★★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Rosalyn Landor has an amazing ear and an ability to deliver the accents of England’s social strata. This raises her reading of Historical Romances to the upper echelon. There are lots of characters from different class levels in this novel, and her talent makes it that much more fun. She is fast becoming my favorite narrator for this era, though she does modern day beautifully, too. My eyes light up when I want to revisit one of my favorite “comfort reads” via my ears and I see she is the narrator.
It isn’t easy to switch back and forth between male and female voices, especially when they are in the heat of passion; it takes a deft tongue and a sharper mind. She does all this effortlessly and with perfect enunciation; I’m sure because she understands the characters so well; I never find myself being pulled from the story by any blunder.
Of course, it is worth listening to Ms. Landor reading More Than a Mistress just to hear the combination of love, understanding, and gentle reproof in the tone of the heroine when she says the hero’s name, after he makes a defensive comment – born from a mixture of new, bewildering, and hurt feelings – while slipping from the bed where they just made sweet love.
I adore this book! Mary Balogh is one of my favorite authors and this is one of my all-time favorites “comfort read.” Jocelyn Dudley, Duke of Tresham, is a brilliant combination of rake, haughty arrogant duke, and dangerous wounded hero – marvelously unaware that all he needs is love in his life. He has been callously and efficiently molded to perform his aristocratic duty, but Ms. Balogh’s heroine breaks his stiff reserve. Jane Ingleby delightfully stands up for herself, but manages to stay true to the Regency era. She calls Jocelyn on his male chauvinism with lady-like grace, all while keeping her secrets close to her chest.
P.S. I love this musical CD cover picture, which I think nicely depicts Jane and the room she decorates. It is easy to image the above painter’s easel within this Regency setting:
Vintage rare 1930s burgundy plume Rag Time swing dancing…
★★★★☆ (This is a review of the audiobook.) I’ve never heard Kasha Kensington narrate before aVintage rare 1930s burgundy plume Rag Time swing dancing…
★★★★☆ (This is a review of the audiobook.) I’ve never heard Kasha Kensington narrate before and she does a nice job. Good differentiation of voices, good pacing, good enunciation. Unfortunately, I didn’t like the heroine a whole lot. Still, Ms. Kensington does a good job on all the highs and lows of this chick’s various tones and moods.
I haven’t read anything by this author before, either. However, I’ll try her again. The hero, Gabe, is simply to die for. The heroine, Elle, was supposed to be shy and sweet; nevertheless, she was pretty bitchy to him. I did like her previous experience setting her up for her reactions, but it came on too strong at the beginning and some of it grated on my nerves later. Still, some of the storeline was fun. And the hero really does save the day. **sigh**...more
“I might see if my bunny swims.” (Melody to clueless Ellie.) [image error] ★★★★½ Good Gravy Beans, I loved this one. I laughed and giggled - yes giggled“I might see if my bunny swims.” (Melody to clueless Ellie.) [image error] ★★★★½ Good Gravy Beans, I loved this one. I laughed and giggled - yes giggled - throughout.
As others have said, this has been done before, but who cares when it is redone as well as this?
Did I ever tell you my husband had dark hair, green eyes, and rode a motorcycle? **sigh**...more