Once Upon a Tower

  • by Eloisa James
  • Narrated by Susan Duerden
  • 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

To win her love...
As an extremely wealthy laird, Gowan Stoughton, Duke of Kinross, can have any of the maidens at the ball he attends. The only problem is they are all English and Gowan is not so certain they are suitable. He is accustomed to the hard-working lasses from his Highlands, not these dainty noblewomen who spend their days drinking tea or some other such nonsense. But then he makes the acquaintance of Lady Edith Gilchrist. Utterly bewitched by the emerald-eyed beauty with lush golden locks, he knows he must have her.
He must free her from her tower...
"Edie" had the misfortune of being dreadfully ill at her debut ball and barely remembers what Gowan looks like. Even worse, she accepted his proposal the following day. Edie's only true passion is playing music - until Gowan writes a scandalous letter and stirs the most irresistible desire. Yet when they marry, Edie realizes her husband needs a lesson and locks herself in a tower. Somehow Gowan must find a way to enter the tower and convince his new bride that she belongs in his arms.


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Glances across the Ballroom lead to a Marriage Bargain and within weeks a Wedding but although the virginal H/H are sexually drawn to each other - they soon find out that it takes more than attraction to make a marriage work. Romantic and tender beginning as the two happily tie the knot but disaster soon falls when the honeymoon starts.

Hours and hours of "it hurts" and faked orgasms which resulted in lies, betrayal and broken hearts but with a cooling off period in the Highlands tempers calm and a second chance at love is finally theirs. Gowan is tempted to sleep with a barmaid but in the end doesn't because he realises he loves and only wants to please his wife.

Nice enjoyable story, loveable Scottish hero who tries so hard to please his frigid frightened English wife but she wasn't a likeable character and so I couldn't relate to her and felt she just didn't deserve him and as a result it wasn't one of EJ's best romances.

Worth a credit? I'm going to say YES as all of her historical romances are good but some are better than others - and it made my ironing a lot easier.
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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"

Eloisa James Takes a Dive With This One!

This has to be the worst book Eloisa James has ever written. Susan Duerden gave her usual stellar performance, but even she could not rescue the two superficial main characters
who were stuck in a plot line that revolved around a wife faking orgasms and a husband's ego being hurt when he finds out. One of the things that bothered me the most about this story was that while the husband was off on his angry tirade, he has sex with a bar maid--ostensibly to learn more about what pleases a woman sexually. Nothing else was ever said about this infidelity in the book. I thought it was a huge deal because both the husband and wife had discussed the importance of fidelity before their marriage and he had told his wife that he hated liars above all else (referring to her faked orgasm). This book was a big disappointment and am going to ask for a refund. Don't waste your credit or $.
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- reasonable critic

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-28-2013
  • Publisher: HarperAudio