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Leila Beaumont is a gorgeous and talented portrait painter trapped in a loveless marriage with her profligate husband, Francis. Though long ago, Francis very much played the hero, rescuing and wedding the orphaned 17-year-old Leila - Francis' more recent hedonistic lifestyle of drinking, drugging and womanizing has not only earned him quite a few enemies in London, but lost him the love of his wife. When Francis turns up dead in the Beaumont townhouse, right after a loud and vitriolic argument with his wife, Leila is seen as the primary suspect, innocent though she is. Because of Francis' many enemies and victims, government officials instigate a quiet investigation, many of whom fear fallout from Francis' numerous blackmail and extortion schemes. The man they call on - the sexy blue-eyed Comte d'Esmond - is a man of many talents who has spent the past ten years as one of the government's most trusted covert operatives; a man who also has a dark and treacherous past. Neither Leila, nor Esmond is especially happy to be working together - their relationship is one of intense attraction accompanied by intense resistance. Leila had long ago given up on the idea of love and saw her husband as a means of propriety in London, but now she finds the dangerous Esmond's seductive charm nearly irresistible. But work together they must: Esmond, with a carefully hidden identity that would shock Leila to the core and Leila with her own secrets to keep... It's danger that unites them and it's danger that chains their hearts: Esmond's virility and bold touch enflame Leila's blood...and draw her into the most irresistible intrigue of all...truly passionate love.
©1994 Loretta Chekani (P)2014 Loretta Chekani
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By Moriah on 01-08-15

Perfect Pairing of Author and Narrator

This is the second title in Loretta Chase's Scoundrels Series. I thought Kate Reading did another fantastic job with this title. She does a great job with narrating male voices in addition to females. You can always tell all the characters apart and I thought she did a great job with the Comte d'Esmond's slight accent. Story-wise, I enjoyed revisiting Ismal from The Lion's Daughter 10 year's after that book's events. Although the listener doesn't need to listen to the Lion's Daughter first, I think this book is more satisfying. Leila is a great character - she refuses to allow people to feel bad for her despite Francis being a terrible husband and all around scumbag. Instead, she focuses on who she was able to become an artist because of him. I also enjoyed the ending greatly and found the mystery of Francis's killer to be engaging and not too predictable.

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By Elizabeth on 07-18-15

Mystery, drama, romance....second chances

this was a great mystery. It was a good romance...slow burn...but it gets hot. Great in depth story that does pull you in and makes it hard to hit pause.
I didn't expect to like the hero since he was horrible in the first book. But Chase did a good job of redeeming him. I liked the heroine very much.
Reading is the best as always.

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By Leycesteria, Surrey on 02-21-15

Ah a love story....what a joy!

Passionate and convoluted. I enjoyed it immensely. The narration was extremely good none (or perhaps a negligible few) mispronunciations which can otherwise mar an audio book.

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By Aretè on 01-21-15

Overall, almost perfect

I have so far found no fault with any of the enjoyable, exciting, and well written stories by Loretta Chase. Her endearing heroes and heroines with their mixture of warmth and clumsiness, with their wounds, their flaws and redeeming traits, are simply loveable and I love her ability to make even some of the villains in her story worthy of redemption and grace. I like the fact that she treats most of her passion and love scenes with tact and good taste, and uses them when they are really justified; without unduly cramming the narration with them.
The only flaw, overall is the lamentable tendency of the reader to raise the intonation at the end of sentences and sometimes even paragraphs where a descending tone would be more appropriate, marring the effect and distracting the reader from the flow of the story,

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