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When a wager goes wrong....

Painfully shy Jane Huxley is the furthest thing from a diamond of the first water. Bookish, bespectacled, and, well, plain, she never expected to befriend a dissolute charmer like Colin Lacey, much less agree to help him retrieve a lost family heirloom. Fortunately, he is nothing like his cold, rigid older brother. Unfortunately, he is not above deception if it means winning a wager. And that puts Jane in a most precarious position.

A formidable duke will marry a plain Jane....

For Harrison Lacey, the Duke of Blackmore, protecting his family honor is not a choice, it is a necessity. So, when his cad of a brother humiliates the unwitting Lady Jane, Harrison must make it right, even if it means marrying the chit himself.

And a marriage of convenience will become so much more....

Her reputation hanging by a thread, Jane agrees to wed the arrogant Duke of Blackmore, although she's convinced it will result in frostbite. Only after lingering glances lead to devastating kisses does she begin to suspect the truth: Perhaps - just perhaps - her duke is not as cold as he appears.

Contains mature themes.

©2015 Elisa Braden (P)2017 Tantor

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  • MVA
  • 29-12-17

WOW.....This was so good

I thought I loved the first book....Nope! I loved this book even more. The character development, plot, smexy times, and romance was well worth it with this listen. I only wish the rest of the series was on Audible so I could get the next one. Oh well...I guess we all need something to look forward too. Please do not take too long. The narration was also awesome. USE YOUR LAST CREDIT FOR THIS LISTEN!!

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  • karen
  • 16-09-18

Great Book/Horrible narrator

The story was wonderful. The development took some time and there are some great scenes ( with the French chef). The hero was a little unapproachable in the beginning, but he comes around. The heroine was funny and I felft a lot of sympathy for her situation. The narrator was a horror show. I can't get over the terrible accent. She thinks changing "a" to "o" makes it a British accent. That's just stupid. In future I would strongly recommend someone with the correct accent to read a regency England novel. Everytime She read the word "back" , but it came out as "bock", I could not figure out what she was saying. This is one narrator that should stick to novels set in America! The bad reading took a little away from the story and kept disrupting my enjoyment.

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  • mizfoxfire
  • 03-01-18

Awesome story!

This was a well written story and the characters came to life..could not put it down....Loved it! Loved it! Loved!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-01-18

I love these characters and their journey to one a

I love these characters and their journey to one another. This is an at once , suspencful as well as humorfull compelling series. I very much look forward to the next instalments.

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  • Donna
  • 03-07-19

Delightful novel

I love the heroine, Jane, who is NOT beautiful, slim, and altogether perfect as is the norm in Regency romances. She is plain, overweight, and shy, and the handsome Duke hero is insane over her! The unusual romance is enriched by a suspenseful plot and an array of future and past endearing characters from this entertaining series. Elisa Braden has become one of my favs., and I eagerly await each new release! Mary Sarah is a talented narrator, but sometimes I find her choices affected, as in her pronunciation of "back" as "bock." Even so, it is well worth the purchase or the credit.

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  • Wanda Spinner
  • 27-09-18

. . . . . the Romance, Passion and Drama continues

The second book in this series does not disappoint. It appears the narrator has gotten her flow together, and did a good job with the reading of this story. I could not put this one down. Book 1 draws you into the story, the passion, and the steamy hot sex scenes this Author can write. I was so glad Book 2 was waiting to be read. The unlikely pairing of Harrison and Jane will surprise you, and I was glad they did. If you enjoyed Book 1, then Book 2 will take things to another level. While Harrison (the DUKE) takes his responsibilities to Family and Title seriously, Jane (PLAIN) shows what Friendship and Love is all about. There appears to be enough interesting characters in these books to fill the other books in this series, and I can not wait to start Book 3 and to see where they go from here.

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  • 25-03-18

Human frailty of love

What a delightful book. It kept me aware of the frailty and effort needed in love. Very well written, and very very well narrated. I highly recommend.

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  • Zzrole
  • 31-01-18

A little over dramatic

I think the narrator made the story feel over dramatized. The dialogue and characters seemed a little cheesy. Not certain if it was the story or the narrator but pretty sure it was the narrator. In addition, I am pretty sure the English accent isn’t genuine. Yikes! It made the listen less enjoyable for me. The book certainly deserves the “sizzling” rating for the sex and passion moments.

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  • Edwina "I Love books"
  • 01-10-18

WOW I LOVED THIS STORY!!!

I absolutely Loved Harrison the 8th Duke of Blackmore and Plain Round Jane Huxley the daughter of the Earl of Berne. After being duped by Lord Colin Lacey. Younger brother to Harrison the Duke. Colin pretending to befriend our plain bookish and round Jane. Ask her to steal back a necklace that Lord Milton stole from him. Its his deceased mothers necklace. Jane believing that Colin was truly a friend which she only has one other friend. She agrees to help him. But Colin has arranged for her to be caught by a group of Lords. This leads to Janes Ruin in the Ton. Harrison finds out the deplorable thing Colin has done to Jane and the disgrace he has bought upon the Berne family which were old and loyal family friend. Harrison cuts Colin off and puts him out of there home. Harrison then goes and purposes marriage to Jane as a way of stopping the gossip and getting her excepted back into the Ton. After all she will be married to a very rich and powerful Duke. One of the oldest and wealthiest Peers in all of England. Jane always thought Harrison Cold and Ridget. In the past they had gotten off to a bad start in bk.1 The Madness of Viscount Atherbourne. Now she is married to him and passion ignites. This two burn up the sheets but neither feels confident in themselves. Jane knows she if plain and tht she is overweight, short and bookish. Harrison feels he must always be a stalwart of proper behavior and Dukes did not lust after there wives. This causes the couple to struggle with everyday married life. But as the relationship continues to grow Harrison and Jane become the perfect H/H in the story. I couldn't stop listening on audible and reading at times on my kindle. I just loved the world building the author created. I felt like I was having dinner with them or that I could see in my minds eye the landscape, the interior of the home and the clothing the characters were wearing. This was indeed a very well written story!! I love this couple!!

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  • nmgski
  • 21-08-20

Melting the Icy Duke

Shy plain Jane turns out to be the very sensual duchess who melts the icy Dukes heart. Loved listening to Jane come into her own and win the heart if the duke.

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  • Miss J
  • 27-12-18

Another great story from Elisa Braden

Fabulous story just wished Mary Sarah didn’t try too hard to be British. Her mispronunciations of the most simple of words such as back (not pronounced as Bach who is a composer or bark which is the outer shell of a tree trunk) would have increased the the pleasure.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-01-19

Enjoyed the audio version

A good listen for wintry drives, the narrator is easy on the ear except for the sometimes strange way words are interpreted. Overall a slight irritation that does not spoil. Characterisations are very good

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  • Penny
  • 02-01-18

Enjoyed story.........shame about the narrator’s pronunciation

I enjoyed this book immensely and Mary Sarah did a very good job. The only thing that irritated me was her pronunciation of certain words - bark instead of back - forther instead of father and so on. It was the only blot on what was an enjoyable listening experience. Great shame, as I’m not sure I could put up with listening to her narrate again.

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  • Thor
  • 30-10-20

It makes no sense.

The heroine who is shy and bookish, some how gets involved in a unbelievable scam. Forced into a unaccepted marriage, she does everything to make her husband to forefill his and her sexual fantasy. So lots of sexual content, if that is what you want. He blows hot and cold, yet she continues to dream. Then we have the brother-in-law ( Duke'sbrother), who led her into this marriage, caused his sister into a expected unhappy marriage. Forced his brother to kill an innocent man and the suicide of the girl he had seduced who was carrying his child. Yet must be forgiven . The narrator doesn't have a variety of voice characters. one for male and one for female, totally unimaginative. It worked better when her characters was an Asian. A patchwork of nonsense, despite the supporting characters.

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  • Bex C
  • 02-09-19

Great story narrator a bit of a miss

why oh why does the narrator say "bark" instead of "back"? it's a shame because the story is really good and kept me addicted for the whole duration of the book. "his strong hands caressing her bark"....makes it sound like shes a dog.

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  • Julia
  • 22-08-19

Worst ever narration

I should have believed the reviews! The narration is awful, what on earth has she been thinking?? FOTHER, BOACK it was truly awful and honestly I am usually not so fussed about accent, but this was no accent, it was just plain wrong. I guess with another narrator I might listen to more of the series, but then again maybe the awful narration did hide the fact that nothing much happened in the book?

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  • Mrs. Maher
  • 14-06-18

Ok story

I love arranged or marriage of convenience plots. I like the heroine wasn't a cookie cutter (she was chubby), this plot had a lot of potential. I dont think the couple was challenged enough. Narrator was good. Susan Duerden & Carolyn Morris my favorite narrators.

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  • lowville5
  • 17-03-18

A nice audio

It took a while to get to grips with the story. The story line was a little disjointed. Overall worth listening to. There was no idea of attraction but duty to the marriage. Then suddenly it is about attraction on the Dukes part. When you have finished you feel it would have been better if certain aspects of the story were more thought out

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  • Annie A
  • 22-02-18

JUST AMAZING.......

Really enjoyed this book. The characters especially the H and H were brilliant, it has become one of my favourite stories and will be listening to it again and again! Yes the narrator does pronounce the odd word ‘weirdly’ but It is easily forgiven In My opinion. Absolutely treat yourself and download this book now. If you enjoy true romance and love your escapism this is a book for you!

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  • Jayltee
  • 06-03-18

Clever romance

Good fun with human characters you care about, despite some questions around the characters motivations at times. Elisa Braden weaves a believable and charming story and her heroine is very likeable for her cleverness and humour. It’s worth getting used to some of the bizarre pronunciation used by the narrator for her outstanding characterisations. Her male voices are the best I’ve heard from a female narrator, even more wonderful than her extremely realistic female voices. She makes the characters and therefore the story Charmingly involving.

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