It's going to take a Beast to tame this Beauty
The Enigma Earl. The Lord Phantom. That's what the gossip pages call Lord Greenwich, a mysterious nobleman who doesn't show his face in London Society. With a reputation like that, it's no wonder that Lydia Montgomery is horrified to be dragged from bed and packed off to live with him to save her mother from penury.
While Lydia has received all of the training a lady should endure, she's decidedly un-ladylike. She despises her corset and isn't interested in marriage; in fact, she would prefer to remain unmarried so that she can spend her time improving her art. But if she wants a chance at happiness, she'll have to set aside her fear of Lord Greenwich and discover the man hiding behind the beast.
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- Tracy T "Audible Addict!"
Fractured Re-Telling Of One Of My Fav Fairy Tales!
I really enjoyed the narrator's performance and would have missed that if I'd read the story instead of listening to it. Marian Hussey, the narrator, did an excellent job at bringing the characters to life and capturing the essence of the characters.. Her accents and mannerisms enhanced this delightful tale. She differentiated well between the characters making it easy for the listener to know who was speaking from her voice. I had never listened to anything Marian had narrated previously, but I would not hesitate to pick up another book that she has narrated.
It's a wonderful Georgian romance reminiscent of one of my favorite fairy tales, Beauty and the Beast. I really liked both the hero and the heroine, Edward and Lydia. They were similar in many ways. They came from different social classes, but neither gave much credence to society's rigid definitions. They were each free spirits who enjoyed their independence. Each was driven by a purpose; Edward's was botany science and Lydia's was art. However, both were so intensely passionate about their separate interests that a compromising middle ground in which their interests could co-exist and they could each find happiness did not seem attainable, but I held out hope.
In addition, I have to credit this books with piquing my interest in botany and art. I find myself looking at art differently now, as it was explained in the story that there is a difference between looking and seeing just as there is between studying and learning. AND my curiosity demanded that I look up one of the plants that was featured in the tale.
One of my favorite scenes occurred near the beginning of the book. It occurred right after the clandestine meeting and had me laughing out loud. Lydia is tired and stressed after the late-night meeting and Edward has insisted that she accompany him to her new home directly. Lydia loses her footing as she exits their carriage which leaves her in a compromising position with her face in Edward's crotch.
I would have loved to do that as I kept thinking about it when I couldn't listen. I found myself planning extra time to listen as I was dying to find out what would happen next.
This was the first book I've ever read or listened to by Gina; I will certainly pick up others by her in the future as it was quite the entertaining read and her writing style was very engaging. I really enjoyed the way she seamlessly combined humor and their romance that alternated between sweet, hot and something in-between. With great atmosphere, clever, witty dialogue, well-defined, genuine characters with great chemistry and a rich plot, this tale will keep readers spellbound up to an exciting, heart-stopping, but very satisfying ending. I highly recommend MEET THE EARL AT MIDNIGHT to anyone who enjoys sensual historical romances.
- Linda Townsend "Blondie Black"