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Title:
Never kiss a rake
Author:
Stuart, Anne (Anne Kristine)
Edition:
Unabridged.
Publication Information:
Grand Haven, MI : Brilliance Audio, [2013]

â„—2013
Physical Description:
7 audio discs (8 hr., 28 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
Bryony Russell and her two sisters are left destitute by the disgrace and unexpected death of their father, a wealthy shipping magnate. He left a cryptic note, and Bryony is determined to clear her father's name. Disguised as a servant, Bryony infiltrates the home of his business partner. Adrian Bruton immediately suspects his new housekeeper. Bryony must uncover the truth and attempt to preserve her father's legacy before she falls in love with a man who might very well be her worst enemy.
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Duration: 8:28:00.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781480537927
Format :
Audiobook on CD

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Anguished by death. Driven by revenge.

Bryony Russell and her two sisters are left destitute by the disgrace and unexpected death of their father, a wealthy shipping magnate. He left a cryptic note, and Bryony is determined to find the real villain and clear her father's name. In disguise as a servant, Bryony infiltrates the home of her father's business partner to find proof of his guilt...or innocence. It's not just clues that Bryony finds, but temptation too....

Adrian Bruton, Earl of Kilmartyn, immediately suspects there is something not quite right about his new housekeeper. The brooding, irresistible rake plays along because he has his own guilty secrets, and his venal, scheming wife holds the key to them, trapping him in a hate-filled marriage. But against his will he's fascinated by Bryony, seeing past the scars on her face to show her the beauty she never knew she had. Bryony must uncover the truth and attempt to preserve her father's legacy before things go too far and she falls in love with a man who might very well be her worst enemy.


Author Notes

Anne Stuart was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 2, 1948. Her first novel, Barrett's Hill, was published in 1974. She has won numerous awards including the Romance Writers of America's Lifetime Achievement Award.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Stuart takes a break from paranormals and romantic thrillers (Risk the Night) to launch a historical romance series about three sisters unexpectedly orphaned and left destitute. In 1869 London, Miss Bryony Russell, the eldest sister, applies pseudonymously for the position of housekeeper for the household of Adrian Bruton, Earl of Kilmartyn, her father's former business partner and the man she believes may be responsible for her father's financial ruin and suspicious death. While the pampered Cecily, Lady Kilmartyn, refuses "Mrs. Greaves" because she bears some smallpox scars on her face, Adrian decides that Mrs. Greaves is the perfect person to revamp his shambles of a household. As Bryony searches for clues to Adrian's perfidy, she falls victim to his immense charm. Bemused by the estrangement between Adrian and his faithless wife, Bryony soon realizes that there is a hidden depth of character behind the earl's easy grace and seductive wiles. Stuart deftly combines scintillating romance with a hint of mystery in this straightforward story marred only by a somewhat abrupt conclusion. Agent: Jane Dystel, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Left destitute and socially shunned when their father, a wealthy shipping magnate, is accused of embezzlement and killed in a carriage accident, Bryony Russell and her two sisters know their scrupulously honest father wasn't guilty. Still, proving it won't be easy. Bryony goes undercover as housekeeper to her late father's partner, the infamous Earl of Kilmartyn and finds a household in disarray, a spiteful, cruel mistress, and a master who is dangerous to her in more ways than one. VERDICT A naive yet take-charge heroine and a clever, confident hero who is less dissolute than he seems play a lively, humor-laced game of cat and mouse in this tart and wickedly seductive, Gothic-tinged Victorian; vintage, page-turning Stuart. Stuart (On Thin Ice) lives in northern Vermont. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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