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The Haunting of a Duke

Dark Regency, Volume 1
Narrated by: Lillian Yves
Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)
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Summary

Communing with spirits has been both gift and curse to Emme Walters. Now it's made her a killer's target. Emme knows why the Dowager Duchess of Briarleigh invited her to a house party--to investigate whether the duke, Rhys Brammel, murdered his wife years ago. But Emme never imagined she would fall in love with the brooding duke. Branded by society as a possible killer, Rhys is suspicious of Emme and her alleged "gift." Then a late night encounter creates awareness of her other, more attractive, aspects. When Emme's life is threatened, Rhys becomes her protector. Emme and Rhys find passion and peril as they join forces to solve the mysteries at Briarleigh. She made him believe in spirits, but can she make him believe in love?

©2011 Chasity Bowlin (P)2017 Chasity Bowlin

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Superb story, narration hard at first

This genuinely is a fantastic story with Romance, mystery and intrigue! The narration was a little hard to take to begin with, but after a couple of chapters you adjust as the story keeps you intrigued. Great book, would highly recommend. :-)

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Dark and Sensual Regency Romance at its Best!

Emme's gift of being able to commune with spirits has her invited to the Duke of Briarleigh's house party. The Duke's mother hoped to uncover the truth about his wife's demise. While Emme sleeps, the spirits force her body to wander the halls to uncover clues and she comes across the sceptical Duke on one such occasion. Of course he wouldn't believe in her gift and she doesn't want to share the truth with him because he unnerved her and sets her heart beating.

What starts as a rumoured suicide quickly turns into not one but two murders. Emma's encounters with the spirits become more frequent, divulging clues to solve the mysteries. The Duke and Emme's attraction grows and the plot thickens.

This audiobook is thoroughly gripping and enjoyable. It is dark and mysterious with a healthy dose of sensuality thrown in. Regency romance at its best!

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • 🌸DARA
  • 30-01-18

Enjoyable Paranormal Romance with Mystery 😱

If you enjoy a good romance with a paranormal ghost twist then give this book a listen. The paranormal genre is not my usual choice but this story grabbed my attention and kept me guessing. I appreciate that the narration was very well done and didn't distract or hinder the likability of the story. I will be keeping a lookout to more from this author.

I received a copy of the audiobook at no cost and I'm voluntarily leaving this review . 😊

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  • Kathleen
  • 02-01-18

Suspenseful paranormal romance

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This story is suspenseful, entertaining and full of mystery. I like that the characters are practical and logical in tricky situations (that's always refreshing). The blooming attraction between Emme and Rhys is romantic. The paranormal aspect of the story adds an interesting dimension to what might otherwise be a predictable romance. The narration by Lillian Ives is good. She does a great job with distinguishing character voices and bringing out each distinct personality. This is an interesting and suspenseful romance.

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  • IreneMBBT
  • 10-01-18

Regency with a Twist

I really enjoyed the mix of historical romance, mystery, suspense and the paranormal in this book. I’ve been a romance reader since Nora was a fledgling Harlequin author and, I have to say, I’m a little jaded. So it’s really enjoyable to me when I can find a new author and well written story that entertains me throughout. Not once did I skip ahead before deciding to go thru the middle parts. Even though mediums and seances didn’t really gain popularity until the Victorian era, Bowlin still made it work in the context of the story.
Yves does a creditable job with the narration.
This one is a recommend for an enjoyable time out.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • mandy
  • 08-01-18

Super good!

I really enjoyed this slightly paranormal historical romance. Unique, well-written, with fantastic characters and great narration. Highly recommend!!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. The fact that I was gifted this book had no influence over my opinion of it

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  • mrsinserra
  • 08-01-18

a-freaking-mazing!

Would you listen to The Haunting of a Duke again? Why?

YES!! an amazing mix of romance, mystery, suspense, and paranormal

What other book might you compare The Haunting of a Duke to and why?

hmm- i guess maybe the house on tradd street by karen white- though that is modern day- this is not. both are a mix of romance, mystery, and paranormal

What does Lillian Yves bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

the accent. she just read it well and made it enjoyable to listen to.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

i LOL, i cried a bit. a just really liked the characters, a lot and the plot.

Any additional comments?

this is a really unique story- it is not like anything i have read before. i really really would love to read the other books- get to know the secondary characters as main characters in their own books.

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  • Claire
  • 07-01-18

Mystery mixed with romance mixed with paranormal

I was expecting a dark romance but the romance in this book was not dark, the darkness in the story is separate.

I thought that the three genre's were well mixed and made this more than a typical historical romance. The ghost aspect was well done and seemed well balanced between being a key plot point and not being over done.

I liked Emme as a person, she was quite remarkable for the time period, and her strength of character was a welcome theme in this book.

The narrator did a great job with the character voices, however I wasn't a fan of the delivery, the phrasing came across as odd to me with pauses mid sentence, perhaps for emphasis, however I fund it annoying and distracting as it sounded unnatural.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

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  • Jan M
  • 07-01-18

Great Mystery and Romance!

I have listened to several books by the author, Chasity Bowlin, and enjoy her style. The narrator, Lillian Yves was new to me. This book has so many facets that pulled me from murder, medium, and romance. The "darkness" in the book is not near as dark as I thought it would be. The twists and turns in this story were outstanding. I had not figured out who the killer was until it was revealed, which is an aspect that I love! My review is not a synopsis of the book, but rather my opinion of it. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review.

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  • Sherry k
  • 10-11-18

Have you ever seen a ghost?

"This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review." I have always enjoyed good ghost story....and 'The Haunting of a Duke' is a good ghost story. You have a lady communing with spirits, ghosts, drunkards, loose women and interfering relatives. What more do you need for a great story?

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  • Demetra Toula Iliopoulos
  • 10-11-18

It’s a great mixture of everything great

This is book 1 in the series . This audio is a chapter by chapter turner. Once you hear it you won’t be able to put it down . The spookiness of the story set in a suspension romantic , but it’s shows Goth storyline.... which is not usually set in the time period . The $ex scenes were hot . The story also mentions some secondary characters which I seem and hope will continue.

Lilian Yves voice was great . Her voice was perfect for the timeline. Her voice is strong , clear and smooth. The way the characters were played was perfect .

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  • TNelly
  • 26-10-18

Haunting of a Duke

Wow! Fantastic start of the series. I devoured this book in one day. I’m so glad to have found this story. Mystery, suspense, love and passion. Loved the characters- excellent narration.
I requested a copy of this book from audiobook boom and am leaving a voluntary review.
I’m looking forward to more in the series!