After six unsuccessful Seasons, Miss Minerva Dodger chooses spinsterhood over fortune-hungry suitors. But thanks to the Nightingale Club, she can at least enjoy one night of pleasure. At that notorious establishment, ladies don masks before choosing a lover. The sinfully handsome Duke of Ashebury is more than willing to satisfy the secretive lady’s desires – and draws Minerva into an exquisite, increasingly intimate affair.
A man of remarkable talents, Ashe soon deduces that his bedmate is the unconventional Miss Dodger. Intrigued by her wit and daring, he sets out to woo her in earnest. Yet Minerva refuses to trust him. How to court a woman he has already thoroughly seduced? And how to prove that the passion unleashed in darkness is only the beginning of a lifetime’s pleasure…?
Rating: C+ for narration; A- for content
I’ve become a big fan of Lorraine Heath’s historical romances over the past couple of years, and Falling into Bed With a Duke (Hellions of Havisham series, book 1) is a truly terrific read; poignant and emotionally satisfying with superb chemistry between the two leads, it’s one of my favourite books of 2015. I did, however, hesitate to experience it in audio because I had been so disappointed with Helen Lloyd’s performance in When the Duke was Wicked, which I found lacking in emotion and completely devoid of any sense of the sexual tension that simmers between the protagonists. But Ms Lloyd has continued to narrate more of Ms Heath’s books and I reasoned that perhaps she has improved and decided to give her another chance. Happily, I can report an improvement, although not to the extent that I would give this audiobook the sort of strong, wholehearted recommendation I gave the printed version.
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