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Publisher's Summary

A hot historical romance from USA Today best-selling author Jess Michaels
For years Serafina McPhee has been engaged to marry the heir to the duke of Hartholm; and for almost as long, she has been struggling to find a way out of that engagement. When he suddenly dies, she does not mourn but thrills at the idea that she will be free. Unfortunately, best-laid plans go awry when the next in line for the title, her intended's cousin, Raphael "Rafe" Flynn, is forced to take over the engagement. But Serafina knows Rafe's reputation as a libertine and wants nothing to do with him, either, even if he is devastatingly handsome.
She proposes an arrangement: she will agree to the marriage and provide Rafe with his heir and spare. Once she has done her duty, he will let her go. Rafe is intrigued both by her beauty and by her utter disgust with the idea of being his bride. Women normally fall at his feet, not cringe away from him. However, since their arranged marriage is not something he can escape, he agrees to her terms.
But when he finds out on their wedding night the truth about her torture at the hands of his predecessor, he finds himself driven not just to fulfill his bargain with his new bride but to introduce her to desire. While they move closer together, surrendering to wicked pleasures, dangerous emotions may violate every agreement they've made.
©2015 Jesse Petersen (P)2015 Jesse Petersen
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2 out of 5 stars
By Cindy on 01-03-16

Really Dumb Heroine

The story wasn’t bad, if rather simple. The hero seemed to be a great guy who handled the sudden, life changing situation in an adult, rational manner. Rafe lived up to the ducal contract to the letter and tried to make things as easy for Serafina as he possible could. He did not want to marry any more than she did.

Yes, Serafina had a miserable childhood. All emphasis was on her beauty and not much confirmation of her other attributes. Her parents were not kind and she didn’t experience any love that I could see. Her original fiancé raped her repeatedly before his death. But she seemed to get past that fairly quickly when she was taught gentle loving by her new husband.

Aside from all that, I just wanted to smack her. It was obvious from the start that her husband adored her, but he had made a bargain with her before their marriage to allow her to live freely on her own and she was determined not to accept his love and to force him to let her leave. Of course, she didn’t really WANT to leave, but had decided it was best for both of them.

The story left me wanting something more. A heroine with a brain would have helped. I’m interested in hearing about Rafe’s sister, so I’m hoping the second book in the series is better.

One other thing – while the narrator’s voice was very good she constantly mispronounced words. I’m not talking about foreign or difficult words. I’m talking about simple words. Has Audible done away with editing entirely?

Worth a credit? Definitely not. I paid a miniscule amount because I wanted the Kindle book as well. And that’s about what it was worth.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Elizabeth on 02-24-16

Listen for the Love Scenes....

Not embarrassed to admit ...sometimes I just wanna listen to a book for the love / sex scenes. There are plenty in this book. Is the story great - not really. Are the characters good - I liked Rafe.

It is steamy, but not over the top.

Worth a credit - probably not - on sale 1/2 off? Yeah I bought the whole series on sale.

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