Captives of the Night : Scoundrels

  • by Loretta Chase
  • Narrated by Kate Reading
  • Series: Scoundrels
  • 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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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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- Moriah "I love historical romances with an occasional foray into mystery/thrillers."

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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- Elizabeth "I love Epic Fantasy....have become a Historical Romance fan because I am a sucker for a good Happily Ever After. Good characters are a must"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-23-2014
  • Publisher: NYLA