Wren Taggart is no lady. Her life consists of kitchen duties at Newcastle Inn. Mistaken for Lady Anne, the illegitimate daughter of England's Prince Regent, she is kidnapped and forced to marry a man who cares nothing for her or for Britain. Deception and lies is the only way for her to return home. But when her heart softens toward her new husband, she fears she will lose more than the life she's known.
Scottish born, Beckett Montgomery is no lord. The bastard son of a nobleman, he despises everyone and everything British. To restore a family name and fortune he doesn't want, he must convince all of Longton nobility and England's Prince Regent that he is the honorable Sir Lacey and the rightful heir to Longton Castle.
When a murderer targets women who bear a resemblance to Wren, Beck must choose between returning home to Scotland and protecting the woman he's come to love.
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I found reasons to do housework so I could listen!
If I could sum up in three words, I would say 'Romantic thriller - gripping!
This is the first title by Carol A. Spradling I have either read or listened to and as such I was not sure what to expect. Although I read many genres, I mainly enjoy romance as my escapism and that is what drew me in. As a Scot, I suppose I was going in with a slightly critical ear, hoping that the words spoken by the male and female lead would ring true in light of the strong regional accents chosen by their 'home' locations. I need not have worried! The speech itself was well written by Ms Spradling and came through clearly in the interpretation of Mr Worsley.
My favourite character was undoubtedly Wren, who is swept into a nightmarish scenario within the first few chapters. However, she shows strength and resilience throughout and is a formidable feminine foil to the 'Rogue', Beck Montgomery. The pace of the book is generally very good, with changes in point of view where you would most like them to be. I would say that there were perhaps two occasions where character inner monologue took me slightly too far away from 'the moment' for my taste, but the story immediately enthralled me again once their attention returned to their surroundings.
Mr Worsley successfully injected life into all of the characters for me, regardless of whether they were male or female, and each with their individual lilts in speech. As a female reader it can sometimes be difficult to truly 'hear' the male characters in my own mind - no problems with that here. Mr Worsley's voice is easy to listen to, with an even tone and cadence in narration that is distinctly different from that used when assuming each character role.
The developing romance is moving within the story, of course, but my most moving moment would probably be the conversation that occurred when the brothers sat back opposite one another and could speak freely in private. I'll say no more than that to avoid spoilers.
I enjoyed Mr Worsley's preview of the next book in the series by Ms Spradling, and look forward to finding out what happens with Baron's story.
The story moved along at a good pace and had enough character development to keep it interesting. The author included just the right amount of intrigue to pique the listener's interest. The story was a good light hearted romance.
The author created a lovely tension in the section of the story where Lady Anne was presented to her father, the prince.
Steve Worsley's voice is full of nuance and colour and it was easy to "see" the story through his narration. His skilled use of accent accentuated and defined each character. I must admit to falling ever so slightly in love with Beck Montgomery!
I really enjoyed both the story and the narration and could quite happily have listened to it in one sitting had time allowed.
The story has left me wanting more and I look forward to reading the next book in the series. Steve Worsley's voice will accompany me through the pages I'm sure.