Series: Maiden Lane #2
Narrator: Ashford Macnab
Published by Hachette Audio on February 1, 2011
Genres: Historical Romance
Length: 11 hours, 23 minutes
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Their lives were perfect . . .
Lady Hero Batten, the beautiful sister of the Duke of Wakefield, has everything a woman could want, including the perfect fiancé. True, the Marquis of Mandeville is a trifle dull and has no sense of humor, but that doesn't bother Hero. Until she meets his notorious brother . . .
Until they met each other.
Griffin Remmington, Lord Reading, is far from perfect - and he likes it that way. How he spends his days is a mystery, but all of London knows he engages in the worst sorts of drunken revelry at night. Hero takes an instant dislike to him, and Griffin thinks that Hero, with her charities and faultless manners, is much too impeccable for society, let alone his brother. Yet their near-constant battle of wits soon sparks desire - desire that causes their carefully constructed worlds to come tumbling down. As Hero's wedding nears, and Griffin's enemies lay plans to end their dreams forever, can two imperfect people find perfect true love?
This second story in the series continues its edginess with two characters that test your acceptance of them and their behavior.
Griffin Remmington, Lord Reading, has somewhat earned his rake reputation and the onset of the story won’t endear him to you (probably). The opening scene is provocative and it took me a bit to get that out of my head. Lady Hero Batten, sister of a Duke and co-patroness of the children’s home in St. Giles, has the unfortunate experience of witnessing his debauchery. She’s engaged to his brother but this was their first encounter. Hero has committed her life to doing the right thing and living a life of comportment that would never create any issues for her powerful and politically influential brother.
I wasn’t certain if I’d bond with either of these characters, let alone enjoy a romance between the two but the story is brilliantly written. The characters have so many dimensions and I found myself embracing them because of their flaws and attempts to be better. The issues at first seem to be black or white but eventually become grader as the story progresses. Their relationship developed gradually, she emerging from that “perfect” veneer and he showing himself to be a man of substance beyond what he seemed on the surface. All served as subtle reminders to not be so quick to render judgment.
I’m loving this series, including the narration. It’s an imperfect world these characters live in and their imperfections make for a much richer story.
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