Why Dukes Say I Do

7 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 9 hrs. Tantor Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781452614328. $39.99; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; digital download. F
Collins (How To Entice an Earl) launches the "Wicked Widows" trilogy with this gothic-tinged Regency romance set in Yorkshire and London in the first half of 1800s. Lady Isabella Wharton is blackmailed by her godmother into visiting the reclusive Duke of Ormond, Trevor Carey. On a dark and stormy night, her carriage breaks down on the moors. When she is rescued by a large, rough-mannered, and handsome country fellow, she doesn't know whether to be grateful or fearful. The rude fellow takes control and is revealed to be the very duke for whom she is looking. The plot thickens when she begins to receive threats and Trevor finds out that the carriage was sabotaged. As this is a trilogy, not all the threads are tied up at the end of this delightful romp, but enough are to make it a satisfying listening experience. Anne Flosnick does a very good job handling the varying accents of characters at all levels of British society.
VERDICT Recommended for all historical romance fans.
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