Over five seasons, Miss Harmony Barrett has managed to repel every gentleman of consequence and engineer a debacle at Almack's so horrifying that her waltzing privileges are revoked. If she's not in the library reading about Mongol hordes, she's embarrassing her family or getting involved in impulsive scrapes.
Enter the Duke of Courtland, a man known for his love of duty and decorum. Through a vexing series of events, he finds himself shackled to Miss Barrett in matrimony. But all is not lost. The duke harbors a not-so-secret affinity for spanking and discipline...and his new wife is ever in need of it.
Will the mismatched couple find their way to marital happiness? Or will the duke be forever Disciplining the Duchess?
©2013 Annabel Joseph (P)2013 Annabel Joseph
I have bought this book despite the bad reviews as I listened to the extract and liked it.
The book was nice and funny only I am not into SM and hate violance of any type. So it was not nmy cup of tea.
However I consider the narrator very good I even looked for more books done by her but there were none:-(
Well, listen to the extract and then see.
Narrator was unbearable.
Was a sorry of abuse that was couched as "romance".
Narrator was whiny. The fake British accent was obvious.
"SADLY, YOU REALLY CAN'T TELL A BOOK BY IT'S COVER"
I had such high hopes for this listen as I love a good Duke story but unfortunately both the narrator and the plot were just plain awful - not touching or tender but abusive and twisted.
Harmony, a naive, impulsive bluestocking was at a house party and she became bored so, being interested in history, decided to go to Hadrian's Wall - an overnight trip but she took no overnight bag, little money, no idea how she was going to get there and she was totally alone (UNBELIEVABLE). She was spotted by Courtland (the Duke) who told her that he would personally take her however, she gave him the slip (A STUPID MOVE) and hired an unscrupulous stranger (WHY?) with a wagon who just dumped her off at the side of the road in the middle of nowhere (AGAIN, STUPID). Courtland felt he needed to find her and went in search for her then, when he found her, he promised to take her there (despite knowing the laws of the ton when it comes to 'compromising' a woman) and decides to marry her as well.
Unfortunately I didn't like the Heroine who came across as a childish airhead who did stupid things throughout the story which was annoying and I didn't like the Hero because he came across as a cold, unfeeling, stuck-up bully for most of the story and punished her by severely taking a cane to her. There were times of sexual gratification during 'slapping' her but there were two instances of disciplining her by thrashing her with the cane whilst she was screaming and crying which I really didn't like. IMHO, the narrator had a horrible voice and it was difficult to distinguish between all the characters. Yes it contain sex scenes but a lot of these weren't very romantic at all.
Worth a credit? If this had been read by a more skilful narrator, it may have gained a point but alas it wasn't and nothing can take away a bad storyline. So, again IMHO, NO not worth a credit.
A narrator worth listening to!
Anything at all!
Anyone not "acting" out the narrative!
Didn't get far enough into the book to decide
"CONTEST: how many times door closes in background?"
I loved almost everything about this book, except the distracting background noises on the audio.
Most memorable to me was the scene where Court disciplines Harmony too severely and it almost destroys their relationship.
Distracting background noises were very annoying and in some cases she speaks so very slowly it is also annoying. However that is better than narrators who talk too fast. I do love Emma Kent's English accent.
yes, I did do that!!!
Annabel Joseph also wrote "CLUB MEPHISTO", "MOLLY's LIPS" and BURN FOR YOU which are incredibly revealing about the BDSM lifestyle. The first two are on audible.com and I am awaiting BURN FOR YOU on audible.
"Book was wonderful. Reader was just that with out any artistry."
The readers sing song recital of the words was annoying. Loved the book and the characters.
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