In the social whirl of Regency England, Elizabeth Chudderley is at the top of every guest list, the life of every party, and the belle of every ball. But her friends and admirers would be stunned to know the truth: that the merriest widow in London is also the loneliest. Behind the gaiety and smiles lies a secret longing - for something, or someone, to whisk her away....
Raised in scandal, Lord Michael de Grey is convinced that love is a losing gamble - and seduction the only game worth playing. But when duty threatens to trump everything he desires, the only way out is marriage to a woman of his brother’s choosing. Elizabeth Chudderley is delightful, delicious - and distressingly attractive. With such a captivating opponent, Michael isn’t quite sure who is winning the game. How can such passionate players negotiate a marriage of necessity - when their hearts have needs of their own?
"Here's a sophisticated, witty, smart novel that, like a Mary Balogh romance, compels the [listener] to look deeper into the story and uncover great depth as well as grand passion." (RT Book Reviews)
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The narrator ruins it
A better, more mature narrator. Alison Larkin has a school girl's voice. She is unable to make a male character sound like one. Even her women sound like high school girls. I know that Meredith Duran self-publishes, and I would imagine that means she has control over who records her books as well. I just hope that whoever it is gets a narrator with more range. Alison Larkin might work for a young adult book, although I think I still wouldn't like her in that. She is a bit over-vivacious, and there are still adults and men in young adult books usually. I don't think at this point she could even make a boy sound like a boy. So in this instance, it isn't possible for me to really review the book. I bought it because of all the good reviews and I have to believe it's worth reading. When my eyes are up to it, I'll try the kindle version. But for now, it's a big disappointment.
As I said above.
Couldn't get there; the narration is in the way. It makes the book seem trivial.
I wish that Audible and equivalent companies would have standards to help publishers and self-published authors to choose their readers. An audiobook is worthless if the narrator is bad.
I hated for it to end!