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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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

Great story, awful awful narration

TL:DR - Text to speech engines make for a better listening experience than this narrator.

First of all, this was a really great read. The FH and MH were so charming and funny and the whole narrative has a lot of character and levity and wit. When I read it, I could understand why the mains fell for each other and the plot stayed consistently interesting.

I really, really liked this story, so much so that I knew I needed an audio version. However, the narration was so bad that it sapped all the character and tone out of the story. The delivery really did not do this story any justice, and I found it to be so insufferable that I couldn't make it past the first 'page' before I had to turn it off.

Since the publishers are unlikely to record this with another narrator, I'll be using my phone's text to speech to listen to this book. Shame.
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

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