- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 11 hours and 6 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Julie Johnstone
- Audible.com Release Date: June 6, 2014
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00KTHMIUY
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What a Rogue Wants: Lords of Deception, Book 1 Audiobook – Unabridged
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Almost at the beginning one is drawn into a scene of a young lady displaying her archery talents in the Golden Square, an area set near the "art district" of London, where one can act "odd" and no one is offended. There Madelaine meets Lord Grey Adlard, a jaded young man intent on drawing the attention of his father. Grey has learned that just about the only thing to tweak his father's nose is Grey's promiscuity. And Grey has tried other things. His father seems to only have time and attention for his first born son, Edward.
Lady Madelaine Aldrige is enjoying a rare day of freedom as her father has deposited her in the Queen's court to serve as a Lady-in-Waiting where Madelaine's lack of any refined skills, i.e. embroidery, sewing, painting tables, etc. has earned her both the scorn of Her Majesty as well as the brutal distain of another Lady-in-Waiting.
Both persons, upon acquaintance, introduce themselves as Miss Prattle and Lord Drivel. Grey is intrigued. Madelaine promises to meet him the next day knowing her freedom is limited and thus that will never happen. A year passes. Among the other ladies in the Queen's retinue happens to be a Lady Elizabeth Adlard. We read on about plotting to introduce one lady to the other lady's brother and about the men surrounding the King. The King with his moments of "spells", moments of clarity and his Circle of Six and the spy ring's new code.
This book is not a straight forward romance but one with mystery, treason, treachery, betrayal, trust/distrust, murder and families with misunderstood events within their circles. The reader is not allowed to know who is to trust or what motives are involved as well.
Grey has vowed to never marry. While Madelaine, on the other hand, has the sole goal of marriage and vows to keep that in order to honor both parents, although each for different reasons. Her father treated her as a boy growing up, teaching her to use weapons to defend herself while her mother only wanted her to be a true lady with gentile skills.
There are two scenes for Mature Audiences. This tale was enjoyable to read as Grey's motives change but also of his struggle between loyalty to his King and his love for Madelaine. Which do you put first if your love is involved in a plot against the king? Lady Madelaine attempts to resist being drawn in by the sexual chemistry between them. Then there is her loyalty to her father, the only family she has left…
This story kept my attention. If you enjoy romance as well as intrigue I can recommend this book to you. I had not read this author's works previously.
One part that I find not believable is that the spy (Lord Grey - the Hero in the story) cannot remembered where he saw the accomplice of the traitor / murderer. And that he is not suspicious of the chambermaid who obviously eavesdropped on the private conversation between the King & his spies. Even I can guess and knows who is helping the murderer to kill off the other spies. I would think a spy should have more intelligence. Therefore, I am not impressed.
As for the Heroine (Madelaine), I have high hopes for her at the beginning of the story but her character & skills were not given a chance to be put to good use. She is very skillful at her archery and apparently has some fighting skills ... knows how to wield her dagger from many training given by her father, who is another spy for the King. Yet there is not much contribution fro her in terms of using her skills to keep herself safe. Also, she is as stupid as Lord Grey when she did not connect the chambermaid - Constance - to the murderer. I would be suspicious if I keep seeing this chambermaid popping up at where she should not be.
Given this is my first try at reading books / romances written by Julie Johnstone, I am not too sure that I would continue reading & buying her other books if all have such flaws. Maybe I will buy another of her book if it is not priced too expensive to give it another try ...hopefully it will be better.
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