That Scandalous Evening: The Governess Brides, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
New York Times bestselling author Christina Dodd spins the captivating tale of a nobleman whose path crosses again with the one woman he absolutely cannot resist....
A Disastrous Season
A simple statue began the scandal.
A Lady Concealed
An innocent English miss conceived of it, her hands gliding across the clay, delineating each smoothly defined muscle and sinew, creating a sculpture of the man she worshipped. When the likeness was exposed, along with Miss Jane Higgenbothem's secret tendre for Lord Blackburn, the ton's gleeful contempt sent the lady back to the country in disgrace.
A Gentleman Revealed
Now, a decade later, she's back in London, as a chaperone to her beautiful niece. But to Blackburn, Jane's unwitting model, the cool, reticent spinster is still a challenge. She once made the arrogant rake a laughingstock; so why is he tempted to revive an affair that almost began so long ago, on that scandalous evening...?
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 48 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||September 01, 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #90,853 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#2,131 in Historical Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#18,222 in Historical Romances
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Jane unfortunately is a very talented but extremely naïve painter and sculptress,
But still? Why oh why did Jane have to turn tail, leave London, and become a drudge for her brother in law? However, while in purgatory Jane did have the joy of raising her late sister’s stunning, sweet, but dim daughter, Adorna.
It’s true that eleven years ago Jane was a bit dim herself, unable to see past her star-filled eyes that Blackburn was an arrogant, condescending, selfish man. It is also true that a young lady from good family should not have artistic talents or aspirations beyond light sketching. She especially should not have a painting hanging at Napoleon's Fontainebleau.
Eleven years later Jane is back in London during Adorna’s first season as Adorna's cap wearing chaperone. Sadly, memories are long.
Blackburn still resembles a certain equine animal, but he has lost a lot of his arrogance after receiving injuries fighting in the battle of Talvera; and because young men from his estate died in that battle. It was a battle that showed an obvious betrayal of English plans. Blackburn’s lust for revenge against spies now outweighs all considerations.
It is inevitable for Jane and Blackburn to meet; Blackburn conceives the plan that being seen courting Jane would give him cover while he searched for a Foreign Office spy. My advice to the FO, don’t use amateurs for a professional’s job, because Blackburn’s performance and conclusions are abysmal for the most part.
The FO’s reasoning is that it took a member of the ton to catch a member of the ton. Wastrels were sometimes ripe for French pickings. I mean when even your tailor turns you away… you might be tempted by some extra blunt. Or you might turn traitor if you were about to be put out on the street.
I rarely have read or listened to a book where I have enjoyed the secondary characters as much as the hero and heroine. Ransome’s sister Lady Goodrich, who might have been a model for Downtown Abbey’s Lady Violet, the sometimes oddly astute Adorna, Lord and Lady Tarlin and the half-Irish charmer Gerald Fitzgerald all added so much to the book.
Lady Goodrich has kept Jane’s sculpture of her brother at her country estate, handy for when he needs reminding of his arrogance.. He should probably see it daily. Jane’s naiveté about the statue never stops being amusing.
I rarely listen to audio books. I need to change this. I thought the single person narrator; Karen Cass was almost perfect with every character and every emotion. Cass is outstanding during the scene when Jane realizes why Ransom married her. Every word Cass utters is filled with sarcasm, rage, disgust and humiliation; with an undertone of heartbreak leaking from every word. All this without over-the-top histrionics.
She is equally as good during Ransom’s groveling scene. My biggest complaint with most HR’s is that the hero’s groveling is pro forma. In That Scandalous Evening Ransom’s scene is epic, romantic, and might make up for ten years of disgrace for Jane.
The book is funny, sweet, and hot; an absolute joy to listen to.
It's a cute story, though the plot meanders a bit. Jane is naive and doesn't understand why Ransom was the butt of all the jokes since it was all her fault in the first place (there's a funny reason). Ransom has been to war since the last time they met, and he has a better understanding of his attraction to Jane, but first, he has to break up the French spy network.
Still, it's a cute story and an enjoyable read.
Jane had been a young woman who was infatuated with Ransom. While she was nothing out of the ordinary in looks, he bordered on being a god. Her secret hobby was sculpting, and she had made a statue of him -- In the nude. Of course she was only going by her imagination, so when betrayed by another young woman who displays the statue to the ton, Ransom is humiliated. When she goes to apologize to him in private he nearly seduces her and they are discovered by his sister. But he makes no offer of marriage and she goes home in disgrace and surrounded by scandal.
Ten years later she has to go back into society as a chaperone to her niece. Jane's sister had died and the father had no interest in his daughter other than what connections she might bring when she marries. The niece is quite beautiful.
The story revolves around Jane meeting with Ransom once again. The old attraction still holds. Ransom is a little flawed but completely likeable hero. He was injured during the war and still does a bit of work for the war office. He has matured, though a small streak of being pompous isn't completely gone.
The secondary storyline regarding French spies holds interest, but we can guess who the villains are.
I recommend this one.
Top reviews from other countries
THAT SCANDALOUS EVENING is a well-written Regency tale with an interesting twist. I have enjoyed the settings, the cast's very human behaviour and I am sure other readers will find it worth reading too.
J'arrête là mes allusions végétales, je pourais déflorer l'intrigue.