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This would have been a great book if the ending had been better. Like the wedding an children.
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The blurb tells you about the duel so no point in doing that.
So, Gareth told Helen he would use her for his pleasure then she could leave. It doesn’t matter to me that he fell in love with her it was the cold calculating way he told her he would ruin her a couple of times that got to me. NOT my idea of a hero. Not that Helen minded too much since she was always thinking about all she wanted him to do to her. The entire story was just about desire, really. He kept promising her pleasure and giving her pleasure, without take her completely, because he wasn’t going to do that until she begged him to. He thought a lot of himself. And then at the end she came back and begged him to let her stay, that she’d be a maid, or whatever he need her to be, if he’d let her stay with him. It really was pathetic on her part.
I’m glad it was only a 3 hour short story. I don’t think I could have stood more than that, since the end made the heroine look weak and spineless. HE should have been the one to go after her and beg HER to come back to him, not the other way around. He thought too much of himself and she didn’t think enough of herself. With Helen being such a weak heroine her taking her brother’s place in the duel didn’t make a bit of sense.
There were explicit sexual scenes but no swearing.
As to the narrator: Beverley A. Crick is barely ok for me. Her male voices just don’t sound manly to me. It’s like she deepens a woman’s voice but it still sounds womanly. She reads with emotions but when the men still sounds girly it’s not good enough.