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A fake engagement and plenty of charm keep listeners entranced in this delightful Regency romance, which the USA Today best-selling author Julia Quinn hails as "terrific".

"I have come to ask you to kill me, my lord."

Miss Abigail Abbott desperately needs to disappear - permanently - and the only person she trusts to help her do that is Lord Stephen Wentworth, heir to the Duke of Walden. Stephen is brilliant, charming, and - when he needs to be - absolutely ruthless. So ruthless that he proposes marriage instead of "murder" to keep Abigail safe.

Stephen was smitten the instant his sister introduced him to Abigail, a woman with the dignity and determination of a duchess and the courage of a lioness. When she accepts his courtship of convenience, he also discovers she kisses like his most intimate wish come true. For Abigail, their arrangement is a sham to escape her dangerous enemies. For Stephen, it's his one chance to share a lifetime with the lady of his dreams - if only he can convince her his love is real.

©2021 Grace Burrowes (P)2021 Forever

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Best of the series

This was an awesome story. Grace Burrowes out-did herself. Throughout this series, Stephen was my favorite. Yes, he was a pain in everyone's backside, but he was interesting, complicated and complex. In this book, it's obvious he's finally grown up to become his own man. His "duchess" is the perfect foil and is as intelligent and complicated as Stephen. The end of this story is the perfect ending....and oh so creative. Thanks to Grace and James Langton for a great product.

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Kinky doesn't mean romantic

This book portrays a leftist theology with capitalistic reality. It appears that authors haven't figured out that a person can be unique, quirky and caring and still be normal. This book made the main characters unrealistically outrageous. It made the ends justify the means, clever people perverse, normal people stupid and hateful/heartless people traditional. This book was written using the theory of evolutionary morality. A theory that disproves itself. What happened to writing a romance with good guys vs bad guys, imperfect people and seemingly perfect people, great ideas and horrible ideas loving people and unlovable people. There is more moralizing in this book than in the Bible!

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Charming

Fun plot twists and intelligent characters as our hero matures and the heroine expands her confidence

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Intriguing plot with twists and turns

At first I was not too interested in the story, but as the book progressed, I developed more attachment to the characters. The plot had unexpected twists and turns that made me end up liking and enjoying the story

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Just don’t like the heroine

Heroine is whining and sanctimonious. Can’t see what hero sees in her or care what happens to her. I’m sorry about this, because the plot is somewhat interesting.
I’ve tried to read other works by this author because the reviews are good, but I haven’t liked a single one of the lead female characters.
The narrator is excellent tho, and I would be glad to listen to other of his works.

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Narrator Ruined the Main Character

I truly liked Stephen in the earlier books, but the narrator made him sound harsh and most UN-likable. I hate it. I really enjoy Ms. Burrowes’ writing, but will probably only read from now on. I don’t think I can handle another book read by this man and he seems to be her choice of narrators.

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Finally his happiness

Loved the story. Grace Burrowes is a genesis when it comes to Loved the story. Grace Burrowes is a genesis when it comes to writing and her stories. Stephen has been an angry at his brother for so long even though he loved him dearly. Angry that they were left alone with Jack while Quinn worked. Stephen had kept his feelings to himself until he met a certain inquiry agent Abigail Abbott.
Abigail has come to Stephen for help, she needs to disappear and she asks him to kill her and not in reality. Stephen suggests a different way to keep her safe and that is an engagement between them. As they work together to get evidence as to why someone is trying to hurt her they grow so much closer. Stephen reveals to her how he was younger, angry at the world and he explored his sexuality with women and even men. Abigail was understanding. I loved the way Grace exposed some of Stephen and how he felt especially him killing Jack. A wonderful story and series. This is a series I will read over and over again. writing and her stories.

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Liked most of it

This wasn't the strongest story in the series in my opinion. I loved brother Stephen in all the other books, and was really looking forward to his tale. I enjoyed where it deepened our understanding of the character. I was a little disappointed that nothing was offered as a solution to his physical pain - I'd hoped they'd discover acupuncture or deep massage to help ease his suffering. Also he makes such a big deal about not wanting to be the duke and not wanting to have children for years then blink, he's fine with it. I think my overall lackluster response to this book was that once again it takes two fiery tigers and, for no apparent reason, turns them into domesticated kittens. I liked both characters better in earlier books when they had more strum and drang. Once they got together it was underwhelming. Not bad by any means, just not terrific.

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Love, honor. And fun

Enjoyed the characters and dialogue in this entertaining book. Perhaps a little too descriptive with bedroom scenes but sharing their emotional connection made me smile. The parenting section references was somewhat complicated. Always enjoy this author’s stories.