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The story in this audiobook brings a breath of fresh air to the genre. What might appear at first glance to be a "been there done that" storyline for a historical romance (an upper-class woman who is unappreciated by her family but whose loyalty to them comes before her own happiness and a hero who is determined to have revenge upon that family but finds himself conflicted when he falls for the heroine) is turned into something unexpected by above average writing and atypical characterizations. Although I found the hero to be a bit idealized (he has surprisingly modern-seeming sensibilities) that was offset by the fact that he certainly had flaws and was a very well-developed character. The interactions between the protagonists was fun to read and the external forces at play in keeping them apart were unique.
The narration was above average and I was surprised (and vastly disappointed) to find only two other audiobooks narrated by Rebecca De Leeuw on Audible. Her character differentiation was excellent, her voice is very pleasant, and her ability to traverse the entire emotional spectrum in both male and female character voices without over-dramatizing was stellar.
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Just how many times can one person be betrayed and misused by one's own family until they just stop trusting in them? For me a lot fewer times than this lady. Again we have strong women being stupid because of trust and daddy issues. This lady goes from watching her mother die from a broken heart, being misused by her brothers over and over again, to having a father who tells her to her face that he,"Thinks you are worthless". This even though you are the only one caring for him while he is sick! Enough! I don't know if I've become a little jaded in my life, but I'm beginning to feel let down by all my favorite writers. Oh, and I forgot that she gave up her virginity to a man that told her he would, "Do the right thing", after taking what he wanted. On top of that...he didn't do it very well at all, lol.
All that said, along comes the hero and he's the man responsible for the ruin your family is facing. He's doing this out of revenge, but he's really not a cold hearted man in his core. He tells you over, and over, with deed and words that you mean the world to him, and you turn your back on him for the father and brothers that have made your world hell? Come On!
Courtney Milan is one of the best writers I know when it comes to historical romance, so this book left me feeling down. I listen to forget my own troubles for a little while and expect to feel happiness at the end of the book. Just didn't get me there with this one. The narrator did a fair job with expressing emotion, but I just never really connected with her. I gave two stars because the listen was not a bad one, it was just not a good one for me either. I'm on the fence about saying it was worth a credit.
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