Noble Intentions

  • by Andrew Grey
  • Narrated by Robert Nieman
  • 5 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Robert Ashton is in for the surprise of a lifetime. His mother, a bit of a rebel, raised him away from the rest of the family, and it's not until he's contacted by his lawyer about an inheritance that he learns who he truly is: the new Earl of Hantford. His legacy includes ownership of the historic Ashton Park Estate - which needs repairs Robert cannot afford. He'll simply do what the nobility has done for centuries when in need of money. He'll marry it.
Tech wizard Daniel Fabian is wealthy and successful. In fact, he has almost everything - except a title to make him worthy in the eyes of the old-money snobs he went to prep school with. His high school reunion is looming, and he's determined to attend it as a member of the aristocracy.
That's where Robert comes in.
Daniel has the money, Robert has the name, and both of them know they can help each other out. But their marriage of convenience has the potential to become a real love match - unless a threat to Daniel's business ruins everything.


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Solid sweeter romance with good characters

I’ll admit that reading the blurb alone may not have tempted me into reading Noble Intentions. While I generally enjoy Mr. Grey’s books and characters, and find the writing to flow smoothly, I have to be in the right mood for a lower angst, sweet romance. However, when I saw this book happened to be narrated by one of my very favorite voices, I went ahead and dove right in.

In many ways, I wasn’t completely expecting the story within Noble Intentions. I simply haven’t encountered many arranged marriages or partnerships in the m/m genre, so even though the blurb mentions it, it still caught me a bit off guard when it came up in the book. Honestly the whole idea put me off the story a little bit. However, it ended up working out better than I anticipated. I appreciated how the match came about and, as far as arranged relationships go, this one had a fairly natural feel that was plausible.

I liked the characters of Noble Intentions as well. Mr. Grey often creates characters who have an easy and likeable demeanor to them, not overly intense and with good hearts. That’s precisely how I viewed Daniel and Robert. There are no other-the-top dramatics or intense scenes, just a sweet romance between two nice and charming characters. The relationship conflicts that arose made sense but weren’t drawn out unnecessarily or overly angsty. Rather, it presented some hurdles for the couple to navigate as they try to make their arrangement work, ultimately it added some balance between the men and provided opportunity for character growth as well.

As always, I really enjoyed Mr. Nieman’s narration style. His relaxed, steady rhythm suited the story perfectly. I thought the two voices he used to delineate between Robert and Daniel worked well for the characters, they weren’t caricatures, but different enough to distinguish who was talking during longer dialogue exchanges. In many ways, I think the Mr. Nieman’s narration made this book that much more appealing to me. If the story of Noble Intentions intrigues you, or if you are looking for a sweeter romance, this would certainly fit the bill and I most definitely recommend the audiobook version.

*Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*
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- A T

Noble indeed

Where does Noble Intentions rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It was okay. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either. At least, not as much as I enjoyed the book.

Which scene was your favorite?

The board room toward the end, very nice.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not at all and that pains me. I really loved the eBook but the narrator did not do the story justice. I was so confused, more often than not, because he didn't even attempt to use a different accent. My suggestion, skip the audio and read the book, you'll love it.

Any additional comments?

Tams eBook review from December 2016...

Robert Ashton's usually boring life is turned upside down and inside out when he learns that he is the new Earl of Hantford after his uncles passing. His mother cut off all contact with her family and Robert has never really met any of them. The title and estates he's inherited aren't exactly up to snuff though. It will take money Robert doesn't have to polish up Historic Ashton Park Estate.

Daniel Fabien is wealthy and successful, but has never garnered the respect he thinks is deserved. Enter the lovely matchmaker for people of Daniel and Robert's status and there just might be a solution to both of their problems. You know what they say... one problem solved, several more arise.

Their marriage of convenience slowly evolves into something more as both men grow quite attached to each other. But neither is certain the other feels the same way. In the middle of Daniel and Robert opening up to each other they learn that the estate will take a bit more time, effort and money than initially expected. And then the bottom falls out when someone tries to steal Daniel's business that he built from the ground up, out from under him.

Grey is getting back to his squishy, sweet, romantic type of story with this new release and I absolutely loved it! I thoroughly enjoyed traveling the journey of friendship, self awareness and, eventually love with these two men. They were very much alike, and yet, quite different. It wasn't all sunshine and roses from the start, they had to work together to figure everything out. But it was worth the wait and was sad when I came to the end, with a sigh and a smile. Definitely a must read. But then, it's Andrew Grey, everything he does is golden.

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- Tams (TTC Books and more)

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-09-2017
  • Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC