A Lady Awakened

A Lady Awakened

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A Lady Awakened by Cecilia Grant, Susan Ericksen

In Cecilia Grant’s emotionally rich and deeply passionate Regency romance debut, a deal with a rumored rogue turns a proper young woman into . . . A Lady Awakened.

Newly widowed and desperate to protect her estate and beloved servants from her malevolent brother-in-law, Martha Russell conceives a daring plan. Or rather, a daring plan to conceive. After all, if she has an heir on the way, her future will be secured. Forsaking all she knows of propriety, Martha approaches her neighbor, a London exile with a wicked reputation, and offers a strictly business proposition: a month of illicit interludes . . . for a fee.

Theophilus Mirkwood ought to be insulted. Should be appalled. But how can he resist this siren in widow’s weeds, whose offer is simply too outrageously tempting to decline? Determined she’ll get her money’s worth, Theo endeavors to awaken this shamefully neglected beauty to the pleasures of the flesh—only to find her dead set against taking any enjoyment in the scandalous bargain. Surely she can’t resist him forever. But could a lady’s sweet surrender open their hearts to the most unexpected arrival of all . . . love?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781452657677
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 06/11/2012
Series: Blackshear Family Series , #1
Edition description: MP3 - Unabridged CD
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Cecilia Grant is the author of the historical romance novels A Lady Awakened and A Gentleman Undone.

Susan Ericksen lives on the East Coast, where she performs on stage and on television. An Audie Award and AudioFile Earphones Award winner, she has recorded many audiobooks.

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A Lady Awakened 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
tmurrell2 More than 1 year ago
Martha has been recently widowed. She can't really say she's sorry, except the part about losing the estate if she doesn't have an heir. So she sets about to get one. I have no idea if the author intended it this way or not, but I laughed my way through this book. It was hilarious. The main character, Martha, was married young and spent the entirety of her brief marriage at a country estate. She is naive about everything. She doesn't relate well to others and is always thinking something hilarious. Think trading babies, weird pigs, and trying to convince poor peasant girls to read Shakespeare. The story plot was very predictable, even for a romance. What I enjoyed was seeing the world through the character's eyes. It was a fun, fast read. I received this book free of charge in exchange for my honest review.
Beguile_Thy_Sorrow More than 1 year ago
Ok this was one of those rare books that makes me the tenacious kind of reader I am. What I mean by that is I am a reader that rarely ever DNF's a book I start. There may be occasions where my mood changes and I put it down and don't pick it up again for a month but I almost never leave a book unfinished. One reason is I'm pretty good at determining and choosing books I'll like, so it isnt too often I pick up something that I totally hate. The other reason is books like this one. Books that I'm thinking "aw man, I thought I was going to like this but it's so not working for me". I had even given this 3 stars already. Then suddenly this book took a turn for the awesome! The basic premise is like the summary says: Martha, a young widow plots to save herself and her female servants from dire circumstances by engaging in an affair with her rakish neighbor Theophilus to conceive an heir. But for me the beginning was dragging and mostly I was having a hard time with the absence of any romance or true intimacy. The characters don't flirt or even have any fire between them because, after all, their relations are a business deal. And because of this the sex is terrible and made me just wince from all the awkwardness and obvious lack of pleasure. And I get it; I know it was totally because of the situation but geez it was hard going! Without that connection between them (for at least the first 100 pages if not more) and cringing at how awful it must be to just have such mechanical sex I was almost about to DNF this one. However the author does a good job of showing the main character's personalities outside of each other and we get to know them in a way that builds just enough to hold on. Actually, the slow story/character building and humor kind of reminded me of Jane Austen-ish/Elizabeth Gaskell type stuff. The kind where overall it's a romance you're reading but there's all this crappy stuff that happens too, and not a lot of sexy stuff that modern readers are used to in historical novels from this century. The only difference is we know going into those older books to somewhat expect that. Once I got into this book though, I began loving it as I got to know Theo and laughing at some of the hilarious remarks he'd make. He also has some really funny scenes with a pig from the farm, and I started looking forward to those scenes with the pig lol! I sort of liked Martha right away and her private conversations with her maid and cleric helped show who she was. Once Martha and Theo started really talking and opening up I liked it. So it starts slower than most historical romances but it's written so well and comes together in a way that makes it pay off:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hadn't read a romance in years, and what a way to come back to the genre. We're presented with two characters that aren't very likeable, one cold and disciplined, one hot with no discipline whatsoever. The woman hatches a scheme to get pregnant so she may keep her dead husband's brother from inheriting the estate, using the man for stud. Not very admirable, to say the least. But as we read we get to know these two people, and they get to know each other, and they grow as we grow in knowing them. Which is the best kind of romance novel. It makes the slowly growing regard and love so believable. Not only that, the novel surprised me. I've read thousands of romances, and I know all the cliches. This one *surprised* me. That alone made it worth reading. But oh, there was more. The writing itself. The style reminded me of some of my very favorite romance writers of the Golden 90's, the ones who could take my breath away with a single paragraph, all the words perfectly chosen. This romance probably isn't for everyone. It's not a Mary Sue self-insertion romance. But it's an intelligent one, beautifully written, and if you miss the romances of the Gaffney, Putney, Ivory of yore, I think you'll be glad to read this one.
Kim4 More than 1 year ago
Newly widowed and childless, Martha Russell knows that her rapacious brother-in-law will inherit the estate. In order to circumvent the laws of succession, Martha devises an audacious plan: If she can somehow become pregnant within 30 days, she will secure her future and those dependent on her. Coincidentally, her neighbor, the charming and handsome Theophilius Mirkwood, has recently been exiled to the country. His father hopes that a little time away from London will mature the profligate Theo. Fortified with the knowledge that Theo is on a strict financial leash, Martha approaches the young gentleman with her daring offer. Although Theo knows it's wrong to agree to such a faustian bargain, he also believes that it will be quite entertaining to bed the lovely widow. What is unusual about this book is not what happens in bed, but what occurs during Theo and Martha's subsequent conversations. The author takes on such topics as land managment and the benefits of educating females. It would spoil the plot to say more than this, but we learn why Martha chances utter ruination and how Theo is more substantive than Martha first assumes. I will say that it took me awhile to warm up to Martha. She is cold and self-contained throughout the first half of the novel. This is somewhat resolved as I learned more about her marriage, but she's definitely the more complicated and conflicted character. Conversely, Theo grows on the reader almost immediately with his warmth and charm. So if you want a different sort of love story than that found in the usual romance novel, this debut book by Cecilia Grant is a nice place to start.
SaraO More than 1 year ago
Great Voice and Unique Premise The reviews are right about this read: the voice of the book (really the juxtaposition of Mrs. Randall and Mr. Mirkwood’s voices) are utterly unique. Mrs. Randall’s [Martha's] character shouldn’t be someone readers like. She’s cold, stiff, and hell-bent on gaining absolutely no pleasure inside or outside the bedroom. And she’s not an iceberg that melts quickly. She spends almost the whole of her month-long daily baby-making activities distancing herself from her body’s ability to enjoy sex. Mr. Mirkwood [Theo] on the other hand is a sensualist. Charming, witty, a lover of women, and a lover of beauty for beauty’s sake. On the surface you want Martha to fall for him. You expect her to fall fast and hard for a man who is making it his day job to bring her pleasure. Any other romance heroine would have given into the pleasure an experienced rogue can provide…Not Martha. Nope. She’s a holdout – this woman can maintain focus like no one you’ve ever seen. And while I find her to be – restricted – I understand her need to feel special or unique to a man/lover. While, like most women, I wouldn’t feel as insulted to have my body or beauty praised (quite frankly the practical talk of sheep wouldn’t turn me on, lol) what Martha wants is an emotional connection from a man who is seemingly only interested in a bodily one. All that practical talk of sheep, roof fixing, and crop rotation is really Martha connecting with Theo on an emotional level that should (seriously) come far before sex. Ultimately, it is Martha’s emotional isolation that breaks down Theo’s immaturity and forces him to grow up and gain a conscience. He wonders…if he’s not good at pleasuring women…If he can’t do that – What is he worth? Martha unhinges him and he blossoms because of it. Theo’s sudden caring and leadership in turn break through the ice wall Martha has built around her heart. By the end of the story you realize it took the mismatched pair to make the best of each other. To push each other to places they wouldn’t have traveled otherwise. They both end up being better people because of it. And it must be noted that simply because Martha doesn’t want to enjoy sex, that there isn’t a healthy dose of the erotic spun throughout the book. I’m really not lying when I say Martha does nothing to ‘help’ Theo in the bedroom. He gets über excited when she touches his back at one point! However, Martha’s lack of participation causes Theo to come up with some pretty sexy fantasies involving Mrs. Randall herself and a few other women to help him fulfill his sexual errand. Lots of mirror work comes into play, and as Mrs. Randall thaws and becomes Martha its heartwarming (and then fraught with sexual tension) as we see how she begins to try to please Theo and how inspired and hopeful Theo becomes toward her. Theo is nothing if not a character with a bottomless amount of hope. Rating: 5/5 Can’t stop my admiration for the voice of this novel and its unique premise and plot flow. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book...not only for the romance,but becuase the characters were so real. Especially the female lead. The storyline is typical, but her personnality, dry observations and humor were so enjoyable. I laughed outloud many times. The emotions and reactions to there situation were very real and funny.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Really enjoyed the story and the way the characters evolved.
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JHines More than 1 year ago
Wow! What an excellent book. The author has given us well rounded characters, and turned them loose to act in accordance with their characters. And the story rolls out naturally as each character does what they would do under the circumstances. This is something rarely seen in any genre. I highly recommend this book. Well researched, well written and well edited too. I hope Ms. Grant has many more books to give us.
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I suppose this book requires some patience, but the author's terrific writing can carry you thru as the relationship develops. A beautiful and subtle portrait of two people opening to love.
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cbhorsefan More than 1 year ago
Good idea, but very boring...
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Who were the characters in this book? You never really know why they are the way they are and after a few chapters you could care less! Your waiting for something interesting to happen and it never does. This book was a waste of time and money! It doesn't even deserve one star!
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Not worth 7.99
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This book seems to make me think of M. Balogh's 'APrecious Jewel' I simply adored this book. I am a critical audience but this one was unique enough to keep me glued.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is okay. It's good enough that I'll for sure read the next one when it comes out, but it is just alright. Didn't care for the lingo all that much. It was also slow going...took FOREVER for the plot to thicken. If you want high intensity this is not the book for you.
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