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  • A Rake Regency Romance, Book 1
  • By: Katherine Harlow
  • Narrated by: Harley Roberts
  • Length: 4 hrs and 43 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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Notorious

By: Katherine Harlow
Narrated by: Harley Roberts
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Summary

Some Men Make A Habit Of Ruining Reputations
Rumors abound about the rakish Viscount Rochford, a man who’s left a trail of wailing hearts in his wake. With a reputation for jilting society women, the ton can scarcely believe he is ready to settle down and wed.
Neither can Miss Penelope Stratton. With her enviable looks and sizable dowry, this shy country girl finds herself with an impressive list of suitors. Yet against all her better judgment, she is drawn to the one man least suited to matrimony; a notorious man with a scandalous past.
She wants to believe the Viscount is ready for redemption, but how little she knows about his past or the lengths he’s been to, in order to protect his legacy.
Will she choose an offer of security and respectability, or risk everything on a man she cannot trust? Is it her money he’s after or a carnal desire that drives him? If she offers her heart on a platter...it is surely bound for the knife.

What to Expect
“A sparkling new take on the age old trope of the virgin and the rake reformed by love. Designed for those who love steamy Regency Romance or Victorian with a bit of love triangle thrown in.

Penelope is a believable heroine for the period; bright and principled but still young and inexperienced. Rochford is the kind of rake we love to hate. Cocksure and self-centred in the beginning; he has no doubt about his ability to win the heart and take the innocence of the sweet, young debutante. He never expects to lose his heart as well.

Notorious is an impressive first historical romance novel from a talented new English author; full of witty banter, a fabulous twist, and just the right amount of spice.”

From The Author
Reader Beware: My heroes are not white knights. They all have a dark energy about them… all the better to watch them come around ;)

©2023 Wild Seed Publishing Ltd (P)2023 Wild Seed Publishing Ltd

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delightful listen

Enthralling storyline for fans of historical romance. This novel presents a fresh spin on the classic romance themes, adding depth and intrigue to a familiar storyline. A highly entertaining listen!

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awesome listen!

First, I love the cover of this audiobook. It's giving you the vibe exactly what it is supposed to. This story I stumbled upon is awesome! It's got that mix of regret and love, but it's also thrilling, and romantic and the characters are super intriguing. Plus, the storyline is a real winner. Totally worth tuning in for!

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Brilliant book!

An outstanding regency romance book further elevated by a great vocal performance. This particular voice artist I am very familiar with. He is able to push the books highs even higher and overall present listeners with a rather tantalising experience.

A wonderfully picked combination of writer and voice artist!!

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Sweeping Romance Reignites Regency Passion

"Notorious: A Rake Regency Romance, Book 1" is an exquisite journey into the heart of regency romance, brilliantly crafted to capture the essence of a bygone era filled with intrigue, passion, and high society drama. This audiobook is a masterpiece that transports listeners back in time to the glittering ballrooms and shadowed gardens of Regency England.

From the moment the story begins, the author weaves a tantalizing tale of romance and scandal that is impossible to resist. The protagonist, a charming yet notorious rake, is skillfully portrayed with depth and complexity, making him an utterly irresistible character. His journey from a carefree libertine to a man deeply in love is both compelling and heartwarming. The heroine, with her strength, wit, and vulnerability, is the perfect match for our hero. Their chemistry is palpable, making every encounter between them sizzle with unspoken desire and tension.

The narration of this audiobook is nothing short of brilliant. The narrator's ability to switch between characters seamlessly, giving each a distinct voice and personality, truly brings the story to life. The eloquence of the narration adds a layer of authenticity to the regency setting, drawing listeners deeper into the story.

What sets this book apart is the author's attention to historical detail. From the intricacies of the ball gowns to the strict social etiquettes of the time, every aspect is meticulously researched, immersing the listener in the Regency era. The plot is well-paced, with twists and turns that keep you hooked until the very end.

The romance at the heart of "Notorious" is beautifully developed, evolving from a game of seduction to a deep, genuine connection. The author expertly balances the romantic tension with moments of lighthearted banter, making the relationship between the characters believable and endearing. The secondary characters are equally engaging, each adding a layer of complexity to the story.

In conclusion, "Notorious: A Rake Regency Romance, Book 1" is a must-listen for fans of historical romance. The blend of passionate romance, rich historical detail, and captivating narration makes this audiobook a truly immersive experience. It's a story that leaves you longing for more, eagerly anticipating the next book in the series. This audiobook is a triumph, a perfect escape into the opulence and romance of the Regency era.

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Great story

Don't agree with comments about narrator too breathy and some very dodgy pronunciation.
Enjoyed it overall though.

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For Those Into Romance

I found this book really interesting with it's captivating romantic story. It's your classic story of a good girl falling for a bad boy, but with a twist. Penelope's smart and sticks to her principles.

You can expect some steamy historical romance vibes, a dash of Victorian charm, and a love triangle that keeps you guessing. The author adds a fresh spin to the usual tale of a good girl and a bad boy.

This book is a great mix of historical drama and romance. If you're into love stories with a side of mystery, this book is definitely your thing. Highly recommended!

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A Thrilling Dive Into Regency Mysteries

Harlow's writing is both elegant and approachable. The writing preserves the mood of the Regency period without becoming excessively elaborate, making the story accessible to a wide range of readers. The language is snappy and engaging, adding to the overall appeal of the characters and the story.

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A fine romance

This was an interesting listen but everything happened too quickly not helped by the narration.
Thre was no back story to this book, which was a great disappointmet, I prefer books with a deeper plot.
Not for me

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Robots.

Written for idiots, read by a Robot. If audible can give me Mary Balogh and Stephanie Lawrence for free, I would perhaps pay £2. for Lisa Kleypas, but audible stole my money , I should have been paid £7. 99 to listen to this degrading piece.

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