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  • League of Rogues, Book 1
  • By: Lauren Smith
  • Narrated by: Heather Wilds
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (39 ratings)

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Wicked Designs

By: Lauren Smith
Narrated by: Heather Wilds
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Summary

For too long Miss Emily Parr has been subject to the whims of her indebted uncle and the lecherous advances of his repulsive business partner. Her plan to be done with dominating men forever is simple: find herself a kind husband who will leave her to her books. It seems an easy enough plan, until she is unexpectedly abducted by an incorrigible duke who hides a wounded spirit behind flashing green eyes. Godric St. Laurent, Duke of Essex, spends countless nights at the club with his four best friends and relishes the rakish reputation society has branded him with.

He has no plans to marry anytime soon - if ever. But when he kidnaps an embezzler's niece, the difficult debutante's blend of sweetness and sharp tongue makes him desperate for the one thing he swears he never wanted: love. Yet as they surrender to passion, danger lurks in Godric's shadowed past, waiting for him to drop his guard - and to rob him of the woman he can't live without.

©2014 Lauren Smith (P)2014 Tantor

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"Smith's fast-paced historical keeps [listeners] on their toes as they're taken hostage by a whirlwind of characters and an unforgettable romance." ( RT Book Reviews)

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GREAT book

I loved the book , but not the narrator. To me the performance was lifeless.

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Enjoyment marred.

Found the story was spoiled by the narrator sounding like she was talking to children.

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Moral conundrum

Brilliant storytelling and narration. Slightly slow pace but didn’t detract. The moral issues raised were quite tormenting. Emily is a delightful balance of naivety and strength. The characters develop richly and without artifice. Difficult and delightful to listen to. Well done.

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Fabulous

This story definitely deserves the five stars I have awarded. The characters are extremely well written and quite believable. I recommend this book which includes the audible version to anyone who likes their historical romance with a a bit of steam. I will certainly continue to read books by this author.

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