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Lord Drake Varisey, Marquess of Winchelsea, eldest son and heir of the Duke of Wolverstone, must foil a plot that threatens to shake the foundations of the realm, but the very last lady - nay, noblewoman - he needs assisting him is Lady Louisa Cynster, known throughout the ton as Lady Wild.

For the past nine years, Louisa has suspected that Drake might well be the ideal husband for her, even though he's assiduous in avoiding her. But she's now 27, and enough is enough. She believes propinquity will reveal exactly what it is that lies between them, and what better opportunity to work closely with Drake than this latest mission, with which he patently needs her help?

Unable to deny Louisa's abilities or the value of her assistance and powerless to curb her willfulness, Drake is forced to grit his teeth and acquiesce to her sticking by his side if only to ensure her safety. But all too soon, his true feelings for her surface sufficiently for her, perspicacious as she is, to see through his denials, which she then interprets as a challenge.

Even while they gather information, tease out clues, increasingly desperately search for the missing gunpowder, and doggedly pursue the killer responsible for an ever-escalating tally of dead men, thrown together through the hours, he and she learn to trust and appreciate each other. And fed by constant exposure - and blatantly encouraged by her - their desires and hungers swell and grow....

As the barriers between them crumble, the attraction he has for so long restrained burgeons and balloons until, goaded by her near death, it erupts, and he seizes her - only to be seized in return.

Linked irrevocably, and with their wills melded and merged by passion's fire, with time running out and the evil mastermind's deadline looming, together they focus their considerable talents and make one last push to learn the critical truths - to find the gunpowder and unmask the villain behind this far-reaching plot.

Only to discover that they have significantly less time than they'd thought, that the villain's target is even more crucially fundamental to the realm than they'd imagined, and that it's going to take all that Drake is - as well as all that Louisa as Lady Wild can bring to bear - to defuse the threat, capture the villain, and make all safe and right again.

As they race to the ultimate confrontation, the future of all England rests on their shoulders.

©2017 Stephanie Laurens (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Please stop this man from evering ruining another

Mathew should never be allowed to read another romance novel and ruining an otherwise good book. I feel sorry for Stephanie Laurens that she has been forced to submit her work to such an unskilled man

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Good story with some hick ups

I didn't like that were recycling parts of the recording during the story. I can't be the only one that noticed the narrator's inflection/intonation changed from one second to the other during the story when part of the story were used at an earlier moment in the storyline.

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Don't like prounciation of Dalziel

Normally I like Matthew Brenher as a narrator, but I HATE the change in the pronunciation of "Dalziel." Granted that's my only complaint but I think new narrators for a series should listen to those earlier in the series. I frankly don't care which pronounciaton is correct, after many books of one, another extremely different is unacceptable to me.

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engaging

loved it. reveitting story line. I couldn't stop listening and the accuracy of English traditions and history is amazing

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Loved the story. Disliked the narrator.

Mr. Brenher does not do women's voices well, and his female characters sound strident. I was also disappointed in his pronunciation of many Regency terms. Finally, he failed to provide a French accent for the series' grand dame, Helena Dowager Duchess of St. Ives.

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The Best of the three!

Everything gets tied up in this final book. I liked the strong, capable personalities of the women in this story. The book was well read.

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too long

Once you knew who was plotting it it got tedious how many times were they gonna move those barrels. I didn't realize that it was 67 chapters I got tired about 39 and went straight to the end.

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Intrigue and romance - great combination.

This trilogy was so intriguing that I could not stop listening to it. Can’t wait to read more of Susan Lauren’s books.

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Try it at 1.2x speed

The narration bothered me because it was so slow (among other problems) then i got the idea to try speeding it up. Going up to 1.2x resolved the pace problem but the other problems mentioned in previous reviews remain

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I enjoyed the Book,

I enjoyed the Book I hope there is another book
That goes with these Two Book’s! I will buy the
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Boring, confusing & far too long

Totally wrong narrator and it can't decide whether it's a murder mystery or a romance! Far, far too long which made it boring. The story might have worked with a different narrator and without the overly long sex passages but I doubt it.

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  • 07-06-19

The mystery!

Drake and Louise are swept together in an espionage with her brothers Sebastian and Michael St Ives, Deveils brood, who had help from Anoria Chillingworth and Cleo Hendon. All wealthy elite families.
The story did drag on for a long while repeating the work behind the scenes to find ten missing barrels of gunpowder. The final chapters did come to a good conclusion. The audio was well read by Matthew. Brenher.