England, 1813. Damon de Wolfe, the sixth marquess of Morninghall (a Romantic Times K.I.S.S. Hero of the Year nominee), is dark, diabolical, and very, very dangerous. Tortured by his past and driven by his desire for revenge, the former naval hero has fallen from grace after infuriating his superiors. Now seething with anger in his lowly role of prison ship commander, he has locked away his brutal childhood memories and allows no one into his world. When beautiful and independent social reformer Lady Gwyneth Evans Simms dares to clash with him over mistreated prisoners, she unwittingly throws herself into the most perilous fight of her life. And Damon embarks on a journey of healing and discovery as the lovely widow seeks to exorcise the demons haunting his very soul through lessons in love.
A gripping and emotional Beauty and the Beast tale by best-selling, multi-award-winning author Danelle Harmon (author of the De Montforte Brothers series).
Heroes of the Sea Series, in order:
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I really liked this book. Danelle Harmon writes some of my favorite books.
The characters are wonderful. Damon is hard-edged. He is "diabolical" as Gwyneth says. They clash over the treatment of prisoners on the hulk that Damon commands. Gwyneth is a strong woman and that's one of the things I like about Harmon's books.
The story kept me totally interested. The narrator was a bit distracting. I didn't care for the way he portrayed Gwyneth. That was the thing that kept me from rating this higher.
"Great Story, Great Narration, Wonderful Pace!"
The narrator did a fantastic job. Farrell took Harmon's book and brought it to life.
I loved all of the characters, but my favorite was Damon's character was my favorite. He was a man demonized by tormented memories from his childhood, which I guess would be similar to what we would today refer to PTSD. Damon's response to this was to continually refer to a medical dictionary to deal with each of his 'symptoms' (maybe some sort of panic disorder). Until he meets the lovely and very determined Lady Simms, his life seems on an empty course. His determination to beat Mrs. Simms leads him on a course to instead, follow her lead of charity. Unfortunately for both of them, Damon had made enemies along the way - chief among them the father of the son he had killed. Lady Simms and Damon both end up in a fight for their lives.
The scene where they are finally on his bed and succumb to passion and the men rush in to attack. That was really well done. It was passionate, but the attack was frightening, and well narrated.
I laughed a lot in the book - and could feel other sad emotions. But it Danelle Harmon writes so well, that she elicits all emotions.
"Not the narrator I would of chosen"
Liked the story.
Really didn't like the audio version.
Wayne Farrell though he as a nice voice, his rendition was not what this book needed. The story would of been a lot more fun interesting and captivating if it weren't read in that boring, monotonous way. It felt like every character were falling asleep or didn't want to be part of that story.
Disappointing because I did like Danelle Harmon's The Wild One of The De Montforte Brothers.
"Where do I begin? I loved it all!"
one of the top
Lady Gwyneth and Damon de Wolf each were done equally well.
If I could, I would.
My, oh my! Danelle Harmon NEVER fails to charm me in all the books she’s penned. Her stories hold suspense, wit, passion, fear and always a happy ever after ending, even when events seem to be bad and can’t get worse, then it looks like all is well until she sinks you beyond the worst possible happening. Brilliant!
She does a stunning job, no, even more than stunning when it comes to description and squeezing every last ounce of emotion out of a scene she painstakingly describes. You hang on every word. Narrator Wayne Farrell tells the story with such aptitude, it couldn’t be more perfect.
Her depiction and thorough description of unfolding events held me as captive as the prisoners–unbelievably beautiful and riveting. Even after a listen of over 12 hours, I wasn’t ready to let go.
Ms. Harmon empties the canvas and focuses on each detail painting such a vivid picture I could step into it. She describes the deplorable living accommodations of the prisoners of war on the prison ship our ill-fated hero captains, with its maggots, weevils and air so foul and fetid one is close to retching. She describes the descent into the living quarters of the prisoners until you are face to face with a child of thirteen, close to starving. It is only the encouragement of his older brother Nathan who keeps him from giving in. You descend behind Lady Gwyneth who demands and threatens the captain by gun (yes, she’s some feisty woman) to get what she wants.
Lady Gwyneth’s mission is to improve the lot of the prisoners and chose this particular prison ship to start her campaign. She is a force to be reckoned with. She is a marvelously strong, opinionated, and touchingly loving heroine. Her temper and independence don’t always have good results. She’ll jump from the frying pan into the fire!
Damon de Wolf was also a force; angry, steely, hated himself most of all, and clearly needed to face his past. Once Gwyneth saw some good in Damon, she badgered him hoping he would change his ways. She also opened his eyes to the deplorable condition of the prisoners. He had never seen any of it, sulking in his cabin most times until she dragged him down.
Wayne Farrell has a unique voice–lilting and soft-spoken. He really showed what he’s capable of in this story; Damon was a very complex man, ill-humored one moment, sarcastic the next and in another second seductive. His voiceover was brilliant. He speaks French well and does a fine job of speaking English with a French accent. He strikingly brought to life the scene where Toby, the 13 year-old, was taunted and abused by the French prisoners.
"Wonderful and I loved this!"
This book is a continuation in the Heroes of the Sea series. It's always fun to see characters from past books...where they are in their lives and how their lives have changed since we last spent time with them.
So have you ever been listening to a book, in the car by yourself, and stop at a stoplight either crying or screaming at something you just listened to? Then you see someone in the car next to you looking at you like you're nuts...ok that was me. This book hit every emotion!!!
Damon de Wolfe is the sixth Marquess of Morninghall. He has been treated roughly all of his life, first by his mother then by his schoolmates and finally by those also in the Royal Navy. He has become very dangerous, cynical and out to get anyone who has made his life hell. Damon pays for it in more than one way.
Lady Sims, Gwyneth Evans Sims, has decided that she is the one to make sure all of the prisoners on the prison ships are treated fairly.
I loved listening to them battle each other's wits and knowing that they intrigued each other. Gwyneth is passionate in everything, from her sister to her cause and finally to Damon. Her passion helps him conquer so many demons and gives her the forever she longs for.
Wayne Farrell narrated this book and he does an amazing job with all of the characters. I had no problem distinguishing who they each were. He made them believable and so much like I was watching everything happen as it took place. I would love to hear him narrate more.
Wayne Farrell has a voice as smooth as silk. Each of the characters he portrayed were spot on, even the Welsh accent of Gwynedd which isn't the easiest accent in the world. The story was a deep, emotional one, and Wayne's narration drew you right in until you were crying along with the characters. I don't think I have been drawn into a book like I was with this one. Danelle Harmon's story of course was perfection, but Wayne's narration took it to another level, one I don't think I would have achieved with reading the book myself.
I love how it made me run the gamut of emotions. In places I was in tears feeling devastated and in other places I was laughing and giggling at what was happening. It really was an emotional story.
I can't say what my favourite scene was because it would be too much of a spoiler, but it was one of the most emotional parts in the book and I was so upset and moved by it. Suffice to say it involved Gwynedd and Damon.
Yes I wish I could listen to this book in one sitting, as it was I managed it in two. I didn't want it to end though. It was just perfection.
This is one book that I will listen to again and again, I won't read it myself although I have the Ebook, because I know I won't do justice to the story like listening to Wayne reading it. I have been a fan of Danelle's books for a long time, and her teaming up with Wayne for her audio books was the perfect choice, and makes me a fan of his too.
I WILL listen to Wicked at Heart again, because it is an incredibly good story. The Hero's life was so tragic that he built a wall around himself designed to keep everyone out. Even the Heroine was initially set on ruining him! Slowly, she cracked that wall, and it eventually crumbled, but at great personal cost to both of them. This story proves that everyone is worth saving.
I would compare this book to 'Master of My Dreams,' by the same author, because no one else writes as she does. The Hero in 'Master of My Dreams' also has demons he hasn't put to rest. Those demons threaten the growing relationship between the Hero and his lady.
Oh yes! He is so incredibly talented and I love his voice! This performance is his best because it seems he really "gets" the Hero's character. Mr. Farrell is a pro at using pacing and enunciation to give characters depth, intention, and emotional impact. In 'Wicked at Heart' he brings out all the emotions in the Hero, from wicked and hateful, to fearful and full of self-loathing, and even very sexy when the scene called for it.
Mr. Farrell is one of the few narrators I've heard who gives just as good a performance with female voices as he does male voices. His Welsh accent he uses for Gwyneth is just gorgeous, even when the scene calls for her being angry and deadly-calm. I'm certain I felt a little ice there!
Everyone hates him, including himself. Can she prove to him that he is worth saving?
This story runs the emotional gamut, from antagonism to vulnerability, and is really quite poignant at times. I'm amazed at Mr. Farrell's performance of all of it!
"HORRIBLE HORRIBLE HORRIBLE..."
from the book to the narrator (especially the narrator) this book was horrible. Can't even finish it...looking for something new again. Such a shame I wasted a credit!!
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