• Masquerade

  • Scandalous Ballroom Encounters, Book 1
  • By: Victoria Vale
  • Narrated by: Beatrice Pendergast
  • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (172 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A sensual, erotic story with the rich texture of Regency romance with the spice of erotica.

Margaret Seymour is bored by the stifling constraints of society dictating her behavior as a debutante in search of a husband. Her prospects are promising by the standards of London society, yet, not one of them causes her heart to flutter, or her head to fill with scintillating, forbidden fantasies. Those feelings are reserved for Camden Rycroft, Duke of Avonleah - a man who isn't even aware of her existence.

While attending a scandalous Vauxhall Gardens masquerade, Margaret finds herself in the duke's arms. His promise of a night of pleasure is tempting, but is it worth it when Avonleah is a known rake notorious for his short attention span and avoidance of marriage?

Camden Rycroft is intrigued by the masked vixen he encounters in the Gardens. After one night with her leaves him hungry for more, his desire for her turns into a fiery obsession. Despite the scandal that could ensue from their affair, he finds himself unable to extract himself from a situation destined to end in pain. When faced with losing Margaret to a potential husband, will he rise to the occasion, or risk living without her?

©2015 Victoria Vale (P)2016 Victoria Vale

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So freaking HOT!!

Let me begin by saying that I had never dipped my toes into the historical/regency pools before this audio. Umm, wow! What’s a great way to dip my toes into the genre!

I was expecting something very tame and demure, but this audiobook was hot! There was so much steam I couldn’t see straight. And I loved it. The chemistry and passion between Camden and Maggie was electric and sizzled from the beginning to the very last minute.

The story was great. The audiobook almost couldn’t move fast enough for me because I needed to know what would happen next. I freaking loved Camden! He was a total a-hole and I loved to hate him and in the end I just plain loved him. I also think he has the best proposal in the history of ever!

Narration is where this story got knocked down a star. Beatrice Pendergast is a fine narrator, she’s actually quite good, but her voice didn’t match the story. She simply sounds much to old to fit the characters and kept drawing me out from the story. Still, the story was so well done and so hot that it pulled me through. Despite its mismatched narration this is one hot story and I’d definitely recommend this audio. 4 Stars.

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Narration horrible!

Narration was awful. I couldn’t get passed it. It ruined what may have been a good book.

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Ballroom erotica.

l listened to audio version of this book. Narration was good except for some male voices. Didn't distract from the good story, though.
Loved all the heat. Sex scenes, of which there is many, were done very well. If you like alot of steam, this book is good.

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Duke finds love with innocent heroine

I do enjoy Victoria Vale's books, They are naughty and quite sensual, Although Masquerade is an enjoyable read, the theme is predictable. Our innocent Margaret desires passion before she is expected to marry for convenience. When she meets the Duke of Avonleah at a masquerade, she discovers more than passion with him.

Camden Rycroft can't forget the mysterious woman that melted in his arms for an unforgettable evening. Can this beguiling woman be the one he's needed and be his match in every way? Great story, but the narrator, Beatrice Pendergast, sounded to mature as Maggie. Remember, she's a debutante. It was like grandma reading me an erotic bedtime story, attempting to be a smoky voice for Maggie, a strained masculine voice for Camden. She was convincing as the Dowager Duchess, though. That being said, I had to chuckle over her impassioned erotic voices. She gave with such enthusiasm. All right!

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Narration that makes you run for the hills

Could not take more than 30 minutes of this nonsense. When I am able to get Beatrice Pendergast's voice out of my brain, I will give the physical book a try in light of the reviews.

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Love smut books!

This book is not for the faint of heart! Other reviewers didn’t care for the narrator but I found her engaging. I enjoyed this book so thoroughly I wish it hadn’t ended. Cannot wait to listen to the rest of the series. Victoria Vale is a new author to me first listening to The Villian Duology & the sequels, they were all amazing. I am ridiculously happy to have found this author!

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Fun Sexy Story but...

Loved the story, it's sexy and kinda funny. The narrator though...her voice was too mature and the way she spoke the characters made the listen sound like a parody of an Audible narrator. I rolled my eyes quite a few times.

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Narrator is atrocious

I enjoyed this story but the narrator is a no for me. My mind kept wondering due to her voice not matching with the characters.
The narrators voice for Camden especially. This book series should be redone using Darcy Stark or someone else who has the narration skills for these type novels.

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Loved the story the narrator was ok

I really like the Story and it had very nicely worded heated scenes and a little bit of a love story. What I didn’t like was the narrator making the men specifically the main man sound angry all the time. It was just very unnatural sounding and didn’t match the tone of how he was feeling and some situations.

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WTH??

Omgsh this is the worst narration I've ever heard! First of all, the narrator is WAY too old for a book such as this. I wanted to finish the story because I love Victoria Vale, but it was nearly impossible. It got to the point that all I could do was laugh at the ridiculousness of her voice, especially when she was reading Camden trying to sound sexy/romantic to Maggie. The narration was enough to put me off listening to the next two books in this series. I'll just read them on my own. Was this worth a credit? Based on the narrator's voice alone, I would say absolutely not.

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  • Austen
  • 04-01-18

A steamy story

A really great story about a young rebellious debutante who feels restricted by society's expectations and restraints. She is expected to select a husband from her suitors but is totally underwhelmed by them all. She has a crush on The Duke of Avonleah, who she secretly lusts after. She manages to 'catch his eye' at a masquerade, one she has been forbidden to attend, held at Vauxhall gardens. Things progress from there.....

This is a really hot read but unfortunately the narrator was poor.
As a British listener the accent was just awful - at times really over the top (in the way Americans think the British speak) and then at others very American - such as the pronunciation of DUTY. Also the narrator sounded like a 90 year old grandma - just all wrong for this type of story. I know that lots of American actors and actresses can successfully undertake an English accent - but this narrator is NOT one of them.

However, I still enjoyed the audiobook - but it could have been so much better.

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  • Bev
  • 03-04-21

steamy romance

well written. thank you for this book.
I really enjoyed listening to this book anything Victoria vale puts her hand on is hot,hot. and absolutely fantastic.

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  • Claire
  • 10-29-20

very steamy sexy story

I liked the story, but the narrator was awful and very distracting and unbearable, so I did not enjoy this book. It's a good thing it was a short one as I couldn't bear the narrator for much longer. I actual didn't finish the last 5 minutes. A very false English accent with an American accent. And Camden's voice was awful. And Sheridan's even worse. I had already purchased Book 2 but I think I wil return it. It's the first time i am returning a book since being a member for about 3 years.

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  • Alex
  • 10-04-20

Phew!

Well that was a scorcher! If you don't like hot sizzling sex scenes don't read this book!

I loved the book but the narrator was appalling! She sounded like an 80 year old granny and not a sexy young blood which you need!

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  • DragonRose UK
  • 07-04-20

Somebody pass me a fan!

I always wondered what the difference between erotica and erotic romance was. I think this book answered the question for me. This is what I would call the latter. It has a beautiful romantic story of a woman who dislikes the constraints of her life and is pretending to be something she isn't. She is being pushed towards marriage with a very nice man, but one who would never appreciate her for the person she is. When her dreams come true and she is given the opportunity to have a passionate encounter with a man she has fantasised about for a long time she wants nothing more than to be with him forever. He, on the other hand, doesn't want marriage, he's a known rake and she knows that but it doesn't stop her falling for him. Whether or not he will let her go and marry her 'nice' gentleman is something you will have to find out by listening to or reading the book. The erotic part of the book is really steamy, very much for 18 and over. It is very descriptive but it's not written to shock. It's just perfect and along with the romance of the story, it made for a really great listen.

The narrator did a pretty good job of the various characterisations. My only negative remark would be that at times, especially in the passionate moments the way she would say something isn't the way that I would have read it. For example, she might have voiced the part harshly when the descriptive words said: "he whispered". Or sometimes the male character would sound a little gay when in fact he was supposed to be sexily teasing her. Not huge issues, but just something that stopped me from being able to give a full 5-star rating to Ms Pendergast.

On the whole, I really enjoyed this book.

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  • ideaman
  • 02-09-20

awful narration

one of the worst narrators I've encountered. entirely over the top, with no sense of restraint. no storyline as such - lots of sex but no plot line or characterisation. if you like steamy scenes and can put up with the narration, give it a go.

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  • Jean M.
  • 06-26-19

Good story poor performance

Narrator was extremely annoying. If rather funny ie. distinguishing her fire instead of extinguishing it. LOL

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  • Mrs J Macdonald
  • 11-08-18

Masquerade

Crude not what I expected and audio was a bit american. Should be rated x