Lady Madelaine Aldridge might be the worst lady-in-waiting to ever grace King George III's court. An oddball who prefers archery to embroidery and honesty to deception, she earns the dislike of the Queen, the cruelty of the other ladies-in-waiting and the advances of a lecherous fiend who wants to make her his whore. Her father demands she find a proper husband? A task that seems hopeless until Lord Grey Adlard rides into court.
Grey Adlard lives up to his reputation as a dangerously handsome rake when he proposes Madelaine meet him in the stables for a tumble. Yet when she needs a protector the most, Grey offers his services and vows he wants to court her. Wary yet intrigued by the mystery he presents, Madelaine slowly allows Grey to capture her confidence and then her heart.
Things seem perfect until her father is imprisoned for plotting against the King and Madelaine learns Grey is not who he pretends. As King George III sinks deeper into insanity, Madelaine must prove her father's innocence in order to save his life. With the future of England hanging in the balance and a ruthless murderer hunting them Grey and Madelaine engage in a clash of wills and a battle fraught with suspicion, secrets, betrayal and two hearts that cannot deny the impossible, irresistible love between them.
©2013 Julie Johnstone (P)2014 Julie Johnstone
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"Refreshing historical romance!"
One of my favorites!
I loved the character Madelaine, who was not like the ordinary lady we usually read of, she did not like embroidery she loved archery!
Beautiful voice perfect for this book!
No, I love to listen to it by sequences/periods!
Ms. Johnstone nicely blended her characters into her suspense. It was very well written! It’s a story filled with betrayals and secrets. Great characters, a tight plot, an atmospheric historical setting! I recommend this historical romance as an audio, especially if you like stories set in that era. I liked the epilogue at the end! I will be looking for her next audio in this series.
"Entertaining but flawed"
This was the first book I've read (listened to) by this author. The story was entertaining. I like the time period and "the King's spies" always make for an exciting genre. Kudos to the author. However, there were numerous distractions that should have been caught by a good editor or even proofreader.
People are hung not hanged. Someone COULDN'T care less, not could care less. And there was constant repetition. One word that always popped out at me was "material." It was overused. Why not use the name of the material or another word. Fabric? I found the narrator easy to listen to but I found fault with the production. What I assume to be do-over sentences were very obvious. The sound quality was very different. Like I said, these were all distractions from an entertaining story. I did expect Lady Grace to pop up in some sinister manner.
I hope to listen to another book by Julie Johnstone.
"Loved the story plot"
I enjoyed the story nut sometimes the characters were a little dense. Good listen though.
"too slow and overly complicated"
I think someone who is retired and has a lot of time to kill. The book makes time drag. I was at the 6 hour mark and thought I had been listening all day.
I don't think one bad book is indicative of an entire genre. This question is not really relevant for a review and should be changed to something more meaningful.
hauty, upper-class and overbearing
Yes, I think the story was very good and had a lot of potential. There was just a lot of unnecessary details and themes that made a good story overly complicated for no apparent reason. Sometime a character would have internal dialogue and then say the same thing. It just did not make sense as to why the internal dialogue .
Also a scene like the one where you are provided with the details on a "spy code" that is being used for secret messages. I am not sure why , as there is never a scene where there is a note the reader has to decode. It just seemed like a filler.
I really like this author, but am not sure if I will read the other books in the series .
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