Not a day has gone by that Ewan McTavish, the Viscount Sethwick, hasn't dreamed of the beauty he danced with two years ago. He's determined to win her heart and make her his own. Heiress Yvette Stapleton is certain of one thing: marriage is risky and, therefore, to be avoided. At first, she doesn't recognize the dangerously handsome man who rescues her from assailants on London's docks, but Lord Sethwick's passionate kisses soon have her reconsidering her cynical views on matrimony. On a mission to stop a War Office traitor, Ewan draws Yvette into deadly international intrigue. To protect her, he exploits Scottish law, declaring her his lawful wife without benefit of a ceremony. Yvette is furious upon discovering the irregular marriage is legally binding, though she never said "I do."
©2013 Collette Cameron (P)2015 Collette Cameron
Funny, fast-paced and full of adventure.
Ewan is the playful but imperfect hero of the story which makes him more human and lovable. Yvette had some surprising talents of her own for a young woman of that era.
Loudest laugh out loud (there were quite a few) was when Yvette met Ewan's family, particularly the younger brother, "cheeky rogue" comes to mind.
Yes! I binged listened multiple chapters at a time. The narrator had a smooth and clear voice even whilst in character. The variety of accents (and there are many) from Scotland to Italy was fantastic and thoroughly entertaining, the narrator really brought the characters to life.
Changed my opinion about regency romance stories, will to listened to more.
This is the second book in the series and what a let down compared to the first book in the series. Story started off interesting and then just went downhill. After listening for so long waiting for the mystery to be resolved, was frustrating as the ending was so anticlimactic.
Narration was okay but does not compare to that of Stevie Zimmerman who narrated the first book in this series
Overall a reasonably good book. The story was interesting good twists and turns in the plot. I would recommend it.
"Barely OK book. Terrible narration.."
Again I liked the storyline of this book. I was looking forward to Yvette and Ewan story. However, I didn’t understand all the French endearments Ewan spoke to Yvette. He was Scottish, for Pete’s sake. That didn’t make a bit of sense. I mean, really? His name is EWAN and his family names were: Adaira, Dugall, Duncan, Alasdair, Hugh, can you get anymore Scottish than that? Why are we speaking French? Through the whole book she was cher’ or chere’ or cherie’ or mon amour or ma belle, or just amour or petite amie or bien amour. Really? Not one word of Scottish endearments in the entire book.
Anyway, the story had murder, mayhem and some serious mischief, with several bad guys, and bad women. It could have been better, with less French.
But one reviewer said this: “there is a different villain that has kidnapped the heroine. The hero and several others realize this and take time to stand around and discuss one of the new arrivals having a room and a bath arranged for him. When you think everyone will run to look for/find the heroine, they just stand around talking.” Yeah, I don’t get that at all. I find that in many books. When someone should hurry to find someone or take care of a serious problem the author should not take the time to write about some inane thing. Then pages and pages later they get-to-it. If you’re supposed to get something done in a hurry then do it. Don’t make me roll my eyes over something that should have been simple and hurried. That just takes stars away from your total score.
There was absolutely no sexual tension at all but there was a very vanilla sex scene. It was nothing like the first book.
As to the narrator: He sucked. I have no idea why he got 4 and 5 star reviews, since he did nothing more than read the book, even Iona, a little girl about 5 or 6, sounded just like a man. He has no emotions whatsoever and his females and children’s voices are way to masculine. I think he whispered one time when it was called for. THAT does not make for a good narrator. I’d have to pass on listening to him again. This book was such a disappointment because the narrator was so bad.
"very slow and inconsistent"
I really liked the hero. He was a person of strength and intelligence. There was only one moment that he acted out of character, but that is the inconsistency of the writing.
I really hate this question, as no one book can turn a person off a genre. I have noted several times, that audible should think of a better question that would provide information to potential listeners, instead of this one.
I have never heard this narrator before. His voice was good, but he repeated several sentences . Either he misread some names/word or the author made some mistakes, so I can't be sure how to comment on these mistakes.
Both the male and female voices were good and had differences that was great for the listener.
No, the story was disjointed and did not have a good flow. I did not like the hero using french words when he was being romantic, I thought it was silly or pretentious. It would take me out of the moment.
The heroine was at times really smart, then really stupid. Her character was annoying due to those issues. Also it turns out that she was so very rich. Why couldn't she use her money to find the villan / have great protection & security / reside somewhere where the villan could not get her. At the end of the book , when I found this out, I just kept thinking...stupid. If a person has all of these resources and still can't be protected, what's the point of having her be a rich heiress.
The story was not great. The pace was slow and focussed on things for too long. The 2 scenes that caused me to shake my head were:
1 when the heroine and her cousin were walking in the garden, they are suddenly approached by 2 villans ( although they are on an estate that is heavily guarded). The heroine just happens to have a pistol in her pocket. There is no explanation as to why she does this, but never had a pistol at any other time.
2 Towards the end of the book , there is a different villan that has kidnapped the heroine. The hero and several others realize this and take time to stand around and discuss one of the new arrivals having a room and a bath arranged for him. This is how slow the story becomes. When you think everyone will run to look for/find the heroine, they just stand around talking. Then the epilogue wraps up about 4 plot threads in one or two sentences..too fast!
The first book in this series is much better. This was a real disappointment.
"A truly romance tale"
This was a great story. The tale of Ewan McTavish and Yvette Stapleton with their escape to safety and unconventional marriage was very enjoyable. Although Ewan carried a torch for Evie for two years his opportunity to save her from peril was what enabled him to have her really notice him.
Ewan the ever gentlemen work diligently to entice Evie into his love. Despite Evie not realizing his claim of her to be his wife had them married by Highland law.
I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it as I have.
"A 5 star highland hope"
This is a great 5 star listen . Collette knew how to grab your attention with laughter and mystery from chapter one to the End . Evette had to leave Boston because her stepbrother was out to kill her for her inheritance . She made a reservation on one ship but set sail for England on another . Once she reaches England she gets rescued by Viscount Sedgwick . The viscount remembers her from a dance at a wedding two years ago .
Meanwhile The viscount is after a traitor that is helping the French . He suspects someone . There is an instant that happened that the Viscount and Evie have to pretend that they are Engaged.
There are a few things you need to get this to find out what happened . Who is the trailer in the Home Office. Do they get married . How do they catch Eve's stepbrother .
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