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Summary

He expected to be the topic of scandalous gossip.

Banished to Boston for causing the death of Lord Banbury, Lucas Dempsey vowed never to set foot on English soil again. But when his brother inherits the viscountcy and pleads for his return, the opportunity to show his contempt and loathing for the society who turned its back on him proves to be far too enticing to resist.

He did not expect an intriguing lady to barge into his home desperate to save his wicked soul.

When the dishonorable Lucas Dempsey steps into the ballroom after a four-year absence, Helena Ecclestone is quick to label the gentleman a murderous rogue. That is until she stumbles upon a secret conversation and feels a moral obligation to see justice done. But while the ladies swoon over his handsome countenance, Helena is determined to look beyond such superficial features, intrigued to discover the true character of the gentleman he hides beneath his arrogant facade.

Features:

  • Regency historical romance novel
  • This novel contains descriptive love scenes
  • Complete standalone novel (no cliffhangers)

©2015 Adele Clee (P)2017 Adele Clee

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enthrallingly narrated. great story.

really well narrated, good story but seemed to rush to the end! wait for next!!

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Loved it.

Where does To Save a Sinner rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of the better regency romances I have listened to in audio.
I love a bit of intrigue and suspense in regency romances so this one fits the bill perfectly. Memorable and intelligent characters along with witty dialogue made this a charming story and one I enjoyed immensely. I will certainly be reading more from this author in the future.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved how sensible, trusting and courageous Helena was. She wasn't easily fooled and I was relieved that the author didn't use mistrust and misunderstandings to drive a wedge between Helena and Lucas. This meant that there was a nice flow to the story and the romance developed in a realistic way without tedious and dragged out arguments.
I also enjoyed the mystery and suspense. I like characters to face a little bit of danger and the scene at the museum stands out as does the scene where they unmask the villain- something that kept me guessing right up to then.

What does Stevie Zimmerman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I've listened to a number of productions by Stevie Zimmerman and I have enjoyed them all. She has a gentle kind of way of performing her characters which makes them as likeable and charming as the author intended them to be.

Any additional comments?

I won a copy of this book in a competition and have voluntarily reviewed it.

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Regency Murder Mayhem with Style - Loved it!

To be honest, I wasn't quite sure how I would feel about the book when it first started. It seemed like it might be a typical regency style story with a wallflower bluestocking reforming a rake.

But Adele Clee really mixed it up.

Start with an exceptionally gorgeous and rather jaded manly man. Throw in a 4 year old murder accusation and mystery, a bit of hanky panky in dark corners, a penchant for mythical creatures, and an exceptionally intelligent and plain speaking woman. I love how Adele Clee has changed the expectations a bit. Lucas is the objectified beauty. Helena is the veritable heroine with the ability to rationally piece together clues and accurately assess the situations she finds them in. She is able to plot and plan like a consummate strategist. I like that Helena has so much strength of character without having sacrificed Lucas' intelligence and masculinity in the process. In fact, both characters are strong individually and stronger together.

The story is easy to listen to and fun. Stevie Zimmerman has the kind of soft and expressive story-tellers voice that fits the genre.

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

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  • 🇺🇸🌸DARA
  • 13-06-17

Entertaining Regency Romance

I didn't know what to expect from this Author so I was pleasantly surprised to find this book entertaining. The story has some mystery with a few light twists and turns along with a romance that is satisfyingly sweet. There are a couple sex scenes but I don't remember any swearing, etc. I recommend this to everyone, like me, who enjoys Regency Romances.

I enjoyed the narration of this story. She was very good at creating different voices for each character.

I would like to thank the author, narrator or publisher for voluntarily providing me this free review copy of this audiobook. It was my pleasure to listen and review. 😉




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  • Renae Goddard
  • 05-05-18

A BEAUTIFUL LOVE STORY!

Lucas must solve the mystery of who framed him for murder. He meets headstrong Helena and, even through his angst, he can see her worth. While they search for clues, their admiration for each other grows to become an all-encompassing bond that brings two families together and builds a strong foundation of love. If you like strong love stories with a dash of mystery, you will love this novel.

I love Stevie Zimmerman's voice as she narrates. I have several audiobooks that she has narrated. I have even bought some simply because she narrated them. She is just that good.

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  • cheryl
  • 29-07-17

An enthralling story

Would you listen to To Save a Sinner again? Why?

Yes, I would. I had already read the story a little while ago but found that listening to the story there were events that I had forgotten. It is an entertaining story, I loved the way Lucas berated the ladies , when overhearing them disparage Helena. I enjoyed that Helena was such a strong character but caring as well. It was good to see the developing relationship between Lucas and his brother as well as his relationship with Helena. There were also some surprises in the storyline.

What other book might you compare To Save a Sinner to and why?

None I can think of .

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

This isn't the first story that I've heard Stevie Zimmerman narrate but as usual she delivers an excellent performance. The many and varied voices that she uses brings the story to life. It gives the story an extra dimension.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Love finds a way!

Any additional comments?

If you enjoy a story with romance, a sense of justice and a few surprises, as well as some steamy scenes then this is a book I would highly recommend.

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  • HeatherY
  • 23-05-17

The Dragon and the Wood Nymph

This was my first book by Adele Clee, and I'm really glad I picked it up. I'm always happy to find a new Regency romance author!

Helena Ecclestone is attending yet another boring society ball with her younger sister when the attendees are surprised by the arrival of Lucas Dempsey. Lucas is the younger brother of a viscount and was exiled from England four years ago for causing the death of a peer during a fight. He wasn't officially charged with murder, but society has judged and found him guilty.

While wandering the garden in search of her sister, Helena meets Lucas, who is instantly attracted to her slight figure and direct manner. He tries his usual seductive arts on her, but finds her completely immune to his charms. After Lucas returns to the ball, Helena remains hidden in the garden and happens to overhear a conversation between two unidentified men. Not only are they discussing the fact that they'd framed Lucas for the murder four years ago, they're planning on killing him now to cover up the crime. Helena immediately decides to warn Lucas and help him clear his name by any means necessary.

Four years spent thinking he was a murderer have left Lucas a tortured hero. He is determined that Helena is too good for him, but he's unable to stay away from her. He knows what it's like to be wanted only for his body, so he tries to show her that he values her friendship over her body. Despite that, this book has plenty of steamy love scenes.

Helene's a strong heroine who cares about character and truth over wealth and birth. All her life she's been compared to her beautiful younger sister and found lacking, but she still has a strong sense of self worth. There's a fine line between a heroine being strong or headstrong, knowledgeable or a know it all, moral or judgmental. Helena is the perfect balance. I would have liked to know a bit more about her life though. What does she like to do with her free time? Does she have any friends or hobbies? The romance is developed really well, we spend a lot of time with the couple, and there's a mystery to solve too, so there's not much time for developing backstories or other relationships.

Stevie Zimmerman as the narrator was great, her speaking voices for men and women were perfect. I enjoyed her accent and she brought life to her words without overacting. I was provided a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. I already have this one on my reread list!

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  • Trish R.
  • 03-05-17

Loved the book and the narration..



This was a really good book. There was just enough sexual tension through the whole book so that it didn’t get boring waiting for a sex scene that comes out of nowhere, so that was nice. However, I was a little confused with this story. It wasn’t a religious book, although I thought it was until I read some of the reviews. (It really needs a different name, IMO.) BUT this was one of the best LOVE stories I’ve ever read. The tenderness between Lucas and Helena was so sweet and the sex was great!

I really liked Lucas and Helena. I liked the feelings he was continuing to fight over her. And I liked that she was so honest that she told him she loved him after such a short time of knowing him. She was so honest and forthright that you couldn’t help but like her. Of course, Lucas thought he wasn’t good enough for her, par for the course for 95% of romance books, but she still became important to him within a short time. Anyway, Lucas wanted to tell Helena to go away, in order to protect her from whoever was trying to kill him, and the next minute he couldn’t imagine not being able to see her. Oops, and of course they were compromised, and we all know what that means.

In the end Lucas had to return to Boston, where he was exiled to when his father thought he killed a man, and Helena turned up on the same ship, along with her father as chaperone. I would like to have seen something happen between his father and him but that wasn’t meant to be. And the murderer wasn’t in the book, at all, but then showed up out of the blue, ready to kill again. This was a good love story but not that great a mystery. And what happened to Weston? To his sister? A few unanswered questions.

There was want and desire in this book that was marvelous and a couple of sex scenes to go with all that love and desire. No swearing.

As to the narration: I won’t be listening to the second book on Audible, A Curse of the Heart, because the narrator was changed from Stevie Zimmerman to Kylie Stewart. I love listening to Stevie but I heard just enough of Ms. Stewart do a man’s voice to know she’s not very good at it, and I can’t listen to a book where the men sound girlie. Should have stuck with Ms. Zimmerman, she does men’s voices like a pro and reads with great emotion.


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  • Ezinwanyi
  • 06-09-18

Narration hurt this story

This story could have been more entertaining had I been able to get past the narrators voice.
There was chemistry among the main character and the little mystery of who framed the hero was intriguing.
The pace of the story was a bit slow so it made the story drag.
Overall it was just okay.

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  • Lady Di
  • 19-07-18

Good story

I must say I was waiting for a real sex story since it was rated “hot damn”. The truth was the story was really good and kept you intrigued however the sex and romance was very sweet. Far from “hot damn”. Good story and ok narration.

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  • Timeless Romantic
  • 18-06-18

WOW! Love the Romance and TURN DOWN the AC!!!

To Save a Sinner has everything you could want in an historical regency romance and mystery. To Save a Sinner also tops out on the sensual side, ladies, so be prepared to turn the AC lower and lower….

I HIGHLY recommend this book!

Stevie Zimmerman narrated To Save a Sinner. She did a really great job emphasizing the emotions of the characters and different moods of the story.

I received a copy from Audible and, after listening to it (twice!), have voluntarily given my unbiased opinion and review.

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  • Klkfrog
  • 10-08-17

A Love Story with Intrigue

I had a hard time putting this down. The narrator was excellent. She added to the story. I enjoyed the characters and how they grew in the story. The mystery involved was a great addition that definitely kept my attention and revealed depth to the characters.

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  • Amazon CustomerBeliever
  • 27-05-17

Surprise Story

I got this book via audiobook boom. I was surprised that I liked the story. It reminded me of several other books that I have read over my lifetime. One son is sent to Boston because he is accused of murder. He returns after the father dies and the mother gets ill. He meets the h during a dance and she takes on the role of helping to clear his name. This has all of the intrigue and gossip that is part of Regency England. There were lots of twists and turns and the narrator just made the story come to life. You could see the gowns, gardens, and other details through the narrator's voice. This is not another pride and prejudice adaptation. It is a very nice story. I enjoyed it and will listen to other works by this author.