Miss Dorothea Darent has no intention of ever getting married, certainly not to a rogue such as the Marquis of Hazelmere. A disreputable scoundrel, he is captivated when they meet by chance and is determined to win her heart, even while she's busy dazzling the rest of London society. Now Dorothea has a choice to make: stick with her plan to remain a respectable spinster, or run into the arms of her dashing stranger.
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Entertaining story despite disappointing narrator
Stephanie Laurens is my favorite and this story doesn't disappoint. It's light and fast, one of the old fashioned Georgette Heyer-style Regency Era romances, and one of my favorite of its type. If you can ignore the narrator and concentrate on the action, it's a highly entertaining story with one of my favorite Laurens heroines.
The narrator leaves much to be desired. She's comically uncertain; her accent is one moment English (more posh-ish, really, than a true English accent), the next moment tipping perilously towards American, and then the next moment tipping towards Irish (sounds like her forte) but always wobbly as she strives for upper-crust English. Her characterization is equally uneven. No one character has a consistent voice. I realize that not everyone can be as stunning as Hugh Dickson ("Behold, Here's Poision," Heyer) or Jonathan Cecil ("Something Fresh," Wodehouse), but even seemingly less experienced narrators like Ashford McNabb ("Four in Hand," Laurens - another highly entertaining story of this type) can gracefully and convincingly read a story despite lacking perfect characterization.