By Loretta Chase. It was late March Yet the Corsican clung stubbornly to his throne, even as the Allied net closed about him. That was all far away, however. The stretch of English landscape through which Mrs.
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Narrated by Stevie Zimmerman. The book also boasts one of her wittiest, sexiest heroes and lots of wonderful, battle-of-the-sexes banter. Reluctantly, Julian confronts the young woman fully intending to buy her off, but she is made of sterner stuff and instead proposes a wager.
Lilith Davenant is cool, composed and has the reputation of being an ice-queen. She is reserved, but is kind, thoughtful and generous to those who know her best, as well as possessing has a dry sense of humour that she rarely has the opportunity to exercise. Her late husband did not treat her well, and left her in straightened circumstances. Having no children of her own, Lilith has made it her mission to bring out her numerous nieces, but now her finances are dwindling to such an extent that she is forced to consider the idea of marrying again.
The chemistry between the leads is potent, and the author builds the sexual tension between them by slow degrees so that nothing feels rushed or forced. His studied irreverence is one of the highlights of the book; his humour is often too sophisticated to be understood by most of the ton , whose members are never quite sure whether to take him seriously or not. Your lungs must be prodigious strong. You will not flirt back, but that cannot stop me.
The habit is too deeply ingrained. I find a stunning woman in my arms, and I must flirt with her. It is your lamentable eyesight, I daresay. He saw the shadow of uneasiness flit across otherwise immobile features.
Stevie Zimmerman has a number of audiobook narrations to her credit, but this is the first time I have listened to her. She does a very good job with her characterisations and differentiation between them, and her narration is well-paced, expressive and very naturalistic in manner.
There were a few moments where I felt that perhaps she had not quite caught the emotional thrust of a particular scene or speech, but they were very few and did not detract from my enjoyment in any way. Ms Zimmerman sounds very youthful and her voice has a lightness about it which led to concern on my part as to whether she would be able to bring sufficient depth to her interpretation of the hero — but her portrayal of Julian proved to be more than satisfactory.
She catches his insouciance very well and is especially good in the few serious moments in the latter part of the story when he finally admits the truth of his feelings for Lilith. My big bug-bear with this audiobook, however, is the overall quality of the sound. I thought that perhaps it was just the abruptness of the contrast, but as I continued to listen, I realised the fault was not with my ears, and that the recording sounds treble-heavy.
Steam Factor : You can listen out loud kisses only. My summer is jam packed with listening….. I find that many of these early Chases are reminiscence of Georgette Heyer. I loved it, despite the tinny beginnings, Stevie Zimmerman does a great job. Same here Mel! So worth it.
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I loved the hero in Heyer's Devils' Cub. A sulky bad boy but so loveable. I really need to make the time to read this. Thanks for stopping by, Fiona! PJ, haven't you read this one? I think you'd like it - it's really beautifully done.
REVIEW: Knaves’ Wager by Loretta Chase
It has been adapted to stage and screen, and the cinematic versions include Dangerous Liaisons , Valmont , and Cruel Intentions , among others. In Les Liaisons dangereuses , the corrupt Vicomte de Valmont wants to seduce the married Madame de Tourvel, widely known for her incorruptible virtue. Valmont is interested in Madame de Tourvel not only because she presents a challenge, but also because he has a wager riding on it. The beautiful Marquise de Merteuil has promised to spend a night with him if he succeeds. Lilith is described this way:. Lilith Davenant was tall, slim, and strong.
Traditional Regencies Series Signet Regency. Audio editions available at above retailers and Audible. Lilith Davenant's sensibilities are appropriately offended. How dare Lord Julian Brandon kiss her when he knows full well the man she is to marry is in the very next room! She never imagines that his amorous pursuit is the result of a wager that will sully her flawless reputation—or that one day she will yearn for Julian's irresistible embrace
Book reviews from a Uruguayan reader Index of reads. How dare Lord Julian Brandon kiss her when he knows full well the man she is to marry is in the very next room! She never imagines that his amorous pursuit is the result of a wager that will sully her flawless reputation—or that one day she will yearn for Julian's irresistible embrace Knave's Wager has a plot I've read a hundred times before, but with Loretta Chase, it's all about the execution. Julian, the Marquess of Brandon, is well-known in Society as a rake and a reprobate. But he does care about his family, however much he protests that he doesn't, and his newphew is in need of rescuing. The silly boy has let himself be caught by his mistress, Elise, and the woman now has a marriage proposal from him, and in writing, too.