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Summary

Since her father’s death, Miss Hestia B. Stockbow has been living a lie. Working as a companion, under an assumed name, all she wants to do is keep her head down and forget about the scandalous tragedy that haunts her past.

There’s only one problem…

After two delicious, stolen kisses, the usually icy and aloof Alexander Delaney, Marquess of Falconbridge, finds himself entranced by Belinda Bowstock, a lowly paid companion. When he discovers that she is, in fact, his missing ward, Alex realizes there's only one thing he can do: Marry the chit and help her solve the mystery of her father's suspicious death.

There’s only one problem, Belinda has absolutely no desire to wed the cold Lord Delaney - and she’s not the type of lady to take orders from anyone...even a Marquess.

©2018 Claudia Stone (P)2018 Claudia Stone

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Good story

I hadn't read any of the other books in the series but I enjoyed this one very much and would happily pick up the others to listen to.
A nice romance with a little bit of mystery. Greatly entertaining on a dull day at home.

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It is a Regency romance all the way!

What does one usually expect from a Regency romance? Perhaps a physically and mentally strong peer of the realm? An unusual damsel often in impoverished circumstances? Balls? Grand dresses? A little mystery? A little danger? A little talk of Napoleon? This book has all the above.

To be fair, there is nothing unusual about the story but it is a satisfying Regency listen. I liked the characters, even the supporting characters and I enjoyed the bit of mystery that didn't quite turn out the way expected.

Overall enjoyable and very easy to listen to!

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

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  • Denise
  • 05-08-18

The story and characters came to life!

Duchess and Duke DeFoix are excellent narrators and role players. They brought the story and characters to life! I couldn't put my ear-buds down. Plot-wise, the story was satisfying and I enjoyed the overlap of characters and scenes from Books 1 and 2.

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  • Romance junkie
  • 02-08-18

Reluctant Bride 3....Love Them!

Hestia, a privateer father and mother who gave up her society life, for love. Both dead within a short period of time and Hestia uses her middle name and adjusts her last name to become a companion because of her father’s reputation.
This could be a standalone, but it is so much more fun reading/listening to the stories in order. In particular book two and this book where time is overlapped and you see the characters ink different ways, as you have more information.
I LOVE THIS SERIES! The couples are so cute and I always love the stories the best when the man is enamored and knows he wants to marry the girl and she is reluctant for one reason or another..plus there is drama but not so filled with angst it makes it too tense!
The narrators are absolutely wonderful..perfect...could not be improved upon. Different voices for different characters, wonderful accents..just PERFECT.
Well worth the money/credit and time. I know I will go back from time to time to enjoy this series..hope there’s more!

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  • Victoria Haugen
  • 23-09-18

DELIGHTFUL HISTORICAL ROMANCE

Beautifully written and narrated audiobook! This is the first in the series I've listened to, but it won't be the last. Hestia is a strong and intriguing character, but will she and Lord Delaney find lasting love? Filled with intrigue and suspense, this romantic mystery is one to be enjoyed over and over again. Definitely recommended.

The narration was amazing, and brought this book to life for me, I very much enjoyed the story and will look forward to more from this author and narrators in the future :)

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  • Betababe
  • 18-09-18

Georgette Heyer Worthy!

Following the death of her mother, a noblewoman whose mésalliance cut her off from family support, Hestia's father returns from the sea a shattered man. Then she finds her father dead--by his own hand? A suicide is denied burial in hallowed ground and the disgrace can ruin a family. To avoid such a disgrace, family friends provide her a character reference and send her off as a companion to a spinster--under an assumed name. As delightfully narrated by the Duke and Duchess DeFoix, the story dances along, spinning romance and mystery, as an entranced nobleman rethinks bachelorhood and strives to convince Hestia she should marry him.

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  • Jocelyne
  • 03-09-18

Sweet Historical Romance

This is the third book in the Series. This is the story of Hestia/Belinda and Alexander. I liked this Sweet Historical Romance. Belinda is a beautiful character. She’s strong and she knows what she wants. Alexander has to work it out to win Belinda’s heart. I really love stories when the man is the one who wants to win the heart of a stubborn and strong woman! This story can be listened as a standalone, but I totally recommend to listen to the first books in the Series. I liked to see the interrelated characters from the other books. The narration was very well done and entertaining. I enjoyed my listening. This was a fun listen.

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  • Claire
  • 01-09-18

Humorous and sweet

This is the first book in the series that I've read, it didn't seem to matter so I'm considering these standalone books.

I really enjoyed this romance, it was lovely to see Alexander smitten with Hestia from the beginning and Hestia not being interested.

There were some interesting plot points like Hestia's father being a pirate and Alexander being a historian, I wish these had been more developed.

The narration was well done, the two narrators work well together. The character voices and the overall delivery are clear, consistent and convey the story well.

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  • Layla
  • 19-08-18

Love this series!

I loved the narrators, I thought they did a great job in voicing the characters.

I have read/listened to the authors contemporary and historical books and in my opinion she does the historical romance a lot better then the contemporary. I loved this one as much as I loved the other two in this series. I thought she does the male character really well. The Marquess I absolutely loved in this book. There are some funny moments too.
I would definitely recommend this book to those who love clean historical romance with drama and funny moments.

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  • Laurie
  • 12-08-18

A sweet little period tale

This was pretty much what you'd expect from a period romance with a title like Marquess of Temptation. Very sweet, delivers on the romance, virtually no sex whatsoever. I think it could have benefitted from a love scene after that buildup.

I enjoyed both the narrators, though for reasons stated above I'm not sure why they use pseudonyms. "Duchess' " voice is quite bright and a tad grating at times, but it grew on me over time and she has talent and good comic timing. "Duke" is gifted with a naturally sexy sound, and though he doesn't do overmuch with the narration to vary his performance, it's never dull; there are sudden surprising moments with side characters and well-placed accents that are delightful.

Overall, I'd listen to/read more by this author, but there was nothing too shocking or scandalous about the story itself. The stakes are rather low throughout. Any conflict is resolved too quickly. For example, the main character's concealment of her identity is fairly unimportant to actually driving the plot forward. And it's made obvious that she is extremely attracted to the Marquess, so any resistance on her part to being thrust into a marriage with him is resolved all too quickly.

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  • Twill
  • 07-08-18

Good

I enjoyed listening to this book. This book could absolutely be a standalone book, but I am very interested in listening to the rest of the series. The narrators performance is amazing. I look forward to completing this series. I highly recommend this book.

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