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Summary

Juliet Graham fervently counts the days until her 21st birthday, when she can claim the inheritance that will grant her the freedom she has always craved and the guardianship of her younger brother. Until then, she is trapped under her aunt Agnes’s domineering will. 

When forced to accompany the family to a house party at Shaldorn Castle, Juliet’s only objective is to keep to herself. That is, until a chance encounter with a boorish stranger stirs up an unexpected whirlwind of emotions in her. Thrown off-balance, Juliet does the unthinkable: loses her temper and insults the man - who turns out to be her unwilling host, the Duke of Halstead. Fully expecting to be sent away, Juliet is surprised when the brusque and callous duke instead takes an interest in her.

Drawn to the duke in unguarded moments, Juliet finds herself more and more intrigued by the man who shuns Society’s rules as completely as she does, and over the next few weeks, their unlikely friendship deepens into a connection neither expected.

But even as Juliet comes to recognize her true feelings, her scheming aunt issues an ultimatum that threatens the future she was just beginning to hope for. Juliet must choose: either break the promise she made to herself years ago, or lose the man who has captured her heart and soul.

©2020 Covenant Communications, Inc. (P)2020 Covenant Communications, Inc.

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not intended to be misleading, but get prepared for oozing sexual tension and the rush of heart-achy and tempestuous emotions

this is one of those books that gives you butterflies in your stomach. at least that’s what it did for me. it leaves you with a feeling of anguish and longing and yearning. in essence, makes you feel exactly what the main characters, juliet and halstead, feel. it is the kind of book that will ignite a whirlwind of agonising and tempestuous emotions and make forget about everything around you and let you escape into another reality.

i normally don’t like love triangle as they are the convoluted equivalent of a whole can of worms full of indecision and stupidity (and countless facepalms). the “love triangle” in this book felt more like an intense and fiery relationship with an uninvited third-wheeling barnacle. i have to admit, i definitely felt frustrated while reading, at times i wanted to mush juliet and halstead together and go “kiss already”.

i finished this yesterday and i’m still thinking about it. i honestly feel that words cannot do justice for how i feel about it. it is definitely one of those books that will, not just in the few days/hours after reading, but even months after reading it, it will be on my mind as “one of those books”—a hidden gem.🤍

now that i finished blabbering about all the good things, i’ll now focus on some of the small bits here and there that had me itching at the back of my head. i read reviews where there were some mentions of anachronisms present in this book. i did notice some, for example when juliet makes reference to halstead’s lineage stemming all the way back to “henry the conqueror”, when in actual history it’s “william the conqueror”. whilst things like this would normally hinder my experience—it would show lack of attention to detail (on the authors part) or more so, my ocd when it comes to these small mistakes, i admit it didn’t really bother me as much as i excepted.

another thing that really pricked at my brain, is juliets obsession for her brother. i don’t have the physical or ebook version of the book since i listened to it on audio, but i can guarantee that the word “harry” appeared at least 200+. it’s not so much the obsession that bothered me, but more the fact that she was willing to let go her own desires and happiness for the sake of her brother. i understand sibling love, but at times i felt frustrated by it because every time she would encounter an obstacle, it was always “harry this” or “harry that”.

adding to this frustration, another thing that really bothered me is the wretched aunt agnes. there were so many times i wanted to slap that bitch across the face. she was detestable and down right rude. plus something that really made me grind my teeth was juliet’s tolerance towards her aunts toxicity and criticisms (well apart from their last encounter when juliet finally grew some balls and severed ties with that maniac).

now that i finished ranting, if i were to summarise my exact feelings about this book, it would be love and hate. love that it made me feel things by fully immersing myself into the story, love the slow burn enemies-to-lovers relationship (my favourite kind 😇), love the obvious sexual tension (ironic considering this book didn’t actually have any sex), and of course the ending (which was really sweet and tender). hate aunt agnes, annoyed by robert and the bizzillion mentions of “harry”. i am still rating this book 5/5 bc urgh, i can’t get enough of it. i will definitely do a reread when i buy a physical copy of it—that is, if i can find a retailer which can sell or ship this book to australia.

also, props to the audiobook narrator for making this a fabulous reading/listening experience. she really nailed all the voices (the singing and laughing were a funny and delightful bonus 😂).

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  • 26-09-21

Interesting & Clean Romance

I don’t think a girl of her status would have been as bold as she was, nor do I think there would have been the free communication that was used between the main couple, but it was an interesting read all the same. Didn’t love the narration, but it was tolerable. Despite my comments, I did enjoy the book.

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  • 01-09-21

enjoyable regency

I enjoyed this regency romance! I read parts of it on my kindle and other parts I listened to and I wish I would have read it fully on my kindle. I think I would have enjoyed it more because I did not care for the narration. I really liked Juliet's interactions with Halstead and wished there were more! Looking forward to reading more by this author. 3.5

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  • 27-06-21

Disappointed

I was so looking forward to this book; it ended up being a disappointment. The narrator had a pretty high voice and didn’t use different inflections for male or female characters.

The story itself was pretty good until Juliet decides to be a super martyr. It was ridiculous. There were so many ways she could’ve secured Harry; she wasn’t without powerful friends. Then, at the end, Juliette is willing to give up true love because of her lower social position. Boo!

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  • cindy knight
  • 01-04-21

Lovely story, easy listening

Beautifully written period piece that transports you by an engaging narration. I could see the places described and felt the emotions of the characters. This was really well read with each character coming to life with an array of voices, often making me forget it was one narrator.

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  • 02-03-21

SEA OF MY HEART

A WONDERFUL STORY THAT IS A SIMILIAR STORY OF BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, THE STORY IS SWEET, THE NARRATION COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER, THE NARRATOR CRIES, LAUGHS AND GASPS EVERY TIME A CHARACTER IN THE BOOK DOES. AT FIRST I THOUGHT THAT IT MIGHT HAVE GIVEN THE STORY MORE DEPTH, BUT IT IS TOO MUCH TO LISTEN TO, I LOVED THE STORY, AND HOGHLY RECCOMEND IT, JUST NOT THE NARRATION, THE. BEAST IS A DUKE WITH THE,GRUFFLY MANNER WE LOOK IN THE TIMELESS TALE OF BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. IT IS UNLIKE ANY YOU WILL HAVE READ BEFORE OR IN TIME TO COME,

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  • bookaholic
  • 17-12-20

Excellent story, distracting narration...

Heidi Kimball is one of my favorite authors. She weaves an intricately beautiful story that pulled me in right from the start.

The narration (and editing) did no favors to the story. I was so immensely distracted by the timbre of Louise’s voice and accent choice that I had to really focus on the story and characters. Her voice would have been better suited to a heroine of 14 or 15 rather than 20! I couldn’t enjoy listening to this book like I can with others. The editing was also poorly done on the audiobook itself not the novel. I will be avoiding books narrated by Louise in the future.

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  • Heather Clawson
  • 12-10-20

Would have been OKAY..but the narrator isn' great.

The story itself is okay.. I felt like the main characters didn't have enough time to develop the relationship that was portrayed...just all of a sudden BAM they are in love. It was a little unbelievable.

The narrator though...I don't know if it was the way they asked her to narrate this book, or if it was just a choice haha...but I didn't like the laughing...the crying...THE SINGING...and especially the burping. If it says it's happening just read it... hearing everything acted out was extremely distracting..returned because I won't listen to it again..it was that bad

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  • Mari
  • 16-08-20

What a fantastic book!

I really enjoyed this book... well there were a couple of parts that made me cry, and I got a headache, but I loved the story, so it all works out.

I thoroughly enjoy Kimball's writing, characters, and ability to create a memorable story.

I didn't really like the audio narrator, however. There were several things about the performance that I felt detracted from the story and made the experience less enjoyable. I really disliked the giggling and chuckling thrown in all over the place, I think the choice of voice for the main character was excessively whiny, which made her less likable in the audio version than she is in print, and finally I'd have MUCH preferred the song lyrics be recited rather than sung, as again, for me, it took away from the story.

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  • Thischickreads
  • 02-06-20

Good book, needs a better narrator

I almost gave up on this book because of the narration. I’m glad I didn’t because the story was good overall. While this narrator is a lot better than the other two Covenant uses, the need to do every laugh was not needed and the burping! Yes, there was burping. SO not necessary! Audio books are meant to be read (with feeling and voices), not acted out.