Amanda Briars is unmarried and about to turn 30-years old. She’s an accomplished novelist, independent and self sufficient in an era that’s pretty hard on women without husbands (19th century London). But, she does not want to reach that age milestone without experiencing carnal love. So, she discreetly arranges with the town’s brothel owner for a man. The next day, a gentleman shows up on her doorstep the very next day. Jack Devlin is a successful publisher, known for printing some racy material. He’s got a bit of a reputation but that’s not stopping him from trying to sign on Amanda…as a client and a lover.
I chose this book because I liked the idea of an older, independent woman in 1800s England. It turned out to be a delightful story as Amanda was smart and talented, Jack an extremely interesting and complicated man. Their first encounter was sensual and their relationship evolved slowly throughout the book. The banter was clever and funny but the serious moments were just as compelling. The later conflicts were inevitable, as we were forewarned, and they were handled well, despite a lapse in ethical behavior on Amanda’s part.
This was my first experience with the narrator, Beverley Crick, and I really enjoyed her performance. Kleypas is one of my favorite authors so I had high expectations that were more than met. I hated when the story ended as I liked being in Amanda and Jack’s world. The epilogue, however, left me in a really good place.
- Narrator: Beverley Crick
- Release Date: June 30, 2018
- Audio Length: 9 hours, 30 minutes
(I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review)