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Publisher's Summary

They meet in a ferocious snowstorm. She is a young teacher with a secret past. He is the cool, black-caped stranger who unexpectedly comes to her rescue. Between these two unlikely strangers, desire is instantaneous...and utterly impossible to resist.
Stranded together in a rustic country inn, Lucius Marshall, who is the Viscount Sinclair, and Frances Allard share a night of glorious, unforgettable passion. But Frances knows her place, and it is far from the privileged world of the sensual aristocrat. Due to begin her teaching position at Miss Martin's School in Bath, Frances must try to forget that one extraordinary night - and the man who touched her with such exquisite tenderness and abandon.
But Frances cannot hide forever. And when fate once again throws them together, Lucius refuses to take no for an answer. If Frances will not be his wife, he will make her his mistress. So begins an odyssey fraught with intrigue, one that defies propriety and shocks the straitlaced ton. For Lucius's passionate, single-minded pursuit is about to force Frances to give up all her secrets - except one - to win the heart of the man she already loves.
Contains mature themes.
©2005 Mary Balogh (P)2016 Tantor
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4 out of 5 stars
By Kristin on 11-10-16

a litte drawn out

This is one of my favorite authors, and I absolutely love this narrator. She can make any book worth listening to. I did like the story, just didn't love the heroine as much as the hero. She kind of got on my nerves after a while. For all the lead up to why she couldn't go back to London, the reason was kind of lame I thought. Did enjoy many of the secondary characters. Anyway, I want to listen to the series and I hope the others are a little better.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mary Jane C. on 11-19-17

A memorable heroine!

The love story of Frances and Lucius begins in an unusual way, and in fact I have never read (or listened to) a romance novel beginning with such an entertaining meeting followed by an eventful few days in a run-down abandoned inn. The heroine, Frances, develops over the course of the novel, and she is an unusually interesting character with many talents and not a few flaws. Our hero is somewhat less interesting (the classic aristocratic male accustomed to getting his own way) but his dogged devotion is pretty admirable. I liked the supporting characters quite a bit, especially Lucius' younger sister Amy, and Frances' doting great-aunts. The narration is just perfection.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jessica on 07-28-16

Not your typical period romance.

Somewhat of a cross between Elizabeth Gaskell and Jane Austen but with a little less of Gaskell's agony and a little less of Austen's morality. The main characters envelope some modern concepts in their actions and respective consciences. The sex scenes were quite tasteful, I thought. Not too vulgar and not too long.
Rosslyn Landor is quite a pleasant narrator. Her range isn't particularly varied but she has a rich, warm voice that suited the main characters well.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Jayltee on 03-20-18

Well written but repetitive

Excellent writing with consistency of character and period. However there was a great deal of plot point repetition without character advancement. I found the hero and heroine to be a little bland and so this became slightly frustrating.

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