name, the hot-tempered lady has vowed to wed him.

Her fiery beauty stirs Nicholas as no woman ever has - and the rake arouses Reggie's passion to an unendurable level. Such uncontrolled desires can lead only to dangerous misunderstandings...and, perhaps, to a love that can live only once in a lifetime.

©1985 Johanna Lindsey (P)2008 Brilliance Audio

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  • Nancy Qualls
  • 04-04-2015

Disappointing narration

What disappointed you about Love Only Once?

The narration was bad. There are a lot of male roles in JL's Malory series and this narrator does not have the voice to play men. It ruined the books for me.

Would you be willing to try another one of Laural Merlington’s performances?

It depends on the book. If the main characters are female then yes I would. But she does not have the voice or range to play male characters.

Any additional comments?

When you have a series and the main characters are male, a male narrator or very versatile female should do the narration. It is hard for me to understand how the production staff can allow this quality to come to Audible

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  • Laura
  • 28-07-2013

UGH! Read it rather than listen to it.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

i would recommend someone read this book. the narration detracted from the story.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The hero of the book sounded like an old woman -- as did every other man. And every now and then I'd detect a bit of "less than proper aristocratic" accent on the hero as the narrator was affecting a British accent (it was not natural). I may have enjoyed the story more with the right narrator. As it is, this is the first Johanna Lindsey book I've listened to (I've read and enjoyed her stories) and I'm seriously doubting I can get through the series with this narrator. What a shame as the reviews indicate the series is a good one.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-09-2011

FANTASTIC

Loved it from start to finish, was actually sad to finish. Loved every character. It has a bit of everything, drama, love, secrets, interfering family members that make you laugh alot, misunderstandings, triumph. The main characters are great, actually all the characters are great. Some of the voices are shrill but there are so many different characters the poor narrator probably was unable to talk for a few days, lol. I loved it, hope you do.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-06-2020

No romance

He set out to seduce her, and was a jerk for all except maybe ten pages. She was kind of lame; felt like she forgave him within a paragraph.

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  • Brandy
  • 20-04-2020

EXTREMELY unrealistic storyline!

the characters are so far from being real that this book seems like a fairy tale or folklore story. (He wants to get along with his wife but is mean nasty to her!) 🙄🙄🙄

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  • Roxanne
  • 24-10-2016

Really weak series!

What disappointed you about Love Only Once?

It was such a thin and predictable plot I hoped the series would improve but the 2nd book was even worse and annoying!

What could Johanna Lindsey have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

How about some original plotting.

What didn’t you like about Laural Merlington’s performance?

Material was so bad can't really judge the performance.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No was just plain silly.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-03-2012

I love her books!!!!!!!!!!

Where does Love Only Once rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I have followed the Malory clan from book one, this one is as good as the others, as audiobooks goes this is number one.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Reggie, because of her spunk.

Have you listened to any of Laural Merlington’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Nicholas found out that the woman he thought was his aunt was really his mother.

Any additional comments?

The book was great.

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  • romance reader
  • 11-10-2010

not enough hero/heroine action

one of the worst romance novels I've ever read. Even though the hero/heroine interaction was quite good, there was sooooo little of it, and soooo much of other characters doing irrelevant things (e.g. men plotting revenge and violence). The reconciliation between hero/heroine came all at once at the very end and felt contrived and too easy after a book where they spent so little time together, I'm not sure why they thought themselves in love.

I was at first not crazy about an American narrator doing English voices, but she did them quite well and it made the narration easier to follow as it was easy to differentiate from the characters' voices.

Very poor from Johanna Lindsey, and I'm surprised it's got some good reviews!

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  • Elizabeth
  • 08-06-2008

Love Only Once

This story is wonderful! I laughed, I cried, and could not stop listening to it until it was finished. It's about time Johanna Lindsay's books were narrated.

This narrator is excellent, she brings it to life with her wonderful voices. I plan to keep a hopeful watch out for the other Malory family books to become available in audio, as well. Thank you for the great listening experience!

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  • Mon
  • 19-02-2012

Why are they in love?

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Humm, I don't know about you but when listening or reading a romance book, I do need the main characters to be interesting and forge a relationship of some sort - either of friendship, mutual understanding, sexual attraction...etc. I wanted these main characters to develop some type of emotional tether but it never happens, at least I didn't think so. I never really got their union or why they were in love. They spent most of it fighting and not the fun, snarky type of fighting that leads to a greater physical connection, which is so commonplace in romance. This was just fighting over something that didn't seem to matter. When the big

Would you listen to another book narrated by Laural Merlington?

Maybe. I did enjoy it when the Mallory men, Regina's uncles and cousins had their turn. They, by far were more interesting then the actual romance story.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No.

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  • StorySara
  • 17-09-2020

Wonderful story, awful English accent

This book is a longtime favourite of mine so I was thrilled to find an audio version. The narrator is American, which seems an odd choice and the aristocratic English accent needed for most characters is awful - sometimes veering into Irish or Scottish pronunciation, but mostly just a poor imitation of an English accent. It’s very distracting and such a shame as it really does spoil the story.