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The Reluctant Suitor

Narrated by: Lynn Redgrave
Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
Categories: Fiction, Sagas
2.5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Summary

For as long as she can remember, Lady Adriana Sutton has adored Colton Wyndham, to whom she has been betrothed since childhood. But Colton was too proud to submit to a future not of his own choosing, and he fled his ancestral home for a life of adventure as a British army officer.

Years later, the girl Colton spurned has blossomed into an uncommon beauty desired by every eligible bachelor in the land, except the man she desires, the decorated hero who has finally returned home. As arrogant and seductive as ever, Colton agrees to court Lady Adriana for ninety days to prove that love cannot be forced, after which time he will be free. But this stunning, spirited woman is far different from the young chit he left behind. And a heroic heart, once tightly closed, is now susceptible to Adriana's charm and sensuality, even as dark secrets and a rival's treachery threaten to steal her from Colton's arms forever.

©2003 Kathleen E. Woodiwiss (P)2003 HarperCollins Publishers

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"...the racy escapades are as entertaining as ever." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Fun historical romance

There are all the ups and downs of a good historical romance. I felt that the leading lady was a bit two dimensional, could have been her 'innocence'... but don't let this put you off. It was still worth the journey with lots of secrets in the closet, murder, mystery, fights, intrigue. If you are looking for a good dose of light-hearted entertainment - you have found a winner.

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  • Rhonda F.
  • 11-04-15

Never buy an abridged book!

I read this book in paper years ago and thought it might be fun to hear it read. The abridged version left out so much that it made the story silly and characters became one dimensional and boring.

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  • justame
  • 21-08-13

IF YOU'VE READ THE BOOK, DON'T BUY AUDIO VERSION!

Bottom line is this is my ALL TIME favorite HR book period. I read it yearly in print, but this abridged version is terrible. They have cut all the great parts and back story out to the point your like hey, how did we get here and why are we here. You lose time and place during the story. Buy the book it is AWESOME!

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  • Lynn
  • 25-04-06

Sexy, but poorly written

The story was very formulaic and the language was painful to read at times. The use of the word "orbs" to refer to eyes over and over again made me wince each time I heard it...

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  • Darlene
  • 24-03-17

Mixed up storyline

I have liked other books by this author, so I was really hoping that this would be a good audio. The fourth chapter has major issues -it starts at the end and ends at the beginning and is very disjointed. I think whoever abridged this book also did it very poorly as there are gaps in the storyline. I am very unhappy that I used a credit

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  • Stephanie
  • 10-09-13

I really do not like the "Abridged" Version

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I love this book, but I cannot stand that it left out key parts to the story.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

For a start I would get someone who is much younger and not a smoker. She is interesting, but it was weird to hear a story like this through this voice.

What three words best describe Lynn Redgrave’s performance?

I don't know

Did The Reluctant Suitor inspire you to do anything?

NO

Any additional comments?

Please get the unabridged version! I love this story but you are missing key elements. Also, please get a younger person to read the story.

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  • Karen L. Munich
  • 21-07-10

Not her best

I have read most of Kathleen Woodiwiss novels, however this is far from her best. I did not finish it. Not near as entertaining as The Flame and the Flower

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  • BLAIR WITCH
  • 15-04-19

love Kathleen Woodwiss..

one of my favorite romance novilest...The Flame and the Flower...The Wolf and the Dove..excellent....wicked awesome

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  • Scottie in TX
  • 10-07-06

The Reluctant Suitor

This book was a historical romance and I enjoyed it immensely. The story line was good and it had romance and suspense. I highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-12-19

This was just . . . so dreadful.

And not just because of the poorly done abridgment. Compared to Woodiwiss's book "Shanna," which was delicious and somewhat magnificent, this book felt contrived, forced, and flat, and corny, even for this genre; it was like she wrote it while seriously sleep deprived. And Kathleen—what, oh what is your OBSESSION WITH "ORBS?" ???

Lynn Redgrave is a pro, a class act, the real deal—but she should definitely not read this genre. Her voice and reading style would be admirably suited to Jane Austen, but are just so wrong for a steamy love scene. She makes this male protagonist sound elderly, for crying out loud.

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  • Adrianne Laird
  • 28-10-18

Abridged

The narrator's reading was amazing, but the abridged version got very sketchy, especially at the end. For someone who has not read the original, however, it is very good.