Lord Ruin

  • by Carolyn Jewel
  • Narrated by Kate McDermott
  • 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Ruan Bettancourt, the Duke of Cynssyr, intends to marry London's most beautiful debutante. A case of mistaken identity forces him to marry her sister, spinster Anne Sinclair. Before long, he's head-over-heels in love with his wife while Anne is determined to make the best of her unwanted marriage. Can Lord Ruin convince Anne he's fallen in love?


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I was expecting so much from this listen but unfortunately Lord Ruan Cynssyr (aka Lord Ruin or the Insincere Cynssyr) came across as just plain arrogant and cold. Anne was in a Laudanum induced state when she dreams of touches and feelings in the night. But in the morning wouldn't the 'evidence' of her lost virginity and night of sex be there? well not in this listen and wouldn't Ruan somehow sense that the woman below him is actually in a drugged state? again not in this listen. I can usually overlook a lot for the love story but there were so many loose ends, unanswered questions and why's that I never really became emotionally invested in the plot.

I didn't feel the romance at all, there were lots of not too descriptive sex scenes, but they were each denying their feelings and Anne continually distrusted Ruan and felt herself inferior all the time. Then, intertwined, there are kidnappings and rapes of young Ladies and the plot somehow involves Ruan and his friends as the clues mount up it's up to them to uncover who the villains are before Anne pays a very high price. There was a full cast of characters including Anne's nearly betrothed friend Devon who I felt sorry for until near the end.

Worth a credit? I got through it but it wasn't a listen that I was desperate to get back to or unfortunately not one that left me with that 'feel good factor' either so sadly I'm going to have to say, IMHO, NO not creditworthy but maybe a sale purchase.
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- CAROLYN "I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again"

Unfortunate for Lord Ruin

I read this book a few years ago and really enjoyed it and was really happy when I saw it available in Audible. What ruined Lord Ruin was the narration. Ms. McDermott's lack of experience is evident and she should try changing her voice for the different characters that are part of the story line. When the narrator is unable to change voices, the reading comes across as flat and monotone. Some really good examples are Anne Flosnik and Susan Duerden whose narration of historical romance books are a listening joy. I hope that Ms. McDermott will continue narrating books as she has an authentic accent. I just hope she will practice the male voices and learn to make each character stand out.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-18-2014
  • Publisher: Carolyn L. Jewel