Do You Want to Start a Scandal : Spindle Cove

  • by Tessa Dare
  • Narrated by Carmen Rose
  • Series: Spindle Cove
  • 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

On the night of the Parkhurst ball, someone had a scandalous tryst in the library. Was it Lord Canby, with the maid, on the divan? Or Miss Fairchild, with a rake, against the wall? Perhaps the butler did it.
All Charlotte Highwood knows is this: It wasn't her. But rumors to the contrary are buzzing. Unless she can discover the lovers' true identity, she'll be forced to marry Piers Brandon, Lord Granville - the coldest, most arrogantly handsome gentleman she's ever had the misfortune to embrace. When it comes to emotion, the man hasn't got a clue.
But as they set about finding the mystery lovers, Piers reveals a few secrets of his own. The oh, so proper marquess can pick locks, land punches, tease with sly wit, and melt a woman's knees with a single kiss. The only thing he guards more fiercely than Charlotte's safety is the truth about his dark past.
Their passion is intense. The danger is real. Soon Charlotte's feeling torn. Will she risk all to prove her innocence? Or surrender it to a man who's sworn to never love?

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Customer Reviews

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Great read, terrible narration..

I loved the Spindle Cove books and this was a good addition. I absolutely loved Charlotte. She was such a crazy character and funny and positive and she had the most ridiculously insane ways of solving puzzles, sometimes they made sense and sometimes you just wanted to scratch your head. She was awesome. And Piers was just as awesome. And the fact that he was a spy was great in itself, since I love spy historicals more than any other kind of book.

This was such a good book but not much of a mystery. When I read a spy mystery I expect going out at night, knife fights, guns going off but none of that ever happened. The players were good, though. I liked Delia but her sister, Frances, was such a jerk. I liked Lord and Lady Parkhurst, but Edmond was my favorite, he was hysterical. I think he was eight and was just a fabulous addition to the story. And as goofy as Mrs. Highwood was I liked her, too.

As to the narration: So, Piers said "huskily,” and Piers said "in his DEEP aristocratic voice.” It’s just too bad his voice was soooo feminine when he said anything. And Ms. Rose didn’t read with any kind of emotions at all. The book had several really funny parts to it but Carmen Rose didn’t laugh except one time near the very end of the book, and you had to listen carefully to hear that laugh. I’ve listened to Ms. Rose a few times and can’t say I liked her either time. The books were good but not her narration. She just can’t do a man’s voice and doesn’t even try.

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- Trish R.

Story wrapped up well, narration was poor

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

Only if he or she had read the previous Spindle Cove novels. I had been anticipating this book, as it crossed over to her Castles Ever After series as well. However, it felt contrived in the beginning (especially the little boy's weird obsession with murder). Once the story got going, it was a little better. The romance was nice and steamy and ended on a high, though the book felt a little short to me.


What other book might you compare Do You Want to Start a Scandal to and why?

It's hard to say. My first inclination would be to compare it to the other Spindle Cove books, but this one felt different because the characters didn't actually have a history with each other like the other couples did. I guess the novella with Diana is the closest comparison.


What three words best describe Carmen Rose’s voice?

Not my favorite. Where did Carolyn Morris go? She did such a lovely job as Charlotte in the other books-- warm, optimistic, conversational. Carmen Rose didn't embody any of those traits. I felt confused listening to her during emotional scenes because of her matter-of-fact delivery. I'm going to have to buy the book now so I can experience the emotions as the author intended.


If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"The only thing he can't keep a secret is his heart."


Any additional comments?

As weird as it sounds, I wish the author would re-read Minerva and Colin's story. It was the perfect blend of sweetness, sex, action, and comedy. Go back to your roots and stop trying to put so many puzzle pieces together at one time. Write what feels natural!

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- Jennifer L. Smith

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-27-2016
  • Publisher: HarperAudio