Captives of the Night : Scoundrels

  • by Loretta Chase
  • Narrated by Kate Reading
  • Series: Scoundrels
  • 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Leila Beaumont is a gorgeous and talented portrait painter trapped in a loveless marriage with her profligate husband, Francis. Though long ago, Francis very much played the hero, rescuing and wedding the orphaned 17-year-old Leila - Francis' more recent hedonistic lifestyle of drinking, drugging and womanizing has not only earned him quite a few enemies in London, but lost him the love of his wife. When Francis turns up dead in the Beaumont townhouse, right after a loud and vitriolic argument with his wife, Leila is seen as the primary suspect, innocent though she is. Because of Francis' many enemies and victims, government officials instigate a quiet investigation, many of whom fear fallout from Francis' numerous blackmail and extortion schemes. The man they call on - the sexy blue-eyed Comte d'Esmond - is a man of many talents who has spent the past ten years as one of the government's most trusted covert operatives; a man who also has a dark and treacherous past. Neither Leila, nor Esmond is especially happy to be working together - their relationship is one of intense attraction accompanied by intense resistance. Leila had long ago given up on the idea of love and saw her husband as a means of propriety in London, but now she finds the dangerous Esmond's seductive charm nearly irresistible. But work together they must: Esmond, with a carefully hidden identity that would shock Leila to the core and Leila with her own secrets to keep... It's danger that unites them and it's danger that chains their hearts: Esmond's virility and bold touch enflame Leila's blood...and draw her into the most irresistible intrigue of all...truly passionate love.

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Ah a love story....what a joy!

Passionate and convoluted. I enjoyed it immensely. The narration was extremely good none (or perhaps a negligible few) mispronunciations which can otherwise mar an audio book.
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- Leycesteria, Surrey

Overall, almost perfect

I have so far found no fault with any of the enjoyable, exciting, and well written stories by Loretta Chase. Her endearing heroes and heroines with their mixture of warmth and clumsiness, with their wounds, their flaws and redeeming traits, are simply loveable and I love her ability to make even some of the villains in her story worthy of redemption and grace. I like the fact that she treats most of her passion and love scenes with tact and good taste, and uses them when they are really justified; without unduly cramming the narration with them.
The only flaw, overall is the lamentable tendency of the reader to raise the intonation at the end of sentences and sometimes even paragraphs where a descending tone would be more appropriate, marring the effect and distracting the reader from the flow of the story,
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- Aretè

Book Details

  • Release Date: 23-12-2014
  • Publisher: NYLA