THE HUSBAND HUNT
Madison Sisters #3
by Lynsay Sands
Avon/HarperCollins February 28, 2012
AUDIOBOOK Info: Number of parts:10 Duration:9 hours, 47 minutes
Narrated by Jamie Birch
Also available in e-book and printed formats: 384 pages
Overdrive audio, public library download.
Let the hunt begin…
Lisa Madison wants a husband, and she has just the candidate in mind: Robert Langley. Trouble is, the infuriating man insists on seeing her as the impish girl she once was—even as every other gentleman in London has taken notice of her womanly…charms. When her beauty lands her in danger, it’s Robert who comes to the rescue…only to announce his affections are not of the romantic variety!
Robert saw enough sorrow in his parents’ union to know he wants nothing to do with marriage, which is exactly what he’ll be trapped into if he acts on his desire for the irksome siren. And then Lisa does what Robert least expects: gives up on him! As feigned indifference gives way, blistering passion burns at last. But just before the pair can give in to hard-won bliss, an enemy with unfinished business lurks threatening to destroy them both.
After listening to the 45 hour WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART”S BLOOD Last week, this story seemed like a mere novella at under 10 hours (it is not a novella, but a full novel). It was the last book in the Madison Sister series and comes quite close to standing on its own. Released in February 2012, it’s story happens two years after the prior books in the series, THE COUNTESS and THE HEIRESS which were released a in January and February, 2011. It was the perfect book for yard work.
I liked that Lisa’s character, which seemed in turns, trite and shrill in THE COUNTESS and THE HEIRESS, is more developed , as it would be of course, in this, her own story. I did not feel Robert, the family friend on whom Lisa has been crushing forever, was very well developed. Other than a big family issue revealed early in the book regarding his mother’s supposed infidelity, there is not much to show us who he is other than a male regency hot hero. He’s noble, passionate, rich and handsome.
Right, who needs character development?
The other characters’ development occurred in their own books, and the villain is all about artifice, only to be revealed in the last 1/5 of the book. But, he reminded me, due to the vocal characterizing, of a mustache twirling Lothario.
The beginning is quite amusing in how ridiculous its first scene really is. It’s a set-up of an event that is “just like a romance novel.” And, it is in a romance novel. Perhaps she is being a bit sardonic? But even though it is amusing, Sands does convey the real danger possible in the situation if it weren’t a romance novel. I find this one of the features of her writing: there’s something heavier beneath the jocular facade.
The narration was great for the women’s voice. The men mostly sounded like affected dandies. But, it is hard to be a woman doing a man’s voice, with an accent convincingly — imagine doing no fewer than four.
I enjoyed the story, like food and water, the book provided the mental stimulation I needed to weed, hoe and mow. If you enjoy light regency novels this may be just your cup of tea.