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Charming rascal Tristan Northwood seems to have it all: an ancient name, a noble inheritance, a lovely wife, and a son he adores. Women love him, men admire him, and it seems there is nothing he can’t do, whether it’s seducing a society wife or winning a carriage race. Little does society suspect that the name means nothing to him, the fortune is in his father’s controlling hands, and he has no interest in his wife except a very distant friendship. Society bores him, and he takes dares because he only feels alive when he’s dancing on the edge...until his wife’s brother comes home from the wars.
Decorated war hero Major Charles Mountjoy jerks Tris out of his despair by inspiring feelings of passion Tris had never suspected himself capable of. Almost as terrifying as those feelings for Charles are the signs Charles might return his affection - or, even worse, that Charles sees the man Tristan has been trying so valiantly to hide from the world.
©2011 Rowan Speedwell (P)2012 Rowan Speedwell
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By Amazon Customer on 06-17-12

Amazing writing and narration

What other book might you compare Kindred Hearts to and why?

In genre it reminds me a lot of the late Barbara Cartland books, though that should not be set as a guideline for the story.

Which character – as performed by Paul Morey – was your favorite?

Gibson, I loved his accent. In general Paul Morey was excellent at performing voices, as they only changed slightly in tone, instead dialect and accent were used to describe the individual characters.

Any additional comments?

The story had a great diversity among the characters, Charlotte and Tristan were probably those with the best descriptions. The initial description of Tristan's life, not only as a child but also leading up to his marriage quickly stirred my sympathy. The changes that transpire for him through his life are well described and I love the initially slow moving romance.

Charlotte was a delight to listen to, though I often disagreed with her decisions she has a calm way of looking at things. During the first quarter of the book I often found myself smiling at her odd inputs. I might have continued to do that through the rest of the book, but when you do it all the time you stop noticing.

All the main characters had pretty well-developed backgrounds as you moved on through the story.

The stigma of sodomy at the time is handled very well in the book, both how society views it and how the protagonist deals with it.

The language is also generally kept in the right language, very few times is new slang used instead of the more proper form of speaking. It does not make the book hard to understand in any way, but it creates the atmosphere of that time. Only slips I noticed was during the sex scenes, which there weren't too many of. There was more focus on the romance and what it meant to their lives than the sexual part, which I found very refreshing from a lot of gay romance audiobooks.

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By Jennifer on 02-21-14

Well Done!

I am a fan of Rowan Speedwell because she is able to present psychological problems in her characters very realistically.
I read this book before listening to it, Paul Morey was able to add to the story via character presentation.
Definitely recommended. I also recommend "Finding Zach" with the same author/narrator.

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By Mark on 06-13-13

Great story wrong reader?

Firstly I must state strongly that I love Paul Morey's readings of other books I've got and I wish he'd been used for the 3rd volume of "Matter of Time" but that's another review!

I loved the story line of this book but oh how I wish they'd used an english reader or at least taken some time to check pronunciations - there are a large number of "odd" pronunciations - some of which come up time and again.

Leicestershire is pronounced Lester-sher
Spittlefields - Spit-el-fields
Tripos - Try-pos
Lieutenant - Lef-tenant

There were a couple of one-offs that had me laughing out loud.

For a booked based mostly in England to an English listener these become rather intrusive and detract from the overall enjoyment of what is an endearing story.

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By Jackie on 12-29-16


Struggled. Narrator continually misprounced numerous words. Great read. Terrible to listen to. I couldn't finish

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