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What does Stevie Zimmerman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
She does a great job of expressing each character's lines and putting personality into each one.
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It was a little annoying the way book 1 overlapped into book 2. You heard the same scenes reread from Book 1 because the 2 stories overlapped time wise. I found it a little hard to really like the hero in this book because his character was severely flawed by his actions 5 years earlier with his brother's wife. (she wasn't his wife at the time, but she was a 16 year old girl he thought was a virgin. Really, what kind of man seduces a 16 year old virgin with no thoughts toward a serious relationship and no remorse or misgivings about his actions. A very gross kind of man in my opinion. Even WITH thoughts toward a serious relationship, it's creepy. I wasn't sure I would be able to root for him. In the end, he realizes his lack of character and changes. That's what saved it for me.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
This is the same story as book 1 A Scandalous Wife but told from Lucas (Luke) and Juliet's perspective so certain parts of the story are a bit repetitive but I didn't think this detracted from my overall enjoyment of the book however it would definitely be better to listen to book 1 first.
Lucas, through most of the book, is a dislikable 'love em and leave em' handsome rogue who is attracted to Juliet but, unlike everyone else, it's not for her money as he has no plans on marrying her or anyone else. Juliet can't believe her luck when Lucas pays attention to her and she agrees with him about the marriage bonds so they hatch a plan to pretend to court whilst actually bedding each other (oh... how shocking!!).
In the end, and thankfully, Lucas realises he has to change his character because he starts a damaging rumour and all the family have to stick together, pitch in and do their best to squash the rumours. Coupled with that he panics, frightens poor Juliet who is heartbroken and in danger. There's sub plots, a villainous greedy Uncle, a shocking murder that'll have you saying "WHAT!!", revenge, a romance or two and everyone gets what they deserve.
There was no Bonus Novella called A Scandalous Secret as mentioned in the summary.
Worth a credit? Yes - I don't know where the series goes from here but it was very unusual to get a different take on the same storyline.
8 of 10 people found this review helpful
This book is slow for the first half but the second half is better but not quite as good as the first.
But I don't think I will be listening to anymore in this series, read... absolutely! listen... No! I really can't get along with the narrator... and I think it spoils a good story.