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Anguished by death. Driven by revenge. Bryony Russell and her two sisters are left destitute by the disgrace and unexpected death of their father, a wealthy shipping magnate. He left a cryptic note, and Bryony is determined to find the real villain and clear her father’s name. In disguise as a servant, Bryony infiltrates the home her of father’s business partner to find proof of his guilt...or innocence. It’s not just clues that Bryony finds, but temptation too.... Adrian Bruton, Earl of Kilmartyn, immediately suspects there is something not quite right about his new housekeeper. The brooding, irresistible rake plays along because he has his own guilty secrets, and his venal, scheming wife holds the key to them, trapping him in a hate-filled marriage. But against his will he’s fascinated by Bryony, seeing past the scars on her face to show her the beauty she never knew she had. Bryony must uncover the truth and attempt to preserve her father’s legacy before things go too far and she falls in love with a man who might very well be her worst enemy.
©2013 Anne Stuart (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Marcheta on 08-26-13

Liked story, didn't like American reading

The story was fine. Don't get me wrong, Xe Sands is a fine narrator. However, I much prefer to hear a British accent when listening to an English romance. The American accent sounded very annoying to me.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Harry_ATL on 09-15-13

Excellent performance!

4.5 Xe Sands is outstanding. This is my first listen to one of her performances, and her soft, seductive delivery is mesmerizing. She handles male voices as well as female and is simply impressive. I am eagerly looking forward to the next Anne Stuart / Xe Sands combo due to be released in early Dec.

This is also my first Anne Stuart romance, and I chose well in my opinion. She has a lyrical, softly humorous turn of phrase that appeals to me. No talking down to the reader. I loved the hero and the heroine equally. I read somewhere that there is no bad boy hero like an Anne Stuart bad boy...which is why I decided to give this a try. And this bad boy was quite appealing.

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By Jenny on 02-14-18

Murder, mystery, betrayal and romance....

This is a really good story. Bryony Russell and her two sisters are left destitute and in disgrace following the unexpected death of their father who is reported to have stolen company money. Bryony suspects foul play due to a note left by her father, one of three men she believes holds the key to this information. She plans to enter the household if each as a housekeeper until she finds her answer. First on the list is the Earl of Kilmartyn. He suspects her straight away as not being who she says, and neither are honest with the other making for a great story. However, more is going on than either of them know....

I really liked the Earl, he is funny and has a real self assurance about him. However, in other ways he is sad and lonely, but he doesn't recognise it. As Bryony tries her best to be a house keeper, there is fantastic humour between them as she cannot behave as a servant should! As the mystery is developing I really couldn't guess what was going on or how this book was going to end.

This is part of a trilogy so doesn't 'end' in the traditional sense, however the story of the Earl and Briony concludes if you don't fancy reading all books (but I definitely will!). There were a few points in the story where I felt myself roll my eyes, and to enjoy it I think the reader has to overlook some pretty unlikely responses to some of the more significant events. However, this couple are so likeable I could forgive most of the things I found distracting.

I was a little disappointed when I first started listening that the narrator is American and the novel is set in London. However, the narration was generally excellent and I actually came to really love Xe Sands style.

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