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A duke in disguise...a damsel in distress...a match made in - Manchester? 

When 23-year-old Theodore Radney becomes the Duke of Reddington after his father dies, the weight of his new responsibilities is enough to send him into a panic. Theo soon accumulates a pile of debts - and discovers he can’t touch his inheritance until his father’s will is probated. His brother-in-law, mill owner Ethan Brundy, lends him the money, with one caveat: Theo will repay the loan by working in the mill. 

Daphne Drinkard and her mother have fallen on hard times, and are now reduced to taking in boarders. When a Parliamentary candidate hires the dining room for a series of political meetings, Daphne knows he might be her last chance for an advantageous marriage. Still, she’s far more intrigued by the boardinghouse’s newest resident. Mr. Tisdale is obviously a gentleman - but why would a gentleman be working in a cotton mill?

©2018 Sheri Cobb South (P)2019 Sheri Cobb South

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Sweet romance

The Desperate Duke, Weaver book 4 by Sheri Cobb South is a sweet, clean, period romance guaranteed to have a happy ending. When poor, gentle Daphne finds herself tangled with a wayward Duke, the connection changes both their fortunes. It is a fun, lightweight audiobook which makes a very pleasant attempt to imitate the 'Regency Romance' style. Whilst it does feel very much like a contemporary interpretation rather than a faithful example of the traditional style, I would expect that to give the book a broader appeal. My only real gripe with the story was with the epilogue - set in 2018 - which was perplexing and didn't really help with the aforementioned contemporary slant. It felt like the set up to a subsequent novel, but one which could not be part of the same series, as even if it were a family saga the jump in time is too vast for it to comfortably follow. All it served to do was rip me out of the world I'd just left without allowing time to ponder the end of the story. It was not badly done, just unnecessary. The narrator Noah Michael Levine was charming. His performance was lively and very entertaining, though it took me quite a while to 'get my ear in'. I have never listened to a historical romance set mainly in the North of England which contains such a transatlantic mixture of accents. It was initially rather confusing because many of the characters spoke with something approximating British RP, and others with a sort of Dickensian mockney, but the general narration had a distinctive American twang; complete with US pronunciations. It took me quite a while to settle into the rhythm of this style, and it is testament to the narrator's ability to engage his audience that I was inclined to persevere. I'd recommend this to US listeners who want to dip their toe into the exceedingly-British world of Regency romance in a fashion that is accessible and not so formal as to be unrecognisable. Equally, anyone who is more accustomed to contemporary romance or finds traditional Regencies too stiff may well fare better with this book than other examples of the genre. For die-hard fans of Austen, or even Heyer, it will likely not pass muster, but it is a sweet little love story nonetheless. *I received this audiobook free of charge in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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Loved This

A brilliant story, excellently narrated. I was completely engrossed from start to finish. Funny, romantic and exciting. This book leaves you with a real feel good feeling. And there's a nice surprise in the epilogue! Looking forward to reading more of this series. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reading audio copy.

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Clean historical romance.

I wasn't to sure about this one when I first read the description. I can hear the author now, "really Layla. Really. You have read all my books and you still don't know me by now." And she is right. The book is amazing! True there is no mystery, which is one of the reasons I love John Pickett series, but the book holds its own. I loved the ending, I was not expecting in the future part. I loved how she brought it a full circle. Would love to know more about them. Would highly recommend.

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  • 🌸DARA
  • 05-06-19

Delightful series! 🌸

I really enjoyed this book (and series). It captivates from the beginning with well written characters, solid storyline and superb narration. It's definitely the kind of series that is perfect for readers who love sweet, fun, and wholesome stories. I highly recommend this series. 🌞 My thanks to the author for giving me a free review copy of this audiobook at my request. 😊I am voluntarily leaving my honest review.

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  • korinka
  • 27-06-19

Such a charming story

Theodore is not one of those debauched dukes one meets in the usual historical romances. He is amiable and kind, just inconvenienced by some mistakes he made. His brother in law aims to teach him a lesson by sending him to work in a cotton mill, which works out better than expected. No wonder, this is Sheri Cobb South's story and she has a great talent for making characters loveable and stories sparking. She doesn't make much social commentary about the unhealthy cotton mills of the past, but you get the idea even through the charming lightheartedness of the story. It's a positive story and it won't let you down. Also, there is a fun epilogue that made me squeal :) I won't spoil it for you though, go listen to The Desperate Duke yourself. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you, Sheri!

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  • CuteAsADaisy
  • 15-06-19

Sooo Much Fun!

Another Sheri Cobb South book on my Love It list! I haven't read the other's in this series but you really don't need to because she does an amazing job of giving the details you need to keep you from feeling lost or like you missed something important. I wouldn't mind reading the rest of the series since all of her books have turned out to be so much fun. The narrator does a great job and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute listening to him. If you like the Regency style and clean romance then you'll love this book. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Lidia Chymkowska
  • 06-06-19

Another great story from Sheri Cobb South:)

I've already listened to 3 books by Sheri Cobb South - two in the John Pickett mysteries series and a Regency romance - and all three got 5-star reviews from me. This book is not an exception - and you won't be able to put it down when started:) The story is simple enough - a young gentleman who has just inherited his Dukedom throws himself into a spending spree not realizing that he won't get his money until the legal procedures have been observed. In despair he turns to his wealthy brother-in-law for financial help and receives an offer he can't refuse; he'll get the money, no problem, on one condition, that he's going to work in a cotton mill to pay the money back... That's a fantastic, though perhaps some would say a bit unrealistic beginning of youg Theo's adventures (no Duke would probably agree to work as a commoner - or would they?:)). But it's also a great setting for something more than just a simple, sweet, a bit old-fashioned love story; while following Theo's and Daphne's budding romance we can learn a bit more about the historical/political/social background of the times, too. We see how social rules are either observed or bent or totally broken, we see the way some politicians are ready to instigate unrest among common workers to gain the upper hand in a political campaign, we also realize that although times may constantly change, the human nature never really does...:) All the characters in the book are wonderfully written, even the ones that appear just for a short while. I admit I didn't think at first that I would like Theo very much; he seemed to be a bit spoilt, reckless, and, well, silly:) But he turned out to be loyal to his family, caring and chivalrous towards ladies and quite intelligent and courageous when given a chance to show what he was made of:) Daphne, too, is a female character who is capable of acting when the situation demands it, sometimes in a very unexpected way...:) And the icing on the cake? The epilogue, which surprises you with who it is about and with a hint of maybe yet another possible romance waiting to flower into true love...? Narration by Mr Levine is very good; he reads quite fast but clearly, without overacting or exaggerating emotions. He does male voices really well, he doesn't do much female voices differentiation, though (all the women sound very similar), but still you'll have no problem following who is who and who is speaking. Generally, I liked this interpretation very much. DISCLAIMER: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Tiasdolls
  • 04-06-19

An excellent end to this series

Ms. Cobb South does NOT disappoint her readers with this conclusion to the Weaver series. The listener finds themselves following Theodore (Lady Helen's brother) as he struggles to find himself. Their father has passed as Theodore's life is about to change. REALLY really change! As always I adore Ethan and Lady Helen's banter and peek into their personal lives. I wasn't sure I would be as interested in Theo's, but I was proven wrong. Ms. South's writing is brilliant. I let myself sit back and enjoy the ride. Narrator Noah Michael Levine is wonderful in his performance of this great cast of characters. I could listen to him all day. Truly. I am nearly as smitten with Ethan as I am with John Pickett (Pickett series). I am anxiously awaiting the new series. Gah! I love you Sherri Cobb South!!! I received a copy of this title free from the author. I am under no obligation to leave a positive review. Mature Content: None

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  • Laura
  • 03-06-19

Very Charming

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily leaving this review and all opinions expressed herein are mine. This is the fourth book in Weaver series. I have not read any of the prior books in this series. This was a standalone book [no cliffhanger ending]. I had no trouble following the characters or their motivations not having read any of the prior books. Here, Theodore Radney's father dies - leaving him to inherit the title of Duke as well as a substantial fortune but the problem is that the will has not been probated and Theodore does not yet have access to any of the spoils. Second problem, Theodore has got himself into debt. His brother-in-law agrees to pay his debt in exchange for Theodore's work in a mill he owns. Theodore then gets lodgings at the local boarding house where political meetings are being held which could jeopardize the mill. Theodore must now decide how to protect both the mill and the owners of the lodgong house. This is another sweet and charming story by this author. And, not to be missed by fans of this author, the easter egg in the epilogue. There is wonderful growth of character by Theodore and lots of fun when he interacts with the spunky daughter of the owner of the boarding house and all the quirky lodgers. The narrator did a very good job with all the different voices/accents for the various characters.

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  • carvanz
  • 25-05-19

This book proves how amazing this series is!

Audiobook: Narrator – Noah Michael Lavine Absolutely LOVED this audiobook! I never get tired of listening to this narrator. He gives an amazing performance to an era long past while not losing me to an accent that I might not be able to follow. Each character is clearly defined and of course, I can’t help but swoon, again, each time he does Ethan’s voice. But this time he’s introduced me to Theo and I was a bit worried it might be a little too much but as soon as this book began I knew it was going to be perfect. Highly recommend this narrator! Theo has got himself into some hot water after the death of his father and then the very public break up from his paramour. With the probate of his father’s will too late to help, he asks for Ethan’s help to tide him over. Ethan however, cunning individual that he is, declines – with very good reason – and sets Theo up to work in the cotton mill. Daphne and her mother, once the height of society, now operate a boarding house, each dreaming of more. When Theo arrives on their doorstep, it is in succession with another individual, a man set to beat Ethan in his bid for the seat in the Commons. With her mother pushing her towards one man and her heart yearning for another, Daphne’s dreams change a bit. This was such a wonderful read/listen! I loved the lighthearted banter of the characters, the quirky individuals that preside at the boarding house and most importantly this hero and heroine. Daphne was just so sweet and her dreams really were simple but honest. Theo was stuck in a place that either way he was going to lose. My heart hurt for them both. I’ve become a huge fan of this series and this book solidifies it as a winner all around. I can’t help but recommend it to anyone who likes a sweet historical romance with characters that come to life and fill your heart from the first page to the last.

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  • Shoppermom
  • 22-05-19

Old-fashioned delight

This is the second book I've read or listened to by Cheri Cobb South, and I liked it even more than the first. Will it change your life significantly? Absolutely not. Will it help you forget the world around you for a little while? Most definitely. It is simply an old-style delightful story about a young man needing to grow up and make amends for his wayward behavior and the plucky (and of course lovely) young lady who helps him do so. And wonder of wonder, unbeknownst to her, he turns out to be a duke!! I received a copy of this audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review, and I was so happy while listening. I listen to all kinds of romance and lots of "serious" nonfiction, and I appreciate how much I can learn from the great books out there. But this was one book that made me smile every time I pressed 'play.' I look forward to exploring more of Ms. South's books.

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  • Lilly Bell
  • 18-05-19

Who doesn't love a duke in hidding story?

A very sweet, historical, clean romance. It was touching to watch a duke fall on hard times and be able to relate with his peers in ways that touched the heart. Our leading lady was as sweet as she was smart. Very lovely story and perfect for a day where you would like to sit back and have some tea and be whisked away to simpler times. I thoroughly enjoyed the epilogue as well, wish I could have listened to that for a few hours longer. This felt like an escape to a BBC show. The narration was wonderful. He did great voices for all of the characters. Even when one character was talking to a crowd he did a stellar job voicing a lot of the people in the crowd and no one sounded like anyone else. I enjoyed this so much I downloaded the first in this series and plan on having a go soon! I was provided a free copy of this book and I am leaving an unbiased review

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  • Suzan
  • 16-05-19

Wonderful

I was gifted this lovely book with the understanding that I would leave an honest review. Well I loved this book! I am not one to read a lot of romance or regency novels but Sheri Cobb South has a way of writing that I can't resist. I am in love with her John Pickett series, read most of those. Now I will be checking out more in this series "The Weaver". I also loved Noah Michael Levine's narration of this book. He does a wonderful job of making the story come to life. Noah's voice was perfect for the story line.

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