Conspiring with a Rogue : Whisper of Scandal

  • by Julie Johnstone
  • Narrated by Tim Campbell
  • Series: Whisper of Scandal
  • 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In order to save the man she loves from the enemy bent on destroying her, Lady Whitney Rutherford sheds her identity and escapes her past, making a new life for herself as Mr. Roger Wentworth, missing person locator extraordinaire. But when Whitney's best friend from her old life comes up missing and there is every indication the girl was taken by the debauched members of a secret club, Whitney dons a new disguise and infiltrates the club, determined to unravel the mystery and save her friend. She never expects to encounter Drake Sutherland, the man who still has her heart. In the dark world of pleasure and sin, Whitney must play a dangerous game and one wrong move could mean the death of her friend or the destruction of the man she loves.

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Lovesick Hero/TSTL Heroine! Terrible.

Geez that was a tough book to get through.. The hero, Drake was so love sick he was annoying to say the least. The heroine, Whitney was just TSTL most of the time.

The story had potential but was ruined by making the hero so freaking love sick, oh and so extremely prideful. Geez... You wanted to scream! Always saying "Whitney", "Whitney" ,"Whitney". "I won't ask for help", "I won't ask for help", "I won't ask for help",

Whitney was way to meek and mild to be pretending to be an investigator and made some really stupid decisions. And her constant whining about not wanting to be a burden grated on the nerves as well.

Seriously, I did a word count on the name "Whitney" in my Kindle and I got 1,090 hits. I also did a search in Drake's name and got 1,013 hits. I do believe that over half the hits I got on Drake's name was him whining about Whitney!

And of course, the misunderstanding and angst lasted all the way to the end! No resolutions or truths between the two until the last 10 pages. What an annoying book. At one point I wanted to throw my iphone, and another time I literally slapped my hand against my forehead in an "Are you kidding me? You people are so stupid" gesture.

There is a lot of dialogue, and I do like a lot of dialogue in my books, except most of this dialogue was Drake whining to everyone one and anyone about Whitney! Strong hero's do not whine to everyone they come in contact with they are brokenhearted. Really!!??

There are a couple of sex scenes, nothing remarkable, and somewhat annoying, Since you get so much of Drake's thoughts on "I can't believe I am with Whitney, Oh Whitney, Is this real or am I dreaming of Whitney" Wanted to barf it was so nauseating.

It is really to bad too, I read the first book Bargaining with a Rake and it was great. This one was a total disappointment. This is by far the worst Julia Johnstone book I have read or listened to.

As for the narrator he did a great job, He did a good job on the female voices and read with emotion. So it was not that narrator that ruined this book it was the writing and the story.
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- Tracy T "Audible Addict!"

too many cliches to count!

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Anyone with attention deficet disorder. IT was just too much to care about


What could Julie Johnstone have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

She needed to focus and edit out about 3 hours. There was a major misunderstanding "why the heroine left the hero". Nothing was discussed and only solutions seemed to be manipulation. If this author thinks this is how to solve problems, then I have nothing to offer.


What about Tim Campbell’s performance did you like?

I liked his performance. In the past I have found a few times , his narration was annoying, but in this he does a great job.


What character would you cut from Conspiring with a Rogue?

Sally and Audrey ( but she is required for book 3). Sally was a distraction to any situation that was occuring. She was the least straightforward and kep confusing me with her behaviour. The story’s central issue of a kidnapped girl. I found Sally taking precious time away from finding a girl that could be in serious trouble to be confusing. I don't think anything really effected Sally .


Any additional comments?

This author decided to use every trop/cliché that she could think of:
Heroine as martyr
Boy loses girl, then boy finds girl and then boy loses girl
Heroine impersonating a man
Heroine impersonating a courtesan
Hooker with a heart of “gold”
Kidnapped girl
Girl being sold into white slavery
Hero saving heroine from “ravishing”
Pirates sinking ships
Rags to riches
Hero on the verge of disaster/bankruptcy
Fake betrothal
Sex club/secret organization
And of course a visit to a brothel
If that was not enough, the next door neighbour as a homosexual artist, befriending the heroine…because if you can’t squeeze in one more clicke, why write the novel!
This story was a mess. For all of that it was slow and dragged to the point where I stopped caring what would happen in the last 2 hours of the story.

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- karen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-10-2014
  • Publisher: Julie Johnstone