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The Year of Living Scandalously (The Secrets of Hadley Green Series) MP3 CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged
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All Keira Hannigan has to do is fill in for her cousin Lily Boudine; she never meant to actually take her place. But once everyone at Ashwood mistakes Keira for the new Countess of Ashwood, and Keira realizes that the only way she can take care of some pressing estate duties is to pose as Lily, she simply assumes her place. For awhile everything goes as well as can be expected, until Declan O’Connor, Earl of Donnelly, unexpectedly shows up. Knowing both Lily and Keira from Ireland, Declan immediately realizes that Keira is perpetuating a fraud. Somehow he not only finds himself coerced into keeping her secret, but also ends up helping Keira unravel a past mystery involving the disappearance of some valuable ruby jewelry more than a decade ago. London skillfully weaves dangerous intrigue and deliciously sexy romance into the cleverly crafted plot of her latest Regency historical, the first in what promises to be a superbly entertaining new series. --John Charles --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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This is the start of a new Regency historical series from New York Times bestselling author Julia London. She continues her trademark style of sexy lords and beautiful ladies but adds a mysterious twist. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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I loved every single thing about The Year Of Living Scandalously by Julia London.
Keira is a strong, independent, fireball of a heroine. She has a mind of her own and isn't afraid to use it.
Declan had me falling in love the moment he was introduced into the story. He's strong, intelligent, and the quintessential alpha male without being overbearing.
The characters are easily believable and the storyline was thick and engaging. I loved the mystery and the element of surprise in the ending. This is by far one of my absolute favorite books and I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
I found myself lost at an estate in Hadley Green for a short time. :)
Hot, smart, and engaging. Ms. London knows how to write a story that grabs the readers and won't let go.
I gave it my best try, but if I read any more I am afraid that my eyes may start bleeding!
I also felt like the author killed off an awful lot of people to make this story happen (even if they were minor characters), and in some disturbing ways. Having a young girl throw herself off a cliff after a brutal rape seemed a bit extreme to me, as did killing off an estate employee by spearing him with a pitchfork.
But more than the selfish heroine or the plethora of dead bodies strewn about, it was the contradictory or questionable details of the book that really irked me. Keira was supposed to be an expert horsewoman, but she didn't know what it meant when Declan thought his horse was foundering? That's like having a car with a flat tire - who would be in that situation and not know its significance? Also, who hired Mr. Fish, the wonderful estate manager, if he wasn't around until after the earl died? How was Keira able to turn the estate around when she had absolutely no knowledge of estate management? Why didn't Ashford have its own team of solicitors to handle any issues of the estate's entail? Why were there so few people around to answer any questions about Mr. Scott's wrongful conviction when Hadley Green was such a thriving little village?
Maybe I was overthinking while I was reading, but I felt that the novel was written too fast and lacked a good editing job. The details were just a little too sloppy. Still, I did finish it, and I will most likely read the next book, if only to find out where the family jewels were hidden all those years...
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