- 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 Audible – 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.
I do love a good romance wrapped in suspense. What hooked me first about this book were the dynamics between Madelaine and Grey. She's a little lonely and insecure at court, a situation only exacerbated by the Queen's callous regard and her fellow ladies' scorn, but she still stands out as a kind, brave individual with a strong sense of duty and good within her. Grey, however, starts off as dissolute and quite the reprobate, but it quickly becomes clear that his rakish conquests have only been a cry for his father's earnest affection.
So without spoiling too much, we got a plot twist! As these two meet again at court and embark on a budding romance, Grey learns a few family secrets and soon becomes embroiled in a special service to the king. From this point onwards, the novel gains an additional layer of secrecy and intrigue. Many historical suspenses have a clear-cut good and bad, but I liked that the sides were all murky shades of gray (pardon that pun!). At times, it was hard for me to distinguish who was in the right and who was in the wrong- and I liked that. It added an extra dimension to each character as they all fought to protect their loved ones and their country. My heart went out to Grey and Madelaine for having to choose between their allegiances and each other, but I knew it'd end happy for them ;)
I really liked the atmosphere created by this special mix of romance, suspense and intrigue. It was a gripping story- I couldn't put it down until I had finished it around 1 in the morning! And I can't wait to read the fabulous supporting cast get their stories told to. I hope Edward gets one!
Anyways, it's a fun read that definitely keeps the reader guessing. I totally recommend What A Rogue Wants if you love a good romance with a side of mystery, suspense and intrigue!
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