• The Lily and the Crown

  • By: Roslyn Sinclair
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (690 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

The Lily and the Crown is a lesbian scifi romance about daring to risk your heart with someone you shouldn’t.

Ariana “Ari” Geiker lives an isolated life on an imperial space station commanded by her father. The skilled, young botanist rarely leaves her living quarters, where she maintains an elaborate garden. When an imperious older woman is captured from a pirate ship and given to her as a slave, Ariana’s perfectly ordered life is thrown into chaos. Her nameless slave is watchful, intelligent, dangerous, and sexy, and seems to know an awful lot about tactics, star charts, and the dread, marauding pirate queen, Mir. 

What happens when the slave also reveals an expertise in seduction to her innocent mistress?

©2017 Roslyn Sinclair (P)2021 Ylva Publishing
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  • Categories: Romance

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There needs to be a sixth star for performance!

While I enjoyed reading this in paperback in 2019, the experience was greatly heightened by what I now refer to as "The Dawe Effect." Narrator Angela Dawe is always outstanding, but I would venture to say she even raised it up a notch here. This is one of the benefits of having a great actor perform these books. It's like watching a film, but with your ears (if that makes sense.) While I squirmed in delight at the low, commanding voice she used for Assistant, her performance of introverted botanist Ariana Geiker was especially endearing.
I love Sinclair's books - which originated as The Devil Wears Prada fanfic and Ylva Publishing was smart enough to scoop her up. They are well written, intelligent and ridiculously sexy. Both this and the X Ingredient both have strong power play elements - and they never go quite the way you expect, which I appreciate. There was one scene in the book of a sexual nature that was on its way to making me uncomfortable, but before that could happen there was a shift. Beyond that, I absolutely loved it. And just so we're clear - this book's focus isn't sex so I don't want to give that impression, but it certainly plays a strong role.
These are two very interesting characters who are polar opposites in many ways, but fulfill something in the other that no one has before. If I could only choose one way to experience this book, it would definitely be on audio. Just when I think Dawe can't possibly get any better, she does. An all-time top 20 for me.

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Angela Dawe & Roslyn Sinclair - my new favourite!

'The Lily and the Crown' has been one of my all-time favourite erotica age-gap romance novels! And Angela Dawe has just made it even more steamy and stunning! She made it more NSFW, if I may say so!

This is honestly totally worth the long wait!

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Steamy and Entertaining!! Well Done

Big fan of the X ingredient ... and I have to say Roslyn Sinclair hit this one out of the park as well!!
Perfect Narration!
Creative Plot!

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wonderfull story

Wonderful at time heartbreaking story narratted by legendaaaary Angela Dawe you are into hell of ride

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Sexy & Entertaining, what more do you need?!

Let me start by saying I loved this book! I was instantly sad when I heard “epilogue”. The intimate scenes were impeccably written and I loved the unique dynamic they had, even seemingly problematic at times.
The narrator was fantastic, she always is.

The synopsis mentioned sci-fi so I was expecting more world building. There was hardly any description of the space ship, station, or planets. Was this the future or an alternate universe?
I’m only critical of this because I think world building would’ve taken this book to soaring heights as sci-fi/romance genre. The story itself is fantastic.

Highly entertaining and HOT!

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  • 02-20-21

Welcome to the Hot House

I love how this book blends age gap, sci-fi, and power imbalance with some botany, love and a good smattering of sex. Full disclosure: sometimes I fast forward through the sex scenes of books because, well, they kind of get redundant and/or gratuitous. This book has neither which make for an even more exciting listen.

On the outreaches of the Empire, introverted botanist Ariana has lived a happy life amongst the plant life she has cultivated. Her father, the commander of the station they live on, gifts his daughter a slave to keep her company. Ari is not interested in having company nor is she a fan of slavery. To keep the peace with her father, she accepts "Assistant" into her life. From the start its evident that Assistant is more than she seems and as time goes on the clues point to her identity. We as the audience get it, but Ari never puts the pieces together. Misunderstandings (which happen a lot due to the different natures and ages of the MCs,) stir up a lot of heat, both good and bad. The emotional bravery Ari exhibits is amazing for one so young, with so much to lose. The character development is wonderful. Heat, humor and humus in one offering. Can it get any better? Oh yes it can, when Angela Dawe performs it.

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Superb!

Such a story of power and patience and political worlds for improvement! Roslyn Sinclair deftly guides the reader in two realities, revealing the crucial gray between the black and white.
Angela Dawe breathes depth of character with her narration, letting personalities shine through a moment’s hesitation or trailing words, enriching (never overpowering) Sinclair’s fantastic tale.

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Very different

This wasn’t my typical kind of book (science fiction) but it was nice to step out of my norm. I liked the story, but it took me a while to decide as I was listening. The narrator was great and the romance got better throughout the book. I’m just not really into space ship stories. I’m still glad I listened to it.

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Whimsical, witty, sexy and wise

Hope to find more audible stories by this author! The narrator is also one of the best!

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Fantastic story & performance

I loved this book so much and was therefore VERY excited when I heard an audiobook was released. Angela Dawe narrated it so perfectly. This is one I’ll listen to again & again.

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  • Ren
  • 05-12-21

Marvellous!

This is book kept me up all night, I simply couldn’t stop listening. I really recommend it.

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  • Nilay Dervish
  • 04-06-22

one of the best of 2021!

one of the best of 2021! Listened to it twice in a row and then again :)

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  • Dunston Patterson
  • 02-19-22

Sci-fi, Surprises and Sex!

This is a great story! The characters and the plot are engaging and the build up to the characters encounters at different points of the story is compelling and interspersed with intoxicating exotic moments. Something for everyone!

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  • 10-05-21

Loved every second

What a story, an escape I didnt know I needed, read within 2 days Angela Dawe as always delivered a wonderful narration and the story is one I got lost in straight away. Will definitely be one i listen to over and over again!

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  • Foxy
  • 10-02-21

Love in space

The book is in the point of view of Ari.

The story is about Ari and she is the imperial station commander’s daughter and it’s set in space on a space station. Ari is a very private person who loves her garden and spends most of her time alone in her large room with her garden. Until her father gives her a slave he has caught, he gives her the slave as a companion as he is worried she spends to much time alone, and in most of the book Ari calls her assistant as the slave doesn’t want a name and won’t tell Ari her real name.
It’s a sweet romantic and funny story.
I will say my favourite was Ari and I was like aww she is so sweet, then I was like aww poor Ari and I felt so sorry for her.
The ending was brilliant but I won’t say what happens as it will spoil the story.

The narration was excellent and really added to the book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-08-21

outstanding

Loved every bit of this book, couldn't stop until it was finished.Angela Dawe done an outstanding narration. we need more books Roslyn Sinclair, pleaseeeee

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  • Chilling in Cheshire
  • 08-29-21

Superb

As a rule, I don't read/listen to sci-fi. But, this novel was so good, I might just change my opinion. The story was well paced & excellently written. Put this together with the narration of Angela Dawe & this is an outright winner.

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  • Faye
  • 08-27-21

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just finished for the second time in a few months. awesome story and delivery

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  • Rach LH
  • 03-21-21

What a story

The Audible version of this book is so so so worth listening to. The narrator Angela Dawe captures all the emotions that you feel them along with the characters. I’d already read this book and enjoyed it but Listening to it was on another level.

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  • F15hyjow
  • 02-25-21

Fabulous

Absolutely fabulous just loved Angela's narration waited a long long time for this book to be available on audio and wasn't disappointed at all

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  • Fi
  • 04-13-22

Original & Entertaining Story

I wasn’t sure from the blurb whether this would be my sort of book or what to expect but I’m glad I took the chance on this.
Arianna is a young shy botanist preferring to spend her time alone tending to her plants, when her life is thrown into turmoil by the arrival of Assistant,who is given to her as a slave by her father.
Although it’s quite predictable early on as to who Assistant really is, I enjoyed the development of the relationship between the two and the reliance on each other even though Arianna’s naivety frustrated me at times.
The story is told from Arianna’s POV which really works as her simplicity and openness to new experiences makes this a refreshing read.
Overall, original and entertaining, with a great performance.

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  • Tritza
  • 09-05-21

Storytelling at its best!

Loved this book! The story was original and creative, and the characters captured my attention from the start.

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  • ILoveReading
  • 06-14-21

Totally enthralling

Not usually a reader of science fiction but this was enthralling. Loved the characters and the story. It's the sort of story you keep thinking about long after you've come to the end. Satisfying ending too. Wonderful narration only added to the audio book.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-08-21

inter stella

I really enjoyed this, the performance was brilliant, the story was enhanced by it.

I felt like it was medieval space, maybe a little predictable but extremely enjoyably so

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  • Jess
  • 04-02-21

Best book for a long time

Great story, great narrator, kept me guessing and gave all the queer feels. Loved the complex characters.

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  • Sam
  • 04-01-21

Great book

Really enjoyed this book! The relationship between the two characters starts on quite early in the book which is a lot better than having to wait until the end. I think this might be classed as Sci fi but I wouldn't say it feels that way at all.