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Forbidden love is always a scandalous choice....

She raced across the pasture, vaulted a fence, and landed, stunned and breathless, on top of the most handsome man she had ever seen. The bemused stranger stayed to capture the fancy of the brood of orphaned children in her charge, then stole Lauren Hill's heart with a searing kiss as he left. Lauren couldn't tell him she was a widowed countess fallen on hard times. She tried to forget him - until she saw him again at a London ball. The man who haunted her dreams was a duke, out of her class...and he was pledged to another woman. The ton is ablaze with talk of the ravishing Bavarian countess. Stunned, Alexander Christian, Duke of Sutherland, recognizes Lauren as the country girl who's captured his heart. Duty has forced him to pledge himself to another, to take his proper place in society and in Parliament. He wants one night with his blue-eyed enchantress, but will he be able to walk away from her again? Or will he risk it all to be with the woman who fires his blood and makes him think of a...wicked angel.

©1999 Dinah Dinwiddie (P)2013 Audible Inc.

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well written and narrated

I LOVED this book. It truly expressed how many pulls in different directions one may feel inside when making an important decision. Other reviewers criticized this book because of it but this is exactly what can happen in real life. You may feel tormented when making a decision and that does not make a story bad. I highly recommend this book. Wonderful romance and of course a handsome hero and beautiful heroine. Who can ask for more? :)

One of the Amazon reviewers wrote this condensed version about the book which I enjoyed reading, so here it is:
"Alex Christian, the Duke of Sutherland, carries a lot of responsibility on his shoulders. He is, of course, known in all of England because he is a duke, terribly handsome, very rich, single, young, and extremely influential politically. As he believes it is time for him to marry and produce an heir, he has requested the hand of an important political ally's daughter in marriage two years previously. They will be married within six months. He doesn't love the girl but is fond of her and knows she will make a great duchess. He is yet another one of those heroes that think love for a spouse is neither realistic nor desirable. Then his well-ordered life takes a sudden shift. He is hunting at his country lodge when he stumbles upon a country lady having a disagreement with a belligerent hog. He is so taken with her that he extends his hunting trip just to be around her. He knows it is all nonsense because of all his duke duties but cannot resist her for a little while. During this two-week period, their relationship is innocent and sweet. But his responsibilities require him to return to London and Alex never expects to see the lovely country lady again although it makes him very sad.
Lauren Hill is that lovely country lady. Although her speech, education, and mannerisms proclaim her a lady, she first encounters Alex as she is singing to a hog in a cornfield right before the animal charges her and she leaps over the fence and into Alex's arms. For the next two weeks, he observes her perform all sorts of manual chores and even sees her wearing her brother's old pants and shirt. He is shocked but pleasantly surprised to find that she has five wards, orphans, who she cares for and loves deeply. Lauren is totally taken with Alex and finds herself in love with him. She has no idea that he is a duke. Lauren lives on a run down country estate with her uncle, brother, housekeeper, a mentally challenged boarder, and the five orphans. She is desperately attempting to make a living from the old estate. Her uncle wants to her to marry and better their situation but Lauren has no desire to marry again.
Lauren's uncle, some years previous, had bartered her in marriage to a very old Count from Germany. She was married to the old Count for two years prior to his death. Since she had not provided him with an heir - a portion of the marriage agreement - she returned her inheritance, as his Countess, to the next Count and returns home to England penniless, much to her uncle's chagrin.
Now fast-forward four months to London. Lauren's uncle has forced her back into society so that she may marry well once again. She is introduced everywhere in London by her married title of Countess. Imagine both Alex and Lauren's great surprise when they encounter each other at a party and find that each bears a title. Neither one of them is very happy with the other because of the little secrets they have both withheld. However, Lauren is ecstatic to see Alex and then heartbroken when she is informed that he is engaged and will be married in two months.
Now the real story begins and it is a roller coaster. Lauren's uncle is blackmailing her to remarry well. She cannot waste time with Alex but he won't leave her alone. He seems to be everywhere she goes and although he believes he can never marry Lauren, he is obsessed with her. Of course, several very eligible men are pursuing Lauren and are very serious in marrying her. This makes Alex crazy with jealousy".

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The contents of this story ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE AND SHOULD NOT BE ROMANTICIZED.

I’m not one to usually write bad reviews but this book warrants it. *spoilers ahead obviously* The male lead and his rival are HORRIBLE. The rival is a romanticized stalker who follows her from another country, moves in across the way from her so he can watch her every move, she REPEATEDLY refuses his offer and yet he says she’s just “putting him off,” which she actually calls BS on thankfully. She’s basically forced to get married to one of them for no reason. The lead guy is engaged to and cheats on another woman the whole time, devastating that woman in the process, then when he gets his head on straight and ends things with his fiancé to go after the object of his love, he pretty much slut shames the leading lady for choosing to honor her commitment to the rival after the lead guy takes advantage of her while she’s in a vulnerable state and then rapes her to “convince” her of his love. I can put up with a bit of unsavory stuff in a romance novel here and there but this is BEYOND tolerance. Really, REALLY awful main male characters, with the one exception of her brother who also kind of sucks because he encourages and enables all the other men’s BS.

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Great performance by Anne Flosnik

The book had too much turmoil. The angst between the lovers just went on and on salvaged only by Flosnik's performance. The author, though one of my favorites, should have left chapter 23 out entirely. The book would have been better without that addition to the misery. The ending was ok so don't give up on it.

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Poor Plot line writing.

The story would have been much better if it did not jump around so much. You are one place then it jumps forward 4 months and starts talking about something you have not read yet and then jumps backwards. If it was a movie you would be dizzy. I lost patience with the book a few times and just stopped reading it for a while. It is OK to do that once or twice in a story but it was almost every other chapter. Then it was who hated who this chapter. not one that i would ever buy again.

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Okay book

I would have given 4 stars for the story but it got so tedious towards the end. The two characters became tiresome by their flip flopping feelings. Too many flip flops for me. As always Anne Flosnik's narrating was excellent.

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a little hard to get through

think of every reason two people can't, won't, or shouldn't be together, make it blatantly obvious that they're in love, and then give them every opportunity to be awful to each other. then dd in lots of crying.
when the story is good, it's awesome, but it is hard to take after a while.

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Steamy, humorous, interesting!

Loved the main characters, and the narrator is fantastic! I now look for books narrated by Anne Flosnik.

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Lovely Novel but....

I liked the story a lot until the heroine decided to turn into a watering pot of self pity. I kept rolling my eyes, I almost had a headache. Some people may like it but the self pity was irritating.

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Wonderful up to a point

I loved the story up to tjr last few hours. Humor, strong heroine, honest, sexy, very enjoyable. Then, it stopped making sense and became too angst laden for me b. Woe is me, I can’t , I won’t, you don’t understand. Hearts breaking. Luckily I was able to skip several chapters and didn’t put up with the angst. The ending was ok but a bit of a letdown after ALL the angst and hand wringing.

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The narrator kept me from enjoying this book!

I really like the author. Her stories are usually fun to read BUT this narrator is the pits!! All her v’s and f’s come out as b’s! It is so irritating! So distracting! I tried to overlook it but it was impossible! I will not purchase another book by Julie London because of her!