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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,311 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kathleen E. Woodiwiss Narrator: Lynn Redgrav Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Lady Adriana Sutton has long adored Colton Wyndham, to whom she has been promised by an agreement of courtship and betrothal since childhood. As a young girl, she was wounded by Colton’s stubborn refusal to comply with his father’s wishes and by his angry departure for a life of adventure and danger in the British army.

No longer the plain tomboy Colton had spurned, Lady Adriana has blossomed into a much desired beauty. Yet the only man she desires is the decorated hero who has finally come home to his rightful title. Arrogant and seductive as ever, he remains averse to the idea of their betrothal, in spite of his growing desire for her.

Forced into a courtship with this spirited woman, Colton’s heroic heart is moved by her charm, grace and sensuality. But a secret from his past may doom their burgeoning love … even as the treacherous schemes of a sinister rival threaten to steal the remarkable lady from his arms forever.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The racy escapades are as entertaining as ever…The introduction of a poisoning expert; a baby switching; and Colton’s lowborn first wife, thought to be dead, keeps the plot lively.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[Woodiwiss] makes her hardcover debut without sacrificing the elements her many fans adore, including an arrogantly handsome hero, a beautiful naive heroine, a nicely developed cast of scheming secondary characters, and, unlike most current historicals, distinctively ornate and leisurely prose.”


  • “The perfect Victorian swoon.”

    Night Owl Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mary | 2/12/2014

    " Historical romance. Sexy but not skanky, sometimes cheesy, but entertaining. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Patricia | 2/12/2014

    " Ohhhh...my! Having cut my historical romance teeth on Putney and Balough, If she is the "first lady," it must not refer to her skill. I'd suggest you skip the first 150 pages(you'll figure it out). The repetition is monotonous and her fixation on "orbs" whether they are his eyes or her breasts becomes OH SO tiresome. It was better at the end! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Donna | 2/11/2014

    " I love Woodiwiss books. They are all very entertaining and fun to read. The first few chapters of this book repeated certain memories and story plots too many times, almost as if to fill the pages. I'm not sure why she had done that. There was no need for it. Still, I liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Melissa | 1/25/2014

    " Historical romance. Woodiwiss is always a good, reliable read when I want an escape into a naughty romance. "

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About the Author
Author Kathleen E. Woodiwiss

Kathleen E. Woodiwiss (1939–2007), creator of the modern historical romance, remains one of America’s most successful and beloved storytellers, with more than thirty-six million copies of her novels in print. She is the author of over a dozen enormously successful masterworks of romantic fiction, all of them New York Times bestsellers. Her final literary work, Everlasting, was published in 2007.