After years of playing the rake to hide a dark family secret, the Duke of Aversley feels tainted beyond redemption and cynical beyond repair. Never does he imagine hope will come in the form of a quirky, quick-witted lady determined to win the heart of another gentleman.
Thanks to a painfully awkward past, Lady Amelia De Vere long ago relinquished the notion she was a flower that had yet to blossom. But when her family faces financial ruin and the man she has always loved is on the verge of marrying another, she'll try anything to transform herself to capture her childhood love and save her family - including agreeing to participate in a bet between her brother and the notorious, dangerously handsome Duke Of Aversley.
Bound by the bet, Amelia and Aversley discover unexpected understanding and passion beyond their wildest dreams, if only they can let go of their pride, put trust in each other and chance losing their hearts.
©2010 Julie Johnstone (P)2014 Julie Johnstone
The pronunciation and strained vowels of the narrator spoiled the story for me
The characters and plot
His pronunciation of many words was strained and unnatural
I would read the book and others by this author
"Forgot about my life's tribulations reading it. LOVED IT"
I absolutely adore this book. ADULT mature characters, engaging story and a Duke that makes all other men I know seem very small in comparison. I stayed up until 2 am reading this book even though I had to be at work by 8 am. You will absolutely love it too.
This was quite good! I'm eagerly awaiting subsequent books in this series.
Secret vows. What a mess they create. Colin and his mother are plagued by one and it has severe ramifications. Amelia is in love with her long-time "hero." When Colin and Amelia's brother make an agreement, that, too, has terrible consequences. Can Colin and Amelia find what they each desire the most without falling prey to what others think is best for them?
Good story with good characters, main and secondary - even if flawed.
"Fun and enjoyable"
It was good. It was fun. It was easy to listen to. Not my top listens but still lovely.
I never got to the "Okay move on." monent that can happen when listening to regency romance. I mean come on we all get there, but there were enough twists to not hit that mark in this book.
Fair but I will say it was easy to fall asleep to.
The scene between mother and son.
I like the full flushing out of characters. There is only one true villian which is difficult and well done.
"Pretty good story and good narration."
This was a pretty good story, I liked the heroine, Amelia well enough in that she was strong for the most part and knew what or thought she wanted. I liked Aversley too. He was strong, handsome and rich. And he wanted to stay Rich. LOL There was a bit of attraction denial between these two for a while but they got past it. There was a very mildly written sex scene.
The story line and plot was pretty good, I liked the wager part of it. It developed pretty well too. There were a couple of annoying moments but not much. There was lots of dialogue throughout the entire book so that was a bonus.
As for the narration, it was good. I like Tim Campbell he does the women's voices well and the everyone does get their own voice. He reads with emotion and and has a nice reading voice.
"This book might be better for someone else."
I sincerely tried to love this book, but I just could not get into it. It wasn't the narrator, he was not that bad, its just the book didn't hold any interest to me. I gave the audio book until chapter 10 to at least spark something in me, a connection but I just think this book is suited for someone else. The type of historical romances I like are not this one unfortunately.
I just found the history lacking as well as the character interaction.
Tim Campbell himself was perfectly fine. I did not find him irritating or evening annoying. I just could not get into the story personally.
I would personally scrap chapter 2 and on. It truly did not make any sense.
Again this is just my opinion, and others have varied. For my and my taste in books, this book was not for me. I highly recommend trying it through. Due to Audible's return policy I do appreciate the ability to return it if it doesn't click. For that I am grateful. Please make your own decision on this.
"review from a guy"
my wife loves this stuff and burned our credits for the month to get this book. i had nothing else to listen to so i tried. i loved the intelligent humor and quality of the story. great listen. i swear the narrator chaned 5 times during the book though. kind of annoying for one or two chapters. but that would be my only complaint.
I was looking for something different, didn't find it here. Just ok. I like books to grab me make me want to stay up all night knowing I have to get up early the next day. I don't find that here but it was entertaining.
"Truly a Classy Well Written Book!"
I am In love with this author. This was a pure and lovely book. It give you the love story we all love. Truly worth the credit.
Great plot, well developed character depth and great narration. Listened in one sitting!
I simply could not put it down!
"It had promise.."
Johnstone did a great job of capturing my interest in the beginning. The characters seemed complex and intriguing, the premise was pretty good (though it's a bit overdone), and I was caring about what happened to the characters. However, she lost me somewhere along the way.. I think where she started to lose me was with the incredibly cliche and flat secondary characters. There were the villains and the good guys. You knew right off who the bad guys were going to be. It made the story predictable and disappointing, especially when I had high expectations from how engaging the beginning was.
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