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Editor reviews

Talk about star crossed lovers! Romeo and Juliet have nothing on Michael O'Toole and Lady Blanche Perceval, two strong-willed characters who find themselves at odds - and perhaps in love. Roger Clark gives a wonderful performance of Patricia Rice's novel about love and class in feudal Europe. Clark excels particularly in giving voice to Lady Blanche, a brilliant but sadly powerless woman, who finds herself at the mercy of the men surrounding her. Clark's tone is sharp yet sexy, making her the perfect actor for a fast-paced romance such as this.

Summary

An Irish rogue and a duke’s daughter should have nothing in common except trouble....

Though enchanted by the selfless beauty of a duke’s granddaughter, Michael - a man of many names but none his own - has wisely kept his distance. But two years after the disastrous fire that brought Lady Blanche Perceval into his life, he is saddled with a lost, lying Irish waif and needs a woman’s understanding aid. To his dismay, the generous lady he remembers now despises him for deserting her when she needed him most.

Blanche has inherited all the wealth and responsibility of a dukedom, even if it is her cousin who wears the title. Forced to rely on her men of business to help her make decisions since she has no experience or knowledge of her own, she is at constant odds with the new duke who wishes to marry her for the sake of the estate.

When the irresistible and unreliable Michael O’Toole materializes in her life to enlist her care for another of the abandoned orphans he’s rescued - as he once did for her - Blanche doesn’t know whether to kill him or kiss him. After terrorists blow up her carriage, it becomes apparent that running away might be the best choice of all - but can they survive the pitfalls of their impossible attraction?

©2012 Patricia Rice (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Critic reviews

"Finally, Michael O’Toole! I’ve been waiting for his story ever since I read Patricia Rice’s The Marquess years ago. Michael and his delicious duke’s granddaughter demonstrate why bad boys are best!" (Mary Jo Putney)

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  • 14-04-21

You lost me at the 1st "love scene", or should I call that drunk forced sex?

Ohhh where do I start. The story was rolling along pretty well! I was enjoying the characters and the story thus far. The entire scene with Blanche and the baby: (I will be vague in describing things as much as I can as to not spoil too much, but imho this book needs a trigger warning for some content for some readers!) This scene was terrifying as it was heartbreaking, but it was AMAZING. It brought something real to the story...and brought Blanche and Michael together in a moment that could have been spectacular, but then the story moved on quickly, and another plot twist happened, and then danger and a plan formulated between H&h, so I thought...okay...I will try to go with it, maybe we will revisit things.
Instead, Blanche gets a wild notion.. "I know... I'll go TO HIM", and then that damn love scene.
Look..it's a good story, up until the whole dinner and drinks moment, and the bumbling, sloppy drunk, kinda tearful, &, incoherent, "big moment" between H&h. I mean...it was so DEPRESSING!
Here's why it was awfull:
the 1st love scene frickin tip toed really too close for comfort around the "ravaged vs raped" debate.
For me...it leaned with the latter, like a frat party drunken stuper happened. He's upset and regretful, she doesn't remember squat, and...yet we're all suppose to be FINE with this.
I haven't even mentioned how SINGULAR that scene felt - his release, his patience, his frustration....meanwhile she's crying...CRYING IN PAIN. It's about HIS release, HIS possessing her virginity even, she's not even fully present as a character in that scene. She's just a vessel he's using in the moment, and her pain was something he didn't even register until HE was satisfied...THEN she's supposed to *snap* be all hot again for him? Are you nuts? It felt dirty. Gag.
It then goes into Michael exhibiting really gross controlling behaviors, him lying about the nature of their relationship (marriage etc), and dismisses her as a silly woman that needs constant coddling.
Blanche...for her part starts off a strong woman and ends up a brainless twit. Why? Cause Sir Magic Peen rocks her boat.
I got to chapter 20 and absolutely TF could not take one more convoluted moment when in the MIDDLE of a damn serious discussion, Magic Peen defuses everything with one FLICK of a finger on her girly bits...I almost lost a lung laughing then I got mad, cause in that scene he was using sex as a manipulation tool. Basically this book was great till the 1st love scene and then it became a dumpster fire.
Narrator did an okay job but....his voice was a bit deep for female characters and it was slightly confusing, and I felt he wasn't really trying to much to soften or change his voice. His females sounded so gruff...I got Blanche and Michael mixed up a few times when the dialog didn't have the "-she/he said", but was more conversationally fluid. More than likely I will skip further titles from this author. Yikes!

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  • 07-02-21

Loved This

This story has everything. Suspense, treachery, loss, love, humor. I liked it well enough to listen to it twice.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-11-20

Really loved the characters

This was a great book of heas!! There was just a small villain part, thank heaven! The romance and relationships were the most of the book which is why I read them. Even though the sex scenes were descriptive they weren't graphic. Just a really great book.
There were a few mispronunciations but they didn't distract. The narration was very good!

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  • Becky
  • 06-08-19

Roger Clark is the best narrator!

Never read a romance novel before, but with Roger's narration I really enjoyed it. Good story also.

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  • Annie Luker
  • 17-09-21

amazing.

this book hands down is one of my favorite books I listed to. the performance drew me in as much as the story did. great book. will be buying.

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  • 01-06-21

Entertaining, adventurous,good storytelling

Found this to be a good listen, the narration is great even though Blanche's voice is a bit heavy for such a small female.
Each of Patricia Rice's characters are superb, not the usual flighty stories that you usually find in "vintage romances".
Each one has her or his own specialties.. Enjoyed this also in THE MARQUESS. Michael is a dream,funny, witty, strong and vulnerable.Some of the chapters give a peek into their souls. I read in one of the reviews about the "disturbing" sex scene at the beginning and how much it was a turn off to the reader. I must comment that in this day and age of "Me Too", I think that women also have to take responsibility for their actions and realize that men are only men, human, and also have their weaknesses especially if they are in love with this specific woman. I totally enjoyed the book, looking forward to the next one!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 29-05-21

Excellent book!

I highly recommend this very entertaining book, and the series in which it is, it readers who love reading well written historical romance. Enjoy!

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  • Kathryn Green
  • 19-04-21

And the plot thickens

Loved this story and the way the author brings to light issues that many of us have experienced at one time or another. Through her characters, she shows that even though things may not work out as planned, that when there is a will, there is a way. You just have to look a little harder and have faith. Excellent book! 😍

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 16-03-21

Entertaining story with good narration!

However, as far as trashing Americans for not keeping up with bloodlines, well, there are many reasons our ancestors concentrated on other matters. We can start with the fact that the majority of immigrants leave their country seeking a better life based on impoverishment, religious persecution, crime, adventure and a plethora of other reasons. Most of them were struggling to establish a new life in an evolving country where most people did and still do not give a shi*t about titles. Why should we keep up with something that has little meaning to us? If the Brits were so concerned about bloodlines/titles, maybe they should have sent officials over to record it.

I don't mean to sound Anglophobic. Belief in that old adage of stones/glass houses would prevent that fault. For example, while we may not look down on the nouveau riche as much as Brits are accused of, we Americans have the tendency to worship the rich. Look at the stupidity of electing a reality star to the office the presidency who inherited his wealth, cheated on his three wives (after all, if one can cheat on his family three times, I would doubt the ability to be loyal to country) and had no political experience. No, I acknowledge that Britain AND America shows our collective *sses as much as the next country. And we should have an office entitled "Secretary of Criticism". I could run for it!

In conclusion, I also think the narrator did an excellent job. I look forward to reading more of the author's work in the future!

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  • Kathy butler
  • 29-11-20

great read

loved it! absolutely could not turn it off! recommend it to all who crave adventure and romance along with danger!