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I loved the flawed, strong, vulnerable hero. I loved the story. The narrator was excellent. THEN about 2/3 through the narration, I heard a lisp....and it was in all the characters. It was distracting. After about thirty minutes, it went away. I am looking for similiar book read by Napoleon Ryan, he is excellent. I don't know where the heck that lisp came from.
So, I started reading this book and got bored at chapter 10 and stopped and read 3 other books then came back to this. I should have gone a little further because it was in chapter 11 that it became exciting. I really liked Jack and Addie, his pretense at being a fop and her liking him for it. And I loved how much Addie grew, from a frightened widow to a brave I’m-not-taking-any-crap-from-anyone-anymore, because her dead husband was a military man and viciously cruel human being, and really made a mess of her. And she was scared to death of military men and that’s what Jack was. He did play the pretend effeminate very well, but that was ALL thanks to the narrator. This book really wouldn’t have been so good just reading it.
The story was about artists and bohemians and the ton. Murder, blackmail, and a terrific love story. No angst or misunderstanding, which made it a great read. All the things that make a love story worth reading.
There was explicit sex in this book, Jack “taking care of Addie” without going all the way, at about 50%, then them doing their “thing” in the last chapter of the book. There was not an ounce of sexual tension between them so that made the sex kind of boring. AND d*mn and h*ll were the only swearwords used.
As to the narrator: He was fabulous! Every single man had his own voice and the ones he did for Ted and Corporal Veitch were especially great. For Ted he sounded gruffly effeminate and for Veitch he was soooo blustery. Jack went from sounding feminine to sounding sexy. (Bad guy) Sherville sounded really evil, Gerald sounded more feminine than the women, Halvers sounded gruff and nice all at the same time. Addie sounded soft-spoken and refined Mrs. Merritt sounded high pitched and stuffy and Zephrina sounded very immature. Wow, the women all sounded just like women, not like a man trying to sound feminine. Napoleon Ryan did a fantastic job.
I got this book through KU as a free read and free listen.