Intrepid and outspoken, Blythe Culpepper is dragged against her will to London. To her dismay, her guardian enlists the devilishly attractive Lord Leventhorpe, the one man she detests, to assist with her coming out. Since their first encounter, hostile looks and cutting retorts have abounded whenever they meet, yet she cannot deny the way her body reacts when he's near. So perhaps it's no surprise that upon overhearing another woman scheming to entrap Tristan into marriage, Blythe risks all to warn him.
Haunted by childhood trauma, Tristan, the austere and controlled Marquis of Leventhorpe, usually avoids social gatherings. So why, against his better judgement, does he agree to aid his closet friend in presenting the Culpeppers? Might it be because one Culpepper stirs more than his interest? Blythe taxes him to his limits with her sharp wit and even sharper tongue. Yet, he cannot deny that her beauty fascinates him. However, when an old enemy comes calling, using Blythe to settle old scores, Tristan must decide if protecting his honor is more important than winning the heart of the woman he has come to love.
©2016 Collette Cameron (P)2016 Collette Cameron
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"Great book and awesome narration.."
Another great romance from Collette Cameron. I just loved all the “B’s”: Blythe, Brooke, Brette, Blaire and Blaike. And I loved the other players: Tristan, Raven, Whitehouse, Maddox, Francine and Hawk. I despised Burlington, Rosemary Sanford and Phillips, who got exactly what he deserved, but it would have been better if he’d died.
What little was told about why Tristan could be so cold and unfeeling was pretty awful, it just showed what a truly horrible his father was. BUT as he drew closer to Blythe the more his walls came down. This really was a very good love story but also a story showing just how depraved men could be way back then and how the “ton” were never held accountable for their wicked deeds.
There was no sex but there was love and affection and passion. You don’t need sex when you have all that. At least, I don’t.
As to the narration: Again, Stevie Zimmerman was fantastic. Her male voices are wonderful and her emotions are fabulous. I love listening to her.
"Too much internal dialogue"
The story line was good. The heroine does not immediately fall for the hero. She likes him and their relationship grows.
The issue is that they discuss so much internally. At one point the hero's internal dialogue indicates that it wants to slap the hero and I agree. If the h/h talked to each other, then they would have been together faster. The hero has some emotional issues and it would have been better to have them get together earlier and try to solve his issues through the evolution of their relationship, but the author did not go this way.
There is always a HEA in a regency romance, so I am not sure why this is a good question to ask. If the h/h get together in the end it is usually okay.
There is always a hollow sound to SZ narration. I think this is the recording and not anything she does. Eventually it gets better and the recording improves.
Yes, there are 3 more heroines left in the family to get married ( as this is the only thing a woman in that era can do). I expect a few more books.
It could have been a little better if it was edited down. The author writes really good novellas and this could have been one of them, if it was cut.
"Nice relaxing read."
This was a cute typical regency romance. It was well worth the price to have a few hours of mental relaxation. The narration was also particularly good and I thought brought the story to life.
"I do love the Misses Culpepper!"
I can't wait to read the stories about the other girls, but it will be hard to top Blythe. I do love how she managed to take care of herself, especially the flower pot to the head incident. Served him right!
This is a wonderful story brought to life by the Narriator. It was filled with adventure and love.
"A must read!"
Flimflam and goose-butt feathers! What an absolutely unforgettable novel. This is regency romance at its finest. The setting comes to life under Cameron’s talented pen. She weaves a world steeped in the past, taking readers back in time to experience the lives of her characters for a short while. The plot was intriguing and realistic. The romance was very real, yet not very easy for the characters.
The Misses Culpepper are most definitely my favourite romance heroines of all times. Blythe is priceless from the get-go. I love her reactions to things. I enjoyed getting to know the many sides of Tristan’s character. There was just so much to love, without him being too perfect. Surrounded by their friends and family, this was the perfect cast to get lost with.
The narrator for the audio version of this tale brings every aspect to live in an explosive way! The characters walk alongside you as their tale unfolds in a lively and captivating manner. I loved the different idiosyncrasies that really pop through the narration.
Collette Cameron makes romance fun. I laughed from the beginning to the end of this novel, all the while falling in love with these remarkable characters. This is one of those novels that leaves you smiling and hugging your book when it’s over, not ready to admit you’ve reached the end yet completely satisfied.
"Quirky and Witty!"
The story was charming!
Blythe, she's witty! It was a treat to see a country girl out of her element in the regency time period.
I haven't. I liked her performance for the most part, however there were a few character voices that annoyed me a little (ex: how the narrator just drops her voice down an octave or so to create the illusion of a male voice... I thought it was a little sloppy.)
There was a lot of laughing! I also had an extreme amount of empathy for Lord Leventhorpe's past situation, it was heartbreaking.
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