• Chasing Benedict

  • The Gentleman Courtesans, Book 5
  • By: Victoria Vale
  • Narrated by: Darcy Stark
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)

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Chasing Benedict

By: Victoria Vale
Narrated by: Darcy Stark
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Publisher's Summary

Benedict Sterling founded The Gentleman Courtesans agency to assure financial security for himself and his friends. Unfortunately, the efforts of a spiteful gossip-column writer threaten to expose his secrets - including those that could see him ruined and ostracized. 

With everyone he cares about in the path of his enemy, he is determined to silence The London Gossip, once and for all. But when a lover from his past returns seeking to make amends, Benedict is left grappling with the pain of his past as well as his present dilemma. 

Lord Alexander Osborne, Earl of Vautrey, has returned to London with a singular goal: win back the man he loves. Unfortunately, their previous separation has made Benedict resistant to ever allow Alex into his life again. He’ll do anything to win the other man’s heart - including accept the terms of a contract that will temporarily set Benedict up as his courtesan. For now, Alex is willing to take whatever Ben is willing to give. However, in the end, he will settle for nothing less than a future with the love of his life.

©2020 Victoria Vale (P)2021 Victoria Vale

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⭐️🌟⭐️ Liked it alot ⭐️🌟⭐️

Bring those honey pots because you gonna need them! Narrator Darcy Starks’ voice dripped sweet sensuality and pompous English regency. His polite demeanour and natural refined voice carried me back to the early 1800s’ and stirred my passion for muscled men in hand-tailored suits, all dressed up and well mannered, until they reach the bedroom. I listened at 1.4 speed while I enjoyed being carried by the narrators’ melodic cadence into a fluid tale about overcoming the challenges of growing up during this time period, surviving horrible parenthood and discovering the strength of true friendship and love… Swoon.

The author wrote an authentic regency filled with well-rounded characters and milieus.

Listeners with a lust for regency will enjoy the full package of frustratingly backwards views towards men who love men. The mannerisms of the narrow-minded, the controlling, the domineering and of course the hornets who strike selfishly, guarantees lots of melodrama with a vivid experience of social, political, and economic status sensationalism. Just like a night at the opera. (PUN intended)

I do recommend this audiobook. You don’t have to listen to the whole series to enjoy this one, it can be enjoyed as a standalone.

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Wow! Unpredictable and absolutely amazing

Yet again the masterful partnership of Darcy Stark and Victoria Vale has come up with a powerful story with a character whom you both love and feel for in this very different story of love.
Benedict or Ben, is followed from his gruelling years at Eton college, until he meets young Alexander Osborne and where we all knew there was only one way this could end, namely with a HEA!

Be prepared for drama, gruelling scenes, love, laughter and utter brilliance of wit and of course a very very good and interesting HEA!

But as always Mistress Vale made a story which was brutally honest, funny, sexy and cute as well, and besides a bit embarrassment from my own side reading of two men, well the naughty scenes was fantastic! The descriptions were beyond gorgeous, and had that yummy edge which characterise Mistress Vale’s books! And the performance of Darcy Stark as Ben and Alex was downright delicious 🤤 and made the whole plot come alive like never before!

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Victoria Vale and Darcy Stark are an AMAZING team

First off I have to say that for a debut MM, Victoria Vale did a phenomenal job. This is definitely a genre she needs to continue to write.

This is a second chance romance full of angst and passion with well developed characters. I enjoyed very minute of Darcy Stark's performance bringing these characters to life.

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OMG 💖💖💖💖💖

So out of this series, this one has me floating on the clouds. I fell in love with Benedict from the start and just knew he was such a distant hard ass due to something deep warring within himself. This one had me balling like a baby, laughing, and giving a few fist pumps in the air for the justice that Alex served for the man he loved. Then Ms Victoria Vale has to go and bring my FAVORITE Villian in at the victory dinner, Lord Adam Callahan-Earl of Hartmoor!!! Totally topped this book off more than what it already was. I have enjoyed listening to all the books in this series, due to an amazing narrator, Mr. Darcy Stark. He has made it so enjoyable and a very personal journey. This book has now become my 2nd favorite, 1st is The Villian Duology to which I fall asleep to every single night. Yes, I am addicted! Lol. Now off to try to find more audiobook adventures!

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perfect

Darcy is perfect in all he did.. I had read the book the minute it came out but listening enriched it so more.

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I adore the characters!!!

Where to start... first I must mention darcy stark is a wonderful narrator! Then the storyline was more than I ever expected...I adore the characters and hope to revisit them in coming novels. This book as well as the series has it all... there is mystery, heartbreak, deceit , romance and love . The audibles/books are addicting.. I have reviewed more of the authors Audibles and never been disappointed! job well done!

I was gifted this Audible as an ARC and this is my voluntary and honest review.

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Did not know this was a M/M romance.

I would not have bought this book had I’d known it was M/M. After about 10 minutes in , I tried to return the book, but my request was rejected . I am very disappointed, and consider this deceptive advertising .

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Awesome wish there were more

Wow what an awesome book. Good narration great story. Only wish there were more m/m regency books. If anyone is interested please check out Joanna chambers books for the best m/m regency romance books. The best is Enlightenment series. Omg best ever. 10 stars there. It’s so worth it. This was great too. Very good story hot romance.

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Chasing Benedict

One of the things I love about this author is how easy it is to connect with the characters from her books. I feel their happiness and their pain and I want them to get their hea. This book hooked from the very beginning and now I am sad its over.

I love that the characters from the previous books make an appearance in this book. Ben played a huge role in brining the other characters together in the previous books so it was so nice that they came together for him in his book.

Benedict Sterling is the leader of the Gentleman Courtesans and he is the last to find his hea. Ben has been through a lot in his life and it hasn't been easy for him.
Even though we didn't meet Alex until this book he is easy to love from the very beginning.

I recommend this book to the mm historical romance fans that want a great story sprinkled with some hot steamy scenes.

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I have always been interested in reading romance books set in historical times so when I saw that a friend from goodreads was reading one I was intrigued. Fair enough to say that I loved it and will be on the lookout for more M/M from this author if/when she writes more. Darcy Stark was an amazing narrator, His voices were different for each of the characters including the women.

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  • Mo Bass
  • 12-14-21

Lots of angst and gay sex

I enjoyed the story and had my education broadened. The ending was a bit naff. Good narration bar the odd peculiar mispronounciation.

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  • Cassie
  • 04-15-21

Touching and sexy romance

I'm not usually one for audiobooks as I find I need to focus solely on them and get frustrated by their length and my inability to focus listening, but gosh with this I was hooked. I love Victoria Vale's writing anyway but this story took my breath away. A nuanced story with villains vanquished and true love and friendship triumphing. Well worth dedicating a few hours to. And phew! The sex scenes are steamy! I'll be listening to the story of Benedict and Alex again and again.

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  • Zena
  • 04-12-21

Wonderful!

I have just finished listening to the audiobook version, narrated by the very talented Darcy Stark and have enjoyed this story even more this time around.
This duo of artistes is pure magic!
Here is what I said in my original book review and this rendition is even more enjoyable:
"This is one of the best mystery-suspense, romance stories I have read this year!
"I was pulled right into it from the very first page and held there until the absolute end.
"So much is uncovered about Benedict's life and you will find out how and why he got to become such a secretive and yet forceful character.
Alex is the complete opposite. Why he abandoned Benedict, all those many years ago, is also revealed.
"My word! What a story! This is a book that just has to be read!"

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  • Bev
  • 04-08-21

Thank you Absolutely loved this book.

Victoria your the best 👌🏾👌🏾
Darcy you bring a book alive.
Absolutely love this book from being to end.
Hope we get to see more of what is on offer with the up and coming brilliant performance and books from you both ❤❤🔥🔥👌🏾👌🏾