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What disappointed you about The Dangerous Gentleman?
The contrived angst between the heroine and hero. Every time he comes home to try to win her love again, she does something stupid to thwart it. The brother in law that they let hang around is like Iago. How on earth can you purport to love someone if you think they are cheating on you?
What do you think your next listen will be?
Nalini Singh's newest book
Which scene was your favorite?
The last one since the book was over
What character would you cut from The Dangerous Gentleman?
The hero's brother should be cut. I am sure the hero and heroine can get into trouble without him
Any additional comments?
It was a reasonable read right up to the last 4 chapters, until the heroine does something contrived to definitely get herself into hot water again!
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Setting: England, 1834
Why, why, why? Why do I purchase books narrated by Anne Flosnik? This performance was so irritating that I was hearing her overly dramatic performance rather than what she was reading. Seriously. I had to back up several times because the narration was so irritating it was distracting. When the character was supposed to be intense, it came across as so much cringe-worthy over-acting. Ugh! I must remember this and just cave to Kindle when I see her as the narrator.
The story itself (insofar as I could really hear it beyond the narration) was okay, but well-written. The hero marries the woman his brother is about to offer for, out of revenge. She marries him because she feels she'll have a greater chance to experience life in more interesting places with him rather than his brother. He ends up taking her to his country estate, where the relationship is pretty cold except for in bed, until tragedy strikes. The author used miscommunication and tragedy as plot devices, so some will find it a bit hackneyed. However, I believe it was well done enough to hold the listener's interest - if the irritations of the narrator can be overcome.
The characters were pretty standard. Tortured hero, naive heroine. You know what I don't like (and it's true in many historicals)? The H/h seem to have nothing in common except for physical attraction. Yes, in this particular book, the heroine rises to the challenge when tragedy strikes but still, except for that the two seem to have no meeting ground. There are also accusations of betrayal as part of the miscommunication on which the plot depends. I hate those snits.
Was this a credit-worthy listen? Well, not for me, but you may be okay with the narration. It just leeched all the enjoyment out of the experience.
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