Improper Seduction Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Lord Curan Ramsden is home from war, and eager to claim his betrothed. And he arrives just in time - his bride's father has summoned her to London, to wed another man. But Bridget's father promised her to Curan, and Curan means to have her. Especially now that he sees the luscious young woman she has blossomed into. He'll just have to convince Bridget, somehow, that her heart is more important than her duty…Bridget Newbury has always done her duty - to her parents, to the church, to the man they selected as her betrothed. She knows what could happen if she disobeys her father. The king has put nobler women to death for lesser trespasses. But she was promised to Curan first, and his kisses are very tempting…
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 46 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||November 05, 2013|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #158,770 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#1,023 in Tudor Historical Romance
#4,121 in Historical Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#5,109 in Romantic Suspense (Audible Books & Originals)
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It started out a little slow, and the ending was too simple. She built it all up for nothing. The problems just magically are gone because she threw a tantrum so that the other groom would not want her, and gave him a reason to call off. It was a stupid ending because there had to be a pretty good reason why they would go to all that trouble to get her. You never find out what that reason is either. They never give you an explanation as to why they would pick her, when she was to wed another. Especially since none of them have ever seen her. Plus I can't believe the king would let all that go even if he was dying. After all the plotting the Chancellor was done and all the king says is "He has a keen wit and runs the country better than anyone else. Removing him would not be my first choice . Edward is too young to rule". With someone like that Edward would not get the chance to rule. At the beginning of the book the way she wrote Bridget's responses made her seem more bitchy than trying convenience him why she could not do what he wanted. She also had Bridget using the skills the courtesan taught her on Curan to entice him, when she was trying to get away from him touching her. Then she claimed she didn't realize she was doing that, and she felt guilty for that. It was just stupid. How can you not know you are giving him enticing looks, as well as doing things to his body and not know it. Anyway I will repeat what I have say in almost all my reviews of her books. If you want something that is in-depth, and perfect with no flaws, her books are not for you.
This comment has nothing to do with the rating of the book, but I want to point out Curan is not Scottish and there should not be a man in a kilt on the cover. He is an English border. The only book in the series that I can tell at this point that actually has a Scottish person as a hero or heroine is the middle book in the series My Fair Highlander.
Sex content medium/high
Bridget Newbury was betrothed three years ago to a favored knight of King Henry VIII, Lord Curan Ramsden, but her father has just ordered her to London to wed another, the older Lord Oswald, who divorced his young wife for failing to conceive. Bridget remembers Curan as a handsome man and isn't happy about the change but she is a dutiful daughter. Her mother, not wanting Bridget to be cast off as Oswald's former wife was, decides to give her daughter lessons in lovemaking--from a courtesan. The lessons have just begun when Curan returns from the war to claim his bride. Over her mother's protests, Curan sweeps her off to his castle. Bridget is wildly attracted to Curan but she doesn't want to disobey her father, so she escapes to her cousin's home across the border in Scotland. Curan is angry her father planned to wed her to someone else and now he has to take his army into Scotland to get her back. He is determined to claim his bride and make her his wife in truth.
I enjoy Wine's steamy romances (and they are steamy!), but I do wish she would describe her heroines so we know what they look like (even the hero is only described as a muscled knight with "dark" hair). Since she does describe other characters, I assume this is intentional, but if you are visual like me, it will drive you crazy to have no idea what Bridget looks like. The cover shows a glimpse of a girl with dark hair but other covers in Wine's various series have had the characters all wrong so I don't think we can count on the cover to be indicative of what Bridget looks like. For one thing, the only plaid mentioned in the book is rust and orange...not blue and green as on the cover and the hero never wears plaid (cover errors were also found in her Highland series).
While I thought the story moved rather slowly for the first 100 pages or so, once Curan went in search of Bridget, the pace picked up a bit. Still, it seemed there was a fair amount of repetitive introspection on Bridget's part and more sex than plot. I liked Curan a lot. He was a strong man of honor who consistently and patiently pursued the woman he wanted. At times, Bridget could be annoying. Wine did an excellent job with descriptions and dialog accurate to the era and the culture (both English and Scottish). I found the story entertaining though I do not consider it among her best (I liked Prisoner of Desire and Highland Heat better).