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Emilia MacNeil is an independent miss. Truth be told, she's a bit of a tomboy, and many's the proper lady who has called her a hussy for her sometimes less than ladylike behavior. But Emilia remains unrepentant. She's as good as any man, and better than some, and the last thing she wants is to be married to any of them. She'll happily be an aunt to her siblings' children, but she wants nothing to do with marriage.

Enter Lord Cedric Hanson, Duke of Roxburgh. According to her father the Marquess, the Duke is to be her husband, but Emilia refuses to comply. When she is brought back after her first attempt at escape is foiled, she vows to take the battle to the enemy, so to speak. But every attempt she makes to escape is hindered, first by the guards who accompany her and her father to the Duke's seat, and afterwards by the Duke himself. Their game of hide and seek eventually leads to more, as Emilia finds herself reluctantly admiring the man who would take her freedom. Admiration becomes arousal...becomes more. In the end, on her wedding day, Emilia must choose between the independence she has fought for all her life and the man she has come to love.

©2016 Historical Deluxe (P)2017 Historical Deluxe

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  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Dawn
  • 2017/02/01

good

Any additional comments?

This audiobook was given to me for a honest unbiased review. This was a good short read. I love these regency books. This was a perfect size novella that had all the stops, between love historical details, and passionate characters. A very sweet good read.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jan M
  • 2017/02/01

Clean Romance

I enjoyed this clean romance of a young woman who was more or less forced into an engagement situation of the times (not having a say in her future) and discovering love and being given a choice at the end. The antics she empowered to try to get away were entertaining. The narrator and the author were new to me. I wasn't certain if the narrator was the right choice for a regency romance at the beginning of the book. I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, narrator, and/or publisher.

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Claire
  • 2017/02/24

Sweet and sassy young lady meets her match

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Talk about fulfilling a stereotype. Honestly the ending lost this book a star.

What about Anneliese Rennie’s performance did you like?

Anneliese did a great job with the voices, the were well done for both male and female characters and were in keeping with the period theme.

What would have made this romance irresistible?

I both liked and disliked the Cedric (the Duke); a fair bit of what he did and said came across as playing a game to me, and I didn't like that.

Any additional comments?

A few production issues in chapter 7 (of the recording) where the narration repeats several times and has a few odd sounds added. The music at the end is also messed up (I hope) or it's supposed to be discordant. The music that plays between chapters is just a bit too loud, makes me want to decrease the volume each time it plays.

Wow, what a harsh review so far. Honestly I didn't dislike the book at all, I just found the ending a bit unbelievable.

Emilia is a lovely strong character and well ahead of her times as far as her desire for independence goes. And the story itself is well crafted and quite amusing.

I'd try another book by Matilda Hart.

Note: This book was provided free by the author/narrator/publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    3 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    3 out of 5 stars
  • A D.
  • 2017/02/03

Clean Regency Romance

This is your basic Regency romance. Amelia is an independent and impulsive girl lacking the usual wiles of an aristocratic woman in those times. Apparently that works for the Duke who probably appreciates that she isn't tossing herself at his head.

That said, the story is clean (with no more than chaste kisses), quick and light but not unusual. Amelia repeatedly tries to escape and is brought back each time in a lacklustre sort of way. But then the story is mostly about how she discovers herself in the process.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    4 out of 5 stars
  • April H.
  • 2017/02/02

A Lady's Powerful Duke

A Lady's Powerful Duke
: Matilda Hart

A short Regency Romance has female protagonist entered into an engagement she does not want. Not with The Duke.................not with any man. He must convince her before she reaches her majority in three months time, as she uses her wiles to escape.


The narration was ok, but some mispronunciations distracted (at least as I have always heard the words pronounced differently , and if I am wrong I apologize.) The characters were well portrayed. Anneliese Rennie is a new narrator to me. She has a pleasant voice and puts enthusiasm in the performance. The music was a nice touch.



"I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator."

  • 総合評価
    2 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    1 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Linda Raquel
  • 2020/04/12

An ok story

I was enjoying the story, but the voice the narrator chose for the protagonist took away most of the enjoyment I could’ve gotten from the plot and characters. I do not think she’s a bad narrator, because it was only the protagonist, but since we’re always with her I got tired very fast. There were other details in the audio editing, like repetitions of sentences or phrases and, in once instance, a phrase was repeated three times because the narrator had to clear her throat the first two. Again, I’m not saying the narrator is bad, but bad editing and an annoying voice for the MC didn’t let me enjoy neither the story nor the narrator.

I was given a free copy of this audiobook and have voluntarily given this review. This didn’t influence my review in any way.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Rosemary Hughes
  • 2020/04/11

If you love something, set it free!

Ah, thank goodness, w don't still live in a time of arranged marriages, although, I believe this still some cultures practice.
I don't doubt, as in this story, many parents believe they are doing the best for the woman involved. However, not all suitors are like the Duke, as portrayed, and social and economic benefits are often taken precedent over the welfare of the young woman. Such, unfortunately, appears human nature.
The music between chapters, detracted from the overall experience, as well as one area, where editing should have occurred.

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    3 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Bethany Cagle
  • 2020/02/06

The music...

While I enjoyed what I heard of the story and narrative, at the end of every single chapter, there is music. The same music. Loud and disruptive. Every chapter. and at the beginning this music is so loud during the opening credits you can't hear what the narrator is saying. I am surprised it passed quality check due to the music. I could have given it four stars. As it was, I couldn't finish it.

  • 総合評価
    1 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    1 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Crystal Morey
  • 2017/02/28

NARRATOR KILLED IT (IN A BAD WAY)

Would you try another book from Matilda Hart and Historical Deluxe and/or Anneliese Rennie?

MAYBE IF IT WAS A DIFFERENT NARRATOR

What could Matilda Hart and Historical Deluxe have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

FIND A DIFFERENT NARRATOR. IT WAS SO UNBEARABLE. IT WAS LIKE LISTENING TO A KINDERGARTEN TEACHER WHO DOESNT DO THE VOICES OR BEING AT A BORING OFFICE MEETING AND THE MAIN SPEAKER IS TRYING TO EXPLAIN A LAY OUT PLAN

What didn’t you like about Anneliese Rennie’s performance?

THE MUSIC IN THE AUDIO BOOK WAS MORE INTERESTING THEN HER NARRATIONS

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

THE MUSIC WAS NICE AND IT WAS MORE GRABBING AND PULLING THE THE NARRATOR

Any additional comments?

THE STORY WAS AMAZING. IF YOU HAD A DIFFERENT NARRATOR IT WOULD HAVE BEEN PHENOMENAL. I NEED SOMEONE WHO SHOWS EMOTION AND DEPTH WHEN THEY READ A STORY. I DON'T WANT TO LISTEN TO SOMEONE WHO SOUNDS LIKE THEY ARE BORED WHILE BEING A STORY TELLER. I'VE HEARD BETTER NARRATIONS FROM A PARROT THAT MIMICS CUSTOMERS IN A PET STORE... OTHER THEN THAT... THE STORY WAS AWESOME... DO NOT HIRE THIS PERSON TO READ ANOTHER ONE OF YOUR BOOKS

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    2 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Inishowen Cailin
  • 2017/02/03

A nice story. Narration not to my taste.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would change the narrator.

Would you recommend A Lady's Powerful Duke to your friends? Why or why not?

I would recommend buying the ebook rather than the audio version.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Anneliese Rennie?

I would have cast Elizabeth Klett or Melanie Fraser. Both are fantastic narrators and I love how they perform with a flawless English accent which adds an air of authenticity to historical romances set in England.
Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy the narration here.

I felt that the Anneliese Rennie's style of reading the story as opposed to performing it is more suited to non fiction. There were also a couple of mispronunciations, e.g. Michaelmas

Any additional comments?

I voluntarily received a review copy.

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  • 総合評価
    2 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    1 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    2 out of 5 stars
  • sammie
  • 2017/06/28

don't bother!!!!

the reader was terrible.. she sounded like she was reading out of having to instead of wanting too... had to give up after the first couple of chapters!!!!

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    3 out of 5 stars
  • MCR.
  • 2017/02/01

Review

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would not recommend this book to my friends because like me they would straight away cringe at an American accent reading an obviously English period piece. It just does not work.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The story was ruined right from the beginning by having an American reading it. The intonation needed for some of the very specifically English words was all wrong. I have no idea if an American audience would notice that, but I speak very clear Oxford English and I certainly did. The script was weak and silly and needed toughening up. No English Aristocrat would be such a lame duck. No lady would risk her honor by leaving without any plans, or money, or place to go and a companion.

Do you think A Lady's Powerful Duke needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I am really sorry but I would rewrite this book and have no follow up. I would only use an English narrator or one who could fake the correct diction.
The bare bones are good there is great room for improvement it just needs more excitement. A real running away scene with an exciting rescue would fit the bill. Some hot romance.