THE TRUTH ABOUT LEO
Noble series (Book 4)
by Katie MacAlister
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (August 5, 2014) Audio Book by Tantor Audio (August 5, 2014)
E-Book & Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages; Audio: 9:59 Narrated by Alison Larkin
Audiobook provided by Tantor for review. No remuneration was exchanged, all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
Can Dagmar flee Denmark
Dagmar Marie Sophie is a poverty-stricken Danish princess whose annoying royal cousin is about to have her stuffed away in a convent. When she finds a wounded man unconscious in her garden, she sees a way out of her desperate situation.
By Lying to Leo?
Leopold Ernst George Mortimer, seventh earl of March, and spy in the service of the king, finds himself on the wrong end of a saber and left for dead. He wakes up not remembering what happened…in the care of a beautiful woman who says she is his wife.
Back in London, Leo-with the help of his old friends the eccentric Britton family-sets out to unravel what he’s forgotten… Is Dagmar truly the wonderful, irrepressible woman who makes his heart sing, or is she a dangerous enigma bent on his destruction?
THE TRUTH ABOUT LEO is the best book I’ve read (heard) by Katie MacAlister in a while. It’s also the first historical I have read by her.
I feel for the poor Princess Dagmar, Her Serene Highness, whose rather asinine relative the Prince Regent Frederick, her cousin, has cast her out, penniless; apparently for some rather nasty pranks she played on him in childhood. But, still that is no excuse. She is a very sympathetic character. So, I can see how a character, out of options, would come to the decision she did in order to have a home. She is very resilient, intelligent and curious — the perfect bride for a spy.
She also appears to have a rather audacious curiousity about “sexual congress.” And, in one particular love scene, MacAlister gets a little comic. But the book is humorous as well as romantic, so I assume that the comedy is intended. Or, it is written to be somewhat amusing but the recording of that particular scene makes it seem absurd, in a good way.
On my headphones, Dagmar’s voice seemed childish, and sometimes shrill. I listened again to some excerpts on my computer, and on larger speakers and it was still a mincingly precise, proper, and a little soprano but it did not sound childish. In the audio, I found it was hard to keep track of some unusually named characters (Plum, Noble, Tom(a woman)); this is something I find problematic in audiobooks — probably because we can’t look back to see who is who. Or it’s because it is the fourth book in the series and the backstory would have cemented at least Plum’s identity for me.
I really did enjoy the story, and found myself laughing out loud as I listened. Fortunately, I was not in public at the time. It’s funny and steamy with all the antics of a newly married couple. And the story’s mystery has a lot of twists, turns and surprises. I recommend THE TRUTH ABOUT LEO.
I don’t know what to do with my Mp3-CDs other than give them away. I have the copy I was sent in a case that has been downloaded just once. The only difference between it and a new copy is that this one lacks shrink-wrap!
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In the banner: top right The Yellow Palace in Copenhagen. It could be the house Dagmar grew up in and which she must leave at the request of her cousin Frederick, The Prince Regent (lower right). Lower left shows the battle of Copenhagen, one of two possible battles as referenced in the prologue and throughout the book. Top right is a sketch of a Roman Bas Relief found in London.