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Masquerade

Scandalous Ballroom Encounters, Book 1
Narrated by: Beatrice Pendergast
Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
Categories: Erotica, Fiction
2.5 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Summary

A sensual, erotic story with the rich texture of Regency romance with the spice of erotica.

Margaret Seymour is bored by the stifling constraints of society dictating her behavior as a debutante in search of a husband. Her prospects are promising by the standards of London society, yet, not one of them causes her heart to flutter, or her head to fill with scintillating, forbidden fantasies. Those feelings are reserved for Camden Rycroft, Duke of Avonleah - a man who isn't even aware of her existence.

While attending a scandalous Vauxhall Gardens masquerade, Margaret finds herself in the duke's arms. His promise of a night of pleasure is tempting, but is it worth it when Avonleah is a known rake notorious for his short attention span and avoidance of marriage?

Camden Rycroft is intrigued by the masked vixen he encounters in the Gardens. After one night with her leaves him hungry for more, his desire for her turns into a fiery obsession. Despite the scandal that could ensue from their affair, he finds himself unable to extract himself from a situation destined to end in pain. When faced with losing Margaret to a potential husband, will he rise to the occasion, or risk living without her?

©2015 Victoria Vale (P)2016 Victoria Vale

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A steamy story

A really great story about a young rebellious debutante who feels restricted by society's expectations and restraints. She is expected to select a husband from her suitors but is totally underwhelmed by them all. She has a crush on The Duke of Avonleah, who she secretly lusts after. She manages to 'catch his eye' at a masquerade, one she has been forbidden to attend, held at Vauxhall gardens. Things progress from there.....

This is a really hot read but unfortunately the narrator was poor.
As a British listener the accent was just awful - at times really over the top (in the way Americans think the British speak) and then at others very American - such as the pronunciation of DUTY. Also the narrator sounded like a 90 year old grandma - just all wrong for this type of story. I know that lots of American actors and actresses can successfully undertake an English accent - but this narrator is NOT one of them.

However, I still enjoyed the audiobook - but it could have been so much better.

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So awful it's funny

Complete and utter car crash. Narrator, 'story line' (need to use those words with caution), etc. But very funny in its awfulness. I made it to chapter 12 and then zipped to the end laughing all the way.

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Good story poor performance

Narrator was extremely annoying. If rather funny ie. distinguishing her fire instead of extinguishing it. LOL

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Masquerade

Crude not what I expected and audio was a bit american. Should be rated x

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  • J McG
  • 18-07-18

Narration horrible!

Narration was awful. I couldn’t get passed it. It ruined what may have been a good book.

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  • Ariadna B.
  • 17-04-18

So freaking HOT!!

Let me begin by saying that I had never dipped my toes into the historical/regency pools before this audio. Umm, wow! What’s a great way to dip my toes into the genre!

I was expecting something very tame and demure, but this audiobook was hot! There was so much steam I couldn’t see straight. And I loved it. The chemistry and passion between Camden and Maggie was electric and sizzled from the beginning to the very last minute.

The story was great. The audiobook almost couldn’t move fast enough for me because I needed to know what would happen next. I freaking loved Camden! He was a total a-hole and I loved to hate him and in the end I just plain loved him. I also think he has the best proposal in the history of ever!

Narration is where this story got knocked down a star. Beatrice Pendergast is a fine narrator, she’s actually quite good, but her voice didn’t match the story. She simply sounds much to old to fit the characters and kept drawing me out from the story. Still, the story was so well done and so hot that it pulled me through. Despite its mismatched narration this is one hot story and I’d definitely recommend this audio. 4 Stars.

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  • MinxyD14
  • 21-01-20

Narration that makes you run for the hills

Could not take more than 30 minutes of this nonsense. When I am able to get Beatrice Pendergast's voice out of my brain, I will give the physical book a try in light of the reviews.

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  • Laura Summers
  • 16-11-19

Way over the top

Victoria Vale writes a good story however the narration of this one ruined this book for me. I actually stopped listening, kept seeing it in my list and finally forced myself to finish it just to get it out of my library. I just tried to ignore the obnoxious narration and muddled through.

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  • Sheena Elich
  • 05-10-19

Love smut books!

This book is not for the faint of heart! Other reviewers didn’t care for the narrator but I found her engaging. I enjoyed this book so thoroughly I wish it hadn’t ended. Cannot wait to listen to the rest of the series. Victoria Vale is a new author to me first listening to The Villian Duology & the sequels, they were all amazing. I am ridiculously happy to have found this author!

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  • Leighane
  • 16-06-19

Wrong Narrator!!

I have never heard a female narrator do the male character better than the female character. Voice is too shrill when performing the female character.

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  • SparkyGirl1012
  • 24-05-19

Hated this narrator!

This narrator’s tone through this whole book with every character made them sound so arrogant! It was almost like she was making fun of the book. Worst narrator ever!! Could hardly even pay attention to the story...

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  • Michelle
  • 29-04-19

Loved the story, not narration

I absolutely loved this erotic story! It was hard to listen to the narrator though and just had to change it in my mind to sound more appropriate and not so overdramatic as she delivered her take on the characters. But still glad I listened, Hope to find more stories similar to this!

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  • xmom
  • 12-12-18

Hot

Love how steamy this regency book was. Narration could’ve been better but the hot sex scenes made up for it. On to book 2!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-07-18

Not my favorite narrator

The narrator is a bit inconsistent with the tone used and didn't do a great job portraying the characters voices in a way to endear them to the listener.