This was a fun change to the sort of historical romance books I normally read. The hero and heroine were both flawed characters, but despite that they...moreThis was a fun change to the sort of historical romance books I normally read. The hero and heroine were both flawed characters, but despite that they were both interesting and, mostly, likable. I enjoyed the slow burning romance.
The plot was quite interesting with an injured former highwayman being lured out of retirement to help the heroine seek vengeance against those who wronged her.
I'll be happy to try more Laura Kinsale books in the future.
Overall 3.5 stars.
Audio note: The narrator Nicholas Boulton gave a good performance. I liked his French accent a lot. Boulton sounds suspiciously like Simon Vance!(less)
Well since I listened to the audiobook I'll split my review into two parts.
Twenty something Elanora Lodge is smart, feisty heroine who due...moreWell since I listened to the audiobook I'll split my review into two parts.
Twenty something Elanora Lodge is smart, feisty heroine who due to her stepfathers gambling and untimely death has lost her home and inheritance. She plans to own her own bookstore one day but in order to finance this dream and support herself in the meantime, she has taken up work as a paid companion.
Arthur Lancaster, Earl of St. Merryn is considered as coldly logical and a little eccentric by most. He needs a fake fiancee to shield him from the marriage hunters in society and also to distract attention from himself and free up his time to hunt secretly for the murderer of his great uncle.
Arthur believes Elanora is perfectly suited for the role. He's right and before we know it the sparks are flying between the pair!.
I was expecting quite a sappy romance and was pleasantly surprised by how light hearted and humorous this was. Witty dialog, likable characters and a nice mix of romance and suspense all lead to this being a very enjoyable book.
It was my first Amanda Quick book but it definitely won't be my last.
The book was superbly narrated by Michael Page who's rich cultured English accent was perfectly suited to the story. The characters were portrayed wonderfully, with clearly distinct voices. I've found that male narrators usually have a problem performing convincing female voices but this was not the case with Michael Page who did a great job. (less)
I've always enjoyed reading Judith McNaught's romances, but it's fair to say Tender Triumph is not one of the better ones. In fact it's probably the w...moreI've always enjoyed reading Judith McNaught's romances, but it's fair to say Tender Triumph is not one of the better ones. In fact it's probably the worst.
It was her first published book, published in 1983, and it shows as it's horribly dated. Ramon was to sexist and chauvinistic to be truly likable and Katie's views tread to close to being racist and elitist for my liking. To make matters worse the whole romance happened far too quickly. Who meets a guy and agrees to marry him 48 hours later?. Especially if that means moving country and quitting your job!.
Despite my problems with some aspects of this book there was still some hints of the things I like about McNaught's book. Katie might have been naive and idiotic at times, but she was likable enough for all that and her character did have an interesting backstory.
I'll start by explaining that Paradise is one of my favorite romance books of all time. The plot in paradise was brilliant a...moreAbridged audiobook review
I'll start by explaining that Paradise is one of my favorite romance books of all time. The plot in paradise was brilliant and both the main characters and the secondary characters are very lovable( with the exception of the few who were not meant to be ).
The abridged audio is an enjoyable listen, but does suffer a little from the editing. With over 700 pages squeezed in to just three hours of audio, large chunks of the story was missing. The pacing did at times seem a bit choppy. Sometimes it seemed like we bounced from scene to scene with little description of how we got there.
Narration was OK.
Using tape cassettes was a nuisance. What with having to change sides or the cassette all together. I fear I have grown lazy and comfortable with listening to audiobooks on my mp3 player
I recommend reading the book first then listening to this in place of a re-read.(less)
This was an average book dragged down by a less than average audio narrator. I'm disappointed as I read, and loved, The Lion's Lady by the same author...moreThis was an average book dragged down by a less than average audio narrator. I'm disappointed as I read, and loved, The Lion's Lady by the same author a few months ago and I was expecting this to be just as good. Sadly it was not. Anne Flosnik's boring performance really sucked the life and humor out of this for me.
Actual rating 2.5 stars, but I'll round up to 3 because I'm kindly like that!.(less)