Saturday, May 14, 2016

The Truce by R.L. Mathewson (audiobook)

Title: The Truce
Author: R.L. Mathewson
My Rating: A
Narrator: Fran Jules

Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Neighbor From Hell #4
Main Characters: Elizabeth and Robert
Release Date: February 2016 (audiobook)
Publisher: Audible
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Elizabeth knows what's expected of her - perfection. She's the daughter of an earl and expected to marry well and say and do the right things with a smile on her face when inside she's dying for a chance to escape. Thanks to an inheritance her godmother left her years ago, her chance will come with her next birthday. 
Her hopes of escape abruptly end when Robert, her childhood nemesis whom she hasn't seen in over 14 years, comes back into her life and does everything he can to drive her out of her mind even as he steals her heart. He hated her. At least he tried to hate her, but it was so damn difficult to hate someone that he couldn't live without. He tried to ignore her, tried to focus on anything but her, but nothing worked. Somehow she made her way into his heart and started to make him want things that he never thought possible, made him smile and laugh even while she drove him out of his mind and started a legacy by turning him into...a Bradford.
My Review:
Overall: 4.5
Performance: 5.0
Story: 4.5

Straight up...I am not a historical romance fan. I just don't enjoy the genre that much any longer, although that wasn't always the case. The obvious exception to that is obviously when R.L. Mathewson writes a historical romance. I loved this story.

This story is a classic Neighbor-from-Hell story...even more classic than normal since it's set in historic England...when the Ton and proper etiquette ruled society. In the midst of this world are Elizabeth and Robert who were childhood nemesis. They grew up hating one another...to the point where their families kept them apart for the sake of propriety.

The issue with that was when Robert and Elizabeth became adults, they didn't recognize one another and a tryst happened. Scandalous. 

Like I said I really enjoyed this story. Neither Robert nor Elizabeth have any plans to marry. They have their own industries and plans and have agreed to one final London season simply to get their families to agree with what they have planned. For Robert, that means moving to America. For Elizabeth that means coming into her inheritance and setting up a quiet household in the country while she helps women and children in need. They do not need nor do they want to be a part of society. 

I really liked both of them. They are VERY strong personalities and that's why they've always clashed the way that they have. The story was fun, the romance was fantastic. I love the way the relationship set up and exactly what happened in the orangery...because it made for perfect romantic conflict. I'm a fan of the series...all of them...but I've loved getting to see where the Bradford's came from and the story of the necklace/bracelet (?) was just the icing on the cake.

Fran Jules has been an incredible narrator throughout the entire series, but in this book she shone. It takes place in England so not only did she have to do different voices for the characters, but she had to do them with British accents from childhood and then as they grew to adults. Her inflections were BRILLIANT. And she continued to narrate in her normal voice...no British accent...which really made for a wonderfully lyrical narration to listen to. Honestly, this is one of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to. Bravo to Fran Jules!!


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