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From powerful love to sizzling passion, Julia London always delivers an incomparable listening experience. Returning to her acclaimed Cabot Stepsisters series, we meet an earl who can only be tamed by one wicked lady.
A plan born of desperation
Once the toast of society, Grace Cabot and her sisters now await the shame of losing high status and fine luxuries upon the death of the Earl of Beckington. The dire circumstances are inevitable unless, of course, Grace's wicked plot to seduce a wealthy viscount into marriage goes off without a single hitch. But once a stolen embrace with the wrong man leads her to be discovered in the arms of Jeffrey, the Earl of Merryton, her plan takes a most unexpected - and scorching - twist - and altered by passion. Governed by routine and ruled by duty, Jeffrey had no desire for a wife before he succumbed to Grace's temptation. Though his golden-haired, in-name-only bride is the definition of disorder, he can't resist wanting her in every way. But once her secrets meet his, society might consider their lives to be ruined beyond repair - while Jeffrey might just see it as a new beginning.
©2014 Dinah Dinwiddie (P)2014 Recorded Books
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By Oh Good Grief on 12-13-15

Not your normal romance book

This book is based on the man's fantasies of bondage, whipping women, multiple women and more. The woman feels she has to sumitro these activities in order to relieve him of his "demons". It is quite an uncomfortable book to listen to and honestly I could not finish it. I was disappointed since I liked the first of this series pretty well.

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By Amazon Customer on 07-15-15

Not my favorite...

I am listening to this series in reverse order and have to say I much preferred #3.

I do have to compliment the author for bringing in conflicts that are far out of the ordinary for historical romances. This particular one touched on mental illness--not debilitating to the point of institutionalization, but the sort of life impacting, long suffering sort that many people endure while remaining mostly functional. I applaud that sort of plot innovation.

What dimmed my enjoyment was that the sexual relationship between the two characters was, to me, pretty creepy, at least in the beginning. There are some lines crossed regarding consent, equality and control that I found off-putting. I usually don't feel such strong distaste (enough to mention it in a public review!) but...yeah. That was so not healthy, what was going on at first.
I admit I might be over sensitive because I am a survivor of sexual abuse. I consider myself fully recovered, but this book's intimate scenes were super "triggery" in a way I haven't encountered in a very, very long time. If you are like me in that regard, or if you have very strong feminist leanings (in which case you're unlikely to read romances anyway), I would advise avoidance of this title.

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By Charlotte on 10-03-15

Wow! Steamy sex scenes.

This book was quite different from many I have read in regency romance. As you will see from other reviews, mental illness was certainly part of the story, but not in a bad way. What really surprised me, was the sex scenes being so steamy!...shades of grey in regency England!...certainly worked for me ;-)

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