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Publisher's Summary

Brooke Chapman-Powell takes her position as the Earl of Englefield’s personal secretary very seriously. This job is what keeps her sister in the university for the deaf and the town from completely shutting down. But the earl is dying, and they have only one hope: an American, from some place called Salvation, Virginia.

Now she will have to teach the in-all-likelihood-uncouth-and-lazy half American how to be a proper earl if they hope to save the village. God help them all.

Nick Vane has about two gazillion things that land higher on his to-do list than becoming an English earl. Things like naps. Hosting poker nights. Oh, and raking in the profits from his latest invention. But accepting the title that his grandfather has denied him since birth? It doesn’t even register. But Miss Prim-and-Proper won’t give up, and before he knows what’s what, he is on a plane to London.

He has too much pride to go down easily, and she’s got too much propriety to ever break the rules. They are as different as a cocktail fork and a bread knife - and the clash between them lands these two in the most unexpected positions.

©2020 Avery Flynn (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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Such a well written and witty romance!

Nick and Brooke! I loved everything about this book. It’s funny and serious, with romance.
I really love John Lane his performance was perfect! Nick took his new position with so many mixed emotions and I was so confused and mad. Because of the old Earl’s behavior towards Nick.
Brooke and Nick are perfect for each other.
As I listened to this book I laughed out loud, once again John Lane is an amazing narrator.
This is a slow paced romance storyline but with so much character and angst.
I discovered this awesome author through Audible and I am hooked on her books!

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Great story but…

I feel that the story could have used one or more chapters. He never learned how and why his father died and the earls condition. Feels unfinished
I love this writer and I own a lot of her books

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Erotica or family drama? Neither

Even the lamest Erotica wraps up the plot points it presents. This had so many interesting plot points so I assumed it would have depths around the explicit sex scenes I fasted thru. I kept listening to see if or how they resolved them. Magically. That’s the answer poof all of the issues just stopped being addressed. It went: angst angst angst listing of issues listing of issues and then poof abandonment explanations, Alzheimers all of it just disappeared and they lived happily ever after. An annoying book, especially since it had potential.

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It was a fairytale and I liked it alot.

Let me first say the narrator was incredible-so many distinctive character voices! Amazing!,
a little too explicit at times for me but such a great story! Thank you.

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loved it!

Such a fun book. Really hilarious, they should make a movie out of this one. The narrator is amazing, he could rock any accent or gender.

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story was fine

it was alright. fluff to the max. smutty for sure. if your into that you would like this book. Nothing mentioned about the grandpa at the end. soooooo...

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Nice romance.

Fun read. Nice story. A little different plot but very pleasant to read or listen to. The actors are very good.

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  • 04-22-22

Amazing Narration!!!

Seriously, John Lane MADE this book come to life with his fabulous narration. It is a wonderful read with just the right amount to chemistry, fun, and lovable characters. I will be finding more audiobooks to devour with narration by John Lane and books to read from Avery Flynn.

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A Fun Fairy Tale

This book was an enjoyable read! The narrator did a great job with all of the characters.

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absolutely wonderful

I have not 1 single complaint of this book. LOTS of fun, lots of warm fuzzies. John Lane was amazing. the number of completely different tones and accents he managed, wow! wish they had men read more romance book. I know I'd buy them. peace

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  • Mrs SW
  • 05-03-22

Terrible accents, predictable story

Accents from narrator were the worst ever… if you can get past that then it’s a predictable, easy story.

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  • Daniel
  • 02-17-22

Love wins out

I really enjoyed this book the narration was brilliant and story funny sad will definately read more

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  • Patricia Surtees
  • 01-24-22

awful accent

Story was fine...was spoilt by the horrendous Yorkshire accents......it sounded more like a mish-mash of Scottish accents...from no particular region

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  • 01-20-22

DISAPPOINTING 😐 I had high hopes but it sadly fell short.

I liked the characters, but the story was rushed at the end with a slightly juvenile finish and with threads unfinished I felt.
What really and absolutely drove me insane, to the point I nearly quit listening, was the narrators SHOCKINGLY DREADFUL ACCENTS.
I could be wrong, but I believe the narrator was an American and his American accent was lovely. HOWEVER, his really stupid faux upper class English accent was just laughably dire and his attempt at a Yorkshire accent was shocking and lapsed into a bit of Scottish more often than not. There must have been a check list of British words and sayings that was shoehorned in to every conversation, in an attempt to sound British, but it failed miserably. The bad accents were truly hilarious at times and cringe worthy at others. Sorry MR NARRATOR, YOU CANT DO ACCENTS. Trying to be less unfair, he did read it well if you ignore the bloody bad accents. Unfortunately, it was the accents that ruined it for me and the rushed end just topped it off. It had the makings of a nice book but ended up being a let down. 👎

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-03-22

A great listen.

Funny Witty and a Captivating tale. Worthy of a listen. Love the narrator's American accent!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-04-21

loved and hated this book!

the story was good, but the narrator's attempt at a Yorkshire accent was hysterically bad..I swear it was Scottish most of the time..
had to skip over any steamy scenes.. couldn't bear to hear them on those accents!

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  • 11-16-21

Unfinished plot points, otherwise a solid romcom

Bonus points for; using the word discombobulated, references to naked attraction and a pretty accurate portrayal of English country village life (without cheesy accents) but a delightfully simple and lovely rom com can still be ruined by major plot points referenced throughout the book not being resolved which is unfortunately what happened here (i.e. the earl's diagnosis and the earl's sons actions on the night he died). Even more frustrating when there is an actual epilogue to the story! And it's not even mentioned there.

I would give extra points for the representation of a deaf character but as I don't think it's an accurate portrayal I'm going to say that cancels it out.

Otherwise a solid romcom chick flick with a couple of tropes, solid spicy scenes with believable pacing and emotional and sexual build up to those scenes. There are other innacuracies in the story but the emotions and connections written are pleasant and believable and that is definitely the thing I look for most in this genre of books. Good pacing and good chemistry throughout.

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  • Anita_booktoread.
  • 09-21-21

Such an easy listen.

I was curious how this would go with only 1 narrator but John Lane is ridiculously talented. It actually fitted with him doing both voices and narrative. I really enjoyed it.
As for the storyline, this was such an easy one to listen to. The banter and chemistry between the H and h was sweet and spicy, and such a different theme to the book. I've enjoyed all of Avery's books that I've read so far.