THE RUIN OF A ROGUE
Wild Quartet #2
by Miranda Neville
Narrated by Charlotte Anne Dore | Running time 10 hrs 9 min
Audio Release by Tantor Audio, March 31, 2015
In Print and E-Pub formats from HarperCollins/Avon | Published: 08/27/2013 | 384 pages
Audiobook provided by Tantor for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
Charm, wit, and nerves of steel have helped Marcus Lithgow gamble his way across the Continent. But when his heart is at stake, all bets are off for this most perfect rogue . . .
Anne Brotherton is sick and tired of being an heiress. She cannot bring herself to marry a fortune hunter. Why can’t men like her for her sharp mind and kind heart rather than her impressive dowry? Just when she is about to bow to her fate as a confirmed spinster, she meets the handsome and charming Marcus Lithgow.
It’s been years since Marcus set foot in England—why toy with the ton when he can fleece wealthy fools in Paris and Rome? Yet everything changes when he inherits a ramshackle estate. Marcus’s first and only chance at a respectable life needs funding . . . the kind Anne Brotherton can provide. Such a wallflower should be ripe for the picking. So why does Marcus feel like he’s the one hanging by a thread?
She nearly falls for Marcus’s smooth seduction. But when Anne realizes she’s being strung along, a lust for payback empowers her like never before. Two can play the game of deception. The game of love, however, has its own rules . . .
Yesterday I reviewed the first book in Miranda Neville’s WILD QUARTET series, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING WICKED(TIoBW), and I used almost the same icons at the top of the page. Women’s issues are still important; The themes are the same, but the characters introduced as secondary in the first novel.
I did not know that Marcus would be the main love interest herein; I couldn’t imagine him as a rehabilitated character since he is actually presented as nearly criminal in TIoBW. I could see Anne as being interesting , but her character requires being lead astray since on her own she would, she believes, lose her resolve and be a dutiful ward.
In the interest of not marrying a self-and-family-inflated nabob, she does end up showing some gumption. And when Marcus hurts her feelings she acts with quite a lot of that commodity. Yay!
The character of Marcus is harder to bring into line. Like the child who had no chance to grow up on the straight and narrow, Marcus is presented with a paradox, win the woman but probably lose the chance at a normal life wherein his innate but buried decency can thrive, or lose both but hold on to some property.
I always enjoy reading about a woman ahead of her time, and Anne is thus both in her interest in and pursuit of archaeology as well as in how she practices it (that is, carefully, and with respect). Having always found this field fascinating, I enjoyed her exploits looking at ruins and even trying to read about the at a time when it was scandalous to even look at a male nude.
Phalli (or phalluses) abound in the study of Roman ruins though she seems benignly unaware of the graphical representation of the erect male member!
I much prefer the narration by Charlotte Anne Dore to Anne Flosnick’s and I like that a different voice has been chosen for the two books which are focused on two different female characters. The production is fine; there are no extraneous noises. It’s fairly easy to follow the cast of characters and the plot throughout the narration. I did not like the accent ascribed to one character as I don;t believe he would have had the accent given to him. Instead of sounding like the gentleman he would have had to at least presented to he comes off as more Covent Garden-ish — like Eliza Doolittle’s father in the film production of My Fair Lady.
It does help to understand the series in order, as parts of this story are predicated on TIoBW, and several relationships are better understood for having read/listened to the first book. But, this could stand on its own in a pinch and be facilitated with taking a look at Miranda Neville’s website.
I read LADY WINDERMERE’S LOVER last year (in print) and would have found that helpful, but found each novel well-researched and even learned some interesting history.
I like the series and this novel, although I struggled to put the naughty and fun-loving Anne together with the duty-bound picture she has of herself; for at no time does she seem to behave dutifully! I guess we all might delude ourselves about our characteristics
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At HarperCollins: http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062199522/the-ruin-of-a-rogue
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