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Miss Katherine Ross is a wealthy, eccentric socialite who knows precisely what she wants. No husband. No children. No candlelit tête-à-tête with the insufferably emotionless Duke of Ravenwood. She's convinced his heart is ice - until she touches that chiseled chest for herself. One lapse in judgment is all it takes to turn both their lives topsy-turvy.
The Duke of Ravenwood isn't cold and haughty, but a secret romantic who has always dreamt of marrying for love. Instead, he gets Miss Katherine Ross - a headstrong hoyden intent on unraveling his carefully ordered world. He doesn't know whether to kiss her or throttle her. Can they survive each other's company long enough to turn a compromise into love?
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By Trish R. on 03-05-17
Loved the book and the narration..
So, a ridiculously stuffy duke finds himself compromised with a happy, look-at-everything-with a positive-attitude female he tells himself is not proper at all and doesn’t want to make her his duchess, even though he has to. I absolutely loved Kate’s attitude, and how she thought of Ravenwood and what the truth really was. He was shy, had his own garden and wrote poetry, and loved his friends and family deeply. The more Kate found out about Ravenwood the more she loved him.
There was some sweet desire in this book, plus the fear Kate had to overcome about getting pregnant and either her or her baby dying. It was a long while before they consummated their marriage, since the first night didn’t go so well.
This is my first book by this author, because so many reviewers made me think she wrote G-rated books. Well, she doesn’t! It’s not all that explicit but the sex is just so romantic, at least in this book. The desire may not come until they kiss but it was there. I will definitely be reading more from this author. Oh, and this is the 7th book in the series but I never felt lost for a second, no matter what past characters showed up.
Ravenwood and Kate were a wonderful couple. No angst, no misunderstandings, just a forced marriage that turned into a wonderful love. And I abso-tiv-ly loved Aunt Muriel.
As to the narrator: Wonderful! Her voices were awesome but her voice for Aunt Muriel was totally on the mark. She sounded loving, funny and old, just like she should have. Stevie Zimmerman is the reason I’ll listen to Erica Ridley again. The characters really come alive with her narration.
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By Tracy T on 03-17-17
Really enjoyable fun sweet read/listen.
I really enjoyed this story a lot. I loved Katherine and Ravenwood together. They made a great match and were made for each other. The chemistry between these two was great.
The story line and plot was very good. The characters were written excellently and you couldn't help but love them. He was a bit stuffy but romantic and she was outspoken and spunky. She made a great accidental duchess!
Also, this was a 5 hour 20 minute book so it was not full of filler nonsense. YAY
As for the narration. Well, Stevie Zimmerman is hit or miss for me sometimes, but recently she has gotten much better with the men's voices and the reading. Also, it seems the background fuzzy noise is less. If you have listened to her narrations you know what I am talking about. Anyway, this was a hit on the narration front. Really enjoyed this listen.
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