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Storyline was very simple. The villain was clearly stated at the beginning so there was no guessing as to who was behind all the attempts at the hero's life. Two things that did not work well against this book were that 1) the heroine kept resisting marriage to the hero because she thought he was a rake. At some point I was ready to fast forward listen to the story and be done with it if I heard, "BUT HE IS A RAKE" one more time. Finally about an hour away from the ending she got her answer to that question and boy was that a relief. The other negative point about this book was that 2) both villains had homosexual tendencies and had no issues with rape, etc. Now I am not gay nor do I have tendencies for exploring, but I am insulted on the behalf of the gay community. Not well done. This story also lacked the clever writing and witty one liners Sally Mackenzie is known for. It had promise but did not deliver, but I still enjoyed reading it. The duke seemed so genuinely bested and the almost sex scenes were hot without it involving much more than a kiss. The book is on sale now but even if it was not, I still found it entertaining enough not to ask for a refund.
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England, romance, suspense, family-dynamics, humor
A nice duke, his psychopathic brother, a recently orphaned American young miss, an exceptional misunderstanding, and an assortment of real characters are the basics of this fun yet suspenseful mystery and romance. I have read it several times and has always been a great escape.
After multiple disappearances of print copies, I got the audio narrated very well by Abby Craden.