Christopher Ansley, Earl of Waxham, has constructed a perfect image for the ton - the ladies love him and his company is desired by all. Only two people know the truth about Waxham's secret. Unfortunately, one of them is Miss Sophie Winters.
Sophie Winters has known Christopher since she was in leading strings. As children, they delighted in tormenting each other. Now at one-and-twenty, she still has a tendency to find herself in scrapes, and her marital prospects are slim.
When his father threatens to expose his shame to the ton, unless he weds Sophie for her dowry, Christopher concocts a plan to remain a bachelor. What he didn't plan on, was falling in love with the lively, impetuous Sophie. As secrets are exposed, will Christopher's love be enough when she discovers his role in his father's scheme?
©2014 Christi Caldwell (P)2015 Christi Caldwell
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The Dyslexia impairment that Christopher the Earl of Waxham suffered from in the year 1818
I love Tim Campbell's narrations he really know his voices and does very good female and male voice.
Yes when Christopher admitted that he had trouble reading to Sophie and that his father the Marquis was threating to put him in Bedlam if he didn't marry Sophie and obtain her dowry to use for the Marquis gaming debts. What a horrible father!!
I felt so bad for Christopher Earl of Waxham son of the very cruel mean Marquis of Milford. Poor Christopher has been badly abused by his father because he was dyslexic causing him not to be able to read. Now can you imagine this impediment in the year 1818? dyslexia wasn't even know at the time. Christopher has know Sophie Winters since her birth. There county seats adjoined each other. Sophie was very clumsy and a bit plump. She was always following Christopher around when they were children and the two would argue more like siblings then friends.
Years later they both have grown up and Sophie is in her 3rd season. She is always written up in Lady Ackerly's Tattle Sheet for her scandalous behavior. She is just very clumsy. While at a masquerade ball her and Christopher have a chance meeting in the library while escaping the crush of the ball. They do not recognize one another. But feel and immediate attraction and promise to meet at the end of the season if neither is married or betroth at that time.
Christopher's father the Marquis has acquire many gaming debts and is on the brink of financial ruin. He insist on Christopher courting and marrying Sophie who has a whapping huge dowry of 100,000.00 pounds. Christopher doesn't want to do this he thinks he dislikes the little annoying girl who gave him so much trouble growing up. He eventually agrees to a dinner invitation at Viscount Rebrooke's home Sophie's brother. This begins the lively and witty banter between the two. Christopher and Sophie are a perfect couple and I liked both of them very much. The storyline is believable and lighthearted. The romance as it grows into love was enchanting. I really enjoyed reading Never Courted Suddenly Wed and I Highly Recommend this story. I hope we to read the Duke of Mallens story soon.
"HMM.. Okay story.. Good narration."
This story was not nearly as good as the previous book. But I will listen to the next one.
I liked the characters well enough. Sophie did find herself in a few jams for sure and some of them were quite funny. I liked Waxham too. He was a decent character. The chemistry between the two was okay and there was a mildly written sex scene.
I just think that the story line and plot were just kind of meh and lacking.. Which caused the book to suffer a bit.
As for the narration, it was good. I like Tim Campbell. He does a good job on the female voices and everyone else gets their own distinct voice. He reads with emotion and does have a nice reading voice.
I would have given 5 stars but I was very put off with the use of Christ's name in the book. It was constant. I cringed every time it was so casually tossed out there. I'm a Christian and I was offended every time. I'm sure there has got to be another word that can be used. I could fast forward past explicit sex but there is no warning for he cursing. Specially since I listen to the audio book.
A man who did not find any interest in a woman he had known all his life and finally sees the "plump" woman as all he had been looking for. That could happen. Yes. But this story did not develop that love well at all. I was very disappointed by the story and it's silly ending.
"I liked the story"
The story line was good and Tim Campbell has a really nice voice. But his female voice is lacking. I have not heard a male that can pull off a female voice. I really wish these historical romances would have dual narration. It would be so much more enjoyable. Still it is worth a listen.
"Just All right"
Many phrases in the book repeat which comes across to me as lazy vs. clever. I hesitate to get the next in the series for fear of more of the same.
More character development.
any scene where Sophie is talking to herself.
"A solid 3.5"
Another 3.5 for Christi Caldwell.
I was surprised to find out that Sophie's love interest was not Mallon. At least not at first. I remember that being hinted at in the first book.
I may have rated this higher but for the fact that the narrator - great voice, by the way - mispronounced a few words. The one I really remember is "ratafia." Rat-TAF-i-a...ouch. But Tim Campbell's male voices are top notch. The women can sound a bit girlish. Overall, I like his narrations. I'm anxiously waiting for this whole series to be available through Audible.
A nice, fun story. I'm reading between the lines and assuming Sophie helps Christopher to overcome his problem.
On to Book 3!
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