Fiona Amberly is more intrigued by the Roman ruins near her manor house than she is by balls. When her dying grandmother worries about Fiona's future, Fiona stammers that she's secretly engaged. Soon she finds herself promising that she will introduce her husband-to-be by Christmas.
Percival Carmichael, new Duke of Alfriston, is in a hurry. He's off to propose to London's most eligible debutante. After nearly dying at Waterloo, he's vowed to spend the rest of his life living up to the ton's expectations.
When Fiona tries to warn a passing coach about a tree in the road, the driver mistakes her for a highwaywoman. Evidently he's not used to seeing women attired in clothes only suitable for archaeology, waving knives. After the driver flees, Fiona decides she may as well borrow the handsome passenger....
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The wonderful narration by Rosalyn Landor definitely rated 5* as always, however the content rated only 3*. It had potential; a returning soldier - promoted by default to a dukedom and who has lost a leg in the peninsula wars and an unusual girl; unorthodox, apparently unmarriageable with wild, bright red hair and a passion for archaeology. The premise interested me but I was disappointed as at times the story descended into the farcical and I found it difficult to concentrate. The talented Rosalyn Landor did her best but the unbelievable storyline let it down overall.
"Charming and fun ;-)"
I thought this book was an entertaining Historical Romance and the kind of book that you should read when you need a diverting bit of fun. Its definitely not a detailed historical novel or a knight in shining armor adventure but this one is charming, has silly action, and humor. Rosalyn Landor narrates this book wonderfully. She is always consistently good.
Note: This book does have some sexual situations and adult conversations.
There was one chapter that Audible will need to fix. The audio skips repeatedly......I believe it was in chapter 25. I hope they fix this issue soon because it is distracting.
If you are in need of some lighthearted, silly, entertaining fun give this book a try.
I was given this book by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost for my honest and unbiased review.
"Quirky Historical Romance!!"
This is an adventurous historical romance with elements of comedy that weave through the plot threatening to unravel the whole story and throw everything into chaos. The characters are portrayed as sharpwitted yet vulnerable and flawed. It is interesting how those perceived shortcomings are actually twisted into strengths beyond the obvious. Overall, a story very likely to be enjoyed by most historical romance buffs.
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The story has interesting and unique elements. The way the H/H meet, the interest in archeology, the 'fake fiancé " story etc. The characters are complex and have interesting background stories. The lead man is handicapped, the details about his physical and emotional struggles add richness and interest. So overall this is a promising beginning to a good series.
I do think some of the writing indicates that the author, Bianca Blythe, is fairly new at this. But I think she has a promising future and I would love to read the next book in the series. Overall good beginning!
Narration-Rosalyn Landor is the master of historical romance! Perfection! She adds a lot to the story, without her the rating would be lower.
Story: 3.5 stars
Relationship/sex: actually quite cute, interesting and loving characters. Few hot sex scenes.
Nattation: 5 stars-Masterful
Technical difficulties: chapter 25 of the book skips every few seconds. Audible was notified.
Overall:3.5-4 stars, worth the time, and a promising beginning to an interesting series
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher through Audiobook Boom in return for my unbiased review.
This book was very entertaining, however at times it dragged, and was predictable. The narration was excellent
"Loved this Historical Romance"
Great new author. Can't wait to read the rest of the books in the series.
I liked the mix of humor interspersed throughout the story
The recording skipped in one of the chapters.
Rosalyn Landor is one of my favorite readers. I love all the books I have listened to that she has read.
I was given this book by the author for my review of this book.
"A Historical Romance.."
Ok, I was pleasantly surprised by this book, it had just about everything, Humor, Suspense
I also really enjoyed that the setting took place around Christmas and the Holidays, as well
as the character's names.
Fiona, the female lead, was a very intelligent character that was not concerned with modern
day concerns for women of the time.
I thought that Fiona and Percival, the male lead, were well suited for each other.
The story line was enjoyable from the beginning to the end and I look forward to more books
by this author as well as the narrator.
Rosalyn Landor did well with the narration.
"This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review."
Yes, I loved the way the narrator's voice was so descriptive and the emotions were felt throughout the whole story.
Most memorable moment in the story when Fiona is mistaken for a highway woman, and one blunder follows another from lying to her grandmother,assuming she can find her archeological findings ( Roman city) and of course let's not forget she kidnapped a Duke.
Loved the ending, the whole story was awesome! Will definitely be listening/reading more of Bianca Blythe's stories!
No this was the first time, for me she has an amazing voice very easy on the ear would definitely recommend books she narrates.
Four Days to Capture a Duke, uncover a secret city and marry said Duke!
Bianca Blythe in my opinion is a very talented author, she has a knack of transporting you to a wonderful time when men were gentlemen and ladies were wooed, romance captured you in its embrace of a Happy Ever After.
This was a pleasant listen from beginning to end. The story didn't have all the annoying fluff and filler you get in most Historical Romance novels. The main characters are well written and intelligent, not to mention interesting. We are not treated to the usual bobble head females of the area although there were a few in the story, but just not our heroine. She has more on her mind than the traditional trapping of a Duke. He is the usual handsome hero with what is considered a major flaw, he's an amputee! This was no flaw for our intelligent leading lady! Good for her!
I can't say enough about Rosalyn Lander's narration. She does no wrong!!!! This one well worth the credit.
The only problem I found happened during the playback of chapter twenty five. My playback started to skip. I reported this right away and hopefully will receive a clean download once this has been fixed. Still very enjoyable listen!
I couldn't say, never having read the book. With the audio edition being narrated by Rosalyn Landor I'd say the audio would be preferred.
Fiona Amberly. Her activities form the foundation of the story. Fearing ton balls she leaves London 2 weeks after "coming out". To keep her beloved grandmother from worrying about her future she invents a fiance, a Captain who is away fighting in the war. She is to introduce her husband-to-be at Christmastime and as the time draws near she panics.
All her performances are spot on! Her narration made this book.
No, it was too far-fetched to be believable so my emotions were not involved. It did induce a few smiles, though.
If you like fanciful stories you should like "How to Capture a Duke". I don't normally care for over-imaginative and unrealistic stories, but this was cute. If the author would have made the Duke/Captain's personality fit a man who had successfully led men in battle against Napoleon Bonaparte it would have improved the story.
"Loved story but not sex scenes"
Loved the story and characters but could have done without the sex scenes especially before the marriage
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