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Listened for Fun /Read for Review (Audible /Avon)
Overall Rating : 4.50
Story Rating :4.50
Character Rating : 4.50
Audio Rating : 4.50 (Not part of the overall rating)
First thought when finished: The mystery in The Duke and the Lady in Red by Lorraine Heath was compelling and the damn end made me cry.
Quick Thoughts: This was one of those stories that I would only trust in a few authors hands. The leading lady was not typical, especially for a historical. In the wrong hands she would have been down right unlikable or at least not a woman you would root for an HEA. Instead you not only love Rosalind but end up wanting to make sure that Avendale is worthy of HER! Avendale is swoon-worthy so don't get me wrong. He is every thing I want in a Historical Leading Man (yes I have different expectations depending on the type of leading man and period). In the end though it was his connection with Rosalind that makes him super worthy. Don't you love with the love story makes you go SWOOOOOOOOOOON? The mystery of why Rosalind is the way she is was the most compelling part of this story for me. It is worth reading and having that "oh my" moment without spoiling. It was compelling and felt authentic to the time.
Narrated By Helen Lloyd, James Adams / Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
Helen and James are a perfect example of how two narrators can work for an audiobook. They were both outstanding and balanced each other well. The pacing was steady, equal emotional output, and their voices fit these characters. I highly recommend this on audio!
Part of my Read It, Rate It, File It, DONE! Reviews
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
The story started interesting but then became amazing in the last 1/4 of the book. Rose showed great kindness and generosity to the ones she loved and this encouraged the Duke to be able to in turn open up and provide the same. He even reconnected with his estranged family. I TRULY enjoyed the book although a small part also profoundly saddened me. Great story. The only thing that would have made the overall a 5 star would have been to cut back on some repetitive main character ramblings.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
One of the best books I have ever listened to in the genre!! The h and h were extremely well matched and very likeable. The secondary characters were fab too. Rose has had a very difficult and hard life but kept her little band of family together by whatever means! Harry her brother was the most lovely character and I couldn't help but fall in love a little with him even though he was not your handsome character normally found in this type of book. Good sex scenes without being soft Porn!. Rose had a strong character which was super and Avondale an arrogance but well deserved! I will listen to this book time and time again and will be in my top 10! It made me laugh and it made me cry even though I knew what the outcome was going to be!
Narration was very good - perhaps not brilliant but not off putting at all as many can be!
I spent a Credit on this book but would have happily bought it with cash!
This book won't disappoint - cannot recommend highly enough!!!