A Curse of the Heart

  • by Adele Clee
  • Narrated by Kylie Stewart
  • 6 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A captivating Regency historical romance.
Terrified by strange noises in the night, Rebecca Linwood, the headstrong owner of an Egyptian museum, believes she is suffering from an ancient curse. Out of desperation, she seeks the help of the only man with the knowledge to reverse the evil incantation, a man whose cold heart and sinful gaze pose such an enticing contradiction.
As a scholar of Egyptology and a man consumed by the pain of the past, the enigmatic Gabriel Stone shuns polite society, choosing to bury himself in his books. When a flame-haired temptress pesters him with tales of a curse, his first instinct is to flee. However, his sense of obligation proves to be a dangerous thing and the potent lure of desire too difficult to resist.
This Regency romance novel contains descriptive love scenes.


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Intriguing Mystery and Likable Characters!

Rebecca Linwood isn't your typical husband seeking wallflower. She's an intelligent woman, headstrong and determined to make her own way in a male dominated world. Her father taught her to love Egyptology and she has spent her life honing that knowledge. Running her own Egyptian museum gives her purpose, although she still feels alone. After reading a mysterious scroll aloud one night, her troubles begin. Mysterious scraping, moaning, and bed rattling at night leave her sleepless. In desperation she seeks out renowned expert Gabriel Stone to break the curse.

Gabriel has heard of Rebecca Linwood's Egyptian museum, but he believes she's a charlatan with only superficial knowledge. Forced to meet her, he accuses her of being a thief and a liar. Stung by his words, Rebecca proves her knowledge and impresses Gabriel despite himself. Recognizing her intelligence, he agrees to help her break the curse. In doing so he becomes involved in her life in ways that only expose how much they need each other.

Both Rebecca and Gabriel were really interesting characters with dark backstories, and I couldn't help cheering them on. Their vulnerabilities made them so likable. They bonded over their common interests, but it was their family complications that really brought them together. They're the kind of couple that you can picture ten years down the road, traveling the world in love like newlyweds on a honeymoon. The plot was really interesting, and it was a good mix of romance and suspense.

I thought the narrator was great, her pace was perfect and her accent worked well with the setting. Her reading was smooth and not dramatically overacted. She pulled me right into the story. I received a copy of the audiobook in exchange for an honest review, and I'll be keeping an eye out for more by this author and narrator!

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- HeatherY

An interesting story

What did you love best about A Curse of the Heart?

I enjoyed the growing relationship between Gabriel and Rebecca. They were two people who were grieving in their own way but together they reached a sense of peace and understanding.

What other book might you compare A Curse of the Heart to and why?

I can't really think of a book to compare it with. This isn't the first book I've read by Adele Clee and I find she usually puts her own twist on the storyline.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

This isn't the best narration I've listened to, I always find that if the story is set in Britain then I want to hear a British voice narrating. As for pace, yes that was fine.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Well actually there were several, the moment when Rebecca and Gabriel realised they loved each other. There was another moment connected with the families but I don't want to give too much away.

Any additional comments?

I had read the book before but it was some time ago but I enjoyed listening to the story again. I've read quite a number of Adele's books and always enjoyed them. There is usually an unexpected twist to the story. I was gifted a this audiobook but have voluntarily reviewed it, This is my honest review.

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- cheryl

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-03-2017
  • Publisher: Adele Clee