Winner - Best Historical Novel, 2015 RONE Awards
Opposites attract. Appearances can deceive. A dashing and rugged façade hides the vulnerable man within. He will gamble with his life, but never his heart. Always the observer, never the observed, her fragility hides conviction. She will risk everything for love. One fateful night they collide. The attraction is immediate, the consequences profound....
London and Hampshire, 1777: The story of Alisdair "Dair" Fitzstuart, nobleman, ex-soldier, and rogue, and Aurora "Rory" Talbot, spinster, pineapple fancier, and granddaughter of England's Spymaster General, and how they fall in love.
©2014 Lucinda Brant (P)2015 Lucinda Brant
I can't say that the audio edition of this book is better than the print one, because without the perfect story to begin with, the narration couldn't be as good. The author's work and the narrator's perfectly compliment each other and make for a magnificent audio book.
Can I say everything? Seriously, from beginning to end this book captivated me. I loved hearing more about characters from previous stories, but also getting to know new characters. The story lines flowed easily and steadily and each character's interaction with another made sense. Some relationships were tense, others lighthearted, but all of them were written beautifully, and so well that you either loved them, or hated them.
Alex has a voice like silk, his normal narrative voice is smooth, and perfectly understandable. He comes into his own when he starts putting voices to the characters though. Each and every one, from the deep voiced men, to the high voiced women are so good that at times you forget that it's just one man doing all the voices. In this particular book, although Alex does the perfect English gentleman voice, it was a real treat and a novelty to hear him do a West Country accent for the members of the Banks family. I couldn't help but smile at not only the great voice interpretation, but also the scenes written by the author about the family.
You Can't Judge a Book by its Cover.
Before I listen to new audio edition books by Lucinda Brant and narrated by Alex Wyndham, I cross my fingers that I will enjoy listening to it as much as I have previous books written and narrated by them. I know I love Lucinda's books, and that Alex performs them marvelously, but I worry that perhaps this time I might just end up listening to the same old same old. BUT how wrong I am every single time. Each book tells a fabulous story, and Alex continues to bring something new to each book every time. I should trust the perfect combination of Lucinda and Alex because I can't see them ever letting their readers/listeners down.
"Another Lucinda Brant winner"
This was also a very well written book with some very funny scenes especially at the very beginning of the story. Sorry to have to wait for the release of the next book in the series especially since I found no information regarding it on Audible. The second book still remains my favorite and then the Midnight Marriage but this is not to take away from Dair Devil. I felt LB did a fabulous job developing the new characters and yet mixing the old ones in this story as well, making the book feel more personal to its readers. I truly enjoyed this book and recommend it highly to anyone looking for substance and not fluff.
"Wonderfully Written, Superbly Narrated -- love it"
When a novel is not just a story, but an experience, it is such a delight. We move with the characters, sharing their emotions, feelings and experiences, not told a story but living one.
The story begins with a scene truly hilarious, a scene with tongue in cheek frolicking of the nobility’s pranks. Alisdair is known for his outlandish behavior and his willingness to take on a bet. He involves his friends in this prank. One such friend, is Rory’s brother, Lord Gasby, a bundle of energy and a brother with deep love for his sister. This prank doesn’t exactly end the way Alistair thought it would. He holds a woman in his arms tightly wrapped in drapery. Simply ludicrious and had me laughing. There was no putting this listen down!
When the flame of interest is sparked for none other than the Spymaster General’s granddaughter (the gal he held while wrapped in drapery), he knows his chances of gaining her hand will fall on deaf ears. Under the façade he uses to hide his inner self, is a person with a heart he knew not beat.
Alistair has a champion, his cousin, Her Grace the Duchess, a woman of great feeling, high spirits and enduring love. Secrets long hidden and best forgotten must be unearthed to give well deserving youth a chance of happiness.
I enjoy the saga Ms. Brant unfolds. Characters we’ve come to love from earlier in the saga take secondary positions in this story. Frankly, this wonderful saga with a narrator of such talent will remain with me for many years.
I highly recommend this series by Lucinda Brant. A saga of depth, passion, and loves of such fervor, your heart swells.
Note: I found I enjoyed the speed of the complete saga at speed 0.75x. It allows the words and divine voice of Mr. Wyndham time to appreciate.
"Alex Wyndham brings these Roxton men to life."
I would most definitely recommend "Dair Devil" to all of my friends to read, but I'd suggest they do so after either reading or listening to the previous 3 in this series.
The most memorable moments of Dair Devil are so many that I really can't easily narrow them down.... When the young men climbed in the window in loin cloths and chased a group of dancers around the room so their buddy could come in and save the ladies was quite funny. It sounds so much like a plan a group of young fellows would devise to help one of the group look to be the her to win a ladies heart. Didn't quite turn out as planned though, and caused some embarrassing moments for those involved.
My favorite characters, were Dair, who is one of the new characters, vaguely mentioned in "Autumn Duchess". Rory, the intellectual equal of many a man, and of course, Antonia, the Duchess of Roxton from book one.
Lucinda Brant always has interesting plots, creative, strong characters, and events often based in true history. I like that she weaves her stories around the characters of one book, but also in her own subtle way, introduces characters who will show up later, so she sets the stage well, and leaves the door open to adding more layers to her series.
In the audio versions for this series, Alex Wyndham is shown to be a master of narration bringing the different characters to life through his ability to create varied, yet believable, voices/accents for each character. You can really get a feel for the character since he seems to have the ability to allow their personalities to shine through as well.
If you are looking for a well written and research Georgian era historical with top notch narration, this is the title for you. I loved finding a series that isn't a Regency set one, and I love that the series re-visits couples from previous books, but also work well as stand-alones. My only complaint is I have to wait until next year for the next title in the series. I can't say enough good things about the narration and hope to see Alex Wyndham narrate more historical titles.
"The narration is the star"
It was good to get back together with previous characters. The "break in" at the beginning was hilarious.
The narration of this series is wonderfully well done. Brings out so much of the story.
My only question is where is Mary's book?
Alex Wyndham does one pretty good job.
I like his voice and his interpretations of the characters.
Dair & Rory (Aurora)first meeting was hilarious. Love books with humor and this one has a couple of LOL and a few smile scenes.
Loved the story, loved how they get together, loved how we revisit characters from previous books, really loved how Antonia (Duchess & Dair's cousin) "attacks" Lord Grasby (the older)and put things to right.
Not really a cliffhanger...Dair & Rory story does have an ending but what of the couple of story lines left open. Why I gave it 4 stars.
Now I want to know how they'll catch , the Weasel William Watkins,secretary to the spymaster Lord Grasby. And will spymaster Grasby keep his word and stay on the straight with Dair, Rory and the Duchess?
I don't like series that read like a serial. Not much happens. Sex is vague. Feminine characters are somewhat prudish, strident or annoyingly virtuous.
More exciting sex
good voice, varied
not really, Not much happened. I liked the idea of the 2nd in the book series, and this book's concept wasn't bad, but the story is flat. I did like the characterization of the obnoxious sister in law, and her outrageous comments, but I did not like her as a person and wondered what the brother saw as her redeeming qualities. I felt the humor and sex were lacking.
"Love" was well described.
Historical detail, other than costumes was vague. The praise for the aristocracy was annoying. I would like a little more evidence that women were so free with their comments about male prowess.
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