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Publisher's Summary

A phony engagement turns into real passion in this delightful Regency romance from award-winning author Anne Gracie.

Fate has lavished beauty on the Merridew sisters - that is, all save the eldest. But plain Prudence bears no grudge; she loves her four beautiful sisters infinitely. So when their abusive grandfather is laid up with an injury, she seizes the opportunity to concoct an ingenious plan that will allow all five of them to escape the clutches of their legal guardian. All it will take is a little matrimonial deception....

A renowned rake, Gideon, Lord Carradice, has a way of making ladies swoon. But when Prudence arrives at his doorstep and mistakes him for his cousin, the Duke, it is Gideon who's infatuated. The delightful spitfire claims she and the Duke are engaged - although a taller tale was never told. In spite of the lies, Gideon is so taken with charming Prudence that he's eager to join her game, especially if it will award him a stolen kiss or two. Now, Prudence's plot is about to go terribly, albeit deliciously, awry....

Contains mature themes.

©2005 Anne Gracie (P)2020 Tantor

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-03-21

Favorite Funny Romance; Robotically Read

This story has always made me smile and laugh! It's often been a go-to re-read when my spirits need a lift. I'm OVERJOYED that Audible added this romance novel! I did find Heather Wilds' reading a little distracting. She used a definitive, chopped style - stating each sentence separately - creating a cadence that sometimes overwhelmed the prose. I find this book, at times, hilarious but I'm glad the narrator didn't play to get laughs. Still, I wish she might have massaged her tone a bit, and paused more in the story's breaks.

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  • karen
  • 20-12-20

Too Slow & Long

I was looking forward to this book, but was so disappointed. The first 5 chapters are a great start, but it drags and repeats too much for a good flow to the story.
The heroine has a secret about a past relationship that keeps her from coming together with the hero. When she tries to tell him her secret, it takes 3 chapters ...just too long. The situation makes the heroine sad and you feel sympathy, but she is not the most likeable character. This makes me conflicted about her. She is also strong, but keeps running out of rooms because she is too upset. It just doesn't make sense, and she gets less strong as the story goes on.
The hero is great. In the beginning he is funny and full of life, but even he gets depressing towards the end. With 3 hours left I just stopped caring!
This premise started out great, but went nowhere. It may be good for readers that like a slow meander to the HEA, but it's just too much to get through. I think it's trying to be a romp, but falls far short, as the humour is drained out of the story by the end.
The narration is very good and I bought it for that reason. This is an okay book, but not great.

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  • sfitting
  • 04-04-21

Made me chuckle at times. Can't stand narrator

The story had some good moments. Author repeats herself, same phrases, throughout the story.
The person who ruins this audio is the narrator. She pauses After.Every.Sentence. It drags because of her. It doesn't flow well. She is too distracting.
I shudder because I still have 2 more books that are narrated by her. Sigh. I might just buy the books on kindle to avoid her all together.

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  • N. Berry
  • 27-03-21

I want a Gideon!

This was my first book by this author and I loved it! I loved Gideon's sense of humor! The quips were fabulous and the narrarator did a great job with them. I loved how he and Gussie kept getting Otterbury's name wrong, the whole scene at the Duke's house when they first met, the love letters/tailor's bills, his shins with Grace, him having a "fever", the shooting, etc. I loved the "Imp" nickname. I won't go on about actual events. but I'll just say that I loved her strength and EVERYTHING about him, and I loved this story. ❤

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  • Robin
  • 14-03-21

Great

Love Anne Gracie's books😀😀😀The Autumn Bride is my favorite.. Glad these are now on Audio...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-02-21

I love Anne Gracie's other books...

But I struggled with this one. Once the plot took the to Bath, the story picked up. Before that, the scenes with the main love interests were very awkward. I found the beginning was slow, the ending was rushed and the characters were flat. I am hoping the next book in the series has more of the story telling magic I enjoyed with her other books.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-02-21

Super funny! Super sad.

This is a great book! The reader is annoying but her voices are great. She just narrates with strange inflection. Sort of like the sentences aren't connected...weird. hard to explain. But the story is full of great characters and finally a heroine who thinks the best of her guy rather than always jumping to the least likely scenario and getting herself into stupid stuff.

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  • Persephone
  • 08-02-21

great read

loved it, very well written. loved the characters .
wasn't sure about the narrator at first, but quite enjoyed the reading in the end

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-02-21

Good book nicely narrated.

This was my first Anne Gracie book and wouldn't be the last, I'm sure. Enjoyable story with oh so much appreciated humour. Admittedly there is an obligatory now days sex scene or two, but plenty of twists and turns in the plot to keep you guessing right to the end.
Narration was perfection, done in good British English and no annoying mispronunciations. One star removed due to lengthy "declaration of love" part. It took far too long for the heroine to get the "he loves me" point.

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  • Susan
  • 14-01-21

Lovely Story

Really enjoyed this book .Took a bit of time to get used to the narrators voice .I did and so glad I persevered.

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  • Anya R
  • 05-04-21

boring and repetitive

storyline is so slow. everything gets repeated and nothing really happens.
also the reader goes up at the end of every line in the exact same way which is very repetitive

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  • Terry
  • 09-03-21

Great story

The story was very good but I was disappointed with the narrator, it spoiled the book the voice was too monotonous and just didn't ring true,great shame,I wont be listening to other books in the series till the narrator is changed

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  • Thor
  • 07-03-21

Entertaining, but slightly ruined by a flaw.

The two main characters are extremely entertaining and a pleasure to listen too. The secondary characters are good, some more prominent than others, though Hope comes across as a selfish child. Philip is what was ones was built up to expect.
The note of servere discord, was the tedious amount of time it took for the Heroine to tell her story and declare her love. I am amazed that as a Rake, he didn't guess her obvious downfall.
I started to fast forward at the end, I was heartily bored of hearing any more reasons of why they were not engaged.
Still worth a credit.

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  • Janet
  • 24-02-21

A delightful entertaining romp

I love this book - I think it’s the best of the 4 Books about the Merridew Sisters. I love the interchanges between Prudence and Gideon - I often have laughed out loud. There’s also historical detail, drama and romance. Heather Wilds narration is also excellent and entertaining therefore makes it easy for the listener to follow the plot. I’ll be keeping this Audiobook.

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  • cat smith
  • 22-02-21

Witty, great story and lovable heroes

The story had me hooked. Funny and well developed characters. Hero and heroin easy to like.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-02-21

I absolutely loved this book!

From the very beginning I was absolutely hooked, I didn't want to press pause at point... wonderful story!