Emilia MacNeil is an independent miss. Truth be told, she's a bit of a tomboy, and many's the proper lady who has called her a hussy for her sometimes less than ladylike behavior. But Emilia remains unrepentant. She's as good as any man, and better than some, and the last thing she wants is to be married to any of them. She'll happily be an aunt to her siblings' children, but she wants nothing to do with marriage.
Enter Lord Cedric Hanson, Duke of Roxburgh. According to her father the Marquess, the Duke is to be her husband, but Emilia refuses to comply. When she is brought back after her first attempt at escape is foiled, she vows to take the battle to the enemy, so to speak. But every attempt she makes to escape is hindered, first by the guards who accompany her and her father to the Duke's seat, and afterwards by the Duke himself. Their game of hide and seek eventually leads to more, as Emilia finds herself reluctantly admiring the man who would take her freedom. Admiration becomes arousal...becomes more. In the end, on her wedding day, Emilia must choose between the independence she has fought for all her life and the man she has come to love.
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- peter james connolly
I would not recommend this book to my friends because like me they would straight away cringe at an American accent reading an obviously English period piece. It just does not work.
The story was ruined right from the beginning by having an American reading it. The intonation needed for some of the very specifically English words was all wrong. I have no idea if an American audience would notice that, but I speak very clear Oxford English and I certainly did. The script was weak and silly and needed toughening up. No English Aristocrat would be such a lame duck. No lady would risk her honor by leaving without any plans, or money, or place to go and a companion.
I am really sorry but I would rewrite this book and have no follow up. I would only use an English narrator or one who could fake the correct diction.
The bare bones are good there is great room for improvement it just needs more excitement. A real running away scene with an exciting rescue would fit the bill. Some hot romance.