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Slow, dreary and sad
posted by Cleopatra11 on March 31, 2013Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 29, 2013
Posted September 11, 2014
The Scandalous Brides series by Suzanne Enoch has been an enjoya
The Scandalous Brides series by Suzanne Enoch has been an enjoyable audiobook experience. With the exception of Rules to Catch a Devilish Duke, the third book in the series (which I read) Anne Flosnik has narrated the rest in a unique and engaging voice that perfectly captures the lovely blend of scandal and emotion that characterizes these stories. Her voices are easily distinguishable between men and women and even characters from previous books in the series, a challenge indeed. She reads with great feeling and emotion and perfectly depicts both humor and fear as appropriate.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Nathaniel (Nate) Stokes is a former spy—and reluctant earl—for Wellington and has perfected the innocuous persona he adopts as the serious, absent-minded professor with a slight limp. He is approached and hired by the seedy but powerful Marquis of Ebberling to find Ebberling’s former governess, Rachel Newbury, whom he suspects of murdering his wife three years earlier. Ebberling wishes to remarry and now wants retribution. Nate soon learns things are not quite what they seem.
Emily Portsman has been in hiding for the last three years at the provocative and exclusive Tantalus Club. She has changed her hair color, her style of dress, and even her manner as she lives quietly among other scandalous women who work at the club, keeps the account books, and takes an occasional lover to forget her despair for a little while.
When Nate meets her, he is attracted to her but is also merely looking for information on Rachel Newbury. This alarms Emily enough to wish to keep him close so she invites him upstairs to her rooms where they begin a passionate affair that quickly turns into a friendship of trust and revelations.
Their romance is mature and sexy as neither are virgins. They get to know each other and reveal more and more of their true selves as they slowly let down their guard. But Emily is of low birth while Nate is an earl, an unlikely match for any future happiness.
As danger creeps ever closer to Emily, Nate desires nothing more than to protect her and keep her with him. Enoch captures Emily’s stark fear particularly well in the reveal scene.
Enoch writes with feeling and poignancy as each of the Tantalus girls in the series finds happiness against all the odds. They are strong women but at the mercy of powerful men and the context of the historical period that limited women’s choices. In this way, it reminds me of Madeline Hunter's Rarest Blooms series. Enoch captures this desperation and the close friendship the women create among themselves in the midst of this stark vulnerability.
I very much enjoyed the character of Laurence (Laurie), Nate’s younger brother. He’s likable yet immature, but he loves his brother devotedly. Their relationship is portrayed quite nicely and I would love to read his story sometime.
I also wonder if Enoch will write a little novella with a happy ending for Genevieve Martine, the loyal French spy who has been a great supporter for all the Tantalus girls/Scandalous Brides in this series.
Characters from the first three books make an appearance here and I feel the series is best savored in order to truly appreciate the plot developments, but it could probably be read as a standalone.
A lovely feel-good romance but I thought the final scene unnecessary.
Posted April 27, 2013
Enjoying the series. The first one in the series was difficult t
Enjoying the series. The first one in the series was difficult to get through. Love the fact that previous characters appear.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 27, 2013
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Posted June 24, 2013
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