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Audiobook Review- The Proposition by Judith Ivory

the proposition

Title: The Proposition

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Judith Ivory

Narrator: Steven Crossley

Publisher: Recorded Books, March 2009

Source: Purchase

Pages: Audiobook, 13 hours, 29 minutes

Rating: Story= 5, Narration= 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Violence Rating: 4

Description from Amazon.com:

Lady Edwina Bollash is a woman of importance and distinction who has never been the object of any man’s affection. However, when she meets Mick Tremore, a tall, handsome young man from the bottommost rung of society, she instantly attracts his attention. As Mick wants desperately to become a gentleman, Edwina decides to transform him into a man with class. From the start, she notices the way he looks at her. But what she doesn’t yet realize is that as much as she is preparing him, he is preparing her for a place in his heart–and in his bed. Narrator Steven Crossley elevates the mounting passion of Ivory’s prose, building tension with every breath and every sensuous word.


I have been enjoying my recent subscription to Audible’s Romance Package. This is by a classic author in the Historical Romance genre, Judith Ivory. It is a reversal on the old story of Pygmalion also better known to many as MY FAIR LADY. We meet Mick, a rat catcher in London. Edwina, a linguist and teacher, is charged with turning Mick into a gentleman in time for a Ton ball. Emile and Jeremy Laponte are wagering againist each other as to if Mick can pull off the deception. Edwina has 6 weeks to accomplish the goal.

This is a delightful tale of a spinster who is being wooed by a man from the wrong side of the tracks and how they are so wrong for each other that they can’t envision a way to be together. Steven Crossley does a wonderful job of performing both male and female voices along with various accents. But Judith Ivory’s ability to tell the story and bring to a satisfying conclusion is superb. I can highly recommend this Audiobook.


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La Deetda Reads Top Reads in 2013

Deet’s Best of The Best Reads for 2013

There are two on this list that were not published this year but I just found the time to read them.  The others were published this year.  Of course, there are many good books out there.  I have enjoyed many more than are on this list. (You can see all of my favorites by clicking on the header above “Deet’s Favorite Reads”)  This list is, in my opinion, the best of the best that I have read out of a total of 134 books since last January.  If you want a good read, you can’t go wrong with any of these. Now in no particular order…..drum-roll please…

The Rosie Project by Grame Simsion,  reviewed  September 13, 2013

The Rosie Project

The Heiress Effect by Courtney Milan, reviewed  July 19, 2013

(Brothers Sinister Series)

The Heiress Effect

The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes, reviewed September 2, 2013

The girl You Left Behind

It Happened One Midnight by Julie Anne Long, reviewed August 30, 2013

(Pennyroyal Green Series)

It Happened One Midnight

One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean, reviewed February 6, 2013

(The Rule of Scoundrels Series)

One Good Earl deserves a Lover

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, reviewed February 27, 2013

Pride and Prejudice

About Last Night by Ruthie Knox, reviewed April 12, 2013

About Last Night

Untie My Heart by Judith Ivory, reviewed July 29, 2013

Untie My Heart

To find my review of each you can go to the month of the review in the “Archives”  to the left or you can put the title or the author in the “search” box.


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Review- Untie My Heart by Judith Ivory

Title:  Untie My Heart

Untie My Heart

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Judith Ivory

Publisher: Avon, 2002

Source:  purchase

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

Stuart Aysgarth, the new Viscount Mount Villiars, doesn’t know he’s playing with fire when he inadvertently runs afoul of Emma Hotchkiss. True, the exquisite Yorkshire lady is a mere sheep farmer, but she also guards a most colorful past that makes her only more appealing to the handsome, haunted lord. Emma has come to him seeking justice — and Stuart is determined that she will not leave until she has shared her secrets … and his bed. Her clever revenge scheme must fail in the face of his soft words and tender caress — and then he turns the tables on his bewitching adversary, seducing her into a daring deception of his own …


Published 11 years ago, this Judith Ivory novel truly stands the test of time.  The writing here is captivating.  The characters are so well fleshed out.  The romance is breathtaking.  I always enjoy a book that gives me insight into something that I didn’t know.  This book gives that insight into the minds of con artists.  Each chapter is introduced with a snippet from a fictional book, a recipe or an actual quote.  Here is my favorite:

It well may be that in a difficult hour,

pinned down by need and moaning for release

or nagged by want past resolution’s power,

I might be driven to sell you love for peace,

Or trade the memory of this night for food.

It may well be.  I do not think I would.

(Edna St. Vincent Millay, “What Love Isn’t”, Lines 9-14)

This book is going on my ‘Best of 2013” reading list and I encourage all of you HR fans to read this fabulous author.

When I read Ms Ivory’s THE PROPOSITION I knew I would be reading her entire list.  Since she has not published a book since around 2005,or perhaps earlier, I am delighted that her back list is now becoming available for e-readers.  When I tried to find out why she stopped writing the only reason I found was that she had “back trouble”.  Truly our loss.


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Review- The Proposition by Judith Ivory

Title: The Proposition

The Proposition

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Judith Ivory

Publisher: Avon, 1999

Source: Library

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

No man, gentleman or otherwise, has ever looked at Lady Edwina Bollash the way the brash, handsome man standing before her is doing now. Edwina has accepted the challenge to transform incorrigible Mick Tremore into a gentleman in just six weeks. And although the linguist is sure she can rise to the task, she isn’t at all certain she won’t swoon under his frankly sensuous gaze before her job is done.

Mick has lived outside of London society long enough to know that appearances can be deceiving. Edwina might look all buttoned up-the perfect English lady-but there is unleashed passion existing just below her placid facade (not to mention a great pair of legs!). And as she prepares him to take his place in society, Mick prepares Edwina to take her place in his heart…and in his bed.


I heard about this book, published in 1999, from a list of best romances ever.  So when I saw it in the LibraryI picked it up with my usual “I’ll be the judge of that” attitude.

This story of a rat catcher, Mick Tremore, and an aristocratic, innocent lady is very well done.  He is very rough around the edges but he has a brilliant mind, a kind heart and an unrelenting drive to seduce Edwina.  She is also brilliant, and has an unrelenting drive to remain virginal.  What a delightful duo.  Edwina is falling for him but it is an impossible situation since they are from totally different levels of society. For most of the book their HEA is truly in doubt.

This book is certainly one of the best written.  Judith Ivory has a way with character and plotting that sets her among the best in romance writers.  From what I can understand she has not written another novel since around 2005.  This is truly a loss to all of the romance reading community.  I will have to content myself with reading her entire list and then rereading.


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