Must Love Breeches

  • by Angela Quarles
  • Narrated by Mary Jane Wells
  • 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

She's finally met the man of her dreams - too bad he lives in a different century!
A devoted history buff finds the re-enactment of a pre-Victorian ball in London a bit boring...until a mysterious artifact sweeps her back in time to the real event, and into the arms of a compelling British lord.
Isabelle Rochon can't believe it when she finds herself in the reality of 1830's London high society. She's thrilled to witness events and people she's studied. But she may also have to survive without modern tools or career - unless she can find a way to return to her time. And then there's Viscount Lord Montagu, a man whose embrace curls her toes, but who has a dangerous agenda of his own.
Lord Phineas Montagu is on a mission to avenge his sister, and he'll stop at nothing, including convincing an alluring stranger to pose as his respectable fiancé. He's happy to repay her by helping her search for her stolen calling card case that brought her back in time. But he doesn't bargain for the lady being his intellectual match - or for the irresistible attraction that flames between them.
They're both certain they know what they want, but as passion flares, Phineas must keep both himself and Isabella safe from unseen opponents, and she must choose when and where her heart belongs. Can they ever be together for good?
Don't miss the time travel romance USA Today called "a delicious twist on historical drama and romance."


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A Time Travel Romance so worth the time to read!

Must Love Breeches by Angela Quarles brings together contemporary sexiness and nineteenth century innocence. The result is a sensual romance that you can’t put down!

The story begins when Isabelle Rochon faints during a reenactment ball, and awakens in 1834 London, in the midst of a true ball. With no money, no friends and absolutely no idea how this has happened to her, Isabelle faces an unbelievable reality. She has traveled back in time!

Isabelle soon realises that a capable, independent, modern day woman has no place in London’s society. Lucky for her she meets Miss Ada Byron, a woman who has the open mind and intelligence to accept Isabelle’s time traveling story as truth. With Ada’s help, Isabelle is able to safeguard her secret and blend in while she searches for her way back home.

Lord Montagu knows his cousin Ada’s new mysterious friend is a complication he doesn’t need. He is a man focused on revenge, and tries his best to ignore the curiosity and desire Isabelle stirs in him. However, once he sees his carefully constructed plan is not working in his favor, he realizes Isabelle might be just what he needs to finally have vengeance.

After accepting the gorgeous Lord Montagu’s unusual proposal to act as his fiancé, it proves no easy task for Isabelle. She must protect her true time traveler identity, while aiding him on his secretive project. Most importantly, she must resist the growing passion that continues to threaten the fact that she must leave. She needs to return to her life, her job, her time - but every tender kiss and stolen moment of passion is tearing Isabelle apart. Isabelle must decide... Is this love? Is this worth staying for?

You won’t want to miss this love story that defies time! I should warn you though... it will leave you wanting a little more romance in your life!

Mary Jane Wells was excellent with the delivery of the story
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- Lia "I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!"

Don't Miss this Wonderful Time Travel Romance!

Must Love Breeches is a light hearted time-travel HR — a reverse Kate and Leopold, where a modern girl with baggage, ends up in 1834 London. With fine writing and a witty plot, it grabbed me from the start!

But, to be completely honest, I was prepared to be disappointed, since so many of the books with a similar plot have usually failed due to overly plucky and strident heroines, who come across as arrogant or TSTL. Fortunately, Angela Quarles is a terrific writer who handles this tricky sub-genre with a deft hand. Bravo!

The lead heroine, Isabelle, is a history professional. She loves Austen, and the British Museum, and all things antique. Upon finding herself in London in 1834, her reactions — and her denial — feel real, and not at all overdone. And as the implications of her situation dawn on her, that she is truly stuck there, it’s fun to watch her find her footing amid all the pitfalls of trying to pass as someone from another age. (I particularly enjoyed watching while she tried to remember what she'd read in novels and history books!)

The narration by Mary Jane Wells, is extremely well done, and worthy of the story, as she enhances the experience of the book immensely. While she initially reads Isabelle with a flat American accent, but soon softens it, as the character makes an effort to sound more like the people around her, and her American accent becomes very pleasant to listen to. VERY WELL DONE, indeed!

(I shudder to think what a less skilled narrator could have done to this book, and hope Ms. Quarles chooses to continue to use MJW!)

The romance, particularly the sex scene, is a masterpiece. Beautifully written and performed, and true to the era in which it occurs, it held me enthralled. Phineas, (great name!) is a true gentleman of his time, and behaves accordingly, showing all the care and respect one would expect, without stepping back from the passion when it counts. I loved how true to the situation that scene was, perhaps more so when compared to those in many of the usual HR’s, where rakes normally prevail. I found it deeply affecting, romantic, and very sexy. I think Ms Quarles is very talented.

Naturally, there is a mystery, with dastardly bad guys, and enough action to keep the book moving at a good steady clip, but it never overwhelms the romance, and gives 1834 London it’s due in atmosphere and description, peopled as it is with great thinkers of it's age. Neither does it become overly violent or unduly melodramatic, which I appreciated. The Epilogue ties things up nicely, and is not to be missed.

There is another book in this series, Must Love Chainmail, and as I do, I can’t wait to read it. I hope it will come to Audible very soon, with Mary Jane Wells, or someone equally talented, doing the narration. Enjoy!

Highly Recommended.

FYI: I was very fortunate to receive this book (from Audioblast!) for an honest review. Lucky me!
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-29-2016
  • Publisher: Unsealed Room Press