• by Nicola Cornick
  • Narrated by Polly Lee
  • 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Teresa, Dowager Marchioness of Darent, is rumored to have exhausted her four deceased husbands with her insatiable needs. So it’s no surprise that every rake in the ton wants to bed her. If they only knew… through clever marriages to men who would ask nothing of her physical self, Tessa has remained rather innocent in the ways of the bedroom. But now she’s on the verge of losing everything and wants to take care of the stepson she’s grown to adore.
Enter Captain Owen Purchase. The handsome American adventurer has come into the title of Viscount Rothbury. And the rumors surrounding his injuries at sea suggest that he could fit Tessa’s requirements. But little does Tessa realize that the gossipmongers are wrong. She just might lose her heart, and her desires, to the most unlikely of men….


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On par with Lisa Kleypas

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Lisa Kleypas is one of my favorite historical romance authors, but having read all of her books, I have been looking for someone with similar stories/style for years--well here she is! And--manna from heaven--she has a trove of books already written, although only two available on Audible. Would love to see more by Nicola Cornick on Audible.

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- Jennifer

Heroine stupidity. Unsupported illogical events.

The first half was pretty good. But the second half had me wishing it were over. I wanted to skim but I couldn’t because it was an audiobook. Too much heroine stupidity. Too many stupid events were not well supported. For example, parents are mad at daughter D and don’t want son to visit D. Son could have visited D by saying he was going to a club or elsewhere. Instead Tess pretends to be having an affair with son, and this is done openly in public, so people would think son was going out with Tess, when really he was going to visit D. Tess continued doing this after she was engaged to Owen? Making Owen look like a fool? Is this heroine stupidity or just stupid plotting? I don’t know what to call it. A number of things similar to this occurred which made me dislike the book.

Too many things were told, not shown - a lot of past events, but some current as well. We are missing dialogue from those. The plot and events are interesting but since they are told, we don’t feel it. Examples are Tessa’s past and Tom Bradshaw’s past.

I wanted more development of Tom’s actions at the end. It felt like a convenient thrown-in ending.

I’m willing to accept weak characters and characters with problems, but I didn’t like Tessa’s actions. For the first half of the book she lies to Owen which was ok. It’s supposed to be a cat and mouse game. He’s trying to catch a criminal who happens to be Tess. But later as they fall in love, she continues to lie and do stupid things. One of these: Tess specifically promised something to Owen. Then she broke her promise which caused the worst crisis in the book. Her reason was stupid. I was mad at her. I didn’t like her. I liked Owen. He was such a nice guy - caring, patient, understanding. I wished Owen loved someone else.

Tess fears intimacy due to sexual abuse in the past. When she eventually has sex with Owen it’s not believable. There had been some touching but no sex. All of a sudden she decides she wants to seduce him. It didn’t feel right.

I was unhappy with the narrator Polly Lee. Several times a voice should have sounded demanding, fearful, or wailing, but the narrator used a calm quiet voice. Her voices for some of the men sounded weird - a pinched high nasal voice, or a hold-your-breath voice for the butler. She didn’t show the right emotion for Owen. His sentences should have been stronger. Instead he sounded like a calm, soft, female, with a how-do-you-feel concern. It didn’t sound like a man.

Genre: historical romance.
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- Jane

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-01-2011
  • Publisher: Harlequin Books S.A.