From best-selling author Ayr Bray comes The Illegitimate Heir, the romantic tale of an honorable soldier, a rich beauty, and a vengeful rake....
The younger son of an earl often cannot afford to marry for love, so it is fortunate that Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam has fallen in love with Helen Malham, who has both beauty and wealth. Her father, however, will not allow her to marry a man without a title.
When the prince regent names Richard the Duke of Blachedone, it is both a blessing and a curse. His newly acquired title means he may marry Helen - assuming she will have him once the truth comes out. He was awarded the dukedom not for his service to the Crown, but because he is the former duke's illegitimate son, and soon all of London will know.
Mr. Calvin Aldrich is a rake and a blackguard who is set to be one of the richest dukes in England...until his uncle is stripped of his titles and possessions while on his deathbed. Bereft of his inheritance, Calvin will stop at nothing to get revenge on his uncle's illegitimate heir. He will strike at Richard any way he can, even if it means ruining an innocent woman.
©2015 Ayr Bray (P)2015 Ayr Bray
Definitely in the top 20 of my JAFF audiobooks. I have a lot, and I mean an awful lot of audiobooks in various genres (JAFF accounts for maybe 75%) , so to get into the top 20 in one of them is a real achievement!
I don't think I can compare it to any of my other audiobooks, as the premise of the good Colonel inheriting such a grand title and wealth is a new one to me. There are several other JAFF works around where he eventually inherits the Matlock title though.
Difficult to say without giving away any spoilers, and I don't like putting spoilers in my reviews, as my favourite scene is fairly late on in the book. Of the early part of the book, I think it's the scene where Richard finds out about his inheritance from the Prince Regent.
My main emotional reaction was towards Mr. Aldridge, the man who expected to inherit the title before Richard's biological father managed to work around that problem. I really wanted to punch him!
As I said earlier, this was a unique JAFF premise for me. I have no idea if the solution that Richard's biological father worked out so that he could pass the title on to Richard would have been possible but Ayr Bray told it as a good tale, as she usually does.
I thought the narrator, Basil Sands did a pretty good job overall. He managed the female voices well, though I wasn't too keen on the one he used for Helen Malham. She sounded a bit "whiney" to me.
I would add a caution about the type of audience this would suit.There are several fairly graphic sex scenes so I would recommend this as a Mature Audience Only audiobook. It doesn't bother me but I know there are people out there who prefer not to read or listen to such scenes.
DISCLAIMER: I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for my honest review.
"Don't judge this book by it's cover"
While I only chose to listen to this book to hear the narrator's--Basil Sands--take on this genre, I did enjoy the majority of the story and was pleased that the steamy scenes, intense as they may, were actually few and far between and the story's plot and character development was the primary focus making it enjoyable to listen to.
I am not sure how this book could be considered a sequel to "Pride and Prejudice" since it had nothing to do with the primary characters, plot, and storyline of that classic tale, other than they were mentioned in the book as cousins and occasionally provided dialogue; But this story's main plot about an illegitimate heir's strife to overcome all the obstacles set before him was quite good.
With all that said I believe credit goes to Basil Sands, the narrator, for bringing this story to life and adding in the extra color this story needed to stay above water for me. His plethora of voices and talent for expressing the proper amount of emotion at the appropriate times is to be applauded. I would highly recommend listening to more of his work.
This audiobook was given to me in exchange for an honest review.
"Well worth the listen and or read"
Yes. Once the story established itself, it was hard to stop listening to .
Not to make a spoiler , but it was when Richard understood and forgive his mother.
Richard, without a doubt
When Richard comforted his new sister. The compassion he showed was so gentle so loving.
At first I was " put off" by the woman's voices by mr sands. They tended to be the same. The men's voices were excellent and with different nuances for the male characters.
Once I was caught up in the story, nothing mattered but the story.
I highly recommend this !!
This book truly takes me back to Jane Austin's time period and lets me linger there in all the love and propriety that comes with it. An exciting novel full of twists and turns.
When he faced his mother after he found out he was to be the Duke
There are too many to pick from.
I wanted to, but that will have to wait until the children are grown.
"I love Colonel Fitzwilliam"
Definitely! I really loved this narration. The narrator had a strong and commanding voice that was perfect for a military colonel.
Colonel Fitzwilliam was my favorite character. He handled all of the trials of finding out the reality of his birth and having his world upended with grace. He was committed to Helen, the love of his life, despite her father constantly trying to separate them.
I loved General Stone constantly bragging about Colonel Fitzwilliam and having him train the officers at the garrison. I loved how the author brought his skills back around and had him use those skills against Mr. Aldrich.
I loved this book and I loved the narrator. Having a man narrate this book was perfect since it focuses on a military man. I thought the narrator's deep voice was just the right touch for this book. I appreciated that the narrator did good with the female voices, they were not too high pitched and squeaky.
The story had a great plot that flowed at a very good pace. It was a different take on the usual sequels that we have come to expect, but I loved it even more because of that.
One thing I want to mention is that this story can be enjoyed by anyone who loves a good romance story, you do not have to approach it as a Pride and Prejudice Sequel. The story very much stands on its own two feet.
Richard Fitzwilliam,the son of Lord and Lady Matlock, is a minor character in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. His story is told here, but , he is not the son of Lord Matlock. His true father is a Duke. On his death bed the Duke begs his friend, the Prince Regent, to take away his titles and bestow them illegitimate son and not his nephew, the heir by blood. He feels Richard is honorable and trustworthy, not a reprobate who is dishonorable and a spendthrift who would sell his cousin, the Duke's daughter to the highest bidder. Once the Dukedom is given to the Colonel he then finds out about his true parentage, which devastates him. The colonel also has a rue love, whose father will not allow him to marry his daughter, as he has no title. Now that he does, will they be allowed to marry? The former heir is furious and vows revenge. He vows to stop at nothing.
This is a very good story, that was very hard to put down. I am glad Ayr tackled the Colonel's story. He is my favorite character after Darcy. The colonel's story was written in a unique way, but I enjoyed his character. The ending left me wanting more of the story. Basil Sands voice is definitely perfect for the colonel. I must mention that this book is for mature audiences as there are intimate scenes interspersed.
I was given a copy of the audiobook by the author for my honest review.
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