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The Infamous Rakes

The Forthright Lady Gillian and The Fickle Fortune-Hunter
Narrated by: Lucinda Gainey
Length: 15 hrs and 59 mins
Categories: Fiction, Sagas
3.5 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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Summary

Will two of London's most notorious rogues be outmatched in the game of love by two clever young ladies? When Lady Gillian Carnaby reads of her own betrothal to a hitherto unknown Baron Hopwood in the London Times, she is shocked to learn that the man is real. Worse, Hopwood is merely a minor title for Josiah Hawtrey, Marquess of Thorne, a man with such a scandalous reputation that London society is quite willing to believe he would become affianced to a noblewoman he has never met. To save her reputation, Gillian and the Marquess must go through the motions of a betrothal. But when Gillian sees that Thorne desires her as a woman, if not a wife, she must play a most challenging game of love with one of London’s most notorious rakes.

The Marquess of Thorne's friend, handsome Lord Edward Crawley, seeks to wed a wealthy heiress to shore up his faltering estate - and pay off his gambling debts. When Felicia Adlam realizes that her breathtakingly beautiful younger sister, Theodosia, is the seductive fortune-hunter's target, she vows to protect Theo from him, no matter what it takes. But Crawley is charmingly honest about his intentions, and undeniably appealing, so Felicia soon discovers that she risks surrendering to the accomplished rake's seductive charms herself.

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Ruined by the narration

While Amanda Scott writes a well-structured quick read historical romance, the narrator struggles with the English accents, which come and go in a very strange fashion. Unfortunately for UK listeners, we are treated to vase, pronounced Vaise, and enquiries as ink-queries, and a number of other oddities. If the narrator just kept her US-type accept it would probably be better, as these words would fit, but they really dont. The maid and the heroine have the occasional west country accent, which again, if it was constant, would not be entirely out of place as they are in Devon, but it comes and goes
I am at an early stage of this book and have to decide soon whether I will be able to finish it, as it is hard going.
Edit * I have now given up tryting to listen to this book. Further examples of the irritating mis-pronunciation, are viscount, pronounced as "vizcount" and Norwich as "norwitch". If someone is going to try to narrate English historical fiction, surely they study a list of English pronunciation first. I think I may have to return this title

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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Good story lines, but I was distracted a lot by the trans Atlantic twang of the narrator, who even had problems with how some words are pronounced in the UK. Regency Britain sounds better spoken by some one from this side of the pond.