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I didn't know what to expect from this Author so I was pleasantly surprised to find this book entertaining. The story has some mystery with a few light twists and turns along with a romance that is satisfyingly sweet. There are a couple sex scenes but I don't remember any swearing, etc. I recommend this to everyone, like me, who enjoys Regency Romances.
I enjoyed the narration of this story. She was very good at creating different voices for each character.
I would like to thank the author, narrator or publisher for voluntarily providing me this free review copy of this audiobook. It was my pleasure to listen and review. 😉
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
This was a really good book. There was just enough sexual tension through the whole book so that it didn’t get boring waiting for a sex scene that comes out of nowhere, so that was nice. However, I was a little confused with this story. It wasn’t a religious book, although I thought it was until I read some of the reviews. (It really needs a different name, IMO.) BUT this was one of the best LOVE stories I’ve ever read. The tenderness between Lucas and Helena was so sweet and the sex was great!
I really liked Lucas and Helena. I liked the feelings he was continuing to fight over her. And I liked that she was so honest that she told him she loved him after such a short time of knowing him. She was so honest and forthright that you couldn’t help but like her. Of course, Lucas thought he wasn’t good enough for her, par for the course for 95% of romance books, but she still became important to him within a short time. Anyway, Lucas wanted to tell Helena to go away, in order to protect her from whoever was trying to kill him, and the next minute he couldn’t imagine not being able to see her. Oops, and of course they were compromised, and we all know what that means.
In the end Lucas had to return to Boston, where he was exiled to when his father thought he killed a man, and Helena turned up on the same ship, along with her father as chaperone. I would like to have seen something happen between his father and him but that wasn’t meant to be. And the murderer wasn’t in the book, at all, but then showed up out of the blue, ready to kill again. This was a good love story but not that great a mystery. And what happened to Weston? To his sister? A few unanswered questions.
There was want and desire in this book that was marvelous and a couple of sex scenes to go with all that love and desire. No swearing.
As to the narration: I won’t be listening to the second book on Audible, A Curse of the Heart, because the narrator was changed from Stevie Zimmerman to Kylie Stewart. I love listening to Stevie but I heard just enough of Ms. Stewart do a man’s voice to know she’s not very good at it, and I can’t listen to a book where the men sound girlie. Should have stuck with Ms. Zimmerman, she does men’s voices like a pro and reads with great emotion.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
Where does To Save a Sinner rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
This is one of the better regency romances I have listened to in audio.
I love a bit of intrigue and suspense in regency romances so this one fits the bill perfectly. Memorable and intelligent characters along with witty dialogue made this a charming story and one I enjoyed immensely. I will certainly be reading more from this author in the future.
What did you like best about this story?
I loved how sensible, trusting and courageous Helena was. She wasn't easily fooled and I was relieved that the author didn't use mistrust and misunderstandings to drive a wedge between Helena and Lucas. This meant that there was a nice flow to the story and the romance developed in a realistic way without tedious and dragged out arguments.
I also enjoyed the mystery and suspense. I like characters to face a little bit of danger and the scene at the museum stands out as does the scene where they unmask the villain- something that kept me guessing right up to then.
What does Stevie Zimmerman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
I've listened to a number of productions by Stevie Zimmerman and I have enjoyed them all. She has a gentle kind of way of performing her characters which makes them as likeable and charming as the author intended them to be.
Any additional comments?
I won a copy of this book in a competition and have voluntarily reviewed it.
To be honest, I wasn't quite sure how I would feel about the book when it first started. It seemed like it might be a typical regency style story with a wallflower bluestocking reforming a rake.
But Adele Clee really mixed it up.
Start with an exceptionally gorgeous and rather jaded manly man. Throw in a 4 year old murder accusation and mystery, a bit of hanky panky in dark corners, a penchant for mythical creatures, and an exceptionally intelligent and plain speaking woman. I love how Adele Clee has changed the expectations a bit. Lucas is the objectified beauty. Helena is the veritable heroine with the ability to rationally piece together clues and accurately assess the situations she finds them in. She is able to plot and plan like a consummate strategist. I like that Helena has so much strength of character without having sacrificed Lucas' intelligence and masculinity in the process. In fact, both characters are strong individually and stronger together.
The story is easy to listen to and fun. Stevie Zimmerman has the kind of soft and expressive story-tellers voice that fits the genre.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.