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Summary

Life for Lady Adelaide Bell was easier if she hid in her older sister's shadow - which worked until her sister got married. Even with the pressure of her socially ambitious mother, the last thing she expected was a marriage of convenience to save her previously spotless reputation.

Lord Trent Hawthorne couldn't be happier that he is not the duke in the family. He's free to manage his small estate and take his time discovering the life he wants to lead, which includes grand plans of wooing and falling in love with the woman of his choice. When he finds himself honor bound to marry a woman he doesn't know, his dream of a marriage like his parents' seems lost forever.

Already starting their marriage on shaky ground, can Adelaide and Trent's relationship survive the pressures of London society?

©2017 Kristi Ann Hunter (P)2017 Tantor

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"The latest, superb addition to Hunter's Hawthorne House series will delight fans of sweet, inspirational Regency romances with its compelling characters and flawlessly crafted setting." ( Booklist)

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  • A.
  • 04-06-17

Good story line

Cute story and here is my BUT; the narrator read like she was on 'allow play'. Listening to her was very tedious.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-05-17

This one is for reading.

I had to buy the print version. Narration is stilted and brutal to listen to.

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  • WeRLoved
  • 12-08-18

A Good Story Ruined

The premise of this story is a wonderful idea. But characterizing the 2 main characters as such insecure and immature goofballs ruuned it. In the previous novels, Trent was a funny, likeable character. The author deviated from that and made him a farce. She made them seem like 12 year olds rather than early 20's.

The narrator was good at the female voices, but she cannot do male voices well at all. She made the 24 y.o. Trent sound like a 40 y.o. snob! And his brother a 50 y.o. pompous bafoon. These voices did NOT fit the characters as written, since this family was not a haughty family.

I'd like to see a re-writing of this book, and a new recording with the narrator of the 1st book.

As a Christian, I don't care for too much detail in the physical parts of the romance. I don't need to get my thrills that way, and this author crossed just over the line for me.

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  • Deborah J. Andreasen
  • 14-02-18

A little different

Definitely the most spicy of all of the Hawthorne House books. Nothing inappropriate, but a lot more sexual tension than any other book. this installment is unique as Trent doesn't marry for love as the other siblings do. However, the twist makes it very interesting. Still a Christian romance and highly recommended. I enjoyed it. This narrator did the previous book, and I didn't enjoy her so much in that book. However, this one was a little bit easier for me to get used to. Ultimately she does a good job.

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  • sdtrogdon
  • 05-04-17

Great story with horrible narration...

This is an interesting story, but the narrator has a terrible voice. She also tries too hard to imitate male voices. She sounds scratchy and pitchy at best. Ugh! I couldn't even finish listening to this because of the narrator. I hope this author goes back to using Ann Marie Gideon as narrator for her future novels.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-08-18

Loved it!

This story was wonderfully refreshing, engaging, with rich characters, humorous at times a proper romance honoring to the couple. just simply delightful!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-05-18

Only worth listening to if you have nothing else

Meh. Slow story, awkward relationship, mediocre characters, halting narrator. The premises was a nice idea: how does a couple fall in love if their marriage was arranged or forced? But I was disappointed with the story. Boring compared to the first one in the Hawthorne series. Much more focus on sex and scriptures than the others. Not my favorite.

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  • A+D
  • 08-05-18

Delightful!

Loved it! Trent Hawthorne is a wonderful hero! Despite an unconventional beginning to their marriage the way he comes to Adelaide's rescue is truly swoon worthy.
I loved seeing Adelaide come into herself as a woman too. Her mother was so horrible to her throughout her life.
I loved seeing the various Hawthorne family members rally around Adelaide too.
I have so many favorite scenes! I can't say what they are because of spoilers.
A fair warning, for those that may be sensitive, this book does discuss marital intimacy but it is not graphic and completely necessary in the telling of this wonderful story.

I upped the narration speed quite a bit and found it helped me enjoy the book more. There are a couple repeated sentences here and there that caused me to pause to make sure I was hearing the correct thing.

I highly recommend this book and the entire Hawthorne House series!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-09-17

Love the regency story.

Loved the connection between characters. Also liked the family portrayed of the Duke. Would liket to follow the Duke s story.

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  • Cynthia b.
  • 06-08-17

Couldn't get to the ending fast enough

Never liked the characters, started weak and became weaker and foolish. The story started in a wedding, this was one where it should have started sooner. He had no idea about sex, neither did she, by chapter 7 I was hoping it was a novella and would end soon. It took weeks to finish it because I paid for it.