Tall, dark, and handsome Benedict Carsington, Viscount Rathbourne is the perfect aristocrat. As the heir to the Earl of Hargate, he is renowned for his perfect manners, perfect breeding, and perfect wardrobe. Unlike his scandalous brothers, Benedict is in no danger of ending up in the scandal sheets - until he meets her.
Bathsheba Wingate, is a member of the DeLucey family - the rotten side - notorious for being cheats, frauds, and swindlers. It's no wonder her deceased highborn husband's family disowned him when they wed. Still, she's determined to see her daughter, Olivia, raised a proper lady, despite the disruptive DeLucey genes she seems to have inherited. When Olivia strong-arms Rathbourne's precocious nephew to join her adventure in search a fabled cache of pirated DeLucey treasure, Benedict and Bathsheba must rush after them to avoid a scandal of disastrous proportions. Who knew that such an impossible match would be the perfect temptation for them both?
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"One of my favorites by Loretta Chase"
The characters were witty, specially Bathsheba. A completely witty and refreshing story with very well developed characters. So many funny scenes were woven into the story that I had to go back and re-listen because I enjoyed them so much. I loved how she kept trying to give Benedict up because she knew he can get ruined by any association with her. But the entire thing was done in a light hearted and funny way and unlike other romances where the rejection would have been the end of it all. I will have to revisit this book again in the future. :)
"ENTHRALLING, SEDUCTIVE AND ENTERTAINING!!"
It was great to follow Benedict Carsington's MUCH NEEDED fall into love. Benedict is the responsible, older brother of the Carsington's and he's the opitome of male, aristocratic perfection. I loved how he immediately became aware of Bathsheba Wingate's presence at the museum on an ordinary day where he accompanied his studious, nephew Peregrin. Bathsheba caught his attention, as she was devastatingly beautiful to him. Regarding this strong sense of awareness the two had for each other, Loretta Chase did a fantastic job in setting up the sexual tension between both Bathsheba and Benedict. There was definitely a lot of powerful nonverbal messages emitted between the two that I found fascinating.
Peregrin and Bathsheba's strong-headed daughter, Olivia immediately started budding heads and it was fun to see both Benedict and Bathsheba getting involved to settle peace. Yet, Peregrin and Olivia formed a stout friendship that pulled in the adults, in equal measure, into an adventure that was sure to change all of their lives.
I thought Chase did a wonderful job of setting up the love story between Benedict and Bathsheba, you see and feel how he responds to her....how she makes him happy and brings something special into his life that he had never experienced before. I enjoyed the love scenes, but would have really appreciated a love scene toward the end, close to when you know they are set up for their HEA. The reason is because when they do make love both are giving into what they believe is a momentary impulse since they didn't see how they could be together long-term due to the societal backlash and consequences. This is where their love needed help and it was great to see the family involvement in making a way for Benedict and Bathsheba to be together. That was a great touch!
Kate Reading's narration was excellent. I loved her accent and inflection for Olivia's voice, especially when she writes her adorable letters.
Great love story and the addition of the children was an added delight!
"Kate Reading is Perfect"
Once again, Kate Reading turns a so-so book (for me) into a five-star listen! The coolest thing is how she adjusts her Benedict voice from the perfect gentleman into a what-the-hell-I'm-in-love-with-this-woman. She's also excellent with the two children's voices and they rather steal the show.
"My New Favorite"
Yes, I would recommend this smartly written, funny, laugh out loud funny, romantic with a happy ending book. Perfect
Enjoyed them all, well developed
Alway enjoy Kate Reading's performance, although I do wish her range included more than one adult male voice. But perhaps that's over reaching because her performances make it really difficult to hit the PAUSE button.
I hate to admit to wet eyes while reading a book of this nature, pure escapism... and laughter and smiles.
"Fun, sweet, exactly what I was looking for"
Loved the story. Witty, sweet, charming. Ms. Chase is now one of my favorite new authors. Why can't audible offer more books like this one?
"Best one in the series"
8 out 10 times I like Loretta Chase. Sometimes the female characters, in her books, can get to whiney for me. This book however, almost tops as my favorite from her. (which my all time favorite is the second book of the dress makers series Dukes prefer blonds) This is one of those books that you just couldn't put down. I literally listened to this book every spare second I had and finished it within 2 days.
"As good or better than Lord of Scoundrels"
Yes. The humour was outstanding.
The characters and the dialogue. I listen while I drive, and I was belly-laughing at some of the situations and dialogue. Haven't had this much fun listening to an audio since Chase's Lord of Scoundrels. By the way, I like this story even better.
Yes. I've never been disappointed with her performances. She's definitely one of the better narrators.
If you liked Chase's Lord of Scoundrels, I think you'll really enjoy this one. I had to back up quite a few times and re-listen to the more comical scenes. I love it when an author combines an interesting storyline with humour and laugh out loud dialogue.
"Good chemistry plus humor"
This might be a predictable story about a man at the peak of society and a woman whose scandalous past precludes any relationship. But it's enlivened by the antics of a 12-year-old girl with a talent for flimflam. The resolution and everyone's happy ending is of course unlikely, but hey it's a romance. In the real Regency period, there were few young dukes, people were dirty, had bad teeth, mistreated their servants, etc. So i just pretend these books are set on another planet where everyone is clean and, except for the obvious villains, kind and even feminist. I've enjoyed the series so far and plan to keep listening
"Fantastic!! LOVED IT!! XOXOXO"
Honestly, I am surprised I loved it as much as I did. Had just finished Mr. Impossible and I knew it would be hard to top that book BUT it DID!! It took a few pages to relax into the DRY humor but i hit rewind more that once to reply an exchange or a scene. So, so. so funny and sad too, but the characters are fabulous everyone of them. Get this BOOK.
Sadly I did not care for the characters. I believe it was impart to both the author and the narrator. For me a good book brings the characters to become part of your life for a short time, i usually care about there thoughts, and feelings yet these characters were drab. It was a tough book to finish, I simply didn't need to know what was going to happen next. If I wasn't listening to it on my commute to work to pass the time, I would have never finished.
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