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  • Bewitching Benedict

  • Lovelorn Lads
  • By: C. E. Murphy
  • Narrated by: Morag Sims
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (89 ratings)

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Bewitching Benedict

By: C. E. Murphy
Narrated by: Morag Sims
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Summary

Benedict Fairburn does not quite need his ailing great-aunt's fortune, especially since he'll have to marry to get it. His family, however, thinks otherwise - as do many of the eligible ladies in London - and the pressure is mounting. An embarrassment of attentions fill Benny's time, but the young lady he prefers roundly dislikes him.

Claire Dalton, cousin to one of Benedict's oldest friends, is too busy debuting in Society to pay much attention to the Fairburn boy who once insulted her past bearing. He doesn't recognize her, but that's hardly upsetting, especially with the fetching Mr. Graham offering his arm.

Unfortunately, Mr. Graham is not all he seems, and each week brings a fresh disaster for Claire's first Season. It's enough to drive a young woman to distraction, especially since Benny Fairburn keeps behaving so very oddly. Concealed tragedy, poor orphans, a dotty great-aunt, deception and misunderstanding whirl in every direction, ready to explode.

Benedict and Claire are perfect for each other. Unfortunately, it may take catastrophe to make them realize as much....

The Lovelorn Lads: A man needs manners, if he is to marry.

©2017 C.E. Murphy (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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  • 17-09-21

Too many errors

Duvets!! Just one example of the extreme historical errors.
And valet is not pronounced with a t. Unfortunate when the word is overused.
I give up.

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'Lad' used numerous times in first chapter

Upper class soldiers on leave from the Napoleonic wars described as 'lads' is ridiculous but repeated numerous times is extremely irritating. I didn't bother to listen any further.

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Entertaining & Happy Always

I love period dramas. any story I can visualize must be good. More please. What else can I say.

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Good story

Really enjoyed this story but would have liked more of the love story between Benedict and Claire. Also its based in England and when Claire went for a walk she said block and we don't use that terminology the only thing that niggled, otherwise thought it was brilliant and well told.

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Lovely story! A joy to listen to

Lovely story, a joy to listen to! This is Georgette Heyer type story and so heart warming! NO sex scenes, it didn't need them to make the story flow. I will certainly listen to more from this author?

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Engagingly

this is just like a period drama with laughter, drama,and good out come,and happy ending

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An engaging story

I loved this book. The narration was brilliant and storyline a real page turner. A must holiday read to lift your mood.

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Really lovely story

The plot was good. I liked that the book had a sense of humour, and that the characters were all well developed. It was a very engaging and entertaining story with a happy ending.It really reminded me of Georgette Heyer books in the best way. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes Georgette Heyer books.

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Simple but charming

Whilst not a great literary piece I found this an enjoyable story to listen to.

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Not a bad historical romance

Despite other reviews to the contrary, I didn’t find that this novel was so dire as to necessitate dismissing!

Admittedly the unadvised pronunciation of ‘Valet’ is disappointing, which the editors/producers should have paid attention to, and I’m reasonably sure that a comforter was not then known as a duvet, these were the only things I found amiss with this production (Maybe said valet would not have sounded so cockney, either, but…).

The story of itself was a good one, and interesting and I do intend to read the entire series. Very enjoyable.

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  • Samantha Stryker
  • 04-03-21

Can we say socialist?

This story was ok. It was not what I would call well written, and definitely doesn’t keep one guessing. The socialist undertones and wealth shaming was annoying, and could have done without it. There is so much more to the world than “I hate you because you won’t give your inheritance to poor children.” Being wealthy doesn’t make you a bad person, it was very annoying that the author does not believe this. I hope the author donated any earnings for the writing of this book to the poor.

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  • SingingintheRain
  • 16-12-20

Great new Author and Series

Loved this clean, witty, comedic, romantic story! Can hardly wait for C.E. Murphy to finish her current projects and tell us more about the Lovelorn Lads and Worthington!

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  • Mb4pax
  • 28-11-20

A bit of tepid reading

Overall, a companionable read/listen. I struggled a bit with the heroine Claire as I wondered at her very strong opinions which led to her lashing out (at first sight) rather frequently at Benedict and even going to the extent of intentionally being rude for what reason? I had no problem with her knowing her own mind just at her intolerance of one person while tolerating worse behavior from others. And this was not because she was smitten with him (poor excuse that it would have been). Additionally, listening felt a little bumpy in transitions which may be a function of the narrator or was it the writing. And the ending - fairly unbelievable in context of the times. Again, these were my mild struggles with the book and I did finish and did not skim so I conclude it was worth the listen while I did other tasks.

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  • SavvyShopper
  • 14-01-21

Never again narrator

The story is good, I loved the lads but the narration is simply horrible. One feels rushed through the sentences, strange pauses where none should be, missing cadence where it’s needed. This is the second book I’ve listened to with this narrator and *never* again! The voice is pleasing, but the way she rushes through things leaves you confused and having to go back to understand it fully. No, pass on this frustrating bit of fluff.

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  • PHILO
  • 07-01-21

Delightful!

The story line was not surprising, but I confess I am a hopeless romantic. The performance was exceptional and I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I look forward to the rest of the series with The Lads.

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  • G. Slough
  • 07-01-21

By the time things sorted out I wasn’t looking forward to it anymore

I was hoping for a bit of romance. Something. By the time the guy got the girl I was so over it and didn’t think he deserved her anyway. It was not romantic. At all. It was long winded then wrapped up too quickly. The narrator is wonderful and the writing paints a pretty picture, but otherwise I want those hours back.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-12-20

A disappointment

The actual plot to me was non existing. From an offense to a lot of unbelievable encounters to a more ridiculous ending. A lot of pieces in there were outrageous at that period of time!

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  • Julia M Greenlee
  • 16-12-20

A sweet regency romance.

I really enjoyed this book! It's a light hearted read that kept me listening until the end. Can't wait for more books for the series. Only complaint was that the narrator sounded more like a girl when reading for one of the lads.

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  • Cam
  • 26-06-21

An absolute delight.

I stopped writing reviews but stumbling on this book and finding it so surprisingly good urged me to put my two cents in. NEVER expected the book to be as good as it was. Loved the storyline and did not expect the ending to pan out the way it did. Thoroughly enjoyed it and now I can not wait for the rest of the books in this series. You can not go wrong listening to this since it’s an “included” book.

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  • R3@d5@10t
  • 02-12-20

Good story, good narration.

Although this book started slow, the ending was worth the wait. The narrator is good, would listen to her again. All around a good read.

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